Monday, May 29, 2017

New Music: Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan "There For You"


Earlier this week, DJ/producer Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan released their latest collaboration, “There For You.”

Billboard's take on the track:

The two 21-year-olds take on San Francisco in the highly-stylize clip. Sivan is adorable and endearing as he sings about how fake the world and everyone in it can feel. Sometimes, you just need a good friend, but good friends are made through actions, not just words. Martin Garrix is the friend he needs, giving his vulnerable vocals a pop-colored backbone ready for radio takeover.

“There For You” has a cute hook that shows Garrix' future bass obsession isn't quite finished. This is one bubbly beat that won't let you down. Catch the feels for yourself below.

Trump Finally Addresses Two Portland Heroes Calling The Attacks "Unacceptable"


After three days of silence, President Trump finally "spoke out" via Twitter about the deaths of two men who defended teenagers from a known white supremacist in Portland.

According to Portland police, two men were killed and another was wounded after 35-year old Jeremy Joseph Christian began yelling hate speech at two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

The president's tweet read, "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them."



Interestingly, the message was posted to his official @potus account, not his personal account (@realDonaldTrump) which has almost twice the followers.

Many noted the tweet was sent out at 10:51AM this morning while he was attending Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary, so it's clear he didn't write the post himself.

Joe Biden Officiates DNC Staffer's Wedding


Over the weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden officiated the wedding of Henry MuΓ±oz, the Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee, and his husband Kyle Ferari.

Actress Melanie Griffith captured the moment for Instagrammers with the caption, “My dearest friends Henry Munoz and Kyle Ferari were married today by VP Joe Biden. Wishing them everlasting love and a joyous life journey!”



This isn’t the first time Biden has officiated a same-sex wedding. You may recall last August genial Joe married White House staffers Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie.

Biden shared the happy news on Twitter at the time, writing, “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”

Happy Memorial Day!


Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day today, and I hope that everyone takes time out to remember why we celebrate this day as a nation.

It's not "National BBQ Day" you know.

Think of those we've lost who stood up for, and made possible, our freedoms and liberty here in the US.

A few facts about Memorial Day:

• Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May.

• Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, formerly known as Decoration Day.

• Memorial Day typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

• Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

For some patriotic Memorial Day entertainment, check out PBS' National Memorial Day Concert here.

The all-star lineup for the event includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar RenΓ©e Fleming; multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams; country music superstar Scotty McCreery; Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling artist John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting; Broadway and television star Christopher Jackson; distinguished actress Ana Ortiz; and many more in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Just Because: Nyle DiMarco



How Nyle DiMarco is spending his Memorial Day ;)

And by the way, in case you were wondering how to say "Happy Memorial Day" in ASL, Nyle's got you covered.

Dan Rather To Trump: "What A President Says Can Set The Tone For The Nation At Large"

Dan Rather

While Donald Trump seems to have time to address any "fake news" story he hears about via Twitter, one topic the Trumpster has not touched on was the killing of two men who defended two teenage girls from an extreme racist in Portland.

Many say Trump hasn't spoken on the subject because this violence was "racist on Muslim" based, not the other way around.

As the nation continues to wait for the president to acknowledge the tragedy, iconic newsman Dan Rather pens this open letter to Trump via his Facebook page:

Dear President Trump,

Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist. A third brave man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded in the knife attack.

This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a "radical Islamic terrorist." They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. That man seems to have a public record of "extremist ideology" - a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau.

This "extremism" may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn't make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of "extremism" is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.

Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It's even a "sanctuary city." But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next.

I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice.

Donald Trump On "Credible Sources"





Donald Trump went on another of his Twitter rants yesterday railing about the use of unnamed "sources" in news reports about him.

As you can see above, he says "Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names... it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!"

Now, when he says sources don't exist, is it possible he speaks from first hand experience?

Take a trip with me on the way-back machine...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Podcast: OutGames Cancel At Last Minute, Luxembourg's First Gentleman Represents, New Music From Eli Lieb


In this week’s podcast:

• Survivor’s of Chechnya’s "gay purge" describe the physical and mental torture they endured in their country's gay concentration camps

• Two gay men were whipped with canes in front of thousands in Indonesia for the crime of having consensual gay sex in private

• The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to global health funding could lead to the deaths of over one million people around the world fighting HIV/AIDS

• Luxembourg's First Gentleman represents at the NATO Summit, but the White House forgets

• The 2017 World OutGames cancelled only 24 hours before the opening ceremonies

• New music from acclaimed out singer/songwriter, Eli Lieb.

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

Trump Will Announce Decision On Paris Climate Accord Next Week


President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday he will make a decision next week on whether the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord.

At the G7 Summit in Sicily this week, several world leaders attempted to sway Trump into staying committed to the climate agreement.

An official dispatch from the G7 read, the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics."

Speaking to reporters after the G7 meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory. Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one.”

Running for president in 2016, Trump often threatened to tear up the climate agreement that President Obama signed. But, aides to Trump say the president listened carefully to his counterparts, and is "evolving" on the issue.

News site Axios reports that Trump has already told several close advisers he plans to leave the accord.

U.S. Soccer Teams To Wear Rainbow-Themed Uniforms In Honor Of Pride Month


From USSoccer.com:

In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month in June, U.S. Soccer will activate a number initiatives in partnership with the You Can Play Project, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association.

The You Can Play Project is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

As the highlight, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers during the June friendlies.

The MNT will debut the look for the World Cup Qualifying tune-up against Venezuela on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The WNT will wear the kits in away friendlies against Sweden on June 8, and Norway three days later.

After the games, the shirts will be auctioned off for charity. In addition, fans will be able to purchase the customized rainbow jerseys online at USSoccerstore.com.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

White House Omits Only Gay Spouse In Photo Caption

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The White House posted a photo taken during this week's NATO summit of the spouses of the attending world leaders.

The LGBT community was quick to hail the inclusion of the First Gentleman of Luxembourg, Gauthier Destenay, who married the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, two years ago.

And yet, for some unknown reason, Mr. Destenay was the only spouse to be omitted in the caption by the White House.

There are ten people in the photo, only nine included in the caption.

Oh, but they did list Melania twice, so, yeah...

Now, can you think of a reason that could explain why he would the only one excluded?

Remember, Donald Trump told the LGBTQ community during the campaign that he would be "much better for the gays" than Hillary.

#ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm

(h/t The Daily Beast)

President Trump Only World Leader At G7 Summit To NOT Give Press Conference


Remember when Donald Trump dogged Hillary Clinton over how much time had passed since she had done a press conference? He inferred over and over that avoiding the press was due to being crooked.

“She doesn’t do news conferences, because she can’t,” Trump said at an August rally in Ashburn, Virginia. “She’s so dishonest she doesn’t want people peppering her with questions.”

Guess who left the G7 summit today as the only world leader to not hold a press conference?

Via The Hill:

President Trump was the only world leader not to give a press conference following the G7 summit Saturday, adding to already existing tension between the president and the press.

The Trump administration did offer a press briefing after the summit by the president’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. The briefing, which was given off-camera but on-the-record, took place around the same time other world leaders offered their post-summit press conferences.

According to a report by The Washington Post, journalists at the briefing by Cohn and McMaster were frustrated as the two officials refused to comment on reports that Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow.

Tweet Of The Day: Randy Rainbow


Hillary Clinton: "I Won't Lie. Chardonnay Helped A Little, Too"


Lord knows I don't need another reason to support Hillary Clinton. I've said for years "she's my girl."

But catch this very human laugh line she dropped yesterday speaking at her alma mater, Wellesley College.

Joking about walks in the woods and organizing her closet, Hillary included one more coping mechanism:

"I won't lie. Chardonnay helped a little, too."

More wine!

Watch the moment below.

The Simpsons: The Ghost Of Richard Nixon Visits Donald Trump


In this delicious new short from The Simpsons, President Trump makes one more desperate plea to patch things up with now-fired FBI Director James Comey.

I don't know what's more on the nose: Mike Pence erasing the "Vice" from his name plate or the ghost of Richard Nixon thanking Trump for helping him move up to being "the 44th best president."

Watch below.


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