Friday, May 29, 2015
Observe what is going on around the world... just to name a few:
1. Putin is on a land grab operating with impunity.
2. ISIS is chopping heads off a dime a dozen.
3. Iran is supplying arms to terrorists in Yemen, while condemning Israel, as they attemp to sucker us into a deal lifting the sanctions.
4. We gave up 5 Taliban commanders who are no longer under "house arrest" and free to kill again. And what did we get in return? A worthless deserter Bergdahl who will be court-martialed shortly and thrown in jail!
5. And then we have this story. The Chinese are expanding their territory building man-made islands in international waters.
Why do these things happen?
Because we have a gutless, waste of skin, sitting in the oval office.
(Just add a bottle of Jim Beam and a shot glass and the picture is complete)
Our enemies are thinking... get what you can now while Barry's still in office. You never know what's going to happen down the road.
Defense secretary’s warning to China: U.S. military won’t change operations
(Good to know someone's taking action)
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter addressed China’s recent operations in the Pacific — and warnings to the United States — during a ceremony in Hawaii on Thursday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter bluntly warned China Wednesday to stop its buildup of man-made islands in the South China Sea and vowed that the U.S. military would continue to patrol international waters and airspace in the region.
Carter’s comments, made at a ceremony in Hawaii to recognize Adm. Harry B. Harris, the new commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific, further escalated a simmering rhetorical conflict between Washington and Beijing over access to the South China Sea and other Asian waters.
“There should be no mistake: the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world,” Carter said at the U.S. military’s joint base at Pearl Harbor.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urged for an end to island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea. (Reuters)
China asserts sovereignty over 80 percent of the resource-rich sea, which includes some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and has been aggressively staking its claims by building large artificial islands. The United States and its Asian allies have vigorously opposed China’s territorial moves. With no one backing down, the impasse has raised the specter of a localized military conflict.
Last week, China tried to order a U.S. Navy Poseidon P-8A surveillance aircraft to leave an area near the disputed Spratly Islands where China has been turning a reef into an artificial island. The Navy spy plane, which was carrying a CNN news crew on board, ignored multiple Chinese warnings to change its course.
China’s Foreign Ministry later blasted the U.S. military for “very irresponsible and also dangerous” actions. The Pentagon insisted the plane was flying in international airspace.
The U.S. Navy released this video showing flight operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon over the South China Sea on May 20, 2015. During the flight, the crew documented several warnings issued by China’s navy to leave the area. (U.S. Navy)
In his remarks Wednesday, Carter made clear that U.S. warships and planes would continue to patrol the region and ignore China’s attempts to extend its maritime territorial limits. He accused China of raising tensions in an area where the U.S. Navy and Air Force have operated largely unfettered since the end of World War II.
“China is out of step with both international norms that underscore the Asia-Pacific’s security architecture, and the regional consensus in favor of non-coercive approaches to this and other long-standing disputes,” he said.
Carter’s message was equally aimed at U.S. allies and partners in Asia who have wondered how Washington would react to China’s military buildup and its attempts to exercise more influence on the region.
“China’s actions are bringing countries in the region together in new ways,” Carter said. “And they’re increasing demand for American engagement in the Asia-Pacific. We’re going to meet it. We will remain the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come.”
Carter’s visit to Hawaii marked the start of a 10-day trip to the Pacific region. He will speak at a regional security conference in Singapore, where the U.S.-China rivalry is expected to take center stage.
The Pentagon chief is also scheduled to visit Vietnam – whose territorial claims in the South China Sea are at odds with Beijing – and India.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/29/2015 08:40:00 AM
Thursday, May 28, 2015
At least some of the protesters who looted, rioted, burned buildings and overturned police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, last year were promised payment of up to $5,000 per month to join the protests.
However, when the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), the successor group to the now-bankrupt St. Louis branch of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), stiffed the protesters, they launched a sit-in protest at the headquarters of MORE and created a Twitter page to demand their money, the Washington Times reports.
Former U.S. Rep. Allen B. West noted on his website, "Instead of being thankful for getting off the unemployment line for a few weeks and having a little fun protesting, the paid rioters who tore up Ferguson, MO, are protesting again.
"First of all, can you even imagine getting paid $5,000.00 a month for running around holding a sign and burning down an occasional building? That's around $1,250.00 per week. Try making that at McDonald's or Starbucks."
The Kansas City Star estimates that the Ferguson riots, characterized as a spontaneous eruption of anger over the shooting of unarmed black criminal Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, cost the county $4.2 million.
Millennial Activists United (MAU) posted a letter on their website stating, "On May 14, 2015 many individuals and organizations of the protest movement that began in Ferguson, Missouri, organized a sit-in in the office of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE). The demand was simple: Cut the checks. The protesters say they are unable to pay their bills after taking time to travel to Ferguson.
"Questions have been raised as to how the movement is to sustain when white non-profits are hoarding monies collected of off (sic) black bodies? When we will (sic) hold the industry of black suffering accountable? The people of the community are fed up and the accountability begins here and now," the letter continues.
"There is an insidious strand of racism and white supremacy that exists in this movement. This money is typically in the hands of white people who oversee the types of services that the non-profit provides, while having select token black people to spearhead the conversations within and to the community."
MORE is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, the Times notes, through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The OSF, the Times states, paid for activists from various protest groups to travel to Ferguson and take part in the demonstrations.
Akiba Solomon of Colorlines stated, "More than 500 of us have traveled from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, Tucson, Washington, D.C., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other cities to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement," the Times noted.
"There's absolutely no doubt that part of the reason that Ferguson flared up was because protesters were being paid to be there. That makes you wonder how many are being paid in Baltimore? How many more will be paid in the future?" The Right Scoop asked.
Protesters directed much of their anger against MORE director Jeff Ordower, former Missouri head of ACORN and ACORN's Midwest operations, FrontPage Mag reports.
"The unpaid rent-a-mob operatives complain that MORE stiffed them the same way ACORN did to hired protesters throughout its 40 years of radical left-wing rabble-rousing," FrontPage Mag reports.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/28/2015 12:09:00 PM
What kind of world do we live in?
Here's a Marine who joined the military to fight and defend the Constitution and in so doing deprived of her own first amendment rights.
Outrage after US Marine is convicted by a court martial for refusing to remove a Bible quote from her work station
Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted in February 2014 at a court martial after not following orders to take down verse from her work station
The passage from the Old Testament was taped to the computer on her desk and read: 'No weapons formed against me shall prosper'
Sterling was given a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private, and she was also given a bad conduct discharge
Religious liberty law firm, Liberty Institute, and former US Solicitor General Paul Clement have taken up her case and filed an appeal
They plan to argue that a law protecting free exercise of religion should have been applied to her case
Sterling is now unemployed and searching for a job
A religious liberty law firm has taken up a US Marine's appeal case after she was prosecuted for refusing to remove a Bible verse taped to her computer.
Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted last year at a court martial when she did not follow orders to take down the small trips of paper with the Old Testament scripture displayed on her desk.
At the time of the incident in May 2013, she was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when she taped the slightly altered Bible verse in three different places that read: 'No weapons formed against me shall prosper,' according to Fox News.
Sterling, who is now unemployed and searching for a job, was given a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private, as well as a bad conduct discharge.
Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling (pictured above) was convicted last year at a court martial after not following orders to take down the passage from the Old Testament (pictured right) displayed on her desk while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
'If the government can order a Marine not to display a Bible verse, they could try and order her not to get a religious tattoo, or go to church on Sunday,' said Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry.
'Restricting a Marine's free exercise of religion is blatantly unconstitutional.'
The Liberty Institute and former US Solicitor General Paul Clement have filed an appeal regarding Sterling's case to the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
They plan to argue that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act should have been applied to her case, which protects free exercise of religion.
However, both the trial and appellate court said the law did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise, according to Liberty Institute.
The court found the verbiage of the displayed verse 'could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline,' according to a court document.
'The military judge found that the signs verbiage was biblical in nature, that the desk was shared with another Marine, and the signs were visible to other Marines who came to the appellant's desk for assistance,' the court said.
'The implication is clear—the junior Marine sharing the desk and the other Marines coming to the desk for assistance would be exposed to biblical quotations in the military workplace.
'It is not hard to imagine the divisive impact to good order and discipline that may result when a service member is compelled to work at a government desk festooned with religious quotations, especially if that service member does not share that religion.'
Really…They didn’t seem to have a problem with Nidal Hassan sharing his religious beliefs when emailing Anwar al-Awlaki
The Liberty Institute and former US Solicitor General Paul Clement have filed an appeal regarding Sterling's case to the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. They plan to argue that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act should have been applied to her case, which protects free exercise of religion
Sterling was found guilty on February 1, 2014 of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect towards a superior commissioned officer and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a non-commissioned officer, the court document said.
This was after the Christian Marine displayed the Bible verse and was ordered by Staff Sergeant Alexander to remove it because the servicemember did not like the tone.
Sterling defended her actions saying it was her First Amendment right to display it and refused to take them down.
The following day, she found that the supervisor had removed the displayed passages, the court document said.
Berry pointed out that other Marines were given the freedom to decorate their desks but the lower courts did not allow that evidence to be admitted, according to Fox News.
He also said Sterling was not sharing a desk at the time of the incident.
'This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,' Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser told Fox News.
'Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don't think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.'
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/28/2015 06:38:00 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Baltimore more violent than ever since Freddie Gray charges.
Further proof the death of thousands of Blacks shot by other Blacks across the nation means very little. It only becomes an issue when they're not shot by one of their own.
The city of Baltimore saw a bloody Memorial Day weekend, with a total of 29 people being shot, including nine who died, as the city scrambles to deal with its deadliest month since 1999.
The Baltimore Sun reported that one of those injured was a 9-year-old in West Baltimore who was shot in the leg Monday night. Another man nearby suffered a bullet graze to his head, police told the paper. Two victims in separate shootings suffered fatal gunshot wounds that pushed the number of homicides to 35 for May. A total of 108 have been killed in the city this year, The Sun reported.
WBAL-TV reports a man and woman were shot in a car around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Both were taken to the hospital where the man died. Officers responded to another report of a shooting around 1:43 a.m. Monday. A man died at the hospital. Another man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon. None of those shooting victims have been identified.
"The shootings and killings are all over the city. I don't think any part of the city is immune to this," William "Pete" Welch, a city councilman, told The Sun. "I’ve never seen anything like this."
The city, which has seen its population fall about 35 percent since the 1950s, has found itself in the forefront of the national debate on policing in minority communities after the case of Freddie Gray, whose death has led to the arrests of several Baltimore police officers.
Gray suffered a critical spinal injury April 12 after police handcuffed, shackled and placed him head-first into a van, prosecutors said. His pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored, it is alleged.
"It was an earthquake kind of time and I think we're still dealing with the aftershock," Mary Pat Clarke, a councilwoman, told CBS Baltimore.
Some suggest police in the city, discouraged with the Gray indictments of six officers, may be staging a slowdown in protest, while others say the cops find themselves in a precarious position and may be hesitant to intervene in violent crimes.
"Of course it makes me scared," one resident in West Baltimore, who heard gunshots, told The Sun. "I started praying. I didn't move. ... The drugs have escalated in this block in the last six months. With this new drug element in the block — oh, Lord."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Sunday met with the police commissioner to discuss the crime issue, The Sun reported. Her spokesman said, "She is confident that the steps being taken by the Police Department will quell this latest uptick in violence."
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/27/2015 07:40:00 AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Then reality sets in...
At 10:30am Hillary's email... “'I just woke up,' wrote the woman who campaigned on answering that 3 a.m. phone call.
Posted at 9:38 pm on May 23, 2015 by Twitchy Staff
As Twitchy reported yesterday, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted something fundamental missing from the first batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails that were dumped on the public, and that something was any expression of concern over the situation in Libya. “Nothing — zero — about those security concerns in that critical last month in Clinton emails released today,” York wrote.
It’s worth remembering what President Obama was up to around that time. He quite famously flew to Las Vegas on Sept. 12, the day after the fatal terrorist attack in Benghazi, for a campaign fundraiser, choosing to skip the day’s intelligence briefing rather than reschedule the trip. In fact, the Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen soon after reported that the president had missed 62 percent of his daily in-person intel briefings in 2011 and 2012.
Certainly Secretary Clinton was picking up the slack, right? Well, another detail gleaned from her emails is that when the president finally was ready to talk Benghazi four days after the attack, Clinton slept through the president’s daily brief.
Give the poor old woman a break. She had probably cried herself to sleep the past three nights over the tragic loss of what’s-his-name.
Now, don’t forget about all of Clinton’s accomplishments as Secretary of State (like these Hillary supporters did).
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/26/2015 08:17:00 AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
Barry emailed Al and dropped the suggestion Dominique sprain her ankle so she could pay off his tax debt… mostly because his WH visits are starting to become a source of embarrassment.
There was only one problem:
AFTER SUING NYC FOR FOOT INJURIES, AL SHARPTON'S DAUGHTER CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN
Not long after Al Sharpton's daughter filed suit against New York City for "permanent damage" to her foot from an "uneven" street in Soho, she began posting photos on Instagram showing that she hiked mountains on vacation. Now, the city wants those photos preserved.
Dominique Sharpton, 28, is demanding $5 million from the city for an ankle that she claims was "severely injured, bruised and wounded" by what she said was "uneven" pavement near Broome Street and Broadway last October.
By April, Dominique Sharpton was claiming she "still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries."
According to her lawsuit, Sharpton's daughter is seeking damages for "loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income."
But despite claimng that she is lame for life, Sharpton participated is several protest marches and, by May, was even posting photos of herself hiking up a mountain in Bali, Indonesia.
One of the Instagram photos of her vacation hike was captioned, "We hiked UP the mountain, over the clouds… into the SUNRISE… One of the most beautiful sites ever. And YES I ALMOST DIED GETTING UP THERE LOL. #Balidays we made it, WHEW."
But after several media outlets revealed the existence of the images, the city's lawyers sent a letter to the younger Sharpton demanding that she preserve the photos of her strenuous vacation climb as proof that her ankle wasn't quite as injured as her lawsuit claimed.
"The purpose of this letter is to demand that plaintiff preserve any photographs, documents, communications and any other information, both tangible and electronically stored, potentially relevant to her alleged trip and fall on Dec. 23, 2014," city lawyers said in a May 20 letter filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
"This demand should be construed broadly to encompass materials related to plaintiff's health, mobility, activity or physical limitations after the alleged incident," the letter continued.
In response, Sharpton's lawyer said that the city didn't have to send a letter to make sure she saved photos that she "freely made available to the public."
But one might imagine that her claims that she was severely injured have become untenable after posting mountain climbing photos.
Upon the demand from the city lawyers Dominique immediately forwarded all pertinent info to the Clinton servers for safe keeping.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/25/2015 03:24:00 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
You gotta love this:
|These are the "scrubbed" emails. Wonder what was in those she didn't want us to see? Notice the timing? Dumped on Friday going into Memorial Day.|
At an impromptu news conference in Hampton, N.H., on Friday, Mrs. Clinton said she was "glad" that the emails are being released.
"This is something that I've asked to be done… for a long time," she said. She defended her practices of using a private email server and account while at the State Department, and said the contents of her emails were handled "appropriately."
The Clinton servers in hyperdrive deleting emails prior to this announcement:
Updated May 22, 2015 2:02 p.m. ET
The State Department Friday released emails it said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received in the aftermath of the September 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
The department made public nearly 300 emails from Mrs. Clinton's time in office related to the attacks in which four Americans, including an ambassador, were killed.
The emails offer a look at a seminal foreign policy crisis of Mrs. Clinton's tenure at the State Department, which came just weeks before the presidential election. Republican have charged that the Obama administration, including Mrs. Clinton, at first sought to play down the role of organized terrorist groups in the attack.
The records are part of a larger trove of about 55,000 pages Mrs. Clinton turned over to the State Department since leaving office. The entire set is being reviewed for public release, a process that a judge ruled this week couldn't be delayed until next year. The judge instead ordered the department to release the emails on a rolling basis.
The Obama administration said its intelligence initially suggested that the Benghazi attacks stemmed from a spontaneous demonstration sparked by an anti-Islam video made by an U.S. resident. Later evidence, the administration said, suggested members of the Ansar al Sharia militant group had planned the attack.
"The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks, which have been known since the independent Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi attacks was released almost 2½ years ago," said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf in a statement.
The emails have threatened to become a major distraction in Mrs. Clinton's bid for the presidency. The documents come from a private email server maintained by Mrs. Clinton's staff, rather than a government system. That arrangement was legal, though discouraged, under Obama administration policy. A congressional committee is investigating why Mrs. Clinton used her own email server rather than government technology—and whether the archive she turned over to the State Department is complete.
The department made releasing the Benghazi emails a priority because they were already the subject of a congressional investigation into the 2012 attacks.
The Republican-led House Select Committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, is now also probing Mrs. Clinton's email arrangement.
On Friday, Mr. Gowdy said the emails were "self-selected" for release and reiterated his call for the former secretary to turn over her email server to the committee.
The "State Department transferred 300 messages exclusively reviewed and released by her own lawyers," he said. "These lawyers, it must be noted, owed and continue to owe a fiduciary responsibility to Secretary Clinton to protect her interests. To assume a self-selected public record is complete, when no one with a duty or responsibility to the public had the ability to take part in the selection, requires a leap in logic no impartial reviewer should be required to make and strains credibility."
Mrs. Clinton said earlier this year that she had wiped her server clean after turning more than 55,000 pages of relevant emails over to the State Department.
At an impromptu news conference in Hampton, N.H., on Friday, Mrs. Clinton said she was "glad" that the emails are being released.
"This is something that I've asked to be done… for a long time," she said. She defended her practices of using a private email server and account while at the State Department, and said the contents of her emails were handled "appropriately."
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 5/22/2015 04:50:00 PM
'We all have skeletons in our closet': Commenters swamp Josh Duggar's Instagram account to DEFEND him after child molestation confession
Okay I never heard of Josh Duggar. Apparently he molested children when he was a teen and I'm certainly not trying to justify what this scumbag did. What bothers me is how they try to tie him to two Republicans who are running or about to run for president. I'm sure the Daily Mail thought publishing a photo of a child molester standing next to a possible Republican presidential nominee would just do wonders for his campaign image. Needn't bother reading the story. Just scroll down and find the pictures of him standing next to Cruz and Santorum. I guarantee you neither one knew anything about his past. I can also guarantee you they don't have any photos of Duggar standing next to Democrats because they were busy cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of abortion clinics throughout the country.
An example of what I mean:
Pelosi receiving the Margaret Sanger award.
Who is Margaret Sanger?
I for one could not believe she actually said this.
BTW… the Family Research Council was founded by James Dobson a Republican.
I had to ask myself...Is Pelosi any less of a scumbag then Duggar?
Josh Duggar, his parents and his wife Anna confirmed on Thursday allegations that he molested five young girls when he was 14
After the admission, commenters started speaking out on the 19 Kids and Counting star's Instagram page
While many of the comments were critical of Josh, an almost equal amount defended the reality star and said they forgive him
Police report reveals that Jim Bob and Michelle knew Josh molested five females in their sleep, 'touching their breasts and genitals' in 2002-03
Investigation began in 2006 when Oprah producers, who were interviewing the family, notified authorities after receiving an email detailing allegations
Josh reportedly apologized to the minors and they forgave him
19 Kinds and Counting is TLC's longest running show
By Dailymail.com Reporter
Published: 23:05 EST, 21 May 2015 | Updated: 04:44 EST, 22 May 2015
Just hours after 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar admitted to molesting children, the married father-of-four's Instagram account was swamped with comments both condemning and forgiving the 27 year old.
News of the sexual abuse broke this week when InTouch found a nearly decade-old police report detailing Josh's alleged misdeeds.
The Duggar family' squeaky-clean image came crashing down Thursday night when they confirmed the report's veracity in a statement.
'Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,' Josh said in the statement issued to People.
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Josh Duggar's Instagram account was flooded with both negative and positive comments on Thursday, after he issued a statement admitting to molesting five girls when he was 14. Pictured in the left bottom corner in the most recent picture posted to the account - a selfie with his enormous family
'Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,' Josh said in the statement. Pictured above with his wife Anna in February
Many of the commenters on Instagram defended Josh, on the Christian principle of forgiveness. Above, a exchange between two Instagram users with very different opinions on the scandal above
Immediately afterwards, the eldest Duggar child's Instagram account became the platform for haters and defenders to argue over the sex scandal.
The most recent picture was posted to Josh's account just two days ago and garnered will over 4,000 comments in the aftermath of the announcement. In the picture, Josh wears an orange polo shirt in a selfie with his parents and numerous siblings, who range in age from 5 to 25 years old.
While many of the comments condemned Josh's lurid acts, there was a near equal amount of people who spoke out to support Josh.
'Keep your head up Josh. I know you are a good man. We all have skeletons in our closet,' user wendigirl1 wrote.
After one user called Josh 'worthless' and expressed a hope he would 'lost everything,' another user responded with a Christian-laced post.
'I pray you find God and accept his salvation before it's too late,' a user named maine4005 responded. 'We all stand before the judgement thrown one day. Using someone else's sins as justification for rejecting him will not be good enough. God bless you.'
In fact, most of the supporters references passages of the Bible, appearing to share the Duggar's Christian worldview.
Before the scandal, Josh had used his Instagram page to tout his conservative Christian principles - including a posts against abortion.
'You judge gays and women who get abortions and yet you're a sick incestuous pervert,' one woman responded to a post Josh posted to support an anti-abortion bill.
It was to post like these that several Christian users began repeating a popular Bible passage that lectures on judgement.
'I'm not going to spend all evening on here trying to make people who will never understand, understand. So I'll leave y'all with this: John 8:7 "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,"' user tayloroldham524 wrote.
Despite the onslaught of comments, Josh's Instagram account remained active as of late Thursday night.
Earlier that afternoon, the family broke their silence on the scandal in a statement to People magazine, confirming that Josh had molested several young girls when he was a teen, and that both his parents and his wife Anna knew about it.
Josh also resigned from his position at the DC conservative lobbying group as Executive Director on Thursday, a job he took in the summer of 2013, uprooting his wife and three young children in the process.
'Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,' Josh, 27, said in a statement.
Despite his resignation, Josh Duggar's biography was still on the Family Research Council website late Thursday afternoon. He left his job at the conservative lobbying group after breaking his silence about the decade old molestation case
In DC: Josh, seen here with son Marcus and daughter Mackynzie, was photographed at the airport in Washington earlier this week after a trip to Arkansas
The police report that revealed the claims was redacted and did not include names of his victims, but it also contradicts some of what Josh said on Thursday
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.
'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,' Josh said to People.
'I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.'
TLC, which airs the hit show 19 Kids and Counting, has not commented. The previously cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after a child molestation scandal.
It's no surprise the Duggar family chose People to break their silence, as the magazine has featured many Duggar stories on their covers, with Jessa and Jill syndicating photos of and giving interviews about their weddings and pregnancies to the weekly.
Josh's parents also issued a join statement to People, acknowledging the scandal but crediting it with making them more religious.
'Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives,' Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, told People.
'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.'
Claims: An unsealed police report reveals that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (above) were aware of their son Josh's alleged molestation in 2002. According to the report they avoided reporting it to officials
The family shared this throwback photo from 2000 on their Facebook page recently. Josh, seen standing in the back row, molested young girls two and three years later
FULL STATEMENTS FROM THE DUGGAR FAMILY MEMBERS
From Jim Bob and Michelle:
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. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. 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 sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption.
I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. It was not at the point of engagement, or after we were married - it was two years before Josh asked me to marry him. 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 every difficult past mistakes. At that point and over the next two years, Josh shared how the counseling he received changed his life as he continued to do what he was taught. And when you, our sweet fans, first met me when Josh asked me to marry him... I was able to say, "Yes" knowing who Josh really is - someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right. I want to say thank you to those who took time over a decade ago to help Josh in a time of crisis. Your investment changed his life from going down the wrong path to doing what is right. If it weren't for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly work with children in crisis, you are changing lives and I am forever grateful for all of you.
Their statement continues, 'Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. '
After a few more sentences thanking religion in their lives and admitting they are not perfect, they end 'We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.'
However, other than a few months at a camp, it is unclear what counseling or help the family got. They also did nothing official to prevent a 2003 incident, which came after the parents were
Most surprising of the statement released on Thursday was that from his pregnant wife Anna, currently expecting the couple's fourth child, who claimed she felt 'shock' when she first found out.
'When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes,' Anna, 26, told People.
'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 every difficult past mistakes.'
She also credits religion, saying her husband 'had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended.'
Anna revealed that Josh told her about the molestation when they began courting, two years before they got married. They have been married over six years. She forgave him and her family was told too
However, the police report of Josh Duggar's alleged molestation reveals that incidents happened multiple times between the then-teenager and five girls, almost always while the minors were sleeping.
It also happened once when he was reading to a child.
The Duggars have grown rich in recent years, traveling the country for paid speeches, publishing books about their family, and starring in never ending seasons of the TLC show.
The allegations are shocking, as is the lack of offical intervention on the part of Josh's parents.
Both of his parents were aware of the situation but waited over a year to notify anyone in law enforcement, going at that time to see a family friend who was a trooper and did not file a report.
They had previously addressed it with a family meeting.
They also revealed details of the incident to church elders who did not reach out to law enforcement. For years, nothing official was done, and the Duggars continued to have babies and Josh continued to live in the home, being homeschooled.
It was not until producers from The Oprah Winfrey Show, who were planning an interview with the family, received an email alerting them to the alleged molestation that an investigation began, this after the show reached out to the Department of Human Services.
That was in December of 2006, over four years after the first reported offense. That is the time period the police report, discovered by In Touch, game out
The police report and all other documents will now be destroyed after one of the victims successfully petitioned a judge on Thursday afternoon saying she was worried that an unredacted copy might be released.
TMZ reports the person was identified as 'Jane Doe.'
The document states; 'The Police Report contains information, which may directly or indirectly identify the Movant as a victim of a sex crime, and Movant is a minor child.'
The report, first uncovered by In Touch, named the Christian icon's eldest son in an underage sexual abuse probe. Josh met Anna at a home school conference
Lobbyist: Josh currently works for the Family Research Council, and frequently posts photos of himself with politicians (Rick Santorum on left, Ted Cruz on right)
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