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Open thread for night owls. It just never ends: Church covered up sex abuse by 300 priests in Penn.

At The New York Times, Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman—write ‘They Hid It All’: Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says:

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion. […]



“We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.” 
               ~~Jeremy Glass, 2013



Somewhere between 99-100% of them are in the media. THAT’S the sidebar.

— Paul Rosenberg (@PaulHRosenberg) August 15, 2018


On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—The Many Democratic Parties:

It is no secret that I am a proponent of a politics of contrast for Dems, a Lincoln 1860 strategy. I am also a proponent of a Big Tent Dem Party. Are these two ideas mutually exclusive? I think not.

For example, while I am skeptical of a short term strategy that can deliver significant wins for Dems in the South, the medium and long term offer opportunities. But I think they come from the devolution strategy that Howard Dean is trying to execute, creating strong state Democratic parties that control their own local message. National branding still requires a national message and, more importantly, negative branding of the Republicans. […]

[W]e can win in PURPLE states. We can find a message that works in purple AND blue. And, to be frank, it is basically a negative message about the extremists that run the GOP. It is Lincoln 1860.

But that is not to say that multiple local messages are not also necessary. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Surprise! More reports that Trump’s a #dotard! Of course, as Armando reminds us, he’s also a criminal. He’s been mobbed up from the start. And talk about criminalizing politics: Have you seen what the autocrats Trump hangs out with now have been up to?

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