Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bill Maher On Donald Trump's "Basket of Inexplicables"

In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher examines Trump's surrogates, and questions whether this cast of characters would be fit to serve in a Presidential administration.

Esquire breaks down the "who" and "why" of the Donald's inner circle.

Why would Trump surround himself with these idiots? Well, as Trump once said, “Always be around unsuccessful people because everybody will respect you.”

It seems that Trump takes his own advice. “That does explain Rudy Giuliani,” Maher joked. It also explains the pastor who, when interviewed by CNN, declared the conversation “off the record” only after the reporter questioned him about his bogus claims that he graduated college.

And then there’s Marco “taco truck on every corner” Gutierrez. Or Katrina “Obama started the war with Afghanistan” Pierson. And let’s not forget Trump’s lawyer, Michael “Says who?” Cohen.

The Daily Show Punks North Carolina - Food Truck Refuses To Serve Gays

The Daily Show thought North Carolina might understand the impact of the state's anti-LGBT law, HB2, through the use of some interactive learning.

The Raleigh News & Observer recaps:

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show came to Raleigh recently to poke fun at House Bill 2 by operating a food truck that refused to serve gay people. The show parked a fake barbecue business called Bone Bros. Flamin’ BBQ outside Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue and the Ruby Deluxe bar on Salisbury Street earlier this month.

“I wanted to show North Carolinians what HB2 would look like in action, so I rented a food truck … and set out to refuse service to people by telling them they’re gay,” Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. says at the beginning of the segment, which aired Thursday. “HB2 says I can do this Jim Crow-level (expletive), and nobody can stop me.”

For the record, HB2 doesn’t explicitly state that businesses can refuse service to LGBT people. But it did repeal local nondiscrimination ordinances that included LGBT protections and replaced them with a statewide nondiscrimination law.

That law bans “places of public accommodation” such as restaurants, stores and hotels from discriminating on the basis of “race, religion, color, national origin, or biological sex.” But it leaves two categories unprotected: Sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hillary Trolls Trump With 3AM Tweets For National Service

After Donald Trump's now infamous 3AM Twitter rant early Friday morning attacking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unleashed her own 3AM Twitter-storm this morning.

But her early morning tweets were about her proposed expansion of Americorps and a call to young Americans for national service.

“Remember, don’t believe the haters who describe America as hopeless and broken. We should lift each other up, not tear each other down."

Friday, September 30, 2016

USA TODAY Endorses Clinton; Trump "Unfit For The Presidency"

Hillary Clinton (L), Donald Trump (R)
For the first time in USA TODAY's 34 year history, the national newspaper has weighed in on a presidential election by endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

In doing so, the paper's editorial board urges all Americans to vote, "just not for Donald Trump."


This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.


Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems.

Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton Announces Plans For National Service Program

Hillary Clinton, speaking in Florida today, announced her plans for a program of national service in a direct outreach to millennials.

"National service has always been a bipartisan goal," said Clinton.

The Democratic presidential candidate's proposal called for the creation of a National Service Reserve with a target of five million people around the country, as well as tripling the size of AmeriCorps.

Florida: Hillary Clinton Moves Up

Likely voters in Florida give Democrat Hillary Clinton a 4 point lead (46% - 42%) over Donald Trump in the latest Mason-Dixon Poll.

These are the first Sunshine State polling results since the first presidential debate, which Clinton was widely credited with winning.

RealClearPolitics polling average for Florida now shows Clinton ahead by 1.2% in the important swing state, and trending upwards.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Remainder Of His Term

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore

Virulently anti-LGBT Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has will spend the remainder of his term suspended from the bench for instructing probate judges in his state to ignore federal laws regarding same-sex marriage.

The ruling comes via the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ).


“For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately,” the order stated. The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore was tried Wednesday before the COJ on the six charges that claimed he violated canons of judicial ethics regarding that Jan. 6 administrative order to the state’s 68 probate judges.

Prosecutors said Moore’s order sought to have probate judges defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that declared gay marriage legal nationwide and halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore and one of his attorneys said at the trial that the order was just a status report on the state of a petition that had been pending before the Alabama Supreme Court and did not tell the probate judges to defy federal orders.

The nine-member Court of the Judiciary thought otherwise and issued the sanction. The nine member court had several options – acquit Moore, remove him from the bench, suspend him without pay, or issue a statement of censure expressing disapproval. Removal from the bench required a unanimous decision and any of the other sanctions require a minimum 6-3 vote. Moore can appeal the ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court.

The suspension basically ends Moore's career on the state Supreme Court. He cannot receive any salary, and he cannot weigh in on legal decisions. His current term ends in 2018, and he is unable to run again for Supreme Court office due to age restrictions.

In addition, the COJ ruled he has to pay for the cost of the trial. Here's the signed suspension document:

Donald Trump: Did He Say It Or Not?

Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to use Donald Trump's own words as an effective campaign tool.

Music Video: Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman "Live On" has an exclusive first look at Olivia Newton-John's new music video, "Live On," from her upcoming album with Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman - LIV ON.

"As a group, it's our intention with this album to create songs with a message of compassion and hope," said Newton-John, 68. "They are for anyone facing a time of challenge in their life, whether it is grieving a loss or on the journey to health and recovery."

"I'm so lucky to be here, and I treasure every moment of it," Newton-John told PEOPLE after beating cancer. "I don't take anything for granted."

Newton-John is also urging others to share their "LIV ON journey" to create a community of care for those impacted by cancer.

The inspiring project is a collaborative effort from Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.

The album will be available digitally on Oct. 7 and on CD on Oct. 14.

Pre-order on iTunes here and Amazon here.

Nate Silver: Clinton In "Considerably Better Position" After First Presidential Debate

As new, quality state polls roll in after the first presidential debate, super-stats guy Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight says Hillary Clinton is in a "considerably better position."

Donald Trump Falsely Slut-Shames Former Miss Universe

Donald Trump started his Friday morning by slut-shaming Alicia Machado, falsely claiming she has a sex tape.

 You'll recall Machado is a former Miss Universe that Trump called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" when he felt she gained weight during her reign in the 1990s.

Her name became a presidential talking point when Hillary Clinton brought up her treatment at the hands of Trump near the end of the first presidential debate.

Since then, Trump surrogates have hit the political talk shows with Trump campaign-issued talking points directing supporters to trash Machado.

Apparently, those attacks weren't sharp enough for the Trumpster as he took to Twitter at 5:14AM urging his followers to “check out [her] sex tape and past.”

From Think Progress:

Those tweets would be strange enough if they were accurate, but they don’t even rise to that standard. As the Daily Beast reported, “The alleged ‘sex tape’ Trump urged followers to ‘check out’ is non-explicit footage from a Spanish reality-TV show in which the Venezuelan model supposedly had sex with a fellow participant.” A separate Daily Beast report notes that “there does not appear to be any evidence suggesting the existence of professionally made pornography starring Machado.”

The unproven notion that Machado is a porn star was pushed this week by the Infowars website run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. In a post published Wednesday, InfoWars called Machado “literally a porn star.” Their evidence? A link to a screengrab of a porn video featuring a woman who looks vaguely like Machado.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sexiest Math Teacher In The World Goes Nude For Photo Shoot

Now you know you want to stop right now and click over to Attitude Magazine's fabu photo shoot with "the world's sexiest math teacher," Pietro Boselli.

Boselli, who has a PhD in engineering, appears in the buff with model Ymre Stiekema for Ladies & Gents N°57.

I think Stiekema looks ready to "study" something. Or someone.

Head over to Attitude for more :)

Trump Spokesperson: Unscientific 'Polls' Are Better Than Real Polls

Right Wing Watch reports on Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson's appearance on a radio show today defending the accuracy of unscientific, online polls.

She also hints that Hillary Clinton does better in fact based polls because news organizations have a "vested interest" in Hillary becoming president.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson took a page from her boss and touted Trump’s performance in post-debate online polls that have no scientific accuracy whatsoever. After conservative talk show host Joe Pags told Pierson that “news organization polling” is tilted against Trump because media outlets “have some sort of vested interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected,” Pierson said that the scientific polls conducted by media firms are “skewed.” As proof, she cited the fact that the CNN sampled more Democrats in its poll of debate viewers. Three other scientific polls also found that most people thought that Clinton won the debate.

Pierson vigorously defended the accuracy of voluntary, unscientific online polls: “When you look at the online polls, these are people who are, like I said, not engaged in the day-to-day, 24-hour news cycle, watching cable news all day every day, these are just people. If you’re looking at Time magazine, if you’re on another website and they’re doing a poll and you vote in that poll, by the way, to the tune of over a million votes in some of these polls, that’s important, because those aren’t the people who are in it one way or another, a lot of those people are just engaging.”

You'll note what Pierson doesn't explain is the fact that with unscientific "widget" polls, a couple of thousand followers can "vote, refresh, vote, refresh, vote, refresh" to the tune of hundreds of thousands of votes, making it appear Trump had more support than he actually has.

As I reported earlier this week, Trump followers posted instructions on a Reddit board encouraging Trumpers to do just that.

News Round-Up: September 29, 2016

(image via Boy Culture)

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Gay print magazines Frontiers and Next shut down as the publications' parent company experiences financial difficulties.

• Former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in court that not only did Christie know about "BridgeGate," but he laughed as it was happening.

• GOP White House hopeful Donald "good for the gays" Trump has pledged to sign the anti-LGBTQ ‘First Amendment Defense Act.’

• The California state legislature has passed a law that prohibits state agencies from forcing their employees to travel to states that discriminate against folks based on sexual orientation or gender identity. North Carolina, we're looking at you.

• Taco trucks in Houston are helping register new voters. Let's get a truck on every corner!

• Arnold Schwarzenegger's dad used to beat him as a child thinking the former body-builder was gay due to posters of his idols on his bedroom walls.

• Brian Anderson, retired legend in the hyper-masculine sport of pro-skateboarding, comes out - "Everything got better."

Music Video: Years & Years "Meteorite"

According to reports, Years & Years front man Olly Alexander wears 86,000 Swarovski crystals in the new music video for “Meteorite,” the band’s first new material in a year.

Designed by Lara Jensen, Alexander glitters in his high-end haute couture as he plays to the 360 camera work among dancers.

Speaking to NME, Alexander shared that the crystal costume was a salute to pop goddesses Britney Spears and Beyoncé. “It’s an honour to follow in the footsteps of some of my heroes and be decked out in tens of thousands of dazzling crystals!”

Btw - check out how Olly artfully handled a Twitter troll who asked, "Is it a requirement for gay men to be effeminate and dress like women?"

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