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Apr 14 Per Bernstein commented on Guest Editorial: The Motivation Is Political.
@22, Can you give an example of a gay (or straight) politician who was falsely accused of child molestation? I'm not trying to be an asshole, I just can't think of an example of a politician who was falsely accused of molesting a child.
Apr 14 Per Bernstein commented on Murray's 2008 Accuser on Mayor's New Accusations Against Him: "It's Hogwash".
@9 From the Seattle Times story on April 6:

“Long before he got into politics, Murray, one of seven children in an Irish Catholic family, considered the priesthood. He spent a year at a seminary in 1976, before earning his sociology degree from the University of Portland, a private Catholic institution.

While Murray was in college, Simpson said, he worked with kids at the Parry Center for Children. That’s where they met, said Simpson, who went to live there when he was 6.

The alleged sexual abuse by Murray began in 1980, Simpson says, when he lived at a group home after leaving the Parry Center, and was allowed to spend the night at Murray’s apartment.”

From the “I’m Not Lying” SLOG entry from today:

“Jeff Reading, sent us an alternate version of events that transpired between the two in the 1980s. Reading’s statement says Simpson had a sad and rough upbringing, and he attached himself to Murray when he worked at the youth center. Murray, Reading said, believed he could help Simpson.

Simpson often ran away from his group home to Murray’s after the mayor left his job at the youth center, Reading said by e-mail.”

Simpson asserts the sleepovers started in 1980 when he was 12 or 13.

Reading, Murray’s lawyer, asserts the sleepovers started ("Simpson ran away from his group home to Murray's") sometime prior to Murray gaining custody of Simpson when he was 16.
Apr 14 Per Bernstein commented on Murray's 2008 Accuser on Mayor's New Accusations Against Him: "It's Hogwash".
Nobody is disputing that when Murray left the seminary, he went to work at a youth center for troubled kids where he met a 13 year-old, African American boy named Jeff Simpson. Murray took an interest in "helping" Simpson, which included sleepovers at Murray's house that continued (according to Murray's lawyer) even after Murray no longer worked at the youth center.

Today, a 26 year-old man who just ended his quest to become a priest would surely not be allowed to host 13 year-olds for one-on-one sleepovers. Not a great item to have on a mayoral candidate's resume either.

In 1984, 29 year-old Murray gains custody of 16 year-old Simpson. Simpson's drug problem worsens, he becomes suicidal and tells a group home administrator, a social worker and the police that Murray has been molesting him while filling the role of "the only father he ever knew."

After being investigated for felony child abuse, the case is dropped and Murray leaves the state and moves to Seattle where Murray's lawyer seems to assert that the relationship ended other than Simpson sending updates and photos of his family. And yet, Simpson did in fact follow Murray to Seattle where he worked as a prostitute and used Murray's last name and home address as his own on different occasions.

Despite his denials of abuse and refusal to answer questions, it's still a very damaging timeline of events for someone running for mayor. And, as this occurred in 1984 and earlier, it would have been impossible for this part of the story to be "politically motivated."

To make matters worse, Simpson's previous lawyer claims to have corroborating evidence that would prove Murray's guilt if not for the statute of limitations.

For the mayor's sake, I hope he is able to locate even one kid from that youth center that can vouch for him helping them in a way that didn't include acts of molestation.
Apr 12 Per Bernstein commented on Seattle Times Editorial Board to Ed Murray: Drop Out Before Nikkita Oliver Ends Up Mayor.
I am a lefty, a supporter of marriage equality and don't think D.H. has a winnable case, but if we are being completely honest, the abuse of Simpson after Murray left the seminary rings true.

It also resulted in Murray being investigated for a felony sodomy charge in 1984 after Simpson talked to a group-home administrator, a social worker and the police. Granted, no charges were filed, but Murray had connections in the DA's office and Simpson was a "troubled" runaway who wanted the abuse to end but not his relationship with Murray who he called "the only parent he ever knew." It also seems evident that the relationship did not end.

In the Penn State child abuse case, Jerry Sandusky preyed on troubled, fatherless boys and many said the same thing: they wanted the abuse to end but wanted to be able to continue to go to the football games and continue to get the special attention missing from their lives.

Whether it's the many Catholic priests or Bill Cosby or wrestling coaches like Republican icon Denny Hastert, the abuser was giving special attention and in an unimpeachable position of power compared to the much younger/child victim. They victims never came forward because not only would nobody believe them, but everybody would hate them as well for ruining the image of the supposedly benevolent person accused.

Ed Murray is in a tough spot as a candidate in that there are legitimate questions to be asked for which there are no good answers.

Did Murray have sleepovers with 13 year-old “troubled” boys?

What was the nature of Murray's relationship with a 13-16 year-old Simpson while living in Portland?

Why did Murray continue the relationship in Seattle with a drug-addled teenage runaway/prostitute who had accused him of felony child abuse? (remember, there is a record of Simpson using Murray's last name and home address in Seattle as his own.)

Was the state of Oregon OK with Murray continuing his relationship with the teenaged Simpson after the abuse allegations? Did Murray feel any responsibility for Simpson as his only "father figure?"

These are only a few of the questions Murray will be asked. Murray's answers will create still more questions--questions with no conceivable answers that can put any of this to rest.

“I would really like for him to admit it and to take responsibility …” Simpson said of Murray. “I don’t necessarily think that he destroyed my life, but I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this.”

Dec 17, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on Thank the Maker! Someone Finally Made a Star Wars Movie for People Who Love Star Wars.
You say black I say white
You say bark I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don't like Star Wars

You say Rolls I say Royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord I say Christ
I don't believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
Nov 24, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on Sludge-Rock Heavies godheadSilo Reschedule Comeback Show for Jan. 29 at Chop Suey.
Does the drummer still coat himself in Tiger Balm when playing live?
Aug 24, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on R.E.M.'s Chronic Town Is as Old as Jesus (and Twice as Real).
The best EP. Soft Effects is a close second.
Aug 10, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on City Council Approves Taxes on Guns and Bullets.
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Aug 10, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
When is the #BowDownToPaulConstant protest?
Aug 10, 2015 Per Bernstein commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
When did this Slog and pony show get duller than dishwater?