Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trump Spends More Taxpayer Money In One Month On Vacations Than Obama In A Year


President Trump, who used to denounce the vacations President Obama took due to the American taxpayer having to foot security bills, isn't having any problem spending taxpayer money on himself.

From The Independent:

The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3m.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch estimated Mr Obama’s travel expenses totalled an average $12.1m in each of his eight years in the White House.

“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the President should recognise that,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, speaking to the Washington Post.

“The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.

“Going down [to Mar-a-Lago] ain’t free.”

The three Mar-a-Lago trips in Palm Beach cost the federal treasury around $10m, based on figures used in an October government report analysing White House travel.

This includes cash for coast guards to patrol the exposed shoreline.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw also says it has cost local taxpayers $360,000 in police overtime for his three weekends in Florida since 20 January.

Each trip to Mar-a-Lago reportedly costs taxpayers $3 million.

During the campaign, Trump told the press he "would rarely leave the White House" if he were president. Only one month into his administration, he's made three trips already to Mar-a-Lago.

Back in the day, Trump was often critical of President Obama for what he considered excessive spending on behalf of the American people.

No such reservations now, huh?



Andrew Christian Wishes You Wet & Wild 'Liquid Dreams'


Underwear designer Andrew Christian hopes you're having a wet and wild weekend :)

I know, I know... who wants to see hunky, wet models in their underwear...?





Tweet Of The Day

Trump Denounces "What Happened In Sweden" (That Didn't Happen)


Yesterday, during President Trump's "campaign rally" in Florida, eyebrows were raised when Herr Trump referenced terrorist attacks around the world and included Sweden in the list. Not just "included," but lingered on the issue.

"We've got to keep our country safe," Trump said during the rally in Melbourne, Florida. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?"



From the New York Times:

Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday — or Saturday, for that matter — and Swedes were left baffled.

Mr. Trump did not state, per se, that a terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden.

But the context of his remarks — he mentioned Sweden right after he chastised Germany, a destination for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and deprivation — suggested that he thought it might have.

“Sweden,” he said. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris. We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe.”

Contrary to Mr. Trump’s allegations, nearly all of the men involved in terrorist assaults in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, in Brussels on March 22 last year, and in Nice, France, on July 14, were citizens of France or Belgium.



From the former Swedish Prime Minister:











UPDATE - President Trump clarifies he was repeating something he saw on TV:

Fox News' Chris Wallace To Reince Priebus: "You Don't Get To Tell Us What To Do Any More Than Obama Did"


White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus got into a heated discussion this morning with Fox News' Chris Wallace over the media coverage being biased against President Donald Trump.

From Mediaite:

Priebus expressed his frustration with news outlets running untrue stories about the White House and Russia. He also railed against the use of anonymous sources and said the reports about Trump advisors being in “constant contact” with Russian intel officers and that the intel community allegedly withholding information from the president are both inaccurate.

Wallace circled back to the press issue and said there’s nothing wrong with criticizing media bias, but Trump’s tweet went well beyond that. “We don’t have a state-run media in this country,” Wallace said. “That’s what they have in dictatorships.”

Priebus pointed to breathless scandal coverage compared to the minimal coverage given to the administration’s accomplishments so far. Wallace pushed back on that assessment and told Priebus this:

“You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did. Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I gotta say, he never said we were an enemy of the people.”

Reince really gets into "cry baby" mode here. Interesting that at one point Priebus backs himself up with a quote from an unnamed source, and when asked who that was Priebus says, "I'm not going to tell you."

But it's wrong for the media to use unnamed sources? #DoAsISayNotAsIDo

Watch below:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Podcast: Jeb Havens, Barronelle Stutzman, Texas' "Bathroom Bill," Finland Ready For Marriage Equality


Click play below as I recap this week's top headlines from politics, pop culture and entertainment of interest to the LGBT community:

• Anti-LGBT florist Barronelle Stutzman loses again - this time in the Washington state supreme court over refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding

• Texas gets pushback from the NBA and major stars on it’s proposed anti-transgender “bathroom bill”

• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper shares his plan to repeal his state's anti-LGBT law, HB2

• Finland’s Parliament kills a last ditch attempt to block same-sex marriage

• Out singer/songwriter Jeb Havens dropped his uber-romantical, world-traveler music video just in time for Valentine's Day - "Pushy Little Compass Heart" from his album, Home Base

Hit play below - and share the link to share The Randy Report podcast!

Trump Approval Ratings Continue To Drop

(via Gallup Polls)

The bad news just keeps coming for President Trump.

Two new polls show his approval rating continues to drop to historic lows.

Gallup Polls' three day rolling average shows the president with only 38% of Americans approving of the job he's doing. His DISapproval rating is an alarmingly high 56%.

Over at Pew Research, the Trumpster has slid to a 39% approval rating, while his disapproval numbers match Gallop at 56%.

At the one month mark in previous president's terms:

• President Barack Obama’s approval had a 64% approval rating

• President George W. Bush had a 53% approval rating

• President Bill Clinton had a 56% approval rating

• President George H.W. Bush had a 63% approval rating

• President Ronald Reagan had a 55% approval rating


Music Video: Jeb Havens "Pushy Little Compass Heart"


New music video from out singer/songwriter Jeb Havens for his song "Pushy Little Compass Heart" from his debut solo album, Home Base.

I'm not scared of losing my way anymore
Cuz I've got this pushy little compass of a heart leading me straight to yours

Jeb, who's been on a world trek for almost a year with his fiancé, shares on Facebook:

Exactly 1 year ago, I released my album "Home Base".

Today, I'm releasing the music video for the single "Pushy Little Compass Heart", a song about finding your way towards the one you love. Steven and I filmed the video during our 5-day, 41-mile trek through gorgeous Abel Tasman, New Zealand. Hope you enjoy it.

Big Love,
Jeb

I've previously featured Jeb and his music here and here and here and here.


Larry Wilmore To Loathsome Milo: "You Can Go F*ck Yourself"


Every bit as loathsome as you've heard, Breitbart editor and professional child Milo Yiannopoulos made the most of his appearance on last night's HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

Although he only did the one-on-one segment near the beginning of the show with Maher, he did join the panel for the online post-show segment.

And that's where things got rocky.

From Mediaite:

Yiannopoulos was defending his past remarks about transgender people and Larry Wilmore got heated with him over that, saying similar discriminatory remarks have been made against gay people.

But things got personal when Yiannopoulos told Maher he needs to start “inviting higher IQ guests” on the show. Wilmore told him, “You can go fuck yourself.”

He went off on Yiannopoulos and told him “go fuck yourself” again for trolling Leslie Jones over Ghostbusters.

The surprise of the evening was Maher treating Yiannopolous with such kid gloves.

One example - the exchange in this segment, when the icky Milo says of transgender people:

Yiannopolous: "I think women and girls should be protected from having men who are confused about their sexual identities from their bathrooms.”

Maher: “That’s not unreasonable.”

Women and children are in no danger of transgender folks wanting to use the bathroom. Maher's agreement was a bit chilling.

Milo really is rather infantile, and lashes out just to get a response or attention. It's his own form of self-entertainment.

Earlier in the show, Maher asked him about rumors that he doesn't hire gay people. This was his reply:

“Oh, no! You can’t trust them to show up to work on time. Too much drugs, too much sex, they’re always making excuses,” said Yiannopoulos, inspiring boos from the audience. He then turned to the audience and giggled: “I’m just kidding. You’re easy. You’re very easy. Very easily triggered. It’s pathetic.”

And his body language is oddly telling. He frequently drops his chin and looks through his eye brows when addressing people. According to body language experts, "A lowered head covers the neck with the chin and hence can be a defensive posture that can occur as a result of any perceived threat (not just physical threat). It can also be a sign of defiance or caution, for example when showing respect to an enemy ('You are strong and I do not trust you')."

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump Tweet Watch: February 17, 2107


After staying on message almost all day, the Donald just couldn't handle it anymore and had to go rogue on Twitter yet again against the media.

It's notable how often Trump says "fake news media" is the enemy, but never says the regarding Russia undermining our democracy.

When you're the guy with a 38% approval rating, it takes nerve to call someone else "failing."





News Round-Up: February 17, 2017


Some news items you may have missed:

• This 22 year St. Louis police veteran (above) was told to "tone down" his "gayness" if he ever wanted to get promoted, despite placing 3rd out of 26 in promotion tests.

• Lady Gaga joined over 140 celebrities in denouncing Texas' anti-transgender "bathroom bill."

• Donald Trump's second pick for National Security Adviser (now that Michael Flynn has resigned) has said "no, thank you" to the offer. According to reports, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down the chance citing "chaos" in the White House, labeling the offer as a “shit sandwich.”

• Finland's Parliament rejects a citizen's initiative to repeal marriage equality by a vote of 120 to 48. Hurray for the good guys!

• Donald Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago again this weekend. His three trips to his southern home have thus far cost the American people almost $10 million. Guarding Trump Tower in NYC could cost $183 million a year.

• Spend a few minutes inside the trials and tribulations of transgender folks in this short film, "Headspace," by Jake Graf. Watch below:

Trump News Conference: "One For The Ages?"


President Trump's press conference yesterday was easily THE news of the day.

Folks from all over the political spectrum couldn't turn away.



Far-right talk radio's Rush Limbaugh called it "one of the most effective press conferences I have ever seen."

CNN’s Jake Tapper described it as “unhinged” and an airing of grievances à la Festivus.

Then there was this reaction on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today:



And, of course, the late night comics had a field day:

Jimmy Kimmel: “Except for ‘Fox & Friends,’ the president is extremely angry at the news media. Apparently, he spends a lot of time watching people talk about him and it gets him riled up. Would someone unplug his TV and take his phone away before we all get blown to smithereens here?”

Stephen Colbert: “It was a robust one hour and 17 minutes long. That is beefy. So beefy, you could eat it with a fork. But you’re going to want to use a spoon to get every drop of the crazy.”

Trevor Noah: “We had a really nice show planned for you — very civil, very calm — and then, in the middle of the day, Hurricane Trump happened. Again.”

A Lovely (Underwear) Party

Lony Pizarro
Boy Culture's Matt Rettenmund recently attended the official NYFW Chulo Underwear Party, and has the pics to prove it.

About Chulo Underwear:

"CHULO is a new a line of clothing and gear that is culturally-relevant to today's marginalized youth of color. Our mission as a company is to inspire young people to invest in a brand that invests in them. Each time a young person buys the brand, s/he is having a direct and immediate impact on his/her own community because proceeds are reinvested back into a local CBO, scholarship program or charity that services these very same youth.

"To do this, CHULO partners with local community centers to identify, educate, train and ultimately hire young people to be part of the CHULO design team as artists, designers, writers, promoters, vendors and/or promotional spokespersons.

"The CHULO brand is now one-year old. We have partnered with the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD), Uprose Brooklyn, and Tropical Images' GKOTS (Get Kids Off The Street Program. We have also donated to several other programs including El Museo del Barrio, the American Indian College Fund, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholars Program, the Loisaida Center, El Maestro Boxing Club and Cultural Center, the LGBT Arts Program of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, the Caribbean Cultural Center, and the GED Program at Taino Towers."

Venezuela-born Lony Pizarro (above) was just one of the underwear models who chatted for charity.

Head over to Boy Culture for many, many more pics from the evening.

Andrew Christian Models Play "Never Have I Ever?"


A little light-hearted fun for a Friday.

Hunky Andrew Christian models Cory Z. and Arad play a game of "Never Have I Ever...?"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New "Kiss Cam" Video Celebrates All Forms Of Love Between All People


Oh, sweet mother of humanity. Here's something to lift you up and make you feel good.

Filmed at this year's NFL Pro Bowl. From Ad Week:

The new 2:40 video has some inspired fun with a longstanding tradition at sporting events, the Jumbotron kiss cam, which finds couples in the crowd and encourages them to kiss. This time, though, the kiss cam is used, in the Ad Council’s words, as a “symbol for unbiased love” by featuring all forms of love—friendships, families and romantic relationships—across race, religion, gender, sexuality, ability and age.

The stunt begins with a fun bit of misdirection, as the first couple encircled by the kiss cam’s heart shape are a man and a woman. But the man then turns to his right and kisses his actual partner, who is a man—to cheers from the crowd.

The rest of the video, titled “Fans of Love,” continues in a similar way, featuring all sorts of real people and relationships as a way to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

“The NFL is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We are proud to be working with the Ad Council on their Love Has No Labels campaign,” added Anna Isaacson, the NFL senior vice president of social responsibility.

The campaign points to lovehasnolabels.com, which features a quiz to help people examine their own biases and resources on how to take actionable steps to rethink those biases. An interactive “Fans of Love” video will present relevant campaign facts and links to educational content to audiences as they are watching the film.



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