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Friday Five (stop laughing edition)

It is now the fourth Friday in October. Halloween is so, so, so close!

The rainy weather has gotten much more intense here. My work week was back to a more normal level of stress. After about 10 days on a new medication, my blood sugar levels are starting to noticably go down.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about traitors, five stories about haters and other deplorable people, and five stories about the pandemic. Plus a couple of notable obituaries.

Stories of the Week:

Positive LGBTQ media depictions reduce queer people’s anxiety & depression – Media can play a big role in giving queer people hope and resilience in the face of discrimination

The right-wing playbook against supposed liberal media bias is being used on tech giants with alarming effectiveness – A new Washington Post report shows how Facebook became a hostage of the conservative movement

The Shadow Docket: How Supreme Court Conservatives Are Manipulating Justice – This op-ed argues that this court is forcing conservative outcomes on the public in secret

Vikings were in the Americas exactly a thousand years ago

Governments planned to misuse CSAM scanning tech even before Apple’s announcement

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Wonder Woman has jumped into the battle over transgender rights & she’s not holding back – You’ll hear her theme music playing when you read what Lynda Carter had to say

Dr. Rachel Levine becomes first transgender four-star officer across all uniformed service branches – The Assistant Secretary of Health is now a four-star admiral

Netflix employees plan mass walkout over anti-trans Chappelle special. Celebs are backing them up – Alexandra Billings, Colton Haynes, Angelica Ross, Jameela Jamil, Jonathan Van Ness and more are jumping in to support the company’s transgender employees

High school puts on a drag show for its homecoming halftime show – Both faculty and students strutted across the field as fans decked out in rainbows waved Pride flags

Lil Nas X’s ‘Industry Baby’ finally hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 – The platinum-selling hip-hop artist some thought was a one-hit wonder has scored a third number one hit

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Trump’s New Social Media Company Is His Biggest Scam Yet – TRUTH Social will probably be a flop, but Trump is likely to make hundreds of millions anyway

Jim Jordan Handed the House January 6 Commission the Keys to Subpoenaing Him: Report

BREAKING NEWSFBI Raiding DC Home of Manafort Associate and Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska: Reports

Steve Bannon Held in Criminal Contempt of Congress

Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan and the Proud Boys: How the fragility of the male ego fuels the far-right – Authoritarians know how to play on the gender anxieties of insecure men, building up an army of bitter chumps

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

Indictment accuses Nebraska congressman of lying to FBI – A federal grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents who were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire

NV Man Who Claimed Dead Wife’s “Forged” Mail Ballot Proved Voter Fraud Gets Charged With Doing It Himself and Voting Twice

Woman arrested on allegations she threatened judge in Georgia ballot case – She’s Charged With Terror Threat Over GA Ballots

Netflix made a mess of the Dave Chappelle controversy. It’s a crisis of Netflix’s own making It is only a controversy if you are willing to admit that bigots have a point. Otherwise, he’s just a hateful bigot, period.

FBI arrests MAGA-rioting comic book artist who took down officer in ‘violent struggle’

This Week in the Pandemic:

Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto tests positive for Covid-19 – Fox News Host Reveals Breakthrough COVID Case: Lucky For Me I’m Vaccinated And You Should Be Too

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: "I require my employees to be vaccinated" as Gov. Greg Abbott bans mandates in Texas

What is the ‘delta plus’ variant of the coronavirus?

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots – Federal health officials say millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different vaccine for that next shot

In Memoriam:

Colin Powell, Who Shaped U.S. National Security, Dies at 84 – A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state and national security adviser, Mr. Powell died of complications of Covid-19, his family said

Remembering Dick Kelley, former Seattle Deputy Mayor and Progressive Champion

Friday Five (extorting local officials edition)

It is now the third Friday in October. Halloween is getting closer.

Only one day of this work week was as bad as any of last week, so that’s an improvement.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about traitor, and five stories about deplorable people.

Stories of the Week:

Dude, where’s my car? AirTag responsible for tracking down stolen Subaru

Rare beluga whale sighting in Puget Sound stirs excitement — and concern – Marine mammal conservation groups are working to get a health assessment of the whale, which was identified from a video taken Sunday

Superman Comes Out, as DC Comics Ushers In a New Man of Steel – The new Superman, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is concerned about the environment, does not shy away from politics and will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend

IBM Will Follow Biden Vaccine Order, Defying Texas Ban

What Congress learned from the Facebook whistleblower

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Capitol rioter admits to two new felonies while representing himself in bond hearing – Brandon Fellows sought to have his bond status revoked, only to make the legal case against him stronger

Trump misled about D.C. hotel finances, House panel says – The House Oversight and Reform Committee obtained documents from the General Services Administration, which leased the Old Post Office building to Trump for his hotel

Fort Bragg soldier arrested, charged for alleged role in Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection – Soldier Charged With Assaulting Cops In Capitol Riot

Colorado county clerk who embraced conspiracy theories is barred from overseeing elections

Trump tells Republicans not to vote in 2024 until 2020 election is ‘solved’

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

Tesla must pay $137 million to a Black employee who sued for racial discrimination

Insider is suing the Biden administration for secret Trump and Pence staffing records

Auditor Demands Favre Return $828k In ‘Illegally Spent Welfare Funds’

Hacked Records Reveal Hundreds Of Oath Keepers Across New Jersey – Records Reveal Oath Keepers Among NJ Cops

GOP Lawmaker’s Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies

Friday Five (believe in public safety edition)

We have arrived at the It is now that second Friday in October. Definitely time to enjoy spooky season!

I had a really stressful week and work, and don’t want to talk about it beyond that.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories that each deserve their own category, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about deplorable people.

This Week in Stolen Valor:

USMC Says Soldier Hailed At Trump Rally Was Not The Marine Who Lifted Baby Over Afghanistan Wall

This Week in Typography:

Epicene Font Design Information – Culturally, Epicene says one thing: typefaces have no gender "Perhaps showing a bunch of people stereotypes, noting their response and re-promoting the stereotypes simply reinforces the stereotypes into a self-sustaining feedback loop of bullshit?"

Stories of the Week:

Senate dodges US debt disaster, voting to extend borrowing – Republicans stop obstructing on this one

Deadline nears for Washington state workers to get COVID vaccine under Inslee order

Be Your Own Boss: More Co-op Businesses Are Returning Workers’ Power

Capitol Police arrest man in "suspicious vehicle" outside of Supreme Court

Here are 4 key points from the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony on Capitol Hill

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Mr. Gay World changes rules to allow transgender men to compete – The directive will apply globally to all license holders who host country-level competitions

Kidz Bop covered Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” & they “killed it” – Kidz Bop is one of the most successful brands in children’s music. And now they’re taking on one of the gayest hits of the year

Interview with Cartoonist Damian Alexander

Trans youth & parents rally as Texas advances discriminatory bill after 4th grueling attempt – "Babies, I see you and love you so much," mother Amber Briggle said to trans youth as she testified. "We’re on your side, kids, because you’re worth fighting for."

Dave Chappelle can kiss my black gay ass Oh, snap!

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Head of Wisconsin ‘audit’ admits he doesn’t know how elections work

Self-proclaimed Proud Boy Alan Swinney found guilty of assault, menacing, unlawful use of firearm

Controversial chief of NYPD sergeants union resigns after FBI raids union’s Manhattan headquarters, searches his Long Island home – Mullins, who has a history of making racist comments, has appeared at least twice on Fox News with the QAnon mug positioned for all to see

Texas man, 24, admits shooting at Minneapolis police station during riot – Far-Right Boogaloo Boi Admits Posing As BLM Activist While Shooting At Police Station During Floyd Protest

Ahmaud Arbery murder suspect requests court ban photo of Confederate flag license plate – GA Man Charged With Murder Of Black Jogger Doesn’t Want Jury To Hear About His Confederate Vanity Plate

Friday Five (troublemakers edition)

We have arrived at the first Friday in October. Yes, you must bid farewell to September, that most blesséd of months, when superior people are born. But now we are most definitely in Spooky Season, so that’s good!

Autumn is upon us. We’ve had a number of days with delightfully cool and overcast weather (that is not sarcasm–I love the rain!). I got to see, in person, a friend that I haven’t seen face-to-face since well before the pandemic. That was very nice. Vaccines and masks are godsends!

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five stories about the pandemic (plus something I wrote and some notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

School Boards Are Asking For Federal Help As They Face Threats And Violence

Forecasters Are Running Out of Hurricane Names (Again)

Hurricane Sam bringing a rough surf weekend to US East Coast

90% of the top Christian Facebook pages were run by Eastern European troll farms – “Our platform has given the largest voice in the Christian American community to a handful of bad actors, who, based on their media production practices, have never been to church,” the leaked report admits

Let’s Encrypt’s root certificate has expired, and it might break your devices

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Orlando school elects its first transgender homecoming queen – “It made me feel like I actually belonged,” Evan Bialosuknia, 17, said after she was crowned

Students stage massive walk-out after a trans girl was blocked from the locker room – Students held trans and rainbow flags and chanted while teachers shouted, "Go back to class!"

Queer rights are reproductive rights & repro rights are queer rights – This fight has never just been about abortion but about freedom from the tyranny of a State that picks and chooses how to control our bodies at will

Students stage defiant walkout after lesbian teacher ‘marched off campus’

Switzerland votes to make same-sex marriage legal by near two-thirds majority

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

Hack Of Oath Keepers Militia Group Includes Names Of Active NYPD Officers, De Blasio Launches Investigation

Accused Washington neo-Nazi leader found guilty in intimidation plot

Pro-Slavery, Pro-Rape Cult-like Church Takes Over Idaho College Town – Doug Wilson’s domineering evangelical church is built on a fundamentally misogynist worldview that permits male members to rape their wives, and threatens any women who object

Alex Jones Just Lost 2 Sandy Hook Cases – A judge issued default judgments — a rarity in the legal world — against Jones and Infowars after the conspiracy theorist failed to produce discovery records

Anti-Vaxxer Brags About Fake Vaccine Card On TikTok, Gets Reported To The FBI – Showing the fake card and lip-synching to "’What You Gonna Do About It?", the TikTokker got her answer quickly and a visit from the FBI

This Week in the Pandemic:

Rural Americans now dying of COVID-19 at twice the rate of those in urban environments: research

Biden signs government funding bill hours before midnight deadline to avert shutdown – The House voted Thursday afternoon after the Senate also approved the measure

Flu and Covid jabs safe to be given at same time, study finds – Clinical trial on joint flu, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations reported only mild to moderate side-effects

Idaho Republican Urges Vaccine After Unvaxxed Mom Dies From COVID – “Frankly, there’s some anger,” Chaney said. “I think there are people in our political realm … who are essentially killing people with misinformation."

Worries grow about a 4th COVID-19 surge

In Memoriam:

“Old Yeller” star Tommy Kirk passes. Disney fired him when he was outed as gay – "Disney was a family film studio and I was supposed to be their young, leading man," Tommy Kirk said in an interview decades later

Bay Area woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID

Community mourns 37th trans person violently killed in 2021, Brianna Hamilton

Things I Wrote:

Weekend Update 9/25/2021: Thanks for finally noticing, Washington Post!

Weekend Update 9/25/2021: Thanks for finally noticing, Washington Post!

I didn’t see this in time to go into Friday Five which is actually a good thing because I can’t link to it without saying, at the very least, "You finally noticed, four years too late!"

Washington Post: Our constitutional crisis is already here

Seriously, a bunch of us have been trying to get the mainstream media to recognize this literally for years. The former grifter-in-chief lost the popular vote and seemed to win the electoral vote, but there was credible evidence at the time that Russian interference had effected the outcome of the election in some places.

The day that the Traitor was sworn in, he immediately violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and continued to do so every single day he was in office, literally funnelling hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into several of his businesses, while openly allowing people who wanted favors from him to use those businesses to funnel millions of more dollars into his pockets. He was literally selling presidential pardons at one point!

He also violated the Federal Anti-Nepotism Statute by appointed close relatives to executive positions, often bypassing other rules and laws in the process. He repeatedly violated other laws about which people could assume "acting" positions in the executive branch when major positions become vacant. In violation of the Constitution and other laws he sent troops into a U.S. city to disrupt protests and illegally take citizens into custody.

He lied literally more than 30,000 times while he was in office. And most of the mainstream media could never bring themself to call even his most blatant lies what they were until he was out of office.

When the Supreme Court ruled that several of his Executive Orders violated the Constitution he literally shrugged and told his people to keep enforcing them. When advisors told him something he was doing was illegal he literally yelled at them. When American soldiers were killed overseas he never called any of the families to offer condolences. When one of the widows of a recently killed soldier said something on social media about it, he publicly called her various nasty names and said she was lying.

When neo-nazi demonstrators became violent and caused the death of at least one counter-protestor, he argued with reporters, referred to the nazis as "us" and insisted that they were all very fine people.

He had a crackpot draw up a six point plan (and put it into an official White House memo) to overturn the results of the election, in violation of both the Constitution and election laws. He put people who were not qualified into positions of power in the Defense Department just before Congress was to meet to certify the election, and then the murder mob that he incited stormed the capitol looking for Congress people and the Vice President to hang (they erected a gallows!)… and when loyal members of his own party called him and begged him to authorized troops to deal with the mob, he laughed and taunted those law-makers.

We’ve have a god-damned full-blown Constitutional Crisis going on for more than four years, and only this week did the mother-fucking Washington Post finally notice!

Friday Five (refusing to pay their bills edition)

We have arrived at the fourth Friday in September. September, that most blesséd of months, when superior people are born.

We did get rain last weekend. The temperatures have been reasonable all week. A pile of gifts so accumulating in my living room. I’ll probably find out what’s inside them soon.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: twh stories that each need a special category, plus the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five stories about the pandemic (plus some notable obituaries).

This Week in It’s About Bloody Time:

LGBTQ veterans discharged dishonorably for sexual orientation to get full benefits, VA says

This Week in Stop Being Fuckwits:


Stories of the Week:

Florida man fed up with potholes plants banana tree in road

These Sisters Promised Their Brother A "Power Rangers"–Themed Birthday And Here’s What Happened When They Followed Through 16 Years Later – “Once I walked into that door and I realised that this is the Power Rangers party that I’d been promised, it just brought out that little kid again. It was amazing.”

The Afghanistan War Is Over. But the Defense Budget Is Still About to Go Up – Congress is set to pass a spending bill about $40 billion more than the one approved last year

How the Debt Ceiling Turned into a Doomsday Cult – The end never actually comes but we love to obsess about it anyway

The Emmy Voters Need to Watch More TV – Analysis: Awards Don’t Reflect the Breadth of TV

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ album and the power of unabashed queerness – The star’s emotionally vibrant music is only part of the story

Biden pushes for more LGBTQ protections on anniversary of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

Trystan Reese on how to deal with bullying while raising amazing kids – Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow are helping to redefine the word “traditional”

How an Atlanta basketball team went from Republican hands to LGBTQ ownership – WNBA veteran Renee Montgomery and executive Suzanne Abair are part of the Atlanta Dream’s new ownership trio — and among the first LGBTQ owners of a pro sports team

Elvira, Cassandra Peterson, Comes Out, Talks 19-Year Relationship

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

Trump Campaign Knew Lawyers’ Voting Machine Claims Were Baseless, Memo Shows – Days before lawyers allied with Donald Trump gave a news conference promoting election conspiracy theories, his campaign had determined that many of those claims were false, court filings reveal

Busted: Steve Bannon Admits He Helped Plot Jan. 6 Trump Rally to ‘Kill Biden Presidency in the Crib’

Maricopa County celebrates Cyber Ninjas audit admitting that Joe Biden did, in fact, win

Law Firm Seeks to Take COVID Misinformation Spreaders to Court

Twitter Bans Anti-LGBT Activist “Porno Pete” LaBarbera

This Week in the Pandemic:

Nearly 69% of Washington residents are fully vaccinated – In addition, more than 75% of Washington residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Alabama population on course to shrink for first time ever as Covid takes toll – State’s chief medical officer says ‘Our state literally shrunk in 2020’ as deaths exceeded births

‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

A Trump Lawyer Reportedly Came Up With an Absolutely Bizarre Six-Point Plan for Pence to Overturn Election Prior to 1/6

CDC advisers recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine for certain adults only

In Memoriam:

Willie Garson, ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘White Collar’ Actor, Dies at 57

Labelle’s Sarah Dash Dies at 76

Friday Five (pan-dimwits edition)

We have arrived at the third Friday in September. September, that most blesséd of months, when superior people are born.

By the time this scheduled post publishes on FontFolly.Net, there may well be significant rain falling just outside my windows.

This was a more difficult Friday Five to assemble than usual. I could have easily filled two more categories! I could have filled out a separate category for the Nicki Minaj cousin’s friends swollen testicles stories alone!

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: three stories that need special categories, plus 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 pandemic, and five stories about vaccine lies (plus something I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week in the Children’s Shows from Times Gone By:

Why Is Everyone Freaking Out About Former ‘Blue’s Clues’ Host Steve?

This Week in My Favorite NFL Player Who Isn’t a Seahawk:

Carl Nassib forces game-winning fumble as Raiders win first-ever NFL game with out gay player

Carl Nassib’s debut as an openly gay NFL player is a big deal – Los Angeles Times

Stories of the Week:

At 101, This Woman From Maine Is Still Hauling Lobsters With No Plans To Stop

NASA Is Launching A New Telescope That Could Offer Some Cosmic Eye Candy

Why Is America So Bad at Keeping People Alive? – This story is NOT about COVID.

Ancient spider caring for her offspring is trapped in 99 million-year-old amber

Some birds learn to recognize calls while still in their eggs – Prenatal sound perception is more widespread than previously thought, new research suggests

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Twitter is celebrating the start of #BiWeek – Over half of LGB people identify as bisexual I need to get myself a t-shirt or a button that says, "I’m not bi, but my husband is."

Revisiting the gay dentist framed as an AIDS murderer: He “didn’t do it.”

DOJ expands probe into anti-LGBTQ prison violence in Georgia after 44 murders in the past year – The DOJ is investigating allegedly deplorable conditions in Georgia prisons, like inmates wielding machetes and toilets overflowing because staff turned them off

New Zealand bill to ban LGBTQ conversion practices receives record 100,000 submissions – Activists hopeful the majority of submissions will be in favour, amid previous signs of support and large social media campaign

Twitch sues users who targeted LGBTQ gamers with threatening ‘hate raids’ – The trolls doxxed LGBTQ and POC Twitch users, providing their personal information and leaving links to gory videos on their chat streams

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

Colorado pastor who mocked AIDS deaths and spread vaccine conspiracy theories dies from COVID-19

MyPillow CEO Repeatedly Tried to Get Ads Back on Fox. They Keep Rejecting Him

Former Republican House Speaker reaches settlement for molesting teen boy – Disgraced Republican Dennis Hastert is out of prison, but he’s still on the hook for the hush money he promised to pay the victim

OR HS Students Engaged In Virtual ‘Slave Trade’ Of Black Students – Oregon’s Newberg High School has banned Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols in its school as too divisive but its students were just caught engaging in a group chat “joke” that involved virtual slave trading of Black students

Who Had ‘Dan Quayle Saves The Republic’ On Their Bingo Card? – Mike Pence was under pressure from Trump not to certify the electoral college votes. He turned to former vice-president Dan Quayle for advice

This Week in the Pandemic:

Seattle area to require COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor venues It’s the whole county, and we’re not the first in the nation to do this.

Republicans are still a bigger obstacle to vaccination than Black Americans

Unvaccinated COVID-19 hospitalizations cost taxpayers billions of dollars

Unvaccinated are 5X more likely to catch delta, 11X more likely to die – Three fresh CDC studies show vaccines holding up against delta

Delta variant vaccinated vs. unvaccinated: This new CDC chart shows how well COVID-19 vaccines work – Fully vaccinated individuals have a much greater chance of not being impacted by COVID-19, whether that impact is via infection, hospitalization, or death

This Week in Vaccine Misinformation:

Joy Reid To GOP: Your ‘Creepy Little’ COVID Cult Killed Your CA Recall – Joy Reid hilariously mocked Republicans’ love for COVID that is killing their politics along with many of their followers: “You may want to ingest horse dewormer and attend far too many funerals, but we, we don’t.”

NH State Rep Switches To Dem Over GOP’s Anti-Vax Nonsense – He said he had been content to ride out the rest of his term until state Republican leaders held a rally Tuesday in opposition to President Biden’s vaccine mandates for federal and private sector workers

Nicki Minaj is now fighting with Trinidad’s Health Minister & Joy Reid as MAGA crowd cheers her on – Nicki’s got a new group of friends who are rallying to her defense while the rest of the world calls out her blatant Trump-level lies bonus related link: Andrew Giuliani tweets his support of Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles

Dr. Peter Hotez Blasts Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham for Vax Disinformation: ‘Authoritarian Effort to Discredit Science’

Jimmy Kimmel Returns, Blasts Alex Jones Over Ivermectin Endorsement, Choice Of Beverage – “We’ve still got a lot of pandimwits out there”

In Memoriam:

Jane Powell, Spirited Star of Movie Musicals ‘Royal Wedding,’ ‘Seven Brides,’ Dies at 92

Jane Powell, Hollywood golden-age musicals star, dies at 92

Norm Macdonald, Comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star, Dies at 61

Things I Wrote:

Marriage Equality is a larger part of U.S. history than the confederacy

Not a Weekend Update: the 20th Anniversary of a Turning Point

My 9/11 story isn’t very interesting. I was awakened, like most mornings at the time, by the clock-radio turning on to the local NPR station.

It turned on one minute after the first tower collapsed, because while that happened at 9:59am in New York, it was only 6:59am on the west coast. I hurried out of bed and headed downstairs to turn on the TV.

After watching that news for a bit and waking up my husband to tell him what was going on, I had to get ready for work, catch my bus, and try to get through a work day. It was obviously not a productive work day for virtually anyone in the country.

In the years since, I have always like to re-read this account:

Joe Jervis: My September 11th Short Story

Friday Five (smothering justice edition)

We have arrived at the second Friday in September. September, that most blesséd of months, when superior people are born.

We had to turn the a/c back on in the house this week. Workwise, the Monday holiday meant that some co-workers and customers decided to squeeze about fifteen days worth of urgency and lamentations into the first couple of work days. I’m glad I have to burn off a couple more vacation days this month, just sayin’.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories that need a special category, plus the top five stories of the week, and five stories of interest to queers and our allies (plus a notable obituary).

This Week in the Destruction of Democracy:

Senior Republican demonised by Trump reveals what’s behind GOP election suppression laws: ‘They got scared’

‘They don’t give a sh-t’: Seth Meyers slams Supreme Court for allowing Texas abortion ban – Meyers pointed out how the "odious" and "contentious" ruling was made by a Supreme Court that has three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump

Stories of the Week:

Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

Howard Stern ROASTS Anti-Vax Radio Hosts Who Died, Says Make Vaccine Mandatory: ‘Fck Them, Fck Their Freedom’

The top 1 percent are evading $163 billion a year in taxes, the Treasury finds

Two new Asian giant hornet sightings confirmed in Whatcom County – The new sightings were in the same general area the WSDA found Asian giant hornet nests in 2020 and 2021

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SUES OVER BARBARIC TEXAS ABORTION LAW THAT WOULD FORCE A 12-YEAR-OLD TO HAVE HER RAPIST’S CHILD – The Justice Department argues that the law is “clearly” unconstitutional and sets a dangerous, chilling precedent

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Opinion: My journey from anti-gay activist to LGBTQ ally – The truth is, my religious freedom does not give me the right to discriminate against my fellow Americans. Today, I support nondiscrimination protections because of my faith

Catholic schools can’t fire teachers for being gay, federal court rules – The Catholic church said that the First Amendment gives it the right to fire LGBTQ teachers, but a federal judge has said that’s a bunch of hooey

Author Shon Faye on the agonising struggles affecting trans lives more than anti-trans feminists

Gay teacher forced to quit after school banned him from discussing his sexuality

Students stage defiant walkout after teacher reprimanded for coming out as bisexual

In Memoriam:

Carl Bean, singer, clergyman and queer rights activist, dead at 77

Friday Five (be like Dolly edition)

We have arrived at the first Friday in September. September, that most blesséd of months, when superior people are born.

I’ve had a low grade fever and weird mostly-cold symptoms for most of this week. I seem to be getting better, so I’m hoping it’s just a minor virus.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: one story that made me cry, plus the top five stories of the week, five stories about the weather, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about deplorable people, and five stories about the graveyard of empires (plue a notable obituary).

This Week in Stories That Made Me Cry:

I’m a White Cisgendered Straight Woman. ‘Pose’ Gave Me My History "I’m the daughter of a mom who came out and lost custody of me in 1979, the sister of a man who died of AIDS in 1990… How is it possible to live through your own history and only comprehend it 35 years later when you recognize it in a TV show?"

Stories of the Week:

Virginia Supreme Court Admits It’s 2021 – Turns out current-day Confederates cannot force "the Commonwealth to express, in perpetuity, a message with which it now disagrees." The Robert E. Lee statue comes down.

Afghanistan: 3 Unlearned Lessons – Why does America keep making the same mistakes over and over?

The Obscene Hypocrisy of Republicans Blaming Everyone But Themselves: The COVID Edition – They spent so much time owning the libs, they forgot to care about the lives of their constituents

Prosecutors say Jan. 6 rioters committed roughly 1,000 assaults on federal officers

John Roberts has lost control of the Supreme Court

This Week in Weather:

Weather disasters are getting worse worldwide, report says. But the good news is they aren’t as deadly

Scenes From Hurricane Ida’s Devastation in Louisiana – Hurricane Ida toppled trees and power lines and flooded homes in Louisiana before making its way inland. Eric Alvarez reports from Houma and talks to residents who are doing their best to rebuild

Millions in Louisiana still without power after Ida

Hurricane Ida’s remnants pound Northeast, killing at least 43

Hurricane Larry forecast to be a Category 4 with top winds reaching 140 mph

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Missouri says it pulled LGBT exhibit for bypassing state board that seldom reviews exhibits

Challenge to Washington’s law banning conversion therapy rejected in court – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said it’s a "win for LGBTQ+ civil rights."

Washington man convicted of hate crime in transgender teen’s murder

Carl Nassib is now the first out NFL player signed to a regular season roster – Carl Nassib will break ground later this month as the first gay person to play in a regular season NFL game

These Portraits of (Literal) Gay Daddies Will Brighten Your Day – Bart Heynen’s book ‘Dads’ sheds light on gay dads and their families

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Democrats To Probe Secretive ‘Shadow Docket’ Following Supreme Court Texas Abortion Ruling

New policy for school district after Venice chiropractor signs 500+ mask exemptions Sarasota students

McCarthy faces ethics complaint after saying GOP ‘will not forget’ if firms hand records to Jan. 6 panel

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Republican Demands ‘Documentation’ On School Mask Mandates. OOPS – Republican Tony McCombie filed a FOIA request for "feedback" on Illinois’ school mask mandate. Governor JB Pritzker responded with 870 thank you notes from relieved parents

This Week in the Graveyard of Empires:

Biden Deserves Credit, Not Blame, for Afghanistan – Americans should feel proud of what the U.S. government and military have accomplished in these past two weeks

Anti-Taliban Forces: U.S. ‘Won’t Have an Ally’ in Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism if We Losev

The Taliban Won Afghanistan’s Civil War. But Will it Win the Peace?

Afghan Women Stage Protest Demanding Role in Government, Education as Taliban Watch

Afghanistan resistance fighters clash with Taliban in Panjshir valley

In Memoriam:

Hollywood mourns Ed Asner, star of ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘Lou Grant’

Ed Asner’s most beloved roles were curmudgeons with soft hearts

Judge Formally Denies SAG-AFTRA Health Plan’s Motion To Dismiss Ed Asner Lawsuit

Hollywood mourns Ed Asner: ‘You made and will continue to make this world a better place’

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