Thursday, August 17, 2017

Poll: Majority Disapprove Of Trump's Response To Charlottesville Violence

According to a new CBS News poll, a majority of Americans - 55% - disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of the white supremacists' violent rally in Charlottesville last weekend.

But, among Republicans,  67% approve of the Trumpster's comments on the issue.

The poll began Monday night, before Trump's contentious press conference Tuesday, and continued through Wednesday. The disapproval numbers ticked up after his comments to reporters asserting there were "fine people" on both sides of the clash between neo-nazis and counter-protesters.

Additionally, only 12% of those polled feel Trump's policies promote racial unity, while 44% say his comments stoke further racial division.

Trump Laments The Loss Of Beautiful & Cultural Racist Monuments

Donald Trump's latest Twitter rant bemoans the loss of "history, "culture," and "beauty" when Confederate monuments are removed from public parks.

Here's an idea: take all the statues dedicated to Confederate racism and put them in the lobby of Trump Hotels. How's that?

As one Twitterer notes, Germany certainly didn't leave monuments to Hitler standing.

And, just to remind: If this is all about "beauty" and "history," what was this chanting of "Fuck you, faggots" during the Charlottesville debacle?

Charlottesville Nazi Strips His "White Power" Costume To Escape Protesters

Documentary-maker C.J. Hunt was in Charlottesville this past weekend to finish a doc on Confederate monuments.

Caught up in the violent turmoil of Saturday's neo-nazi events, he came across a young white supremacist who came running by him, clearly separated from his pack and afraid.

Via GQ Magazine:

It was Saturday, and the police had finally called for everyone to clear the park. As I filmed officers opening up a blocked street, a young man ran into view, screaming for help. He wore the khaki-and-white uniform of the white nationalist group Vanguard America. He had been separated from them and was being chased by at least one protester. He ripped off his shirt and begged the crowd for mercy. He wasn’t actually into white power, you see.

"Barely,” he clarified to me. As he shoved his polo shirt into a plastic bag, the fear on his face settled into a smirk. “It’s kind of a fun idea,” he explained. “Just being able to say ‘white power,’ you know?”

I didn’t know. But by the look of things, the fun of shouting “white power” stopped as soon as he was threatened with the same violence his group brought to bear on others. Cut off from the pack, forced to face the consequences of his inflammatory behavior, he found escape in a costume change.

Hunt goes on to note that the simple ability to shed his white supremacist skin demonstrates, in part, the white privilege the alt-right denies exists. People of color have no access to such immediate camouflage. The privilege to disappear by removing a shirt.

Watch below as the young neo-nazi explains before he walks off with a smirk.

Just Because...

Sometimes, on the journey of life, you've just got to take a pit-stop.

(via Instagram)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just Because...

Happy Hump Day!

I'm inside a dark theater these days, so I'm not seeing much sunshine.

This brightened my day, though.

(via Instagram)

Trump's Twisted Equivalency Of Neo-Nazis & Those Who Protest Them

Jake Tapper of CNN sums up Trump's twisted version of reality that attempts to equate neo-nazis and those who protest them.

NY Daily News: Pressure Of Presidency Getting Under Trump's "Very Thin Skin"

The editorial board of the New York Daily News goes after Donald Trump in today's edition:

Donald Trump launched the Civil War’s Battle of Fifth Ave. in a staggering display of verbal weaponry Tuesday — and America lost.

In no particular order, Trump took aim at the truth, history, decency, equal justice, fair play and common courtesy in a freewheeling assault on core American values that confirms his utter unfitness for the high office it is our misfortune he occupies.

Not least on display: the pressure of the job is getting under his very thin skin.

Rebooting his Saturday blame of “many sides” for “hate, bigotry and violence,” Trump then smeared counter-protesters like Heyer — who came to support the city’s decision and stand against the retrograde forces of the alt-right Trump fans — by saying they came armed and looking for trouble.


For good measure, Trump has enormously complicated the prosecution of accused Charlottesville killer James Fields by calling him a “murderer,” creating an opportunity for lawyers for Fields to argue their client cannot get a fair trial now. Not bad for 15 minutes.

After the spectacle, as Trump continued to spout off even as he heading for the elevators, behind him dourly lurked his new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, brought aboard to bring some control and order to the chaos. Mission definitely not accomplished, sir.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Seth Meyers On Trump's "Clinically Insane" Press Conference

Seth Meyers is not suffering President Trump lightly after the Donald stunned the country at a Tuesday afternoon press conference asserting that the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, should be blamed on “both sides” — alt-right white supremacists and counter-protesters.

From a segment titled, "Breaking Crazy," the Late Night host went after the Trumpster:

“President Trump gave a press conference this afternoon that can only be described as clinically insane. You know that list of side effects at the end of a pharmaceutical ad? He apparently has all of them.”

"Normally when someone is talking that level of crazy, Batman crashes through the ceiling and punches him."

Watch below:

Barack Obama Sets Record For Most 'Liked' Tweet In History

President Barack Obama

This is certain to drive Donald Trump insane.

As he displayed an appalling lack of moral courage taking days to denounce the white supremacists' violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, an uplifting tweet from President Obama became the most "Liked" in Twitter history.

On Saturday evening, Obama shared a Nelson Mandela quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

It became the tweet seen 'round the world.

At this writing, the tweet has been 'Liked" over 3.1 million times, and retweeted by 1.2 million people.

Texas: "Bathroom Bill" Dies Again As Special Legislative Session Ends

From NBC News:

A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again - which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S. legislature.

Corporate heavyweights from Amazon to Exxon Mobil lined up against the measure, as did some top law enforcement agencies, and opponents celebrated the latest failure despite the support from the governor and influential social conservatives who drive GOP politics and primaries in Texas.

"Today's victory shows what can happen when transgender Americans and their allies stay vigilant and push back against legislation that helps no one and harms many," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, a national LGBT rights group.

JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign, issued a statement which read in part, “We hope that this time, this issue remains settled: Texans don’t want harmful, anti-transgender legislation. First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, saying, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trump Defends White Supremacists: "Two Sides To A Story"

I'm. Just. Stunned.

From The New York Times:

President Trump on Tuesday insisted that he did nothing wrong on Saturday when he declined to specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups, asserting that “before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.”

In a long, combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower, the president repeatedly rejected a torrent of bipartisan criticism for waiting several days before naming the right-wing groups and placing blame on “many sides” for the violence that ended with the deaths of a young woman after a car crashed into a crowd.

Mr. Trump repeated that assertion on Tuesday, criticizing “alt-left” groups that he claimed were “very, very violent” when they sought to confront the nationalist and Nazi groups that had gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park. He said there is “blame on both sides.”

Conservative Pundit Equates Nazi Flags With LGBTQ Pride/Rainbow Flags

Conservative columnist and failed Republican candidate for Congress, Star Parker, told Fox and Friends' co-host Steve Doocy that she agreed with Donald Trump’s initial claim that the violence and bigotry seen in Charlottesville over the weekend came “from many sides,” saying Trump was "on point."

Parker then made an attempt at putting white supremacists who carry Nazi flags and drive cars through crowds of people with LGBTQ Pride goers who carry rainbow flags.

“What’s really interesting, and really incredible irony here, is the same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up.”

“These two flags represent the exact same thing. That certain people groups are not welcome here. So if Nancy Pelosi wants to say that we’re going to start shutting down First Amendment rights of a certain group of people, then what happens the next time that the homosexuals want to walk through an American city and protest and counter protesters come out?”

It seems to have slipped my mind the total number of deaths that occurred on Saturday at the hands of LGBQs driving cars through crowds of people. Can someone remind me?

It will come as no surprise that Parker has a long history of attacking the LGBTQ community, often describing us as “those choosing the homosexual lifestyle.”

Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Said 'White Supremacist' Sooner

The record holder for shortest term as White House Communications Director, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to offer his insights on the current "alt-right" situation in the West Wing.

"The Mooch" told Colbert that if it were up to him presidential strategist (and "white nationalist") Steve Bannon would be cut loose, but added, "It's not up to me."

Scaramucci also underscored his belief that while Trump is a "compassionate" man, Scaramucci feels the president should have spoken out more forcefully (and sooner) regarding the recent white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Watch below.

Trump Covers NY Daily News

Because, of course...

From the New York Daily News:

After relentless pressure spanning the political spectrum, President Trump grudgingly condemned white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis for Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.

“Racism is evil,” Trump said during a brief address at the White House on Monday. “And those that cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Hours later, he took to Twitter to complain that his belated repudiation of hate groups wasn’t met with more acclaim.

“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!” he wrote.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just Because...

(Alex Abramov via Instagram)

Trump Approval Falls To Lowest Level In History Of Gallup Tracking Poll

In the aftermath of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville over the weekend and Donald Trump's woefully lacking sense of moral leadership, his approval rating in Gallup's Daily Tracking poll has dropped to the lowest level ever seen in the history of the poll.

Approve 34%
Disapprove 61%

Under Pressure, Donald Trump Finally Denounces KKK/White Supremacists

Donald Trump took finally issued a statement today denouncing the violence and bigotry of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.

From the New York Times:

“Racism is evil,” Mr. Trump said. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Several of the president’s top advisers, including his new Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, pressed Mr. Trump to issue a more forceful rebuke after his comment on Saturday that the violence in Charlottesville was initiated by “many sides,” prompting nearly universal criticism.

It's notable that Trump framed his condemnation with "as I said on Saturday," which he did not. But we all know that this is a man who never admits he is wrong.

Clearly loathe to issue any statement against white nationalists and bigots, Trump began his remarks with a lengthy self-congratulation on the economy.

That would be the economy he inherited from President Obama.

Donald Trump's full statement today via NBC News:

I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy and major tax cuts and reform. We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker. And it's about time.

Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over one million jobs since I took office.

We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon, but, based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone.

I just met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.

As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love.

We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth, and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Burke Bates exemplify the very best of America, and our hearts go out to their families, their friends, and every member of American law enforcement.

These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.

As a candidate, I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in their souls.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much.

Merck CEO Quits President's Manufacturing Council Over Tepid Charlottesville Remarks

Citing a responsibility to "take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier quit Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday in response to Trump's woefully tepid statements regarding the violent hate rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal. As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

Trump responded by attacking Frazier on Twitter: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

As many have noted, it took less than an hour to slap back at Frazier, but no word against white supremacists in three days.

As this Twitter user points out, Frazier was welcomed as a member of Trump's Manufacturing Council. Did Trump think of Frazier as a ripoff artist all this time?

Top 10 Paid Celebs On Instagram

Ever wonder what celebrities do with all those social media followers?

Make money! compiles a list of the "Top 10 Paid Celebrities for Sponsored Posts on Instagram" in 2017.

Selena Gomez tops the list as she earns a whopping $550,000 per sponsored post on her Instagram.

Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

No Bail For Nazi Suspect James Fields

James Alex Fields Jr.
James Alex Fields, the young man who allegedly drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters during the hate rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been arraigned without bail.

Via USA Today:

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, appeared in Charlottesville General District Court by video conference, where a judge read out the charges that include one count of second-degree murder, several counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.

Clad in a striped gray and white shirt, Fields was subdued while answering questions from Judge Robert Downer. Fields said he could not afford a lawyer, and Downer assigned private attorney Charles Weber to the case.

Downer said he could not appoint a public defender due to a conflict of interest —someone linked to the public defender's office was injured in the crash Saturday. Fields’ next court date will be August 25.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 people were injured Saturday when a Dodge Challenger rear-ended a sedan, which then hit a minivan that had slowed to allow the counter-protesters to cross at an intersection, Charlottesville police said. The impact pushed the vehicles into the crowd, police said in a statement. The Challenger fled the scene, but officers stopped it a short time later and arrested Fields, police said.

The article goes on to note that Fields apparently has a fascination with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler and radical convictions regarding race.

According to CBS News, Fields' mother knew he was going to an "alt-right" event but didn't understand it would be a white supremacist rally.

Redneck Liberal: Virginia Is For Lovers, Not Nazis

Trae Crowder, America's "Redneck Liberal"

From Trae Crowder, America's "Redneck Liberal:"

"I'm absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I will prevail y'all."

“I don’t know that there’s any symbol that’s more inherently un-American than the Confederate flag. It’s sorta the point of the fucking thing."

"Ultimately, at their core, these people are losers. Losers who fetishize other losers."

Watch Trae rock this rant below:

Charlottesville Hate Rally Organizer Runs From His Own Press Conference

Jason Kessler runs from his own press conference

Jason Kessler, one of the white supremacists who helped organize the hideous events we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend decided his "achievement" warranted a press conference.

The citizens of Charlottesville were not too keen on him "explaining" what happened in all the hate spewed Friday night and Saturday by his "Unite The Right" pals.

NBC News has footage of his literally running away from his own press conference as folks from Charlottesville told him exactly how they felt.

I don't condone violence - don't touch. But I support the citizens verbally expressing their outrage over what Kessler knowingly organized.

Watch the video below.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

White Nationalist Nevadan: "I'm Not The Angry Racist" You See In That Photo

University of Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic
attending hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Among the thousands who traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to proudly proclaim their white supremacist views was 20 year-old Reno resident Peter Cvjetanovic.

Cvjetanovic is an undergraduate at the University of Reno-Nevada studying history and political science.

From KTNV News in Reno:

“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture, “Cvjetanovic says. “It is not perfect; there are flaws to it, of course. However I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E Lee is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.”

Photos of Cvjetanovic protesting circulated on social media, denouncing Cvjetanovic as a racist.

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”

However Cvjetanovic, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, defends his beliefs.

“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”

Saturday’s protests left 3 people dead and several injured, click here for the full details.

Ivanka Trump Finds The Words Her Father Could Not

Ivanka Trump

Finding the words her father couldn't, Ivanka Trump condemned the white supremacist/neo-nazis hate on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, yesterday:

When history handed President Trump the chance to denounce the racist rhetoric yesterday at the Charlottesville rally, he chose to mute his statement saying there was hatred and violence "on many sides."

The nazis celebrated the president's words:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hillary Clinton Strongly Denounces White Supremacists' Violence In Charlottesville

After the violent turmoil erupted at the nazi rally today in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hillary Clinton issued this statement via Twitter:

My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country. But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets. Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values. Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it.

At least someone knows what clear leadership looks like.

Trump On Charlottesville Violence: "Bigotry And Violence On Both Sides"

In the aftermath of the white supremacist rally which turned to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump issued a statement denouncing the "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."

It was the nazis' rally that turned violent. Not peace-loving citizens who made today so ugly in Charlottesville.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. It's been going on a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."

You'll note that "Not Donald Trump." He made a point to sidestep his own responsibility for stoking these racial flames the past two years.

This hurts my heart as an American. It honest to God hurts that our president can't boldly stand up to this white supremacist hate.

Watch below.

Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Nazi Rally Escalates To Violence

Just terrible.

A planned protest by "white nationalists" (read that "white supremacists/Nazis") in Virginia was abandoned on Saturday after the level of violence escalated to such a heated level the governor had  to declare a state of emergency as law enforcement officers cleared the area.

From the New York Times:

The demonstration, which both organizers and critics had said was the largest gathering of white nationalists in recent years, turned violent almost immediately and left several people injured.

The turmoil began with a march Friday night and escalated Saturday morning as hundreds of white nationalists gathered. Waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, they converged on a statue of Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park and began chanting phrases like “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.”

Hundreds of counter-protesters quickly surrounded the crowd, chanting and carrying their own signs.

By 11 a.m., the scene had exploded into taunting, shoving and outright brawling. Barricades encircling the park and separating the two sides began to come down, and police temporarily retreated. People were seen clubbing one another in the streets, and pepper spray filled the air.

Police cleared the area before noon, and the Virginia National Guard arrived as officers began arresting some who remained for unlawful assembly. But fears lingered that the altercation would start again nearby, even as politicians, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a Republican, condemned the violence.

The protest, billed as a “Unite the Right” rally, was the culmination of a year and a half of debate in Charlottesville over the fate of the Lee statue. A movement to remove it began when an African-American high school student here started a petition. The City Council voted 3 to 2 in April to sell it, but a judge issued an injunction temporarily stopping the move.

The city had been bracing for a sea of alt-right demonstrators, and on Friday night, hundreds of them, carrying lit torches, marched on the picturesque grounds of the University of Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The group included prominent white nationalist figures like Richard Spencer and David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Apparently, the white supremacists tried to spin Trump's first tweet into a message that condemned the counter-protesters. Trump then issued a second tweet regarding the nazi rally:

At one point, a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters.

White Nationalists March On University Of Virginia

(image via Twitter)
If you're just waking up and missed it, torch wielding white nationalists marched on a church in Charlottesville VA last night.

From the New York Times:

A month after a Ku Klux Klan rally here ended with the police using tear gas on protesters, Charlottesville is bracing for a weekend of white nationalist demonstrations and counterprotests, and suddenly this tranquil college town feels like a city under siege.

Thousands of people — many from out of town — are expected to descend on the city to either protest or participate in a “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday convened by white nationalists who oppose a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, from a city park.

“People are angry, they’re scared, they’re hurt, they’re confused,” said the Rev. Seth Wispelwey of the local United Church of Christ. “White supremacists rallying in our town is an act of violence.”

Late Friday night, several hundred torch-bearing men and women marched on the main quadrangle of the University of Virginia’s grounds, shouting, “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.” They walked around the Rotunda, the university’s signature building, and to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, where a group of counterprotesters were gathered, and a brawl ensued. At least one person was led away in handcuffs by the police.

In a Facebook post, Charlottesville’s mayor, Mike Signer, called it a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”

“I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he added.

Trump Congratulates Governor Of Guam On Becoming Famous Via North Korea Threat

The New York Post reports that President Trump called the governor of Guam on Friday to reassure him that as an American territory, the U.S. is at the ready to protect the residents of the island paradise.

Trump, who is personally obsessed with fame, made a point to tell the governor that he's world famous now thanks to the attentions of North Korea.

Trump opened the conversation by telling Calvo, “Good morning, good morning. Great to speak with you. Good morning. I just wanted to pay my respects and we are with you 1,000. You are safe. We’re with you 1,000 percent. I just wanted to call and say hello.”

Trump later says, “We’re going to do a great job for you. All over the world they’re talking about Guam. Tourism is going to go up ten fold. It looks beautiful.” Calvo agrees. “It’s paradise.” And he told the former hotel magnate, “We have 95 percent occupancy and after all of this stuff calms down we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”

New Music: Gryffin "Love To Ruins"

Gryffin releases the official video for his new latest single “Love In Ruins,” featuring London singer-songwriter Sinead Harnett.

Billboard calls it “a breezy cut” that “melds the worlds of indie and dance,” while Earmilk notes its “melodic tone, with ambient synths and strumming guitar,” as “Harnett’s pained voice tells a story of love lost over gentle production.”

“Love in Ruins” follows his previous single “Feel Good” with Illenium and featuring Daya. Described by Billboard as "melodic ear candy,” "Feel Good" has racked up more than 43 million Spotify plays since its release in March.

I love hooky melodic ambient tracks that have a chill vibe that can suit afternoon pool time or late night social time. The texture of the track just feels good.

I've previously written about Gryffin here.

Watch the "Love In Ruins" video below. For tour dates and more, head over to

Friday, August 11, 2017

Trump To North Korea: Any Further "Overt Threats" And You Will Truly Regret It Fast

Speaking to reporters in New Jersey before a workforce development meeting, Donald Trump said North Korea's Kim Jong Un would "truly regret" any further "overt threats" to American territories or allies:

“If [King Jong Un] utters one threat in a form of an overt threat — which, by the way, he has been uttering for years, and his family has been uttering for years — or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it. And he will regret it fast.'

Watch below:

Just Because...

Early eye-candy for the weekend. #woof

Hat tip to my Facebook bud, Aaron.

MTV's New Dating Show "Undressed"

MTV just released a teaser for it's upcoming new series, Undressed.

Billed as a dating show, two strangers are given 30 minutes to undress each other and then, through the course of answering questions and performing challenges, decide if there is a chance for romance between the two.

The promo video features a gay couple, presumably au natural in bed, with one asking the other, "As a gay man, how could you vote for Trump?"

The new series debuts August 16 at 11PM on MTV.

You can watch the promo at this link (it was unavoidably auto-play, and I find that annoying for my readers)

North Korean Missile Could Reach Guam In 14 Minutes

USA Today reports that should North Korea fire an armed missile at United States' territory island Guam, residents would have 14 minutes before impact.

If North Korea fires missiles toward Guam, the deadly weapons would take about 14 minutes to reach the island, said Guam Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde.

She said residents would be immediately notified by the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, located in low-lying areas throughout the island.

North Korea announced Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets.

“Our office will be notified from the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public,” Gaminde said. Local media, village mayors and social media would be used to disseminate information, she said.

Gaminde urged island residents to tune into local media for further instructions if sirens began sounding.

Texas' "Bathroom Bill" Looking Less Likely As Special Session Nears End

With only a few days left in the special session of the Texas legislature called by Gov. Greg Abbott, Senate Bill 6, the anti-transgender "bathroom bill," hasn't even had a committee hearing placed on the schedule in the state House.

And according to the chairman of the committee that would handle the bill, a hearing any time soon looks unlikely.

From The Advocate:

Rep. Byron Cook, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, said this week he had no plans to hold a hearing on the bill, which must pass his committee before going to the full House.

“Quite candidly, at this point, I don’t know what a hearing would add when we already had hearings” during the regular session, he told Austin TV station KXAN. In that session, the bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House. Some supporters are still holding out hope that it could be attached to other legislation, but that seems unlikely as well.

The testimony during the regular session was heavily against SB 6, which would require students, staff, and visitors in public schools to use the restrooms and other single-sex facilities matching the gender on their birth certificate or an ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and would put the same restriction on those using facilities in buildings overseen by local governments. It would also override portions of city ordinances that allow trans people to use the restrooms of their choice.

“Corporate America is stepping forward, speaking loudly about the fact that this will have a chilling effect on business opportunity in this state,” Cook recently told The New York Times. “I’m hearing from many major corporations about this bill and the effect it will have.”

Companies that have stated their opposition include IBM, Amazon, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Intel, Capital One, Ben & Jerry’s, Facebook, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The overall list of opponents encompasses more than 650 businesses, chambers of commerce, and convention and visitors’ bureaus, according to the Texas Association of Business, which has organized a campaign against the bill with a coalition called Keep Texas Open for Business.

The bill passed the state Senate two weeks ago, but the moderate Republican Speaker of the House Joe Straus is no fan of the legislation, and has indicated he may not even bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

Trump: I'm Doing The Military A 'Great Favor" Kicking Trans Troops Out

For the first time in months, Donald Trump took questions from the reporters at his Bedminster, NJ golf club yesterday where he’s in the middle of a 17 day vacation.

Asked about his proposed ban on transgender military service, Trump said:

“I have great respect for the community. I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community. I got a lot of votes. But the transgender, the military’s working on it now. It’s been a very difficult situation and I think I’m doing a lot of people a favor by coming out and just saying it. As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor.”

The Navy Secretary disagrees with the president, though:

Donald Trump: Military Solutions Now Fully Locked And Loaded

Taking the escalation of threats to the next level, President Trump tweeted from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely."

This comes just a day after Defense Secretary James Mattis issued an ultimatum to North Korea to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

News Round-Up: August 10, 2017

The U.S. Men's Gymnastic team at the Olympics last year in Rio
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A few news items you may have missed:

• U.S. Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak thinks the men's team could up interest in his sport if the guys competed shirtless. I think he may be onto something there :)

• Hideous Trump support and now former-CNN pundit got booted from the news network for tweeting "Sieg Heil!"

• "Maybe it wasn't tough enough," Donald Trump says of his "fire and fury" remarks on North Korea:

• Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) has scored a guest star spot on upcoming Will & Grace reboot.

• A new report shows it could cost around $960 million to kick transgender people out of the the U.S. military.

• Chelsea Manning, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, for Vogue's September issue - "Guess this is what freedom looks like..."

Instahunk Round-Up

The weekend is right - over - there.

Just one more day.

A little something to keep your "spirits" up...

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