AUSTRALIA: Macklemore Performs Pro-Gay Anthem At National Rugby Final, Calls For LGBT Equality [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports:

The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final.

The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows a bizarre week in which the hip-hop artist became the focus of national attention due to his decision to play the song as part of his setlist in the midst of the campaign surrounding Australia’s non-binding, voluntary postal survey on marriage equality.

Macklemore has previously described Same Love as a song that “deals with equal rights, human rights” for LGBTI people. “This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are human beings that should have the exact same rights as everybody else,” he said.

Same Love, first released in 2012, rocketed back to #1 on the Australian charts this week after the plan to perform it at the rugby final was denounced by former prime minister Tony Abbott. Macklemore has said the latest proceeds from sales of the single will go to Australia’s marriage equality movement.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Ninja0980

      No matter where they are, bigots are bigots.

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    • AtticusP

      Loathsome is as loathsome does. It’s cold comfort to know that willfully ignorant bigots and assholes are all over the world, not just in America.

      America’s just seem to be louder and more obnoxious.

      • RJ Bone

        We always have been :/

    • Sporkfighter

      Some of those politicians were arguing for the gay kids. Remember your friends as fiercely and you remember your foes, and vote accordingly.

  • Will Parkinson

    Good for him! And for Australia.

  • Natty Enquirer

    And thanks to the attempt to shut him up, Macklemore got about 10 times the notice.

    • FAEN

      Hope it all translates to a win fir equality.

    • (((GC)))

      See “Streisand effect”.

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • Nelson Kerr

    Abbot continues to take careful aim at his feet before firing,

  • bkmn

    And a ‘fuck you Tony Abbott’ too.

    • Todd20036

      I’d really rather not, and I’m usually not too particular….

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
    • FAEN

      One of the best lines!

  • JoeMyGod
    • OdieDenCO

      I think alcohol needs to be involved.

      • Ken M

        You may have a point. I thought alcohol helped you experiment.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          It helps “them” relax their opposition….

          • Ken M

            To open their minds..and their zippers.

      • Silver Badger

        I don’t know, I was sucking cock long before I was old enough to drink.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Yup.
          Mer too some wow.

        • FAEN

          Meh-I’m ashamed I was in my early 20’s.

          • Silver Badger

            To everything there is a season.

        • Why did it take me until I was 13 to discover the joy of fellatio!

          • Silver Badger

            Puberty works in mysterious ways.

        • JT

          Funny how much technique is displayed even unwittingly.
          http://i.imgur.com/AJPts6M.gif

        • clay

          but are you straight, mate?

          • Silver Badger

            Other than a few years as a bisexual, I am about as queer as it’s possible to be.

      • (((GC)))

        If there were a “bi pill”, I’d dump it in the water supply offer it to anyone who wanted more possibilities…

    • acde

      The universe is imploding,…..or maybe evolving

  • JoeMyGod
  • Lazycrockett

    He also loves his 100 year old grandma.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OrLroFa0AI

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      She looks in great shape.

    • HAAAAAAA
    • Phil2u

      OMG. My mother turned 102 y.o. in August. She is still and home and does most of her housework and some of her gardening.

      • perversatile

        While in her late 80’s my Granny took to cutting her own boxwood (bushes-shrubs?) in order to maintain each perfectly symmetrical, carefully groomed cupcake shape (as dictated by her home’s original architectural-landscape design circa 1953). After having declared the new yardman’s work was ‘complete rubbish’, and she’d grown weary of constantly haranguing the poor fellow, for she no longer found it pleasurable.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Judas Peckerwood

      It IS a very attractive bridge.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Well, who wouldn’t?

  • Sam_Handwich

    kangaroos will be marrying koalas and shoving it down our throats!!

  • Wait, we have an anthem? When did this happen?

    • FAEN

      We have several lol.

    • Prost Seattle

      I usually kneel during one of our older anthems. But the artist would approve I’m sure.

    • OdieDenCO

      1939 when we became friends of Dorthy

    • Gil

      I always thought it would be ” You’ll Never Walk Alone “…..Listen to K.d. lang”s version….

      • Silver Badger

        Don’t forget the country hit, “Just Walk on By” (Wait on the Corner)

  • Ken M

    What I always get the biggest kick out of is, he’s straight, married and has a daughter. He sings one song and everyone assumes he’s gay

    • Prost Seattle

      On Broadway here in Seattle, on every other block there are brass footsteps embedded in the cement showing different dance steps, the mambo, the cha cha etc. a few weeks ago Macklemore was walking down the street with his young daughter, and she wanted to dance at the steps. It was so enchanting watching their interaction of pure love.

  • barrixines

    I had a few tears watching that. Fuck, it’s been a horrible day.

    Thank you Macklemore. Very nice to see a DECENT American making news at the moment.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Tru dat.

    • greenmanTN

      I actually like Macklemore’s music, which is a bit of a surprise because I’m not really into rap. I don’t have anything against it, I just haven’t listened to it.

      The song and video of “Otherside,” about addiction, is IMO quite powerful.

      https://youtu.be/fvDQy53eldY

  • Treant

    Oh, dear, I listened to that and just turned a little gayer. I didn’t think that was possible!

  • Lazycrockett
    • SoCalGal20

      That article summarizes Twitter’s trolling and enforcement issues quite well. White men, in particular, basically get away with being as abusive as they want while women and POCs get suspended when they call out the trolling and shitty behavior.

      And I’d love to know how many of the left-wing trolls attacking this person were actually bots, not real people.

  • Ken M

    Straight people must real wimps if they can be turned gay by the words of a single song. First we cause natural disasters, now we’re changing peoples sexuality. Damn, who woulda thunk? 😉

  • TrueWords

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc11044994ea54e716e79d0ed14ca180cb8ec7fa8c892991140606cfcf939939.png

    Thou I wish Daniel were gay because I would love to take that tight little man body on a 72 hour trip around the bedroom

    • Todd20036

      You are a slut.

      I’ve taught you well….

    • AJA

      He’s so perfect in every way.

    • Archipelagos

      72 hours? Please tell me there’s a break to get a takeaway or something.

    • M Jackson

      Watching little Harry grow into such a fine young man has been very gratifying. Becoming such a hot little hottie was nice touch too.

      • Todd20036

        given the number of child actors who fell apart as they grew up, nice to see Radcliffe kept it together

    • Sporkfighter

      …and that’s the key. If all someone asks of you is that you give them a little space to be themselves, you don’t need to understand. Just step back and leave them be.

  • AJ Drew
  • another_steve

    Celebrity idols have tremendous power to alter the world for the better.

    I always say: Ellen Degeneres has done more to change hearts and minds when it comes to things LGBT than every single LGBT political activist who has ever lived, combined.

    • Friday

      She’d surely say she owes a lot to those activists even to be able to do what she has.

      • ben-andy

        There are countless ways to serve. We all serve together. Our service serves all.

  • Circ09

    i’m going to be so disappointed in Australia if they buy a single but don’t turn in a simple free vote for yes.

    • FAEN

      I think it will take more time for them to pass marriage equality. Look how long it took us.

      Fingers crossed they prove me wrong.

      • Ken M

        The people’s vote doesn’t pass it. It takes the info back to the government, showing them what the voters think.

        • FAEN

          I realize this and should have been clearer-no matter how they vote I don’t think the government is ready to do anything positive.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Their politicians are profiles in courage, too, just like ours

  • Ken M
    • Joe in PA

      mmmm, I hope that is ham and pineapple. Mmmmm.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Vomit on our pizza?

    • DoctorDJ

      Ewwwww.
      Sooo wrong.
      But the jalapenos on there look interesting….

      • Beagle

        Tell you what — you can have my share of the jalapeños, and I’ll take your share of the pineapple.

  • JWC

    O/T Not in any way meaning to deminish the plight and desparate need of PR But Carmen Yulan Cruz deserves America’s thanks She effectively dandelled a new new destraction in front of Donny and he forgot all about Little Kim and Russher and all that other stuff

  • barrixines

    My favourite pic from Oz this week. The school principal of Craigburn Primary School with the kids who raised $275,000 (up from their nine hundred dollar target after being criticised for “gender morphing”) for the Do It In A Dress campaign for the education of girls in developing countries.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2a6c4bf2d936e01118d346a994c6cfec52f19ab829eaef447899e8303814cde.jpg

    • Joe in PA

      Whoa, that’s some bake sale. What did they do to earn that much money? Wow.

      Oh, and nice legs. 🙂

      • barrixines

        Do It In A Dress is a campaign raising money for girls education. The school signed up to be a part of it aiming as I said to earn nine hundred dollars. The kids, boys and girls, could be sponsored to come to school in a dress. There was no compulsion and they could also be sponsored to wear casual wear of their chosing.

        Anti-marriage equality politician Cory Bernardi picked on them on Twitter as an example of the cats marrying dogs slippery slope Australia is on – in his words “absurd gender morphing”.

        So Australians started to sponsor the kids to show exactly what they thought of him.

        http://www.doitinadress.com/

        • Joe in PA

          OK, I hate people a little less after that story, thank you! We have to hear stuff like that once in a while. 🙂

    • glass

      That’s not a dress, that’s a frumpy frock! The kids these days and their vintage fashions. 🙁

      • barrixines

        🙂 A school dress represents empowerment for a girl in Uganda and Sierra Leone where funding is being sent.

        • Joe in PA

          Slightly O/T: Last season, the BBC show Call The Midwife did a show on female circumcision in Africa (Somalia?) The show was set in the 1960s. Too bad shows DURING THE 1960s didn’t address that topic. 🙁

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I watch that series too. I thought it would be….girly?, but is quite good.

          • Joe in PA

            I know…we thought the same thing…but yee-boy-howdy they tackle some serious shit. And do it well. I just which Chummy would come back. 🙂 When they lost the main character I thought that was it…but the show continues to be just as good. And the priest guy is not so hard to look at. 🙂

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Yeah some of the boys the nuns date give me impure thoughts.

          • Joe in PA

            You. Are. Bad. 🙂

          • Joe in PA

            And BTW, Sister Monica Joan is a slut. Just saying. 🙂

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Well, you would know.

            ( hiding )

        • glass

          I learned something today. 🙂 Good for them on raising so much money.

  • billbear1961
  • billbear1961
  • MikeBx2

    OT Trump has made multiple tweets today saying that it’s a waste of time to try to avoid war with NK. And so far these statements by the POTUS have barely made a blip. Amazing what we’ve become numb to.
    https://twitter.com/speechboy71/status/914567336929017856

    • SoCalGal20

      He’s saying Tillerson’s negotiations are a waste of time. That motherfucker WANTS to use nuclear weapons on somebody. After all, as he said previously, “What’s the point in having them if you don’t use them?”

  • Acronym Jim
    • Joe in PA

      Silly girl…like that leg is gonna stop that dog. 🙂

      • Adam King

        “You’re gonna get smooched, so lie back and enjoy it!”

      • JCF

        Stop? I think they were performing a gymnastics routine (for the camera)!

    • TuuxKabin

      Ah. My kinda dog!

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Mine too!
        Now that is real affection!

        • TuuxKabin

          Between both. Yes.

  • SoCalGal20

    Yay, Mary Lambert was there too!!!

  • pablo

    So are we liking Macklemore again? I thought he was supressive persons list for cultural appropriation?

    • Lazycrockett

      But how can it be appropriation when Macklemore and the majority of white Americans post mid 80’s were raised in a rap majority musical culture?

      • FAEN

        To each his own but I have never understood nor gotten into rap. Maybe that makes me an old brain lol.

        • Lazycrockett

          But you don’t have to be into it to not have it permeate around you. I hate Madonna but that hag was always around me.

          • FAEN

            Gay Card revoked lol!

          • TuuxKabin

            Take mine too. I’m with Lazycrockett. And PETE.

          • FAEN

            HA!

    • barrixines

      I never noticed any dislike of him here on JMG.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    O/T Today in conservative white assholes demonstrating just how assholish they can be:

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/914577344303714304

    • Max_1

      Shhh… Don’t tell Joe Walsh that his shadow is black.
      He’ll never forgive himself.

    • safari

      Who is Joe Walsh and why did JoyAnn just slap him down?

      • BearEyes

        walsh is pretty vile and if I remember correctly was the “you lie” asshole from several years back.

        • jerry

          No, that was Joe Wilson from SC. Joe Walsh was the 1-term congressman from IL…who was a TP rep and very outspoken against the Affordable Care Act. He had many controversial statements that showed him very out of touch (a very wealthy man blaming the poor for their own condition), including many racial dog whistles. And while being wealthy, he had also neglected to pay over $100K in child support.

          • marshlc

            So, not the guitarist? I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that – I was sitting here feeling sad that yet another somebody-I-used-to-like had turned into an asshole. Now it appears he hasn’t. Or at least not this publicly.

          • jerry

            No, not Eagles Joe…IL asshole Joe.

          • BearEyes

            thanks for the correction.

    • SoCalGal20

      Hey, Joe Walsh (not the one from The Eagles) he also called Trump a bitch. Where’s the outrage about that? (I’m not outraged by any of it, just asking).

  • billbear1961
    • Ken M

      Why so long to inform us?

      • Lazycrockett

        Because Rachel mentioned this topic late last week.

    • BobSF_94117

      [good]

      • JCF

        Good? Not implementing the Russia sanctions?

        • BobSF_94117

          1) the Congress should not interfere with foreign policy

          2) the bill contained inexcusable sanctions against Iran.

          3) the bill wasn’t necessary regarding sanctions on NK.

          4) the sanctions on Russia are mostly suggestions and could be implemented in other, better ways.

  • Ken M

    O/T sorta Expect Trump to be claiming victory tomorrow. It seems for many NFL teams, the kneeling last weekends was just that, last weekend. Although they are in agreement that it was a reaction to the insults made by Trump, they are acknowledging it wasn’t to be as season long endeavor. Teams will still kneel prior to the Anthem, but will be standing for it.

    • Friday

      That’s like claiming protestors love you when a protest is over.

      • Ken M

        He claims the people of PR love him. Try reading into that. He’s not loved until he wins, or can blame another for the failure.

        • Friday

          He lies, then changes his lies, then denies them and changes them again, all while accusing or blaming others.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Another O/T….just when you thought he couldn’t be more a putrid fucking asshole…

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/914579317694369796

    • JWC

      Donny must have a place for him in the cabinet

      • UrsusArctos

        Secretary of Health & Human Services is open. Kinda.

        • JWC

          and doesn’t require gloves

    • Paul

      SQUIRREL !!!! SQUIRREL !!!! SQUIRREL !!!!!

    • JCF

      I’m guessing Drumpf spins a coin: “Racism? Or Sexism? Hmmm, what am I feeling today? {spins coin} Bros Before Ho’s!”

  • Blake J Butler
    • Max_1

      “Fixed” as in neutered?

      • Ken M

        More like fixed as in McCain coming back to their side. They’re losing their definition in DC. 2018 could be a bigger deal than initially thought

    • FAEN

      Trust me, he will become an ‘independent’ aka he’ll keep voting for the GOP or cast a protest vote but won’t become a Dem no matter how much he agrees with them.

      • Blake J Butler

        I know he’d likely do that, he was the only more sane candidate in a clown car of stark raving mad assholes last year. Invasive and cold-hearted as a republican is but he wasn’t the worst candidate last year.

        They can’t fix the problem because people were out-primaried by the tea party and it won’t get any better for them only worse because of what they’ve allowed to happen. And it couldn’t happen to a group more deserving.

        • Ninja0980

          They got destroyed by a monster they helped create, and I don’t feel sorry for them.

        • another_steve

          Here’s hoping that Roy Moore in Alabama is just the tip of the iceberg and that his monstrous party moves far far to the right. That way, more moderate Republicans (if there are still any of those left) will be less likely to vote, plus their party will lose most Independents who’ve been voting Republican.

          The very best thing would be for the theofascists like Moore to form their own political party (“The Party of God” or something), but they won’t do that. They’re too practical. It might work in some local and state elections, but they know that candidates running in a party like that would get only 25-30 percent of the national vote, if that.

        • FAEN

          Stark raving mad assholes is a very apt description.

      • Lazycrockett

        He can say whatever he wants but Kasich is in no way a moderate.

        • FAEN

          Yep! He just looks moderate because he’s surrounded by truly bat shit crazy people.

      • Adam King

        I wouldn’t be surprised if we started to see a thin trickle of “sane” conservatives into the Democratic tent in future years. The Republican Party has become dysfunctional and unbearably racist, and their demographic is shrinking. We’ll see how it all shakes out.

        • FAEN

          Moderate republicans SHOULD be voting with us but who knows why they don’t. Pride? 🤷🏽‍♂️

          • Adam King

            Tribalism.

    • JWC

      the GOP is very close to imploding Next years elections are going to be interesting

      • TampaDink

        I’m worried about the 2018 elections, especially if nothing has been done to address Russian interference.

        • SoCalGal20

          Forget the Russians for a second and take a look at all the work Rs are doing to suppress the vote. Russians are one of a series of very significant problems.

          • TampaDink

            I am well aware of the r’s voter suppression legislative moves but still also worried about russian interference.

          • SoCalGal20

            I am worried about all of it. My point was that Russia is just one of many problems with having a free and fair election at the moment.

        • UrsusArctos

          I’m thinking the energy on the Democratic side will be huge. Huge enough to get unhappy people off their asses?I don’t know.
          I think the Russians are currently meddling around the edges of the actual voting and playing full on psyops warfare. That energy can overcome the propaganda. Once Putin/45* has the machinery under control, voting is screwed.

          • TampaDink

            I hope that you are right….and that enough people are motivated to vote so that whatever fuckery Vlad’s people attempt won’t prevent a good outcome.

        • JWC

          Thats what makes it interesting First off when in 2018 are the elections first half or last half Captain Destructo has left a bad taste

          • TampaDink

            Primaries begin early in the year, the general election is (like our presidential election) the 1st Tues. in November.

          • JWC

            so there is 6 months of bullshit to go thru Unless a lot of GOP types tell a lot of lies to their constituants The many attemts to repeal ACA is not going to look pretty to them Thats assuming they have a longer attention span than ASKYM

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      He only spoke up when it’s too late to save the GOP. They let Faux News make up lies on their behalf and let crap like Infowars & Breitbart fester. They didn’t fight back against the birther issue and they’re not pushing back against the corruption, the anti-science,the dominionist theocrats or any of the things that they should have. Even now they’re letting the Russians shit on our country.

    • SoCalGal20

      He could just be an Independent. Also, there is a time to shit or get off the pot and that time has passed. What are you waiting for, Kasich?

    • UrsusArctos

      Buyers remorse in spades. The GOP establishment’s bumper crop of deplorables is coming to harvest. They made their usual mistake of thinking hubris was brilliance.
      Here in MS, things are getting special. Our gawdawful Senator (Wicker) is probably going to get the same Y’allQueda shit-stirrer (Chris McDaniel) that almost toppled Cochran running against him. Oh, joy.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_McDaniel is a sanitized snapshot of his batshittery.

  • Blake J Butler
  • yes b’y
  • DumbHairyApe

    I have enjoyed being a contributing member of Joe My God for a while now…but I’m starting to think I’m going to stop visiting the site. The advertisements on it keep hijacking my Safari browser and I’m weary of constantly cleaning out my cookies and history to clear it up.

    Joe, I hope you or your hosting ISP can be more diligent in the accepting of advertisement and you don’t lose visitors- but I’m really reluctant to go to the website when 50% of the time, I’m redirected to some phishing website or some fake survey site that I did NOT click on.

    • Ernest Endevor

      I’m using Safari and I have no ads. Have you checked out safari>safari extensions… in the menu bar? That might solve your problem.

      • DumbHairyApe

        I’ve had them in the past, but when I tried to access JMG I received a message alerting me that I couldn’t view the site with adblockers on….I just went ahead and installed one again and I’ll hope for the best.

        • Ernest Endevor

          I get that on some sites – the atlantic, e.g. – but not here. I just checked and I have wipr active. I’m also running most recent system and version of Safari. I wish I could be more help. All I can tell you is that it works for me.

        • Cuberly

          For JMG you shouldn’t be getting that adblockers message. And, the fact you’re getting redirected, that’s typically an indication that you may have a adware or crapware issue.

          They’re called PUPs. Potentially unwanted program.

          What PUPs can do is substitute ads on any and all websites you visit. They can also change your preferred search engine in your browsers.

          Malwarebytes is a great tool that can run a scan of your system and, in most instances, remove those threats.

          If interested here’s the link for the Mac version. It’s free for the manual scan version, the full realtime protection version you have to pay for.

          https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

          BTW-I do mac support for a living and more and more I’ve been encountering PUPs and adware on some users systems.

          • PickyPecker
          • Cuberly

            LOL….

          • djcoastermark

            I will back you up on Malwarebytes. It has never failed me.

          • Cuberly

            Of the times I’ve had to use it I’ve only had to wipe a users system and start all over with a new OS install once, after the installed PUPs downloaded a ransomeware ad screen. It was the only thing Malwarebytes didn’t disinfect.

          • Reality.Bites

            And I echo the endorsement of Malwarebytes.

            I use Ablock 2.26, and whitelist Joe’s main age and click on the ones I disapprove of.

          • Cuberly

            I whitelist JMG on and off. If I start having long page loading issues due to lord knows what the ad being downloaded is up to, I’ll block them. After a few weeks I’ll whitelist it and see how load times go.

            I want Joe to get the $$ for the ad impressions but yeah, I keep an eye on how it slows things down.

          • DumbHairyApe

            You whitelist Joe’s main “age”??? I’m not even sure what that means…

          • Reality.Bites

            main page. sorry about that.

          • DumbHairyApe

            Thanks, Cuberly. Went ahead and installed Malwarebytes, scan came out clean…

          • Cuberly

            Hmmm, that redirect is problematic. You definitely shouldn’t be getting that. Did you install AdBLocker Plus?

            What version of Mac OS are you running?

          • DumbHairyApe

            I installed the ABP (AdBlock Plus) program just minutes ago and I’m no longer getting the redirect.
            I also installed the latest version of Malwarebytes. Ran a scan, nothing came up.
            macOS High Sierra Version 10.13.1 Beta (17B25c)

          • Cuberly

            I haven’t installed High Sierra yet. I can’t afford to risk incompatibility on some of the programs I use and HS is a pretty big update.

            Well, hopefully ABP nips it in the bud. Was the redirect happening even before you upgraded to High Sierra?

          • DumbHairyApe

            No. I’m not certain what build the redirect started happening on now, but it does seem to be connected.

          • Cuberly

            Just for grins have you run the software update on your system? Wondering if it’d remove the beta designation.

          • DumbHairyApe

            I can’t update to the shipping version, I’m on a .1 beta version it seems…and there’s no “update” available. I think I’d have to step outside the public beta testing to roll back to the shipping version.

          • Cuberly

            Yeah, makes sense. Was just curious if they figured out something in an update to keep the version number the same just remove the beta designation.

          • Cuberly

            Actually you shouldn’t have to clear your cookies from Safari if you’re running High Sierra. Apple has cracked down on advertisers dropping cookies in Safari and just blocks them outright.

            At least til advertisers figure out a work around.

            Also, there are some issues with High Sierra re; compatibility of some apps and failed firmware updates during upgrading.

            http://fortune.com/2017/09/29/apple-mac-update-security-sierra-firmware/

          • UrsusArctos

            The good thing with ABP is that the syntax for making/editing Whitelists is pretty straightforward if you have basic html/computer skills. It’s an “advanced” feature, but not that difficult if you meddle with your computer much.

    • ultragreen

      I use Firefox with the uBlock Origin plug-in. It removes all of the advertisements from this website. Nor am I currently blocked from using this website when this plug-in is installed.

      🙂

  • TimJ

    Got to admit that Macklemore has made a good career on one very good song.

    • Lazycrockett
      • Adam King

        I don’t follow rap but I quite like that. It’s witty as all get out and merry.

    • Bluto

      That’s not fair, he’s had numerous hits. I don’t care for rap but I like the man’s attitude.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Am I a bad little dino for smiling gleefully – and rejoicing just how much this performance will stroke-out Bony Abbott!?

  • Andrea_Rae

    It’s like hearing again for the first time.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Hue-Man

    O/T Update: JMG posted a video of Jagmeet Singh dealing with a crazed heckler calling him a Muslim terrorist (he’s Sikh). He was elected today with 35,266 of the 65,782 votes cast to be the new leader of the New Democratic Party (left of center). Justin Trudeau is now the eldest of the three main party leaders! Link is to the original video here.

    http://www.joemygod.com/2017/09/09/viral-video-canadian-sikh-politician-responds-grace-woman-screams-islam/
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15f6675634b6ebce90395186853fdccdb27c6821ef1643c02a40368331d78574.jpg

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Yay!!!

    • Reality.Bites

      Andrew Scheer was born old.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While I can’t vote for the NDP, as I find a lot of their positions a little too ‘pie in the sky’, I’m still very happy for Mr. Singh’s victory. He seems a good man…perhaps, if he can reign in the more dubious members and fanciful idealists, I may consider voting NDP…but that’s a big IF. Conversely, the conservatives have voted in a leader from the 1800’s which will hopefully keep them in the political hinterlands for the near and distant future. That said, liberals, left and center left should not be complacent; remember Nov. 6, 2016, it is a cautionary tale of what apathy, complacency and ideological purity can do.

      • Gigi

        The NDP aren’t ready to run the show, for reasons that you mentioned above, but they’re good as a watchdog to keep on eye on the cheats, liars and crooks in the other two parties.

        • djcoastermark

          Oh if only there was a watchdog party here in the US. It is severely needed.

          • Silver Badger

            Thank you djcoastermark. I had no idea what they were talking about until your post.

          • UrsusArctos

            The closest we came here was a chance in 70% red states to vote for Sanders in the primaries as a warning shot across the Clinton/Corporate bow the there IS still a left in the party, then vote for the Democratic nominee – Sanders or HRC. Unfortunately some people mistook those strategic votes for 100% true believers and adopted a “never die” attitude toward their campaign and would NOT get on board with preventing the debacle we’re living with. *sigh*

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            As I have said many times, while not always a fun thing, pragmatism is sometimes necessary to move ahead.

          • canoebum

            Which is precisely why the Democratic Party should limit its primary elections to actual members of the Democratic Party. I do agree with many of Sen. Sanders policy positions, but he should have run as an independent, not as a Democrat, which he is not. If you want to run in a Democratic Party election, join first. Then run.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Absolutely correct.

          • Gigi

            If you don’t my asking, why is there a black line that crosses through your avatar?

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            My husbotter, Esteban, is American born. After Trump won, we had to make the decision to not travel stateside because we’ve had hassles because, well, he’s brown (sad but true). Last time we traveled to the states (going to visit his mom in Brooklyn) was just after Trump was inaugurated. They let me, the Canadian, in with barely a by your leave (though I’m half native & olive skin; I guess I’m ‘white’ enough) but Esteban, who is a 7th generation New Yorker, was pulled aside and “interviewed” for 2 hrs (I refuse to believe it was anything other than racial). After that, we felt it wasn’t safe for him in his country of birth. He became a Canadian citizen on July 1st this year and while he holds dual citizenship, he’s not keen on returning to the states until Trump and his ilk, along with the filth his election wrought, is gone or, at the very least, contained. So, as a symbol of our mourning the loss of civility, integrity, freedom and decency in the U.S. under Trump, I have placed a black mourning band on my avatar.

          • Lars Littlefield

            You’re 110% correct to assume your partner’s detention at the border was racially motivated. We’ve recently had similar problems. Once going through customs in San Antonio to continue a flight home to Utah and most recently at LAX returning from Europe.

          • Gigi

            OMG, this is terrible! Something similar happened to my ex. He got a Nexus pass and hasn’t had an issue since. Is this an option for Esteban? Personally, I’ve cancelled all trips to the States for the time being. Even trips to NYC, which crushes me. I’ve never been hassled at the border, yet, but I don’t want to chance having my phone taken and searched. And I don’t feel like swiping it clean just to go shopping.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            He qualifies for Nexus; however, he feels that it would unsafe to go and, more importantly, inappropriate to spend our dollars in Trump’s U.S.A. It’s not just any one thing, though as I stated, that experience was the last straw. Like you, we miss NYC, especially his family (his mom makes the BEST Spanish dishes from scratch and we’re both massive foodies), but they understand our position. That said, they do come up from time to time, though not much at the moment. Like Esteban, they don’t trust their own Border Control. What a world we live in.

        • ByronK

          Precisely what I’ve always thought. Jagmeet does seem like a very solid potential leader – for me it was either him or Charlie Angus – I have a soft spot for Charlie because of the work he has done for the Indigenous communities in his riding. I just can’t bring myself to vote NDP federally. I’ve also seen them as the moral and ethical watchdogs of the government but I don’t think they have the necessary depth of talent to form an effective government and Bay Street would probably rather claw their own eyes out than see them in power. Scheer makes my skin crawl and I’m fully expecting to go to my grave never having forgiven the Conservatives for the reign of Harper (speaking of morals and ethics – blech!). While a card carrying Liberal I admit that I’ve been deeply disappointed with Trudeau on several issues, but as all elections go, it’s the lesser of however many evils are running.

          • Gigi

            What specifically are your issues with Trudeau?

          • ByronK

            I’m disappointed that he dropped the ball on election reform. I think the limits on the euthanasia legislation was very wrong headed when it limited the procedure only to people that are facing imminent death. People with ALS and other degenerative diseases can live for years in hell with absolutely no quality of life. Progress on the commitments made to the Indigenous communities has been taking far too long with priorities such a drinking water and proper funding for the educational system. Even worse, the government continues to fight in court and defy rulings to address the inequitable funding for Indigenous children. I heard Dr. Cindy Blackstock speak a last fall at a conference and the number of years it has taken to make any progress and the unwillingness of the government to expedite the solution to the shortfall is appalling. She was the activist that the Harper government spied on and tried to discredit.

          • marshlc

            I’m an NDP voter, usually. I was fine with Trudeau getting elected, but have been disappointed with him for the reasons you mention – especially election reform.

            I would be a Liberal if the Liberals didn’t keep living up to the old saw, that they campaign left, govern right. If we actually had the government that Trudeau told us he’d give us, I’d be a pretty happy camper.

        • Texpat

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9OLIef7kKFM Just reminded me of the song by a classic Canadian band

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    It’ll motivate people, all right. Just like prop 8 did in California. Biggest flop at the ballot box in this issue. It’s Australia. I’m cynical. On the bright side? Go Germany!

  • Leo

    OT Necessary viewing regardless of your views on Navarro or Reid.

    Implication of the translation of deliberate white nationalism into policy response to Puerto Rico. Food for thought.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Tph2aF9nhs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=116&v=EYQ-yFKquHM

    • Max_1

      Why can’t you tell Dotard J Trump what 1+1=’s???
      … Because the man only understands division.

    • Cuberly

      The fact it was Michelle Bernard too. She used to be one of the conservative voices on the PBS show, To the Contrary. Of all things she’d sit right next to Kellyanne Conway and spout off right-wing talking points.

      But since the election of Donnie, yeah she’s said fuck that noise.

    • Max_1
      • Friday

        That’s cause REpublicans blocked all Sandy aid when that was unconscionable before. Dubya just fucked up the implementation of it by hiring a horse-gambler to be head of FEMA, among other things done while…. Golfing.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      They can complain about Trump but I still think to myself, “Uh, huh but how do you vote?”

    • Bad Tom

      It’s worse than Katrina, dude.

    • -M-

      Well now I know Caputo is garbage.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Oh, of course. I wonder which he loves more, golf or Ivanka.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/as-puerto-rico-begs-for-help-trump-plans-to-attend-golf-trophy-ceremony_us_59d10b46e4b06791bb1129de?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    “As millions of Puerto Ricans continue to go without basic necessities like food, water and medicine, President Donald Trump is expected to attend the trophy ceremony for the Presidents Cup golf tournament on Sunday.

    Trump will arrive to the tournament this afternoon and is expected to participate in the trophy presentation at 6 p.m. EST, according to the president’s public schedule provided by the White House Press Office.”

    • Scout

      Himself. Everything else is just another reflection of himself.

    • Friday

      After this I’m pretty sure no sitting President’s going to be seen within a mile of a golf club again.

  • JT
  • Lazycrockett
    • DumbHairyApe

      I campaigned for him even before I was old enough to vote…

      • Ninja0980

        Damn shame he lasted only one term, it truly is.

      • UrsusArctos

        Same here. I went to a student group convention (AIASA-American Industrial Arts Student Assoc.) in Des Moines in the spring of 76 and got to shake his hand as he was getting started up for the Iowa caucuses and was little known nationally. That same trip I got to lay hands on an Altair 8800. Someone had written a Star Trek/Space type “game” you could interact with. Just a step above hoops and rocks, but still big stuff for a 16 year old.

      • Adam King

        I voted for him twice. The second time, we got a demented, amateurish authoritarian Republican instead of the sober Democratic President we needed. Now we all know how that feels.

    • MikeBx2

      Jimmy Carter is the epitome of a statesman. The exact opposite of a statesman tweeted this around the same time Carter was talking peace and negotiations…
      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914497947517227008

      • Friday

        Golfing and grifting? Insulting hurricane victims? Feuding with celebrities? Or just ripping off the American people with “tax reform?”

    • JWC

      Carter, when he was president was not well thought of or wasn’t of a dynamic calibre to DC standards His life after the presidency has been stellar

      • Lazycrockett

        From what I have read was that Carter was a micro manager and got bogged down in the details instead of stepping back and seeing the big picture while others worked the process. Throw in the Iran hostage crisis, him being an outsider that didn’t play well with the DC crowd there was just too much baggage against him.

        • JWC

          Exactly , as a president not Dynamic as a person excellent Comparing that to todays issue priceless

  • MikeBx2

    If you’re having a good Sunday, don’t read this. If you’re having a bad Sunday, this will not help…
    https://twitter.com/POLITICOMag/status/914605532232781824

    • Silver Badger

      It really is time for a national strike. Absolutely nothing should move or get done except for emergency medical care. How does one go about inciting one?

      • Ann Kah

        We should tell him that Amateur Hour is over. Time to let some grownups do the job.

    • gaycuckhubby

      This is even worse than I feared on election night.

    • JWC

      Tillerson has not been happy for quite awhile Don’t know if he is pissed at Donny or pissed that he couldn’t get the saanction on Russia lifter so that his EXXON stock would increase

  • ByronK

    For a second I thought the woman singer looked a lot like Grimace Sanders. Then I thought, oh silly, she’s too pretty and talented and she doesn’t sneer like Cletus just came home and didn’t catch enough catfishes.

    • Silver Badger

      On the bright side, now you don’t have to eat catfish.

      • Cuberly

        Someone on twitter said, “Does the cup come with fresh water?”

    • Adam King

      She forgot to put in her catfish-catchin’ dentures.

    • SoCalGal20

      That’s Mary Lambert and she is wonderful. (And also Family). Please don’t compare her to Lyin’ Sarah.

      • ByronK

        Lord knows there is no comparison. Does she have a solo career?

        • SoCalGal20

          Yes she has a solo career. She’s not like a huge name but she has a career and she has a following. She’s touring right now.

          http://marylambertsings.com/shows/

          • ByronK

            Thanks! She’s playing Toronto in November so maybe I’ll check her out.

        • motordog

          I think Joe may have reported this, but here’s a song collaboration that includes Mary, along with the guys from Superfruit, Brian Justin Crum, and Mario Jose. The song is dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community and sounds great, imo.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85U3dPuiR4

          • Talisman

            The first two are Scott Hoying & Mitch Grassi from Pentatonix.

          • ByronK

            That’s great. Thanks for posting it.
            It also left me a bit hungry and wanting a crum.

      • JCF

        Thank you.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/SteveKopack/status/914612303517175809

    Cause that’s just what the victims of the hurricanes need. A trophy dedicated to them.

    • jimbo65

      He can shove that trophy up his ass.

      • Adam King

        I’d rather a mob do it for him.

    • gaycuckhubby

      “Really under control”? If words meant anything then this would sink him.
      But nothing matters anymore. There are no more consequences or standards.

    • MikeBx2

      If he takes the trophy with him to PR on Tues, perhaps the mayor will tell him where to put it.

    • Max_1

      It worked for the Confederates…
      … Now watch them cry when those participation trophies are revoked.

    • It was literally the very least he could do. So that’s what he went with.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/SenFranken/status/914520307326750722
    Who knows if we’ll still be able to access sites like this after tomorrow.

    • JT

      “There’s no difference between the two parties.”

      • Max_1

        “BothSiderisms”…

    • jimbo65

      That scares me. With all the fucker up chaos 45 has been throwing around, this has barely been covered. And the head of the FCC is a total dick, who doesn’t care that the public comments are overwhelmingly against ending it.

      • Ann Kah

        The outrageous things come too thick and fast for us to keep up with them. Major issues are just lost in this as-yet-undrained swamp.

    • Ken M

      Let them try to charge for or limit the internet. The National Guard won’t be able to protect Capital Hill.

    • DaMoldBrok

      If it happens, The Orangutan’s base will explode! They will go completely ape shit, if they are not able to get into their kiddy porn sites, titty sites, russian borscht sites. Oh, the horror!

  • JT

    OT

    In case you were wondering. Geraldo is still an asshole.

    Defending Trump, Geraldo Rivera debates the meaning of ‘dying’ with San Juan’s mayor

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/10/01/defending-trump-geraldo-rivera-debates-the-meaning-of-dying-with-san-juans-mayor/?utm_term=.34d25fcfe10d#comments

  • Ken M
  • SoCalGal20
    • TampaDink

      Heartbreaking….to those of us who have a heart. Disgusting that the govt. isn’t including all of the elderly & sick people who have died since Maria hit in their official death toll.

      • JWC

        Mayor Cruz said pople are dying so that started trumps clock and apparently Geraldo with their who’s dying where are the dead Cruz meant it more metaphorically than literally

        • TampaDink

          True…but that ghoul, Geraldo, is obviously very eager to witness death…so long as it isn’t coming for one of HIS relatives.

          • JWC

            Geraldo is a riduclours piece of shit who has been waiting 3o year for fame to crap on his head

          • TampaDink

            To match the shit that pours from his mouth.

          • JWC

            He is like a plinko chip He stareted at the d top years ago and slowly “plunked down and down With each tier he seemed to think that added sleaze would help Now he is at the bottom and one of the sleaziest out there with little or no credibility Supermarket Tabloid hero

          • TampaDink

            Exactly! Although I would have thought that he started out close to the bottom….and keeps digging to a new low, every chance he gets.

          • JWC

            At the very beginning we and a few others started out Geraldo didn’t stay with the pack and decided to distinguish himself Oops he did

          • TampaDink

            Probably not in the way that he’d hoped to distinguish himself. To which I say….GOOD!

          • JWC

            hehe not in the least

        • TampaDink

          btw, I haven’t had a single email alert from Disqus in about a week.

          • JWC

            about????

          • TampaDink

            No way of knowing when someone (like you) has responded to my posts….I’d gotten used to communicating with you (and others) that way.

          • JWC

            I thot it was starnge and just chalked it down to you being busy

          • TampaDink

            We have been busy…but due to the heat, humidity & our respective health issues, we have only been able to work in the yard for about 3 hrs. each day. Still have a way to go.

          • JWC

            You will get there do not rush it Disqusmay have a problem each day I have to reopen and reassign my iPhone back into my disqus account where as my desk top never looses the link

          • TampaDink

            It definitely sounds like the problem lies with Disqus rather than my computer.

          • JWC

            hehe I thot you had become bored with me wishing you a good evening and to enjoy Rachel and Lawrence nightly

          • TampaDink

            Never!

          • JWC

            hehe been relagated down the ranks of “Kevin of Nazareth”

          • TampaDink

            No such luck. Nazarenes bore the fuck out of me. You do not.

          • JWC

            well time to start dinz and catch the evening local news That stuff that rarely involves Trump or just in passing

  • SoCalGal20

    Actual thing Paul Ryan said this morning. I am so hoping Rabdy Bryce kicks your ass next year.

    https://twitter.com/samstein/status/914480897495306241

    • Adam King

      His heart is festering in the gutter, hating on colored people and stinking up the place. For Ryan that’s the “right place.”

    • TampaDink

      If his heart were in the right place, that would be in the custody of a medical examiner.

      • JWC

        assuming he has one

        • TampaDink

          According to his “doctor”…he has the most healthy heart of any president that has ever lived. How he knows this without having examined a single one of them is beyond me.

          • JWC

            Was always brought up to judge people by appearence But any pics i have seen of his Doctor I would think has personnal hygene issues

          • TampaDink

            sometimes a person’s physical appearance tells us about their mental health as well

    • Ben in Oakland

      His heart is in the right place, but his actual deeds are nowhere to be found.
      His heart is in the right place, but his head is stuck up his ass.

  • Leo
    • MikeBx2

      This is what our golfing President refers to as being “really under control”?

      • I’m positive Donald thinks Dubya’s biggest (and only) mistake during the Katrina relief effort was ever to admit it didn’t go perfectly.

        • Ken M

          Trump says “I thought Dubya (Dubai) was in the Middle East.” eyes roll

        • -M-

          Yes, I don’t think he knows the difference between publicity and reality.

  • SoCalGal20
    • another_steve

      You’re on an absolute roll today, girl.

      Were I straight, I might try to entice you.

      • SoCalGal20

        You might try but I’m not straight. 🙂

  • Cuberly

    The new normal. A prez that retweets white supremacists.

    https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/914619654194302976

    • -M-

      That’s been normal for him since the campaign. I think it’s equal parts he’s a bigoted moron and the Nazi trolls know how to craft tweets and memes that trigger him to retweet almost by reflex.

  • SoCalGal20

    Michael Che’s segment on Trump’s response to PR from last night’s SNL.

    https://twitter.com/mattwilstein/status/914345485401341953

  • Ken M
  • SoCalGal20
  • SoCalGal20
    • another_steve

      Please… Her recent plaintive cries for help on behalf of her people tell us everything we need to know about her.

      Politicians don’t often reveal that depth of compassion and understanding.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Since Dumpf has no room for compassion in his shriveled and dark soul, he interprets genuine compassion and empathy as a weakness to be ridiculed. He truly is a narcissistic psychopath.

  • Talisman

    Folks on my Facebook page are remarking on an article on The Daily Wire that says that San Juan’s mayor Carmen Cruz has not bothered to meet with FEMA, despite blasting the dumpster the other day. The commenters are using this article as proof that the dumpster is somehow the adult in this situation.

    I don’t know anything about The Daily Wire, but I read over it’s headlines, and it seems to lean to the right.

    The article pounces on a comment made by Cruz when she was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, and it pointedly references the fact that Cruz is a democrat.

    I don’t know the truth of the matter, but it seems like the article cuts off her comments at a crucial point.

    Anyway, here’s the article: http://www.dailywire.com/news/21758/san-juan-mayor-admits-she-hasnt-met-federal-joseph-curl

    • SoCalGal20

      It was founded by Ben Shapiro who is also the Editor-in-Chief. That should tell you everything you need to know. At best it’s distortions, at worst it’s flat out lies.

      • another_steve

        Thank you, girl.

        Ben Shapiro = horror.

        • SoCalGal20

          Searched the Google for info on Daily Wire.

      • Talisman

        Thanks….I don’t really pay attention to online “news” sites, because so many of them are glorified personal blogs with a terrible bias.

        • SoCalGal20

          Usually you can find out who they’re affiliated with and/or what their bias is if you do a google search. But, yes, best to be cautious about unfamiliar internet “news” sites.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        I got banned from Breitfarts by posting that he appeared to be a pygmy with undescended testicles.
        That was back when he still had a job at BB. Must have hit a nerve!

        • SoCalGal20

          Ha!

        • UrsusArctos

          That’s a slander against pygmies with undescended testicles my Lil’ Dino friend.

    • JWC

      Mayot Cruz herself said that if all they wanted were for her to send memo s to what she needed she didn’t have time I can see where that could be represented in a many of refusal…wrongly

    • JT

      It has a negative credibility rating on the way it uses scientific articles (misunderstanding and misinterpreting them). What you would expect from a right wing rag.

      https://climatefeedback.org/outlet/the-daily-wire/

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      If you have “friends” posting crap from Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, you might want to start unfriending them. These are the same people who hang out on Breitbart.

  • Leo
    • SoCalGal20

      Uh…that only works if people don’t know you’re full of shit.

    • Promptly leaked, therefore telling the whole world never to believe a single thing he ever says or does.

      • We didn’t need to be told that, frankly.

    • gaycuckhubby

      More likely a semi intelligent person inside the administration leaking to the media and covering up the incompetence of their boss

    • Ken M

      So he’s actually asking them to tell the truth? Well that’s a first.

    • barrixines

      Does he also ask them to portray him as a fat orange bigot with a marmot stapled to his head?

    • Lars Littlefield

      We are all going to be incinerated.

    • another_steve

      Thanks for posting that, Leo. Even if it was already posted, I read very slowly and can only get to a small number of comments on JMG.

      I appreciate it when people post important stuff, even when and if it’s been posted before.

      • Leo

        I lose track and don’t have the energy to look too far down comment threads. Then there’s times when it isn’t worth it like that clusterfuck night about 3 months ago when 12 stories broke in 2 hours and we were all cackling/crying.

        • another_steve

          Exactly. When a JMG thread contains 350 comments, there’s only so much of it that you can read.

          All of it – on this wonderful blog that so many wonderful and smart and insightful people comment on — is worth reading.

          But I’m old and not that far away from death — so I can’t read it all.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • billbear1961

      It is not too late for the massive and relentless protests to make it clear their extremism will NOT be tolerated.

      • Nychta

        billbear, I echo your encouragement of the masses, but I fear that too many of us are glued to our phones and tablets.

        Over the past couple weeks I watched the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series on the Vietnam war. There were massive protests against the war in those times. It occurred to me that back then people didn’t have a steady stream of data to contend with. They were free to take in the available news, heed their own thoughts, and act.

        The internet has made us more connected, yet has made us more insular. We know about everything that’s happening, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into action.

        • billbear1961

          If we don’t act, it’s all over, Nychta.

    • JT

      “Trump is no worse than Hillary.”

  • SoCalGal20

    In some nice news, a WaPo story about Armistead Maupin.

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/914624881798590464

    • gaycuckhubby

      Who are the gay icons/authors/thinkers of today? Or does more acceptance equal more assimilation equal less need for a “voice” of our community?

      • Ken M

        Things like “Tales of the City” as literature, or Tom of Finland as art, were more for our community, and for those trying to find themselves (like me back then.) Much that was done before the 90s, and AIDS, has faded. Part of the reason is all the artists that AIDS claimed. Not to blame, but the internet, and societal acceptance have made a great difference. YouTube is probably one of the best resources for the youth, or anyone questioning themselves. Movies have really become the form of expressing our voice.

    • Nychta

      I found the first volume of “Tales of the City” in an SF b&b where I was a guest in 1995, long after the first installments had been published. Mary Ann Singleton consulted her mood ring, and I was hooked.

      • SoCalGal20

        I remember reading the first one when I was a teenager. I was hooked too!

  • Cuberly

    The things going on behind the scenes.

    Letting CHIP funding lapse.
    Net neutrality is seriously threatened.
    Nominations of bible-banging wack-a-doos for judgeships.
    The list goes on and on…

    Stumbled across this. A BIG pet cause of the Kochs.

    https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/914634354609082368

    • Lars Littlefield

      There is no valid reason to continue with nuclear generated electricity.

    • William

      The Energy secretary, as in Rick Perry?

      Oy.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        You misspelled – Oops!

      • Cuberly

        The very one.

    • billbear1961

      It is not too late for the massive and relentless protests to make it clear their extremism will NOT be tolerated.

    • Reality.Bites
      • JCF

        Mo Rocca (NPR): “‘CHiPs’, not ‘Will&Grace’, could make one gay.” ;-/

      • Cuberly

        Heh….wrong Chips, but yes. CHIPS.

        So sad Erik Estrada became a born again woo woo cray cray…

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I thought this crowd HATED job-killing regulation.

      • Cuberly

        Yep, and stifling innovation too!

  • Henry Auvil

    Wasn’t Macklemore like four years ago? Why do I feel like he’s trying to jump on the equality bandwagon to revive a sagging career? Am I a cynical old queen? Does anything matter anymore? Are the people starving to death in Puerto Rico not “grateful” enough? Was god lying when he commanded, “Thou shalt not lie”? Is there life on Mars?

    • JT

      Is there life on Mars?

      Yes, but it was cancelled a few years ago.

    • SoCalGal20

      Huh? He was INVITED to do the Australian Rugby finals halftime show or whatever it is (it’s a big sporting event thing) and one of his most famous songs is Same Love and Australia is having a referendum on marriage equality right now. But sure, make it that he’s freeloading.

      Also, has a new album out that’s No. 2 on the Billboard chart behind The Killers new album.

    • Michael R

      His old single became number one on Australian
      radio at some point in all this .

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Henry Auvil

      Thankfully, Jared and Ivanka create a lot less “noise” than the so-called POTUS.

    • Leo

      This is their nihilism rubbing off on me but I do hope if it comes down to Kelly v. Kushner as we’ve discussed on here Kushner wins out so there’s more chaos.

      • UrsusArctos

        Can we make it a televised fight to the death?

    • SoCalGal20

      They’re grifters. Their job is stealing money from taxpayers. Get them out of there. Also they should be in jail.

    • another_steve

      Jared needs to stop trying to be an adviser to the President and needs to focus more on being my sex slave.

      I’m culturally Jewish and can communicate with Jared.

      In prurient and somewhat disgusting ways – but nevertheless, “communicate.”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Communicate? Is this like when the government hires a cunning linguist to make first contact with an alien?

        • another_steve

          Similar to that, yes.

          I know all the baruch’s (Hebrew: blessings).

          I can make holy and sanctified the bodily abominations I have planned for Jared.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          Cunning linguist. *giggle* Yeah, I have a dirty mind.

          What do you call a lesbian dinosaur?
          Lickalotapuss.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Lol !

          • JCF

            Q: How do you titillate an ocelot?
            A: Oscillate her tit a lot!

            Humor, courtesy my dad.

      • JWC

        Keeeerist give it a break

        • JCF

          Kink shaming?

          • JWC

            ???????

  • Leo

    OT. How Axios seems to scoring endless exclusives is beyond me – 70% of their staff must have been hired on their sources alone. I’d rail against their corporate sponsorship if they were pushing editorials but it doesn’t seem that’s the case.

  • billbear1961
  • Rebecca Gardner

    OMG! You’ve got to read what Twitler just did. Idiot!

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/914641295787749376

  • SoCalGal20
    • billbear1961

      Then they’d best launch massive and relentless protests to keep far-right extremists off the courts, or they won’t win a single goddamned thing.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Ha!!!! That will really get under his ever-so-thin skin – cause it’s undeniably true!

      • SoCalGal20

        I hope Puerto Ricans hound him everywhere he goes.

        • another_steve

          I hope this current hurricane episode mobilizes the American Hispanic community against Donald Trump and the Republicans.

          A disturbing number of Hispanic voters voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

    • Michael R
      • UrsusArctos

        This one never gets old.

    • JT

      And yet he has so much shit to give.

    • Lazycrockett

      But but he dedicated that trophy???

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      This link has a video of Trump dedicating that trophy.
      You can hear the guy shouting – but I could not make out all the words.
      https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029658521

  • SoCalGal20

    Chef José Andrés is doing what he can to feed people in Puerto Rico. He’s been tweeting about it. He has a food truck down there and they have been traveling from place to place feeding people.

    https://twitter.com/chefjoseandres/status/914564186377740288

    • SoCalGal20
      • Chris H.

        Literally, a taco truck on every corner. 🙂

        • SoCalGal20

          Exactly! Honestly, if a fleet of food trucks could be managed after a disaster that would be an awesome way to get food out to people and make them feel a little better too. People love food trucks!

          • UrsusArctos

            There were some that came into the S MS area post-Katrina. They were here before any of the major relief groups. 8-10 days later when the Red Cross showed up they had them shut down unless they agreed to RC supervision and presenting as RC units. RC hates ad hoc efforts, and that’s all you have for the first week or two.

  • another_steve

    I scrolled down the thread a bit and noticed that no one has yet posted a semi-naked picture of a gorgeous Puerto Rican guy.

    So this:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e438c55cfd7915b3bc38eb00f43d1828f61a21c3b7f4711f6251cccc89d4b10.jpg

  • JT

    Just resting on a shady porch after a long trip from the Outback to help support same sex marriage.

    https://i.imgur.com/QVDdsEt.jpg

  • worstcultever
  • gaycuckhubby

    OT…
    This is beyond fucked up, WTF NYPost?
    https://twitter.com/nypost/status/914249006775177216

    • SoCalGal20

      NY Post keeping it classy! /s

      • another_steve

        I’m a product of NYC schools. Born, raised and educated there.

        Aside from the politics of this story, my visceral reaction was… …how come my professors weren’t that hot?

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I’m slave991 on FetLife. 🙂

      His profile https://fetlife.com/users/7084634 is really sweet and innocent. This is a total hit piece.

      Compared to me, this guy is as vanilla as you can get.

      • gaycuckhubby

        With a little googling you can find my tumblr/twitter 😉

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        It’s been ages since I’ve been on, just peeked at my profile….I soooo need to update it LOL Still, the picks of my various boys & subs brings back fond memories. For those who are curious, I’m GrandMasterJon

        • Rebecca Gardner

          WOW! Your profile pic is HAWT!

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Thanks.

    • Lazycrockett

      I’ve always found sheets get in the way in most bondage situations.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While I find him to be an insufferable, narcissistic asshole who uses language we would rightfully condemn if it were coming from the reich wing (shocking newsflash, left wingers can be just as fucked up as reich wingers can), this pushes beyond the limit of responsible journalism. Now, I know that using those terms in conjunction with the NY Post is both laughable and not at all appropriate, it still stands as a stark lament as to where journalism, even yellow journalism, is today. His Kinks are not the issue nor are they “fair game” as they have nothing to do with his radical political views…and yes, his views are radical so no excuses. Simply put, while he may be an asshole, this shaming of his sexual kinks and play is wrong, period.

      • gaycuckhubby

        👏👏👏

      • gaycuckhubby

        I must admit. I cringe when I see kink shaming of anyone… even hypocritical conservatives who make lives miserable for us.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Well said! Kink shaming is really unfair and uncool.

        I, however, cannot be Kink Shamed. Everyone and I mean everyone knows I’m really kinky. Heck, one day I went out drinking with co-workers. One of them crashed at my place. Among the many many many bondage devices in my apt is my custom made 7’X36″X30″ steel cage. He woke up the next morning and said he never wanted to crash at my place ever again for fear of waking up in the cage. LOL!!!!

      • UrsusArctos

        Kink shame? With the internet I doubt more than a hand full of adults have NOT ran across something they consider “out of bounds kinky” that they just can’t get past wanting to try, and may have tried and liked. Good on this asshole for standing an attempted kink shaming on it’s head and making it advertising. His politics, uh, no. Just no.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      This is a post he has made on FetLife.
      https://fetlife.com/groups/1264/group_posts/11466936

      Hey y’all! You might have heard about me, the “future dead cops” professor. If you haven’t, long story short, I did an interview about antifa and the far right targeted me for a scandal about my tweets – particularly one that read “Some of you might think it’s weird being an antifascist professor teaching at John Jay but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.” As a result, both me and the college got a barrage of death threats, and I was put on paid leave like a killer cop.Handled it like a champ, and have been using my platform to talk about a post-police world.

      Now, Far Left Watch, the same organization that rooted through weeks’ old tweets to defame me, is trying to push screenshots of my FetLife to create an additional scandal. I did an interview today with a reporter from the NY Post and tonight they clued me in to their editors wanting to run with the story. My plan is, in the event this becomes a national scandal, to use it as a platform to talk about RACK, the welcoming-ass kink scene, etc. Let me know if there are any good frames or things you think I should try to sell to a public that knows next to nothing about kink.

      • gaycuckhubby

        He’s handling the attempted kink shaming well 🙂

      • JCF

        “I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops”

        I can’t tell if he’s being ironic or not. It’s pretty damn offensive either way.

        You say you want a revolution? You do NOT joke about human beings dying. You just don’t. I don’t care WHO they are, or WHAT they have done. Arrest/Try/Convict (If Guilty)/Imprison? GREAT! But no “future dead cops”: they have mothers/spouses/kids, too.

    • Rebecca Gardner
    • Sporkfighter

      Why is this my business? Why is is anyone’s business? I choose not to care who, what and how he conducts his private life among other consenting adults.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • fuzzybits

    Billboard calling for trump’s impeachment goes up in California. https://i.redd.it/sti0xrjok7pz.jpg

    • JCF

      Sadly, it came down soon thereafter.

      • fuzzybits

        Well,that stinks.

  • MikeBx2

    Trump, Jr tweets that San Juan Mayor was “big Hillary Clinton supporter”. Keith replies…
    https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/914652959635582976

    • Lazycrockett

      Just wait til a blue state has a natural disaster.

      • SoCalGal20

        If CA has a big earthquake we’re on our own at this point, no doubt in my mind. We’d have to bring in our own. Luckily, we have fantastic first responders and emergency management personnel.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Silver Badger

      Could you please be so kind as to explain?

      • Blake J Butler

        Explain what ?

        • Silver Badger

          Well, I know the Simpsons, But the flag and the sign Marge is holding are a bit confusing. Marge’s sisters holding up Homer is kinda weird too.

          • Blake J Butler

            Perhaps their hatred for homer is enough to be put aside for this time to put on a united front for the intentional genocide that is ongoing in Puerto Rico, and the assistance they desperately need.

            And it translates as United.

          • Silver Badger

            I am always pleased to learn new things. Thank you for explaining, what to you must seem obvious. It all comes clear not.

      • Chris H.

        It’s the Puerto Rican flag and the sign Marge is holding says “united”.

        • Silver Badger

          Thank you for the information. Us monolingual folks are definitely at a disadvantage.

          • Nychta

            Three or four months ago I decided to learn Spanish, the second-most spoken language in the world (after Mandarin). I’m really enjoying it. It’s opened my mind to new ways of ordering thought and has led me to appreciate other cultures – Mexican, Spanish, Colombian. For those of us English speakers who are, um, aging, it helps keep the synapses sparking and sparkling. Win-win.

          • Nychta

            Oh, and it’s good exercise for the tongue.

          • Adam King

            Exercising the tongue is a win in so many ways.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            When I moved to California I used to joke that I only speak English, French, and German. Nobody here is gonna understand me.

            It has been neat though, just listening to friends, coworkers, people in the store, etc. I’m learning more and more Spanish.

          • Nychta

            A good way to learn. I was in line at the grocery behind a mother and her young son, who had plucked a toy from a display. “Dámelo,” said mom, who had no intention to buy it – “Give it to me.” Yikes, I understood a couple words.

            At the laundromat the manager taught me a way of saying goodbye – “Nos vemos” – “See you,” – much as we’d say en inglés..

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Thanks for that! If you want an equivalent in German it would be tschüss.

            Also, my favorite German expression is, “Besser ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende.” It means, literally, Better an end with horror than a horror without end. It’s how I can handle the Trump Presidency. He’s going to fuck up this country, but he won’t be doing it forever

          • Nychta

            Tschüss to me seems related to chao, which is used in both Spanish and Italian (with different spellings).

            How does one handle a living nightmare? That’s been on my mind for the past 11 months. Part of what comforts me is the thought of new generations who will have their own methods and answers. In the meantime I keep on keeping on.

          • motordog

            I took a semester of Mandarin…I can say “hello”, “goodbye”, “thank you” and “I can’t speak Chinese”…

            I took several years of Spanish back in high school (too many years ago), so I end up with any Spanish speaking customers at work…unfortunately for them.

          • Nychta

            I never got farther than nĭ hăo (how do you do) in Mandarin. I only know that much because I visited a kindly qigong doctor in Auckland some years ago.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        It might also be a hidden plea to “Undo” the stolen election from last November.

      • TuuxKabin

        Puerto Rico’s flag. Show of solidarity apparently.

    • SoCalGal20

      Here’s the Simpsons tweet that image is from. If you embiggen the picture you can see there are hashtags to follow for UNICEF, OneAmerica Appeal and Save the Children.

      https://twitter.com/thesimpsons/status/914649151027085312

  • JCF

    Was Mary Lambert there? To me, she makes the song. [I confess, I may be biased. #QueerRepresentation]

    • SoCalGal20

      Yes. One of the tweets Joe posted has the performance.

    • fuzzybits

      You see her in the above video.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Ugghhh… what happened to Family Guy?
    This new episode is pretty horrible

    • Lazycrockett

      The Orville.

      • motordog

        The Orville is a…strange show…I expected a “Family Guy” level of broad comedy and blunt satire, but it’s actually 95% pure “Next Generation”, with just a smattering of comedic lines. I kind of like it, I think…and I’m oddly attracted to that snarky ginger helmsman.

        • Lazycrockett

          The writing is pretty horrible. The other issue is the endings seem to be tacked on to end the episode instead of dealing with the plot. So the crew saves the captain and the first officer from the zoo but leaves all the other aliens on it?? The captain brings the only female of a species to court to show that she is a cherished writer and cultural norms prevail??

          It just has a lot of issues for 2017.

          • motordog

            Yeah…like I said, like “Next Generation” (at least the early seasons). They also had some clunky elements, if memory serves. Eventually, it produced some amazing episodes. Now, I’m not expecting too much from Orville, and no doubt it has problems, but I’ll give it a chance.

  • SoCalGal20

    Oh! I went and saw “Battle of the Sexes” today. I thought it was good. I enjoyed it.

  • SoCalGal20

    While people were dying in Puerto Rico Trump was harrassing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones because anthem protest.

    https://twitter.com/draperrobert/status/914579150513541120

    • motordog

      There is such inertia in this country now. Those who are (rightfully) horrified and repulsed by the Dotard are only further outraged by his daily disgusting behavior, and those who worship him wouldn’t give a fuck if he walked into their homes and personally throttled their children with his own tiny hands.

      • Ann Kah

        I used to read the newspapers. I can’t stand reading them since the election of the Lesser Short-fingered Vulgarian. Things that would be a major scandal in any other administration come so thick and fast now that we barely have time to catch our breath before the next one comes.

        • Nychta

          Yep, it’s a bombardment.

    • bambinoitaliano
    • Lazycrockett

      After watching MSNBC doing a story on the history of Drumpf and the USFL that went belly up there is no reason why any owner of the NFL gives a rats turd bout what Drumpf has to say.

      • Nychta

        Trump is rendering the presidency irrelevant. The alt-whites who thought that Obama moving into the neighborhood somehow devalued the presidency had no idea….

  • SoCalGal20
  • bambinoitaliano
  • SoCalGal20

    Obama WH photographer Pete Souza bring the shade (he posted this yesterday).

    https://twitter.com/goldengateblond/status/914353408391356416

  • bambinoitaliano

    Animal break! A singer and song writer 🙂
    https://twitter.com/BoringEnormous/status/913882674246426624

    • Jerry Kott

      I love these videos, thanks

    • Nychta

      He longs for his pack, and sings about it.

      • DumbHairyApe

        For what purpose? To hunt fox???

    • DumbHairyApe

      And this is why pianos have keyboard covers.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Puffin approaches a photographer. I hope I haven’t put this up before.

    https://youtu.be/WD3rxqM21sA

    • LOL I read this first as “friendly PUTIN approaches a photographer” and thinking WTF! I thought that the bird was named Putin or that Putin would appear in the background. I don’t have my contacts in.

    • fuzzybits

      I love puffin’s. I read somewhere once that Prince was at a Joni Mitchell concert years ago when he was young and she noticed him and said he reminded her of a puffin.

    • -M-

      ‘Hi, you look like a sturdy windbreak. Mind if I sit here for a while?’ ~Puffin

    • SoCalGal20

      Puffins are adorable!

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        They’re like mini-penguins but more cuddly looking.

    • Cuberly

      If Picasso designed a bird.

      I love puffins. But then, I love birds in general.

  • SoCalGal20

    Nice photo of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton working on a Habitat for Humanity house that the Clinton Library posted today in honor of President Carter’s birthday.

    https://twitter.com/wjclibrary/status/914482647996538880

    • TampaDink

      Bill has aged more than Jimmy in the last 25 yrs.

  • MikeBx2

    New thread…

    • greenmanTN

      Pardon my ignorance, but I’ve seen people post that recently but don’t know what it means.

      ???

      • MikeBx2

        Just letting everyone know that Joe has posted something new. I used to wonder too. 😉

        • greenmanTN

          Thanks!

  • DaddyRay

    It will be interesting to see what happens now

    Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41463719

    Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence.

  • Gregory B

    Same Love
    Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

    Lyrics

    When I was in the 3rd grade I thought that I was gay ’cause I could draw,
    My uncle was and I kept my room straight
    I told my mom, tears rushing down my face, she’s like,
    “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
    Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
    A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
    I remember doing the math like “Yeah, I’m good a little league”
    A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
    For those who like the same sex had the characteristics
    The right-wing conservatives think its a decision
    And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
    Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition. Playing God
    Ahh nah, here we go
    America the brave
    Still fears what we don’t know And God loves all his children it’s somehow forgotten
    But we paraphrase a book written 3, 500 hundred years ago
    I don’t know

    And I can’t change
    Even if I tried
    Even if I wanted to
    And I can’t change
    Even if I tried
    Even if I wanted to
    My love, my love, my love
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm

    If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me
    Have you read the Youtube comments lately
    “Man that’s gay” Gets dropped on the daily
    We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
    Our culture founded from oppression
    Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ’em
    Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
    A word routed in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
    Gay is synonymous with the lesser
    It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
    Gender to skin color the complexion of your pigment
    The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins,
    It’s human rights for everybody
    There is no difference
    Live on! And be yourself!
    When I was in church, they taught me something else
    If you preach hate at the service Those words aren’t anointed
    And that Holy Water, that you soak in is then poisoned
    When everyone else Is more comfortable remaining voiceless
    Rather than fighting for humans, that have had their rights stolen
    I might not be the same But that’s not important
    No freedom ’til we’re equal
    Damn right I support it
    I don’t know

    And I can’t change
    Even if I tried
    Even if I wanted to
    My love, my love, my love
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm

    We press play Don’t press pause
    Progress, march on!
    With a veil over our eyes
    We turn our back on the cause
    ‘Till the day That my uncles can be united by law
    Their kids are walkin’ around the hallway
    Plagued by pain in their heart
    A world so hateful, some would rather die than be who they are
    And a certificate on paper
    Isn’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start
    No law’s gonna change us
    We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in
    We come from the same one
    Strip away the fear
    Underneath it’s all the same love
    About time that we raised up

    And I can’t change
    Even if I tried
    Even if I wanted to
    And I can’t change
    Even if I tried
    Even if I wanted to
    My love, my love, my love
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm
    She keeps me warm

    Love is patient, love is kind
    Love is patient
    Love is kind (Not crying on Sundays)
    Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I’m not crying on Sundays)
    Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I’m not crying on Sundays)
    Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I’m not crying on Sundays)
    Love is patient, love is kind

    Songwriters: Ben Haggerty / Mary Lambert / Ryan Lewis
    Same Love lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

  • JackFknTwist

    It makes me feel good to see Macklemore looking so well and healthy.

    And now I know that Trump/turd has his Australian doppleganger, Tony Abbot/turd…….a well matched pair of sexually fragile self-absorbed bigots.

  • Sporkfighter

    OT. RadioLab did an episode on Oliver Sipple. I suggest, I implore you to listen.

    https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/radiolab/#file=%2Faudio%2Fxspf%2F798181%2F

  • mark99k

    I”ve heard this a hundred times but it’s never shaken me quite the way it has today. Allies with this kind of dedication are rare.