Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fox News To Jill Stein: "There's Not A Chance In The World" A Recount Will Change The Election

Things got really heated today on Fox News Sunday as host Chris Wallace challenged Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein on her ongoing mission to see the results of the election recounted in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Said Wallace, “There’s not a chance in the world here, Dr. Stein, that the vote is going to change in those three states.”

I honestly don't understand why conservatives are so adverse to a recount.

The money has been raised by private citizens, it's not costing the American taxpayer anything, and it's legal. Plus, for weeks Donald Trump ranted that the "system was rigged." Just this week he asserted that there were "millions" of illegal votes in other states.

So  what's so bad about looking into these issues?

I don't believe a recount will change the outcome of the election, but I do agree with Dr. Stein that irregularities will always lead to questions unless we actually audit results in our elections.

What harm could there be?

And one more thing - Wallace asserts that Stein is doing exactly what Trump declared before the election in that he said he may or may not accept the results of the election.

The difference between the two is that Trump was saying he might not accept results based on nothing that had happened yet. Stein is acting now, in a perfectly legal manner, based on the research of computer experts who have seen irregularities that don't seem to make sense. Trump's statements before the election are not the same as Stein's after.

Standing Rock Protesters Celebrate Victory As Army Corp Denies Further Construction On DAPL

Good news for the protesters at Standing Rock as the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue construction.

From RawStory:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

The decision is a victory for the several thousand camped near the construction site, who've said for months that the four-state, $3.8 billion project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.

The pipeline is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. According to a news release, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing.

"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

Thousands of opponents of the project have held strong in solidarity and protest at the site in North Dakota for weeks saying the pipeline will have a devastating effect on the environment, especially the drinking water used by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Militarized police have utilized rubber bullets, sound cannons and water cannons in the freezing cold to attempt to deter the protests.

Here's the link to the official announcement from U.S. Army.

Betty Buckley On The Dignity Of "Grizabella"

From the terrific newsmagazine MetroFocus, Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, forever the greatest "Grizabella" in the Broadway musical CATS, discusses how she developed the role and how "Memory" came to life thanks to observations of the dignity of the homeless.

Christmas Music: Straight No Chaser "12 Days Of Christmas"

Going way back to almost the beginning of the aca-awesome group, Straight No Chaser performs their unique "12 Days of Christmas" for the first time, on December 7th, 1998, in the Musical Arts Center at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana.

Great arrangement. Clever, funny, and smart.

If you don't know these guys, make sure you check out their many holiday albums as well as their cover versions of pop songs.

A favorite on The Randy Report, their new holiday album, I'll Have Another...Christmas Album is available on iTunes here.

Radio Show: This Week In LGBT News - Billy Gilman, Hairspray Live!, Trump's Cabinet Picks

Check out my latest radio show from BlogTalkRadio where I recap some of the week's entertainment and political news stories of interest to the LGBT community:.

This week's episode includes:

• Out singer Billy Gilman keeps killing it on THE VOICE

• The new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, will introduce the franchise's first openly gay leading character to be played by RENT star Anthony Rapp

• NBC is bringing us Hairspray LIVE! complete with Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein

• How LGBT friendly are President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks?

All those and more. Please hit the "play" button below and enjoy :)

And then share on your socials, please! Spread The Randy Report love!

Trailer: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

The flick hits theaters May 5, 2017.

Trump Tweets About SNL Skit Mocking His Twitter Habits

Donald Trump is really showing how thin skinned he really is.

Last night, after Saturday Night Live's cold open poked fun at Trump's Twitter habits, the Trumpster took to (where else?) Twitter to criticize the show calling the skit "unwatchable" and "totally biased."

From TIME:

Saturday’s episode featured Baldwin as the president-elect constantly distracted by his Twitter feed during a national security briefing. The sketch opened in a classroom, where a high school student named Seth was retweeted by Trump—recalling Trump’s real retweet of a 16-year-old named Seth, who attacked CNN over its coverage of Trump’s false claim that millions of people voted illegally.

In an attempt to defend her boss, Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway said Trump tweets so frequently “to distract the media from his business conflicts and all the very scary people in his cabinet.”

Trump disagreed that he could be so tricky.

“Actually, that’s not why I do it,” he said “I do it because my brain is bad.”

Alec Baldwin had one the best responses to The Donald:

But then there was Danielle Muscato, who's series of tweets to the Trumpster went viral:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Just Because: Pietro Boselli "One-Minute Supercut"

One minute "supercut" of the world's sexiest math teacher (and now fitness model) Pietro Boselli.

I just, I can't... That face. That body.


Bonus Boselli! Here's the trailer for Pietro's upcoming fitness series:

Christmas Music: Natalie Toro "Just In Time For Christmas"

From Broadway actress Natalie Toro's 2013 holiday release, Just In Time For Christmas.

I've seen Natalie sing this live a few times, and kids, this is a real voice.

Make sure you check out the "over the bar" key change at the 3:05 mark with no breath :)

Mike Pence's New Neighbors Fly Rainbow Flags In Peaceful Protest Of His Anti-LGBT Positions

Several of Vice President-elect Mike Pence's neighbors in Washington, D.C. have begun flying rainbow flags in an effort to peacefully protest his now infamous anti-LGBT positions.

From CNN:

Until he moves into the Naval Observatory after taking office, the vice president-elect is renting a $6,000-a-month home in Chevy Chase, a swanky neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of the nation's capital.

Some neighbors have put up rainbow flags since the Indiana governor moved in to protest what they call his anti-gay policy positions. The flag represents a symbol of pride in the LGBT community.

Roughly half-dozen pride flags are outside of homes on the block where Pence lives and neighbors say more are on the way.

Friday, December 2, 2016

News Round-Up: December 2, 2016

Fitness model Nick Sandell

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Nick Sandell wishes you a calm and pec-ful weekend (via Instagram).

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie now wants to replace Reince Priebus as head of the Republican National Committee. Since he's not getting a plum spot in the Trump administration, why not?

• Depending on the size of your "YUUUUGE" contribution to the Trump campaign, you may be offered a whole lot of perks for your donation - luncheons, dinners, inaugural balls, access to The Donald. All this could be yours, if the price is right.

• Mad Magazine names outgoing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to it's annual "20 Dumbest List" over his support for the anti-LGBT legislation, HB2.

• Here's how to get a job in the Trump administration - criticize the Trumpster's "victory" over Carrier Corporation like Sarah Palin just did.

• Walmart comes out on the losing end of a lawsuit after denying same-sex spouses the same health benefits as heterosexual couples. Hurray for the good guys!

• Philadelphia-based, out singer-songwriter Aiden James released a cover of the famous Joni Mitchell tune "River," reimagined with two men at the center of the story.

Video: Countdown To HAIRSPRAY LIVE!

NBC gives us this sneak peek "Countdown to Hairspray Live!"

From Entertainment Weekly:

Hairspray might be set in the ’60s, but the stars of NBC’s upcoming live version of the film and Broadway show think it has a lot to say about modern times, too. “The subject of Hairspray is very current to today,” Jennifer Hudson, who plays Motormouth Maybelle, says in a new featurette. She later explains, “To me, the power in Hairspray is no matter your size, your color, where you’re from, what type of lifestyle you live, it celebrates everyone.”

Hairspray got its start in 1988 as a film, written and directed by John Waters. That version starred a young Ricki Lane as Tracy Turnblad, a plus-size teen girl determined to dance on a local television show, redefine their beauty standards, and desegregate the cast. It then became a Broadway musical, and Adam Shankman directed a feature film adaptation in 2007. Now, Hairspray is the latest in NBC’s slate of live musical broadcasts.

Watch Hairspray Live! on Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c on NBC.

President Obama And Family Light The National Christmas Tree For The Last Time

Man, I'm going to miss this president.

For the last time, the First Family lights this year's National Christmas Tree.

Unemployment Drops To 4.6% - Lowest Since August 2007

Remember all the cries by Obama bashers who called him "worst president ever!" and "he's made EVERYTHING worse!"

Well, I'm happy to report that the Bureau of Labor Statistics informs us today that the unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6% - the lowest rate since August 2007.

Kind of a funny definition of "the worst," huh?

By all metrics this is fantastic news for the U.S. considering the incredibly deep hole the Bush administration left the country in. As Bush departed the White House, the U.S. economy was hemorrhaging over 700,000 jobs a months for several months.

American businesses have added 15.6 million jobs over more than 6.5 years of job growth.

During the month of November, the U.S. economy saw total nonfarm employment increase by 178,000 jobs.

Additionally, reports show that average hourly earnings increased by 2.5% compared with 12 months ago.

Donald Trump says he's going to "make America great again." His mantra was "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!"

Well, he's being handed an economy in pretty great shape.

If the unemployment rate goes anywhere but down, it will be a clear black mark on his administration.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Radio Show: Observing World AIDS Day 2016

Since 1988, we have observed World AIDS Day.

In this episode of The Randy Report radio show, I share messages from world leaders like President Obama and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, along with his own remembrances of the impact of this hideous disease.

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st day of December each year, and it is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really difficult.

Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.

During this show, I take a look into the history of the day, how the world looks at the ongoing epidemic and what it means to us as individuals.

What can you do? What is on the horizon in terms of HIV treatment?

Plus, I share my own initial encounter with HIV and what it meant to a 20-something gay man in NYC at the time.

And if you're at a loss for what to do to be a part of this World AIDS Day, I suggests a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which has been at the forefront of the epidemic since the mid-80s.

Take a listen, and feel free to share this show. Together we can make a difference.

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