Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sean Hayes: I'm "Ashamed And Embarrassed" I Stayed In The Closet So Long

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes told the crowd at the Legacy Awards this past Sunday night, presented by Los Angeles LGBT film festival Outfest, that he has regrets about not coming out sooner.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“[The press release] said that I took the stereotypical gay sissy and made him human, lovable, flawed and real. While this may be true, I think you should’ve led with flawed because at the time, I was a young closeted actor having his first taste of a little success and unfortunately, in my mind, my lucky break was inextricably tied to me thinking that I had to stay in the closet in order to keep moving forward,” Hayes said, receiving his award from longtime friend Dax Shepard, who was equal parts genuine and hilarious. “Looking back at my choice to stay silent, I am ashamed and embarrassed. What was I thinking? As If any of you had any doubts. I mean, right, could a straight actor ever do this…?”

“When it comes to nights like tonight and honors like this, I’m consumed with what I didn’t do. I know I should’ve come out sooner and I’m sorry for that. Especially when I think about the possibility that I might have made a difference in someone’s life. I would probably be able to sleep a lot better than I do if I had acted sooner, but such is life. We learn our lessons only when we are ready.”

NBC News/SurveyMonkey Poll: Hillary Leads Donald +5

The latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton out in front of Republican Donald Trump by 5 points.

NBC News reports:

In a four-way match-up, Clinton enjoys 46 percent support this week among likely voters, while Trump holds onto 41 percent support. Gary Johnson maintains 7 percent support and Jill Stein has 3 percent support. In a two way race, Clinton enjoys a 6 point lead over Trump with 50 percent support compared to Trump’s 44 percent.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight site still shows Hillary with an 86% chance of winning the White House:

Here's where the Huffpost Tracker has the race - Hillary at 49% versus Donald at 41.4%:

And the New York Times Upshot Tracking poll:

Nevada: Democrats Continue Big Lead In Early Voting Turnout

After three days of early voting in Nevada, the Dems continue to outpace Republicans at the polls.

The Nevada Secretary of State's website shows 69,246 Democrats have voted in person so far (48.93%) versus 45,990 Republicans (32.5%).

The mail-in ballots total 29,309 so far with Republicans casting 12,445 versus the Dems' 11,100.

Of course, the lion's share of votes come from Clark County where almost 75% of Nevadans live, and  a big majority are Democrats.

It's notable that this marked the third straight day of 30,000+ voters in Clark County. Yesterday's total in Clark County was 34,603. For comparison, in 2012 the third day total was 30,598. 

All told that's 80,346 ballots from the Dems and 58,435 for the Republicans. A difference of almost 22,000.

As noted earlier, we don't know how those folks voted, but history shows the vast majority of voters cast their ballot for their registered party.

Donald Trump and his followers can point to turn-out for his rallies, but the true "enthusiasm" shows up at the ballot box.  Just saying...

President Obama Burns Trump Reading "Mean Tweet"

This has to go down as one of the "Top Ten Moments" of this election cycle.

As President Obama returns to Jimmy Kimmel's show for another round of "Presidential Mean Tweets" where he reads negative tweets about himself, Obama delivers a mic-drop worthy response to one tweet in particular from a certain orange hued critic.

Catch the long stare into the camera after his response.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren To Trump: "Nasty Women Vote!"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire today:

“Donald Trump disrespects — aggressively disrespects — more than half the human beings in this country. He thinks that because he is a celebrity, he can rate women from 1 to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouthful of tic-tacs, he can force himself on any woman within groping distance.”

“Get this, Donald, nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart, and nasty women VOTE. Non Nov. 8, we nasty women are gonna walk our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”

Scenes From Las Vegas Pride 2016

Taking the stage to host Las Vegas Pride Festival 2016

I had an awesome time this past weekend at Las Vegas Pride. With a huge turnout at Sunset Park over two days of PRIDE Festival, there was definitely something for everyone.

I was honored to host the mainstage with the glamorous Shannel, of RuPauls' Drag Race and the new star and host of 53X at the Chateau Showroom at Paris Las Vegas.

From afternoon to evening, we chatted up the crowd and introduced folks like the Chippendales, comedian and Pride Parade Marshal Alec Mapa, current U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, stars from Frank Marino's DIVAS and more.

This year's festival also included two additional stages, one for more intimate performances and one for dance music, plus a special PRIDE pet park with pet costume contest!

Onstage with my fab co-host Shannel

Backstage before hosting with the glamorous Shannel, star of 53X at Paris Las Vegas

Shannel swirls!

Taking in the festival (L-R: Rocky Rowley, Mike, Greg Chase and me)

I interviewed "Johnny Scruff!" - with Johnny Skandros

LGBT ally and Nevada's favorite Congresswoman - Rep. Dina Titus

Michael and I with Nevada's next U.S. Senator - Catherine Cortez Masto

My co-host Shannel on the mainstage

Via Brandon Michael Kamohai Johnson Facebook

And here's just a few tweets from Las Vegas Pride-goers:

Donald Trump Test-Drives "Trump TV" Via Facebook

Starting tonight at 6:30PM ET, Donald Trump will begin streaming a live "show" via Facebook Live that could well be the forerunner of a future TRUMP TV.

The live-stream will be hosted by Boris Epshteyn, a senior adviser to the campaign, Tomi Lahren, a conservative commentator for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, and Cliff Sims, another Trump adviser. Tonight's "premiere" will feature interviews with Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway and adviser Jason Miller.

From Wired:

The series, which will stream Trump’s rallies directly each night and feature pre-and post-event commentary, comes on the heels of the campaign’s debate night Facebook Live last week, which brought in more than 9 million views.

Members of the media quickly seized on the event, calling it a test drive for Trump TV, the post-election television network that Trump is rumored to be considering in the event he loses in November. Despite reports that his son-in-law has been talking to media dealmakers about Trump TV, Trump himself has denied he has any interest in such a thing.

Epshteyn says this nightly Facebook Live stream is simply a way for the campaign to circumvent the mainstream media Trump so publicly loathes. “We all know how strong the left wing media bias is. This is us delivering our message to voters,” he says. “It has nothing to do with Trump TV. It’s about using 21st century technology and communication in a way that’s effective.”

You have to wonder if Trump will evolve into the new "Baghdad Bob...?"

(image via JoeMyGod)

(h/t JoeMyGod)

CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads By 5 Over Donald Trump

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton holding a solid 5 point lead ahead of Republican Donald Trump. When the third party candidates are factored out, Clinton leads by 6 points.

Among likely voters, Clinton tops Trump 49% to 44%, with just 3% backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% behind Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Clinton now stands at 53% among voters under age 45, compared with 47% in the previous CNN/ORC poll. In fact, the only age group where Clinton currently trails Trump is among those age 50-64, who back Trump by 4 points in this poll.

Clinton's support has also ticked up a few points among non-whites (72% back her now vs. 69% in a poll conducted just after the first debate, not a large enough change to be significant, but edges her margin over Trump among this group above 50 points).

Trump has gained a bit among white voters, edging up to 54% in the new poll from 49% support in the last poll. That gain is centered largely among white non-college voters, who break for Trump by a 62% to 32% margin, while white college grads continue to lean in Clinton's direction, favoring the former secretary of state by 11 points.

The gender gap remains large, with Clinton holding a wide 12-point lead among women, topping Trump 53% to 41% among that group, while Trump edges Clinton by a narrow 3-points among men, 48% to 45%.

CNN's "Poll of Polls" - which averages the results of several major national polls - shows Clinton with a 9 point lead.

Hysterical SOUND OF MUSIC Parody From Randy Rainbow Of 3rd Prez Debate

Just hit play and laugh.

Hilarious parody version of The Sound of Music tune "Lonely Goatherd" from Randy Rainbow as he skewers the final presidential debate.

Pete Burns, Frontman For DEAD OR ALIVE, Dead At 57

From The Guardian:

Singer Pete Burns, who founded pop group Dead Or Alive, has died aged 57 after a cardiac arrest.

Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with the band’s hit song You Spin Me Round. He also appeared on Big Brother in 2006, coming fifth in the final.

A joint statement released by his partner, Michael Simpson, his ex-wife, Lynn, and his manager, Steve Coy, read: “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul and will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

Such a young age. Of course you know the massive dance hit.

Muddled Republican Message - Winning? Behind? Tied?

Over the weekend, Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway admitted that her candidate is currently behind in the race for the White House.

On the campaign trail today, Donald Trump told supporters that he's winning and that the polls that he's championed for a year now are faked.

Today, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN that the contest is in a dead heat, and that the media is pushing polling results showing Trump behind so that Republican voters will stay home.

You have to wonder - which is it? Behind? Winning? Tied?

Or is Spicer doing his job trying to keep GOP morale up so down ballot candidates don't lose in their races?

From Mediaite:

During a heated and contentious interview with CNN’s John Berman and Kate Bolduan, RNC communications director Sean Spicer insisted that the race for the White House was a “dead heat” and said that Republican nominee Donald Trump was ahead in several key battleground states.

Per Spicer, the whole thing is even and many polls show Trump is trending up. The spokesperson pointed out a recent national poll from IBD that shows a tied race to justify his belief that it is a dead heat. At that point, Berman interrupted him, saying that they are now getting three narratives — Trump is winning, Trump is behind and now Trump is tied.

Bolduan jumped in to push Spicer to take a side since they had just showed Trump saying that he is winning right now. The Republican strategist then said that Trump was right because he’s winning the state he is currently in, which is Florida.

“He’s winning in Florida,” Berman asked. “Absolutely,” Spicer responded. When Berman questioned by how much, Spicer answered that it was by a “few points.”

New Pro-Hillary Campaign Spot "Ricardo" Features Pulse Survivor

The Human Rights Campaign released a new campaign spot in support of Hillary Clinton featuring Pulse Nightclub massacre survivor and Orlando resident, Ricardo Negron-Almodovar.

“You have to vote. Let your voice be heard. Every issue that we face has a root at the political level. We are a force to be reckoned with if we organize.”

Today is the first day of in-person early voting in Florida.

Go vote!

Democrats See High Numbers In Nevada Early Voting

The first weekend of early voting ended in Nevada as a blowout for the Democrats.

Of the 57,331 votes cast this weekend, 30,062 ballots (52.44%) were cast by Dems while only 17,121 votes (29.86%) by Republicans.

That's almost a 13,000 vote lead for Democrats. While we don't know exactly who folks voted for, most registered voters do vote their party. So, take these numbers as you may.

Monday Monday: Nate Silver's Current Presidential Prediction

While Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website constantly updates as new polling info is released, here's where things stand on this bright, sunny Monday morning.

During a campaign stop on Monday, Republican Donald Trump accused Democrats of creating fake polls in an effort to suppress turnout on behalf of Trump.

Donald Trump accused Democrats on Monday of manufacturing fake polls that show him trailing in the presidential election in order to discourage the GOP nominee’s supporters from voting on Election Day. “Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the the [sic] Trump,” the Manhattan billionaire wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “We are going to WIN!”

Trump did not specify which polls he believed to be fake, nor did he offer any further clarity on which Democrats or Democratic institutions were concocting the “phony” polls. Widely respected and accepted polls have shown Trump trailing badly in recent days, including some that put Democrat Hillary Clinton up by double-digits.

Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Is A "Sore Loser"

As Donald Trump continues to sink in the presidential polls due to misfires on the campaign trail, Democrat Hillary Clinton called Trump's refusal to accept the outcome of the national election proof that he's a "sore loser."

Via Reuters:

"To say you won’t respect the results of the election, that is a direct threat to our democracy," Clinton told a rally at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "The peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America America."

"And look, some people are sore losers, and we just got to keep going," she added.

In preparation for a loss on election day, Trump has begun making calls of a "rigged election" a regular part of his stump speech even though there's no proof of any voter fraud.

Elections are run in a decentralized manner by the individual states. Considering the tens of millions of votes across 50 states, the majority of which are run by Republican governors and secretaries of state, it would be virtually impossible for widespread voter fraud to occur.
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