Weekend link dump for July 23

Same sex marriage is likely to be safe from future SCOTUS rulings even if Justice Kennedy retires in the next couple of years. I’d rather not test that hypothesis, though.

Those hot girls on Twitter who want to follow you? It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it.

“I don’t want to have the Bible debates with you. I don’t want to hear you say you love me, but not my sin. I don’t want to have to sit and defend my humanity to you, but I will defend the humanity of others all day long. It’s how my church raised me.”

Meet your first female Dr. Who. Let the thinkpieces begin!

Oh, and we could have had our first female Doctor thirty years ago. Wonder how many female Doctors we’d have had by now if that had happened?

RIP, Martin Landau, versatile TV and movie star who won an Oscar for his role in Ed Wood.

RIP, George Romero, legendary director of Night of the Living Dead.

“A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.”

RIP, Maryam Mirzakhani, first female mathematician to win the Fields Medal.

RIP, Bob Wolff, Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

“To put this all as clearly as I can, it’s not that somehow Don Jr was so profoundly clueless that he didn’t know this was a problem. He knew enough to lie about it for at least a year. It’s not that he doesn’t know it’s wrong or against the law. It is that in this family having that be a brake or obstacle to action is simply alien. Dad’s good, Hillary’s bad. What’s the problem? Of course he loves it. It’s fits the family’s entire pattern.”

“The fate of the GOP’s health reform plan right now hinges on Sen. John McCain’s recovery from a blood clot surgery. It’s also the perfect reminder of just how critical insurance can be — and how much protection from health emergencies Americans stand to lose with the Better Care Reconcilition Act, the Senate Republicans’ plan to dismantle Obamacare.”

“Perhaps that’s all Sekulow is, a walking Trump tweet wrapped in a law degree. His role is performance. To force everyone to spin around distracted by how foolish his lawyer sounds, while Trump rests on his own confidence that the force of the backlash will feed his narrative that the media are shrill and out to get him, and if that fails, then at the very worst no one will ever care what Sekulow said in July.”

How will the Potty Police know I’m transgender if the Governor doesn’t?”

“As tuition and student debt go up, homeownership rates go down.”

“Don’t worry, everyone. Tropical Storm Don is only expected to hit golf courses.”

Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for their ongoing Obamacare repeal debacles.

“So here’s how it will go down. The commission will create a national database of voters and look for duplicates. As Gupta correctly points out, they won’t be able to tell two people with the same name and birthday apart. So every instance of the same name and birthdate will be counted as a case of fraud.”

The case for and against the forthcoming HBO “Confederate” series.

RIP, John Heard, actor best known for his role as the dad in Home Alone.

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