Here are a few topics that caught my eye this week:
- Drag Shows
Lee Newspapers is reporting that a Kalispell man, Kevin P. Smith, 45, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges alleging he made death threats against U.S. Senator Jon Tester.
Smith was arraigned in U.S. District Court on two felony charges of threats to injure and murder a United States Senator. Each count carries a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Lee Newspapers says that Smith left voicemail messages at Tester’s field office in Kalispell with one saying, “I would love to f——- kill you. I would love to see your FBI at my door. I would love to see something in the news.”
I was once a staffer for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, so I know that staffers in Senate and House offices take a lot of abuse over the phone from people who are too chicken to have face-to-face conversations.
Smith should go away for a few years for his threats. People need to realize there are better ways to disagree with your elected officials than to say you are going to kill them.
Read the complete article from Lee Newspapers HERE.
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) reported this week that Republicans in Montana’s House of Representatives gave initial approval Thursday to a bill banning drag performances in public schools, libraries and public properties “in any location” when a minor is present, legislation blasted by LGBTQ people as hateful and misinformed but welcomed by conservative parental rights groups.
The bill, HB 359, passed the second reading with a vote of 66-33. You can see how your state representative voted HERE.
I’ve said all along that the decision to allow children to watch a Drag Show should be left up to the parents or guardians.
I once thought that Republicans stood for freedom, but those in the Montana Legislature need to chill out and stop legislating on issues they know little about.
You can read the MTFP article HERE.
RIHANNA’S HALFTIME PERFORMANCE:
Earlier this month I wrote about the complaints regarding Rihanna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl:
“I’ve seen a lot of negative comments about the Super Bowl Halftime show performed by Rihanna. The comments basically came from a bunch of “Karens” and the “Get off my lawn” old timers.
Basically, the people who complained were old farts who probably need to get laid more.”
TMZ Sports is reporting this week that Rihanna’s halftime performance at Super Bowl LVII caused a ton of outrage for folks watching on TV…they flooded the FCC with complaints, saying her set was too big on sex.
TMZ says they obtained 103 complaints made to the Federal Communications Commission — a U.S. government agency that regulates television — regarding this month’s Super Bowl broadcast … and almost all of them had to do with RiRi’s halftime show.
There were over 113 million viewers, so 103 complaints don’t sound too bad. It’s hardly “a ton” as TMZ called it. Many of those complaining were probably Eagles fans who were upset because their team lost.
I haven’t really paid any attention to the Super Bowl halftime show since Springsteen years ago. I just don’t care for any of the performers and couldn’t name anything any of them have ever done. That’s fine, l am an old fart. The “big on sex” part eluded me, a bunch of dust bunnies hopping around a pregnant gal wearing what looks like a shower curtain? I won’t argue the getting laid part.
They’ve come a long way with the Super Bowl halftime shows. The first one was a college marching band. Thanks, JmB
It says a great deal about modern America that people no longer know how to mute, turn off, or change the channel on the TV if there’s something on they don’t want to watch.
Of course, if they didn’t sit there watching the entire time, gnashing their teeth and growing more irate by the minute, it might be somewhat more difficult to complain later about the black people the NFL chose to perform. Somewhat.
I don’t think it’s necessarily racist not to care for what passes for popular music now. There are plenty of white performers the last ten years I can’t listen to. I tuned in to watch a football game and to stuff myself during halftime.
I referred to the usual complaints that seem to accompany every Super Bowl halftime show by diverse performers. Remember J Lo.
Rolling Stone has some details on the complaints this year. My favorite:
“She spread her ass cheek at the crack. She rubbed her pants where her labia were three times.”
Sure it was only three, complainant? Did you count carefully?
On that drag show bill, it looks like our Great Falls contingent stood 100% foursquare AGAINST parental rights.
Not for you to decide what your kids see, parents. We Republicans decide for you. We know better than you. You raise your kids like we see fit.
– All about parental control and rights … until they aren’t.
– All about local control and rights … until they aren’t.
– All about personal freedoms … until they aren’t.
Very true. The bill will be challenged in court and I think found unconstitutional. Government funded places have to be open for all to use unless I missed some court case that says local and state governments can discriminate. Thanks, JmB
I can think of no more macho group of men on earth than the Aussies. They make the MAGAs in our legislature look feminine by comparison. Yet they love their drag queen shows. They apparently missed the fact that they were being “groomed.” It didn’t take with them. Their drag queens are considered a national treasure.
These christoprude MAGAs in our legislature are an embarrassment. They need to lighten up and concentrate more on good governance and less on what the fellas are wearing!
Before I was banned at another site, I brought up an idea that I think has merit. The maga folks main argument against drag shows is that they consider it grooming. In other words, turning the young’ins gay or something. But I think that the Australian model shows us the exact opposite of is true. It’s a false narrative. The Aussies seem to have suffered NO grooming ill effects as a result of having been exposed to artistic drag shows. In fact, they’re better off for it and even more well-adjusted! They have completely lost the fear of guys in dresses, and are more accepting of different lifestyles. What a great way to go through life
But MAGAs, by hiding their kids from drag shows, are creating a breed of femi men afraid of their own shadows! They are instilling an unnecessary fear in their men. In other words, making them less manly than the Aussies. It’s kinda funny when you think about it. For the rest of their lives they will tremble every time they see a guy in a dress! The Aussie model lays to rest their bizarre objections to drag shows. How ironic that they’re unable to see what they’re actually doing to their men.