Friday, February 12, 2016

NOM Attacks Donald Trump For Not Being Anti-Gay Enough

The folks over at the National Organization for Marriage have the odd idea that they are relevant in some way today.

They've launched a new attack ad, titled "Dump Trump," directed at GOP front-runner Donald Trump that basically says the Trumpster doesn't hate on gays enough.

In an email (that includes at least NINE requests for donations), NOM president Brian Brown writes:
As the ad makes clear, when Donald Trump quit on the fight for marriage, he quit on South Carolina and over 50 million voters across the nation who cast ballots defining marriage as one man and one woman. The ad urges South Carolinians to “Dump Trump.”

Keep in mind that the marriage amendment passed in South Carolina with 78% of the overall vote. However, it likely got upwards of 90% of the vote among Republicans who will be voting for president on February 20th. Clearly, the ad could cause some serious damage to the Trump campaign and thus help propel forward other pro-marriage candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz.

New Music: Davis Mallory "Anyone Would Know"

Former The Real World:Denver star and Davis Mallory drops this sweet pop song just in time for Valentine's Day - “Anyone Would Know.”

The openly gay singer/actor wrote "Anyone Would Know" with collaborators Ben Goldsmith & Tori Tullier) as a tune to celebrate Love Equality.

Every look
Every smile
Every inch
Every mile
Feeling that never gone non-stop feeling
Twenty four seven three sixty five

You can't, can't deny
When it's true you can't hide it
When we're together or alone
Anyone would know

Mallory and his collaborators have had earlier viral success with the song "Beautiful Girls (Diem Brown's Song)" in late 2014 when fellow MTV personality Diem Brown passed away due to ovarian cancer.

Hillary Clinton: "I Am Not A 'Single-Issue' Candidate"

We don't live in a single-issue country. If we solved our problems with Wall Street and campaign finance reform tomorrow, we'd still have discrimination and barriers holding too many Americans back. We need to tackle all of those problems, too.
Posted by Hillary Clinton on Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton used her closing remarks at last night's debate to add a new layer her campaign's message: "I am not a single-issue candidate."

We don't live in a single-issue country. If we solved our problems with Wall Street and campaign finance reform tomorrow, we'd still have discrimination and barriers holding too many Americans back. We need to tackle all of those problems, too.

I think this could be the right focus for her campaign. As strong and passionate as Sen. Bernie Sanders is on income inequality, his skills and abilities past that issue trails off in comparison to Hillary Clinton.

I thought last night's debate was strong for both candidates. I don't think anything was said that would sway one candidate's supporters to the other side, but it was substantive and positive for both.

Matt Baume Shares True Love Stories For Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine's Day (on Sunday), Matt Baume shares the stories of how several of his viewers met and fell in love.

"How'd you meet the people you love? I asked my followers how they met their partners, and they sent me some really sweet stories. I've gathered some of my favorites and I'm so excited to share them with you."

Netfix Teases Season 4 of HOUSE OF CARDS

Netflix teases the return of it's hit series HOUSE OF CARDS on March 4th.

Can't wait! Squee!!!

City of Cleveland Drops Chasing After Ambulance Charges For Tamir Rice


Cleveland’s mayor and other city officials apologized Thursday for asking for reimbursement from Tamir Rice’s family for the medical services he received after he was fatally shot by a police officer.

But Tamir’s family wasn’t buying it, calling the incident “deeply disturbing.”

The claim, filed Wednesday in probate court, sought $500 for the ambulance ride and treatment provided to Tamir, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police in November 2014 while in possession of a pellet gun.

Tamir’s family on Wednesday slammed the city’s “callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment” in sending the bill.

“I want to start off again apologizing to the Rice family if this, in fact, has added to any grief or pain that they may have,” Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference Thursday.

City Finance Director Sharon Dumas said the city never actually billed Tamir’s family for the medical services and has no intention of doing so.

She and Richard Horvath, the city’s chief corporate counsel, said the claim filed Wednesday was a “routine” result of the probate process, in which Tamir’s estate asked for a billing statement for services rendered to identify any potential creditors.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

FiveThirtyEight Looks At The Terrain Going Forward For Clinton, Sanders

The polling/stats geniuses of FiveThirtyEight took a look at what the polls show in terms of upcoming primary challenges in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

As the competition moves into more diverse terrain, Sen. Bernie Sanders looks like he will need to up his game in terms of diversity.

From FiveThirtyEight:

Polling has indicated that Sanders trails among nonwhite voters by nearly 40 percentage points nationally. Although no reliable recent polling is available in Nevada, Clinton leads by 30 percentage points in both of our South Carolina forecasts. In the latest Marist College poll, she’s buoyed by a 74 percent to 17 percent lead among black voters. Sanders must cut into that margin if he wants to have any chance in South Carolina or anywhere in the South.

You could already see how Sanders might have problems in Nevada and South Carolina even as he was crushing Clinton in New Hampshire. Despite winning the state by more than 20 percentage points, the best Sanders could manage among registered Democrats was a tie. His large margin came from registered independents who voted in the Democratic primary. You must be a registered Democrat to vote in the Nevada caucuses, though you can register as one the day of the election. In 2008, 81 percent of Nevada caucus-goers self-identified as Democrats. Just 58 percent of New Hampshire voters on Tuesday thought of themselves as Democrats.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Can't Answer Simple Question On LGBT Rights

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence still can't answer "yes" or "no" to the question: "Should Indiana LGBTs be able to be fired just for being who they are?"

From Freedom Indiana:
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has never been able to answer the question of whether he believes LGBT Hoosiers should be fired for who they are. Time after time, he has dodged the question of why he does not support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Take action with Freedom Indiana and call for comprehensive LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination here.
 He is, however, very quick to pivot to the "religious freedom" of Hoosiers to be able to discriminate, isn't he?

Watch below.

Bernie Sanders Ad Goes For Diversity In New Spot: TOGETHER

New gay-inclusive campaign ad from Bernie Sanders, obviously designed to address his deficit-support among a more diverse electorate.

I appreciate that he mentions "gay," but the music made me tense, as did the shouting.

But good creative effort here.

Hysterical Oscars Style "In Memoriam" Of The 2016 Candidates We've Lost So Far

Brilliant Oscars-style "In Memoriam" video from dedicated to the GOP presidential candidates lost thus far on the road to the 2016 nomination.

They're all here: Rick "Frothy Mix" Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Jim Webb, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Lincoln Chafee, and Martin O’Malley.

Check that tag-line: "Suspended, but not forgotten."

(h/t JMG)

Australian Cricket Player Caught Grabbing Teammate's Backside During National Anthem

It looks like Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja was unaware there are cameras EVERYWHERE in the world these days as a video of him grabbing his teammate Adam Zampa's butt during the country’s national anthem went viral.

The video has received over 1.8 million views on Facebook since it was shared Tuesday.

Australian journalist Miguel D’Souza asked (via Twitter) Khawaja about the now infamous moment.

By jingo's what the heck's goin on here?!! We've heard of checking the hot spot but that's just too far...#Straya
Posted by The Crowd Goes Wild on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Donald Trump And Univision Kiss And Make Up Over Miss USA Pageant

Republican front runner Donald Trump and Spanish language network Univision have come to a meeting of the minds regarding ongoing litigation between the two over the network's move to not air the pageant last year.

Univision made it's decision after Trump called hispanics "drug addicts" and "rapists" during his campaign launch.

From Talking Points Memo:

Trump had sued the broadcaster for $500 million after it severed ties with the businessman and refused to broadcast the pageant. The terms of the settlement were confidential, according to a news release.

"I have known Univision's President and CEO, Randy Falco, for more than 20 years and I'm glad we are able to put these differences behind us,” Trump said in a statement.

Falco had a similar response.

"I have known Donald Trump for many years in both a personal and professional capacity and we are pleased to settle this matter and move forward,” he said in a statement.

Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

As the Democratic race for 2016 presidential nomination leaves a mainly white electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire and heads into more diverse campaign territory (Nevada, South Carolina), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets a big boost from the Congressional Black Caucus today.

From CNN:

Hillary Clinton earned a key endorsement on Thursday, when the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee backed her over Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders.

"One of the individuals that has been with us time and time again has been Hillary Clinton," New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, told CNN's Carol Costello on "Newsroom." "She has been, her whole career, an individual that has been fighting for issues that are important to the African-American community."

Meeks called endorsing Clinton "the right thing to do."

"Black folks are not dumb. They come out for individuals that have their best interest at heart," he said.

"We must have a president who is knowledgeable on both domestic and foreign policy," said Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "We must have a president who understands the racial divide, not someone who just acquired the knowledge recently."

"We need a president who doesn't simply campaign and promise wonderful things -- things that are politically impossible to achieve," he added.

Music Video: Lana Del Rey "Freak"

Lana Del Rey drops this dreamy, LSD-inspired music video for "Freak," featuring furry Father John Misty’s J. Tillman. "Freak" is the latest single off the singer's 2015 LP Honeymoon.

From Stereogum:

The saga begins with the two musicians hiking out to the wilderness to drop acid and literally drink the Kool-Aid, and the rest is an impressionistic haze of sensuality. Fittingly, things delve into actual impressionism in the second half of the 11-minute clip, as Lana’s song ends and Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” comes on to soundtrack the women from the “Music To Watch Boys To” video cavorting around underwater.

Fully half of the music video is a floaty, underwater swim set to Debussy's famous tune.

At a Los Angeles screening of the music video last night, Father John Misty admitted that the acid-themed video was partially inspired by an LSD experience while attending a Taylor Swift concert in Australia.

Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy Taken Into Custody At Portland Airport

Cliven Bundy

It looks like the Bundy militia's face-off with the federal government may be coming to an end this morning as the last four militants have apparently indicated they will surrender themselves at the Malheur National Wildlife at 8AM this morning.

And a bonus - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was traveling to Oregon to assist/take part in the standoff, was arrested and taken into custody last night.

From The Oregonian:

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off one armed showdown with federal authorities and applauded another started in Oregon by his sons, was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch. […]

He faces a conspiracy charge to interfere with a federal officer – the same charge lodged against two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, for their role in the Jan. 2 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. He also faces weapons charges. The Bundy Ranch Facebook page reported Cliven Bundy was surrounded by SWAT officers and detained after his arrival from Nevada.

Two years ago Bundy led an armed confrontation against federal agents over his failure to pay over $1 million in fines for grazing his cattle on protected lands.

It looks like the feds were just biding their time, waiting for the right opportunity to arrest the errant rancher.

Hopefully this whole "Bundy militia" episode can just end here.
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