Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill Gothard

Roger Ailes, the long-time chief executive director of Fox News, announced last week that he was stepping down amid sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by Gretchen Carlson numerous and other female Fox News employees, including the popular Megyn Kelly. I’ve noticed some interesting similarities between the allegations against Ailes and those against Bill Gothard.

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Political Party Convention Open Thread

I’ll have more to say later—a lot more—about the candidates and narratives of this year’s election, but I wanted to take a moment to post an open thread for discussion of both conventions. I should have opened this thread last week—or perhaps a dedicated thread for the Republican Party convention—but better late than never.

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The Listening Parent (and the Thinking Child)

I was going to post something about politics today, but then I realized that there is way too much about politics out there right now, and that politics is a dark and unhappy place. So instead, I’m going to write about parenting.

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Lesbian Duplex 778: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also.

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Saturday Link Love: Donald Trump, Physicists, and the Republican Party

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Trump Does Not Know What Civil Liberties Are, and That Should Be Terrifying

The interview in which Donald Trump stated that, under a Trump presidency, the U.S. would not necessarily fulfill its NATO obligations has been discussed at length. What I have not seen widely examined is what that interview says about how Trump views civil liberties. This isn’t going to be pretty, but it desperately needs to be discussed.

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Anonymous Tip: Booking the Church Next Saturday

But let me tell you what I am wondering. Peter says he is in love with Gwen and would marry her that Saturday if there wasn’t the whole previous divorce Bible issue at play here. But let me ask you this: When have Peter and Gwen ever had a conversation about something other than this case, Gordon, or Casey? When have they just hung out, as two people able to be at ease around each other? The answer is never.

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Magical Wishful Thinking on the Family, 2016 Republican Party Platform Edition

The Republican Party platform’s section on marriage and the family rests on some really bad science—or rather, on a fundamental misunderstanding of how science works. It’s as though no one ever taught the platform’s authors the difference between correlation and causation. It’s an elementary mistake. It’s data science 101.

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My Life Until the Election: A Political Parable, with Dinosaurs

Holy shit, you guys, there’s a herd of hungry velociraptors coming straight for us! We need to all get in this fleet of trucks we’ve got here and drive us to safety as fast as we can!

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Why Hispanics Are “White” on Surveys (and Other Things)

American immigration history is fascinating, as is the history of naturalization. I suspect most Americans have never heard of Takao Ozawa or Bhagat Singh Thind. I suspect most Americans know essentially nothing about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, or about why Hispanics are considered white on surveys or in government statistics. I suspect most Americans don’t know that at one time you had to be white to become a naturalized citizen, or that the Immigration Act of 1924 chose to use the year 1890 as an anchor for its quota system because that year best allowed them to limit immigration from eastern and southern Europe, whose peoples were considered inferior.

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