Saturday, July 21, 2018

Idaho Man Arrested On Hate Crime Charges After Screaming Racist/Homophobic Slurs At Church Kids

Richard Sovenski has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after accosting a church youth group in Idaho
Richard Sovenski of Idaho

File this under 'Today in Trump Nation.'

A group of church kids from Spokane, Washington, on a field trip to Idaho were accosted by a man identified as Richard Sovenski at a McDonalds restaurant as they stopped for ice cream.

From The Inlander:

A group of high schoolers from a Spokane youth group traveled to Coeur d'Alene last Thursday to hear a guest preacher. Afterward, the group's leader, Jose Ceniceros, took them out for ice cream at McDonald's.

As the group was getting ready to leave Sovenski started hurling racial slurs and profanity at them, Ceniceros says. A woman, who was standing with Sovenski, later told police that the kids were "being rude, dancing and running around causing a disturbance."

Ceniceros disputes this, and says as they approached the door to leave Sovenski sucker punched Ceniceros and threw him to the ground. Ceniceros began recording Sovenski with his cell phone once they were outside and has shared the video with the Inlander.

“Fuck you, you fucking half-breeds! Get the fuck out of Idaho!” Sovenski is shown saying on video.

“You got a fucking problem, I’m your fucking guy!” he adds. “I will fuck you up in a fucking heartbeat, you little faggot!”

At one point, one of the youth group can be heard saying, “That’s why I don’t come to Idaho,” to which Sovenski screams back, “Yeah! That’s why you don’t come to Idaho! We’re real fucking men here, you bitch!”

Here's the video - warning: VERY strong language.

The man accompanying Sovenski, who grabs his genitals at the end of the video, is apparently Sovenski's son.

The local NBC affiliate reports that in interviews with investigators, Sovenski's wife says she was worried the children might have bumped into her as she'd recently undergone shoulder surgery.

For Sovenski's part, he told investigators that he didn't so much 'punch' Ceniceros as 'pushed' him and that the church youth leader must have "tripped over his own feet."

Sovenski said he used the strong language to "get the upper hand" in the argument, and believing the comments would "get under their skin."

And it's now garnered a hate crime charge with video evidence.

Richard Sovenski (R) charged with hate crime in Idaho

Former Lover Alleges George Michael Took His Own Life

Fadi Fawaz and George Michael (image via Twitter)

George Michael's former boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, alleges the pop star committed suicide rather than died of natural causes in new statements to the UK publication, The Sun.

According to the newspaper, emails written by Fawaz claim Michael, 53, took his life on Christmas Eve 2016: "I'm sick and tired of people asking me what happened on Christmas Day. Well let me tell you, George died on his mother'sbirthday, so that might answer a few questions. Not to mention it took five attempts to manage to end his life. I think it's important for the story."

Similar claims were made on Fawaz's Twitter account in 2017 although the Fawaz said his account had been hacked at the time.

At the time of Michael's passing, the coroner ruled his death was due to "natural causes and had dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."

The newspaper reports a spokeswoman for George's estate last night said she had "no trust" in Fadi's claims.

The Sun also notes that the 45-year-old hairdresser is still fighting for a portion of the star's £105million estate. He apparently still lives in Michael's Regent's Park home even though the family has asked him to leave.

Michael's music catalogue surged back up the charts a staggering 2,678% selling almost 500,000 tracks in the week that followed his death.

Trump Rants Over Seized Cohen Recordings

Donald Trump angrily tweets about his own lawyer recording their private conversations.

The breaking news late yesterday afternoon was Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime 'fixer,' had recorded his conversation with the Trumpster planning a hush money payment to former Playboy model Karen MacDougal about their alleged 10 month affair shortly after Melania Trump had given birth to their son, Barron.

Trump, who is said to be 'livid' over the revelation, took to Twitter this morning to vent, saying, “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”

Obviously, the Donald is playing fast and loose with the truth here.

The government didn't 'break' into anywhere. There are established procedures for searching an attorney's office and the Justice Department followed them including getting a legal search warrant from a judge.

Also, New York state - where Trump and Cohen lived and worked in 2016 - is a “one-party” consent state, which means a person can legally record or monitor a conversation with the consent of one party to the conversation.

Speaking of "secret recordings," remember when Trump hinted he might have some of his own?

The one thing Trump is right about is that it is very unusual for an attorney to record his own conversations with clients.

You have to wonder why Cohen felt the need to do so two months before the election?

Unless he knew he might need that recording at some point in the future...?

p.s. Trump is NOT the country's 'favorite president.' He lost the popular vote by three million votes and his approval rating average according to RealClearPolitics is 43%.

Friday, July 20, 2018

ABC News' Nightline Profiles The Fab Randy Rainbow


ABC News' Nightline has profiled the fab Randy Rainbow for his incredible, parody work satirizing the current national nightmare happening in the White House.

And well deserved.

I've featured Randy so many times here on The Randy Report I doubt I could get an accurate number.

His clever, witty lyrics and editing have been a major bright spot during these past 18 months since a smaller-than-usual inauguration took place.

Congrats, Randy!

Watch below.

Why Andrew Rannells Told @MonetXChange To "Sashay Away!"

Andrew Rannells explains to Seth Meyers why he told RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Monet X Change to 'sashay away!"
Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells (Girls, Book of Mormon), currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, sat down last night on The Late Show with Seth Meyers this week and his recent judging appearance on a special Broadway-themed episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race came up.

Rannells clearly enjoyed his guest spot on RPDR, especially the lighting: “The best lighting ever on that show - I look like a fetus!”

Rannells shared that after the queens had done their final walks, Monet X Change gave a “very sweet” speech about getting tickets to see Rannells’ wonderful performance in Spring Awakening on Broadway (Rannells never appeared in Spring Awakening).

Monet also gushed about seeing Rannells delivering snacks and goodies to kids outside the theater, waiting in line to see Spring Awakening. (Repeat - Rannells never appeared in Spring Awakening).

“He finished the whole speech, and then I said, ‘that’s Jonathan Groff!'” quipped Rannells.

“And then he said, ‘No, no, no, I meant Book of Mormon,’ and I said, too late! Sashay away!”

In all fairness, it’s worth noting that Rannells has replaced the handsome Mr. Groff in roles on Broadway (Hamilton), and they both exude boyish, charming personalities.

But, Monet got it wrong.

Just goes to show you a queen can be fierce in or out of drag.

Watch the interview below where Rannells also chats on getting a phone call from Kristin Chenoweth out of the blue and the upcoming midnight Actors Fund charity performance of The Boys in the Band.

DC Police Officer's 'Stop & Frisk' Turns Into Body Cavity Search

Did this police officer go too far in searching a citizen during a 'stop and frisk' in Washington DC?

 Picture this: It’s September 2017, you’re hanging with buds outdoors, planning your upcoming birthday celebration when suddenly you find yourself the subject of an invasive stop and frisk.

Invasive as in ‘body cavity search’ invasive.

That’s apparently what happened to M.B. Cottingham, a 39-year-old man, in the Bellevue neighborhood of Washington, D.C. last fall.

According to the New York Post, Nottingham and his buddies were chilling when up rolled two police cars. More than a couple police officers approached the group and inquired as to whether they were carrying any weapons.

This is where it gets down in the underbrush on the way to Poughkeepise.

Cottingham alleges, and there’s video tape, that Metropolitan Police Department Officer Sean Lojacono violated Cottingham’s 4th Amendment rights regarding unreasonable searches and seizures.

Nottingham openly admitted having a legal amount of marijuana on him, but Lojacono took things farther. He went for the ’search and seizure’ according to ACLU staff attorney Scott Michelman, who is representing Cottingham.

As you can see on the video from the incident, Lojacono goes beyond the ‘pat down’ and gets his hands (and maybe his thumbs) all up in Cottingham’s business.

From The New York Post:

“He stuck his finger in my crack, man,” Cottingham said to his friends during the search, video shows. “Don’t do that, man … I don’t have nothing.”

Cottingham then followed the officer’s instructions to squat down to allow the search to continue, but the officer continued prodding far beyond the standard scope of a pat-down, according to ACLU officials, jamming his fingers into the man’s buttocks and anus and grabbing his scrotum.

“Stop fingering me though, bruh,” Cottingham told Lojacano. “You fingering my a–, man.”

“I’m outside your pants, bro,” the officer replied. “Relax.”

“Don’t sit here and finger my a— like that, like I’m not a man,” Cottingham said.

Michelman says the video clearly shows a “violation of [Cottingham’s] constitutional rights and basic dignity.”

“When a routine frisk turns into a search this invasive, the officer is not pursuing a legitimate law enforcement purpose but simply degrading someone and asserting his own power,” Michelman said in a statement to the press.

Apparently, Metropolitan Police Department chief, Peter Newsham, noted during a DC Council hearing last week that he has seen the video and considers the officer’s ’touching’ inappropriate.

The NY Post goes on to say that Cottingham says he has ‘discomfort in his genital area,’ as well as ‘ongoing anxiety, depression and fear of being in public.’

“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” Cottingham told the NY Post. “It’s bad enough that members of my community are stopped and frisked by the police all the time. I’ve been frisked many times and even beaten by police. But this officer treated me like I’m not even a human being.”

Roseanne Barr Shrieks "I Thought The Bitch Was White!"

Roseanne Barr appears to be rather unhinged as she shrieks at a producer about her deleted tweet regarding Valerie Jarrett. "I thought the bitch was white!"
Roseanne Barr loses it
In an odd, unsettling clip, Roseanne Barr is shown to be distressed and agitated.

The comedienne references her since-deleted tweet in which she likened Jarrett, a black former advisor to Barack Obama, to an “ape.”

“I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That’s what my tweet was about,” Barr shrieks.

“I thought the bitch was white!” she said with more intensity. “Goddamnit, I thought the bitch was white. Fuck!”

This is something. Watch below.

Earlier this month, Barr had announced she would sit for a TV interview to explain her side of the story behind the unraveling of her hit sitcom after making racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

A day later, she reversed herself: “After a lot of thought, I decided that I won’t be doing any TV interviews, too stressful & untrustworthy 4 me & my fans. I’m going to film it myself & post it on my youtube channel in the next week-the entire explanation of what happened & why! I love you all-sign up & get ready."

Michael Cohen Recorded Trump 'Hush Money' Conversation

Former 'fixer' for Donald Trump - Michael Cohen
From The New York Times:

President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.

The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.

The recording’s existence further draws Mr. Trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret. And it highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to Mr. Trump.

Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump’s secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.

You'll recall the White House ferociously denied that Donald Trump knew ANYTHING about the payments to Karen McDougal, who says she began a nearly yearlong affair with the Trumpster in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to their son, Barron.

According to CNN's Dana Bash and Gloria Borger, Trump is privately livid about the revelation:

From Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti: