Friday Five (the first pride was a riot edition)


Welcome to the fourth Friday of June! Happy Pride Month!

I don’t feel like going into all of the reasons this has been a weird week and why I didn’t finish this post before falling asleep Thursday night. I’ll just say, I’m really glad that I scheduled today for a vacation day.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the christianist-nazis who have taken over the supreme court, one story about the nazi sympathizers who don’t understand why the nazis turne on them, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer history and pride, five stories about homophobes/transphobes, and five stories about deplorable people, and one notable obituary.

This Week in We Knew It Was Coming:

Roe v Wade is dead. Ending marriage equality & bringing back sodomy laws are next – In an open invitation to right-wing lawyers looking for their next target, Clarence Thomas says it’s time to correct "the errors" that resulted in marriage equality and the end of sodomy laws

Jim Obergefell slams Supreme Court’s threat to overturn same-sex marriage rights after Roe – "If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror," said the lead plaintiff in the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide

This Week in Shooting Themself in the Foot:

Gay Republicans whine that GOP doesn’t accept them even though they oppose LGBTQ rights too – They hate transgender civil rights just as much as the Party does. So why can’t they play in the sandbox too?

Stories of the Week:

Supreme Court gives states green light to ban abortion, overturning Roe – The bombshell 5-4 decision is set to upend races across the country as governors, attorneys general, and other state and local leaders gain new powers to determine when abortion will be permitted

Mary Trump just threw ice cold water on the “Mike Pence is a hero” storyline

A search for solutions as Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 found to escape antibodies – New coronavirus subvariants escape antibodies from vaccination and prior Omicron infection, studies suggest

Is It Last Call for Lauren Boebert’s Gun Restaurant? – The Colorado GOP congresswoman ascended into the political spotlight partially because of her gun-themed restaurant. It may now be closing its doors soon

Giant Bacteria Visible to the Naked Eye Discovered in Mangrove Swamp

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

We’ve had a gay superhero all along thanks to Kevin Conroy

NY library reverses decision to ban LGBTQ children’s books after outcry – After the Governor weighed in and condemned the move, the board quickly held an emergency meeting to overturn their decision

Darren Hayes’ recent Pride post was too gay for Instagram

House Votes to Clarify That LGBTQ+ People, Women Can be President – Dated federal language included the words “wife” and “widow” that assumed a male U.S. president

House Votes to Clarify That LGBTQ+ People, Women Can be President – The Department of Education released the proposal as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the landmark civil rights law.

Roe v Wade is dead. Ending marriage equality & bringing back sodomy laws are next – In an open invitation to right-wing lawyers looking for their next target, Clarence Thomas says it’s time to correct "the errors" that resulted in marriage equality and the end of sodomy laws

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it

The perpetual discourse over LGBTQ Pride, explained – The fights over Pride are really about whether Pride is even political anymore

The First Pride Was a Riot: The Origins of Pride Month

The first pride was a riot – We should honor the trans women of color behind it

Inside the first Pride parade—a raucous protest for gay liberation

This Week in Homophobia, Transphobia, and Other Deplorables:

Trans kids and advocates blame culture war for debate over adolescent health care – Upcoming guidance from the leading professional association for transgender health care perpetuates problematic ideas about transgender youth, some advocates say

BUSTED! Far right caught spreading false story that a drag queen exposed self to children

Texas GOP adopts shockingly explicit anti-LGBTQ party platform – The state party calls homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice" and accuses LGBTQ people of "grooming" children.

Why are white nationalist groups targeting LGBTQ groups? Do you really have to ask?

Right-wing media furious over Biden administration effort to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination

In Memoriam:

PBS NewsHour commentator Mark Shields dies at age 85

Friday Five (you’re not being forced edition)


Welcome to the third Friday of June! Happy Pride Month!

My hay fever has not let up. Whether the weather was rainy, overcast, or sunny this week, the pollen count has remained high.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one story of interest to my fellow nerd, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer history and pride, five stories about homophobes/transphobes, and five stories about deplorable people.

This Week in I Will Always Be a Nerd:

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Redefines Padmé Amidala’s Star Wars Legacy Through Leia

Stories of the Week:

Florida abortion ban violates Jews’ religious freedom, lawsuit says

The Jan. 6 select committee makes a criminal referral — its own way – For all the quibbling over whether they should ask DOJ to investigate Donald Trump, panel members effectively did so on Thursday

Triumph Over a Pushy Tesla

13,000-Year-Old Tusk Reveals Life of ‘Fred,’ a Mastodon Who Died in Battle

Strange tsunami-like quakes shake some of the stars in our galaxy, Gaia spacecraft reveals

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

How to get smarter & fight harder for LGBTQ rights

David Archuleta talks of struggle to replace feelings of shame with pride

Joe Biden issues executive order to fight conversion therapy & LGBTQ fostering discrimination

Mass. commission recommends LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, anti-bullying protections and training

Graduating students hand school president rainbow flags in protest of anti-LGBTQ staff policies – University students at a private Christian college are part of a sit-in outside of the interim president’s office that has lasted for three weeks This, by the way, is my alma mater…

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

This fabulous docuseries shows that queer history will not be denied

A League of Their Own Inspiration Maybelle Blair Comes Out at 95

How Pride organizers are responding to increased threats to LGBTQ events

This bank has supported Pride for three decades. Here’s how it happened – The multinational banking giant has been supporting LGBTQ rights since before some of you were born

Pride and the police: A complicated history for the LGBTQ community

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

A New York teen and his family seek state help amid a national tipping point on LGBTQ rights

Diary of a Queer Kid – My experience as a child with an “odd” gender identity makes me very afraid for kids facing malicious transphobia in Texas.

High school students get threatened with machine gun while rallying for bullied trans classmate

Targeting of Pride events follow months of escalating anti-LGBTQ rhetoric from right-wing media

Candace Owens can’t even tell a good lie. Far right personality busted using fake photo of ‘drag queen’

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Police: 31 members of white nationalist group arrested near Coeur d’Alene pride event

Patriot Front Member’s Mother After His Arrest At Idaho Pride: “Pack Up Your Stuff And Get Out Of My House”

"Death To LGBTQs" Pastor Trounced In US House Bid

Anti-Vax Leader Gets 60 Days On Capitol Riot Charges

Another Proud Boy Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate – Johnson County Proud Boy is second in Kansas City group to plead guilty in Capitol riot

In Memoriam:

Mama Gloria Allen Dies at 76: Listen to Her Last Known Interview

Friday Five (they came for an insurrection edition)


Welcome to the second Friday of June! Happy Pride Month!

The rain has returned. Maybe my hay fever will let up.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the investigation into treason, one story about lying liars, two stories about the failing court, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer history and pride, and five stories about haters and traitors. Plus an obituary.

This Week in Investigating Treasonous Insurrection:

Takeaways from the prime-time January 6 committee hearing – Committee shares visceral footage and haunting testimony

Jan 6 Committee Goes Public with New Evidence of Coordinated Effort to Attack Capitol, Overturn the Election

This Week in Lying Liars:

Babylon Bee editor Seth Dillon caught spreading false story about a child tipping a half naked drag queen

This Week in Imploding Justice:

After leak, Supreme Court seethes with resentment and fear behind the scenes

Egbert v. Boule: Sotomayor warns that Trump’s justices are attacking civil rights

Stories of the Week:

A charging moose injured two adults and their dog near Boulder

Inside the Underground Abortion Network That Saved Countless Women

‘Shrinkflation’ accelerates globally as manufacturers shrink package sizes

‘Extinct’ Giant Tortoise Was Just Chilling on an Island

First Known Dinosaur Belly Button Found in Fossil

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Queer as Folk reboot brings long overdue diversity to the iconic series

Dwyane Wade proves he’s the best dad ever as he fears for his transgender daughter’s safety – Dwyane Wade makes a statement against anti-LGBTQ bills sweeping the nation

Monkeypox Is Not a Gay Virus, the CDC Reminds Those Concerned

Edgar Gomez is proud to be a “High-Risk Homosexual”

Alison Bechdel eviscerates offensive “Fire Island” hot take. It passes the Bechdel Test now

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

Chloe Sherman’s photographs bring queer history to light just in time for Pride 2022

Grandson Shares Discovering His Grandfather’s Secret Gay Love Story

LGBTQ San Franciscans share their stories of coming out

Pride police bans stir debate in D.C., around country

Puerto Rico celebrates 32 years of Pride

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Five Proud Boys Charged With Seditious Conspiracy

Percentage of Americans who say Trump was responsible for Jan. 6 drops: poll

Anger Over Tampa Bay Rays ‘Homophobic’ Players Who Say Jesus Christ Doesn’t Want Them to ‘Encourage’ LGBTQ ‘Lifestyle’

“Wilhoit’s Law” about conservatives keeps getting credited to the wrong Frank Wilhoit

So who are "evangelicals"? And how did they become such massive hypocrites?

In Memoriam:

Margot Heuman, who spoke about life as gay Holocaust survivor, dies

Friday Five (less than 1% edition)


Welcome to the first Friday of June! Welcome to Pride Month!

We had several days of summer like weather. Then heavy rain. Meanwhile work is being down on our building and its companion, so there is a lot of pounding and power tools and voices calling to each other each day while I’m trying to work.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about one of the myths that fuels our county’s gun problem, two stories about an evil idiot, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about queer history and pride.

This Week in Things We Need To Unlearn:

Guns & America: The Good Guy With A Gun – Researchers at Harvard recently found that people defended themselves with their guns in less than one percent of violent crimes

This Week in Outrageously Evil Idiots:

‘An Assault On Reality, Science And The English Language’ – Chris Hayes loses it when trying to report on MTG’s peach tree dish hamburgers

‘Her Platform Is Hate’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Criticized for Claiming Heterosexuals Will Become Extinct

Stories of the Week:

‘A resounding victory’: Court rules Exxon must stand trial for lying to the public about climate change

How We Can Stop Racist, Anti-LGBTQ+ White Supremacist Rage

A Gay Oral Roberts University Graduate’s Painful Story

Did dinosaur blood run warm or cold? New study aims to settle the debate

What the Uvalde Police department is hiding: White power killed those kids

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lynda Carter reassures fans that Wonder Woman is an LGBTQ icon

Elliot Page shares ‘biggest joy’ about transitioning in deeply personal essay

U.S. Soccer has banned anti-LGBTQ chants

Laverne Cox Is First Transgender Person To Have A Barbie Designed After Her

Same-Sex Marriage Is Supported by More Americans Than Ever Before

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

Unilever is skipping rainbow merchandise & Pride floats. They’d rather make an actual difference

LGBTQ history is repeating itself. That’s not necessarily a bad thing

Whose Gay History?

Biden Welcomes Pride Month Amid ‘Unconscionable’ State-Level Attacks

Pride In Pictures: Sixty Years Old and It’s My First Pride – He may be going to Pride later in life, but he’ll keep going to make up time!

Memorial Thoughts


Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, Addresses The NRA – Two Industries that Are Above the Law Put the Killing in Killing

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian Addresses The NRA - The Killing in Killing

Click on the image to see the video, or go here.

Memorial Day weekend just seems like a really sick time to schedule the NRA convention, doesn’t it?

Let’s move one…

There are other things I’ve rather think about today:

copyright 2014 Gene Breshears
Flowers for Grandma’s grave, I believe this was 2008.

Before the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 made Memorial Day an official federal holiday, and even before the first federal observation of a day to decorate Union Soldier’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery back in 1868, and even before the Ladies’ Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia suggested a day to honor those who died in the Civil War there was another holiday called Decoration Day observed in many parts of the country. It was a day to have family reunions and celebrate the lives of all of our deceased family members.

As one historical society defined it: “Decoration Day is an annual observance at many privately owned graveyards during which families gather to clean up the graveyard, reconnect with family, and honor the memories of their ancestors… Traditionally, Decoration Day is in part a ritual, with families arriving on the day before Decoration Sunday with hoes and shovels for a graveyard workday. They scrape the ground, trim the grass, make new plantings, and prune old ones… The cleanup is followed by a Sunday picnic dinner, singing in church, placing flowers on graves, and visiting with friends and family. Sunday participants come dressed for church and participate in what amounts to a family and community reunion. Family members that have moved away often return on this day, giving them an important opportunity to teach children about their ancestors and the communities in which they once lived. Outdoor tables of concrete or wood, marked to identify participating churches, hold the food for the meal.”

I have mixed feelings about Memorial Day. On the one hand I get really tired of the tendency some have of turning every even-slighlty patriot holiday into another Veterans’ Day. Today is not the day to thank Veterans for their service. Today is a day to remember and honor the memories of the dead. Since the Uniform Holiday Act, it has officially been a day to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Those of us with a longer memory think of it as a day to honor all of the dead, not just those who died during military service.

I have particularly strong feelings about it because my Grandmother, who observed the holiday every year by putting silk flower arrangements she had made herself on the graves of our relatives in western Oregon and Washington–and also by sending money to friends all over the country to make certain that flowers were put on the graves of her parents (my great-grandparents) and all of her aunts and uncles. Then, fifteen years ago, on the Friday before that Memorial Day, Grandma, having just finished arranging the flowers on the grave of my great-aunt Maud, looked up at my step-grandpa, said, "I don’t feel good…" and she dropped dead.

So Memorial Day now, more than ever, makes me think of my Grandma, and all the people she loved her preceded her into death. So, it’s time to reprint this (first published in 2014):

Memorial, part 2—for Grandma

Grandma always called it by the older name, Decoration Day. As I’ve [written before](https://fontfolly.net/2013/05/27/memorial-2/), the original holiday was celebrated in many states as a day to gather at the grave sites of your parents, grandparents, et cetera, to honor the memory of their lives. It was often a time of picnics and family reunions. At least as much a celebration of their lives as a time of mourning. The connection to military deaths didn’t happen until 1868, and particularly in the south, was often seen as a pro-Union, pro-war, anti-southern celebration.

I didn’t understand most of those nuances when I was a kid. The modern version of the holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May, didn’t even exist until I was a fifth-grader, when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect.

Grandma observed it faithfully. Every year, as May rolled around, she would begin calling distant relatives and old family friends. Grandma knew where just about every person descended from her own grandparents was buried, and she made certain that someone who lived nearby was putting flowers on the graves of those relatives by Memorial Day. She took care of all the family members buried within a couple hours drive of her home in southwest Washington.

She was putting flowers on the grave of my Great-aunt Maud (Grandma’s sister-in-law) on the Friday before Memorial Day when she died. My step-grandfather said he was getting in position to take a picture of her beside the grave and the flowers (there are hundreds and hundreds of photos of Grandma beside graves with flowers on them in her photo albums) when she suddenly looked up, said, “I don’t feel good!” and pitched over.

One weekend she had blown out the candles on the cake celebrating her 84th birthday. The following Friday, while putting flowers on Great-aunt Maud’s grave, she died. And one week after that a bunch of us were standing at her graveside. It was just down to a few family members, and we were at that stage where you’re commenting on how pretty the flowers that so-and-so that no one had heard from in years were, when someone asked, “Isn’t Grandpa’s grave nearby?”

Grandpa had died 23 years earlier, and was buried in one of a pair of plots he and Grandma had bought many years before. And after Grandma re-married, she and our step-grandfather had bought two more plots close by.

Anyway, as soon as someone asked that, my step-grandfather’s eyes bugged out, he went white as a sheet, and said, “Oh, no!” He was obviously very distressed as he hurried toward his car. Several of us followed, worried that he was having some sort of medical issue.

Nope. He and Grandma had been driving to various cemeteries all week long before her death, putting silk-bouquets that Grandma had made on each relative’s grave. Aunt Maud’s was meant to be the next-to-the-last stop on their journey. Grandpa’s silk flower bouquet was still in the trunk of the car. My step-grandfather was beside himself. He’d cried so much that week, you wouldn’t have thought he could cry any more, but there he was, apologizing to Grandma’s spirit for forgetting about the last batch of flowers, and not finishing her chore—for not getting flowers on Grandpa George’s grave by Memorial Day.

The next year, several of us had the realization that without Grandma around, none of us knew who to call to get flowers put on Great-grandma and Great-grandpa’s graves back in Colorado. None of us were sure in which Missouri town Great-great-aunt Pearl was buried, let alone who Grandma called every year to arrange for the flowers. Just as we weren’t certain whether Great-great-aunt Lou was buried in Kansas or was it Missouri? And so on, and so on. One of my cousins had to track down the incident report filed by the paramedics who responded to our step-grandfather’s 9-1-1 call just to find out which cemetery Great-aunt Maud was in.

copyright 2014 Gene Breshears
Flowers from us, Mom, and my Aunt Silly on Grandpa’s grave.
Mom and her sister have been putting flowers on Grandma’s and Grandpa’s graves since. Our step-grandfather passed away three years after Grandma, and he was buried beside her.

Some years before her death, Grandma had transferred the ownership of the plot next to Grandpa to Mom. So Mom’s going to be buried beside her dad. Mom mentions it whenever we visit the graves, and I don’t know if she realizes how much it chokes me up to think about it.

We had put the flowers in place. We had both taken pictures. Mom always worries that she won’t remember where Grandpa’s grave is (it’s seared in my head: two rows down from Grandma, four stones to the south). Michael helped Mom take a wide shot picture that has both Grandma’s and Grandpa’s spots in it.

I thought we were going to get away with both of us only getting a little teary-eyeed a few times, but as we were getting back into the car, Mom started crying. Which meant that I lost it.
Flowers from Mom, my sister, and I on the grave this year for Grandma and our step-grandpa.
Flowers from Mom, my sister, and I on the grave this year for Grandma and our step-grandpa. I believe this was 2010.

Grandma’s been gone for fifteen years, now. Every time I have taken the two hour drive to visit Mom, there would be a moment on the drive when my mind is wandering, and I’d wonder what Grandma will be doing when we get there. And then I would remember I won’t be seeing her. It took me about a dozen years to stop having those lapses about Grandpa. I suspect it will be longer for Grandma.

After all, she’s the one who taught me the importance of Those Who Matter.

Those Who Matter

Grandma & me
Me and my maternal grandmother. I think I was four?

(Originally published on my old blog June 7, 2007)


"Don’t let anyone tell you how to live your life. You just pay them no never-mind!"

"You darn-tootin’ better not let me catch you carrying on like that. That’s all I’ll say!"

Grandma’s advice was often contradictory. She had no trouble saying, one moment, that we shouldn’t let what other people think guide our decisions, then the next moment admonish us for not doing things her way. While it could be very aggravating, it was actually less meddlesome than it sounds. She really did expect you do to what you thought best. Just as she would do what she thought best. And if what she thought was best was to tell you that you were making a big mistake, then by god that’s what she’d do.

If you didn’t agree, she expected you to say so. That was a lesson not everyone understood. There was a point where she would agree to disagree–if you had the backbone to stand up for your opinion and to stand up to her. And sometimes it took more than just backbone.

My Great-uncle Lyle, her oldest brother, used to love telling the story of her school lunch box. One day, when grandma was in grade school, she came home with her lunch box battered out of shape, hinge broken, and so on. Seems there was an older boy who teased her. She went after him, swinging the lunch pail. He ran. She caught him, tackled him, and wolloped him with the lunch pail until he apologized.

Her parents (my great-grandparents) punished her for fighting and ruining the lunch box. Great grandpa got her another lunch box, but warned her if she did it again, she’d start taking her lunch to school in an old water bucket.

The boy teased her again some days later. Not wanting to get beaten again, the boy chose a location where he could run into some thorny blackberry bushes. He started taunting her, and when she came after him, he ran into the bushes and brambles.

Grandma didn’t hesitate. She chased him through the thorns and vines, tackled him again, sat on him, and beat him with the lunch box until he apologized.

For the rest of the school year, she carried her lunch to school in the water bucket.

Every time my great-uncle told that story, Grandma would point out that the boy stopped teasing her after the second incident. One time after the tale was told, someone asked what the boy had teased her about. Great-uncle Lyle said, "She would never tell us." But after a bit of prodding Grandma finally agreed that maybe it was okay to tell that the boy had said Great-grandpa was an outlaw, a bad influence, and few other unpleasant things.

Great-uncle Lyle pointed out that Great-grandpa was a moonshiner, a moonshine runner (this was during prohibition), and involved in several other questionable activities. "So, he was an outlaw."

"Yeah, but that didn’t give that boy any right to insult my daddy!"

The story is even funnier when you know that at an earlier age Grandma had tried to dispose of a whole shed full of moonshine. Another time she had threatened to tell the revenuers where the still was. Great-grandma once said that Grandma was a member of the Temperance Army by the age of five. Great-grandpa shot back that she’d been born a Temperance Soldier and Crusader.

We buried Grandma last week. I’ve had several sad moments the last couple weeks, but I keep remembering that silly bucket story. Including one other part: Grandma said she wasn’t a bit ashamed to carry her lunches in the water bucket the rest of the year, because she’d gotten it defending her father. What the boy had said may have been true, but it was wrong.

I think these stories represent the most important lessons I learned from Grandma: just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you don’t respect them or love them. Something can be both true and wrong at the same time. Finally, stand up for family and loved ones, whether you agree with them or not.

At the funeral, so many people talked about feeling adopted by her–in many cases that she was the mother or grandmother they never had–that one of my cousins finally said, "I never knew I had this many brothers and sisters. Welcome to the family."

Which brings me to the lesson she taught that I can’t sum up in an essay (she spent her whole life living it, after all): treat everyone as family, because all we have that really matters is each other.


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

Copyright © 2007 Gene Breshears. All Rights Reserved.

Why do they even exist?


This article captures most of what I want to say: What are police for? – We venerate cops, not teachers. It’s backwards

Seriously!

The Supreme Court ruled years ago and more than once (DeShaney vs. Winnebago and Town of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales), that police agencies and individual officers are not obligated to provide protection of citizens.

So what is the point?

Friday Five (embrace your outrage edition)


Welcome to the fourth Friday of May!

My husband came down sick again this week with very similar symptoms to the illness we thought was food poisoning a week before… and now we think that the problem is that the peanut butter/cracker snack packs he often snacks on at work might be among the products in the every-widening salmonella recall that started with Jif Peanut Butter. I hope that’s what it is. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about a horrible thing we could prevent, two stories about outrageous failures to do their jobs, the top five stories of the week, five positive stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about that problem we refuse to solve, and five stories about seditious traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in When Will We Stop This:

The 21 lives lost in Texas school shooting – Relatives and friends pay tribute to 19 children and two teachers killed in deadliest US school shooting in a decade

3 high-school graduations across the U.S. end with gunfire in less than 24 hours – At least one person was killed and seven others injured in three separate shootings after high school graduation ceremonies in Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee

This Week in Outrageous Failures:

New Videos Show Police Did Absolutely Nothing to Stop the Uvalde Shooter

Buffalo mass shooting: Dispatcher who answered 911 call is set to be fired, an official said – A Buffalo supermarket worker dialed 911 during the massacre and was asked, ‘Why are you whispering?’ Now, the dispatcher is set to be fired, an official said

Stories of the Week:

I’m a middle-aged Black father. I want to ask White teen males this question

Jif peanut butter recall: Other companies’ products contaminated by a bad batch

‘Sharkcano’: NASA captures eruption of submarine volcano, home to 2 shark species

UN denounces ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ coverage of monkeypox

Opinion: Americans are facing a herculean but righteous task in fighting hate

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

A community’s Pride parade seemed unlikely to happen. Then teenagers stepped up

Black Gay Candidates Make History With Primary Wins in Texas

Coming out as gay gave high school swimmer courage to be outspoken about queer rights – Ethan Crawford was nervous about coming out as gay, but ‘all of the guys on my swim team were accepting and supportive, which was shocking.’

This Seattle-based softball team was created for trans and non-binary players – The Puget Sound Pronouns are built in the image of their founder, who makes plays on the diamond, and wants to do the same in the community

GOP governor would veto bill that forces schools to out LGBTQ students – The state’s attorney general has warned that the proposed legislation would run counter to the state’s nondiscrimination law

This Week in Problems That Happen in No Other Nation:

Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas: 19 Children and Two Adults Killed – This is a disgrace

How could mass shootings be prevented? Research shows certain policies may help

Men With Guns Are Holding Our Democracy Hostage

Beto O’Rourke Was Right – More people should tell their governors that they’re useless to their face

The Police Timeline of the Texas School Shooting Has a Lot of Holes

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Pro-Trump ‘electors’ in Wisconsin hit with first-of-its-kind lawsuit

Lauren Boebert’s American Dream – The Colorado congresswoman has built her reputation as a certain kind of working-class hero. Her employees tell a different story

Capitol rioter who sprayed police with fire extinguisher sentenced to three years – Matthew Ryan Miller from Maryland draped himself in a far right-affiliated flag and used a barricade as a ladder to scale walls

GOP Ideologues Keep Flopping In Their Efforts To Take Over School Boards

Trump Wanted Pence To Be Hanged While Jan 6 Insurrection Was Unfolding – Donald Trump was reportedly upset that Mike Pence was whisked to safety and seemed to be supportive of the insurrectionists literally hanging Mike Pence

In Memoriam:

Depeche Mode’s Andrew Fletcher dies aged 60

Ray Liotta Dies: ‘Goodfellas’ Star & ‘Field Of Dreams’ Actor Was 67

Yes Drummer and ‘Certified Rock Star’ Alan White Dead at 72 After Brief Illness

Lee Lawson, best known as Bea Reardon on Guiding Light, dies at 80

Kenneth Welsh Dead: ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Day After Tomorrow’ Actor Was 80

Rosemary Radford Ruether, a founding mother of feminist theology, dies at age 85

Colin Cantwell, designer of ‘Star Wars’ Death Star, dies aged 90

Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas (2022)

Friday Five (fundamental rights edition)

Cyndy Lauper and Laura Dern

Welcome to the third Friday of May!

The weather continues to be unable to decide what season it is. On the other hand, lots more birds have been showing up at my bird feeders.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about ignoring warnings, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about an attack on a fundamental right, five stories about seditious traitors, and five stories about racism and white terrorism. Plus some things I posted and notable obituaries.

This Week in Looking the Other Way:

Nothing to See Here, Move Along Turns out that before the Jan 6 Insurrection multiple social media companies reported to the FBI and 6 other federal agencies that people were planning someing, yet none acted on the intel. Go figure.

Stories of the Week:

Buffalo shooting victims | 10 dead, 3 hurt Say their names, but leave the shooter in obscurity.

Dolphins use healing properties of coral, study suggests

Scientists discover hidden forest inside massive sinkhole in China

Fundraiser for the Movement Voter Project | Will Tell Stories For Food

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Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Drag queen crowned prom king at Indiana high school

Campaign Seeks to Support LGBTQ+ Rights in Red States

Florida High Schooler Zander Moricz On Fighting “Don’t Say Gay”

Federal Court rules against Tennessee’s anti-Trans restroom sign law

Dear Dave Rubin, the LGBTQ community doesn’t owe you a d@mn thing. You’re getting exactly what you deserv

This Week in Fall Out from The Supreme Court Leak:

Doctor smacks down GOP Congressman who tried to troll her by asking “What’s a woman” in a hearing

‘Next We Go After Obergefell’: Far-Right Activists Celebrate by Declaring ‘We Shall Have Our Theocracy Very Soon’

The Supreme Court’s Next Targets – The conservative majority is likely to overturn major precedents this term—not just Roe

Putting Choice on the Ballot – In some key states, voters can use initiatives and referendums to secure choice and boost Democrats in November

The Ironic, Unintended Consequence of SCOTUS’s Plan to Overturn Ro – It’s suddenly far easier to access abortion in many parts of the country

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

DOJ: Florida Man Gave Us Fake Pardon From Trump – North Redington Shores Man Indicted In Multiple Fraud Schemes

Was a Capitol tour given by Rep. Barry Loudermilk on Jan. 5 a dress rehearsal for the insurrection?

Jan. 6 committee evidence includes official White House photos from day of Capitol riot – Investigators have pictures from the official White House photographer, adding more detail to what Trump was doing that day

Madison Cawthorn Threatens Enemies With Rise of ‘Dark MAGA’

January 6 Insurrection: One Year Later, Families Are Still Divided – This is what it’s like to be the child of a January 6 insurrectionist

This Week in Domestic White Terrorism and Racism:

This is who we are: A nation founded on racism

In Wake of Buffalo Mass Shooting 203 House Republicans Vote Against Domestic Terrorism Bill That Had 3 GOP Co-Sponsors

White Nationalist Rioter Who Stormed Senate Chamber Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge, Faces 20 Years In Prison

The Buffalo Massacre Is Exactly Why We Need to Talk About Racism With White Students – Too many white people are receiving their schooling about race from racist media

Fox News suddenly goes quiet on ‘great replacement’ theory after Buffalo shooting – Suspect was allegedly motivated by the theory, but network has barely mentioned gunman’s reasoning, even after Tucker Carlson pushed the concept in more than 400 of his shows

In Memoriam:

Vangelis, who composed Academy Award-winning score for "Chariots of Fire," dies at 79

Urvashi Vaid, Legendary Activist for LGBTQ+ Civil Rights, Dies at 63

A Pioneer in Gay Men’s Health Care Passes Away

Things I Wrote:

The Buffalo Shooter is a White Supremacist Terrorist

Some Observations