Sunday, August 28, 2016

Most Fabulous Baton Twirling Routine EVER!

I promise this will be the most fabulous thing you see today on the interwebs.

Quickly going viral, this video - posted to Facebook by The Baton Twirling Sport Association of Ireland - features an unidentified girl performing an awesome routine to the Broadway classic, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," from Dreamgirls.

It's a flawless routine that includes several passes where she throws the baton so high she has time to do three flips before she catches the baton behind her head!

I screamed out loud a few times. If you need something to lift you up this morning - this is it.

I looked and looked for her name because she deserves a serious shout out. Congrats!

Has Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Met Her Boss?

I honestly don't think Donald Trump's campaign manager knows who she's working for.

As I say over and over, I can only hope she's getting paid a TON of money to embarrass herself like this.

According to many in political circles, she's very well regarded. At least before she took on this challenge.

Trump Campaign Defends Trump Tweet About Death Of NBA Star's Cousin

Donald Trump's campaign manager sought to tamp down criticism of Donald Trump's insensitive tweet Saturday which looked to capitalize on the shooting death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin.

From The Hill:
"He tweeted his condolences to the family right after that," Kellyanne Conway said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"I would like everybody to know about both tweets, because I think it's incredibly important for all of us to come together in a very nonpartisan fashion and express our condolences to families like the Wade family and also our outrage that things like this can happen."

Trump on Saturday faced backlash over his tweet about Nykea Aldridge, who was caught in crossfire and shot in the head and arm while leaving a school in Chicago.

"Dwayne [sic] Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!" he tweeted.
He later posted another tweet expressing his condolences to the family.

Conway says Trump tweeted his condolences "right after" the first tweet, but that's not accurate.

If you check the time stamps on the original tweet and then the "condolences" tweet they were four hours apart. The first was sent at 6:24AM, the second at 10:48AM.

It took Trump more than four hours to realize how heartless he appeared. And more importantly, "condolences" weren't his first impulse.

By the way, Trump couldn't even manage to spell Dwyane Wade's name correctly in his original tweet.

#Sad #Loser

Campaign Ad From #NeverTrump "Keep Your Word"

Another campaign ad using Donald Trump's own words against him.

During the GOP primary season, Donald Trump repeatedly told the press he would drop out of the race if polls showed him losing.

"What am I? A masochist?" he said.

The #NeverTrump folks will be running this spot in several swing states urging the Trumpster to drop out of the race so another candidate can possibly beat Hillary Clinton.

Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Trump would lose in a landslide if the election were held today - 362 to 176 in the electoral college.

Radio Show: Talking With Dancing With The Stars Champ Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to meet and interview the very handsome and charming Nyle DiMarco, winner of both  America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars.

DiMarco is set to begin a run as the Chippendales' "Celebrity Guest Host" in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel & Casino beginning September 22nd.

Here's my radio show interview:

Dancing with the Stars/America's Next Top Model champ Nyle DiMarco talks with me about his upcoming gig as next Celebrity Guest Host at Chippendales in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Along the way, Nyle shares some of his secrets to learning those amazing dance routines for DWTS; his plans for the Nyle DiMarco Foundation which aims to get American Sign Language learning access to deaf children and their families; the first time someone made a fuss about his most handsome face; plus, what his thoughts on the current fashion trends.

Most interviews you see or hear on TV are shortened to two or three questions, so this 20 minute interview is probably one of the longest, more detailed Q&As you'll find of him, thanks to his generosity of time.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Charity Watch Rates The Clinton Foundation An "A"

The folks at Charity Watch: "Regardless of what you think about Hillary, the Clinton Foundation is an excellent charity."

News Round-Up: August 27, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Make sure you hit this link to listen to my one on one interview with the charming. talented and oh so handsome champion of America's Next Top Model AND Dancing with the Stars, Nyle DiMarco, who is about to be the next "Celebrity Guest Host" for Chippendales in Las Vegas.

• According to reports, the letter from Donald Trump's physician saying he would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" was written in five minutes with the Trump limo waiting in the driveway.

• Donald Trump's totally not racist campaign head Stephen Bannon didn't want his kids going to school with "whiny brat" Jewish students.

• Dr. Drew lost his HLN show this week after speculating about Hillary Clinton's health without examining her.

• I completely agree with Graham Grenmore at Queerty - can folks stop sticking out their tongues in selfies at gay bars?

• Guess which country had the most active Grindr users during the Olympics? Don't worry - no identifying info is shared. But I will say, Poland got the most "Favorites."

• Now you, too, can have your own Donald Trump "LGBTQ For Trump" t-shirt. Expect to see a ton of these at a Goodwill near you after the election. Oh - I forgot - he doesn't really donate to charity.

Sign Of The Day

When Worlds Collide - "The Oz Project"

What if "Dorothy" from THE WIZARD OF OZ and her counterpart "Dorothy" from THE WIZ  went on the same journey together?

Awesome stuff from some of those Broadway folks - directed by Sean Barrett.

Who doesn't love both? Very  creative. Bravo.

Here's the video description:

The Oz Project is a love letter to THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE WIZ created by some of their diehard fans at heart. This 10-minute music video follows the parallel journeys of the Dorothy character in each adaptation as they both get whisked away in the same tornado, land in their respective versions of Oz, and follow their own yellow brick road. Their stories are interwoven as the two classic versions are combined through their well-loved scores, and sung by some of the greatest voices on Broadway.

The cast includes: Kate Rockwell, Brynn Williams, Joshua Henry, Rob McClure, Nancy Opel, Liz Larsen, Mykal Kilgore, James T. Lane, Ryan VanDenBoom, Grasan Kingsberry, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ben Jacoby, Jennie Harney, Natalie Joy Johnson, Ashlee Dupre, Patrice Covington, Alan Wiggins, Julia Knitel, Marty Thomas, Louis Jones, Gabrielle Reed.

Neil Patrick Harris For Heineken Light: "Can I Flip Your Meat?"

New spot from Heineken Light featuring the always effervescent Neil Patrick Harris.

Would you let Harris "flip your meat?"

Maine Gov. LePage: "Overwhelming Majority" Of Drug Dealers Are People Of Color

Maine Gov. Paul LePage attempts to rebuke the idea that he's a racist by blaming people of color for his state's war on drugs:

“Look, a bad guy is a bad guy, I don’t care what color it is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red, don’t you?”

“You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority right now coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin. I can’t help that. I just can’t help it. Those are the facts."

How do you think he did?

Of course, this comes a day after he called a state legislator a "cocksucker" for having a different opinion.

He seems like an interesting guy, huh?

Donald Trump Exploits Death Of NBA Star's Relative For Political Gain

Just when you thought something would be off-limits in Donald Trump's twisted campaign for the White House - this happens.

While pushing a baby stroller in Chicago, Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was violently killed when she was caught in the middle of a gun fight.

Wade shared his anger and raw emotions on Twitter:

"My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough," the NBA star tweeted.

Exactly as he has done in the past when tragedy has occurred, Donald Trump used the event to prop himself up in some way rather than express sympathy, empathy or some kind of human emotion. Trump doesn't even take the time to spell Wade's name correctly. See his tweet at the top of this post.

"Dwayne Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

As many know, after the terror attacks in Nice, Paris and Orlando, Trump demonstrated the same insensitive behavior for political gain.

Hours later, a non-sociopathic human being grabbed his phone and followed up with this - attempting some sense of humanity:

Folks were not amused on the Twitter:

Pickle-Gate: InfoWars Alex Jones Isn't Buying Hillary's Incredible Feat Of Strength

InfoWars nut Alex Jones apparently took 7 minutes this week to dissect and dismantle the serious controversy of "Pickle-Gate," which began when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was challenged - and succeeded - in opening a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel's show to prove she's strong enough to be president.

But Alex isn't buying it. Seven full minutes, including slow motion views of the pickle "can" Hillary opened, were taken to explore how on earth Hillary could achieve such an amazing feat of strength.

Like all good comedy, when you start based in reality then veer into absurdity, this gets pretty funny.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Federal Judge Bars University Of North Carolina From Enforcing State's "Bathroom Bill"

Small victory for transgender rights in North Carolina today as a federal judge has ruled that the University of North Carolina may not enforce HB2, the so-called "bathroom bill," in regards to two students and a university employee.

From Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner:

In the ruling U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder noted, “Ultimately, the record reflects what counsel for Governor [Pat] McCrory candidly speculates was the status quo ante in North Carolina in recent years: some transgender individuals have been quietly using bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, without public awareness or incident.”

The case was brought by the ACLU on behalf of several North Carolina residents, including professors and students at UNC schools.

After reviewing the record in the case and relevant case law, Schroeder concluded a preliminary injunction of part of the law was appropriate. Specifically, he pointed to a case (G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board) in which the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals — from which appeals from North Carolina are heard — held that the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX’s sex discrimination provision as including anti-transgender discrimination was permitted.

“Part I’s wholesale ban on access to facilities is inconsistent with DOE’s guidance on Title IX compliance under G.G.,” Schroeder concluded.

“Accordingly, the court will enjoin UNC from enforcing Part I against the individual transgender Plaintiffs until the court reaches a final decision on the merits in this case,” Schroeder concluded.

Happy National Dog Day

Bruno the wonder dog

The handsome Bruno wants me to make sure everyone celebrates National Dog Day!

As you can tell, he's happy to be the poster boy :)

About National Dog Day:

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
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