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Michelle Shocked: Entire US Tour Canceled, Singer Takes To Twitter To Talk ‘Reality’



Michelle Shocked, her entire U.S. tour canceled after her anti-gay rant, apparently has one venue left: Twitter. The alternative folk singer, who shocked San Francisco audience members on Sunday when she told them, “You are going to leave here and tell people ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots,’” is rapidly tweeting and retweeting in what feels like an attempt to claim victimhood — and irony.

Shocked’s tweet after her performance on Sunday at Yoshi’s — which has said she is not welcome back — was:

Shortly thereafter the singer reportedly told the audience she lives in fear of same-sex marriage and uttered her now infamous “God hates faggots” statement. While original reports stated Shocked had used the word “fags,” on Twitter she made of point of claiming it was “faggots.”

Shocked’s entire U.S. tour, all eleven events, has been canceled, thanks in large part to social media and a petition by LGBT activist John Becker. One of the eleven reportedly was canceled by Shocked herself, the remaining ten seem to have been canceled — rather quickly — by the venues themselves.

Shocked is scheduled to speak to (former Air America) radio host Nicole Sandler Thursday morning (at 9:00 AM EDT?) What she’ll say is anyone’s guess, although spending several minutes walking through her Twitter stream since Sunday’s event easily could lead one to think she’ll be claiming she was misunderstood.

A selection of recent tweets from Shocked:

[View the story “Michelle Shocked: Was Her ‘God Hates Faggots’ Her Real Meaning — Or Misunderstood?” on Storify]

Michelle Shocked: Was Her ‘God Hates Faggots’ Her Real Meaning — Or Misunderstood?

Michelle Shocked has now taken to Twitter in a somewhat cryptic attempt to change the current perception of her comment on Sunday that led to her US tour being canceled.

Storified by David Badash· Wed, Mar 20 2013 11:38:08

What does everybody @yoshi’s want to hear tonight? Truth? Or Reality? #shortsharpshockedMichelle Shocked
@theevilhour @stribs @nicolesandler Truth 0 Reality 3 #shortsharpshocked #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@ultramundane Your quote is 99% accurate and instinct about irony 100% accurate. Will give @nicolesandler Truth on Thur #shortsharpshockedMichelle Shocked
@Murray_Burns Thanks for keeping an open mind, Chris. Am neither against a woman’s right to choose nor gay marriage. Am a fundamentalist thoMichelle Shocked
@tusktusktusk God loves everybody so much that He sacrificed His son and didn’t try to triangulate the dialogueMichelle Shocked
@korbykorby Try this- “Trial by Media is trial by error.” Any better? Lemme know, I’ll keep trying #shortsharpshocked #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@ajmorelli @korbykorby Not Fags. Faggots. The quote said Faggots. Get your facts straight. #shortsharpshocked #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@Twrl33 Start by doing your homework and getting the quote right. Or listen in @nicolesandlerMichelle Shocked
@ChrisWillman If fact checking was a part of your job description you’d be a journalist. But ‘gossip columnist’ might fit #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@ahuntre Just my usual troublemaking, at the expense of dear friends who trust me, even when I appear to be gay-bashing #shortsharpshockedMichelle Shocked
@deBeauxOs1 Oh wait, here’s one – #bullying people who speak out against bullying. I bet there’s more! #shortsharpshocked #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@KevinOfMI Throw some of my words back in my face, Kevin Tell me what the liner notes say. #shortsharpshocked #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
@stribs @nicolesandler Got some Good News, Stribs There’s lotsa gay folks watching from the sidelines who God loves dearly #truthvsrealityMichelle Shocked
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‘They’re Coming After Our Children’: Watch Casey DeSantis’ Dystopian Fear-Mongering Ad



The imagery is dark. The words are defiant. The message is dystopian. An ad for Republican Governor Ron DeSantis‘s presidential campaign, currently “in turmoil,” features the First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, issuing a warning: “They’re coming after our children.”

The ad never quite says who is coming after the kids, but the video (below) includes clips of President Joe Biden and former Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the war on COVID and the now-retired Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

While it was first released over the summer, it received little attention. Casey DeSantis on Friday reposted her “Mamas for DeSantis” ad. It comes in the wake of the alleged ménage à trois sex scandal involving an unnamed woman who has accused Christian Ziegler, the head of the Florida Republican Party of rape. His wife, Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, who reportedly confirmed the consensual three-way sexual relationship, is Casey DeSantis’ “best friend,” according to Florida Politics publisher Peter Schorsch.

“In America, we’ve witnessed a lot and put up with enough,” Casey DeSantis says in a voiceover at the start of the two-and-a-half minute video.

“We’ve been forced into silence,” she charges, amid a baby crying and a COVID mask being put over a child’s face. “Into compliance.”

“Told that we must ‘trust the science,'” DeSantis continues, in a direct attack on Dr. Fauci, showing him speaking during the height of COVID in the Trump administration.

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And in an attack on LGBTQ children and adults, she says: “We’ve been told that we must deny truth. Back down. And look the other way.”

“Enough is enough. When you come after our kids, we fight back. Because there’s nothing we won’t do to protect our children,” she says.

Seconds later, the video shows President Joe Biden declaring, “Our nation’s children are all our children.”

“We will not allow you to exploit their innocence to advance your agenda. We are no longer silent,” Casey DeSantis declares. “We are united. We have finally found our fighter.”

Casey DeSantis praises her husband, saying he will do for America what he did for Florida: “Schools: opened. Parents’ rights: defended. School choice: universal. Critical race theory: prohibited. DEI: stopped. Child mutilation: illegal. Girls’ sports: saved. Communities: protected. Our economy: growing. And freedom: guaranteed.”

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In the section where President Biden says, “Our nation’s children are all our children,” Casey DeSantis doesn’t explain that those words came from a White House celebration honoring Teachers of The Year from across the country. The President was praising an Oklahoma Teacher of the Year whose district includes students who speak 62 different languages, so she had to work hard to ensure everyone felt included. She had said, “There’s no such thing as someone else’s child.”

Nor did DeSantis acknowledge that Governor DeSantis’ performance for children has been poor.

The Florida Policy Institute, which says it is “an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization,” in September warned “368,728 youth aged 20 and younger” have been cut from Medicaid. “Because Florida has not expanded Medicaid, the vast majority of those losing insurance during this time have been children, parents, young adults, and new mothers.”

Florida ranks 35th in child well-being (with 1 being the best), according WUSF, citing the Kids Count Databook from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Some critics on social media blasted Casey DeSantis’ remarks.

“Republicans refused to extend child tax credits that pulled 2 million children out of poverty. They resist the idea of free school lunches. Yet they come up with bullshit about their opponents ‘coming after our children.’ Yes, we’re coming after them, to give them a sandwich,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob.

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Watch the Casey DeSantis video below or at this link.

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‘Significant and Imminent Threat’: Trump Gag Order Largely Upheld by Appeals Court



A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court Friday afternoon largely upheld and reinstated U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s very narrow and limited gag order on Donald Trump for his trial on charges related to his alleged efforts to subvert the U.S. Constitution and overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“We agree with the district court that some aspects of Mr. Trump’s public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding, warranting a speech-constraining protective order,” reads Judge Patricia Millett unanimous three-judge panel ruling, posted by Lawfare’s Anna Bower. “The district court’s order, however, sweeps in more protected speech than is necessary. For that reason, we affirm the district court’s order in part and vacate it in part.”

The judges upheld the gag order “to the extent it prohibits all parties and their counsel from making or directing others to make public statements about known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses concerning their potential participation in the investigation or in this criminal proceeding.”

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They also upheld the gag order “to the extent it prohibits all parties and their counsel from making or directing others to make public statements about (1) counsel in the case other than the Special Counsel, (2) members of the court’s staff and counsel’s staffs, or (3) the family members of any counsel or staff member—if those statements are made with the intent to materially interfere with, or to cause others to materially interfere with, counsel’s or staff’s work in this criminal case, or with the knowledge that such interference is highly likely to result.”

The judges removed from the gag order “speech beyond those specified categories.”

“We do not allow such an order lightly,” the judges added. “But Mr. Trump is also an indicted criminal defendant, and he must stand trial in a courtroom under the same procedures that govern all other criminal defendants.”

Bower explains, “Chutkan’s order would have prohibited statements that refer to special counsel Jack Smith as a ‘thug’ or ‘deranged.’ But the appeals court order does not apply to speech about the special counsel himself.”

CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane sums up the ruling: “Much of the gag order in Donald Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy criminal case in DC is *REINSTATED*.”

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Peter Doocy Admits No ‘Concrete Evidence Joe Biden Personally Profited’ From Hunter’s Business



In a report focused on House Republicans’ plan to vote on a resolution to open an official impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy told viewers there is no evidence of impeachable offenses.

“The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry set to start next week,” Doocy, who often criticizes President Biden in White House press briefings, said Friday on Fox News Business.

Other news outlets this week have also stressed Republicans have come up empty-handed.

The right-leaning news outlet The Hill, reporting on the resolution Thursday, noted Republicans’ current investigation “has struggled to connect President Biden to the activities of his son, and they’ve failed to prove their most salacious allegation — and the one that would be most key for impeachment: that the president accepted a bribe.”

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One of the main pillars of Republicans’ allegations against President Biden, the “narrative that President Biden pushed Ukraine to fire its prosecutor to help his son, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burimsa, has largely been refuted,” The Hill also reported.

“Republicans have engaged in wide-ranging inquiry into Mr. Biden for months,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “hunting for evidence to back up their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. To date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to back up their boldest claims.”

Watch Doocy below or at this link.

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