One legitimate election loser committing themselves to fraud to help another legitimate election loser steal a legitimate election already lost:

David Perdue, the former U.S. senator from Georgia and now a candidate for governor, made a stunning confession on Wednesday: Despite there being no evidence of election fraud and multiple audits that showed President Biden won the state, he would have refused to certify Georgia’s 2020 results.

(Via the Washington Post)

The prosecution performed poorly. The judge seemed biased, The jury deliberations went on for days. The case was political. The defendant was white. America is the land of the gun. So, for what it’s worth, the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse case, not guilty on all charges in the Kenosha shootings, is hardly a surprise at this point. In some ways, the trial’s aftermath will be the bigger story. I hope we don’t don’t see violence in the streets. I’m relieved that Rittenhouse is too young for the GOP to run him for Congress. 

(Via Dave Pell’s NextDraft)

Documentary reveals joys, challenges of making BTS-Coldplay collab ‘My Universe’:

The Coldplay vocalist [Chris Martin] flew to Seoul in April despite the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been very difficult to get here to Korea,” Martin said. “We’ve been very lucky with people allowing us to come in for two days just to record. And it was quite a stressful journey, and I was a little bit nervous. I’ve never met BTS before.” (Yonhap)

Must be nice to drop in for two days to pal around without having my kind of stressful journey, you putz. I went to South Korea for work around the same time. I had 14 days in solitary isolation per the country’s strict, if somewhat ineffective, COVID-19 restrictions.

Go take a long walk off of a short pier, you poor little thing.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s popularity is plunging says new poll:

And when matched up against Matthew McConaughey, the actor would beat [Texas Governor Greg] Abbott by 9 points, while Beto O’Rourke nips at Abbott’s heels.

From The Hill:

Neither O’Rourke nor McConaughey has officially declared a run for office.

Alright, alright, alright

I don’t think any of the 3 would make a good governor, but 2 of them would do better than the incumbent. 

Performative appreciation resembles action:

That’s What the Money Is For:

Teacher appreciation — outside of verbal and written praise — shouldn’t manifest in individual tokens that hinge on family income and gendered labor, because we actually have an efficient, effective, and generally fairly distributed way to show public servants our gratitude and support. It’s called taxes. Taxes are the way we “appreciate” the people who build our roads, the people who process our wedding paperwork, the people who maintain our buildings. And taxes should also be the way we appreciate our teachers: to adequately outfit their classrooms with enough supplies, to make a wage that allows them not to take on a second job and afford housing in their district, to have the sort of stability that makes it possible for them to continue to be one of the most important people in your children’s lives, but also the lives of children you’ll never know. [emphasis mine]

Read the whole article, specially if you have kids and are going though Teacher Appreciation Theater.

Governor Bill Lee Signs Bill Banning Transgender Children From Participating In Sports Other Than With Their Biological Sex –

Governor Bill Lee signed a bill on Friday, prohibiting transgender children athletes from participating in sports other than their biological sex.

Governor Lee said on Twitter, “I signed the bill to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition. This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in opposition to the years of progress made under Title IX and I commend members of the General Assembly for their bipartisan work.”

I’m so glad someone is finally addressing the occasional problem for tens of Tennessee citizens whose children …  hang on a second. I’ve got this somewhere …  might encounter a male who rigs the system by identifying as female for the sole purpose of getting ahead in women’s sports.

Excuse me while I again check my notes, but I believe that’s the same women’s athletics that realize 50% of the outlay the men’s programs get in the NCAA tournament.

Obviously women’s athletics is a lucrative target for families to chose to have their boys and young men live a lie – for maybe decades – to exploit. And that assumes they pass their classes to stay eligible to play, never mind the fact that the team will not be fooled by a poser for long.

This is the same state government that can’t properly define “abuse of a corpse” (see my post here) but is happy to save women from men who lurk in bathrooms intending to rape by – wait for it —  mandating a sign on restroom doors.

The mandatory sign? One that identifies that the restroom might be used by men or women based on their birth gender.

How wonderful are we Volunteer Staters that our government has no other pressing matters to which they should attend? Well, other than properly outlawing necrophilia, that is.

Full Disclosure: I’ve got family who work in college athletics and I did not ask them their take. They’re so much smarter than me on this and many other topics. I look forward to our awkward family get togethers.

Your state legislature might have a problem when they have to pass a law “to clarify that people who have sexual contact with a corpse are committing the offense of abuse of a corpse.”

The whole story is gruesome and sad and makes me angry. Most of the entries the Tennessee Lookout summarizes here are embarrassments for the state of Tennessee, but this one is particularly galling.