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September 30, 2022

Doug Mastriano Made It Onto The Late Show With Stephen Colbert!

(The fun starts at about 3:15)

It's so good to see that St Sen (and now GOP cand. for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano has hit the big time!


Moving over to politics, the midterms are right around the corner, and one candidate not doing so well is:

Pennsylvania republican nominee and egg with dentures, Doug Mastriano. Mastriano is struggling in the polls in part because, according to political scientists, he sucks.

Among other things, among the ways that he sucks, he attended the January 6th riot, has a long-standing association with Christian Nationalist ideas, proposed charging women who violate an abortion ban with murder, is connected to a social media site run by a notorious antisemite, and was photographed wearing a Confederate uniform.

Because, historically, nothing projects "winner" like a Confederate soldier in Pennsylvania.

"Fourscore, seven years ago..."

Mastriano's popularity was never great.

Case in point: this weekend now it's tanking. He held what he promised would be a "big rally," but ended up looking like this:


Not a great sign when your rally has more stairs than people.

He's also been wildly out raised by millions of dollars, and he seems to be getting desperate, because yesterday on Facebook, his campaign shared this picture, declaring "Days of Fasting and Prayer." 

Now, it might be because he's looking for a miracle. Might be because he can't afford food.

"Until I am elected governor, I will not eat or pay my rent." 

Of course, by fasting for days, Mastriano is following in the footsteps of Jesus, which makes sense. Because Jesus was also never Governor of Pennsylvania. 

Very true. Jesus never was the Governor of Pennsylvania.


September 29, 2022

Yes, Things ARE That Bad In The Mastriano Fasting Campaign

From Newsweek:

Pennsylvania Republican Doug Mastriano may be down in polls in his bid to become governor, but intends to fast and pray for the 40 days leading up to the midterm elections.

Mastriano's campaign posted Monday on Facebook that the candidate intended to start fasting Thursday, "interceding for our elections, our state and our nation."

The notice includes a Bible quote from Isaiah 58:12 reading, "Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes."

Actually, Newsweek has it wrong.  According to this Facebook page, it's obvious that St Sen (and now GOP cand for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano is inviting his followers to fast. Take a look:

See? The plan isn't for just Doug to fast, but for his followers (those who can, of course) to fast as well.

Can we call this a cult, yet?

The next image lays out the reasons why Doug wants his followers to follow him into the fast:

And about that reference from Ephesians 6:12 (the "spiritual wickedness in high places") just who do you think Doug's followers think he's referring to?

 BTW, did you know what's in Ephesians 6 immediately preceding the above scripture? This:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

I find it so interesting that the same book that condemns so many not-bad things (homosexuality, masturbation, etc) yet utterly fails to condemn the enslavement of one person by another.

Anyway, The Inteligencer has the low down on the Mastriano campaign:

This year, several are contending for the title of “worst candidate in a competitive state,” but none has a political death wish quite like Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, whose underwhelming campaign and background of almost comically numerous extremist connections have made Democratic attorney general Josh Shapiro a strong favorite in the governor’s race despite the Keystone State’s evenly divided electorate.

Wow. And that's just one sentence.

September 28, 2022

Because Of Course. Doug Mastriano on Abortion and Murder

Take a look:

There's some context for that quote from NBC:

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, said in 2019 that women should be charged with murder if they violated his proposed abortion ban.

In an interview with Pennsylvania radio station WITF, Mastriano was pressed about a bill he sponsored that would generally bar abortions when a fetal heartbeat could first be detected, usually around six weeks. Mastriano’s remarks in that interview were previously unreported.

And The NYTimes has a little more context:

As a state senator in October 2019, he co-sponsored a bill to ban abortion after the detection of electrical cardiac activity in the fetus, usually around six weeks.

 Except it's not a heartbeat because there isn't a heart yet at 6 weeks. From AP:

Dr. Michael Cackovic has treated his share of pregnant women. So when Republican lawmakers across the U.S. began passing bans on abortion at what they term “the first detectable fetal heartbeat,” he was exasperated.

That’s because at the point where advanced technology can detect that first flutter, as early as six weeks, the embryo isn’t yet a fetus and it doesn’t have a heart. An embryo is termed a fetus beginning in the 11th week of pregnancy, medical experts say.

“You cannot hear this ‘flutter,’ it is only seen on ultrasound,” said Cackovic, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where some 5,300 babies are born each year.

But why let science get in the way of some good demagogic discourse?

Back to St Sen (and now GOP cand. for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano. Here's more from Rollingstone:

Later in the interview, Mastriano added that abortion “absolutely is” murder, and doctors who performed the procedure as deemed illegal under his bill would also risk murder charges. 

So no exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother and both mother and doctor risk murder charges of an abortion is performed.

Let's look at but one hypothetical. A woman and her doctor discover that she is having an ectopic pregnancy. In an ectopic pregnancy the fetus always dies. If she is lucky, the woman survives.

The treatment is an abortion, either chemical or surgical. Without it, the woman's life is at serious risk.

Wouldn't matter in Doug Mastriano's Pennsylvania. Abortion is murder. No exceptions.

It's not pro-life. It's forced-birth. And it is chillingly cruel.

September 26, 2022

Uh-oh. Doug's In A Tough Spot. Maybe The Sword Of David Could Spur Things Along!!

Did you know that St Sen (and now GOP Cand for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano has a big rally this weekend in Harrisuburg?

They were expecting 2,000 people.

However, Huffington Post reports:

But only 50 or so people turned up to hear Mastriano speak. An embarrassing showing. (“This was in my neighborhood and I didn’t notice,” one nearby resident tweeted. “Tremendously low energy.”) 


Pennlive, on the other hand reported:

Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano is ever-encouraging his supporters to “walk as free people.”

Saturday, it appears most of them exercised their personal freedoms to watch a football game, attend a community festival, enjoy a beautiful early fall day in central Pennsylvania, and otherwise do anything besides standing through three hours of political speeches on the state Capitol steps.

Oops. My bad. That's kinda sorta on the same hand, innit? 

Meanwhile, Uber-conservative George Will columned a column at the Washington Post that describes our Doug thusly:

A plucky disregard for public opinion has its charms, but Mastriano perhaps too wholeheartedly embraces John Quincy Adams’s 1825 injunction that politicians should not be “palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this nation, Mastriano’s indifference to the parameters of the possible is apparent regarding abortion, which he wants to outlaw, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s life, a policy pleasing to (per a Pew Research Center poll) 8 percent of Americans. He opposes same-sex marriage, which (per Gallup) 71 percent support.


His motives are frightening because they are pure: He has the scary sincerity of the unhinged whose delusions armor them against evidence.
While I rarely agreed with Will's politics, I always liked his writing.

And now me:

Doug Mastriano betrayed his solemn oath "to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States" when he joined Trump's plan to overturn the 2020 election. And in doing so he does not deserve to hold public office (any public office) ever.

September 22, 2022

Doug Mastriano Is Trying To Hide His Extreme History. Again.

Hey, remember when this happened?

Yea, we all do.

Interesting as he's pushing legislation touting "transparency and accountability are a must in our constitutional republic."

Remember that. 

I stumbled across this tiny tidbit from the Center Daily Times this morning:

Mastriano’s changing stripes 

Since winning Pennsylvania’s Republican primary, Doug Mastriano has changed his stripes. His video, “The Right to Life: Doug Mastriano for Governor,” disappeared from his campaign website. [Bolding in original]

This is absolutely true.

This is what the "Right to Life" section of Doug's "Plan" page looks like as of this writing (9-22-22):

And this is what that exact same section looked like on Aug 27:

Here's the thing: If you were to go to that webpage and move your cursor over the WATCH VIDEO HERE link you'll find, embedded in the URL this link - it's the video where Doug says:

"'My body my choice.' is ridiculous nonsense."

It's the Mastriano video that the Shapiro campaign used for this:

No wonder St Sen (and now GOP cand. for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano is looking to hide his pro-life forced birth position.