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Trump Jr. calls on Trump supporters to sign his father's birthday card -- and pay for the privilege

Donald Trump Jr. is offering his father's supporters a chance to sign the former president's "official" birthday card — but only if they donate money to his fundraising committee.

"My father has done so much for this great Country, and I know it would mean so much to him to see YOUR NAME on his OFFICIAL Birthday Card," Trump Jr. wrote in an email received by Insider on Tuesday night.

A link in the email allows the recipient to write a message to the former president, but potential well-wishers must first pledge at least $1 to send in their online birthday greeting ..........(more)


Southern Baptist battle goes full MAGA: Far right seeks to purge CRT and "Race Marxism"

Southern Baptist battle goes full MAGA: Far right seeks to purge CRT and "Race Marxism"
America's largest Protestant denomination is dominated by the far right — but still fears creeping "wokeism"

PUBLISHED JUNE 15, 2022 7:00AM

(Salon) Just weeks after the Southern Baptist Convention was rocked by a report documenting sweeping mishandling of sexual abuse, the nation's largest Protestant denomination is gathering in Southern California for its annual meeting, where delegates known as "messengers" will elect a new SBC president. What happens in the SBC, with its deep connections to the Republican Party and the anti-aborion movement, inevitably affects U.S. politics more broadly. But this year, the reverse is true as well: The fight for the SBC presidency doesn't just track the nation's wider political divides but seems largely driven by them.

As Michelle Boorstein reports at the Washington Post, this year's meeting began Sunday with a pugilistic tone, at an opening event hosted by the Conservative Baptist Network, part of the denomination's most right-wing faction. At the event, neo-Calivinist megachurch pastor John MacArthur inveighed against progressive positions on race and women's roles in the church by declaring, "You don't advance the kingdom of God by lining up with the kingdom of Satan" — the latter apparently exemplified by the threat of "women preachers, social justice, then racism, then CRT, then victimization."

The SBC is no stranger to intense internal politics. In the late 1970s and '80s, the denomination underwent a conservative revolution — or, in SBC parlance, a "conservative resurgence" — led by right-wing leaders like Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler who sought to transform the previously moderate church into one oriented around staunchly conservative positions on both theology and social issues. (Although the SBC was originally founded to defend slavery, the first Southern Baptist to become president, after all, was Jimmy Carter.) Conservatives were appointed throughout SBC leadership positions and seminaries amid a purge of liberals and moderates, and the new leadership went on to institute a more literal approach to theology, which in turn helped cement conservative positions on social issues like gender roles. One of the most consequential changes was a new article added to the Southern Baptist statement of faith, affirming the idea of complementary gender roles, under which wives must graciously submit to the authority of their husbands. In response, Carter left the denomination, along with nearly 2,000 SBC churches.

As historian of Christianity Diana Butler Bass wrote recently at Religion Dispatches, what was long cast as an SBC "myth about saving their church from liberalism" was in fact "always about exerting control — especially about controlling women." And as Mark Wingfield wrote at Baptist News Global this March, "After running off all the left wing and most of the moderate wing of the SBC, the convention was left with a national body that sits even further right on the American political and theological spectrum than it did before." .............(more)


Faygo ice cream is really happening: 6 flavors to watch for

(Detroit Free Press) Tricycles and Faygo Red Pop ice cream, anyone? You can almost hear the famous Faygo Boat song when you eat this new ice cream.

A popular local ice cream spot has introduced six Faygo ice cream flavors with some delicious twists.

Browndog Barlor & Restaurant, known for its small-batch ice cream and boozy milkshakes, has teamed up with the makers of Faygo pop to create the new flavors.

Browndog, with locations in Farmington and downtown Northville, unveiled the new Faygo flavors with an ice cream base that tastes just like the Detroit-born pop Monday evening at its Northville location. ...........(more)


Is James Patterson's claim that white men face racism an enraging PR stunt from a former ad man?

(Salon) One of richest living writers in the world, James Patterson, said in an interview with The Times on Sunday that white men like him face racism within the publishing, theatre, and film and TV industries. He described the alleged difficulty confronting the most privileged members of society as "just another form of racism. . . . Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It's even harder for older writers. You don't meet many 52-year-old white males."

Citing industries almost entirely dominated by white men, Patterson doesn't have the facts on his side. The respected Lee & Low Books Diversity Baseline Survey reported in its 2019 findings that 76% of the publishing industry is white. According to a different 2020 study, 95% of published writers are white. Male writers receive more attention, acclaim and income than female writers, with 75% of books reviewed in the prestigious Times Literary Supplement written by men. Books about women are less likely to win prizes (which can translate into sales). Their titles receive about "half (45%) the price of male authors' and are underrepresented in more prestigious genres."

On the performance side, a study from The Asian American Performers Action Coalition found almost 90% of playwrights who had their works staged in the 2016-17 New York season were white and male (87.1% of those performances were directed by white directors). As Playbill reported: "On Broadway alone, 95% of all plays and musicals were both written and directed by Caucasian artists" while 89% of Broadway-produced playwrights were male.

Hollywood has a similar record. In 2019, over 85% of directors were white and over 84% were male. In 2017, only 11% of the year's top 250 films were written by women.


But is this also a publicity stunt by an expert at the con? Maybe.

Since 1976, the Patterson name has been embossed on hundreds of novels you can find at airports; 260 were New York Times bestsellers. He may not even know how many he's published, as he didn't write all of them. .............(more)


Warren bomb suspect is outlaw motorcycle gang member with extensive criminal record

(Detroit Metro Times) A Warren man is clinging to life after an explosion tore through his body while he appeared to be building a bomb, police said.

The 38-year-old man was in critical condition Monday morning, with second- and third-degree burns over 55% of his body, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer tells Metro Times.

“If he survives, he’s going to be in the hospital for several months,” Dwyer says.

Police found several small explosive devices and “an arsenal of firearms,” including more than a dozen handguns and rifles, AR-style magazines, and 4,000 rounds of ammunition, Dwyer says.

The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was no stranger to police. The Warren Police Special Operations Unit was working with an undisclosed federal law enforcement agency to investigate him in connection with illegal firearms. That federal agency had placed the man on its watch list, Dwyer says.

He’s also a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and has an extensive criminal record that ranges from possessing drugs and dangerous weapons to resisting police, Dwyer says. ......................(more)


Florida Man Arrested in Brief Scare During March for Our Lives DC Rally

A man was arrested and charged after disrupting the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered on the Washington Monument grounds to call for nationwide gun control legislation.

During a moment of silence in the afternoon, a man jumped a fence, overturned some sound equipment and yelled, "I've got a gun." Authorities quickly took him into custody.

On Monday, United States Park Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Mitchell Martinez, of Coral Gables, Florida. He was charged with disorderly conduct, creating fear and disorderly conduct and disrupting a gathering. ..............(more)


Yellowstone bison rests head on boardwalk and, yes, it's a scene

(USA Today) Tourists in Yellowstone National Park last week marveled as a bison placed its massive head upon a boardwalk and used the wood as a chin scratcher.

Predictably, the sight inspired some tourists, who might have been dangerously close to begin with, to inch even closer with their cameras.

The encounter occurred near Old Faithful on June 7, a week after a tourist was gored and tossed 10 feet into the air by a bison. The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The accompanying images, captured by Ken Carleton, appeared on Facebook and in the Cowboy State Daily, which showed them to park staff. ..........(more)


India takes tough stand at climate talks as Delhi endures brutal heatwave

(Guardian UK) Throughout the day Virender Sharma splashes water from a bucket on to the sheet he has pulled over his lilies, tuberoses, carnations and gerberas in an attempt to protect them from the hot, dry wind sweeping through Delhi.

But the street flower seller’s attempts to protect his produce is futile. Since the onset of a brutal heatwave in mid-March, his income has dropped by 60%.

“By lunchtime, they aren’t looking fresh at all and no one wants to buy them,” he said, sweating profusely. “In any case, there are hardly any people passing by on this road because it is just too hot to step out unless you have to.”

According to the latest data from the India Meteorological Department, Delhi has recorded a maximum temperature of at least 42C on 25 days since summer began – the highest number since 2012.

The average summer temperature is usually 36-38C. In mid-May the temperature shot up to 49C in some parts of the city. ............(more)


"Jesus, guns, babies": Religious violence is now at the core of the Republican Party

"Jesus, guns, babies": Religious violence is now at the core of the Republican Party
Lauren Boebert prayed for Biden's death — and that's not even close to the craziest item on the GOP wish list

PUBLISHED JUNE 14, 2022 6:30AM

(Salon) At the tail end of last week, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado took the stage at the Charis Christian Center's Family Camp Meeting. The event claims that, "you will hear God's Word shared through speakers who have proven God's Word," and follows the speakers' list with Acts 2:17-18:

And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

The apocalyptic context notwithstanding, Boebert's talk made quite a splash because of her invocation of Psalm 109:8 in the context of praying for President Biden — "May his days be few and another take his office" — before laughing at the cheers of the crowd. This is certainly not a new use of that text by the GOP — Sen. David Perdue of Georgia invoked it against Obama in 2016, and it became an anti-Obama slogan featured on bumper stickers. With the passage divorced from its full context, people can laugh — but Psalm 109 is a war psalm, calling for the death of the man in question, with 109-9 reading "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." And that's the point: As with so many aspects of contemporary Christian nationalism, give the line people can nod along to, and hold back the violent context. This is a prayer for the death of the president, and it is one we can honestly say has become normal for Republicans to use about Democratic presidents.

Maybe that's a big enough problem that we should acknowledge it not just as a fringe phenomenon, but as part of the core problem of the contemporary, MAGA-infused GOP.


I would also suggest, rather forcefully, that Christian patriarchy and Christian nationalism are linked to the "great replacement" theory, the deeply racist and xenophobic notion that nonwhite people are being brought into Western countries to "replace" white voters, in order to further a specific political agenda, leading to the supposed extinction of white people. As is well understood, this delusional ideology has fueled multiple massacres, including the mass shooting in Buffalo in May and earlier mass shootings in El Paso, Pittsburgh and Christchurch, New Zealand. Forced-birth laws and abortion bans are also part of this perceived demographic war, part and parcel with the spiritual battles Christian nationalists believe they are fighting and the very real stockpiling of arms, association with militia groups and opposition to government. PRRI's August 2021 survey shows that "great replacement" ideas are growing in evangelical circles, and have only become more mainstream since then. ..............(more)


"Garbage in. Garbage out": Trump's former chief of staff trashes Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell

(Salon) Donald Trump's former White House Staff White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Monday called members of the former president's inner circle "garbage" during the January 6 hearings.

"Trump's inner circle at the end was … [Rudy] Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Peter Navarro," Mulvaney tweeted. "Garbage in. Garbage out."

Mulvaney's comments come as the select committee investigating the Capitol riot holds its second day of televised hearings, during which new evidence was brought to light surrounding Donald Trump's failed efforts to overturn the election.

During the hearings, Bill Stepien, Trump's former campaign manager, revealed that Trump allies like Giuliani and Powell had fed the former president grandiose, yet baseless, stories of widespread voter fraud with which Trump could create a narrative that the election had been "stolen" by President Biden.

Mulvaney, a former U.S. representative, was once a staunch Trump backer. In February 2020, Mulvaney claimed it was "absolutely 100% true" that the deep state – a shadowy body of non-elected and influential conspirators – was plotting to undermine Trump's presidency. After Trump lost the 2020 election, Mulvaney predicted that the former president would concede "gracefully" and will "fight to make sure the results are fair." .............(more)


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