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Friday Five (it doesn’t matter edition)

Welcome to the second Friday of May!

Our weather isn’t quite ready to become fully spring here. Given how bad the weather is many other places I suppose I should be grateful.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the liars and traitors, the top five stories of the week, five stories about science fiction fantasy and related topics, and five stories of interest to queers and our allies. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in Grifters, Idiots, and Traitors:

Trump Wanted US To Retaliate Militarily Against China For Shooting Storms At America With "Hurricane Gun"

How the Jan. 6 panel broke through Trump allies’ stonewalling – High-level aides to the former president aren’t the only ones who can detail his network’s movements leading up to and during the Capitol attack.

Stories of the Week:

Meat Packers Manufactured Pandemic Meat ‘Crisis’ To Stay Open – At least 269 workers died.

OAN Finally Admits ‘No Widespread Voter Fraud’ by Georgia Election Workers After Settling Defamation Lawsuit – Georgia election workers were dragged through the mud on OAN by right-wing conspiracy theorists like Rudy Giuliani. Now the network is finally acknowledging there was no fraud

NASA Releases Ridiculously Sharp Webb Space Telescope Images

The music lives on – iPod touch will be available while supplies last

The Inarguable Logic of UNpacking the Court

This Week in Science Fiction and Fact:

The Sandman creator and star discuss bringing Morpheus to the screen

Random Roles: The Addams Family Star John Astin

Like Elizabeth Olsen, I Also Get ‘Feisty’ Defending Marvel

2022 Locus Awards Top Ten Finalists

Mars Is a Hellhole – Colonizing the red planet is a ridiculous way to help humanity.

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Opinion | How the New York Times Helped Keep People in the Closet – POLITICO

His mother tortured him for years. Child services found out he’s gay & let him be raped

Lil Nas X Wins Outstanding Music Artist at 2022 GLAAD Media Awards

The Pope says that God “doesn’t disown” LGBTQ people, but his Church certainly does This pope keeps trying to find ways to lie about what the church wants to do to queer people…

Joe Rogan claims teachers are telling straight kids they’ll “burn in hell” if they don’t turn gay

In Memoriam:

George Pérez, celebrated comic book artist who redefined Wonder Woman, has died

Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022)

Friday Five (they aren’t phony rights edition)

Welcome to the first Friday of May!

Our weather isn’t quite ready to become fully spring here. Given how bad the weather is many other places I suppose I should be grateful.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the destruction of fundamental rights, five stories that generally aren’t about awful things, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about what’s going on with the destruction of fundamental rights, and five stories sedition traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in We Told You This Would Happen:

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court Every person who told me I was over-reacting when Trump won needs to offer us all abject apology. Not that I expect any of them to have that much integrity…

‘Betrayal’: Furious Chief Justice Confirms Leaked Draft Is Authentic – John Roberts said he’s directed the Marshal of the Court to hunt down the source of the Supreme Court leak

Stories of the Week:

Things Straight Men Were Told Not To Do Because It’s Gay

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of a Speech That Changed LGBTQ+ History

The ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Trailer Revealed My New Villain Crush

US provided intelligence that helped Ukraine target Russian warship

U.S. takes unprecedented steps to replenish Colorado River’s Lake Powell – Water levels at Lake Powell are so low as to endanger the production of hydroelectric power for seven Western states

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lawmakers in 19 states want legal refuge for transgender youth

University of Maryland students march for LGBTQ rights on ‘Maryland Day’

Anti-LGBTQ laws inspire many LGBTQ people to seek public office

Justice Department challenges Alabama law criminalizing transgender health care for minors

Don’t Say Gay copycat bill shut down in Louisiana

This Week in The Supreme Court Leak:

In A Post-Roe America, Expect More Births In A Country Where Maternal Mortality Continues To Rise

How the leak might have happened Most important bit: "Start from the premise that there were actually (at least) two leakers, and three leaks. The first leak was to the Wall Street Journal editorial board last week… The second leak was to Politico… The third leak was also to Politico."

Legal Expert Reveals Two Reasons Why Conservatives Might Have Leaked Roe Draft — Not the Court’s ‘Outraged Liberals

Leaked decision to overturn abortion rights shows that marriage equality & sodomy laws are next

Roberts investigation could make the Supreme Court very uncomfortable

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Sobbing Oath Keeper Pleads Guilty, Rats Out Leader

Third Oath Keeper Pleads Guilty: Seditious Conspiracy – Leader of North Carolina Chapter of Oath Keepers Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy and Obstruction of Congress

Federal judge rejects RNC lawsuit against Jan. 6 panel – RNC Can’t Hide Its Email List From Riot Panel

Jury Finds “Eye-Gouger” Ex-Cop Guilty On All Counts – Thomas Webster: Ex-NYPD officer guilty of assaulting police officer at US Capitol riot

Ex-Marine Gets 27 Months In Assault On Capitol Police

In Memoriam:

Neal Adams Dead: Batman Comics Artist Was 80

Bob Krueger, the last Democrat to represent Texas in the Senate, dies at 86

Friday Five (in the real world edition)

Welcome to the fifth and final Friday of April!

I’m still way behind on review posts.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about a dumb prohibition, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, and five stories about science. Plus something a notable obituary.

This Week in the Dumb Ideas:

Banning Menthol Cigarettes: Are They That Cynical Or Are They That Stupid?

Stories of the Week:

What a U.N. team has seen while documenting possible war crimes in Ukraine

TV networks did a poor job of covering climate and environmental issues on Earth Day compared to last year

Warren tries to ‘light the fire of urgency’ for Democrats – The Massachusetts progressive is going all-out to try to push her party to emerge from a morass of bad polling and stalled priorities before Election Day

George H. W. Bush-appointed judge warns of GOP blueprint to steal 2024 election

Autocorrect Explained: Why Your iPhone Adds Annoying Typos While Fixing Others – Tpying truble? During the iPhone’s first 15 years, its keyboard software has evolved, but it still sometimes flubs your lines. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Queer comic book artist conjuring up trans fantasies and Victorian romances

Disney Plus finally sees sense and pulls U-turn on Love, Victor

Parents challenge Alabama law banning treatment of trans kids

Literary-themed drag shows in St. Petersburg strike chord over recent LGBTQ issues

Kansas Anti-Trans Sports Bill Officially Dead

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

A look inside banned Florida math textbooks suggests Republicans simply lied about what’s in them

Gay Republicans supported anti-LGBTQ legislation. Now they’re surprised some of it is bad – The gay conservatives called Chasten Buttigieg a "groomer" for opposing Florida’s Don’t Say Gay law just a few months ago. Now they’re finding out that anti-LGBTQ legislation is "truly dangerous." "When I voted for the Let Rabid Dogs Run Wild and Bite Party I didn’t think they’d let the Rabid Dogs Bite Me!"

Georgia Gov Signs Bills Banning “Offensive” Library Books, Trans Athletes, And “Divisive” Racism Lessons

Former Bradford County Youth Pastor charged for sexually abusing teen girl – Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Teen Girl, Said God Gave Him A “Vision” That They Were “Betrothed”

Proud Boy Pleads Guilty To Felony, Will Rat Out Others – Defendant Obstructed Officers Trying to Secure Building

This Week in Science:

A dog’s breed isn’t the main reason it acts the way it does

Ingenuity helicopter takes photos of debris field on Mars

All of the bases in DNA and RNA have now been found in meteorites – The discovery adds to evidence that suggests life’s precursors came from space

‘Fish lizard’ fossils found in Swiss Alps belonged to some of the largest creatures that ever lived

Pterosaurs May Have Had Brightly Colored Feathers, Exquisite Fossil Reveals – An amazingly well-preserved fossil suggests the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs also had some type of feather or feather precursor

In Memoriam:

Clyde Robinson, one of Seattle’s last Buffalo Soldiers, dies at 101

Friday Five (no plausible heterosexual explanation edition)

Welcome to the fourth Friday of April!

I was at NorWesCon last week and I wound up blowing off last week’s Friday Five. I hope this week’s offering makes up for that a bit. Also, between lots of bad hay fever days and lots of deadlines at work I haven’t gotten much of my own writing done. I have dropped the ball of Star Trek: Picard reviews and Moon Knight reviews in particular. That also figured into my decision not to push myself to do Friday Five last week. I was on vacation and part of the point of vacation is to rest and recharge.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two takes on Tucker Carson’s latest insanity, one story about a major scam, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, five stories about voting suppression and similar crimes, and five stories about traitors. Plus something a notable obituary.

This Week in the Least Manly Fox Talking Head Is Obsessed with Manliness:

Macho Poser Tucker Carlson’s Journey from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to ‘The End of Men’ The promo for this special looks like a soft core gay porno. There is no plausible hetero explanation for Tucker’s obsession with hard male bodies and testicles…

Opinion: Why Tucker Carlson wants men to aim lasers at their private parts

This Week in Grifters:

Health Care Sharing Ministry Sharity Leaves 10K Families with Millions in Unpaid Bills – The network went bankrupt in the face of ongoing legal challenges, and regulators don’t expect members will receive the $50 million-plus they’re owed

Stories of the Week:

Ukrainians Line Up For Hours To Buy Special ‘Russian Warship, Go F*ck Yourself!’ Stamp

Your Guide to Independent Alternatives for Books, Audiobooks, eBooks, and Beyond

Frank James: Why did it take NYPD so long to find the Brooklyn shooting suspect?

Missing set of rare Charles Darwin notebooks anonymously returned to Cambridge University Library

Omicron subvariant now almost 90 percent of US COVID cases: CDC

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Jen Psaki breaks down in tears answering question about GOP attacks on trans kids

For the LGBTQ community and other minorities, war is fought every day

Recreational marijuana access reduces demand for prescription drugs – prescriptions for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures significantly decline

Air Force Offers Help To Military Families Hurt By States’ New Anti-LGBTQ Laws

‘100 Years of Men in Love’: New film unearths old stories of gay romance

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

In Florida: Ukrainian family facing hate crime charges for alleged beating of gay man – Police say victim was in gay relationship for months with member of Ukrainian family

Comedian makes a fool out of Republican candidate who wants to make Bible a “basic textbook”

Republican vilifying high school over drag show was part of a high school drag show

School bans unicorn book because it “could be promoting a gay lifestyle”

Transgender Treatment Ban Challenged By Lawsuit In Alabama

This Week in Voter Suppression and Related Crimes:

Texas GOP activist, donor Steven Hotze indicted for voter scheme

Wisconsin Conservatives: Disabled Voters Don’t Exist

Former Staffer Slams Madison Cawthorn, Calls Him a ‘Habitual Liar’ – claimed his district office had ‘more liquor bottles than they do water bottles’

Stephen Colbert Reveals Trump’s Most ‘Embarrassing’ Low Point Yet

Brian Kolfage Of We Build The Wall Agrees To Plead Guilty To Fraud

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

‘Stop the Steal’ leader cooperating with DOJ’s investigation of Capitol riot

Alex Jones Reaches Out to Justice Dept. About Jan. 6 Interview – The effort by the Trump ally to get an immunity deal is the latest sign of progress in the investigation, which recently brought on a well-regarded prosecutor

FBI says Proud Boy tried to derail Jan. 6 investigating by menacing agent – Barry Bennett Ramey was arrested and accused of pepper-spraying officers at the Capitol, calling a FBI special agent later and reading out the agent’s home address

GOP Sen. Mike Lee Flees Reporter Demanding To Know Why He “Lied” About His Role In Election Overturn Plot – Mike Lee Makes Awkward Escape From Reporter Asking About His Texts on Overturning Trump’s Election Loss

FBI has names of hundreds more Jan. 6 rioters. DOJ needs more lawyers to prosecute them – Citizen sleuths armed with the internet say they’ve identified dozens of additional rioters who haven’t been arrested

In Memoriam:

Robert Morse, star of ‘Mad Men’ and Broadway, dies at 90

Friday Five (disturbing sight edition)

Welcome to the second Friday of April!

The pollen count went down last weekend, and I had two whole days where I woke up with NO sinus headache first thin in the morning. Then Monday arrived. The pollen count has been hovering close to the highs of the previous week, but not always as bad all week. So it’s not quite as bad as last week.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one really good video editorial, one scary story about bribed Secret Service agents, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about haters. Plus something a notable obituary.

This Week in Very Good Explainer of Why People Noticing that a Book is Racist is Not Cancel Culture:

SFF180 Editorial – The Implosion of Silver Shamrock Publishing SFF180 Editorial - The Implosion of Silver Shamrock Publishing

This Week in Bonkers:

2 men impersonated federal agents to get close to the Secret Service, FBI says Some details: they provided these Secret Service agents with very expensive gifts and allowed them to live rent free in luxury apartments valued at over $40,000 a year, and the agents are trying to claim they didn’t realize these were bribes. It’s a scary story.

Stories of the Week:

Protocluster has too many dead galaxies in it – What is killing all these galaxies?

Phil Lord, Chris Miller: Animation Is Not a Lower Art Form

Fox News’ viewers can change their attitudes with exposure to CNN

Covid: Record 4.9 million people have the virus in UK

West seeks to ramp up arms deliveries to Ukraine as war enters new phase – Allies are gearing up for long haul — but want to send heavy weaponry quickly

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Apple wields its lobbying might against anti-gay laws

Kentucky Gov. Vetoes Anti-Trans Sports Bill, But Override Possible

Businesses are speaking out against anti-LGBTQ laws

Supportive mom Amber Briggle releases emotional PSA defending her trans son from bully politicians – "Trans kids don’t have a political agenda. They are just kids. They just want to be left alone," Amber Briggle says in the video

Transphobic gays shocked to learn that their conservative allies are anti-gay – And the internet replied, "We told you so."

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

Border Patrol’s use of Amazon’s Wickr messaging app draws scrutiny – A letter from the National Archives and Records Administration hints at growing unease with government officials’ use of some encrypted messaging apps

Ginni Thomas Is Not A Liar – She’s just deeply, deeply deluded

Leaked audio: They defended televangelist Perry Stone in public. In private, they said he was living a ‘predatory lifestyle’ and ‘false reality’

Trey Gowdy Demands Madison Cawthorn Name Names

Trump’s Truth Social Is Doing Even Worse Than You Thought

In Memoriam:

Bobby Rydell Dead: 1960s Pop Idol and Star of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Was 79

Friday Five (how dare you edition)

Welcome to the first Friday of April!

My hay fever has been much worse this week than last week. I am having a very difficult time finding any energy to write or otherwise be productive once my work day has drained me.

Anyway, it’s time for the 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 haters, five stories about traitors, and five stories about science. Plus something I posted.

This Week in Things That Should Be No-brainers:

House passes bill to cap the cost of insulin

This Week in Victims of the Murder Mob:

Exclusive: Widow of D.C. police officer Jeff Smith, who died by suicide, says battling rioters on Jan. 6 "changed him"

Stories of the Week:

Ariana DeBose becomes first out person of color to win an Oscar in historic moment

BFD ALERT! Judge Rules Trump Likely Committed Crimes

Russian Troops Are Now Turning on Each Other. ‘It’s a Sh*tshow,’ One Soldier Is Recorded Telling Another

Ginni Thomas Texts to Mark Meadows Indicate She Is Several Fries Short Of Happy Meal It’s not just seditious treason, it’s batshit bonkers seditious treason!

Jan. 6 DOJ probe expands to Trump “VIPs” — and maybe members of Congress: report – New subpoenas issued by the Justice Department could "reveal if members of Congress were in on the plot" I’ve seen lots of folk online dismissing this report because, "They’ll just ignore the subpoenas" You’re confusing the House of Representative’s Committee subpoenas with Department of Justice subpeonas. If someone ignores a Congressional committee subpeona, the Committee has to vote on whether to hold the person in contempt, and then the full House has to vote as well, at which point the Department of Justice has to decide whether to convene a grand jury… right? But this is the DOJ already convening a criminal proceeding. If you ignore the subpoena, U.S. Marshalls and/or the FBI take you to jail. So this is a very different situation.

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lil Nas X’s “baby registry” initiative raises almost $500,000 for HIV/AIDS organisations

The New Head of GLSEN on How She’ll Protect Queer Kids

Utah Students Organize Queer Prom After State Passes Anti-Trans Bill

‘Disturbing’: Biden Education Secretary Warns Florida After DeSantis Signs Anti-LGBTQ Bill Targeting ‘Most Vulnerable’

Texas school superintendent slams Attorney General who demanded she cancel Pride Week

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

2-time Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler arrested on child porn charges

Ben Shapiro Gonna Make His Own Razors, And His Own Disney, And, And, And … Other Stuff Too

DeSantis signs "Don’t Say Gay" bill into law The lie underlying this bill is the myth that people “become gay” by talking about it. The harm that this bill will cause to LGBTQ kids isn’t a myth — it is all too real.

Child sex abuse scandal in TX foster care system should undercut Abbott’s attack on trans kids and their families

Arizona, Oklahoma Governors Sign Anti-Trans Bills Into Law

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Is It Good When A Judge Says A Lawyer And His Client The President Did Crimes? Asking For John Eastman

Feds Reached Deals with Brian Kolfage, Timothy Shea

Judge Cites Tucker Carlson as Validation of ‘Actual Malice’ in Defamation Suit Against Fox News

Trump’s 8-hour gap: Minute-by-minute during Jan. 6 riot – President Trump’s time during the Jan. 6 riot is reconstructed from texts, tweets, videos, calls and more

Jan. 6 Rioter Admits to Taunting Police With Confederate Flag on Stick

Things I Wrote:

Star Trek Picard Finds the “Watcher”

Friday Five (that’s not freedom edition)

Welcome to the fourth Friday of March!

It is officially spring–and I have had the hay fever symptoms to prove it all week long![^1]

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week[^2], five stories of interest to queers and our allies[^3], five stories about haters, and five stories about traitors. Plus some things I posted and some notable obituaries.

This Week in Crocodile Tears:

Dr. Jill Biden went on ‘Sesame Street’ to promote kindness and conservatives are PISSED

This Week in Things We Should Do More Often:

Seattle Pride Cut Ties With Amazon Over Anti-LGBTQ+ Donations We have to find ways to push back at hypocritical corporations that claim to be pro-LGBT every June, while donated millions to anti-gay politicians.

Stories of the Week:

Why Can’t the West Admit That Ukraine Is Winning? – America has become too accustomed to thinking of its side as stymied, ineffective, or incompetent

Dr. Fauci Isn’t Going Anywhere Until There’s a Cure for HIV

Christianity Today publishes a shocking exposé – about itself

The bodies of Russian soldiers are piling up in Ukraine, as Kremlin conceals true toll of war

On The Money — Unemployment claims at lowest level since late 1960s

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Utah governor cites suicide rates for transgender youth in vetoing sports ban bill: ‘I want them to live’

Joe Biden helps LGBTQ Ukrainian refugees with fast-tracked US resettlement – LGBTQ people in Ukraine are especially at risk during the invasion

Republicans were obsessed with LGBTQ people at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing – Republican Senators should have been asking Judge Jackson about the law. Instead they aired their own hateful beliefs.

The Crosses We Bear: The Butch Martyr in Science Fiction/Fantasy

Out Judge Alison Nathan Appointed to Court of Appeals

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

Attacks on transgender kids and their families prove that Republicans don’t give a d@mn about ‘parental rights’

More Than One-Third of Trans Kids Are at Risk of Losing Care

Even Alan Dershowitz Thinks Ted Cruz’s Questions Were ‘Bigotry’

Jan 6 pre-riot rally speaker and Texas Attorney General ‪Ken Paxton‬ who is still facing felony securities fraud charges plus an FBI corruption investigation instigated by AG staff (that also involves an affair) accuses school district of breaking the law over Pride Week curriculum

15-Year-Old Florida Teen Arrested Over Antigay Attack on Another Boy

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Watergate Reporter Calls Ginni Thomas-Mark Meadows Bombshell ‘Unprecedented Entanglement’

Derrick Evans pleads guilty to civil disorder after Jan. 6 involvement – Ex-West Virginia Rep Pleads Guilty To Felony In Riot

Pro-Trump group sent armed members door-to-door in Colorado to “intimidate” voters

MI Gov Kidnap Plotter: We Wanted To Help Trump – Whitmer kidnapping aimed at stopping Biden win

U.S. Capitol Riot Suspect Granted Asylum in Belarus After Fleeing America

In Memoriam:

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and feminist icon, dies at 84

John Roach, Pioneer of the Personal Computer, Is Dead at 83

Things I Wrote:

Star Trek Picard Tries to Avoid “Assimilation”

[^1]: This is a footnote.

[^2]: In my opinion. And this is my blog, so why not?

[^3]: Even those so-called allies who object to the term queer.

Friday Five (truth bomb edition)

Welcome to the third Friday of March!

This week the weather has been having a difficult time deciding what season it is, though we haven’t had any below freezing nights lately.

Anyway, it’s time for the 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 haters, five stories about traitors, and five stories about science. Plus some things I posted and a notable obituary.

Stories of the Week:

America’s Best Christian Truth-Bombs Russia’s Worst Tyrant – Mrs. Betty Bowers against Vladdie Putin…he never stood a chance

Mounting Russian casualties in Ukraine lead to more questions about its military readiness

Biden Brings Receipts: President Blasts Big Oil for ‘Padding Their Profits at the Expense of Hardworking Americans’

Russell Wilson and His Seahawks

Fresno phishing scam dollar amount soars – and city wasn’t only victim, mayor says

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

I Know the Harm Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Can Do

Lizzo comes out swinging for trans kids

ABC Poll: Only 37% Support “Don’t Say Gay” Laws

Disney workers stage daily walkouts to protest ‘Don’t Say Gay’ and demand protections for LGBT+ staff

Idaho Republicans kill bill that would have made medical care for trans youth a felony – The Republicans still made it clear they are against gender-affirming care, though

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

A school asked a hate group to review its non-discrimination policy. LGBTQ people are fighting back – “We want to make sure they are appointing school board members that will think of all students when passing policy."

Pastor of Jacksonville church arrested in raid 1 of 3 charged with capital sexual battery

New Hampshire Pastor Hit With Four New Felony Child Porn Charges

Secret Service report details growing threat of "incel" terrorism – The Secret Service found some crossover between violent incels and white supremacists

White GOP Official Tries To Force ‘Hostile Takeover’ Of Black Town – The tiny, majority Black town of Mason, Tennessee is under fierce and direct pressure from the state’s white comptroller to dissolve its own 153-year-old charter and allow itself to be absorbed into the larger, majority white, majority Republican surrounding Tipton county, right after Ford announced they would build EVs there

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Jan. 6 panel obtains riot footage from film crew that trailed Proud Boys

Capitol rioter from Ross who lost job, marriage asks for leniency, but feds want jail for lies, lack of remorse – Jennifer Heinl’s husband told her not to go to the rally and filed for divorce a month after the riot

Proud Boys leader had plans to ‘storm’ government buildings on 6 January – Enrique Tarrio possessed document titled ‘1776 Returns’, with details to invade and occupy seven buildings and Proud Boys Leader To Remain Locked Up Until Trial

Judge takes unusual guilty plea from Capitol riot suspect – In bid to head off other Jan. 6 charges, Texas resident Lucas Denney pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer

SC Jan. 6 defendant jailed for sending 5,000 threatening texts to wife, a potential government witness

This Week in Science:

How Migrating Birds Use Quantum Effects to Navigate

A new saber-toothed mammal was among the first hypercarnivores

James Webb: ‘Fully focused’ telescope beats expectations

‘Tiny’ asteroid strikes Earth testing early warning system

Sex traps can lure giant hornets to their death, study finds

In Memoriam:

William Hurt Dead: Oscar Winner for ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ Was 71

Things I Wrote:

Tuesday Tidbits: Gurl You’re A Mess Edition

Jean Luc Does Penance as Star Trek Picard Explores a Road Not Traveled

Finally turning off the xmas screen saver

Friday Five (end the bs edition)

Welcome to the second Friday of March!

This week has been slightly better than last. The weather has been a little odd.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about some sad news in Seattle, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about traitors and criminals. Plus some things I posted and two notable obituaries.

This Week in Why There is No Joy in Seattle This Week:

‘This trade stinks’: Wyman & Bob react to Seahawks trading Russell Wilson

Seahawks to release 8-time All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner

Stories of the Week:

Senate passes Emmett Till Antilynching Act of 2022

Biden announces ban on Russian energy imports

Media’s Gas Price Coverage Gives Big Oil A Pass – Eagerly reporting from outlier gas stations that charge far above the national average, journalists remain obsessed with pinning the global pump trend on President Joe Biden

Ukraine war: Russian soldiers edge closer to Kyiv – as satellite images show large convoy ‘has dispersed’

Senate gives final OK to $1.5T government funding bill and House Passes $1.5T Spending Bill In Late Night Vote

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Gay Democrat Challenges GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert With Vow to End ‘BS’

Education Secretary reminds Florida governor that federal law trumps the “Don’t Say Gay” bill – Florida schools could lose federal funding if they violate civil rights law

Texas may lose billions in federal funding over its attack on trans children. The state is suing

HRC rejects $5M Disney donation until company does something to stop Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill – That’s a lot of money to decline, but there’s even more at stake for LGBTQ youth

Suit Against Texas Anti-Trans Order Can Go Forward, Says Appeals Court

This Week in Seditious Treason and Other Crimes:

Texas militia member convicted on all charges in first Jan. 6 trial

US Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls Ukrainian president a ‘thug’

Proud Boys Leader Dragged Out of Bed in His Underwear to Face Conspiracy Charge

‘Never Spent a Night in There’: Questions Raised About Mark Meadows Using a Mobile Home as His Voting Address

Rioter Who Smoked Weed In Capitol Gets Double DOJ’s Recommended Sentence After Showing “No Remorse”

In Memoriam:

Emilio Delgado, who played Luis on "Sesame Street" for 45 years, has died at age 81

Last remaining member of Star Trek pilot, Laurel Goodwin, dies

Things I Wrote:

Friday Political Memes 3/4/2022

Blast from the Social Media Past

Friday Five (complete joke edition)

Welcome to the first Friday of March!

This week has not been too bad work wise. My husband hasn’t been feeling well all week. I don’t have anything as consistent as his symptoms but I’m a bit under the weather, too.

Anyway, it’s time for the 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 and criminals, and five stories about sci fi award nominations. Plus some things I posted and two notable obituaries.

Stories of the Week:

Ukraine War Live Updates

‘Conquest doesn’t pay’: Economist Paul Krugman explains why imperialism will scar Russia’s economy

Activism Grows Nationwide In Response To School Book Bans

Much-Hyped D.C. Trucker Rally Turns Out to Be a Complete Joke

Russia inflames political war over gas prices, oil drilling

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Ukrainian LGBTQ activists fought & captured a group of Russian soldiers

Texas judge halts Republicans’ plans to investigate families of trans children for “child abuse” – Even Joe Biden is sick of Texas’ transphobia. His statement smacking down state Republicans is red hot

Student Organizer of Statewide Protest Against Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Suspended for Handing Out Pride Flags: Report

5 Steps Biden Administration Promises to Take to Protect Trans Kids

Good News From Texas: Historic Number of Out Candidates Win Primaries

This Week in Seditious Treason and Other Crimes:

Oath Keeper Joshua James Pleads GUILTY To Seditious Conspiracy – the right wing media has lost their "but no one has been charged with sedition" excuse when describing the January 6th insurrection.

Court Filing, At Last: J6 Panel Says Trump Conspired To ‘Defraud The United States’ – There is compelling evidence that puts Trump and his allies in grave danger of being prosecuted, George Conway explains

Teenage son takes stand at Jan. 6 trial of father – Jackson Reffitt describes reporting his dad, Guy Reffitt, to the FBI two weeks before the Capitol attack

BitConnect Founder Indicted in Global $2.4 Billion Cryptocurrency Scheme Surprise?

Tucker Carlson ‘Indistinguishable’ From Russian State Media, Ex-RT Host Argues

This Week in Science Fiction Nomination Time:

2022 Hugo Awards Nominations Close in Less Than Two Weeks

I’m a Hugo voter, and one of the areas of the ballot during nomination time that I always have trouble finding things to nominate is the "Best Related Work" category. Fan writer extraordinaire, Cora Buhlert, has decided to do something about that. She’s posting a series of reviews of non-fiction books about sci fi or sci fi creators that could be nominated:

Non-Fiction Spotlight: Robert E. Howard Changed My Life, edited by Jason M. Waltz

Non-Fiction Spotlight: The Complete Debarkle: Saga of a Culture War by Camestros Felapton

Non-Fiction Spotlight: Renegades and Rogues: The Life and Legacy of Robert E. Howard by Todd B. Vick

Non-Fiction Spotlight: True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman

In Memoriam:

Sally Kellerman who played Dr Elizabeth Dehner in the very first Star Trek episode dies at 84

Henry Lincoln, last surviving writer of 1960s era Doctor Who dies

Things I Wrote:

Weekend Update: Really Big Galaxy

Sunday Update: It’s Not Inflation, It’s Corporate Greed

Picard Gazes into the Stars… and the Past and…