A month ago, when Roy Moore was accused of having pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, he equivocated. “Do you remember dating girls that young?” Sean Hannity asked him. Moore hedged: “Not generally, no. If I did, you know, I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that.” Hannity asked Moore about Debbie Gibson, who said she had dated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34. “I don’t remember going out on dates,” said Moore. “I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates, then we did.” Moore’s uncertainty
Salatan hasn´t got a clue, does he? His agenda- His ideas, his particular hate fest- that´s what he is all about, and nothing else matters. What a dirty little puke he is. What a filthy rag Slate is for having that POS as a writer, too.
I´m not a big Roy Moore fan, but how about some perspective? I am 13 years younger than Roy Moore and I grew up in north Alabama. The majority of rural and small town folks around here in the 60´s and 70´s were marrying in their late teens and early 20´s. There were certainly exceptions to this, but I´m speaking of the majority culture of the time.
As a fundamentalist Christian, he probably was not interested in divorced women as candidates for marriage, so the pool of available candidates would be younger women.
I think a likely scenario is that Moore dated young women he thought were 17 years old to mid-twenties. Some young women blossom at an earlier age, say 14, and can pass themselves off as 17 to 20. It is not illegal in Alabama even now for a 32 year old man to date a 16 year old girl. The testimony of most of the women who came forward the first week of this uproar was that Moore dated them when they were of age and there was nothing more than kissing and hugging that happened on their dates. To my way of thinking, they help established a pattern of Moore´s behavior that indicates he was not a predator, but rather a suitor. That´s a big difference.
Again, perspective is important. Looking at all of this with 2017 glasses when most people are marrying later in life is not the same as seeing things the way they were back then.
One of the incidents in this article involves Moore allegedly dating an 18 year old. Even today, girls of 18 and less are marrying and becoming teen age mothers. So what is so scandalous about a man dating an 18 year old? All of these incidents happened to girls of the age of consent except the one allegedly 14 year old. And why won´t Gloria Allred allow the yearbook to be examined?
Slate rehashes the allegations, which are presented as evidence, but are not. If Slate were a fair news source, we would hear something about their investigation of those making the allegations, but we do not. It is all one sided, making it evident that Slate´s real agenda is to get another Democrat in the Senate. I despise corruption in the media, and Slate should be branded as corrupt media.
Slate´s last ditch effort to derail the Alabama election. Let the people of Alabama decide. If he wins, he wins the seat. No pressure to resign, the people of Alabama will have spoken either way this goes. We don´t need Kristen Gillibrand deciding who represents Alabama.
How come it is ok for older celebrities to date young women (teens) and to hook up with them? The Kardashians have been doing it for a long time with no complaints. Old rock stars brag about their young wives. This is getting ridiculous.
Sometimes you read stuff so bizarre that it simply takes your breath away. Slate, which set the standard of intellectual rigor with its epic expose of the cruel sport of monkeyfishing, has always been a motherlode of lackwits who can be counted upon to say the most bizarre things to boost their pageviews. One of the black holes of intelligence at Slate is a guy named William Saletan.
This weekend Saletan determined that Republican presidential candidates are indistinguishable from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (I am deliberately not providing a link).
Slate? Seriously? There is no bigger group of America hating scoundrels in the world. To say that Slate is like an arm of the Cold War Pravda would be an understatement. The wolves are truly within the flock. Beware America, They are bent on your downfall.
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