Sunday, September 23, 2018

#WhyIDidntReport


Donald Trump recently tweeted in a sarcastic tone that Christine Blasey Ford "surely must have come forward" after her alleged attack in high school by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump asked to see the filed reports:



As we all know, most victims of sexual assault do not come forward for fear of not being believed, or becoming a victim AGAIN via the authorities/media.

From the most-wise Ed Dixon (via Facebook):

“She was raped at the age of 8. Her rapist was found guilty, but spent only one day in jail. After he was released, he was murdered. Because of this, she became mute for almost 5 years, believing her "voice killed him."

"I killed him that man. because I told his name. And, then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone ..."

Her name was Marguerite Ann Johnson. Later in life, she would change her name . . . to Maya Angelou (photo above).

News Round-Up: Weekend Edition

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunks Rick and the Griffopotamus did some weekend role-playing as 'mountain men' in a cabin in North Carolina. #NotYourDaddysDeliverance

• Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Emmy/Golden Globe-winner Mary-Louise Parker, and Emmy-winner Michael Emerson will head up a benefit reading of The Laramie Project on Monday, September 24, in NYC in honor of the 20th anniversary of the play that explored the murder of Matthew Shepard.

• Earlier this week, I reported that DC comics had launched a more "mature" version of Batman which included 'full-frontal' bat-nudity. Well, DC has now reversed course on that decision saying there will be no more private bat-junk on display in future issues.

• A lesbian couple was verbally attacked while staying the Clifton Mount Hotel by other guests. Their complaints to management resulted in the homophobic owner telling them, "Your not fit enough to stay in a hotel people like you should be put in a cage with the rest of the wild animals.” #HomophobiaLives

• A California stripper is facing serious jail time after stabbing his 50-year-old roommate. Geoffrey Tracy claims he was "creeped out" by the roommate "making moves on him." Mind you, the muscle-bound Tracy was in NYC to dance at a strip club, so...

• I'm really not sure why he's shaving in his front yard, but, when you got a Porsche you don't keep it in the garage.



GOP Congressman's Six Siblings Endorse His Dem Opponent

The 'Gosar Six'

In the past, we have seen political campaigns where the occasional brother or sister of a candidate would disagree with their sibling's political positions.

But how about SIX siblings?

Republican congressman Paul Gosar's six brothers and sisters not only oppose his re-election to Arizona's 4th District this November, they've endorsed Gosar's Democratic opponent, David Brill, in a new campaign ad.

In the ad, Gosar's siblings speak directly to the camera about their brother's positions on health care, immigration, and the environment.

"He's not listening to you, and he doesn't have your interests at heart," Tim Gosar said.



(image via JoeMyGod)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

NY Times: Rosenstein Suggested Recording Trump To Prove White House Chaos

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Dept. of Justice

The New York Times is reporting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Donald Trump in the White House in the chaotic days following Trump's firing of former FBI director, James Comey.

The report goes on to say Rosenstein spoke to cabinet members about invoking the 25th Amendment to consider removing Trump from office.

Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide.

Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia investigation and played a key role in the president’s dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.

Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes in interviews over the past several months, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.

As Republicans called for Rosenstein's firing,  Fox News host Sean Hannity warned the story could be a 'set-up.'



Rosenstein denies he ever considered "wearing a wire" to oust the Trumpster.



Cher Slows Things Down With "One Of Us" From Upcoming DANCING QUEEN


This week we got one more advance track from Cher's upcoming album of ABBA cover songs, Dancing Queen.

After dancing along with the upbeat "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" and "SOS," Cher slows things down a bit for the somber, but lovely, "One of Us."

Originally from ABBA's final studio album in 1981, The Visitors, the track appropriately closes Cher's new collection.

Check it out below. Dancing Queen drops September 28.



Friday, September 21, 2018

Dean Cain Gets Defensive About Speaking At Anti-LGBT Hate Rally

Dean Cain (via Twitter)
Former Superman star Dean Cain found himself struggling to answer why he's speaking at the virulently anti-LGBTQ convention, the so-called 'Values Voter Summit' hosted by the hate group, Family Research Council.

GLAAD took to Twitter to ask Cain why he's appearing at the hate rally.

Cain got a little annoyed at being called out.

Check it out below.



















Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Secretly Recording Hookups And Selling To Porn Sites

Bryan

Earlier this summer, I reported on the arrest of Bryan Deneumostier, a Florida man who tricked men into being blindfolded for sexual encounters he secretly filmed for a porn website.

According to the Miami Herald, the victims would connect with Deneumostier via Craigslist and then head to a home in South Miami-Dade for an anonymous sex-capade with a 'bored military housewife.'

The men apparently agreed ahead of time to be blindfolded or wear blackout goggles. What they didn’t realize was the ‘bored housewife’ was actually 33-year-old Deneumostier who, once the men were unable to see and had their hands tied to a chair, would perform various sex acts like oral sex and record the episodes for a website called ‘Straightboyz.’

Over the course of four years, Deneumostier was paid $3,000 a month for video content by the porn site.

The Miami New Times now reports that Deneumostier admits that more than 80 of the men didn’t know they were being recorded.

In June, Deneumostier was charged with two felony counts of recording people without their consent, as well as three counts of keeping improper records for his porn site.

However, on Thursday, he agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors which only included charges of recording two victims in May and July 2015.

Deneumostier now faces up to ten years in prison.

That’s not the end of legal woes for Deneumostier, though.

In May, police arrested the 33-year-old in a hotel room with an underage boy who had been reported missing.

After seeing leather handcuffs, lubricant and other sex toys in the room, Deneumostier copped to spending two days having sex with the boy after giving him alcohol and drugs.

He was charged in state court for having sex with a minor.

Google Doodle Celebrates Anniverary Of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"


Years before we had RuPaul to remind us, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?,” the world had Fred Rogers, who encouraged love and self-confidence in his own singular way.

Fifty-one years ago today, the very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was taped in Pittsburgh at television station WQED.

The show would premiere nationally on PBS on February 19, 1968, and continue in production through an incredible 912 episodes until August 2001.

Today, Google celebrates Fred Rogers with a glorious Google Doodle that captures the spirit of love and inclusivity Rogers shared with the world for 31 seasons.

"The Doodle aims to be a reminder of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a 'television visit' between Mister Rogers and his young viewers," said Hedda Sharapan, a child development consultant at Fred Rogers Productions, in a statement. "Everyone was welcome in this Neighborhood."

From Google:

Today’s stop-motion, animated video Doodle celebrating Mister Rogers was created in collaboration with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment.

Set to the iconic opening song of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor"), the Doodle aims to be a reminder of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a “television visit” between Mister Rogers and his young viewers.

Rogers would close episodes of his iconic show with the reminder, “There's only one person in the whole world that's like you, and that's you. And people can like you exactly the way you are.”

It's easy to imagine how many LGBTQ folks needed to hear exactly that message.

More from the wise and wonderful Rogers:

“Love is at the root of everything - all learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love, or the lack of it.”

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

And, of course, Rogers’ famous catch phrase, “Won’t you be my neighbor?,” was a reminder, in the simplest of terms, to invite and offer kindness.

Can I get an 'Amen?'

Watch the Google Doodle below.