News Round-Up: May 13, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Steve in LA (above) makes baseball much more palatable, no? And – he has the good sense to attend a Yankees game 🙂

The Gaily Grind: A Canadian man filmed himself tearing down and burning a neighbor’s Nazi flag, saying he took matters into his own hands because “authorities weren’t going to.”

Vox: In the new book, Commander in Cheat, sportswriter Rick Reilly explores Trump’s complicated relationship with the game of golf, and herculean efforts he goes to lie about his scores, sabotage his opponents, and generally defraud the sport. Sport reveals, in part, who we are. Golf reveals the cheat that is Donald Trump.

LGBTQ Nation: Mike Pence whines that America has ‘little tolerance’ for Christians if he can’t be anti-gay.

Gay Star News: A makeup company is marketing a new brand specifically to ‘macho men’ with black packaging and the name ‘War Paint.’ They say male skin is ‘different’ from female skin, and therefore men need their own manly brand of makeup.

Instinct: Mr. Ratburn of PBS’ Arthur is gay, and married.

• InstaHunks Alex Abramov and Brett Miles hug it out after exploring NYC’s ‘The Vessel.’

Scammed: Ashley Madison Hookup Site Had Practically NO Real Female Accounts

According to Gizmodo, who took a serious look at the data dumb from the Ashley Madison cheater’s site, an enormous percentage of the “female” accounts were fake.

An ENORMOUS amount were fake.

Then, three data fields changed everything. The first field, called mail_last_time, contained a timestamp indicating the last time a member checked the messages in their Ashley Madison inbox. If a person never checked their inbox, the field was blank. But even if they’d checked their messages only once, the field contained a date and time. About two-thirds of the men, or 20.2 million of them, had checked the messages in their accounts at least once. But only 1,492 women had ever checked their messages. It was a serious anomaly.

The pattern was reflected in another data field, too. This one, called chat_last_time contained the timestamp for the last time a member had struck up a conversation using the Ashley Madison chat system. Roughly 11 million men had engaged in chat, but only 2400 women had.

Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.

The men’s accounts tell a story of lively engagement with the site, with over 20 million men hopefully looking at their inboxes, and over 10 million of them initiating chats. The women’s accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there.

So out of 5.5 million female accounts, the data shows only 1,400 or so had ever checked messages.

Whoa, bros. You got hosed.

Wealthy GOP Donor Who Mocked Hillary Clinton’s Marriage Had Ashley Madison Account

(image via Gawker)

I think you file this under “Delicious Irony.”

It would seem that an über-wealthy hedge fund investor and Republican donor, who has publicly made fun of Hillary Clinton staying in her marriage to “a liar and a cheat,” had an account on the cheaters networking website Ashley Madison.

The account was recently uncovered in the data dump when hackers released the website’s info for the public to see.

From Gawker:

The name and email address of Dan Loeb, founder of hedge fund Third Point LLC and prominent contributor to the Romney campaign, appear in the company’s database of users, and Loeb confirmed in a statement to Gawker that the account is authentic.

Once an Obama supporter, Loeb has since turned into a very generous supporter of Republican candidates and conservative Super PACs—he gifted $1,000,000 to the right-wing American Unity PAC and a quarter million to the Ending Spending Action Fund just last fall, along with tens of thousands of dollars straight to the Republican Party.

More recently he’s become a vocal detractor of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In June, he posted a joke to his Facebook page that described Clinton as a put-upon spouse trapped in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband who thinks she’s a lesbian.

I asked Loeb about this account, and received this statement via public relations rep Steven Rubenstein:

“As my family, friends and business colleagues know, I am a prolific web surfer. Did I visit this site to see what it was all about? Absolutely – years ago, at the time I was invested in Yahoo and IAC and was endlessly curious about apps and websites. Did I ever engage or meet with anyone through this site? Never. That was never my intention — as evidenced by the fact that I never provided a credit card to set up an account.”

Interestingly, Loeb’s profile data shows that the last time he checked “private message” on the site was on December 9, 2013 — eight months after he joined Ashley Madison.

Now, why would he be checking private messages if he had no intention of hooking up?

Things that make you go “hmm…”

Husband of woman caught making out with “Christian Values” congressman Vance McAllister speaks out

“Christian Values” congressman Vance McAllister

Heath Peacock, the husband of the woman caught on video making out with “conservative Christian” and gay marriage opponent Rep. Vance McAllister, has issued a statement.

Via Talking Points Memo:

“I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said ‘I need your prayers,’ and I asked, ‘When did you get religious?’ He said, ‘When I needed votes,'” Heath Peacock, 34, told CNN Tuesday. “He broke out the religious card and he’s about the most non-religious person I know.”

“He has wrecked my life,” Peacock added.

“It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family. This guy has turned my life upside down,” he said.

“I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare,” he continued.

Peacock, who has been married to his wife for six years and have a six year old son, says the couple is now headed for divorce.

Christian Values Congressman Vance McAllister busted kissing a staffer on video

Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who ran on a “faith, family, and country” platform, and promised a vigorous “defense of natural marriage” has been caught on video making out with a young female staffer. Local news outlets are speculating about an affair.

McAllister issued this statement asking for privacy while attempting to get himself out of the dog house:

There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you’re a husband, a father or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed. From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not just be another politician.

McAllister was endorsed by the Duck Dynasty clan during his campaign.  McAllister famously invited Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty to be his guest at the most recent State of the Union address.

 I wonder what the Robertson family thinks about this?

Jenny Sanford: Mark Sanford didn’t want ‘promise to be faithful’ in wedding vows

Jenny Sanford, former wife of Mark Sanford, wrote a candid 2010 book called Staying True about her marriage to the former south Carolina governor.

Here’s just one of many painful passages that reveal a bit about Sanford (who is currently running for Congress again in SC):

“A short while before the wedding, when Mark and I were picking readings and vows, Mark told me that he didn’t want to use a wedding vow that included the promise to be faithful. He was worried in some odd nagging way, he said, that he might not be able to remain true to that vow. In retrospect, I suppose I might have seen this as a sign that Mark wasn’t fully committed to me, and with the benefit of the knowledge I have about Mark now, I could point to this moment as a clear sign of things to come.”

(via Buzzfeed)

Robert Pattinson tries to move on from scandal with some country music

People Magazine is reporting that Robert Pattinson has come out of hiding and appears to be trying to lighten his mood with some buddies and country music.

With some buddies in tow, Pattinson headed over to the Deer Lodge, a country music locals bar near Ojai, CA.

“Pattinson came in with a few friends, like three guys. There was a big party here already and they came in to hang out with the party,” a source tells PEOPLE of the group’s second outing. “There were two girls that were hanging around him, but not Rob necessarily. He seemed happy, fine.”

Warmed by a couple of drinks, “He was laughing and smiling most of the time, but he was low key,” the source adds. “He didn’t really get up. No dancing or anything. He was totally nice and polite.”

Pattinson was apparently taken by surprise by the admission of girl friend Kristen Stewart admitting she cheated on Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.