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    I guess this can go here. Some left idiots on Twitter started a rumor about this poor police officer. Of course other left wingers are trying to quash it. I hope it stays that way, rather than the GOP habit of not speaking up about the BS.

    I guess this can go here. Some left idiots on Twitter started a rumor about this poor police officer. Of course other left wingers are trying to quash it. I hope it stays that way, rather than the GOP habit of not speaking up about the BS.

    Lol, turning the number 3 into a white power symbol? Geez, some people have too much time on their hands.
    guess this can go here

    Interesting article about politics and country music

    Bolding mine. How many things can we say that about?

    I think what we’re seeing in country music is a direct representation of what’s happening in America,” says Florida-born country singer Brooke Eden. “Before Trump was elected, being a Republican or a Democrat wasn’t this heated. That’s what’s hard right now – the extremism on both sides.”

    It speaks to the degree of tension in Nashville that Eden, 34, was one of the few artists who agreed to speak with The Independent for this story. In the build-up to the US election, the toxic culture war gripping country music has reached a painful crescendo, pitting artist against artist in a scene that once prided itself on a family ethos.

    For those who haven’t followed the scene closely in recent years, a rousing chorus of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” sung by adoring fans in joyous, unified heartache, is now just as likely to be drowned out by newer political anthems in an altogether more threatening tenor.

    “It is wild, this divide,” the softly spoken Eden sighs. “What we’re missing right now is what made country, country. It’s supposed to be about family, and what we have is a lot of families split two ways. The middle ground just doesn’t exist anymore.”

    Even those unfamiliar with country music have likely heard the near-mythical furore that erupted when The Chicks, then known as the Dixie Chicks, called out President George W Bush – a fellow Texan – over the imminent invasion of Iraq.

    CDs were burnt, they were blacklisted by virtually every major country radio station, sponsorship deals were pulled, and the group’s three members received death threats.

    Many artists since, including country-pop crossover queen Taylor Swift, have cited that moment as the reason why they avoided any discussion of politics in their own careers.

    But in the past decade, something has shifted. And for many, that something was Donald Trump.

    The divisive former president marched the Republican Party to the right, to the delight of large swathes of White America, who felt their voices had been lost and political currency diminished after two terms under Barack Obama.

    In 2017, all eyes were on Trump’s inauguration stage, as it became clear the newly elected president was struggling to find anyone with sufficient star power to perform. Arguably the only “big” name was country singer Toby Keith, who caused controversy in 2002 with his post-9/11 song “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” (which he performed at Trump’s inauguration ceremony).

    Meanwhile Garth Brooks, another country star, was forced to defend himself from “disappointed” fans who assumed he would be on the lineup.

    Backstage at music festivals, dressing room doors that were once left open are now pointedly closed. “Ten or 15 years ago, everybody would sit in a circle around the table, pull out their guitars and start singing old country songs,” festival producer Rendy Lovelady told Rolling Stone in September. “There was a lot of camaraderie. Whereas now, the camaraderie has definitely lessened. They tend to stay in their own community.”..............

    Nothing lasts forever. In time, the continents will crash into each other once more, the sun will swallow the planet and, at some point long after that, The Simpsons will end. But that isn’t to say that it’s incapable of moving with the times before then. Because, in yet another nod to shifting tastes, Homer Simpson has revealed that he will no longer attempt to strangle his son to death.

    In the third episode of the current 35th season, Homer greets his new neighbour by shaking his hand. When the neighbour comments that he wasn’t expecting such a firm grip, “See Marge, strangling the boy paid off,” replies Homer, before acknowledging that he doesn’t actually do that any more. “Times have changed,” he adds.

    The move has, inevitably, riled a number of feathers. The famously tolerant GB News shrieked that The Simpsons had gone woke by refusing to depict any more scenes of an adult human repeatedly gripping a 10-year-old child by the throat so hard that he struggles for breath and his eyes bulge. Twitter has similarly been ablaze at the snowflakes in charge of their show and their apparent disdain for child abuse.

    However, it’s worth pointing out that the episode wasn’t about Homer reaching a point of realisation about never strangling Bart again. It was him pointing out that he doesn’t do it any more. And he really doesn’t. Homer hasn’t strangled Bart since season 31. An entire global pandemic has come and gone in the time since Homer last strangled Bart. The fact that nobody noticed until Homer verbally acknowledged it is either a sign that the outrage machine often operates outside the realms of basic human context, or that people don’t really watch The Simpsons any more……

    Do you think she ever wonders where her salary comes from?

    Erik Prince deserves to be in prison. Austria is as good a place as any, I suppose.



    Does he have the authority to remove Abbott and Paxton as well? Maybe his Boss does.
    This piece of shirt is my representative in the Florida House:
    Outrage continues to grow over a public comment made by a Florida state Republican lawmaker calling for all Palestinians to die.

    The remarks came during a debate in the state legislature about calling for a ceasefire in Israel’s invasion of Gaza, which has so far killed more than 10,000 Palestinians, many of whom are children. The assault came after Hamas fighters attacked Israel from Gaza, killing at least 1,400 people and taking more than 200 hostage.

    In the speech in support of the ceasefire resolution, the Democratic Florida state representative Angie Nixon said: “We are at 10,000 dead Palestinians. How many will be enough?”

    “All of them,” Michelle Salzman called in reply.

    Nixon acknowledged the interruption and said: “One of my colleagues just said, ‘All of them.’ Wow.”

    The Florida state house later voted 104-2 to reject Nixon’s resolution.

    Salzman’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

    And this is what I just emailed to her office:

    A a resident living within the 1st district of the Florida House of Representatives I DEMAND the resignation of Michelle Salzman based upon her call for genocide.

    She is either too forking evil or - at best - too forking stupid to be our elected state representative and if there is even a shred of dignity within her she will resign within the coming week.

    She is the equal but opposite of Hamas and as a supporter of Israel myself she DOES NOT speak for me or the other rational supporters of Israel residing within her district.

    Again, it is imperative that she do the right thing and resign.
    For most Americans, viral internet memes are mostly harmless ways to waste time: Trendy TikTok dances, goofy cat videos and Instagram thirst traps. For MAGA nation, however, the hottest online trend of the past couple of years has been digging up images of random queer people, splashing them all over the internet, and inviting the deplorables to threaten them.

    Libs of TikTok is a Twitter account dedicated to revealing the identities of gender non-conforming people, so that they can be abused by strangers, for no other reason than who they are. The account has 2.6 million followers, but its reach goes way beyond that because the names and pictures of people blasted by Libs of TikTok are then often amplified by right-wing media outlets like Fox News.

    "[T]he content it surfaces shows a direct correlation with the recent push in legislation and rhetoric directly targeting the LGBTQ+ community," Taylor Lorenz of the Washington Post wrote last year of Libs of TikTok. As USA Today reported earlier this month, there have been "dozens of bomb threats, death threats and other harassment after Libs of TikTok’s posts since February 2022."

    In November 2022, a Colorado gay bar was attacked by a shooter who appeared motivated by the rising tide of vitriol towards LGBTQ people. Five were killed and dozens injured. While Chaya Raichik, who runs the account, claims she doesn't want violence, no one really believes that. After all, she celebrated the story about the violence she inspires.

    With targeted harassment of random queer people being the favorite pastime of MAGA nation, it's not surprising that a right-wing website thought the very conservative residents of one Alabama town would welcome the outing of their mayor. On November 1, 1819 News — an Alabama outlet run by Breitbart writer Jeff Poor — published an article exposing the cross-dressing and sexual fantasies of F.L. "Bubba" Copeland, who was both mayor and a local Baptist minister.

    "The secret life of Smiths Station Mayor and Baptist pastor F.L. ‘Bubba’ Copeland as a ‘transgender curvy girl’: ‘It’s a hobby I do to relieve stress,’” the headline read. The site shared photos of Copeland in women's clothing, as well as screenshots from the anonymous social media accounts where Copeland expressed this side of himself. (Salon is using male pronouns for Copeland, as he identified publicly as male, and referred to his female identity as a "cosplay." People who cross-dress are not necessarily transgender or gay, but they often face anti-LGBTQ biases.) Copeland consented on an interview with 1819 News, confirming that the accounts were his, but insisted it was a "hobby" and "fantasy."

    Two days later, Copeland killed himself.

    If 1819 News thought the very Republican residents of Smiths Station would be grateful that they had outed their Republican mayor, however, they had another thing coming. By all accounts, many people in the town are furious. "Members of this church have been steadfast in their love and concern of their pastor," David White, a congregant at First Baptist, said during Sunday's service.

    "We lost a good man in a very senseless and tragic way," Larry DiChiara, the former school superintendent, told the Guardian. On his Facebook page, the comments are mostly an outpouring of grief and love for Copeland. It's the same story in a post by crime reporter Colin Scroggins: kind words for Copeland, anger at 1819 News. There were some ugly comments, for sure, but even many people who expressed discomfort over Copeland's private life argued that it should have remained private.

    And then there was a subcategory of comment: The people insisting there's no conflict between outrage over what happened to Copeland and being MAGA. "I voted for TRUMP. I lean far right & what happened to this man is despicable," one woman wrote angrily. There was much talk of Christian forgiveness, all to smooth over the cognitive dissonance.

    It's frustrating because Copeland's death is obviously tied to the MAGA movement and the rising tide of hate against LGBTQ people. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people, especially trans people, have risen dramatically in the past few years. There's also been a surge of intimidation and threats against LGBTQ people, from harassment of drag shows to, of course, the direct and personalized abuse aimed at anyone that Libs of TikTok targets.

    On a recent episode of the "A Bit Fruity" podcast, host Matt Bernstein invited victims of the Libs of TikTok account to speak about their experiences. The stories are chilling: Schools facing down multiple bomb threats. People driven out of their jobs. Teachers asked by kids if anti-gay terrorists will kill them. But whenever people confront Raichik over the damage done by Libs of TikTok, she always denies responsibility. Instead, she claims, she's just sharing facts: This person is queer, this person looks feminine, this person does drag on the side...............


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