Roy Moore — His Own Rules

Two years ago, I would have said that Alabama candidate for the U.S. Senate, Roy Moore’s boat just sunk.  Two years ago, I would have been right.  But that was then and this is now, and all the rules have changed and we are living in an alternative political universe where there seem to be no rules.

Two stories in today’s news are the things that political nightmares were once made of.

Undisclosed Deal Guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 A Year For Part-Time Work At CharityThe Washington Post, 11 October 2017

Talking out of both sides of his mouth, Moore previously said publicly that he did not take a “regular salary” from the small charity he founded, ostensibly to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But in reality, he privately arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 per annum and received more than $1 million between 2007 and 2012.

The ‘charity’, Foundation for Moral Law (FML), fudged their public tax filings for most of those years. The premise of this ‘charity’ is, in my mind, dubious, for its byline is “Defend Our Inalienable Right To Acknowledge God”.  Their stated mission is “FML fights to protect the Constitution and protect the heritage of our Country. We don’t run from our values, we protect them.”

It almost seems that FML is more of a PAC for Moore, for they have helped Moore in other ways, apart from financially.  They set up a network of donors when he was running for public office, and they paid for his health care insurance, travel expenses and even a bodyguard!  The charity also employs two of Moore’s children (salaries unknown) and his wife, who received $195,000 from 2013-2015.  Moore’s salary alone has been equal to approximately one-third of the total donations received by the group.

The group actually started in 2003, the first time Moore was ousted from his position as judge for his refusal to obey a federal court ruling.  At that time, it was called the Roy Moore Legal Defense Fund, and when the group applied for recognition as a charity the following year, their application was rejected, as it was considered to be operating in the private interests of Roy Moore.  They later changed their name, broadened their mission statement, and in 2005 were granted tax-exempt status.  However, it appears that Moore remains the primary beneficiary in a number of ways.

moore-3And then there is this …

Senate Candidate Roy Moore’s Son Is Arrested For The Ninth TimeThe Associated Press (AP), 11 October 2017

caleb-moore.jpg“The son of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has been arrested in Alabama on a misdemeanor charge linked to allegations of illegal hunting.

Etowah County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Natalie Barton tells news outlets 27-year-old Caleb Moore surrendered Monday on a charge of third-degree criminal trespass. He was accused of hunting without permission and hunting over bait last year.

Moore’s campaign issued a statement calling the arrest a “cheap political trick.”

Caleb Moore was arrested on drug charges in 2015, but those were dropped after he entered a pre-trial diversion program.

Monday’s arrest marks the ninth time the 27-year-old has been in jail.”

What a fine, upstanding family these people are, yes?  As I said in the beginning, until the last two years, Roy Moore would, at this point, be a deer in the headlights.  However, today, when the man who sits in the Oval Office has been involved in thousands of lawsuits and has been accused of sexual harassment more than once, yet still managed to get elected, all bets are off.

I would like to think that some values still remain and that the good people of Alabama will begin taking a much closer look at Moore’s opponent for the Senate seat, Doug Jones.  Time will tell, but as of this moment, Moore is still leading in the polls.  Sigh.  We no longer seem to hold our political leaders to the same high standard we once did, and that is a sad statement to have to make.

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35 thoughts on “Roy Moore — His Own Rules

  1. From up here, it seems that DT supporters (and his ilk) prefer to throw labels around – DT’s detractors are liberal haters and everything they say is Fake News. End of conversation. However, I do think, like one of the commenters above, that the answer is to get out ALL the voters. Great post, Jill!

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    • True … the name-calling, however, I must admit is not limited to only Trump supporters, but both sides are taking it to an art. My detractors DID stop calling me a ‘snowflake’ however, when I thanked them, telling them that it was actually a compliment, for snowflakes are beautiful and unique. That shut them up! 🤣

      And yes, voter apathy is part of the reason Trump sits in the Oval Office today. Too many failed to get off their posteriors and go vote because they were not enchanted by either candidate. We must do more to get people to the polls!

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  2. Jill, I sure hope Moore’s challenges come out. He is running against a very good candidate, who is far more credible and rational. But, rationality does not always carry the day as per our current President. Keith

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  3. Sounds like the fellow has an effective propaganda machine. Anything uncomplimentary is dismissed by his followers as ‘fake news’, they’d rather swallow his stuff. Fine, when they get ‘naff all’ done for their state, they can read his propaganda to comfort themselves.
    The only way this will be stopped is by everyone realising it is not ‘cool’ or ‘clever’ not to vote, sometimes you got to go for the least worse alternative…Democracy is messy like that.

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    • Indeed he does have a huge propaganda machine. And, as with Trump, I am scratching my head and asking “why?” He was tossed off the judicial bench, then voted back on some years later, tossed off again within a year, and now the people want to send him to Washington to add to the muck up there. Why?

      There appears to be an epidemic of sleeping sickness in this nation. Too many people are not waking up and smelling the rotten odor coming out of the White House. Me, on the other hand, have the opposite and haven’t been asleep before 5:00 a.m. for weeks. 😵😵😵

      And yeah, I am thinking that mandatory voting is maybe a good idea at this point. But … with Trump’s commission on ‘voter fraud’ in full swing trying to disenfranchise as many as possible … the odds are zilch.

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      • Media-lite Jill and with the trend for folk to think its smart to not trust anything the officialdom comes out with.
        Not much reading of runes these days either or checking twixt the lines.
        Ah well, take heart when the real heavy pressure comes, and it will come, from where it’s least expected Trump will collapse, implode or:
        Firstly- cancelling engagements due to a heavy cold
        Secondly: Cold has taken a turn for the worse doctors say possible…………… caused by over work.
        Thirdly: VP appears looking grave on Whitehouse lawn does the ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ speech
        Fourthly: President retires due to ill-health brought on by very hardly work, ‘we all yadda-yadda-yadda’
        Remember you read it here……foist?.
        Now early to bed tonight young lady.
        😴 💤😴 💤😴 💤

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        • 🤣🤣🤣 No, Roger, I can honestly say that I have not seen anybody read runes in years … decades … ever? But I looked it up, just for fun, and there are tons of pages instructing one on how to read runes, and even some YouTube videos. You probably already knew that, but I was amazed.

          I enjoyed your final scenario there … annnnd … it couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Now, if it could possibly happen this weekend, perhaps my head could stop this bloomin’ spinnin’ so I could remember … what was that I was trying to remember … 🙃

          I will not mention what time I went to bed this morning .. but suffice it to say that my daughter was already up and getting ready for work. 😪 😫 💤💤💤

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          • Yeh Runes as a subject are interesting (though as a catholic I’m not supposed to go near them, but live ‘n let live I say). I don’t know if it’s used much in the USA, over here in common speech it does tend to mean ‘reading between the lines’ or making an educated guess at what’s coming, which is probably a million miles from the way they are read seriously.
            Got to bed a little bit late then Jill? …..Oh well 😌.
            You keep on fighting the good fight your way 😉.

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            • No, I don’t hear runes mentioned over here at all. Quite honestly, while I have a vague notion what they are, I am not clear on it myself. That is how I found that there were multiple websites and videos teaching how to read them. Might be interesting to take a look at, if I ever again find time just to browse at such things.

              Yes, I lost track of time … it was 2:30 and I said I would be in bed no later than 3:00, and next thing I knew, Chris was in the shower and it was after 5:00. I really have to stop this, for it is not a healthy thing, either emotionally nor physically and it is taking a toll. Tonight … no later than 2:00 a.m. (have to take it slowly … it might be too much of a shock to the system to go to bed before midnight, y’know!)

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              • This is true and if its is taking a toll (been there), then it’s good to withdraw.
                Hitting the sheets about midnight is a good time, if the head is still buzzing with ideas it’s always good to thing of something quite basic and still productive, such as which flowers to plant next, whether to buy an adult colouring book or a cartoon strip series or how about ‘that’ book of photos of great works of art, and so forth, gives the mind something to ponder on and wind down the issues which are driving one. I try to avoid politics, book plots and my ‘things’ to do list.
                Sometimes if I can get the brain under control I just lie there and think ‘hey like nothing to do time….cool’

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  4. Dear Jill,
    There have to be sane people in Alabama. I watched an interview between Travis Smiley and the Alabama democratic candidate Doug Jones. Mr. Jones sounded really great to where he could win over centrist republicans, independents, and democrats.
    Otherwise, Judge Moore.becomes the face of Alabama.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • From what little I have read about Jones, he seems to be quite the good candidate. But … people with good sense in Alabama? I’m not convinced, since Moore is doing so well in the polls. My fear is that there ARE sane people in Alabama, but they are apathetic and will not vote at all. And, I wonder … I hate to be so suspicious, but I wonder if there might not be some intimidation going on? It is, after all, Alabama. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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    • I begin to wonder, my friend. Remember when, during the early days of the campaign, he claimed that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and that it wouldn’t affect his ratings? Apparently he was right, for he has done just about everything BUT that, and his lemmings still love him. Although … I am encouraged because the other night I was teasing my good friend (republican) Jerry about loving Trump, and he told me to bite my tongue, that he no longer wants anything to do with Trump. So, perhaps the masses are awakening?

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    • Yeah … if his are ‘Christian’ values, then it simply reinforces my reasons for eschewing religion. He is a piece of work and then some, and I truly hope he does not win that Senate seat, but frankly, I think he will. Sigh. Cheers!

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      • There is usually an assumption made, that in order to be religious. One has to be in an organized religion or cult. Like for example, Christianity. Whichever religion currently in the world, you are supposed to pick and follow one. To be deemed, “religious”. I would contend this point of view, POV. God lives in our hearts. It is empathy and a feeling of universal love, which guides us. Not some book or building, no matter how peaceful. We can only experience God directly. All of the religions and cults depend on one thing. That is. The notions of something bigger than all of us.

        Often referred to as “Creator”. Carl Jung, defined it in one way. That we as people are driven by the urge to worship. To make altars to a deity. It is a human nature. Many people throughout the ages have taken advantage of this. By acting as professed intermediaries. That only they are able to speak with the deity, for profit. Since God does not interfere with this, the logical fallacy is that they are bringing you the “real McCoy”? That we are not divine enough? To be able to see and talk with God, first hand. Whereas, this is the truth of it. We are able; to talk with God. Of whichever is, of our choosing. Directly and through our heart and conscience. Expect nothing, give all. Let wealth be for men and Love for God. That’s about it. Cheers Jamie.

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        • Your thoughts mirror my own. To me, ‘religion’ is an invention of man, and I agree with Marx that religion is used as “the opiate of the masses”. It has certainly been used for all the wrong things enough times. Domination, control and manipulation are the terms in which I think of ‘organized’ religion.

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