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Dan Savage Wants You To Ask 67 Louisiana Lawmakers ‘Have You Ever Given Or Received A Blow Job?’

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Dan Savage apparently isn’t very happy about the Louisiana House vote last night to keep anti-sodomy laws on the books. Those laws were deemed unconstitutional eleven years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court, yet 17 states refuse to remove them from their statutes. In Louisiana, anti-sodomy laws were used to arrest at least 12 gay men for “crimes against nature” last year.

Sodomy is often defined as “anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex,” or, “copulation with a member of the same sex.”

Last night, the Blog of New Orleans reported that GOP Rep. Valarie Hodges voted against revoking the anti-sodomy law because “yesterday was Passover and Friday is Good Friday.”

“This has been on the Louisiana law books for nearly 200 years,” she said. “Just because we decriminalize something doesn’t make it right. … We’re not here to rubber stamp the Supreme Court. … We’re here to uphold the law of what’s right and wrong.”

Via Twitter this morning, Savage asked:

“Have you ever given or received a blowjob?” That question needs to be put to 67 lawmakers in Louisiana.

He followed up with a few more tweets:

So, who’s up for the challenge? It shouldn’t be hard to track down the Twitter accounts of these 67 anti-gay lawmakers who all voted to keep Louisiana’s anti-sodomy laws on the books by voting against HB 12:

Adams, Bryan
Anders, John F. “Andy”
Armes, James K.
Barras, Taylor F.
Berthelot, John A.
Billiot, Robert E.
Bishop, Stuart J.
Broadwater, Chris
Brown, Terry R.
Burns, Henry L.
Burns, Timothy G.
Carmody, Thomas
Carter, Stephen F.
Champagne, Simone B.
Chaney, Charles R.
Connick, Patrick
Cromer, Gregory
Danahay, Michael E.
Dove, Gordon
Fannin, James R.
Garofalo, Raymond E.
Geymann, Brett F.
Gisclair, Jerry
Greene, Hunter
Guillory, Mickey J.
Guinn, John E.
Harris, Lance
Harrison, Joe
Havard, Kenneth E.
Henry, Cameron
Hensgens, Bob
Hill, Dorothy Sue
Hodges, Valarie
Hoffmann, Frank A.
Hollis, Paul
Howard, Frank A.
Huval, Mike
Ivey, Barry
Johnson, Robert A.
Jones, Sam
Lambert, Eddie J.
LeBas, H. Bernard
Leopold, Christopher J.
Lopinto, Joseph P.
Lorusso, Nick
Mack, Sherman Q.
Miller, Gregory A.
Morris, James “Jim”
Morris, John C. “Jay”
Pearson, J. Kevin
Ponti, Erich E.
Pope, J. Rogers
Pugh, Stephen E.
Pylant, Steve E.
Reynolds, Eugene
Richard, Jerome
Ritchie, Harold L.
Schexnayder, Clay
Schroder, John M.
Seabaugh, Alan
Shadoin, Robert E.
Simon, Scott M.
Stokes, Julie
Talbot, Kirk
Thompson, Jeff R.
Whitney, Lenar L.
Willmott, Thomas P.

The Louisiana House Twitter account is @LouisianaHouse.

Care to do a bit of Twitter research?

Just search Twitter for a few names and leave their Twitter handles in the comments section below.

We’ll publish the list later today.

If you tweet, personally I’d recommend a different approach, but Savage has been effective in getting a message across.

My tweet to the House:

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

TN Ed. Dept. Refuses Far Right Group’s Claim Curriculum Teaching About Martin Luther King Jr. Is ‘Anti-American’

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The Tennessee Dept. of Education is refusing to investigate a far right group’s claims that a second grade curriculum which includes books about Black Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “anti-American” and “anti-white” – but on a technicality.

The Williamson County, TN chapter of the group Moms for Liberty had filed an 11-page complaint with the state, claiming that the “classroom books and teacher manuals reveal both explicit and implicit Anti-American, Anti-White, and Anti-Mexican teaching,” as The Tennessean reports.

“The relentless nature of how these divisive stories are taught,” the group’s complaint continues, “the lack of historical context and difference in perspective, and the manipulative pedagogy all work together to amplify and sow feelings of resentment, shame of one’s skin color, and/or fear.”

The complaint is signed by the local group’s chairperson, Robin Steenman, who Reuters has called “an Air Force veteran and white mother of three.” It claimed the Williamson County Schools district is violating the law:

Steenman also appears to suggest slavery and Jim Crow were “positive achievements, like unity and the overall improvement of our country.”

Her comments to some may sound straight out of a Fox News or right wing media reports. They claim the curriculum amounts to a “heavily biased agenda,” one that “makes children hate their country, each other, and/or themselves.”

Rather than be concerned that these events actually happened, Steenman appears to be suggesting teaching they happened is anti-Americanism:

ThinkProgress and Popular Information founder Judd Legum:

The Tennessean reports “the department declined to investigate the allegations because the lessons occurred during the 2020-21 school year.”

The department is only authorized to investigate allegations that have occurred during the 2021‐ 2022 school year and subsequent school years, according to the letter sent to Steenman by Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Nov. 23.

Which means the complaint could be filed again.

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Watch: Lauren Boebert Accuses Ilhan Omar of ‘Cancel Culture 101’ and Again Falsely Suggests She’s a Terrorist

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar says she decided to accept a call from Congresswoman Lauren Boebert on Monday, believing it would be an apology for calling her a terrorist but instead the Minnesota Democratic lawmaker says she was once again subjected to “Islamophobic rhetoric” and decided to “end” the call. The GOP Congresswoman from Colorado is calling that “cancel culture” and demanding Omar apologize for what she says is “anti-American, antisemitic, anti-police” rhetoric.

“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies,” Omar said in a statement, “Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”

Boebert took to Instagram where she posted a video (below) that appeared to joke about her conversation with Omar while once again calling her a terrorist. Last week she had compared Omar to a terrorist in what appears to have been a lie about seeing Omar in an elevator, remarks she made to supporters last week as if she were doing a standup routine.

Calling herself a “strong Christian woman,” Boebert questionably claimed, “I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion.”

Boebert complained that Omar “said that she still wanted a public apology. Because what I had done wasn’t good enough. So I reiterated to her what I had just said, she kept asking for a public apology. So I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, antisemitic, anti-police rhetoric. She continued to press and I continued to press back, and then representative Omar hung up on me.”

Boebert called hanging up on her that “cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat Party.”

She also falsely claimed her attack on Omar is “about the horrible failed Democrat policies and anti-Americanism that I will call out each and every time I hear it.”

And Boebert also once again appeared to suggest Omar is a terrorist, or a terrorist sympathizer.

“Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing.”

 

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CRIME

Jan 6 Committee to Vote on Criminal Referral of Uncooperative Trump DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark

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The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has announced it will vote on holding Trump-era Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in contempt.

“According to a report released last week by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, there is credible evidence that, while serving as an official at the Department of Justice, Mr. Clark was involved in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Mr. Clark proposed delivery of a letter to state legislators in Georgia and others encouraging to delay certification of election results. Moreover, he recommended holding a press conference announcing that the Department was investigating allegations of voter fraud despite the lack of evidence that such fraud was present. Both proposals were rejected by Department senior leadership for lacking a factual basis and being inconsistent with the Department’s institutional role,” the committee announced on October 13.

 

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