“This entire time terrorist hate group Moms For Liberty has attacked the LGBTQ+ community just for living all whilst their cofounder was caught in a bisexual threesome with her Florida GOP husband who’s now criminally charged with abusing the woman involved… Fucking hypocrites.”

Beats me why people are getting angry.

And not to pile on, but there’s the Hitler thing too.

“It’s certainly deeply, deeply troubling,” said state Rep. Spencer Roach, a member of the Florida GOP executive committee. “I would describe this as just an absolute body blow to the Republican Party. Everyone that I’ve talked to about this is in an absolute tailspin… They have held themselves out to be paragons of the Christian conservative family values, a prototype… And I think there’s a very heavy sense of betrayal, certainly within the Republican Party.”

Yes, the Zieglers are an excruciating body blow to our SOOOOOO sexually straight and upright Republican party.


OK Republicans, help me understand here. Your party’s leader, Donald Trump, is a man who has been judicially adjudged as committing the rape of E. Jean Carroll. That’s not an allegation, it’s a judicial determination. He’s also been accused by 26 women of sexual assault, harassment and battery as well.

How is this qualitatively — or “morally,” if you prefer — any different than what Ziegler has allegedly done?  Do your fellow party members feel a “heavy sense of betrayal” about Trump’s alleged actions? Are they in “an absolute tailspin” about those charges? 

Ok smartass Daily Kos writer here goes: First Jesus forgave them within 12 to 26 minutes of her lesbian sex and his rape. Second who among us has not tormented gay people and at the same time herself indulged in the gayest sex? Third: Who has not offered hush money so his rape victim will shut up? Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

It’s always sweetest when the biggest shits get it right in the face.

More on the gay threesome/Moms for Liberty couple.

Bridget Ziegler did nothing as [a] board chair during a public comment session back in March when a woman baselessly accused [a gay board member] of being a groomer who endangers children.

“I asked her to shut down the meeting and she refused,” [the slandered member] recalled on Friday. “So the only way I could protect our students and their families in our community from that ugly, homophobic rhetoric was to shut the meeting down myself by walking out.”

After a video of Edwards walking out appeared online, Christian Ziegler—the chair of the Florida GOP—joined his wife in a smear tag team. He tweeted that Edwards is “Tommy Drama,” adding, “If he can’t take public criticism, he shouldn’t be a public official.”


They’re going to … er … go down fighting.


Plus my cock is THIS big.


“As leaders in the Florida GOP and Moms for Liberty, the Zieglers have made a habit out of attacking anything they perceive as going against ‘family values’ — be it reproductive rights or the existence of LGBTQ+ Floridians,” [the Florida Democratic Party Chair] said. “The level of hypocrisy in this situation is stunning.”

It’s Christmas in…


More disturbing evidence of Doms for Liberty Perversion.

The head of Doms for Liberty has apparently disappointed her lesbian lover.

 [Dom] and her husband had made plans with [the lover] to have [threeway] sex on Oct. 2, but, after [Dom] was unable to attend, [the lover] backed out, texting, “Sorry I was mostly in for her.” 

Dom’s hub wouldn’t take no for an answer, though, and he reportedly just marched over to the lover’s house and raped her.

Background here.

Get your strap-on ready for the Perversion Wars!

But speaking of pathetic…

… Youngstown State’s secretive, Trumpian trustees have named a prominent election denier president! Wow.

“They were really worried,” said Ms. Gioe, “as if the whole principle of laïcité would crumble for a small Belgian case.”

Rather unfair of the NYT to end its piece about the latest legal decision in favor of allowing employers, in very restricted circumstances, to ban the hijab in public work settings, with this dismissive statement from a lawyer for the hijabi who sued. And rather unwise tactically.

I mean, on the reasonable assumption that the NYT is appalled by burqa and hijab restrictions, it does its position no good by featuring the it’s all a tempest in an abaya line, which people are always doing. People are always telling us how risibly few female children and women wear the burqa, the abaya, the hijab, so why make a fuss?

Whereas numbers are actually going up in most places.

So to align yourself with people who dishonestly downplay a phenomenon which does in fact demoralize many citizens of secular countries (they tend to vote overwhelmingly in favor of restrictions) is to put yourself in a place which is itself subject to dismissal.

And as to the amusing pathetic crumbly fragility of a laicity which would fail to stand up to brave little Belgium’s little case — pshaw. Obviously it IS standing up to theocratic threats — by recognizing and managing them.

‘In their cover-up meetings, Maloney asked Acree and Fraley to help him create a fictitious story to mislead Georgia Tech auditors. Maloney also suggested that they try to force Georgia Tech to shut down the audit by telling the auditors that the items charged to Fraley’s PCard were purchased for use on a classified CIA contract, and that the auditors did not need to know further details.’

All top secret, you understand. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.

Yes, it’s more shit from incredibly shitty Georgia Tech, whose larcenous profs (and filthy dirty sports programs) continue, even after a long history of other larcenous profs, stealing from their grants and from the school with total abandon. Most recently, a conspiracy of profs who got CIA contracts spent YEARS stealing from everyone, and Georgia Tech just you know missed it. Or knew about it and let it go. The ringleader was a bigshot Head Scientist already found guilty of conflict of interest but fiddle dee dee let’s put him back in charge and see how it goes. COI. Big deal. We’re all boys here, boys will be boys, the dude draws big grants from big federal agencies, let’s go forward with him.

Schools with this many assholes over decades are either corrupt or totally out to lunch. Either way, Georgia Tech needs a new prez and a new board of trustees.

Latin America Eulogizes Kissinger

“[P]rofound moral wretchedness.” Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chile’s US ambassador.

 “[A]n incredibly important figure in the breakdown of Chile’s constitutional order.” Historian Gabriel Salazar.

“Encouraging coups d’état in the region, justifying them, being aware that these coups implied a genocide against workers and students.” Argentine human rights lawyer Myriam Bregman.

Thanks, Mom.

‘[W]hen [the Varsity Blues mastermind] slowly started to present the criminal scheme, it seem[ed] like … that was my only option to give my daughter a future.

Because she’s that stupid.

And, as the daughter of famous multimillionaires, she had no future.

Christian Has Two Mommies

Christian has two mommies.

Mommy Bridget, and an unnamed third participant in Christian and Bridget’s threesomes. who’s accusing Christian of rape.

Mommy Bridget runs a book-burning group, Moms for Liberty.

She and Christian hate homosexuality and want all books about it destroyed.

(“Apparently the Zieglers hold that it’s not gay if it’s a three-way.“)

They want those books replaced by books about threesomes.

Meanwhile, Becki and Jerry send their thoughts and prayers.

‘Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America’s Ruling Class, Finally Dies’

Headline, Rolling Stone. Excerpts from the article:

Henry Kissinger died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, his consulting firm said in a statement. The notorious war criminal was 100.

Measuring purely by confirmed killsthe worst mass murderer ever executed by the United States was the white-supremacist terrorist Timothy McVeigh…

McVeigh, who in his own psychotic way thought he was saving America, never remotely killed on the scale of Kissinger, the most revered American grand strategist of the second half of the 20th century. 

The Yale University historian Greg Grandin, author of the biography Kissinger’s Shadow, estimates that Kissinger’s actions from 1969 through 1976, a period of eight brief years when Kissinger made Richard Nixon’s and then Gerald Ford’s foreign policy as national security adviser and secretary of state, meant the end of between three and four million people. That includes “crimes of commission,” he explained, as in Cambodia and Chile, and omission, like greenlighting Indonesia’s bloodshed in East Timor; Pakistan’s bloodshed in Bangladesh; and the inauguration of an American tradition of using and then abandoning the Kurds. 

Not once in the half-century that followed Kissinger’s departure from power did the millions the United States killed matter for his reputation, except to confirm a ruthlessness that pundits occasionally find thrilling. 

American elites recoiled in disgust when Iranians in great numbers took to the streets to honor one of their monsters, Qassem Soleimani, after a U.S. drone strike executed the Iranian external security chief in January 2020. Soleimani, whom the United States declared to be a terrorist and killed as such, killed far more people than Timothy McVeigh. But even if we attribute to him all the deaths in the Syrian Civil War, never in Soleimani’s wildest dreams could he kill as many people as Henry Kissinger. Nor did Soleimani get to date Jill St. John, who played Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever.


More, from David Klion in the New Republic.

 In his obsessive mastery of his own public image; in his eagerness to share a stage with anyone who seemed to matter; in his zealous personal ambition, his total lack of shame about the human cost of that ambition, and above all how richly his ambition and shamelessness were rewarded, right up to the moment of his death, Kissinger was, as Greg Grandin has argued, the quintessential American…

The point of associating oneself with Kissinger wasn’t to express specific support for, say, wiretapping American journalists or disappearing Argentine dissidents—it was to present oneself as above caring either way about such things. 

How Even a Foundation


How even a foundation, O Gracious Lord Trump

Is spread on your face, with never a clump

O sweet Orange Jesus we name you with love

Our Lord and our Savior who rules from above

Keep those handguns plentiful and convenient!

Everybody’s doin’ it!

Well I mean duh.

Ryan Fournier, one of the founders of Students for Trump, was arrested last Tuesday on assault charges in North Carolina … Fournier, 27, was accused of assaulting a woman identified as his girlfriend, “grabbing her right arm and striking her in the forehead” with a handgun

Isn’t something like this more or less a rite of passage for this super-Christian demographic? Along with fraud, driving over the speed limit, and drunk driving? (UPDATE: Plus threesomes and rape?) (Oh, I can hear it now: “Don’t judge us by our highest-profile leaders!”) UD’s gonna assume this latest thing happened cuz godly Fournier got hisself way fucked up one night and reached for the nearest household appliance.

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