Friday Five (courting foreign interference edition)

This man is a traitor. Mitch McConnell blocked a duly nominated candidate for Supreme Court Justice, contrary to the U.S. Constitution. McConnell also conspired to prevent the American voters from knowing about Russian hacking using coercion. McConnell belongs in jail, not in the Senate.
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And now we’ve reached August…

It’s been a busy work week and I have an insane deadline. Meanwhile, my personal laptop is being repaired so I’m working it a slightly older machine borrowed from my husband.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

Our Language Is Evolving, ‘Because Internet’.

Amputee can feel objects again with prosthetic arm inspired by Luke Skywalker.

The Many Different Faces of ‘Franchise’.

Washington House hires outside firm to investigate a member.

Stun Belts in Court: Restraint or Punishment?

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Author of bestselling Christian book apologizes to LGBTQ community. I’m glad this guy has done this, after getting his publisher to agree not to print new copies of his books, and I’m glad he’s getting out of the grip of the fundamentalist evangelical church he was raised in.

Should a Public Library Rent Space From a Church That Condemns Being Gay? The City of Salem Says Yes.. “I’m certain there will be many, many people who won’t use the library in the church building. It’ll leave hard feelings for a long time.”

The GOP tried to censure a Congressman for marrying a gay couple. It didn’t go as expected.

Changing the Game Depicts the Joy and Agony of Young Trans Athletes.

Second Arrest Made in Hate-Motivated Homicide of Gay Social Worker.

This Week in Racists and Other Deplorables:

Schumer suggests McConnell is blocking election security measures because he wants ‘the Russians to interfere’.

Letter: Bring Trump before the Hague.

Police: White Supremacist Gilroy Shooter Acted Alone.

Ronald Reagan’s Long-Hidden Racist Conversation with Richard Nixon. In newly unearthed audio, the then–California governor disparaged African delegates to the United Nations

Trump’s race playbook: Excoriate the left and enthrall his base.

In Memoriam:

Atlanta Gay Activist and Politician Dies at 81. In 1988 he was the first openly gay delegate to be sent to a Democratic National Convention.


What Broadway legend Harold Prince meant to American theater.

Russi Taylor, the Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons’ Characters, Dies at 75.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Update 7/28/2019: The dubious finances of men with no morals.

He has no sock(puppet)s, and he must cry wolf*—bullied bullies are everywhere.

Only hours left to finalize your 2019 Hugo Award ballot—and I’m still waffling!


CNN’s Democratic Debate, Night Two: A Closer Look:

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Goats escape into the neighborhood!:

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Rare encounter with piglet squid leaves deep sea explorers at a loss for scientific words:

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God Bless America, Except Baltimore:

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More adventures in replying to spam:

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