Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump Asks Reporters To Print 2016 Electoral Map

Still trying to frame his election as more than it was, President Trump pulled out an electoral map during an interview with the Washington Post and asked them to print the map on the paper's front page in honor of his 100th day in office.

Via The Hill:

The Post's White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker on Friday said that Trump pulled out a copy of the map during an interview this week and asked for it to be included on the front page alongside the interview story.

"He brought out the map, he said, 'Aren't you impressed by this map?' " Rucker told MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

"He encouraged me to take it home to my colleagues at the Washington Post and try to run it on the front page of our newspaper. I think he was sort of playing there, but it speaks to the pride that he has in that map."
Trump has done a series interviews this week to mark his 100th day as president, which is Saturday.

On Friday, a Reuters reporter said Trump similarly interrupted an interview to show a map with the latest figures from the 2016 election.

It's notable that even with Republican control of the House, Senate and White House, the Trump administration has no sizable legislative achievement. The best that can be said is that the Republicans have "kept the lights on."

David Frum Trolls Trump "Nobody Could Have Known..."

The Atlantic's senior editor, David Frum, trolled President Trump on his lack of insight on the difficulties of being president.

Trump told Reuters reporters this week that he thought being president would be "easier."

Woofy Weekend Spa Time

(via Instagram)

Because even bears need to exfoliate.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Current Situation

Currently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating a friend's birthday. 

It's a "gay soup" kind of day at Mantamar Beach Club.

More wine!

Texas Congressman Weeps While Begging God To Forgive America For Marriage Equality

Oh, lord.

Republican Congressman Randy Weber became a weepy, crying mess on Wednesday night as he begged God to forgive America for allowing gay couples to get married.

Speaking at the annual “Washington – A Man of Prayer” event in Washington, D.C., Weber repeatedly got all teary-eyed while begging God to forgive America for the sins of marriage equality and abortion.

“We have endeavored to try and kick your word out of public schools.

“Father, we have endeavored to take the Bible out of classrooms, the Ten Commandments off the walls. Oh, Lord, forgive us. Father, we think we’re so smart, we have replaced your word and your precepts with drug-sniffing dogs, with metal detectors, with uniformed police officers in our schools. Oh, Lord, forgive us.

“Father, we have trampled on your holy institution of holy matrimony and tried to rewrite what it is and we’ve called it an alternate lifestyle. Father, oh Father, please forgive us.

“Lord, we have gone to killing the most innocent amongst.

“Your servant Moses warned in Deuteronomy 19 for us to choose life so that we and all our descendants might live. Father, we’re killing our descendants and we’re calling it a choice. Oh, God in heaven, forgive us, please.”

Watch the weeping below:

Out Music: Davis Mallory "Loud"

Davis Mallory, of MTV's The Real World fame, drops the title track to his EP Loud.

With a slight bit of fetish (men in cat masks on leashes) the sexy dance tune feels like a summer song. Fun, upbeat and easy to listen to.

Davis says the song was inspired about a crush he had. “It’s a bit outside of the norm of what I usually write and sing about,” he admits. “It was inspired by a guy, another singer-songwriter, who I had a major crush on. At the time, I couldn’t figure out how he felt about me.”

I've previously written about Davis here.

Trump On Being President: "I Thought It Would Be Easier"

As easy as it would be to take the snarky approach, I'm stone cold serious that this actually terrifies me.

From The Washington Post:

Donald Trump spent a great portion of 2016 insisting that being president would be easy — at least for him. HuffPost compiled a number of examples of him dismissing the problems that accompany the job as being easily dispatched. Building a wall on the border with Mexico is easy. Beating Hillary Clinton would be easy. Renegotiating the Iran deal would be easy. Paying down the national debt would be easy. Acting presidential? Easy.

To a reporter from Reuters this week, though, Trump had a slightly different assessment of the presidency.

“I love my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life,” Trump said. “I thought it would be easier. I thought it was more of a … I’m a details-oriented person. I think you’d say that, but I do miss my old life. I like to work so that’s not a problem but this is actually more work.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

News Round-Up: April 27, 2017

Simon Dunn

Some news items you might have missed:

• Olympic hottie Simon Dunn recently had nude pics leaked out to the public. He apologizes for the err in judgement by posting pic of him fully clothed, looking way hot.

• The 2017 Drama Desk Award nomination were announced this morning. Check out the list here.

• Someone chained a cross to a gay street in New York City. And then this happened.

• Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) is dead at the age of 73.

• Alabama's disgraced Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, the homophobic Roy Moore, announces he will run for the U.S. Senate.

• The victim of United Airlines "dragged off the plane" episode - Dr. David Dao - has reportedly settled a potential lawsuit for a seven figure amount.

• White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appears to blame the Obama administration for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's failure to admit accepting a $45K payment from Russia: We only approved him because Obama's administration did!

Meme Of The Day

For everyone who's resisted the current trend of listing on Facebook the ten artists you've seen in concert but one is fake.


Heineken Ad Highlights Communication On Social Issues

In the wake of Pepsi's flop of a social issues commercial, Heineken does a great job incorporating different perspectives into a compelling spot.

The video brings together three pairs of strangers with opposing views on climate change, feminism and trans issues.

With no introduction, they're given tasks to accomplish such as assembling items as a team.

Later in the challenge, their viewpoints are revealed, and they’re given the choice to leave, or stay and have a beer while discussing those topics.

Pepsi missed it, but Heineken’s spot resonates.

Many folks have had to look at whether or not to delete friends from social media over differences, this short video manages to put people ahead of those differences.

I know I'd rather talk, communicate and share perspectives than argue.

And a drink with that conversation might just open a mind or two...?

Watch below. Good job, Heineken.

The Simpsons Version Of Trump's First 100 Days As Prez

While President Trump is trying mightily to frame his first 100 days in the White House as a success, The Simpsons present their own version of the nascent Trump administration where Sean Spicer has hanged himself, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are at each other's throats, and an aide is asking the prez to read a bill that would lower taxes for Republicans only.

“Can’t Fox News read it and I’ll watch what they say?” Trump asks.

Watch below.

Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Is Lowest Of Newly-Elected Presidents

As Donald Trump nears the end of his first 100 days as president - the "honeymoon" you might say - his approval ratings continue to make history.

And not in a good way.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president since such tracking began.

Overall, 44% approve of the job Trump is doing while 54% disapprove.

That's 11 points behind Bill Clinton's previous low of 55%.

More at CNN.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

House Republicans Protect Themselves From Health Care Repeal On Preexisting Conditions

It's always nice when our elected representatives in Congress show us that they understand us, because their lives are just like ours.

Well, kinda.

As House Republicans prepare to, yet again, "repeal and replace" Obamacare, they've included a clause that would allow states to waive out of the Affordable Care Act's ban on preexisting conditions.

In other words, insurance companies could be able to charge folks who've had cancer (or acne) higher premiums than otherwise healthy people.

Republican lawmakers like this policy a lot.

Well, ok, not "crazy like it a lot."

Like, not enough to have it apply to themselves.

The guy who wrote the amendment, Republican (natch!) Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, has confirmed that he and his Congressional cohorts would still be guaranteed the Obamacare protections against higher rates for preexisting conditions.

See? Just like us!


Brian Sims Slaps Back At Homophobic Bigot By Calling Their Grandmother

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims

Now this is how you shut down a bigot.

Earlier this week, some ignorant hater posted “N*gger f*ggot” on the Facebook page of openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims.

Sure - some folks might have just ignored the message, but Sims decided to pull all the hate out in the open by contacting his grandmother.

“David, I can’t tell if you’re just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you shouldn’t have posted your grandmother’s telephone number on your Facebook page,” the woofy Sims wrote.

“She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you. We’ll talk soon…”

Sims later added:

"Dear Bigots, posting your grandmother's telephone number all over the same page you use to post slurs on other people's pages is not going to end well for you. Brian"


(h/t NewNowNext)

Fox News Host Makes On-Air Blowjob Joke About Ivanka Trump

With "friends" like these...

Fox News demonstrates exactly why they still have issues in the workplace regarding women.

Check douchey Fox News host Jesse Watters last night questioning the left for not showing women respect, but then immediately making a blowjob joke about Ivanka Trump and her microphone.

Watters: “Yeah, it’s funny the left says they really respect women and then when they get an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss. So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)
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