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    The Duggars: In the Media and TLC

    Wow, they really tried to gloss over that one, didn't they? There was no way they could simply fail to mention it, because that would provoke too much outrage among readers who know what actually happened, but they downplayed it as much as they possibly could. No mention of the fact that this "scandal" was a crime, that it involved his own sisters, that one of them was as young as five years old and that his parents did nothing except sweep the whole mess under the rug. Of course, in an article about all the family members, they didn't have to rehash all the ugly details, but they could have done better than make it sound like a minor event that was made irrelevant by the babies that Josh and Anna continued to pop out. On a superficial note, that photo of the Smuggars is the best I've seen Josh look in a long time. He's actually clean and neatly, if casually, dressed. He also looks like's lost some weight. His face and belly seem thinner, although his legs (and presumably his butt) are still heavy. But, no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig...
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I don't think Derick's to blame this time. She's still following the dictates of that creepy old perv, Bill Gothard and trying to please Daddy with an outward sign of obedience to her childhood training. Growing her hair to that ridiculous length is a cheap, easy and ostentatious way to show the world how Godly she is. If her hair is longer than any of her sisters or sisters-in-law, then she's obviously better then they are. Like the "modesty" clothing, it's really all about "Look at me! Look at me!".
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Actually, that's probably true. The recipes must have been something she did to keep herself entertained during the day while Derick was in class. Now he's out for the summer and if he has some kind of summer job or clerkship, we'd have heard about it by now. She's busy following him around the house and trying to climb on his lap every time he sits down.
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    Joe and Mika Know Their Value: The Hosts Thread

    I know Mika doesn't like movies, but she really should rent "All About Eve" and take notes.
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    It's a virus. I swear it's a virus. True, but the virus is affecting him differently from the others. Usually becoming a Duggar puts you in danger of becoming a lazy slob, not a prancing peacock.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I think that's very possible. The only logical explanation for Derick and Jill being able to afford law school and a new house and live with no visible means of support is that they're using their TLC money. Derick was obviously lying when he said they were never paid by TLC and I can't believe that Cathy is financing their lives to this extant. They must have pried their TLC money loose from Jim Bob's Duggar Family Trust. The only way Jim Bob could collect and hold onto the adult kids' TLC money would be with their consent. This wouldn't be hard for him since they were all minors when the show began and "letting Daddy handle everything" is second nature to them. They were all brought up to believe that Daddy's word was law and that "Biblical economics" (Daddy controlling everything for their own good) was part of God's plan. As adults, the kids might sometimes wish that they had more freedom to spend their TLC money, but they'd never dare to voice that wish aloud. Some of them probably don't even realize that the money is legally theirs; they think it all belongs to "the Family". Given all this, it would be very difficult for Derick to demand his wife's earnings on her behalf. First, he would have to get Jill to agree to go along with him and defy Jim Bob (and Jill has always been the biggest "Daddy's Girl" of the bunch). But if he did pressure Jill to let him demand the money, the only thing that would make Jim Bob give in would be the threat of legal action. A big, fat messy lawsuit with Jim Bob accused of stealing his children's money? A lawsuit that would allow the public to get a good look at his bank accounts and his years of financial shenanigans? A lawsuit that could allow the molestation scandal to be-reopened and all kinds of family skeletons to be revealed? A lawsuit that might make TLC finally decide that the Duggars were more trouble than they were worth? A lawsuit that might end up with him not only having to give Jill her money, but to give all the other adult kids their money as well? If Derick stood firm and didn't give up, Jim Bob would bluff and bluster, but he'd eventually give in. He'd have to. The best he could do as a compromise would be to quietly transfer a big chunk of money over to Jill and Derick as a "gift" in return for their promise not to get the other kids riled up or to start any rumors of family discord. This would certainly explain why relations between Jill and her family are superficially cordial while Derick is clearly on the outs with them.
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    Michelle and JimBob aka J'Chelle and Boob

    I think Michelle has put a spell on her kids...a spell based purely on fear. I have always believed that it's Michelle, not Jim Bob, who is the family tyrant and that everyone is terrified of arousing her wrath. The whispery-voiced Mother of the Year act is so phony and saccharine that I'm convinced that behind the scenes she can be as vicious and frightening in her rage as Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. One mean, dirty look from her probably has the kid she's directed it at shaking in his shoes. When Jana posted that ridiculously over-the-top praise of Michelle, my first thought was that she must have done something recently to piss her mother off and this was her way of getting back into her mother's good graces. Like all master manipulators, Michelle is probably very good at the old carrot-and-stick. Once she has a kid cowering in fear and they've demonstrated sufficient repentance, she'll graciously "forgive" and offer them a small dribble of affection, just enough to keep them off balance and constantly seeking her favor. And she's probably very good at playing one kid off against another.
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    Josh & Anna Smuggar: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    That's assuming she actually uses the app and isn't just pretending that she uses it because she's trying to sell it to other people.
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    Josiah and Lauren: He Has To Marry Somebody

    And unfortunately, there are enough leghumpers out there, lavishing praise on every message and photo the Duggars post, to reinforce this belief.
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    Michelle and JimBob aka J'Chelle and Boob

    And the ONLY reason I feel any liking at all for Jeremy is that he was able to stick a fork in Jim Bob's plans for him and Jinger. Right from the start, it was clear that Jim Bob felt threatened by Jeremy's challenge to his alpha male status, which makes Jeremy my favorite among the sons-in-law (not that the bar is set very high there).
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Gore Vidal once said "Next to politics, journalism has always been the preferred career of the ambitious, but lazy, second-rater." Sounds like we could add "Fundie celebrity preacher" to that list.
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    Morning Joe: All Episodes Talk

    And yet mention any show and they seem to know all about it.
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Yeah, I don't think that he's deliberately holding her back from dressing as fashionably as he does or anything like that. If anything is holding her back and cramping her style, I think it's the Duggar influence, not Jeremy. Jinger spent so many years of her life wearing prairie frumpers and hand-me-downs, obeying her family's over-the-top "modesty" rules and sharing one wardrobe with her sisters, that it's going to take her a while to get used to the idea that she can now buy or wear anything she wants. Just having five or six pretty, new dresses in her closet that she doesn't have to share with Jill or Jana (and that don't have to be approved by Michelle and Jim Bob) is a dream come true. She probably still feels a little guilty and sinful every time she buys something new or puts on a skirt that comes above her knees. She'll get over it in time.
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    Josh & Anna Smuggar: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Jeremy's an annoying poser, but he seems really shrewd when it comes to his own interests. Somehow, I just can't see him getting entangled in any kind of business with Josh or allowing Josh within a mile of his or Jinger's money (and any deal with Anna is bound to be a deal with her headship, Josh). If he needed someone in Arkansas to handle business for him, I think he'd be most likely to ask Ben, with whom he's always been on friendly terms.
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    It may be that Jim Bob and Michelle are angry that Jinger didn't join them at Big Sandy and she posted that picture of her and Michelle (which could have been taken weeks or months ago for all we know) to make amends. I'm sure the best way to get back in Michelle's good graces is to lavish a big helping of flattery on her.
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