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May 31, 2015

Bombshell Dugger Police Report

Josh Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar waited more than a year after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police, In Touch Magazine is reporting exclusively, based on information contained in the official police report.

What’s more, Jim Bob informed the elders of his church about Joshua’s actions and they waited three months before contacting authorities. The explosive new information is contained in a Springdale, Ark., police report obtained by In Touch magazine.

The report has been hidden since 2006 and was just obtained by the mag through a Freedom of information Act request. Jim Bob also refused to allow police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006. The Duggars star on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting.

In Touch magazine first broke the news of the Duggars’ underage sexual molestation scandal in this week’s magazine. (Note: Josh’s name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him.)

Other bombshells in the police report are: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were interview by the Springdale Police department on Dec. 12, 2006. The report says that James told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions. In 2006, Jim Bob told police that in July, 2002 Josh admitted to fondling a minor’s breasts while she slept. “James said that they disciplined (redacted, Josh) after this incident.” The family did not alert authorities.

Jim Bob told police that about nine months later in March, 2003 “there was another incident.” Josh was again accused by a female minor of touching her breasts and genitals. Josh was accused by several minors of touching their genitals, often when they slept, but at times when they were awake.

Jim Bob then “met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.” No one alerted the police or any other law enforcement agency. Instead they decided to send Josh to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.”

He said the program was a “Christian program.” Michelle Duggar later admitted to police that Josh did not receive counseling and instead had been sent during that time to a family friend who was in the home remodeling business.

Asked about the training center that Jim Bob said Josh was sent to, Michelle told police, according to the report, “it was not really a training center. Det. [Darrell] Hignite asked if the guy [redacted, Josh] talked to was a certified counselor. She said no. She said it was a guy they know in Little Rock that is remodeling a building. Det. Hignite asked if the guy was more of a mentor. She said “kind of.”

The Duggars told police that Josh “apologized” to the female minors and that they had “forgiven” him.

An alleged victim told police in 2006 that Josh had told “mother and dad what had happened… (and) asked for forgiveness." The report notes the alleged victim says Josh “sought after God and had turned back to God.

Jim Bob told police that “several members of their church were aware of the situation and had been supportive of the family.”

Police interviewed several of the alleged minor victims in December, 2006. They told police that Josh had touched their breasts and sex organs.

Jim Bob told police in 2006 that when Josh returned home in 2003, Jim Bob, accompanied by some of his church elders, took Josh to Arkansas State Trooper, Jim Hutchens. Jim Bob knew Hutchens personally. Hutchens did not take any official action and instead gave Josh a “very stern talk.” As In Touch magazine reports exclusively in this week’s issue, Hutchens is now serving 56-years in prison for child pornography. He took no action on the Duggar case.

The Duggars told police that at the time Josh was accused of, and admitting to, these sexual acts, “a family friend aware of what had happened had written down in a letter what he knew of [redacted, Josh’s] actions…That letter had been placed in a book and had subsequently been forgotten about. Just recently [in 2006] the book had been loaned to someone else with the letter in it and another person discovered the letter.

The Duggars refused to tell police who wrote the letter and who found it.

When the family was scheduled to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 2006, an email was sent to the show warning them about the alleged molestation. The email was written by a 61-year-old female who is not identified.

Harpo Studios faxed the letter to the Department of Human Services hotline. The report was then opened for investigation, leading to the investigation by Springdale police.

When police asked Jim Bob to bring Josh in for an interview in 2006, he attempted to hire a lawyer and refused to produce his son for questioning. At least two lawyers refused to take his case. “Det. Hignite received a voice mail from Mr. Duggar stating that [redacted] had hired an attorney and would not be coming in for an interview.”

In Touch magazine broke the story of Josh Duggar’s dark past in the issue currently on sale. The magazine obtained the police report, hidden since 2006, through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Police had to abandon pursuing charges because the [then] three-year statute of limitations had expired.

The alleged victims all described a consistent scenario of Josh touching their breasts and genitals and later apologizing. They said Jim Bob was aware of the situation and did not go to authorities for more than a year. –Source: In Touch

Marlene's Story

Marlene started smoking in high school, with a lesson from a neighbor on how to inhale. Smoking seemed cool. Marlene continued to smoke as she married and raised children. Then at age 56, Marlene started to lose her vision. She had trouble reading; accidentally cut herself in the kitchen; and would fall, even when walking down only a few steps. She had developed an advanced eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD can destroy the central vision you need to read, drive, or see people's faces.

Marlene's doctor told her to quit smoking if she wanted to keep even a small portion of her eyesight. When a new drug came out—a breakthrough that might slow her vision loss—Marlene was excited. “Okay. I take it by mouth?” Marlene asked. “No, we inject it in your eyes,” said the doctor.

To date, Marlene has had dozens of injections in each eye—and she'll need even more shots each month to avoid further vision loss. Marlene hopes that sharing her story will help others quit smoking as soon as possible. –Source: Contributed by Mary/CDC

Marlene's Biography

What's it like to lose your eyesight? For Marlene, it started with small, cloudy spots in her vision. TV shows looked blurry, and she had no way to sharpen the focus. In the kitchen, she mistook her finger for a carrot on the cutting board. Marlene noticed these frightening changes to her sight at age 56, after many years of smoking. She went from one eye specialist to another, searching for answers. She was eventually diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—an eye disease that gets worse over time and has no cure. AMD can destroy the central vision you need to read, drive, and recognize the faces of your loved ones.

Marlene developed a type of AMD, called "wet AMD," which is unusual in someone so young. Smoking doubles the risk for AMD. But like many people, Marlene had no idea that cigarettes could contribute to a disease that could cause her to lose her eyesight.

"If I had a crystal ball many years ago, I would never, ever have put that first cigarette in my mouth," she said.

The best chance for slowing her vision loss was a drug that must be injected through a needle into each eye. Marlene was afraid of needles, but even more afraid of going blind, so she started monthly injections. To date, she’s had dozens of shots in each eye. "And this may go on for the rest of my life," said Marlene.

"I want to see the sun. I want to see the water," she said. "I want to see life the way it is, not with black clouds blocking my vision!"

Vision loss never entered Marlene’s mind when she started smoking early in high school. She snuck cigarettes from her mother’s pack, and a neighbor taught her how to inhale. Within a year, Marlene craved a cigarette first thing every morning. She was addicted.

Marlene tried to quit several times as she and her husband raised three children, but each time she relapsed. "Smoking was my crutch, my gold star, my friend I wanted to share in the good and the bad,” said Marlene. "Cigarettes were my good friend who couldn’t say anything back to me."

Soon after being diagnosed with eye disease, Marlene quit smoking for good. She wanted to do everything in her power to help save her vision. “When I found out my daughter was expecting our first grandchild and that smoking could cause macular degeneration, there was no reason to continue smoking. I wanted my health!”

Today, Marlene’s vision is stable. She can read recipes with a magnifying glass, but she doesn’t read much else, preferring to listen to audio books or watch a big-screen TV.

Marlene hopes sharing her story will inspire others to quit smoking as soon as possible. “My advice to anyone who smokes is to quit. Do whatever it takes to quit smoking.”

And while her eye treatments are not something Marlene looks forward to every month, she says, “I’m happy and grateful that I’m able to get treatments—that there are treatments. Years ago, there was no help, and people with macular degeneration just lost their central vision. If you notice a change in your vision, don’t be frightened to say anything. Go and get help before it’s too late!” -Source: CDC

Josh Duggar Apologizes

“19 Kids and Counting” son Josh Duggar has issued an apology following a bombshell report alleging he molested five minor girls, some of his sisters included, more than a decade ago.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Duggar, now 27, said in a statement to People magazine. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”

According to police documents obtained by In Touch magazine, Springfield, Arkansas, cops opened a felony investigation in 2006 after someone tipped off authorities.

The allegations against the oldest Duggar child, now a married father of three, trace back to 2002, when he confessed one such incident to family patriarch Jim Bob. Josh’s father, however, reportedly waited more than a year to contact police after Josh, a minor at the time, owned up to his actions.

Josh’s statement continued:

    ‘I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life … I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.’

Jim Bob and wife Michelle, known for their strong religious beliefs, told People in a joint statement, “Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”

Josh’s wife, Anna Keller, is also standing by the reality star. She says Josh told her of his “past teenage mistakes” before he popped the question. The couple wed in 2008.

    ‘I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes.’

Anna says counseling has “changed his life.”

After the police report went public through In Touch, Josh resigned from his post at the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group and lobbying organization, People reports.

Josh and Anna are expecting their fourth child together, a baby girl, in July. –Source: NY Post

Jesus Is Coming Soon

Tony Perkins Responds To Josh Duggar News

Josh Duggar, embroiled in a forcible sexual molestation case from his past as a teenager, resigns from FRC. What does Tony Perkins have to say about it?

After less than two years, Josh Duggar resigned as the executive director of Family Research Council Action, the political arm of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council.

In Touch magazine published a 33-page police report from when Duggar was a teen, that allegedly shows he sexually molested five girls, including family members, multiple times, including forcibly.

The media storm was too much to control, and Duggar has acknowledged his past actions, apologized, and resigned.

Here's how FRC president Tony Perkins addressed the issue today:

    "Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years.

    "Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work.  We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time.  We will be praying for everyone involved," concluded Perkins.

That's it.

Nothing more. –Source: The New Civil Rights Movement

8 Beautiful & Easy-To-Grow Houseplants

1. Oxalis Triangularis

Allison Koll at Gunn Landscape Architecture recommends oxalis triangularis, or purple shamrock. She loves its beautiful triangular leaves and deep purple shade, and because it stays alive while her other plants have not. She suggests keeping oxalis in indirect sunlight—its leaves open and close to the sun—and watering every few days or if the soil is dry. It becomes dormant during winter, she says, “So just when it seems like you’ve killed it, it comes back to life.”

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Neither Leslie Bennett nor Stefani Bittner of Star Apple Edible Gardens is an admirer of houseplants in general, but both have grown fond of the Fiddle Leaf Fig for its big, beautiful leaves and retro-chic look. They’ve also found that it’s hard to kill. “If things go wrong,” says Bennett, “I just cut mine way back and it comes back beautifully.”

3. Snake Plant

Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design is fond of sansevieria, snake plant, or mother-in-law’s tongue, especially the cylindrica variety. Says Mullins, “They are retro and easy and can handle dark corners with very little water.”

4. Magic Bells Plant

Gunn Landscape Architecture senior designer Aaron McIntire recommends kalanchoe, or magic bells plant, for its striking shapes, color, and texture. He notes that it blooms from late fall into winter, and as a member of the succulent family, it’s resilient and easy to care for. McIntire says, “I like this plant because after it blooms, you only have to cut it back and the process of growth starts again.”

5. Staghorn Fern

Gunn Landscapes designer Cat Rha recommends Platycerium bifurcatum, or staghorn fern, “as a great sculptural centerpiece for mounting onto a wall. I love the idea of using plants as a piece of living art.” She notes that they can be finicky to care for, since they prefer tropical environments—high humidity and indirect sunlight. She suggests soaking them in water once a week and misting in between waterings.

6. Cast Iron Plant

Pedersen Associates in San Francisco recommends Aspidistra elatior, or the cast iron plant, for enduring hardiness.

7. ZZ Plant

Gunn Landscapes horticulturist Lauren Pucciarelli recommends the ZZ plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, for its beautiful foliage that is highly resistant to pests and can tolerate low light. However, she warns that “all parts of the plant are toxic so be careful around children and pets.”

8. Silver Queen Chinese Evergreen

Along with the ZZ plant, Joel Lichtenwalter of Grow Outdoor Design recommends aglaonema  ”Silver Queen,” or Chinese evergreen. He says that despite minimal watering, “These are the two plants that have survived at least a decade in medium/low light exposure in my condo in West Hollywood.” Just as easy, he says, is “a centerpiece of three different tillandsias arranged on a metal base on the dining room table.” -Source: Care2

Mike Huckabee Runs To Defend Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar's actions as a teen are "inexcusable," but not "unforgivable," says conservative Christian and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. "We will run to them with our support."

In 2012, the Duggar family endorsed far right Republican radical Rick Santorum, but when fellow Arkansas native Mike Huckabee launched his 2016 presidential campaign earlier this month, endorsement from Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar were literally at the top of Huckabee's campaign page.

And they still are.

Three days in to the Josh Duggar child molestation sex scandal, the silence from the right is deafening.

Aside from right wing websites, almost no one with a platform – including "19 Kids and Counting" producers TLC and Discovery Communications – are saying a word. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins issued the meagerest of statements acknowledging Josh Duggar's resignation from his anti-gay organization, but that's about it.

Until just now.

Josh Duggar rose to power within the Republican party faster than even his now-former boss Tony Perkins, in large part because he is a celebrity and supposedly represented the Christian family values the GOP claims to espouse. He can be seen photographed arm in arm with half the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls, but only one is speaking about him at all.

Mike Huckabee, the ordained Baptist preacher, today issued a scathing attack on the "bloodthirsty media" while thowing his full support to Josh Duggar.

"Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family," Speaking for himself and his wife, Huckabee wrote late this morning on Facebook. "Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.'"

Huckabee claims Josh and his family "dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities."

That's not accurate.

While Josh's father reported the assaults to the police, reportedly he waited months or even a year to do so. And once the three-year statute of limitations was up. Josh refused to talk with the police again.

"No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one's judgement is not mature."

Huckabee is totally correct there – but ignores the fact that the Duggars created a public image of themselves as a good Christian family.

"No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility."

Actually, again, that's not exactly correct. The Duggars claimed they put Josh into a Christian counseling program, but Michelle Duggar admitted that all they did was send Josh to work for the summer with a family friend who remodels houses for a living. 

"Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims."

"Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support."

No mention from Huckabee of the fact Josh Duggar went on to a career in which he – just like his mother Michelle has done – spread lies, hate, and fear about LGBT people, and for a living. That's hardly "going forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult."  -Source: The New Civil Rights Movement

The Final Inspection

The poem below is dedicated to everyone, who has fought life's battles, but most especially to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed their lives that the rest of us may still be free.

The lowly soldier stood and faced the Lord,
As everyone knows must come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now, you soldier,
And let Me deal with you.
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To the faith have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and
answered, 'No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most weekends,
And at times my talk was even tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world's been awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep;
I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never asked or cried for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
For I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fear.

But if you've a place for me, dear Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
And if you don't, I'll understand.

Silence reigned all around God's throne,
Where the saints had solemnly trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

Come forward, my dear soldier,
You've borne your burdens very well.
Walk joyfully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.

~ Contributed by Ralph/Anonymous ~

Here's Josh Duggar Hanging With Half The GOP Presidential Candidate Field

Josh Duggar acknowledged reports of being investigated in the sexual molestation of five girls when he was a teen and apologized for acting "inexcusably." Most of the girls were likely his sisters, some of them were forcibly molested, and some of those acts would have been felonies had he been prosecuted.

Here is Josh Duggar standing with top Republican 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

This report isn't about "guilt by association."

But what this does show, however, is one man obsessed with power, and the vast majority of Republican presidential hopefuls being only too happy to oblige, thanks to his celebrity status and his position leading the political arm of a powerful and well-funded anti-gay hate group.

What did Josh Duggar do for a living before becoming the executive director of Family Research Council Action? What qualified him to run a multi-million dollar Washington, D.C. lobbying firm?

He was a used car salesman.

Remember that the next time Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, or any other the other Republican presidential candidates start talking about the evils of same-sex marriage, or compare gay people to polygamists or pedophiles. And remember how they'll put someone on a pedestal because they talk about their Christian faith all the time, without ever bothering to find out who they are. –Source: The New Civil Rights Movement

Josh Duggar's Dad, Running For US Senate

Josh Duggar's dad says rape and incest are capital crimes, punishable by death.

James Robert Duggar, better known as Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of the "19 Kids and Counting" clan, was an Arkansas State Rep. from 1999 to 2002. He then ran for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the Republican primary.

An archive of Duggar's 2002 campaign website, which Gawker just dug up, included rather powerful statements against issues like incest and rape, made probably just before the time Josh Duggar, according to police reports published by In Touch, sexually molested five girls, reportedly including family members.

"Jim Bob lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Arkansas’ incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson," Gawker notes. "His son Josh remained very much alive and went on to molest several underage girls including some of his sisters from 2002-2003."

Like many politicians, Duggar posted his position statements to his 2002 campaign website, in a Q&A format.

"What is your abortion position, and specifically, where do you stand on rape, incest, and threat to the mother’s health?," the website asks.

"If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. Adoption is an option. Many couples would love to adopt and are waiting for a baby. Abortion has been and always will be the destruction of an innocent child," Jim Bob Duggar said.

"Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes. The developing infant committed no crime and should be allowed to live. In the unlikely event that the life of both mother and baby would both be lost (for example, a tubal pregnancy) all should be done to save the life of the mother."

A capital crime is one that can result in the death penalty.

When faced with his own son's acts, Jim Bob Duggar consulted church elders, sent Josh to live with a family friend who remodeled houses, and reportedly enrolled him in a short stint of Christian counseling that had its own dubious issues, before notifying the authorities. –Source: The New Civil Rights Movement