A Christian motivational speaker who makes his living touring the country to visit high schools to deliver his “RU Dateable” and “Is It Holy” misogynistic lectures was arrested this week after being found drunk and lying in vomit in the back seat of a car.
Do you remember Justin Lookadoo? He’s the self-styled Christian speaker who delivers dating advice to high school students in presentations paid for by local school boards and PTAs. Lookadoo has been on the radar of news outlets for years, at least as far back as 2006 when he was giving advice to kids at sleep-away Christian ex-gay camps. Lookadoo reinvents his schtick every few years, but his iconic peroxide bleached spiky hair seems have stayed the same — at least on his website.
Shockingly, his career didn’t end after he made national news for telling students at a Texas public high school — according to one girl who tweeted his lecture, â€œLadies, Iâ€™m going to say this in the nicest way possibleâ€¦.you are the most horrible, awful, vindictive creatures this planet has ever seen,â€ â€œThere are some major differences between guys and girls! Girls canâ€™t drive! They can only drive in circles!,â€ and, â€œThe effort put into relationships just dictates how much itâ€™ll rip you apart when it ends.â€
But he’s known for the advice on his RU Dateable website, including his “Rules for Dating.”
â€œDateable girls know how to shut up,â€ Lookadoo says on hisÂ R U Dateable website. â€œThey donâ€™t monopolize the conversation. They donâ€™t tell everyone everything about themselves. They save some for later. They listen more than they gab.â€
â€œGod made guys as leaders. Dateable girls get that and let him do guy things, get a door, open a ketchup bottle. They relax and let guys be guys. Which means they donâ€™t ask him out!!!â€
â€œDateable girls know that guys need to be needed. A Dateable girl isnâ€™t Miss Independent. She knows we are made for community. Needing each other is part of faith. She allows him to be needed at times, knowing he was called to serve just as much as she was.â€
Lookadoo doesnâ€™t reserve his advice to girls.
â€œDateable guys know they arenâ€™t as sensitive as girls and thatâ€™s okay. They know they are stronger, more dangerous, and more adventurous and thatâ€™s okay. Dateable guys are real men who arenâ€™t afraid to be guys.â€
And now the law has caught up with Lookadoo — though not for his lectures.
“The guy,” the Dallas Observer’s Â Stephen Young writes,Â “is basically rape culture anthropomorphized, given frosted tips and sprinkled with Bible dust. And the day Lookadoo had on Tuesday is proof that there is some, if not enough, justice in the world.”
According toÂ a report from Evansville, Indiana’s, WFIE, Lookadoo failed to show up for a speaking engagement at an Evansville’s Teen Power Camp because he had been booked into the county jail.
WFIE reports that law enforcement found Lookadoo asleep in his car off the side of the road. He told the officers that he’d pulled over to take a nap, but, according to the report, the authorities realized something was amiss when they smelled alcohol on Lookadoo and noticed he had vomited in his car.
Officials say Lookadoo failed field sobriety tests and had a BAC of .07. He was arrested for public intoxication and posted bond later Tuesday morning.
If that weren’t enough, Gawker adds more.
AccordingÂ to WFIE, Lookadoo failed a field sobriety test and had a BAC of .07. Ironically,Â as Raw Story points out, Lookadoo had uploaded a videoÂ to YouTube last yearÂ titled “Is Alcohol Consumption Okay?” in which he tells teens that it isn’t a question of whether drinking is “good” or “bad,” but rather a question of, “Is it holy?”
“Is it holy” is the official tagline for Lookadoo’s brand, one he apparently does not actually believe enough to renew the domain toÂ his websiteÂ devoted to it, but enough to charge you $20Â for a braceletÂ that says, “Is it holy?”
Image: Justin Lookadoo
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‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’
Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.
“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”
This statement is an act of war against America. ANY Republican who does not publicly rebuke this statement must be defeated. ANY Republican. pic.twitter.com/mVAsPXkqGK
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 21, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.
“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”
McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:
In debate on the January 6 investigation today on the House floor, Democrats are repeatedly bringing up this new statement from Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Clyburn D-SC says the “Big Lie” is just like the “Lost Cause” after the Civil War. pic.twitter.com/NDNHdjKrYq
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 21, 2021
Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.
S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”
Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”
Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”
ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”
A former president of the United States who took an oath to uphold the US Constitution: “The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” #DonaldTrump #ThisIsGoingWell NB: almost no evidence of voter fraud has been uncovered or confirmed.
— Priscilla Huff (@phuffdaddy) October 21, 2021
Watch: Garland Destroys GOP Congressman’s False Suggestion His School Board Memo Calls Parents Terrorists
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.
Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.
“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.
“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”
As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.
Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.
Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.
“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”
Garland: That is not what the memorandum is about at all nor does it use the word domestic terrorism or patriot act pic.twitter.com/6vJqDDPcBf
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 21, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott’s Pick for Top Texas Election Post Worked With Trump to Fight 2020 Results
“Gov. Greg Abbott’s pick for top Texas election post worked with Trump to fight 2020 results” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday appointed John Scott — a Fort Worth attorney who briefly represented former President Donald Trump in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania — as Texas’ new secretary of state.
As secretary of state, Scott would oversee election administration in Texas — a task complicated in recent years by baseless claims of election fraud from Republicans in the highest levels of government fueled by Trump. The former president has filed a flurry of lawsuits nationwide and called for audits in Texas and elsewhere to review the results of the 2020 presidential elections. Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud nationwide, and in Texas, an official with the secretary of state’s office said the 2020 election was “smooth and secure.”
On Nov. 13, Scott signed on as counsel to a lawsuit filed by Trump attempting to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election. A few days later, Scott filed a motion to withdraw as an attorney for the plaintiffs. Scott’s motion also asked to withdraw Bryan Hughes, a Texas state senator from Mineola who works for Scott’s law firm, as an attorney for the case.
Scott will eventually have to be confirmed by the Legislature which is not scheduled to meet until 2023. Until then, he’ll serve in as interim secretary of state.
Abbott’s announcement of Scott’s appointment did not mention his work for Trump — even has he has endured mounting pressure from Trump supporters to call for audit elections.
“John Scott is a proven leader with a passion for public service, and his decades of experience in election law and litigation make him the ideal choice for the Texas Secretary of State,” Abbott said in a statement. “John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage. I am confident that John’s experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country. I am proud to appoint John as the Texas Secretary of State and look forward to working alongside him to ensure Texas remains the best state in the nation.”
Scott will also be the state’s liaison to Mexico, the state’s biggest trading partner, and will advise Abbott on border and trade affairs.
Abbott’s last two appointments for the top elections position, Ruth R. Hughs and David Whitley, were not confirmed by the Senate. Hughs resigned in May.
Scott has 33 years of legal experience, arguing more than 100 legal cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Working at the attorney general’s office under Abbott, Scott was deputy attorney general for civil litigation, overseeing more than 22,000 lawsuits for the state. He later was appointed chief operating officer of the state’s Health and Human Services Commission where he was in charge of 56,000 employees and a biennial budget of $50 billion.
Scott also has served as board chairman for the Department of Information Resources. He has law offices in Fort Worth and Austin.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/21/john-scott-texas-secretary-state-elections-trump/.
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