And here we are at the first Friday in July!
My vacation was less relaxing than it ought to have been, what with the reaching breaking all time high temperature records for several days in a row. For most of my adult life you didn’t really need air conditioning in your home in the Seattle region, because our usual definition of "hot day" was if the temperature got up in the 80s, and we seldom had more than three such days in a row. I personally have gotten by in most previous summers by owning a small roll out a/c unit that lived in the closet most of the year, keeping one room in the house cool giving us a place to retreat to. Those units aren’t really able to deal with outside temps in the upper 90s and higher. At least our a/c didn’t catch fire. A friend of ours reported two co-workers whose home a/c units overheated and caught fire–one burning down the entire house.
Anyway, it’s time for this week’s day late Friday Five in which I bring you: two headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters and deplorables, and five stories about seditious traitors (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).
This Week in Ha-Ha!:
This Week in Climate:
Stories of the Week:
‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI’s Capitol Manhunt – Six months and 500 arrests into the Jan. 6 probe, a motley crew of online sleuths is generating leads, making connections, and keeping the feds on their toes
Rep. Adam Smith pushes back against private funding for National Guard deployment – The chair of the House Armed Services Committee criticized the move by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and said the Guard shouldn’t be treated like a “private militia.”
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Court overturns gay bias verdict against ex-Iowa governor – The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official — overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict
This Week in Haters, Hate Crimes, and Discrimination:
Catholic & Southern Baptist leaders are making faith more about their politics than God – America has become more secular and less religious. So religion has responded by becoming more political, and conservative causes are used as the litmus test
This Week in Seditious Traitors:
Brian Williams On Trump’s Flop Of A Rally – "You can still hear his voice in the background there as the president relitigated his loss in Arizona. As you saw, people’s thoughts turned to ‘where did we park?’" said Williams in his usual laconic style.