Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday 'Stache

When I did a reverse-image search to try to find more on this slab of beef, Google suggested it might be "Edirne." While he does appear to be a big man, I don't think he's quite a city -- but Turkish sure sounds possible! A second, more wholesome candidate HERE.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Remains of the Day (02/15)

The Washington Post: Trump's abuse of power knows no end

The New York Times: Supreme Court to hear case on census citizenship question 

The Hill: Ruth Ginsburg is back at work, but will Justice Roberts continue to occasionally act like an adult?

Instagram: Borna Coric confirms he's single ...

Back2Stonewall: This day in gay history ... forgotten gay hero Don Slater, David Bowie turns down the Gay Liberation Front's Request 

Boy Culture: Join Madge biographer Matthew Rettenmund for the North American premiere of "Madonna and the Breakfast Club"

Towleroad: I adore Ronnie Kroell, but can't stress enough how bad third-party candidates are for Democracy. It's bad enough we have presidents who don't win the popular vote -- do we really want to elect a person who got 34%? (See: LaPage, Paul)

BosGuy: Your Friday just got a lot furrier

Greg in Hollywood: More celebrity VD Instagram posts, featuring Matt Bomer, Ricky Martin and a young Billie Jean King with Ilana Kloss!

The Daily News: Single guy pretends Valentine's Day date stood him up to see if he can get free dinner ... at Outback Steakhouse

The Randy Report: Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate has extreme anti-LGBTQ history

Dlisted: Prince Hot Ginge looking studly in his military fatigues 

NewNowNext: Adam Rippon and Superfruit hit the ice for a new spin on an '80s classic Sexy Frank "The Tank" Dancevic is making a career switch

Page Six: Yikes -- 69-year-old Richard Gere just fathered another child

OMG Blog: Jens Atzorn of Germany goes full-frontal in "Avalanche"

Hot Cat of the Day: This reminds me of me at work

Two of Jussie Smollett's Friends Arrested in Connection With Alleged Hate Crime

Two brothers believed to be the men seen in grainy surveillance video released by Chicago police have been arrested in connection with the Jussie Smollett case -- and they are friends of his. Smollett follows the guys' joint Instagram account, and they have posted photos while using the private gym inside Smollett's luxury apartment building. A lawyer for the brothers confirmed they are friends with Smollett but said they are not the men who attacked him.

Even giving Smollett the benefit of the doubt that he was unable to recognize them if they were bundled up and masked, it still seems completely implausible that they would turn on him and then begin punching while hurling the n-and f-words while declaring that Chicago is "MAGA country." (They're Nigerian.)

I think the only question now is if Smollett will try to pull a Tonya Harding and claim he didn't know his own friends staged an attack on him. I have a feeling in these post-truth times many people will claim they still believe he's a victim, even if none of it makes any sense. 

A friend and I just coined a phrase. It was bad enough when the right didn't operate in the real world. But that this scourge has infiltrated my beloved tribe is truly terrifying. We can blame W and Trump for truthiness and alternative facts all we want. But this is what Russia -- and unbridled wokeness -- has done to us. Let's please get it together before 2020 or else the damage to this country could become irreversible ...

On the Rag, Vol. 547

A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Online edition HERE.

HotSpots (South Florida): Meet Damian and David

Gloss (San Francisco): Your 2019 Oscars guide

Cybersocket: 'Sex: The Series'

Georgia Voice: A moment of Zen 

Dallas Voice: Getting Sykes-d up

Lavender (Minnesota): The homes go marching one by one

San Francisco Bay Times: Report from City Hall

GCN (Ireland): It's better to travel

My Romance

Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Valentine’s Day. My guy and I stopped by Howl Happening for the opening reception of my friend Scooter LaForge’s new exhibition. Then Damian and I saw Albert Brooks’s excruciating(ly funny) “Modern Romance” at the Anthology Film Archives followed by a nosh at our favorite restaurant, Veselka. 

I’m a very lucky man!

Song of the Day: 'Just a Ghost' by Fever High

New single from the upcoming "Avec You" LP, out Feb. 22

Page 1 Roundup (02/15)

The Daily News: The job-killers won: Amazon's decision to pull out of its headquarters deal is a cataclysmic failure of New York's progressives

Morning Wood

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sources Say Police Investigating Whether Jussie Smollett Staged Hate Crime With Help of Others

Very sad if true -- but this story has never sounded right from the get-go. Sure wish the facts would finally come out so we can all move past whatever the fallout is. 

I guess the most incriminating thing now is that one of the people believed to be in the grainy image police released has appeared on "Empire." If your colleague had been attacked in this incredibly high-profile way and you innocently happened to be walking around the area at 2 a.m. when it took place, would you really not speak to the authorities ... until you were picked up by them after they traced a Lyft record back to you? (Maybe if you were hiding something.) Also, Jussie Smollett said he is certain the men in the video are the ones who assaulted him -- only both men are black, which completely undermines the MAGA narrative. None of it makes any sense.

ABC7 reports:

Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday.

A source briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that Chicago police are questioning the two persons of interest -- one of whom has appeared on "Empire."

The law enforcement official also told ABC News that the homes of the persons of interest were raided Wednesday night. Police removed shoes, electronic devices and other items they believe could help them they determine if the two people played any role in the assault, or if the assault happened at all. The two were picked up Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport, police said.

Smollett said he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 in the 300 block of East North Water Street in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. He told police two masked men recognized him from “Empire” and then shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach.

Smollett, 36, is black and openly gay.

Police said they have not found surveillance video that shows the attack. But earlier in the investigation, they did release grainy surveillance images of two possible persons of interest. The photos show two silhouettes on New Street near Illinois Street between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 29.

In a statement released Thursday, police said they identified the two people in the surveillance photos and tracked them down using cameras, public transportation records and corroborating info provided by Smollett.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for Chicago Police Department, tweeted this in response to the latest news:

@AJGuglielmi Media reports about the “Empire” incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. 

Visit CWB Chicago HERE.

Remains of the Day (02/14)

The New York Times: Hot (gay) plagiarist alert ...and he's also a serial liar!

Hot Slut of the Day: Olive Garden's breadsticks bouquet! 

New York Post: Annoying plagiarist alert!

The Daily News: Amazon's decision to pull out of its headquarters deal is a cataclysmic failure of New York's progressives

The Washington Post: McCabe says he quickly opened FBI investigation of Trump for fear of being fired

Baseline: The most surprising player-coach splits in tennis history

Greg in Hollywood: All your favorite gay-lebrities are posted sexy pics for Valentine's Day

The Randy Report: Four men arrested in gay bashing in Austin

NYT: Apparently the indie musician Ryan Adams is a real creep

Towleroad: Check out Poland's first LGBTQ high school prom

Metrosource: An AIDS victim returns home for one last goodbye in "1985"

Dlisted: Steve Harvey didn't get slapped, but he and Mo'Nique did go at it about Hollywood blackballing her 

NBC News: Violent sex offender fatally shot during arrest attempt

CPD: Chicago police questioning persons of interest in alleged Jussie Smollet attack

ACLU: Iowa jury awards $120,000 to transgender state employee in discrimination case

Boy Culture: Feast your eyes on Luke Macfarlane in various states of undress

Outsports: Dawn Ennis named new managing editor of sports site

NewNowNext: Gay Muslim Instagram account deleted following pressure from the Indonesian government

Song of the Day: 'How Do I Make You' by Linda Ronstadt

So when I did my post last week about divas "going New Wave" I got a smidge of pushback about my inclusion of Linda Ronstadt from a friend who pointed out she'd actually recorded an Elvis Costello song before, so the three on "Mad Love" didn't really signify a notable shift. I argued that it was a lot more than her material -- the artwork, her band and her own styling all screamed post-punk 1980 -- but just now realizing "How Do I Make You" might have been an even better pick than "Girls Talk." The reason? even Stephen Holden (formerly of Rolling Stone and now of The New York Times) noted at the time that Ronstadt "frankly imitates Deborah Harry," lead vocalist of defining New Wave act Blondie. (And songwriter Billy Steinberg admits he was influenced by "My Sharona"!) Have a listen and tell me you can't all but hear the blue bayou gal start to threatening to walk down the mall, stand over by the wall, where she can see it all, find out who you call and getcha getcha getcha getcha ...

Page 1 Roundup (02/14)

Morning Wood

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Here Comes Trouble

From HERE.

Remains of the Day (02/13)

The Today Show: Olivia Newton-John biopic, "Hopelessly Devoted to You," airs Saturday on Lifetime

The Randy Report: Someone named Ben Platt came out and everyone is writing about it!

The Daily News: Former Air Force intelligence officer charged with defecting to Iran and conspiring to share top-secret information

Holland Sentinel: Funeral, memorial planned for longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell

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