Latta, SC Police Chief Fired By Mayor For Being Gay

Crystal Moore, far right, former chief of police of Latta, SC


Latta, South Carolina Police Chief Crystal Moore was fired by Latta Mayor Earl Bullard last week after 23 years on the force. Officially, it’s for these seven reprimands, but in light of statements made by the mayor, and the fact that all seven reprimands were given IN ONE DAY by the mayor, plus the fact that Moore had received exactly ZERO reprimands in her 23 years, points to a personal vendetta on the part of the mayor.

To be fair, he also fired her for investigating a person he hired who had a questionable background and a suspended license. More on that later.

Council members have alleged Bullard had it out for Moore even before taking office. However, on this issue, he said that her being gay was not a reason for her firing. Councilman Jarret Taylor said Moore was fired because she refused to sign seven written reprimands. Taylor said Moore simply asked to talk with her attorney before signing, but Bullard demanded that she sign the reprimands immediately. When she didn’t, he fired her.

Even if Bullard’s lying, and it sure looks that way, it wouldn’t be illegal. 29 states allow firing and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In a country where people who want a homophobic CEO fired are called ‘the gay mafia’, homosexuals of any position can be fired without a peep.

“I would much rather have — and I will say this to anybody’s face — somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children. … I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with two men neither.”  - Mayor Earl Bullard

There is a bill, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, that has already passed the Senate and is sitting in the House. It would put an end to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. John Boehner refuses to bring it up for a vote, though – because, you know, election year.

As I said, aside from the mayor’s homophobia there is another questionable reason that he fired her. Moore was investigating the town’s new Parks and Recreation Department Director Vontray Sellers, who was hired by Bullard in February. The Latta Police Department began looking into Sellers’ background after it was reported that Sellers was driving a town vehicle despite having a suspended driver’s license.

To sum up:

  1. for being gay, and
  2. for investigating the mayor’s own corruption.

These are, of course, ‘allegedly’.

Edward Hotspur

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Nine Superheroes vs. One Superhero And You


Below is an alphabetized list of ten superheroes. You get to choose one of them to protect you, while the other nine will try to kill you. Which one would you choose, and why?

1) Batman
2) Captain America
3) Flash
4) Green Lantern
5) Iron Man
6) Spiderman
7) Superman
8) Thor
9) Wolverine
10) Wonder Woman

There are two conditions:

  1. You cannot substitute any other superhero or supervillain. You must choose from this list.
  2. You and the chosen superhero must stay on Earth/within Earth’s atmosphere.

Choose well!


Edward Hotspur

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Schlafly: Women Paid The Same As Men Won’t Find Husbands

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy funtime elf Phyllis Schlafly stated that since a woman prefers to marry a man who makes more money than she does, decreasing the gender pay gap would leave women unable to secure a husband.

That’s right. Unable. A woman who goes to all the trouble to secure an education and a high-paying job would somehow simultaneously be rendered unable to also secure a husband. She can’t do both! Right?

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Half of them! OMG, those poor women! I can see where the smaller-government do-not-intrude-in-our-personal-lives conservatives would totally want to prevent women from being unable to find a man. Schlafly went on to say that the best thing for women “is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.” Yeah! Increase the pay gap so the disparity is even higher! That will help women, in the way that only allowing hetero marriage everywhere will help gays, and making the front of the bus whites-only will help blacks! Of course! It’s so simple.

Schlafly herself is an advocate for the full-time mother and wife, while being herself a lawyer, editor of a monthly newsletter, regular speaker at anti-liberal rallies, and political activist. She has said “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.” She opposes gay marriage even though her own son is gay.

She is a totally fun human being.

Allow me to just say for the record that I do okay in the salary department, and if my wife started making more money than me, I would be friggin’ ecstatic! Because that would be a lot of money. Literally twice as much, you know? Also let me say for the record that there are other reasons besides discrimination that women make less money than men, and many of them are legitimate. It’s also not 77% – more like 91%, again because of a wide variety of reasons.

But there is absolutely no reason for Schlafly to say all this crap, particularly when she doesn’t walk the talk.

Edward Hotspur

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