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The Texas Family Project debuted this summer with a donation page powered by National Republican Senatorial Party's fundraising platform WinRed with the aim to be "the most powerful force in Austin." Its mission? To "expose attacks on children's innocence" and send "boots on the ground" and a "political cavalry of pro-family forces" to protect those kids.
It identified the major menace against kids as ...drag queen storytimes.
Whenever and wherever Texans hear there's a drag queen event near them, they can fill out the online form on the website of the Texas Family Project's partner, Defend Our Kids Texas.
That cavalry riding to the rescue takes the form of right-wing Blaze TV anchor Sara Gonzales, whose bio says she is a mom and president of a beauty products company. Gonzales announced this new venture on Tucker Carlson's show where she shared a video of a Plano, Texas drag brunch, where a drag queen in a prim dress covered with drawings of kittens flashed her granny panties. She danced to a song whose lyrics are absolutely not appropriate for a child. One child is noticeable in the video in a roomful of adults.
Gonzales told Carlson that drag queen story hour was a "sinister attempt by the left (that wants) this radical country. The only way they can achieve that is by complete chaos and confusion. What is the best way to confuse children? Confuse them about their sexuality. Confuse them about their gender...Things their little brains are not ready for...Then Big Daddy Government to pick us up and take care of us at the end of it all."
She also told Carlson that what deeply enraged her was that the restaurant owner advertised the event as appropriate for all ages.
But, that is a lie.
With that information, the drag brunch seems more indicative of parents who wouldn't shell out for a babysitter than indoctrination.
Gonzales did not respond to Raw Story requests for an interview and did not respond to detailed questions emailed to her.
The day before the Colorado Springs massacre
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, Gonzales went to the artsy university town of Denton, Texas. She was alerted to a drag queen story at Patchouli Joe's bookstore. Her Blaze TV colleague, self-described "troll" and "comedian", Alex Stein. also came to Denton and posted videos online ranting about the "drag queen storytime."
There was no drag queen storyteller.
Denton mom Amber Briggle, whose teenage son is transgender, asked Patchouli Joe's bookstore if she could read three picture books for a Transgender Storytime on the last day of National Transgender Awareness Week.
She chose three picture books that she thought would help kids understand that someone who looks different than the usual idea of a boy or girl shouldn't be bullied, feared, or shunned. One book entitled "Neither" is about a magical land of bunnies and birds where a bird with bunny ears is born and finds friends and neighbors.
"Amber was born a woman and she's never performed in drag," Patchouli owner Joe Mayes told Raw Story by phone.
Denton's public library has hosted drag queen story hours, but canceled them after receiving violent threats. Mayes is a veteran who served in the military for 20 years. He was apprehensive because the Proud Boys came armed to some LGBT events. And he told Raw Story that a Denton eatery that hosted a drag queen story hour last year (books included an allegory about a red crayon that draws in blue) lost its investors and was forced to close. But he had faith in Denton, a charming town so friendly, residents donated dozens of chairs to create a Chairy Orchard in a shady grove for folks needing a break from the Texas heat.
Two days before his event, angry calls from all over the West flooded their phones. In addition to Gonzales, another organization, Protect Texas Kids, had its own LGBT alerts. It urged its followers to go to Denton to protest storytime.
Gonzales and Stein complained about antifa providing security for the event.
But that was also a lie.
Security was provided by the local roller derby team, who were invited by Briggle.
The other two picture books Briggle read were "It Feels Good to Be Yourself" which explains terms like transgender and "When Aidan Became a Brother."
The Mayes and their staff had no idea who Gonzales and Stein were. Before the reading started, Mayes got complaints from worried parents about a strange woman they said was "creeping" through the store filming children. She was wearing black cat ears on a headband. She said that she was from Blaze TV, which the Mayes hadn't heard of. There were police outside to calm protesters and keep sidewalks clear. One of the staff got an officer who asked Gonzales to leave.
Gonzales kept filming as she walked out and screamed at parents with their children, "This is child abuse! Child abuse! You should all have your children taken from you."
Outside, Gonzales spotted two volunteer security guards dressed in black, from the top of their masks to the tips of their boots. Each had a splash of color from a rainbow scarf. They carried automatic rifles. Texas is an open-carry state where folks bring their guns to town halls and school board meetings. But Gonzales and Stein both kept ranting about the two guards being antifa.
But, those guards weren't antifa.
They were members of Denton's Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club.
Named after the Civil War abolitionist, the club's Second Amendment enthusiasts don't believe gun ownership should be confined to right-wingers. The club calls itself a "multiracial community defense against white supremacy."
The Mayes were surprised to see the gun club members there. Joe said a parent had invited them to provide volunteer security.
In their videos, Gonzales and Stein react as if the guards were there to intimidate them although the guards don't react to either. The guards keep their weapons pointed down and stand still as Gonzales poses in front of them pretending to bite her nails. They silently listen to Stein ramble through disjointed insults then repeatedly squeal: "I'm so scared!"
He weirdly told the LGBT supporters with rainbow flags next to the guards that they loved children "a little too much," then added strangely, "I empathize with you."
In the video, Stein looks like a husky man. When a smaller, unarmed man carrying a rainbow flag crowds him, Stein easily knocks him down with one arm. No one touched Stein who laughs loudly.
The very next day, a gunman with an AR15 burst into a Colorado Springs drag show and slaughtered five attendees, wounding almost two dozen more.
Security at LGBT events seem pragmatic.
Drag queen debate still unfolding
Stein returned to Denton for a city council system two days later with a newly toned message. He waved a photo of the same volunteer security guards he mocked at the event, but this time told council members they were "disgusting" and there to threaten people. Stein hastily interjected that he was "pro-trans" and "pro-gay. He screamed about the bookstore storytime indoctrinating children to become transgender. Finally, a council member told him his allotted time was up.
Author Michelle Tea launched Drag show story time in 2015 in San Francisco. She wanted to find a way to decrease bullying, especially of gay students. She wanted to help children understand as early as possible that because someone lives life differently, that isn't automatically a reason to dislike or fear them.
For the overwhelming majority of American parents, transgenderism is going to be an unfamiliar topic so books will be useful for answering children's when they meet or see a transgender person someday, somewhere. The Mayes, who are parents, believe that when, how and at what age those books should be encountered is a valid point for discussion. Stein and Gonzales wasted an opportunity to use their intellects and communication networks to offer ideas about how to teach children that differences don't have to signal evil or danger.
Meanwhile, the conservative Daily Caller reported that the video prompted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to view the drag queen buffet video and declare the legislature would “protect Texas kids by prosecuting these types of totally inappropriate acts.”
Congressman blasts #KKKevinMcCarthy after GOP leader refuses to denounce Trump's Nazi and white supremacist sit-down
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) blasted Republican leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for staying silent in the wake of Donald Trump's recent brunch with a Holocaust-denying white supremacist and pro-Hitler rapper Kanye West.
"After nearly a week since it happened, @GOPLeader McCarthy will not condemn Trump for dining with a Jew-hating Holocaust denier," tweeted Swalwell on Sunday. We gave you a chance, Kevin. So from here on out you’re to be called #KKKevinMcCarthy Twitter, do your thing."
He was followed by those who couldn't help but note the discrepancy between McCarthy's anger at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who made a disparaging comment and was immediately brought into the caucus to speak with Jewish leaders. She later tweeted that she was educated on how her comments were offensive and harmful. In the case of Omar, the Democratic caucus condemned her. That hasn't been the case with the GOP caucus.
Meanwhile, Trump, welcomed the antisemites into his home. After the fact, he pretended that he had no idea who they were. West has since disputed the account, saying that during their meeting Trump raved about Nick Fuentes, even going so far as to say, "he gets me." An ally of West's then blasted the former president, saying that it's clear 'Trump World' is in trouble.
Earlier in the week, Swalwell noted that the main reason Mccarthy can't denounce Trump is if he did he would have to denounce Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who spoke at an event organized by Fuentes in Feb. 2022. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was more than happy to denounce Greene at the time.
Speaking about the issue with MSNBC on Sunday, former Watergate assistant special counsel, Jill Wine-Banks said that all of the talk about Fuentes is losing the piece of the story that Trump may pretend like he doesn't know him, but he knows Kanye and knows his anti-semitism.
"In the context of a Republican primary, Donald Trump seems to get away with everything. I think it is despicable that he had the dinner. But I think it is just as bad that we are only talking about, is dinner with Nick Fuentes. he also had dinner with Ye, who is an antisemite," she said. "Who has lost all of his business dealings because of it. If corporations can stand up to the former Kanye West, then why can't the president of the United States? Why is he consoling him on his business loss? Why is he letting him come to Mar-a-Lago to have dinner? It is because, as Re. Ali just said, that is who he is. And that is what the Republican base that supports him has allowed. And no Republican leader has spoken out about — I shouldn't say none. There have been a few who have said it was bad judgment, and I would say that it is more than bad judgment. It is bad policy."
Substitute host Sam Stein agreed about Republicans giving Trump a pass for meeting with the artist formally known as Kanye. When it comes to McCarthy, however, Stein said that in one breath, he's attacking Omar while in another he's letting Republicans get away with palling around with Nazis and refusing to condemn it.
"Is it tenable that he can be condemning Ilhan Omar in one breath and not saying anything in another? I mean, how long can he go on without saying anything here?" asked Stein.
"As long as it takes for the counting of the 218 votes in the next Congress," quipped MSNBC Daily columnist and editor Hayes Brown. "I mean, the thing with Kevin McCarthy is that he is between a rock and a hard place. He is between 218 votes for speaker and the Freedom Caucus saying, he is not gonna be hard enough on Joe Biden. So he is trying to bridge that gap in any way that he can."
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The very existence of the new special counsel has sent Donald Trump into a posting fury of rants and videos on his personal social media website. He has even gone so far as to attack the special counsel's family. According to MSNBC legal analyst and law school professor Joyce White Vance, the incoming special counsel already has the information necessary to indict Trump, and folks should remain patient and calm.
"Prosecutors don't work on a fast time clock," said Vance, indicating a possibility that an indictment wasn't going to happen before the end of the year. "And although we are increasingly impatient as a country to see the former president held accountable, really, we should all take a deep breath and think about why we, too, should give the special counsel the time he needs to do his job properly. We do not want to become the country of screaming people that we saw at Trump rallies, shouting 'lock him up' whenever we don't like something that one of our people on the other side of the political aisle does something that we don't like."
Vance explained that folks must see the difference between political accountability, voting people out at the ballot box and throwing people in prison for committing crimes.
"With all of that said, I agree that we have a special counsel here who is well qualified to evaluate the evidence and do the job that has eluded so many people, determining whether the former president should be indicted," she continued. "And if so, indicting him in the Mar-a-Lago case, look, we only know the evidence that is publicly available. We don't know what the DOJ has obtained. The grand jury, or other means that we are unavailable. But the public evidence makes that look like a clear-cut case for prosecution. Now there is someone in place who can do that promptly."
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