Friday Five (collapsing moral facade edition)

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It’s Friday! It’s the third Friday in December, which means our holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m not ready!!

My husband, Michael, baked a Solstice Cake and a Figgy Pudding last night. I may back a pie for the party; or may punt and just pick up goodies at the store. I’m close to finished with my ghost story and have cleaning and cooking and other prep still to do!

Welcome to my Friday Five: Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and five videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my posts).

Stories of the Week:

Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology.

Scientists Believe They’ve Finally Found The Genetic Link To Homosexuality.

Alabama is only the latest: Special Elections So Far Point To A Democratic Wave In 2018.

Contemporary American white evangelicalism is patriarchal and fundamentalist, with its roots found among Southern slave owners.

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican.

In Memoriam:

Ed Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, dies at 65. Lee was a Seattle native and much admired here, too.

The historical legacy of Mayor Ed Lee.

The Legacy of Simeon Booker, a Pioneer of Civil Rights Journalism.

JoAnna McKee, longtime Washington state medical-pot activist, dies at 74.

Things I wrote:

My husband, I say, Mah huuuzzzband!

Holidays are stressful enough, don’t make it worse than you have to.

You fight it on the ground: register, remind people to vote, help them get to the polls, and be ready to challenge voter suppression.

Jingling, plotting, wrapping, rushing….


Medford Township Pastor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Minors For More Than A Decade:

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(And let me repeat: if children were raped in Dennys as often as children are raped at churches, it would be illegal to take your children to Dennys…)

Stephen Colbert celebrates Roy Moore’s loss with a special cowboy ballad:

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Million Reasons – Lady Gaga MashUp (Cover by Morgan Reynolds):

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Eli Lieb – Next To You:

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Up on The Housetop – Pentatonix (360 Version):

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