And here we are at the third Friday of July!
When I mentioned how difficult a time I was having trying to sift through the stories I thought important this week to get into a few categories, a friend commented, "I’m constantly amazed that you haven’t had a ‘The Friday Five – The World is a Chaotic Fucking Mess, and the 5 by 5’s is now 3125’" and I decided at least part of that could be this week’s title. Anyway…
Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about a rightwingnut making death threats, two stories about how both-sidism enables the badguys, two stories about consequences, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, five stories about deplorables of many kinds, and two notable obituaries.
This Week in Death Threats:
‘I’m Going to Kill You’: Congresswoman Jayapal Targeted in Alleged Hate Crime – "The right-wingers crying over protesters often won’t talk about their deranged supporters threatening to kill lawmakers with an ounce of care or concern," said Rep. Ilhan Omar in response to the attack on her colleague
This Week in Neutrality Enables the Baddies:
This Week in Just Desserts:
Stories of the Week:
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
DC drag queens sprang into action as soon as abortion was overturned & they’re making a difference – The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade set off a flurry of political organizing in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ elders are bracing for a protracted battle while gender-nonconforming queers lead the fight
This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:
Florida school axes anti-LGBTQ bullying prevention measure because of Don’t Say Gay law – The Don’t Say Gay law says education about sexual orientation has to be "age appropriate." This school is worried that an anti-bullying video could get them sued
Man sues library board over LGBTQ & antiracism books. He has the nuttiest argument possible – He hasn’t even read the 50 books he wants banned, but he’s sure that reading Allison Bechdel’s books is the same as having sex in front of kids
This Week in Liars, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:
Conservatives Called an Ohio Rape Case Fake News. Now an Arrest Has Been Made – Right-wing commentators and politicians cast doubt on a report that a 10-year-old girl who traveled to get an abortion was raped. Law enforcement says the alleged perpetrator has confessed … and it gets worse: Conservatives Respond to Child Rape Arrest by Vilifying the Doctors Who Cared For Her – Todd Rokita, Indiana’s Republican attorney general, is trying to smear a doctor for not reporting an abortion given to a 10-year-old who was raped. The doctor did, however, report it
Arrest sought of Colorado clerk in voting tampering case – Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and her chief deputy are being prosecuted for allegedly allowing a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in May 2021