- April 2023
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Today the House passed a bill banning transgender girls and women from competing in female school athletics. Every Republican voted for the "Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act," while every Democrat voted against this culture-war gift to conservatives.
Yesterday the Florida Board of Education voted to expand the state's Don't Say Gay law. The ban on classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity that had applied to kindergarden through third grade will now extend clear up to senior year in high school.
But don't despair! On Monday an openly gay congressman announced that he's running for re-election.
Okay, the congressman was George Santos.
I'll allow you 15 minutes of despair.
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Give Me That Old-Time Religion
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is so far-right she can't even look left when she turns. The born-again Boebert, who supports a number of Christian nationalist positions, is notoriously anti-queer.
So it was fascinating to hear her expound on the fact that her 17-year-old son impregnated his 14-year-old girlfriend. Biblically speaking, premarital sex is a well-known no-no.
When a conservative talk show host asked her if her's son's situation "challenged" her Christian beliefs, Boebert replied, "We can nitpick what the Bible says is right and wrong, but I think just having that heart posture of wanting to serve God, and do the right thing, is so important."
We can nitpick? Who knew? You mean we can view the Bible's anti-gay clobber passages in a different light? Wow!
What we're dealing with here is that old-time Christian convenience. When it suits Boebert's needs to villify someone, she sticks to a literal interpretation. When the sinner in question is a family member, suddenly the Bible is more elastic, more springy.
For her son, it's morphed into a sponge cake.
- February 2023
You might be of the opinion by now that I'm obsessed with George Santos.
You'd be right.
The gay Congressman from Long Island is so outrageous a liar that he must be the love child of Donald Trump and Lance Armstrong. Santos appalls and fascinates me. But mostly appalls.
When I heard an NPR story about the serial fabulist begin on my way to work yesterday, I turned up the radio.
His fellow Republicans want Santos to keep a low profile while he's the subject of investigations, but Santos isn't having it. "He actually seems to be leveraging his notoriety, appearing on conservative news outlets and trolling other Republicans on social media," said reporter Brian Mann.
Santos is a chip off the old blockhead, according to political expert David Wasserman. "Donald Trump realized shamelessness can pay off politically. We've seen others follow in his footsteps. Now, of course, this is to an unprecedented degree."
Santos clearly believes you can't have too much of a bad thing.
Wasserman said, "His ability to stay in the news and draw attention to himself is really the only thing he has left."
Which means Santos will soon be vying with Marjorie Taylor Greene for biggest congressional chimpanzee.
Like Santos, Becca Balint is new to Congress and gay. But the similarities end there. The Vermont Democrat is livid: "As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, outraged that he lied about the Pulse nightclub shooting—as the granddaughter of someone killed in the Holocaust, outraged that he used that to get elected."
Do you think there's any chance Santos could turn out to be just gay-ish?
Rep. Nick Lalota, a Republican from Santos's neighboring district, called Santos "a sociopath." Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina, joking at the Washington Press Club dinner about the GOP's Santos problem, cracked, "There hasn't been a Republican that's gotten this much buzz since Lauren Boebert went through a metal detector."
To expel Santos from office requires a two-thirds vote from House members, and reporter Mann said that's unlikely. We're facing the possibility that Santos will serve out his two-year term. Two years of grabbing the spotlight. Two years of constant lies.
By then he should be presidential material.
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Rep. George Santos said in an interview yesterday that, following his tense exchange with Sen. Mitt Romney prior to Tuesday's State of the Union, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema told the New York Republican to "hang in there, buddy."
Sinema's spokesperson declared that "a lie." The two lawmakers never spoke.
Having lied his way into Congress, Santos has apparently decided to stick with fibbing as a strategy. He gives new meaning to making your bed and lying in it.
I don’t know the exact words I said. He shouldn’t have been there. Look, he’s a sick puppy. He shouldn’t have been there.
Sen. Mitt Romney to reporters on his exchange with Rep. George Santos before the president's address to Congress
Source: The Hill
- January 2023
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It looks like Rep. George Santos will sit on the House Small Business Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Santos must be thrilled. What could be better for the person who created Amazon, Microsoft and the universe?
I've held out hope that George Santos isn't actually gay. He lied about everything on his way to becoming a congressman from New York, so why not that?
Today I read that Brazilian prosecutors are pursuing fraud charges against Santos, who admitted to stealing a man's checkbook, which had been in the possession of Santos's mother, in 2008. According to CNN, Santos used the checkbook "to purchase clothing and shoes."
- December 2022
George Santos has updated his lie about the Pulse club shooting.
He previously said the four victims had been his past employees.
Now he’s claiming the four victims were going to be his future employees.
In other words, he meant to say employee-ish.
Rep. Ritchie Torres
I moaned about Republican Congressional candidate George Santos before the 2022 midterm elections, because the openly gay Long Islander was a Trump fan, an abortion opponent, and a supporter of Florida's Don't Say Gay law. I moaned about him after he won, because he beat the openly gay Democratic candidate and flipped a critical seat.
Turns out I'd not yet begun to moan.
We now know Santos the candidate lied, and bigly, about his education and his employment. His claims that his grandparents escaped the Holocaust and he's Jewish are such fabrications that the Republican Jewish Coalition wants nothing to do with him.
In an interview yesterday, Santos said he was "sorry for having embellished my resume," but he intends to be sworn in. That Bible better not be combustible.
There are potentially more revelations ahead concerning his finances. For my part, there's only one thing I want to hear he lied about: being gay.
- November 2022
I just called my daughter and her wife—who are expecting a baby next spring—to let them know that this Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act!
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Tom Cotton is hawking his book "Only The Strong." Josh Hawley is writing a book on masculinity. Alfred E. Neuman is smarter than both of them put together, and cuter.
- July 2022
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