Duggars

Another Duggar has wed… Make way for Jed and Katey!

But this time, it seems like it was done on the down low. Jedidiah Duggar, who was being affectionately called “Twin Bed Jed” last year, as he unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Arkansas State House of Representatives, has married the former Katey Nakatsu. Their wedding was an outdoor affair that took place in Arkansas, with scores of people in attendance. Jed’s twin brother, Jeremiah, was his best man. Katey’s sister, Lauren, served as maid of honor.

It hasn’t escaped my notice that this pair got married the day before Easter. Maybe it’s because Jed’s ready to “give rise” to a sex life. Or maybe he’d like his political aspirations to be “reborn”. He might be taken more seriously in the political arena if he has a home and a family, right? Especially if his wife is beautiful, which Katey certainly is.

Pickles, who runs the Duggar Family News page and group on Facebook, says that the vows the pair exchanged were traditional and full of what she calls “misogynistic” and “submissive” crap. I am not surprised, and I’m sure it won’t be long before they start having babies. Below is a screenshot:

As my college friend, Chris, would say… “R” (R stands for ROTTEN)

I don’t know much about Katey, except that she’s originally from Arizona, and her family recently moved to Arkansas, much like Lauren Swanson’s family did before Lauren married Josiah Duggar. I did read that Katey’s dad is fond of the letter “K”… or so it appears, as his name is Korey; his first wife’s name is Kim (she’s Katey’s mom); and his second wife’s name is Kerry. Also, Katey apparently has a half-brother who is gay and has his own hair salon in Los Angeles. If that’s true, I think it’s cool. The Duggars need more diversity in their clan.

I also read that Boob gifted Jed a house. It’s a 2000 square foot home located just four miles from the Duggar compound and it has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. I suppose that’s plenty of room for the Jed Duggar family to start growing. It’s bigger than the Seewald abode, which used to belong to Josh and Anna Duggar. Jessa and Ben Seewald have been in that house for several years now. They have three kids– two boys and a girl– and another baby on the way. But their house only has two bedrooms. I think Jessa’s husband, Ben, is trying to become a pastor. Well, it’s “past time” for the pastor to get bigger digs for his growing brood. But that’s just my social worker side coming out to play.

Jed’s wedding comes a month after his younger brother, 18 year old Justin, married the former Claire Spivey. I quit watching Counting On a few years ago, because it had just gotten too boring for me. However, I have noticed that the weddings aren’t getting as much pomp and circumstance anymore. Maybe TLC has finally decided to axe this show… or they’ve just relegated the Duggars to Discovery+, which I think is a pay per view service. I don’t know… I’m so far out of the loop over here in Germany.

I wouldn’t ordinarily write about this topic, but I can’t think of anything else to write about today that wouldn’t be snarky, petty, or bitchy. And since it’s Easter, I figure it’s better to write about a religious event. I suspect the latest Duggar wedding was held outside because of COVID-19, but I’m sure it was otherwise like any other Duggar event.

On another note… have you noticed how popular the name “Lauren” is these days? Or maybe it was popular twenty or thirty years ago. It seems like there are so many Laurens out there now… and Kaylas, too. I even have a cousin named Kayla. It’s like the name “Jennifer” in my era. I know personally about “Jennifer”, because that’s the name my mom gave me. I’ve always hated it, which is why I go by “Jenny”. I only like that name a little bit more, mainly because I’m more of a “Jenny” personality wise. Jennifer is too formal for the likes of me.

Anyway, the Duggar family has a lot of ties to Laurens. There’s Lauren Swanson Duggar, who is Josiah’s wife, Lauren Caldwell, who is Kendra Caldwell Duggar’s sister, Jessa Seewald’s middle name is “Lauren”, and now we have Katey Nakatsu Duggar’s sister, Lauren. Those are just off the top of my head. There are probably more Laurens in the mix that I’ve either overlooked or haven’t yet discovered, not that I’d take the time.

I have developed an unfortunate aversion to the name “Lauren”, much like I’ve developed an aversion to the name “Sabrina”. Sabrina is the name of my husband’s ex wife, who is a skank of the first order… (sorry, seems a little petty bitchiness has slipped in, anyway). Actually, calling her a skank is being quite nice, especially after what we’ve recently found out about her. But I digress…

I know some people think I’m being awful when I “trash” Sabrina. I’m sure it seems that way to anyone who doesn’t know our story. But trust me… if you only knew the backstory and the illegal and immoral shit she’s done, you’d know I’m being exceedingly kind when I refer to her as a “skank”. She really should be in prison. That’s neither an exaggeration, nor a joke. And Easter is a special day for Bill, because it was on Easter that she demanded a divorce while staying at Bill’s dad’s house, but didn’t actually mean to get a divorce. Happily, Bill took her up on it, and here we are, 21 years later. šŸ˜€ We’re living the good life!

Well, I truly hope Jed and his new bride are very happy together, and they have many wonderful years of wedded bliss. I pray that they don’t let Boob intrude too much in their personal business. And I hope that Katey’s first roll in the sack wasn’t too painful or messy. Sorry… there’s that petty bitchiness rearing its ugly head. Must be the onset of menopause working its devilish magic again. šŸ˜‰

Happy Easter, everybody. And just to show that I’m not a total creep, here’s a video I made yesterday, starring Noyzi the wonder pup from Kosovo!

I love Beth Nielsen Chapman’s songs.

There’s a lot I’d like to rant and rave about… hence the recent protected post. I wish I could make it public, but a certain “Lauren” in my life has reminded me that there are a lot of literal creeps in the world who don’t want to try to understand. Anyone who’s curious and not a creep can always request the password.

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Trump

America threw up all over her wedding…

Silly beagle Zane woke me up extra early this morning, needing to go outside and pee. I couldn’t fall back into sleep, so I started looking at the news. I had seen this headline yesterday about a couple who had a MAGA (Make America Great Again) themed wedding. When it came across my feed again, I decided to read about how Jeff and Audra Johnson celebrated their wedding Trump style in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 4th.

The new Mrs. Johnson wore a wedding dress with Trump’s last name emblazoned on the train. She says it’s an “Andre Soriano original”, and was actually made out of a MAGA flag. Andre Soriano, for your edification, is a celebrity fashion designer and reality TV star who is known for his provocative, custom made Trump gowns.

The bridesmaids wore bright blue dresses and red MAGA hats. Her husband wore his Marine dress uniform, while his groomsmen looked a bit like they just got off work at a True Value hardware store. They all wore matching red vests, MAGA hats, and red ties. The bride had her nails done like American flags, while the groomsmen wore “Don’t tread on me” cufflinks.

The maid of honor, reportedly not a fan of Trump’s, declined to wear a MAGA hat and, instead, wore a simple red ball cap. Audra Johnson’s father declined to attend the wedding at all, texting the couple with the message “As long as you support that racist in the White House, I won’t be attending your wedding.”

They didn’t confine the Trump theme to their outfits, either. The tables at the reception were decorated with anti-abortion “heartbeat bills”. Mrs. Johnson reportedly said, “It looked like America threw up all over my wedding and Iā€™m not sorry.” How classy.

Far be it for me to criticize how a person decides to fashion his or her wedding, although I guess I do find it kind of an odd idea to turn one’s wedding into a love fest for a president, especially one as horrible and polarizing as Trump is. I’m not sure if this event was intended to be funny or if the couple really thinks Trump cares about veterans (or anyone else, for that matter). If that’s what they honestly think, they aren’t very bright. Just look at how he treated John McCain… or, if you need a more recent example, Myeshia Johnson, wife of fallen soldier La David Johnson, who received a tone deaf phone call from Trump telling her that “her guy” knew what he signed up for and was doing what he wanted to be doing. I’m sure being killed in Nigeria instead of being at home with his wife and children was at the top of Johnson’s favorite things to do.

It does look like the celebrants had fun, and I have nothing against that. I don’t know if they’re religious people, but people who vote Republican often espouse Christian beliefs. It’s strange that Christians would align with a man who has been married three times, has openly boasted about sexually harassing and assaulting women, has no tolerance for non-whites, mocks prisoners of war, and is taking away anything in the government that doesn’t either give him more power or make rich people even wealthier, while gutting benefits for the poor. It sounds to me like this couple is extremely misguided. Also… I think Mr. Johnson should remember that he’s not supposed to wear his uniform to promote politics or advocate for a particular politician. Since Johnson is described as a “veteran”, perhaps he’s no longer in the military, in which case he probably shouldn’t wear the uniform at all… unless he actually retired from the military.

A couple of days ago, I happened to see a clip of Donald Trump when he was on Saturday Night Live. It was well before his “presidential” days. He wore a piss yellow colored suit as dancers sang a mock jingle for a fictional chicken wings restaurant…

Trump’s appeal is that, once upon a time, he was entertaining. I doubt he has a sense of humor, but he likes to be the center of attention. Here, he was the center of attention. People respond to that, even though he’s a horrifying leader who has committed criminal acts.

I think people like the Johnsons probably like Trump for things like the above clip. He was a reality TV star who rubbed elbows with Howard Stern and “fired” people on The Apprentice. A certain segment of the American population think Trump is cool because he says what they’re thinking. A lot of them aren’t actually bad people… they’re simply ignorant. I’m sure Jeff Johnson would not be so hot on Mr. Trump if Trump decided his new wife, Audra, was “his type” and tried to grab her by the pussy. And yet, Trump has done that to other men’s wives on multiple occasions. He’s even admitted to doing it, and with much pride.

I’m sure if Mr. and Mrs. Johnson decide to have a baby, and Mrs. Johnson or their fetus has some kind of problem that necessitates terminating a pregnancy, but the procedure is outlawed due to the “heartbeat bills”, they might think twice about their blind support of such a law. Perhaps if, God forbid, Mrs. Johnson suffers a miscarriage and is criminally investigated for potentially causing her miscarriage, they might think again about whether or not Trump is so awesome. And when the medical bills come, and certain procedures aren’t covered by health insurance because they’re “immoral”, or if the Johnsons don’t even have health insurance because the Affordable Care Act is abolished, will they still think Trump rocks as they slide into bankruptcy?

I know some people don’t care about things Trump says and does, particularly when it doesn’t affect them personally. Some people only care that he’s a “Republican”, even though he really wasn’t a Republican until he decided to run for president. Americans love entertainers, and we seem to have a love affair with shiny narcissists, even if they have no empathy. Too many of us get blinded by glitz and smoke and mirrors. We don’t see what’s under the bullshit until it’s too late, and everything starts to stink.

I get why some people don’t like liberal politics. I didn’t consider myself a liberal until I had been voting for years. I just can’t stomach Trump’s policies, and I don’t understand people who continue to admire him. To me, at best, he’s just a very tacky entertainer and a completely incompetent politician. I think it’s sad to see how many people have been taken in by his dog and pony show and haven’t looked at his character… or lack thereof.

As for the wedding… again, it’s certainly their right to celebrate as they see fit. I just think history will one day make them ashamed that they used their special day to celebrate Donald Trump. In my view, that wedding really should have been about THEM, and their partnership, not the orange shitstain in the White House. I think there may come a day when people look at Trump the way the world looks at people like Adolf Hitler and Kim Jong Il. And even if that day never comes, I think people will one day see that Trump is not someone worthy of the honor of inspiring someone’s nuptials.

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Military

Bride kicks Marine out of wedding for wearing his dress uniform…

Since I’m on the subject of clothes… This morning, I read yet another post by the very funny and talented J.D. Simkins, who writes for the Military Times. I’ve read several of his articles and they almost always make me laugh. Today’s article was no exception. It was entitled “Bride kicks Marine out of wedding for wearing his dress blues“.

It seems that a woman posted on a subeddit called “Am I the Asshole” about how a Marine wore his dress blues to her wedding and it apparently upset the bride because she felt he was “upstaging” her. I will admit… of all of the services, the Marines probably have the most awesome uniforms. Marines are usually in awesome physical shape and they cut a striking pose in their dress blues. Weddings are supposed to be about the married couple, particularly the bride. Or, at least that’s the old fashioned take.

According to the author of the post, who was also the bride, the Marine was being a gentleman, but people were wanting to have their pictures taken next to him and thanking him for his service. The bride felt that his presence in that uniform took attention away from her big day. She accused him of “attention seeking”.

On our big day, I was happy to share the spotlight with Bill in his dress blues… and all his buddies, too!

I suppose I can understand why the bride felt “upstaged”. Like I said, a person in a Marine dress uniform is a sight to behold. However, perhaps it never occurred to the bride that the Marine wore his uniform because he doesn’t own a tuxedo and can’t afford to rent one. Bill has always worn his dress blues when we’ve gone to events that required formal dress. He doesn’t have a tuxedo. For most of our marriage, he couldn’t afford to buy one and we don’t go to enough formal events to justify getting one. Of course, now he has a kilt, so the next time we take a Hebridean cruise, he’ll wear it instead of the uniform, which is getting too tight for him, anyway.

Yes… nice trade off. Can’t wait to see him decked out in this on our next Scottish adventure.

I think a lot of people on the cruise loved the uniform. It was quite a conversation piece. Some people probably thought Bill was showing off, but as I wrote in my earlier piece today, you can’t please everybody. Someone is going to criticize no matter what you do.

I do agree that wedding is supposed to be about the couple and it’s “bad form” to upstage the bride, especially. There’s an old rule of etiquette that one shouldn’t wear white to a wedding, because only the bride should wear white. On the other hand, people who host weddings should also be gracious. Personally, I don’t think a wedding should be about being on display. A wedding is a celebration of love, commitment, and a new family being born. The bride admits her Marine guest was being a gentleman. If he was drunk and disorderly and/or behaving in a way that wasn’t becoming, I think she would have been within her rights to throw him out. But simply being “prettier” than she was, wasn’t, in my view, a valid reason to ask him to leave. In fact, the idea of doing that kind of makes me cringe. I would think it would put a damper on the day.

I see on the subreddit that a lot of people are on the bride’s side. I can see why they would be. Personally, though, I love seeing men in their uniforms. Bill and I had quite a few in uniform at our wedding. I thought it made our affair more elegant and special. It never would have occurred to me to kick someone out of my wedding based on what they were wearing. And this lady had 300 people in attendance, so I’m sure not all eyes were on the Marine, anyway. I don’t know if I’d call her an “asshole” for kicking the guy out, but I definitely wouldn’t have done it. I love a man in uniform… quite literally!

Don’t we make a fetching pair?

On another note, I recommend reading anything J.D. Simkins writes. His witty style is a breath of fresh air.

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