Showing posts from October, 2020

New Study Blames White House Failure For Over 130,000 "Avoidable" Covid-19 Deaths!!

It didn't have to be this bad! The failure of the White House to act properly during the pandemic led to so much death and economic destruction. It should be criminal!!Via Daily Beast:A new report from Columbia University on COVID-19 deaths estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans died because the United States’ response to the pandemic was an “abject failure,” particularly the actions of President Donald Trump. With an adequate response, the United States could have avoided tens of thousands of deaths and an incalculable amount of suffering, the researchers said.Dr. Irwin Redlener, the lead author on the study and the founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, laid the blame at the feet of the White House in an interview with The Daily Beast: “We believe that this was a monumental, lethal screwup by an administration that didn’t want to deal with reality.”In the report, titled “130,000–210,000 Avoidable COVID-19 Deaths—and Counting—in the U.S.”, …

Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions!!

This is a huge deal! And, right after the Amy Coney Barrett hearings. Via AP News:ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.Read the full article here. 

Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ, disabled clients

This is what happens when the GOP is in power. Their cruelty is on full display!! Via Yahoo News:Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ clients and those with a disability.The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation from Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, to remove protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Abbott’s office said the change was suggested because the board’s nondiscrimination clause went beyond the state’s policy on social work, according to The Associated Press.“It’s not surprising that a board would align its rules with statutes passed by the Legislature,” Renae Eze, a spokeswoman for Abbott’s office, said.Officials and the state Board of Social Work Examiners is now facing backlash for the decision, with some advocacy and professional organizations saying it could put already vulnerable disabled and LGBTQ people at a greater risk.Read the full art…

Gay Hero comes out at 90! It's never too late!

Via Queerty:Bio: Born in Missouri, Kenneth Felts grew up moving all over America courtesy of his father’s railroad job. When he reached adulthood, Felts settled in Colorado where he took a counseling job with the Colorado Division of Rehabilitation. Along the way, he married, had a daughter named Rebecca, and divorced. Now long since retired, Felts enjoys tending his garden and hanging out with his family, especially his grandchildren. Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic stymied Felts’ social life, so he began writing his memoirs. It was then that he had to face a lifelong secret....Felts kept the secret hidden from everyone, including his own daughter, who came out as a lesbian herself. Then this June, Felts happened to mention his love affair with a man named Phillip to Rebecca. He confessed that he regretted ever leaving Phillip, as the two had fallen madly in love. At the time, however, Felts thought it wiser to stay in the closet, to try and suppress his sexual orientation. …

Record number of LGBTQ Candidates on November 2020 Ballot!!

This is amazing! More and more LGBT candidates are running for office. So important that we get more and more representation!!! Via NBC News:More lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates will appear on ballots across the country this November than ever before, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a group that trains, supports and advocates for queer candidates.These candidates are also more racially diverse than in past election cycles, according to the findings.“A historic number of openly LGBTQ people are running for office this year and we have the opportunity to elect an unprecedented number on Election Day,” former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement. “While LGBTQ candidates are significantly more diverse than U.S. candidates overall, we must continue to break down the barriers LGBTQ people of color, women and trans people face when considering a run for office. Our government must reflect…

Amy Coney Barrett Did Not Disclose Talks With Anti-Abortion Groups On Senate Filings!

This is another reason why the Supreme Court Nominee should be disqualified for the appointment. Via CNN:Judge Amy Coney Barrett failed to disclose two talks she gave in 2013 hosted by two anti-abortion student groups on paperwork provided to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearing to become the next Supreme Court justice.Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, gave the talks -- a lecture and a seminar -- in 2013 in her capacity as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. The seminar was co-sponsored by the school's Right to Life club and constitutional studies minor, and the lecture was held by the law school's Jus Vitae club. CNN's KFile found advertisements for two lectures on social media and in a weekly Notre Dame faculty newsletter.It is not known what was said in the two events, though both centered on abortion court cases. In a separate instance, CNN's KFile found a publicized talk that Barrett gave to …

Russian Rock Band Pussy Riot Hangs Gay Flags For Putin's Birthday!!

Russia has become a very dangerous place for the LGBTQ community. Via Queerty:Rock band Pussy Riot marked President Vladimir Putin’s 68th birthday by placing rainbow flags on five Government buildings in Moscow yesterday.The Russian President has spoken out against LGBTQ rights, saying he doesn’t believe they align with traditional Russian values. He also oversaw the introduction of an anti-gay propaganda law in 2013. This bans the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relations to minors. It has been used to ban Pride marches and any positive gay representation in the media.Yesterday, to mark his birthday, Pussy Riot placed the pride flags on five government buildings, including the Russian Supreme Court and the Ministry of Culture.

Feds Thwart Plot To Kidnap Michigan Governor By Domestic Terror Group!!

If you remember, on April 17th, Trump tweeted a message about liberating Michigan after the Governor issued a Covid lockdown order. LIBERATE MICHIGAN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Via The Detroit News:The FBI says it thwarted what it described as a plot to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and federal prosecutors are expected to discuss the alleged conspiracy later Thursday.The alleged plot involved reaching out to members of a Michigan militia, according to a federal affidavit filed Thursday. The court filing also alleges the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer's vacation home and discussed kidnapping her to a remote location in Wisconsin to stand "trial" for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election."Several members talked about murdering 'tyrants' or 'taking' a sitting governor," an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. "The group decided they needed to increase the…

Randy Rainbow's new video features Broadway legend Patti LuPone!!

And, it's everything we need right now!! One of his best, by far!!
I dreamed a dream they let me moderate the presidential debate. And you were there, @PattiLuPone#IfDonaldGotFired 🎶— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) October 7, 2020

Facebook bans all QAnon accounts across its platforms!!

Wow! This is a HUGE move by Facebook!! Now that QAnon is basically being mainstreamed by the GOP!!Via NBC News:Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous actions and one of the broadest rules the social media giant has put in place in its history.Facebook said the change is an update on the policy it created in August that initially only removed accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory that discussed violence, which resulted in the termination of 1,500 pages, groups and profiles.A company spokesperson said the enforcement, which started Tuesday, will “bring to parity what we’ve been doing on other pieces of policy with regard to militarized social movements,” such as militia and terror groups that repeatedly call for violence.“Starting today, we will remove Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts for representing QAnon. We’re starting to enforce this updated policy today and are removing conte…

New DHS Report: White supremacists remain deadliest U.S. terror threat!!

No. Not Antifa. Not Black Lives Matter. It is white supremacists who are the greatest terror threat in the U.S. So says a Department of Homeland Security report. Via CNN:White supremacist extremists will remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security's first annual homeland threat assessment, which details a range of threats from election interference to unprecedented storms.Since 2018, White supremacists have conducted more lethal attacks in the US than any other domestic extremist movement, demonstrating a "longstanding intent" to target racial and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, politicians and those they believe promote multi-culturalism and globalization, according to the report."As Secretary, I am concerned about any form of violent extremism," wrote acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. "However, I am particularly concerned about white supremacist vio…

Trump, still Contagious, Gasping for air and wincing in pain

Watching Trump's release from Walter Reed Hospital and his photo op moment on his balcony, you can clearly see him gasping for air and, at points, wincing in pain. I am not of the believe that he is faking this disease. You can see it having a huge affect on his breathing. Via Towle Road:In videos shot after Donald Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center but before he shot (the helicopter is still there) last night’s propaganda video, the president appears out of breath and in some pain, suggesting his “domination” of the virus isn’t all he cracked it up to be. Shortly after these clips were posted, #GaspingForAir trended on Twitter.
Trump appears to be wincing in pain while he breathes— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) October 5, 2020

Lights Out in White House press shop after multiple staffers test positive for COVID-19!

Due to the incompetence of top White House staff in protecting themselves and their coworkers, the White House press room is closed. Via Raw Story:The “lights are off” and no one’s staffing the White House press office after multiple officials have tested positive for the coronavirus.Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, have tested positive for COVID-19 since President Donald Trump announced his own infection, and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said that had cut into operations.“My colleague Jim Acosta just went by the area that reporters like us have access to in the White House,” Collins said. “Very few staffers are there, lights are off and it goes to show you how prevalent it is inside the West Wing. We should note it came 24 hours after staffers got an email yesterday telling them if they had symptoms or anything like that to stay home, and said if they develop symptoms, they should not contact the White House medical unit about te…

Anti-Gay Pastor John Hagee Tests Positive For Covid-19

The 80 year old Mega-Church Pastor has been a foe of gay rights for decades. Via CBS Austin:John Hagee, 80, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church has reportedly been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Hagee’s son, Matt made the announcement Sunday morning during a livestreamed service on Facebook, saying doctors informed them Friday of the diagnosis.“Pastor Hagee has been diligent throughout this entire COVID pandemic to monitor his health. And this past Friday, he was informed by his doctors that he did test positive for COVID,” Matt Hagee said.“It was one, discovered very early and two, his medical team has him under watchful care and three, he’s feeling well enough to be frustrated by anyone in a white coat with a stethoscope.”This via JoeMyGod: In 2005 Hagee called Hurricane Katrina “the judgment of God” over New Orleans’ Southern Decadence festival. He last appeared on JMG when he declared that “atheists killed Jesus.” Hagee has said Sodom and Gomorrah was only a “pilot st…

Several Fox New Employees Possibly Exposed At Debate/News Conference!

Via The New York Times:A son of Rupert Murdoch and some of the biggest stars at Fox News were potentially exposed to the coronavirus after attending Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, and the network is planning for its anchors, reporters and staff to be tested out of an abundance of caution, according to a person familiar with its plans.Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman of the Fox Corporation, led a toast to Chris Wallace, the “Fox News Sunday” anchor who moderated the debate, at a Cleveland airport after the event. The gathering included two of the channel’s news anchors, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, along with the chief executive of Fox News Media, Suzanne Scott, and its president, Jay Wallace.

Trump Attended Fundraiser, Knowing He Was Exposed To Covid!!

Trump knew that his Aid Hope Hicks had tested positive for Covid and that he was exposed to the virus. He still decided to attend a fundraiser and took no precautions. Via CNBC:Republican donors who attended President Donald Trump’s fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club are panicking after being around the commander in chief hours before he announced that he was infected with the coronavirus.GOP donors have been reaching out to Trump campaign and GOP officials for any guidance following the event, according to a person briefed on the matter.“The donors have been texting and calling. Freaking out,” the person with direct knowledge said. This person declined to be named as the conversations were deemed private. Trump’s campaign, as of Friday morning, has not sent out any official guidance to many of the donors involved with the event. After publication of this article, donors who attended the gathering were sent an email with an 11:18 a.m. ET time stamp. The email reminds …

President Trump and First Lady Melania Have Covid!

In a way, Trump has always been "Patient Zero"Via New York Times:President Trump is showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, but mild ones, according to two people familiar with his condition.The president, who said on Thursday night that he had tested positive for the virus, has had what one person described as coldlike symptoms. At a fund-raiser he attended at his golf club at Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday, where one attendee said the president came in contact with about 100 people, he seemed lethargic.A person briefed on the matter said that Mr. Trump fell asleep at one point on Air Force One on the way back from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night.A White House official said that as of Thursday night, the president’s treatment plan was still being discussed. So was a possible national address or a videotaped statement from the president to demonstrate that he was functioning and that the government is uninterrupted.The disclosure upended the presidential race in a…

TX Governor Abbott Back To Voter Suppression Tricks!

During a Pandemic, Texas Gov. Abbott is making it more difficult for voters to drop off completed ballots. This is a desperate attempt to suppress votes in a State that is quickly becoming "purple".Via The Austin American Statesman:Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday requiring counties to close multiple locations where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots.As an election security measure, counties will be limited to one dropoff site where poll watchers — designated by political parties and candidates — must be allowed to observe ballot deliveries by voters, Abbott said.The new order takes effect Friday and modifies Abbott’s July 27 order that acknowledged the pandemic’s danger by adding six days of early voting and waiving a state law that limits mail-in ballot dropoff to Election Day only.Democrats blasted the move as a thinly veiled effort to suppress votes in a tight election.“Republicans are on the verge of losing, so Gov. Abbott is trying to adjust the rul…

NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse lawsuits

I grew up in this Diocese. I hope all the victims find peace and the justice/compensation they deserve!!
Via AP:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City’s suburbs has become the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members.

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