Staying with the topic of Republican failures, Ron DeSantis. Jonathan Turley's crush just can't get it together to save his life or his falterning campaign for president. Madison Hall (BUSINESS INSIDER) explains:
In December 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis led all listed Republican candidates in a Monmouth University poll.
At the time, DeSantis had 39% support compared to President Donald Trump's 26%.
New polling from Monmouth University shows that Trump now leads the governor by 24 percentage points.
Republican Rep. Greg Steube claimed on a podcast that presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to primary members of Congress if they endorsed former President Donald Trump over him.
Steube, who represents Florida's 17th Congressional District, relitigated his apparent feelings of contempt for Florida's governor on Monday on Donald Trump Jr.'s podcast, "Triggered With Don Jr." The congressman, who previously endorsed Trump for president, said in April that DeSantis never responded to Steube's attempts to discuss political issues.
And in that article, you can find a photo of his man-wife Casey. She really does look like a man in drag. And as Ron goes after African-Americans and LGBTQ+ members, let's remember he's targeting families and individuals and, no, this nonsense of 'family is off limits' just doesn't damn well apply. He's destroying lives in Florida so it's not at all out of bounds to note that the person he crawls into bed with has the body of a man -- including the adam's apple.
More anti-LGBTQ+ legislation continues to arise within the United States and conservative pressure is starting to dictate what students learn within public education. Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, ushered in by Governor Ron DeSantis, has already impacted school curricula within the Sunshine State, prohibiting education surrounding gender and identity, including LGBTQ+ education.
An increase in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation means a decrease in education around gender, identity, and sexual health resources for LGBTQ+ students. Unfortunately, this could change the downward trend of HIV infection rates for young gay and bisexual men. Research shows that proper sexual education exponentially decreases HIV infection rates. However, if students in public schools lose access to sexual education resources, infection rates could increase, undoing the work implemented by effective public health measures.
According to the CDC, 1.2 million people are living with HIV in this country. And 1 in 8 people aren’t aware that they have the illness and HIV status awareness is low within younger demographics, representing 15% of new infections in 2021. So much progress has been made, but it’s evident that the GOP are nowhere near aware of the massive ramifications, including for queer health, that their legislation could have.
Now we should remember these crazy and crazed hate merchants are defending children. That's what they say anyway.
Jared Michael Boyce, a recently arrested member of the white nationalist anti-LGBTQ+ organization Patriot Front, has pleaded guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse. He had previously accused LGBTQ+ people of “grooming children” and advocated for hanging pedophiles and Jews.
FBI agents reportedly found 22 images of child pornography on Boyce’s phone. The images included “children from toddlers to prepubescents performing sexual acts” and also minors “exposing their genitals,” court documents said.
Boyce admitted that the images belonged to him, the court documents added. He also told investigators that he had had “sexually-themed conversations about children” in an online chatroom, had transferred images of child sex abuse, and had sent an explicit photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old girl.
He pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and a misdemeanor of dealing in harmful material to a minor, KSL-TV reported. Though he faced up to 30 years in prison for the crimes, on Tuesday, a judge sentenced him only to a year in prison and three years probation.
Boyce was one of 31 Patriot Front members arrested last June for plotting a riot at a northern Idaho Pride event. The group had crowded into a U-Haul truck that was pulled over by police. The white supremacists were clad in identical khaki pants, dark blue shirts and masks and carried homemade riot gear. They were charged with misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot.
These are the children of professor and professional transphobe Jonathan Turley, the children of Turley breast fed by Ron DeSantis who had to breast feed them because his wife's boobs were too small.
Yesterday, the following was broadcast by Q+A (Australia's ABC):
Jen Robinson is the blond woman in the orange dress in the video above. She's one of Julian Assange's attorneys.
Robinson: We addressed a briefing room of MPs. It was packed to
standing room only. And all of them said the importance of being in
that room was not only because he's an Australian citizen and a the free
speech implications of this case but because their constituents are on
the phone calling for this to happen. And so I think we now have unity
in Australia but the question is what the US government does with it.
And the right thing to do with it is to drop the prosecution because
what the United States is doing is prosecuting journalism. It is
criminalizing journalism practices. It diminishes the moral authority
of the United States to raise free speech concerns with any other
government. We've not got Russia using the US precedent, charging a
WALL STREET [JOURNAL] journalist, Even Gershkovich, with espionage --
for the first time since 1987 -- off the back of what the US is doing to
Julian Assange -- Chinese officials saying 'well don't raise Cheng Lei
or other people imprisoned here because you guys are imprisoning Julian
Assange. It diminishes our ability to raise free speech concerns
internationally. But, at the core of it, this is an Australian citizen
who is imprisoned for award-winning publications and it is wrong. And
history will look back on this. And the question is how long we will
allow this to go on? It's already been long enough.
Julian Assange remains imprisoned and remains persecuted by US President Joe
Biden who, as vice president, once called him "a high tech terrorist."
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
The Biden administration
has been saying all the right things lately about respecting a free and
vigorous press, after four years of relentless media-bashing and legal
assaults under Donald Trump.
The attorney general, Merrick Garland, has even put in place expanded protections for journalists this fall, saying that “a free and independent press is vital to the functioning of our democracy”.
But the biggest test of Biden’s commitment remains imprisoned in a jail cell in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
has been held since 2019 while facing prosecution in the United States
under the Espionage Act, a century-old statute that has never been used
before for publishing classified information.
Whether the US justice department continues to
pursue the Trump-era charges against the notorious leaker, whose group
put out secret information on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
Guantánamo Bay, American diplomacy and internal Democratic politics
before the 2016 election, will go a long way toward determining whether
the current administration intends to make good on its pledges to
protect the press.
Now Biden is facing a re-energized push, both inside the United States and overseas, to drop Assange’s protracted prosecution.
seeing someone who is completely not helping Julian right now. He
considers himself a journalsit -- he's connected to the sewer that Max
Blumenthal now resides in. Someone who cares abou tthis piece of
garbage should pull him aside and say, "Stop." Because he's not helping
Julian with what he's done in the last 24 hours.
a detail about the case that came out in a hearing that we covered
years ago. And we covered the detail in real time. We continued to
mention it afterwards. And then Michael Ratner asked me a few months
later, what's the point of covering it now when Julian's a prisoner?
Michael was right.
a fact and it's a pertinent fact. And we can debate it all we want
when Julian's free. But Julian is not free. If you're trying to help
Julian, the fact that someone has changed their mind -- for whatever
reason -- and is saying Julian should be free? Celebrate that. Amplify
that. Don't get all bitchy and high and mighty. That's not helping
In fact, why not grasp
that one member of the press changing their mind about Julian right now,
if publicized and put out there, gives cover for others who maybe just
went along with the pack mentality and who could now say, "Well like so
and so, I've changed my mind. Julian needs to be free!"
know logic and rationality don't thrive in the sewer Max now resides in
but someone has to have a modicum of sense -- even there -- and that's
who needs to tell the person attacking a member of the press for
changing their mind that this is not helping Julian.
I've bit my tongue for years now on one thing. And it's not a
critique. It's a legal point. When Julian's free, I'll return to
discussing it. But right now is not the time.
message will probably fly over Max's buddy's head. There's no real
hope for him. Like too many of Max's associates these days, the man is a
transphobe and is having a meltdown that The Museum of Jewish History
noted that trans people were targeted by Hitler. He's got a Tweet with
the 'offensive' over this statement. Here's what was issued by The Museum that so triggered Maxi's little friend:
1933, Germany was a center of LGBT+ community and culture, with several
renowned organizations serving and supporting trans and gender
non-conforming people. Hitler’s Nazi government, however, brutally
targeted the trans community, deporting many trans people to
concentration camps and wiping out vibrant community structures. As
transgender people are now increasingly targets of discriminatory
legislation and hate, join the Museum for a program exploring these
stories and experiences prior to and during the Holocaust.
panel conversation features Dr. Anna Hájková, Associate Professor of
Modern European Continental History at the University of Warwick; Dr.
Katie Sutton, Associate Professor of German and Gender Studies, School
of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at Australian National
University; and Dr. Bodie A. Ashton, a Postdoctoral Researcher and
Lecturer at Universität Erfurt, with moderator Rabbi Marisa Elana James,
Director of Social Justice Programming at Congregation Beit Simchat
Torah in New York.
Learn More About the LGBTQ+ Community in Pre-War Germany Before
WWII, Berlin was a center of life for the LGBTQ+ community. Robert
Beachy’s book Gay Berlin chronicles the milieu that gave rise to the
international gay rights movement, with key strides made for scientific
research, advocacy, and visibility. Learn more in this conversation between Beachy and Eric Marcus, creator of the podcast Making Gay History.
Discover the Life of Eve Adams Eve
Adams was a rebel. Born to a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated
to the United States in 1912. She befriended anarchists, sold radical
publications, and ran lesbian and gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago
and Greenwich Village. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and
publish a book titled Lesbian Love.
In a repressive era, when American women had just gained the right to
vote, Adams’ association with anarchists caught the attention of the
U.S. Bureau of Investigation, leading to her deportation into the Nazis’
reign of terror, where she was sent to Auschwitz and killed. Learn more about Adams’ life in this Museum program.
you're wondering, that is a year old. But Max's buddies are slow
readers -- whose lips move when they read just as their knuckles drag on
the floor when they walk -- and they've only just now discovered The
Museum is addressing events that actually happened. You don't want to
admit that it happened? I guess that makes you a denier but, hey, you
fondle the extreme right-wing with your writing, so you're in denial
about a lot of things. Here are some facts from Holocaust Memorial Day Trust:
the 1920s, Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code, which criminalised
homosexual acts, was being applied less frequently. Magnus Hirschfeld’s
Institute for Sexual Science led the world in its scientific approach to
sexual diversity and acted as an important public centre for Berlin
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. In 1929 the process towards
complete decriminalisation had been initiated within the German
conceptions of race, gender and eugenics dictated the Nazi regime’s
hostile policy on homosexuality. Repression against gay men, lesbians
and trans people commenced within days of Hitler becoming Chancellor. On
6 May 1933, the Nazis violently looted and closed The Institute for
Sexual Science, burning its extensive collection on the streets. Unknown
numbers of German gay men, lesbians and trans people fled abroad, and
others entered into marriages in order to appear to conform to Nazi
ideological norms, experiencing severe psychological trauma. The
thriving gay culture in Berlin was lost.
police established lists of homosexually active persons. Significant
numbers of gay men were arrested, of whom an estimated 50,000 received
severe jail sentences in brutal conditions. Most homosexuals were sent
to police prisons, rather than concentration camps, where they were
exposed to inhumane treatment. There they could be subjected to hard
labour and torture, or they were experimented upon or executed.
estimated 10-15,000 men who were accused of homosexuality were deported
to concentration camps. Most died in the camps, often from exhaustion.
Many were castrated and some subjected to gruesome medical experiments.
Collective murder actions were undertaken against gay detainees,
exterminating hundreds at a time.
the 1935 redrafting of Paragraph 175 in Germany, there was much debate
about whether to include lesbianism, which had not been recognised in
the earlier version. Ultimately lesbians and trans people were not
included in the legislation and they were subsequently not targeted in
the same way as gay men. In Austria, after Anschluss (the annexation of
Austria into greater Germany under the Nazi regime), a similar debate
led to the inclusion of lesbianism in the penal code. Lesbians suffered
the same destruction of community networks as gay men. They were not
allowed to play any role in public life and therefore they often
experienced a double economic disadvantage.
After World War Two
the war, the Allies chose not to remove the Nazi-amended Paragraph 175.
Neither they, nor the new German states, nor Austria would recognise
homosexual prisoners as victims of the Nazis – a status essential to
qualify for reparations. Indeed, many gay men continued to serve their
who had been persecuted by the Nazis for homosexuality had a hard
choice: either to bury their experience and pretend it never happened,
with all the personal consequences of such an action, or to try to
campaign for recognition in an environment where the same neighbours,
the same law, same police and same judges prevailed.
very few victims came forward. Those who did, even those who had
survived death camps, were thwarted at every turn. Few known victims are
still alive but research is beginning to reveal the hidden history of
Nazi homophobia and post-war discrimination.
guess that's uncomfortable because it won't help the extreme right-wing
-- that group that Max and his buddies try to flirt with these days.
But it is what happened. And what happened then has resulted in a lot
of people being alarmed by what's happening right now. But if Max
Blumenthal called out attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, he couldn't grift
to the extreme right-wing for money, now could he?
No, Maxi Pads needs his dollars. Certainly more than he needs dignity, right? Or self-respect?
following the end of WWII, LGBTQ+ people remained persecuted because of
who they were which was too much for the delicate sensibiliteis of the
US. That's outrageous. It's outrageous that reality was denied and
it's outrageous that Max's roll-dog wants to lie about this community
But most of all it's outrageous that
someone is so damn stupid that they'd rather rag on a reporter for
coming around to supporting Julian then try to build support for
That is what's needed. I find Jen's
words very encouraging but at present? All they are right now: Words.
Julian remains imprisoned. Max and his buddies do get that, right?
AND NO ONE'S MORE SURPRISED -- OR OUTRAGED -- THAN DESANTIS FAN, TRANSPHOBE AND FOX "NEWS" WHORE JONATHAN TURLEY.
"THIS IS TRIGGERING ME!" SCREAMED TURLEY, TEARS STREAMING DOWN HIS FACE. "RON IS ALL I KNOW! HE IS ALL I WANT! I WANT HIS ARROW HEAD TO PIERCE MY LITTLE PRINCESS AND TAKE MY FLOWER! HE WAS THE ONLY SHOT AT ANYONE TAKING MY FLOWER! MY LITTLE NON-DISNEY PRINCESS IS SO WET!"
The American way? I think all the dollars that could have supported that have instead been sent to Ukraine. Barry Grey (WSWS) reports:
At a press conference Sunday following the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, President Joe Biden called on Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to meet face to face to revive talks on a bipartisan plan to slash social spending in return for raising the nation’s debt ceiling and averting a default.
Biden spoke after talks between a team of White House advisers and negotiators named by McCarthy broke off on Saturday. The entire debt limit and budget negotiation process has from the start been heavily stage-managed in an attempt to stampede public opinion.
On Sunday, Biden repeatedly pointed to his proposal to cut more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending as part of a budget deal, making clear that his government is committed to imposing a new wave of austerity measures that will further undermine education, health care, housing, home heating assistance and other vital programs relied upon by millions of working class families.
Biden announced that he would be calling McCarthy from Air Force One while flying back to Washington. Later on Sunday, McCarthy dropped his accusatory tone toward Biden, called the telephone call “productive” and said the two would meet face to face at the White House on Monday. He also said the negotiating teams for each side would resume their talks later on Sunday.
What neither he nor the Republicans nor the corporate media point out is the direct connection between the new austerity drive and the ever-expanding cost of the US-led war against Russia in Ukraine. While Biden was in Japan, the US government announced that it had allotted another $375 million to arm Ukraine, part of a feverish escalation that includes providing the right-wing nationalist government in Kiev with F-16 nuclear-capable jets.
In the barrage of propaganda over the supposed necessity to slash social programs to avert the nation’s first-ever default on its debt obligations—which, according to Treasury Secretary and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, could come as early as June 1—nothing is said about the role of military spending in driving up the debt.
In fact, social spending as a percentage of GDP has declined sharply since 2011, when the last Democratic administration, headed by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, followed its multitrillion-dollar bailout of the banks after the financial crash of 2008 with the bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011. That measure imposed a decade-long cap on discretionary spending, sharply reducing in real terms government outlays for education, health care and other vital social needs.
Military spending, however, has exploded. Last year, the Biden administration allocated $113 billion for the war in Ukraine and enacted a record $1 trillion defense budget.
During the 1970’s, Soviet-American relations underwent a thawing period, known as the Detente. This period witnessed the cooperation of the two nations in space, strategic arms limitation talks (otherwise known as SALT), and multiple summits and discussions. This period was abruptly ended in 1979 when the Soviet Union, under the orders of its leader Leonid Brezhnev, led an invasion of Afghanistan after internal political tensions between the Afghan Communists and the Mujahideen rebels threatened the stability of the region.
The historical significance of this event is mainly embodied in the collapse of the Soviet Union twelve years after the invasion of Afghanistan. The war put immense stresses on the faulty, centralized economic system of the nation, and along with the radical social reforms set by Mikhail Gorbachev, led to the collapse of the nation. This war would be known as the equivalent to the Vietnam War for the United States, both in economic stresses brought upon by the war, and by the social discontent that it caused.
Meanwhile, the American Taliban works in this country to destroy rights and democracy. The Dodgers won't allow a drag group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to participate at a Pride event. Why? A right-wing group -- yes, it is right-wing, look at its board of advisors -- The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is having a fit that this drag group dresses up as nuns -- and has done that for years, Grasp that. We tend to look amazed when, in other countries, people have hissy fits over cartoons or artistic renderings that send their religious idiots into states of violence. But what's the real difference between that and attempting to disinvite this group to a Pride event? There is none. They are the American Taliban and they and their board of advisors -- Brent Bozell, Linda Chavez, Mary Ann Glendon, Alan Keyes, Tom Monaghan, and George Weigel -- pretend to want to protect children. But they do nothing to protect them from priests.
The American Taliban is destroying the country.
Florida is the most obvious spot. It's where the goon Ron DeSantis just cost the state 2,000 high paying jobs due to his never ending war on DISNEY. On Saturday, The NAACP issued the following travel alert:
WASHINGTON – Today, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a formal travel advisory for the state of Florida. The travel advisory comes in direct response to Governor Ron DeSantis' aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.
The formal travel notice states, "Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color."
"Let me be clear - failing to teach an accurate representation of the horrors and inequalities that Black Americans have faced and continue to face is a disservice to students and a dereliction of duty to all," said NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson. "Under the leadership of Governor Desantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon. He should know that democracy will prevail because its defenders are prepared to stand up and fight. We're not backing down, and we encourage our allies to join us in the battle for the soul of our nation."
The travel advisory was initially proposed to the Board of Directors by NAACP's Florida State Conference. NAACP's collective consideration of this advisory is a result from unrelenting attacks on fundamental freedoms from the Governor and his legislative body.
"Once again, hate-inspired state leaders have chosen to put politics over people. Governor Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida have engaged in a blatant war against principles of diversity and inclusion and rejected our shared identities to appeal to a dangerous, extremist minority," said Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, Leon Russell. "We will not not allow our rights and history to be held hostage for political grandstanding. The NAACP proudly fights against the malicious attacks in Florida, against Black Americans. I encourage my fellow Floridians to join in this fight to protect ourselves and our democracy."
Following Gov. DeSantis' so-called leadership in driving the state to reject students' access to AP African American studies course in March, the NAACP distributed 10,000 books to 25 predominantly Black communities across the state in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers's Reading Opens the World program. The majority of the books donated were titles banned under the state's increasingly restrictive laws. The NAACP continues to encourage local branches and youth councils to start community libraries to ensure access to representative literature.
The NAACP encourages Florida residents to join this effort to defeat the regressive policies of this Governor and this state legislature. Interested residents and supporters can visit www.naacp.org for additional information and updates.
The American Taliban is carrying out a war on democracy.