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Exacty what I would expect out of one of Trump's hired hands.

Mark Meadows, Sarah Huckabee, Hope Hicks, etc. Some were more educated than others, but they all had the same total lack of qualifications for being in the positions they were.

General Flynn--God help us--even took the Fifth when asked about whether he believed in the "peaceful transfer of power" in this country, i.e. those things called "elections"! It's hard to get your head around that one...how one of the most decorated military officers can have such contempt for the Constitution, all while taking advantage of the legal protections it contains. That's certainly a lack of qualifications right there. Did this guy fall asleep in civics class?

Only "the best people" for Drumpf!

Remember the vaccine mandate exemption from Conway Health System?

It listed all the drugs and vaccines that had been made with HEK and similar cell lines. If Justice Thomas objects to the Covid vaccines (not all were developed with "aborted" cells, but the most effective ones were), he's going to have to object to a lot of other medical advances as well.

Even the Catholic Church officially endorses the Covid vaccines, under the principle of "double effect".


It's probably too late for this, but I've always felt that the unions and other labor groups...

...should be funding the kind of K Street/think tank infrastructure that the far right has been building since time began. By the late '70s it was clear what we were dealing with, and the election of Reagan sealed the deal.

But nowadays we need a lot more than just think tanks. I still can't understand why big labor didn't get on task all those years ago. To be fair, there are a few left think tanks (e.g. Institute for Policy Studies), but not nearly enough to combat the "Rolodex factor", where the news media can just call any old hack from a right wing think tank and get a canned sound bite.

Yes, that and general radtrad-ism, which has been a major problem since at least the '70s...

...and Pope Benedict XVI aided and abetted it with several official acts, including opening the floodgates to the Latin Mass zealots as well as bringing in the Anglican-Catholic weirdos who make most radtrads look sane. Pope Francis finally clamped down on the radtrad Latin Mass fanatics because their behavior was so renegade and because they were so hostile to anything remotely resembling modernity--not to mention their open hostility to Pope Francis himself.

Their health problems will be the main impediment.

There's a reason everyone here jokes about their Rascal Scooters and calls them the "Gravy Seals", "Meal Team Six", and the "Delta Forks Brigade".

Yep. A good time might have been when the colon cancer returned. Or when it became metastatic.

Those would both have been times where it would have been prudent to hang up one's gavel. Especially because RBG was by all accounts one of the giants of feminism. RBG knew, or ought to have known, that the far-right (which is now most of the right) does not act or legislate in good faith, and arguably has not since the days of Newt Gingrich, 30 years ago. She certainly knew the kind of candidates they had in mind to replace her.

I think everyone at DU has great respect for RBG. I certainly do, and mean no disrespect to her legacy (first Jewish woman on the Court, etc.). But a timely exit might have made it possible for Obama to fight for a replacement candidate that wasn't a "Neanderthal", to use the terminology Ted Kennedy used.

The favorite "get out of jail free" card the Catholics love to play in these circumstances...

...is "Scripture and Tradition!". "OMG, the Magisterium!". The Magisterium being a relatvely ill-defined entity that mostly means whatever they themselves want it to mean, particularly when arguing an especially thorny topic which they want to appear oversimplified. This is a big part of what led to the defection of Luther, the Reformation, and the sola scriptura doctrine of most Protestant denominations.

As an aside, a lot of scholars think that modern capitalism and individualism would probably never have developed--or would look very different--if the Reformation had not occurred.

Yep. They often use the literal term "apostate". I remember Mother Angelica of EWTN...

...whining about a group of Catholic laity, "Call To Action", which is a pretty wishy-washy liberal organization. This was in the late '90s or something. Her term of abuse for them was "Call To Apostasy".

EWTN has always been much closer to Bible Belt fundamentalism than to Catholicism. Which isn't so surprising, since EWTN is based in Alabama.

Actually, at most Catholic parishes, even conservative ones, you'd be hard-pressed...

...to find the stereotypical Irish family with 12 children anymore. The only place you'll find that kind of fecundity is in schismatic radtrad churches like the SSPXers and the EWTN "stars" who performatively LARP for the camera with their gigantic families. And those "stars" are almost always being subsidized by Catholic fundamentalist billionaires like Tom Monaghan.

The Church hierarchy is another matter, of course, but their problem is that they aren't the "princes of the Church" anymore: the most educated, thoughtful, etc. who deign to tell the rabble laity how to live. Many of the rabble are now far more accomplished and educated than the hierarchy, and the hierarchy knows it. That's why you see all the ridiculous "lifestyle LARPing" on EWTN, (Ir)-Relevant Radio, etc. They think that if they do enough performative LARPing, they can bring back the '50s--the 1350s.

I forgot about that one. God, what an asshole. And notice that he's too damn fat...

...to button his jacket. It sure looks like everyone else has theirs closed. And he preens in front of everyone like he's hot stuff; the reality is that he needs to cut way back on the Big Macs. Maybe that's a picayune thing to complain about, and it probably is, but absolutely everything is a "fuck you" gesture with Drumpf. He's been known for the "fuck you hair" for decades now, and of course there's the "fuck you tie" that is a foot too long and has to be taped in back, but it's quite clear that the "fuck you" gestures generalize to just about everything in Drumpf's sorry life.
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