Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

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Dismal theology-related headline of the day

The Supreme Court Just Ended My Military Career

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No one, including the lawyers for the Trump administration, has been able to show that inclusion of transgender service members or providing care to them has had any measurable negative impact on morale, readiness or unit cohesion. The chiefs of staff of all four service branches of the military have testified to Congress that there have been no issues.

This goes directly to the only licit question: Does the presence of transgender troops impair the ability of our armed forces to fight?

If the judgment of the people I have to trust to know is that it does, I would hold my nose and support Trump’s ban. If it does not — as seems to be the case — then transgenders who wish to join the military should be able to do so.

This ban is nothing but a sop to the Evangelical Right, those troubled delusionaries who think an Invisible Wizard is sitting on a cloud somewhere and inventorying the whereabouts of more than 3.5-billion male whatsits, and frowning angrily when he loses track of one because it’s hidden beneath a skirt. I say again, then: Never permit the Godly to go messing with grown-up stuff.

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Seriously: You couldn’t make this up

Apparently, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has an intense dislike of Scabby, an iconic balloonBalloon! — often used by picketing union members.

Scabby the Rat stands 12 to 30 feet tall, teeth bared and claws raised aggressively, with hungry, bloodshot eyes. The giant rodent’s sickly-looking underbelly refers to the ‘scab’ pejorative sometimes used by unions against strikebreakers, making it a global symbol of worker protest.

Courts and the National Labor Relations Board have issued rulings over three decades holding that the inflatables are permitted under federal labor laws or are symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment. But the NLRB’s current general counsel, Peter Robb, has had enough of the rat—to the point that since April 2018 he’s been looking for a case he can use to exterminate it, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

So: 800,000 employees of the Federal government have gone unpaid for almost a month, many of them reporting to work anyhow, because the First Felon is a corrupt and vain madman — and the NLRB’s General Counsel is losing sleep over a … balloon. It’s the perfect expression of the emptiness of Trump and the sort of C-team talent he attracts.

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Bewildering theology-related tweet of the day

Why is it that the pious almost always have frightening delusions, rather than happy and uplifting delusions? There is a lot of subterranean malice in Christianity.

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Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

Also this one:

You’d think — Wouldn’t you? — the killing would slow down during winter storms …

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