Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Julián Castro "Likely" To Run For President In 2020

Julián Castro (image via Facebook)

Finally a guy who doesn't pussyfoot around.

Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration, tells Rolling Stone Magazine he's "likely" to make a run for president in 2020.

For months, the 44-year-old Castro has been hopscotching between Nevada, Florida, Arizona and other battleground states to campaign for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms. He dutifully trekked to the Iowa State Fair in August for a turn on the famous political soapbox.

On the subject of his presidential aspirations, he gave the clearest indication yet about his plans for 2020. “I’m likely to do it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’ll make a final decision after November, but I’m inclined to do it.”

Many in the Democratic Party have been looking for younger blood to infuse the Dems with some youth and energy.

With the Hispanic community becoming the fastest growing minority in the country, a Latino candidate could provide a lot of energy.

We shall see. Get to know Castro better at the Rolling Stone link.

Trump Calls Stormy Daniels "Horseface," Daniels Responds Pointing Out His "Shortcomings"

Stormy Daniels
After a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by porn star Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump alleging he had defamed her by calling her claims of a one night stand a lie, Trump took to Twitter to call the adult performer, among other things, "horseface."

Trump tweeted, "Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!"

You may notice that last misplaced comma basically shows Trump calling himself "a total con."

But Stormy Daniels is not one to stand down. The porn star slapped back with her own biting critique addressing him as "Tiny."

For his part, Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti also jumped into the fray:

Funnyman Michael Henry Explores "Pretty Privilege"

Michael Henry isn't so convinced of the downsides to 'pretty privilege'
Back in August, I covered psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey’s YouTube video breaking down the concept of “pretty privilege.”

In other words, what he calls ‘unearned advantages’ some folks are born with like being white, straight, male, cisgender, and yes, attractive.

Comic Michael Henry decided to take a crack at understanding “pretty privilege” by chatting with a ‘privileged gay man’ (played in the video by Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell).

According to Eduardo, the term is “a scientific term used by doctors.”

“It’s what happens when you have a really great face, a full head of hair, sexy eyebrows, tight ass, quarter-sized nipples, eight inch penis…” explains Eduardo in rapid fashion. “All the traits that gay men unanimously like, and I happen to have all of them.”

But even for those lucky enough to find themselves born to “noblesse oblige,” it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

Oh no, the list of ‘disadvantages’ to pretty privilege can be long, as Eduardo explains:

“I’m always invited to sex parties I don’t have time for, people just offer me drinks, drugs, jobs, I always have to update my Amazon wish list because it keeps getting fulfilled, money just gets Venmoed to me randomly, people always ask me for my Only Fans page and I don’t have one - yet!”
But Michael Henry isn’t so convinced about the “disadvantages to the privileges and advantages” that Eduardo says he receives thanks to his looks.

“Honestly, I think you sound like a moron,” declares Henry. “I don’t feel bad for you, I don’t think that you’re privileged and I don’t think you should be whining about your perceived advantages to which you think is better looking than other people.”

Hooray! Our hero, Michael Henry!

Check out the funny (but pointed) exchange below. And you can find more from funny man Michael Henry at his YouTube channel here.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Sanction The Hell" Out Of Saudi Arabia

During an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham promised never to work with Saudi Arabia again as long as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to as MBS) is in charge of the country.
Sen. Lindsey Graham

As the scandal revolving around the disappearance and death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow, some former supporters of Saudi Arabia are feeling like they've been played.

During an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham promised never to work with Saudi Arabia again as long as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to as MBS) is in charge of the country.

Graham made a point to say how often he's defended the country on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Graham also said he intends to “sanction the hell” out of Saudi Arabia.

“This guy has got to go. Saudi Arabia, if you’re listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself,” Graham told the TV audience.

“I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us,” Graham announced. “That means I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy is in charge.”

This is all while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently meeting with Saudi leaders in an effort to get clear on what actually happened to Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, after Donald Trump initially told the press that Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in Khashoggi's death (which poses some questions about the Trumpster 'believing' who he wants to believe), now he's putting some distance between himself and the Saudis tweeting he has "no financial interests" with the country.

But, then there's this...

It's A "Good Romance" - Lady Gaga Engaged!

Lady Gaga (image via Instagram)
Not only does Lady Gaga have a big, hit movie with A Star Is Born as well as a newly-christened #1 album with the film’s soundtrack, she’s also shared the news that she’s engaged!

Addressing the audience at Elle’s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles Monday, the “Poker Face” singer casually dropped the news by thanking “my fiancé Christian” during her speech.

“Christian” would be CAA talent agent Christian Carino, who’s clients include Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell.

InStyle reports that the couple may have been engaged back in the summer of 2017 but had not made the news public.

But back in January of 2017, the couple were seen being affectionate at a Kings of Leon concert, and were also spotted on the field of the Super Bowl that February.

Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) after he popped the question on Valentine’s Day 2015, but the couple went their separate ways by July 2016 after five years together.

She may sing about a “Bad Romance,” but with Carino, Gaga appears to feel pretty safe.

“Christian is a good, grounding force and understands her career,” PEOPLE quotes a source close to the couple. “She’s in a great place now.”

“When I went backstage, Christian was by the stairs making sure I was okay,” Gaga told the New York Post’s Page Six back in September of 2017 after her concert at Citi Field. “The best part about being in love with someone is having them there to catch you if you fall.”

Other than in love, though, Gaga doesn’t appear to be “falling” anywhere.

Referencing the enormous success of A Star is Born at the Elle bash Monday, Gaga told the crowd, “Never within my wildest dreams would I think my life would become what it has.”

Mother Monster has fallen in love and it’s a “good romance!”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

News Round-Up: October 15, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Big congrats to my buddies, The Chippendales, for their big win this weekend as The Best of Las Vegas' "Best Male Revue" and "Best Bachelorette Party." If you've visited me in Vegas, you've probably gone to Chippendales with me at least once :) #GoodTimes

• Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian met and exchanged gifts with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. You may recall Museveni signed into law the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act which provides for life in prison in Uganda for being gay.

• If you watched the Donald Trump 60 Minutes interview last night, you saw this painting actually hangs in the White House. By artist Andy Thomas, the image portrays a gathering of Republican presidents in one place. #goodgod

• The New York Police Department announced Monday that it has enough evidence to charge nine members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with various counts of rioting, assault and attempted assault that took place last Friday.

• Donald Trump has now nominated openly gay Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This would bring Trump's gay judicial nominees to a total of two.

• Regular readers of The Randy Report know I'm a huuuuge fan of Coldplay. And now there's a new documentary film headed our way titled, A Head Full of Dreams.

The film, shot over 20 years of Coldplay history will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting November 16. For more info, click here.

New Music: Jess Glynne "Thursday"

Randy Report favorite Jess Glynne recently dropped her latest single, "Thursday."

I've been following the 28-year-old UK singer for years now going back to her 2014 collaboration with Clean Bandit "Rather Be," and she never fails to hit it outta the park.

I've found Glynne to be consistently on her game, and she has a voice like no one else.

A few years ago, the singer came out as sexually-fluid you might say, but at the time made a point to say that while she had dated a woman before, she's not into labels.

My kinda artist.

Listen to "Thursday" below. Glynne's new album Always In Between is out now.

'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200

The soundtrack to the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga movie hit, A Star Is Born, debuts this week at #1 on the Billboard 200.

According to reports, the soundtrack sold over 231,000 in equivalent album units.

This marks Gaga's 5th consecutive #1 album, and the first for four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper.

It's also the highest album sales week for a music film soundtrack since 2014's Frozen.

Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the soundtrack’s lead single “Shallow” is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has held the #1 spot on iTunes since the day after its September 27th premiere.

Watch Cooper and Gaga shine on "Shallow" below.

The soundtrack for A Star Is Born is available at all digital download sites.