Monday, December 10, 2018

Donald Trump Rants About "No Smocking Gun"

Donald Trump
Donald Trump clearly had a terrible weekend after announcing his second chief of staff, John Kelly, would be leaving soon AND his prime pick to replace Kelly, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, publicly tweeted his decision to decline the offer.

So, Monday morning, the Trumpster was all ready to pick a fight. Taking to Twitter, he ranted:

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,..which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s - but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!"

Legal experts weighed in:

Two Men Arrested & Charged In Violent Hate Crime Attack On Gay Couple

Kealan Abraham (L) and Andre Duncan (R)

According to local Fox News affiliate, Andre Duncan, 39, and Kealan Abraham, 34, were arrested and charged with battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of deadly weapon result of substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.

The incident occurred near Vegas Drive and Simmons Street outside the gay couple's home.

Charles Clements told police he and his boyfriend were followed home and attacked on November 29 as they arrived at their home.

The assault spilled onto their front patio where a glass table was knocked over and shattered. According to Clements, one of the men picked up a shard of glass and began to stab his boyfriend Vincent in the back puncturing his lung and breaking two ribs.

Clements said the men called Vincent a "faggot" and "an abomination" during the attack. Clements suffered head wounds.

Clements said neighbors heard the attack and then saw everything.

“Neighbors, everybody just looking,” he said. “Nobody called the police.”

Police said officers found Duncan's driver's license on the scene of the attack.

Vincent told police he recognized one of the attackers as a man who works with him at Walmart. That’s how the man knew about their relationship, he said.

“It was all about gay bashing,” Clements said. “The guy came up to my boyfriend’s job, calling him an abomination, calling him 'fag.'”

When police went to Abraham's home on December 2, Duncan's car was present. According to police reports, he was seen leaving the home and drove to Walmart. Officers arrested him there.

Police arrested Abraham at his home.

Both men admitted to taking part in the fight but claimed there was not 'hate crime' aspect to the attack.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

News Round-Up: December 9, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• You could say things are going "swimmingly" down here in Puerto Vallarta. The views are very nice :)

• Speaking to OUT from the set of his new movie, Limited Partners, Billy Porter described the news of his Golden globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama" for Pose as "unbelievable, it’s out of body, it’s surreal, it’s crazy. I’ve been in this business for 30 years, I’m speechless, and I’m a man of many words, so to make me speechless is a big deal."

• GOP Sen. Marco Rubio warns a presidential pardon for former campaign chair Paul Manafort would be a "terrible mistake" and could “trigger a debate about whether the pardon powers should be amended."

• Focus Features has acquired Michael Ausiello’s critically-acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies with Dan Savage and David Marshall Grant to co-write the screenplay. The memoir is an emotional, often funny, account of Ausiello's 14-year relationship that ends with the heart-wrenching death of his husband Kit, who succumbed to a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer in 2015. Jim Parsons is set to star.

• Vanity Fair: Donald Trump wonders if he should dump Vice President Mike Pence in 2020?

• Robyn has released the official music video for her hit, "Honey," featuring dancers cast from a call sent out on her Twitter account.

The chosen dancers were flown to London for the shoot from all around the world.

According to press materials, “Robyn wanted the process of making the video to also embody her mantra of bringing people together and communicating in person…It is a testament to love, sensuality and the loose feeling during the after-hours of a great party."

Axios: "We Now Know..."

Donald Trump

In light of this week's sentencing recommendations from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, plus new details from former FBI Director James Comey at congressional hearings, Axios comes up with this list of "what we know" regarding the ongoing investigation:

We now know several Russian officials reached out to a half dozen Republicans very close to Trump and his campaign, including his eldest son, his closest adviser, his lawyer, and his campaign manager. We now know they took the meetings, often enthusiastically, during and after the campaign.

We now know Russia offered in those chats campaign assistance — “synergy,” they called it. We know now of no one around Trump who alerted the FBI of this effort to subvert our elections.

We now know that 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for hacking the DNC and systematically releasing material for the purpose of hurting the Clinton campaign via WikiLeaks.

We know that Trump associates Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi attempted — successfully, in some instances — to get in touch with WikiLeaks and that they are under investigation for whether they had advance knowledge about the email dumps.

We now know Donald Trump, Jr and others took a meeting with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. We now know Don, Jr., when approached with the promise of dirt, wrote: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

We now know Trump was negotiating a Trump property in Moscow during the presidential campaign — and hid this from the public and lied about it. We now know Mueller believes, based on his court filing, the “Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government.”

We now know every arm of the US intelligence community concluded Russia sought to systematically influence the election outcome. We now know this was an unanimous conclusion, save one dissent: Trump.

We now know Trump officials continued talking with the Russians during the post-election transition. We now know Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions failed to initially disclose any contacts with Russians on their government forms.

We now know Jared Kushner suggested a secret backchannel with the Russians, which had it happened, would have been free of US eavesdropping.

We now know Trump soured on FBI director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and White House counsel Don McGahn in part over their handling of the probe.

We now know Paul Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, lied about his Russia contacts, was indicted, and is going to jail.

We now know Flynn lied about his Russian contacts, was fired and pleaded guilty, after agreeing to become a key witness in the investigation.

We now know Cohen lied about his Russian contacts, was indicted, and then flipped to become a key witness against Trump.

Axios' final note - Robert Mueller knows a lot more than just the above.

Trans Woman Wins Lawsuit Against NY Jail After Being Denied Prescribed Hormone Treatment

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A transgender woman has successfully sued a county jail in New York state for denying her medically-prescribed hormone treatments for 16 months while incarcerated.

From Gay Star News:

In 2013, Jessica Sunderland sued the Suffolk County in New York state. She served a 16 month sentence at the Riverside Correctional Facility.

Sunderland said the jail refused to give her her prescribed hormone therapy even though she had started transitioning two year prior.

‘I had been transitioning for two years prior, and to have everything reverse itself… it was horrible,’ she told The Appeal.

In October, Sunderland won her case against the jail and its medical director, Vincent Geraci. A jury found the jail and Geraci had violated her constitutional rights. The court awarded her $280,000 in damages and $75,000 in punitive damages against Geraci.

According to the The Appeal, the jail kept giving Sunderland excuses about why it was not giving her hormones.

‘It was very uncomfortable to deal with the physical changes,’ she said. After multiple stalling tactics, the jail confirmed that Geraci decided she shouldn’t have hormone treatment.

‘I was told I wasn’t going to get it—at all,’ Sunderland said.

Geraci originally refused to prescribe Sunderland hormones because he claimed it would damage her liver. But also wrote in her medical records it was his ‘preference’.

According to The New York Times, the doctor had shared several anti-trans posts on social media.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stormy Daniels Cancels Florida Gig After Club Owner Calls Her Asst "F*cking F*ggot"

Stormy Daniels
Porn star Stormy Daniels was back in the national news this week as sentencing memos for Donald Trump’s former ‘fixer,’ Michael Cohen, were issued.

Additionally, though, Stormy was getting ink on Twitter last night when she canceled an appearance in Fort Lauderdale after a strip club owner allegedly called her assistant a “fucking faggot.”

According to Stormy, the cancellation cost her $6800, but it was the right thing to do.

Trump To Reporters: Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is Out

Soon-to-be former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

I guess it's official - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is out (very soon).

From The Washington Post:

At the South Lawn on Saturday, President Trump said he’ll announce Kelly’s replacement in the next day or so. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has been the president’s top aide since late July 2017 and has had a rocky tenure.

Trump has chafed at Kelly’s management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. In recent months, the chief of staff’s power has ebbed, and administration policies and decisions have been guided more by the president’s gut instincts than by Kelly’s processes.

Trump is widely expected to poach Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, Nick Ayres, to replace.

News Round-Up: December 8, 2018

Hubby Michael (C) turns 50! Whoohoo!

Some news items you might have missed:

• My apologies, dear readers, for the light posting of late. Currently in Mexico celebrating my hubby's 50th birthday :)

• A new study shows young black men are 16 times more likely to contract HIV than their young white gay peers.

• Woofy luger Chris Mazdzer's 'ice underwear tease' is totally worth the clicking over to kenneth-in-the-212 for.

Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer

• Choreographer Justin Peck worked with A-list actors like Julia Roberts to create a series of short dance films that turn everyday experience into moments of musical magic.

• Chief of staff John Kelly is expected to step down in the coming days, according to two administration officials says Politico.

• First trailer for Avengers: Endgame is here. "Part of the journey is the end."

Over 42 million views in a day.

• Meanwhile, back at Mantamar Beach Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and my hubby's 50th celebration - it's a virtual gay soup.

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