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At least 5 Oregon venues cancel Charlie Kirk events because of threats of violence, TPUSA says

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At least five venues in Oregon that were scheduled to host events for Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk’s Critical Racism Tour have canceled on Kirk after receiving violent threats from Antifa and far-left activists, Turning Point USA said.

The latest cancellation came from the Holiday Inn Express Eugene Springfield, which on Wednesday sent Turning Point USA a notice informing the group that the hotel did not have adequate staff to ensure the safety of its guests.

“After careful consideration, we have made the decision to not allow tonight’s event to proceed at our hotel. We apologize for the short notice, and are making this decision out of an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our staff and guests,” Vice President of Operations Terry Goldman said in an email, reported by the Post Millennial.

“The event has garnered a great deal of attention from multiple organizations and we unfortunately we do not have the level of staffing available to ensure a secure event,” Goldman wrote.

Before the cancellation, an activist account on social media called for “community pushback” against Kirk’s event and shared the hotel’s phone number, urging people to “Light their phone up.”

Andrew Kolvet, a spokesman for Turning Point USA, told the Post Millennial that the Holiday Inn was the fifth venue in Oregon to cancel events for Kirk’s tour following cancellations at two churches, one event center, and another hotel.

Last month, a TPUSA event at Graduate Hotel near the University of Oregon was canceled after the hotel said it “received various communications indicating that the Event will cause damage or disruption to the Hotel’s premises, operation, guests, or reputation.”

Kolvet alleged threats of violence from Antifa were the reason these venues backed out of Kirk’s events.

“The irony is that as Charlie Kirk trends on Twitter for denouncing political violence, Antifa has been threatening violence against event staff at venues that attempt to host TPUSA’s campus tour stops. 5 different venues have now cancelled as a result of Antifa’s coordinated campaign of violent harassment, including the most recent cancellation on the day of the event in Eugene, Oregon,” Kolvet said.

“So while Democrats attempt to criminalize mainstream conservative ideas and personalities who denounce violence, they empower actual violent extremist in their midst by failing to renounce groups like Antifa. The double standard is shameful and it’s tearing the country apart,” he said.

Kirk trended on social media Wednesday after he denounced a question from a member of his audience who had asked “when do we get to use the guns” to oppose “corporate and medical fascism.”

The provocative question was asked at the Nampa Civic Center in Nampa, Idaho, where Kirk was speaking on his Critical Racism Tour. Some members of the audience cheered as the man who asked the question insisted he was not joking.

“That’s not a joke, I’m not saying it like that. I mean, literally, where’s the line? How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?” he said.

Kirk immediately condemned the comments and told those cheering to stop.

“Now, I’m going to denounce that and tell you why. Because you’re playing into all their plans, and they’re trying to make you do this,” he said in response.

“They are trying to provoke you, and everyone here, they are trying to make you do something that will be violent that will justify a takeover of your freedoms and liberties, the likes of which we have never seen,” Kirk continued.

“We are close to having momentum to be able to get this country back on a trajectory using the peaceful means that we have. To answer your question, and I just think it’s overly blunt, we have to be the ones that do not play into the violent aims and ambitions of the other side.”

Charlie Kirk is LIVE at the Boise State University EXPOSING the radical indoctrination of CRT!

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HS students gave lap dances to staff — including principal — for school’s ‘Man Pageant.’ Now an investigation is underway.

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Students dressed in very little clothing gave lap dances to staff members — including the principal — at a Kentucky public high school while girls dressed as Hooters waitresses during homecoming week activities Tuesday, the
Courier-Journal reported.

The paper added that an investigation is underway to figure out what went down as part of Hazard High School’s “Man Pageant” and “Costume Day,” the paper said, citing the school’s Facebook page.

Hazard is about two hours southeast of Lexington.

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Photos that were subsequently taken down from the athletics department’s Facebook page showed students in underclothing giving lap dances to faculty and staff, including Hazard High School Principal Donald “Happy” Mobelini, who is also
mayor of the Perry County city.


Other photos
on the athletics page that also were later taken down showed female students dressed up in “Hooters” outfits and students and staff appearing to paddle one another.

Mobelini, the principal and mayor, did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

What did the superintendent and Kentucky Department of Education have to say?

Sondra Combs, superintendent of Hazard Independent Schools, told the paper that “the incident is being investigated, and once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken.”

Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Toni Konz Tatman added to the Courier Journal that the agency is “aware of what took place in Hazard Independent Schools” and has “been in contact with the superintendent, who has informed us that the incident is under investigation.”

Konz Tatman also said in an email to the paper that “Kentucky law provides that school district superintendents are required to report instances of educator misconduct to the
Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).Therefore, if the investigation finds a certified educator likely violated the Kentucky Educator Code of Ethics, the superintendent is required to report this to the EPSB for potential action.”

Anything else?

The Courier Journal called attention to a Reddit thread about the Hazard High School incident titled “This is the mayor of my town being grinded on by a high school student dressed as a woman.” As of Wednesday afternoon, it has 475 comments and 7,600 upvotes.

Aster Sizemore, a Hazard school board member, told the paper he was at the high school Tuesday but not at the events in question.

“Normally, the principal, Happy Mobelini, is pretty dad-gum strict, so that surprises me, unless someone pulled something out of a hat,” Sizemore added to the Courier Journal. “A kid comes to school with a short dress, you know, he makes them go home and change.”

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Mobelini was previously the subject of an investigation in 2008, when photos posted to Facebook showed him driving while his daughter and four of her teenage friends drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes in the vehicle.

The students and Mobelini all told district officials the principal did not know the girls had alcohol and were drinking,
the Lexington Herald-Leader reported at the time.


The principal also came under scrutiny earlier in 2008, according to the Herald-Leader, when police charged 12 underage students with alcohol intoxication after they were found drinking on the Hazard High School football field.

Mobelini reportedly was with the students about 30 minutes before Hazard police arrived at the football field and found hard liquor and beer, but he said the students had not been drinking when he was still there.

According to the Herald-Leader, no charges were filed against him at the time.

Marine Corps veteran who stopped armed robbery accepts valor award wearing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ shirt and a MAGA hat

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The Marine Corps veteran who disarmed a burglar and sent his accomplices running in Arizona last week accepted a valor award on Tuesday wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and a “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirt.

What happened?

According to a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office news release, veteran James Kilcer was presented with the YCSO’s Citizens Valor Award Tuesday afternoon “for extraordinary heroism and exceptional courage while voluntarily coming to the aid of another citizen during an incident involving criminal activity at extreme, life-threatening, personal risk in an attempt to save or protect human life.”

The sheriff’s office noted that the Citizens Valor Award is the highest honor awarded to citizens who engage in acts of bravery.

During the ceremony, Kilcer unabashedly donned clothing showing support for former President Trump as well as opposition to President Joe Biden. Evidently, the sheriff’s office wasn’t put off by the clothing, either, as it proceeded to post an image of the ceremony on its Facebook page.

The phrase, “Let’s Go Brandon,” is a subtle variation of the chant, “F**k Joe Biden,” which has gained popularity in recent weeks after an NBC reporter at a NASCAR race wrongly insisted that fans in the stands were chanting the former rather than the latter.

The phrase has since turned into a rallying cry for Americans who oppose the sitting president and his administration.

What’s the background?

Regardless of one’s feelings about Kilcer’s political persuasions and prerogative to showcase them publicly, all likely agree that his heroic actions warranted recognition.

When a trio of burglars — one of them armed — stormed into a Chevron gas station in Yuma, Arizona, last week, the Marine Corps veteran quickly took matters into his own hands to thwart the crime and protect those around him.

As one of the burglars flashed a handgun and pointed it at the store clerk, Kilcer calmly but forcefully disarmed the suspect, twisting his arm and driving him to the ground. The two other suspects, apparently shocked by Kilcer’s quick reaction, immediately took off on foot as if running for their lives.

The amazing act was captured on surveillance video.

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After tackling the armed suspect to the ground, Kilcer was able to restrain him until officers arrived.

That suspect, a 14-year-old male, was booked into the county Juvenile Justice Center on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. A second suspect was arrested Friday on the same charges, while the third is still being sought.

When asked by deputies at the scene how he was able to wrest control of the situation, he reportedly replied, “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.”

Kilcer spoke more a length about the incident during an interview with WCSC-TV on Monday.

Teen runner makes headlines as she pushes wheelchair-bound older brother during race in order to compete together

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Fourteen-year-old Susan Bergeman pushed her 15-year-old wheelchair-bound brother Jeffrey while the two competed in a high school cross country race.

What are the details?

Wisconsin teen Susan has an unbreakable bond with her brother, Jeffrey, according to KARE-TV.

When he was just shy of 2 years old, Jeffrey suffered a cardiac arrest that deprived his brain of oxygen for 20 minutes.

Though lucky to have survived the event, he was left with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.

“He loves running,” Susan told KARE of her brother. “I think it helps me get even closer to my brother.”

In order for the two to compete together during a 3.1-mile run for the school’s cross country team, Susan pushed Jeffrey as she ran the course.

Their mother, Jess Bergeman, told the station that her two children have always been incredibly close.

“They’ve always had this very close relationship, and she’s never really seen him any other way,” she explained. “They’ve grown up together and this has always been her normal.”

Running also seems to be a family affair for the Bergemans: Jess and her husband both previously competed as distance runners and pushed Jeffrey — who is nonverbal — along in their own races.

When Susan decided to try pushing her brother herself, Jess cautioned her daughter to take it easy.

“And she looked at me as if I had grown two heads,” Jess recalled. “She’s like, ‘This is not an option, we’re doing it.’ I was so proud of her.”

Susan added, “I’m a very competitive person, so I almost feel like I have a point to prove.”

Despite pushing her brother in his wheelchair, Susan ran the 3.1 mile race in just under 34 minutes.

Though Susan and Jeffrey made a heartwarming team, their score unfortunately was not logged or counted like that of other competitive runners under the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s guidelines.

KARE reported that the Bergemans’ coach and parents are lobbying to change the rules, and hope a duo division will one day be a reality.

“We’d love to see the day where people aren’t like, ‘That’s different.’ It’s just normal,” said Jordan Bergeman, Susan and Jeffrey’s father.

Sen. Joe Manchin floats 15% ‘patriotic’ tax on billionaires

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday endorsed the idea of a “patriotic tax” on wealthy Americans to offset the cost of a multitrillion spending bill that would fund President Joe Biden’s economic and climate agenda.

Manchin, who is central to negotiations over the size and content of the bill, told reporters that he opposes a plan to levy a so-called billionaires tax on the unrealized capital gains of the wealthiest Americans. In its place, he said a 15% minimum tax on billionaires would “be nothing we should be scorned about” and said “it doesn’t harm anybody.”

“That’s called a patriotic tax,” Manchin said.

Democrats are scrambling to wrap up negotiations on what was originally a $3.5 trillion spending bill that would’ve provided free two-year community college tuition, paid parental leave, universal pre-K childcare, elderly home care, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, and a host of policies related to Biden’s climate agenda.

But opposition to that top line spending number from Manchin and fellow moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has forced Biden and congressional Democrats to compromise down to about $2 trillion, ditching proposals like free college and other programs progressives support.

With only a 50-50 majority, Senate Democrats need every member of their conference to be on the same page regarding the bill for it to pass. The proposed tax increases to pay for it have emerged as another sticking point in the negotiations. Sinema has opposed increasing corporate, personal, or capital gains taxes, which has left progressives arguing that a new wealth tax on billionaires is necessary to fund the bill.

On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) put forward a proposal to tax individuals with net worths over $1 billion or those who reported making at least $100 million in the consecutive years 2019, 2020, and 2021. According to Axios, the tax is estimated to raise $200 to $250 billion toward paying for Biden’s nearly $2 trillion plan.

The new tax would be on unrealized capital gains, in other words the value of tradable assets billionaires hold before those assets are sold and before they are counted as income.

“The Billionaires Income Tax would ensure billionaires pay tax every year, just like working Americans,” Wyden said on Wednesday. “No working person in America thinks it’s right that they pay their taxes and billionaires don’t.”

Of course, contrary to Wyden’s assertion, billionaires pay taxes.

Manchin criticized Wyden’s idea Wednesday, and his vote (and Sinema’s) will determine whether Democrats can pass BIden’s spending bill or not.

“I don’t like it. I don’t like the connotation that we’re targeting different people,” Manchin said of Wyden’s proposal. “There are people that, basically, they’ve contributed to society, that create a lot of jobs and invest a lot of money and give a lot of philanthropic pursuits.”

“But it’s time that we all pull together and grow together. I believe everyone’s going to pay. I believe that we will end up where everyone must participate,” the West Virginia lawmaker added.

Manchin was optimistic that Democrats would create a framework for a compromise sometime this week that would assuage the concerns of progressives, who are holding up a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House until the Senate reaches an agreement on Biden’s multitrillion bill. He said the president will be in contact with House progressives to smooth over their concerns.

“We’re basically trying to agree to a framework, and the president’s been very clear,” Manchin told reporters. “He’ll go over to the House, and he’ll basically explain to the House that [he has] a framework, but there’s still an awful lot of work to be done. And we’re going to have something happen, and you have to trust. The president’s getting everything he has to make this happen. He’s trying to meet everybody halfway.”

(h/t: The Washington Examiner)

Two San Francisco prosecutors quit their jobs to join recall effort against their former boss — far-left socialist DA Chesa Boudin

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Chesa Boudin’s election as San Francisco’s district attorney in 2019 garnered cheers from his far-left fans, given Boudin’s long history of left-wing activism — including a stint working for the late Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez.

Oh, but there’s much more:

His parents were with the Weather Underground and spent time in prison for murders carried out on behalf of the radical, terrorist organization. Indeed, socialist magazine Jacobin describes Boudin as “the child of revolutionaries.”

While Mom and Dad were behind bars, other Weather Underground members helped raise Boudin — and he noted to Jacobin that Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn were his “adoptive parents.”

After his election to the DA’s chair, Boudin declared that under his leadership, San Francisco — already battling filth and crime on its streets — wouldn’t prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as public urination and public camping, or even prostitution.

Just two days into his term, Boudin fired seven prosecutors — many of whom were tough on crime.And San Francisco’s crime problem has only gotten worse, as crooks now brazenly enter stores and shoplift in plain sight, often while video runs. They also bust-out vehicle windows and snatch property in broad daylight. Indeed, things are so bad now that some city residents have hired private security to patrol the streets and protect their families.

Backlash has commenced

It may come as no surprise even in far-left San Francisco that there’s an effort underway to recall Boudin, and KTVU-TV reported that two prosecutors left their jobs in the D.A.’s office so they could volunteer their time with the recall to get their now former boss out of office.

Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don du Bain recently quit their posts under Boudin, the station said, and cited his lack of commitment to crime prosecution as their reasons.

Brooke Jenkins, left, and Don du Bain, right. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Jenkins and du Bain said Monday they also believe Boudin is putting the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors at risk, saying his leadership has resulted in releasing criminals without rehabilitation, after which they commit crimes again, KTVU reported.

“He has proven that his policies and approach is anything but progressive,” Jenkins said, according to the station, adding that “to the contrary, his approach has been extreme and radical, and as a result we have seen crime increase, justice wane, and lives be lost.”

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Du Bain accused the district attorney of disregarding laws that he doesn’t like. “I have lost my confidence in Chesa Boudin to serve as our elected district attorney, because I’ve concluded that he selectively enforces the laws of the State of California according to his own political priorities,” said the former assistant DA.

Du Bain formerly worked as a prosecutor in the DA’s domestic violence unit. Jenkins was a prosecutor in the homicide unit.

The two were among at least 50 lawyers from the DA’s office who quit or were fired since Boudin became district attorney last year.

What did Boudin have to say?

Boudin’s office answered back, the station said, by saying “we are disappointed that former staff members have chosen to politicize their departures and spread misinformation about DA Boudin, specific cases, and the hard work of our dedicated prosecutors and staff.”

KTVU noted that the statement added that “all criminal cases are complex and certainly there may be disagreements on process, but twisting those disagreements for obvious political purposes does nothing to make our city safer or improve the pursuit of justice.”

Anything else?

Recall organizers submitted 83,000 petition signatures to the city’s Department of Elections last week, the station said, which noted the number is about 32,000 more than required.

City officials have 30 days to validate those signatures, KTVU reported, adding that if they’re certified, a recall election will be held sometime next year.

Two SF prosecutors who quit their jobs at DA’s office join Boudin recall effort

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NYC lawmakers push bill to create an official ‘drag laureate’ for the city: ‘Validate the art form’

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America has come a long way in a short time.

Forget Drag Queen Story Hour.

Don’t give a second thought the Vermont high school’s homecoming game halftime “drag ball” for students and teachers.

Now some New York City officials are pushing to create an official “drag laureate” — a government-endorsed man dressed in women’s clothing.

What’s that now?

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” was once a TV show that was popular for being a novelty. Now, apparently, it’s going to be the basis for policy.

The New York Post reported Tuesday afternoon that three New York City lawmakers have put up legislation to order city officials who oversee Gotham’s museums and nightlife to tap a laureate of the city’s drag scene.

If passed, the Post said, the bill will require the city’s commissioner for cultural affairs and the head of the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife, to select a drag laureate every year in order to prop up local LGBT businesses and promote the arts scene.

Naturally, taxpayer funds would be used to provide a stipend and “in-kind resources” for the laureate.

Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democratic City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the lead sponsor of the drag laureate legislation along with Democratic Councilmen Carlos Menchaca and Ben Kallos, said, “The drag laureate would serve to champion and highlight the contributions of the drag community in New York City’s business, arts and cultural spaces,” the Post reported.

Van Bramer admitted that his bill, which was introduced in January and got its first hearing Tuesday, does not direct city officials on how to select the laureate, but he said he envisions some sort of RuPaul-style competition.

“It would sort of be a mini RuPaul’s Drag Race,” he said about the selection process, according to the paper. “It’s a lot of fun, if we allow ourselves to have some fun with this.”

The city council has yet to set a date to vote on the measure, but the drag community appears to be pretty excited about it.

Famous drag queen and LGBT activist Marti Cummings praised the bill, saying, “A drag laureate role in our city would validate the art form,” the Post reported.

“Drag is an art form that has no box to hold it in,” Cummings continued. “It’s an art form that not only supports so many businesses, but it’s an art form that also helps to teach and educate people.”

Video: Mitch McConnell gives Ron DeSantis standing applause for speech declaring, ‘I’ve only begun to fight’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) drew standing applause at an event attended by prominent Capitol Hill Republicans after declaring, “I’ve only begun to fight” against attacks from the mainstream media.

Speaking at the 2021 Daily Caller News Foundation Gala on Tuesday evening, DeSantis, a speculative 2024 presidential candidate, called on Republicans and conservatives to be courageous and stand up to the press, which has promoted false narratives about his administration and others on the right.

“When a society like ours is veering away from the truth like we are, those that stand up and tell truth will face fire,” DeSantis said. “That type of society goes after the truth-tellers more than anything because they understand those who tell the truth represent a threat to their power. In times like these, there is no substitute for courage.”

A portion of the governor’s remarks were captured on video and posted to Twitter by Jack Posobiec, a senior editor at Human Events. In the video, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is seen attending the gala, and at the conclusion of DeSantis’ speech he stands and applauds with others.

DeSantis, who has faced relentless criticism from the media over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly his opposition to lockdown policies and mask or vaccine mandates — told the audience that journalists “display partisanship” and “blind the American people from the actual truth.”

He blasted liberal journalists for promoting “a fake conspiracy theory” that former President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election, accusing the press of trying to “gaslight” Americans who are concerned about the integrity of the 2020 election.

“You’ve got a press that for over two years created a fake conspiracy theory involving Russian collusion. I was in Congress when that started. I was only one of a handful of people who knew that was BS from the beginning. But they did it. And they milked it. And was all because they disagreed with the outcome of the 2016 election,” DeSantis charged.

“They talk about complaining about the 2020? They never accepted Donald Trump. They created and manufactured a conspiracy theory to try to drive him out office and to kneecap him and his presidency and we know it was false. We know that there was no truth to it.”

“Have any of them actually apologized?” DeSantis said. “Heck, have any of them even said, ‘We were wrong about that’? No, they give each other awards. They actually award Pulitzer Prizes for reporting false stories.”

The governor said Americans live in “Orwellian times” and that leaders need to have “courage in the face of a dishonest press. Courage to stare down things like cancel culture. Courage to speak up for those in America, many of whom don’t have a voice.”

To illustrate his point, DeSantis told a story about Winston Churchill.

“Winston Churchill told a story during the appeasement in the 1930s when he was in the Parliament,” the governor said. “And he talked about when he was a kid, the Barnum & Bailey was coming to town and there was an act that was just too grotesque for human eyes. His nanny wouldn’t let him go see it. It was called the ‘boneless wonder.’ And he said, ‘I think now, where is this boneless wonder?’ He said it’s now no longer in the circus; it’s in the front row of the House of Commons. These are people that weren’t standing up against Adolf Hitler.”

“So right now, conservatives, we don’t have time for boneless wonders,” DeSantis proclaimed. “You get elected to office, you need to be willing to stand up. Stand up against the press,” he said to applause from the crowd.

The governor continued: “You stand up and you’re strong in your convictions, there are millions and millions of people out there that will be with you forever. The minute you go up there and you’re scared of the media, you’re scared they’re going to say bad things about you and you cave, those voters have no use for you after that.

“So I can only tell you for me, I’m gonna keep walking the line. I am gonna stand my ground. I am not backing down. We’ve accomplished an awful lot in the state of Florida, but I can tell you this: I’ve only begun to fight.”

Major gun-rights group joins abortion advocates in protest of Texas pro-life law

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In a surprise development last week, an influential gun-rights group sided with abortion advocates in protest of Texas’ new six-week abortion ban.

What are the details?

The Firearms Policy Coalition filed an amicus brief in support of abortion providers in a legal challenge to the new law, arguing that the legislation sets a dangerous precedent that could potentially be exploited to limit constitutional rights, Bloomberg Law reported.

The law, which took effect in September, bans abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, something that typically occurs at around six weeks gestation. But unlike similar laws passed in other states that have been blocked by the courts, Texas’ ban relies solely on private individuals for enforcement by empowering citizens to file civil lawsuits against those who perform, aid, or abet an abortion after six weeks.

That unique approach has angered abortion advocates both in the state and across the country and now has attracted opposition from a gun-rights group that is usually supportive of conservative causes.

“The approach used by Texas to avoid pre-enforcement review of its restriction on abortion and its delegation of enforcement to private litigants could just as easily be used by other States to restrict First and Second Amendment rights or, indeed, virtually any settled or debated constitutional right,” representative counsel Erik Jaffe wrote in the brief on behalf of FPC.

Jaffe — a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas who has elsewhere defended abortion restrictions — claimed that such a result “is wholly anathema to our constitutional scheme regardless [of] what one thinks of abortion or, indeed, of any other hotly debated constitutional right, such as the right to keep and bear arms.”

“It’s hard to miss the parallels between abortion and guns,” he said, Bloomberg reported.

What else?

Similar arguments have been offered by those on the other side of the political spectrum, such as Brigitte Amiri of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Take almost any individual constitutional right and it “could easily fall into a similar scheme by any state that disfavors that right,” Amiri, an attorney representing the Texas abortion providers in their complaint, argued, according to Bloomberg.

She suggested that the Texas case is essentially about whether a state can “pass an unconstitutional law and do so in a way that would evade court review,” not necessarily about the right to an abortion.

Since its passage, the Texas law, known as Senate Bill 8, has been the target of legal challenges. It was briefly blocked earlier this month by a district judge before being reinstated only days later as the result of an appeals court ruling.

The jockeying comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on a separate state abortion ban out of Mississippi that could also have major implications on abortion precedent in America.

Fictional movie murderer Michael Myers accused of being homophobic in new ‘Halloween’ movie

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Michael Myers, the central fictional figure of the “Halloween” movie franchise, is homophobic, according to certain corners of social media.

What are the details?

Myers, or “The Shape,” has been accused of homophobia after killing a same-sex couple in the newest “Halloween” installment, 2021’s “Halloween Kills.”

TMZ on Wednesday reported, “This is actually a thing … the latest iteration of the masked madman is being accused by some Twitter truthers of being homophobic for offing a same-sex couple in the new ‘Halloween Kills’ movie … which just came out about a week or so ago.”

In the film, Myers executes a gay couple inside their home — which used to belong to Myers’ family — and eventually lays their bodies next to one another on the ground. One of the men is sitting upright against a bookshelf while another lies on his back, one knee raised, with his hands folded over his stomach and his head on his dead partner’s knee.

As TMZ pointed out, “Dude literally kills everyone in his path — black people, gay people, young and old … and any gender.”

What has been the response?

One clearly ruffled social user tweeted, “Michael Myers is homophobic[.]”

TMZ reported that another user wrote, “HALLOWEEN KILLS WAS SO GOOD BUT WHY DID MICHAEL HAVE TO KILL THE ONE GAY COUPLE… MICHAEL MYERS IS HOMOPHOBIC CONFIRMED.”

WeGotThisCovered reported that another user quipped, “[A]ll i got from the new halloween movie is that michael myers is homophobic[.]”

Another added, “Can’t believe Michael Myers is homophobic #cancelled.”

“Watched Halloween Kills last night and y’all horror gays lied to me I didn’t know Michael Myers was homophobic,” another user noted, according to the outlet.

“Michael Myers is a racist homophobic murderer. No respect for him now,” another user complained.

Another user marveled, “[T]he juxtaposition of michael myers killing a gay couple and chucky [the evil doll] talking about his genderfluid child in the same week is just insane[.]”

The TMZ report added, “While many appreciated the representation, others appear to have been offended by these two guys being among the body count. There’ve also been a few articles and op-eds written on the matter — and despite most who acknowledge it as silly … some are pointing out ‘The Shape’ may, in fact, not be as progressive as some of his counterparts.”

What else?

It seems fair to point out that social media wasn’t paying much attention to what was happening in the film before circulating reports that the Myers character is gay — considering the fact that if you look closely at the photo behind the slain gay couple, it is a decidedly benign mirror image to the grisly scene taking place on the floor immediately below it.

Anything else to know?

“Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in both the 1978 original film and some of its successive films, recently spoke out about the gory horror flick and said that portions of the film mirror Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

She explained that the new film is “about rage, about a mob of angry people who don’t trust the government, who don’t trust the police, who don’t trust the authorities to get the job done.”

“They’re going to do the job themselves,” she added.

(Content warning: Graphic violence, gore):

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