'You're Under Arrest, Mister President'
Never before in the history of the United States of America have these words been spoken, but something similar will be said today when Donald John Trump surrenders to the Manhattan District Attorney
Good morning and thanks for rising up on this Trump Arraignment Day, April 4, 2023. Will there be any other news to share today? Yes! I promise.
Today we remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on this day in 1968. And we should be commemorating the 50th year of the World Trade Center, whose Twin Towers opened on this day in 1973. But alas, all we have is a very sad pair of holes in the ground, a moving memorial, and a taller tower soaring above them, One World Trade Center. #NeverForget
Here Now the (OTHER) News
BREAKING OVERNIGHT: A passenger train crashed in The Netherlands, killing at least one person. —The Guardian
FINLAND IS NOW PART OF NATO, A BLOW TO RUSSIA: Washington Post
AUSTRALIA BANS TIKTOK ON GOV’T DEVICES: Reuters
RUSSIA’S TURN TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL: Yahoo
FMR. GOVERNOR’S TOP AIDE TURNED FUGITIVE SHOT DEAD: CBS News
WHY A LITTLE YELLOW DOG REPLACED TWITTER’S BLUE BIRD:—NYT
UCONN HUSKIES ARE THE MEN’S CHAMPIONS FOR 5TH TIME! —ESPN
Trump Makes History Again
THE PEOPLE VS. DONALD TRUMP: The former president will become the first former president ever arraigned for a crime today. The sealed indictment contains 34 counts, according to Yahoo
TRUMP TO “LOUDLY, PROUDLY” PLEAD “NOT GUILTY:” Sinclair News
WILL TRUMP POSE FOR A MUG SHOT? WILL HE BE HANDCUFFED AND FINGERPRINTED? Washington Post says yes to both a mug shot and fingerprints, but no to handcuffs; Yahoo reports none of that will happen. We shall see!
NO VIDEO CAMERAS IN THE COURTROOM, BUT: The judge will permit news photographers to take Trump’s picture in court, says CNN
IRONY OF IRONIES: Hours after Donald Trump appears in court, his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, will be the honoree at a dinner 10 blocks from Trump Tower. —The New York Times
STORMY DANIELS CALLS THIS “THE BEST THING EVER:” Randy Rainbow
MY KID’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER DID RANDY’S VOCAL ARRANGEMENT! Congratulations, Mr. Boles!
Transphobia Marches On
THE SECRET ATTACK ON AN LGBTQ CHARITY: Antijustice Mag
RIGHT-WINGNUTS CLAIM: “THERE IS NO TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY:”
I’m not going to give the bigots at National Review clicks. If you want to read that trash, you can Google it yourself.
HEY, AT LEAST WE NOW HAVE THE NUNS ON OUR SIDE!
Lesley Stahl’s Utter Failure, Explained
WHY IT MATTERS THAT SHE DIDN’T PUSH BACK AGAINST MTG: Washington Post opinion columnist Greg Sargent explains: “After marriage equality triumphed, the “pedophile” smear against Democrats morphed into something stranger: the deranged charges of child trafficking that drive the QAnon conspiracy theory. When those accusations proved obviously false, right-wing media figures and MAGA Republicans such as [Rep. Marjorie Taylor] Greene seamlessly shifted to widely applying the “groomer” term to Democrats advocating for tolerance of trans people, especially adolescent trans care and classroom discussion of LGBTQ issues.
The through line here, as historian Brandy Schillace points out, is that the right has recoiled both at the prospect of happy gay families and at young trans people finding better lives with their own parents’ loving support. The connection, Schillace told me, is “resistance to seeing homosexuals or transgender people as part of families,” carried out by associating LGBTQ people with “child predators.”
The “pedophile” term also carries echoes of historical slurs used during the civil rights era, says Manisha Sinha, a history professor at the University of Connecticut. She likens it to claims that civil rights activists were “racial amalgamationists” out to “pollute” the South with racial mixing.
“The whole idea was to denigrate the fight for political citizenship as some sort of sexual attack on the White race,” Sinha tells me. “In that sense, this language of ‘pedophiles’ and ‘groomers’ is reminiscent of that kind of language.”
How to effectively expose the ugly underbelly of this ongoing dehumanization campaign is a complicated question, and we all have our work cut out for ourselves in figuring out how to navigate the ugly terminology of anti-trans prejudice. But [CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley] Stahl missed an opportunity to talk about it plainly to the American mainstream.
HAVEN’T THE METS SUFFERED ENOUGH? Charlotte Clymer’s Charlotte’s Web Thoughts Substack
CNN PIVOTS TO POLITICAL CENTER, BUT NOBODY’S WATCHING: Next TV
Star Trek Corner
SHOWRUNNER TERRY MATALAS EXPLAINS HOW ENDING OF STAR TREK PICARD SETS UP HIS PITCH FOR SEQUEL SERIES, STAR TREK LEGACY: TrekMovie
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON OF STAR TREK PICARD AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more news to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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