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WATCH: Seth Meyers Hilariously Mocks North Carolina’s ‘Ridiculous’ Anti-LGBT ‘Bathroom Bill’

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‘No Evidence Sexual Predators Have Ever Exploited Equal Rights Laws to Commit Crimes in Bathrooms’

Seth Meyers comically destroyed North Carolina’s HB2, a broad and sweeping anti-LGBT ordinance the state’s own Attorney General says is unconstitutional. Wednesday the “Late Night” host took on both North Carolina and Georgia‘s anti-LGBT bills, praising Governor Nathan Deal for vetoing Georgia’s, and mocking Governor Pat McCrory for signing North Carolina’s.

But he began with an amusing clip of a police officer practicing some community outreach.

“Last year’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage,” Meyers explained, “found the right for same-sex couples to marry as well as the right for this cop at last year’s pride parade to bust out some dance moves,” Meyers quipped. “I don’t know if he’s protecting, but he’s definitely serving.”

Meyers then took a swipe at “Kentucky’s anti-gay ‘Kathy’ cartoon, Kim Davis,” before getting serious.

He moved to Georgia’s state Senator Greg Kirk, who infamously said he had no problem with his anti-LGBT bill protecting “faith based” groups like the KKK.

And he reminded Gov. Deal that quoting the New Testament isn’t necessarily a good idea for Republicans.

“You need to read the New, New Testament, where Jesus is opposed to same-sex marriages, teachers’ unions, financial reform, and Obamacare,” he mocked.

But when all the fun and games were done, Meyers masterfully put out a few important facts.

McCrory “signed a law passed by Republicans in that state, that not only allows discrimination against LBGTQ people, it actually overturns a non-discrimination ordinance passed last month by the city of Charlotte,” Meyers said. 

“The North Carolina bill not only reverses Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance and bans all North Carolina municipalities from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances, it also requires trans individuals to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates, not the gender they identify with,” Meyers said. “This law is similar to other so-called bathroom bills that have been proposed by Republicans across the country, most severely, in Florida.”

And he closed noting that “these so-called bathroom bills are ridiculous. For one thing, there is no evidence sexual predators have ever exploited equal rights laws to commit crimes in bathrooms. Most importantly, laws like these legalize discrimination.”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EkGMlHxRQQ

 

Image: Screenshot via Late Night with Seth Meyers/YouTube
Hat tip: Media Matters

 

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‘Streets Will Run Red With Blood’: Trump-Loving Senator Mocked for Ad Bragging She’s ‘More Conservative Than Attila the Hun’

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A Republican U.S. Senator is being mocked and disparaged for her new TV ad which touts her “100% Trump voting record” and positions her as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who was appointed in January, is running to keep her seat. Her main opponent is Republican Congressman Doug Collins.

The ad says she’s “the most conservative Senator in America.”

The ad “jokes” about murdering journalists and political opponents.

Loeffler is no stranger to controversy.

The Dept. of Justice closed its investigation into Loeffler’s coronavirus stock trading scandal in May. She is the owner of the Atlanta Dream professional basketball team and has been criticized for opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now her new ad is drawing criticism, too.

 

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Whistleblower Outs Kushner for COVID Task Force Failures: ‘Organized Crime Melded With Lord of the Flies’

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A former member of the White House coronavirus task force explained why he blew the whistle on what he saw as deadly incompetence within the group.

Max Kennedy, Jr. — the 26-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy — told The New Yorker that he initially agreed to join the task force that was being put together by White House adviser Jared Kushner because of the serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But it was such an unprecedented time,” he explained to The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer. “It didn’t seem political—it seemed larger than the Administration.”

Kennedy recalled being shocked because a skeleton crew of unpaid task force volunteers were forced to use their personal laptops and email accounts to track down medical supplies.

“It was the number of people who show up to an after-school event, not to run the greatest crisis in a hundred years,” he observed. “It was such a mismatch of personnel. It was one of the largest mobilization problems ever. It was so unbelievably colossal and gargantuan. The fact that they didn’t want to get any more people was so upsetting.”

Kennedy said that one political appointee on the task force, Brad Smith, urged him to create a model that predicted a maximum of 100,000 deaths because existing scientific models were “too severe.”

“I don’t know the first thing about disease modeling,” Kennedy told Smith before declining the task.

Volunteers were also urged to pay close attention to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and to ship medical supplies to her favored hospitals, Kennedy said.

Kennedy remembered Kushner stopping by the office with “an air of self-importance” on several occasions and promising to fix problems.

“But I never saw a single thing that Kushner promised change,” he said.

After quitting the position in April, Kennedy decided to defy a non-disclosure agreement by blowing the whistle in a complaint to Congress.

“I just couldn’t sleep,” he remarked. “I was so distressed and disturbed by what I’d seen.”

Kennedy said that the task force “was like a family office meets organized crime, melded with ‘Lord of the Flies.’ It was a government of chaos.”

“If you see something that might be illegal, and cause thousands of civilian lives to be lost, a person has to speak out,” he insisted.

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‘Huge Big WTF’: Experts Scorch CDC for Deleting New Guidance Revealing Coronavirus Is Airborne

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday quietly updated its official coronavirus guidance to reveal the pathogen is airborne, and can stay in the air at distances greater than six feet.

Few noticed the change but CNN reported it over the weekend.

“There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the update read.

That updated guidance has now been deleted, as Harvard professor and former DHS official Juliette Kayyam noted.

She later noted CDC added a note to the page, claiming the update (which is critical information for everyone around the world) was a draft version.

Related: ‘People Need to Go to Prison’: CNN Analyst Blasts Trump Admin Hiding Coronavirus Is Airborne at More Than 6 Feet

“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”

Here’s how some experts are responding:

Award-winning medical science writer covering the pandemic for the New York Times:

Epidemiologist, Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health:

Ex-Obama health care head:

Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, former Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at NYU School of Medicine:

Physician, Health Policy Researcher, NBC and MSNBC contributor:

Molecular Biologist, and President of the Federation of American Scientists:

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Kayyem adds this:

 

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