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Friday Five (complete fool edition)

If only they had sense enough to feel like a fool…

Welcome to the second Friday in April!

I had a lot of fun at the virtual convention last weekend. I’ve spent the rest of the week scrambling at work, laughing at certain news stories, and taking delight in how many flowers are blooming on my veranda.

Which brings us to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story to wonderful it needs its own category five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about seditious traitors, five stories about other deplorables, and five videos (plus something I wrote and notable obituaries).

This Week in Wonderful:

‘We found a baby on the subway – now he’s our son’ Every time I read about this I cry.

Stories of the week:

Europe’s oldest known humans mated with Neandertals surprisingly often – The two species regularly interbred by about 45,000 years ago

The French army is testing Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot in combat scenarios

Jordan Peterson Is Angry That He Inspired Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Take on Red Skull and We Have To Laugh – Have you tried…not being a nazi?

Pete Buttigieg had to go on TV to tell ignorant Republicans “you need water to live” – The anti-LGBTQ Gov. Kristi Noem was at the top of his list.

Macalope: Tim Cook isn’t always right, but his Facebook fight is right on – Apple’s privacy stance is more than marketing fluff

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

LGBTQ Conversion Practices Cause More Severe Trauma and PTSD Than We Thought …Study Also Find Faith Helps With Recovery

North Carolina Bill Would Force School Staffers to Out Trans Kids For many queer kids, the most dangerous bully in their lives is a homophobic parent. This law will get kids killed!

Repost – Sterilization, irreversible surgeries and chemical castrations – How religious right lies corrupts the conversation about trans children

Falcon and the Winter Solider fans think Bucky Barnes just came out as bisexual

And this, folks, is why Ian McKellen is one of the coolest guys alive

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors – “I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Joel Greenberg’s defense attorney said

Ted Cruz Allegedly Bought Book Ads With Campaign Funds – Ted "Cancun" Cruz is in trouble for using campaign funds to buy Facebook ads to promote his "book."

Like Matt Gaetz, Alabama GOP Senate candidate denied sexual allegations — until he didn’t

Seattle Police Department had the most officers in DC on January 6. An investigation is underway to determine if they breached the Capitol, but advocates say the problem runs deeper

Confederate Flag-wavin’ Rioter Indicted On Five Counts

This Week in Haters and Deplorables:

White nationalist "groyper" movement links up with anti-vaxxers, threatens use of weapons – "Manipulate my DNA or inject satan juice, nah, I’m good," wrote a follower of young white nationalist Nick Fuentes

Nearly 200 cops with credibility issues still working in Washington state – A Crosscut investigation found at least 183 police officers flagged for issues such as dishonesty, bias and excessive force remain in law enforcement.

An insider-trading indictment shows ties to Bloomberg News scoops

Catholics Responded to a Joke Account Asking When They Felt Unwelcome in Church Note: the real church that they complain about are the hateful and deplorable ones, not the people responding to the question.

‘Psychotic’ fundraising tactics show how unhinged the Republican Party has become

Things I wrote:

Sam and Bucky: the 80s Want Their Plot Cliches Back

In Memoriam

Japanese Nobel-prize-winning semiconductor pioneer Isamu Akasaki dies aged 92

Songwriter who was mentor and uncle of Dolly Parton, Bill Owens,I t dies at 85 – ‘I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there’

James Hampton, ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘The Longest Yard’ Actor, Dies at 84

Videos

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McConnell’s Hypocrisy On Corporate Speech Falls Flat As Big Brands Punish Georgia McConnell's Hypocrisy On Corporate Speech Falls Flat As Big Brands Punish Georgia

Marvel Studios’ Loki – Official Trailer 2 (2021) Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson Marvel Studios' Loki - Official Trailer 2 (2021) Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson

Charli XCX & Christine and the Queens – Gone – Official Video Charli XCX & Christine and the Queens - Gone

Pose | Season 3: Official Trailer | FX Pose | Season 3: Official Trailer | FX

TED and LINDSEY! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody TED and LINDSEY! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Friday Five (purple unicorn edition)

Welcome to the first Friday in April. This year falling on Good Friday. And on the second day of NorWesCon.

NorWesCon 43 is the third virtual convention I’ve attended since the pandemic began. The first day had a number of panels I enjoyed. One of the best parts was getting to see and hear a friend that I haven’t seen since Christmas 2019.

Which brings us to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about so-called Christians, and five videos (plus something I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the week:

A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start – The animal control officer who moved Sisu from the Dollar General store to the shelter bought the stray dog his unicorn toy before bringing the canine in

Former D.C. police chief: ‘There should be a higher standard for police’

The Dark Tales of the Christian Sex Addiction Industry – There’s a reason so many young men believe their sexual desires make them depraved—or worse

The GOP’s feverish hunt for NC election fraud uncovers a shocking result – clean elections

Conservative Christians are driving more Americans away from religion altogether – A new book finds that the more conservative politics and religion are inseparable, the more people identify as having no religion at all

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Nevada lawmaker Sarah Peters comes out as pansexual in moving speech – "Am I queer enough? Am I gay enough? What if I end up heteronormative, am I straight? Y’all, we are all enough and worth celebrating!"

Trans People Can Now Openly Serve In The US Military And Get Gender-Affirming Medical Care

Review: Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO” Music Video Is the Queer Visual We Didn’t Know We Were Waiting On

Lil Nas X’s proud dad is a gospel singer. A rightwinger on Twitter found out the hard way – While the religious right is flipping out over the new "satanic" video, it is officially Dad Certified

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Furious That Blinken Axed Pompeo’s Anti-LGBT Policy: He Doesn’t Care About “Biblical And Moral Law”

This Week in So-called Christians:

Oklahoma Pastor’s Midnight Execution Unravels Secret Threesome Love Affair

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz under investigation over alleged sexual relationship with teen. Like No Other: TIMELINE of Gaetz Headlines

Matt Gaetz paid prostitutes using Cash App and Apple Pay — and there are receipts: NYT bombshell

A middle school teacher reportedly told students that LGBTQ people are “sinful”

Masterpiece Cakeshop Once Again in Court for Alleged Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias

Things I wrote:

Confessions of an old white-bearded blogger

In Memoriam

Beverly Cleary, beloved children’s author, dies at 104

Beverly Cleary Wrote About Real Life, and Her Readers Loved Her for It – The creator of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins constructed a world that children recognized — one that changed with the times

Larry McMurtry, Oscar Winner for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and Author of ‘Lonesome Dove,’ Dies at 84

Larry McMurtry, author of ‘Lonesome Dove’ and other novels, dies at age 84

Videos

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Stephen Colbert: The Establishment covers Matt Gaetz’s underage sex scandal Stephen Colbert: The Establishment covers Matt Gaetz's underage sex scandal

Trump’s Legal Tornado! Massive Lawsuits Put 45 In ‘Serious Trouble’ Trump's Legal Tornado! Massive Lawsuits Put 45 In 'Serious Trouble'

Rachel Maddow – Why Biden Infrastructure Plan’s Popularity May Represent A Political Turning Point Why Biden Infrastructure Plan's Popularity May Represent A Political Turning Point

Seth Meyers – CNN Lost 45% of Its Audience Since Biden Took Office, though it’s not what you think Seth Meyers - CNN Lost 45% of Its Audience Since Biden Took Office

NSFW – Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Official Video Lil Nas X - MONTERO Call Me By Your Name

Friday Five (their solemn right to be dicks edition)

Washington Post’s flawed immigration coverage slammed as ‘pure hot garbage, beginning to end’.

Ninth Circuit Goes Back to English Law in the Middle Ages, Says Pre-U.S. Law in Hawaii Allows State’s Open Carry Restrictions.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Pantene doubles down on support for transgender youth after backlash to ad featuring LGBTQ family.

Poll: Majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage for the first time.

Arkansas legislature passes bill to allow EMTs & doctors refuse to treat LGBTQ people – The bill to allow health care providers to turn away patients due to their religious beliefs is headed to the Republican governor’s desk.

Small-Town Sandy, Oregon Hosts a Public Standoff Over LGBTQ Rights—and the Proud Boys Resurface.

Dr. Rachel Levine makes history, becomes first openly transgender person confirmed by Senate.

This Week in Haters and Deplorables:

Top Senate Republican says Americans don’t need ‘alternative versions’ of January 6 Capitol attack.

Colorado mass shooting witnesses describe terrifying moment gunman opened fire: “At that point, it was just run”.

Biden Calls For Assault Weapons Ban In Wake Of Shootings – “It was a law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings.” said the President.

Boulder Police Acted On Belief King Sooper Shooter Was White – Don’t be gaslit into thinking all of a sudden color doesn’t matter to police.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Global COVID-19 deaths up for first time in six weeks, WHO says.

Vaccine mystery: Why J&J’s shots aren’t reaching more arms – The single-shot vaccine was supposed to be the catalyst for the country’s return to normalcy. Instead, it’s sparking confusion and finger-pointing.

A rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout backfired in some US states – Conspiracy theories, poor communication and undependable shipments slowed vaccination efforts.

De Blasio Urges N.Y. to Follow N.J. in Pausing Reopenings.

Covid cases are rising in 21 states as health officials warn against reopening too quickly.

In Memoriam:

Jessica Walter, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Archer’ Star, Dies at 80.

Things I wrote:

Bucky and Sam try to find their place in the “New World Order”.

Tuesday Tidbits 3/23/2021: Some useful info and a lot of WTF.

There is only coffee time and cocktail time.

Videos!

Biden Holds First Press Conference, Ted Cruz Refuses to Wear a Mask: A Closer Look: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3aIa9BBdm4c

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Kamala Harris’s Salute Scandal & Utah’s Porn Block | The Daily Social Distancing Show: https://www.youtube.com/embed/XxzCokceBMI

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Now’s Not The Time To Fix America’s Gun Problem, Says GOP In Familiar Refrain: https://www.youtube.com/embed/CAlMS4fG37w

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Dr. Anthony Fauci Loves Kate McKinnon’s SNL Impression of Him: https://www.youtube.com/embed/IXvqdITeXa4

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Good Omens: Lockdown (Yes, I this is a bit over 13 months old and I posted it back then, but it came around in my stream and made me laugh again): https://www.youtube.com/embed/quSXoj8Kob0

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Friday Five (their solemn right to be dicks edition)

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the third Friday in March!

Still trying to get into the groove of things. One of the lavender plants on the deck is starting to show so buds. I need to get some spot colors for some of the other pots and planters.

Meanwhile, we have the <em>Friday Five</em>. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters and deplorables, five stories about the pandemic, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

<h4>Stories of the Week:</h4>

<a href=”https://www.king5.com/article/news/verify/verify-covid-19-or-allergies-how-to-tell-the-difference-between-symptoms-do-i-have-covid-or-allergies-flu-cold/65-77c8912f-576a-43ef-9088-eccaa26a54ab”>VERIFY: COVID-19 or allergies? How to tell the difference between symptoms – With springtime around the corner, people are starting to question whether coughs and sniffles are mere allergies, or something more scary</a>.

<a href=”https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/editorial-template-for-every-time-a-white-person-commits-an-atrocious-crime”>Editorial Template for Every Time a White Person Commits an Atrocious Crime</a>.

<a href=”https://crooksandliars.com/2021/03/why-can-t-irs-just-send-americans-refund”>Why Can’t The IRS Just Send Americans A Refund – Or A Bill? – Taxes should be a simple matter of paying through the year and reconciling at the end. There’s a reason they aren’t</a>.

<a href=”https://www.dailykos.com/story/2021/3/22/2022254/-Washington-Post-s-flawed-immigration-coverage-slammed-as-pure-hot-garbage-beginning-to-end”>Washington Post’s flawed immigration coverage slammed as ‘pure hot garbage, beginning to end'</a>.

<a href=”https://lawandcrime.com/second-amendment/ninth-circuit-goes-back-to-english-law-in-the-middle-ages-says-pre-u-s-law-in-hawaii-allows-states-open-carry-restrictions/?utm_source=mostpopular”>Ninth Circuit Goes Back to English Law in the Middle Ages, Says Pre-U.S. Law in Hawaii Allows State’s Open Carry Restrictions</a>.

<h4>This Week in News for Queers and Allies:</h4>

<a href=”https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/pantene-support-transgender-youth-after-backlash-171024373.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9yLnNlYXJjaC55YWhvby5jb20vX3lsdD1Bd3JYbkNiUHgxdGdMQjRBX2huUXRETUQ7X3lsdT1ZMjlzYndObmNURUVjRzl6QXpJRWRuUnBaQU1FYzJWakEzTnkvUlY9Mi9SRT0xNjE2NjU2NDYzL1JPPTEwL1JVPWh0dHBzJTNhJTJmJTJmd3d3LnlhaG9vLmNvbSUyZmxpZmVzdHlsZSUyZnBhbnRlbmUtc3VwcG9ydC10cmFuc2dlbmRlci15b3V0aC1hZnRlci1iYWNrbGFzaC0xNzEwMjQzNzMuaHRtbC9SSz0yL1JTPXJtZnZZeldmVDhaSndmbkNSRlJOVk1nQXFHVS0&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKHVXM_NCkcobg-X7UlP0ss_dPn7FdX5_6sMMdZriEUhC_KIAs7TCPVPqTsfniLdCZ7yrnDBMUl2DfLt4tlLrke75OlKgL0KazLZ1I0BWZj_w2FgLRfYdgtTayfCJUlh_k_ARaZd5QhVW4CZZmj16hmIuvsSFStYskeoi0aG6pKj”>Pantene doubles down on support for transgender youth after backlash to ad featuring LGBTQ family</a>.

<a href=”https://thehill.com/homenews/news/544500-poll-majority-of-republicans-support-same-sex-marriage-for-the-first-time”>Poll: Majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage for the first time</a>.

<a href=”https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/03/arkansas-legislature-passes-bill-allow-emts-doctors-refuse-treat-lgbtq-people/”>Arkansas legislature passes bill to allow EMTs & doctors refuse to treat LGBTQ people – The bill to allow health care providers to turn away patients due to their religious beliefs is headed to the Republican governor’s desk</a>.

<a href=”https://www.wweek.com/news/2021/03/21/small-town-sandy-hosts-a-public-standoff-over-lgbtq-rights-and-the-proud-boys-resurface/”>Small-Town Sandy, Oregon Hosts a Public Standoff Over LGBTQ Rights—and the Proud Boys Resurface</a>.

<a href=”https://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/2021/03/dr-rachel-levine-makes-history-becomes.html”>Dr. Rachel Levine makes history, becomes first openly transgender person confirmed by Senate</a>.

<h4>This Week in Haters and Deplorables:</h4>

<a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/capitol-riot-investigation-plea-deals/2021/03/19/161221bc-88ca-11eb-8a8b-5cf82c3dffe4_story.html”>Justice Dept. prepares to engage in plea talks with many Capitol riot defendants</a>.

<a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/roy-blunt-january-6-capitol-insurrection/index.html”>Top Senate Republican says Americans don’t need ‘alternative versions’ of January 6 Capitol attack</a>.

<a href=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boulder-shooting-witnesses-describe-king-sooper/”>Colorado mass shooting witnesses describe terrifying moment gunman opened fire: “At that point, it was just run”</a>.

<a href=”https://crooksandliars.com/2021/03/biden-calls-weapons-ban-wake-shootings”>Biden Calls For Assault Weapons Ban In Wake Of Shootings – “It was a law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings.” said the President</a>.

<a href=”https://sam.crooksandliars.com/2021/03/boulder-police-believed-king-sooper”>Boulder Police Acted On Belief King Sooper Shooter Was White – Don’t be gaslit into thinking all of a sudden color doesn’t matter to police</a>.

<h4>This Week in the Pandemic:</h4>

<a href=”https://thehill.com/homenews/news/544387-global-covid-19-deaths-up-for-first-time-in-6-weeks-who-says”>Global COVID-19 deaths up for first time in six weeks, WHO says</a>.

<a href=”https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/29/vaccine-mystery-why-j-js-shots-arent-reaching-more-arms-477292″>Vaccine mystery: Why J&J’s shots aren’t reaching more arms – The single-shot vaccine was supposed to be the catalyst for the country’s return to normalcy. Instead, it’s sparking confusion and finger-pointing</a>.

<a href=”https://www.foxnews.com/health/a-rapid-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-backfired-in-some-us-states”>A rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout backfired in some US states – Conspiracy theories, poor communication and undependable shipments slowed vaccination efforts</a>.

<a href=”https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-22/n-j-will-pause-further-reopenings-as-covid-case-counts-rise”>De Blasio Urges N.Y. to Follow N.J. in Pausing Reopenings</a>.

<a href=”https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/20/covid-cases-are-rising-in-21-states-as-health-officials-warn-against-reopening-too-quickly.html”>Covid cases are rising in 21 states as health officials warn against reopening too quickly</a>.

<h4>In Memoriam:</h4>

<a href=”https:/<a href=”untitled%20text%205.html”>untitled text 5.html</a>/variety.com/2021/film/news/jessica-walter-dead-arrested-development-archer-1234938246/”>Jessica Walter, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Archer’ Star, Dies at 80</a>.

<h4>Things I wrote:</h4>

<a href=”https://fontfolly.net/2021/03/22/bucky-and-sam-try-to-find-their-place-in-the-new-world-order/”>Bucky and Sam try to find their place in the “New World Order”</a>.

<a href=”https://fontfolly.net/2021/03/23/tuesday-tidbits-3-23-2021-some-useful-info-and-a-lot-of-wtf/”>Tuesday Tidbits 3/23/2021: Some useful info and a lot of WTF</a>.

<a href=”https://fontfolly.net/2021/03/25/there-is-only-coffee-time-and-cocktail-time/”>There is only coffee time and cocktail time</a>.

<h4>Videos!</h4>

Biden Holds First Press Conference, Ted Cruz Refuses to Wear a Mask: A Closer Look:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click <a href=”https://youtu.be/3aIa9BBdm4c”>here</a&gt;.)

Kamala Harris’s Salute Scandal & Utah’s Porn Block | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click <a href=”https://youtu.be/XxzCokceBMI”>here</a&gt;.)

Now’s Not The Time To Fix America’s Gun Problem, Says GOP In Familiar Refrain:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click <a href=”https://youtu.be/CAlMS4fG37w”>here</a&gt;.)

Dr. Anthony Fauci Loves Kate McKinnon’s SNL Impression of Him:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click <a href=”https://youtu.be/IXvqdITeXa4″>here</a&gt;.)

Good Omens: Lockdown (Yes, I this is a bit over 13 months old and I posted it back then, but it came around in my stream and made me laugh again):

(If embedding doesn’t work, click <a href=”https://youtu.be/quSXoj8Kob0″>here</a&gt;.)

Friday Five (don’t believe murderers edition)

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the third Friday in March!

The weather was warming for several days, and no the rain came back. And hay fever was virtually non-existent until the first rainy day.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that made me laugh, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about restoring the nation, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about latest mass shooting, five stories about the pandemic, and five videos (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week’s Story That Made Me Laugh:

Texas museum removes wax Trump figure after visitors kept punching it.

Stories of the Week:

Aplets & Cotlets candy maker to close after 100 years. Oh, no!

Generation X Is Sick of Your Bullshit.

Washington state, Canada team up to eradicate Asian giant hornets. The fight continues!

Girl who spotted Irish walrus has ideas for names – depending on if it’s a boy or a girl.

Rachel Maddow Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

73 percent of people support trans kids in sports, new poll finds – A new report released Wednesday found that people support two of the biggest LGBTQ+ issues.

Many major news outlets highlighted anti-trans voices in coverage of the Equality Act.

Winners and losers in LGBTQ sports one year into the pandemic.

I am not 50% gay and 50% straight. I am 100% bisexual.

Ireland’s Incredible Transformation Into an LGBTQ+ Haven.

This Week in the Repairing Democracy:

Deb Haaland Confirmed As 1st Native American Interior Secretary.

Senate narrowly confirms Becerra as health secretary.

Judge: Arizona GOP must pay $18K in groundless election suit.

Consumer bureau bans LGBT lending discrimination following Biden executive order – Hate Group Condemns Lending Protections For LGBTs.

Biden’s new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland strikes fear into the heart of the GOP — here’s why.

Hate Crime of the Week:

Atlanta-area shootings leave 8 dead, many of Asian descent – The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

The Atlanta shootings can be both an anti-Asian hate crime and a sexist one.

Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence.

The truth about the Atlanta shooter’s supposed excuses.

A trip to the spa that ended in death. These are some of the victims of the Atlanta-area shootings.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Vaccine passports pose ethical thicket for Biden administration – The White House says the government shouldn’t issue the credentials or store the data.

A Brooklyn pharmacist had spare vaccines. So he went to an LGBTQ senior center & got to work – Thanks to an independent pharmacist willing to work overtime, dozens of vulnerable seniors are getting their shots.

Shot Chasers: How Officials in Trump’s Lame-Duck White House Scrambled to Score COVID-19 Vaccinations – In December and January, a long-planned effort to vaccinate essential federal workers was thrown into turmoil, breeding suspicion, infighting, and “shameless” attempts to crash the list.

Is It OK To Drink Between Vaccine Doses? What Does ‘Vaccine Efficacy’ Mean? :.

CDC identifies public-health guidance from the Trump administration that downplayed pandemic severity – The analysis was done to promote public trust and ensure that the agency’s coronavirus guidance ‘is evidence-based and free of politics,’ a memo says. The Trump administration lied? Shocked! Shocked! (not)

In Memoriam:

RIP Yaphet Koto: ‘Alien’ Star Dies At Age 81 .

Yaphet Kotto, Bond Villain and ‘Alien’ Star, Dies at 81.

Remembering Yaphet Kotto, and the screen career Hollywood didn’t accommodate.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Update: Closing so many open tabs.

Socially acceptable chemical dependence in the morning.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Videos!

Fox News Demands Biden Give Trump Credit for the COVID Vaccines: A Closer Look – Seth Meyers Just Invited Everyone To Tucker’s House July 4:

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Don Jr. Really Shouldn’t Use That Word – Don Jr. Angry at Biden and Tucker Carlson Attacks Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion:

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Stephen Colbert – The Answer Is Simple Yet Strangely Difficult: Don’t Hate Each Other:

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Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Why We Should’ve Seen the Atlanta Shootings Coming | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Friday Five (gotta keep vaccinating edition)

And here we are at the second Friday in March!

I mentioned last week how my hay fever was kicking up. This week it got much worse. There was one day that the sinus headache was so bad I had to take a break in the middle of the work day to lie in a dark room for a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about restoring the nation, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

Changing Your Mind Can Make You Less Anxious – Humans are programmed to think we’re right at all costs. Fighting that instinct will set you free.

Kentucky judge dismisses charges against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III.

A quick guide to the birds you’re hearing now in Seattle area.

Why Apple’s security works: It locks out both the bad guys and the good guys – Apple’s supposed security conundrum is a feature, not a bug.

Man Arrested After Police Find 400-Pound Playground Slide In WA Mobile Home.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Construction halted on Marsha P. Johnson park after family & Black trans activists object – They say no one was consulted before the park was closed and the state started construction on a design no one likes.

College athletes demand NCAA cancel tournaments in states that ban trans athletes.

Biden issues executive order against gender discrimination in education including LGBTQ people.

Some Faith Leaders Call Equality Act Devastating; For Others, It’s God’s Will.

Amazon, Nissan among businesses speaking out against Tennessee bills targeting LGBTQ communities.

This Week in the Repairing Democracy:

White House fires Trump EEOC official after she refuses to step down.

Biden administration ditches Trump plan to limit immigration for those financially dependent on government.

On First Day, Garland Vows to Restore Justice Dept. Independence – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in and briefed on the department’s investigation into the Capitol riot..

Labor Department moves to reverse Trump rules that narrow worker protections.

Marcia Fudge has ambitious plans for HUD — even though she didn’t want the job – She’s inheriting an agency in crisis after the Senate confirmed her Wednesday in a 66-34 vote.

This Week in the Pandemic:

States with Republican governors had highest Covid incidence and death rates, study finds – The study found that states with Democratic governors had higher death rates early on in the pandemic, but that trend was reversed by the Fourth of July.

Fauci: CDC will release new guidance for vaccinated Americans ‘very soon’.

The Covid-19 Relief Bill Has Passed. Now Biden and the GOP Both Plan to Tell Voters What’s in It – Democrats will tout stimulus checks, other aid while Republicans will focus on the scale of spending.

Pres. Biden addresses nation on first anniversary of Covid shutdown.

Study: Higher pollen counts could increase COVID-19 infection rates.

This Week in Haters, Seditionists, and Other Deplorable People:

Trump Lost His Last Post-Election Supreme Court Challenge – Trump argued a case he’d filed in Wisconsin wasn’t moot even after Biden took office. The Supreme Court refused to hear it.

Jacob ‘QAnon Shaman’ Chansley Kept Behind Bars as Reagan-Appointed Judge Hammers His Lawyer for ‘Publicity Stunt’ Interview on ‘60 Minutes’.

Trump’s own Defense secretary says Trump was responsible for Capitol riot.

The Daily Beast’s Lawyers Eviscerate Dan Bongino Over His Refusal to Accept That He Lost a Defamation Case and Has to Pay Up.

Capitol riot suspect pictured at Pelosi’s desk screams ‘It’s not fair’ in courtroom tantrum.

In Memoriam:

Robert Ashby, One of Three Last Surviving Tuskegee Airmen in Arizona, Dies at 95.

Roger Mudd, Anchorman Who Stumped a Kennedy, Is Dead at 93 – A staple of CBS, NBC and PBS, he was best known for his interview with Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1979, when he asked a simple question: “Why do you want to be president?

Norton Juster, Who Wrote ‘The Phantom Tollbooth,’ Dies at 91 – “Tollbooth,” about a bored boy’s fantastical journey, became a beloved touchstone of children’s literature when it was first published in 1961.

Dutch inventor of the audio cassette tape dies aged 94.

Joan Weldon Dies: Actress Terrorized By Giant Ants In ‘Them!’ Was 90.

Things I wrote:

WandaVisions Wraps Things Up in the Awesome “The Series Finale”.

The State of the State of the Union Address.

Videos!

Meteor Over Northern Vermont Seen By People Around New England:

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Brooke Eden – Sunroof (Music Video):

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MR. BIDEN (Bring My Vaccine) – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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And here’s the original – The Chordettes – Mr Sandman (Live 1958):

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NSFWL Rebecca Black – Friday (Remix) ft Dorian Electra, Big Freedia & 3OH!3 [Official Video]:

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Friday Five (cancelled doesn’t mean that edition)

Welcome to the first Friday in March! It’s March! That means that I have been in quarantine for one year and 12 days!

Truly it is spring! My hay fever is worse, we’ve had a few days of sunny weather but still cold nights, and then it went back to buckets of rain. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain. It’s just that the switching back and forth as quickly as it did a few times this weeks makes it difficult to plan anything.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

The real reason for the Dr. Seuss freakout.

Universal basic income experiment results in more full-time jobs.

Opinion | The worst-kept secret: Conservatism has no value(s).

Human origins: ‘Little Foot’ fossil’s big journey out of Africa.

Predatory octopuses were drilling into clamshells at least 75 million years ago.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Trans Youth Could Face Juvenile Detention Under 2021’s Worst Anti-Trans Bill – Students would be slapped with a misdemeanor under Minnesota law, resulting in possible criminal penalties.

Jen Psaki masterfully shuts down reporter’s dumb question about trans people.

Gay Blogger Andy Towle Exits Towleroad.

Major Christian adoption agency in U.S. to start working with LGBTQ people.

The Equality Act is important but it won’t solve workplace discrimination.

This Week in the Pandemic:

COVID-19 vaccine confidence grows as side effect worries fade.

Biden’s Covid aid bill advances in Senate – Republicans are planning to make life as excruciating as possible ahead of passage.

Why kids are hitting the pandemic wall.

Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal offer to test migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid.

Ron DeSantis Is Selling Vaccines To Rich Floridians – Florida’s only elected state-wide Democrat is furious about Gov. Ron DeSantis favoring donor communities in vaccine distribution.

h4>This Week in Haters, Seditionists, and Other Deplorable People:

National Guard General Testifies About SecDef’s ‘Unusual’ Limits On 1-6 – General Walker did not receive word that Pentagon officials had authorized his request until 5:08 p.m. — three hours and 19 minutes after he had received Chief Sund’s plea.

Listen: RNC Lawyer Makes Stunning Admission to Supreme Court Justices That GOP Needs Voter Suppression Laws to Win.

‘Un-Christian Liar’ Ted Cruz Pummeled for Lie Blaming Biden for Totally Non-Existent ‘Ban’ on Dr. Suess Books.

You Will Love Stacey Abrams’ Answer About Donald 2024 – Stacey Abrams should get a gold medal for her answer to James Corden.

CPAC Engaged in Bitter Behind-the-Scenes Feud With Company That Built Its Controversial Stage.

In Memoriam:

Vernon Jordan, activist and former Clinton advisor, dies at 85.

Things I wrote:

WandaVision gives us some answers and fills in Wanda’s backstory.

Statistics are seldom simple — or, a queer survivor unpacks survival, visibility, and feeling safe to be out.

Tuesday Tidbits 3/2/2021: Stop being doormats.

Hey, it’s March Fourth! So, let’s March Forth.

Videos!

Republicans Unleash A Tidal Wave Of Anti-Voting Legislation:

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Trump, Cruz and Noem Repeat Their Insane Lies at CPAC: A Closer Look:

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Biden’s Vaccine Announcement, Texas Ditches Masks | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

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Dr. Seuss Is Not Cancelled, It’s Just Time To Retire Books With Racist Imagery:

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Spoiler Alert: AGATHA ALL ALONG REMIX – AFROBOIYT:

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Friday Five (so frucking proud edition)

Welcome to the fourth Friday in February!

Temperatures are warmer here, although there is a lot of snow still coming down in the mountains not that far away. And I know much of the rest of the country is still dealing with the fallout of those severe winter storms. Our state wildlife department is still urging us not to put our bird feeders and such back up, and I must say I really miss seeing all the birds outside my window. Also, the coolest of the Valentine’s Day gifts my husband gave me was a hanging bird bath for our veranda, and as of now I’m not allowed to put it up until April.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stores from my local news, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week in News to Just Be Happy About:

I Miss My Bar – Recreate Your Favorite Bar’s Atmosphere. Yes, this link was in my Monday Update post, but I think it is worth linking to once again a free web site that allows you to generate a customized sound ambience as if you are out at a bar or restaurant rather than quarantine…

Stories of the Week:

Landmark LGBTQ civil rights legislation passes House in bipartisan vote – The Equality Act is now going to the Senate, where it faces an uphill fight against Republican opposition.

Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month – The parents of 506 separated migrant children still haven’t been found, however. Lawyers say the parents of 322 of them were likely to have been deported.

Baffled Canadians Spread Reports Of ‘Hard’ Butter.

Republicans Go To War While Democrats Try To Negotiate.

I’m Being Censored, and You Can Read, Hear, and See Me Talk About It in the News, on the Radio, and on TV.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Black & Gay Back In The Day: The Story Behind The Archive.

5.6% of American adults say they are LGBTQ. Over half identify as bisexual – The number of LGBTQ Americans coming out and claiming their identity just keeps growing.

Furious crowd forces armed police officers to release men arrested for kissing on a beach – Parents and locals started chanting “I’m gay!” and “I’m gay too!” in solidarity with the men as they surrounded the cops.

How Black LGBTQ talent helped shape the history of modern music.

What Trans Elder Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Wants You to Know.

This Week In News Local to Me:

Washington state wildlife officials: Leave bird feeders down until April.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules the Simple Possession Law is Unconstitutional – Former U.S. Attorney John McKay weighs in on a State Supreme Court ruling that found Washington’s simple drug possession law is unconstitutional.

Washington State Patrol worker arrested for child rape investigation in undercover sting.

WA Insurance Commissioner Calls for the Death of His Own Bill After Senate Democrats Gut It.

King County to reexamine decades-old bicyclist helmet law – The move by the King County Board of Health comes after a Crosscut report showing disproportionate enforcement toward homeless people.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Covid Hospital Admissions Drop 72%, Led by Oldest U.S. Patients.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine deemed “safe and effective” by the FDA.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US.

Moderna says new version of vaccine is tailored to quell infection by South Africa variant.

Half Million US People Die Of The Coronavirus.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion.

Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’. As my grandpa would say, “Y’all are closing the barn door long, long, long after the horses ran away.”

Rand Paul goes on unhinged transphobic rant at Dr. Rachel Levine’s confirmation hearing – “Genital mutilation,” Paul bellowed as he started questioning the first transgender person nominated to a Senate-confirmed position, Dr. Rachel Levine.

State judge rejects motion by right-wing robocallers to toss case.

Republican asks for a moment of silence for Rush Limbaugh during LGBTQ Equality Act debate – Over a week after Rush Limbaugh died, Rep. Ralph Norman wanted the House to take a moment of silence for the notorious homophobe during the historic LGBTQ debate – His request was rejected.

In Memoriam:

Pioneering Lesbian and Feminist Activist Ivy Bottini Has Died at 94.

Farewell to Jan Morris, Groundbreaking Trans Explorer of Realms.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights founder and champion of the Beat Generation, dead at 101.

‘It’s not in books, it’s in the world’: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s shining legacy.

James Burke, Five Stairsteps Singer Who Crooned ‘O-o-h Child,’ Dead at 70.

Things I wrote:

WandaVision goes Modern while really breaking all the walls.

Monday Update 2/22/2021: For whom the subpoena tolls… plus some free ambience!

Videos!

NASA’s Thrilling Mars Landing Is The Good News Pandemic-Weary America Needs:

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The GOP Is Actively Working to Restrict Voting in Key States | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Great Vaccine News Has Everyone Asking When Life Will Return to Normal: A Closer Look:

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Bernie Sanders on Raising the Minimum Wage, Big Lies from Republicans & Biden’s Health Care Plan:

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Tina (2021): Official Teaser:

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Friday Five (rickrolling upgrade edition)

Bigot, misogynist, homophobe, crank - Rush Limbaugh Dead

Some editor at Huffington Post changed this headline to something less accurate than what the origionally posted. Meanwhile, may I remind you: Rush Limbaugh celebrated the deaths of gay men from AIDS on his radio show.

Welcome to the third Friday in February!

The snow here in the Seattle area started melting on Monday. Unfortunately most of the rest of the country is still experiencing much colder temperatures than usual, and then there is the disaster going on in Texas. So I’m feeling fortunate that right now we’re not worried about keeping warm or having safe drinking water.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories related to science fiction, five stories about the future of democracy, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

NASA’s Perseverance rover nails Mars landing, sends first images of Jezero Crater.

Texas was “seconds and minutes” away from catastrophic monthslong blackouts, officials say – Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that grid operators implemented blackouts to avoid a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months.

General Unstructured Thoughts On “Being Cancelled”.

Pentagon report reveals inroads white supremacists have made in military.

COVID shaving years off American life expectancies: – US life expectancy drops in pandemic, most since WWII.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Reintroduce LGBTQ Equality Act.

State anti-transgender bills represent coordinated attack, advocates say – Many proposed bans on trans athletes and transition care for minors share identical language.

Hallmark to homophobes: More gay is on the way.

Chasten Buttigieg had the shadiest reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s death – Rush Limbaugh was obsessed with Chasten & Pete showing any affection for one another in public. So Chasten acknowledged that homophobia one last time.

Texas lawmakers are trying to pass pro-LGBTQ proposals. Do they have a chance?

This Week in Science Fiction:

Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence.

Opinion: On Baen Books, Moderating Discussion Boards, & Political Expression.

More bad Baen’s Bar defences.

Masks and Magic 2021 – A Round-up of Indie Mardi Gras Speculative Fiction.

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List.

This Week in the Future of Democracy:

Investigation finds Latino ballots in WA more likely to be rejected – Latino signatures are more likely to be questioned and less likely to be fixed during Washington state elections..

A GOP donor gave $2.5 million for a voter fraud investigation. Now he wants his money back.

After Weeks Of Being Offline, Parler Finds A New Web Host.

FBI Informant Panic Is Ruining Friendships All Over the Far Right.

Trump left them to die. 43 Senate Republicans still licked his boots.

In Memoriam:

Remembering Charlie Brydon, an Early LGBTQ Rights Leader and father of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement in Washington State.

Pioneering Out Recording Artist Ari Gold Dies at 47.

‘Extraordinary, trailblazing and inspiring’ trans writer and historian Jan Morris has died, aged 94.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/13/2021: The truth eventually comes out.

Happy Day Before Discount Chocolate Day.

In which I pedantically remind you that today is NOT President’s Day….

With great satisfaction.

WandaVision Brings Tricks, Treats, and a Growing Menace.

Videos!

The Next Pandemic: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Ted Cruz Jets To Cancun While Texans Freeze | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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‘Brazen Lie’: Chris Hayes Calls Out Gov. Abbott, Fox News For Texas Power Grid Lies | All In | MSNBC:

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Reporters WILL NOT STOP Humiliating Themselves with Jen Psaki:

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Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Video Was Remastered in 4K and It’s So Damn Crisp Fans are Flipping Out:

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Friday Five (needs more dinosaurs edition)

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan

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We’ve already reached the second Friday in February! Wow!

It has been getting colder and colder all week. We started getting snow Thursday. Overnight lows significantly below freezing, and much most snow is expected Saturday. And I live on a hillside with very steep hills the only way out of the neighborhood, so I probably won’t be leaving the house until next week when the temps are predicted to come back up.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story about why snow is such a catastrophe here, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about threats traitos, five stories about bad people getting their due, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week In News Local to Me:

“To all the people who moved here in the last few years, and think you’re a great driver in the snow, you’re not,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared. “Seattle hills are notoriously difficult, in particular when the snow melts and then freezes.”

Stories of the Week:

8-Year-Old Calls Out NPR For Lack Of Dinosaur Stories.

They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. This story is not really about the murder mob, rather it is a fascinating and chilling example of what can be learned by aggregating anonymized ad network data. The graphics alone are worth the click.

KUOW – The last youth jail in the country moves to end contract with ICE.

Dozens of states see new voter suppression proposals after baseless fraud claims.

Essex academic’s imposter ‘copied work and tattoos’.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Arkansas senate passes bill to allow pharmacists & nursing home staff to turn away LGBTQ patients – The bill lists protected health care professionals, including doctors and nurses and any “individual who furnishes or assists in the provision of a healthcare service.” Employers could demand their health insurance refuse to provide LGBTQ health care.

Federal agency to crack down on LGBTQ housing discrimination.

Activists gathered 500,000 signatures to force Michigan’s legislature to vote on LGBTQ civil rights – The state legislature will have to vote to accept the petition for LGBTQ protections and make it immediate law or put it on the ballot in 2022.

C.D.C. Report: Gay and Bi People at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19.

Transgender activists in the South are battling homelessness with tiny homes and private shelters amid COVID-19.

This Week in the Pandemic:

US could have averted 40% of Covid deaths, says panel examining Trump’s policies – The country began the pandemic with a degraded public health infrastructure, leading to more deaths than other high-income countries.

Biden just purchased 200 million additional doses of coronavirus vaccines — and we now have enough shots coming to immunize most Americans.

Drugmakers Look for New Ways to Test Covid-19 Vaccines – Researchers aim to measure how much immune response a shot triggers—potentially useful for assessing new shots and new uses.

Vaccinated workers at Massachusetts hospital volunteer to sit with Covid-19 patients.

GOP Rep. Ron Wright dies after Covid diagnosis – Dozens of members have also tested positive for the disease over the past year and one representive-elect died from it less than two months ago, but Wright is the first sitting lawmaker to do so.

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

No, the Trump Era Was Not a ‘Thrill’ – White political journalists distanced themselves from the horrors of the Trump administration in a way many of us couldn’t.

Trump-supporting evangelicals should share blame for January 6 insurrection.

Justice Department says an Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump’s direction before Capitol attack.

A majority of the people arrested for Capitol riot had a history of financial trouble – Trail of bankruptcies, tax problems and bad debts raises questions for researchers trying to understand motivations for attack.

At Trump Impeachment II, the Republican Party Is Also on Trial .

This Week in Deplorable People Facing Consequences:

Twitter Suspends Right-Wing Activist Group Project Veritas, James O’Keefe.

Judge Orders Dan Bongino to Pay The Daily Beast $31,000 in Attorneys’ Fees for Filing Defamation Lawsuit ‘Without Merit’.

Judge Orders OAN to Pay Rachel Maddow and MSNBC $250,000 in Attorney Fees For Filing Frivolous Defamation Lawsuit.

Tim Eyman violated campaign finance law, judge rules, is barred from controlling political committees Eyman is a horse’s ass, a grifter, and man who has devastated local government budgets.

Trump could be fined $12 million after an Illinois judge ruled his Chicago hotel violated an environmental protection law for 3 years.

In Memoriam:

Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, dies at 76 – “She was a trailblazer, a diva, and will be deeply missed,” Motown founder Berry Gordy said.

Mary Wilson, longest-reigning original Supreme, dies at 76.

Christopher Plummer, actor of ‘The Sound of Music’ fame, dies at 9 – Plummer died at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side.

Remembering Christopher Plummer for so much more than ‘The Sound of Music’.

Porn Mogul Larry Flynt, ‘Hustler’ founder and 1st Amendment champion, dies at 78.

Things I wrote:

WandaVision Goes Even More Meta in “A Very Special Episode…”.

Monday Update 2/8/2021: Infamy, Defamation… but also a bit of good news.

Ask the Next Question, or how SF/F has always been confronting social issue.

Bullying, gender, and the importance of horses – or, more of why I love sf/f.

Always re-blog.

Videos!

One Billion Years of Earth’s Evolution in 45 Seconds:

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Dolly Parton on Funding Coronavirus Vaccine and Teaming up With Barry Gibb:

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Reality Sets In After A Weirdly Normal Super Bowl Sunday:

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Trump’s Impeachment Lawyers Are Very Bad: A Closer Look:

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Never-Before-Seen Capitol Riot Videos Provide Damning Evidence Against Trump:

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