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  1. Are you an attorney? If not, what is the source of your information? True crime TV series and podcasts have made many people think prosecutorial misconduct is far more common than it is. It’s not that common. You just don’t hear about the cases where the prosecution complies with discovery requests and does everything else by the book, because those cases aren’t exciting enough to make for good media. It’s the sensational ones with a clear villain that get all the press. Perhaps this statistic will be helpful — data taken from U.S. federal courts of appeal show that fewer than 7% of
  2. Late to the party, but Fern? I guess their ten girls are all going to end up with botanical names. These seem popular among fundies lately — Josie Bates Balka named her girls Willow and Hazel. Eliana (usually spelled with one N) means “God has answered,” so I guess that’s the biblical connection?
  3. I haven’t seen anything suggesting they plan to remove Izzy from public school. He seemed to do well there. I believe Sam is 4 or almost 4? So he could do preK this year, if they have public preK in Arkansas.
  4. My dog, who to be fair is possibly the stupidest dog in the history of time, once ate a psychedelic mushroom she found growing in our backyard. My husband found her with little bits of it clinging to her muzzle. The entire way to pet emergency, she stared at the backseat of the car and barked at things only she could see. Then, when we got there and I let her out of the car, she dove to the ground and covered her head with her front paws, as though she was being bombed from above. They pumped her stomach and she was fine, although it took her a loooooong time to sleep off her trip. I like
  5. I’m amazed that Jill let the girl who is second from the right out of the house in that skintight baseball T. Even with the frumpy jersey maxi skirt, she looks like a normal teenager! People might look at her instead of Jill! That’s just not acceptable!
  6. Lundyn? Eek. I don’t know which explanation is more horrifying — that her parents chose that creative spelling or that they thought that was actually how “London” is spelled.
  7. Marjorie also had ambitions beyond marrying at 18 and spending 20 years breeding for Jesus. She graduated from an actual accredited college and has a job. I always thought the courtship was something her parents pushed her into and the Josh revelations just gave her an excuse to back out that her parents couldn’t argue with.
  8. Well, Anna’s not going to get any more pregnant than she already is!
  9. How old is Gracie? I’d be kind of surprised if she was pregnant again this fast after having such a miserable pregnancy last time. They’re attending a normal SBC church, not a Gothard fundie one, so birth control might be on the table. I’ve always wondered if Gothard made exceptions for maternal health. I had severe HG with Mini Mistake and that, coupled with some other pregnancy/birth complications, is the reason she’s an only. My OB basically said I should stop at one or “we might not be as lucky next time.” Does anyone know if this would be allowed under Gothard rules?
  10. Anna is already 33, so a 5-7 year sentence could at least spell an end to the baby train. Her mom only had nine kids, and she herself doesn’t seem to be super fertile like Kendra. With the exception of M1 and M2, who were only 20 months apart, she’s had a kid every two years, which is pretty normal spacing even for non-fundie couples (they just generally stop after 2 or 3). If Josh isn’t out until she’s 39 or 40, there would probably only be one other kid at the most.
  11. I wonder if any of the Duggars *truly* believe that Josh was set up, or whether that’s just what they need to tell themselves to sleep at night. The fact is that this behavior didn’t come from left field — it’s not like Joe (no shade on Joe, I just chose him at random) was caught with CSA images on his computer and everyone was like “wow, I never saw that coming.” Josh has a history of molesting underage girls. It is not in any way unbelievable that he would be caught with these images. It’s not even that surprising. So for all their talk of Satan and Jesus and forgiveness and repentance,
  12. Abbie looks pregnant, but that might just be the cut of her top.
  13. Several months ago I saw a summary of a Facebook live or something where someone asked the Duggar sisters who was “the most.” IIRC, they said Jinger was the most devout and Joy was the most conservative. Maybe Carlin is helping her loosen up. It’s too bad she and Jill aren’t close anymore though; Joy was her first buddy and I think that relationship meant a lot to Jill.
  14. Why is Nurie wearing a satin bridesmaid’s dress to church? And why is she trying to cradle a non-existent bump? She’s what, ten weeks? The baby’s roughly the size of a prune. She looks like she just ate a little too much at the post-service trip to Golden Corral. I’ve got a bigger bump than that and I haven’t been pregnant in 5 years.
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