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October 1, 2009

To Doug, Your Friend & Brother in Christ.

Ensign Hampton.jpg

… And Oh By The Way, I’m Screwing Your Wife.

Let’s say the columns, the Capitol and the flagpole actually don’t silently reinforce the virility of Senator Ensign. What they do amplify, however, is the power trip — the photo representing just-one-more-example-out-of-who-knows-how-many philandering elected representatives and card-carrying members of the Christian right either acting out from repression or just using Jesus as a front man.

And then, the God connection seems to have also pulled in his prayerful buddy Coburn, the cover up — at least, to the secular guys — always being bigger than the crime.

(image: unattributed via NYT. caption: Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada, left, hired Doug Hampton, an old friend, as an aide in 2006. Mr. Ensign has admitted having an affair with Mr. Hampton’s wife, Cindy, his campaign treasurer)

  • JayDenver
  • Wordsmith

    They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
    5“Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteriesa wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’

  • echo

    There is an elephant in the room.
    I can see it :
    All people who follow,live by or are othrewise devoted to organised religion are either weak-minded , dishonest or both.
    Period. Full stop.

  • Wordsmith

    Is that you, Mr. Dawkins?

  • g

    Interesting how vulnerable Hammond looks compared to Ensign. His arms behind his back, leaving his belly/nethers exposed. Ensign’s suit coat looks protective. Hammond’s expression is open, and smiling while Ensign’s is more posed. Knowing the backstore as we do now, we assume that this was taken before Hammond was aware of what was going on.
    The ambulance in the background takes on a little more meaning now that we know there’s a trainwreck coming for these two.

  • jtfromBC

    I observe the railing behind our Christian brothers, John Ensign & Doug Hampton, & imagine three Behinds impaled, if only for a moment on those spiked shafts.
    (Please, believe me, this is just a fleeting thought a momentary lapse into sado-masochism or because its in the DNA inherited from my distant maternal grandmother, Margaret Scott, hung as a witch in Salem in 1692)

  • Kate
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