Welcome to the fourth Friday of May!
My husband came down sick again this week with very similar symptoms to the illness we thought was food poisoning a week before… and now we think that the problem is that the peanut butter/cracker snack packs he often snacks on at work might be among the products in the every-widening salmonella recall that started with Jif Peanut Butter. I hope that’s what it is. Fingers crossed.
Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about a horrible thing we could prevent, two stories about outrageous failures to do their jobs, the top five stories of the week, five positive stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about that problem we refuse to solve, and five stories about seditious traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.
This Week in When Will We Stop This:
3 high-school graduations across the U.S. end with gunfire in less than 24 hours – At least one person was killed and seven others injured in three separate shootings after high school graduation ceremonies in Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee
This Week in Outrageous Failures:
Buffalo mass shooting: Dispatcher who answered 911 call is set to be fired, an official said – A Buffalo supermarket worker dialed 911 during the massacre and was asked, ‘Why are you whispering?’ Now, the dispatcher is set to be fired, an official said
Stories of the Week:
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Coming out as gay gave high school swimmer courage to be outspoken about queer rights – Ethan Crawford was nervous about coming out as gay, but ‘all of the guys on my swim team were accepting and supportive, which was shocking.’
This Seattle-based softball team was created for trans and non-binary players – The Puget Sound Pronouns are built in the image of their founder, who makes plays on the diamond, and wants to do the same in the community
This Week in Problems That Happen in No Other Nation:
This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:
Capitol rioter who sprayed police with fire extinguisher sentenced to three years – Matthew Ryan Miller from Maryland draped himself in a far right-affiliated flag and used a barricade as a ladder to scale walls
Trump Wanted Pence To Be Hanged While Jan 6 Insurrection Was Unfolding – Donald Trump was reportedly upset that Mike Pence was whisked to safety and seemed to be supportive of the insurrectionists literally hanging Mike Pence