Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alaska: Sarah Palin Endorses The Opponent Of Her Former Lt. Governor

Gov. Sean Parnell (L) and Bill Walker (R)

In an interesting bit of news, it seems the Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, has endorsed not her former Lt. Governor - Sean Parnell - who replaced her when she chose to quit in her first term, but his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker.

From the National Journal:

Parnell's 2013 restructuring of the state's oil and gas taxes dismantled a prior, Palin-championed program that she considered to be one of the greatest achievements of her tenure. That difference of opinion is at the heart of Palin's conflict with Parnell, which resulted in the two campaigning on opposite sides of a ballot measure in this year's primary.
It's worth noting that when Gov. Parnell indicated that he would appeal the recent ruling against the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Walker issued a statement that he felt an appeal would be an "unwise use of our dwindling resources:

Walker, an attorney, responded later Sunday with criticism of the state's decision to appeal the ruling. A recent ruling from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- which includes Alaska in its jurisdiction -- said bans on same-sex marriage violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such higher court rulings make the probability of a successful appeal when similar bans have already been overturned in other states unlikely.

Walker said he personally viewed marriage as existing between a man and a woman, but added that if he were governor, he would "uphold the laws of the land."

"Despite my personal views on marriage, with the state's dire financial crisis, pursuing expensive litigation that has little chance of victory is an unwise use of our dwindling resources."

(via JMG)

If You Love Animals As Much As I Do

Randy Report reader Paul Meenan with his weekend pal Todd

I know, I know - life is always so busy. We all have the best intention to do more and more. So much to do, so little time.

The funny thing is, though, finding the right outlet to give back somehow can become many times more fulfilling than we ever imagine.

I started The Randy Report was a pastime. Not only is this now my full-time job, but it's a true passion. I honestly can't wait to sit down (most days) and share all this stuff I find interesting and important. But it began when someone said to me sharing my passion might mean something to others.

But blogging isn't everyone's answer. There are so many ways to donate time and energy that returns to us many times over.

When the weekend rolls around, my friend (and regular Randy Report reader) Paul volunteers at his local animal shelter by walking and playing with the dogs and cats that are somehow (temporarily) without families. And you KNOW many have gone missing from their true homes by accident. No tags, no micro-chips, no way to get back home :(

Now think about this - maybe you can't have a pet where you live; or your finances don't allow it right now. Volunteering at an animal shelter gives you many "pets" - all at one time! Paul gets out in the sun with the dogs, plays ball, walks them... Doesn't that sound better than laying around the house?

And you get to enjoy seeing the kids find permanent homes along the way.  Check out a recent Facebook post by Paul at the Ames Animal Shelter recently - NO DOGS to play with because they all found homes!  Whoo-hoo!  That's got to feel good :)




So, two things to consider here:

1. If you're looking for somewhere to contribute your time and energy, think about volunteering at your local animal shelter.

2. It's important to make sure all of your pets have pet id tags. Without tags, too many pets end up in animal shelters and don't find their way home.

I couldn't end without one more pic of the handsome Todd (who found a home!) playing with Paul. It's hard to tell who's having the better time here, no?

One more pic of Paul with furry buddy Todd

Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert: Gay Soldiers Giving Massages Proves Repealing DADT Was Bad Idea


I have NO idea what Texas congressman Louis Gohmert is talking about here other than "gay" and "the military" and "Greek massages?"

From a recent appearance on Christian radio show "Point of View" via Right Wing Watch:

"I've had people say, 'Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks.'

Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long.

It's guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that's what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did. As people have said, 'Louie, you have got to understand, you don't even know your history.' Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It's not a good idea."

Greeks? Massages? What???

You can watch video of the "commentary" below:

Broadway: Caissie Levy "I Dreamed A Dream"



Currently starring on Broadway in the hit revival of Les Miserables as "Fantine," (former Broadway "Elphaba" in Wicked and created the role of "Molly" in Ghost), Caissie Levy stops the show nightly with the iconic "I Dreamed A Dream."

The voice. The voice. The voice. The voice.

I can't say enough about the current revival of Les Miz. I've already extolled my uber-crush on leading man Ramin Karimloo's talent (and the fact that he's easy on the eyes). I felt it time to give Miss Levy equal time :)

And if you dig Miss Levy's voice as much as I do, check her official website here.  She has an EP titled With You and the website has a player where you can listen to the songs in their entirety.

New Music: Bette Midler Covers TLC's "Waterfalls"


Set for a November 4th release, Bette Midler's newest album - It's The Girls! - is a tribute album to the girl groups who have inspired the Divine Miss M over the years.

“A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” Midler said in a press release. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.”

The new collection will feature 15 classic tracks by famous girl groups including the Ronettes, the Supremes, TLC, and the Chiffons, among others.

Check the gorgeous (and slightly mournful) take on TLC's hit song "Waterfalls."



(via Advocate)

Canada Mourns For Murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo


With flags flying at half-mast, Canada mourns the murder Cpl. Nathan Cirillo after yesterday's terrifying shooting in Ottawa at Parliament.



Lisa Kudrow: "Gay Men Are Superior Beings"


Lisa Kudrow on her love of her gay fans, via PrideSource:

"I don't know who I'm going to offend by leaving them out, but I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

"It's all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There's a stronger connection with the corpus callosum (in gay men). The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man's, and I think that has to be really important.

"They're not women - they're still men - and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it's the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me."

Kudrow's ground-breaking series returns for a second season after a ten year hiatus on HBO November 9th. Don't miss it.

(h/t Bilerico)

What Rhymes With Orange?

Via NPR Twitter account

For three of my four years at Syracuse University I was a cheerleader (captain of the squad my last year), and the joke in coming up with cheers was that no word in the English language rhymes with "orange."

Well, it appears I was wrong.

To the current Orangemen cheerleaders, take this and run with it. You can do it, I know you can :)

Singing Nun Winner of Italy's THE VOICE Releases "Like A Virgin" As First Single


So, in what might have surprised many, singing nun Sister Cristina Scuccia won Italy's version of THE VOICE this summer after she knocked the judges out with her soulful rendition of Alicia Keyes' "No One."

So, as the winner, Sister Cristina keeps the surprises coming by choosing Madonna's "Like A Virgin" for her first single.

The 26-year-old told Catholic newspaper Avvenire about the choice:

"I chose it myself, without any desire to provoke or cause a scandal. By reading the text, without letting yourself be influenced by previous (interpretations), you discover it is a song about the ability of love to renew people, to redeem them from their past,” she added. "That's how I wanted to interpret it. That's why we transformed the pop-dance track it was into a romantic ballad a bit like Amos Lee, more like a secular prayer than a pop song.”

Her debut album, Sister Cristina, is set to be released on November 11th, with new interpretations of Keane's “Somewhere Only We Know,” Coldplay's “Fix You” and Alicia Keys' “No One.”

Rock on, Sister. Rock on.

Alaska Governor Requests En Banc Hearing On Same-Sex Marriage In 9th Circuit Court


Alaska's Gov. Sean Parnell has requested an en banc review of the recent same-sex marriage ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which effectively struck down the state's ban on marriage equality.

Saying the original 9th Circuit ruling was based on "erroneous circuit precedent." Gov. Parnell says the citizens of Alaska are "stripped of any ability to vindicate their 'historic and essential authority to define the marital relation.'"

Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho has filed a similar request with the 9th Circuit for an en banc hearing regarding same-sex marriage.

You can read Parnell's full brief below:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trailer: Avengers "Age Of Ultron"


I hear this is leaked early.

Lucky us!

Cam't wait for May 1, 2015


RIP Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo of Canada


Kansas: Straight Couple Joins Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Because the Gays Are Stealing Their "Marriage"

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Kansas couple Phillip W. Unruh and Sandra L. Unruh have filed a motion to intervene in the ACLU's marriage equality case in Kansas.

If I understand this correctly, the Unruhs say that should same-sex marriage be legalized in Kansas, they would "experience a taking of their property rights in marriage without due process of law."

Apparently, "marriage" is "property" that belongs to the Unruhs by virtue of the Fifth Amendment.

Seriously, folks, you can't make this up.

I can't do better justice than Joe Jervis at JoeMyGod:

"Apparently, once them gays steal a chunk of their marriage, well, it's all downhill for the Uhruhs from there. Next thing you know they'll be cooking meth with hobos under a Kansas overpass. The rest of their brief is similarly cracktastic, complete with quotes from Genesis and the usual "they can't even make a baby" crapola."

If you really want to entertain yourself, hit this link and read the full brief.

I'm assuming having the nerve to file this must resemble what it's like to be on drugs...

Anderson Cooper Takes Down Pat Robertson Over "You Can Get AIDS From Towels" Comments


I recently wrote about the incredibly stupid warning Pat Robertson made about traveling "overseas" because you might get AIDS from towels.

Pause for a moment because - like ice cream "brain freeze" - the stupid just plain hurts.)

Well, I wasn't the only one to think Pat's idiocy stood out.

Well, Anderson Cooper took Robertson to task for the comments as he included the sad episode on last night's "Ridiculist."

Backstage With Barbra Streisand & Liza Minnelli

Two legendary artists in one pic. This is pretty rare.

From Barbra's Instagram account today:

With #LizaMinnelli honoring our dear friend #MarvinHamlisch. #2012

A photo posted by Barbra Streisand (@barbrastreisand) on

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