News Round-Up: April 23, 2021

Brody the wonder pup

Some news items you might have missed:

Brody Watch: Long day of real estate-ing for me today, and I come home to this guy (above). Brody was pretty much giving me “Where have you been???” #doglife #CutenessOverload #ThatFace

Washington Blade: President Biden is set to nominate members of the LGBTQ community with a background in LGBTQ rights for high-ranking civilian positions at the Defense Department.

BosGuy: Our stalwart Boston-based blogger offers this week’s ‘Furry Friday’ installment – equal parts cute and sexy. Worth the click 😉

Instagram: My good friend Larry at sent this to me with the caption, “Something tells me his name is Brody.” #NailedIt #elephants

New York Times: Now that more than half of adults in the United States have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and the country has surpassed 200 million administered doses, demand for shots appears to be slowing in many areas. Some county health departments have started closing some of their mass vaccination sites for lack of customers.

NPR: Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist with a reality-show family, announced Friday that she will run for governor of California as the state’s current governor, Gavin Newsom, is likely to face a recall election this year. #NoThankYou

Gr8erDays: Lee Majors (Big Valley, Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy) turns 82 today. Check out photos from across his nearly 6 decades-long career below.

News Round-Up: April 19, 2021

Kara 'Karen' Bell refused to identify herself to officers after refusing to wear a face mask in a Nordstrom Rack
Michael Cimino in 'Love, Victor'
Michael Cimino in ‘Love, Victor’ (image via Hulu)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: The show runners for the Hulu series Love, Victor starring Michael Cimino (above) say the second season (arriving June 11) will age up a bit in terms of content with an ‘edgier’ sense of humor.

New York Times: The iconic Village Voice is back on news stands for the first time since its shutdown in 2018.

KVUE: Lake Travis ISD School Board candidate Kara Bell (photo) was given an assault citation last week after a confrontation with a store employee at Nordstrom Rack when Bell refused to put on a mask upon entry of the store. As you can see in the police body cam video, Bell refused to ID herself even though she was being detained announcing, “”I am a Christian woman of God.”

Kenneth-in-the-212: In his new feature, Kenneth puts the focus on ‘man-spreaders’ and their ‘spread.’

Washington Post: Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled. The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death.

CBS News: The jury has begun deliberations following closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

CNN: The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

MSN: A suspected poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Saturday. That’ll learn ’em.

InstaHunk Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Dan Tai pauses to pose with a pachyderm

Checking in on my favorite hunks of Instagram this fine Sunday.

First up, fitness model Dan Tai (above) paused to pose with a pachyderm.

Grey’s Anatomy star Alex Landi knows how to find his light:

Fitness guru and doctor of dental medicine Curtis Fitzgerald paused in a pensive moment:

Cheyenne Jackson grew a beard for work reasons. His hubby likes but his kiddos say it’s scratchy. #wildandwooly

SportsBubbleButt had soccer (and other things) on their mind:

Olympic diver Tom Daley did a sassy photoshoot for Man About Town Magazine:

Actor and singer Jim Newman has decided he’s going to nap with his boo until the end of the pandemic. “Hey Siri, set an alarm for…”

Joel Green ignored the sand and soaked up the sun in Spain:

Marketing and communications specialist Raynald Rabindra Soeharto wants to “stay weird, be unique.”

Bremen Menelli ran up a hill in North Carolina and shared the “view.”

Max Emerson is on Day 6 of his Canadian quarantine in Montreal:

Gustavo Spolini captured the magic of a New York City sunset. #coolpic

Brain Break: Pianist Plays Beethoven For Elephants

Give yourself a brain break as pianist Paul Barton shares his story of how he came to play the ‘Emperor’ concerto for a 61-year-old elephant named Mongkol who decided to stay and listen.

Many elephants at Elephants World sanctuary in Thailand were rescued from the logging trade. Barton discovered the beautiful denizens of the sanctuary and has been playing for the elephants for years now.

Click here for a YouTube playlist of Barton playing full pieces for the gentle giants.

I love elephants 🙂

(h/t Larry at

Rhino Poacher Trampled By Elephant, Devoured By Lions

A man suspected of being a rhino poacher was killed last week by an elephant and his remains devoured by a pride of lions at a South African park, officials said.
(image via Flickr/WhippetsChriChri)

No sympathy whatsoever.

From The New York Times:

A man suspected of being a rhino poacher was killed last week by an elephant and his remains devoured by a pride of lions at a South African park, officials said.

Rangers at Kruger National Park and other searchers found only a human skull and a pair of pants, the park said in a statement dated Friday.

Four of the dead man’s accomplices were arrested, the authorities said.

The man’s accomplices told his relatives that they had been in the park to poach rhinos on Tuesday night when he was killed by an elephant, according to the local authorities.

Since 2008, more than 7,000 rhinos have been hunted illegally, with 1,028 killed in 2017, according to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.

Video: Baby Elephant Takes First Steps

In light of the Trump administration’s decision to end a ban on elephant trophies, folks on Twitter are encouraging people to call the White House.

Trump Administration ENDS the BAN on #Elephant Trophies! Please Help Protect Elephants by calling the @WhiteHouse at: 202-456-1111

And, as if you needed any other encouragement to make that call, just think on how the White House’s decision would affect this little guy.

Baby Elephant Finds Love & Empathy With Other Orphan Elephants

Thanks to reporter Yashar Ali for pointing up this story.

Elephants are imminently watchable. Intelligent, empathetic and extremely communicative.

But many baby elephants can die from loneliness. They need the love of a herd to live.

Ndotto, born prematurely, was rescued by Sheldrick Wildlife when he was just 2 days old .

He became attached to his keepers and didn’t want to play with other orphans, until Mbegu, an older orphan, came along.

Watch this beautiful story below.

Ellen Makes A Pitch For The Majestic Pachyderm After Trump Reverses Course On Elephant Trophies

In light of the Trump administration reversing course on an Obama era ban that kept hunters from bringing elephant trophies from the African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia back into the Untied States, Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue yesterday to highlight and celebrate the incredible qualities of elephants.

“I love elephants. And if you take the time to learn about elephants, you would love elephants too.

“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness. They’re excellent at learning abilities…all the things I have yet to see in this president.”

I consider myself a southern gentleman most of the time, and I rarely use vulgar language. But when I heard about the Trump administration’s decision, my reaction was to take to Facebook and post, “I’m sorry, but f*ck this shit.”

You’ll notice I did at least begin with an “I’m sorry.”

Elephants are, as Ellen correctly points out, majestic creatures. All Trump’s decision will do is encourage more American hunters to kill more elephants.

Watch Ellen’s eloquent pitch for pachyderms below.