Elegance on Display: How 68-year-old Patti LuPone vocalizes her Trump Derangement Syndrome (NSFW)

This is Patti LuPone, an actress and singer. In case you haven’t heard of her, here’s a little bit about her, from Wikipedia:

“Patti Ann LuPone (born April 21, 1949) is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.

LuPone was part of the first graduating class of Juilliard‘s Drama Division (1968–1972: Group 1),[6] which also included actors Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers. She graduated from Juilliard in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

LuPone opposes recording, photographs, and other electronic distractions in live theatre. “Where’s the elegance?” she asked in a blog post on her official site. “I mean, I’m glad they show up because God knows it’s a dying art form and I guess I’m glad they’re all comfortable, sleeping, eating and drinking, things they should be doing at home and in a restaurant. But it’s just not done in the theater or shouldn’t be.” LuPone has been the subject of some controversy due to the bluntness of her statements regarding this matter.”

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Congressional Resolutions (HR 257, SR 118) will sic law enforcement on you for ‘hating’ Muslims, Jews, or blacks

Thought Crime comes to America.

There are two bi-partisan resolutions in Congress, House Resolution 257 and Senate Resolution 118, which mean to trigger a law enforcement “investigation” if you are deemed to “hate” Muslims or Jews or blacks.

HR 257 is called “Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States”.

HR 257’s companion in the U.S. Senate is Senate Resolution 118, which was introduced by Democrat Kamala Harris (CA) on April 5, 2017, when it was unanimously approved by the Senate. SR 118’s four co-sponsors are:

  • 2 Republicans: Marco Rubio (FL), Susan Collins (ME)
  • 2 Democrats: Dianne Feinstein (CA), Tammy Duckworth (IL)

HR 257 is sponsored by Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA), who introduced the resolution in the House on April 6, 2017. On April 21, HR 257 was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

HR 257 has 12 co-sponsors:

  • 2 Republicans: Scott Taylor (VA), Carlos Curbelo (FL).
  • 10 Democrats: Debbie Dingel (MI), Luis Gutierrez (IL), Mike Quigley (IL), Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Gregory Meeks (NY), Gwen Moore (MI), Bonnie Watson Colman (NJ), Ro Khanna (CA), Peter DeFazio (OR), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL).

Below is the text of House Resolution 257 in its entirety. I supplied the bold red and pink emphasis.

RESOLUTION

Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States.

Whereas, in the past several years, violent crimes, threats of violence, and other incidents of hate-motivated targeting of religious, racial, and ethnic minorities have increased across the United States;

Whereas, in 2015, hate crimes targeting Muslims in the United States increased by 67 percent, reaching a level of violence targeting Muslim Americans that the United States had not experienced since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

Whereas, in 2015, anti-Semitic incidents increased in the United States for the second straight year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s 2015 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, which describes trends such as the tripling of assaults targeting Jews since 2012 and the rise of online harassment and hate speech directed at Jewish journalists and individuals through social media;

Whereas, in 2015, anti-Semitic incidents at institutions of higher education nearly doubled compared to the number of those incidents in 2014, and during the 2016–2017 school year there has been an increase in White supremacist activity on college campuses across the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League;

Whereas, in 2015, among single-bias hate crime incidents in the United States, 59.2 percent of victims were targeted due to racial, ethnic, or ancestry bias, and among those victims, 52.2 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Black or anti-African-American bias, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

Whereas, in 2017, there have been more than 100 reported bomb threats against Jewish community centers, Jewish day schools, and other Jewish organizations and institutions in more than 38 States;

Whereas, in 2017, Islamic centers and mosques have been burned in the States of Texas, Washington, and Florida, and Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in the States of Missouri and Pennsylvania;

Whereas, in 2017, there has been harassment and hate-based violence against individuals who are perceived to be Muslim, including members of South Asian communities in the United States, and Hindu and Sikh Americans have been the target of hate-based violence targeting religious minorities; and

Whereas, on February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump, before a joint session of Congress, acknowledged threats targeting Jewish community centers and the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, and stated that “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the House of Representatives

(1) affirms that the United States stands united in condemning hate and evil in all forms;

(2) rejects hate-motivated crime as an attack on the fabric of the society of the United States and the ideals of pluralism and respect;

(3) condemns hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States;

(4) calls on Federal law enforcement officials, working with State and local officials

(A) to expeditiously investigate all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against minorities in the United States; and

(B) to hold the perpetrators of those crimes, incidents, or threats accountable and bring the perpetrators to justice;

(5) encourages the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies—

(A) to work to improve the reporting of hate crimes; and

(B) to emphasize the importance of the agencies’ collection and reporting of data pursuant to Federal law;

(6) encourages the development of an interagency task force led by the Attorney General and bringing together the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities; and

(7) calls on the executive branch—

(A) to offer Federal assistance that may be available for victims of hate crimes; and

(B) to enhance security measures and improve preparedness for religious institutions, places of worship, and other institutions that have been targeted because of the affiliation of the institutions with any particular religious, racial, or ethnic minority in the United States.

Note that:

(1) Although HR 257 (and SR 118, which is already unanimously approved by the Senate) says “Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States,” only Muslims and Jews are mentioned as  “religious” targets, and blacks or African-Americans as the “racial” targets. No mention of Christians or whites as being even potential targets of religious or racial “bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus”.

(2) The vagueness and ambiguity of important words, such as “hate crime”, “incitement to violence”, “bias”, “threats”, and especially “animus”. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “animus” as “a feeling of hate or anger towards someone or something”. A feeling is an in-dwelling emotion, in contrast to “hate crime” and “incitement to violence”, which are outward behaviors of speech and/or action. That means HR 257 and SR 118 seek to make feelings (of hate or anger toward Muslims, Jews, or blacks) into thought crimes.

Then there is the important matter of how “animus” — having a feeling of hate or anger — is detected and determined. Is simply criticizing Muslims, Jews, or blacks “animus”?

Contact your reps in the House of Representatives and tell them you oppose HR 257, which, under no circumstances should be approved!

To find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her, click here.

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

A Surprise at Sail Boston

When Mrs. Dust, Trail Jr. and I visited Boston this week for an afternoon among the tall ships we saw an unexpected sight.

Not every floating vessel was wind driven. Not every boat was tall.

Unlike so many sailors this week, not all were wearing their dress whites. Not all were acting as friendly ambassadors from their respective nations. 

There were also the ordinary working boats, shuttling goods and passengers across the harbor, between neighboring ports and Boston, and the ferry going to and from nearby Provincetown at the end of Cape Cod which hooks back in toward the mainland.

And then there were these guys…

They were not dressed for comfort or show. They were not shaking hands, kissing babies or playing music to entertain the crowds.

While we enjoyed a summer afternoon on the waterfront, touring tall ships and conversing with sailors from around the world, 2 unusual watercraft slipped unnoticed across Boston harbor, neither shiny nor tall. Their occupants were dressed in camouflage, their heads wearing helmets, their their knives flat black, their guns loaded, their craft capable of 50+ knots.

Yes America, we are still at war, and we still need men like these, who are willing to put it all on the line for their country.

To all our men and women in arms,
we at Fellowship to the Minds say…

Thank you

 

Hasbro CEO: ‘We Eliminated Gender’ for Our Toys

gender is in your headFeeeeeeelings now trump science!

From Heat Street: Unlike Mattel and Lego, Hasbro hadn’t caved to modern sensibilities by separating its business units by gender. But suddenly, the third biggest toy and board game company, whose brands include Star Wars, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe, considers gender a very dirty word.

Last January, Hasbro reported its revenue by type of brand rather than by “Boys/Girls/Games/Preschool” categories.

And now CEO Brian Goldner boldly claims that gender doesn’t even exist.

“We look at our brands more inclusively than ever. In fact, we eliminated the old delineation of gender,” Goldner tells The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview.

“And if you think about a brand, be it My Little Pony, where 30 percent of our global TV audience is boys, or Star Wars, where we are launching [all-female animated series] Forces of Destiny with Lucas and Disney, you’re seeing people who want to be engaged in these stories.”

Historically Hasbro has done better with boys epitomized by sales for Star Wars and Jurassic merchandise. But last year it bought the Disney Princess and Disney Frozen licenses which boosted its sales among girls no we can’t use the term because Hasbro has ‘eliminated the old delineation of gender’.

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Johnny Depp: It’s time for an actor to assassinate President Trump

I’ve never liked Johnny Depp.

Now I fully know why.

The Guardian reports, June 23, 2017, that Johnny Depp joked about assassinating President Trump during an appearance at a drive-in cinema in Glastonbury, Somerset, England, where he introduced his 2004 film The Libertine.

To cheers from the 1,500-strong crowd, Depp said, in reference to actor John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865:

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.”

But like other murderous “Progressives” who urged that President Trump be killed, Depp doesn’t have the courage of his convictions. He mealy-mouthed to the adoring crowd:

“It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.

I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while [since an actor assassinated a president] and maybe it is time.

Under U.S. Code (Title 18, Section 871), threatening the President of the United States is a class E felony. Anyone who “knowingly and willfully” makes “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm” upon the US president could be sentenced to up five years and/or be fined. It also includes the vice-president and presidential candidates.

The Secret Service is the agency tasked with investigating suspected cases. Although ABC News reported that the service was aware of the actor’s comment, report Johnny Depp to the Secret Service anyway:

1-(202)-406-5708

Johnny Depp is known for playing swishy drag queens. His best friend is satanist Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner), who is an honorary priest in the Church of Satan.

Marilyn Manson & Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is the highest paid movie actor in the world. Don’t give your hard-earned dollars to this creep. Boycott him!

See also these other murderous actors who made death threats:

~Eowyn

Navy Vet: ‘CA City Told Me to Take Down American Flag on D-Day’

galt ca flag pole mess

A big no-no in Galt, CA: Two flag poles. Oh the horror!

Why does it cost $4,400 to file a petition to amend this law? Insanity.

From Fox News: A California Navy veteran and his wife expressed disbelief at the city of Galt telling them to remove a flagpole on their property or face a fine.

The couple was informed that the second of their two flagpoles violated neighborhood code, which allows a maximum of one flagpole per property.

Ron Raeta and his wife, Sherri, said on “Fox & Friends” they were furious that someone in the neighborhood “with nothing to do” reported the violation to the city council.

Raeta recalled that he received notice to remove the flagpole on June 6, which is the anniversary of D-Day.

He said the city council tried to help, but since the code was clearly being violated, they said the flagpole would have to come down.

Raeta said he feels a sense of pride and patriotism to have the two American flags flying high in front of his house.

Sherri said the city council plans to review the code and that it would cost $4,400 to file a petition to amend the law.

Watch the interview above and read more, here.

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Disney movie merchandise is a penis-shaped bubble wand for kids

The 1977 movie Star Wars is notable for several reasons, one of which is that it marked the beginning of Hollywood’s extremely lucrative movie merchandise business. In fact, Star Wars holds a Guinness World Records title for the Most successful film merchandising franchise. In 2015, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at $42 billion.

Tweeter Tim McInerney @sharpedge42 found a Disney “Frozen” movie merchandise — a penis-shaped bubble wand toy for kids.

Sick.

Here are the Google translations for the non-English words on the bubble wand card, which suggest the penis bubble wand is aimed at the EU market:

  • seifenblasenschwert = German for “soap bubbles sword”
  • Bacchetta magica bolle = Italian for “magic bubble wand”
  • Baguette magique a bulle = French for “magic bubble wand”

Fashioning a child’s toy in the shape of a penis is a way for pedophiles to “groom” — train, accustom, habituate — children for sexual predation.

H/t Voat

See also:

~Eowyn