No Carlos tales today.
His father passed away last Friday night; it wasn’t unexpected, but still. Carlos had the chance to speak with him, forgive him for his lack of understanding at having a gay son; forgive him. Carlos’ mother, now staying with family on the outskirts of Mexico City seems to be faring well; she doesn’t want a funeral; his father was cremated, and the ashes will be quietly interred in a local church.
On the heels of that call, my own father phoned to ask if I could come out to Oregon while he has ankle replacement surgery. Of course, I said yes; it’s family, it’s what you do. But I’ll be gone about five weeks, because he’ll need to be off his foot that long. Carlos and I discussed it—he’ll be home alone because he’s applied for disability and needs to be available as his case progresses. I hate being away that long, but again … family.
You do what you can when you can. And luckily, we can.
John Kelly, having helped establish the _____ administration’s hard-line immigration policies—which he then blamed on Jeff Sessions—like family separation and holding migrant children in private detention facilities, has taken a .
Yes, now he’s making money off his racist policies.
Republican, because, of course, Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko showed her anti-trans stripes last week when she put forth an amendment that would rename the Equality Act as the Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act because it includes transgender people.
Out there to California, Cal Poly’s Academic Senate has voted to remove a Chick-fil-A restaurant from its campus in San Luis Obispo, the chain’s only location in the county. The resolution was proposed in light of recent news that the fast food chain’s charity arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, continues to give money to anti-LGBTQ organizations and Cal Poly wants no part of hate.
Bravo Cal Poly.
Yesterday, Alabama’s female Governor, Kay Ivey signed a near-total abortion ban, putting in place one of the nation’s most restrictive laws on the procedure and all but guaranteeing legal challenges.
Women who are pregnant as a result of rape cannot get an abortion. Girls who find themselves pregnant through incest, cannot get an abortion. A doctor who performs an abortion can be jailed for ninety-nine years.
While this white female governor signed the bill into law it was written and passed by white GOP men. Vote them all out of office. All.Of.Them.
“God Bless the USA.” It’s not a horrible song, but it’s a song that’s been co-opted by rightwingnuts as a kind of Love It or Leave It moment. Republicans play this song at their fundraisers to show how American they are, and this week one of the contestants on The Voice sang it. And judge Kelly Clarkson said she felt like you can’t critique the song or else you’re going to hell, and told the contestant it wasn’t his best performance. Her fellow judge, John Legend, also said it wasn’t the contestant’s best vocal.
And so, the Faux Patriots crawled form their primal ooze and took to Twitter to say that Kelly and John “hate America” and aren’t “patriots” and “I'm sorry that you and John hate America so much” and will, as Kelly said, “go to hell.”
But Kelly and john never said a word about the song, they only talked about the vocals; even better, Kelly and John didn’t respond to the haters.
Oh lord, after all the F-bombs, I need this …
Born and raised in Syria, Ahmad Kontar fled the war-torn country for Paris, where in 2016 he was spotted on the street and signed to Elite models.
Those eyes; that face; the abs.
Fuc … oh, yeah, let’s not F-bomb Ahmad. Let’s just relish in him.