Monday, July 24, 2017

NYT: Spicer Turned Off Press Briefing Cameras So Trump Would Stop Criticizing Him

Sean Spicer
New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, speaking on the newspaper's podcast, "The Daily," says former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer turned off the cameras during press briefings because he was tired of Donald Trump criticizing him.

Via DeathAndTaxes:

“A lot of us assume, and I think the punditocracy assumed, this was an assault on broadcast journalism,” Thrush said in the podcast. “In fact, most of it was Spicer not wanting to be on camera so Donald Trump would not yell at him.”

Trump generally thought Spicer was not tough enough at his job, and that he made a bunch of missteps, including favorably comparing Hitler to Assad, which even Trump thought was too far, Thrush said.

The host of the podcast asked Thrush to clarify: “He didn’t want the president of the United States, his boss, to see him conducting the business of being press secretary?”

“Exactly,” Thrush responded. “The principled prime mover of that decision amounted to Sean Spicer not wanting his boss watching him work. That is a fact.”

Trump's Monday Morning Twitter Rant


Donald Trump got off to a raring Monday morning as he took to Twitter (where else?) to attack a number of personal irritants including Hillary Clinton, Rep. Adam Schiff and his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.



Of course, the reason Hillary Clinton isn't being investigated is that there was a year long investigation which found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Plus, she hasn't held a position in government in over four years whereas the Trumpster is actually the president.

And how about the use of the word "beleaguered?" After attacking Sessions in his NY Times interview last week, and this comment, I think Trump is now trying to get Sessions to resign.



I think it's rich that a man who boasts about grabbing pussies, and leers at Miss Universe contestants can call Schiff "sleazy."

Schiff responded with class:



Yesterday, Trump took swipes at his own party for not "protecting" him. How are Republicans supposed to "protect" him?



Could Rex Tillerson Resign As Secretary Of State Before End Of The Year?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

CNN is reporting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing weary of White House antics, including President Trump's attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which Tillerson considers "unprofessional."

Sources are hinting Tillerson could leave the State department before the end of the year.

Among those who viewed the President's public rebuke of Sessions as unprofessional, according to several sources, is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon-Mobil CEO.

Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel. His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times. But friends sense a change of late.

For weeks, conversations with Tillerson friends outside of Washington have left the impression that he, despite his frustrations, was determined to stay on the job at least through the end of the year. That would allow time to continue efforts to reorganize the State Department and would mean he could claim to have put in a year as America's top diplomat.

But two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a "Rexit" from Foggy Bottom sooner than that.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Podcast: Texas' Anti-Trans Bill; Star Trek Discovery; New Jersey's Support For Trans Students


Listen in as I discuss this week’s LGBTQ headlines including:

• The Texas Legislature is on its way to approving an anti-transgender “bathroom” bill

• Rhode Island becomes the 9th state to ban harmful “ex-gay therapy”

• New Jersey passes required guidance for trans students

Star Trek Discovery will feature its first gay romantic couple

• We may soon find out if Academy Award winner Moonlight opened the door for more mainstream success for queer-themed cinema

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report.

For past episodes, or to subscribe to the podcast for free, click here.

And, by the way, please feel free to share The Randy Report podcast with friends. It's a great way to catch up on the week's LGBT political, pop culture and entertainment headlines in about 15 minutes :)

UK Eases Rules On Blood Donations By Gay & Bisexual Men

(image via Flickr)

Restrictions on blood donations by gay men in the United Kingdom have been eased again.

In 1981, the government placed an outright ban on all blood donations by gay men as a response to the AIDS epidemic.

That policy was relaxed to allow gay men to donate blood IF they practiced sexual abstinence for 12 months.

Now, gay and bisexual men will be able to donate if they refrain from having sex for three months.

The changes in policy are directly related to the improved testing which detects HIV, syphilis or hepatitis.

Here in the U.S., gay and bisexual men have been able to donate blood since 2015 if they abstain from sex for a year. Prior to 2015, there was an outright ban in place since 1992.

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Joe Santagato: Idiots Of The Internet Part 13


I'm in the mood for some hilarious Mr. Joe Sanatagato today. I realized this morning I haven't shared any Joe in some time.

For those who don't know, Joe is an uber-popular vlogger on YouTube with over 2 million subscribers and over 278 million views.

Direct from his parents' basement, Joe rails against the idiocy of the internet.

He's also an LGBTQ ally, and he's definitely on the hottie side of things #EasyOnTheEyes.

You can find more videos of Joe's that I've shared before at this link.

Happy Sunday, folks. Enjoy.

New White House Comm Director Denies Russian Interference In 2016 Election


The new White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, sat down for a lengthy chat on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper this morning.

Started out very polite, but Scaramucci quickly became combative, which is certainly going to please his boss.

At one point, Scaramucci offered the opinion of an anonymous person on Russia. When pushed by Tapper, the new comm director admitted that it was President Trump.

Via Raw Story:

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday called out newly-appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci for continuing to deny Russia’s interference in the U.S. election. On Sunday’s State of the Union program, Tapper asked Scaramucci if President Donald Trump was prepared to sign a sanctions bill against Russia.

“There’s a lot of misinformation,” Scaramucci said, dismissing the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies. “Somebody said to me the other day — I don’t want to say who — if the Russian actually hacked the this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it. You would have never had any evidence of them. Meaning that they’re super confident in their deception skills and hacking.”

“Wait, wait, wait,” Tapper interrupted. “I don’t know who this anonymous person is.” “How about it’s the president, Jake,” Scaramucci revealed. “He called me from Air Force One and basically said to me, ‘This is — maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it.’”


Props to Jake Tapper for trying to keep Scaramucci on topic.

A few other points gleaned from Mr. Scaramucci's appearance:

• We now know he likes to remind folks he went to Harvard Law School.

• He hasn't met a superlative, in regard to Trump, he doesn't like.

• He really loves to say he "loves" the president. He loves to say it a lot.

• He enjoys dropping lines like, "The president called me from Air Force One."

• Scaramucci says once he has his security clearance, he'll "take a look" at the intelligence and decide for himself if he believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

It's clear to see why Trump would like a guy like Scaramucci. He constantly praises his boss; he's much more smooth than Sean Spicer; he's a middle-class guy who created his own success - a narrative Trump would love to believe about himself; and he looks like what Trump probably thinks he sees when he looks in the mirror.

Here's the full segment. I encourage you to watch.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Video Of The Day

New "Justice League" Trailer Unveiled At ComicCon


Oh. Mah. Gawd.

ComicCon got the first look at the new trailer for the upcoming Justice League movie due in theaters November 17.

Squee!!!

Trailer: Netflix/Marvel's "The Defenders"


Netflix and Marvel unveiled a second trailer for the upcoming series, The Defenders, this week at ComicCon.

Squee!!!

The series features a team of super-heroes (each already has their own show on Netflix) who come together to defend New York City.

The Avengers, they're not.

Daredevil (played by the hunky Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) become a "team of outcasts" to fight a common enemy: The Hand.

From GamesRadar.com:

"With the Avengers, there’s a pride about who they are, they’re very chest-out, gung-ho, and that’s very cool to watch," says Daredevil actor, Charlie Cox. "To make this work on TV, with these street-level heroes, we have to go the opposite way. We go to a place of shame, and a place of loneliness for these guys. We’re trying to find moments where Matt is essentially learning not just what these guys can and cannot do but how they deal with the same pain he deals with on a daily basis. How do they not feel like they’re freaks of nature and outcasts of society?"

Here's the official synopsis:

Blind ninja. Smart-ass detective. Bulletproof ex-con. Kung Fu billionaire. Marvel’s The Defenders centers on four outsider heroes that have to put aside their personal issues and come together when a villainous sect threatens to destroy New York City as we know it. The Netflix original series launches globally on August 18, 2017.

AND - Sigourney Weaver is a total bad-ass villain as "Alexandra."

Watch the new trailer below.

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