Friday, September 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton Announces Plans For National Service Program


Hillary Clinton, speaking in Florida today, announced her plans for a program of national service in a direct outreach to millennials.

"National service has always been a bipartisan goal," said Clinton.

The Democratic presidential candidate's proposal called for the creation of a National Service Reserve with a target of five million people around the country, as well as tripling the size of AmeriCorps.

Florida: Hillary Clinton Moves Up


Likely voters in Florida give Democrat Hillary Clinton a 4 point lead (46% - 42%) over Donald Trump in the latest Mason-Dixon Poll.

These are the first Sunshine State polling results since the first presidential debate, which Clinton was widely credited with winning.

RealClearPolitics polling average for Florida now shows Clinton ahead by 1.2% in the important swing state, and trending upwards.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Remainder Of His Term

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore
Virulently anti-LGBT Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has will spend the remainder of his term suspended from the bench for instructing probate judges in his state to ignore federal laws regarding same-sex marriage.

The ruling comes via the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

From AL.com:

“For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately,” the order stated. The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore was tried Wednesday before the COJ on the six charges that claimed he violated canons of judicial ethics regarding that Jan. 6 administrative order to the state’s 68 probate judges.

Prosecutors said Moore’s order sought to have probate judges defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that declared gay marriage legal nationwide and halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore and one of his attorneys said at the trial that the order was just a status report on the state of a petition that had been pending before the Alabama Supreme Court and did not tell the probate judges to defy federal orders.

The nine-member Court of the Judiciary thought otherwise and issued the sanction. The nine member court had several options – acquit Moore, remove him from the bench, suspend him without pay, or issue a statement of censure expressing disapproval. Removal from the bench required a unanimous decision and any of the other sanctions require a minimum 6-3 vote. Moore can appeal the ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Donald Trump: Did He Say It Or Not?


Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to use Donald Trump's own words as an effective campaign tool.

Music Video: Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman "Live On"


People.com has an exclusive first look at Olivia Newton-John's new music video, "Live On," from her upcoming album with Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman - LIV ON.

"As a group, it's our intention with this album to create songs with a message of compassion and hope," said Newton-John, 68. "They are for anyone facing a time of challenge in their life, whether it is grieving a loss or on the journey to health and recovery."

"I'm so lucky to be here, and I treasure every moment of it," Newton-John told PEOPLE after beating cancer. "I don't take anything for granted."

Newton-John is also urging others to share their "LIV ON journey" to create a community of care for those impacted by cancer.

The inspiring project is a collaborative effort from Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.

The album will be available digitally on Oct. 7 and on CD on Oct. 14.

Pre-order on iTunes here and Amazon here.

Nate Silver: Clinton In "Considerably Better Position" After First Presidential Debate


As new, quality state polls roll in after the first presidential debate, super-stats guy Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight says Hillary Clinton is in a "considerably better position."

Donald Trump Falsely Slut-Shames Former Miss Universe


Donald Trump started his Friday morning by slut-shaming Alicia Machado, falsely claiming she has a sex tape.

 You'll recall Machado is a former Miss Universe that Trump called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" when he felt she gained weight during her reign in the 1990s.

Her name became a presidential talking point when Hillary Clinton brought up her treatment at the hands of Trump near the end of the first presidential debate.

Since then, Trump surrogates have hit the political talk shows with Trump campaign-issued talking points directing supporters to trash Machado.

Apparently, those attacks weren't sharp enough for the Trumpster as he took to Twitter at 5:14AM urging his followers to “check out [her] sex tape and past.”

From Think Progress:

Those tweets would be strange enough if they were accurate, but they don’t even rise to that standard. As the Daily Beast reported, “The alleged ‘sex tape’ Trump urged followers to ‘check out’ is non-explicit footage from a Spanish reality-TV show in which the Venezuelan model supposedly had sex with a fellow participant.” A separate Daily Beast report notes that “there does not appear to be any evidence suggesting the existence of professionally made pornography starring Machado.”

The unproven notion that Machado is a porn star was pushed this week by the Infowars website run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. In a post published Wednesday, InfoWars called Machado “literally a porn star.” Their evidence? A link to a screengrab of a porn video featuring a woman who looks vaguely like Machado.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sexiest Math Teacher In The World Goes Nude For Photo Shoot


Now you know you want to stop right now and click over to Attitude Magazine's fabu photo shoot with "the world's sexiest math teacher," Pietro Boselli.

Boselli, who has a PhD in engineering, appears in the buff with model Ymre Stiekema for Ladies & Gents N°57.

I think Stiekema looks ready to "study" something. Or someone.

Head over to Attitude for more :)

Trump Spokesperson: Unscientific 'Polls' Are Better Than Real Polls


Right Wing Watch reports on Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson's appearance on a radio show today defending the accuracy of unscientific, online polls.

She also hints that Hillary Clinton does better in fact based polls because news organizations have a "vested interest" in Hillary becoming president.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson took a page from her boss and touted Trump’s performance in post-debate online polls that have no scientific accuracy whatsoever. After conservative talk show host Joe Pags told Pierson that “news organization polling” is tilted against Trump because media outlets “have some sort of vested interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected,” Pierson said that the scientific polls conducted by media firms are “skewed.” As proof, she cited the fact that the CNN sampled more Democrats in its poll of debate viewers. Three other scientific polls also found that most people thought that Clinton won the debate.

Pierson vigorously defended the accuracy of voluntary, unscientific online polls: “When you look at the online polls, these are people who are, like I said, not engaged in the day-to-day, 24-hour news cycle, watching cable news all day every day, these are just people. If you’re looking at Time magazine, if you’re on another website and they’re doing a poll and you vote in that poll, by the way, to the tune of over a million votes in some of these polls, that’s important, because those aren’t the people who are in it one way or another, a lot of those people are just engaging.”

You'll note what Pierson doesn't explain is the fact that with unscientific "widget" polls, a couple of thousand followers can "vote, refresh, vote, refresh, vote, refresh" to the tune of hundreds of thousands of votes, making it appear Trump had more support than he actually has.

As I reported earlier this week, Trump followers posted instructions on a Reddit board encouraging Trumpers to do just that.

News Round-Up: September 29, 2016

(image via Boy Culture)

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Gay print magazines Frontiers and Next shut down as the publications' parent company experiences financial difficulties.

• Former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in court that not only did Christie know about "BridgeGate," but he laughed as it was happening.

• GOP White House hopeful Donald "good for the gays" Trump has pledged to sign the anti-LGBTQ ‘First Amendment Defense Act.’


• The California state legislature has passed a law that prohibits state agencies from forcing their employees to travel to states that discriminate against folks based on sexual orientation or gender identity. North Carolina, we're looking at you.

• Taco trucks in Houston are helping register new voters. Let's get a truck on every corner!

• Arnold Schwarzenegger's dad used to beat him as a child thinking the former body-builder was gay due to posters of his idols on his bedroom walls.

• Brian Anderson, retired legend in the hyper-masculine sport of pro-skateboarding, comes out - "Everything got better."


Music Video: Years & Years "Meteorite"


According to reports, Years & Years front man Olly Alexander wears 86,000 Swarovski crystals in the new music video for “Meteorite,” the band’s first new material in a year.

Designed by Lara Jensen, Alexander glitters in his high-end haute couture as he plays to the 360 camera work among dancers.

Speaking to NME, Alexander shared that the crystal costume was a salute to pop goddesses Britney Spears and Beyoncé. “It’s an honour to follow in the footsteps of some of my heroes and be decked out in tens of thousands of dazzling crystals!”



Btw - check out how Olly artfully handled a Twitter troll who asked, "Is it a requirement for gay men to be effeminate and dress like women?"

Newsweek: Donald Trump Violated U.S. Embargo Of Cuba


The big story today in politics is the Newsweek cover story reporting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump apparently engaged in illegal business dealings with Cuba despite the strict embargo that had been in place for decades that banned any such business

From Newsweek:

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.

The payment by Trump Hotels came just before the New York business mogul launched his first bid for the White House, seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. On his first day of the campaign, he traveled to Miami, where he spoke to a group of Cuban-Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state. Trump vowed to maintain the embargo and never spend his or his companies’ money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was removed from power.

He did not disclose that, seven months earlier, Trump Hotels already had reimbursed its consultants for the money they spent on their secret business trip to Havana.

My questions are:

• Will this affect or be of interest to undecided voters?

• Could this possibly move the needle with Cuban-American voters in the vital swing state of Florida?

From last night's Rachel Maddow Show:


UPDATE - The Hillary Clinton campaign released this statement on the latest Trump scandal:

Donald Trump Covers The New Yorker Magazine

Donald Trump on the cover of The New Yorker after the news that he harassed a former Miss Universe calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping"

Hillary Clinton Gets Post-Debate Bounce


The New York Times Upshot shows Hillary Clinton enjoying a post-debate bounce.

Nate Silver, of FiveThirtyEight, also shows Clinton's debate performance delivering a bit of lift. Prior to the debate Monday night, Clinton was just above the 50% mark on FiveThirtyEight.


Funny: The Hillary Shimmy Song


Somehow, we all knew when Hillary Clinton did a little two second shake-dowm shimmy after one of Donald Trump's unintelligible answers at the first presidential debate, we got a gift that would keep giving.

Check out the latest from Jonathan Mann, the "song a day" man. For over seven years, Mann writes - you guessed it - a song a day.

Here's the lyrics for the smile-inducing "Hillary Shimmy Song:"

This dude is coming at me
I just smile and let him be
The dude brought your own rope
He put the bullet in the gun so
I’m just gonna shimmy

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy
HRC
Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy
Hillary

He just keeps on shouting, “Wrong!”
So I’ll get my Jim Halpert on
He is a flightless bird
I think I’ll never say another word
I’ll just be singing this song


(h/t JoeMyGod)
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