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Of all the exhausting amount of stupid in the news today, for some reason this irked me the most

A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things — like arms deals — to focus on.

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, appeared on its flagship television show The 700 Club on Monday to caution Americans against allowing the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia to deteriorate over Khashoggi’s death.

“For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis — look, these people are key allies,” Robertson said. While he called the faith of the Wahabists — the hardline Islamist sect to which the Saudi Royal Family belongs — “obnoxious,” he urged viewers to remember that “we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly.”

Just how far, and how many times, can evangelicals throw Jesus under the bus? He’s got to be nothing but bloody pulp by now. So to speak.

I’m recommending this Facebook post. Of course, wingnuts have decided that Jamal Khashoggi is mixed up in Islamic terrorism. Larisa Alexandrovna Horton explains why this is absurd.

Greg Sargent comments on the apparent aid Trump is giving Mohammed bin Salman to forge a coverup. Another good reason to subpoena Trump’s tax returns?

Ivanka Trump learned how to do business from her old man — lies and deceptions mean profits!

Charles Pierce comments on the O’Rourke-Cruz debate.

I ran into a couple of op eds today with musings about why Jamal Khashoggi’s death has gotten more coverage than the many deaths in Yemen. Steve M already wrote the blog post I planned to write, so I don’t have to.  But, seriously, the situation in Yemen gets virtually no news coverage in the U.S., and this is true even though the U.S. is involved and the atrocity is certain to come back and bite us some day. If you were to stop a thousand Americans in the street and ask them “What do you think about what’s going on in Yemen?” you’d be lucky to find one who had even a glimmer of an idea about what’s going on in Yemen. And if Jamal Khashoggi hadn’t been a journalist, and somebody that many in the national press corps knew, we’d probably be hearing only a little about him now.

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  1. David Rickard  •  Oct 18, 2018 @4:07 pm

    Shorter Pat Robinson:

    Our Lord God Mammon demands the occasional human sacrifice…

  2. Eric S  •  Oct 18, 2018 @4:38 pm

    Its 400 jobs and the money goes the same places the tax cuts went.

  3. Bill  •  Oct 18, 2018 @4:50 pm

    Jesus gives evangelicals superpowers, which is why Pat Robertson has such a big head.  It's for reading minds.  He has powers like those big headed aliens did in that episode of Star Trek.  Except he can also read gods mind.  But he needs more money, so please donate some today.  He might then be able to reach Yemen with that big ole head of his.

  4. moonbat  •  Oct 18, 2018 @4:50 pm

    re Yemen. Someone wrote (not in reference to Yemen) that: Americans are like small children whose father works for the Mafia, but they don't understand what that means. And then they're surprised when someone throws a firebomb through the living room window. It really is that stupid here.

  5. aj  •  Oct 18, 2018 @5:27 pm

    Moon bat absolutely right. 

    I have complained about Yemen  for urs. We should  not be there 

     Wednesday should  not be in proxy saudi Iranian rivalry 

    We should not have ended Iranian nuclear deal 

    We should have cared about qatar embargo. Alot shoulds. 

    Ifkashoggi's death makes anyone here rethink  our lousey  policy then good. 

    I hear Saudis have deposited 100 million to bribe. I wish media would follow that.

    Saudi Arabia is a medieval prison. Our foreign policy stinks. If pompeo had integrity he would have resigned before carrying water for trumps inc.

  6. aj  •  Oct 18, 2018 @5:32 pm

    Moon bat absolutely right. 

    I have complained about Yemen  for urs. We should  not be there 

     We should  not be in proxy saudi Iranian rivalry 

    We should not have ended Iranian nuclear deal 

    We should have cared about qatar embargo. Alot of shoulds. 

    If kashoggi's death makes anyone here rethink  our lousey  policy then good. 

    I hear Saudis have deposited 100 million to bribe. I wish media would follow that.

    Saudi Arabia is a medieval prison. Our foreign policy stinks. If pompeo had integrity he would have resigned before carrying water for trump inc.

  7. c u n d gulag  •  Oct 18, 2018 @7:31 pm

    moonbat,

    For more proof of "It really is that stupid here," check out Raw Story. *

    There's a post there about how countless gullible Conservangelicals believed a hoax story about a doctor at the Mayo Clinic claiming to thrill at misdiagnosing women's healthy pregnancies as ectopic, so they had to have abortions.     

    * Sorry – I can't figure out how to cut-and-paste on my Nook. 

  8. Swami  •  Oct 18, 2018 @11:16 pm

    Don't give Pat Robertson any mind…I think the angel of death is hovering outside his front door. It won't be long now! It can probably be said of him the same thing that was said of John Calvin….He is such a decrepit and miserable soul that even death won't have him.

  9. Swami  •  Oct 18, 2018 @11:38 pm

    I hear that John Kelly and John Bolton got into a profanity laced dick swinging contest. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that little oval office donnybrook. I'm sure Trump loved it. What greater enjoyment than to pit two of your macho underlings against each other in an effort to win your alpha male affections. I'm hearing that Bolton won the coveted spiked collar. That's if the reports of Bolton running around marking his territory by pissing on the baseboard of the oval office are true.

  10. Bonnie  •  Oct 19, 2018 @1:41 am

    Trump is an amoral and immoral man.  And, all evangelic leaders who support him show themselves to be amoral and immoral.  Hell is going to be a very busy place when these amoral/immoral slugs finally die.

  11. jrkrideau  •  Oct 19, 2018 @7:40 am

    Not from the USA so this may be a dumb question but why are all those fundamentalist preachers patting Trump on the back not facing IRS investigation? That looked a lot like a political endorsement to me.

     

    I am not sure it Pat Robinson's rambling counts in the same way but looking at him, are we sure he really is alive^

  12. Swami  •  Oct 19, 2018 @9:04 am

    jrkrideau …It's because they are not endorsing him from behind a pulpit in an actual church service. Aside from that the IRS is extremely reluctant if not totally afraid to even touch the subject of enforcing the boundaries of separation between church and state when it comes to tax exemptions.

  13. uncledad  •  Oct 19, 2018 @10:17 am

    jrkrideau: "why are all those fundamentalist preachers patting Trump on the back not facing IRS investigation?"

    Oh silly jrkrideau what do you think this is, a nation of laws?

  14. Ed  •  Oct 19, 2018 @10:56 am

    "All nationalists have the power of  not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them."  

     

    George Orwell

  15. aj  •  Oct 19, 2018 @1:10 pm

    The head of Interpol  is still missing in China  and may be dead. It is a virus going around.  And our government (read Kushner ) cheers it.

  16. goatherd  •  Oct 19, 2018 @3:18 pm

    Tangentially relevant:

    I've only read one of this fellow's books, but, it was really good, and his latest is getting a lot of attention.  This talk outlines some important things very well.

    https://youtu.be/xHHb7R3kx40

     

  17. jrkrideau  •  Oct 19, 2018 @4:17 pm

    @ uncledad Oct 19, 2018 @10:17 am

    <i>Oh silly jrkrideau what do you think this is, a nation of laws?</i>

    Oh right, silly me.

    I guess I was thinking I was talking about a democracy.

  18. doug  •  Oct 20, 2018 @5:15 pm

    The Saudis have announced that Kashoggi died in a fistfight at the consulate. Question: Did that fistfight happen before or after they cut his fingers off?