Monthly Archives: January 2022

Friday Five (politics are morals in action edition)


Welcome to the third Friday of 2022!

It was again a weird week for reasons that just are too weird to go into.

Anyway, it’s time for another Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about something a lot of us were already thinking, another about the majesty of the cosmos, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, five stories about traitors and similar criminals, five stories about haters, and five stories about the pandemic. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in Things a Lot of Us Were Thinking:

Howard Stern: Hospitals Should REFUSE to Treat Unvaccinated

This Week in the Universe is Awesome:

A Star-Producing, Cosmic Bubble Shrouds Our Solar System

Stories of the Week:

Opinion | An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight

California salmon returning to old spawning grounds

Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee

Here’s why some LGBTQ students in Utah say their health education is inadequate

Felony charges are 1st in a fatal crash involving Autopilot

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

64 things Joe Biden has done for the LGBTQ community during his first year in office

Jim Obergefell, who gave name to landmark Supreme Court case, to run for Ohio House

Andrew Blaser makes U.S. Olympic history as the first out gay man in this super fast ice sport

The writer behind the new bisexual Superman has turned death threats into donations for LGBTQ youth

Gilead says counterfeit HIV drugs ended up with patients

This Week in Seditious Treason and Other Major Crimes:

Jan. 6 Suspect James Grant Sent Back to Jail After DWI Arrest

Proud Boy "Tiny" Toese Goes to Jail

Trump Family Gets Late Night Love Note From New York Attorney General

Oath Keepers stockpiled 30 days of supplies, rifles ahead of Jan. 6

Five things to know about the New York AG’s pursuit of Trump

This Week in Homophobes and Other Haters:

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: ‘Gays recruit children’ – The intricate networking behind a simple but ugly lie

These groups are pushing an anti-LGBTQ agenda disguised as health care

YouTube Deletes Ex-Gay Torture Rant As Hate Speech

After DirecTV dropped the channel, OAN host asked viewers to dig up dirt on AT&T’s board chairman

MSNBC guest skewers Kyrsten Sinema as type of white person “Martin Luther King Jr. warned us about”

This Week in the Pandemic:

Vaccination protects against Covid-19 hospitalization significantly more than prior infection, according to CDC study

‘Back Alley’ Advice Is Making The Pandemic Worse

"They used us as an experiment": Arkansas inmates who were given ivermectin to treat COVID file federal lawsuit against jail

Supreme Court rejects bid to block mask mandate on airplanes

A record 9 million Americans are out sick as COVID rates surge

In Memoriam:

Raymond Washburn, who rescued 5 people during Oklahoma City bombing, dies

Yvette Mimieux Dead: Actress Who Starred In ‘The Time Machine’ Was 80

Friday Five (to sir, with love edition)


Welcome to the second Friday of 2022!

It has been a very exhausting week–for reasons that are way too complicated to go into at this juncture.

Anyway, it’s time for another Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about so-called adults acting like spoiled toddlers, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, five stories about sex traffickers and similar criminals, and five stories about deplorables and traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in Angry Toddlers:

Trump Rage-Quits NPR Interview After He’s Grilled on Election-Fraud Lies

Capitol rioter storms out of hearing after judge orders him back behind bars: ‘I’m done with this’

Stories of the Week:

Takeaways from the landmark sedition indictment against the Oath Keepers and why DOJ acted now

Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule

UCLA-led team may have found way to kill HIV-infected cells

Stiffed Bartender Fingers Key West Landmark Arsonists – Bartender’s tip leads to arrest in Key West buoy burning

Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick wins Florida congressional seat, padding House Democrats’ slim majority

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Anti-trans legislation negatively impacted mental health of LGBTQ+ youth

As high court signals Roe v. Wade reversal, states eye same-sex marriage protections

Murder of gay, math genius finally solved after man admits guilt 34 years later

Early access to gender-affirming hormones linked to better mental health, study finds – Trans people who had access to hormones in their early teens had less than half the odds of past-year suicidal thoughts than those who didn’t.

Biden administration to officially recognize trans & non-binary veterans’ genders – Patients can also indicate a preferred name to be used on their medical records

This Week in Sex Traffickers and Abusers:

Jeffrey Epstein-Related Cases to Watch After Ghislaine Guilty Verdict

How Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate Shielded Ghislaine Maxwell From Lawsuits

Prince Andrew to face civil sex assault case after US ruling

Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe

Anti-LGBT Ex-Michigan House Speaker Accused Of Molestation – Chatfield under criminal investigation for allegedly molesting a teenager

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Armed Michigan woman who ‘wanted to talk’ to Capitol Police about Jan. 6 riot arrested in D.C. It was the stockpile of illegal weapons she had in her car that was the problem… and why do you bring a pile of loaded guns to a talk?

Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes, Ten Oath Keepers Arrested On Seditious Conspiracy Charges

Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Sentenced for Plot to Target Journalists and Advocates

He wants to burn books about LGBTQ topics. He just got elected school board president

Neo-Nazi group leader sentenced to 7 years in prison

In Memoriam:

To Sidney, With Love

Sidney Poitier, Oscar-Winning Icon, Dies at 94

When Sidney Poitier risked his life for civil rights

Ronettes Singer Ronnie Spector Dead at 78

Ronnie Spector made hit songs that were built to last

Bob Saget was both wholesome and transgressive

Bob Saget, beloved TV dad of ‘Full House,’ dead at 65

Friday Five (indict them all edition)


Welcome to the first Friday of 2022!

The snow finally melted in our neighborhood. I have not yet taken down the Christmas tree (ever since figuring out many years ago that having a cut tree in the house made my winter hay fever {in Seattle’s climate hay fever season is at least ten months out of every year} much much worse, I’ve always had artificial trees). I often leave it up until Twelfth Night/Three Kings Day/Epiphany… but that was earlier this week, so I definitely need to get put the decorations away this weekend.

Anyway, it’s time for the first Friday Five on the year, in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, and five stories about what we ought to do with the seditious traitors. Plus one very unwelcome death and a couple of things I wrote.

Stories of the Week:

Report: The exploding meteor over Pittsburgh produced blast equal to 30 tons of TNT

Is That a Burning Bush? Is This Mt. Sinai? Solstice Bolsters a Claim

Meteorologist says transportation officials ignored forecasts, leading to I-95 disaster

Opinion | Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy

A Day that Will Live in Infamy

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Out Democrat forced to pull bill that would ban genital surgery on minors that actually happens

Elvira lost thousands of “horny old men” fans after coming out

Judge rules trans inmate with severe dysphoria can’t be denied surgery in historic decision

Gay kiss-a-thon forced Six Flags to drop its homophobic anti-kissing policy

How a music video about a gay teen may have saved hundreds of lives

This Week in How Do We Handle Seditious Treason:

Stonekettle Station: Insurrection, One Year On

Jan. 6 Didn’t Set Off A Wave of Right-Wing Terrorism. Here’s What Happened Instead

One Year After 1/6, Media Still Refuse to Recognize Authoritarian Christianity

Why DOJ is avoiding domestic terrorism sentences for Jan. 6 defendants

Jan. 6 tracker: Analyzing Capitol riot guilty pleas and sentences

In Memoriam:

Betty White, ‘Golden Girls’ Star and TV Legend, Dies at 99

Longtime LGBTQ+ Ally Betty White has died at 99 – The beloved actress who was set to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022 died overnight in Los Angeles

Betty White Understood Gay Men, and We Loved Her for It – I never felt ‘handsome,’ but when I met Betty, she made me feel like I was

Betty White defied racist demands with her 1954 variety show – Betty White Once Helped Launch the Career of a Black Tap Dancer by Hiring Him for Her Variety Show

Things I Wrote:

Good-bye Betty

My New Year’s Wish for You for 2022