Monday, March 27, 2017

Orlando Plans Day Of Remembrance On 1st Anniversary Of Pulse Nightclub Massacre

The city of Orlando is planning

Via the Associated Press:

Orlando and Orange County officials want the first anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness. Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12.

An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub. Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola.

Go to the Orlando United Day website for more details.

Oklahoma: Former "Family Values" GOP State Senator Ralph Shortey Planned Bareback Sex With Male Teen Prostitute

Why does it seem it's always the "family-values Christians" that end up being that which they attack so viciously?

You'll recall former state Sen. Ralph Shortey was found in a room at a Motel 6 with a teenage boy on March 9. It was later deduced that he had offered the boy cash in exchange for "sexual stuff."

Apparently, "sexual stuff" meant having bare back sex and ejaculating in the teen's "boy p***y."

From NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City:

Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City who represented the state’s 44th senate district, was charged last week in Cleveland County with three counts relating to child prostitution. He turned himself in last Thursday and has been out on bond since.

He faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution or lewdness. Friday was his initial court appearance and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Court documents lay out lurid messages that were sent between the teen and Shortey. WARNING: The court documents in the link below contain GRAPHIC, DISTURBING and ADULT language. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Shortey served as Donald Trump’s state campaign chair during the GOP primary.

Married to a woman with three children, the former state senator faces up to 25 years in prison.

You can read the affidavit below. Click the image to enlarge.  Warning - ADULT language.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Season 9 Premiere Of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Garners Nearly 1 Million Viewers

It looks like the move to VH1 for RuPaul's Drag Race paid off handsomely (or is it 'beautifully'?).

The premiere of season 9 garnered almost 1 million viewers making it the show’s most-watched episode ever.

Via Deadline:

The telecast tripled its 8 PM time slot and more than doubled its viewership from last season’s debut on Logo.

The Emmy-winning series moved to VH1 as part of the recent restructuring under the networks’ owner Viacom.

The Season 9 premiere also performed well on social, scoring its highest Twitter volume ever, according to VH1.

We'll have to see if the premiere's guest judge - Lady Gaga! - was a huge impact on the numbers.

The second episode airs this Friday at 8PM with guests Lisa Kudrow and the B-52.

NFL Owners Approve Oakland Raiders Becoming Las Vegas Raiders

I guess I'm going to be a Raiders fan :)

After much discussion, the 32 NFL owners voted "yes" to allowing the Oakland Raiders to move to my home city, Las Vegas.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

The owners voted 31-1 to approve the Raiders’ departure from Oakland for the second time in their tradition-rich history. The only no vote came from the Miami Dolphins.

The vote ended a whirlwind 14-month courtship by business, county and state leaders. In a major coup for Las Vegas, the Raiders will join the NHL’s expansion Golden Knights as the city’s second major league sports franchise.

The Raiders will debut in Las Vegas no later than the 2020 season, when a 65,000-seat domed stadium, to be constructed at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion, is expected to be ready. The site of the new stadium has not been finalized, although the leading location is an empty lot on the west side of Interstate 15, between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue, across from Mandalay Bay.

The Raiders might very well play regular and preseason games at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium in 2018 and 2019, possibly playing fulltime at the site during that time frame.

The Las Vegas Raiders. Has a nice ring to it, no?

Here's to lots and lots of home runs.

No, I'm not the biggest football fan. But - I love the costumes. And if it means Las Vegas will have it's first "big 3" pro sports team, I'm all for it.

Gallup Poll: President Trump Falls To 36% Approval After TrumpCare Debacle

President Trump falls to a historic low of 36% approval/57% disapproval according to Gallup Polls.

No modern day president has seen numbers this bad so soon in their presidency.

President Obama polled at 61% approval at this time in 2009.

Josh Earnest Inks Deal With NBC/MSNBC As Political Analyst

Josh Earnest

Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has inked a deal to join NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Earnest spent 10 years with President Obama in several roles concluding with 3 years as Press Secretary from 2014-2017.

He began his new job this morning on NBC's TODAY talking about the failure of President Trump and House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

It's common for former Press Secretaries to move into analyst positions on networks.

Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, who both worked for Obama, signed on with CNN and MSNBC, respectively, after their time in the White House.

Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, joined CNN as a contributor.

Video: TrumpCare Gets "Super Deluxe" Treatment

Vic Berger gives Trumpcare the "Super Deluxe" treatment.

Kick back and enjoy...

Ready For Monday

Fitness model Nick Sandell is always ready for Monday, shirt or no shirt.

AP: North Carolina's "Bathroom Bill" Will Cost State Economy $3.7 Billion Over 12 Years

Adding more details to what we already knew, the Associated Press is reporting on the huge losses to the North Carolina economy thanks to passing it's now infamous "bathroom bill," HB2.

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state’s biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.

North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won’t be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott.

Still, AP’s tally is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs. The count includes only data obtained from businesses and state or local officials regarding projects that canceled or relocated because of HB2. A business project was counted only if AP determined through public records or interviews that HB2 was why it pulled out.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jennifer Hudson Raises The Roof At G-A-Y In London With "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

After taping an episode of the UK's The Voice, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson headed over to G-A-Y at Heaven nightclub in London. And she brought some music with her - you know, just in case...

Along with several songs, she delivered a fierce, roof-raising performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls.

She is in very, very good voice here. Watch below:

(h/t Towleroad)

Lady Gaga: Gay Men Have Lifted Me Up Through Changes In My Life

On the season premiere of Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race, the after-show where the queens let down their hair, guest Lady Gaga shared her personal feelings about the “gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman.”

Valentina thanked Lady Gaga for all she does for the gay community.

Gaga, touched, had this to say:
“I appreciate you saying that. I’m not a gay woman, you know? And it’s that touchy sort of subject where can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through, right?

"But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life.”

“Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman. And I don’t know that a lot of people would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve through ― you have survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving. So thank you for that.”

Watch the full episode of Untucked below. Gaga enters at the 14:40 mark.

Matt McGorry Is Twerking For The Weekend

I've had a celeb crush on Matt McGorry since his Orange Is The New Black days, and on into his run on How To Get Away With Murder.

But this kills me. Boy has got some moves!

A post shared by Matt McGorry (@mattmcgorry) on

(h/t Boy Culture)

Ted Koppel Schools Sean Hannity On Responsible Journalism

On CBS Sunday Morning, veteran journalist Ted Koppel schools Fox News' Sean Hannity on the responsibilities of journalism.

In the first clip, Hannity explains that shows like his have become the "editorial" pages of America.

Koppel shoots back, "I'm against the editorial pages taking over from the front pages."

In this second clip, Koppel is even more direct.

Hannity: You think we're (political opinion shows) bad for America?

Koppel (to his face): Yeah.

Here's the full segment. Well worth watching.

Trump Slaps At House Freedom Caucus For Healthcare Failure

After initially blaming House Democrats for the Republicans failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare on Friday, this morning President Trump took a swipe at the far-right House Freedom Caucus for their hand in blocking the legislation.

According to CNN, it was those same Freedom Caucus members that Trump told on Thursday to "forget about the little shit - focus on the big picture here." That "big picture" being a win for his first legislative attempt, and ultimately his reelection.

Freedom Caucus members told the press they didn't think Trump cared what the bill was as long as it passed.

"I got the sense that he had delegated a lot of the specifics to White House personnel and/or Paul Ryan and/or house leadership, and he was going to support whatever they came up with regardless of good or bad, as long as it was some kind of repeal and replacement," said the caucus member, who asked not to be quoted by name in order to talk freely about the private meeting.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Podcast: Bette Midler On Broadway, RuPaul Gets His Own "Origins" TV Series

In this week’s headlines on The Randy Report podcast:

• Reports say Bette Midler’s performance in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway is a killer, and that was almost the truth

• An 18 year old gay rodeo cowboy says he’s not going to be corralled back into the closet

• RuPaul is getting his own "origins" TV series

• Gloria Gaynor is headed to the Library of Congress

• Taiwan could be the first nation in Asia to legalize marriage equality

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report. Hit play below.

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