Monday, January 16, 2017

News Round-Up: January 16, 2017

Kadu Giacobini via Instagram

Some news items you may have missed:

• Ok, I may have a new Instahunk crush - Brazilian dentist-turned-model, Kadu Giacomini

• President-elect Donald Trump accuses CIA chief of leaking 35 page Russian dossier.

• Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces transgender inmates will be housed according to gender identity.

• Donald Trump cabinet pick bought stock in company days before introducing a bill to help it.

• Rob Schneider, that guy from “The Waterboy,” decided he needed to explain Martin Luther King Jr. - on Martin Luther King Jr. Day - to Rep. John Lewis, who was standing next to Martin Luther King Jr. on the day of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

• And the next time you think you've had a bad day just remember: this young lady is aware that "the internet is forever."

Funny: "If Facebook Was Real Life"

Funny, but ridiculously accurate at the same time.

Wanna play Candy Crush?

Funny: Jonny McGovern "Gay Questions"

Jonny McGovern is back with his first music video in quite some time.

This little ditty from the comedian/satirist is titled "Gay Questions," because enquiring minds want to know...

Warning: Lyrics NSFW.

China: State Media Mocks Trump's "Amateur Remarks And Over-Confident Manner"

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and recent comments that a break with the “One China” policy could be “negotiable,” the state-run news outlet of China has issued an op-ed mocking Trump's "amateur remarks."

From the Global Times of China:

“Trump’s thinking about China is becoming increasingly clear: He wants China to make huge economic and trade concessions to the U.S. To achieve that, he is willing to stir certain calm areas in China-U.S. relations, including treating the Taiwan issues as his trump card.

“We were simply angry initially, but now we can’t help but laugh at this U.S. leader-in-waiting. Maybe American voters ‘promoted’ him too quickly, his amateur remarks and over-confident manner are equally shocking.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Lin-Manuel Miranda & The West Wing Weekly Podcast Ask "What's Next?"

The West Wing Weekly podcast presents an ode to the hit TV show, The West Wing, with some help from Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize winner and birthday boy, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The weekly podcast examines individual episodes of the Emmy Award winning series by Aaron Sorkin, with guests from the show and real life politics to help put the issues at hand into perspective.

Clip description:

Hrishi made a beat, an extended remix of our podcast’s intro theme, for the biggest West Wing fan we know: Lin-Manuel Miranda. Then Lin wrote lyrics and recorded his vocals for this song.

Download the track at

As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and consider the next four years ahead of us, what could be more apropos than to ask, "What's next?"

Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Arrested In Connection With Deadly Orlando Massacre

The wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, has been arrested in connection with the June 2016 massacre in Orlando.

According to the New York Times, Noor Salman was taken into custody by FBI at her home outside San Francisco.

Authorities have been considering charges against Salman since the deadly shootout on June 12th that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. She has reportedly been charged with obstruction of justice.

Salman could appear in federal court in San Francisco as soon as Tuesday

The shooting was the deadliest act against the LGBT community in US history, and the deadliest terror attack in the US since September 11, 2001.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Full "I Have A Dream" Speech

Today, the nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

"The time is always right to do what is right."

Like many Americans, I think it's important to slow down and revisit Dr. King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Listen, hear and read these words via

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later...

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: ...the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men - yes, black men as well as white men - would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Dr. KING: We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time...

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, when will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: for whites only.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.

(Soundbite of cheers and applause)

Dr. KING: I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

(Soundbite of applause)

Dr. KING: This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that, let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when we this happen, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scotland: Donald Trump Inauguration Skewered In Satirical TV Description

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The world is in stitches over a satirical TV listing describing Donald Trump's upcoming inaugural festivities.

From The Herald in Scotland:

Reviewer Damien Love’s piece in today’s paper previews President Trump’s inauguration – and it has caused a huge reaction across the globe.

He captures the world's mood before the screening in his Sunday Herald Scotland TV roundup.

In the copy, which is trending in America, he writes about the Donald Trump story as a box office style disaster movie.

His summary of The President Trump: The Inauguration reads: “The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president.”

He then describes it as a “feature-length opener” which concentrates on the “gaudy inauguration of President Trump”.

Love finishes with: “It’s a flawed piece, but a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful.”

The post has caused a reaction worldwide with social media users dubbing it as a “masterpiece” and the “the most brilliant TV listing ever conceived”.

Trump Announces Visit To National African American Museum Then Cancels Due To "Scheduling Issues"

Well, this is an awkward kind of thing.

On the same weekend that President-elect Donald Trump insulted civil rights lion Rep. John Lewis, he announced he would visit the National African American Museum in observance of the MLK holiday weekend.

Clearly this was meant to be some kind of PR cleanup.

But the Trumpster couldn't resist taking one more swipe at Congressman Lewis:

This morning, the museum visit was cancelled due to "scheduling issues."

But no worries - "the blacks" love him, right?

Radio Show: Jennifer Holliday Cancels, CMT's Cody Alan Comes Out, Ben Carson Still Confused

This week on my BlogTalkRadio show, I recap these LGBT headlines and more:

• Tony & Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday agrees to perform at the Trump inauguration, then reverses in an open letter to her LGBT fans.

• CMT and iHeartRadio host Cody Alan comes out to fans.

• A new Gallup poll shows the LGBT community in the US growing to the tune of over 10 million.

• Dr. Ben Carson still thinks LGBTs want "extra rights," and he's wrong.

• Randy Rainbow parodies Into The Woods as he suggests President-elect Trump consider pulling back on the Twitter.

Donald Trump Still Mad About The Election (And Low Approval Numbers)

President-elect may never be able to live down that he lost the popular vote. A fact that continues to bruise his thin-orange-skinned ego.

The President-elect took another swipe at Democrats this morning with the promise that he's just going to get more and more popular.

THAT would be good news for the Trumpster considering he currently has the worst approval/disapproval rating of any incoming president in modern history.

Earlier this week, Quinnipiac released the results of a new poll showing 51 percent of those surveyed said that they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president-elect versus 37 percent who said they approve.

The same poll indicates 55 percent of Americans give President Barack Obama a big thumbs up compared to 39 percent who disapprove of the outgoing president.

In the meantime, we'll be getting a LOT more of this I imagine:

Where Are Colin Kaepernick's Critics Now?

Talks the talk AND walks the walk. Where are Colin Kaepernick's critics now?

Btw, what have THEY done lately to solve some problems?

Via The Young Turks:

Wish You Were Here

Hunky Brazilian dentist Kadu Giacomini sends warm (hottie) regards.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

President Obama's Final Weekly Address

President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

From the clip:

Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.

It has been the honor of my life to serve you as President. Eight years later, I am even more optimistic about our country’s promise. And I look forward to working along your side, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.

"Donald Trump" Makes A Big Splash On SNL

Alec Baldwin recently tweeted (how very Trump-like) following Donald Trump's first press conference in six months that he "has all the material he needs."

And it appears he was correct.

Last night's cold open for Saturday Night Live presented the SNL version of the presser, and I'm not sure which was more outrageous.

Just a few choice lines from Baldwin's "Donald Trump:"

“I’d like to start by answering the question that’s on everyone’s mind. Yes, this is real life. This is really happening. On January 20, I, Donald J Trump, will become the 45th president of the United States. And then two months later, Mike Pence will become the 46th.”

“I am not talking about the pee pee. Because it didn’t happen. And it wasn’t as cool as it sounds. Next question….I do not want talk about the pee pee. I want to talk about what is really important which is jobs because I’m going to bring back a thick stream of jobs back in this country. The biggest strongest steadiest stream you’ve ever seen. This country will literally be showered with jobs. Because I’m a major wiz at jobs. And this’ll be a golden opportunity for me as president to make a big splash. I know you’re in. How bout you? Urine? Urine? Urine? Urine?”

Watch the full sketch below:

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