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Dog, Guantanamo, Mel Sembler, Mitt Romney

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It's no secret Mitt Romney advocated doubling the size of Guantanamo's torture camp, nor that he tied his dog to the roof of his car for a twelve hour drive [until a "brown liquid" flowed down the back window--Lambert]. But he's also tight with Mel Sembler in Florida (Romney press release), and if that name, Mel Sembler, sounds familiar, it's cause he's the guy who used to run Straight, Inc., the place teens and addicts were sent for behavior modification, by torture.

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Submitted by lambert on

He didn't drag the dog after his car, like that Christianist camp did to that girl down in Texas.

Let's try to keep some perspective here.

OK, enough irony.

More on Mel Sembler here (yeah, Wikipedia...).

More on Sembler's operations from John Gorenfeld:

For 16 years, Sembler, with his wife Betty, directed the leading juvenile rehab business in America, STRAIGHT, Inc., before seeing it dismantled by a breathtaking array of institutional abuse claims by mid-1993. Just one of many survivors is Samantha Monroe, now a travel agent in Pennsylvania, who told The Montel Williams show this year about overcoming beatings, rape by a counselor, forced hunger, and the confinement to a janitor's closet in "humble pants" -- which contained weeks of her own urine, feces and menstrual blood. During this "timeout," she gnawed her cheek and spat blood at her overseers. "I refused to let them take my mind," she says of the program. The abuse took years to overcome.

More on Straight, Inc.

Nice to know the kind of camp they'll send me to if I'm lucky and only need "re-education."

Nice catch, Sarah.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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There is seriously no new low they won't get to in this election cycle. What gets me is these Reptilian donors doing all that illegal stuff, still have enough money to donate heavily to candidates.

What is fucking wrong with this country?!!!

And yea, that sounds like the perfect makings of a re-education camp for us DFH's when they declare martial law.

Fine catch, this needs to be spread far and wide. When we're standing against people this immoral and totalitarian, we need to fight much more vehemently.

Keep speaking the truth. Check out my site lotsa info. My brother died because of Straight Inc. It is STILL going on today and it must be stopped. Thank you for helping in this fight for children and human rights!

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

goddam they seem to be everywhere and never die. nice catch, sarah. let's pound on this one the next time mitt is having a medialove moment. it be nice to see an a-lister pick this little connection up. "vote for mitt and you'll get hit!" or something.

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For insight into the mind of Mormon Mitt Romney, check out

http://romneyforpresident.townhall.com/

Like Mormonism, the blog isn't what it seems.

(Funny photos too.)

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

About 9 years ago I was hit by a drunk driver and hospitilized for about 45 days. While laying in the hospita bed in a full body cast I had to endure days and days of church people who found out that I'm gay and spent all their spare time trying to convert me. I couldn't scream "GET OUT!" due to my injuries, which I wouldve done if I had been in good health. Anway, after my 15th surgery I was allowed to return home, only to find that the church had broken into my home, taken all of my Wiccan memorabilia and burned/smashed/destroyed everything they deemed to be "unChristian"... THAT, my friends, is what the fundamentalists are all about: forcing their beliefs on others, through whatever means necessary.

Submitted by lambert on

And what's being in a full body cast got to do with it? It's your eternal soul we're talking about!

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

And what’s being in a full body cast got to do with it? It’s your eternal soul we’re talking about!
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I mentioned the full body cast to point out that fundamentalist Christians took advantage of a horrific tragedy so that they could recruit. They tried to brainwash a near-dead individual. I found the whole group to be remarkably opportunistic, and I bring it up to point out how low these "Holier-Than-Thou" types are wlling to sink. In my opinion these Christian fundamentalists are actually quite devious and dangerous, not at all like the kind Christians I knew as a kid. Stories like these need to be told.

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Also, I live in a small town in Michigan. We have 3 churches, the Catholic church, the Episcopal church and the much more fundamentalist style Christian Church. Well, a friend of mine who is openly gay and happily partnered was asked to play the keyboard at the Christian Church. After playing for about a month 5 church families went to the minister and said that it was morally inappropriate to have a homosexual playing in front of the church, so the minister fired him without even discussing it with the church's board of directors. Our friend was told he could continue to attend services, but he would have to sit IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH! I can't that in today's world we are still face with such unfettered bigotry...

Submitted by lambert on

I hated being proselytized on my commute. Even being in the same car when that was going on made me crazy.

So I can't even imagine what it would be like in a full body cast. Eesh!

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by MJS on

What a team they could be! Imagine it: Romney drives up to the 4H Hot Dog On a Stick cart in a car with doggie diarrhea dripping down his rear window, and Santorum--this is the real kicker--marries the dog and they go live in Michael Vick's house. Then Santorum yells "You bitch" and vanishes in the night, his picture soon thereafter posted on Dog Food Cans from China, each with "Have You Seen This Guy?" written on the front. Admittedly, it is a kind of long and involved act for a State Fair, but performance art isn't just for the art crowd anymore. It's what's for dinner.

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