Thoughts And Prayers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the NRA has quietly admitted that it accepts donations from foreign entities, a group which may or may not include Russian oligarchs. I'm sure it does.

Meanwhile, the brother of former DNC staffer Seth Rich has filed a lawsuit against a group of right wing media figures and publications, including the Washington Times, for implicating him in a conspiracy theory.

Rich's parents filed their own lawsuit last week.

Finally, the former dean of the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, who was Larry Nassar's boss, has been arrested and charged with a range of offenses. Dr. William Derkey Strampel is accused of making lewd comments to female students and soliciting lewd photos from students. He's also been charged with negligence for his actions during the 2014 investigation of Nassar.

There's also this very disturbing detail.

A forensic examination of Strampel's work computer found about 50 photographs of "bare vaginas, nude and semi-nude women, sex toys, and pornography," according to the affidavit. Police said many of the photos appeared to be "selfies" of female MSU students and that it appeared someone had tried to delete the photos. He solicited nude photos from at least one female student, the affidavit says.

"Also uncovered on Strampel's work computer were pornographic videos and a video of Dr. Larry Nassar performing 'treatment' on a young female patient," the affidavit said.

This case drew a lot of attention today, and it was discussed on ESPN's Outside The Lines, because our whole perception of the Nassar scandal may have changed.

Instead of Michigan State officials simply not taking complaints about Nassar seriously, what if they actively ignored or covered it up because they're also sick predators? Strampel was responsible for overseeing Nassar, but Strampel was keeping videos of Nassar on his computer for what appears to be personal amusement.

This story is far from over.

  • Isn’t it about time that we just start calling our own 1 percenters and political groups that represent them (like the NRA) what they are–American Oligarchs–AND start treating them like the threat they are.

    But there’s no evidence of “rape culture” or the “patriarchy”…nope, nothing to see here in the good ol US of A!
    That bit about Nassar and Strampal makes my skin crawl. Ugh

  • Aynwrong

    It’s depressing how utterly unsurprised I am by the NRA’s involvement in Trump/Russia.

    As Chris Hayes rightly keeps pointing out, the NRA is more and more devolving into an organization that stokes cultural resentments that have absolutely nothing to do with guns at all. It whines endlessly about a black athlete that protests police brutality, crys about “liberal Hollywood”, and moans about “fake news.” For all intents and purposes it’s a talk radio host accusing Democrats of not wearing flag pins in 1992 while accepting money from anyone who is willing to use racism and fear as a means of accruing power.

    Or to put it more simply, it’s behaving exactly like the Republican party.

    • simpfan

      I got into an argument over the weekend with a gun nut who insisted the NRA was a “grassroots” organization. That statement was funny then, and it’s hilarious now.

      • Badgerite

        “Grassroots”? Dwayne LaPierre get $5 million a year. The NRA sounds and acts like a corporate lobbying firm to me. Right down to the use of ‘gun porn’ to sell the product. What else would you call the pictures they put out of a scantily clad blonde with a gun stuck down her waste band. Gun porn.
        And it makes me so angry when they try to portray these kids ( young adults) trying to take their futures into their own hands as somehow ‘bad people’. Every generation does that. And they are supposed to.
        It is how the world and we as a people get better.

  • gescove

    The NRA/Russia nexus that is coming to light is a straight-up money laundering scheme for a hostile foreign government to fund the Trump campaign. I would give me great satisfaction to have everyone of those SOB’s marched off to prison.

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