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Slate Attacks Taylor Swift’s New Pride Month Song for Not Being Woke Enough

They say you can’t please all of the people all of the time, and when it comes to the diversity police at Slate and other liberal outlets, all too often you can’t please any of them, ever. Taylor Swift is Slate’s target this week, after one writer slammed her latest single as “annoying,” “pathetic,” and “hopelessly, insultingly out of place,” and another attacked her for a concert appearance at a gay rights movement landmark, because there was a Republican involved in the event promotion company.

“You Need to Calm Down,” Swift’s new song from her upcoming album “Lover,” dropped this week, along with a sherbet-hued lyric video that spells out the peppy verses advocating against anti-LGBT prejudice. Lyrics question “why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” (a reference to the LGBT media monitoring organization) and extol the fun of attending a gay pride parade while counterprotesters fester in their misery (“Sunshine in the streets at the parade / But you would rather be in the dark ages / Making that sign / Must have taken all night”).

All in all, it’s a fairly standard little pop song, complete with all the production values a pop star like Swift can hire a team to provide.

It’s not Swift’s first foray in to LGBT advocacy — earlier this month she posted an open letter encouraging the Senate to pass the Equality Act and has long been a public supporter of LGBT rights — but apparently the standard of behavior required these days to be a true “ally” has been raised above all practical common sense.

Slate’s Christina Cauterucci was vicious in her denunciation of the song in an article titled, “Taylor Swift’s New Single Is a Teachable Moment About How Not to Be an Ally,” dismissing it as “queer-baiting” and a “careless pat on the head” to the LGBT community that’s “hopelessly, insultingly out of place,” “like watching a straight bachelorette party go nuts at a drag show.”

Among Swift’s unforgivable crimes, Cauterucci lists her “lyrical laziness” and a comparison to Lady Gaga’s song from eight years ago, “Born This Way,” complaining that Swift 1) is not bisexual like Lady Gaga and 2) the gay rights movement has more “mainstream traction” now so Swift’s song isn’t as revolutionary.

Complaining about lyrical laziness in modern pop songs is like complaining that the ocean has water in it — personally, I’m a fan of a lot of Swift’s music and look forward to this new album’s return to a more joyful, cotton-candy aesthetic — but the criticism of Swift not being able to be a gay rights pioneer in 2019 is both bizarre and unfair.

“Swift is clearly coming out in support of gays, which is much better than being against gays,” Cauterucci grudgingly acknowledged, but then claims that “Swift is promoting ‘You Need to Calm Down’ like it’s going to be the straw that breaks homophobia’s back.” That’s not an accurate statement; the promotion for this song has been in line with other recent Swift song launches, and her initial tweet simply had a photo showing Swift’s back with a presumably temporary tattoo showing the Revolution-era snake expanding into a swarm of butterflies and a link to the video, and the nonsense word “Gxgjxkhdkdkydkhdkhfjvjfj.”

Swift clearly likes her new song and is happy to share it with her fans, but none of her posts indicate she’s claiming to be creating a societal-shifting movement. She just supports LGBT rights and wants to dance with her friends and have fun.

Here’s a radical idea: maybe it’s a good thing a gay rights anthem by a pop star isn’t a revolutionary act.

I’ve long taken a libertarian view on this issue. (Two consenting adults should be able to marry, but legislatures need to address the issue because of the familial, property, and tax issues involved, and to protect religious liberties for churches, synagogues, etc. that should not have to conduct ceremonies contrary to their beliefs.) It’s a positive development that it is no longer a major headline if a famous athlete or actor comes out as gay, or if a popular television show or movie features gay characters.

Becoming mundane is becoming mainstream. If it’s no longer newsworthy if a celebrity is gay, that says something about societal acceptance. For the millions of LGBT Americans who just want to go to work, raise their families, and live their lives, it’s an inherently positive development that being gay is no longer shocking or stigmatizing, that the pressure to stay in the closet is diminishing, and they can just go about their day.

It’s an inherently positive development…except, apparently, in the eyes of the woke left. Swift’s open advocacy for a federal LGBT rights bill and vocal support for LGBT people isn’t enough, and it’s not entirely clear what would satisfy their demands.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has been a surprisingly competitive contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, has received similar attacks, including from Slate’s Cauterucci again, bemoaning that this “run-of-the-mill white male candidate” was insufficiently oppressed to qualify for the full set of gay bonus points.

Buttigieg came out while in office, married his boyfriend Chasten, and was reelected in a landslide. His small town constituents clearly weren’t bothered by his sexual orientation.

Both Buttigieg and his husband tend to favor the short haircut, button-down shirt and khakis look sported by many dads roaming around the suburbs. The fact the mayor of a small town isn’t walking around with rainbow glitter in his hair and tight leather pants doesn’t make him less gay, or his marriage to another man any less valid. If you support gay rights, isn’t it a good thing for an openly gay man married to another man to be able to be elected to public office?

It’s yet another example of the left continually redefining diversity to increasingly narrow and distorted meanings. Pete Buttigieg is gay, but he’s a Christian and dresses like an accountant, so it doesn’t count. Taylor Swift supports LGBT rights but is doing it with fluffy little pop songs instead of rioting in the streets or whatever mysterious act of contrition would satisfy the Cauteruccis of the internet, so it doesn’t count.

And heaven forbid a Republican want to be an ally. Nope, no room in the tent.

As mentioned above, Slate’s complaints about Swift include AEG, the live-event promotion company that organized Swift’s recent Reputation tour and a concert this month at the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 riots that are viewed as launching the gay rights movement in America.

AEG’s sin is that its owner, billionaire Philip Anschutz, is (gasp!) a Republican who has donated to Republican candidates and causes. Slate, this time through writer Matthew Dessem, attacks Anschutz for donating to what he characterizes as “anti-LGBT” groups, specifically that Anschutz’s foundation had given “more than $100,000 to the Alliance Defending Freedom between 2011 and 2013″ and had also donated to the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the Heritage Foundation.

On the other hand, Anschutz also donated $1 million last year to the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s LGBT Fund, which helps battle AIDS in Africa and has publicly stated that he “unequivocally support[ed] the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation.”

Past support of an organization that was legally advocating for traditional marriage is enough to get Anschutz permanently blacklisted as a “hater” in the eyes of Slate’s writers. There’s no public statement of support, even giving literally a million dollars to a worthy cause, that can be sufficient to earn redemption.

And Swift garners their wrath for daring to enter into a business arrangement with this “hater” Republican to schedule her concert appearances (with a bonus freebie attack on capitalism!):

It’s true what Swift sings: Haters are going to hate. But you don’t have to donate money to them, like Anschutz did. There’s no ethical employment under capitalism, but if you have the kind of power and wealth Taylor Swift has, you don’t have to keep helping haters get richer if you don’t want to. And if all else fails, you don’t have to sing about it at the Stonewall Inn during Pride Month.

Well, as Swift herself sings, “haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate,” so I doubt she’ll be harmed by this trumped-up outrage. “You need to calm down,” Slate, and learn to just enjoy some silly happy pop songs.

Further reading: Taylor Swift Criticizes Trump, Lobbies Senate To Support LGBTQ Equality Act

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South Carolina Woman Gets Pulled Over for Driving Drunk – in a Bad*** Toy Mini-Truck

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In South Carolina Monday, Megan Holman was pulled over. The cops say the 25-year-old was flat-out driving drunk about a mile from her home in Walhalla.

Shameful.

People get hurt that way.

Thankfully, a do-gooder called the police about a suspicious female operating the vehicle.

One unusual detail: She was behind the wheel of a Power Wheels electric toy mini-truck.

Speeding… It's no joke people!

Posted by Erin Laney Meyer on Monday, June 10, 2019

Fortunately for Meghan, that fact meant she couldn’t be charged with a DUI. She got off easy with a bit o’ the ol’ public intoxication.

The redhead told authorities she was cruisin’ in the tight silver ride as part of a scavenger hunt.

Also, according to The State, she explained that “she wanted to be a professional wrestler like her father and this was how to do it.”

But of course it is — duh.

Megan was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Once she’s back on her feet, she might wanna consider moving to Los Angeles — thanks to the government’s push for tiny car usage, her vehicle’s perfectly sized for the city’s parking spaces.

Unlike mine.

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-ALEX

 

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Podcast ep. 73 — The Serious Frivolity Edition

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An exclusive podcast from RedState about the connections of politics and entertainment, covering the stories from Burbank to The Beltway

Our new format is met with a tentatively new technical advancement – who knew? Hopefully we sound better, even if we are not doing better. This week we had much to cover, from serious governmental machinations to a new CNN book on the market, from a documentary with questionable facts to the Democrt Party maxing out its credit cards.

To go along with that people could not decide if they were upset at YouTube or upset with a Kardashian throwing a party. But dammit, there was cause to be upset!!!

 

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  • The Steele Dossier continues to be a source of major consternation as more and more it appears to have been a fabricated tool of Hillary and the DNC. Now it has State Department connections.
  • Speaking of the DNC, they just took out a second major loan to gear up for the campaign season. This is due to them operating with a debt at the moment – so by all means, go further into debt!
  • Sarah covers a new Netflix documentary about supposedly wrongly convicted youths. The reliance upon demonizing Donald Trump to make their case actually hurts their case.
  • People on the left are inflamed that Kylie Jenner dared to stage a Handmaid’s Tale-themed party. Apparently wearing costumes from a make-believe program is somehow literally offensive…???
  • The New York Times is in the process of arguing that news outlets are entitled to more money from Google and social media platforms because they siphon off advertising revenue. This should get nasty.
  • Steven Crowder was targeted by Vox writer Carlos Maza to be demonitized for offending…Carlos Maza. In amazing fashion Maza won the complaint, and then managed to play the victim after winning. Meanwhile after having a revenue stream denied him Crowder became richer.

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Russian Election Interference Narrative Is Based On A Redacted Copy of Crowdstrike’s Report of DNC Server ‘Hacking’

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The Mueller Report unequivocally confirmed that the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) server was hacked by the Russians. This finding would debunk the “conspiracy” theory that the late Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was murdered in July 2016, had downloaded (onto a flashdrive) and leaked the DNC emails to Wikileaks. That is, if the Mueller Report had been accurate. I posted about this here earlier.

I wrote that, when the DNC suspected there was a problem with their network, they called in CrowdStrike, a private cyber-security company, to investigate. They did not allow the FBI access to their server.

If today’s post in the Conservative Treehouse is accurate, and it sure looks like it is, the government’s response to Roger Stone’s most recent court filing shows that the FBI relied on a redacted copy of a summary of CrowdStrike’s “technical review.”

The DNC’s claim that they’d been hacked by Russia was “the foundation for the Russian election interference narrative.” And the only “proof” is a redacted copy of a summary from a private company. It’s outrageous.

Stone’s lawyers had sought to obtain an “unredacted” copy of CrowdStrike’s technical review believing it might contain “Brady” material (exculpatory evidence). The government’s response can be accessed in full on Scribd here. Here is the relevant portion:

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Or, as Conservative Treehouse’s Sundance puts it:

Yes, that is correct. The FBI and DOJ were only allowed to see a “draft” report prepared by Crowdstrike, and that report was redacted… and that redacted draft is the “last version of the report produced”; meaning, there are no unredacted & final versions.

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!

This means the FBI and DOJ, and all of the downstream claims by the intelligence apparatus; including the December 2016 Joint Analysis Report and January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, all the way to the Weissmann/Mueller report and the continued claims therein; were based on the official intelligence agencies of the U.S. government and the U.S. Department of Justice taking the word of a hired contractor for the Democrat party….. despite their inability to examine the server and/or actually see an unredacted technical forensic report from the investigating contractor.

The entire apparatus of the U.S. government just took their word for it…

and used the claim therein as an official position…

which led to a subsequent government claim, in court, of absolute certainty that Russia hacked the DNC.

The full intelligence apparatus of the United States government is relying on a report they have never even been allowed to see or confirm; that was created by a paid contractor for a political victim that would not allow the FBI to investigate their claim.

The DNC server issue is foundation, and cornerstone, of the U.S. government’s position on “Russia hacking” and the election interference narrative; and that narrative is based on zero factual evidence to affirm the U.S. government’s position.

Finally, at the top of page 3 in the document, it states “And, in any case, the government does not need to prove at the defendant’s trial that the Russians hacked the DNC in order to prove the defendant made false statements, tampered with a witness, and obstructed justice into a congressional investigation regarding election interference.”

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot is right!

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INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Many Black Southern Democrats Vote With Their Conscience And Support Abortion Bans

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The great Salena Zito has a piece in the Saturday edition of the New York Post in which she presents information that breaks fairly dramatically with pro-abortion activists battling anti-abortion legislation in Southern states.

Many black Southern Democrats actually support fetal heartbeat and other anti-abortion legislation, Zito writes. Pro-life Southern Democrats aren’t exclusively African-American, however.

Kentucky state Rep. John Sims is a Democrat. He also voted for the state’s recent heartbeat bill, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

In a country where Democrats are viewed as overwhelmingly pro-choice, Sims seems like an oddity.

Sims doesn’t see himself as strange.

“It is not unusual at all in my book to be both a Democrat and pro-life; it’s just the way I was raised in the church,” said Sims from the back of the Dairy Queen his family has owned for 66 years.

Life means life “from conception until death,” he said.

But many of those who live in the South and break from the Progressive norm on the abortion issue are black Americans. Zito draws a distinction between the vast majority of Democrats — particularly California Democrats who have organized boycotts of the film industry in Georgia over their fetal heartbeat bill, for example — and Southern Democrats who, she says “aren’t as clear cut on the issue.”

Citing a Pew poll, she notes that several Southern states have a large percentage of voters who consider themselves pro-life, often well above the national average.

“And here’s a fact that might surprise people north of the Mason-Dixon Line — 58 percent of the pro-life Democrats in Louisiana are black,” Zito writes. “In Mississippi, that number jumps to 73 percent. ‘The point is … Democrats who call themselves pro-life … in most states are black,’ said [Republican pollster Wes] Anderson.”

In trying to answer why black Southern Democrats break with their Northern compatriots, Zito gives the mic to Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson, who spoke at the 2019 March For Life rally in Washington, DC.

“There are two reasons you see pro-life Democrats in the South,” she said. “The primary reason is we are guided by our faith — the Bible teaches us it is wrong. Also, we are really family oriented. It’s not unusual to see us on a Sunday with three generations of families and extended families sitting around the dinner table…We network to make sure our children are taken care of. That’s something for us that’s never been labeled pro-life, it’s just the way we live.”

It’s also a fair bet many black voters in the South are beginning to listen to prominent black Americans such as Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley when he writes that, in some cities like New York, more black babies are aborted than born. It’s reasonable to believe Southern voters don’t want to import those statistics.

Which means the Alyssa Milanos and Reese Witherspoons of the world — who have been vocally declaring their intent to fight for the women in these states — have their work cut out for them. Because it doesn’t sound like their help is needed or even desired.

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AOC Moves to Repeal the Hyde Amendment to Further Abortion, Claims the Provision ‘Isn’t About Abortion’

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I really appreciate thoughtful, reasonable, enlightening political debate among elected leaders.

Which is why I’ll be so psyched if I ever come upon any.

In the meantime, we’ve got cow turds — oh, sorry: cow farts — like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that the Hyde Amendment prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding abortions “isn’t about abortion, per se.”

Nice.

It should be noted that, to AOC, abortion isn’t even about abortion. Yea, recent strict abortion laws are, according to her eagle eyes, about “owning women.”

Man — can you imagine how horrible it would be to own a woman? The upkeep alone would be maddening. Who’d wanna own women? Waaay too much responsibility. It’s hard enough just keeping my socks laundered.

Alexandria socked it to ABC’s Jonathan Karl on This Week Sunday, sayin’ the Hyde Amendment’s got ta go, Jack!

By the way, about this statement:

“Reproductive health care for incarcerated women should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States…”

…How are incarcerated women getting pregnant??

Anyway, Joe Biden recently reversed his opinion on the amendment, and Alexandria’s sure glad:

“I’m encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment. [It’s a] base level of where all candidates need to be.”

If she’s worried about “all the candidates” being majorly for abortion, she should kick back with some sweet tea and enjoy my article “My, How Far We’ve Come. Here’s Where Every 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Stands On Late-Term Abortion.”  That oughta ease her concerns somethin’ fierce.

More on those incarcerated women who are gettin’ it on behind bars:

“And that’s really what the Hyde Amendment is really about. The Hyde Amendment isn’t about abortion per se. The Hyde Amendment is truly about equality of healthcare and healthcare access for low income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system. And so the Hyde Amendment is about income inequality and it’s about women’s healthcare in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it.”

Over the weekend, AOC started a petition to tan the hide of the…Hyde.

In her promotional email, she takes time to point out that she agrees with the segregated 50’s: There are only two races — white and non-white, now called “people of color.” Therefore, the amendment “disproportionately harms low income Americans and people of color.”

Furthermore, it does that to non-whites “just to suit the interests of anti-choice (white?) zealots.”

She also announces to the world: “That ends now.”

Word to the wise regarding the political arena: Whenever someone says “This ends now,” it never, ever “ends now.”

She really hits genius level with her strongest, most mature argument for a repeal:

“It’s not the 70’s anymore.”

Pristine legislative thought, ladies and gentlemen — let’s ignore all decisions made before 1980.

Can we start with the Brady kids’ decision to be so mean to Alice that she quit? That was a sad episode.

Alexandria might wanna temper her “Away with the 70’s” refrain — some people may prefer to start with Roe v. Wade — it was decided in 1973.

That’s just so 70’s.

-ALEX

 

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Harris, Booker Accuse CBP of Human Rights Abuses, Completely Misconstrue Facts of the Situation

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Under President Trump, we’ve seen a new trend emerge involving the coverage of illegal immigration.

When former President Obama was around, children being separated under the Flores Agreement nary warranted a mention in the press. Illegal immigrants dying in CBP custody wouldn’t even make the local news. Unaccompanied minors being held at Fort Sill never made a CNN headline while Obama was in office.

Things are completely different today though. Every single negative event that can be spun from the border is now headline news, even when it’s clear that it isn’t the fault of immigration officials. Nine times out of ten, further research tells a much different story than what politicians and the media are presenting, but by that point, it doesn’t matter. The false perception has already become part of the public conscious.

Take these tweets by Corey Booker and Kamala Harris.

They are of course citing The New York Times, because misleading, garbage coverage on immigration is the norm there. Even still, you’d think Booker and Harris would at least read the details before running to Twitter to pop off about it.

So, did CBP mercilessly rip a 4 month old from the arms of its parents or is there a lot more to the story? Spoiler: There’s a lot more to the story.

Let’s deal with Booker’s claim of “xenophobia” first. In reality, the family in question here is from Romania. They aren’t even Hispanic, so claims of xenophobia and racism fall pretty flat when you are dealing with white Europeans. It’s also pretty unbelievable for an elected official to accuse CBP agents of xenophobia when half their ranks are Hispanic and all they are trying to do is accomplish their job. Does Booker think Trump personally flew down there to oversee this case?

Your next question is probably “why are Romanians trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally?” Good question and it’s one that doesn’t seem to have been answered by any of the breathless article written by the Times. There are no wars going on in Romania nor is there any legitimate reason for someone to go to Mexico in order to try to claim asylum in the United States. The entire chain of events just doesn’t add up, but no one in the media or on the Democrat side of the aisle even care about that.

Worse, the father in question has a criminal record.

Vasile, who had a criminal record, said he was pressed to drop his request for asylum.

This isn’t difficult. If an American citizen has a criminal record, drags a 4 month old on a dangerous trip through the desert, and then commits another crime, they would be separated from their child while their case is adjudicated. Am I supposed to feel sympathy for this father, who chose to put his child in danger while committing a crime? Why should illegal immigrants be treated any differently than a citizen would be treated in a similar situation?

In fact, the father, mother, and child got separated in Mexico before CBP even picked them up.

They lost each other in Mexico. After U.S. border agents apprehended Vasile and baby Constantin in Texas, his wife and their 4-year-old son returned to Romania from Mexico.

At the point immigration authorities got involved, the mother and son were already on their own. The child spent some time in foster care in Michigan while they processed the mother. The Father was deported back to Romania first because he clearly had no claim to asylum coming from a peaceful country while holding a criminal record. The Times, Booker, and Harris try to make it seem like this is an inhumane act. No, it’s common sense and the only logical path for CBP to follow.

The mother and child were eventually sent back to Romania and the three are together again. The system worked as it should have and no rational thinking human being could expect anything differently to have occurred. Should we have just let a guy from Romania in the country illegally with a criminal record? Should the 4 month old have stayed in detention with the mother? Most people would say no because that’d be ridiculous to suggest. Meanwhile, the left and the media want to paint CBP as committing human rights abuses.

Here’s the simple solution. Don’t want to be separated from your child? Don’t fly from Romania with a criminal record, drag your infant son on a life threatening trip through Mexico, and cross the border illegally.

Democrat politicians that continue to lie and falsely frame what is going on at the border are disgusting. It’s immoral to accuse CBP of xenophobia and human rights abuses when they followed a completely logical, humane path in this case. The agents in question are normal Americans just trying to do their freaking job. Harris and Booker should be ashamed of themselves and deserve to be roundly condemned. Instead, the media will amplify their message and continue to mislead. We live in strange times and the direction we are heading isn’t just gross, it’s dangerous.

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Brazil Makes Homophobia & Transphobia Illegal Under Racism Law, Punishable by Prison Time

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If you’re in Brazil, don’t commit homophobia or transphobia; they’re now illegal.

Actually, avoidance be easy, since there are no such things as either of those. Nor is there Islamophobia, Christophobia, etc.

One of the dumbest (and lamest) things, in my view, to happen over the last 20 years or so is people tacking “-phobia” to their side in order to attempt an invalidation of any other.

A phobia is an irrational fear. Take, for example, acrophobia — the fear of heights. People who suffer, when confronted with a view of the land even a little ways below them, will lock up physiologically. Their muscles may freeze. Their heart may race. They may sweat. They may become lightheaded. Even if they’re safe, they’ll “feel” otherwise to a physically paralyzing degree.

Such does not happen, clinically, to people who disagree with or dislike Christianity.

Oddly, a real phobia is something one cannot help — which would, presumably, give it protection under the law.

As for Brazil, what exactly does their new decree criminalize?

Belief? Thought?

It seems unclear.

According to the Independent, the court ruling “comes amid fears that the country’s far-right administration would roll back LGBT+ rights.”

Reuters describes it this way:

[J]ustices voted to treat homophobia in the same way as racism under Brazilian law, making it a criminal act.

Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to human beings, to the self-determination to decide their own life and seek happiness,” Justice Gilmar Mendes said, according to the court’s Twitter account.

Those in violation could now face up to five years in prison.

As per the organization Grupo Gay da Bahia, 420 LGBT people were killed in the country in 2018. So far this year, 141 have lost their lives.

The Independent reports:

Brazil also leads the world in transgender homicides with 171 in 2017, according to the organisation Transgender Europe. Someone is killed in a homophobic attack here every 16 hours.

If these figures bolstered the decision of the court, there seems to be some fuzzy statistical logic here. Someone’s killing doesn’t denote intent. For example, if 10,000 white people were killed last year, that fails to demand they were murdered because of racism.

Are the numbers merely a reflection of the general crime rate combined with Brazil’s particular sexual and cultural makeup?

Regardless, to Justice Carmen Lucia, preconceived notions of “other” amount to violence:

“In a discriminatory society like the one we live in, the homosexual is different and the transsexual is different. Every preconception is violence, but some impose more suffering than others.”

In late May, six of the nation’s eleven supreme court judges had already voted for the measure. On Thursday, remaining ballots were cast. The majority gained three more in favor.

Here’s something bizarre…and terrible:

After President Jair Bolsonaro took office on 1 January 2019, Brazil was seen to be turning sharply against LGBT+ rights and feminism.

The president has a history of homophobic, transphobic and racist remarks, having in the past bragged that he was “homophobic, and very proud” and that he’d rather have a dead son than a homosexual son.

That last bit was stated in a 2011 interview with Playboy Brazil.

In April, Catholic Jair — who was baptized in Israel by an evangelical pastor three years ago — asserted that Brazil shouldn’t be “the country of gay tourism.”

That brings me back to the sexual and cultural makeup.

Whatever the case, if you’re in Brazil — the best I can figure out — don’t express any beliefs contrary to homosexuality or transgenderism. If you do, you may end up celebrating Carnival from behind bars with all the other sufferers of phobias.

If so, try to steer clear of the ablutophobics — they have an irrational fear of bathing.

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The RedState Box Office Report – This is Our Summer of Discount Rent

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The retread movie ideas are not having a blowout session once again.

In keeping with the trend of this current blockbuster season, blockbusters are very hard to come by. The last major release to make an impact was the live action version of “Aladdin”, and that was four weeks ago. This weekend brought a pair of titles based on established properties and they failed to establish any serious traction at the turnstiles.

What may be at play as well is the lull ahead of some massive releases. Like the water being drawn back before a tidal wave, audiences may be holding back money ahead of “Toy Story 4” next weekend, and then the reconfigured “Spiderman: Far From Home” the first week of July. What has been proven out so far is that if it is not a Disney property there are challenges for studios to this point.

 

1. MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL – $28.5 Million
Sony attempts to completely rebuild their alien franchise here with the departure of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. They are replaced with the “Thor: Ragnarok” team of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, but this is not what the studio was looking for. Months ago there were much higher numbers projected, but in recent weeks that was cut down significantly, some suggesting a $25 million return would be a struggle. Critics have this rated lowest in the franchise, at just 24% approval, and the audiences have not delivered much love either, grading the film with an average response of “B”. The movie actually recovered a bit on Saturday and started to creep up towards Sony’s projection of $30 million. The real hope here is the International aspect comes into play. Overseas it was received a bit better, having drawn over $100 million global, and since Sony kept the cost for this well below the prior titles in the franchise it may yet become profitable.

2. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $23.8m
A not surprisingly strong Saturday for the kids floated things a bit, so after a very disappointing open last week this has found some footing. By the end it looks like Universal will have a profitable run, though it may be rethinking how to go forward with this as a franchise.

3. ALADDIN – $116.71M
This is essentially serving as the king of summer (depending on viewing “Avengers” in April as a Spring, or Summer release, of course.) After an impressive drop of only 32% Will Smith’s Genie has now conjured up well over $250 million domestically, and a worldwide haul of $725 million. It may feel a bigger hit when the “Toys” arrive next weekend.

4. DARK PHOENIX – $9.0m
Last week there were some fans of the franchise who were insisting that critics were being unfair and the movie was actually regarded well with the devotees. It is now official – this qualifies as a Bomb. Last weekend it arrived as the only “X-Men” title to fail to draw at least $50 million to open, and following a $32.8 debut it now plunges -72%. That is a stark rebuke from audiences and shows a severe lack of passion from the fans. An alcohol tie-in promotion now makes all the more sense.

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5. ROCKETMAN – $ 8.8m
Showing the expected resilience from a well-received adult drama what will be revealing is if this title ends up passing the thunder lizard in overall box office, since they opened on the same weekend.

6. SHAFT – $8.31m
This is an utter collapse for Warner Brothers, which is having a tough year. At one point this recrafting of the urban crime story was expected to deliver anywhere from $20-25 million. Coming into the weekend it was being looked at more likely to draw about $15 million. The version released in 2000, that also had Samuel L. Jackson, managed over $20 million. This time nobody seemed to care and avoided the title outright.

7. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS – $8.1m
Another of Warners struggling properties, this expected hit is foundering, falling well off of projections. While healthier overseas it does not appear that is going to be enough to bail out this title. In just its third week it has lost 900 screens, as theaters are giving up.

8. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – $6.1m
One of the rare sequels to overperform this summer. Vastly exceeding the combined grosses of the first two chapters Lionsgate must be borderline shocked that this film is about to make $150 million.

9. LATE NIGHT – $5.13m
A new comedy with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson about an older female talk show host. This is an Amazon Studios release, and the portal paid heavily to snap this up from the Sundance Film Festival – $13 million. They took a strong gamble by platforming this into 2,2200 theaters, but it could be an effort to break even. Of course, it will become a streaming exclusive for the outlet, so there could be financial gains in the ling run.

10. MA – $3.61m
Lingering after three weeks, and dropping 1,000 screens, but this is nothing but a success for Universal. Partnered with Blumhouse it was made dirt cheap for only $5 million and now has earned $40 million.

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The Mueller Report Raises New Questions About The Seth Rich Murder Case

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DNC voter database employee Seth Rich, 27, was shot twice in the back at 4:20 a.m. on July 10, 2016 while walking alone on a Washington, D.C. street. Three years later, police are still unable to identify the killers or their motive. They have speculated it might have been an attempted robbery, however, neither Rich’s wallet nor his watch had been stolen. A month after the murder, police issued a statement which said only that, “there is no indication that Seth Rich’s death is connected to his employment at the DNC.”

Twelve days after he was murdered, Wikileaks began dumping 44,000 DNC emails and the rumors that Rich had stolen and then leaked the emails began to swirl. Here are a few:

Seth was ordered killed by Hillary Clinton because he knew something about her email scandal.

Seth was killed by Russians posing as FBI agents investigating the Clintons.

Seth was killed because he slipped DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Democrats maintain that Russian intelligence hacked the DNC’s computers in 2016. When DNC officials began to notice anomalies, they called in private contractor, Crowdstrike. The DNC then announced that their computers had been hacked by the Russians. Oddly, they refused to allow even the FBI to examine their servers. The FBI and everyone else just had to accept that.

Conspiracy theorists like Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, and others question the DNC’s version of events. Frankly, I do too. There are many unanswered questions. Why wouldn’t the DNC allow the FBI access to their computers? If Rich’s killers had set out to rob him, why did they not take his wallet or his watch? Why would we trust anything the DNC has to say?

The Mueller Report states that “the GRU units transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the [Hillary] Clinton Campaign to WikiLeaks.”

Beginning in the summer of 2016, Assange and WikiLeaks made a number of statements about Seth Rich, a former DNC staff member who was killed in July 2016. The statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails. On August 9, 2016, the @WikiLeaks Twitter account posted: “ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder ofDNC staffer Seth Rich.”

Likewise, on August 25, 2016, Assange was asked in an interview, “Why are you so interested in Seth Rich’s killer?” and responded, “We’re very interested in anything that might be a threat to alleged Wikileaks sources.” The interviewer responded to Assange’s statement by commenting, “I know you don’t want to reveal your source, but it certainly sounds like you’re suggesting a man who leaked information to WikiLeaks was then murdered.”

Assange replied, “If there’s someone who’s potentially connected to our publication, and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the two are connected. But it is a very serious matter … that type of allegation is very serious, as it’s taken very seriously by us.”

The Mueller Report addresses Assange’s remarks which imply that Seth Rich was the source of the emails. It accuses Assange of “dissembling,” meaning he was deliberately trying to mislead the public and he did so to “protect their real source, which was Russia.”

If Robert Mueller says it true, that’s all the mainstream media needed to hear. This narrative “serves their interests.” Here’s what they had to say on the subject.

“The Seth Rich conspiracy theory needs to end now,” declared Vox.com. “The special counsel’s report confirmed this week that Seth Rich … was not the source,” said The New York Times. “The Mueller report might not end the debate over what President Donald Trump did,” the Poynter Institute’s Politifact added, “but it has scuttled one conspiracy theory involving a murdered Democratic party staffer and WikiLeaks.”

The Consortium News’ Daniel Lazare wrote a fascinating piece which appears on Zerohedge about this case. He wrote:

There’s nothing in the Mueller report indicating that the special counselor independently reviewed the forensic evidence or questioned family members and friends. He certainly didn’t interview Assange, the person in the best position to know who supplied the data, even though Craig Murray, the ex-British diplomat who serves as an unofficial WikiLeaks spokesman, says the WikiLeaks founder would have been “very willing to give evidence to Mueller” while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, “which could have been done by video-link, by interview in the Embassy, or by written communication.”

Murray says Mueller’s team made no effort to contact him either even though he has publicly stated that he met clandestinely with an associate of the leaker near the American University campus in Washington.

Why not? Because Mueller didn’t want anything that might disturb his a prior assumption that Russia is the guilty party. If he had bucked the intelligence community finding – set forth in a formal assessment in January 2017 – that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at undermining Hillary Clinton’s candidacy — it would have been front-page news since an anti-Trump press had already accepted the assessment as gospel. But Mueller is far too much of an establishmentarian to do anything so reckless.

So he selected evidence in support of the official theory that “[t]he Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” as the report states on its very first page. And since Assange had consistently maintained that the data was the result of an inside leak rather than internal hack and that “[o]ur source is not the Russian government,” he cherry picked evidence to show that Assange is a liar, not only about Russia but about Seth Rich.

Given the number of omissions and inaccuracies in the Mueller Report we’ve discovered in the last couple of weeks alone, it’s easy to believe Mueller would have manipulated information to debunk the theory that someone other than the Russians may have been responsible for stealing the DNC emails and leaking them to Wikileaks.

And Assange was being cagey. He has always pledged “to safeguard the identities of whistleblowers who furnish it with information.”

In August 2016, Assange was interviewed on a Dutch program called “Nieuwsuur.” Here again, Assange was trying to give journalist Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal the impression that Rich had been their source.

Assange: Whistle blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. There’s a 27-year-old – works for the DNC – who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington, so….

Rosenthal: That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?

Assange: No, there’s no finding, so –

Rosenthal: What are you suggesting?

Assange: I’m suggesting that our sources take risks, and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.

Rosenthal: But was he one of your sources then? I mean –

Assange: We don’t comment about who our sources are.

Rosenthal: But why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?

Assange: Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States and that our sources, you know, face serious risks. That’s why they come to us – so we can protect their anonymity.

Rosenthal: But it’s quite something to suggest a murder. That’s basically what you’re doing.

Lazare said, “This was as close as Assange could come to confirming that Rich was tied up with the leak without actually saying it. Hours later, WikiLeaks tweeted about the $20k reward.”

Later in 2016, Murray (Assange’s spokesman) told the Libertarian Institute’s Scott Horton: “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that he [Rich] was the source of the leaks. What I’m saying is that it’s probably not an unfair indication to draw that WikiLeaks believe[s] that he may have been killed by someone who thought he was the source of the leaks.”

The article goes into some detail about efforts to investigate the case by journalists. His article can be viewed here.

Lazare points out that, according to the chronology found in Mueller’s report, if the Russians had hacked the DNC server, they would have had only “four days to review some 28,000 emails and other electronic documents to make sure that they were genuine and unaltered – a clear impossibility.” (See “The ‘Guccifer 2.0’ Gaps in Mueller’s Full Report,” April 18.)

In conclusion, the police have not solved the murder, at least they have not offered any information about it publicly. Calling this a Russian hack rather than an inside job fits their narrative. The DNC would not even allow the FBI to look at their server after the “hacking.” And finally, there have been three clear instances of deliberate misinformation discovered in the Mueller Report so far.

This is not over.

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