Friday, March 23, 2018

HRC Endorses Nelson Araujo For Nevada Secretary Of State

Nevada Assemblyman Nelson Araujo

The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Assemblyman Nelson Araujo (D-Las Vegas) for Nevada Secretary of State. This endorsement is the organization’s first ever for a secretary of state race.

If elected, Araujo would become the first LGBTQ person elected to statewide office.

“Millions of Americans--including LGBTQ people of color and transgender Americans--are more vulnerable to discrimination at the ballot box than ever before,” said HRC Nevada State Manager Briana Escamilla. “Nevadans can trust they have a proven champion of fairness and justice in Nelson Araujo and HRC is proud to endorse his candidacy for Secretary of State. We look forward to Assemblyman Araujo making history in November as the first openly LGBTQ person elected to statewide office in the Silver State.”

“The Human Rights Campaign has been an incredible force in the fight for equality in America. As a member of the LGBTQ community who has been working diligently to advance pro-LGBTQ policies in Nevada, this endorsement is personal. As Secretary of State, I will do all I can to ensure that we develop a more diverse, inclusive Nevada that works for everyone,” said Araujo.

Araujo has been a member of the Nevada State Assembly for two terms, serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the most recent legislative session. Throughout his time in the State Legislature, he has consistently led the fight on LGBTQ equality, and was instrumental in last year’s push for a statewide ban on so-called “conversion therapy” for minors. He was also political co-chair of the HRC Las Vegas steering committee from 2011 to 2014. If elected, Araujo would be the first Latinx Secretary of State in Nevada and the first openly LGBTQ person elected to statewide office in Nevada.

He will be facing incumbent Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who is seeking a second term. During her time as a state legislator prior to becoming Secretary of State, Cegavske opposed marriage equality and was the lead sponsor of a bill that would have allowed discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing and public accommodations.

Folks love a local success story.

Araujo is a native Nevadan born and raised in Las Vegas. He received both his bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In the 2017 session, all seven of the priority bills Nelson authored were passed by a Democratic legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by a Republican governor.

So this is a guy who works well with others to get things done.

Click here for more info on Araujo.

Stormy Daniels' Attorney Trolls Trump With Possible Photographic Evidence

Stormy Daniels
Ahead of Stormy Daniels' upcoming interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 Minutes this Sunday, her attorney Michael Avenatti trolled Team Trump with a photo of a CD-R in a safe with the caption, "If 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' how many words is this worth?????#60minutes #pleasedenyit #basta"

Through many TV appearances, Avenatti has ducked and weaved on questions of Daniels having physical evidence of her alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

However, he has stated over and over again that folks who watch the interview will find Daniels version of events "compelling."

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Trump Fires National Security Adviser McMaster, Brings In Ultra-Hawk John Bolton

Donald Trump

There is NO CHAOS at the White House! Got that?

But - that aside, we began the day with Donald Trump's lead lawyer quitting his team for the special counsel's investigation.

Then, the Trumpster's first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said goodbye to the state department.

Now, Trump has fired his national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and has announced ultra-hawk former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton.

From The New York Times:
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursday.

General McMaster will retire from the military, the officials said. He has been discussing his departure with President Trump for several weeks, they said, but decided to speed up his departure, in part because questions about his status were casting a shadow over his conversations with foreign officials.

The officials also said that Mr. Trump wanted to fill out his national security team before his meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. He replaced Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson with the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, last week.

Voters in 2016 that went for Trump voted for him, in part, because of Trump's hard line opposition to the Iraq War. And now, he brings in the ultra-hawkish John Bolton who still thinks the Iraq War was a good idea.

This marks Trump's 3rd national security adviser in only 14 months in office.

Btw - the stock market crashed 724 points over Trump's proposed $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports.

But, there's NO CHAOS in the White House. Got that?

Just some of the reactions from the Twitterverse:

News Round-Up: March 22, 2018

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• First, it was Superman star Henry Cavill going all clean-shaven. Now, one of my favorite InstaHunks, Alex Abramov, (above) is teasing his followers writing, "Trim your scruff!" #KeepTheFur

• LGBT series EastSiders was nominated for 6 Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Writing & Directing for creator and star Kit Williamson and Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Van Hansis.

• San Francisco Airport plans on renaming one of the terminals after gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

• CNN president Jeff Zucker went THERE calling out competitor Fox News as "state-run TV." He added, "It is a pure propaganda machine, and I think does incredible disservice to this country."

• Two separate research teams believe they're found links between genetics and being transgender.

• Emmy Award-winner Lena Waithe covers the latest Vanity Fair in style - her own style. Hit the link because if you don't know her yet, you will love the uber-talented out writer actress after.

At the recent Black Women in Hollywood Awards, she told the crowd, "Being born gay, black and female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay black female is.” Now, how you not gonna love that?

Trans Model Included In UK Ad Campaign Targeting Period Shame

A new ad campaign from Pink Parcel looks to remove the stigma surrounding menstruation, and included in the spots is transgender male model, Kenny Jones.

Titled the ‘I’M ON’ campaign, the ads will encourage women to talk about their periods and hopefully remove negative perceptions about periods.

Jones, who was identified as a girl at birth and named Kelsey, shares how he coped with his periods when transitioning having come out as trans at the age of 14.

Before beginning hormone blockers at the age of 17, the London-based model continued to have periods every month.

Via The Independent:

“During my transition I did have to deal with experiencing periods each month and many of the negative stereotypes that can come along with it,” Jones said. “Assuming periods are inhibiting to people tends to perpetuate period shame even more, and makes people even more reluctant to talk about them.

“I always found the fact that no one seemed to openly talk about periods quite difficult and made me want to hide mine even more. That’s why I wanted to be involved in the I’M ON campaign.

“We need to encourage everyone to talk about periods, whether they experience them directly or not. Sparking conversation is the first step to normalising periods within society.”

A recent survey of 2,000 British adults showed 34% of Brits see periods as a taboo subject, and a 25% feel embarrassment during their period.

Surprisingly, 50% say they have never spoken to their partner about periods.

Watch a report below on the new campaign.

Rex Tillerson Takes A None-Too-Veiled Slap At Trump On His Way Out The Door

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson took time today to give his colleagues at the state department a proper farewell as his tenure as Secretary of State comes to an end.

But as he ended his speech to state department employees, Tillerson offered a none-too-veiled swipe at President Trump before heading out the door.

Addressing the value of integrity and respect for others, Tillerson closed with this:

“This can be a very mean-spirited town,” he said, pausing to a round of applause, “but you don’t have to choose to participate in that. Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others.”

He also encouraged State Department employees to protect their personal integrity, which he called "the most valuable asset you possess."

You'll recall that Tillerson's relationship with Trump had been troubled for some time. Last summer Tillerson reportedly called the Trumpster "a f*cking moron."

And when it came time to fire Tillerson, Trump did the deed via Tweet. Trump's chief of staff John Kelly made a point of telling the press that he officially informed Tillerson while on the toilet.

Tillerson now heads into what may be his retirement and great wealth. Last summer, there were reports that Tillerson was worth in the neighborhood of $300 million.

You can watch the full speech below as well as the end of his comments.

Cartoon: Your New Facebook

From satirist Ruben Bolling. Is this what your Facebook looks like?

(h/t Kenneth-in-the-212)

Parkland High School Shooting Activists Cover TIME Magazine "ENOUGH."

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and David Hogg cover the latest issue of TIME Magazine standing behind the headline, "ENOUGH."

The article, titled "The School Shooting Generation Has Had Enough," chronicles how the students' lives have changed since the February 14 shooting that killed 17 classmates and faculty members.

An excerpt from TIME:

How a movement catches fire is always a mystery, but the Parkland kids seem matched for this moment. They’re young enough to be victimized by a school shooting, but old enough to shape the aftermath. Like many teenagers, they’re at a peculiar stage in their lives where they feel at once vulnerable and invincible, highly social yet impervious to the etiquette expected from adults. Their bombastic style mirrors President Trump’s: they call their enemies names and hurl sick burns at politicians and lobbyists as if they’re shouting across the locker room.


They envision a youth political movement that will address many of the other issues affecting the youngest Americans. Hogg says he would like to have a youth demonstration every year on March 24, harnessing the power of teenage anger to demand action on everything from campaign-finance reform to net neutrality to climate change. But even if none of this works—even if they never pass comprehensive gun reform, and net neutrality fails, and Citizens United endures, and climate-change legislation stalls—today’s teenage rebels will become tomorrow’s establishment leaders, informed by the experience that may already be shaping the gun debate.

And that, says Hogg, is the bottom line for politicians who side with the NRA. “You’re gonna be smeared in the textbooks. Your legacy is gone,” he says. “If you don’t stand up with us now, you’ll be standing against us.”