Forgot to post this yesterday evening, apologies to our observant commentors! Certainly seems like a perfect time for an honest reckoning and a global reset…
ok. to be be clear, Jerry Falwell Jr.'s personal fitness trainer is not the same guy as Jerry Falwell Jr.'s pool attendant https://t.co/X4DfEetyvQ
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 27, 2019
And he is fanatical about the maintenance thereof, per Reuters:
Evangelical leader and prominent Donald Trump backer Jerry Falwell Jr personally approved real estate transactions by his nonprofit Christian university that helped his personal fitness trainer obtain valuable university property, according to real estate records, internal university emails and interviews.
Around 2011, Falwell, president of Liberty University in Virginia, and his wife, Rebecca, began personal fitness training sessions with Benjamin Crosswhite, then a 23-year-old recent Liberty graduate. Now, after a series of university real estate transactions signed by Falwell, Crosswhite owns a sprawling 18-acre racquet sports and fitness facility on former Liberty property. Last year, a local bank approved a line of credit allowing Crosswhite’s business to borrow as much as $2 million against the property…
… U.S. President Trump’s now-jailed fixer, Michael Cohen, has said he helped the Falwells suppress racy personal photos, as Reuters reported this May, in the months before Cohen persuaded Falwell to endorse Trump’s 2016 White House bid. There is no evidence that Cohen’s efforts to suppress the photos were a quid pro quo for Falwell’s vital political backing.
… When Falwell helped Crosswhite, he used the assets of Liberty, the tax-exempt university he has led since 2008. Among the largest Christian universities in the world, Liberty depends on hundreds of millions of dollars its students receive in federally backed student loans and Pell grants.
In 2016, Falwell signed a real estate deal transferring the sports facility, complete with tennis courts and a fitness center owned by Liberty, to Crosswhite. Under the terms, Crosswhite wasn’t required to put any of his own money down toward the purchase price, a confidential sales contract obtained by Reuters shows.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 10, 2019
Simone Biles in slow motion pic.twitter.com/ztfWBgasYC
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 12, 2019
For this brief moment, let us celebrate the wonder…
Simone Biles wins her sixth U.S. all-around women's gymnastics title, tying the record for most all-time. https://t.co/j1xOSCz3Qv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 12, 2019
For the first time, betting markets think Elizabeth Warren is the most likely Democratic nominee pic.twitter.com/lPPn4nlcVK
— Disappointed Moms for Pete (@Kenghazi) August 11, 2019
Cast Your Kernel results through Saturday night. Democratic kernels cast now outnumber Republican ones, which pretty much never happens at the Iowa State Fair pic.twitter.com/PLfIMAtEWt
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) August 11, 2019
And a slightly belated Eid Mubarak! to our Muslim readers…
“You had the Nobel Prize?” Donald Trump learns of Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Here’s how the interaction unfolded pic.twitter.com/DE3exTAm7N
— The National (@TheNationalUAE) July 18, 2019
If you wrote this scene for the cartoon villain in a genre movie, it’d be rejected as ‘too broad’. If your grandfather reacted this way during a serious event, you’d be looking at assisted living facilities with memory-care components. I don’t know if this event was scheduled well in advance, or if the Oval Office Occupation slapped it together to reassure the Talibangelicals that Jeffrey Epstein’s friend Trump still had their backs. But as an American, I’m genuinely ashamed that this is the face we’re showing the world.
When President Trump this week met human rights activist Nadia Murad, an Iraqi who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for speaking out about her agonizing torture and rape while in Islamic State captivity, he seemed unaware of her story and the plight ofher Yazidi ethnic minority.
For several minutes in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Murad stood beside a seated Trump, who mostly avoided eye contact with Murad, and implored the president to help her community return to Iraq. She explained that the Islamic State, or ISIS, may be gone but that Iraqis and Kurds are fighting for control over Yazidi lands…
Murad, who lives in Germany, told Trump that she never wanted to be a refugee but that ISIS murdered her mother and six brothers.
“Where are they now?” Trump asked.
“They killed them,” she repeated. “They are in the mass grave in Sinjar, and I’m still fighting just to live in safety.”
“I know the area very well that you’re talking about,” Trump responded.
I really wish people would stop feverishly speculating about how the Epstein scandal could hypothetically harm their political enemies. It feels enormously exploitative. The focus should be on the crimes committed and, more importantly, the victims.
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) July 8, 2019
Just to be clear: of course I want justice to be served. But it's important to remember that, if you see news re: sexual assault, you gotta keep your focus on the sexual assault. When you stray into "how will this sexual assault help me politically?", you're being exploitative
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) July 8, 2019
Surely not even the most hardcore Talibangelicals could defend a serial child trafficker, you would would think.
Not so!, says Erick ‘Studying to Be A Pastor’ Erickson…
If Epstein had done what he did with teenage boys and dressed them in drag, undoubtedly a number of people out to get him would instead be defending him.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 9, 2019
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 9, 2019
Milo is broke and pitching race war manuals on gab for a reason, you square peg in a round asshole. https://t.co/H6EGCnrrTF
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) July 9, 2019
Hey, when you look at it right, *anything* can be an opportunity…
I was about to tweet that Trump could replace Acosta with Mark Foley, but I had to take the kids somewhere. And who shows up in my timeline, guy who probably took a point off every House Repub in 2006. https://t.co/KTwxkZFbhG
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 9, 2019