Duhsantis and His Series of Unfortunate Events
Anyone who's witnessed the rapid decline of Twitter saw this coming long before Florida's governor did. Plus: Thou shalt not post Ten Commandments in schools. And: Picketing with the Star Trek Stars
Good morning, and welcome back to RiseUP on this Thursday, May 25, 2023! As the song goes, it’s been a long road, getting from there (L.A.) to here (Connecticut). But I’m now finally recovered from jet lag and that inexplicable “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation” feeling.
On this day in 1787, four years after winning independence, the founding fathers met in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. It would take almost two years of debate and amendments to become the law of the land.
And this was the day in 2020 that a Black man named George Floyd was killed by white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck until he could no longer breathe. His murder, captured on video, was one of several incidents of racial injustice that inspired protests worldwide that summer, and reignited long overdue — and still incomplete —efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system and address embedded racism. The New York Times has a video analysis of Floyd’s murder that you can watch by clicking here.
Here Now the News:
GLITCHES, ECHOES AND ‘MELTING THE SERVERS’ CRASH DeSANTIS’ CAMPAIGN LAUNCH ON TWITTER: The Daily Mail called it a “De-Saster,” Breitbart News a “DeBacle” and the NYT “embarrassing.” —CNN
“BIG TWITTER MESS:” Poynter senior media writer Tom Jones notes: “A viewer count that would be considered blah by most cable news shows proved to be too much Elon Musk's social network.” —Poynter
TAKEAWAYS FROM DeSANTIS’ ANNOUNCEMENT: NYT
“THE CAMPAIGN SONG THEY PLAY IN HELL:” I’m just learning about this anthem to DeSantis a year after Mic labeled it “musical torture.” —Mic
MAKING PROGRESS ON DEBT CEILING, SAYS SPEAKER KEVIN McCARTHY: Reuters
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GOP AND WHITE HOUSE DON’T MAKE A DEAL? NBC News
AAA CREDIT RATING IN JEOPARDY: CNBC
WAR IN UKRAINE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: CNBC
REMEMBER THIS GUY? HE’LL BE BEHIND BARS FOR THE NEXT 4+ YEARS
Retired firefighter Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 63, was sentenced to more than four years in prison for his actions on January 6, which gained worldwide attention when he was photographed with his foot on a desk in then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol office. —The Associated Press via National Public Radio
More than 1,000 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the insurrection. Just over 500 of them have been sentenced. More than half have received prison terms ranging from a week to over 14 years.
“SIMPLY THE BEST:” MOURNING MUSIC ICON TINA TURNER —ABC News
Health and Wealth
MULTIVITAMINS SLOW MEMORY LOSS AS WE AGE: NBC News
HIV RATES NATIONWIDE ARE DROPPING: Boston Globe
U.S. ECONOMY GREW FASTER THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: CNN
TARGET MOVES PRIDE MERCH TO BACK OF STORE IN SOME SOUTHERN STATES: Los Angeles Blade
FLORIDA SCHOOL LIMITS CHILDREN’S ACCESS TO POET AMANDA GORMAN’S INAUGURAL POEM: PBS called it a ban. And they’re not wrong.
THIS IS BECAUSE ONE MIAMI MOM — WHO HAS TIES TO THE PROUD BOYS — COMPLAINED: The Daily Beast
AAAAAND SHE’S AN ANTI-SEMITE, TOO: Jewish Telegraph Agency
BILL THAT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED SCHOOLS TO POST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN CLASSROOMS IS DEAD: Texas Tribune
TRANS AMERICAN WAR CORRESPONDENT IS BACK IN UKRAINE AFTER QUICK TRIP HOME —Michael K. Lavers spoke with journalist turned soldier Sarah Ashton-Cirillo during her brief visit to the U.S.. —Washington Blade
LOUISIANA BILL BANNING GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE FAILS: Los Angeles Blade
OHIO REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BATHROOM BILL RESTRICTING ACCESS IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES: Columbus Dispatch
BULLYING SUSPECTED AS TRIGGER FOR TRANS TEEN’S SUICIDE: Los Angeles Blade
“REAL HOUSEWIVES” MOM TO TRANS CHILD PROFILED: People Magazine
ANTI-LGBTQ CATHOLIC GROUP SPREADS LIES ABOUT DISCRIMINATION BILL: Read how Catholic Vote “reports” on this made-up controversy, falsely claiming Connecticut lawmakers voted to protect pedophiles who prey on children, by clicking here. Note that the text of the bill and its amendments make no mention of minors. Then read how the American Civil Liberties Union accurately conveys the significance of HB 6638 by clicking here.
MONTANA BANS DRAG STORY HOURS IN LIBRARIES: Los Angeles Blade
DODGERS UN-CAVE, RE-INVITE DRAG GROUP TO PRIDE NIGHT: Los Angeles Blade
OUT BISEXUAL NFL PLAYER’S MEMOIR TO BECOME TV COMEDY SERIES: Deadline
MY CONVERSATION WITH R.K. RUSSELL: Coming soon to the Los Angeles Blade
Star Trek Corner
NEW TRAILER FOR STRANGE NEW WORLDS INCLUDES LOWER DECKS ACTORS IN LIVE ACTION! TrekMovie
MY WEEKEND WITH THE STARS OF STAR TREK: Los Angeles Blade
In addition to the picketing, out trans journalist, professional photographer and YouTuber Melody Maia Monet and I enjoyed long conversations and delicious meals with our new friends Terry Matalas, Jin Maley and Stephanie Czajkowski!
ALSO WALKING THE PICKET LINE: Noël Wells of Star Trek Lower Decks and showrunner Mike McMahan! —Twitter
HOW TO VIEW EVERY SEASON OF EVERY STAR TREK SERIES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today! I’ll be back Sunday night with a brand new edition of Bedtime Stories. Until then… May your news be good news!
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