Tuesday, November 29, 2022

That trashy Smith family led by Will and Jada

Will Smith is hoping another fake apology will help save his career.  He's got an APPLE+ film that no one wants to see but he's hoping he can drum up interest in it.  He went on THE DAILY SHOW  and told Trevor Noah that "hurt people hurt people."  Oh, how deep.  How sincere.

If you just fell off the turnip truck.  
 
 
You may remember his earlier hollow apologies.  He went on a pilgrimage before the last one, remember?  And he was sincere, he insisted, about how wrong it was for him to assault Chris Rock and how badly he felt about it.

Then, at the start of this month, you may remember how he was bragging about how he and Floyd Merrieweather were laughing about it on the phone for 10 days straight.  And how they laughed about it.

There's a reason Will Smith has always been trash.  "I had to forgive myself for being human," Will bragged.  No, you're a cheap thug.
 
He assaulted Chris Rock on national tele -- on international television.  He never offered a sincere apology.  He's never apologized for what his punk ass son Tweeted after Will attacked Chris.
 
They're all trash.  They're probably all screwing each other.  Goodness Jada can't seem to stay away from the gay men (yes, her most recent boyfriend has announced he's gay) and we all know she can't stay away from the women.  Will himself?  
 
What is the term: Gayer than Christmas.
 
Alexis Arquette rightly noted that Will was a closet case.
 
But instead of being brave and coming out, Will hides in the closet.  Pathetic.
 
He's trash and he doesn't deserve anymore Oscar nominations.  He doesn't deserve a career.  That trashy family needs to fade away.  They didn't have the good sense to appreciate what God gave them.  Trash.

 

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Tuesday, November 29, 2022.  Support for Julian Assange grows.


US President Joe Biden continues to persecute Julian Assange.  Yesterday, five major outlets published an open letter:


Twelve years ago, on November 28th 2010, our five international media outlets – The New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and DER SPIEGEL – published a series of revelations in cooperation with Wikileaks that made the headlines around the globe.

“Cable gate”, a set of 251,000 confidential cables from the US State Department disclosed corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale.

In the words of The New York Times, the documents told “the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions, the decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money”. Even now in 2022, journalists and historians continue to publish new revelations, using the unique trove of documents.

For Julian Assange, publisher of Wikileaks, the publication of “Cable gate” and several other related leaks had the most severe consequences. On April 12th, 2019, Assange was arrested in London on a US arrest warrant, and has now been held for three and a half years in a high security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organized crime groups. He faces extradition to the US and a sentence of up to 175 years in an American maximum security prison.

This group of editors and publishers, all of whom had worked with Assange, felt the need to publicly criticize his conduct in 2011 when unredacted copies of the cables were released, and some of us are concerned about the allegations in the indictment that he attempted to aid in computer intrusion of a classified database. But we come together now to express our grave concerns about the continued prosecution of Julian Assange for obtaining and publishing classified materials.

The Obama-Biden Administration, in office during the Wikileaks publication in 2010, refrained from indicting Assange, explaining that they would have had to indict journalists from major news outlets too. Their position placed a premium on press freedom, despite its uncomfortable consequences. Under Donald Trump however, the position changed. The DOJ relied on an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during World War 1), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.

This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

Holding governments accountable is part of the core mission of a free press in a democracy.

Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists.  If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.

Twelve years after the publication of “Cable gate”, it is time for the U.S. government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.

Publishing is not a crime.

 

The editors and publishers of:

  • The New York Times
  • The Guardian
  • Le Monde
  • DER SPIEGEL
  • El Pais


For those who've forgotten, Julian's 'crime' was revealing the realities of Iraq -- Chelsea Manning was a whistle-blower who leaked the information to Julian.  WIKILEAKS then published the Iraq War Logs.  And many outlets used the publication to publish reports of their own.  For example, THE GUARDIAN published many articles based on The Iraq War Logs.  Jonathan Steele, David Leigh and Nick Davies offered, on October 22, 2012:



A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.
Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.
The new logs detail how:
US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.

A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.

The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent deat


At WSWS, Thomas Scripps offers:

At long last, these publications have acknowledged that the material published by Assange was of vital public interest and importance, noting that what he released “disclosed corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale” and “decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money.”

Even now, they write, “journalists and historians continue to publish new revelations, using the unique trove of documents.”

The letter stated, “On April 12th 2019, Assange was arrested in London on a US arrest warrant, and has now been held for three and a half years in a high-security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organised crime groups. He faces extradition to the US and a sentence of up to 175 years in an American maximum-security prison.”

The authors oppose the use against Assange of “an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during World War One), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.”

The letter concludes that this “sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press. Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker … it is time for the US government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.”

The open letter makes clear that Assange has been the victim of a monstrous campaign of state persecution, costing him years of his life and good health, for revealing state criminality, designed to set a chilling example for others.

But this raises the question: What took so long? Why did it take 10 years for the New York Times and Guardian to call for Assange’s prosecution to end?

The conduct of these newspapers over the past decade has been thoroughly reprehensible. Their efforts to poison public opinion against Assange, to give credence to the false claims and accusations made against him, facilitated the American state’s persecution of this principled and courageous journalist.



You know what?  I'm an adult.  I know we can't turn back time.


What we can do is work on freeing Julian Assange.  What we should do.  If an institution like THE NEW YORK TIMES is finally stepping up, great.  Where were they until now?  


Obviously, not helping.


You've made that point.  You can make it again when Julian's free.  How about we focus on freeing Julian right now?


And here's another point: The government of Turkey has been bombing northern Iraq for years.  So, if you're WSWS, and you're publishing a piece on how Turkey's been bombing Syria lately?  Maybe your hypocritical ass is in no real position to criticize THE NEW YORK TIMES?


We've long noted here that WSWS will attack the Kurdistan (for wanting to have autonomy, for example) and will otherwise ignore it.  Turkey has sent ground troops into the Kurdistan.  It has set up bases there.  It terrorizes the people there with drones and bombs.  And WSWS just doesn't want to deal with that.  The way some outlets turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Palestinians?  That's how WSWS behaves with regards to Kurdistan.


So maybe the high horse Thomas Scripps has just mounted should be traded in for a Shetland pony?


Margaret Kimberley Tweeted:



Probably correct.  He doesn't like being called out on Julian.  He has a grandchild who has begun telling him that this should not be his legacy.


At SCHEER POST, Matt Kennard notes:


The British government assigned at least 15 people to the secret operation to seize Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, new information shows. 

The WikiLeaks founder was given political asylum by Ecuador in 2012, but was never allowed safe passage out of Britain to avoid persecution by the US government. 

The Australian journalist has been in Belmarsh maximum security prison for the past three and a half years and faces a potential 175-year sentence after the UK High Court greenlighted his extradition to the US in December 2021. 

‘Pelican’ was the secret Metropolitan Police operation to seize Assange from his asylum, which eventually occurred in April 2019. Asylum is a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The operation’s existence was only revealed in the memoirs of former foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan which were published last year. The UK government routinely blocks, or obfuscates its answers to, information requests about the Assange case. 

But the Cabinet Office recently told parliament it had seven officials working on Operation Pelican. The department’s role is to “support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government”, but it also has national security and intelligence functions

It is not immediately clear why the Cabinet Office would have so many personnel working on a police operation of this kind. Asked about their role, the Cabinet Office said these seven officials “liaised” with the Metropolitan Police on the operation. 


ALMAYADEEN explains:


The secret operation named ‘Pelican’ to seize Assange from asylum, which eventually took place in April 2019, came to light after being revealed in the memoirs published last year by former Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan.

As foreign minister for the Americas from 2016 to 2019, Duncan was the key British official in the diplomatic negotiations between the UK and Ecuador to release Assange from the Embassy.

In his memoirs, the Former Minister revealed that he watched live footage of Assange’s arrest from the Operations Room of the Foreign Office alongside personnel carrying out the operation.

After the events took place and Assange was imprisoned, Duncan had drinks at his office for the operation team. “I gave them each a signed photo which we took in the Ops Room on the day, with a caption saying ‘Julian Assange’s Special Brexit Team 11th April 2019,’” he wrote. 

At DISSIDENT VOICE, Paul Haeder writes:


We are in a rape culture. We have a million examples in this neoliberal and neocon country of that. We have the fact of one out of 12 or 15 girls and women losing their viriginity through sexual assault. We have what — one out of five in this country experiencing sexual assault by the time they hit 40 years of age.

The reality is we have Clarence Thomas as one of the Supremes, with his sick attack on Anita Hill, as well as girls and women at large, and then the frat boy Kavanaugh, more male human stain. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, 55, is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University who grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC. She’s also a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine. And her testimony was lambasted by a lot of men. Joe Biden attacked Anita Hill during her testimony to try and keep the Criminal Clarence off the bench. Dear reader, you can provide countless examples of rape culture, misogony, and the unending attack on women.


We'll pair that with this from IRAQI NEWS:


A conference was held last Sunday to launch the campaign for 16 days of activism to end violence against women, under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, according to a press statement issued by the United Nations.

The campaign is in collaboration with the Department for Women’s Empowerment at the Council of Ministers, and in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWomen), the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The conference highlighted the decisive role of Iraqi women in public life, through government positions, civil society, and human rights movements in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, the statement mentioned.

The conference advocated for the ratification of relevant laws, namely the Anti-Domestic Violence Law, the statement elaborated.

In addition to Al-Sudani, the conference was attended by Iraqi MPs, members of the parliamentary women’s committee, the High Judicial Council, ministries of Labor, Interior, Social Affairs, and Health, as well as experts and academics, the statement explained.





Just walking along, shopping for food
Stepping out of the line of fire when people are rude
Cheap stuff made in China, someone calls it a sale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

Beat down in the market, stoned to death in the plaza
Raped on the hillside under the gun from LA to Gaza
A house made of cardboard living close to the rail
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail


And I feel the witch in my veins
I feel the mother in my shoe
I feel the scream in my soul
The blood as I sing the ancient blue
They burned in the millions
I still smell the fire in my grandma's hair
The war against women rages on
Beware of the fairytale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

The noise of elections, the promise of change
A grabbing of power at the top, a day at the rifle range
Somebody's in danger, somebody's for sale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

-- "Somebody's Jail," written by Holly Near, first appears on her album SHOW UP.


Winding down, AP reports:

A member of the U.S. Navy who was injured while helping prevent further harm during a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado last weekend said Sunday that he “simply wanted to save the family that I found.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James made his first public comments on the shooting in a statement issued through Centura Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where James is recovering from undisclosed injuries suffered during the attack.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said that James was one of two men who helped to stop the shooter who walked into Club Q late on Nov. 19 with multiple firearms, including a semiautomatic rifle, and killed five people. At least 17 others were injured when a drag queen’s birthday celebration turned into a massacre.

James reportedly pushed a rifle out of the shooter’s reach while Army veteran Rich Fierro repeatedly struck the shooter with a handgun the shooter brought into the bar, officials have said.






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Monday, November 28, 2022

Marjorie Taylor Green: Ugly on the inside and out

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE   

U.S. HOUSE REP. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE CONTINUES SPEWING HATE TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS.  MOST RECENTLY, SHE VERBALLY ATTACKED CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR SCOTT WIENER.

REACHED FOR COMMENT -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S BIG MIX  -- , GREENE MOMENTARILY STOPPED EATING THE HEADS OFF LIVE BATS TO EXPLAIN, "PEOPLE THINK I HATE GAY PEOPLE.  NO.  I HATE ALL PEOPLE.  I'M A LONELY 48-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND HAS WALKED OUT ON HER.  WHO THE F**K'S GOING TO WANT MY FLABBY, USED UP BODY.  I'VE PUSHED THREE KIDS OUT OF THIS VAG!  MY S**T AIN'T TIGHT!   SCOTT'S 52 BUT HE LOOKS TEN YEARS YOUNGER AND YOU KNOW HIS S**T'S TIGHT BUT ME, I'M THE WOMAN WHO TWEETED ABOUT HOW MY THICK GRANNY PANTIES COULDN'T COVER MY FARTS.  MY FARTS!!! HOW DO YOU THINK THAT LOOKS ON A DATING APP, HUH?  HOW DO YOU THINK THAT LOOKS!  CRAZY, STINKY AND UGLY, THAT'S ME.  AND I HATE EVERYONE!!!!"

 

SHAKING HER HEAD AND TAKING A BIG BREATH, MARJIE LAMENTED THE FACT THAT "MY GAL PAL" PICTURED BELOW WITH HER HUSBAND IN  Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Real Groomers," "WOULD RATHER SPEND TIME WITH THE MAN SHE TOOK A RESTRAINING ORDER OUT ON THEN ME!!! EVERYBODY HATES ME!!!! I THOUGHT I'D FEEL BETTER WHEN THIS DAY CAME!!!!"


 Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Real Groomers"




FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Weak ass Tulsi couldn't even stand by her comments made on podcasts.

She's a liar and fake and anyone claiming she's anti-war at this point is just deluding themselves.  When push came to shove, spineless Tulsi collapsed onstage.


Now she makes bucks by attacking LGBTQs.

"Grooming."

As Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Real Groomers" pointed out, the real groomers are people like Lauren Boebert and her husband Jayson.  When not beating Lauren (it's true, she had to file for a protective order at one point), Jasyon liked to drag Lauren to a bar to watch as he exposed himself to young women.  She lied in a book that he didn't do it.  A book somebody else probably wrote for her, remember, she dropped out of school and then failed the GED multiple times.  But Jayson admitted it in court and was put on probation.

Those are groomers.  

They're trying to say that the LGBTQs are groomers.  This is not new, know your history.  The argument is that they are grooming children -- it's the one Anita Bryant made all those years ago.  She called it recruitment and argued, as the hate mob does today, that they had to recruit (or groom) because they couldn't reproduce.

They couldn't reproduce?  Like Tulsi?

The community doesn't have to reproduce.  It's always been with us and that's what the liars want to deny.

What's worse is they want to harm children.  That's the reality: Tulsi, Tucker and others want to harm children.

Jonathan Turley, noted homophobe, defends them.

Who defends the children?

In Florida, they have the 'Don't say gay' legislation which Tulsi supports.  She tells you this is about parental choice.

Yet, she's raging in the video REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT video about parental choices, you grasp that right?

If you are transgender and under 18, most cases you're not getting surgery without the consent of your parent or legal guardian.

Do we not grasp that?

So in other words, anyone surgically transitioning under 18 would be doing so with parental consent.

Tulsi doesn't trust parents with that decision apparently.  

But when it's banning discussions of same-sex relations or transgendered people or non-binary persons, Tulsi all for that.

School is supposed to prepare you for life.  A second grader needs to know that there are all kinds of families and, yes, that does include children with same-sex parents.

Tulsi and Tucker can't grasp reality: Some children are gay.

There are little boys and girls who already know that they are gay.  

Some people take longer to figure it out.  Tucker will probably be 62, before he figures it out.

But there are kids right now, in second grade, who know they're gay.

And how are they helped or even recognized by the don't say gay nonsense?

They're not.  

Bobby (Billy Eichner's character in BROS) makes that point.  

Do their rights not matter?  Do their feeling recognized in their schools not matter?

Free speech (fake) champion Jonathan Turley doesn't care about their free speech rights.  He doesn't care that a gay child has a higher likelihood of attempting suicide.  

He won't defend their rights at all.

By addressing reality early on -- and I'm not talking sex education, I'm talking the reality of the world we live in -- there's a good chance that certain little boys and girls will not be targeted and harassed in their schools.  

But that doesn't matter to Turley, Tulsi or Tucker.

It's a good thing that at least Tulsi was smart enough to reproduce (unless she's frozen her eggs, her chances at pregnancy are winding down).  

Grasp that Jonathan Turley -- who pretends he's for free speech -- has not once called out the harassment of trans speakers.  

I don't know Alex Jones and I don't want to know him.  If his people and what they did in Denton, Texas recently is truly representative of him then has has no redeeming value.  

So they bully and mob to try to stop Transgender Storytime.

And that was this month.  And yet 'free speech' Jonathan Turley didn't defend them.

That's only surprising if you don't grasp that his history is one of refusing to recognize the LGBTQ community.

Unlike Jonathan, I actually support free speech.

I have a record of doing so.

Jonathan grabs his pearls and gets all nervous if someone heckles or boos.

That's free speech as well.  And I've been on the receiving end many times.  And will continue to be on it.  And that's fine.  In the '00s, near the end, a veteran was somewhere, I believe NYC, speaking on a forum and he was the pro-war voice.  He got booed.  Some were offended in print and how awful.

No.

It's not awful.

It's free speech.

I wrote about that here.  I also noted that I was sympathetic to him because it hurt his feelings but that he needed to grasp that the worst had happened and that any future speaking would include the knowledge that he would live through being booed.  

I support free speech.

Jonathan Turley pees his pants because a Supreme Court opinion is leaked.  It's so offensive!!!

It's free speech.  Turley's become a joke in his old age and a damn hypocrite.

'Children' were not going to the Denton coffeehouse unless they were taken by their parents.

There was a bullying effort by INFOWAR followers to silence and suppress a transgender storyteller and Jonathan wasn't concerned.  It's only free speech for him these days if the person whose free speech rights are threatened is a conservative.

That might be confusing until you grasp that he's now paid by FOX NEWS.  

The LGBTQ community includes children and they have rights.

Tulsi, who's never raised a child, wants to speak of "our children" but apparently she just means straight children.  She knows nothing about the LGBTQ community -- a community she has spent years trashing -- and she wants to decide what children can hear and what they can't.

She has NO children.  She's raised  NO children.  She's NOT an educator and has NO background in childhood education.

So FOX sees her as the perfect person to put on to talk about children's rights.

Children have the right to be smarter than Tulsi Gabbard.  That requires actual education.  Otherwise, like Tulsi, they end up cult members doing whatever Guru Chris tells them to do.

Lauren voted to overturn the Violence Against Women Act.  Like Tulsi, she needs education.  Desperately.  I hope she gets it before Jayson beats her to death.

But in the meantime, let's be really clear that the US doesn't need to hear from a woman married to a man who beats her.  Too many people are passing themselves off as experts.

Lauren, like Tulsi, wants to be an expert on children but most American families -- right, left or what have you -- don't want their children being beaten by a spouse or their children beating their spouse.


Spousal abuse is not a value anyone supports unless they're deeply stupid.  

That's what happens when you're uninformed and uneducated.  Like Tulsi.  Home schooled and two years in her cult's school, she tried community college but couldn't grasp it.  Basic classes were beyond her because she's just not capable of learning.

Instead of recognizing her deficiency, she wants to make all of America as uneducated as her.

The country's children need to be educated.  In reality.  That especially means a greater emphasis on science.  It also means an awareness of the world around us and, sorry, Tucker, Tulsi and Turley, that world around us includes gay males, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders as well as non-binary.  

They have a right to representation as well.

They exist and their rights matter to.

They don't need to grow up being bullied.  They don't need to grow up being rendered invisible.  

Stop pretending you care about children when you're actually working to increase the rates of suicide with your actions.

FOX NEWS is garbage because of what they're doing and how they're harming children.

Idiots like Tulsi will watch those programs and, in the pretense of 'saving' their children, will do great harm.

A trueism throughout the last century and today: Those objecting the loudest to basic recognition and human decency are usually the ones hiding something.  

When Ellen DeGeneres came out, a friend who had loved her comedy, even to the point of begging me to get her into a taping of the sitcom ELLEN (I got her in multiple times) turned on Ellen when she came out.  Refused to even admit that she'd ever been a fan.  Last decade?  The actress came out.  I'll be kind and not name her.  

But that's who I think of when I think of these idiots like Tucker, Tulsi and Turley who are so determined to limit our society instead of expanding it, who would rather throw stones than embrace.  

These people need to be called out.  They're not silly idiots that we can just laugh at, they are people dedicating their lives to destroying others.  
 


Turning to Iraq . . .




 Since founding IraQueer, an organisation which has fought for LGBTQ+ rights in Iraq for the last seven years, Amir has worked tirelessly to help queer people facing persecution in the country. 

“I’m grateful that the team continues to dedicate themselves to the organisation and the queer community,” Amir explained to GAY TIMES Magazine in the December 2022 issue. “But my hope for the organisation is that it will just not need to exist one day. I want to live in a world where we don’t have to advocate for queer people. Where we just exist as people and have our rights because we’re humans.”

Sadly, things have not improved for LGBTQ+ people in Iraq since the inception of IraQueer and members of the community continue to face discrimination in the country. 

The work Amir started is therefore as important as ever and functions across education, advocacy and direct services by sharing multilingual resources, providing safe housing and engaging with international bodies to advance LGBTQ+ rights.

GAY TIMES Honours sponsored by Meta Quest celebrates the individuals and organisations who have had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ+ people over the past 12 months.

[. . .]

The new digital edition of GAY TIMES magazine spotlights this year’s winners and is available to read now on the GAY TIMES app, Apple News +, Readly and Flipster.

To follow all of the action from GAY TIMES Honours sponsored by Meta Quest, check out our Instagram @GAYTIMES. For the latest winners, performances and special moments from the night click here.




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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Irene Cara

 Irene Cara starred in FAME as Coco.  She performed many songs including "Out Here On My Own" (above) and "Fame."  She'd already starred in SPARKLE.


But it was on the charts that she'd find the most fame.  Along with those two charting hits, she also had hits with "Why Me?" and "Anyone Can See" and "Breakdance" and, most significantly, "Flashdance (What A Feeling)" -- a number one hit that she won an Oscar for co-writing.


Irene has passed away.  Her father was Puetro Rican and her mother was Cuban.  That's not confusing and it's something to celebrate.  Unless you're an idiot like Elvis Mitchell.  As Ava and C.I. noted earlier this week in "TV: NETFLIX giveth and NETFLIX taketh," 'He also wrongly thinks Irene Cara is African-American."


CNN notes:

       Actress and singer Irene Cara, an Oscar and Grammy winner best known for the theme songs of “Fame” and “Flashdance” in the early ’80s, has died, her publicist said. She was 63.

“Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene,” Judith Moose said in a tweet announcing the singer’s death. “I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans.

“She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”   


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Irene Cara Escalera was born on March 18, 1959 in the Bronx, New York. She was the youngest of five children born to Gaspar and Louise Escalera. She was encouraged to pursue a career in the entertainment industry from a young age, performing in beauty pageants, learning the piano by ear, and taking dance lessons before making her way onto shows including the PBS series, The Electric Company, and eventually to Broadway, where she starred in musicals like Via Galactica, Maggie Flynn, and Sparkle. The latter production was adapted into a movie.

Cara followed this early success with Fame, the 1980 film that would make her a household name. Though initially cast as a dancer, the part of Coco Hernandez was rewritten to showcase Cara’s singing voice. Her presence on two songs in particular—“Fame” and “Out Here on My Own”—catapulted the film’s soundtrack onto the Billboard charts, with “Fame” peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the full soundtrack peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Both “Fame” and “Out Here on My Own” were later nominated for Best Original Song at the 1980 Academy Awards, with the former single ultimately taking home the award.

Fame helped cement Cara’s place in the music industry, earning Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1980 and winning the latter award. In 1982, she released her debut album, Anyone Can See, which was quickly followed by the single “Flashdance…What a Feeling.” Co-written by Cara alongside Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey, the song was originally recorded for the film Flashdance and peaked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it sat for six weeks. The song led Cara to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance that year.

“How bright our spirits go shooting out into space, depends on how much we contributed to the earthly brilliance of this world,” she once said in Fame, per the Associated Press. “And I mean to be a major contributor!”

Irene Cara was really something.


''Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Friday, November 25, 2022.  Ask yourself what kind of a left we are when we will set a place at the table for right-wing men but won't for people of color, women and LGBTQ+s?


Daniel Villareal (LGBTQ NATION) reports:

Barely three days after a shooter at an LGBTQ club killed five people and injured dozens, right-wing media figures have been blaming LGBTQ people for causing the violence. Others are also attacking the military veteran who stopped the shooter.

Their claims continue a years-long campaign of stochastic terrorism in which they’ve accused queer people and their allies of grooming children for sexual abuse through LGBTQ school content and drag shows, and also of mutilating children’s genitals through gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth.

While genital surgeries aren’t conducted on minors and no kids have ever been molested during a drag show, none of these figures have spoken as passionately against forced genital surgeries for intersex kids or the literal thousands of child rape cases that have occurred in U.S. churches, nor have they promoted organizations that actually work against child sex abuse and trafficking.

[. . .]


Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, —host of the network’s most-watched program and a man who celebrated the murder of gay politician Harvey Milk and once bragged about beating up a gay man — mocked those who said the shooting was caused by people complaining about “the sexualizing of kids… people mutilating the genitals of children, [and] … ads on Instagram promoting kiddie porn.”

But then he said the connection between LGBTQ activism and the above things is “a very specific religious ideology that’s true, is happening and is “absolutely real.”

He then said the shooting has become “a pretext for yet more censorship of [conservative public] speech.”

“You are responsible for this, they told you, because you said the wrong things,” Carlson told his viewers. “You are guilty of stochastic terrorism, inspiring violence by your beliefs. Anderson Lee Aldrich [the Club Q shooter] committed mass murder because you complained about the sexualizing of children. Every time you object to drag time story hour for fifth graders or point out that genital mutilation is being committed on minors — which it is — every time you say that, you are putting people’s lives at risk.”

He added, “The truth is that some adults in this country, apparently a growing number, have a deeply unhealthy fixation on the sexuality of children — when you say that out loud, you get people killed.”

In response, Twitter user Kat Abu published a thread that included the numerous broadcasts in which Carlson has talked at length about children’s sexuality and their genitals.



Giulia Carbonaro (NEWSWEEK) observes:

Florida political operative Jaimee Michell, founder of the controversial anti-trans group "Gays Against Groomers," told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs "was expected and predictable" and to be blamed on the LGBTQ "evil agenda" of gender-affirming care.

Talking to Carlson about the mass shooting, Michell claimed that what's really hurting the LGBTQ community is labelling "groomers"—a term that falsely equates non-heterosexual sexualities and non-cisgender identities with pedophilia—an anti-LGBTQ slur, and said that tragedies like the one at Club Q will keep happening "until we end this evil agenda."

Anderson Lee Aldrich is accused of opening fire at Club Q just before midnight on Saturday, killing five people and injuring 18 others.

Activists have denounced "Gays Against Groomers" as an anti-trans hate group that stokes anti-LGBTQ hate by regularly calling gay people "groomers" and accusing the LGBTQ community of sexualizing children. A couple of months ago, "Gays Against Groomers'" Twitter account was banned from Google, Venmo and Paypal after the group was accused of anti-trans hate.

Michell, the group's cisgender gay founder, frequently appears on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News, repeating and amplifying conservatives' moral panic over the alleged "grooming" of children blamed on liberals and queer people.


I don't know how your Thanksgiving worked out -- hopefully it was pleasant and fun -- but 'Aunty GiGi' was denounced loudly by several gay activists at my home.  'Aunty GiGi' is how some are now deriding Glenn Greenwald for his idiotic support of Tucker Carlson and others who spread this crap.  Yeah, people who had to stand up against this s**t in the 70s when Anita Bryant was spewing it aren't in the mood for precious GiGi to give his tacit support for it.  


As he rightly loses influence and his 'brand' weakens, maybe Lauren Boebert can become his hag?  Alex Bollinger (LGBTQ NATION) notes:


Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) defended her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric after she was widely denounced online in the wake of the Club Q shooting for stoking violence against LGBTQ people.

“That is completely false,” she told Ross Kaminsky on KOA, an AM radio station. “I have never had bad rhetoric towards anyone and their personal preference as an adult.”

Sexual orientation is not a “personal preference” and minors can have sexual orientations. In fact, Boebert herself got pregnant for the first time when she was in high school.

This past Saturday, a shooter entered the LGBTQ bar Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killed five people, and injured 18 with an AR-15-style weapon before being subdued.

Boebert released a statement saying that “the victims & their families are in my prayers” and was immediately slammed online after spreading hateful rhetoric against LGBTQ people for years, something people said may have contributed to anti-LGBTQ violence.

“You encourage this type of hatred,” Chasten Buttigieg – the husband of out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – responded. “Get off Twitter and start looking inward.”

It didn’t take long in the radio interview for Boebert to go back to bashing LGBTQ people.

“What I’ve criticized is the sexualization of our children,” she said, an expression conservatives use to refer to a wide range of actions, including teaching kids that some families have two mothers or two fathers and allowing LGBTQ clubs to form in high schools. It’s unclear exactly what she was referring to.

“And I’ve criticized men dressing up as caricatures of women,” she continued. Drag is an art form with deep roots in LGBTQ culture, and the idea is to play with gender, often to express one’s own femininity, masculinity, or androgyny.


Lauren is disgusting but, sadly, so much is and that includes on our side -- the left.


Have you noticed the silence?  I'm looking at e-mails.  Garcia notes that Margaret Kimberley has Tweeted repeatedly over the last days but never managed to note the tragedy in Colorado Springs -- nor did BLACK AGENDA REPORT.  Good catch, Garcia.  


Equally true, I counted over 200 Tweets from Tara Reade this week and she never bothered to Tweet about it.


Tara.  I believe her ex explained it best when he said she only cares about what happens to her.  That is why, in the Tweets this week, she can reTweet convicted pedophile, registered sex offender Scott Ritter.  Tara loves her some Scotty.  Any man who harms others is Tara's buddy.


That's the truth.  Tara thinks she deserves sympathy but -- as her ex explained in a roundtable for the gina & krista round-robin -- she doesn't have sympathy for others.


We've now seen that with all of her actions long before she started using her Twitter feed to pimp registered sex offender Scott Ritter -- who went to prison.


She won't do anything to help others because she's never cared about others her whole life.  That's why she bailed on her bills and her loans from friends.  She's a self-centered bitch.  


And she won't help other women but she'll constantly demand attention.  


A deadly attack took place in Colorado Springs and Tara couldn't be bothered with it because it's a gay thing and, please grasp this reality, gay things don't matter to the ultra left.


You'd think they would.  But you'd be wrong.  You'd be wrong today and you'd be wrong historically.


Tara Reade is the poster girl for obesity and for hatred.  


Thanks, Tara, for showing your true self.  I should disclose that for pointing out here what a whore she is to promote a registered sex offender, Tara banned me.  I laughed then and I laugh now.


Reality, Tara was assaulted by Joe Biden.  Didn't make her a nice person.  Didn't make her a saint.  Didn't make her anyone who could be considered an ally.  Six days where she has Tweeted and reTWeeted and she couldn't once be bothered with an attack on the LGBTQ+ community.


That's who Tara is.


She'll never, ever help another person.  Her narcissistic nature is what it is.  She's also a deeply stupid person.  Someone should have told her long ago to sue Joe Biden for her employment records.  Someone should have pointed out to her that when Joe declared the pandemic over, there was no excuse to hide behind it regarding access to his records at the university.  


But she's a deeply stupid person so let's not be surprised that she's so incompetent she can't even help herself.


I'd love to say she gives the left a bad name.  She's part of the reason we have a bad name though.


The left is huge.  It includes the group that votes blindly for the Democratic Party and think partisanship is being political.  It's not.  Parroting is not political.  Then you have Democrats who can self-criticize but can't see too much beyond domestic issues.  You've then got Socialists, Communists, Socialist-Democrats and then you're moving into the hard left which probably takes you all the way to anarchist which wraps around to the right wing because politics is circular and not linear.


Historically, on the left, we have not supported gay rights.  The Communists in certain eras especially did not want to support gay rights.  Occasionally, an individual would get support but that support was always tentative.  Look at Walter Jenkins, embraced by the partisans and seen as a genius in certain ways.  So they all pretended he wasn't gay.  But then he gets arrested in 1964 and they're afraid that it could harm LBJ's re-election chances so they turn on him and sacrifice him while LBJ lies and pretends like he never knew Walter was gay (he knew, the FBI knew, the 1959 previous arrest was not a secret) and starts trying to save his own ass by lying and suggesting that mean Republicans must have drugged Walter's drink and that, as a result of being drugged, Walter found his mouth watering for dick and, due to the drugs, ended up at a YMCA bathroom where he was busted with his mouth around a cock.


Now back then, and this is an important point to grasp, oral sex wasn't thought to be as common as it is today.   Marlon Brando infamously posed with Wally Cox's penis in his mouth and people act like it didn't happen even when writing Brando's obituaries.  Marlon was one of our finest actors.  His affairs with men didn't make him any less great.  And that Wally Cox photo is a striking image. 


But in the 50s and 60s, for many, anything beyond missionary-position male-female sex was time to clutch the pearls.  (Though, traditionally, look at the studies, anal sex has always been popular among Catholics in the US as a way to prevent pregnancy.)  


These days, straight couples peg.  These days oral sex is common and noted as such.  Tossing someone's salad, etc, etc.


So when an idiot starts talking about orifices and their 'true' intentions  -- as many did on message boards this week in light of the shooting -- they look like idiots and defeat themselves.  We've come far enough to be honest about sex and how sex can take place and those trying to police what they pretend is morality lose any argument right at the get go because this isn't the 1950s.  We know what our bodies are capable of and we know about enjoying our bodies.  


Nancy Friday, Dr. Ruth, Audre Lorde, Dan Savage and many others have done their part to allow us to be grown ups.


And this has impacted politics -- as it should.  Awareness and education in any area has impact on other areas.  You can go into a whole spheres of justice argument off that -- though I wouldn't because Michael Walzer ripped off the Torah for his argument and didn't even grasp the importance of the sphere of din -- telling -- and proof of the points we're making because din, of course, can be associated with the feminine and the feminine and LGBTQ+ issues have traditionally been dismissed in this country -- especially in this country's political maneuvering.  


If you know the left's history, you know that Sly's "Everyday People" wasn't just a popular song, it was a portrait of our history:




There is a blue one who can't accept the green one

For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny oneAnd different strokes for different folksAnd so on and so on and scooby dooby doo
Oh sha sha we got to live together
I am no better and neither are youWe are the same whatever we doYou love me you hate me you know me and thenYou can't figure out the bag I'm in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah
There is a long hair that doesn't like the short hairFor bein' such a rich one that will not help the poor oneAnd different strokes for different folksAnd so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

-- "Everyday People," written by Sly Stone, first appears on Sly & The Family Stone's STAND!


We hear the Jimmy Dore's insist that identity politics are destroying the left.


No, identity politics are what made the left.  It's what forced the Communist Party to move beyond their limited White world and to give support to efforts to end lynchings in the US.  It's what brings us together when we can get over our own pig headedness.  When we can embrace the blue one and the long hair and the poor one and everyone.  It's how we build a society and it's how we've always built a movement.


The Jimmy Dores don't understand that because they're unintelligent.  They don't understand how things work, they haven't studied anything and they're victims of the atomistic age -- an age where we, as a people, were taught how to tear apart but not how to put back together.  The synthesis is the missing step and people like Jimmy (who is not a bad person and who I would note still were it not for his promoting Scott Ritter -- a sex offender; I'm sorry, Jimmy, I can't big tent convicted offenders) don't even grasp it because they can regurgitate but they can't think.


If you want a powerful left, you're going to have to stand up for rights and that's not just your own rights.  Don't be a Tara Reade offended by your own assault but caring so little of others that you'll promote a registered sex offender.


You've got to look beyond your own interests.  You've got to support others.  If you don't do that, the left goes no where.  And that's been the case throughout history though those who short cut it -- due to ignorance or personal interest -- never pass that lesson on.


Here's Dove Cameron on Sunday saying what a lot of others need to be saying.



Instead?  Instead our left outlets on YOUTUBE gave us silence.  Our left voices on Twitter gave us silence.  


As Keesha noted last night in the roundtable, Betty was right when she wrote "Hard truths."


Everybody wants sympathy and attention when it is them or their primary group but they don't seem to want to build bridges for other communities.  


You can't even get women on half the YOUTUBE programs for the left so it's not a surprise that the LGBTQ+ is rendered invisible on so many of these same programs or that African-Americans are largely ignored by White hosts on these same YOUTUBE programs.  For the left, understand, made for the left and by the left.


We need to do a much better job.  Lives are at stake.  If we can't offer inclusion and we can't share the spotlight, we might as well be Republicans.


Oh, excuse me.  The Jimmy Dores and Glenn Greenwalds will feature Republicans -- it's women, LGBTQ+ and people of color that have to fight to be on left YOUTUBE shows and get left Twitter attention.


It's really telling that they will set a place for neocons and others at a left table but not for women, LGBTQ+ and people of color.


Stephen F. Eisenmen (COUNTERPUNCH) explains:


The shooting this week at Club Q in Colorado Springs was as horrendous as it was unsurprising. Though the city has changed a lot since 1992, when local, anti-queer activists championed the passage of a statewide, constitutional amendment prohibiting municipal anti-discrimination ordinances, the area retains pockets of deep reaction. Colorado Springs representative Doug Lamborn, like fellow Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert, this year supported federal anti-trans legislation in Congress. Since at least 2016, Lamborn has attacked what he calls the “madness,” and “politically correct absurdity” of federal protection for transgender students. Boebert has described trans people as “depraved” and their defenders as “groomers” bent on turning innocent children into trans people themselves.

Their statements condemning the recent violence were strictly pro forma, condemning “senseless violence,” praising first responders for “their rapid response,” and calling for prayers for “the victims and their families.” Neither mentioned that the victims were at a queer nightclub or that fatal attacks upon LGBTQ folks have reached a record high. And first responders failed both to prevent the attack and had no role in stopping it. Police handcuffed and detained the good Samaritan who stopped the shooting spree, retired U.S. Army major Richard Fierro, and kept him confined for an hour in a police car while his family and friends were left to struggle with injuries and death.

Some Americans were probably surprised to read that Fierro went to Club Q with his family to celebrate a birthday. In the United States, it’s still rare for families to visit gay bars together or watch live drag performances. (On TV, RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a fixture for more than a decade.) The night of the shooting, the club featured a drag show titled “Delusions” hosted by a local drag queen with the stage name Del Lusional. The audience for that event was limited to guests 18 y.o. and older, but a drag-brunch open to all ages was scheduled for the following day.

Fierro was having a great time when the shooting began, he told a NYTimes reporter: “These kids want to live that way, want to have a good time, have at it….that is what I fought for, so they can do whatever the hell they want.” It’s not yet clear what were the precise motivations of the shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, but he faces murder and hate crimes charges. His lawyers claim that he is non-binary himself and prefers to be addressed using they/them pronouns and the honorific Mx. in front of his name. The assertion may be a subterfuge to undercut the hate crimes charges and establish mitigation.

Family attendance at drag shows has risen in recent years, so much so that it has attracted literally delusional reactions from the Republican-right. In June, Florida governor Ron DeSantis threatened to order the state’s department of protective services to investigate parents who take their kids to drag shows: “We have child protective statutes on the books,” he said. “We have laws against child endangerment.” State legislators in Florida, Arizona, and Texas have proposed laws to criminalize drag entertainment, and armed militia groups have threatened the lives of drag performers across the country. It remains to be seen if the recent massacre will cause any retreat in the legal and vigilante onslaught.

The proposed laws against drag are patently unconstitutional infringements of free speech and would likely be struck down in court – even by conservative justices. Apart from first amendment considerations, such laws would be largely unenforceable because of the multitude of liminal cases. Drag performances have long been a staple of theatre, film, and television, from Twelfth Night to Some Like it Hot to Kinky Boots. Would they all be banned? And the fashion industry is predicated upon playful subversion and compliance with gender norms – men in skirts and heels, women in trousers and work boots. Corporate America profits from trans.

Gender itself is a form of performance, the philosopher Judith Butler long ago noted, though one that by its repetition, shapes our identity. On that basis, almost any theatrical entertainment could be described as a “drag show” and its sponsors and performers trundled into court. But the point of the proposed laws is not to legislate costume, comportment, or performance, much less identity – it is to supercharge hatred and promote violence, thereby creating an atmosphere of crisis that can be exploited for reactionary (fascist) ends.


In other news, ARAB NEWS reports:

Online propaganda campaigns that targeted Middle Eastern countries including Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria were linked to US military, technology firm Meta has claimed.

In its latest adversarial threat report, the company said the network that coordinated the campaigns used fake social media accounts to promote pro-Western narratives and was taken down in August after an independent research group flagged the profiles to Facebook’s parent company.

The findings of the report said: “The US network — linked to individuals associated with the US military — operated across many internet services and focused on Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.”

The social media giant said 39 Facebook accounts, 16 Facebook pages, two groups, and 26 Instagram accounts had been removed for violating its policy on “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” a term used to describe the coordination of accounts and adoption of techniques to publish, promote, and spread false content.

The campaigns, believed to be the first of their kind, were designed to discredit Russia, China, Iran, and other countries, while promoting American views and values.

The tactics adopted by the US network were similar to those used in anti-Western campaigns, such as the use of fake people and the dissemination of artificially generated photos across multiple platforms.

“The people behind this activity posted primarily in Arabic, Farsi, and Russian about news and current events, including terrorism concerns and praise of the US military, as well as content about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic — some of which we removed for violating our misinformation policy,” the report added.

Although experts believe the campaigns were largely ineffective and their reach was very limited, Meta argued that the operations ran across many internet services, including Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, VKontakte, and Odnoklassniki.

“Although the people behind this operation attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the US military,” Meta said in the report, adding that, “the majority of this operation’s posts had little to no engagement from authentic communities.”


Hillary Essein (PEOPLE'S GAZETTE) also covers the story.   

And that's going to have to be it.  I am very sick this morning.  This has been dictated in pieces and I'm sure it's very disjointed, my apologies.


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