Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bill McCollum's Good Judgment

I love how lawyers always double down, rather than just confess error and move on.

When you have a lawyer who is also a politician, that tendency is multiplied by the number of 'long stroke' massages one can obtain by a Rentboy in the world's most totally gay continent (Europe):

Attorney General Bill McCollum Tuesday defended his personal intervention into the selection of an antigay expert witness in the case defending the state's gay adoption ban, saying his office "searched a long time" for someone and that George Rekers was the only one of two they could find.

Records show that McCollum personally requested that the state's Department of Children & Families hire Rekers at $300 an hour to help the state defend the case. When the agency balked at the price tag, McCollum's office persisted, ultimately leading to DCF paying pay him $120,000 over two years.

McCollum said that while he would not hire Rekers again knowing what he knows now -- that Rekers vacationed for two weeks in Europe with a gay male escort from Miami and received sexual massages from him -- he suggested that without Rekers the agency would not have been successful.

Note to Big Bill: the agency was not successful, and Judge Lederman found your $120k man to be thoroughly not credible (incredible?) as an "expert."

Also, if you can only find two "experts" -- total -- in the whole country willing to defend your position, maybe your position is insupportable?

Do they not have Daubert at custody hearings?

Worse yet, you now got them all mad and twittery:
Because of this, the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus calls on McCollum to immediately refund the state of Florida $120,000 whether it’s from his campaign account or his own pocket. “Bill McCollum showed incredibly poor judgment when he hired Dr. George Rekers to spew hate-filled propaganda on the stand,” said Phillip Perry, spokesman for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. “The only way that McCollum can make this right is if he immediately apologizes and pays back taxpayers for this egregious mistake. Floridians expect their leaders to spend taxpayer dollars wisely during these tough times, not waste it on hiring quacks posing as scientists to pursue a narrow, hate-inspired political agenda.”
You know what I always say: any stroke worth doing is worth doing slow, long, and well.


The good Doc's prior expert testimony experience didn't go so hot either:

But three years before Florida hired Rekers, an Arkansas judge in 2004 denounced him during a similar state adoption case.

"The Arkansas judge, Timothy Fox, said Rekers’ testimony was worthless as evidence because it was only his personal view," according to an editorial this week in The Arkansas Leader.

The Arkansas Supreme Court also concluded Rekers’ testimony "was pointless'' and declared the state’s antigay adoption rule unconstitutional, the editorial continued.

Sheesh, how do you prep an expert for a cross on something like?

"Well, worthless is a state of mind."

"Pointless is as pointless does, I guess."


Anonymous said...

Absurd. Totally absurd (to borrow a phrase from a certain robed one.)

NB - why do I keep thinking threesome - mcollum, crist, rekkers? And, does that make me gay? (Not that there's anything wrong with that. I mean, there's something wrong with the vision of crist/rekers/mcollum, of course.)

Dude - is it friday yet?

Godwhacker said...

Given the facts that have recently come to surface, it could be argued that Rekers is even far more an expert on homosexuality than even McCollum knew.

But that's not right either. Rekers only knowledge of gay life is that of his subculture of personal denial, religious extremism, and self-hatred. Passing on self-esteem to our children is one of the most important aspects of child rearing - something a closeted, self-hating, long stroker like Rekers could never do.

That's "child rearing," George -- not rearing the child.

But as I am steadfastly aware of my own fabulousness, this gay man would make a great dad.

Florida would do well to elect politicians who can understand that.

shumie time referee said...

Due to recent problems and concerns that have been highlighted on this and other blogs recently (especially the Gables CPA blog) we're going to hold a committee meeting -as early in the day as possible naturally- to try and iron out the issues. Any suggestions as to dates, places and times?

Anonymous said...

Those CPAs are wild and wacky.

Anonymous said...

"any stroke worth doing is worth doing slow, long, and well."

Is it Friday already?

Anonymous said...

8:05/55-- Everyday is Friday for the man with the van.

GB- Threesome. Maybe they can get a discount at Hedonism Jamaica. I hear the limbo is swell. Day-O

fake Doctor Bombay said...

I could have done a better job!

Elena or Chaz? said...

Who would you rather be?

shumie time crew said...

8:35- I’ve spoken to the crew. Unanimously we came to an agreement– Sfls’ van. Friday. Once the meeting is adjourned we can flirt with his harem.

Anonymous said...

This is for real??? When did Sonny and Cher kid become Chaz???????

Dinah Bee said...

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Anonymous said...

@11:11- Sonny and Cher's offspring came out in the nineties.

Hey Dinah if you think this blog is informative-- wait 'til Friday. SFL is famous for his 'health' posts.

I Got You Babe!!

Anonymous said...

Dinah, will you be my friend on Facebook?

Anonymous said...

10:49-- How does one flirt with a harem girl? What do you say to break the ice, I like your veil?

Anonymous said...

Call the shum!

Anonymous said...

10:49, BYOP-- Bring Your Own Pipe?

Anonymous said...

Ever been to San Francisco in April? The bar/club scene here is incredibly diverse in age, race and interests, and difference is honored as perhaps nowhere and no time else. It comes a very close second to Europe.

@12:20-- Lift your veil and sheik it.

Anonymous said...

George Rekers is morally and intellectually bankrupt He was harming children long before the Florida adoption case. Along with Richard Green he headed up the Feminine Boy Project back in ‘72-’86.

@12/20, Will you 'windsurf' to Megadeath?

12:20- My line--

Anonymous said...

Sladest. Track one.

Just sayin’

Anonymous said...

Kudos for the continuing to cover this story SFL-- Rekers matters because his rent boy scandal demonstrates yet again that right’s entire anti-gay campaign is made up lies and liars, hypocrites and toadies who go along and get along and get paid to do so. And a lot of people who will never meet him or the people who fund his organization and who pay for his seminars, will get hurt as a result.

12:20-- The obvious song by the classic German rock band to get the van shaking-- Rock You Like A Hurricane.

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