Saturday, July 22, 2023

Talking entry

Sorry, I've been sick all week and maybe am getting better now.  

It's a summer cold which didn't used to be a big thing but after COVID left my lungs scarred, every time now is bad and my doctor even asked Friday if I wanted to go into the hospital.  No. I'll be fine.  But it's been a rough week.  Elaine and I generally work out in the morning together and we talk and we sing while we're working out and I also dictate the snapshot during that.  On Friday, I couldn't even sing along with a recording of Cass Elliot and I can always sing along with Cass.  Prior to Friday, I hadn't even tried to sing because it was clear I was struggling with even talking.

But I did everything, every Zoom, every appearance.  My stomach hurts from coughing, not just my chest.  I've got a humidifier plugged in.  Whatever type of cold it was, I got a rash up my right arm on Monday for three hours that looked like poison oak and then vanished.  All I've wanted to do all week was sleep.  

In the public e-mail account ( someone's e-mailed asking why I was going backwards and posting things?  He's referring to this:

  • Cher - Yesterday / Crocodile Rock (The Cher Show, ...
  • Aretha Franklin Performs "Don't Play That Song" in...
  • Mavis Staples Are You Sure Meijer Garden Grand Rap...
  • How Valerie June Mixes Appalachian Folk Music with...
  • Iraq snapshot

  • That's Friday.  Generally on Friday, the "Iraq snapshot" goes up and then at noon (PST), I post Cher's latest video if she's shared one.  And that's what I did Friday.  But Friday night, I was working to get stuff ready for Saturday so I could sleep.  

    And I was dizzy and I kept thinking, "Where are those posts?"  Because I couldn't see them and I knew I'd hit the right buttons, right?  I was dizzy and confused. It was before midnight Friday night and I was forgetting to change the date (to make them Saturday posts) so they were going up on Friday instead of being in the queue for Saturday.  I didn't realize that.  Didn't realize most things on Friday.  I was dizzy and almost lost my balance twice that morning.

    And, looking, I see these also are now up on Friday:

  • Diana Ross - Eaten Alive (Live) 13th Annual AMA's ...
  • Aretha Franklin - What a fool believes Live

  • Those were also done Friday night and were supposed to go up Saturday.

    The music videos that did go up today . . .

    That's Fionn.  It's a month old and from their new album. They're a folk-pop sister duo from Canada.  We posted the video of them below earlier today.

    I didn't know of them until today.  A friend was on the phone asking me to post the video of them performing live which I gladly did.  Here's the title track to their new album I MIGHT START SMOKING.

    I believe this is their fourth album.  My friend works for the label (604 RECORDS INC).

    If a friend asks for a favor, I note a video.  That's why we noted "Drinkin Beer, Talkin God, Amen" by Chase Rice, for example.

    I'd never heard of Chase Rice before a friend asked me to note the song.  That seems forever ago.  I think it was early April of 2021.  It's a great song. I'm always happy to note a great song.

    Randy e-mailed wanting to know how the videos are selected?  Unless someone's asking, I'm just looking for something.  Sometimes, there's a theme, most of the time not.  The bad thing about doing the music videos is I just can't post them.  If I'm doing a YOUTUBEr's segment and I'm tired (or sick -- or sick and tired), I can post them without streaming.  But any song that goes up here is something I do like and it takes longer because I'm not just embedding code and moving on to the next one, I'm listening all the way through to the song.

    There's a VANGUARD YOUTUBE segment up from last night or this morning that has someone upset.  How dare I call out Jimmy Dore for holding Cornel West's feet to the fire when I do the same thing.

    I am so sorry but I'm neither Zac nor Gavin of THE VANGAURD.  That video went up here with no comment from me.  I thought it was worth streaming to see what Jimmy's beef with Cornel was.  I have no idea what it was.  I actually planned to stream their video and started streaming it after posting it and finding seven more to post.  I was listening listening to THE VANGUARD waiting for them to get to the point while I was setting times for things to post the following day.

    They never did get to the point.  I streamed almost ten minutes.  That's it, guys.  I don't care that your pot connection interrupted the stream with a drop off.  I don't care.  I'm sick and I'm struggling to breathe and if you've got something to inform me of, ten minutes is too damn long.  Sorry.  

    And my time matters to me, so, no I'm going to go give it some more time.  I move forward, I don't go backwards.  

    I have no idea what Jimmy's problem with Cornel was.  

    Was he wrong to call out Cornel?  I'd have to know what he called out to know the answer to that.

    I don't like Cornel.  I didn't always feel that way.  But I felt like Tavis Smiley, a friend, was wrongly targeted and I felt like Cornel could have been a much better friend to him.  If you hurt someone close to me, you're pretty much dead to me.  And you're lucky if I don't go after you.  (Patricia Heaton insulted a friend of mine when she was on a talk show and I went after her for years as a result.) 

    As a political candidate?  I don't see the point.  I've never bought into his shuck & jive nonsense.  He loves words, he loves to issue words and he loves word patterns.  He gets lost in those, I don't.

    But the reason I attack his campaign?

    The lies.  

    I can't take all the lies.  Serial plagiarist Chris Hedges has plotted this nonsense all along.  When it was the People's Party's presidential nomination, Chris met with PP to discuss Cornel and him being on the ticket (Hedges as vp candidate).  Hedges' wife says no to that so Hedges doesn't run.

    But he does run his mouth and goes all over to all the sycophants who'll have him -- including Katie In Desperate Need Of Clue Halper.  And he lies.  He lies at SCHEER POST  as well.  He doesn't tell people about the backdoor deal that he negotiated.

    Then, when Cornel's reputation is suffering because of the reality of the People's Party, and they need to save his image, Chris and Jill Stein try to strong arm the Green Party into throwing out all their rules and naming Cornel their party's presidential candidate.

    And not only do they try to do that, they lie to YOUTUBERS that it is the case. 

    Which pisses me off because now I'm dragged into it with non-stop e-mails asking if this is for real so I have to start calling Green Party reps to find out what the hell is going on?

    The Green Party stood firm and said: No.

    They said he could run for the nomination, same as anyone else, but Chris' petty threats and yelling at people over the phone were not going to be rewarded nor were the rules going to be discarded.

    Jill Stein ran the party into the red in her 2016 run.  She still has serious FEC issues.

    But Katie and the YOUTUBERS don't give a damn because those are facts and they are whores.

    Jill Stein has done nothing to warrant applause.  She ran a crappy campaign in 2012 and she did so again in 2016.  She's done nothing to build the party -- though she did leave it in debt, didn't she?

    I do not agree with Howie Hawkins about Ukraine (he supports the war) but Howie, the 2020 Green Party presidential candidate, has spent every week since the election trying to build the party.  He has done weekly (sometimes more than weekly) videos addressing Green issues, bringing on Green politicians, writing pieces, you name it.  No one else who ever had that nomination spent a moment after their election trying to build the Green Party -- and that damn well includes fake ass and anti-vax Jill Stein.

    Jill is not liked among rank-and-file Greens.  She's basically what Joe Lieberman is to Democrats.  We loathe Joe and hold him accountable for his part in the 2000 fiasco (tossing out the rules for ballots on his MEET THE PRESS appearance to appease the right-wingers during the recount).  They hold her accountable for not one, but two bad runs.  And they are very vocal that she better not even try to be a running mate in 2024 with Cornel.

    You've got a group of liars behind him.  And then you've got a bunch of YOUTUBERs who would be calling out the backdoor deals and the non-disclosures if this were a Democratic Party candidate but are silent because who cares about the Green Party apparently.

    Okay, they've chopped up their show and now have a clip that is just about Jimmy.  So let's waste some more of my time and listen.

    I can't make it through the video.  By the 13 minute point, I haven't heard anything from Jimmy that I need to call out.  I'm not a fan of Jimmy.  He's too dramatic, yes.  I don't like him, yes.  But I do get where he's coming from.  And, I'll agree, that if you're not prepared to speak publicly (Cornel) don't go on TV.  

    Zac and Gavin make some points worth making but at the end of the day Jimmy appears to be acknowledging that Cornel has no chance in hell of winning and that the only impact he will have -- if any -- is on expanding the way we can talk about certain issues.  When Cornel goes on Anderson's show and doesn't even try to do that, Jimmy rages.  

    I get the rage.  If you're whole nonsense campaign is supposed to be about issues and getting them out before the public, don't make nice and let others define the parameters. 

    I did 13 minutes, that's more than anyone deserves.  I didn't see anything in there that made me think, "Oh, I better go after Jimmy!"

    Don't like him.  Would have loved to have seen something to go after.  As it is, I'm sick and under the weather and sleepy and have no idea about anything to cover and have stated that I may take the week off from THIRD.  Haven't done that before. But that's how bad I feel and how sleepy I am.  If Jimmy had just embarrassed himself or done something hypocritical, I would've said, "Hey, Ava and I can cover this!"  It would have been a gift.  But I don't see anything there.  Maybe it's after the thirteen minute mark?  I don't know.  I gave the boys 10 minutes Friday night and now 13 tonight.  And I'm still wondering what the point of it was?

    Applause to Olayemi Olurin and Jacqueline Luqman who addressed hate merchants online today and called them out:


    They are the real warriors and they do real work.  And JL is right, she's already dealing with enough.  It's outrageous that she has the energy and strength to defend all of our rights while others are too cowardly or embarrassing to stand up an be counted.

    Craziness continues in Iraq with attempts to storm the Green Zone.

    Reality, Iraqis should be storming the Green zone.  They should be tearing down every fence and scaring the hell out of the Parliament that does nothing to serve them. They should be demanding the government stop destroying Iraq with one new oil deal after another -- deals that repeatedly pretend that Iraq's own ecosystem isn't be destroyed in the process.  They should be demanding that public services and needs are met.  It is outrageous that the oil rich country can still not provide dependable electricity to the people (the oil plants aren't going without electricity or does no one notice that).  Or that there is still not good drinking water throughout Iraq.  Or that the public wastes systems have not been improved.  Billions are being stolen by these politicians.  Or that US troops remain on the ground in Iraq. 

    But they're okay with that.  With all of that.

    Let a holy book get stepped on or burned; however, and some want to rage.

    I meant what I said in Friday's snapshot.  I'm not here to coddle you.  Too much time has been spent saying, "We need to be sensitive to ____'s religion."

    No, we don't. 

    I don't care whether it's in the US or Iraq or where have you.  You are perverting the religion you claim to practice when you use that faith to destroy and attack.  You do not come off as followers of Jesus Christ or Mohammed or anyone when you vilify and attack.  You come off as crazed lunatics because that's what you are.

    If Mohammed's telling you to throw stones, throw the stones at yourself.  Bash in your own skull.  Trust me, you'll be doing the world a favor.  If Jesus wants you to pull a gun on somebody, blow your own brains out.  No one's going to miss you.

    We've got enough crazies on this planet.  

    If you truly believe that you are a person of faith and you also believe that your faith tells you to harm others?  There's either a problem with you or a problem with your faith.  I'm not here to justify your crazy.  

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    Iraq snapshot

    Friday, July 21, 2023.  Some crazies in Iraq attack Sweden's embassy, Marjorie Taylor Greene takes her porn addiction public and distributes her favorite photos to Congress, Republicans in Congress support every veteran and service member . . . up until the point they turn out to be gay or transgender or they want to have an abortion or pretty much anything, Jason Aldean's racism continues to find a defender in Jonathan The Turd Turley who refuses to allow his own ignorance to silence him, and much more.

    Iraq has expelled Sweden's ambassador and recalled its top diplomatic representative from Sweden over the desecration of the Quran in the Nordic country.

    The move came hours after protesters attacked the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad earlier Thursday, setting fire to part of the building.

    The tensions between Iraq and Sweden began when an Iraqi national set fire to a copy of the Quran in the Swedish capital of Stockholm last month.

    Yes, the Baghdad chapter of Moms For Liberty remains active.  

    REUTERS adds, "Seconded staff and operations at the Swedish embassy in Baghdad have been relocated temporarily to Stockholm for security reasons after it was stormed by protesters, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Friday."  CNN notes:

     Eyewitnesses told CNN that the protesters withdrew from the perimeter of the Swedish Embassy after setting part of it on fire “after delivering their message of protest against the act of burning the Holy Book of God.”

    Several journalists covering the protests were detained by security forces, and at least one was beaten, according to multiple organizations.

    “Journalists should be free to report the news without fear of harassment or harm, wherever they are,” Reuters Iraq Bureau Chief Timour Azhari tweeted Thursday. Two detained Reuters journalists were released after several hours, the agency said.

    Ziyad Al-Ajili, the head of the Iraq-based Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) told CNN that three photojournalists working with international news agencies were arrested and another was beaten by security forces and his camera destroyed.   

    These crazed loons deserve no respect and they shouldn't be coddled and 'understood.'  Their behavior is unacceptable and since others are outraged outside of Iraq?  Then those crazies should aim their own anger at Iraq.  Not Sweden.

    It's not a Swede that's done this.  AP notes:

    Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah also called for a demonstration Friday afternoon. Khamenei and Iran's theocracy serve as Hezbollah's main sponsor.

    In Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the events in Sweden. He called on the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation to play a “historic role in expressing the sentiments of Muslims and stopping this demonization.” Meanwhile, Islamists in his country have been pushing Sharif, who faces an upcoming election, to cut diplomatic ties with Sweden. 

    So in your poor pathetic minds this is outrageous and must be addressed?  Then turn that anger at Iraq.  It's an Iraqi that's doing it.  Hold Iraq accountable for their own people.

    I can't imagine anything more lunatic than the attack on the embassy because a holy book was stepped on.  But if that's your last straw and sends you to crazy land, you damn well better grasp that it was an Iraqi person protesting Iraq in Sweden who's done this.

    So Lebanon, Pakistan whomever, take that anger to Iraq. 


    Okay.  If that's your feeling, take it to Iraq.  Take it the country where it belongs. It's an Iraqi citizen doing it.  You're attacking the country of Sweden.  They didn't raise the person, Iraq did.  Condemn Iraq. 

    Salwan Momika is not a Swede.  He's an Iraqi citizen. 

    The US State Dept issued the following:

    The United States strongly condemns the attack on the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad in the early hours of July 20.  Freedom of peaceful assembly is an essential hallmark of democracy, but what occurred last night was an unlawful act of violence.  It is unacceptable that Iraqi Security Forces did not act to prevent protestors from breaching the Swedish Embassy compound for a second time and damaging it.  We are in contact with our Swedish partners and have offered our support.  Foreign missions should not be targets of violence.  We call on the Government of Iraq to honor its international obligations to protect all diplomatic missions in Iraq against any intrusion or damage, as required by international law.

    Turning to US crazy, what's happened to Congress? You've got members of the House using swear words in hearings and Marjorie Taylor Greene passing around porn during a hearing.  On the latter, here's SECULAR TALK.

    And Paul Rudnick notes.

    Lindsey Graham really has become the Beverly Leslie of the Senate, have you noticed?

    Staying with the ridiculous, the idiot Jonathan Turley took a moment out from flaunting his transphobia to again weigh in on music in his own uninformed manner:

    Advocacy groups are now taking credit for CMT canceling Jason Aldean's song. These critics are tone deaf to the implications of such censorship given our long history of protest songs, as I discuss in today's column.

    Protest songs have long played a critical part of our political dialogue, from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to “War.” This controversy only helps highlight how the corporate effort to control what people hear or consume is backfiring.

    Again, does this man know the English language?  A protest song?  

    Aldean recorded a reactionary song.  That he didn't write.  This is not Bob Dylan's "Blowing In The Wind."  Does Turdley not grasp basic concepts?  It he just culturally illiterate?  We know he's a sexist.  He tried to quote Carly Simon and couldn't get the lyric right but, even worse, didn't give her credit for the song she actually wrote ("Anticipation"), refused to name her because that's just what a piece of filth he is.  

    Bob Roberts takes place in Pennsylvania in 1990. It depicts a fictitious senatorial race between a conservative Republican folk singer, Bob Roberts, and the incumbent Democrat, Brickley Paiste. The film is shot through the perspective of Terry Manchester, a British documentary filmmaker who is following the Roberts campaign. Through Manchester's lens we see Roberts travel across the state and sing about drug users, lazy people and the triumph of traditional family values and laissez-faire capitalism over the rebelliousness and social justice causes of the 1960s. Even though the Roberts campaign team officially avoids manifestations of open bigotry, their songs, speech and mannerisms are rife with snobbish dog whistles and racist and sexist innuendos, and Manchester's footage reveals casual use of homophobic slurs.

    For those who weren't paying attention in real time, Turd was egging on a boycott of Bud Light the same way he's currently egging on one against CMT with one tweet after another predicting bad things to come. 

    I do not have time to educate him on the long history of the lyrics to "Yankee Doodle" -- I don't feel like wasting my time.  This is an idiot who calls the song -- which is the state song of Connecticut   -- "Yankee Doodle Dandy" when its title is "Yankee Doodle."

    As we noted here recently, he ends up writing papers -- such as the one for Harvard -- where he later footnotes false claims by citing his own Tweets and blog posts.  So, yes, it does matter.  It also matters because he's supposed to be a learned person and yet he continues to write about things he knows nothing about and never bothers to correct his errors.  

    The song is "Yankee Doodle." 

    Jonathan Turley is a moron who couldn't pass AP English let alone a law course.  Here are two responses to his online stupidity:

    "MAGA academic, Jonathan Turley, is now apparently an expert on country music. Is there nothing this Renaissance man can't do?" -- East Coaster Tweeted that in reply.

    "Usually protest the government, not other citizens, but you be you." -- that's Yonko Broman's Tweeted reply.

    George Washington University, your raving lunatic is wandering around in traffic.  How about you get him back in the home, in front of the TV for WHEEL OF FORTUNE, and on his meds?

    Does anyone else remembering him defending Dylan Mulvaney when her free speech rights were at stake?  Nope.  Because he wasn't interested.  He's a fright-winger -- and, to his credit, as we noted a little while ago, he did inadvertently come out on that in a Tweet.  He's such garbage.  The fright-wing targets Dylan and he's not at all bothered.  But go after his boy singer and he's losing it.  That's all Aldean is a little boy singer.  A fake ass who can't write a song.  A fake ass who isn't allowed to play guitar on his albums -- not real guitar, not lead guitar.  Because he can't write songs and he can't really play an instrument.  He's a fake ass singing the words someone else wrote because he's that inauthentic.  

    (For more on racist Aldean, see Ann's ".That racist Jason Aldean and that racist Jonathn Turley")

    Jonathan Turley does not believe in free speech.  He believes in all speech spoken by right-wingers.

    He's like the hypocrites on the right who try to hide behind US troops and veterans.  They support them, they insist.  But the reality is that they only support them if they follow right-wing edicts. 

    You're applauded by the fright wing for serving your country . . . until you need an abortion, for example, or until you're gay or trans.

    We all know of the hypocrite Senator Tommy Tuberville who spent his life spewing one homophobic comment at students after another.  Disclosure: There's one that I've encouraged to sue Tuberville.  What would come of it?  Exposure of what a lousy piece of garbage Tuberville is and put current educators on notice that you're not going to get away with this anymore.  You are not there to  harm the children.  Your bigotry is not what you're paid for, it's not academic, it's not acceptable and you will be held accountable.  It's been a year now, I just realized, since this issue was raised when we were speaking.  There are many gay men across the country (and I'm sure many lesbians as well) whose lives were severely harmed and damaged by 'educators' (coaches with no education and no brains but plenty of hate) who set out to destroy kids on campus, who egged on other students to torment students.

    And don't say, "Those were different times," because it is never -- NEVER -- acceptable for an adult employed by a school to scapegoat a student or encourage other students to harm a student.  Never.  Full stop.

    There's no excuse for that for any reason and "those were different times" is unacceptable.  Tuberville, for example, was not hired by a school system so he could attack a student or to encourage others to attack a student.

    If you're not getting how awful and disgusting Tuberville is, look at Lt Jnr Grade Audrey Knutson serves in the US Navy and is a member of the JAG Corps.  Supposedly, that's a great thing to Bubba Tuberville.  Supposedly.  But Knutson is non-binary.  So Tuberville trashes Knutson.  As we noted earlier this week, he's blocking Defense Dept nominees from getting a vote.  Why?  Because he does not want service members or their families to have abortions.  So Tuberville 'respects' service members and veterans . . . as long as they parrot his own beliefs.  Talk about censoring free speech -- which means Jonathan Turd Turley will never speak of it.

    Tuberville and Turley -- talk about the double date from hell -- won't defend Brian Femminella either.  At NEWSWEEK, Femminella explains:

    "Raise your right hand, and repeat after me," an authoritative voice commanded.

    I was 17 years old, in a room beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and my parents had agreed to support my unwavering commitment to serve as a fresh recruit in the United States Army.

    While a gleaming sense of honor enveloped me, there was an undeniable fear lingering in my eyes, stemming from the daunting task of standing tall as a queer soldier.

    This fear was not new, but from past trauma from the experiences I had growing up. During my childhood, I was constantly reminded that being queer was not something to be proud of.

    Being overcome with feelings of loneliness and abandonment was normal, especially when I heard the quiet whispers behind my back. I didn't feel like a man, but rather a complete outcast for one simple reason: I liked boys. I never could comprehend how something that seemed so small led to so much hate.

    That was until I saw hate turn to murder.

    I enlisted in the Army in 2017, shortly after the devastating Pulse nightclub shooting. During this moment, I couldn't help but be consumed by its harrowing aftermath. The thought relentlessly played over and over again in my mind.

    A profound realization struck me: Love should be inconsequential, for we all wear the same uniform.

    As a proud Army Officer, I have dedicated years of my life serving to protect the precious freedoms we hold so dear. But as a gay man, I have been fighting my whole life to enjoy the very privileges I am entitled to as both a beholder and protector of them.

    [. . .]

    According to CBS News, figures reveal there were 35,801 individuals discharged due to their sexual orientation from 1980 to 2011, and 81 percent of these soldiers were denied honorable discharges.

    These soldiers were stripped of support systems that should have helped reintegrate them into society. Instead, these LGBTQ+ veterans have been abandoned by the very institutions they swore to protect.

    Tuberville's a member of the US Senate and he's not defending those veterans.  Nor is 'legal' 'expert' Turley.

    I've meant to weigh in on the issue of the Texas judge all week.  Let's do it now.  Elurus Nanon (LAW AND CRIME) reports:

    The fallout from a Christian web-designer’s victory in the Supreme Court continued as a Texas judge attempted to use the ruling to deny marriage to gay couples.

    Dianne Hensley, a justice of the peace in Waco, Texas, refused to perform same-sex marriages in 2019 on the grounds that officiating the ceremonies would conflict with her sincerely-held religious belief as a Christian. Hensley was formally warned by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that she should recuse herself in such matters if she refused to follow the law.

    Hensley responded by suing the commission for burdening her free exercise of religion and asking for $10,000 in damages. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Lorrie Smith in late June, Hensley’s lawyer submitted a letter brief that argued his client should prevail just as Smith had.

    Hensley’s attorney, Jonathan Mitchell, acknowledged in the letter that the Court’s holding in 303 Creative v. Elenis had been grounded in First Amendment law, but argued that the ruling should still be “instructive,” because it stands for the idea that wedding vendors should not be compelled to participate in “same-sex and opposite-sex marriage ceremonies on equal terms.”

    [. . .]

    By contrast, Hensley’s objection is more closely analogous to the case of Kim Davis, the former Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples even after the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality was a constitutionally-protected right in 2015.

    Like Hensley, Davis cited her personal religious objections to same-sex marriage as grounds for refusing to follow the law. When a federal court ordered Davis to start issuing marriage licenses, Davis appealed, lost, and was ultimately jailed for contempt of court.

    You're not being 'creative' -- even by Jonathan Turdley's definition -- you're fulfilling the duties of the public office that you campaigned for.

    You don't like it?  Too bad.  Retire.  If it's against your religious beliefs, retire.  And if you're arguing that you can't do your elected duties -- something as basic as marrying two adults -- because of religious beliefs then you really shouldn't be on the bench.  You're confessing to everyone -- including those who might come before your bench -- that you don't believe in equality and that you feel you have a right to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.  I don't understand how this doesn't require you to be removed from the bench.

    Your religious freedom allows you to worship where you want.  It does not allow you to discriminate -- not even that idiotic verdict in Liar Lori Smith's case allows public officials to determine what elected job duties that they will and will not carry out.

    You ran for office, you got elected, you do your job or you step down. 

    It's not that complicated.  And if she's too prejudiced to hear LGBTQ+ issues, then we should also remove from her court any case involving a child who was born out of wedlock or to people in high school since her 'religious' 'beliefs' also include preaching abstinence -- that's why she was a director at the McClennan County Abstinence Project for almost a year in 2004, after all, and a trainer there for the year prior. 

    And let's note some comments from her FACEBOOK page:

    Jason Tudor
    "What is the judge of the peace?
    justice of the peace, in Anglo-American legal systems, a local magistrate empowered chiefly to administer criminal or civil justice in minor cases. A justice of the peace may, in some jurisdictions, also administer oaths and perform marriages"

    Kathy Asher
    She doesn’t have a problem taking the LGBTQ money each month. She’s a hypocrite on the taxpayers dime. Nothing like taxation without representation. Sound familiar you bigot.

    She doesn't have a lot of comments on her FACEBOOK page but people don't seem to like her.  Crackpot Don Dyer of Austin with a "classical Christian school" tries to run interference for her but when you spell bigot "boigot," maybe you should stick to cleaning toilets?

    According to the Texas judicial commission’s 2019 warning, Hensley referred gay couples who wanted her to preside over their marriage ceremony to other people who would officiate. The state’s judicial code requires judges to conduct “extra-judicial activities” in ways that don’t cast doubt on their impartiality on the bench. The commission issued a public warning, saying she cast doubt “on her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person’s sexual orientation.”

    According to Dale Carpenter, chair of constitutional law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, the U.S. Supreme Court case has little to do with Hensley’s case, since one is dealing with private businesses, and Hensley is a government official acting in an official capacity. 

    [. . .]

    Johnathan Gooch, a spokesperson for Equality Texas and a University of Texas at Austin School of Law graduate reiterated Carpenter’s points on the differences between the two cases, and pointed to Hensley’s position as a purveyor of the law.

    “The law of the land is marriage equality. It’s as simple as that,” Gooch said. “If judges and justices of the peace were empowered to only enforce the laws that they agreed with, we would quickly descend into anarchy.”

    [. . .]

    “I have nothing to say anymore,” said Verniss McFarland, founder and executive director of the Mahogany Project, which advocates for LGBTQ+ communities of color. “As a Black trans femme person, we are already on the margins. When something like this happens, it’s just like: ‘Oh, this again.’”

    With the Supreme Court decision on Creative LLC vs. Elenis, businesses could now be permitted to refuse service to same-sex couples.

    In writing that "our Nation's answer" to "ideas we consider 'unattractive'" is "tolerance, not coercion" in the majority opinion, I believe Supreme Court Justice Niel Gorsuch essentially enables and empowers Jim-Crow-era systems of segregation against the LGBTQ+ community on the basis of the First Amendment.

    We cannot sit idly as our hard-fought progress erodes and our fundamental rights are trampled upon. While exercising our right to vote holds profound significance, it alone is insufficient.

    As a society, if we do not fight back and demand change, we will continue to move backward.

    We must boldly challenge our leaders, celebrate queer jobs, and affirm to every American that inclusivity knows no bounds. This belief is what fuels the spirit of our soldiers, including myself, who fight to safeguard this very freedom that is entitled to all.

    We'll wind down with this from Jeffrey St. Clair (COUNTERPUNCH):

    + Under the Florida Board of Education’s newly approved Black history standards students will be taught that slavery was a kind of apprenticeship for Western Civilization, where enslaved Black people developed life and trade skills that “could be applied for their personal benefit.”

    + Jason Aldean–the country singer who was on-stage during the mass shooting at a 2017 Las Vegas concert that killed 60 people and wounded over 400 more–has recorded a song called “Try That In A Small Town” about how he and his friends will shoot you if you try to take their guns. The video for this tribute to the righteous vigilantism of Sundown towns features Aldean singing in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, where in 1927 a lynch mob of 300 white men strung up the body of Henry Coat from the second story window, after dragging his body through the streets of the town behind a car. According to historian Elizabeth Queene, around 20 Black men and boys were lynched, killed by other methods or “disappeared” by White mobs or the Ku Klux Klan in Maury County. In 1946, the town of Columbia was the site of a post-WW II “race riot,” where Thurgood Marshall, who was in town defending two of the black suspects, narrowly escaped being lynched himself.

    + Jason Aldean: “Try That in a Small Town, for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up.” Aldean grew up in Macon, Georgia population 157,000.

    + This is something a reversal for Aldean, who just a couple of years ago released a song called “Rearview Town” about how he left a small town because it was so dull: “I could tough it out, but what’s the use? / A place that small, it’s hard to do.”

    + South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem: “I am shocked by what I’m seeing in this country, with people attempting to cancel the song and cancel Jason and his beliefs.” Uh, the Coup and the Dixie Chicks would like a word, Governor…

    [. . .]

    + Aldean’s lynching “song” is now No. 1 on the charts. I wish someone would “cancel” one of my books.

    + Jason Isbell: “Dare Aldean to write his next single himself. That’s what we try in my small town.”

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