Monday, July 31, 2023

I Love It!

The men came up with a fantastic idea.
The pageant's organizer recently said contestants had to be "women from birth."
By Mey Rude
July 26 2023

While some countries are pushing human rights forward, Italy has decided to take a step back in the area of trans rights.

The Miss Italy pageant has announced that it will not allow trans women to enter, and in response, over 100 trans men from the country have entered the pageant in protest.

Miss Italy’s organizer, Patrizia Mirigliani, announced the news on Radio Cusano earlier this month. Miss Italy’s current rules exclude trans women, and Mirigliani said that she is not going to update them to jump on the “glittery bandwagon of trans activism.”

“Lately, beauty contests have been trying to make the news by also using strategies that I think are a bit absurd,” Mirigliani said, referencing trans woman Rikkie Valerie Kollé’s recent victory in the Miss Netherlands pageant. She is the first trans woman to win the competition and will be the second trans woman to compete in the MIss Universe competition.


Trans activist Federico Barbarossa is a trans man in Italy who is using the “biologically born a woman” rule to enter the Miss Italy pageant. And now, over a hundred others have joined him.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

What a great job of activism. Use their own rules against their transphobia.
Another trans man who signed up, Elia Bonci, also spoke to an Italian newspaper about his decision to enter.

“I took courage, used my deadname, and signed up for Miss Italy. Because fighting transphobia is intersectional and even though I’m not a trans woman, I’ve decided to fight for their rights,” he said.
Thank you for having our backs.

You Give Up Your Rights When You Work For Them.

Thanks to the Supreme Court there is not a thing you can do. You don’t have any rights anymore.
Attending a drag show at Hamburger Mary’s, and later posting about it on social media, led to Kristi Maris losing her teaching job of nearly 20 years, she wrote on Facebook.
Houston Public Media
By Adam Zuvanich
July 26, 2023

A teacher at a Houston-area Christian school says she and a coworker were fired after attending a drag show earlier this month and posting about the experience on social media.

Kristi Maris wrote in a Facebook post Monday that she was dismissed from her job of two decades for "attending a sing along show at Hamburger Mary's," a national bar-and-grill chain with a Downtown Houston location that features dinnertime drag performances.

Maris and the other teacher, who is not being named because the teacher has not publicized their dismissal, worked at First Baptist Academy in Baytown, according to a Tuesday report by Houston TV station ABC13.

"They told me because I went to this show and posted a picture I wasn't walking in a Godly manner," Maris wrote in her Monday post. "So that being said, please remove yourself from my page if this offends you, if you think this is unGodly, makes me a pedaphile (sic), or causes you to feel uncomfortable."
The Supreme Court has said that even though they get federal funding they don’t have to obey the laws. They can discriminate to their heart’s content.

Heck, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia they don’t even have to follow a contract that they signed saying that they would not discrimiante.
First Baptist Academy says on its website that qualifications for teachers seeking employment at the school "begin with professing Christ as Lord and Savior and exhibiting a Christ-like lifestyle."
Think about this, you are a Christian who lives your life in “a Christ-like lifestyle" but you are a member of a an affirming church but they can still fire you because you don’t conform to their beliefs. Hmm… would that be an interesting case? The teachers sue the church because the school is  discriminating is discriminating against the teachers religious beliefs.

You don’t have any right when you work for a religious organization… all they have to say “It is against our religious beliefs” and it is a “Get out of Jail Free” card voiding all the laws and your rights.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

There Is A Difference.

When you buck the governor there is a difference between standing up against a policy that exclude people and a policy that is inclusive.
Under the new guidelines, students must receive parental permission to be referred to by a different name or gender
Fox News
By Landon Mion
July 26, 2023

Several school districts in Virginia said they would be rejecting Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's model policies requiring students to use bathrooms and pronouns that match their biological sex.

The updated Virginia Department Of Education’s 2023 Model Policies include "clear and useful" suggestions to school districts for preferred pronoun usage, maintaining student records, the identification of students and enforcing sex-based dress codes.

Under the new guidelines, students must use bathrooms and other private facilities that correspond with their biological sex instead of gender identity unless required by federal law. Students are also required to receive parental permission to be referred to by a different name or gender.

Alexandria City Public School’s Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt and School Board Chair Michelle Rief released a joint statement on Monday saying they were "dismayed" when Youngkin introduced the policies on transgender students, ALXnow reported. This is the second straight year that the district has rejected the policies, which are updated annually.

"[W]e want to reaffirm our commitment to all students, staff and families, including our LGBTQIA+ community, that ACPS will continue to both implement and develop gender affirming policies for all ACPS students," the statement reads. "School Board Policy JB: Nondiscrimination in Education protects students from discrimination due to gender expression, gender identity, sexual harassment and transgender status."
Of course the governor and the Virginia Department of Education, are shall we say “a little upset” over the school districts not following the exclusionary policy.

Truthout wrote that,
Arlington Public Schools has announced that they will refuse to comply with the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) discriminatory policies toward transgender students in the state, which were finalized by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) last week.

“We have reviewed the model policies and determined that our current policies and policy implementation procedures that protect the rights of our transgender students will stay as is,” the Arlington Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán, wrote in a letter released on July 20.

The VDOE “model policies” bar transgender students from school sports and from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. Under the new policies, teachers would also be forced to refer to students by the name and pronouns on their official record, effectively forcing them to misgender many of their students.
Of course we all know why the Virginia Department of Education is forcing a discriminatory policy on the state school systems.
VDOE’s anti-trans policies stem from a 2020 state law which tasked the VDOE with creating model policies on transgender students. While the law was conceived to protect transgender students and was celebrated as such, Youngkin, who ran on a “parental rights” and anti-“woke” campaign, weaponized the law against transgender kids. Research conducted by the Trevor Project shows that transgender youth who attend gender-affirming schools are less likely to attempt suicide — meaning that Youngkin’s endorsement of these polices may very well be a death sentence for some trans kids.
Then we have the Supreme Court ruling of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board which the VDOE has conveniently forgotten.
Case: Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
Affiliate: ACLU of Virginia
May 22, 2018

A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board’s motion to dismiss a case brought by former student Gavin Grimm, holding that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity.

The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference within 30 days. The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia.

Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT &HIV Project, had this reaction:

“The district court’s ruling vindicates what Gavin has been saying from the beginning. Federal law protects Gavin and other students who are transgender from being stigmatized and excluded from using the same common restrooms that other boys and girls use. These sorts of discriminatory policies do nothing to protect privacy and only serve to harm and humiliate transgender students.”
Have you noticed that the Republicans have selective amnesia.

NPR wrote…
By a 5-to-4 vote, a coalition of conservative and liberal justices reaffirmed the court's 1986 precedent interpreting how legislative districts must be drawn under the landmark voting rights act, as amended in 1982. The court said that in Alabama, a state where there are seven congressional seats and one in four voters is black, the Republican-dominated state legislature had denied African American voters a reasonable chance to elect a second representative of their choice.
Which Alabama has ignored. Then we have an article in the website.
Ohio Republicans have ignored an Ohio Supreme Court order to approve a new state legislative district map, with a court-ordered Friday morning deadline passing without any official action from the GOP-controlled redistricting commission.

The move makes clear that with a federal court ruling securing their preferred maps for this year’s elections, Republicans plan to ignore the state judiciary’s attempts to enforce the language of redistricting reforms -- while waiting for a more favorable Supreme Court makeup following the November election.
Republicans thumb their noses at court rulings that they don’t like.

Stay tuned for the further adventures of the Virginia DOE… how will they handle the insurrection to their draconian and possible illegal policy.

A Steamroller Crushes Everything In Its Path.

They just don’t care, they have been so stirred up that they attack anyone who is different. The far-right sharks are on a feeding frenzy. But she has our backs!
A cisgender sportswoman, who takes part in competitive powerlifting, is using her TikTok to reveal the constant attacks she faces from anti-trans trolls on her gender identity. 
Pink News
By Chantelle Billson
July 27, 2023


But her videos have been constantly criticised by trolls who have accused her of being a man and “cheating” the system.

On Tuesday (25 July), she posted a video captioned: “This idea that trans women are ‘cheating’ is based on the belief that people born as men are automatically stronger 100 per cent of the time. Y’all aren’t. Sit down.” 

Her video was in direct response to a user who asked: “Are you really proud of cheating the system?” 

In text over the video, Laura wrote: “No, but I am proud of hurting your feelings by just existing. Once ya’ll realise that men aren’t magically stronger from birth, you’ll stop accusing women of cheating when they’re strong.” 
Because she looks masculine the sharks are after her.

These right-wingers don’t care if they hurt anyone. I can’t imagine what it is like as a cis woman having your gender questioned all the time by these knuckleheads that the Republicans have dragged out of the swamp.

In another Pink News article there is no good news!
Ghana is set to pass an anti-homosexuality law after its Supreme Court blocked a legal challenge.
By Jake McKee
July 27, 2023

Same-sex intercourse is already illegal in the West African nation, and is punishable by up to three years in jail.

The Ghanaian parliament has been debating the Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill for two years, with most MPs in favour of it.

It would criminalise same-sex relations, being transgender and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights (which alone is punishable by up to 10 yeas in jail under the bill), Reuters reported.

A legal challenge, filed by academic researcher Amanda Odoi, said the proposed legislation would affect donor aid and other financial support for the country, according to the news agency.

However, the Supreme Court ruled last week that her arguments were not convincing enough to grant an injunction, meaning Ghana’s parliament has a clear path to getting the bill through its final stages and signed into law.
And Ghana and Uganda are not the only countries in Africa attacking us…
Kenya is also considering an anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Protection Act would see a complete ban on activities that “promote homosexuality”, including openly identifying as LGBTQ+ or wearing Pride emblems.

Cuckoo Cuckoo Award!

This week’s Cuckoo Cuckoo award goes to a legislator from Florida (Where else, the state is filled with Cuckoo birds.) for proposing to throw out the state constitution.
Orlando Sentinel
By Scott Maxwell 
July 19, 2023

Florida politicians hatch so many harebrained ideas that it’s sometimes hard to keep track. Seriously, this state cultivates quackery the way Idaho does potatoes.

So you may have missed the latest head-shaker to come out of the Florida Legislature — a proposal to do away with Florida’s current constitution.


This, my friends, is serious. State Rep. Spencer Roach — the same GOP House member who helped hatch the government plan to take over Disney World — recently said he was launching a crusade to scrap the current state constitution and replace it with a new one.

Because who needs things like due process and freedom of speech? Clunky and outdated ideals like that can get in the way of an authoritarian agenda.


Now you’re starting to understand why some Florida politicians want to rewrite the state constitution. Judges won’t be able to rule their political schemes unconstitutional if the schemers are the ones who write the constitution in the first place. How brilliant.


Plus, Roach seems determined, telling Florida Politics: “Yes, it will be controversial, but we have a supermajority, and we need to act now.”

Yet another sign of a well-thought-out and legally defensible plan — when you need to rush it through before anyone has a chance to object. Just the kind of conscientious motivations anyone would want guiding a constitutional revision.
And so this week’s Cuckoo Cuckoo Award goes to State Rep. Spencer Roach and he joints the list of growing cuckoo, cuckoo legislators.

Runner Up

This couldn’t claim anyone owner so it couldn’t be in the top spot. The Attorney General of Florida is going to argue that the people shouldn’t have a chance to vote to legalize pot.
Marijuana Moment
By Kyle Jaeger
July 25, 2023

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday granted the state attorney general’s request for more time to file a brief arguing why voters should not get a chance to decide on a marijuana legalization initiative on the 2024 ballot.
Nope we can’t trust those voters to make the right decision (According to what the conservatives believe.) so we don’t want to hear what they think.

Past winners are:
Let me know who your nominees are for the week!

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Saturday 9: I've Got Your Number

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Chosen in memory of Tony Bennett, who passed away on July 21.
1) In this song, Tony sings that he recognizes his lover's insecurities because she's a lot like him. Are you unsure in social situations? Or do you meet new people easily?
I am awkward in social settings.

2) While singing was his livelihood, painting was Tony Bennett's passion. What hobby do you participate in with the greatest enthusiasm?
Three guesses and the first two don’t count. Photography as if you haven’t guessed.

3) Tony was a proud son of New Jersey. Many singers hail from The Garden State, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Frank Sinatra. What heroes, heroines or celebrities hail from your home state?
You got two choices… A) Nathan Hale or B) Benedict Arnold. 

4) Though Tony dreamed of becoming a commercial artist, he had to drop out of school in his teens to help support his family. Looking back on your teen years, what did you want to do for a living? Is that what you ended up doing?
I was always interested in engineering, my father was a civil engineer, my brother a systems engineer, and I went into electrical engineer.

5) During WWII, Tony served in Germany. The first time his voice was broadcast was during an aircheck for Armed Forced Radio. For the occasion he sang "St. James Infirmary." That was Tony's first. Let's contrast it with your last. What's the most recent song you sang?
I can’t remember that far back… singing is not one of my favorite activities.

6) After the War, Bob Hope saw him perform under his real name, Anthony Benedetto. Hope told him that, no matter how great his talent, his name would hold him back because it was too long for a marquee. And so, Tony Bennett was born. Tell us about a marquee in your town. Is it announcing a movie, play, or concert performance?
Um… I think it is about the flower club thanking them for doing the flowers around town.

7) In 2006, he recorded his Duets album, partnering with a variety of singers he admired. Tony said he enjoyed working with Paul McCartney at London's Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles created their classic recordings. If you vacationed in London, what would you be sure to visit?
Well first off I never really plan on going to a foreign country, if I did probably to a museum.

8) "I've Got Your Number" was performed by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show. According to Dick, they were so believable as a married couple that he received glares from a hotel clerk while checking in with his real-life wife, Margie. What TV or movie couple do you feel had "chemistry?"
Since I don’t watch that much television, probably the one you named Dick Van Dyke Show.

9) Special summertime random question: Would you have more fun at a pro baseball game or an art museum exhibit?
Since I am not a fan of sports it will be a museum, before the plague I used to go to the local museum, they are known for their Hudson River School collection and Thomas Hart Benton collection.

I remember the art history class I took for my undergraduate degree, the professor talked about Thomas Hart Benton collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art and I was “like oh Wow” that is just the next town over! It took almost 30 years for me to get there.

Friday, July 28, 2023

You Know What Gets Me About This Whole Mess?


It is that other officers must have known what was going on but they didn’t cross the Blue Line.
Connecticut Public Radio
By Matt Dwyer, Patrick Skahill
July 24, 2023

Thousands of fake traffic tickets recorded by Connecticut state police will now be the subject of an independent review, state officials announced Monday.

A recent audit found hundreds of Connecticut state police troopers falsified information on at least 26,000 traffic stops from 2014 to 2021, skewing reports on the race and ethnicity of pulled-over motorists.

Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, said the law firm Finn Dixon and Herling will interview state troopers and other people as part of their review into why the erroneous records were created.

The effort will be led by Deirdre Daly, Connecticut's former U.S. attorney.

The leader of the Connecticut state police said in a statement Monday he has ordered troopers to cooperate with the investigation.

"I have issued an order today to all state troopers instructing them to cooperate with the investigation and come forth with relevant information," Connecticut State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas said. "The Connecticut State Police takes this matter very seriously and we have already instituted several reforms based on the recently released audit. We look forward to continuing that work. We welcome this investigation and will cooperate fully."
I certainly hope so since they are law enforcement officers.
ACLU Connecticut
December 15, 2020


Police Accountability,” a report focused on how pieces of municipal and state police contracts shield police employees from meaningful discipline when they harm people, lock towns into guaranteed year-over-year investments in policing, prevent transparency and accountability for police overall, and at times conflict with state laws. The report also recommended actions for municipal and state policymakers, including for the state legislature to end a state police contract provision that conflicted with freedom of information laws.

As the legislature came in for a special short summer session in July, the message from people across our state was clear: enough was enough. Faced with disinformation and thinly veiled aggression spread by police unions, the ACLU of Connecticut and advocates together pushed the legislature to take action for meaningful police accountability. More than 1,200 ACLU of Connecticut supporters emailed their legislators to tell them to act.

As a result of this advocacy and a courageous effort from the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican caucus, the legislature passed a first step bill that includes: 1) ending stop-and frisk, the unconstitutional practice that feeds on and perpetuates systemic racism in policing; 2) ensuring police union contracts can no longer supersede open records laws, 3) expanding and centralizing statewide collection of police use of force information; 4) creating an office of Inspector General to investigate and prosecute police who harm and kill Connecticut residents; and 5) requiring police officers to report excessive use of force used by a fellow officer.
Number 5 is my emphasis… when I was a student intern for my MSW I was required by law to be a mandatory reporter, if I see something I have to say something or I could be guilty of a crime.

Why did that law come about? It was because social workers were not reporting on possible child abuse so they passed a law forcing them to report it.

Why did PA20-1 AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY get passed? Simply because the police were not reporting on other officers who broke the law. Period. They were not reporting other officers when they saw them plant evidence, when they used excessive force, etc. etc. etc.

The Republican candidate for governor at the time said according to the Patch,
Stefanowski mainly focused on the issue of qualified immunity during a news conference, and said the change has made it harder for police departments to recruit candidates, according to the CT Mirror.
Stop and think for a minute. They say it is harder to get recruits because of the mandatory “duty to intervene” — that they must stop an officer if they are using excessive force and they most report another officer if they are doing something illegal like planting evidence. In other words they think that they might use excessive force or do something illegal… Um do we want police officers who think they might do those thing?

Now we get to the fake tickets. The Connecticut PBS article says,
The audit was spurred by a Hearst Connecticut Media report last year that said four state troopers in an eastern Connecticut barracks intentionally created hundreds of bogus traffic stop tickets to boost their productivity numbers. After internal affairs investigations, one trooper was suspended for 10 days, another was suspended for two days and the other two retired before the probe was completed.
1. This was illegal but no other police officers reported them.
2. This was what the new law was designed to stop, evidently the other officers ignored the law.
3. The state police officers felt that the Blue Line was more important than the laws of this state.


Banning The Bannings!

With so many states, local libraries, and schools banning book one state after another passing laws banning book banning. This law makes it harder to ban books.
AP News
By Clarire Savage
June 12, 2023

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law a bill that he says will make Illinois the first state in the nation to outlaw book bans.

Illinois public libraries that restrict or ban materials because of “partisan or doctrinal” disapproval will be ineligible for state funding as of Jan. 1, 2024, when the new law goes into effect.

“We are not saying that every book should be in every single library,” said Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, who is also the state librarian and was the driving force behind the legislation. “What this law does is it says, let’s trust our experience and education of our librarians to decide what books should be in circulation.”
Heaven’s no! Trust a liberal! The Republicans are rolling over in their graves, you can only trust Trump and his gang of “Moms for Liberty!”
The new law comes into play as states across the U.S. push to remove certain books in schools and libraries, especially those about LGBTQ+ themes and by people of color. The American Library Association in March announced that attempts to censor books in schools and public libraries reached a 20-year high in 2022 — twice as many as 2021, the previous record.

“Illinois legislation responds to disturbing circumstances of censorship and an environment of suspicion,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Meanwhile those that talk out of both sides of their mouths,
“I support local control,” said House Minority Leader Tony McCombie, a Republican who voted against the measure, in an emailed statement. “Our caucus does not believe in banning books, but we do believe that the content of books should be considered in their placement on the shelves.”
As they ban dozens of books from library shelves, cut funds to libraries, and force out librarians who don’t follow the Republican ideology. The New York Times wrote in an article about the new law,
Taking a new tack in the ideological battle over what books children should be able to read, Illinois will prohibit book bans in its public schools and libraries, with Gov. J.B. Pritzker calling the bill that he signed on Monday the first of its kind.


Governor DeSantis supported state laws aimed, at least in part, at limiting access to some reading materials in public schools. Books targeted to be removed have dealt primarily with L.G.B.T.Q. and social justice themes, with some groups objecting to materials on gender and sexuality in books that schoolchildren could read.
We only want librarians who kowtow to our agenda!

Meanwhile the Advocate wrote about the new law…
“While it’s true that kids need guidance, and that some ideas can be objectionable, trying to weaponize local government to force one-size-fits-all standards onto the entire community for reasons of bigotry or as a substitute for active and involved parenting is wrong,” the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Anna Stava-Murray, said at the signing ceremony at a children’s library in Chicago, the AP reports.
“Onward Christian soldiers” is the rallying cry of the far-right, they believe they are on a mission from god to stamp out all these liberal ideas like the parents should chose what their children read and not the state.

So what has been the response from the Republicans? Believe me, it is a doozy!
The Center Square
By Kevin Bessler
July 24, 2023

Some Illinois Republicans want public libraries in the state to withdraw from the American Library Association.  

Public libraries have been a hotly debated topic in recent months. Illinois became the first state to essentially ban book bans after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law limiting taxpayer-funded grants to libraries that don't follow the ALA's policies on prohibited materials.  

“We refuse to let a vitriolic strain of white nationalism coursing through our country determine whose histories are told,” Pritzker said. “Not in Illinois.”

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour, R-Beecher City, said the governor's comment is a false narrative of the left because there was never any talk of banning books. 
Umm… “because there was never any talk of banning books.” Umm… How can you even respond to that with books being yanked off selves all over the country.
Wilhour is part of the Illinois Freedom Caucus, which is calling on public libraries in the state to withdraw from the Chicago-based ALA after their new president proclaimed herself to be a Marxist.
Hun? What are they talking about? A Marxist?

So I turned to Google. It turns out when Emily Debranski was elected to run the American Library Association according to Fox News she wrote…
According to The Center Square, the Freedom Caucus reported in April 2022 that Emily Debranski, the head of the ALA, wrote on Twitter: “I just cannot believe that a Marxist lesbian who believes that collective power is possible to build and can be wielded for a better world is the president-elect of @ALALibrary. I am so excited for what we will do together. Solidarity! And my mom is SO PROUD I love you mom.”
And the conservatives grabbed hold of it like a rabid dog and ran with it. I don’t think that there are anything wrong with being a Marxist, or a Republican, or a Democrat it all depends on your actions and not your party, actions speak louder that words.

NBC reported in Montana that;
The Montana State Library Commission voted Tuesday to leave the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, because the ALA’s president described herself as a “Marxist lesbian” in a social media post last year.


During a meeting Tuesday, Tom Burnett, a member of the Montana State Library Commission, made a motion to “immediately withdraw” the state library from the ALA and send the association a letter to explain that “our oath of office and resulting duty to the Constitution forbids association with an organization led by a Marxist,” according to the Montana Free Press.
So now the focus is not on all the books being banned, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" the Republicans are trying to shift the focus from the books being banned to a comment made by the president of the ALA so now they say anything the ALA does is tainted.


I have been dropping hints that maybe Connecticut should pass a law like this as a result of conservative towns in Connecticut trying to ban books here.

The kids get it. It is the eighteen to thirty year old's who are the new voting block who get climate change and LGBTQ+ rights. And they vote!
Washington Post
By Greg Sargent Columnist
July 25, 2023

Something is happening among young voters in America — even if, to paraphrase the old Bob Dylan song, we don’t know what it is.

Consider: Youth turnout exploded during the 2018 midterm elections under President Donald Trump. Then in 2020, energized opposition to Trump among young voters was critical to his defeat. And in the 2022 midterms, surging youth participation helped fend off the widely predicted “red wave.” Even some Republicans fear that expanding youth populations in swing states pose a long-term threat to the GOP.

New data supplied to me by the Harvard Youth Poll sheds light on the powerful undercurrents driving these developments. Young voters have shifted in a markedly progressive direction on multiple issues that are deeply important to them: Climate change, gun violence, economic inequality and LGBTQ+ rights.

John Della Volpe, director of the poll, refers to those issues as the “big four.” They all speak to the sense of precarity that young voters feel about their physical safety, their economic future, their basic rights and even the ecological stability of the planet.
You remember our generation out there protesting the Vietnam War, racism, poverty, civil rights, abortion rights, and women rights. But something funny happened, they grew up had children and all of sudden they became conservatives. It is the new generation that is out there protesting again… for the same things again.
Many of today’s 18-to-29-year-olds, who are mostly older Gen Z Americans plus the tail end of the Millennial generation, lived their formative years during the Great Recession and the election of Trump. What’s more, these new voters are politically coming of age during a remarkable confluence of events that appear to be conspiring in an improbable way to push them to the left.
Gee, just like we did in the sixties.
Meanwhile, the pandemic likely drove home the vulnerability of millions to economic shocks as well as the woefully patchy social safety net in the United States. And red states are escalating their assault on LGBTQ+ rights, a national movement that appears to threaten big gains in this area that for these voters are likely typified by the Supreme Court’s finding of a right to marriage equality in 2015.
Just like we did again Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon… a Republican. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" it seems like we are going around and around with Fascism and authoritarianism. In times of turmoil people look for a simpler way, looking for someone to lead them, but it is the children that throw off the yoke of authoritarianism and want freedom. It was the kids in the streets in the 60s that threw off the yoke that brought about abortion rights, Stonewall, civil rights, and the EPA. Now once again the Republicans are the one who took away a women’s right to chose, and are taking away LGBTQ+ rights.

We paid the price… “Four dead in Ohio” “Blood on the streets of New Haven.” 

Stonewalled… Not That Stonewall!

In hiding, that is what the ED in Erie County Pennsylvania is doing, hiding from the Library Advisory Board, the Erie County Public Library Executive Director Karen Pierce is doing to avoid questions as to why the Pride exhibit was moved.
Three members of the Erie County Library Advisory Board resigned after the library executive director ordered staff to relocate a Pride Month display in June.
Erie Times-News
By A.J. Rao
July 25, 2023

When a Pride Month book display at Blasco Memorial Library featuring LGBTQ+ children's books was relocated in June, the all-volunteer Library Advisory Board attempted to find out why.

It wasn't easy.

Interim Board President Quyen Aoh said the board reached out to Erie County Public Library Executive Director Karen Pierce several times by email and phone. They'd hoped to convene a special board meeting to address the relocation, which had sparked fast backlash from LGBTQ+ groups as well as some state and local elected officials.

But Aoh said the board only received notification from the library that special board meetings could only be called by Pierce's "direct superior," a claim that Aoh refuted.

"The (advisory board) bylaws specifically state that we can call additional meetings if three or more of us request it, which is what we did," Aoh said at the board's July meeting on Thursday.

Board member Adam Groves said the bylaws also allow board presidents to call a special meeting at their discretion, and that the board president at the time, William Conway, attempted to do so to no avail.
Why do conservatives lie all the time? It seems like conservatives try to weasel of everything that they do.
Board members responded by noting they are specifically appointed — seven by Erie County Council and two by the county executive — to provide guidance and accountability to the library director, especially when a library policy or decision affects so many in the community.
If they can fire the Executive Director why don’t they do so, with the words that Donald Trump made famous… “You’re Fired!”

What gets me is;
Shortly after library staff were directed to move the display on June 19, a sign attributed to "Erie County Public Library Children's Librarians" was seen at the children's library. It stated the executive director told them to take down or move the display to a less visible location because of a complaint. [My emphasis.]
“A” complaint not a dozen, not five, not even two but “A” complaint. How many complaints will it take to put them back to where they were? A dozen? Two dozen? A hundred complaints about them being removed? Does one complaint cancel a hundred complaints about them taken down?
The decision to relocate the display was condemned not just by organizations like the Greater Erie Alliance For Equality and the NW Pride Alliance — the latter called the decision an "outright attempt to censor queer content" — but the Library Advisory Board itself.

The board confirmed Thursday that three of its members resigned in response: Bonnie Barthelmes, as well as Conway, the president, and Vice President Martha Knuth. The nine-member board now has five vacancies.
Surely the Board can order the ED to come before the Board. Can you imagine yourself refusing to see your boss when called to their office?
Thomas said it was not the library's intent to marginalize anyone and that Pride Month displays were set up in other parts of the library. She also said the display was simply moved to accommodate another "summer reading program" display and that no books were removed from circulation.

Aoh, citing the American Library Association, said even the relocation of books can be a form of censorship.
That seems like very poor planning if the displays overlapped just happened during Pride month. Why don’t I believe that “ was not the library's intent to marginalize anyone…” and not only that but no one knows how many complaints were made.

The Board has asked many questions that they are waiting for answers from. Questions like the number of complaints… the Board only heard crickets from the ED. Or a question was any display moved before for any reason or is this the first time.

These people scream “Parental Rights” but it seems to be a one-way street… their rights and everyone else rights be damned!

Thursday, July 27, 2023

I Wouldn’t Put It Past Them.

I would not be surprised if this was the ulterior goal, to strip the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it has always been a thorn in their side… we have a god given right to discriminate!
By Alphonso David
July 24, 2023

Thirteen Republican attorneys general have sent a letter warning Fortune 100 CEOs against taking race into consideration as part of their employment and contracting practices. They claim this is in response to the recent Supreme Court case banning affirmative action in higher education. But the intent behind their threats has nothing to do with affirmative action–and everything to do with gutting all provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The recent letter may have been co-signed by the top lawyer in each of their respective states, but it doesn’t stand up to the slightest bit of legal scrutiny. Their primary argument is that the ruling in Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College has rendered “explicit racial quotas” illegal. This wholly ignores that racial quotas have long been prohibited under the Civil Rights Act, as decided by the Supreme Court in Regents of University of California v. Bakke all the way back in 1978. That’s a full 45 years of settled law that is being ignored in favor of inflammatory threats against America’s largest companies.

So, if the attorneys general letter isn’t about new legal implications coming out of the recent affirmative action decision, what is it about?

In the short term, Republicans are hoping to create a further chilling effect on corporate diversity initiatives that are already on the ropes. Recent controversies surrounding Disney, Anheuser-Busch, and others are fresh in countless CEOs’ minds, who may be worried about attracting the attention of right-wing ideologues. The attorneys general clearly intend to contribute to this environment of fear in hopes that employers will choose to dismantle corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion programs rather than risk a lawsuit.
All these supposedly business friendly politicians are willing to attack businesses who do not follow their ideology! It is the Republican philosophy that you should be to hire or not hire a person not on the qualifications but rather who they are, what they believe in, who they are married to, and how nature made them.
In the long term, their intentions could be even more nefarious. The letter represents the opening salvo in Republicans’ efforts to attack Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and redefine what constitutes racial discrimination.
It was always a thorn in the Republicans side.
The Republican attorneys general suggest that our current environment differs so substantially from where the country was in 1964 that our definition of what constitutes discrimination must change. They blithely and offensively suggest that America has solved racism–that the same law that protects Black employees from being called racial slurs in the workplace should now be race-neutral, so it can be wielded by white employees who feel they have been unfairly passed over for a job.


Make no mistake: The attorneys general who issued this letter are showing their hand. They intend to bring or influence lawsuits against employers that have inclusive employment, contracting, and hiring practices in the months ahead–all in service of pursuing another radical Supreme Court decision that upends precedent and guts Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

This is a cynical political game. It’s not based on sound legal theory that honors legal precedent or legislative history. But that doesn’t mean it can be ignored. If we don’t hold these disingenuous efforts up to the light, we will lose ground under the cover of darkness. If we don’t speak up, our silence becomes complicity.
Tell me, what do you think the justices talk about on those long vacation trips that the billionaires pay for?
By Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott and Alex Mierjeski
April 6, 2023

IN LATE JUNE 2019, right after the U.S. Supreme Court released its final opinion of the term, Justice Clarence Thomas boarded a large private jet headed to Indonesia. He and his wife were going on vacation: nine days of island-hopping in a volcanic archipelago on a superyacht staffed by a coterie of attendants and a private chef.

If Thomas had chartered the plane and the 162-foot yacht himself, the total cost of the trip could have exceeded $500,000. Fortunately for him, that wasn’t necessary: He was on vacation with real estate magnate and Republican megadonor Harlan Crow, who owned the jet — and the yacht, too.
NPR reported that Propublica…
A ProPublica investigation out Thursday reveals that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to disclose luxury vacations and free travel provided by conservative billionaire Harlan Crow.
So tell what did they talk about during those nine days?
By Justin Elliott, Joshua Kaplan, Alex Mierjeski
June 20, 2023

In early July 2008, Samuel Alito stood on a riverbank in a remote corner of Alaska. The Supreme Court justice was on vacation at a luxury fishing lodge that charged more than $1,000 a day, and after catching a king salmon nearly the size of his leg, Alito posed for a picture. To his left, a man stood beaming: Paul Singer, a hedge fund billionaire who has repeatedly asked the Supreme Court to rule in his favor in high-stakes business disputes.

Singer was more than a fellow angler. He flew Alito to Alaska on a private jet. If the justice chartered the plane himself, the cost could have exceeded $100,000 one way.

In the years that followed, Singer’s hedge fund came before the court at least 10 times in cases where his role was often covered by the legal press and mainstream media. In 2014, the court agreed to resolve a key issue in a decade-long battle between Singer’s hedge fund and the nation of Argentina. Alito did not recuse himself from the case and voted with the 7-1 majority in Singer’s favor. The hedge fund was ultimately paid $2.4 billion.

Alito did not report the 2008 fishing trip on his annual financial disclosures. By failing to disclose the private jet flight Singer provided, Alito appears to have violated a federal law that requires justices to disclose most gifts, according to ethics law experts.
I can just picture them sitting around a roaring fire sipping their 25 year whiskey talking about how to present their case and how the judge could rule?
“If you were good friends, what were you doing ruling on his case?” said Charles Geyh, an Indiana University law professor and leading expert on recusals. “And if you weren’t good friends, what were you doing accepting this?” referring to the flight on the private jet.
This was when Justice Samuel Alito spoke at the Heritage Foundation and how they promoted the talk,
In a wide-ranging discussion, Associate Justice Samuel Alito discusses his more than three decades on the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Over the course of his judicial career, Justice Alito has demonstrated a keen intellect and an allegiance to the Constitution. He has also exhibited courage by never hesitating to state what the law is, not what he would like it to be, even when doing so places him in the center of the storm. He also has exhibited a quality that is exceedingly rare in Washington: humility.
Justice Alito at the end of the talk said when asked;
When you quoted a great jurist, Learned Hand, who once wrote, “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no Constitution, no law, no court can save it.”

 I was wondering if you could elaborate a little bit on that and your thoughts on the precious values in our Constitution and its fragility.

Justice Alito: The enforcement of rights almost always has costs, and there will be those in government who from time to time want to restrict rights. What happens when they try to do that? Who is going to be there to try to stop this from happening? We hope the courts will do that. Most of the time, the courts do that. But in the end, the judiciary is the weakest of the three branches. If it came down to a bare-knuckles fight between the judiciary and either the executive or Congress, there’s no doubt who would lose.
What do you think that the lawyer get out of these “Question & Answer” session, maybe an understanding on how to present a court case?

The Washington Post reported back when Amy Coney Barrett was President Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court…
Barrett was a paid speaker five times, starting in 2011, at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a summer program established to inspire a “distinctly Christian worldview in every area of law,” tax filings show. It was founded to show students “how God can use them as judges, law professors and practicing attorneys to help keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel in America.”

The Blackstone program is run by Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy group whose founding leader has questioned the “so-called separation of church and state” as it is often understood. In the years Barrett spoke there, the fellowship’s suggested reading list included a book co-written by the same leader that lamented how Christians for too long had been “AWOL from the courthouse.”
The justices are in a web of intrigued with conservative legal organizations, are they talking about strategy for different cases? How to present their cases? What the judges are looking for in a case. Do you think that this will give them an unfair advances when they go to court? 

The case that the Supreme Court ruled on the last day of the session the case of 303 Creative v. Elenis was all “what if” it wasn’t even true, all was all premised on “What if I posted this on my website?” there was no injured party. Do you think that the strategy was discussed on one of those billionaire junkets with the justices? Or did they just talk about how great the fishing was?

I Chose To Be…

One day I woke up decided life wasn't complicated enough so I chose it.

I chose it to tick off Sister Mary Elephant so she would rapped my knuckles with a ruler.

I chose to be to piss off my dinner companions and poking my elbows in them.

I chose to be so I could get aggravated over scissors not working, doors with the door knobs on the wrong side, school desks with the arm rest on the wrong side, spiral notebooks and binder folders having the spirals on the wrong side*! 

I just decided when I was 3 years old to be left handed.

According to the Better Health Channel…
  • Researchers still don’t understand why around 10 per cent** of the population turn out to be left-handed.
Just like they don’t know why people are LGBTQ+ but the conservatives don’t understand that
  • Most children have a preference for using one hand or the other by the age of about 18 months, and are definitely right or left-handed by about the age of three.
The same is true for gender identity, by around 3 years old we develop our gender identity.
  • If your child is naturally left-handed, don’t try to force them into using their right hand.
Conversion Therapy doesn’t work! You cannot change a person’s sexual orientation nor their gender identity, it is fixed some how inside us… we are born this way.

*I used to use a spiral notebook upside down so I could write without my hand resting on the spirals.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

I Hide In The Closet.

I was so deeply closeted that I couldn’t even see the light through the crack in the door. Finally the stress of hidden because too great and it looked like people were more accepting so I stuck my toe out the door.

We were always here but hiding in the closet.
New York Times
By Jane Coaston
July 20, 2023

What’s the correct number of lesbians? Gay men? Bisexuals? Trans people? Is there a number that is too high? Too low? Just right?

Every year, Gallup releases a survey of how many Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The 2023 edition found it was about 7 percent. That percentage has held relatively steady over the past three years, but it is about double the percentage in 2012 (3.4 percent). Perhaps most notably, the number of transgender Americans has increased, as has the number of people who identify as nonbinary.

A lot has happened over the past decade, a lot of it to the benefit of L.G.B.T.Q. people. This is the best time in American history to be L.G.B.T.Q., with the proviso that the bar for such an achievement is incredibly, unspeakably low. Marriage equality is now the law of the land, and more people know someone who is trans now than they did a few years ago. Many people now live in public, too, sharing their lives on social media with strangers. There are more visibly L.G.B.T.Q. people because there are more visible people, period.

But that visibility has produced a very strange complaint from some critics. L.G.B.T.Q. people are OK in theory, they seem to argue, but there are simply too many of them.
Why the increase in LGBTQ+ people coming out? Well I have my own theory, I think that there are two driving forces.
L.G.B.T.Q. people are, of course, no strangers to public antipathy, the voices that seem to see the rising number of L.G.B.T.Q. people as a sign of a deeply decadent culture or even a dying civilization. But what makes this form of criticism seemingly novel is that it focuses on quantity rather than quality.

Even seemingly straightforward descriptions of the statistics can get overheated quickly, something as ephemeral as following a trend (like bisexuality, according to some outlets) or as widespread as a social contagion.

The increase in visible trans people is factual, of course. There are more out trans people — and trans young people — today than there were 10 or certainly 20 years ago, which makes sense, given that 20 years ago even the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage on a national level was a wedge issue so contentious that it may have helped tilt key races. But treating the increase as a diagnostic craze or cause for concern implies that there is a trans set point of sorts, a correct number of people who are permitted to be trans.
My theory is that there is more public acceptance of us and more people feel that it is safe to come out. Back before the Stonewall Uprising you could get arrested, lose your job, be ostracized from the community but now it is relatively safer.
Isaac Schorr put it similarly in National Review: “To suggest that social suggestibility could be playing a role in the skyrocketing numbers of young girls’ expressing their desire to become males, for example, is not of course to say that gay and transgender people would not exist without these topics’ being discussed in the public square. It’s only to say that people, and especially young people, are susceptible to being influenced on all manner of issues, especially when the arguments they’re hearing come from people in positions of authority — such as teachers — and are presented as truth.”
It all fits into place when you realize that these right-wing nits still believe being LGBTQ+ is a choice. It all fits in with their “Grooming” philosophy, if we are born this way all the grooming nonsense makes no sense.
There’s been an objective increase in the number of visible L.G.B.T.Q. people in the past decade. But the discomfort with that visibility isn’t an objective fact of life. There is no maximum number of people on earth who can be trans before we face civilizational ruin or planetary collapse. This is the first time in American history that gay and trans people have been able to live as themselves in any real way, with jobs and marriages and dogs and cats and visibility. And when others panic about rising numbers and fret about what causes people to be trans (or queer in general), the not-so-hidden message is that repression might be necessary to stop them, as if the temptations of trans life were too alluring otherwise and might entice “normal” people too much. Yes, more people are trans now than they were a few years ago. And that’s … normal.
The second part of my theory why there are more visible LGBTQ+ people is because those who were content to live in the shadows are now coming out and giving the right-wingers the finger…
I am here! I am queer! And I’m in your face!

The Conservatives Are Having A Tizzy Over A Movie Again!

You know it seems like the Republicans just can’t watch a movie without going ballistic over it, guess which movie now set them off? Hint: think pink.
Far-right politicians and pundits don't like seeing trans actress Hari Nef in the movie, and Ted Cruz thinks an image of a map is Chinese Communist Party propaganda.
The Advocate
By Trudy Ring
July 20, 2023

Some right-wingers are losing it over the new and inclusive Barbie movie, critiquing its expansive view of gender and even calling it communist propaganda.

The Greta Gerwig-directed film, which opens Friday, depicts a land in which various Barbies and Kens have an idyllic life. But one of them, played by Margot Robbie, decides to see what the outside world is like, and she’s in for some surprises.

Another one of the Barbies is played by transgender actress Hari Nef. “As much as there’s a celebration of femininity and being a girl in this [movie], I think there’s also an encouragement of letting go of the checklist we ascribe to living and living your life and being in your body your way, on your own terms,” she recently told Out,a sister publication of The Advocate. “The best that we can do as women, as trans women, is be there for each other and take ourselves at face value, without relying on the green light from someone or anyone else.”
What the right-wingers want is a make believe land of the “Father Knows Best” era, where Blacks knew their place, Gays were in the closet and we never existed. Where the perfect family of Dick & Jane and Spot existed. Where everyone went to church on Sundays.
This was all too much for some right-wing commentators and politicians. The film “forgets its core audience of families and children while catering to nostalgic adults and pushing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender character stories,” wrote a contributor to Movieguide,a site with a conservative Christian bent. The article was headlined “WARNING: Don’t Take Your Daughter to Barbie.” Fox News quoted and amplified the Movieguide piece.

A separate Movieguidearticle quoted Nef’s Out interview again and interpreted her words to mean that Barbie “is an exploration of femininity and sexualization, with a clear, gross agenda in mind to push sexuality onto children.”
Then these conservatives started picking on Ken for his “pink” jacket… too wimpy not macho enough. We want our children to be “groomed” in the toxic male environment none of this “pink” stuff.
Then there are those who found the primary Ken character, played by Ryan Gosling, to be insufficiently masculine. Ginger Gaetz, wife of far-right Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, wrote on Twitter that when they attended the premiere, she saw “disappointingly low T from Ken,” referring to testosterone, and she also called him a “beta” male, not an alpha. (Note: He’s a doll without genitalia.)
But you know what, the people have voted all this nonsense down,
All the fuss probably won’t cut into the film’s audience. The hashtag #BoycottBarbie hasn’t caught on widely, according to Rolling Stone, which notes, “It seems unlikely that enough momentum will build before the movie is officially released on Friday to impede its estimated $95-$105 million opening weekend gross.”
Drive a Republican bat s**t and go watch the movie!

Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Macho, macho man (macho man)
I've got to be a macho man
I've got to be a macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho! Ow!
Macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho man
Macho, macho man (yeah, yeah)
I've got to be a macho!
Macho Man by The Village People
Yeah, it is all about real men! Men who don't wear pink sports jackets!
Is 'Barbie' anti-man? I won't see the movie, but I will definitely yell about it!
Real men devote hours of their lives bravely railing against movies about toys. Real men LOUDLY share their opinions on things they have not – and will not – see.
USA Today
By Rex Huppke
July 20, 2023

I am mad – mad I tell you! – about the new “Barbie” movie. My anger is palpable and is deeply rooted in several specific things, like Chinese propaganda, possibly, and also maybe something called “toxic femininity.”

I’m not exactly sure what these things have to do with the “Barbie” movie that premieres this weekend, but I know I will not be seeing the film because I must protect the daughter I don’t have from feminist indoctrination. DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE MY MIND!

I have been told by noted cinema expert Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz that director Greta Gerwig’s new movie about the classic Mattel toy is nothing less than “Chinese communist propaganda.”

How does he know that? Because there’s a cartoonish map shown in the movie, and that map has dashes on it, and then there’s something about China being on the map, and I don’t honestly understand the rest of it, but I know that’s all the information I need to be ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGED at this filth being pushed on me and the daughter I don’t have!!
With highfalutin outrage the Republicans condemned for having a wimpy man and not a MACHO MAN!

Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Macho, macho man (macho man)
I've got to be a macho man
I've got to be a macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho! Ow!
Macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho man
Macho, macho man (yeah, yeah)
I've got to be a macho!
The conservatives don't let a little thing like not seeing the movie cut into their bashing the movie on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” this week
How dare the "Barbie" movie that I haven't see and won't see make Ken look weak. I don't want my boys (the ones I do have) or my daughter (the one I don’t have) thinking a REAL MAN like me isn’t the best form of real manhoodness.


I’ll never know the true horror of this deeply offensive and dishonest “Barbie” movie that I’m not taking the daughter I don’t have to see. But I’ll tell you this much: I’ll never stop complaining non-specifically about how much damage “Barbie” has done, for various reasons, to our beloved American society.
Their feigned indignation is just a cover for the Republicans because now they don’t have to talk about the crumbling infrastructure. They don’t have to talk about global warming while Texas sizzles. They don’t have to justify their tax breaks to the billionaires and cutting Social Security and Medicare, they can sweep it under the rug.

No… it is all about macho men and trans women. I've got to be a macho, macho man!

In the Telegraph they also commented on the movie...
The gender themes in Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster comedy are riling conservatives, with some calling for a boycott
By Helen O'Hara
22 July 2023

It’s a mystery. Given that Barbie dolls have long been disavowed by feminists for pushing an impossible female beauty standard, you might expect that it would be American left-wing mobilising against the Barbie movie this week. Instead, it’s the US Republican party. The film centres around Margot Robbie playing Barbie, a woman who looks like the Republican ideal of femininity, and it is set in a world with a strict gender divide, which might seem like positives to conservatives. Yet several Republican pundits and politicians called for a boycott of the as the hype built ahead of its release on Friday.

So why the outrage? Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz took his fiancée Ginger Lucky Gaetz to an early screening in Washington DC on Tuesday. She tweeted a string of criticisms, singling out the film’s lack of depiction of family or faith and the “unfair” treatment of Mattel’s “pregnant Barbie”, Midge (Emerald Fennell). She thought that Ryan Gosling’s Ken displayed “disappointingly low T” [testosterone, which is not typically high in dolls] and said that the film “tries to normalize the idea that men and women can’t collaborate positively (yuck)”. Despite admiring its costumes and Margot Robbie’s leading role, she concluded, “I’d recommend sticking to getting outfit inspiration and skipping the theatre.”
The viewers are voting with their feet,
Either way, the movie is expected to make in the region of $110m at the US box office in its opening weekend, about double the predictions for its nearest rival, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, or the total for last week’s Tom Cruise hit, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1. The #BoycottBarbie hashtag has not taken off, so it seems that the capitalist appetite for the world-conquering doll may overcome any qualms about its casting or elements of its plot. After seven Transformers movies and three G.I. Joe movies, there’s simply a huge appetite for girls to see their favourite toys on the big screen at last.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Hand In Hand.

In activism there is something called the inside and outside games what it means is the inside game are the politicians trying to pass laws and the outside game are the protesters, and the Republicans know it very well.
By Odette Yousef
July 19, 2023

In late May, a group of young, male neo-Nazis converged outside a bookstore in Bozeman, Mont., to protest a drag queen story hour. Later that day, they hit another similar event in Livingston, Mont. The second weekend in June, the groups targeted the Lewis County Pride Festival in Centralia, Wash. A week after that, it was the Wind River Pride event in Lander, Wyo. And the following weekend, they were at Oregon City Pride, not far from Portland, Ore.

These men, dressed in tactical gear and masks, were members of so-called "active clubs" — a term that may be relatively new to American audiences. They are a strand of the white nationalist movement that has grown quickly during the last three years and that has recently taken their message of hate into more public view. These decentralized cells emphasize mixed martial arts training to ready their members for violence against their perceived enemies.
But this is not what Saul Alinsky envisioned when he wrote “Rules for Radicals” for the U.S. Communist Party, it was meant for union organizers. The conservatives denounce the rules as Communist propaganda but they embraced the rules.
"These clubs are decentralized and they're forming on their own," said Morgan Moon, an investigative researcher at the Anti-Defamation League, which estimates that there are active clubs now in at least 30 states. "We're starting to see [the active club model] pop up in Europe as well as Canada now."
Once again we are exporting our hate…
Rundo has also spent his time deepening trans-Atlantic ties with similar-minded hate groups. Colborne said he spotted Rundo at events hosted by ultranationalists in Budapest, Hungary, and Sofia, Bulgaria, in early 2020. These gatherings and connections have reinforced a common goal, said Colborne.
What do those countries have in common? They are both run by far right leaders with authoritarian leanings.
"Their praise of National Socialist tenets and of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is very apparent," said Piggott. "If you look at their social media, it's full of pro-Nazi, pro-Hitler rhetoric and and iconography."
Have the Republicans denounced them? Well none of them have said very much about them, it is almost like they are trying to hide from them. But how they are voting on bills is quite informative.

NPR wrote last year that.
The House has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to compel government officials to prepare a report on combating white supremacists and neo-Nazi activity in the police and military, despite every Republican voting against the measure.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Brad Schneider, was passed in a 218-208 party-line vote on Wednesday. All 208 votes against the amendment came from House Republicans, one of whom described it as "Orwellian."
Then we have Trump! The Atlantic wrote,
The role of extremist white nationalists in the GOP may be approaching an inflection point.

The backlash against former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes, an avowed racist, anti-Semite, and Christian nationalist, has compelled more Republican officeholders than at any point since the Charlottesville riot in 2017 to publicly condemn those extremist views.

Yet few GOP officials have criticized the former president personally—much less declared that Trump’s meeting with Fuentes and Ye, the rapper (formerly known as Kanye West) who has become a geyser of anti-Semitic bile, renders him unfit to serve as president again.


Yet others remain unconvinced that the GOP is ready to fundamentally break with Trump or ostracize the coalition’s overtly racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic white supremacists and Christian nationalists. “I think what we are looking at is the entrenchment of extremism, and that’s what is so worrisome,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told me.
The NPR wrote in their 'Active club' article that…
"He really saw the power of that aesthetic, that power of bringing young men together into these hyper masculine subcultures where they could train up for physical combat against their their perceived ideological foes," said Colborne.
What goes around comes around again.

We haven’t seen that much violence like this since the Hitler’s Brownshirts and Mussolini’s Sturmabteilung, and Trump has his own stromtroopers who he called “very nice people” Charlottesville rioters.

The Republican party is not the party of your parents.

This Is What They Will Not Be Hearing!

This is what they are censoring, they don’t want the children to hear this, you can’t speak his name, they don’t want children to hear about people who changed the world.
The controversy centered over a three-paragraph mention of the gay rights figure in supplemental materials.
NBC News
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
July 19, 2023

TEMECULA, Calif. — A Southern California school board has become the latest proxy for culture wars brewing across the country after a conservative bloc voted to formally reject state-endorsed curriculum that would have mentioned gay rights figure Harvey Milk. 

On Tuesday, a heated Temecula Valley Unified School District board meeting dissolved into shouts and jeers as parents, teachers and community members confronted one another over a three-paragraph mention of Milk in supplemental materials for students in grades one through five. 

At least three people were ejected from the five-hour hearing and escorted outside by law enforcement officers. In the parking lot, stickers in support of the far-right Proud Boys group mysteriously appeared on cars.
Why? Why can’t they talk about Harvey Milk in class? He was a historical person who changed the world, up there along with all the other people and protests… Marsha Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, 1959 Cooper's Donuts, 1965 Dewey’s Lunch Counter Protest, 1966 Compton Cafeteria Uprising, 1966 The Black Cat Tavern.
“Cancel culture has gone too far in Temecula: radicalized zealots on the school board rejected a textbook used by hundreds of thousands of students and now children will begin the school year without the tools they need to learn,” Newsom said in a recent statement.
Who are the real “Cancel Culture” who are banning books? Who have banned “Say Gay”?

So what do they not want you to hear about?