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Friday Five (pack your bags edition)

“Just pack your bags, leave the White House, and shut the fuck up!”

Lucy telling it like it is.

I’ve decided that the people who have been saying 2020 doesn’t really end until the Traitor-in-Chief’s term officially ends this coming Wednesday are on to something. So welcome to the 55th Friday of that most curséd year, 2020.

So, a bit over a week since a murder mob incited by the president and some of his political allies attacked the U.S. Capitol building, we’ve seen a second impeachment, thousands of national guard troops in the capital city, and a number of internet services have finally started enforcing their terms of service on rightwing people for threatening more violence. That last bit makes me hopeful that this timeline may be taking a turn toward the less awful than it could be. Or maybe I’m reaching delusional levels of hope.

Time will tell. Until then, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one local story that has taken a major source of happy distraction from my day, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the deplorable thug still occupying the White House, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week In News Local to Me:

Sick and dead finches reported in Kitsap County and across Washington state.

Stories of the Week:

Movers Pick Up Their Pace At The White House – More moving trucks seen at White House week ahead of Biden arrival.

Betty White reveals how she plans to spend her 99th birthday in quarantine.

Congress impeached and tried my ancestor after he left office. Trump could be next – I’ll leave the legal arguments to the lawyers, but my own last name is proof Congress can impeach and try newly-minted private citizens.

A man injected himself with ‘magic’ mushrooms and the fungi grew in his blood, which put him into organ failure.

US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds – Law enforcement responses to more than 13,000 protests show a clear disparity in responses, new statistics show.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Lesbian teen who got kicked out by family turns them in as possible MAGA rioters – “hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?” she tweeted with a photo of her mom attacking a Black woman.

The 22 Funniest Queer Jokes From LGBTQ Comedians.

Transgender people killed in Chicago & Puerto Rico as wave of violence continues – Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander was shot while walking down the street. Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín was killed before his body was dumped in the middle of a highway.

North Carolina Town Adopts LGBTQ-Inclusive Law After State Ban Lifts.

In ‘nasty parting shot,’ HHS finalizes rule axing LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections – Under the new Health Department rule, taxpayer-funded adoption agencies can refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriages and turn away qualified LGBTQ parents.

This Week in Deplorable People:

Justice Department launches webpage tracking individuals charged in Capitol riot.

MAGA Terrorists Making Threats At All Levels Of Government – MAGA seditionists are now issuing threats to politicians in all levels of governments.

Off-duty cops who rioted at Capitol facing investigations – Several off-duty police officers have been identified as participants in the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol.

Exclusive: Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account.

Rick Wilson Unloads On The Whiny Bitch Victimhood Of The Republican Party – “Twitter and Facebook aren’t banning you because you’re a conservative. They’re banning you because you suck. They’re banning you because you say evil shit,” said Wilson to Joy Reid.

This Week in the Deplorable Thug Occupying the White House:

House Republicans overwhelmingly stood behind Trump after he incited a white supremacist insurrection.

Desperate QAnon Believers Think Trump Spoke to Them in Morse Code.

Donald Trump Refuses To Pay Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Fees – Living up to his reputation, Donald Trump is stiffing yet another person that worked for him.

How Science Explains Trump’s Grip on White Males.

Trump Issues Lie-Filled Video Statement After He is Impeached for Second Time.

In Memoriam:

Chuck Yeager, pilot who broke the sound barrier, dies at 97.

Chuck Yeager was a Hollywood idea of a brave test pilot – today they must be skilled engineers too.

Chuck Yeager Was a Hero to Speed Demons Everywhere.

Public Ceremony Scheduled In West Virginia For The Late Chuck Yeager.

100-Year-Old Tuskegee Airman Theodore Lumpkin Jr. Dies of COVID-19.

Pioneering Texas Trans Pol Addison Perry-Franks Dead at 39.

Pat Loud, Matriarch of Pioneering Reality TV Family That Introduced America to Their Out and Proud Gay Son, Dead at 94.

RIP Muppet Designer Caroly Wilcox.

Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy Dead at 81.

SF gay activist Ken Jones dies at 70.

Things I wrote:

Monday Update: Reactions to murder mob incited by the President, Police response, and Dems winning the Senate.

Age of Misinformation, or, how sf/f warned us of the current apocalypse.

You cannot reason with terrorists and cultists.

Videos!

It’s a Little Too Late For Republicans To Denounce Trump Pt. 1:

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FBI: The MAGA Maniacs Who Tried To Overthrow The Government Are Going To Pay:

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After Second Impeachment, Trump Begins Moving Out of White House: A Closer Look:

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James Comey: If You Went Up Those Stairs, You Committed A Crime. You Are Going To Be Found:

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Doritos – The best gift (Mexico, English subtitles, 2020):

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Friday Five (flipping Georgia blue edition)

We’ve reached the second Friday in 2021. And who is truly surprised that there was violent seditious, treasonous insurrection incited by the sitting President against the Congress and the Constitution this week?

That is a rhetorical question in two senses. I realize that a lot of people have their heads stuck in the sand (or elsewhere) who are shocked at the development. I had expected violence, I just hadn’t thought that the Capitol Police wasn’t prepared for it. In more uplifting news, in both of the Georgia senate run-off elections (one a special election to fill the unexpired term of another senator, and the other just to fill a normally up-for-re-election seat) the Democratic Party nominee in both races won. And this is significant for a whole lot of reasons. Reverend Warnock is the first African-American ever to serve as a senator from Georgia. He is only, after all these decades, only the eleventh African-American of any party and from any state to serve in the Senate. He is the first African-American Democrat to serve as a Senator from a Southern state. He also ran as an unaplogetic progressive Democrat in what has long been seen as a Red State. Similarly, Jon Ossoff is a young Jewish man who was elected to the other seat. At 33 years old he will be the youngest member of the Senate (which just seems weird). He also ran as an outright progressive. I really hope that the upper echelons of the Democratic Party take this to heart, and stop throwing their support in Red States to so-called moderates, who policy-wise are indistinguishable from Republicans in a bizarre belief that those kind of candidates can somehow fool Republican voters into crossing over. I firmly believe that if the progressive, black Democratic challenger to Mitch McConnell had been on the general election ballot instead of the bland, white, Air Force veteran milquetoast moderate, the McConnell would have either lost or come really close to it.

But let’s get on to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one special video that is all upbeat and full of good news and I hope makes you laugh as much as I did, the top five stories of the week, five news stories that have a local connection for me, five stories about seditious traitors, five stories about deplorables people, five stories about the deplorable thug still occupying the White House, and five videas (plus things I wrote and one notable obituary).

This Week In News We Need Right Now!:

Killer Mike Knew Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock Would Win the Georgia Runoff – This is the first thing in several days that made me laugh in a way that had nothing to do with gallows humor; and his joy and enthusiasm brought happy tears to my eyes:

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Stories of the Week:

The Full(est Possible) Story of the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Press Event Daring Fireball’s John Gruber nominates this excerpt as the best paragraph of 2020:

Whether it’s war and peace or public relations and gardening, sorting out the truth is a complicated endeavor when it relates to Donald Trump. Everyone involved in anything, no matter the size, no matter how stupid, seems to lie as a first resort, or to know very little, or to lie about knowing very little, or to know just enough to send blame in another direction, and the person in that direction seems to lie also, or to know very little, or to lie about knowing very little, but perhaps they have a theory that sends blame someplace else, and over there, too, you will find more liars, more know-nothings, and before long, a whole month will have passed, and you still haven’t filed your story about how the president’s attorney wound up undermining democracy in a parking lot off I-95 on a strip of cracked pavement in a run-down part of a city that ordinarily would command no consideration from the national political class or the very online public or the equally online mainstream media, which, when forced to look, found lots of reason to laugh.

The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why.

21 Excellent Fantasy Books Coming Out This Winter.

COVID-19 and HIV Are Not the Same. But They’re Similar in Many Ways That Matter.

Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine – The architecture of the modern web poses grave threats to humanity. It’s not too late to save ourselves.

This Week in News Local to Me:

Tim Eyman Trial Approaches Conclusion, State Alleges Years of Schemes – “He’s been fibbing for 20 years”.

Seal found wandering on highway in Southwestern Washington.

Sea otter reintroduction to more of the Pacific Coast gets a nudge from Congress.

In Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai,’ Seattle restaurateur Yuji Okumoto reprises a role — and a life — he thought he’d left behind. Kona Kitchen, owned by Yuji, is one of the favorite local eateries.

Bean Dad Deletes Twitter Account After Old Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Tweets Resurface. I know this played out on Twitter, but so-called Bean Dad is a local Seattle writer and musician…

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Pro-Trump Forces Stormed the Capitol Protesting 2020 Election Results – At least one person has died.

Company Fires Employee Who Stormed Capitol With Badge On.

Please compare the police response to Black Lives Matter and a white mob storming the Capitol.

Trump Calls For “Healing And Reconciliation,” Lies About National Guard, Says Capitol Rioters “Will Pay”. In one of many videos that didn’t make this week’s cut, Stephen Colbert characterized the Traitor-in-Chief’s comments as “phrased as if someone’s lawyer has explained to them that in thirteen days they might face charges of sedition, incitement, and possible accessory to murder…”

What happened at the Capitol ‘was domestic terrorism,’ lawmakers and experts say.

This Week in Deplorable People:

California Woman Charged Over Voicemails to Catholic School: ‘I’m Going to Fucking Kill Your Kids’.

A Pharmacist Allegedly Tried To Ruin COVID-19 Vaccines Because Of False Beliefs They Were “Unsafe” – Authorities described 47-year-old Steven Brandenburg as an “admitted conspiracy theorist.”.

Proud Boys leader arrested for attack on Black church that led to violent clashes in DC.

Judge floats sanctions for attorneys who sought to block Congress from counting electoral votes.

Project Lincoln finds the lane it should stay in: cutting off corporate money to seditionists.

This Week in the Deplorable Thug Occupying the White House:

Trump Is Said to Have Discussed Pardoning Himself, Again.

Trump Loses Social Media Megaphone as Facebook, Twitch Act.

Shopify takes down Trump’s campaign store – The company says the president’s comments Wednesday violated its policy against promoting violence.

Trump stacked courts with judges ‘hostile’ toward gays, rights group says – Nearly 4 in 10 of the president’s confirmed appeals court judges have a “demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ+ bias,” according to Lambda Legal.

‘Domestic Terrorists’: An Angry President-elect Joe Biden Condemns Trump’s Sedition – Joe Biden introduced his nominees for the Department of Justice with an angry denunciation of Trump’s effort to overthrow the will of 160 million voters.

In Memoriam:

Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies – As a national writer for the Times based in Washington, Sheehan was the first to obtain the Pentagon Papers, a massive history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam ordered up by the Defense Department.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/2/2021: More of the same BS.

Coffee vs reality – and silly habits.

Wednesday Update: 1/5/2021: Treason, Tallies, and Run-offs.

Don’t become silent… don’t let the traitors get away with it.

Videos!

Hey, Republicans Who Supported This President: Are We Great Again Yet? – LIVE MONOLOGUE:

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Seth Meyers Calls For Trump’s Removal After Violent Insurrection at Capitol:

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Jimmy Addresses the Violence at the U.S. Capitol:

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Dan Rather Explains How President Trump Incited a Coup:

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Tensions at the White House ‘are as high as they’ve ever been’:

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Friday Five (good f—ing riddance edition)

“We stayed until 12 0'clock—not to ring the New Year in, but to hiss the old one out.” —Altoona Tribune, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1939

“We stayed until 12 0’clock—not to ring the New Year in, but to hiss the old one out.” —Altoona Tribune, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1939

We’ve reached the first Friday in 2021. Which means that 2020 is finally over. All 59 dumpster fire months of it.

Calendars are social constructs, and neither viruses nor hate groups are constrained by them. So we have no guarantee that 2021 will an improvement. But there is power in human perception, so maybe we can begin to make things better. If we can be hope.

But let’s get on to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one special story that we need now, the top five stories of the week, five stories about people who definitely weren’t on Santa’s Nice List, and five videas (plus things I wrote and many notable obituaries).

This Week In News We Need Right Now!:

Sweet moment dog saves her 14-year-old blind pit bull sister from drowning after she fell into swimming pool. (the youtube video is also linked in the videos section)

Stories of the Week:

A Q&A about the new coronavirus variant with the Fred Hutch scientist who’s been tracking its spread.

America’s voice goes silent in Berlin as last US radio station closes – KCRW Berlin went off air this month.

A Love Letter To My Granddaughter (Who I Knew As My Grandson Until 5 Weeks Ago) – “As my thoughts and heart transition to embrace this new you, please know one thing isn’t changing ― I love you”.

CNN Fact-Checker: Many News Outlets Still Reluctant To Use The Word ‘Lie’ – CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale bemoaned the fact that many news outlets are still reluctant to use the word “lie” when it comes to Donald Trump and others, even after we’ve watched the serial-liar-in-chief for the last four years.

2020, The Year Death Became a Major Political Party in America.

This Week in People Who Definitely Got Coal In Their Stockings:

How Congress and coronavirus could quash Trump’s Electoral College gambit – Leadership has a potent arsenal to combat efforts to turn the electoral vote counting session on Jan. 6 into a spectacle — if they deploy it.

Even If It’s ‘Bonkers,’ Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories.

Trump pardon of Blackwater Iraq contractors violates international law – UN.

Aurora pharmacist arrested for intentionally spoiling coronavirus vaccine.

Culp campaign sues 9 county auditors, claiming ‘unlawful’ election process.

In Memoriam:

Dawn Wells, ‘Gilligan’s Island’s’ Mary Ann, Dies of COVID at 82.

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ dies of Covid-19 complications at 82.

William Link Dies: Co-Creator Of ‘Columbo’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, Was 87.

Marcus D’Amico, ‘Tales of the City’ Actor, Dies at 55.

Marcus D’Amico, the Original Mouse From ‘Tales of the City,’ Dies at 55 – He also starred on the stage in ‘Angels in America’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ and worked for Kubrick in ‘Full Metal Jacket’.

Obituary: Pierre Cardin.

Fashion Icon Pierre Cardin Dies At Age 98.

Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film ‘Lean on me,’ dies.

Leslie West (1945–2020), ‘Mississippi Queen’ guitarist.

Rebecca Luker, Tony-Nominated ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Music Man’ Star, Dies at 59.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 12/26/2020: The end of the year is supposed to be a dead news time, but….

Monday Update 12/28/2020: Motivations.

The Eighth Day of Christmas Vacation: Time, Place, and Transitions.

Another stable orbit around our star… and my New Year’s wish for you.

Videos!

Heroic Dog Saves Blind 14 Year Old Pooch From Drowning In Pool:

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COVID-19 vs. Spanish Flu – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Stephen Colbert Hosts “2020: The Year That Took Years, What A Clusterfond Look Back”:

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Absurdity No Obstacle To Republican Effort To Save Trump From Democracy | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC:

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The Piano Guys – What Makes You Beautiful (Live on SoundStage – OFFICIAL):

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Friday Five (biggest loser ever edition)

“Trump Lost. Then he lost again. And again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. Biggest Loser Ever!”

Click to embiggen (Do it! Read the small print on the bumper sticker!)

We have reached the third Friday in December. And I’m still not finished writing this year’s ghost story!?!

This Saturday is our virtual Christmas party, where I need to read said ghost story. There are more than a few errands I need to get to this weekend, as well. And I need to try not to sleep most of the day away, if I can manage it.

But let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about crooks & liars, five stories about the petty crime boss occupying the whitehouse, and five videas (plus notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

NYC Doubles Last Winter’s Snow Total In One Day.

U.S. COVID Death Toll Surpasses World War II Combat Fatalities; Daily Death Toll Will Surpass 9/11 and Pearl Harbor for Next 90 Days.

Atlantic City Is Offering Bidders The Chance To Blow Up A Former Trump Casino.

US Presidential Electors Confirm Joe Biden’s Victory.

A Michigan judge rules companies don’t have to serve gay customers. The attorney general says she’ll appeal.

This Week in Crooks, Liars and Other Deplorable People:

Driver yells anti-Semitic slurs, assaults man during Hanukkah celebration in Kentucky – “That this attack occurred on the third night of Hanukkah, during menorah-lighting celebrations, makes it all the more hateful,” Kentucky’s governor said.

Laconia state rep urged to resign after sharing anti-Semitic p.

Fake GOP Leaders Are Selling CBD Oil On Parler – Roughly 50 fake accounts exploited the conservative social network to shill Trump coins, Trump hats, and CBD oil.

‘Proud Boys’ burn Black Lives Matter signs at churches in Washington.

Federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweapon.

This Week in the Deplorable Thug Occupying the White House:

Trump fights for a job that he’s not doing as coronavirus rages.

Trump Advisor: Trump Is ‘Throwing A F**king Temper Tantrum’ Over Leaving.

Manhattan DA Steps Up Probe Of Trump Organization.

What the GOP Really Means by ‘Voter Fraud’ – If You Didn’t Vote for Trump, Your Vote Is Fraudulent.

Pro-Trump Republicans Held Fake Electoral College Votes While The Real Electoral College Confirmed Biden’s Win – Why Trump’s latest Electoral College ploy is doomed to fail.

In Memoriam:

Tribute to Jeremy Bulloch, The Original Boba Fett.

Ann Reinking, Tony Winner and Star of Broadway’s ‘Chicago,’ Dies at 71.

Charley Pride, Pioneering Black Country Singer, Dead at 86 – Country Music Hall of Fame member died in Texas from complications related to Covid-19.

Videos!

Presidential Concessions – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Hey! Republicans Who Refuse to Accept the Election Results:

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Mitch McConnell Inspires Spicy Talk From Team Biden And A Pathetic Tweet From The President:

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Rock the Runoff: Broadway for Georgia performs “Georgia On My Mind”:

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RUDOLPH THE LEAKY LAWYER – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Friday Five (enduring American asshole edition)

We have reached the second Friday in December. Which means I ought to be further along and/or happier with t draft scenes I have for my annual Christmas Ghost Story but, alas, it does not.

Work continues to be insanely busy. A conversation I had with one of my medical specialists left me suspecting that my February sickness was more serious than it seemed, but also that it wasn’t useful on either a personal nor a species/scientific community basis at this point to test me for antibodies. Speaking with my specialist left me no less convinced that I need to take the vaccine as soon as it is available to me, but also less than optimistic about a rather large portion of the population. Let’s just say that even though I was already really f–ing angry at Fox News for turning my mother and at least two of my Aunts into sociopaths, I’m not feeling any more optimistic about the future of the general population.

But let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: three stories that have nothing to do with any of the anxiety-inducing things happening in the world, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and allies, five stories about crooks & liars, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about the petty crime boss occupying the whitehouse, and five videas (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

This Week In News We Need Right Now!:

The Voice: Gwen Stefani BREAKS DOWN in Tears Over Carter Rubin’s Rainbow Connection Performance>. Scroll down to the video section to watch and hear the incredible performance.

Dog Was Lost in the Woods for 10 Days With a Winter Storm on the Way – But a Drone Saved the Day>.

‘Best buddies’: Grieving pit bull finds joy again with companion, a tabby kitten rescued by a firefighter>.

Stories of the Week:

Pepperidge Farm parent company warns cookies in short supply this holiday season>.

Those Viral Hospital iPads Are a ‘Lifeline’ for Covid Patients>.

Asteroid capsule located in Australian desert>.

A Mild Case Of COVID May Cause Erectile Dysfunction – Will risk of long-term erection issues be enough to get Trump-supporting men to FINALLY wear masks>?

Conspiracy Theorists Complain 5G ‘Blockers’ Slow Their WiFi>. Who would have thought that a device which claims to block 90% of radio signals would impede the WiFi signal [/sarcams]?

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Lithuanian Anti-LGBTQ Lawmaker Caught with ‘Naked’ Man During Online Parliamentary Session>.

Pelosi holds firm to support for transgender kids under hostile questioning>.

‘Your kind is not welcome’: Homophobic confrontation sparks debate in Wyoming – A bigoted incident in the rural northwest part of the state has prompted others in the community to stand up and say, “Enough.”>.

Trump’s new religious exemptions for employers an invitation to discriminate, critics say>.

Frustration builds as Biden’s Cabinet includes no LGBTQ picks>.

This Week in Crooks, Liars and Other Deplorable People:

Man who claimed to have bomb at headquarters of Spokane Democrats in police custody>.

FTC and states sue Facebook for illegally stifling competition>.

He Pretended to Be Trump’s Family. Then Trump Fell for It>.

US Marshalls apprehend fugitive gay basher in Texas>.

Giuliani Witness Melissa Carone Sent Harassing Sex Tapes To Fiancé’s Ex-Wife >.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Vaccine Advisory Committee Endorses Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Paves Way For FDA Authorization>.

Trump Holds Packed Hanukkah Party at White House Amid COVID-19 Pandemic That Has Killed 289,000 in U.S.>.

Giuliani witness whose false and seemingly drunk testimony went viral Mellissa Carone says she’s not self-quarantining after Giuliani’s COVID-19 diagnosis>. Bonus:

This Is Only Going to Get Worse – The United States is entering a long, dark period, and the pandemic is already breaking records from the spring>.

The Billionaires Who Profited from the Pandemic Should Help Pay for Our Recovery – A new plan from the United Kingdom suggests that a onetime pandemic levy on a country’s wealthiest citizens could be the most practical and …>.

This Week in the Deplorable Thug Occupying the White House:

Jake Tapper Delivers Blistering Commentary on the State of the Republican Party: ‘If You Cross the President, You Actually Fear for Your Life’>.

Trying To Force States And The Supreme Court To Overturn The Election… – Trying To Force States And The Supreme Court To Overturn The Election…ON TWITTER>.

Melania Trump ‘just wants to go home’ as president continues to dispute election result – A rumoured run by Donald Trump for president in 2024 would reportedly ‘not go over well’>.

Trump asks Supreme Court to invalidate millions of votes in battleground states >.

Trump campaign strategist Jason Miller tells judge he’ll be unemployed after Dec. 15 – Despite public reporting, Trump campaign is still keeping Jason Miller’s $420,000 salary a secret — but why>?

In Memoriam:

David Lander, Squiggy in ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Dies at 73>.

Laverne & Shirley’s David Lander Remembered by Michael McKean: ‘This Is a Loss Shared by All of Us’>.

Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes of Maryland dies>.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 12/5/2020: Clearing out the tabs…>.

The magic slab of glass that contains all my friends… or not>.

Videos!

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Supreme Court Refuses To Invalidate Pennsylvania’s Mail-In Votes In Major Rebuke Of The President:

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New Orleans Orgy Organizers Regret Lax Enforcement Of Social Distancing Rules:

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 | Official Trailer | Netflix:

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Pandemic-era gay loneliness summed up in one video – How Do You Feel?:

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15-year-old Carter Rubin Sings “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie – The Voice Live Top 9 Performances:

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Friday Five (lonely elephant edition)

We have reached the first Friday in December. Which seems both weird and miraculous, time having become a fog for so many of us. I suspect that I am not the only one who frequently checks the calendar to count how many days we have to endure before January 20th arrives.

It has been cold and dry this week. Because there has been nearly zero cloud cover all week, the temperature drops every day drastically come night fall. Which, this time of year, happens before 4:30. I don’t know if it’s related to the weather, but all week long two of the four squirrels that regularly come to the squirrel feeder on my deck and dig around in my flower pots, have be really angry at each other. The keep getting into fights, anyway.

But let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: two stories that have nothing to do with any of the anxiety-inducing things happening in the world, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and allies, five stories about space science, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about crooks & liars, and five videas (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

This Week In News We Need Right Now!:

Cher singing to “The World’s Loneliest Elephant” is all the sweetness you need today.

A Little Bit Of Christmas.

Stories of the Week:

A Day In The Life Of Dr. Anthony Fauci – What does one of the top infectious disease experts do when he’s sidelined by the White House during COVID-19? Plenty.

Hello! You’ve Been Referred Here Because You’re Wrong About Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act.

‘Time For My Flag to Go Up’: How Anti-Trumpers Are Reclaiming the American Flag – Over the past four years, the flag has been re-cast as a kind of MAGA shorthand. Now, Trump foes are ready to take the symbol back.

Fewer than half of Americans know that alcohol is a carcinogen. Big Booze wants to keep it that way.

Mysterious Monolith Update: Racists Destroy California Monolith, Proclaim Christ Superior to Space Aliens.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Federal judge rules requiring “proof” of gender identity for a passport is unconstitutional – The judge granted a transgender man a passport, saying the government violated his Fifth Amendment rights.

LGBTQ Organizations Urge Media to Stop ‘Deadnaming’ Transgender Stars After Elliot Page Comes Out.

Corporate America loves LGBTQ people & anti-LGBTQ politicians – The US Chamber of Commerce says it supports LGBTQ equality but it is spending $2 million to support two anti-LGBTQ Republican Senators in their runoff election – and that race will decide the fate of LGBTQ rights.

A New Day for Queer People in the South – North Carolina’s ban on local protections for LGBTQ people expires today. But more fights lie ahead.

Hate crimes on the rise in King County, prosecutors say – The King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office says 51 hate crime cases have been reported so far this year.

This Week in the Space Science:

China’s Chang’e-5 Moon mission probe touches down.

A very ancient globular cluster orbits the Andromeda Galaxy.

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses.

Asteroid 2020 SO images reveal mystery object is likely a piece of NASA rocket.

Betelgeuse went dark, but didn’t go supernova. What happened? – The bright star’s great dimming may have been a big dust burp.

This Week in Crooks, Liars and Other Deplorable People:

Former U.S. Attorney Asks Georgia to Investigate Lindsey Graham for Potential Election Crimes.

Here Are the Threats Terrorizing Election Workers – Incendiary rhetoric by President Trump and his followers is fueling a wave of threats against election workers. Some have received death threats and images of nooses and been told “You’re a traitor.”.

Judge denies motions to dismiss 2 of 6 counts against Kyle Rittenhouse – Kyle Rittenhouse bound over for trial on six counts.

Trump-appointed former Miller aide banned from Department of Justice after trying to obtaing case info – Banned From DOJ Offices For Snooping.

The Coup That Hasn’t Happened Yet – Oh, you thought there would be a coup just because the president repeatedly said there would be?

This Week in the Pandemic:

WA nurse has lingering effects from COVID months later, returning to work.

102-year-old woman beats COVID-19 twice.

Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter – With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”

Coronavirus Was Already Spreading in America by Last Christmas, Study Finds.

Hawaii police arrest couple who boarded flight despite testing positive for coronavirus.

In Memoriam:

Legendary Science Fiction Author Ben Bova Has Passed at the Age of 88.

David Prowse, “Star Wars” and “A Clockwork Orange” Actor, Dead at 85 – He’s best known for his work bringing Darth Vader to the screen.

David Prowse, Actor Behind Darth Vader, Dies At 85.

Gay wrestling star Pat Patterson dead at 79.

Pat Patterson, WWE Legend and First Openly Gay Wrestling Superstar, Dies at 79 – Hall of Famer was WWF’s first Intercontinental Champion and later created the Royal Rumble Match.

Things I wrote:

To absent friends… 2020.

Words and numbers and other things that matter.

Videos!

Sykes Calls This Time ‘The Most Dangerous 60 Days Of The Trump Presidency’ | Deadline | MSNBC:

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New Orleans Orgy Organizers Regret Lax Enforcement Of Social Distancing Rules:

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John Mulaney on Secret Service Investigation, SNL Joke Backlash & Writing for Seth Meyers:

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President Obama’s Mother-In-Law Helped Keep The First Family Down To Earth:

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Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees:

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Friday Five (puppy rescued from alligator edition)

We have reached the final Friday in November. This didn’t post in the early morning as usual because I cooked Thanksgiving dinner, and when my husband and I both ate too much, and I took two naps, and I tried to get some serious word count completed for my NaNoWriMo. And then I slept in really late today to make up for getting up early to start cooking.

There are so, so many news stories I bookmarked in a week that in normal years is a slow news week. And I’m just so tired of being outraged that I’m not sharing most of them today. The grifter-in-chief is doing the equivalent of breaking all the windows of the house and setting fire to the house he’s being evicted from and it’s just so painful to contemplate what a sore loser can do. If you’re as tired as I am of this, scroll past all the stories and watch the video entitled “The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Alligator Puppy Rescue.”

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about crooks, and liars, and other deplorables, five topical videos, and five fun videas (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Are Your Choices Making the Pandemic Worse? – How does an epidemiologist think through the little decisions each of us make during the coronavirus pandemic? Boston University’s Ellie Murray explains.

Daring Fireball: Facebook Still Ruled by Sociopaths, News at 11.

There has been one successful coup in the United States. It foreshadowed the rise of Donald Trump.

Did American Democracy Really Hold? Maybe Not – Donald Trump didn’t manage to overthrow the electoral system. But he’s drawn a clear road map for breaking it.

It Wasn’t Ideology That Sank House Democrats. It Was Bad Strategy – Poor decisions from the national party left Democratic candidates in swing districts unable to hold their own.

This Week in Crooks, Liars and Other Deplorable People:

Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order – In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then. Five deplorable justices on the SCOTUS now…

Jacob Wohl’s Lawyers Want Judge to Sanction Civil Rights Group.

Trump Rushing Rule To Bring Back Firing Squads Among Other Things – Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20.

“Lock the motherfucker up” – This is an actual headline from Detroit Metro Times. The headline isn’t the problem. The real problem is that for more than four years the vast majority of new sites haven’t been willing to be this blunt.

Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are ‘fools that are making him look bad’. He’s finally noticing???

In Memoriam:

Bruce Boynton, civil rights pioneer who inspired 1961 Freedom Rides, dies at 83 – “He did something that very few people would have the courage to do. He said no,” Judge Myron Thompson said.

Honestie Hodges, Whose Handcuffing Changed Police Policy, Is Dead at 14 – Honestie’s handcuffing by the police in Grand Rapids, Mich., caused a national uproar and led to a new law enforcement policy on dealing with youths. Honestie died of Covid-19.

David Dinkins, New York’s first Black mayor, dies at 93 – He led the nation’s largest city during a difficult period.

Things I wrote:

Monday Update 11/23/2020: Taking their marbles and going home.

Democracy is under threat from the White House? Must be Tuesday….

This Thanksgiving, don’t participate in the possible murder of grandma.

So we’re supposed to give thanks, right?

Topical Videos!

‘Losing’: Why Trump Lost Every 2020 Election Plot – The Lessons For The U.S.:

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How QAnon Is Taking Over The GOP | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Trump Rambles on Speakerphone During Fake GOP Voter Fraud Hearing: A Closer Look:

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The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Alligator Puppy Rescue:

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Stephen Colbert’s Monologue Does As The Monolith Wishes:

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Trailers and Music Videos!

Dashing in December Official Trailer | Premieres 12/13 on Paramount Network:

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The Christmas Setup Trailer:

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Orville Peck – Fancy (Live at the Rodeo) : What a great gothic cover of my second favorite Bobby Gentry song!

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Gay dance duo show what it’s like to come out to your dad in “incredible” performance::

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Sohla’s Best Thanksgiving Leftover Upgrades | NYT Cooking:

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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.

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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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Friday Five (daily double edition)

New York Times front page…

We have reached the second Friday in November. Half of my brain says that surely that can’t be right because it is obciously many, many, many months past that date–while the other half of my brain keeps hoping that it is much earlier in the year.

I wish I had some words of wisdom, but most days I feel as if I am barely hanging on to any semblance of reality by by fingernails. The fragileness of it all ought to have been alleviated by Trump being trounced in the election, but the evil narcissist is still officially president for nearly 70 more days, so no, it hasn’t.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I an breaking a few rules. But since the rules I am breaking don’t imperil the republic, I dont feel guilty about them. So, the week I bring you: the top five stories that have nothing to do with either presidential campaign of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about the possible future of our fragile republic, five stories about the evil forces trying to destroy our republic, five stories about the sore loser, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Squid-like creature that looked like a giant paperclip lived 200 years.

The Problem with Honey Bees – They’re important for agriculture, but they’re not so good for the environment.

That ‘murder hornet’ nest scientists found and destroyed had nearly 200 queens. They say they got there ‘just in the nick of time’.

Newly discovered primate ‘already facing extinction’.

Two-million-year-old skull of human ‘cousin’ unearthed.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Will Move to States, With Trump Judges to Defend Them.

New ‘blueprint’ lights way for Biden to reverse Trump policies on LGBTQ rights.

Wentworth Miller Says He’s Done With ‘Prison Break’ And Playing Straight Men – The “Legends of Tomorrow” actor, who is gay, said he’s eager to focus on queer representation on-screen moving forward.

Biden-Harris Transition Team Includes Trans Veteran, LGBTQ+ Notables.

Gay man adopts five siblings because family is forever (even if it changes slightly) – A former foster kid, he knew how hard it could be in the system. After all, he was separated from his eight siblings when he entered the system himself.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Everything you need to know about the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. “Many vaccines which require cold storage need to be kept at around 4°C or lower but it has been suggested that the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70°C. This could pose problems for transport and storage of the vaccine.” That is a really big logistical nightmare that very few are talking about… How will a COVID vaccine be distributed once it’s approved by FDA?

Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing. Here’s what it will take to gain control – Experts continue to emphasize the importance of masks, social distancing and other public health measures.

U.S. sets another record with over 153,000 new coronavirus cases as states threaten lockdowns.

‘You Can See The Regret’: ICU Nurse On Patients Who Failed To Take COVID Precautions.

Pelosi, Schumer renew push for $3.4T coronavirus relief bill, teeing up battle with McConnell.

This Week in the Future of Democracy:

Big John Fetterman Can Save the Democratic Party — if the Democrats Let Him – Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor on why Democrats must embrace legal weed, what he thinks about fracking, and why Trump has a clear lane to running in 2024.

What ‘Centrists’ Don’t Understand About Liberalism – Equality is the root of Democratic politics and policies. “Centrist” republicans are just bog-standard republicans who are too dim to realize they are using dog-whistles when they use them.

‘We’re not some demonic cult’: Democrats fume over faulty messaging – Rank-and-file lawmakers are anxious, but major leadership changes are unlikely.

Sen. Angus King Says Republican Silence Is Putting National Defense In Danger.

Tlaib lashes out at centrist Dems over election debacle: ‘I can’t be silent’ – In a scathing memo, progressives say centrists are playing into Republicans “divide-and-conquer racism.”.

This Week in Failing to Prove Election Fraud:

Coalition of election officials, stakeholders says there is ‘no evidence’ votes were compromised.

USPS ‘Whistleblower’ Told Agents Project Veritas Penned His Ballot-Tampering Claim = Audio of Richard Hopkins’ interview with investigators shows him walking back his claim of ballot-tampering and admitting he wasn’t fully aware of what was in the affidavit.

In poll watcher affidavits, Trump campaign offers no evidence of fraud in Detroit ballot-counting.

Single Nevada case shows futility of Trump effort to reverse election result.

Former WA Republican Attorney General: ‘Irresponsible’ to try forcing electoral college to defy state voters.

This Week in Sore Losers:

Donations under $8K to Trump ‘election defense’ instead go to president, RNC.

Team Biden sees Trump’s post-election fight as comedy of errors.

Trump Reportedly Screamed at Rupert Murdoch Over Fox News’ Arizona Call for Biden.

Four Seasons Total Landscaping Is a Perfect Trump Backdrop.

Trump’s temper tantrum shows why we must stop praising those who don’t accept defeat.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Michigan governor kidnap mastermind wanted to execute her on live TV and burn the state capitol: report.

Militia leader Stewart Rhodes says he has men stationed outside of D.C. ready to engage in violence on Trump’s order.

‘Embrace Your Bullsh!t’ – The Top Five Times the Religious Right practically swooned over Donald Trump.

Meet Dean Browning, the politician busted for likely posing as gay, Black, Trump-lover on Twitter.

Democratic Officials Lied About Role in Alex Morse Smear, Internal Report Finds – A Democratic attorney urged students to leak vague allegations against Morse to Politico, the students told an internal party investigator.

In Memoriam:

Legendary Trans Performer Bambi Lake Passes Away at Age 70.

Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80.

Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers.

‘Jeopardy!’ producer talks Alex Trebek’s ‘nice final day’ before his death – “He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain, and the fact that he had a nice final day, I think makes all of us in the ‘Jeopardy!’ family feel much better,” one of the show’s executive producers told TODAY.

Opinion: Alex Trebek left us a tremendous gift.

Tributes Pour Out for Alex Trebek After ‘Jeopardy’ Icon Loses Cancer Battle; Producers Reveal Final Show Date.

A Wake for Alex Trebek – Jeopardy! contestants, past and present, mourn the loss of their legendary host.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/7/2020: Biden-Harris for the win.

Sunday Update 11/8/2020: Sore loser.

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You tried to destroy my Republic. Prepare to lose the election!”.

So it ends in a scruffy parking lot between a dildo store and a crematorium.

Random Noun Syndrome, or, if a white-bearded queer can’t laugh at himself, who can?

Dragged kicking and screaming….

Topical Videos!

Republicans Are 0 For 10 In Lawsuits Seeking To Overturn Biden’s Election Win:

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Trump Lost the 2020 Election, So Republicans Are Attacking Democracy: A Closer Look:

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Trump Has Yet To Show Real Evidence Of Fraud, But Getting Him Out Of Office May Be A Bumpy Ride:

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McEnany’s answer stuns Cooper: That’s next level stuff “Soon, as many 282,000 Americans will have died”:

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – I Lost On Jeopardy (Official Video)
This video needs some context. Weird Al wrote this parody just a bit over a year before the first episode of the rebooted Jeopardy hosted by Alex Trebek was recored. The set shown in this music video is based on the way Jeopardy looked during its initial run during the ’60s and ’70s. Art Fleming, who was the host for it’s entire first run until 1979 appears in the video. Don Pardoe, who was the announcer on this and dozens of other NBC show during the 50s, 60s, and 70s has a vocal appearance. Those you not old enough to remember to old version of Jeopardy by recognize Pardo as the man who was the announcer for more than 25 seasons of Saturday Night Live. This Weird Al song is a parody of the pop song “(Our Love’s in) Jeopardy” recorded by the the Greg Kihn band and reached the Top Ten in 1983. Greg Kihn makes a cameo at the very end in an appearance that evokes the official music video of his band’s song. While technically this Weird Al song has nothing to do with the Trebek Era of Jeopardy I still think it is a tribute to the deep cultural impact the show has had on us all:

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Friday Five (farewell Mr Bond edition)

Now that’s what a Double-oh agent should look like!

We have reached the first Friday in November.

It’s been a really tough four years, and this week has not been the spectacular knock out many were hoping for, but we’re nearly at the end of the beginning, I’m quite sure. Because everyone is suffering from outrage fatigue and anxiety exhaustion and existential debility, I think we need a break. So I have organized this week’s Friday Five to minimize the angst. Yes, politics is mentioned, but more headlines about the good things that you probably missed because all of the oxygen has been sucked up by the liar in chief.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories that have nothing to do with either presidential campaign of the week, five stories related to the election but again only cool things, five stories of mostly uplifting interest to queer people and our allies, five stories about science and science fiction, five stories about the tops of the tickets, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

It’s (After) Nov. 4 and COVID-19 isn’t just still with us, it’s actually worse than ever.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of DeRay Mckesson in Cop Lawsuit.

Activist Destroys Kansas City Police Commissioners One By One At Community Meeting.

‘This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon .

Stirring up a hornet nest – safely. Two more murder hornet queens captured in my state…

This Week in Non-outrageous Election News:

Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize hard drugs.

With Election Day sweep across four states, recreational pot sales will soon reach one-third of Americans.

Florida votes to raise state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

14 Victorious LGBTQ Candidates Who Made History in the 2020 Election.

America agrees: Nate Silver is the absolute worst & Steve Kornacki is the best.

This Week in Science Fact and Science Fiction:

The Milky Way makes little galaxies bloom, then snuffs them out.

Great Scott! This Custom BACK TO THE FUTURE Bass Guitar Rocks.

Not aliens: Mysterious burst of radio waves traced to a magnetar.

In A Pandemic World, We’re All Engaging In Speculative Fiction.

NASA’s new rocket would be the most powerful ever. But it’s the software that has some officials worried.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Meet the 2020 ‘Rainbow Wave’ of LGBTQ+ Election Victories.

Nevada voters turn same-sex marriage ban into legal protections for gay couples – Nevada voters approved the only LGBTQ rights ballot initiative in the country this year.

Awesome dad asks the internet for advice after seeing his teenage son kissing another guy in public.

The sheriff fired her because she’s a lesbian so she ran against him. She’ll be the new sheriff now.

Editorial: Wake-up call on LGBTQ rights.

This Week in the Fight For Democracy:

Biden breaks Obama record for most votes.

Why the Post Office’s Last-Minute Ballot Crisis Isn’t as Dire as It Seems.

Surprise, surprise: Gay Republicans really are self-loathing, study finds.

Jake Tapper Decries Trump’s Unhinged Speech As ‘Feast Of Falsehoods’ And ‘Pathetic’.

Stay Tuned: It’ll Take A Little Longer To Find Out Who Won The 2020 Election.

In Memoriam:

Oh, Mr Connery, how we miss you!

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90.

Sean Connery, Who Embodied James Bond and More, Dies at 90 – To legions of fans who have watched a parade of actors play Agent 007, none played the part as magnetically or as indelibly as Mr. Connery.

Sean Connery and His Son Jason Smile Together in One of Late Actor’s Last Family Photos.

This is Sean Connery’s best James Bond movie.

How Sean Connery Turned a Regular Rolex Into “The Bond” – In Connery’s hands, the standard Submariner became an icon.

Alan Cumming reveals adorable dad/son vibes he shared with the late Sean Connery.

John Sessions, British Actor-Comedian Who Appeared On ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ And ‘Doctor Who’, Dies At Age 67.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 10/31/2020: Scarier than any Halloween costume.

I hope you’re having a spooktacular Halloween!

Sunday Update 11/1/2020 – Words and Images.

The Election Doesn’t End Until Every Vote Is Counted!

Cumulative realities, or the night before the world changes….

Get out there and vote!

When the real world becomes too stressful, write a better world.

Topical Videos!

Biden Urges Patience And Trump Claims Victory As Battleground States Count Their Ballots:

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Trump Cries Fraud and Calls Dibs on the Presidency | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Trump Is Losing the Election, So He’s Trying to Destroy Democracy: A Closer Look:

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LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special | Official Trailer | Disney+:

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Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious Graphic Novel Trailer:

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