Monday, May 15, 2023

Colton Underwood, Maren Morris



From Sunday, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Tulsi Talks To Her Guru" and Tulis is the face of evil.

Former The Bachelor contestant Colton Underwood and his longtime partner, Jordan C. Brown, married in a ceremony in Napa Valley, the couple announced on social media.

Underwood, 31, married Brown on May 13 and shared photos from the ceremony. The couple has been dating since 2021. Just that April, the former Bachelor contestant announced he was gay and his coming out was detailed in a reality show Coming Out Colton on Netflix.

Brown, 38, is a political strategist. He and Underwood went Instagram official in February 2022 with a post saying, "Life is going to be fun with you."

I hope they'll be very happy together.  If you haven't watched Coming Out Colton, you should.  Ava and C.I. noted:

A friend of ours has a comedy special and it's being hailed as many things -- all of them good.  We've ignored the special.  Why?  The man is gay.

There's nothing wrong with being gay.  But in the special, he's talking about his demons and what he's dealt with and lived with and . . .  The suggestion is that he's straight.  This comedy special would have been the perfect opportunity to come out as gay.

But he didn't.

Gay is complicated.  A lot more complicated than most grasp, we're starting to realize.  Especially when it comes to men.  Tenderness between women is not something shocking so maybe that's why society can better understand when romance develops between two women?  

Or maybe it's just because straight men frequently fantasize about two women having sex so it's more easily pictured?

What we're getting at is Colton's not done coming out.

Let's back up.  Colton presented himself, as part of ABC's 'reality' programs, as a virgin.

Was that true?  We don't know.  And this is a failure of season one of COMING OUT COLTON.  It's never asked, it's never explored.  

Was he a virgin?  He may well have been.

Equally true, "I'm a virgin" may have also just meant he never had sex with a woman.

Had Colton had sex with a man.  Oral, anal, mutual jerk off as a teen, anything?  


He didn't want to be gay, okay, we get that.  But were their times when he acted on his urges?  That's part of the story that should have been told. 

The Colton in the media at that point and in the series apparently didn't even masturbate.

When you consider the various things discussed and implied on the show, the fact that we have no idea about how the adult star has acted -- or not acted -- on his healthy, sexual urges is a cop-out.

It's also a cop-out that we have to do the work.  

Unless the point is that season two is going to be the second coming out.

Frequently, a man has to come out as gay.  And then there's the second coming out.  

That's the subtext of season one of COLTON COMING OUT.  It's the story in the background.

Colton is now dating Jordan C. Brown.  We found that out from friends we discussed the series with a few weeks back.  Friday and Saturday, they called to say, "You were right! You picked up on what no one noticed!"

We find it hard to believe that no one else noticed it -- even if our friends didn't notice it.

Colton's next coming out is as a bottom -- if he's honest.

“I felt a little badass taking on Tucker Carlson for calling me a lunatic for standing up to transphobia,” Morris told the crowd while holding her trophy. “Maybe I did feel a little cool. But I don’t want to gloat. I would never insult the recently unemployed.”

The New York Hilton Midtown ballroom erupted in hoots and loud applause that made the “My Church” singer pause and smile.

The LGBTQ+ supporter famously had a war of words with the recently terminated Fox News personality when he dubbed her a “lunatic” and a “fake country music singer” during an interview with Brittany Aldean in August.

The wife of country music singer Jason Aldean had publicly expressed her thoughts against parents who practice gender-affirming care during a social media post saying, “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life.”

Morris responded to that in a chain of comments on Instagram. “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie,” Morris wrote.

The skirmish was just one moment in Morris’ ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community. While continuing her speech at the annual ceremony, Morris urged her “fellow country music artists to understand the power of inclusivity.”

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, May 15, 2023.  Crooked Clarence Thomas may bring the whole corrupt system down with him, Moqtada al-Sadr says no to an events, a split among Christians in Iraq, and much more.

Starting in the US with Crooked Clarence Thomas who sits on the illegitimate Supreme Court.  

+ The Trump-appointed Judge James Ho, who has previously written that abortion is 

“immoral, tragic, and violent,” will hear the mifepristone case on May 17. In January 

2018 Ho was sworn by Justice Clarence Thomas in his benefactor Harlan Crow’s private


Photo: Ted Cruz.

+ There are two senate committees looking into, rather passively to be sure, Harlan Crow’s financial gifts to Clarence Thomas. Crow’s given money to each of the Republican senators 

on both committees to the tune of $429,000 to Republicans on the Judiciary Committee 

and $239,140 to Republicans on the Finance Committee.

Supreme Court decisions impact every facet of American life. Because of this, justices must be held to the highest ethical standards. When Americans see news like this about Clarence Thomas—or anything other justice—the Court demonstrates that it cannot hold itself accountable and it doesn’t take its responsibilities seriously.

A Court with no legitimacy only hurts the American people. It’s time for Congress to pass a Supreme Court code of ethics to bring legitimacy back to the court.    

To the editors of THE MODESTO BEE, Christopher C. Doll writes:

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito complained that “saying or implying that the court is becoming an illegitimate institution or questioning our integrity crosses an important line.” At the time, his comments lacked any semblance of self-awareness, and only look worse in hindsight. In reality, a line is crossed when court rulings ignore stare decisis (precedent), are blatantly partisan, reek of specious argumentation and treat women as second-class citizens.

And the continued presence of Clarence Thomas is proof that the court lacks integrity. Thomas is one of two justices to have been credibly accused of sexual assault. He failed to recuse himself from cases involving the Big Lie even though his spouse is an insurrectionist. And he has repeatedly violated ethics by failing to report lavish gifts from a billionaire with an agenda. Chief Justice John Roberts said he isn’t planning to investigate Thomas. Astonishingly, unlike the lower courts, the Supreme Court has no official code of ethics.

The reputation of the Supreme Court was already in the gutter and it's only getting worse due to Crooked Clarence.  He is rotting on the inside and destroying whatever's left of the Court's integrity.  As Jonathan Turley obsesses over DISNEY and gun rights and attacks education (which isn't going over well with the institutions he teaches at but does keep FOX "NEWS" sticking ones in his g-string), try not to notice that supposed legal expert Swirley Turley -- Swirley Turd to his students -- remains silent.  Like others in the Republican Party, Turley thinks he can just stick his head in the sand and no one will notice.  He thinks he can wait this scandal out.  I don't think it can be waited out.  The outrage is only growing.

Should Thomas resign or face impeachment? Absolutely!

That assumes, however, a different political climate, certainly not the one in which we’re currently embroiled. Throughout his tenure on the court, Thomas is known famously for his silence during oral arguments. But when it comes to his financial relationship with Crow, Thomas vociferously holds up his middle finger to the institution that employs him.

There is no question, in my view, that Thomas’ infractions trump those of former Justice Abe Fortas, who was forced to resign from the court in 1969. But the circumstances differ greatly. We should dismiss the canard that Fortas did the “honorable” thing by resigning. Fortas resigned only after it was clear the “honorable” thing was his only option.

The Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Earl Warren, was a different institution than today under Chief Justice John Roberts. With a 6-3 conservative majority, Roberts is more of a cat herder than an effective leader of the third branch of government.

Moreover, there were individuals serving in Congress, circa 1969, regardless of party, who refused to allow their partisan sensibilities to serve as the final arbiter. Today’s political landscape bears little resemblance to that grand commitment.

The current 6-3 conservative majority is the result of political hypocrisy fortified by an ends-justifying-the-means rationale. There’s no doubt the Republican-led House would already be holding impeachment hearings if Thomas’ infractions were conducted by one of the liberal members of the court.

But we don’t know the full extent of Crow’s gifts to Thomas, of course, because Thomas and Crow refuse to say. On April 24, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden wrote to Crow asking him to detail all his gifts to Thomas (the letter notes, for example, that the market value of island-hopping on a yacht like Crow’s is $245,000 a week). More recently, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made a similar request.

The requests have been greeted as you’d expect. Thomas says these gifts were “personal hospitality,” not business, and thus didn’t have to be reported. Crow responded to Wyden’s letter with a letter of his own, or more specifically from his lawyer, arguing in essence that Congress has no legitimate legislative purpose in exposing Crow’s gifts to Thomas and is constrained by separation of powers issues.

Sheldon Whitehouse of the Judiciary Committee has pursued a complementary angle. He asked the Judicial Conference, the policymaking body for federal courts, to reveal how it handled an inquiry into Ginni Thomas’s income in 2011. He, too, has received no answer yet.

Wyden and Whitehouse mean business. Whitehouse has been the Democrats’ point person in the Senate for years on these ethics matters. But of the two, Wyden spells more potential trouble for Thomas and Crow because as chairman of one of Congress’s tax-writing committees, he has what’s called 6103 authority: the power to ask for any citizen’s tax returns at any time for any reason (actually, under the relevant law, he wouldn’t even have to give a reason). Richard Neal, the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee until the GOP retook the House this year, used this same law to get several years of Trump’s returns). In 2021, the Supreme Court ordered the IRS to give Neal’s committee Trump’s returns.

In other words, if the Supreme Court says that even the president’s tax returns can be sent to Congress, surely that means that anyone’s can be. Even if that person sits on the very Supreme Court that will be passing judgment. 

Clarence Thomas is corrupt.  He's turned a robe into a printing press for currency and, no, he would never have confirmed if he had told the Senate, "I intent to take my salary from the American tax payer as well as 'contributions' from any big moneyed person that offers it.  I intend to make clear that the Court is for sale."  

A lot of people in this country would believe that nearly $200,000 a year was more than enough to live on.  That a public servant doesn't goes to that fact that he's not serving the public, he's whoring the Court for his own personal gain.

That's what he's done, he's turned the Supreme Court into a whore house.  It has no legitimacy at all.

And the longer he sits on the bench, the more damage he inflicts on others.  Kenny Stancil (COMMON DREAMS) notes some embarrassing realities that might never have been known if Crooked Clarence had stepped down back in April:

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday sent a letter asking Harlan Crow—the billionaire GOP megadonor who has secretly showered U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts since the mid-1990s—to provide a full accounting of his financial ties to Thomas and any other judges on the high court.

It comes as "no surprise" that none of the panel's nine Republicans signed the letter, Accountable.US declared Tuesday, because they have collectively accepted nearly half a million dollars in campaign cash from Crow since the turn of the century, as a new analysis from the watchdog group shows.

Last month, one day after ProPublica published its bombshell report on Crow's under-the-table funding of near-annual luxury vacations for Thomas—the first of what would become many revelations about the two men's financial relationship—Accountable.US calculated that the current Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee received $453,300 from Crow between 2001 and 2022. The group revised that figure up to $457,000 on Tuesday in light of a $3,700 donation Crow made to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) earlier this year.

The following is a list of Crow's total contributions to the nine GOP lawmakers on the panel as well as their affiliated PACs and joint fundraising committees, in descending order:

  • Cornyn: $294,800
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa): $46,600
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.): $23,900
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas): $23,500
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.): $20,600
  • Sen. Mike Lee (Utah): $19,500
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.): $13,400
  • Sen. John Kennedy (La.): $8,300
  • Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.): $6,400

"There should be bipartisan outrage about the undisclosed gifts and travel billionaire megadonor Harlan Crow has given Justice Thomas," Accountable.US president Kyle Herrig said last month. "Senate Judiciary Republicans should join their Democratic colleagues to act. However, their silence so far may be because they have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Crow as well."

"The highest court in the land should have the highest ethical standards," he added. "When it doesn't, Congress should exert its oversight authority."

Crooked Clarence, by refusing to do the right and honorable thing, is exposing how rotten to the core the whole system is.  You have to wonder how much longer this will go on before the system does a re-correct and sends Clarence packing?

Turning from a robe garbed embarrassment in the US to one in Iraq, Chenar Chalik (RUDAW) reports:

Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday canceled all ceremonies scheduled to honor the memory of his father, Muhamed Sadiq al-Sadr, on the anniversary of his assassination, saying he was punishing the followers that have claimed him to be a long-foretold messianic figure.

In April, a group of Sadrist followers known by the name “People of the Cause” were spreading a theory that Imam al-Mahdi would appear at the Kufa Mosque, coinciding with Sadr’s decision to attend a religious retreat at the mosque. They claimed that Sadr would be the promised one.

Protesting their claims, Sadr announced he was freezing the activities of his Sadrist Movement for a year and deactivating his Twitter account indefinitely.

“I want nothing else than to exonerate myself and loyalists from the actions of the outliers and the corrupt and those with perverted convictions, of those who claim I am Imam al-Mahdi,” said Sadr in a voice message published on Twitter on Sunday.


In other news, Ali Mamouri (AL-MONITOR) reports:

Following a series of confrontations, it seems an open war has broken out between the Catholic Caledonian Church and the Christian political party and militia of Babylon Movement.

In mid-April, an Iraqi court issued a summons for Cardinal Louis Sako, patriarch and archbishop of Baghdad, in response to an accusation by an Iraqi businessman affiliated with the Babylon Movement over a property belonging to the church.

On April 29, Rayan al-Kaldani, secretary-general of the Babylon Movement, accused Sako of interfering in politics and damaging the reputation of the church.

In response, Sako held a lengthy video conference May 7, threatening to internationalize the Christian issue if the Iraqi government failed to take action against Kaldani. 

The Babylon Movement was founded in 2014 as a paramilitary group of Christians who fought against the Islamic State (IS). It was later integrated into the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) under the name of the 50th Brigade.

The movement has been implicated in illegal land seizures in Ninevah province and Baghdad, as well as several other corruption cases, particularly in the Ministry of Immigration that has been under their control since 2020.

Babylon was accused of multiple human rights violations during its fight against IS, which eventually led the United States to impose sanctions on Kaldani in 2019.

More than two hundred Christians gathered in Tahrir Square, in the center of Baghdad, on the evening of Friday May 12, to show their solidarity with Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Church, who became the subject of smear campaigns on social media in recent weeks. The "solidarity demonstration", also included nuns and priests who, like the others present, waved Iraqi flags, candles, olive branches and banners bearing inscriptions calling on the authorities to intervene to ensure that the electoral seats reserved for Christians in the Iraqi parliament are not in fact occupied by groups linked to the main parties.


Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Tulsi Talks To Her Guru" and "At Least Satan Wants Her" went up Sunday morning.  The followings sites updated:

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