Friday, March 24, 2017
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 5:31 PM
In honor of the "Cold" reality of governing that hit President Trump today in his big loss on healthcare, let's groove into the weekend with the Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix of Maroon 5's new single “Cold” ft Future today.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 4:55 PM
After much posturing and drama right down to the wire, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote to avoid an embarrassing, lop-sided defeat.
In a recent Quinnipiac poll, the legislation only had 17% support from the American people.
President Trump, the man who campaigned on his reputation as "master negotiator," and "the closer," couldn't close this deal. Although White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters over and over today that Trump "left everything on the field" to get the bill approved, not only did he not get the ball into the end zone, he whiffed on the kickoff.
Via The Hill:
“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” Trump said, flanked by Vice President Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the Oval Office.
“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own ObamaCare,” the president added, referring to the House and Senate Democratic leaders.
But he said he would be “open” to working with Democrats on healthcare again if ObamaCare “explodes.” “When it explodes, which it will soon, if they got together with us and we got a real healthcare bill, I would be totally open to it, ” Trump said.
In truth, the effort failed because far-right Freedom Caucus House members didn't like the bill, even though concessions were made to pull in their votes.
I think Trump mentioned being "open" to working with the Democrats in the future as a way to let the Freedom Caucus know he could potentially go around them and instead work with more moderate Dems and Repubs.
Ultimately, I don't think the actual details of legislation is that important to Trump. I think he just wants to win and be popular. Perhaps this thumping might encourage him to work with the Democrats a bit.
But make no mistake, this was a loss; a loss for the guy who said folks were going to be "tired of winning, winning, winning."
Speaker Ryan took the loss in more manly manner, admitting the difficulties of being a "governing" party now.
From CBS News:
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the U.S. is “going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future” after he abruptly canceled a scheduled vote on the contentious Republican health care bill Friday. “Obamacare is the law of the land, and it will remain the law of the land until it’s replaced,” Ryan said.
“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains,” Ryan told reporters Friday afternoon. “We’re feeling those growing pains today.” The failure to bring the bill to a vote is a major embarrassment for President Trump, Ryan and congressional Republicans, who had vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2010. “We came really close today, but we came up short,” Ryan said.
So, let's look at the scoreboard:
• Muslim ban failed twice
• National Security Adviser Mike Flynn resigned
• Mexico won't pay for the wall
• FBI investigating Trump & Russia
• No evidence of wire tap at Trump Tower
• Trumpcare failed
The smart guys at AsapSCIENCE ponder the question, "Is eating pot actually better for you?"
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Posted by Randy Slovacek at 9:35 AM
Yesterday, the NCAA reaffirmed it's position against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, HB2.
With upcoming deadlines looming for the decisions on championship sites for the next five years, the NCAA's message is clear - either change the hateful bathroom law or "no championship games for you!"
“Last year, the NCAA Board of Governors relocated NCAA championships scheduled in North Carolina because of the cumulative impact HB2 had on local communities’ ability to assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events. Absent any change in the law, our position remains the same regarding hosting current or future events in the state. As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championships site selections for 2018-2022 based upon bids received from across the country. Once the sites are selected by the committee, those decisions are final and an announcement of all sites will be made on April 18.”
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 9:04 AM
Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff says the chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, didn't share info with committee Republicans or Democrats: "All of us are essentially in the dark."
Schiff also told reporters today that Chairman Nunes has cancelled an open hearing of the Intel Committee to "choke off" information to the public.
Schiff says Nunes didn't share info with committee Republicans or Democrats: "All of us are essentially in the dark" https://t.co/medIVEYewt— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 24, 2017
Australian gay rodeo cowboy, Josh Goyne, saw a video he recorded in February go viral as he told viewers he intends to stand up to homophobia
Goyne says in the video:
Today I was attacked for being an openly gay cowboy. They think they’re gonna silence me but there’s no chance in hell. They think they’re gonna stop me from riding in this weekend’s rodeo. Not a chance in hell. I will proudly stand up to any homophobe and say right to their face that I’m a proud openly gay cowboy.It doesn’t make you any less of a person – nor be it, a cowboy.
Rural Australia has a terrible problem with homophobia and it needs to stop.
The fact that I am getting death threats just from going to a rodeo is disgusting and these people are the scum of the Earth. I have zero respect for them and I hope they get their comeuppance.
People think that homophobia doesn’t exist in the rode circuit but it certainly does. I face it daily, and it’s really sad that it still happens in the 21 century.
Today I was asked if I thought it was good that gays died of AIDS, and he also said he wished it was 1850 so he could go and shoot me for being a fag. Kudos to you mate. You’re a real prick and I hope everything that comes to you is karma.
The gay cowboy will never be silenced. I will forever be an openly gay cowboy. I will happily give a voice to those too scared to speak up and be who they are and I will always be out and proud.”
Goyne says the reaction to the video has been "99.9% brilliant," adding that straight cowboys have offered to stand with him at rodeos if he encounters trouble.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 8:01 AM
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes announced at a press conference today that Paul Manafort, former Donald Trump campaign chair, has volunteered to be interviewed by the committee.
While it's admirable he "volunteered," Manafort was going to have to testify before this committee no matter what.
BREAKING: House Intelligence Committee chair Nunes says Trump's former campaign chairman has volunteered to be interviewed by the committee. pic.twitter.com/yb8OJnwETW— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 24, 2017
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 7:47 AM
Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and the Taipei city government filed the petitions with the Constitutional Court asking for a ruling on whether Taiwan's civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is constitutional.
The ruling, expected within two months, would be legally binding. If the law is found to be unconstitutional, Taiwan's parliament would have to change the laws to accommodate same-sex couples.
President Tsai Ing-wen has previously said she would support marriage equality.
Crossfit guy Nick VanDenbeld shows you just what it takes to get that ass off the grass.
p.s. I know what you're looking at :)
(h/t Boy Culture)
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 6:55 AM
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Did someone say, "National Puppy Day?"
How could I not post a pic of my handsome bestie - Bruno the wonder dog. I call this his "headshot."
This was when the Brun was about one year old. We're about to celebrate his 15th b-day this June.
Hope you all give a scratch and pet and treat to the puppy nearest to you.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 2:14 PM
With a full trailer promised for Saturday, Warner Brothers started sharing teases for the upcoming Justice League flick.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is set for a November 17 release. In addition to Affleck and Momoa, the DC superhero mash-up stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg, with Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Amber Heard (Mera), Jeremy Irons (Alfred) and J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), with Willem Dafoe, among many others, also appearing. The script is by Chris Terrio.
Here’s the official logline: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
So far, we've had quickies for Jason Momoa's "Aquaman" and Ben Affleck's "Batman."
Watch below as I geek out :)
Hugh Jackman's latest movie, Logan, is still raking in the cash at the box office having grossed $525 million worldwide thus far.
The film has the trilogy's first R rating, but according to a 2009 Jackman interview with Howard Stern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine might have gotten there first if not for some digital blurring.
In the interview, Stern asks Jackman if he has any issues appearing nude on film. Jackman indicated "no" saying he was offered coverage, but the movie set was "just like college."
Jackman went through shooting scenes fully naked which were eventually addressed by digital magic. Obviously, none of the full frontal footage made it into the film.
But, at the wrap party, Jackman got a surprise gift from the crew.
"When we finished the film, my wrap gift from the director [Gavin Hood] was a bag which had all the film cut off with my dick in it, " Jackman said. "So, I got frames of film, and I am looking, going, 'OK, hello!'"
Of course, Stern being Stern, he had to ask about hunky Hugh's endowment. Said Jackman, "It's pretty good, I think. I'm fine."
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 1:12 PM
|Speaker of the House Paul Ryan|
Lacking the necessary votes to pass the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, today's vote on the American Health Care Act has been cancelled by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Earlier today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declared with confidence there was no need for a "Plan B" because the legislation would pass tonight.
Q: Is there a backup plan if the health bill doesn’t pass tonight?— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 23, 2017
Spicer: “No. It’s gonna pass. So that’s it.” pic.twitter.com/fUo8BBnBPU
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 12:44 PM
Pretty much anytime President Trump uses the phrase, "Most people don't even know...," you can bet it's information he just found out.
While speaking about President Lincoln at a rally earlier this week, Trump said "Most people don't even know he was a Republican, right? Does anyone know?..."
I think "most people" know the Republican party is called "the party of Lincoln."
Trump on Abraham Lincoln: “Most people don’t even know he was a Republican, right? Does anyone know?”— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 22, 2017
(GOP is “the party of Lincoln”) pic.twitter.com/YZaEq9YK71
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 12:39 PM
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