Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
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.
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
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..
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.
Dramatic video captures near-death bid for selfies in Central Park ...
but I'm more interested in the hunky male models who came to the rescue!
Great headline, horrible policy / Read HERE.
Once again, Trump works feverishly to fix a problem our country doesn't have / Read HERE.
Crocodiles, Bandits, Potholes and Hundreds of Flights a Month / Read HERE.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Gee, I wonder what Trump supporters hear when he says "the media" is the enemy? It's not like they sent pictures of ovens to Jewish journalists for the past 24 months.
And to be honest I'm surprised he addressed the issue at all today, given his eloquent words about it last week:
Mr. Trump's statement follows a week in which Jews and civil rights groups had pressed him to directly address the recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents. When asked how the government would address an uptick in anti-Semitism at a press conference last week, Mr. Trump spoke about his electoral college victory and his Jewish family members. Later in the week, he told a reporter from a Jewish publication who asked about anti-Semitism to sit down.
The Washington Post reports that the self-described “provocateur” was one of the most popular writers on the far-right website that was for years run by current White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. Organizers of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded their booking of Yiannopoulos on Monday, following an outcry after his critics resurfaced videos of him criticizing age-of-consent laws and joking about a teenage sexual encounter he had with a Catholic priest. (You know you're a complete disgrace when Julian Assange comes to your defense with a bogus "censorship" argument, like anyone is stopping Milo from self-publishing his brand of hate.)
I think it's fitting that he would lose his livelihood over what I believe to be the least offensive thing he's ever said. While Trump's followers -- who have brought about this onslaught of anti-Semitic violence and hate -- loved every minute of Milo's vitriol aimed at liberals, gays, Jews, foreigners, Democrats and so many others, his comments about gay teenage boys sometimes having "consensual" sex with adults were indeed poorly articulated and poorly thought out -- just because he doesn't feel like he was victimized certainly doesn't mean others don't -- but hardly the ringing endorsement of pedophilia they have been made out to be. (He's 100% right that pedophilia is adults being sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children, not teenagers who are capable of procreating.)
In a statement, the Queen of Dishing It Out But Not Being Able to Take It said:
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there. I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone."Ha ha! You're a regular Eurotrash Al Capone now ...
I've said it a dozen times before, but I will say it again: Trickle-down economics doesn't work, but trickle-down tolerance does. This AP report that shows teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids is just more reason to be depressed that the Trump administration has stripped transgender youth of the dignity afforded by President Obama to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, which could literally be a matter of life and death. (I repeat: Having your country legally tell you that you are "less than" is a recipe for misery.) Full story HERE.
Remember when regular gays could be deejays and writers and chefs -- now you need to look like this to be a novelist? See what Amazon has by North Morgan for you HERE.
Follow on Instagram HERE.
Do people like this even need to read?
Between London and Los Angeles, the gym and the gay scene, Instagram and Grindr, what it means to be a gay man has never been so bisected. North Morgan’s third novel moves beyond the confines of fiction to examine how homosexuality’s acceptance into society has created a new breed of demons for a generation of men born as outsiders yet living at the forefront of popular culture. Heartbreaking but never far from humour, "Love Notes to Men Who Don’t Read" confirms Morgan’s place as the leading interpreter of gay culture on either side of the Atlantic.
This song is such a classic it's hard to believe it peaked at No. 8.
Did you know gender-bender Brit Marilyn recorded a (demo) cover, which was included on the compilation CD my friend Greg and I produced of the singer's work?
I try to take the day off from blogging and two hunky male models save six teenagers' lives who fell through the ice in Central Park?! Read HERE.
Ethan Turnbull and Bennett Jonas
Follow Bennett on Instagram HERE.
TSA was too busy strip-searching a wheelchair-bound grandmother to stop 11 people go through without screening / Read HERE.
This Russia scandal sadly is starting to have Iran-Contra written all over it, in that people cannot follow the story. Rachel Maddow gives it her best shot, following up on a New York Times piece about a pro-Russia peace plan with Ukraine put forward by a Ukrainian lawmaker and two of Trump's associates. Evidence shows that Trump's strategists and personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, are recommending allowing Russia to have Crimea and for the U.S. to lift sanctions -- and when confronted with the allegation Cohen has given four different version of events after first admitting he delivered the proposal to the White House.
"What is the president's personal lawyer [Cohen] doing meeting with a pro-Putin foreign politician, cooking up plans like this, to drop sanctions and outs Vladimir Putin's political enemies in other countries. Why is the president's personal lawyer doing being involved in that?" Watch HERE.
Knead Slime? These Business Girls Can Fix You Up / Read HERE.
Monday, February 20, 2017
I've mostly stayed out of the Milo waters because I don't really know or care who he is, but do understand that his only goal is attention. (Of course, I used to say "Who the f**k cares about a Breitbart editor?" until one was crowned president.) But in the past 72 hours I have figured out that:
A. What the "First-Amendment-loving" white supremacist homocon troll seems to want is a safe space (to be awful to people) away from all those "babies who want safe spaces" (!)
B. Conservatives are finally turning on him for making a crack about blowing a priest -- yes, there was more to it than that, but the line was funny and of course we know Republicans are nothing if not humorless -- yet they had no problem with men grabbing women by the vagina, sexualizing little girls, rape allegations and a cabinet full of wife abusers -- and actually celebrated Milo for "gleefully aiming vitriol at liberals, gays, Jews, foreigners, Democrats, plus many others."
Damian thinks this is similar to what it's going to take for Republicans to finally turn on Trump, but with a twist. There's nothing Trump can say that will sour them on him -- no matter how atrocious he is -- but the minute he does something unorthodox policy-wise, however minor, they are going to go ape-shit. (I hope he's right -- it would fun to watch.)
Not sure why they agreed to publish it in the first place, but this reversal should bolster his "martyr" status even further. [Sigh.]
Note to moronic "free speech" advocates: The First Amendment protects you from being incarcerated for what you say -- it doesn't give you immunity from consequences of things you say.
Don't be fooled by his pretty face, this college quarterback is bad news.
The Charlotte Observer reports:
Charlotte 49ers quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested on rape charges Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. Olsen is charged with three counts of felony second-degree forcible rape, communicating threats, assault on a female and second-degree sex offense (forcible fondling). Charlotte football coach Brad Lambert said Sunday night he was aware of the arrest and that Olsen, a junior, had been suspended from the team.More HERE.
Correction: I'm told it's Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Kudos to Donnie for picking someone with actual military experience instead of another Fox "analyst" to run the joint.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 3:27 PM
Busy weekend for tennis fans, but no news was bigger than Ryan Harrison -- once a great American hope whose light seemed to be fading fast -- winning his first tournament, defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets to take home the trophy in Memphis. (He beat the U.S.'s other fading hope, Donald Young, in the semis.) Does this mean the Louisiana native may turn out to be more than a pretty face and a hot chest after all?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his first title since 2015 as he came from behind to beat David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov upset Kei Nishikori 7-6(4), 6-4 to win the Argentina Open on Sunday, his first title in five years.
And Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time and won their Qatar Open final 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.