The Tragedy at Club Q in Colorado is a Direct Result of Legislated Hate By Despicable Extremists Who Hate Freedom and Preach Intolerance
This blog features a LOT of videos from social media. Please watch them as you read. They help tell the entire story.
When I woke up on Sunday, I did what I usually do; I checked my phone. This is where I learned of yet another senseless mass shooting in the greatest country on earth. Five people are dead, and at least 25 more were injured after.....wait for it; someone charged with BUILDING A BOMB TO KILL HIS MOTHER got his hands on weapons of war to eliminate queer people and anybody who supports them.
Rest in Peace to the five victims of this heinous act of hate.
If you're a halfway reasonable person, you may ask yourself, "now, how could charges like that possibly be dropped?" Well, when your grandfather is a member of the California State Assembly who compared the January 6th attempted coup to overturn a fair, free and legitimate election to the start of the Revolutionary War, strings can be pulled, like getting charges against your grandson who threatened to blow up his mother with a homemade bomb dropped.
So much for the party of "law and order." Who's "soft on crime" now?
Some people have told me not to write about such "divisive" or political topics, but respectfully they can kiss my whole flat ass. I'd rather stand up for what I know is right and use my voice and the small platform I have to institute positive change in society. There's literally no reason for tragedies like this to happen. They are enabled by terrible/unenforced laws and hate-filled propaganda designed to anger people enough to do exactly what happened Saturday night. Fox News has blood on their hands.
Make no mistake about it. This shooting was a hate crime against queer people and those who support them. I'm so fucking sick of this hatred and lies that have been accepted as truth by millions of uneducated, hateful morons. LGBTQ+ people are just trying to live their fucking lives. Nobody is forcing children to transition, and the vast majority of trans kids aren't "getting their genitals" mutilated as the "love your neighbor, well not those, or those neighbors," so desperately want people to believe. Was Spotlight about drag queens or priests? I can't remember...
Scumbags like Matt Walsh will go on podcasts like the Joe Rogan show and spread lies about trans children designed to anger conservatives.
Countless Republican/American Fascist Party members do the exact same thing with their various platforms.
God forbid these parents who are so worried about their children learning about or even accepting LGBTQ+ people actually raise their kids. Nobody is forcing you to go to drag shows or watch Queer Eye.
The far right is actively trying to destroy all the progress the queer community has made over the past few decades.
In 2022 alone, more than 300 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the U.S., according to Human Rights Campaign. Republicans like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio collectively spent at least $50 million on anti-trans ads during the midterms. Meanwhile, far-right pundits and politicians falsely accused transgender folks of being "groomers" and referred to drag queens as "pedophiles."
To be clear, countless studies have affirmed gender-affirming care for youth is safe and effective, and has been endorsed by several major governing medical bodies, because it improves mental health outcomes for trans youth into adulthood. Children aren't being forced to transition.
Texas is trying to classify drag shows as the sexually orientated businesses and their designation of a "drag show" is ridiculously loose.
This entire ordeal is so fucking sickening and frustrating. Trans people deserve dignity and respect. It's not asking too much.
The "best part" of this tragedy is that multiple heroes stopped the attacker, including a trans woman who beat the shit out of this piece of garbage with her pumps. God bless these courageous people for saving lives. If only the Uvalde police department had some officers as brave as trans women. Originally, Richard Fierro, the hero who subdued the shooter called the woman a drag queen, but she is a trans woman. It's important to know the difference. Richard is a fucking hero who unfortunately lost a loved on at Club Q Saturday night.
Why are these people so concerned about what other citizens do? If America was truly the freest country on earth, people should be able to identify however the fuck they want. It's not your business. You have no right to tell parents how to raise their kids and why would anybody fucking choose to be trans or gay? Nobody would willingly put themself into a positive to be a target of hatred. You don't choose who you're attracted to, and you sure as shit don't choose the sex you were assigned at birth.
And do not get it twisted. This is not the same as parents who want to rewrite history to promote lies and their hatred. There's a difference between accepting someone as who they are vs. promoting lies and hate. Like why the fuck is Virginia removing Martin Luther King, Jr from the curriculum?
The shooting at Club Q is devastating and heartbreaking. Unfortunately, it's not the first time I've written about a mass shooting affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Pulse happened in 2016, my first year writing DOL, and not much has changed since. If anything, things have gotten worse. These are all signs of a democratic backsliding nation.
Fuck Tucker Carlson and anybody who supports him.
There's no reason to actively try to make life worse for other people. Until something is done to address the gun issues in the country, we're gonna have more and more of these stories. Three football players at UVA were murdered last week. My heart breaks for all victims of all these senseless murders. People were out just trying to have a good time and a monster decided he had the right to murder them. I want to keep going, but I've got therapy in like 10 minutes and need to get this blog out. Rest in Peace to those who were senselessly killed. I hope the other victims have speedy recoveries. God bless everybody who helped take down the gunman. If you're a bigot who wants to restrict freedom of people simply trying to exist, fuck you.
Song: Stricken (2005)
Album: Ten Thousand Fists
I've had this stuck in my head for weeks. Disturbed kicks ass.
I know I declared the 2022 Patriots JFK dead after their MNF loss to the Chicago Bears, but buddy, the New England Patriots are VERY much alive in the AFC East (and playoff) race! Marcus Jones said ask not what your special teams can do for you, but what can Marcus Jones do for your special teams?
WHAT. AN. ENDING.
Special teams are a third of the game!!!!
I know we got away with a clear block in the back (and it was super unnecessary in that spot), but even with the flag, the Pats would've still been in makable field goal range.
Patricia's play calling was hideous, Folk missed two field goals, and McCourty let a sure INT bounce off his chest, but thanks to Marcus Jones and some stellar defense (they held NYJ to just 103 total yards), the New England Patriots are 6-4 and currently the AFC's 6th seed.
I don't know what to expect going forward. We have legitimately one of the best defenses in the NFL (against non-mobile QBs), but this offense makes the Cam year look like the Greatest Show on Turf. I blame a terrible offensive line and Matt Patricia. I don't understand why Bill can't move on from this bum. It isn't fucking working.
This is never a good sign.
But a win is a win, and that win against the not so lowly anymore New York Jets was huge. The Pats just swept the season series again (every year since 2016; 14 in a row) and moved up a spot in the playoff standings. There's still plenty of football to play, and with an anemic offense, you can't get too excited about this team's championship hopes but what an awesome, gross win. This game was disgusting. Like airport tuna disgusting, but in a weird way, an ugly win like that with such an exciting and emotional ending might be just what this team needs. Sure, I'm just trying to be optimistic, but I'm fired tf up. That was fucking awesome. First punt return TD of the entire season for any team. It (almost) made watching that whole game on Paramount+ with a solid minute delay because YoutubeTV was fucked up worth It.
You have to breathe after reading that sentence lol, but I am so pumped right now.
The 2010 Patriots' playoff loss to the Jets will always hurt, but that was nearly a dozen years ago. Since then, the Patriots have owned the New York Jets. It doesn't matter if it's Brady, Cam Newton, or Mac Jones; the Patriots own the Jets. The entire AFC Beast is at least two games over .500 and currently in the playoffs, but I think this is a loss that'll keep the Jets out, especially if the Chargers can get their shit together. Gun to my head, the Bengals will also find a way into the top 7. It's gonna be a dogfight to make the playoffs, but despite a disgusting offense, the New England Patriots are 6-4 through 10 games (just like last season). Patricia blows, but Mac didn't turn it over. Dre looked incredible. Fuck the Jets. Oh, and TML is 5-0 right now and very much alive for potentially its first win of the year!
Song: Bad Habit (2022)
Artist: Steve Lacy
Album: Gemini Rights
I know I'm late to the party, but I've probably listened to this song two dozen times over the past week. It's an absolute banger even though I have zero respect for people who give astrology the time of day. The biscuits and gravy reference saves it for me.
That title pretty much hits the nail on the head, but as a niche, undiscovered blogger, it's my job to paint a picture for you about this hilarious visual.
Saturday night, I went to a Senses Fail concert in Boston for my buddy's birthday, and it was fucking awesome. Sure, I was low-key terrified about the lack of security. There were no metal detectors, and I snuck in a water bottle because the big man needs to stay hydrated, but it left a noticeable bulge in my pocket. That could've been a gun with a sport top! Maybe the security dude was being chill and let me keep the Poland Spring bottle I bought at a 7/11 around the corner from the venue? But in today's crazy world, I feel like we should try to ensure no weapons are entering the building, especially at an emo show chock full o' resentment, anger and the urge to kill yourself for the last 20 years. I'm a chill guy, but I'm more than cool with a security guard going above and beyond to ensure my safety. It's just wild to me there was no pat down or metal detector. I'm so accustomed to that from other shows. I even said something to the guy during my many bathroom breaks. I was like, doesn't it scare you in today's world that there's no metal detector? He says, "Nah, I'm good at my job" That's not exactly the answer I was looking for, but I guess I appreciate your confidence. (HARDDDDOOOOOO).
Some other hardo wanted to fight me because my hair touched him when I was re-putting it up after my bun got loosened from being close to the mosh. He kept saying, "get a haircut," passive-aggressively behind me; I turned around, and he was like your greasy pussy hair touched me. It kinda ruined my vibes for a little tbh. We don't need that energy, you fucking bitch ass punk. My bad bro, but I'm gonna fix my bun when someone yanks on it in the pit. Sorry, you were graced by my gorgeous flow that hundreds of ubah passengers have gushed over. We're in the fucking pit. Shit like that is gonna happen. It's not like we were the only people in a huge room, and I ran up to you and rubbed my flow all over you. He was by himself like a fucking loser (unlike me the three times I've gone to shows alone), so he was probably just taking his frustration out on your boi, but still, fuck you. If I weren't a pussy or nearly 31 years old, I would've swung on him, but I was just tryna have a good time for my boy's birthday and hear "Buried a Lie" live.
On the bright side, this place still used paper tickets, which is awesome as someone who saves ticket stubs (or at least used to until that format died).
I've been in the pit for shows before and seen some interesting things, but few have made me as happy as seeing some guy in a full Wendy's uniform just moshing it up. Maybe that's my fat-ass brain's conditioning to seeing one of my favorite fast-food restaurant uniforms? That probably triggered some dopamine rush that I get when I'm biting into a double stack, but the visual of a full Wendy's uniform (apron included) just mixing it up in the pit from a band that peaked in 2004 was funny to me and worthy of a blog that a dozen people will see.
Quick video from trenches.
I only knew about 40% of the setlist because I only know songs from two Senses Fail albums, but during a cover of "All-Star" that felt like it was on Xanax compared to the rest of the energy from the night, Wendy's dude ended up getting on stage from his crowd surf.
This dude got off his shift and went straight to the concert in his Wendy's Uniform. He could've left the uni at work, changed quick or paid $4 for coat check, but I mean, you gotta tip you cap (or in his case visor) to the dedication for 18 year old screamo songs. Dave Thomas would be proud.
In the reddit video, you can kind of see the old guy in yellow who's job was basically to shepherd crowdsurfers. He must've helped fifty people off the stage and just let them back into the crowd. That was pretty cool too since there were about 10 "no moshing or crowdsurfing" signs around the venue. I still wouldn't hate a metal detector though.
Double P.S. UPDATE
I got in contact with the Wendy's dude on reddit and he doesn't even work at Wendy's anymore! I fucking love it (minus him making me feel ancient...WHO WAS ACTUALLY BORN IS 2004????). He wasn't even there for Senses Fail, dude just loves a good pit.
Song: Chaise Longue [live on Kimmel] (2022)
Artist: Wet Leg
Album: Wet Leg
The 2023 Grammy nominations make me feel 600 years old but shout out to Wet Leg for their four noms.
Biggest of Ups to My Favorite Major Leaguer, 31-Year-Old Rookie Robert Suárez, For Getting the BAG From the Padres!
I apologize for the delay in this story; I've been a busy boi!
Check out this fresh hot stove news! WOW!
A few weeks back, I learned about 31-year-old rookie Robert Suárez, and he quickly became my favorite major leaguer.
His story is incredible, and yes, I know nothing about his life outside of him being 31 and grinding his ass off to make it to the big leagues. If he turns out to be a hashtag bad guy down the line, I am well within my rights to rescind this praise with no repercussions, but for now, I am all aboard the Suárez train and fucking amped he got PAID!!!
Did Robert Suárez technically give up the pennant-clinching home run to Bryce Harper? Yes, but Josh Hader should've been in the game; plus, what does that say about how legit Suárez is? Bob Melvin trusted him against one of the hottest bats in the game with the season on the line. He gave up a bomb to a future Hall of Famer. It happens. At least you're a part of history. Still, there's no denying Suárez's rookie year went quite well. After Opening Day his era was 1.70.
Spin Zone: It's actually kind of cool that Suárez's only two losses of the year were Opening Day and NLCS Game 5 (the Padres' last game of the season). He book-ended the 2022 Padres. His work between those two outings was good enough for 46 milly over five years.
Typically rookies still have to play out their team control and arbitration years before getting paid, but that wasn't the case for one Mr. Robert Suárez. His story is one of resilience that already has a happy ending. If he never records another Major League out, he still performed well enough to receive a life-changing contract. That's what it's all about. Congratulations on the bag! Sorry I'm a few days late with the blog love; if you wanna throw a soon-to-be 31-year-old a few bones for all the kind words, my Venmo is available via DM.
Song: Sugar Daddy (2020)
Artist: Qveen Herby
Happy Birthday to my full-grown adult baby sister! Dozie loves you! According to her, this song is a "shmood."
Congrats on the Grammy nom, Kim, but you'll always be the throat goat to this ally. DOUBLE SONG OF THE DAY/NIGHT!!!
Rainn Wilson Changed His Name to "Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson" to Bring Attention to Climate Change
As a woke pussy lib, of course, I believe in climate change and, more importantly, that extreme measures need to be taken to save our planet. I don't need to go into great detail about how fossil fuels, pollution, deforestation, and bunch of other fun things are not so slowly killing us all, but I do need to push back a little with Mr. Heat Wave Extreme Weather Wilson's recent name change.
I love what he's doing here, and the examples of other potential celebrity name changes like "Cardi The Arctic B Melting," "Amy Poehler Bears are Endangered," and "Harrison Why not Drive an electric? Ford" are fun, but I feel like Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Weather Wilson needs to resurrect his career a little to truly make some impact.
I'm not tryna take any cheap shots at Dwight, but his career hasn't been the same since the Office ended in 2013. I mean, in his defense, most supporting characters' careers peaked at Dunder Mifflin too, but for this move to bring more attention to climate change, Rainnfall needs his name on a movie poster or billboard promoting some new show. You gotta see that name in (eco-friendly) lights!
It's good to get the conversation going, like how the Seattle Kraken's arena is called Climate Pledge Arena. However, an expansion hockey team tucked away in the Pacific Northwest and a character actor who peaked when Barry O was still in his first term aren't gonna cut it. We need some Taylor Swift Policy Changes Worldwide.
I appreciate what Rainfall Heat Wave Extreme Weather Wilson is doing here, I really do, but the name of the game is more prominent stars or people with legitimate pull (like politicians) doing the right things to make real change. Marjorie Taylor Greene New Deal would be an excellent rebrand for that psycho Qunt.
Read more about climate change HERE.
There's approximately 2,500 Doz variations but let's add "Don't doz on these important issues, they'll help save human, animal, and plant life" to the mix.
I know it's been a few days, but the death of Aaron Carter has me fucked up for a variety of reasons, and I wanted to pay my respect in blog form. Sure, I'm super anti-face tat, but that doesn't mean I relish in his premature death. The dude has a kid under one; it's a tragedy. R.I.P. Aaron Carter.
Aaron's story is, unfortunately, one as old as the entertainment business. A child star who reaches extreme levels of fame at a young age for a brief moment, only to get wrapped up in drugs/various issues and lose everything. From what I've read and seen, it looks like his parent's forced him into the field.
I'm 30 years old, so Aaron Carter's rise to fame around the turn of the millennium is right in my wheelhouse. He was a huge name in the pop game, Nick Carter's little brother. My sister had his CD. He was an icon to kids around my age. I watched Lizzie McGuire, where he had a story arc. Naturally, when someone who was a famous kid/tween/teen when I was a kid passes away, it hits a little harder.
It's unfortunate to see someone have a public decline like Aaron's and for his life to end the way it did. This TikTok from a 2017 interview broke my heart.
Even though all the details aren't out yet, knowing that he died alone in a bathtub is terrible. It's just a heartbreaking story all around. He was clearly going through some shit mentally. I didn't even realize that there was bad blood between him and his siblings, which makes it even sadder to see knowing they never had a chance to truly reconcile face to face, even if there are some reports that things were improving.
I don't know anything about Aaron's life outside of what we've all seen in the media, but performing was the one thing that he loved, and once that was gone, things went downhill. I can't even begin to imagine how much that must fuck with someone mentally to be so successful at such a young age and to be "washed" by the time you're a legal adult. Unfortunately, Aaron's tale is not unique to child stars, and they'll be more stories like Aaron Carter's in the future. Despite that, he was still a trail blazer. His success undoubtedly paved the way for the Justin Biebers of the world.
It's just a somber story and one that's been on my mind for the last few days. I feel for the guy and his family; the whole situation is just so sad. That MTV Cribs story is wicked fucked up. It's easy to see how someone can go down the path Aaron did. Addiction doesn't care who you are. Wherever he is now, I hope he's at peace. That's really all I've got on this story. R.I.P. Aaron Carter.