Thursday, April 27, 2017

News Round-Up: April 27, 2017

Simon Dunn

Some news items you might have missed:

• Olympic hottie Simon Dunn recently had nude pics leaked out to the public. He apologizes for the err in judgement by posting pic of him fully clothed, looking way hot.

• The 2017 Drama Desk Award nomination were announced this morning. Check out the list here.

• Someone chained a cross to a gay street in New York City. And then this happened.

• Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) is dead at the age of 73.

• Alabama's disgraced Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, the homophobic Roy Moore, announces he will run for the U.S. Senate.

• The victim of United Airlines "dragged off the plane" episode - Dr. David Dao - has reportedly settled a potential lawsuit for a seven figure amount.

• White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appears to blame the Obama administration for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's failure to admit accepting a $45K payment from Russia: We only approved him because Obama's administration did!

Meme Of The Day

For everyone who's resisted the current trend of listing on Facebook the ten artists you've seen in concert but one is fake.


Heineken Ad Highlights Communication On Social Issues

In the wake of Pepsi's flop of a social issues commercial, Heineken does a great job incorporating different perspectives into a compelling spot.

The video brings together three pairs of strangers with opposing views on climate change, feminism and trans issues.

With no introduction, they're given tasks to accomplish such as assembling items as a team.

Later in the challenge, their viewpoints are revealed, and they’re given the choice to leave, or stay and have a beer while discussing those topics.

Pepsi missed it, but Heineken’s spot resonates.

Many folks have had to look at whether or not to delete friends from social media over differences, this short video manages to put people ahead of those differences.

I know I'd rather talk, communicate and share perspectives than argue.

And a drink with that conversation might just open a mind or two...?

Watch below. Good job, Heineken.

The Simpsons Version Of Trump's First 100 Days As Prez

While President Trump is trying mightily to frame his first 100 days in the White House as a success, The Simpsons present their own version of the nascent Trump administration where Sean Spicer has hanged himself, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are at each other's throats, and an aide is asking the prez to read a bill that would lower taxes for Republicans only.

“Can’t Fox News read it and I’ll watch what they say?” Trump asks.

Watch below.

Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Is Lowest Of Newly-Elected Presidents

As Donald Trump nears the end of his first 100 days as president - the "honeymoon" you might say - his approval ratings continue to make history.

And not in a good way.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president since such tracking began.

Overall, 44% approve of the job Trump is doing while 54% disapprove.

That's 11 points behind Bill Clinton's previous low of 55%.

More at CNN.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

House Republicans Protect Themselves From Health Care Repeal On Preexisting Conditions

It's always nice when our elected representatives in Congress show us that they understand us, because their lives are just like ours.

Well, kinda.

As House Republicans prepare to, yet again, "repeal and replace" Obamacare, they've included a clause that would allow states to waive out of the Affordable Care Act's ban on preexisting conditions.

In other words, insurance companies could be able to charge folks who've had cancer (or acne) higher premiums than otherwise healthy people.

Republican lawmakers like this policy a lot.

Well, ok, not "crazy like it a lot."

Like, not enough to have it apply to themselves.

The guy who wrote the amendment, Republican (natch!) Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, has confirmed that he and his Congressional cohorts would still be guaranteed the Obamacare protections against higher rates for preexisting conditions.

See? Just like us!


Brian Sims Slaps Back At Homophobic Bigot By Calling Their Grandmother

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims

Now this is how you shut down a bigot.

Earlier this week, some ignorant hater posted “N*gger f*ggot” on the Facebook page of openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims.

Sure - some folks might have just ignored the message, but Sims decided to pull all the hate out in the open by contacting his grandmother.

“David, I can’t tell if you’re just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you shouldn’t have posted your grandmother’s telephone number on your Facebook page,” the woofy Sims wrote.

“She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you. We’ll talk soon…”

Sims later added:

"Dear Bigots, posting your grandmother's telephone number all over the same page you use to post slurs on other people's pages is not going to end well for you. Brian"


(h/t NewNowNext)

Fox News Host Makes On-Air Blowjob Joke About Ivanka Trump

With "friends" like these...

Fox News demonstrates exactly why they still have issues in the workplace regarding women.

Check douchey Fox News host Jesse Watters last night questioning the left for not showing women respect, but then immediately making a blowjob joke about Ivanka Trump and her microphone.

Watters: “Yeah, it’s funny the left says they really respect women and then when they get an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss. So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Trump Rants On "Sanctuary City" Ruling

Right on schedule, President Trump tweeted out a rant about Federal Judge William Orrick III blocking Trump's attempt to withhold federal funds to sanctuary cities that refused to bend to his immigration policies.

The judge ruled that only Congress controls spending of federal funds, so the Executive branch can't decide who does or doesn't receive such funds.

Additionally, Trump repeatedly names the wrong court - Judge Orrick is a U.S. Distict court judge based in San Francisco, he doesn't sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

News Round-Up: April 25, 2017

Instastud Tyler James

Some news items you might have missed:

• Well, hello Mr. Tyler James (above). Nice sheet you have there...

• Madonna is not very happy about a possible biopic about her early days in NYC that just got picked up by Universal. See her post from Instagram:

• 51 Republicans have written to the President asking him to sign an executive order that would legalize LGBT discrimination based on "protecting religious liberty."

• Sen. Marco Rubio spoke out against the torture and murders of gay men in Chechnya from the floor of the U.S. Senate. #HellHasOfficiallyFrozenOver

• That pastor who declared that the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre "got what they deserved?" He just got 35 years in prison for child molestation. #GotWhatHeDeserved

• Xavier Jugele, the 37-year-old police officer who was gunned down in Paris last week, was eulogized by his partner today in a moving memorial ceremony.

Watch below with subtitles.

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Attempt To Block Funds For Sanctuary Cities

I'm not sure this is the kind of "winning" Donald Trump meant when he told the American people during the campaign we'd see so much "winning" we'd get sick of it.

Someone might want to introduce the Attorney General to a lawyer.

From Bloomberg:

A judge in San Francisco blocked President Donald Trump from withholding funds from so-called sanctuary cities that give safe harbor to undocumented immigrants, marking the administration’s second major policy initiative declared likely unconstitutional.

San Francisco and its Silicon Valley neighbor, Santa Clara County, on Tuesday both won preliminary orders shelving the Jan. 25 edict by Trump, who threatened the budgets of cities nationwide that fail to comply with federal immigration demands.

Trump has declared that sanctuary jurisdictions cause “immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic." But U.S. District Judge William Orrick agreed with the city and county that the the president’s order violated the Constitution in threatening to deprive them of funding for local programs.

Basically, the President can't control spending. Only the Congress can.

As Judge Orrick wrote, "The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds."

And there you have it.

2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced

Via BroadwayWorld:

Celebrating its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 8th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 25th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant.


A Doll's House, Part 2


A Bronx Tale
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn


If I Forget
A Life
Love, Love, Love


The Band's Visit
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Terrence McNally - Anastasia
Itamar Moses - The Band's Visit
Chazz Palminteri - A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin - Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein - Come From Away

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens - Anastasia
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater - A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin - Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein - Come From Away
David Yazbek - The Band's Visit

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Front Page
The Little Foxes
The Price

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Finian's Rainbow
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd


Lila Neugebauer - The Wolves
Jack O'Brien - The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan - The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman - Indecent
Kate Whoriskey - Sweat


Christopher Ashley - Come From Away
David Cromer - The Band's Visit
Darko Tresnjak - Anastasia
Matthew Warchus - Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks - Hello, Dolly!


Andy Blankenbuehler - Bandstand
Warren Carlyle - Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover - Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine - Come From Away
Denis Jones - Holiday Inn

(Play or Musical)

Alexander Dodge - Anastasia
Nigel Hook - The Play That Goes Wrong
Mimi Lien - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask - The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt - The Front Page

(Play or Musical)

Linda Cho - Anastasia
Susan Hilferty - Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto - Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth - Shuffle Along
Catherine Zuber - War Paint

(Play or Musical)

Christopher Akerlind - Indecent
Donald Holder - Anastasia
Natasha Katz - Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner - War Paint

(Play or Musical)

Duncan McLean - Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi - Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions - Oslo
Aaron Rhyne - Anastasia
Tal Yarden - Indecent

(Play or Musical)

Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin - The Encounter
Gareth Owen - Come From Away
Nicholas Pope - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine - Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg - Bandstand


Doug Besterman - Anastasia
Larry Blank - Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen - Bandstand
Larry Hochman - Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi - The Band's Visit


Daniel Craig - Othello
Michael Emerson - Wakey, Wakey
Kevin Kline - Present Laughter
David Oyelowo - Othello
David Hyde Pierce - A Life


Janie Dee - Linda
Sally Field - The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney - Six Degrees of Separation
Laura Linney - The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf - A Doll's House, Part 2


Christian Borle - Falsettos
Nick Cordero - A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl - Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce - Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub - The Band's Visit


Christy Altomare - Anastasia
Christine Ebersole - War Paint
Katrina Lenk - The Band's Visit
Patti LuPone - War Paint
Bette Midler - Hello, Dolly!


Michael Aronov - Oslo
Danny DeVito - The Price
Nathan Lane - The Front Page
Richard Thomas - The Little Foxes
Richard Topol - Indecent


Johanna Day - Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell - A Doll's House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk - Indecent
Nana Mensah - Man From Nebraska
Cynthia Nixon - The Little Foxes


John Bolton - Anastasia
Jeffry Denman - Kid Victory
Gavin Creel - Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley - Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells - Falsettos


Kate Baldwin - Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block - Falsettos
Jenn Colella - Come From Away
Caroline O'Connor - Anastasia
Mary Beth Peil - Anastasia


Ed Dixon - Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland - On the Exhale
Sarah Jones - Sell / Buy / Date
Judith Light - All the Ways to Say I Love You
Simon McBurney - The Encounter

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Jaclyn Backhaus - Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe - The Wolves
Paola Lázaro - Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen - Vietgone
Bess Wohl - Small Mouth Sounds

House Oversight Committee: No Sign Michael Flynn Complied With The Law

After reviewing Michael Flynn's application for security clearance, Congressman Chaffetz and ranking Democrat in the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings have determined that now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not properly disclose payments from Russia thereby not complying with the law.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz had requested documents related to President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, but the White House now says it either doesn't have the documents or is "unable to accommodate" the remaining docs.

President Trump promised to "drain the swamp" and yet Flynn was his choice for National Security Adviser. This goes to how sound President Trump's judgement is on such appointments.

You have to wonder: Why can't the White House "accommodate" the request?


More at CNN.

Caitlyn Jenner: "I Never Actually Came Out And Outwardly Supported Trump"

Caitlyn Jenner, making the rounds promoting her new book, sat down with Fox News' Tucker Carlson to parse her past support (or non-support) for Donald Trump.

At the top of the interview, Carlson suggests coming out in support of Trump while living in Malibu, California, might have been one of Caitlyn's "braver" moments.

Caitlyn replied:

“They were fine in Malibu with it [Jenner’s support for Trump], but let’s put it this way, I never actually came out and outwardly supported Trump. The media did that for me. I am on the Republican, conservative side, and he wound up being our candidate. And so, certainly, I was going to vote for him. He looked like he would pretty good on all LGBT issues. Which is important, because my loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump.

“My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. My loyalties, and what I’m fighting for is my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there, because there are many of them. And so, that’s where my fight is. And I thought Trump would be pretty good. But he’s kind of disappointed me in the first 100 days on those issues.”

Jenner went on to explain she didn't vote for Hillary Clinton because she's not a "one issue voter."

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