Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry

With her husband Bill Clinton at her side, Hillary Clinton greeted Iowa with a warm and full-throated "I'm back" at the 37th (and final) Harkin Steak Fry hosted by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

"When Tom Harkin called and asked me to come, I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to say. I've got a few things on my mind these days," Hillary said, then acknowledging her quickly approaching status as grandmother.

Then, she alluded to the obvious:

"Then of course there's that other thing," she said. "It is true, I am thinking about it. But for today, that is not why I'm here. I'm here for the steak."

In a nod to her former boss, Hillary said, " It does really feel just like yesterday when I was last here at the Harkin Steak Fry. As I recall, there was a young Senator from Illinois there at the same time. And I wonder whatever happened to him?"

Hillary recently indicated that she is, indeed, considering another run, but won't announce until January 2015.

I should state here and for future reference: Hillary is my girl. She was my vote in 2008; she's my vote in 2016. I believe in her and I like her fairly moderate positions. I think she's smart; I think she inspires; I think she is uniquely qualified to be President.

Go Hillary.

Little girl's reaction to dad shaving his beard is priceless

Scene stealer: Tom Hardy vs Rocco the dog in THE DROP

In a scene from the just released mob drama The Drop, Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace have a cute scene in a pet store where Rocco the dog may have just stolen my attention from the handsome Hardy.

I have to admit I agree with Noomi's character - "Rocco" is a better name for a dog. "Mike," while a great name for a husband, doesn't really land for me in dog names.

The film also features James Gandolfini, in one of his final film roles.

In theaters now.

Cheyenne Jackson marries bf Jason Landau

Congrats to Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau, who got married Saturday night in Encino, California.

In front of a crowd of 200 guests, including Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini, Alicia Silverstone, and Rebecca Romijn, the two men (who have been together just under a year) said "I do."

Cheyenne posted the pic below on his Instagram with the caption: “M A R R I E D. Life is beautiful.”

The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl - "Spider Pig"

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles sing "Spider Pig" at last night's "The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" in Los Angeles.

One of my favorite ridiculous songs from The Simpsons' canon.

Sunday Silliness.

(h/t JMG)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: We will "all get killed back here" if combat troops aren't sent to fight ISIS

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who seems to support the United States going to war any and everywhere, argues for US combat troops to be sent to the Middle East to fight ISIS.

Speaking today on Fox News Sunday:

"The first thing I want to tell American people, from my point of view, it is our fight, it is not just their fight. I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource or security and this is not about our safety.

"There is no way in hell you can form an army on the ground to go into Syria, to destroy ISIL, without a substantial American component. To destroy ISIL, you have to kill or capture their leaders, take the territory they hold back, cut off the financing, and destroy the capability to regenerate.

"This is a war we’re fighting, not a counter-terrorism operation. This is not Somalia, this is not Yemen. This is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again.

"This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home."

Mind you, Graham has no children to send in harms way. And while he served in the Air Force, he was a Judge Advocate (lawyer), never seeing combat.

Knowing Americans are very weary of war, but horrified by videos of two American journalists being beheaded, politicians are fighting both sides of the "combat troops" quandary.

I think, in terms of public perception (and polls seem to agree with me), that Americans support the idea of air strikes by our forces. But not sure we have the stomach or financial resources to send 10K, 20K, 30K US troops into the Middle East to fight a war that is not currently our own.

Leave your thoughts below. I'd be curious to hear.

Do you want our men and women in uniform sent back to the Middle East?
If so, how do we pay for the costs?
Is America ready for another war that would stretch the national budget at a time when we are just now seeing the effects of a prolonged recovery?

Bill Maher on President Obama: 'History Will Treat Him Very Kindly'

Bill Maher speaking to Charlie Rose on President Obama:

“He’s dealing with things no other president has ever had to deal with. He’s the first black president, they hate him in a way they never hated before.”

“I think Obama’s greatest quality has been calm. I think he’s the calmest president we have ever had. He drives them nuts. They don’t drive him nuts.”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

News round-up: Week of September 13, 2014

Dan Osborne gets naked with the men of Dreamboys

Some stories you may have missed:

• Dan Osborne dances all the way down to naked with the UK male revue The Dreamboys

• George Zimmerman is back, and allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a driver he didn't like.

• A class of commonly-used drugs like Valium and Xanax could raise risk of Alzheimers by up to 51%

• NFL MVP Adrian Peterson doesn't "believe" in same-sex marriage, but he does believe in beating his 4 year old son until he bleeds

• A Wales man was doused with gasoline and blinded in one eye in anti-gay attack

•Transgender high school student named Homecoming Princess in Colorado Springs, CO

Dan Osborne with the cast of Dreamboys

Hubby Michael at Sunset in Australia

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Hubby Michael shared this fab pic of sunset at Gaia Resort & Spa in Australia.

Color me jealous...

Don't sweat the cloudy days...

Nick Jonas Shares His Abs With NYC Gay Crowd

With his new single "Jealous" and his upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom about to debut on October 8th, Nick Jonas is everywhere.

Everywhere including several NYC gay clubs, where he hasn't been shy about showing off his now famous abs.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick gives you abs for days

Caption: "Why fit in when you can stand out! @vman #IDontGetTired #WhoDoYouLove #Se7enPounds"

Courage, character and clarity in young Texan's coming out story

James Alexander

Twenty year-old James Alexander, a student at the University of Houston, has shared his coming out story in a moving and compelling essay for LGBTQNation.

It's really a must read for folks who realize the depth of our fears and concerns when figuring out how and when to come out.

James beautifully chronicles the moment he came out on Facebook to his high school friends and the support he received; and the long and painful journey he and his parents shared in accepting his sexuality.

Just an excerpt from James' story:
My first week in community college I made several friends and kept contact with those I had made at the University as well. I went to class, talked with friends, and then I’d go home to study.

My second week of school I decided to join the LGBT alliance to meet new people who may have been in the same position as me. The club became a haven for me. I felt safe and validated there, but at home things started to get increasingly worse. My father, mother and brother-in-law made several homophobic remarks on a regular basis that ate away at my self-esteem which became apparent after several weeks.

I kept doing the same routine: school, study, sleep, repeat. Sleep became increasingly cumbersome as my mental health started to deteriorate. I started having dreams where I’d speak, but not be heard. Over many of this reoccurring dream I would speak to the crowds of people around me in an ever increasing volume and received no response.

Then, my dreams started to get violent. I remember waking up from a very graphic and brutal nightmare and then knew I had two choices: come out, or sit by while my mental health plummeted. I chose to come out.

Like James, I grew up in conservative Texas. I understand much of the mindset and opinions that are so pervasive throughout the state's culture.

But, I was lucky to have a father who supported my dream of being an actor, let me attend the best school I could get into (even if it was across the country), and when I did finally address my sexuality - he barely blinked.

With all the progress the LGBT community has made in recent years, I think we may have made a mental leap that misses the reality that there are still difficult coming out stories.  Everyone doesn't get a hug and an ice cream cone in these huge life moments.

For some - like James - coming out is a slow, but forward process.  For others, like Daniel Pierce in Georgia, whose coming out went viral when a video of the event documented verbal and physical abuse, it's still a very emotionally raw life event.

The good news is we have strong, courageous men like James and Daniel, who had the clarity of heart to not only stand up for themselves, but share their stories.  And in their stories, other young people will find strength and self-confidence.

I urge you to read James' essay at LGBTQNation.

And remember National Coming Out Day is October 11th. If you are closeted - at any age - and feel you need to talk to someone, reach out to folks who are always there, like at The Trevor Project. Or hell, email me here if you want to share.

Thanks to James - one more important journey that shows it does get better.

Road Rage in Hawaii

From the YouTube clip description: "This lady was looking down at something, maybe on her phone or something else but there was a good car and a half length of free space in front of her so I changed lanes (she was completely still, not moving at all waiting for red light to change).

"As I made my turn I could hear the lady's horn blaring. I looked in my rear view and I could see she was visibly upset. She continued to tail gate me and follow me closely. She then tried to either overtake me or get on the side of me to try and run me off the road. She did this a few times.

"I slowly drove the speed limit and made it to a shopping center near by. At this point the lady continued to follow me and I knew she wasn't going to let me go so I took out my phone and started recording her. The following is what happened."

Please note the small child in the woman's front seat. She's driving erratically, swerving in traffic and cursing in front of the child.

What a mother!

(h/t Towleroad)

Gareth Thomas covers Attitude Magazine naked in bath with bf Ian Baum

Gareth Thomas (L) and Ian Baum (R)

Retired Rugby Superstar, out and proud Gareth Thomas covers Attitude Magazine this month talking on living with woofy boyfriend Ian Baum:

"We’ve been together about a year now. We moved in together after about a month, a month and a half.

"I know so many people gay, or straight, who have regrets and just wish they’d not missed out on something good. I don’t want to regret something, I wanted to give it a go.

"It did seem pretty quick but we’re better than we ever have been after living together for a year. We thought ‘if it is right to us then bollocks to what anyone else thinks.’ If anyone thought it was too soon we’ve proved them wrong as now we’ve got our own house in Wales, we’re settled and life is good.

"I was 39 and Ian was 50. We’re not teenagers anymore and we live or die by our decisions and not by what other people decide for us.”

Rugby superstar Gareth Thomas poses with boyfriend of one year Ian baum in a bubble bath naked

(via Queerty)
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