Hello all my Playtime viewers. Does it surprise anyone that I have a Christian preacher in my YouTube feed? That I watch his channel now and again. He keeps me from hating all Christians. He shows me the decent side of some who preach the Christian faith. If you are Christian, I recommend checking him out. If he can get a science only believing atheist to watch him, think of how he could resonate with a believer. I am off to bed, it has been a long , long day. Hugs
Bigotry and putting religious ideas before real science is not limited to Republicans. It seems to be getting worse in the US as more people use their fake morals from 2-4 thousand years ago to dictate what they understand or accept. This is a throwback to the 1980’s. It is more deserving that a Republicans would say this than a Democrat. Hugs
The queer community is firing back at the Democrat’s shameful remarks and they’re not mincing words. Two LGBTQ political organizations have condemned homophobic and transphobic comments made by a Democratic candidate for the Texas House.
The Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and the LGBTQ Victory Fund have both condemned Sandra Crenshaw, a former Dallas City Council member who is running against gay candidate Venton Jones for the Democratic nomination in the 100th Texas House district race.
In her May 17 comments to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Crenshaw said, “What I find deceptive is the fact that my opponent Venton Jones announced to The Dallas Morning News that he wants to be the first Black gay legislator living with HIV. We have officials who are both drug addicts, alcoholics, gambling disorders, but HIV does not have to be disclosed unless you want it to be.”
“Gay activist Vincent Jones did not use this race as a platform to educate Black people about HIV,” she continued. “Jones did not once in his plethora of literature, not one time did he mention that he’s openly gay living with HIV, not one time, okay?”
At the end of her three-minute testimony period, Jones said that Black voters “deserve transparency.”
She then added this transphobic anecdote: “The ACLU in another state says that transgender men is unconstitutional in the jail cells, and so they put them in a cell with another woman, and they ended up impregnating two of those women. So when are you going to protect straight men from injustices?”
Crenshaw was referencing April reports of two cisgender female inmates in a New Jersey prison who became pregnant after having sex with two pre-surgical transgender female inmates. The New Jersey State Department of Corrections stated that the sex was “consensual.” The state has required trans women to be housed with cis women since June 2021.
In her March 4 primary race against Jones, Crenshaw won 34.2 percent of the vote and Jones won 25.6 percent. The two are now competitors in a runoff election to fill the seat of Jasmine Crockett, a Democrat who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Jones is endorsed by the Dallas chapter of the Stonewall Democrats, and the organization criticized Crenshaw for her comments against him, The Dallas Voice reported.
Annise Parker, the lesbian former Houston mayor who is president & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, also criticized Crenshaw for her comments.
“Crenshaw’s uninformed remarks — rooted in her own ignorance and homophobia — reveal a candidate shamefully unaware of priorities in this district and clearly unfit for the challenges of the office,” Parker said in a statement.
“She, astonishingly, attacks Venton Jones for not revealing his sexual orientation and HIV status by referencing his remarks in The Dallas Morning News discussing exactly those things,” Parker added. “Thinly veiled anti-gay and transphobic insults reveal the character of this perennial candidate.”
“Politicizing someone’s sexual orientation and HIV status is unacceptable, particularly from a person who wants to be a public official. Crenshaw should immediately apologize,” she concluded.
The runoff election between Crenshaw and Jones officially occurs on May 24, though early voting for the seat will run from May 16 to May 20.
I listen to three podcasts Allison Gill does. She is smart, funny, and has a great grasp of politics and the law. But her story here in this short interview shows the incredible harm of the Republicans taking away the right of full body autonomy for healthcare and abortion from women. She was drugged and raped as a young service member. She became pregnant with the rapist child. Her command told her if she reported the rape by a married man, she would be the one charged and punished, not him. There was no plan B or pills to end the pregnancy back then. She was looking at being a single woman in the military trying to carry a rapist baby to term and give birth, how could she do her job, would she be discharged? Thankfully, she was in a place where there was a Planned Parenthood, and she could get an abortion. She doesn’t complain about this but I damn sure will, she had to pay for it herself. Drugged, raped, unwanted pregnancy, and still she had to come up with the money to have the abortion while the married rapist faced no penalty for his actions. Damn it people this is the world the Republicans, at the urging of the hyper religious, are dragging us back to. Where men can force themselves on women, make them pregnant, leave them with the life destroying problem, and walk away happy to have used a woman’s body to have sex and cum in. I have been raped. As a child repeatedly. As an adult three times. The only saving grace is that I cannot get pregnant. I never faced that issue. This beyond me how any decent people can be OK with this. I said before these anti-abortion rights people have an image in their minds of a year old bouncing baby or a toddler that is being aborted. But it is not. In most cases it is a clump of cells, it is something smaller than a gold ball. No matter what trimester it has no consciousness, never drew a breath, never had a dream of its future, never desired anything in life, never experienced anything, yet Republicans and the rabid right want to make that thing more important than a woman that has done all of those. I just don’t understand. Hugs
One of the top Republicans in Congress is calling Democrats “pedo grifters” because immigrant detention centers have baby formula.
House Republican Conference chairperson Elise Stefanik – the third-highest member of House GOP leadership – said that “pedo grifters” are sending food to immigrant babies as the right continues to use baseless accusations of pedophilia as insults against pretty much anyone who disagrees with them.
“The White House, House Dems, & usual pedo grifters are so out of touch with the American people that rather than present ANY PLAN or urgency to address the nationwide baby formula crisis, they double down on sending pallets of formula to the southern border,” she wrote. “Joe Biden has NO PLAN.”
Stefanik’s casual use of the word “pedo” shows just how mundane it has become for rightwingers to call anyone they disagree with a pedophile.
For years, the rightwing QAnon conspiracy theory has claimed that there is a secret cabal of pedophiles operating a Satanic international child sex ring led by Hollywood celebrities and Democratic elites. Effectively, the QAnon conspiracy theory allowed believers an intellectual shortcut: instead of trying to understand why people would disagree with their policy preferences – a process that requires listening to others and the ability to understand multiple ideas at once – they could just accuse anyone who disagreed with them of being a Satanic pedophile, and who really cares why Satanic pedophiles believe what they believe?
The casualization of accusing political opponents of pedophilia heightened over the last couple of months as conservatives started referring to LGBTQ people – especially teachers – as well as anyone who supports LGBTQ equality as pedophiles and groomers. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) accused Tyra Banks of grooming children because she produced a documentary about teen drag queens. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) press secretary accused anyone who opposes the Don’t Say Gay bill of being a groomer or supporting grooming.
Chaya Raichik of the anti-LGBTQ Twitter account “Libs of TikTok” regularly accuses LGBTQ teachers of “grooming” even though she has no evidence of sexual abuse occurring. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said it was grooming for a science camp to have non-binary counselors, and conservatives even called the anti-suicide organization The Trevor Project “a grooming organization.”
While Stefanik may have been saying that those who want babies in detention centers fed so that they can later be sexually abused, it’s more likely that she does not have any ability to engage her political opponents other than to accuse them of pedophilia. Actually presenting a plan for what to do about baby formula shortages in the U.S. – and then arguing why that plan is better than the Biden administration’s plan – is a lot harder than just calling people pedophiles.
And the baby formula shortage is real. Currently, 40% of formula is out of stock in the U.S., which has led parents to stockpile formula, exacerbating the shortage. The shortage follows the recall of a major formula producer’s products because deadly bacteria was found in a factory, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on supply chains, and restrictive trade policies around formula.
Stefanik was echoing rightwing complaints that immigrants forced to live in processing centers near the U.S.-Mexico border.
“What is infuriating to me is that this is another example of the ‘America Last’ agenda the Biden administration continues to perpetuate,” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) said last week, not presenting any alternative to immigrant access to formula other than letting babies in processing centers starve.
President Joe Biden announced a plan to address the crisis last week that included making it easier to use WIC benefits to buy formula of different sizes and types, increasing imports of formula, and cracking down on price gouging.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that the House will soon vote on a bill to grant emergency authority to WIC to address supply chain disruptions and relax certain regulations not related to the safety of baby formula.
In a later statement Stefanik’s office said that “pedo grifters” was referring to the Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans and former Republicans who advocated against the reelection of Donald Trump. They are not involved in the baby formula shortage and they aren’t in charge of presenting a plan to end the baby formula shortage, so it’s unclear how that statement explains what she said.
Really splendid video on how the republicans want a white Christian 1950 nation back. Definitely worth watching. They talk about how exstremest have taken over the Republican party. Hugs
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Congressional Republicans have found yet another way to demonstrate their fealty to Donald Trump: attempting to “expunge” his impeachment after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
A stalwart member of the party’s MAGA wing, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), is expected to introduce legislation on Wednesday to expunge Trump’s second impeachment vote in the House, according to an email his office sent to fellow GOP lawmakers on Tuesday morning.
“The Democrats’ weaponization of impeachment against President Trump cannot go unanswered in the history books,” Mullin’s office declared, in an attempt to garner more cosponsors for the measure.
Such a resolution faces no chance of passing the Democratic-led House, or even receiving a vote.
But Mullin, who was photographed trying to fend off the mob from the House floor on Jan. 6, is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma being vacated by GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe.
In that deep-red state, the June 28 GOP primary will likely determine who is Oklahoma’s next senator. Mullin faces a crowded field of Republican hopefuls, which includes Luke Holland, Inhofe’s former chief of staff, and a number of candidates with ties to Trump and the far right.
The resolution, as described by Mullin’s staff, is full of MAGA red meat that would play well to primary voters.
It decries the “rabid partisanship the Democrats displayed in exercising one of the most grave and consequential powers with which the House is charged.”
More notably, in a sympathetic nod to baseless election fraud conspiracies and the violence that they unleashed, the resolution also details “the legitimate concerns held by protesters.”
The text of the resolution, obtained by The Daily Beast, is full of grievances regarding the allegedly haphazard process of the impeachment that Trump faced for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in voting in favor of impeachment.
It also proudly boasts that Trump received more votes than any incumbent president in over 100 years, omitting the fact that Joe Biden received more.
Mullin’s office did not provide comment.
This is the best video I have ever seen about immigrants. This really is a must watch video. I love it. Hugs
Do you notice a theme to what I have been posting. All tRump’s campaign people were demanding changes to the Republican platform as they lobbied for foreign countries. From the top down they were working for other countries. And taking large sums of money to do it. Think of tRump’s first National Security Director Michael Flynn. He was working for Turkey and breaking US laws. tRump’s son in law went to the Russian embassy and asked their help setting up a private unmonitored back channel to Russia. Many people have forgotten that. tRump and crew were not working for the US and now the majority of Republicans are not either. Hugs
From the Justice Department:
The Department of Justice today filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking to compel Stephen A. Wynn, a U.S. businessperson and hotelier who previously served as the CEO of Wynn Resorts, to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as the agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and a senior official of the PRC’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS). Wynn was advised to register as an agent by the department but declined to do so.
“The filing of this suit – the first affirmative civil lawsuit under FARA in more than three decades – demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring transparency in our democratic system,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Where a foreign government uses an American as its agent to influence policy decisions in the United States, FARA gives the American people a right to know.”
According to the complaint, from at least June 2017 through at least August 2017, Wynn contacted the then-President and members of his administration to convey the PRC’s request to cancel the visa or otherwise remove from the United States a Chinese businessperson who left China in 2014, was later charged with corruption by the PRC and sought political asylum in the United States.
Wynn engaged in these efforts at the request of Sun Lijun, then-Vice Minister of the MPS. Wynn conveyed the request directly to the then-President over dinner and by phone, and he had multiple discussions with the then-President and senior officials at the White House and National Security Council about organizing a meeting with Sun and other PRC government officials.
During the time that he engaged in this conduct, Wynn’s company owned and operated casinos in Macau, a special administrative region in the PRC. The department alleges that Wynn acted at the request of the PRC out of a desire to protect his business interests in Macau.
Wynn resigned as RNC finance chair in 2018 after multiple female employees came forward with accusations of sexual harassment. RNC chair Ronna McDaniel demanded “due process” for Wynn before returning his personal donations. She never did.
Wynn,80, and his much younger wife, whose father fled the country to evade alleged securities fraud charges.