Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naked John Cena & Nikki Bella Celebrate 500K YouTube Subscribers

Engaged couple John Cena and Nikki Bella promised to get naked for YouTube if they hit the 500,000 subscriber mark.

And guess what?

Even though John thinks it's "not a good idea" they do fulfill the promise.

However, when John drops his half of the 500,000 sign, things take a turn.

Click to watch below.

Round 1 Of French Presidential Election: Macron 23.7%, Le Pen 21.7%

Via The BBC:

The centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round of voting in French presidential elections, projected results say.

Mr Macron won 23.7%, while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, French TV says.

The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to the projections.

The pair now face a run-off vote on 7 May.

Most polls show Macron defeating Le Pen in the second round.

Food for thought: if we elected our president by popular vote, as in France, we would have President Hillary Clinton.

Las Vegas: AIDSWalk 2017 For AFAN

Time to walk!

I got a late start blogging today as I joined thousands of folks including Las Vegas headliners Tyson Beckford, the Chippendales, Human Nature, Melody Sweet (Absinthe), Carrot Top plus Congressman Ruben Kihuen and Coco Montrese (RuPaul's Drag Race) for the 2017 AIDSWalk which benefits AFAN (Aid for AIDS Nevada).

Penn & Teller again served as Grand Marshals for the annual event.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada.

Gorgeous day, gorgeous people, and a gorgeous goal - to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Chippendales with current Celebrity Host Tyson Beckford

Human Nature revved everyone up with some tunes

The Chippendales, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top and Tyson Beckford

Broadway in the Hood sang from Dear Evan Hansen and RENT

In case you ever wondered how short I really am.
From L-R: James Davis, Tyson Beckford, me, RK Kelsey, Okewa Garrett

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Trump Wall 2.0 - Mexico Will "Eventually" Pay For Wall "In Some Form"

Donald Trump repeated over and over and over during the campaign that he would build a "big, beautiful wall" on the US/Mexico border, and Mexico would pay for it.

Welcome now to Trump Wall 2.0 where, according to a presidential tweet this morning, Mexico will "eventually" pay for the wall "in some form."

Got it?


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Erin Moran of HAPPY DAYS Fame Dead At 56

TMZ is reporting that Erin Moran, of "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" fame, has died.

She was 56.

Authorities in Indiana received a call just after 4 PM today from someone reporting an "unresponsive female." When emergency crews arrived, Moran was apparently already dead.

Moran shot to spotlight in the early 70s when she was cast on "Happy Days" as Joanie, the younger sister of Ron Howard's character. She continued the role in 1982 alongside Scott Baio in "Joanie Loves Chachi" but the show only lasted one season.

Erin had a tough time after her "Happy Days" stardom ... a combination of drinking and bizarre behavior that eventually landed her in a trailer park in Indiana. She had run out of money and was reportedly kicked out of the mobile home she shared with husband Steve Fleischmann.

Podcast: Tony & Grammy Award Winner Billy Porter Talks "The Soul Of Richard Rodgers"

On the latest The Randy Report podcast, Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter talks about his new album - Billy Porter presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers.

The collection features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs from Broadway musicals including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Babes in Arms, South Pacific, and The King and I, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart.

Billy is the very picture of a passionate Renaissance man - actor, recording artist, director, playwright and activist.

Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He won the Tony Award, as well as the Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his groundbreaking performance of “Lola” in Kinky Boots. That was followed by joining the all-star line up for Shuffle Along.

Film and television credits include Barry Levinson’s "The Humbling" opposite Al Pacino, Sundance Film Festival features "The Broken Hearts Club" and "Intern," "Noel" (with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams), "Shake Rattle & Roll" as Little Richard, "Another World," "Twisted," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Tonight Show" and more.

In 2014, Primary Stages presented the highly successful World Premiere of While I Yet Live, Porter’s autobiographical play at off Broadway’s Duke Theater.

Hit play below to listen as Billy explains the inspiration for the new album and much, much more :)

Billy Porter presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers is available now at all digital download outlets.

Opening Night: Magic Mike Live In Las Vegas

Cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS Performs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
All photos: Erik Kabik (

Had some feisty fun at the official opening night of Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas.

Channing Tatum and wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, were in attendance having a great time. After the show, Tatum shared a few words with the packed venue, thanking the crowd and friends and family in attendance for joining the cast and creative team for their highly-anticipated opening night performance.

Lots of quick, slick and athletic moves from the good looking MML men. Very much in the same vein as the numbers in the two Magic Mike movies.

From the press release:

Conceived by Channing Tatum and co-directed by Tatum and film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk, the show features sexy and daring themed dance and strip routines punctuated by one of a kind acts from a wildly diverse cast of performers.

There's been some talk of Magic Mike Live "reinventing" the male revue, which I'm not so sure is completely accurate.

For the folks who've taken to comparing the new show with long running Chippendales or Thunder from Down Under, I would say this just a different "flavor" of male revue.

Comparing this new show to the other long-running strip shows is kind of like comparing Broadway's Hamilton, Spring Awakening and Chicago the Musical. All have their own "edge," and all won a lot of awards.

Having seen all three of the shows, I can tell you this - no one leaves any of them not having had a great time :)

Magic Mike Live is definitely fun, high energy. Less skin than you see in other shows; lots of shirtless guys dancing in jeans. If you're looking for a bit more "exposure" than that, you might want to check out the other shows.

The only misstep for me is the hostess for the evening. She's lovely and fun, and acts as a narrative device. But it seems like we see a lot of her. And her talking to the audience goes on a bit long. I'd just edit a bit.

Check out some video below I took along with pics by Erik Kabik (

Welcome to Las Vegas, Magic Mike Live! Lots of room for everyone!

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Cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS Performs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Jackson Williams Performs 'air seduction' in MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Attend Opening Night of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS

Requisite poorly lit selfie with hubby Michael and Channing Tatum

Trump Announces Pennsylvania Rally To Compete With White House Correspondents Dinner

Donald Trump shared via Twitter (where else?) that he will hold a rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday, April 29.

That just happens to be the same night as the White House Correspondents Dinner that Trump has previously announced he will not be attending.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"I am not a hypocrite. And I haven't been treated properly, and that's OK, that's fine," Trump previously said of his historic decision. White House staff announced last month they will also be skipping the dinner "out of solidarity."

But the president isn't the only one who will be offering counter programming on April 29. TBS' Samantha Bee, whose Full Frontal has been skewering Trump since the 2016 election, will also be holding her own event, "Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner," at the Willard Hotel in the Washington. The event will raise funds to support the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump will be the first president to miss the annual dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, since President Ronald Reagan.

Of course, Reagan had an excellent reason for skipping the event in that he was recuperating from having been shot by a mad man.

Stephen Colbert Nails Parody Of Alex Jones As "Tuck Buckford"

Who says Alex Jones of Info Wars is unstable? Other than his ex-wife who's suing him in court?

He's just like you and me.

Well, maybe he's just like Stephen Colbert's character "Tuck Buckford."

I've never really gotten the appeal of Mr. Jones - he just rants and rants and rants, and somehow that's how folks want to get their news?

"Tuck's" explanation for the Tooth Fairy is so spot-on Jones, I literally laughed out loud.

Watch below.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Newsweek: Aaron Hernandez Committed Suicide Over Secret Bisexual Life

I'd seen reports earlier today about this theory, but ignored them thinking they were just salacious, tabloid tales.

But when Newsweek is reporting, you sit up and take notice.

He [Hernandez] was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd—a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time—had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual.

One of the notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch, multiple law enforcement sources confirm. Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.

Ernest Wallace, a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder case, told detectives the victim had called Hernandez a “schmoocher,” which was taken by Hernandez and his companions as a gay slur.

Wallace was also recorded saying during a jailhouse visit with Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, that he would not have helped Hernandez get rid of the murder weapon—a crime for which he is now serving a 4½-to-7 year sentence on accessory to murder charges—if he had known Hernandez was a “limp wrist,” multiple sources say.

News Round-Up: April 21, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Fitness model Nick Sandell (above) is giving you serious "seriousness."

•Xavier Jugelé, the French police officer murdered last night in an apparent terrorist attack on Paris's Champs-Élysées was a member of Flag, an organization for LGBT police officers in France, and a local hero to his community.

• Intelligence gathered by the FBI last summer suggests that Russian operatives attempted to use Trump advisers, like Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

• After meeting with President Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that reports of gay men being rounded up, tortured and killed in the Chechen nation are unfounded.

• With little to show for his first 100 days as prez, Donald Trump is pushing for another run at health care reform. A new amendment to proposed legislation would undermine Obamacare's existing conditions mandate.

• Caitlyn Jenner, who voted for President Trump, now says she's breaking with the Trumpster in a new 20/20 interview airing on ABC tonight. She's so over Trump she won't even play golf with the prez. Watch below.

Hillary Clinton: "We May Never Be Able To Count On Trump Administration To Lead On LGBT Issues"

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

While giving a speech last night at a dinner for The LGBT Center, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned of “clouds gathering on the horizon” for LGBT rights.

“The progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines of, and that we’ve celebrated and maybe even taken for granted, may not be as secure as we once expected,” said Clinton.

She later added, “I think we have to face the fact that we may never be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues."

Clinton also addressed the situation in Chechnya, where gay men have been reportedly detained, beaten, tortured and killed just for being gay.

“In recent weeks, we’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed. And when government authorities were confronted with these reports, their response was chilling. They said that you cannot arrest or repress people – who do not exist. The United States government — yes, this government — should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people.”

The New York Times recently published an op-ed taking President Trump to task for his “record of empty talk” on LGBTQ rights.

As we all know, during the presidential campaign, Hillary was endorsed by just about every LGBT organization in the U.S.

Flashback Friday: Shaun And David Cassidy Sing "Tell Me It's Not True"

I just discovered this clip of brothers David and Shaun Cassidy from the 90s when they were starring (as brothers) in the Broadway production of Blood Brothers with Petula Clark.

As folks know, the song is usually performed by the role of the mother and joined by the full company at the end of Act Two. It's a big, moving company number that brings down the house.

Interestingly, Shaun and David's characters are the only folks who don't sing the song since they are lying dead on the ground at the time.

It makes me wonder why it's the brothers Cassidy singing here and not Petula. Maybe she didn't want to get up and sing that early?

In any case, it's the only time I've ever seen the song performed by the two "brother" characters, and I think it's quite lovely.

Sadly, the world recently found out David is suffering from dementia.

Science: Why Are You Always Tired?

The guys at AsapSCIENCE explain why you might feel tired all the time, and some tips about how to fix that.

Be smarter in 3 minutes - hit the play button below.

Randy Rainbow Parody: "Just My Bill (O'Reilly)"

Randy Rainbow helps us close out the week with this lovely parody of the classic Show Boat tune, "Bill."

But in this version, the "Bill" being rhapsodized is now-former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who recently got fired for his many sexual harassment issues.

I've shared Randy Rainbow's work many times on The Randy Report. Make sure you check out more of his funny, funny material here and here and here and here.

Trump Whines About "Ridiculous Standard" Of First 100 Days Threshold

As we get closer to the 100 day mark in the Trump presidency, President Babyhands looks like he's already setting up to deflect on his failure to deliver on many of his campaign promises.

Check out this tweet he dispatched this morning: "No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!"

The fact of the matter is, even as Trump attempts to spin his lack of legislative achievements into "something," Trump hasn't done much but nominate and get a Supreme Court justice seated.

And, I should mention most presidents get their SCOTUS nominees approved. In fact, you have to go back 30 years to the last time a nominee didn't win approval in the U.S. Senate.

In that we're at Day 91,  let's look at some of the things Trump "promised" to do:

• On cyber-hacking: "I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office."

Remember, today is Day 91.

• On defeating ISIS: "They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS."

Umm, that was 61 days ago.

• Obamacare: Trump told American voters you would have Congress "immediately deliver a full repeal" of the Affordable Care Act on Day 1.

Way tardy - that was 91 days ago.

• Undocumented immigrants: "Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone."

That was... well, you get the point.

The fact is Trump really didn't understand the reality of governing. That you can't just bark and yell and things happen as you'd like.

I'd say, "Well, at least Trump is popular," but I'd be lying.

In fact, according to Gallop polls, Trump has the lowest average approval rating for any president in the history of Gallup polling.

Trump averaged just 41% approval for his first quarter as president.

For perspective, the previous "lowest average" president was Bill Clinton, and his "lowest" was 14 points higher at 55%.

President Obama had an average of 63% approval.

In spite of all this, though, Trump continues to sell his presidency like a used car salesman, extolling features that don't really exist.

Perhaps it's time that Trump stop bitching and whining (and golfing) and get something done.

Liberal Redneck On Trump's Military Flexing - "It All Feels A Little 'Wag The Dog-y'"

Trae Crowder is back with his southern perspective on why President Trump is getting all "Wag the Dog-y" about North Korea and Afghanistan.

"Trump tryin to start like 8 wars at once, because why the hell not? I mean, it ain't like they's anything else goin on."

And then there's the metaphorical tale of "Bobby" and "Randy." Hit play, and it'll all make sense.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jeff Sessions: "I Am Amazed That A Judge Sitting On An Island" Can Block Trump Travel Ban

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

CNN is reporting on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' frustrations with a federal judge in Hawaii who blocked President Trump's travel ban from Muslim-majority countries.

Sessions shared his thoughts during an appearance on "The Mark Levin Show" Tuesday night.

“We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the order,” Sessions said. “We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

Last month, a federal judge in Hawaii, Judge Derrick Watson, issued an order that blocked Trump’s ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries. The Department of Justice is currently appealing the decision.

The two U.S. Senators from Hawaii didn't take kindly to the characterization of "an island in the Pacific" by Sessions:

(h/t JoeMyGod)

News Round-Up: April 20, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Jerry Herman's classic Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! returns to the Great White Way tonight at the Shubert Theatre in a brand new revival starring a reportedly delicious Bette Midler. I made my Broadway debut in the last revival back in 1995 (I'm on the far left above) when Carol Channing made a spectacular return to the role of "Dolly Levi." Wishing this new cast all the best for a fantastic run!

• TIME Magazine names Gavin Grimm, Sarah Paulson and RuPaul to this year's "100 Most Influential People" list.

• Adam Medrano, the council member who chairs City Hall's LGBT Task Force, has made LGBT youth homelessness a top priority. His leadership has led to the creation of Outlast Youth, a collaborative effort intent on finding beds, counseling, health care and job training for homeless LGBT youth.

• On the other end of the spectrum in Texas news, Governor Abbott says he wants to sign a transgender "bathroom bill."

• Turning this year's Pride Parade in Los Angeles into an anti-Trump march is making it tough to attract the event's usual sponsors.

• CNN spoke to to two men who describe being detained, beaten and tortured in Chechnya as part of the country's violent crackdown on homosexuality. Watch below:

"Daddyhunt The Serial" Back For Round Two

Aw, this looks fun.

Back in February 2016, dating app Daddyhunt created a mini-web series, Daddyhunt the Serial, that told the romantical story of young pup, BJ Gruber and hunky daddy, Jim Newman.

It was pretty much a promotional bit for the dating app, but quite fun and flirty.

Daddyhunt has announced they will revisit the woofy couple in a soon to debut second season.

From the Daddyhunt Facebook page:

Their story continues on April 24th. Follow us and be the first to see it!

Watch the teaser below, and click here to watch the original seven minute serial.

Rainbow Flag Inspired Font Created In Honor Of Gilbert Baker

When Gilbert Baker, the creator of the iconic rainbow flag, passed away on March 31, 2017, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Ogilvy & Mather’s design team to create a rainbow flag inspired font to honor the LGBT activist.

They named the font "Gilbert."

Via press release:

“We wanted to create something special that would not just honor Gilbert and his iconic Rainbow Flag but also give the LGBTQ community a fantastic tool to help them create their own banners, posters and signs. People can now raise the Rainbow Flag with every letter they type. By literally embedding the Rainbow Flag into the font we made it possible for everyone around the world to type with pride.”

Ogilvy & Mather partnered with Fontself to leverage cutting-edge color font technologies and produce both a traditional font as well a colorful typeface. “We are all driven by the same passion for self-expression and creativity. Today, we are releasing a preview version of the font and we will iterate based on the feedback of the community. We will also share behind-the-scenes updates so anyone interested in using the font or creating their own version can learn more about color fonts“.

You can download the font here.

Watch the announcement video below.

Today Is National Give OUT Day, Supporting LGBTQ Non-Profits

From the official website:

Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C. to raise critically needed funds.

Throughout the day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a vast array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits.

Since its inception in 2013, over 23,000 individual donors have contributed more than $3 million and supported more than 500 different organizations in every part of the country. With changes and investments being made by Horizons, Give OUT Day’s potential is even greater.

Here's the link to a page with several national organizations you will probably know such as It Gets Better Project, National Center for Transgender Equality, PFLAG, Athlete Ally, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Or you can search from the full list of charities taking part here.

Behind The Scenes At "Broadway Bares: Strip U" Photo Shoot

From Broadway Cares:

#BroadwayBares heads to campus for this year’s theme: Strip U. The wildly popular, modern-day burlesque benefit will explore collegiate life on Sunday, June 18.

Check out this behind the scenes footage from our photo shoot featuring 13 Broadway dancers stripping down for the campaign.

Broadway Bares: Strip U will feature more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City sharing their hearts - and bodies - with an eager crowd of thousands. The 90-minute show features Broadway’s most talented movers and shakers in a highly choreographed, highly produced spectacular.

Using the collegiate theme as a jumping off point, Broadway Bares: Strip U combines the winking humor of classic burlesque with audience-favorite pop music to create a truly unparalleled show. Imagine the Broadway Bares take on a science lab exploding with sizzling chemistry or sculpted studs exhibiting model behavior in art class. You could wait to watch highlights online, but there’s nothing like experiencing the live show where anything can happen.

The 27th annual edition of Broadway Bares will take place at New York City’s Manhattan Center Events - Hammerstein Ballroom & Grand Ballroom (311 West 34th Street, NYC) at 9:30 pm and midnight on Sunday, June 18. Broadway Bares is produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Ticket details are at For other information and merchandise, visit

#TBT To The Joys Of Working With That Bundle Of Charm, Bill O'Reilly

Just one more. Just one more video before we let the Bill O'Reilly thing go, ok?

Just a reminder of what a standup, charming guy The Bill Man was to work with. If you haven't seen this before, hit play. It's quite the performance.

Stephen Colbert Riffs On The Fall Of Bill O'Reilly

Stephen Colbert of The Late Show has some parting words for now-fired Bill O'Reilly.

Along the way, Colbert shares part of the statement issued from Fox News lauding Bill as they kicked him out the door.

The statement read, “By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news.”

Colbert amended the statement adding, “By rating stands, he is. By moral standards, he was a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”

Btw - it's being reported today that O'Reilly will walk away with a golden parachute of "tens of millions of dollars."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alabama: Former Chief Justice Roy Moore Loses Appeal In Court - Again

Roy Moore

Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore lost yet again in court today.

You'll recall Moore, who is virulently anti-LGBT, was ousted for instructing state officials to ignore the landmark Obergefell ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 that made marriage equality the law of the land.

He was suspended last September for the remainder of his term as chief justice after he was found guilty of six charges of violation of the canons of judicial ethics.

Today, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld that decision that stripped him of his power as Chief Justice.

This is the second time Moore has been removed as Chief Justice. In 2003, he refused to remove a monument bearing the Ten Commandments.

Some people never learn, you know?

Moore has been feeding rumors that he might attempt a U.S. Senate run next year for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. That seat is currently held by former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.


NY Magazine: Fox News To Drop Bill O'Reilly Over Sexual Harassment Allegations & Lawsuits

New York Magazine is reporting this morning that Fox News has decided to cut ties with beleaguered host Bill O'Reilly in light of the many allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at him.

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Inside sources say Rupert Murdoch was leaning to keeping O'Reilly as recently as last week, but his two sons have apparently lobbied hard to drop the conservative TV host as news spread that O'Reilly had paid out more than $13 million to end sexual harassment lawsuits.

According to the above article, the powers that be may not give the 21-year Fox News veteran a sign-off show.

Deep Red Georgia Congressional Seat Heads To Runoff As Dem Leads By 28 Points

Democrat Jon Ossoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff will head into a run off with Republican Karen Handel on June 20 for Georgia's 6th Congressional seat vacated by now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Ossoff fell just short of the 50 percent threshold that would have clinched the seat outright. Ossoff garnered 48.1% of the vote in a heavily Republican district. Handel, who got the second highest number of votes, trailed far behind with 19.8%.

To frame what a big scare this is to Republicans, and to President Trump, Price won his seat last November with 62% of the vote. Mitt Romney won the district by 23 points. But, Trump barely eeked out a win there with a one point margin.

Clearly, the lopsided voting last night was a referendum on the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

Democrats were so engaged in the special election, Ossoff raised over $8.3 million - more than four times his nearest competitor.

Ossoff issued this statement last night:

“This is already a remarkable victory. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.”

In a sign of how worried President Trump was about the race, he tweeted four times in less than 24 hours about the race.

This morning, Trump tried to frame the second place showing by Handel as a "win:"

Trump Bestie Tom Brady Bails On Patriots' White House Visit

Today, New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady issued a statement announcing that "In light of recent developments," he will not be able to attend the White House visit with teammates today.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's celebration, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn soon. Have a great day!"

Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, has denied the Donald's repeated statements that she and hubby are Trump supporters.

Six other Patriots players have announced they will be skipping the White House visit.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Podcast: Celebrating The Return Of HELLO, DOLLY! To Broadway

Hello, Dolly! is back on Broadway in a brand new, luscious revival starring the effervescent Bette Midler.

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast, I share some history of the classic Broadway blockbuster including how some songs were once cut, and then, restored to the show.

Who knows the songs "Penny In My Pocket," "Love, Look In My Window," and "World Take Me Back?" All were once cut from Dolly - guess which one is back in the new revival?

BONUS >>>Listen in as I share Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams' performance of one of those "trunk songs," delivered in spectacular fashion, from when she wore the "red dress" in a major production of Hello, Dolly!

First Active DREAMer Deported Under Trump Administration

Sadly, we all saw this coming.

A 23 year-old male, who was brought to the U.S. when he was age 9 by his parents, was deported within hours after being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

And so, Manuel Montes becomes the first undocumented immigrant with active DACA status to be deported.

From USA Today:

Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case, a USA TODAY examination of the new administration's immigration policies shows.

After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.

Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama and left intact by President Trump.

Montes had left his wallet in a friend's car, so he couldn't produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn't retrieve them. Within three hours, he was back in Mexico, becoming the first undocumented immigrant with active DACA status deported by the Trump administration's stepped-up deportation policy.

"Some people told me that they were going to deport me; others said nothing would happen," Montes told USA TODAY in his aunt and uncle's home in western Mexico where he's been staying. "I thought that if I kept my nose clean nothing would happen." He asked that the exact location of their home be withheld.

You have to ask, why wouldn't the CBP officers let him retrieve his wallet to prove his active DACA status?

Montes suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was young which contributed to learning disabilities. But thanks to special ed courses, he graduated from high school in 2013, and has been taking welding classes.

In January, President Trump speaking to ABC News about DREAMers, "They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart."

I think all registered DACA immigrants should be VERY worried. This isn't done yet.

News Round-Up: April 18, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Fitness model/trainer Lony Pizzaro makes a great distraction from Tax Day 2017.

• According to Tourism Economics, the U.S. economy could lose more than $18 billion and about 107,000 jobs this year and next year due to President Trump's travel ban policy.

New York Magazine says Rupert Murdoch is now leaning towards firing Bill O'Reilly from his luxe Fox News job.

• A new poll shows 61% of adults living in Texas oppose President Trump's plan to build a wall along the W.S./Mexico border. And yet, they voted for him.

• And speaking of Texas, did you hear the one about the idiot who stole a rainbow flag from flying at a church so he could leave an American flag in it's place? With the flag was a note reading, “I didn’t agree with your flag so I took it down. If you don’t agree with this one, you can take it down. P.S. there are only 2 (two) genders.” No worries, though - the church figured it would happen some day, and had a backup Pride flag waiting in the wings.

• Even the cops get in on the act at New Orleans' Easter Parade:

Kevin Spacey To Host 2017 Tony Awards

According to the Hollywood Reporter, film ("The Usual Suspects," "American Beauty"), TV (Netflix's "House of Cards") and theater veteran ("The Iceman Cometh," "Lost in Yonkers") Kevin Spacey has been tapped to host this year's Tony Awards on CBS June 11th at 8PM ET.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” said Spacey. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”

Last year’s awards were held at the Beacon Theatre and hosted by Tony winner and Late Late Show host James Corden. The Hamilton-heavy broadcast — in which the hit musical won 11 awards — was the most-watched Tonys in 15 years.

The nominations are slated be announced the morning of May 2nd by Christopher Jackson ("Hamilton") and Jane Krakowski ("She Loves Me," "Nine").

Spacey's hit Netflix series "House of Cards" returns for Season 5 on May 30, 2017.

LGBT Activists Request Canadian Authorities Issue Emergency Visas For Gays In Chechnya

Canadian human rights organization, Rainbow Railroad, has announced plans to assist LGBTs in Chechnya who are in danger of detention and torture for being gay.

Via press release:

With recent reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Canadian non-profit human rights organization announced today an emergency response plan to assist those in danger. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad actively assists LGBTQ people escape danger through its global network of safe routes.

“Since we first received initial reports of gay concentration camps being established in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately re-classified Eastern Europe as a priority region,” explains Executive Director, Kimahli Powell. “This means we’re expanding our on-the-ground contacts as well as increasing our capacity to identify and assess new or alternative safe routes out of Chechnya.”

To assist in this effort, Rainbow Railroad is working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization currently leading the campaign to rescue those facing danger in Chechnya. The two organizations will work together to identify individuals who need to be evacuated – with Rainbow Railroad providing direct travel assistance.

“An important part of our emergency response plan is to support the Russian LGBT Network in their rescue campaign,” says Powell. “This includes fundraising to support the organization while allocating resources to increase the number of people we can support in the region.. In addition, we are formally requesting the Canadian government provide direct assistance to those in need by way of emergency visas.”

Donations can be made on the Rainbow Railroad's official website here.

More about Rainbow Railroad via the official website:

Rainbow Railroad receives hundreds of requests for help every year from countries where LGBT individuals are open targets of violence.

Because the volume of requests is so high, we focus our efforts on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death.

At any given time, Rainbow Railroad is working on 30-50 open cases, confirming their details, putting them in touch with local resources and helping them identify safe routes for escape. As the situation worsens in many parts of the world, these numbers continue to grow.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Trump Worried As Democrat Jon Ossoff Leads By 25 Points Leading Up To Today's Special Election In Georgia

Pensive President Trump

President Trump must be worried about the special Congressional election happening in Georgia today to fill now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's vacant seat.

A Democrat, Jon Ossoff, is leading the pack of 17 running for Georgia's 6th congressional district seat.

Averaging a 25 point lead in polling, Ossoff would need to win 50% today to avoid a runoff with the second place competitor.

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It would be an embarrassing blow to President Trump, and a possible sign of things to come in the 2018 elections, should a Democrat take the reliably red Congressional seat.

Trump's concerns are evident by his four tweets in less than 24 hours on the election.

While Ossoff has never held office, the 30 year-old has the bona fides to validate his run: grew up in Georgia, earned his undergrad degree from prestigious Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics; was a national security aide to Rep. Hank Johnson; and he interned for Rep. John Lewis.

I watched Ossoff make an appearance yesterday on a cable news channel and was very impressed. He's clearly in his element.

In theory, Ossoff will lead the pack today. Only question is can he get to 50% and avoid a runoff?

If he's forced to a runoff, expect all the Republicans to pull together against him, and that could be tough. Republican Karen Handel has consistently held the number two spot in polls. I would imagine she would head into a runoff with Ossoff were he not able to cross the 50% threshold.
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