"Ugh" of the day

Photos are released of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs passionately kissing underage girls.


Tracy Clark-Flory
May 28, 2008 2:50AM (UTC)

This news item demands mention here but elicits little more from me than a curled lip and aspirated "ugh," and thus I bring you Broadsheet's first-ever "'Ugh' of the day." I dare say there never was an item more deserving of that title than the recently released photographs of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs kissing two children.

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Today, the Smoking Gun published the photos, which were introduced Friday at a custody hearing for the hundreds of children removed during a raid by Texas law enforcement on the Yearning for Zion Ranch. In the first set of photos – printed as vignettes on a card commemorating their "First Anniversary" -- Jeffs is shown cuddling and amorously kissing a girl named Loretta, who looks to be 14.The second set of photos shows Jeffs with Merrianne, who was 12 at the time; he squeezes her tight in one photo, passionately kisses her on the lips in another and, finally, picks her up in his arms like the little child that she is.

If I hadn't just lost my lunch, perhaps I would have the fuel to rail against these repugnant photographs instead of offering the onomatopoeia of my outrage.


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