Thursday, March 03, 2011

Dog Bites Man

It wouldn't be right if we didn't mention this. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The Rev. Grant Storms, the Christian fundamentalist known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter, was arrested on a charge of masturbating at a Metairie park Friday afternoon.

Storms, 53, of 2304 Green Acres Road in Metairie, was taken into custody at Lafreniere Park after two women reported seeing him masturbating in the driver's seat of his van, which was parked near the carousel and playground, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office report said.

The first woman told deputies she was taking her children to the playground and parked next to the van at about noon. As she was walking around her own vehicle, she noticed the van windows were down and the occupant was "looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down...," the report said. The woman noted that he was masturbating and quickly ushered her children out of her car.

She told a second woman, who walked to the van and also spotted the man masturbating, the report said. The second witness told deputies that the driver saw her and tried to conceal the zipper area of his pants with his hand. Southern Decadence protest leader booked with masturbating at Metairie park

When I first got involved in supporting comprehensive sex education, I thought it was unkind to imply that the anti-gay crazies have issues of their own. But over the years this kind of story has come up so many times, it is like a weekly installment, a new chapter every time you turn around. Why would any person be judgmental about another person's sexuality? It's like thou beholdest the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye, don't you think? Here's this guy disrupting gay people's celebrations with bullhorns and then parking next to the playground, masturbating while he watches the children playing. Yuck.

First, children are simply not appropriate sexual targets. When this preacher got busted he was alone in his car looking at some kids, no one was being harmed, the children didn't know what was going on, he may try to justify it as a victimless crime, but I think it's too close for comfort. What if one of those kids had chased a ball into the parking lot and started talking with him? Do you think he would have been able to pass up the opportunity to act on his fantasy? I don't think we should take a chance on that. People who find children sexually irresistible should recognize that they have a problem and seek help.

Second, this preacher was all too willing to judge others based on their sexuality, he has gone to great lengths to shame others without talk of forgiveness or second chances. He somehow appointed himself to persecute his gay and lesbian neighbors, whose sexuality causes no harm and leaves no victims, while -- if these reports are accurate -- he himself carried in his heart the most base desire to corrupt the innocence of children.
A self-styled "Christian patriot," Storms led a small West Bank congregation called The Reformer Church and for 10 years hosted "The Reformer Radio Show" on WSHO. Storms has railed against the Roman Catholic church, calling it "satanic" and "demonic."

He is especially known for arming followers with bullhorns, Bibles and picket signs to protest Southern Decadence, the three-day gay festival held in the French Quarter during Labor Day weekend. Storms grabbed national attention in 2003 with his failed attempts to shut down what Southern Decadence organizer Chuck Robinson called a peaceful festival that celebrates gay and alternative lifestyles.

"He's done everything through the years to disturb that and try to make it into something nasty that it's not," Robinson said. "If the Rev. Storms is caught doing that in our city, it is ludicrous and heinous that he would have the nerve to complain about any kind of sexuality."

The amplified antics of Storms and his followers prompted the New Orleans City Council to adopt ordinances banning the use of megaphones and other such devices in the French Quarter, though the law requires a certain decibel meter reading before it can be enforced.

Earl Bernhardt, co-owner of The Tropical Isles and two other Bourbon Street clubs, got a temporary restraining order against Storms during Southern Decadence 2004, then went bullhorn to bullhorn with him when that didn't work.

"He's, in my opinion, just repulsive," Bernhardt said Monday. "I'm not surprised at all that he got caught doing that. Serves him right. He'll be out of our hair down here."

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that the guy was in the park does not indicate that he was fantasizing about children. Maybe he was or maybe he wasn't. It's creepy, but the pedophelia aspect can't be imputed on him just because he was in a park.

People usually go to parks to do unacceptable or wild things because there's more privacy in a park than anywhere else. That's why you find teenagers making out in parks, you find beer bottles and cigarette butts and condoms, etc., lying about. It's not that these people are trying to be near children -- it often happens to be purely coincidental.

March 03, 2011 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good point, Anon, it is perfectly possible this anti-gay preacher was at the park jacking off to perfectly acceptable heterosexual fantasies, and there is nothing unusual about him at all.

March 03, 2011 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brace yourself
Judge [7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals]: ‘Be Happy, Not Gay’ shirts worn by Neuqua Valley students OK
"A school that permits advocacy of the rights of homosexual students cannot be allowed to stifle criticism of homosexuality," the court ruled. "People in our society do not have a legal right to prevent criticism of their beliefs or their way of life."

March 03, 2011 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that should make the MCPS curriculum unconstitutional

oh well, here's some comic relief:

"President Obama on Wednesday intervened in a partisan brawl that threatens to shut down the government, inviting congressional leaders of both parties to sit down with Vice President Biden and work out a compromise to fund federal programs through the end of the fiscal year. They could sit down as early as Thursday. Biden is scheduled to leave Sunday for a week-long trip to Finland, Russia and Moldova."

why didn't I think of that?

just put Biden on it

that'll fix things up

"It wouldn't be right if we didn't mention this. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The Rev. Grant Storms, the Christian fundamentalist known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter"

I think it would have been alright not to mention it.

I've personally never heard of the guy.

March 03, 2011 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's Senate Republicans voted Thursday to find their AWOL Democratic colleagues guilty of contempt and disorderly conduct, and order police to bring them back to work by force, if the missing senators did not return by late afternoon.

The 14 Democratic senators escaped to Illinois two weeks ago to avoid voting on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers. Their absence has blocked passage of the bill because at least one of them must be present to have a quorum.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody if they are in Wisconsin.

"I do believe senators are in Wisconsin," he said. "I know they are driving back and forth to their homes."

"All fourteen of us remain in Illinois, very strong in our convictions," Sen. Jon Erpenbach said in a statement. "Issuing arrest warrants at 4 p.m. isn't going to solve the problem."

The resolution says the Democrats would be found guilty of contempt and disorderly conduct if they don't return by 4 p.m., after which the Senate would issue an order similar to an arrest warrant. The order would give the chamber's sergeant at arms the power to take any necessary steps, including police assistance, to bring the senators back.

Fitzgerald called on any Wisconsin citizens who see the senators to contact police.

March 03, 2011 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(NEWSER) – The Republicans are back in control of the House, and they're bringing something with them: styrofoam cups. The cups, along with plastic forks and a number of other things seen as not eco-friendly, were done away with four years ago by Nancy Pelosi to reduce Congress's carbon footprint. Now, the Republicans are reversing those initiatives, with the chair of the House administration committee calling the $475,000-per-year program "neither cost-effective nor energy efficient."

John Boehner's press aide announced the change via Twitter yesterday, the Guardian reports, tweeting, "The new majority—plasticware is back." The congressional cafeterias switched to compostable coffee cups and trays and utensils made from biodegradable corn starch as part of the green initiative, though diners complained that the cutlery would often break. Next up: Older lightbulbs were set to be phased out, but House Republicans have introduced a bill to repeal that measure.

March 03, 2011 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, stimulative posts are not taking

March 03, 2011 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Stimulative? said...

Stay the hell away from playgrounds, "Anonymous"!

March 03, 2011 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why?

March 03, 2011 6:01 PM  
Anonymous we got 'em where we want 'em said...

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that House Republicans plan to keep cutting spending at a rate of $2 billion a week, through two-week spending bills, until the Senate makes clear its position on a budget for the rest of FY 2011.

"We would encourage the Senate and Leader Reid to act so that we can move forward, and until then, Mr. Speaker, I would say to my friend from Maryland that I would expect the House to continue its process of cutting $2 billion a week until we can see where the gentleman's caucus and then the Democratic Leader in the Senate is," Cantor told House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in a colloquy on the House floor.

During the discussion, Hoyer attempted to find room to compromise with Cantor on how much spending needs to be cut in order to satisfy Republicans, but Cantor indicated Republicans are not willing to compromise.

Hoyer pointed out that the Democratic House last year approved a continuing resolution that spends $41 billion less in discretionary, non-defense spending than the Obama administration's FY 2011 spending proposal. As a result, he said, Republicans should be willing to compromise more with Democrats, since that is 41 percent of the Republican demand for a $100 billion cut.

"Might I advise the leader on the other side of the Capitol that there is, in fact, a willingness on your side to compromise between 0 and 100?" Hoyer asked Cantor.

But Cantor replied that Republicans are seeking a $100 billion cut from the White House proposal, or a $61 billion cut from FY 2010 spending levels, and that these are equal cuts because both get spending back to 2008 levels. As a result, he said holding to current spending levels is not enough to reach 2008 levels and noted that the House in February approved H.R. 1, which makes the $61 billion in cuts the GOP is looking for.

Cantor also cast a demand to hold to current spending levels as keeping the status quo.

"If the gentlemen knows the position of Senator Reid and where he would like to go, other than maintain the status quo, that's what we're looking for," Cantor said.

March 03, 2011 6:11 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, I see your comment in the spam filter and I am going to leave it there.

JimK

March 03, 2011 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you crazy?

that's a TTF type incident

March 03, 2011 7:17 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

that's a TTF type incident

Anon, I don't really know about other TTF members' private lives, but an article about a "network of kinky people" where women publicly stimulate themselves with machines to the point of ejaculation is not consistent with the organization's mission statement or official activities.

Or our unofficial activities, for that matter. It's really not a TTF type incident.

I will remain benevolent and cheerful while I leave that comment in the spam folder and will delete any further comments on the subject or references to it.

JimK

March 03, 2011 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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March 03, 2011 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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March 03, 2011 8:44 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

It's time to move to a different subject, Anon. How about this anti-gay New Orleans preacher? What do you think about that?

JimK

March 03, 2011 9:03 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

Anonymous said...
Brace yourself
Judge [7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals]: ‘Be Happy, Not Gay’ shirts worn by Neuqua Valley students OK
"A school that permits advocacy of the rights of homosexual students cannot be allowed to stifle criticism of homosexuality," the court ruled. "People in our society do not have a legal right to prevent criticism of their beliefs or their way of life."

March 03, 2011 2:36 PM
Anonymous said...
that should make the MCPS curriculum unconstitutional

***********************
Please explain how that follows. A court decision allowing people to wear such T shirts says nothing about the right of a school district to include matters in its curriculum which may be contrary to the message sent on those T shirts.

For example, a school system could teach about what it may view as "just wars," while still being required to allow students to wear shirts with a pacifist messsage.

March 03, 2011 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

March 03, 2011 11:07 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, I can block your IP number and ban you permanently. I may decide to post something about a controversial sex demonstration at a university, and I might not, since it doesn't have anything to do with anything we are involved in here. You introduced the topic with a bogus assertion that it is a "TTF type incident" and I asked you to change the subject, and now you have come back to it three times.

If I find more from you on this subject in these comments in the morning I will ban your home and work IP numbers.

JimK

March 03, 2011 11:30 PM  

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