Wednesday, July 30, 2014
So, instead of getting something done on behalf of the American people before heading off to a month-long vacay, the Republicans in the House took time to vote on suing the President for actually getting something done.
This will only serve to raise more money for the Democrats for the upcoming mid-terms elections. Just watch.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:46 PM
Don't forget "Sharknado 2: The Second One" debuts tonight on the Syfy Channel 9/8c. Check your locals listings.
Social media's favorite "over the top" science fiction shark movie is back - with hunky 50 year old action-hero Ian Ziering!
The cast is "in" on the joke, so you can laugh along, too.
And don't forget to track and tweet on Twitter where a good part of the fun will be.
You can follow #Sharknado2TheSecondOne to catch the witty "shark" comments.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:39 PM
NBC announced today that "Girls" star and classically trained singer Allison Williams has been cast as the iconic title character in NBC's Dec. 4 telecast of "Peter Pan Live!"
"I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true," said Williams. "It's such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I'm very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides," added Williams, "what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?"
According to press materials, Williams, who has sung on HBO's "Girls" and in various other projects, is an accomplished actress and singer. Williams graduated from Yale University in 2010.
I see a lot of hyping about her being "classically trained singer" but haven't found any credits for stage musicals yet. I like to be positive, but after Carrie Underwood's underwhelming performance in "The Sound of Music Live!" last December, you have to think NBC has really thought this one out.
It was previously announced that Oscar winner and Emmy and Tony Award nominee Christopher Walken will star as Captain Hook in the Dec. 4 telecast.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:45 PM
Rep. Michele Bachmann says that President Obama wants to bring tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors into America and make them Wards of the state so they can be used in medical experiments.
"Now President Obama is trying to bring all of those foreign nationals, those illegal aliens to the country and he has said that he will put them in the foster care system," Bachmann said. "That's more kids that you can see how - we can't imagine doing this, but if you have a hospital and they are going to get millions of dollars in government grants if they can conduct medical research on somebody, and a Ward of the state can't say 'no,' a little kid can't say 'no' if they're a Ward of the state; so here you could have this institution getting millions of dollars from our government to do medical experimentation and a kid can't even say 'no.' It's sick".
The narrative is a misreading of policy at the Boston Children's Hospital, which actually has policies in place to protect Wards of the state. Bachmann is twisting facts and language to draw an image of madcap experiments being performed on children who are deemed wards by virtue of the fact that they are in the US without documentation.
It's all a wild, Mad Hatter's version of reality. Click over to Right Wing Watch for more details of what "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann is spinning.
Listen to her appearance on "Wallbuilders Live" below spouting her over the top nonsense:
(via Right Wing Watch)
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:13 PM
Over at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern has written a disarmingly direct essay on the truth behind same-sex marriage opposition, and it goes something like this: We just don't like the idea of gays.
The problem here, of course, is that an honest answer—“your honor, we believe gay people will destroy the marital institution altogether” — would undermine the supposedly secular, animus-free nature of these arguments. In developing them, anti-gay activists began with a conclusion — gay people don’t deserve the rights that we straight people have — then worked backward, camouflaging each prejudiced premise with a supposedly neutral talking point. Under any kind of scrutiny, these theories instantly fall apart, revealing their bigoted, constitutionally impermissible core.
That’s what happened on Monday, when the 4th Circuit held that “apprehension and inertia” lie behind resistance to marriage equality. It’s what happened when Pennsylvania and Nevada’s Republican governors gave up on their states’ gay marriage bans, and when North Carolina, Oregon, Kentucky, Illinois, California, and Virginia’s attorneys general did the same. A good lawyer knows when she’s on the losing side of an argument. And stripped of their conservative Christian underpinnings, these arguments are blindingly, blatantly hollow.
And yet the inanity continues full-throttle, because gay marriage opponents have backed themselves into the corner they’ve always dreaded. They can’t give up their quest now — but they’re barred from citing the explanations that they truly believe, deep down, to be correct. The result is the current tailspin of idiocy, a shifting argument with rootless standards roaming from rationale to rationale in a desperate attempt to find shelter from the storm of progress swirling around it. It’s a pathetic display, but not an unpleasant one to witness. Stripped of all logic and reason, the argument against gay marriage has been reduced to gibberish. Enjoy the babbling while it lasts.
The entire essay gets to the root of what LGBT advocates have known for a long time: that once you remove laws based on animus against gays (unconstitutional) and laws based on "we think gay sex is icky" (unconstitutional), you don't have anything left.
I encourage you to read the entire article at Slate.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 1:28 PM
Michigan Democrat Rep. Adam Zemke has introduced legislation which would ban gay conversion therapy for minors in the state.
House Bill 5703 would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years old.
"The evidence shows you cannot change sexual orientation, so the legislation was kind of a no-brainer," Zemke said. "We want to make sure children cannot be exposed to situations that are emotionally harmful to them because of their parents' beliefs or desires to try to change their orientation."
In 2009, the American Psychological Association said that attempts to change sexual orientation are ineffective and can have harmful side effects including depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
Currently, California and New Jersey have laws on the books outlawing gay conversion therapy for minors.
The former half-term governor of Alaska recently announced she's launching her own internet channel of quality programming.
Visit The Sarah Palin Channel, and make sure you click on today's article :)
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 7:40 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
First new music from Hilary Duff in 7 years.
Nice, light-weight summer song - co-written by Colbie Caillat.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 7:30 PM
Love Postmodern Jukebox!
From Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox:
Miche Braden (from our "Sweet Child O' Mine" cover) was in town, so she stopped by to lend her legendary powerful voice to this Bon Jovi '80s classic.
Also, check out the horns playing the Richie Sambora guitar solo. This one takes me back to my New Jersey roots...
Follow Miche on Facebook! She's truly a rare talent, and an artist in every sense of the word.
If you like, download the track from iTunes here.
I've shared other videos from Postmodern Jukebox here on The Randy Report here and here.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 4:44 PM
|Edie Windsor leaving the US Supreme Court|
Today marks the 85th birthday of Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government led to the fall of DOMA.
Every marriage equality ruling since last June 26, 2013 has referenced the landmark ruling.
The LGBT community will forever be grateful for the courage and tenacity Edie demonstrated in standing up for fairness and equality.
Happy Birthday Edie!
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 4:17 PM
Micah McCain reenacts the 1980's hit film: Beaches.
In this day and age, who has time to sit down and watch an entire film? This is the Cliff Notes version.
If this makes you nostalgic, you can rent the movie on iTunes and enjoy the fabulosity that is Beaches anytime.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 3:49 PM
The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after more than a month of doing so. In that time, at least 199 licenses were issued to gay or lesbian couples.
Colorado Attorney General has spent weeks attempting to stop Hall from issuing licenses through his own directives and lower state courts, to no avail.
The Boulder County Clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on June 25, when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages as being unconstitutional.
As the state of Colorado is also under jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit Court, Hall began issuing licenses that day, after consulting her county attorney.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:42 PM
Still looking for a pool boy with the right qualifications.
TRR reader Sam sent in this candidate. Looks like solid "qualifications" to me...
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 1:23 PM