By Grabthar’s hamster, will no one rid us of this troublesome publicity?

By ann summers (née Puffball Petrovsky)

There’s no such thing as a bad persecution for Ted Cruz. As much as one may try any publicity whether organized PR or not, it may have long-lasting intended and unintended consequences. Apparently the Rowan County (KY) Clerk was jailed and not fined because of the potential of crowdsourcing to pay a financial penalty for not doing her job. And like being plucked from so many Schwab’s Drugstore counters like Lana Turner, or John McCain’s 2008 “Hail Mary” choice of VP, makeovers and speaking engagements might result because of the curse of all PR is good PR. Will Kim Davis have her Lester Maddox Cain-raisin moment in the sun.

After the movie Borat made relentless fun of the nation of Kazakhstan, reported a 300% increase in requests for information about the country, and a wine described as “redolent of stinky socks” by a prominent website saw its sales increase by 5%.

Five of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ deputy clerks have said they are willing to issue marriage licenses. Judge David Bunning said that would purge the contempt charge against Davis.


Davis, who claims that she is acting “under God’s authority,” refuses to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to marriage equality. Bunning ordered her to comply with the Constitution, regardless, and a federal appeals court and the Supreme Court both denied her requests for a stay of Bunning’s decision.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance.

Faulkner has been at Fox News for a decade. She hosts the daytime show “Outnumbered” and anchors a Sunday evening newscast.

Her lawsuit says that in addition to sharing her name, the toy bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, including its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design.

The Harris Faulkner toy was introduced in 2014, according to the lawsuit, and was sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. Other toys in the popular line include animals named Pancakes Watkins, Puffball Petrovsky and Pepper Clark.

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17 Responses to By Grabthar’s hamster, will no one rid us of this troublesome publicity?

  1. wordcloud9 says:

    Anybody else old enough to remember the “Kirwood Derby” on Rocky and Bullwinkle?

    Durward Kirby, TV host/announcer, wanted to sue Jay Ward Productions, but his business manager pointed out that it would only bring more attention to the show. Jay Ward, the producer of The Bullwinkle Show, even offered to pay Kirby to sue him; however, Kirby did not pursue any further action.

    Some people have NO sense of humor!

  2. I have a sense of humor. What I don’t have is a sense of snow.

    Cursed Smilla borrows mine and never brought it back.

  3. In a curious twist of timely fate, crowd-sourcing financial websites such as Go Fund Me have started blocking funds for lawbreakers; i.e., persons acting illegally. Last time I looked, being hauled off to a Federal facility operated by the Bureau of Prisons–whilst wearing genuine Smith & Wesson wrist jewelry qualified one as a lawbreaker.

    The fact this woman is on her fourth marriage, and has conceived at least one child during an adulterous affair, just brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘hypocrisy.’ After seeing her on video and in the mug shot, one has to wonder if her suitors have some deep seated psychological problems themselves. Or perhaps vision and/or hearing problems.


  4. Anonymously nYours says:

    I think the judge did the correct thing. It is typical of incarceration to be ordered to force compliance with the Federal Order. They did it in school desegrations and other types of cases.

    Then you hear the morasses like Cruz, Huckabee and Rand say idiotic things, the two that stuck out from Cruz is calling it Washington Cartel and that islam is terrorism….. The stupidist one was Huckabee saying we have to stop this war on Christianity…. Apparently he claims to be from Arkansas, the shoulder straps of the bible belts suspenders. In a 5 mile radius I can count 10 mega churches that seat more than 5,000 people. These are fundamental christian fellowships….. Now, if they did as Jesus would have, he would dusted his sandals off and left this crap….. It amazes me that these folks function outside of the fellowship….

  5. Anonymously nYours says:

    Wow Chuck, 4 times… And a adulterous…. My, my…. Couldnt she have turned the other cheeck…. I hear het son is refusing to issue licenses….

  6. pete says:

    Four times but two of them were to the same person. (#4 was remarrying #2) I’m guessing the grass wasn’t greener. Or maybe #3 met #1 and that’s why the dislike for same sex unions.

    Anyway, maybe her time under lock and key will help her find #5 and she’ll have a complete change of heart.

  7. This Tweet came from Christian progressive blogger Rachel Held Evans:

  8. Anonymously nYours says:

    Did not realize the right to be treated equal was a religion…..

  9. bettykath says:

    She is being stubborn and looking to be a martyr. She, personally, doesn’t have to issue the licenses. Neither does her son. There are five others who can do the job if she stops bullying them.

  10. Aridog says:

    She is the clerk/registrar…and has no right to deny license to anyone based upon her personal beliefs or faith….or to influence others to do so either. She can simply resign and be herself…her job is not an entitlement. This crap makes me sick of our system…we make a martyr of an a**hole. I don’t care for same-sex marriage because it defiles the concept, however, the court ruled otherwise and any government employee is bound by that ruling…otherwise he/she’s a nitwit. This woman is a classic jerk and nitwit. She’ll act to deny something while refusing to resign in good faith on principle…the definition of hypocrite. I hope she enjoys jail…she deserves it.

  11. Aridog says:

    I’m saying the above as someone who resigned/retired early, at a cost of $400 per month, on principle. This woman wants it both ways…screw her.

  12. Jailed Kentucky clerk sees licenses issued on Friday as invalid: her attorney

    I guess we all know now where that puts SCOTUS in the pecking order of Davis’ mind.

    God (Yahweh to her because they are on a first name basis), Kim, and everyone else.

  13. I saw her attorney on the TV news yesterday afternoon. He said she was OK with her office issuing the licenses, but she wanted an “accommodation.” She wants her job title and name removed from the form. My understanding of Kentucky law (which is admittedly sketchy) requires the clerk’s name and title to be on the form. If it is like most county offices, the elected clerk’s name and title are printed below the signature line, but a deputy clerk can sign or rubber stamp the clerk’s signature.

    The problem with accommodations of this type demonstrates a logical fail which the media or blogs have not yet addressed. She is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the US and the law. Part of her job description, and oath of office. There is nothing at all in the oath that allows an “out” for personal beliefs.

    There is one simple analogy. During wartime, when the military institutes a draft, conscripts or draftees have the option of applying for Conscientious Objector status. That can get them assigned to hospital or other public service duty which does not require them to shoot guns or drop bombs on people if it violates their conscience.

    However, CO status is only an option for a draftee. CO status is not available to anyone who volunteers for military service, whether in wartime or peacetime. Kim Davis was not conscripted into that job. She ran for office voluntarily. I cannot see any way out for her other than to resign.

    Really? From what I read, she has about 80,000 reasons per year not to resign. Especially since she lives in a county where the last census showed: “The median income for a household in the county was $33,081. Males had a median income of $26,777 versus $20,104 for females.”

    It is unmitigated hubris on her part to expect a special session of the legislature to be called in order to remove her name and title from official documents in her office. In fact, removing the title might make the document itself invalid, no matter who signed it. Governer Beshear says a special legislative session would cost about $60,000 per day.

  14. Aridog says:

    What Chuck Stanley said. Simple solution is to remove her from office for cause..e.g., failure to perform under the law. I understand her feelings, but when she fails to back them up by resigning, she’s a hypocrite. Period. No one owes her one dang thing.

  15. Kim Davis’ Attorney Compares Her To Jews Living In Nazi Germany, Invokes Images Of Gas Chambers
    “This is the new persecution of Christians here in this country.”

    From the article, lead counsel Matt Staver says:

    “[Davis is] there to do a duty, a job and the job duty was changed,” Staver argued. “Does that mean that if you’re Christian, don’t apply here? … What happened in Nazi Germany, what happened there first, they removed the Jews from government public employment, then they stopped patronizing them in their private businesses, then they continued to stigmatize them, then they were the ‘problems,’ then they killed them.”

    Really? Because comparing being jailed for contempt of court and removed from office for not following your ironically sworn in oath of office is not the same thing as being beaten in the streets, having your homes and businesses vandalized, being round up and gassed in trucks or taken out to trenches dug in the countryside to be shot or hauled off to camps and worked to death all while having all of your worldly possessions taken by the state. This is a practically dictionary exercise in false equivalence and an appeal to emotion, Counselor. Bad logic and media grandstanding does not a case make unless you’re lucky enough to draw an imbecile as a judge. Even then, good luck on appeal.

    I’d say I hope the judge slaps a gag order on your dumb ass, but I think you should be free to say whatever idiotic statements you like in your efforts to . . . what? Make yourself and your client look like buffoons?


  16. Aridog says:

    “Election” does not equal “entitlement.” Did she plainly say in her subaltern election campaign for clerk/registrar that she’d not approve any gay marriages? I doubt it. Correct me if I am wrong, with a citation. If not, she’s a hypocrite, even if I agree with the ideas she advocates. She draws her “authoritah” from popular election, and I draw mine from personal beliefs. Not the same. My agreement is for far different reasons…e.g., I do NOT cite God. I tend to favor semantics and the meaning of the word “marriage.” For my rationale, see: “Language in Thought and Action” by Prof Hayakawa…or “People in Quandaries” by Prof Johnson. Elections are NOT grounds for personal beliefs, hers or mine. Anyone who supports this lady should not be shocked when an ISIL supporter does the same things based upon their personal beliefs. I think the Judge did the right thing…let her put up or shut up. Better she do both, say her bit and resign.

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