Foster Friess, Anachronistic Dumb Ass

Rick Santorum’s sugar daddy Foster Friess (b. 1940) lectured Andrea Mitchell (b. 1946) today about how girls back in his day avoided getting pregnant, as if social norms changed dramatically in the six years that separate them in age.

I get such a chuckle when these things come out. Here we have millions of our fellow Americans unemployed, we have jihadist camps being set up in Central, uh, Latin America–which Rick has been warning about–and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex. I think that says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are. And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s such inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.

But not only was Friess being a dumb ass, he was being an anachronistic dumb ass.

Back in his day–when he turned 21, before he got married–the FDA approved the pill. By the time he turned 25, Griswold v. Connecticut made birth control legal for couples. By the time he turned 30, over a quarter of all Catholic women were using the pill (and two-thirds were using some kind of birth control).

But we don’t have to look at actual history to know that Foster Friess is making shit up with his Bayer aspirin.

Foster Friess and his wife only had 4 children. Which suggests the couple found some means, aside from Bayer aspirin, to stop conceiving children.

It’s possible his gal did revert to her Bayer aspirin ways after the fourth was delivered. It’s possible that the marital troubles Friess’ official biographies describe, 16 years into marriage, led he and his wife to stop fucking altogether. It’s possible that when Friess became Born Again in 1978, he forswore sex forever.

But there are very few ways for a man to go through 72 years of life having fathered just 4 kids–particularly one who was married through 50 of those years. And Bayer aspirin between the knees is not usually one of them.

Update: Foster Friess was on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show today. When O’Donnell pointed out that he had just 4 children, Friess said he had been “blessed by contraception.”

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17 replies
  1. eCAHNomics says:

    Well, Marcy, I was thinking about this for maybe half a nanosecond, and the conclusion I came to was that the pols & their masters have now such a contempt for voters, and are so much in control, that they no longer feel the need to hide anything.

    This is NOT an anachronism. It is the biggest ‘tell’ about what the future is going to look like that you would ever be privileged to observe.

  2. rugger9 says:

    These are the people that think they know better, the true elitists solely because of the “lucky sperm club” dealing them buttloads of cash. So, they’ll pontificate and the media whores lap it up because they want the $$$ so badly.

    It’s worth asking him what he did however, only 4 kids in 50 married years.

  3. rugger9 says:

    OT, but very interesting nonetheless, and it speaks to the foreclosure deal that no one has seen any specifics of, just the executive summary that was a broad liability release, not narrow, among other fibs:

    84% 0f 382 foreclosures sampled from 2009, 2010, and 2011 [AFTER banks claimed to have fixed things] had at least one clear violation of CA foreclosure law [that’s about 322 or so] and included multiple foreclosure claims as well as the litany of abuses like robosigning, etc., noted for years. Read the whole thing. As I see it until all of the players sort out the money [and remember the banksters don’t want to give up their filthy lucre here] there is no housing recovery, because you can’t be sure the person selling you the house really owns it.

    Covered very well by Dayen over at FDL.

  4. rugger9 says:

    Incidentally, it seems the CA AG Kamala Harris is no longer taking email inquiries to the Public Inquiry Unit, the link that used to be there is no longer there.

    Sensitive, much, AG Harris? You’ve been had by the banksters.

  5. eCAHNomics says:

    @rugger9: On the contrary. This was her intended outcome. It’s the homeowners & voters (if she intends to run for higher office) who were “had” by her.

  6. P J Evans says:

    If Friess thinks that aspirin between the knees is a genuine method of pregnancy prevention (or that anyone would believe him), I’d like to know how he managed to become a millionaire. Because even when I was in school, we knew that that one wasn’t for real. My mother, whowas old enought to be his mother (barely), wouldn’t have bought it, and I’m pretty sure that she had heard of it, too.

  7. rugger9 says:

    @eCAHNomics: #6
    I was trying to be charitable. No doubt she’s running for something again, but she will not get votes after this stinker. As it is, Obama’s in town for fundraising today, I wonder if anyone in the press or fundraiser will point out this issue and 1) how pervasive the fraud is, and 2) how it keeps going even after the baks pinkyswore to stop, and 3) how anyone could make any deal with such people UNLESS they were paid off. I doubt it, but this would be a great open mic moment.

  8. P J Evans says:

    they’re not going to be talking about the review of foreclosures in SF, either, which apparently found more than enough errors to demonstrate incompetence on the part of banks and mortgage houses.

  9. DonS says:

    It’s hard to relate the incredible ignorance and disrespect that this fool betrays.

    Now how can this be conveyed in meaningful ways to folks in TVland?

    Because, besides being obscene entertainment, this jerk represents the worst social outcropping off what it is the .01 thinks is salient.

    Please, let us pray this guys performance receives the attention it deserves.

  10. j, lower case says:

    Foster claims he just badly told a joke. I remember that joke from ages ago, and Foster left out the other half of it, the half which surely explains why he only had four children. Aspirin held between the knees for the ladies, and aspirin put in the shoe for menfolk. You know, it made him limp.

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