Hollywood: An Ugly Tale of Corruption and Child Rape

We’re probably all aware of the firestorm that is ripping through Hollywood, currently. For those who may have somehow missed it, however, know that the dam is broke, and the ugly backwash of sexual harassment, abuse, and outright rape is flooding the spotlight-lined streets and red carpet dreams.

It began with the reports of Harvey Weinstein, the high powered movie producer behind such hits as “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Weinstein is, apparently, a serial abuser of women, and in particular, has used his position of power to harass, inappropriately touch, and in a growing number of cases, rape young starlets.
What began with Weinstein, however, was only the beginning. Hollywood is going through a purging, and every dark secret, every abusive account, every name is being flushed out into the open.

If it were just adults, it would be horrible and wrong and worthy of every cry of outrage.

But it’s not just adults.

For years, former child actor Corey Feldman has claimed that there was a culture of pedophilia in Hollywood, as well.

Feldman, along with his best friend and frequent co-star, Corey Haim, lit up the screen as teens in movies like, “Dream a Little Dream” and “The Lost Boys.”

Haim, unfortunately, struggled with life after child stardom, with drug addiction and demons that wrecked his life, right up until he was taken from this world in 2010 by complications from pneumonia. He was only 38 years old.

Feldman tells a tale in his book, “Coreyography: A Memoir,” of an ambitious and naïve young Haim, and an incident with another Hollywood big name, that is absolutely heartbreaking.

Charlie Sheen, an equally troubled actor, is now being charged as the adult male who raped a young Corey Haim, years ago, on the set of the movie, “Lucas,” when Haim was only 13 years old.

I’ll say now, the story that is breaking is from the National Enquirer. It’s not a source I would normally turn to for truth, but the story they tell is similar to the story Feldman has already told, with the difference being, they give the name. Feldman did not.

Feldman even recently alluded to the story coming out in the Enquirer, suggesting that it was, in fact, the story he’d told of in his book.

From his book, Feldman tells this tale:

‘At some point during the filming [of ‘Lucas,’ Haim] explained an adult male convinced him it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was ”what all guys do,” Feldman wrote.

‘So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers during a lunch break for the cast and crew,’ continued Feldman,’ and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.’ Feldman never named Sheen as the man in the incident.

The story is also backed up by another former child actor who was close to Haim.

Former actor Dominick Brascia claims Haim disclosed to him what happened between him and Sheen. Brascia went on the record about what he says Haim told him before he died in 2010 at 38-years-old.

‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’ Brascia told the Enquirer. ‘He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested.’

He was 13. Sheen was 19 years old. And it was too much for him to handle.

The Enquirer apparently did their homework. They followed up with dozens of witnesses, all who knew of the incident between Sheen and Haim, because Haim had confided in them, as well.

He was looking for some kind of anchor, somebody to clear up that chaotic, confusing time in his life. He was looking for help. His childhood and his innocence had been stripped from him by a predator.

He was looking for something he apparently never found.

Another insider alleges that ‘Corey was so confused by the sexual encounter he believed, like so many victims, he was ‘in love’ with his abuser,’ adding that the actor bullied the young teen actor into a vulnerable position for sex.

Brascia added that Haim told him he later had consensual sex with the ‘Wall Street’ star while in his mid-to-late 20s. ‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen again,’ Brascia said, adding ‘He claimed he didn’t like it and was finally over Sheen. He said Charlie was a loser.’

Charlie Sheen has had his own problems through the years. Several failed marriages, legal troubles, and drug-induced, destructive behavior that eventually ended his time on a hit TV show, “Two and a Half Men,” and culminated in an HIV diagnosis in 2011. He denies that he raped Haim.

So what twisted Sheen?

We may never know, but I’m of the belief that nobody begins as a predator. Something, somewhere goes wrong and a part of their spirit grows dark.

The irony is that Hollywood is quick to tell the rest of us how to live, but underneath the surface of their $500 hairstyles, perfect makeup, and all the bright lights is something far nastier, more corrupt than all those they feel so comfortable haranguing.

Corey Haim is just one, tragic example of how even children in Hollywood are not safe from this dangerous, debauched culture. You have to know there are more, and as Feldman has been trying to signal to the world, there really are.

For the rest of us, it’s time to stop looking to Hollywood and pop culture to be the arbiters of our conscience. They’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do around their own backdoors.

WATCH: Texas Governor Suggests Sunday’s Church Shooting Was Not Random

By now, the horror of Sunday’s shooting at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is settling in.

Around 26 people, ranging in age from 5-years old to 72-years old were shot and killed, with many more injured.

The massacre was committed by a deeply troubled Devin Patrick Kelley.

What we know is that Kelley was 26-years old, had been discharged from the military in 2014 for domestic assault against his young wife and baby, and his social media profile seemed to suggest he held atheistic views.

Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott discussed the tragedy.

In the governor’s view, this was not a “random” attack.

I don’t know what inside information the governor may have, but he feels that very soon we’ll hear that there was a more definite tie between Kelley and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

“What I want to convey to you is I don’t think this was just a random act of violence,” Abbott told George Stephanopoulos.

“It was two things, one is a very deranged individual who I understand long before he was dishonorably discharged from the United States military was demonstrating some mental illness challenges.”

He didn’t offer any further reasons for why he believes this, but there have been mixed reports available since Sunday that seem to suggest that Kelley’s mother-in-law may have attended the church.

Again, this is just the random whiffs of information that have been floated online, in the same manner that tends to occur whenever there is a tragedy of this magnitude.

However it shakes out, this is another blow to the heart of the nation. Politicians will debate it and activists will argue for either more gun laws or less. The reality is, it’s not laws or legislation that will make this better. There can be no manmade solution that suffices to solve a spiritual malady.

Continue to pray for Texas, and seek revival for the soul of this nation.

Trump Allies Fear the President May Fall to an Impeachment Vote

When Steve Bannon is in damage control mode, rather than damage creation mode, it may be time to worry.

According to a report from Vanity Fair, there is some concern from two of President Trump’s allies that recent developments are pointing to impeachment.

Bannon reportedly believes Trump’s hold on power is slipping in the wake of recent legislative failures. According to Vanity Fair, he recently did a “spitball analysis” of the president’s Cabinet to see who would remain loyal to Trump if the 25th Amendment were invoked, and is unsure if Trump would survive an impeachment vote.

“One thing Steve wants Trump to do is take this more seriously,” a Bannon confidant told the magazine. “Stop joking around. Stop tweeting.”

I don’t know that the president is joking around, or that he can stop tweeting. It’s like an obsession with him, at this point. Obviously.

One thing Bannon has been pushing for behind the scenes is for President Trump to cut the funding to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, regarding Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

I can’t even begin to express what a bad idea that is.

Trump pal, Roger Stone wants it to go even further, with Trump not only defunding Mueller, but bringing in a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. He suggests either former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Fox News personality Judge Andrew Napolitano. At some point, that would bring Mueller, himself, under investigation.

Stone is pretty much a lunatic, I must add.

Both Bannon and Stone are stressing over the recent indictments brought against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and his business partner Rick Gates.

I’m not sure how close they think this will get to Trump, but neither trust Republican lawmakers not to vote to impeach, should things begin to get too hot with the investigation.

This is where I point out that many of the problems Trump has have come about because of a lack of self-control on his part, and how those who want to unbridle him have done him no favors.

Two of those doing him no favors are Bannon and Stone.

You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, gentlemen.

Bill O’Reilly’s Feelings Toward God Aren’t Unique

He’s mad at God.

He wouldn’t be the first. He won’t be the last.

Former Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, is licking his wounds and laying blame. The problem is, he’s blaming everyone else, when in reality, he should be doing some deep, self-reflection, regarding how he fell so far to end up where he is now.

Said O’Reilly on Monday:

“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” O’Reilly said. “I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”

The remarks were made on his podcast, “No Spin News.”

Oddly named, considering he’s spinning the excuses and blame for his current troubles like mad.

O’Reilly and Fox News paid out tens of millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims.

One case netted a $32 million payout, all by itself.

You don’t settle on cases for that kind of money without some compelling evidence against you.

In total, there are six women who have received settlement payouts, due to accusations of sexual misconduct. Those are six women who were willing to come forward and go through the tedious, and sensitive process of telling their story, in order to get retribution for the treatment they received from O’Reilly.

Are they all lying? Were they in cahoots, in some grand plan, working with a left-leaning media to bring O’Reilly down from his high perch, atop the cable news network ratings?

It seems like a stretch, but it’s one O’Reilly wants us to believe.

He accuses the New York Times of attempting to hurt he and his family by reporting on the allegations.

“It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” O’Reilly said. “The pain it brings to my children is indescribable. Indescribable.”

I don’t doubt there’s pain, but according to past court records, the pain with O’Reilly’s family began before news of the settlements came to light.

I don’t know O’Reilly. I don’t know his story or how he conducts himself in social situations.

I also don’t know his walk with God. I can only assume he feels he has some sort of relationship with our heavenly Father, at least enough to say he’s mad at Him.

It’s a natural, flesh-borne reaction to blame God when something we’ve done blows up in our face.

“WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE CARE OF ME, FATHER? DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT HOW MUCH I’M HURTING?”

He cares. Very much.

Every tear cried by those who belong to Him must pass through His hands, and He is not blind or calloused to our pain. However, growth must come before the healing.

Faith, growth, and healing are all made possible by a steady diet of God’s Word, not by wallowing in self-pity.

“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But whoever confesses and turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13 AMP

Mr. O’Reilly is feeding his bitterness, rather than his faith.

Do you want to heal your family and your reputation, Mr. O’Reilly?

Then stop blaming God.

These public outcries will not help you. The accusations are out there. The money has been paid.

And God is still God.

Where you go next is up to you. You can dig your hole of despair deeper, or you can give it to God and let Him do a work in you.

What you can’t do is blame Him for actions that were your own.

Values and the Christian Right

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” – Matthew 5:13 NIV

Salt is meant to preserve against decay, as well as to draw out what is good and flavorful in food. In the reference above, “salt” refers to the character of Christians, as we are called to do a good work of drawing out others from the world that is lost, and introducing them to the Good News, which the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

“Do not be deceived: [a]’Bad company corrupts good morals.’” – 1 Corinthians 15:33 AMP

The apostle Paul spoke these words of warning to the Corinthians, who were allowing false teachers and bad teaching to weave through the church, corrupting the true gospel and leading believers down the wrong path.

What was true in the early days of the Christian church is no less true today. When we allow ideologies that have nothing to do with this faith that we proclaim to worm their way into the Church, what we get is a watered down version of Christianity that does little to bring the full glory of Christ to a world that is growing increasingly sick.

It is, in fact, not worthy to be called Christianity, at all.

This past weekend, the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council and a host of other right wing, presumably Christian organizations, was held in Washington, D.C.

The VVS began in 2006 and has boasted an impressive lineup of conservative speakers, promoting pro-life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom ideals to a receptive evangelical crowd of voters.

All of these are good and right and as Christians, we need a voice in the marketplace of ideas, especially in these days of darkness and strife.

Our nation is hurting. Moral relativism has distorted what once was, and it has set us adrift, apart from the blessings of a holy God, Who cannot look on sin. This I believe, wholeheartedly. The uglier things get in our streets, the more convinced I am.

You cannot proclaim Christ and the cross convincingly, however, when you choose to mix in the ungodly and unrepentant, for the sake of raising your profile.

That’s what happened this weekend, when the VVS chose to give a forum to Steve Bannon and Seb Gorka, two recent refugees from the Trump administration, and by every account, nasty, combative individuals.

I have to wonder how much influence President Trump had over the VVS, in allowing them to give a platform to two men who had very little to say about pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, or religious freedom issues?

Trump, himself, is an unrepentant man, having declared publicly that he had no need for God, because he’d never sinned.

We know, per 1 John 1:8, that any who says he does not sin is a liar, and the truth of God’s Word is not in him.

Apparently, that’s something evangelical voters are willing to overlook, at least, as long as the political party affiliation is right.

Trump’s words at the VVS tickled ears, but knowing how he treats people, openly displayed on social media and during his rallies, the wise should keep in mind this was a speech written for him, not by him. He was simply reciting what was given to him to say, with no heart behind those words. They were as empty and meaningless as his claim that we were ending an imaginary “war on Christmas.”

As for Bannon and Gorka, their talk was about war and getting even with political opponents.

Is this where Christians in America feel we need to be?

Unfortunately, many on the evangelical political right think we can legislate morality, and we cannot.

So confused in their battleplan are they, that they would allow men like Bannon and Gorka to bring a message of war and division into a forum where the audience in attendance are supposedly ambassadors for Christ.

It’s the same ignorance of the message of the cross that allowed for a man like Donald Trump to win the GOP nomination, and the presidency, in the first place.

Trump has promised to end the Johnson Amendment, in order to give pastors the right to promote political candidates, and has called this a “religious freedom” issue.

It is not.

Pastors in America are already protected by the First Amendment and can preach the Word of God freely. If there is any fear, it is unfounded. Allowing men to step up in the pulpit and claim that they will be the ones to fix this nation will not, in fact, fix anything.

That Trump thinks it is a religious freedom issue and that there are Christians and Christian organizations going along with it speaks ill of the condition of the American church.

No, the Johnson Amendment never should have been, but mainly because there never should have been a need for it.

Keep God’s house holy.

The Christian right are now willing to yoke themselves unevenly for political power. They give platform to reprobates to promote chaos and division, because the ends justify the means. The lines between their faith and their political leanings are blurred.

They do this, well meaning, and sadly, most won’t realize they’ve lost their saltiness, having ruined their witness to a world that needs them to be a light.

Is There a Major Shakeup Coming at the State Department?

Perhaps there is more to the stories of simmering tensions between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump, after all.

To recap: On Wednesday, NBC News ran with a story detailing Tillerson’s anger over the president’s highly politicized and wholly inappropriate speech at this year’s Boy Scout Jamboree.
Reports are that Tillerson, a former Eagle Scout and national president of the Boy Scouts, not only threatened to resign, but called Trump a “moron.”

Later on Wednesday, Tillerson actually gave a press conference, where he disputed the reports of his having threatened to resign, although he blew off questions of whether he’d called the president a moron.

Then came the most ominous report of all –
President Trump was said to have full confidence in Tillerson.

At any time during the administration that that phrase, “full confidence” has been uttered, it is almost immediately followed by a resignation or a firing.

Does this mean we can look forward to a coming Rexit?
(See what I did there?)

Well, if there’s any validity to a new report from Axios, maybe.

According to the report, another Cabinet shuffle is forthcoming, with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo being considered to replace the disgruntled Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State.

The desire is to have as smooth of a transition, as possible. Pompeo is already around the table in the Situation Room, has Trump’s trust, and even delivers the daily briefings to him, personally. With that in mind, he’s seen as a perfect fit.

Also from the Axios report:

Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants stability, and so is discouraging high-level departures before next year.

And yet, insiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair. We’re told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn’t try to blunt the story about him calling the president a “moron,” by just going out and denying it (whether or not it actually occurred).

Trump was reportedly furious that what he considered a successful trip to Las Vegas, hoping to up his profile as a “compassionate leader” was overshadowed by news that his Secretary of State thought of him as a moron and had considered walking away from the dumpster fire known as the Trump administration.

Another element to the story is that chief of staff John Kelly was set to travel with the president on Air Force One on Wednesday, the same day the “moron” story broke, but was abruptly pulled from the flight. Some are saying it was so he could stay back and work on the chaos the story caused. A later report stated that Kelly called Defense Secretary James Mattis and Tillerson to the White House, in order to work through the tensions.

Mattis and Kelly are said to be firm allies of Tillerson in the administration, so there may be something to this.

Until an official announcement of a change at the head of the State Department, we can only watch the moves as they happen and put the pieces together, one by one.

After Sunday’s Las Vegas Tragedy, How Likely Is Trump to Consider New Gun Control Laws?

A new report from Axios approaches the renewed debate of gun control, that emerges every time there is a mass shooting in our nation (all while ignoring the catastrophic levels of gun crime that occur each month in the city of Chicago, with its stringent gun laws).

Specifically, how will President Trump respond to the horror that emerged from Las Vegas on Sunday night, when a madman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers, killing 59 and injuring over 500 more?

Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association before the election, and has promoted himself as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, to the delight of his base.

That being said, he’s also the same president who, now that he’s in office and faced with the difficulties of the job, has rolled on several issues important to the GOP (and his base). The debt ceiling, DACA, and the wall have all taken a different hue.

Trump ran afoul of Republicans last month when he chose to work with uber-Democrats, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the Dreamers act, even letting Nancy Pelosi dictate a statement through his precious Twitter feed.

The ensuing media love, some fear, may have become intoxicating for the president, who has, so far, had an acrimonious relationship with the press, to say the least. Still, his ego craves adoration, so if he can get that by bending on a few key Republican platforms, then maybe it’s worth it.

That’s the concern, as the usual players stepped up to call for action, rather than prayers after Sunday’s tragedy.

While some are skeptical, Trump’s allies and advocates cling to the hope that he has bent all he intends to, in regards to Democrat demands.

When asked his opinion, longtime Trump pal and walking pustule, Roger Stone stated, “Base would go insane and he knows it.”

Maybe.

The Axios article goes on to give the reaction of Steve Bannon, Trump’s brain and CEO of Breitbart:

I asked Steve Bannon whether he could imagine Trump pivoting to the left on guns after the Las Vegas massacre. “Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon texted. When asked whether Trump’s base would react worse to this than they would if he supported an immigration amnesty bill, Bannon replied: “as hard as it is to believe actually worse.”

Again, maybe.

It was said before the election that Trump could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any of his support. So far, he hasn’t shot anyone, but he’s rolled, with only ripples of angst from his base.

There are myriad reasons for Trump to avoid stumbling into the minefield of gun control, not the least of which is both his base’s firm Second Amendment beliefs, the NRA’s support of Trump, and the fact that there’s a family element. Trump’s older sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are hunters and gun enthusiasts.

Then again, the pressure from the media and his new friends, Chuck and Nancy, is going to be intense.

According to an Axios source:

“On top of the immense political pressure, the visuals Trump will see, hundreds of severely injured young people, could provoke him to act,” this source said. “The rational route to take would be to let the investigation play out to see if any new laws could’ve prevented this. I’m 100 percent Second Amendment but … people who had their brains blown out is enough to make anyone with a heart consider anything to prevent this.”

Trump will have to tread a razor-thin line on this one, and he’s not been known for subtlety.

Trump’s Twitter Rant Against Puerto Rico Hits All the Wrong Notes

People under extreme duress are capable of many things. As desperation takes hold, they may lash out, cry, plead, or go completely catatonic. Few of us can predict our own behavior until we’re actually in that position.

Look at Puerto Rico today.

Hurricane Maria ravaged the island territory with a direct hit on September 20, destroying property, shutting down the power grid, and making food and fresh water scarce to come by.
Approximately 80 percent of the island is without power, and some are predicting a 6 month struggle before it is restored.

A year ago, I went through a 3-day stretch with no power after Hurricane Matthew passed through North Carolina and I thought I would lose my mind before it was restored.

Never have I been more convinced that I’m not cut out for the rustic life.

With that in mind, my heart goes out to the people of Puerto Rico, as they struggle to survive with very limited supplies and help on the ground.

Also with that in mind, I can’t hold it against San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who lashed out, after acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke called the situation in Puerto Rico a “good news story.”

Mayor Cruz, a member of the island’s Democratic party, went apoplectic at the comment.

“Maybe from where she’s standing, it’s a good news story,” Cruz said. “When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story.”

“Damnit, this is not a good news story,” she continued. “This is a people-are-dying story.”

She also held an emotionally charged press conference.

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” she said.

President Trump has plans to visit the area on Tuesday. On Friday, however, he touted the “incredible job” being done with relief efforts.

“We have done an incredible job, considering there’s absolutely nothing to work with,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

He also pointed out how little help Puerto Ricans were able to offer, themselves.

“They’re taking care of their families and largely unable to get involved, largely unable to help,” he said. “Therefore, we’re forced to bring in truck drivers, security and many, many other personnel by the thousands. And we’re bringing them onto the island as we speak. We’ve never seen a situation like this.”

And he is right. Everyone does what they can, but the amount of help Puerto Rico needs right now from volunteers and first responders is overwhelming.

This is a humanitarian crisis on a grand scale.

Knowing all this is what makes Trump’s Saturday morning Twitter rant all the more despicable.

Upset at Mayor Cruz’s frustrated criticism, the president turned on her, and the people of Puerto Rico.

This was absolutely the wrong response. It sends a very bad message, but also reveals a petty, vindictive man with no capacity for compassion for the millions of American citizens (Yes, Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth) suffering, right now.

Mr. President, I don’t know what you thought the job would consist of when you decided to run, but this is part of it. It is not an easy job. You’re not going to be showered in praise for every decision. If your immediate response to criticism, especially in light of these circumstances, is to rage like a child at people who are desperate and afraid, then you are emotionally and intellectually unfit to lead.

Perhaps it would do President Trump some good to read over this account given by Dana Perino, regarding how an actual president reacts to turmoil and even direct criticism.

When confronted by a grieving mother at the bedside of her dying son, injured while fighting in the Middle East, former President George W. Bush showed extreme self-control and grace:

And that was just the first patient we saw. For the rest of the visit to the hospital that day, almost every family had the same reaction of joy when they saw the president. But there were exceptions. One mom and dad of a dying soldier from the Caribbean were devastated, the mom beside herself with grief. She yelled at the president, wanting to know why it was her child and not his who lay in that hospital bed. Her husband tried to calm her, and I noticed the president wasn’t in a hurry to leave — he tried offering comfort but then just stood and took it, like he expected and needed to hear the anguish, to try to soak up some of her suffering if he could.

Later, as we rode back on Marine One to the White House, no one spoke.

But as the helicopter took off, the president looked at me and said, “That mama sure was mad at me.” Then he turned to look out the window of the helicopter. “And I don’t blame her a bit.”

One tear slipped out the side of his eye and down his face. He didn’t wipe it away, and we flew back to the White House.

That is the job of the president. You don’t lash out at those who are hurting. You take it, and you present yourself as a leader, not a spoiled, rich brat.

It’s the job you signed up for, so suck it up, Mr. Trump, and put away your phone.