Friday Five (tax-dodging gun lobby edition)

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Senate Democrats ask NRA execs, PR firm for documents related to alleged self-dealing.
It’s Friday! We’ve reached the first Friday in May.

It feels like spring here in Seattle. We’re having warm days (though still cold-ish nights) and almost no rain. Last year we set a record for the driest May ever, and we might just get a repeat.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about awful people, five stories about what should happen next to the alleged president, and five videos (plus notable deaths and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

How Avengers: Endgame failed Black Widow.

Study Confirms Rich Men Should Shut Up.

Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential – Pornhub has stated it is “extremely interested” in buying the property.

Floodwaters Pound the Midwest Again, Swamping Davenport, Iowa.

Facebook is trying to make the word “private” meaningless.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

A Woman Only Discovered She Was Intersex After Seeing A Viral Video About It.

An Entire Methodist Confirmation Class Rejects the Church Over Anti-Gay Policies.

BYU Valedictorian Comes Out as Gay in Graduation Speech: ‘I Am Not Broken’ .

An open letter to those awaiting a queer story with a happy ending.

Arizona Supreme Court rules judges can order treatment for trans kids if a parent doesn’t consent.

Awful, Deplorable People:

NY AG Opens Probe Into NRA’s Tax-Exempt Status.

‘Gloriously Irrelevant’: Franklin Graham’s ‘Fringe’ Views on Gays Are ‘Moral Manure’ to Even His Hometown Paper.

The gloriously growing irrelevance of Franklin Graham.

Pastor James Manning runs a school inside Atlah World Missionary Church. Former students say he psychologically abuses kids, teaches them to hate gay people, and convinces parents to abandon their children.

Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and other far-right figures.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Bill Barr’s Performance Was Catastrophic.

California Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns.

Pelosi says AG Barr committed a crime by lying to Congress.

Former FBI agent explains why executive privilege can’t save Trump from congressional investigations.

LGBTQ advocates alarmed at Trump’s religious exemption for health care workers.

In Memoriam:

‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Dies at 51.

Mourning John Singleton, a Guardian of Black Cinema.

Peter Mayhew, Portrayed Chewbacca The Wookiee In ‘Star Wars’ Movies, Dies At 74.

Peter Mayhew Dead: Chewbacca Actor in ‘Star Wars’ Was 74 .

Gene Wolfe Turned Science Fiction Into High Art

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/28/19: Tragedy, horror, terror, and a call for hope.

Different isn’t always ignorance, or, more adventures in language.

Sometimes I just want to say, “Physcian, heal thyself” but they never get it.


Seth Meyers hilariously mocks Florida Republican Matt Gaetz after his mic was muted at Congressional hearing:

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Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: The Roast of Donald Trump :

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Stephen Colbert Lampoons NRA with Violent Fantasy About Cat Busting Caps at Dana Loesch:

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Georgia – About Work The Dancefloor (Live) | Vevo DSCVR:

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Music Video from Good Omens – The Chattering Order of St. Beryl – Brand New Baby Smell:

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