The Watering Hole, Monday, November, 21st, 2016: Pseudo-Religious Jackassery

A few odds and ends from the Christian Post to start the week.

Here we go again: Since Republicans cannot accept all of the other investigations that proved Planned Parenthood innocent of whatever wrongdoing du jour they’ve been charged with, now they’re trying again.

As noted Wednesday by USA Today**, the U.S. House Committee on House Administration voted to approve $800,000 in additional funds for the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives[sic*] for their investigation of Planned Parenthood. The 14-member panel, headed by Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, was formed last summer after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of gut-wrenching videos*** showing senior Planned Parenthood officials negotiating over the prices of fetal body parts from aborted babies.

*”Infant Lives” is, obviously, a complete and deliberately misleading misnomer.

**Excerpt from the USA Today article:

“Over the objection of Democrats, the House Committee on Administration voted Wednesday to approve an additional $800,000 for the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. The money is in addition to the panel’s previously approved $790,000 budget and puts it on track to spend more than $1.5 million by the end of the year.”

***Investigations which arose out of the videos, which purportedly showed PP to be illegally selling fetal tissue, consistently ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood. The investigation in Texas not only cleared PP, but charged the filmmakers with criminal activity, including a felony, although one misdemeanor charge was later dropped. Annoyingly, the felony charge was also later dismissed, more-or-less due to a court technicality. Despite that:

“Officials in Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Georgia and nine other states investigated the claims made in the videos that Planned Parenthood had profited illegally from sales of fetal tissue, and cleared the group of any wrongdoing. Officials in eight other states, including California and Colorado, declined to investigate, according to Planned Parenthood.”

So, just another example of Republicans wasting money and time on yet another investigation of something that has been investigated, in this instance by at least thirteen States, including several conservative southern ones.

In a lighter, nay, more ridiculous vein, enjoy – or be nauseated by – “What Was the Role of Prophecy in 2016 Election?”:

“…Franklin Graham said the media in particular missed the “God-factor” regarding the outcome of the election.

“Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up,” Graham said.”

Pastor Paula White also reveled that she fasted and prayed, and had concluded that Trump would win, CP reported last week.

Last year, a man named Jeremiah Johnson of Behold the Man Ministries in Lakeland, Florida, said that God had shown him during prayer that Trump was raised up like a Cyrus and would be “[God’s] trumpet to the American people.”

Last, in the “laughable if it weren’t real” category, we’ve got…wait for it…alt-right racist Steve Bannon’s first interview with that bastion of political reporting, the Hollywood Reporter. How’s that for a serious, dignified start for one who is (gulp) going to be whispering evil nothings like Wormtongue into Trump’s ear? Just one brief excerpt:

“Bannon praised Trump. “You have probably the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan, coupled with an economic populist message…”

BWAHAHAHAHA!

This is our Open Thread – feel free to discuss what you wish.

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13 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, November, 21st, 2016: Pseudo-Religious Jackassery

  1. 1. If anti-PP wingnuts would ever show that they give a rat’s ass about children after they’re born, there’s a remote chance that even I might pay, say, a minute’s attention to their whines concerning Planned Parenthood, but since they clearly don’t, neither will I.

    2. If Trump’s “election” proves anything at all, it’s that their mythological “god” absolutely hates and detests Amurkkka (and probably the entire of the most destructive species “It” ever created, the ones it “It’s” own image, aka Homo sapiens). Why else would “It” allow a narcissistic egomaniacal misogynistic racially bigoted xenophobic pussy-grabber to attain full power of the Amurkkkan state. the country that already has the power to destroy every shred of life on the entire planet?

    3. Why would any “Christian” ‘pray’ that their “god” see to the election of a ‘narcissistic egomaniacal misogynistic racially bigoted xenophobic pussy-grabbing’ SOB as POTUS?

    4. Bonus question: why in hell did their presumably all-powerful “god” create so many stupid shits? – and in “It’s” ‘own image,’ as their myth says?

  2. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up,” Graham said.”
    So…. Gawd was guilty of felony electoral fraud?

  3. And, from the files of ‘you get what you asked for.

    Millions of Americans who voted for Donald Trump are expected to lose overtime pay rights soon after he is sworn in as president.
    Tom Bonier, CEO of the polling firm Targetsmart, pointed out on Monday that “almost 20,000,000 Trump voters would lose time and a half overtime” under a Republican plan to reverse regulations put in place by President Barack Obama.

    Tough shit. Idiots.

    • I recommend someone really nasty grab and secure P King, then waterboard him, shoot him in both kneecaps, and find some fathers in his immediate family circle and kill them. Then politely ask if he’d like to make a revision or two or three to his various theses.

      I agree that torture is torture and terrorism is terrorism — but not if Republicans are the recipients. Then it’s all justified, just as if Heinrich Himmler or Adolf Eichmann were on the receiving end.

      I know, my bad. But what the hell . . .

      • Jesse Ventura: “Give me a waterboard and 30mins with Dick Cheney and I would have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders”

        The Body clearly calls out how (1) waterboarding IS torture and (2) you get jack shit in terms of useful smarts from torture.

        • True enough. But since I’m not interrogating P King (he prolly doesn’t know anything anyway), I’d kinda like to watch how he stands up to “little” things like waterboarding, kneecap blasting, etc. — and if he confessed to the Sharon Tate murders, then we could make him REALLY sad he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, also prove for all to see that “you get jack shit in terms of useful smarts from torture” no matter how hard you try. 😉

          Bottom line: I think I’m really getting sick and tired of Republicans.

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