Monday, March 27, 2017

Orlando Plans Day Of Remembrance On 1st Anniversary Of Pulse Nightclub Massacre


The city of Orlando is planning

Via the Associated Press:

Orlando and Orange County officials want the first anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness. Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12.

An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub. Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola.

Go to the Orlando United Day website for more details.

Oklahoma: Former "Family Values" GOP State Senator Ralph Shortey Planned Bareback Sex With Male Teen Prostitute


Why does it seem it's always the "family-values Christians" that end up being that which they attack so viciously?

You'll recall former state Sen. Ralph Shortey was found in a room at a Motel 6 with a teenage boy on March 9. It was later deduced that he had offered the boy cash in exchange for "sexual stuff."

Apparently, "sexual stuff" meant having bare back sex and ejaculating in the teen's "boy p***y."

From NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City:

Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City who represented the state’s 44th senate district, was charged last week in Cleveland County with three counts relating to child prostitution. He turned himself in last Thursday and has been out on bond since.

He faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution or lewdness. Friday was his initial court appearance and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Court documents lay out lurid messages that were sent between the teen and Shortey. WARNING: The court documents in the link below contain GRAPHIC, DISTURBING and ADULT language. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Shortey served as Donald Trump’s state campaign chair during the GOP primary.

Married to a woman with three children, the former state senator faces up to 25 years in prison.

You can read the affidavit below. Click the image to enlarge.  Warning - ADULT language.



(h/t JoeMyGod)

Season 9 Premiere Of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Garners Nearly 1 Million Viewers


It looks like the move to VH1 for RuPaul's Drag Race paid off handsomely (or is it 'beautifully'?).

The premiere of season 9 garnered almost 1 million viewers making it the show’s most-watched episode ever.

Via Deadline:

The telecast tripled its 8 PM time slot and more than doubled its viewership from last season’s debut on Logo.

The Emmy-winning series moved to VH1 as part of the recent restructuring under the networks’ owner Viacom.

The Season 9 premiere also performed well on social, scoring its highest Twitter volume ever, according to VH1.

We'll have to see if the premiere's guest judge - Lady Gaga! - was a huge impact on the numbers.

The second episode airs this Friday at 8PM with guests Lisa Kudrow and the B-52.

NFL Owners Approve Oakland Raiders Becoming Las Vegas Raiders


I guess I'm going to be a Raiders fan :)

After much discussion, the 32 NFL owners voted "yes" to allowing the Oakland Raiders to move to my home city, Las Vegas.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

The owners voted 31-1 to approve the Raiders’ departure from Oakland for the second time in their tradition-rich history. The only no vote came from the Miami Dolphins.

The vote ended a whirlwind 14-month courtship by business, county and state leaders. In a major coup for Las Vegas, the Raiders will join the NHL’s expansion Golden Knights as the city’s second major league sports franchise.

The Raiders will debut in Las Vegas no later than the 2020 season, when a 65,000-seat domed stadium, to be constructed at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion, is expected to be ready. The site of the new stadium has not been finalized, although the leading location is an empty lot on the west side of Interstate 15, between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue, across from Mandalay Bay.

The Raiders might very well play regular and preseason games at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium in 2018 and 2019, possibly playing fulltime at the site during that time frame.

The Las Vegas Raiders. Has a nice ring to it, no?

Here's to lots and lots of home runs.

No, I'm not the biggest football fan. But - I love the costumes. And if it means Las Vegas will have it's first "big 3" pro sports team, I'm all for it.

Gallup Poll: President Trump Falls To 36% Approval After TrumpCare Debacle


President Trump falls to a historic low of 36% approval/57% disapproval according to Gallup Polls.

No modern day president has seen numbers this bad so soon in their presidency.

President Obama polled at 61% approval at this time in 2009.

Josh Earnest Inks Deal With NBC/MSNBC As Political Analyst

Josh Earnest

Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has inked a deal to join NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Earnest spent 10 years with President Obama in several roles concluding with 3 years as Press Secretary from 2014-2017.

He began his new job this morning on NBC's TODAY talking about the failure of President Trump and House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

It's common for former Press Secretaries to move into analyst positions on networks.

Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, who both worked for Obama, signed on with CNN and MSNBC, respectively, after their time in the White House.

Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, joined CNN as a contributor.

Video: TrumpCare Gets "Super Deluxe" Treatment


Vic Berger gives Trumpcare the "Super Deluxe" treatment.

Kick back and enjoy...

Ready For Monday


Fitness model Nick Sandell is always ready for Monday, shirt or no shirt.

AP: North Carolina's "Bathroom Bill" Will Cost State Economy $3.7 Billion Over 12 Years


Adding more details to what we already knew, the Associated Press is reporting on the huge losses to the North Carolina economy thanks to passing it's now infamous "bathroom bill," HB2.

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state’s biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.

North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won’t be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott.

Still, AP’s tally is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs. The count includes only data obtained from businesses and state or local officials regarding projects that canceled or relocated because of HB2. A business project was counted only if AP determined through public records or interviews that HB2 was why it pulled out.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jennifer Hudson Raises The Roof At G-A-Y In London With "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"


After taping an episode of the UK's The Voice, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson headed over to G-A-Y at Heaven nightclub in London. And she brought some music with her - you know, just in case...

Along with several songs, she delivered a fierce, roof-raising performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls.

She is in very, very good voice here. Watch below:



(h/t Towleroad)

Lady Gaga: Gay Men Have Lifted Me Up Through Changes In My Life


On the season premiere of Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race, the after-show where the queens let down their hair, guest Lady Gaga shared her personal feelings about the “gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman.”

Valentina thanked Lady Gaga for all she does for the gay community.

Gaga, touched, had this to say:
“I appreciate you saying that. I’m not a gay woman, you know? And it’s that touchy sort of subject where can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through, right?

"But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life.”

“Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman. And I don’t know that a lot of people would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve through ― you have survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving. So thank you for that.”

Watch the full episode of Untucked below. Gaga enters at the 14:40 mark.

Matt McGorry Is Twerking For The Weekend


I've had a celeb crush on Matt McGorry since his Orange Is The New Black days, and on into his run on How To Get Away With Murder.

But this kills me. Boy has got some moves!

A post shared by Matt McGorry (@mattmcgorry) on


(h/t Boy Culture)

Ted Koppel Schools Sean Hannity On Responsible Journalism


On CBS Sunday Morning, veteran journalist Ted Koppel schools Fox News' Sean Hannity on the responsibilities of journalism.

In the first clip, Hannity explains that shows like his have become the "editorial" pages of America.

Koppel shoots back, "I'm against the editorial pages taking over from the front pages."



In this second clip, Koppel is even more direct.

Hannity: You think we're (political opinion shows) bad for America?

Koppel (to his face): Yeah.



Here's the full segment. Well worth watching.

Trump Slaps At House Freedom Caucus For Healthcare Failure


After initially blaming House Democrats for the Republicans failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare on Friday, this morning President Trump took a swipe at the far-right House Freedom Caucus for their hand in blocking the legislation.



According to CNN, it was those same Freedom Caucus members that Trump told on Thursday to "forget about the little shit - focus on the big picture here." That "big picture" being a win for his first legislative attempt, and ultimately his reelection.

Freedom Caucus members told the press they didn't think Trump cared what the bill was as long as it passed.

"I got the sense that he had delegated a lot of the specifics to White House personnel and/or Paul Ryan and/or house leadership, and he was going to support whatever they came up with regardless of good or bad, as long as it was some kind of repeal and replacement," said the caucus member, who asked not to be quoted by name in order to talk freely about the private meeting.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Podcast: Bette Midler On Broadway, RuPaul Gets His Own "Origins" TV Series


In this week’s headlines on The Randy Report podcast:

• Reports say Bette Midler’s performance in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway is a killer, and that was almost the truth

• An 18 year old gay rodeo cowboy says he’s not going to be corralled back into the closet

• RuPaul is getting his own "origins" TV series

• Gloria Gaynor is headed to the Library of Congress

• Taiwan could be the first nation in Asia to legalize marriage equality

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

Click here to subscribe to The Randy Report podcast on iTunes for free.

First Full Trailer For Upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie


First full trailer for the upcoming Justice League movie from Warner Brothers released this morning.

Synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.

But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Squee!!!! It's all about Jason Momoa's "Aquaman," kids :)

In theaters November 2017.

Watch below:




Oops - Conservative Super-PAC Runs Ads Thanking GOP For Repealing Obamacare


Oops.

The Republican super-PAC, American Action Network, prematurely bought air time to congratulation House Republicans for keeping their promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Except - as we all know - the House GOP failed to pass their own legislation yesterday.

In fact, there wasn't even a vote.

NCAA basketball fans were probably confused when these ads ran in several markets last night.

This really is amateur hour, isn't it?

Just Because...


Designer Matthew Camp gives you a look under his hood.

Why is it my mechanics never, ever, never look like this...?

Trump Tweet: Don't Worry, ObamaCare Will Explode


In the aftermath of President Trump's first big legislative attempt (and failure) we get the Saturday morning tweet you knew would come.

Yesterday, Trump blamed House Democrats for the demise of the American Health Care Act. Even though the Republicans have a majority in the House, they couldn't get their act together for even the barest majority.

So, I'm not sure how the Dems, who weren't even consulted on the bill, could be to blame.

Today, Trump tweets, "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!"

Surprise! Oklahoma Legislature Kills Two Anti-LGBT Bills


It's not often we get good news regarding LGBTs in Oklahoma.

But this past Thursday, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted down a bill that would have blocked local municipalities from passing their own ordinances that would protect LGBTs from housing and employment discrimination.

Oklahoma has no statewide protections for LGBT citizens.

Republican state Sen. Josh Brecheen, who authored the bill, said his intent was to protect the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of Oklahomans. But the state Senate gave the legislation a thumbs down by a vote of 25-18.

Clearly those lawmakers have seen what happened over in North Carolina and Indiana when anti-LGBT laws were passed.

A second measure, which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTs, was withdrawn after Brecheen's bill went down.

Rugby Star Thom Evans Goes Bare For Charity

Thom Evans - photo: Daniel Jeams

Thom Evans, former Scottish international rugby union player, will auction off the beguiling and provocative photo above (shot by British fashion photographer Daniel Jaems) to raise money for UK’s leading sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust.

The charity works to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health and provide services to people with, affected by, or at risk of contracting HIV.

The Auction, the Trust's major annual event, will be held on April 11. Bids for Evans seductive snap will begin at $2,000.

Evans focus shifted to modeling after a 2010 neck injury brought his rugby career to a close.

You may recall Evans previous work for the Dieux Du Stade calendar.

Check out this bonus shot Evans shared from the Jaems shoot on his Instagram below.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meme Of The Day


Remix: Maroon 5 "Cold" (Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix) Featuring Future


In honor of the "Cold" reality of governing that hit President Trump today in his big loss on healthcare, let's groove into the weekend with the Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix of Maroon 5's new single “Cold” ft Future today.

Happy Friday!

Listen below.

Trump Chokes As First Legislative Effort Fails With No Vote On Healthcare


After much posturing and drama right down to the wire, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote to avoid an embarrassing, lop-sided defeat.

In a recent Quinnipiac poll, the legislation only had 17% support from the American people.

President Trump, the man who campaigned on his reputation as "master negotiator," and "the closer," couldn't close this deal. Although White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters over and over today that Trump "left everything on the field" to get the bill approved, not only did he not get the ball into the end zone, he whiffed on the kickoff.

Via The Hill:

“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” Trump said, flanked by Vice President Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the Oval Office.

“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own ObamaCare,” the president added, referring to the House and Senate Democratic leaders.

But he said he would be “open” to working with Democrats on healthcare again if ObamaCare “explodes.” “When it explodes, which it will soon, if they got together with us and we got a real healthcare bill, I would be totally open to it, ” Trump said.

In truth, the effort failed because far-right Freedom Caucus House members didn't like the bill, even though concessions were made to pull in their votes.

I think Trump mentioned being "open" to working with the Democrats in the future as a way to let the Freedom Caucus know he could potentially go around them and instead work with more moderate Dems and Repubs.

Ultimately, I don't think the actual details of legislation is that important to Trump. I think he just wants to win and be popular. Perhaps this thumping might encourage him to work with the Democrats a bit.

But make no mistake, this was a loss; a loss for the guy who said folks were going to be "tired of winning, winning, winning."

Speaker Ryan took the loss in more manly manner, admitting the difficulties of being a "governing" party now.

From CBS News:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the U.S. is “going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future” after he abruptly canceled a scheduled vote on the contentious Republican health care bill Friday. “Obamacare is the law of the land, and it will remain the law of the land until it’s replaced,” Ryan said.

“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains,” Ryan told reporters Friday afternoon. “We’re feeling those growing pains today.” The failure to bring the bill to a vote is a major embarrassment for President Trump, Ryan and congressional Republicans, who had vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2010. “We came really close today, but we came up short,” Ryan said.

So, let's look at the scoreboard:

• Muslim ban failed twice
• National Security Adviser Mike Flynn resigned
• Mexico won't pay for the wall
• FBI investigating Trump & Russia
• No evidence of wire tap at Trump Tower
• Trumpcare failed

Winning?

Science: "Is Eating Pot Actually Better For You?"


The smart guys at AsapSCIENCE ponder the question, "Is eating pot actually better for you?"

Watch below to find out:

NCAA To North Carolina: Kill HB2 Or Lose Championship Games For Five Years


Yesterday, the NCAA reaffirmed it's position against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, HB2.

With upcoming deadlines looming for the decisions on championship sites for the next five years, the NCAA's message is clear - either change the hateful bathroom law or "no championship games for you!"

“Last year, the NCAA Board of Governors relocated NCAA championships scheduled in North Carolina because of the cumulative impact HB2 had on local communities’ ability to assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events. Absent any change in the law, our position remains the same regarding hosting current or future events in the state. As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championships site selections for 2018-2022 based upon bids received from across the country. Once the sites are selected by the committee, those decisions are final and an announcement of all sites will be made on April 18.”

Top House Intel Committee Dem: Chairman Nunes Trying To "Choke Off" Info To Public


Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff says the chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, didn't share info with committee Republicans or Democrats: "All of us are essentially in the dark."

Schiff also told reporters today that Chairman Nunes has cancelled an open hearing of the Intel Committee to "choke off" information to the public.

Gay Cowboy To Haters: "I Will Always Be Out And Proud"


Australian gay rodeo cowboy, Josh Goyne, saw a video he recorded in February go viral as he told viewers he intends to stand up to homophobia

Goyne says in the video:
Today I was attacked for being an openly gay cowboy. They think they’re gonna silence me but there’s no chance in hell. They think they’re gonna stop me from riding in this weekend’s rodeo. Not a chance in hell. I will proudly stand up to any homophobe and say right to their face that I’m a proud openly gay cowboy.It doesn’t make you any less of a person – nor be it, a cowboy.

Rural Australia has a terrible problem with homophobia and it needs to stop.

The fact that I am getting death threats just from going to a rodeo is disgusting and these people are the scum of the Earth. I have zero respect for them and I hope they get their comeuppance.

People think that homophobia doesn’t exist in the rode circuit but it certainly does. I face it daily, and it’s really sad that it still happens in the 21 century.

Today I was asked if I thought it was good that gays died of AIDS, and he also said he wished it was 1850 so he could go and shoot me for being a fag. Kudos to you mate. You’re a real prick and I hope everything that comes to you is karma.

The gay cowboy will never be silenced. I will forever be an openly gay cowboy. I will happily give a voice to those too scared to speak up and be who they are and I will always be out and proud.”

Goyne says the reaction to the video has been "99.9% brilliant," adding that straight cowboys have offered to stand with him at rodeos if he encounters trouble.

Watch below:



(h/t Towleroad)

Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chair, Volunteers To Interview With House Intel Committee


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes announced at a press conference today that Paul Manafort, former Donald Trump campaign chair, has volunteered to be interviewed by the committee.

While it's admirable he "volunteered," Manafort was going to have to testify before this committee no matter what.

Taiwan's Constitutional Court Hears Arguments For Marriage Equality

A panel of 14 judges will hear a case today that could make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize marriage equality.

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and the Taipei city government filed the petitions with the Constitutional Court asking for a ruling on whether Taiwan's civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is constitutional.

The ruling, expected within two months, would be legally binding. If the law is found to be unconstitutional, Taiwan's parliament would have to change the laws to accommodate same-sex couples.

President Tsai Ing-wen has previously said she would support marriage equality.

Crossfit: How To Get "Glutes That Salute"


Crossfit guy Nick VanDenbeld shows you just what it takes to get that ass off the grass.

Watch below.

p.s. I know what you're looking at :)


(h/t Boy Culture)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy National Puppy Day


Did someone say, "National Puppy Day?"

How could I not post a pic of my handsome bestie - Bruno the wonder dog. I call this his "headshot."

This was when the Brun was about one year old. We're about to celebrate his 15th b-day this June.

Hope you all give a scratch and pet and treat to the puppy nearest to you.

Warner Brothers Teases In Advance Of JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer


With a full trailer promised for Saturday, Warner Brothers started sharing teases for the upcoming Justice League flick.

Via Deadline:

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is set for a November 17 release. In addition to Affleck and Momoa, the DC superhero mash-up stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg, with Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Amber Heard (Mera), Jeremy Irons (Alfred) and J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), with Willem Dafoe, among many others, also appearing. The script is by Chris Terrio.

Here’s the official logline: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

So far, we've had quickies for Jason Momoa's "Aquaman" and Ben Affleck's "Batman."

Watch below as I geek out :)



TBT: Hugh Jackman Got Footage Of His Penis At "Wolverine" Wrap Party


Hugh Jackman's latest movie, Logan, is still raking in the cash at the box office having grossed $525 million worldwide thus far.

The film has the trilogy's first R rating, but according to a 2009 Jackman interview with Howard Stern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine might have gotten there first if not for some digital blurring.

In the interview, Stern asks Jackman if he has any issues appearing nude on film. Jackman indicated "no" saying he was offered coverage, but the movie set was "just like college."

Jackman went through shooting scenes fully naked which were eventually addressed by digital magic. Obviously, none of the full frontal footage made it into the film.

But, at the wrap party, Jackman got a surprise gift from the crew.

"When we finished the film, my wrap gift from the director [Gavin Hood] was a bag which had all the film cut off with my dick in it, " Jackman said. "So, I got frames of film, and I am looking, going, 'OK, hello!'"

Of course, Stern being Stern, he had to ask about hunky Hugh's endowment. Said Jackman, "It's pretty good, I think. I'm fine."

(source)

Today's House Trumpcare Vote Cancelled

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Lacking the necessary votes to pass the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, today's vote on the American Health Care Act has been cancelled by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Earlier today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declared with confidence there was no need for a "Plan B" because the legislation would pass tonight.

Trump: "Most People" Don't Know Lincoln Was A Republican


Pretty much anytime President Trump uses the phrase, "Most people don't even know...," you can bet it's information he just found out.

While speaking about President Lincoln at a rally earlier this week, Trump said "Most people don't even know he was a Republican, right? Does anyone know?..."

I think "most people" know the Republican party is called "the party of Lincoln."

Watch below:

Virginia Governor Vetoes Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Breaking the record for most vetoes by a Virginia governor, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has torpedoed two "religious freedom" bills passed by the Republican-led legislature.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

McAuliffe, a Democrat in the last year of his four-year term, vetoed the bills during a live radio appearance on Washington's WTOP, calling them "another attempt to "stigmatize" LGBT Virginians.

"You already have religious protection. Why would you push this bill out that does absolute nothing?," McAuliffe said. "All you're doing is trying to divide people. And I"m just not going to tolerate it."

The vetoes of House Bill 2025 and Senate Bill 1324 are McAuliffe's 90th and 91st, pushing McAliffe past the previous 90-veto record set by former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore.

McAuliffe had already vetoed bills this year would legalize switchblades for some purposes, defund Planned Parenthood, allow homeschooled students to play on public-school sports teams, let military members under 21 apply for concealed handgun permits and add photo ID requirements for absentee ballots.

Democrats derided the two bills as anti-LGBT and discriminatory while Republicans framed the legislation as protecting "religious freedoms."

Language in the bills allowed individuals the right to refuse to participate in a same-sex marriage based on "sincerely held religious belief" or "moral conviction." This right already exists in the First Amendment.

Lacking veto-proof majorities, Republicans have not been able to override any of McAuliffe's 91 vetoes.

Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish issued a statement of support for the veto:

“Equality Virginia applauds Governor McAuliffe for fulfilling his promise to veto this discriminatory and destructive bill. We recognize that religion is a vital part of many Virginians’ daily lives, but HB 2025 does not protect religious liberty. Instead, it provides a license to discriminate against loving LGBTQ families; furthermore, its broad and vague definition of ‘person’ would set a dangerous precedent for discriminatory individuals and groups to be protected by our religious freedom laws.”

Congressman Adam Schiff Twitter Burns Trump


As President Trump claims he is "somewhat vindicated" in his claims that President Obama ordered a wire tap on the phones at Trump Tower, Rep. Adam Schiff (ranking member of the House Intelligence committee) got a bit sassy today trolling the prez with the above tweet.

FTW!

Theatergoer Collapses During Bette's Hello, Dolly! - "I'd Sooner Die Than Miss Act 2!"


According to The New York Post, a theater patron fell ill during the first act of the already-blockbuster Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler.

But the theater-goer refused to leave. Check this out :)

At the Bette Midler show — which has instantly become Broadway’s hottest ticket, raking in $1.4 million in its first five performances — a source told us, “Around halfway through the first act,” an audience member visiting from LA “started to feel dizzy and made his way to the aisle. But he lost consciousness and collapsed before the end of his row.”

The show was halted, and paramedics were called and took him to the lobby. “When he regained consciousness, they checked his vitals and insisted he should go straight to the hospital,” the source said. The guy refused, exclaiming, “I’d sooner die than miss Act 2!” Producer Scott Rudin even invited him to come see the show again.

I've had several friends who have seen the show and raved. The production already has a $40 million advance sale.

Assuming Bette doesn't do more than a year - and that the show is going to be a smash hit - who could possibly replace with equal star power?

Trump Rages At New Reports Tying His Campaign To Russian Leaks During Election "Such Dishonesty!"


In response to reports from major networks that the FBI has found credible information connecting Trump associates with Russian operatives who may have leaked stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee last summer, President Trump took to Twitter to lambast the "totally biased and fake news:"



While Trump singles out NBC and ABC, I've seen the same story on several other networks including CNN and MSNBC.

Gov. Mike Huckabee Stands Up For NEA Funding

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee
Here's an unexpected Republican plea to President Trump on behalf of saving the National Endowment for the Arts, which Trump has proposed eliminating entirely.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is an amateur musician himself, pens this op-ed for the Washington Post in support of the arts program that makes up .004 percent of the federal budget.

Huckabee doesn't miss his chance along the way to take a swipe at "high-dollar Hollywood stars," though.

An excerpt:

Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice for president. I was. But he was my second choice, and I’m proud that I supported him. In tackling the federal budget, he faces a debt that has doubled to $20 trillion in the past eight years. No doubt a chainsaw seems more appropriate to the task at hand than a carving knife, but I would urge my president and friend to hold back from one tiny area of the budget whose elimination would cost far more than it would save.

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts might seem expendable — especially given how often celebrity artists insult and even threaten the president. But such hateful high-dollar Hollywood and music-industry stars don’t receive anything from the NEA, and they shouldn’t. Not because of their insufferable political whining, but because they get rich selling their talents to the highest bidder in the private sector. I have zero interest in spending a dime of tax money to prop up those who hate the president and the tens of millions who elected him.

I do care greatly about the real recipients of endowment funds: the kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all. They’re the reason we should stop and recognize that this line item accounting for just 0.004 percent of the federal budget is not what’s breaking the bank.

Participation in the arts leads to higher grade-point averages and SAT scores, as well as improvements in math skills and spatial reasoning. Do we want students who are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to have academic success, particularly in math and science? Music and art deliver, especially for students likely to get lost in an education assembly line that can be more Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” than about creative thinking and problem solving. Creativity finds cures for diseases, creates companies such as Apple and Microsoft and, above all, makes our culture more livable.

Huckabee closes with the admission that, while he's all for saving federal dollars and cutting government waste, "I’m not for cutting and killing the hope and help that come from creativity."

Senate Democrats Plan To Filibuster Judge Gorsuch Nomination For SCOTUS

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

The Washington Post is reporting that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced Senate Democrats will filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

With a slim 52 member majority in the Senate, this move will make crossing the 60 vote procedural hurdle difficult for the Republicans.

Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump, Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

Gorsuch is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology,” Schumer added. “He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”

The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, was one of two organizations that provided a list of names to President Trump to consider for his Supreme Court nomination. One of the group’s top leaders, Leonard Leo, is on leave from the organization as he advises Trump on the Supreme Court confirmation process and other picks to fill vacancies on the federal appeals courts.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee became increasingly frustrated by Gorsuch’s bland answers. “You have been very much able to avoid any specificity like no one I have ever seen before,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BREAKING: FBI Info Suggests Trump Associates May Have Coordinated With Russians

FBI Director James Comey

The FBI says the bureau has info that indicates Team Trump associates communicated with Russian operatives to possibly work with Russian operatives to release damaging Clinton info during the 2016 campaign.

From CNN:
This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power."

The White House did not comment and the FBI declined to comment.

Happy Hump Day

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Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn Never Signed Trump's "Ethics Pledge"


Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn never signed the ethics pledge President Trump required of all his White House employees.

The pledge would bar Trump's appointees from ethically questionable lobbying activities.

Via The Daily Beast:

The pledge, imposed by executive order a week after President Donald Trump took office, bars all federal appointees from lobbying their former colleagues for five years after leaving the administration and bans them from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments for life.

Confirmation that Flynn did not sign the pledge comes amid controversy over his lobbying last year on behalf of a company linked to the Turkish government. Flynn belatedly acknowledged that the work may have benefitted that government and notified the Justice Department’s foreign agent division months after the work took place, and after he had resigned from his White House post.

The pledge was part of President Trump's "drain the swamp" promise.

A spokesperson for Flynn said he plans to honor the pledge "voluntarily."

Uh-huh.

Colorado: Conservative Radio Host Steve Curtis Charged With Voter Fraud & Forgery

Conservative radio host Steve Curtis speaking to reporter

It turns out there WAS voter fraud in the 2016 election.

And it was committed by a Republican in Colorado.

From the Washington Post:

The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud.

“It seems to me,” Curtis said in the 42-minute segment, “that virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.”

On Tuesday, Colorado prosecutors threw a wrench into that already dubious theory, accusing Curtis of voter fraud for allegedly filling out and mailing in his ex-wife’s 2016 ballot for president, Denver’s Fox affiliate reported.

Curtis, 57, was charged in Weld County District Court with one count of misdemeanor voter fraud and one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony, according to local media.

The case is the only voter fraud investigation related to the 2016 election that has resulted in criminal charges in the state, the Colorado secretary of state’s office told Denver’s ABC affiliate.

Curtis has not entered a plea. If convicted, he could face more than a year of prison time and a $5,000 fine. His attorney, Christopher Gregory, declined to comment on the case when reached by The Washington Post Tuesday night.

During his radio show about voter fraud, Curtis alleged there was “something about being a Democrat,” he said, that made people prone to criminal behavior. Kinda ironic now, huh?

Why is it always the ones who make the accusations that end up being the guilty ones?



Watch Curtis dodge questions from a reporter below:

Wall Street Journal: Trump "Clings To His Assertions Like A Drunk To An Empty Gin Bottle"


Wow.

Op-ed from conservative newspaper, the Wall Street Journal:

If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the

damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

Yet the President clings to his assertions like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.
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