Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What Horrible Things Is Donald Trump Doing to LGBT Americans Now?

I'm glad you asked ...
Towleroad: Donald Trump signs executive order giving federal contractors license to discriminate against LGBT workers. 
Boy Culture: Trump omits LGBTQ Americans from 2020 Census. 
Think Progress: Trump appoints leading opponent of LGBT civil rights to lead civil rights office.

NewNowNext: Donald Trump giving commencement speech at university that bans LGBT students. 
Slate: Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary is an anti-LGBTQ hypocrite. 
Reuters: Donald Trump sent an anti-LGBT hate group as delegation to key U.N. meetings. 
The Advocate: Who would go after LGBT elders? The Trump administration.
But at least he's better for LGBT Americans than Hillary Clinton would have been, which I guess must have meant she was going to round us up into concentration camps and kill us..

Pietro Boselli Plays Strip Rock/Paper/Scissors

Thank god for exhibitionism.

8th Avenue Threefer

A few notable changes on Chelsea's 8th Avenue. The former specialty pharmacy on the northwest corner of 20th and 8th is now Adam's Marketplace, a cute grocery store of sorts. 

Next door in the former Spice Thai restaurant is ... Spice Grill. (Clever, guys.) I'm an Indian food novice but the florescent lighting and cafeteria-style service didn't exactly make me want to take lessons.

And just across the street on West 20th Street off 8th, where Trois Canards had briefly become Cafe Bamba, is now a tiny wine and tapas bar called Lamano. Here's wishing them better luck!

Wrestle Wednesday

Suspect 'Appeared to Be Walking Strangely'

Now that's some crack police work.

Song of the Day: 'Centerfold' by J. Geils Band

This song was so huge I would kill to know how much money it earned writer Seth Justman, who would later produce Debbie Harry's "Rockbird." 

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (03/29)

The New York Post: Teen’s warning after falling through pond: Don’t risk your life for a selfie 

The Daily News: Housing Authority slacking on evicting tenants who commit serious crimes on NYCHA grounds: report  

The New York Times: You mean coal isn't what you think of when you hear "jobs for the future"?

The Wall Street Journal: Riding a Hobbyhorse: Yes, It’s an Organized Sport

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rep. Eric Swalwell: Devin Nunes’s Behavior Looks Like a ‘Cover-Up to a Crime’

Keeping track of the Trump transition team's connection to Russia is exhausting. Luckily for us, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) looks like that guy on the lacrosse team you had a crush on all grown up -- and is ready to explain it to you HERE.

Hunky and pro-LGBT ...

Finally, a Republican sees the obvious.

Tennis Tuesday

You may remember Calum from a couple weeks ago.

Legendary NYC Drag Queen Sweetie Has Left the Nightclub

From HERE.

I'm not a big fan of drag queens. (I'm too insecure to be in the same room with them knowing they will home in on my flaws!) But I did grow to appreciate fellow Detroiter Sweetie (aka Daniel Booth) via her appearances on Sandra Bernhard's "Sandyland" show on Sirius-XM Radio. That she was not well wasn't a total surprise -- I attended a fundraiser for her in 2010 during which Linda Simpson announced that she was having so much fun she hoped Sweetie's health would remain in limbo so we could do one every week! -- but I was not aware that she was battling cancer. RIP, funny lady.

Michael Musto remembers Sweetie HERE.

Dirty Old Rag

New York City's pre-HX nightlife guide. Wait'll you see Michael's other THING.

Cutler Both Ways

Quarterback Jay Cutler was body-shamed when wife Kristin Cavallari posted this photo of the couple on vacation early this year after the Bears' season had come to an end. Wait'll you see HIS ASS now.

A Harry Situation

This Daily Telegraph interview is a dud -- Debbie Harry doesn't like to talk about the past and I don't like when subjects pick fights with their interviewers -- but kudos to Stellar's editor in chief for shooting the photos in a replica of my childhood bedroom in Arizona! 

(Naturally, Debbie thought the setup is "weird.") 


"Youthful" defiance?

Song of the Day: 'Too Up Two Down' by Haircut 100

Unlike most fans, I was completely obsessed with Haircut 100's sophomore album, which saw the guys picking up the pieces from Nick Heyward's emotional spiral out of the band. "Prime Time," "So Tired" and "Too Up Two Down" were all gem singles, and the full-length "Paint and Paint" was one of my favorite albums of 1984. But the LP was a commercial bomb, and then 20 years went by before I found myself in a position to hear it again when my friend Greg and I were finally able to transfer vinyl to digital, which led to the formation of BruisedFruitCDs

Order HERE.

Much to my amazement, quite a few of the albums we were sure would never see digital release have come out in the ensuring years, but sadly the labels waited so long that I doubt there's much of a market for most of them, despite what sounds like an incredible issuing of Haircut 100's overlooked release, complete with bonus disc and 20-page full-color CD booklet with interviews with the principals.

Download HERE.

Oddly, there's also a live Haircut 100 collection from that era that's recently been released. 

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (03/28)

The New York Post: Russell Crowe and I seem to be on the same fitness plan!

The Daily News: Hedge fund boss who lost billions in Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme plunges to his death off luxury Midtown hotel 

The New York Times: Devin? His name is Devin? That's not a name -- it's a major appliance!

The Wall Street Journal: Olympic Athletes Have Nothing on China’s Lunch-Delivery Guys

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fans Say Final Goodbyes to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

I didn't catch the public memorial for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher over the weekend at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles. But they will live on in many of our hearts until we "join" them.

Married GOP Senator Ralph Shortey Planned to Bareback Teen’s ‘Boy P***y,’ According to Affadavit

Just when you thought this case couldn't get more lurid. Read HERE.

Behold Emmy and the Breakfast Club

The retelling of Madonna's early days in New York City is really causing a commotion! More spot-on photos HERE.

Bill Walsh Editing Scholarship Announced at ACES 2017

From HERE.

Exciting news from the recent ACES conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., where my brother's receiving the 2017 Glamann Award was also made public:
The American Copy Editors Society and Jacqueline Dupree have established the Bill Walsh Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a promising j-school student seeking to enter the news editing profession. We're seeking to endow this scholarship and hope to do so with your donation. If you loved Bill Walsh and what he did so well, please consider donating by using the link HERE.
(It's tax deductible; be sure to click the Bill Walsh box on the form.)

Also, Bill's alma mater, the University of Arizona, wrote a great tribute that you can read HERE.

Rob Pegoraro wrote a sweet blog post about Bill HERE.

And this letter to the editor in response to Bill's Washington Post obituary sure made me smile.

If Only Someone Had Warned Us About Russian Meddling

Great piece in The Washington Post about the Trump-Russia connection. Naturally, the King of Projection predicted a constitutional crisis if Clinton were elected.

Key graf:
"For me, Comey’s disclosure on Monday brought nearly unfathomable frustration. I will never understand why he would send a letter to Congress 11 days before the election to let lawmakers know that the FBI had happened upon more emails — which they didn’t yet know the contents of — that may or may not have been relevant to Clinton, but he did not think the public should know that federal agents were also investigating Trump’s campaign." 
From the Sept. 26 Clinton-Trump debate:

CLINTON: Well, that’s because he’d [Vladimir Putin] rather have a puppet as president of the United States.
TRUMP: No puppet. No puppet.
CLINTON: And it’s pretty clear...
TRUMP: You’re the puppet!
CLINTON: It’s pretty clear you won’t admit...
TRUMP: No, you’re the puppet.
CLINTON: ... that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race. So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 — 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber-attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.
WALLACE: Secretary Clinton...
CLINTON: And I think it’s time you take a stand...
TRUMP: She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else.
CLINTON: I am not quoting myself.
TRUMP: She has no idea.
CLINTON: I am quoting 17...
TRUMP: Hillary, you have no idea.
CLINTON: ... 17 intelligence — do you doubt 17 military and civilian...
TRUMP: And our country has no idea.
CLINTON: ... agencies.
TRUMP: Yeah, I doubt it. I doubt it.
CLINTON: Well, he’d rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us. I find that just absolutely...
TRUMP: She doesn’t like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way.

Yes, Donald. That's it.

Sign Language

For heaven's sake! (With thanks to Jay.)

Song of the Day: 'Nights Are Forever Without You' by England Dan and John Ford Coley

Often overlooked for the equally good "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" and "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again," I have a soft spot for this one.

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (03/27)

The New York Post: Always reporting on what's important ...

The Daily News: As opposed to this "frivulous" racism stuff.

The New York Times: Instead of taking a breather after their humiliating failure, Republicans plan to forge ahead with tax reform, which will be yet another gift the country's wealthiest.

The Wall Street Journal: The World’s Least Secure Job: English Soccer Manager

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Speedo Sunday

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hear Them Roar

As our once-great national further slides into fascism, it seems like the perfect time to look back at another insane time in U.S. history -- when women felt like they should be treated as equals. Read about their outrageous demands HERE.

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