Who Wore It Better?
I've found the best Sinema and MTG memes from Tuesday's State of the Union. Plus: Why did Twitter glitch? Again? And: The steamy gay kiss cut from "80 for Brady"
Thanks for rising up this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. On this day in 1971, Satchel Paige became the first veteran of the Negro League to be nominated for entry into Cooperstown. The fastball pitcher who started playing baseball 100 years ago died in 1982 and remains a Major League Baseball record holder. — History Channel
Here Now the News:
TURKEY SYRIA EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL TOPS 12,000: CBS News.
WHY IS THIS DISASTER TURNING OUT TO BE SO DEADLY? CNN
VIDEO OF GIRL HELPING SAFEGUARD LITTLE BROTHER GOES VIRAL:
"The 7-year-old girl who kept her hand on her little brother's head to protect him while they were under the rubble for 17 hours has made it safely,” tweeted United Nations representative Mohamad Safa. “I see no one sharing. If she were dead, everyone would share! Share positivity," she tweeted. — NDTV
CHINESE SPY BALLOONS PART OF GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE NETWORK: BBC.
HOW DO THEY WORK AND WHAT CAN THEY SEE? — The Conversation
BIDEN TAKES POST-SOTU VICTORY LAP AND DOUBLES DOWN ON GOP: Washington Post
SEN. RICK SCOTT FIRES BACK AT BIDEN: "I don’t have a bill to cut Social Security and Medicare, but Joe Biden did," said the Florida Republican, who — with the help of Fox News — shared a video from 1975 of then-Sen. Joe Biden talking about his efforts to freeze federal funding for social security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits.
ARKANSAS GUV UNVEILS NEW EDUCAMATION PLAN: Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-Ark.) unveiled her agenda to improve the state’s ranking of 47th out of 50th in terms of education, one day after declaring that the "dividing line in America is no longer between right or left.” In her GOP response to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Sanders took pot shots at transgender Americans, Biden and Democrats: "The choice is between normal or crazy,” she said. Well, if the governor is what's considered "normal," then I choose to be "crazy!”
WHAT’S SHE SUGGESTING ARKANSAS DO? Sanders’ first major policy announcement focused on improving teacher pay, enabling school choice (public funds for parents to send their kids to private schools) and early education. — KARK-TV
TEXAS GOV. TELLS STATE AGENCIES TO DISCRIMINATE: Stop using diversity to hire state employees, says Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, claiming that’s a violation of state as well as federal law. — Texas Tribune
REPORTER BUSTED DURING LIVE SHOT AT OHIO GOV. NEWS CONFERENCE: The Daily Beast
EX-TWITTERERS ON CAPITOL HILL: Former officials of the social media platform, now owned and operated by Elon Musk, say it was the Trump administration, not Joe Biden’s, that tried to censor tweets. — The Daily Beast
WHY DID TWITTER GO DOWN WEDNESDAY? — NYT
Where’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy?
VISITING EUROPE: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asked France and ztnaGermany to provide fighter jets to his war-torn country. Then he took his case to Parliament in London, and then met King Charles. U.K. leaders pledged to train Ukrainian pilots on their jets in Great Britain. BBC and The New York Times.
Vladimir Putin complicit in shoot-down of airliner, say International Investigators
DUTCH INVESTIGATORS CLAIM THEY FOUND “STRONG INDICATIONS:” According to the team in The Netherlands, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the supply of heavy anti-aircraft weapons to Ukrainian separatists who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 with a Russian missile. — Euronews
GLAAD AND NFL TEAM-UP FOR “A NIGHT OF PRIDE” IN PHOENIX: Last night’s event featured a performance by Betty Who and panel discussions spotlighting advances in and the future of LGBTQ+ inclusion in pro sports. — GLAAD
AUTOPSY REVEALS BELOVED TV NEWS EXECUTIVE CHOKED TO DEATH WHILE DRUNK: It wasn’t his heart, reports The Daily Beast, ABC’s This Week executive producer Dax Tejera died late last year. And that same night, his widow was arrested for child abandonment. The couple went out on the town and left their little children alone in a hotel room, later claiming they had kept an eye on the babies using a webcam while at the restaurant a block from their hotel. When Tejera collapsed, their plan unraveled.
ABC NEWS PARENT COMPANY DISNEY TO SHED 7,000 JOBS: Reuters
NBC, MSNBC EMPLOYEES PLAN WALKOUT TODAY TO PROTEST LAYOFFS. — Washington Post
STOCK IN GOOGLE’S PARENT COMPANY PLUNGES DURING BOTCHED A.I. DEMO — Fortune via Yahoo!
SOUTHWEST’S RADICAL PLAN TO HIRE MORE PILOTS: The struggling budget airline is slashing the requirements necessary to fly its jets, from 1,000 hours, to 500. Buckle up! — The Street
Cruella Comparisons for Marjorie Taylor Greene
SO MANY HILARIOUS MEMES! All of them mocking MTG’s outfit for the State of the Union Tuesday night. Click here for more from the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, SF GATE, like the one unfairly comparing the congresswoman to Miss Piggy. Well, they’re both hams, that’s for sure!
“Krysten Sinema Seeking Attention”
My two favorites are the one asking if her airbags deployed, and this one:
LGBTQ+ In Review
GUS KENWORTHY’S HAWT KISS OF HIS BOYFRIEND CUT FROM ‘80 FOR BRADY’ MOVIE: Variety
PRIDE FLAG WON’T FLY OVER CALIFORNIA TOWN: “Too divisve,” say the city’s elders. — Los Angeles Blade
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP: Congratulations, Suzanne Ford, first transgender executive director of the organization! — L.A. Blade
LANDLORD TURNS AWAY LESBIAN COUPLE IN ONTARIO, CANADA: PinkNews
SOUTH DAKOTA BAN ON GENDER AFFIRMING CARE MOVES TO STATE SENATE: KEKO
OKLAHOMA LOWERS AGE FOR ITS TRANS HEALTHCARE BAN TO 18: The Hill
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO ISSUE NEW TITLE IX RULES IN MAY: USA Today
IRONMAN CHANGES RULES FOR TRANS WOMEN ATHLETES, CREATES NEW “OPEN” CATEGORY: Triathlon Magazine Canada
“HELLO, DAWWWWWWWWN!” My colleague Melody Maia Monet and I spent Wednesday afternoon chatting with Sir Patrick Stewart, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn, Michelle Hurd and more folks from season three of Star Trek: Picard, which will have its Hollywood premiere tonight at the TCL Chinese Theater.
I was invited, but instead I will be joining Maia to celebrate her birthday!
Suffice to say, showrunner Terry Matalas and the stars have put together an incredible 10 episodes that will blow your pointed ears off! The first episode debuts on Paramount+ Feb. 16.
Thanks again for rising up this morning and for subscribing. Although Fridays are my day off, come back tomorrow for a special Star Trek: Picard edition, only for paid subscribers! Those who subscribe for free won’t get to read it until next week. And don’t worry, my review of season 3 will be spoiler-free!
Until then, Live Long and Prosper… and may your news be good news!
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