4409 posts categorized "Media"

September 23, 2016

@DCLogCabin rejects Trump endorsement

Obama celebrates opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture

President Obama speaks at a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture at the White House.

New H&M ad features gay kiss and transgender actress

Clinton ad highlights Trump’s insults against women

Trump's habitual misogynistic ugliness.

Olbermann on Kathy ‘No Racism Before Obama’ Miller: ‘She IS the Trump Campaign’

For instant refutation of Mr. Miller, google "lynching" and click on Images. Warning: you will see horrifying photos of America's past.

See no evil

Wake up, Coach.

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

The world can be cruel, and the presidency carries many thankless tasks. President Obama performed one of them today. It is not popular to consider our strategic interests in such an instance, but the man responsible for sending our children off to war, including the special ops forces he sent to raid bin Laden's compound in 2011, must consider them. Before condemning him, let us imagine the weight of it that he must bear and we do not. Remember Churchill, who could not warn the people of Coventry of the Nazi bombing raid that he knew was coming because it would have tipped off the Germans that Britain had broken the Enigma code. Giving away that secret would almost certainly have led to many more deaths. Even when they do not have my agreement or understanding, those who take on that burden have my respect. And on November 8, we must not confer its terrible responsibility on an ignorant and reckless man.

Between Two Ferns with Hillary Clinton

Very funny. But of course this is not the first time Hillary's appeared on TV with a clown. Remember the Benghazi hearing? There was a whole carful.

White Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in death of unarmed black man

Eugene Robinson: In America, gun rights are for whites only

Eugene Robinson is right. This is intolerable and insane.

Calling the men in white coats with butterfly nets

One of Elwood P. Dowd's friends at the rest home, otherwise known as the Libertarian candidate for President.

A fearless wife records police use of deadly force

The video taken by Keith Scott's wife Rakeyia of his fatal encounter with police is hard to watch and to listen to. MSNBC was just analyzing the video. I do not begrudge their doing that, but I had to mute the TV. I've had too much. One thing that shines through in the painful recording is this woman's fearlessness in confronting her husband's killers. She is not the first. If there is one ray of hope in all this, it may be that.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 21, 2016

Protests erupt in Charlotte after police kill a black man

Terence Crutcher's hands were raised when he was shot by a Tulsa officer

Olbermann - The secret behind Trump's terrorism plan

HUD makes rule final barring anti-trans bias in homeless shelters

Clinton underscores LGBT rights to win over Millennials

Judge rules for Wisconsin trans student in battle over bathroom access

Trump Jr. stole photo of Skittles to denigrate refugees – from a refugee

Obama at UN Refugee Summit

President Obama addresses United Nations

September 20, 2016

Column: Trump the Arsonist Plays Firefighter

My latest Blade column asks: With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?

It features a discussion on Trump and race by leadership and diversity consultant Robert Naylor Jr.

September 19, 2016

Believe me

Trump's gestures

I am sick of Trump's small set of gestures repeated endlessly. Also the way he sets his mouth. Bip the Clown, the stage persona of the late mime Marcel Marceau, could have delivered a Trump speech without saying a word -- except that Bip was pleasanter, and would have been more trustworthy with the nuclear launch codes.

FALL ARTS 2016: ‘Looking’ for a good book?

McCrory staged fake Q&A to avoid questions on HB2

Obama Makes Powerful Plea: 'Everything We Stand For Is At Stake'

Church 'accidentally' shows gay film In & Out instead of Pixar film Inside Out

NASA Did Not Just Change Your Zodiac Sign

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(The constellation Ophiuchus, courtesy Wikiwand)

Glamour Magazine has set off a kerfuffle with a story confusing astrology with astronomy.

I got into amateur astronomy as a teenager, and have long known that the astrological sign dates did not match where the sun is during the course of the year. Saturn right now is in Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, who sticks his foot in between Scorpius and Sagittarius.

But astrology has nothing to do with science, at least not modern science. It is a mystical system. If you really believe that the actual position of a particular planet in the sky has any effect on your life, it is not coming from a rational place. The non-rational (as distinct from irrational) has its place. I'm interested in stars with earth-like planets because they might harbor life.

As for constellations, they are just a convention, though an ancient one. We could make up our own if we wanted. I think the real universe is vastly more interesting than the mystical one. Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees with me, as did my late astronomer friend Frank Kameny. We were all born at different times of year: Tyson on October 5, Kameny on May 21, and I on March 30. As to its meaning, I invoke Edmund from King Lear:

"This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing."

September 16, 2016

Steph Curry Says North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Needs to be Changed

Thanks, Steph.

'Dr. Oz' Show Cuts Trump's Comments About Kissing His Daughter 'Every Chance' He Gets

On top of everything else, a high creep factor.

Robert White takes his seat as D.C. Councilmember At-Large

Congrats to freshly minted D.C. Councilmember Robert White (D-At-Large), who was sworn in today after being chosen by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the unexpired term of recently resigned Councilmember Vincent Orange. In the picture below, CM White is joined by infant daughter Madison. Robert earned the highest GLAA rating in the At-Large primary race, which he won in June. He stands for a full term on November 8.

Unwinding a Lie: Donald Trump and ‘Birtherism’

The contemptible Mr. Trump tells another big lie as he acknowledges what was never in doubt: that President Obama was indeed born in America.

Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary in Virginia

Excellent speech by Michelle Obama in which she talks about why she is inspired by Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s new hotel offers everything he claims to hate

Trump cries "America First" and calls for barring all Muslims from the country, then he fills the Trump International Hotel with imported goods and is ready with Qur'ans and prayer rugs for those who can afford his conspicuous-consumption rates. He deserves a prize for brass-fronted impudence (to take a phrase from Frederick Douglass) if he wins this election. Thanks to Dana Milbank for the tour.

Streisand and Wilson: 'Loving You' from Passion

A break from the news: The shattering song that helped Donna Murphy win her Tony in 1994, from Sondheim's Passion, reimagined as a duet for Barbra Streisand and Patrick Wilson.

September 15, 2016

Olbermann: All of Trump's Supporters Are Deplorable

Keith Olbermann is right.

Ivanka Trump Suggests Gay Male Couples Are Out of Luck in Donald Trump's Family Leave Plan

Donald Trump Jr. Makes Holocaust Joke in Attack on Hillary Clinton and the Media

Keep talking, clown.

Movie trailer: 'The Pass'