Late Night Open Thread: Ross Doubthat Longs for a Little Tidy White-Bread Sharia Law

“President Pence”, he murmurs to himself, and would slip a hand down his pants if he didn’t believe that sort of thing leads to blindness and hairy palms…


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He’s not calling for an Inquisition, for pete’s sake! He just wants all the gore and dirty talk firmly removed from the public arena!

(Ref: God had His men leading the charge for righteousness.”)

If Erick Erickson is the HOA director of the GOP’s gated community, Ross Douthat is the pastor of the neighborhood’s “nondenominational” megachurch.

And if I thought they were capable of it, I’d say the suits doing the hiring at the NYTimes should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging him.

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    khead says:

    I thought maybe you were quoting Douthat spoof tweets. My bad there.

    We are hosting my wife’s goddaughter for the week. Jersey Shore (Wildwood) tomorrow. So glad is had (kinda) cooled off.

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    efgoldman says:

    if I thought they were capable of it, I’d say the suits doing the hiring at the NYTimes should be ashamed of themselves

    You’re funny, Anne, Next thing, you’re going to suggest that we should take them seriously because they hired the idiot climate change denier for the op ed page.

    ETA: Anybody, reader, editor, or publisher who takes Douthat seriously probably ought not to be running around loose in public unsupervised.

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    Yarrow says:

    President Pence? Don’t think so. Trump’s going to throw him under the bus.

    "A paper trail leads directly back to Mike Pence—Pence knew Michael Flynn was a foreign agent" @Funder on #AMJoy https://t.co/mK7L0yJI2Y— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 15, 2017

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    sdhays says:

    @khead: I believed the first one was real on the first pass, but the others required a triple take to believe that even Ross was that stupid.

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    Brachiator says:

    There is no intellectual content in anything that Brooks or Douthat writes. None. Nada. Zip. We’re talking black hole levels of nothingness. Existential emptiness. The spirits of dead thoughts drip from his word processor.

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    Yarrow says:

    Ross Douthat is the pastor of the neighborhood’s “nondenominational” megachurch

    I don’t think he’s got the charisma required to be the head pastor. He’s an associate pastor. it’s not enough to give him the respect he thinks he deserves. And he’s got secrets.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Having thus unburdened himself, he exited, pursued by a bear.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Yarrow:

    I suspect Trump has as much concern for Dense as he does yesterday’s KFC wet knaps.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Theoconservatism had many flaws, but it was the least racialized conservatism of modern times.

    That’s possible only because the bar is almost impossibly low. But I’m not sure what the point is of mentioning it is – theoconservatives voted for Trump because he promised to keep white Christians in power at all cost. As an atheist, I have a hard time seeing a faustian bargain such as that as a moral pillar to be proud of.

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    hellslittlestangel says:

    Theoconservatism … was the least racialized conservatism of modern times.

    I’ll remember this the next time someone asks me what “damning with faint praise” means.

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:

    ought not to be running around loose in public unsupervised

    Didn’t you mean unrestrained?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Brachiator:

    We’re talking black hole levels of nothingness.

    My dear sir, this is an insult to black holes. A black hole is intensely dense matter, it does not deserve such a comparision to the vacuous writings of Doubthat.

    Anyone else heard about Grandpa Walnuts being out for a week & how it’s going to affect the vote?

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    joel hanes says:

    @efgoldman:

    Douthat takes himself seriously. Very very seriously.
    So seriously that the rest of us are relieved of the burden of taking Douthat seriously at all, or even pretending to,
    since Douthat does enough of that for all of us.

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    Ruckus says:

    @sdhays:

    required a triple take to believe that even Ross was that stupid.

    Some of you are way too polite. He is exactly that stupid.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @prostratedragon:

    I had to look that up to recall it… been a long time since I read Winter’s Tale!

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    Yarrow says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Yep. And Pence is seriously compromised. Trump will throw everyone under the bus in attempts to save himself. Pence may have been too dumb to know that’s how Trump works when he signed up for the VP position, but he’s going to find out.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Brachiator:
    See, now Brachiator gets it.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Yutsano:

    Yertle has already declared he will table until Grampy returns all pink and surly.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Yarrow:

    Pence is too dumb to work his fly without Mother’s assistance.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Yutsano: From various news stories

    … The Senate will postpone its consideration of the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until Sen. John McCain returns to Washington.

    The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a nearly 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye. The surgery was described as a “minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision.”

    In other words, the Senate will not return to it’s task of taking health insurance away from Americans until Senator McCain has had a chance to fully benefit from having health insurance that is provided by the government.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Yutsano:
    My thought is that he will be out for longer than a week and turtle already said it would delay the vote. My big question is would gramps stay out longer and give other goppers the cover to walk away without having to vote? IOW is he also throwing turtle under the bus?
    Yes I know it’s unlikely to very unlikely but it is possible.

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    Yutsano says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): TBH John Sidney McCain should have retired this last election. I’m sure he’d be much happier with barecue on his tire swing getting Sunday show invites than deal with the shit show that is the Senate. But this also gives the Turtle a week to try and come up with more bribes.

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    Yarrow says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): That’s not what some of the blind item gossip sites say about his sexcapades during GOP Governor conferences.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Yarrow:
    That doesn’t mean he isn’t too dumb to work a zipper, at least without catching himself in it. @Yarrow:

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    Brachiator says:

    @Ruckus:

    ..See, now Brachiator gets it.

    Huh?

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Yutsano:

    He and his wife are worth ten’s of millions… he must have a colossal need for fame and power to still be “working” at his age. Why the Kochs are still scrabbling after dollars at their age when they’ve got billions is a testament to human greed.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    My god, that was fucking brutal. The Post should can this clown’s ass.

    “President Pence”, he murmurs to himself, and would slip a hand down his pants if he didn’t believe that sort of thing leads to blindness and hairy palms…

    I lawl’d so damn hard at this sentence

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ruckus: I don’t really care about his zipper abilities. He’s shown himself to be plenty dumb in all the ways that should count for someone who is our VP.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Ruckus: He probably needs “Mother” to work his winky too

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    GregB says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    Thank God we have recently learned that the obscenely wealthy cannot be corrupted by seeking public graft because they are already rich.

    At least that was the talking point forwarded to justify Trump’s plutocratic cabinet picks.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Brachiator:
    sdhays was seemingly giving a slight pass to Do That and next comment you nailed it.
    So you got the point. Is it possible you are worse at taking compliments than I am?

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    Ruckus says:

    @Yarrow:
    This is of course true, I’m just in a bit of a mood and sort of riffing on other’s comments.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: From all the photos and videos I’ve seen of Pence and “Mother” it certainly looks like she keeps him in line.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Yarrow: Too bad El Presidente can’t fire him. Vicepresidente can be removed via impeachment. Doubt GOP controlled Congress will do that tho

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    divF says:

    I don’t think our boy Ross has ever seen Titus Andronicus. And let’s not even talk about Webster.

    One of the things his beloved theocracy would normalize is violence against the apostate and the different. But that doesn’t count for him, since he doesn’t think they would round him up. He is a Catholic, so he is mistaken on that score – the evangelicals would get round to him eventually.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Um, isn’t all of Christian theology dependent on finding meaning in the excruciating torture of Jesus? I mean, it’s not MY religion, but I think if it was, about the last thing I’d be bragging about is how little torture there is in it.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Let’s see how it plays out. Pence is close to Manafort, who recruited him to the Trump campaign. He’s a traitor along with the rest of them. If the heat starts getting too close to Trump, I expect Trump to release dirt on Pence and then Trump will ask him to resign. Who knows what will happen, but a VP resigning has happened before.

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    Ruckus says:

    @divF:
    Isn’t this the main issue with all restrictive societies? They get around to all but the main group if they last long enough and then start restricting even tighter, those who don’t show enough loyalty, or pay enough taxes or have hair or don’t.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    Don’t forget, his tortue was meant as kind of exchange for all of humanity’s “original sin” because God set humanity up to fail in the first place with placing a tree of knowledge in the middle of a garden.

    It’s like leaving an open bottle of pills in front of children and telling them not to try to colorful little pieces that look like candy. Of course they’re going to try it.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @divF:

    One of the things his beloved theocracy would normalize is violence against the apostate and the different. But that doesn’t count for him, since he doesn’t think they would round him up. He is a Catholic, so he is mistaken on that score – the evangelicals would get round to him eventually.

    IIRC, Doubthat went Catholic because the Episcopalian church he was raised in wasn’t harsh enough about slutty women and icky queers. If a good old-fashioned Calvinist subcult took over American politics, he’d have switched allegiances before the blood on the President-for-Life Proclamation is dry.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Ruckus:

    .So you got the point. Is it possible you are worse at taking compliments than I am?

    Ha! Yeah, sometimes I am.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Yarrow: Hope Pence has to resign. If that happens, the wheels start to come off even sooner and quicker off this sham administration

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    TenguPhule says:

    “President Pence”, he murmurs to himself, and would slip a hand down his pants if he didn’t believe that sort of thing leads to blindness and hairy palms…

    Thanks a lot Anne, I just ate!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    Too bad El Presidente can’t fire him.

    My bet’s on Trump using one of his own bodyguards to “silence” Pence.

    It would make as much sense as anything else so far.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Things are accelerating. I’m anticipating in a week or two we’ll start to hear rumbles about resignations.

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    Mike G says:

    The Bible has a lot of sex and violence but it does not lovingly draw out the details of every torture.

    But enough about Dick Cheney’s bedtime wank material

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @TenguPhule:

    My bet’s on Trump using one of his own bodyguards to “silence” Pence.

    It would make as much sense as anything else so far.

    Trump’s not Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire. He may do business with gangsters but he’s punching above his weight and is in a world of shit for dealing with thugs like Putin

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    OT: Madame, myself, and the kid went to the Huntington and had a nice picnic. Most folk were on the lawn in front of the Library, I wandered off and the place was nearly empty, even saw a couple of rabbits.

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    scav says:

    The Bible has a lot of sex and violence but it does not lovingly draw out the details of every torture.

    Has that man ever really looked at much Catholic art and all those statues in churches? Susannah and the Elders? Judith and Holofernes? San Sebastian and all those other martyrs, some holding their cut off breasts and eyeballs so you cna figure out who they are?

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    Yutsano says:

    @scav: We should show him Hieronymus Bosch Clockwork Orange style.

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    hellslittlestangel says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Wetwork decisions don’t get made by The Orange Better One, they get made by his boss.

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    SgrAstar says:

    @Anne Laurie: Yeah, that’s why Douthat hates Pope Francis, who displays a deplorable, un-Jesuslike penchant for charity toward and forgiveness of ‘sinners’. Calvin wouldn’t be having any of that, now…not at all.

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    NotMax says:

    Douthat is to theology as generic brand hot dogs are to cuisine.

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    @NotMax: I think you just unfairly slighted generic brand hot dogs.

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    Ruckus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    He did.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Yarrow:

    I don’t think he’s got the charisma required to be the head pastor. He’s an associate pastor.

    He’s the assistant pastor in charge of the youth ministry, because he’s deemed to be “safe” around the teenage girls.

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    Man, I haven’t thought about Douthat since his tweets about how the fact that you libtards like game of thrones proves you’re all secretly conservative royalists, right on the heels of his article about how the fact that you libtards like Harry Potter proves you’re all secretly conservative royalists. God, what an idiot. He doesn’t even rise to college republican fishwrap standards.

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    mskitty says:

    Charlie Pierce refers to him as Ross Cardinal Douthat.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @scav:

    San Sebastian and all those other martyrs, some holding their cut off breasts and eyeballs so you can figure out who they are?

    One of my teenage delights was wandering about the Cloisters, identifying the images of saints by their ‘attributes.’ Extra points, because the nuns who taught parochial school were happy to point out that many of the martyrs’ gruesome deaths led — by the miracle of bureaucracy — to a high glory as ghastly patrons: St. Agatha (breasts) is the patron saint of bellmakers, breadmakers, and more recently breast cancer; St. Lucy (eyeballs) is the patron saint of eye diseases. St. Barbara’s castle still appears on some modern artillery battalion badges because, having fled an unconsecrated marriage, she was supposed to have died under military siege.

    And it wasn’t confined to female saints; St. Sebastian’s nearly-nude image, pierced by arrows, was notoriously a favorite of young seminarians who… shall we say, were not tempted to lust after women. St. Laurence, roasted alive on a gridiron, is the patron of cooks and chefs. And then there’s St. Bartholomew, whose gory attribute offended Mark Twain. (The Metropolitan also used to display a painstakingly detailed illuminated manuscript with an incongruously grinning Barthlomew… modern torture porn had nothing on the medievalists.)

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @divF:

    I don’t think our boy Ross has ever seen Titus Andronicus.

    Yep. Shakespeare helped create the conventions of what became Jacobean revenge tragedy. There’s a reason why the stereotype of Shakespearean over-acting includes “10 minute I’m-not-quite-dead-yet” death scenes.
    I mean, Douthat is basically shouting “I have read two-thirds of fuck-all of Shakespeare” with this display of ignorance. He is begging for people to call him a philistine gobshite… entering serial-killer-convention “Stop me before I bloviate again” territory.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    I mean, it’s not MY religion, but I think if it was, about the last thing I’d be bragging about is how little torture there is in it.

    One of the things we are taught about dealing with psych patients with a tendency to self-harm is “Don’t give them access to a copy of the Bibble”.
    That bit about “if thine right eye offendeth thee”, people take it seriously.

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    @sm*t cl*de:

    There’s a reason why the stereotype of Shakespearean over-acting includes “10 minute I’m-not-quite-dead-yet” death scenes.

    It’s even parodied by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, god I love that play.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Yarrow:

    In a perfect world, exactly 10 minutes after Mike Pence gets sworn in to replace the impeached President Shitgibbon, his secret gay lover of 20 years gives an interview to Rachel Maddow to talk about their love that dare not speak its name, leading to the First Mother walking out on him the next day. Probably not going to happen, but it’s fun to imagine.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    [ McCain] and his wife are worth probably tens of Millions

    Well the wife is. I imagine he is quite wealthy having work for decades in a job that pay is north of $180,000 a year. But John McCain it didn’t have a pot to piss in when he abandoned his first wife to marry the beer heiress whose family Finance his first campaign. I will never get over my boss in 2004 telling me that he hated John Kerry because he thought marrying someone as rich is Teresa Heinz made carry a gigolo. I left that job not long after and I never had the chance to ask him if he felt the same about McCain.

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    Bruce K says:

    @Citizen Alan: Nah. In a world as close to perfect as we can get given what’s gone down in the past eighteen months, historians argue for centuries over whether Nancy Pelosi counts as America’s first woman President because she was only “acting” President in 2019 and 2020.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yarrow:
    Pence is up to his eyeballs in the Flynn mess.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Ruckus:
    That delay will give the CBO the time it needs to score the Cruz Amendment

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    Kathleen says:

    @Major Major Major Major: My favorite Shakespeare play. I’ve seen it 3-4 times.

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    evodevo says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Yes, yes it is … see Passion of the Christ by that renowned moderate Catholic director …. uh, his name escapes me now …..

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @Yarrow:

    I don’t think he’s got the charisma required to be the head pastor. He’s an associate pastor.

    Not the associate pastor. He’s the youth pastor. You know, the one that resigns suddenly, amid rumors. And then the cops are seen carting off his office computer.

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    bystander says:

    Was it already noted that one of Betty Cracker’s tweets was featured on Crooks and Liars?

    How long before the lights of the big city are twinkling in her eyes?

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    bystander says:

    @scav: You can get a full serving of Catholic torture porn at Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome. Thirty some frescoes, each devoted to a vivid depiction of various martyrs. Skin flaying, oil boiling, eye gouging, bear mauling, lion devouring….you name it, this place has it. Plus the largest rotondo church in Rome.

    The place is a little ways up the Celian Hill behind the Colosseum. The love of torture, pain, gore and mayhem, always a spectator sport.

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    Percysowner says:

    Nightmare scenario. Pence resigns. As he’s going out the door, Trump reveals he has enough on Ryan to force him out. Most of Trump’s Cabinet has resigned in disgrace and we end up with our first female President, Betsy DeVos.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    A great tweet summarizing how the ACA and Trump Care differ. Hope it goes viral because it captures the ways in which Trump Care screws the average American.

    The good thing about the delayed vote is that it gives us more time to call our Senators to oppose this monstrosity. Thank you McCain.

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    J R in WV says:

    People keep talking about John McCain’s emergency surgery as if it was eye surgery.

    It was not. They removed a piece of his skull around his eyebrow, in order to remove a 2+inch blood clot from his brain. Then replaced the skull they removed, and closed things up neatly. He had Brain Surgery, and is dreaming uneasy dreams of being back in charge of the Senate in a week.

    With any luck, the brain surgery will enable him to read a simple question in a committee hearing, but not to understand any answers. The man is stupid, bottom of his class at Annapolis, even though every instructor had to know that his father and grandfather were senior Admirals.

    He dropped his bomb load into a lake of burning aviation fuel on board the Forrestal CV-59 in 1967. Contrary to emergency drill, standing orders, and common sense. Then after he escaped from his fighter jet, he didn’t take charge of crewmen fighting the fire, which came close to destroying the nearly new carrier, he scurried below decks and hid.

    The next day, after the ship was saved by desperately fighting damage control teams, McCain bummed a ride to shore with R J Apple, NYTimes reporter who flew out to the smoking ruin in a helicopter, for some “R&R” all according to his autobiography, which accurately showed him to be unqualified for his role as a pilot, as a member of the Senate, as a husband. In his own words!

    Later on he disobeyed his flight orders, flew where he was ordered not to, and got shot down because he flew into SAM range, where he was not to stray.

    Removing that blood clot from his brain won’t help his cognition a bit. I just hope he remains disabled long enough to help kill the Senate Death Insurance bill. Best work of his career if so.

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    bystander says:

    @J R in WV: Are you prepping for McCain’s roast at the Friars? Killer material.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    FTFNYT for employing christian fascists, plutocratic greedos, and climate change deniers.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Trump approval rate at 36%. Still too high but it’s the worst for a modern President at the 6 month mark. We’re already sick and tired of all this winning. Stop the winning!

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    debbie says:

    Yep, President Pence was very busy at the governors’ conference:

    About a week after the White House spread misinformation about Ohio’s Medicaid program, Vice President Mike Pence falsely said Friday that 60,000 Ohioans are going without care because of the state’s Medicaid expansion.

    “I know Gov. (John) Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months or even years,” Pence asserted at the National Governors Association gathering Friday in Providence, Rhode Island.

    That prompted Kasich’s press secretary, Jon Keeling, to tweet: “That’s what we call #fakenews.” Keeling included a link to The Dispatch’s Capital Insider column from last Sunday citing state Medicaid data to refute an article cited by the White House. In what “the West Wing is reading,” the inaccurate piece said that after expanding Medicaid, Ohio “rolled back eligibility for some 34,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities as a cost-cutting measure.”

    Pence’s lie appears to be based on a WSJ lie. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

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    RobNYNY says:

    @scav:

    Catholic scenes of violence against women:

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NHXL_enUS738US739&biw=861&bih=419&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=saint+breasts+cut+off&oq=saint+breasts&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0.16920.18588.0.21542.7.7.0.0.0.0.272.665.4j1j1.6.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..1.6.660…0i8i30k1.dmTVWHGHghw

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NHXL_enUS738US739&biw=861&bih=419&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=saint+eyes+gouged+out&oq=saint+eyes+gouged+out&gs_l=psy-ab.3…46166.50038.0.50893.15.15.0.0.0.0.173.1259.13j2.15.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..0.5.397…0j0i5i30k1j0i8i30k1j0i30k1.RigAnjMwoVc

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    debbie says:

    I don’t have much use for much in the Talmud, but I heard this parable earlier this morning:

    abbi Lau-Lavie: I want to share with you the story that really came to me right after the elections, and I’ve used it a lot since. It’s this Talmudic parable about a ship that is sailing, and there are many cabins. And one of the people in the cabins on the lower floor decides to dig a hole in the floor of his cabin, and does so, and sure enough, the ship begins to sink. And the other passengers suddenly discover what’s going on and see this guy with a hole in the floor. And they say, “What are you doing?” And he says, “Well, it’s my cabin. I paid for it.” And down goes the ship.

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    father pussbucket says:

    @Brachiator:

    n other words, the Senate will not return to it’s task of taking health insurance away from Americans until Senator McCain has had a chance to fully benefit from having health insurance that is provided by the government.

    Perfection.

    I’m much taken by the phrase “minimally invasive craniotomy.” I think a lot of Republicans could benefit.

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    Yellowdog says:

    @Brachiator: A two inch blood clot (i.e. a stroke) in the frontal lobe is pretty big. The frontal lobe involves decision making and higher order thinking skills. Remember that day Gramps seemed confused during Senate testimony? I wonder if he really was having a stroke on national TV.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Yarrow: My offhand conjecture: After a few more months of this (mis)Administration discharging serious ordnance into their insteps instead of further engorging their globoligarch masters, Dence’s theocrats organize enough Cabinet votes to push Cheeto Benito aside via Amendment XXV, Section 4. Twitler responds with an I am not incapacitated! message to Congress (ghosted by Daughter-Wife or her beard Jar-Jar Kush). And then the fun begins, as the Dense One’s evil but incompetent Christianist minions discover just how difficult it is to budge a sitting President who doesn’t want to go. Fustercluck? Slapstick kabuki? “We deport, you reside”? You pays your money, you takes your choice – as the Democratic Party sits back & points while laughing its collective arse off…

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    as the Democratic Party sits back & points while laughing its collective arse off…

    I’m not laughing, and doubt I will be then. These people have already done irreparable damage (e.g. Gorsuck).

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    HRA says:

    I have not read the comments yet and want to ask a question. Isn’t it against the law to use money from a Trump 2020 election campaign to hire attorneys for Trump Jr.?

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    Percysowner says:

    Apparently Trump is under the impression that Theresa May is him employee ‘Fix it for me’: Trump told Theresa May he won’t visit UK until he’s sure he’ll get a warm welcome

    “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa,” Trump told May in a private conversation that was transcribed by aides and reported by senior diplomats to British newspaper The Sun.

    May replied stiffly, “Well, you know what the British press are like.”

    “I still want to come, but I’m in no rush,” Trump reportedly said to May. “So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier.”

    “When I know I’m going to get a better reception,” the president said, “I’ll come and not before.”

    One of the Sun’s sources said that May “tried to explain she has no power to dictate how newspapers and media might decide to cover his visit.”

    “After all,” the individual said. “We are not North Korea.”

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    The morning pundit roundup at Kos this morning is as full of despair as I’ve ever seen it. They’re assessing things at the 6 month mark and conclude that (a) we are so screwed it will take a generation to fix it if we ever can, (b) the Republican party is full scale behind Trump, and (c) so are his voters. That’s what we live with.

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    Lit3Bolt says:

    Apparently the NYT considers its op-ed columnists being whipped like the red-headed stepchildren every week in the intellectual sphere as perfectly fine and normal.

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    germy says:

    @HRA: Isn’t it against the law to use money from a Trump 2020 election campaign to hire attorneys for Trump Jr.?

    N.B. If Trump campaign can pay for Donald Jr.'s legal fees, it means the meeting was campaign related.— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) July 15, 2017

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    Yarrow says:

    @HRA:

    Isn’t it against the law to use money from a Trump 2020 election campaign to hire attorneys for Trump Jr.?

    Why, yes. Yes it is.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    There’s a reason for calling this smarmy little theotoadie Douchhat.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Percysowner: Donnie is expecting the sort of reception he got in the absolute theocracy that is Saudi Arabia.

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    Matt says:

    The Bible has a lot of sex and violence but it does not lovingly draw out the details of every torture or rely constantly on sexposition.

    Douthat continued: “So that’s why you should download my fan-fiction anthology, which totally does!”

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @Bruce K: I thought John Tyler settled the “acting” question by essentially ignoring it.

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