Saturday, September 23, 2017

Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Champs, Will Not Be Visiting The White House

The Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Champions, announced today they will not be visiting the White House.

Instead, they will use their trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate "equality, diversity, and inclusion."

Via press release:

While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.

We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.

New Music: Eli Lieb "Kissing Your Tattoos"

Out singer/songwriter/producer Eli Leib contrasts a tentative, halting verse with a chorus that explodes with a visceral tribal drum beat in his latest single, "Kissing Your Tattoos."

Considering the intimate perspective of the lyrics, it's powerfully spot on.

Yeah I think it's just a one night thing
Sorry if you wanted more of me
Maybe just a midnight rendezvous
But I'll stay here kissing all of your tattoos

I think I know several folks who can relate to the moment.

Whether it's the unbridled exuberance of his "Zeppelin" or the tender "Safe In My Hands," Lieb always finds the sweet spot in his achingly personal musical creations.

I'm a longtime fan of Eli having featured him several times on The Randy Report. Check out more posts on the talented Mr. Lieb here.

Trump Doubles Down On NFL Attacks: "Stand For The National Anthem Or Get Fired"

Athletically-challenged Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks on NFL players who choose to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before football games saying they should "find something else to do!"

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

This follows his comments last night at a rally in Alabama where he told the crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired.'”

Mind you, this is all going on while thousands of Americans in Puerto Rico are trying to survive without electric power after being savaged by Hurricane Maria. But Trump is picking fights with football players over 1st Amendment rights.

Just so we're clear...

My Favorite Thing Of The Week: Trans Military Couple Logan & Laila Ireland On ELLEN

Ok, this is my favorite thing this week.

Ellen DeGeneres sat down with transgender military couple Logan & Laila Ireland to share their personal journeys of working in the military as well as their concerns about an uncertain future thanks to Donald Trump's proposed ban on transgender military service members.

Logan is particularly moving telling Ellen that "It feels really disheartening for our president to not have our back when I would give my life for him."

Watch below. Terrific segment. Donald Trump should see this.

NFL Slaps Back At Donald Trump's Attacks On Players "Taking A Knee"

Roger Goodell

Donald Trump started a firestorm last night at a rally in Alabama when he attacked NFL football players who take a knee during the national anthem.

From USAToday:

"Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!”

The audience then chanted "USA!”

"You know, some owner's going to do that," Trump continued. "He's going to say, 'That guy who disrespects our flag, he's fired.'"

He encouraged fans to walk out of stadiums if they see a player taking a knee in protest.

This is where I should probably point out that "taking a knee" is basically a First Amendment right. The U.S. Constitution protects free speech and freedom of expression.

Let's see, where have we seen citizens forced to stand and swear allegiance to a flag/country that they don't feel treats them with justice? Let me think, it'll come to me... #Hitler #Nazis

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's "divisive comments" were unacceptable, "showing an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."

Watch Goodell's response below.

“This union...will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks,” said DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, via Twitter.

But the best response to Trump's rant came from Kaepernick's mom: "Guess that makes me a proud bitch!"

"Will & Grace" Cast Performs Theme Song With Lyrics For The First Time

Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes dropped by The Tonight Show last night to promote the reboot of their iconic sitcom which begins this coming Thursday, September 28.

And in celebration of the return of the hit sitcom, the four stars sang - for the first time ever - new lyrics to the classic piano intro complete with dancers and confetti.

After the full-out performance of the theme song, the fearsome foursome sat down with Jimmy Fallon to chat including auditioning for the show 20 years ago and how good they all still look today.

“We’ve been cryogenically frozen for the past 11 years,” says the sassy Mullally.

Donald Trump Covers Newsweek

Donald Trump on the cover of Newsweek bearing the headline:

"Insane in the Membrane: How the right lost its mind, sold it's soul and embraced Donald Trump."

Donald Trump Rants At Sen. John McCain Over Healthcare Vote

Donald Trump went on a morning Twitter rant attacking Sen. John McCain for his "no" vote on the currently proposed Cassidy-Graham bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

McCain announced yesterday that he opposes the legislation because it wasn't going through the Senate via normal order with hearings and committee meetings. He voted against the last version of healthcare reform for the same reason.

McCain has said publicly that he wants to see Democrats and Republicans work together on healthcare legislation so they can "get it right."

Along the way, Trump also took some swipes at Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowski. Paul is a confirmed "no" on the legislation while Murkowski appears to be leaning "no."

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