Thursday, September 21, 2017

Random Musings

Melania _____ plagiarized gave a speech at a UN luncheon this week where she spoke about motherhood being the “most important and joyous role I’ve ever had.” And then she talked about the need to stop cyberbyullying.

Um, Melania, stopping bullying starts at your home. And if you’re serious about being a great mother you’d stop your husband’s bullying before your son picks up that habit.

Just sayin’.

PS How terrified does she look?
Once again a Republican has shown themselves to be ...

A] Stupid,
2] Insensitive
C] A racist, bigoted white supremacist asshat.
D] Or, in the case of South Dakota Republican Representative Lynne DiSanto, all of the above.

DiSanto posted this meme to her Facebook page:


Along with the caption:
“I think this is a movement we can all support.”
And, while most of the comments were supportive—it’s South Dakota, after all—as the post went viral the comments became more condemning of Di Santo, and she took it down.

Too late, honey, we all saw that, barely a month after Heather Heyer was run down in Charlottesville, that you think it’s “okay” or “funny” to kill protestors.

Asshat.
Sophia Vergara is a mainstay at any awards show, and I always look for her, not because she’s got her boobs up and her ass out in some tight mermaid gown, but because she’s married to Joe Manganiello, and I’d like to climb him.

But at last week’s Emmy’s she was escorted by what looked like a Disney cartoon prince come to life: her son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara.


He’s got mama’s steaminess.
And from the land Down Under ...

Australian rugby legend Andrew Johns, above, has come out in support of same-sex marriage by posting a photo of him kissing fellow Newcastle Knights player Billy Peden:

“Two boys from Cessnock will be voting yes.”
The post has been liked more than 5,000 times, with many thanking Johns for his support.

But, on the other side of that coin, another Aussie rugby player, Israel Folau, right, took to Twitter to explain why he’s voting ‘No’ on marriage equality:
“I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.”
I love and support you but I will vote against you having the right to marry the person you love. Doesn’t get more hypocritical than that.

PS Um, Andrew? If you’d like to do more men kissing men photos in support of same-sex marriage, I’m available?
I didn’t get a chance to talk Emmy fashion this week, so I narrowed it down to my Best and Worst:


MY BFF Nicki Kidman really brought it. Simple and elegant and regal. And, sadly, Tracee Ellis Ross looks like she’s auditioning for a new Christmas movie, dressed as a glittering snow elf.

Tracee should take a page from her mama, Diana Ross, when it comes to fashion.
Carlos has come up with a new habit that is either designed to gaslight me into madness or to simply bug the crap out of me.

He times commercials. I know. But, watching TV one night, as the commercials aired, he’d watch and then say, “14,” or “29,” or “a minute thirty.” I asked politely:
“What in the holy hell are you doing?”
He said:
“I noticed most commercials are 14 seconds long, with a few at 29 seconds and the phone and drug ads are a minute thirty seconds long.”
I got up and he asked:
“Where are you going?”
I replied:
“Is the town gun shop still open?”
Luckily, I am afraid of guns ... and the shop was closed. Better still, I got out my cartoon mallet.
Hot Emmy’s Men? Why, you don’t even have to ask, and, again, as I missed recapping the snow, I’ll narrow it down to two—Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara excepted:

Alexander Skarsgård. I even like his slim 1960s mustache; and Donald Glover in royal purple.
Now, back to fashion ... I am not really a fashion whore; I mean, I like nice things and I like to look good, but I don’t follow trends or go way off in the Crazy Trend Zone like this ...


This “sweater”, designed by Raf Simons, looks like nylons and knee socks got together, did something nasty, and demon spawned this hideous piece of fashion made all the more hideous because it retails for $1650!

Now, if you aren’t a member of Free The Nipple, or you’re just shy about, you can get a more prudish version at Barneys for $1,150.

Be warned: if I see anyone wearing this on the streets—though in Smallville that is highly unlikely—I’m’a be throwing paint on you.
Well, even though he first testified in private, it now appears that Little Donny will give public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this fall, to discuss that meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

I hope he ties himself up in knots and is dragged out of the hearing in chains and sent to prison. Treasonous little prick.
Now, onto Daddy ... _____, free from those pesky hurricanes that took up his golf time, jetted away for another weekend in New Jersey, while a group of Deplorables gathered in DC to demand protection for "traditional American culture” ... you know, “white” culture.

Racists Supporters came from around the country for the ... ahem ... "Mother of All Rallies" that organizers billed as the “Woodstock of American Rallies”. They hoped to rally one million people to DC in support of their cause but, um, yeah, the crowd was slightly less than a thousand lunatics in stupid red hats.

Even his inauguration had a wee bit bigger crowd. Sad.
Lastly, some more hot Men ... from The Sinner on USA, we have Eric Todd as murder victim Frankie Belmont—who is seen in flashbacks with a nice backside—and Jacob Pitts as drug dealing maniac JD.

Just sayin.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Architecture Wednesday: WE Guest House

This is the WE Guest House—which, may or may not be, because I haven’t been able to find out, part of the property of another home featured here called the WE House—see that post HERE.

At any rate, the architects created an elegant and timeless riff on an old farmhouse, but kept the lines and design quite modern.

In the living room, full double height windows maximize the relationship with the gardens and open every space of the house to the sprawling landscape.

It’s just two bedrooms, one down, one up, so it might be just a guest house, but if I was the guest I might never leave ....


Click to emBIGGERate the floorplans.

Good News Times Two: College Athletes Jace Anderson and Xavier Colvin Come Out

It’s been a wild month, between hurricanes and earthquakes—Carlos’ aunt and a friend, were stuck in an elevator during yesterday’s quake in Mexico City ... both are fine, as are his parents, thank goodness—and a lunatic in the White who, like a schoolyard bully, whit his name-calling and threatening war and destruction, so these two stories are a welcome respite ...

Jace Anderson runs track for the University of Nebraska and during this past year he, like most of us have done, was coming to terms with being gay; he was coming out, slowly, to friends and family and while the response was mostly positive, Jace was still leery of sharing his story openly.

Then, one night at a campus party, he was out on the balcony, and three members of the university football team came out, and one of the young men said to Jace:
“There's been a lot of conversation that you swing for the other team.”
Jace replied:
“Yes.”
And then the football player said:
“We just want to let you know we think that's awesome and commend you for not denying it. You don't really hear about that many openly gay athletes here and we think that's awesome.”
Then, sensing Jace’s unease ... “[t]hey each gave me a hug since they could still tell I was uncomfortable about the whole thing and I was obviously nervous and that they knew caught me off guard ... They were the last people I thought would have confronted me on that and been so welcoming.”

Just a few years, hell, maybe a few months or even days ago, this could have been a decidedly different outcome, but, as Jace realized, nobody cared that much that he was gay other than himself. And we sometimes do that to ourselves, we get it in our heads as to how people will react and so, perhaps, we take longer to come out. We need to realize that those feelings are on us, and not necessarily on those around us.

Times do change ... and so, speaking of football players, Butler University’s Xavier Colvin isn’t your average college football player either. He, like Jace Anderson, also had a choice: continue to struggle with stereotypes of “real men” in sports or be honest about who he is.

As a young, closeted gay athlete with very few examples to follow, Xavier wondered if he could ever merge his love for football and his sexual orientation. Xavier finally chose to be a “real man” on his own terms, and in his own way ... by standing up in front of his entire team and coming out:
 “A lot of times when it comes to gay men in sports we feel like people think we will be ‘less-than’ because of our personal life. I got so caught up trying to please others that I fell into a path of always trying to help others and not myself. Finally I became courageous enough to be myself.”
Courageous enough to be himself; that’s a huge step forward for a football player, and an African-American male, to come out as gay. It’s a huge step forward for anyone who has some kind of sceret they’re harboring.

And how did the team react? Xavier says he’s not gotten one single negative comment from the team, the coaches, the students:
“Afterwards I got texts and phone calls. The freshmen who didn’t know me came and shook my hand. And they all said, ‘we’ve got your back.’ They told me how proud they were of me. Not even a single negative reaction. It was all positive.”
Sometimes it takes just one person, or two people, to make that move, take that step, say those two words—I’m gay—and it moves the entire world forward.

And in these days we need those examples of bravery and openness and courage and self-awareness, pride, if you will.

So congratulations of Jace and Xavier and, eyes, please accept these gifts from HOMO HQ: the Obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven and a copy of The Gay Agenda.

Welcome out.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Name Two Things That Don't Go Together? _____ and Charity.

I forget ... is Houston still waiting for that $1 million dollar check from the Grifter-In-Chief? I mean, they must still be waiting, right, because one thing _____ does not do is charity.

Shortly after that Russian Election, _____’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that his team said would be “workmanlike”—meaning _____ would work like a dog to pocket, or hide, most of that money, I’m guessing.

And, they promised, I laugh a little because a _____ promise isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, to donate any of the leftover funds to charity and yet now, some eight months later, the only charity receiving any money was the “charity” to redecorate the White House and the vice president’s residence.

In other words: nothing has yet gone to charity. So, what happened, besides the fact that The Deplorables and the Electoral College elected a thief as president?

Well, the Associated –the source for this post—“spoke with eight people—vendors, donors and Trump associates—involved in planning and political fundraising for the celebration” and they claim the whole shebang became a clusterfuck of “last-minute decisions, staffing turnover and little financial oversight.”

Yup, no one was watching the coins, or where the coins went.

There was the pre-inaugural Lincoln Memorial concert, which ALLEGEDLY cost $25 million. The concert was set to feature Toby Keith and Three Doors Down and was quite similar to concerts put on for Obama in 2009 and Bush in 2005 ... except in the cost and size.
Bush’s inaugural committee spent $2.5 million on its concert on the National Mall—one-tenth of _____’s costs—while Obama’s concert had 10,000 ticketed seats—twice the size of _____’s—and cost less than $5 million.

Huh, twice as big, for one-fifth the cost? I thought _____ said he was a good businessman?

Tom Barrack, chairman of the private Presidential Inaugural Committee, claims the inauguration was a great success—I guess he forgot that we all saw those pictures—but has declined to answer any  questions from AP about how money was spent. He says that keeping the books closed, and never divulging where the $107 million went is no different from any past inauguration. And he also claims that the committee’s charitable donations “surely will exceed any previous inauguration” though he offers no information of how much went where; we’ll have to wait until late November when, Barrack claims, the committee will publicly disclose details about its finances. But, two _____ associates familiar with efforts to sort out the financing say they know nothing of any third-party audit.

Grifters and Thieves; the lot of them. But they learned from the boss, because, as we know, _____ has a history of making bold charitable promises and then not following through until he’s shamed into doing so.

Remember back in January 2016, when _____ held a fundraiser for veterans’ causes—something he said he was passionate about—but it took him over four months to follow through on his promise to donate $1 million of his own money.

And then we learned that most of _____’s to any charity doesn’t come from his pocket, but comes from the pockets of other people who donate to his foundations.

Again, grifters, thieves, con artists, who took in a whole bunch of money, promised to donate the remainder to charity, and yet failed to do so, and refuse to account for the money they did spend.

Color me not surprised.

Ryan Zinke Wants To Pave Paradise And Put Up An Oil Rig .. Or A Strip Mine

As “President” _____ goosesteps along in his march to destroy this country and fill his bank account, his administration’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the asshat above, has now recommended that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size so that hundreds of thousands of acres of land ... national park land ... historical lands ... can be opened up to mining, logging and other development.

Zinke’s recommendations revealed in yet another leaked memo—how many leaks is that now for this corrupt administration—and has prompted an outcry from environmental groups, and people with a conscience, who are promising to take the Liar-In-Thief to court to block the moves.

 Zinke’s plan would scale back two huge Utah monuments—Bears Ears, to hence be known as Bears Ear, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, to be renamed, The Stoop— along with Nevada’s Gold Butte, now dubbed Pyrite Hill, and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou, call it a Travesty if you will.

Bears Ears was designated for federal protection by former President Barack Obama ... oh, now we know why _____ wants it decimated ... and is about 1.3 million acres in Utah that is sacred to Native Americans and home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.

Grand Staircase-Escalante, also in Utah, includes nearly 1.9 million acres and was designated by another democrat, Bill Clinton; the GOP has had it in their sites since 1996.

Cascade-Siskiyou protects about 113,000 acres in an area where three mountain ranges converge, while Gold Butte protects nearly 300,000 acres of desert that feature rock art, sandstone towers and wildlife habitat for bighorn sheep and the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.

Sadly, the only sites _____ sees as historic are his daughter’s rack and his Golden Toilet.

But Zinke isn’t done; he wants to allow logging at a newly designated monument in a Maine forest and urges more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico. And he'd like to destroy the oceans; two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean would also be reduced, while a third, off the Massachusetts coast, would be modified to allow commercial fishing.


Hey, who cares what we destroy, how much of the planet we decimate, how much history we erase, how many endangered species we kill off if someone can make some coins, right?

AP

Monday, September 18, 2017

ISBL Asshat of the Week: GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

California Republican Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher believes that the Charlottesville rally by white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and other members of the "alt-right" was a "total hoax" designed by liberals to bait _____ and make him look bad.

Oh, honey, that tool doesn’t need our help to look bad; it’s the easiest thing he does.

Rohrabacher, who represents California’s very conservative Orange County, "thinks the Charlottesville riots were a “total hoax” staged by liberals.

Yes, he believes that a group of liberals created the march and pretended to be alt-right asshats and neo-Nazi wingnuts, and white supremacist f**kmonkeys just because we somehow knew that _____ would handle the whole thing badly, say the wrong thing and look like a bigot.

Of course, we didn’t mean to have one of our stand-in haters run down and murder Heather Heyer, who was protesting the neo-Nazis.

Rohrabacher is waist "deep into" his Charlottesville conspiracy theory sh*t-fest and claims to know "that Democrats were behind [the] white nationalist riots” because a former “Hillary and Bernie supporter” got Civil War re-enactors to gather under the guise of protecting a Robert E. Lee statue. 
“It was a setup for these dumb Civil War re-enactors. It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation [and] to put our president on the spot.” 
Yes, there were no neo-Nazis or Klan members or alt-right loons or white supremacists in Charlottesville that day; it was liberals dressed up as racists to make _____ look bad.

Seriously. A costume drama? But then, please to explain, all the known white supremacists and neo-Nazis who showed up that day and were interviewed by the media and seen on television marching and shouting their hate speech?

Can you explain that you idiot?

Of course not, and that is why Dana Rohrabacher is the ISBL Asshat of the Week.

PS He believes that global warming is a "total fraud" used by liberals to "create global government." 

Those damned liberals; we dress up as Nazis to make _____ look like an idiot and we created these epic storms to build a global power government.

Someone needs to take off his tinfoil hat, eh, Dana?

Two More Examples Of How "Christian Love" Is An Oxymoron

Remember how we all saw the outpouring of Christian love after Hurricane Harvey battered Houston? You know, like when millionaire mega-church “pastor” Joel Osteen immediately opened up his church for victims of the flooding after people shamed him for ignoring those in need on social media.

And, as a sidenote, if you didn’t hear, Muslim mosques opened up during the storm and welcomed anyone who needed assistance. But, you know, Muslims, terrorists, they must have been training those homeless folks how to build bombs or something.

But this isn’t about that; this is about Carmen Nix, a Navy combat veteran, who began volunteering in any way she could; she donated $500 worth of food to the food bank at the Calvary Church in Friendswood, Texas, and then took a week off from work so she could assist folks at the church who had no place to go after the storm. And then, in a stunning display of Christian love, the Calvary Church “fired” Carmen Nix when they found out she was :::gasp::: Jewish and :::double gasp::: a lesbian.

After three days of volunteering, Nix was called into an office to meet with the church’s pastor, Ron Hindt, who asked why she said “Shalom” after every prayer. When she explained that she was Jewish, she was asked to leave and not return.

And she did, but she was still so stunned at what had happened she called the church later that day to tell off the so-called “Good Christian” Hindt, who stunned her further by inviting her to meet him. She agreed, but when they met she wasn’t given a ‘Thank you’ or an apology, but was grilled about being a Lesbian.

When Nix told the “pastor” that she and her partner, or twenty years, Christia Fiddmont-Norfleet, had raised two children together, the “pastor” simply said:
“We can’t let you represent our church, as being a lesbian is a sin.”
Carmen Nix posted the story to Facebook:
SO! I have volunteered for the past few days tirelessly, working at the food pantry at Calvary Church, as it is close to my house. Took a week off of work in order to do so. Donated over $500 worth of food to the pantry and showed up every day as I agreed. Hit my neighbors up for donations and delivered 3 cars full of donations.
TODAY, I was "FIRED" from volunteering because I identify as Jewish (discovering my Jewish heritage recently) and would not say that I was Christian when called into the "Principal's Office" by the Head of their food pantry. I called the church and let them know how I felt when I got home. Pastor "Ron" asked if I would meet with him at Calvary. I went. He also informed me that it was thought or it was rumored that I am a Lesbian, which is against their Christian beliefs.
In actuality, I was asked by one of the volunteers if I was in a relationship and I said, "Yes, I have been in a relationship with a woman for 20 years." I guess she took it upon herself to pass that little fact on to someone. I told Pastor "Ron" that when they called me to volunteer, they didn't bother to ask me to check or not check those boxes...Jewish and Lesbian. Told him...
"When you needed me, it didn't matter. Now that you're dwindling down the operation, it seems to matter."
He gave me the tired "blah, blah, blah" that Pastors have a tendency to do. "We can't let you represent our church, as being a Lesbian is a sin..." I let him know he should be ashamed to call himself a Christian. Long story short.... DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO ANY CALVARY CHURCH...THE ARE NATIONWIDE. UNLESS YOU FEEL THAT BEING JEWISH OR GAY DISQUALIFIES ONE FROM TRYING TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOURSELF. (You know that Christian Mantra...do onto others...etc). Just sayin'...
After her story was posted, “Pastor” Hindt responded, though his message was soon deleted; luckily, Carmen Nix shared it with us:
THIS WAS POSTED ON THE CALVARY WEBSITE IN RELATION TO MY ISSUE:
"As you know, Calvary Houston has been providing assistance to those in great need in the community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey with a Disaster Relief effort. We’ve prepared and served over 40,000 meals, cleaned out many homes, and provided food and supplies to those who have suffered devastating loss. We are so thankful for the hundreds of wonderful volunteers that have come out to serve the community with us. Of course, as a church our ultimate goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Recently, a resident of the community volunteered to serve with us and we wholeheartedly accepted her assistance. Honestly, the need is great in this area. We are so thankful for the many who have volunteered.
Unfortunately, we’re saddened by an incident involving some miscommunication that took place off campus in an exchange between various community volunteers at the church’s food pantry.
I met with the individual who was upset and apologized for the misunderstanding. (I apologize once again if you are reading this.) I invited her and her partner to sit with my wife and I in church this Sunday.
For the last twenty-six years, our heart at Calvary Houston has been to reach out and share the love of Christ to all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. As demonstrated to our community for the last two weeks during the Disaster Relief effort on-site, this position has not changed.
Once again, I want to thank all of our volunteers, city officials, police officers, firefighters, first responders, and military personnel. You are the best! We love you!"
Carmen Nix says this is what actually happened:
“He invited my partner and I to come to his church and the spirit of the Lord would show me the evil of my ways and would change my hearts to realize that my 20 year relationship with my wife was a sin. Please let the Calvary Church know how you feel about my being fired as a volunteer and my contributions of time and money to his food pantry.
I guess the “Good Christians” at Calvary Church don’t want Jews helping, and don’t like lesbians volunteering either.

I wonder what Jesus would do ....

Down under in Australia, the battle for marriage equality is heating up, and the anti-equality folks are getting quite ugly. But this is vile because it comes from a Presbyterian church, Ebenezer St John’s in Ballarat.

Steven North, the “pastor” at the church, has cancelled a straight couple’s wedding because the bride-to-be spoke out in support of marriage equality in Australia.

The country is holding a postal survey to help decide if parliament will allow same-sex couples to marry, and the 26 year-old woman posted a message of support to the gay community; she said same-sex couples should be able to marry, and that same-sex marriage has no affect on her relationship with her soon-to-be-husband.

“Pastor” North wrote a letter to the woman as well, saying:
“[Y]our commitment to same-sex marriage opposes the teaching of Christ Jesus and the scriptural position practiced by the Presbyterian Church of Australia and by me. This conflict of views has practical consequences in relation to your upcoming wedding.”
The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, have decided to leave the church, and posted their letter to North online:
“We feel this decision is absolutely disgraceful and is a disgrace to you and all the church, especially when we have been loyal and valued members of this congregation for 10 years. You were made aware from the beginning of our proceedings that we had gay friends and also that people in our wedding party were gay. How could you assume that we would abandon them or degrade them with regards to same-sex marriage?”
I guess “pastor” North is all keen on The Gays coming to his church, or even taking part in a “straight” wedding if they fill its coffers with their coins, but he will definitely not be marrying any same-sex couples or any opposite-sex couples who are pro-equality.

And I guarantee that neither Hindt nor North can explain why people are leaving their churches in droves, leaving organized religion by the masses.

Maybe it’s the hypocrisy?

But, for those of you who believe ...