Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dress You Up in My Love

ICYMI: Not the first time we've seen the perks of Justin Trudeau in DRESS PANTS.

Trump Rolls Back Obama's Protections for Transgender Students

The sign might as well say I AM A F**KING MORON

Gay and straight Trump supporters alike kept insisting that he "wasn't trying to take anyone's rights away" -- until now, when the administration just told some of the most vulnerable children in the country that they're on their own. How does robbing these kids -- nearly 50% of whom attempt suicide -- of the one bit of dignity they've been afforded help anyone? Just heartbreaking and completely unnecessary.

I would say SEE YOU IN COURT!, only I'm deeply afraid of what that might mean for Gavin Grimm's landmark case against the Gloucester County (Va.) School Board once Trump's anti-LGBT Supreme Court nominee gets confirmed, which is inevitable to say the least.. Make no mistake -- this has nothing to do with protecting children and everything to do with legalizing discrimination. Too bad that horrible grandmother from Illinois was such an evil monster who got paid to speak at Goldman Sachs twice.

From HERE.

Sign Language

This would be perfect for my kid! Seen HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Stand and Deliver' by Adam and the Ants

Had a hoot at the Adam Ant "Kings of the Wild Frontier" show last night at Webster Hall. My partner in crime (Greg) and I are both casual fans -- anyone who doesn't think "Ant Music" is the best song of all time is suspect in my book -- but I found myself appreciating the singer/songwriter on a deeper level with the focus on material coming from albums before his campier solo days. "Car Trouble" reminded me of a vintage Jam song, "Zerøx" showed how the Sex Pistols refocused Ant's musical aspirations, and it made perfect sense to me when Greg informed me that Nine Inch Nails had done a cover of "Physical (You're So)," a thought that would have hitherto seemed preposterous. (You wouldn't hear any guitar-driven bands cover "Strip"!) Still, it was MTV that made Adam a star in the U.S., so I probably shouldn't have been as surprised as I was that it was "Stand and Deliver" that brought the crowd to its knees, a seminal video single from the music channel's earliest and arguably most wonderful days. The excitement elicited an reprise call-back/singalong with the crowd, which made the more muted reaction to "Goody Two Shoes" seem all the more strange. ("Desperate But Not Serious" hit all the right notes for me.) Last night's re-scheduled New York show was the tour's final stop. But Wikipedia shows Ant -- who has battled mental illness for years -- has been touring pretty regularly for the past few years, so be sure to catch him while you can. 

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (02/23)

NASA discovers a possible way out!

NYPD commissioner reminds cops to ignore President Trump’s immigrant deportation orders / Read HERE.

Call me a cynic, but I don't believe a word about Betsy DeVos supposedly being the one championing transgender students' rights / Read HERE.

A Bob Marley Mystery: 13 Crusty Tapes Found in a London Basement / Read HERE.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Man Charged in Cold-Case Murder of Gay Teen in Brooklyn

Been blogging about the gruesome murder of gay teenager Rashawn Brazell for more than 10 years -- I'd see his sweet face on posters around the city and become angry all over again -- and am so pleased a man has finally been charged. 

The New York Post reports:
Cops have finally nabbed a suspect in the gruesome 2005 slaying of a gay Brooklyn teen whose body was dismembered and dumped around the city, but the man insisted in court Wednesday that he couldn’t have committed the crime — because he “can’t even dissect a frog.” Kwauhuru Govan, 38, who was already locked up on another slay rap involving a Brooklyn girl a year earlier, was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rikers Island on a charge of second-degree murder for the slaying of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell, sources said. The severed limbs of Brazell, an aspiring website designer, were found on subway tracks Feb. 17, 2005 — three days after he disappeared — prompting fears at the time that there was a killer transit worker on the loose. A transit worker made the gruesome discovery inside a blue plastic bag. Brazell’s torso turned up at a recycling plant six days later. His head was never found. On the last day Brazell was seen alive, he told people he was meeting a tax preparer, but cops have said that may have been a ruse. Govan was nabbed as the result of a Brooklyn Supreme Court indictment and DNA linked him to the crime, sources said.
Rashawn will never come home, but here's hoping his family can finally find a modicum of peace knowing the monster police say committed this heinous crime is off the street..

Wrestle Wednesday

Chris Long Effortlessly Tackles Critics of His Decision to Skip Patriots White House Celebration

As if I didn't already have a thing for Howie Long's son Chris -- of HOT DAD and SEXY 'STACHE fame. But reading how he shot down moronic criticism of his decision to not go to the Trump White House with his fellow Super Bowl-winning teammates has catapulted him to MVP status in my house! 

Full story HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Harder' by Kosheen

Another one I learned from Damian -- good stuff.

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