Friday Five (delusional states edition)

We have reached the third Friday in November. Our long national nightmare isn’t quite over, but we can see the ending from here.

There are so many fights we still have to win, but I am convinced we can do it. Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance—a day to remember our trans siblings who are no longer with us, and to pledge ourselves to fight for a world where we no longer need to memorialize those who have been taken from us.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I’m not breaking rules, but I’m breaking traditions. This week I bring you: five stories about the transgender day of remembrance, the top five stories of the week, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about sore losers, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

This Week in the Transgender Day of Remembrance:

Deadly year for trans community as Transgender Day of Remembrance marked.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Murdered, Suffocated And Burned Alive: 350 Transgender People Killed In 2020.

Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020.

Faith: It’s time once again to celebrate the diversity of humanity.

Stories of the Week:

PTSD expert explains how America can heal from Trump’s abuse: There need to be ‘consequences for the horrible things that happened’.

Out MSNBC analyst Steve Kornacki makes “Sexiest Men of 2020” list & it is about damn time.

Lil Nas X shut down a failed Republican candidate that came for him on Twitter with just seven words.

‘This isn’t a game’: Michelle Obama urges smooth transition – On Instagram, Obama recounted how she and her husband invited Donald Trump to the White House days after his shock 2016 win.

Trans teen gets pregnant after finding she has ovaries, uterus, cervix .

This Week in the Pandemic:

Was April 7, 2020 the day that sealed the fate of America?

The Coronavirus Has Now Killed 250,000 People in the U.S..

Damage to multiple organs recorded in ‘long Covid’ cases – Exclusive: study of low-risk individuals finds impairments four months after infection.

Everything You Need to Know About Covid-19 Testing Before the Holidays.

This young ER doctor had to tell Covid-19 patients when it was time to say goodbye to their families. Then the virus knocked him down.

This Week in Sore Losers:

Could GOP states ignore voters and send Trump delegates to the Electoral College? – It’s unlikely. Here’s how the byzantine body really works.

President Donald Trump’s election campaign on Wednesday asked a judge to declare him the winner in Pennsylvania, saying the state’s Republican-controlled legislature should select the electors that will cast votes in the U.S. Electoral College system.

‘Just ridiculous’: CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely claimed was dead.

‘Karen Was Upset’: Trump Suit Cites Mostly Trivial Complaints By GOP Poll-Watchers .

In abrupt reversal, Michigan’s largest county certifies election results – Allies of President Donald Trump had celebrated the initial deadlock in Wayne County, even though the dispute was highly unlikely to alter the outcome of the election.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer reveal their Plan B was to takeover the Michigan capitol building with 200 combatants, who would stage a week-long series of televised executions of public officials.

Trump makes one last effort to cut Social Security, maximize hurt to the disabled.

Georgia’s secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude legal ballots.

Two terrifyingly anti-LGBT+ candidates running for Virginia governor want to make queer people ‘second class’ citizens.

2019 Was The Deadliest Year For Hate Crimes On Record, New FBI Data Shows – The overall number of hate crimes also rose to a 10-year high, even as fewer law enforcement agencies bothered to report their statistics.

In Memoriam:

Seattle Aquarium’s oldest sea otter, Lootas, dies at 23.


Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/15/2020: Sore Losers and Suckers.

And the BS lawsuits continue….

A bit of this, a bit of that, and I think I need more coffee….

Topical Videos!

Michigan Republicans Disgrace The GOP With Failed Attempt To Block Certification Of Election Results:

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Trump & Election Results: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Trump Bullies Election Officials & Giuliani’s Hair Has A Meltdown | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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President Obama is Scared of Sasha and Roasts Donald Trump:

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Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody:

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