News Round-Up: March 19, 2021

A new poll by Gallup shows 62% of Americans are satisfied with the acceptance of gays and lesbians

Some news items you might have missed:

Human Rights Campaign: New polling conducted by HRC and Hart Research Associates shows an overwhelming 70% of voters support the Equality Act. That support spans across all ages, races, religions, and political parties. And yet, Senate Republicans strenuously oppose the bill.

BosGuy: It’s Furry Friday over at the Boston-based blog – squeee! Click over to see which fur ball is featured this week.

Kenneth-in-the-212: Check out Kenneth’s weekly round-up of the what’s what in LGBTQ publications including Florida’s Hotspots Magazine (below) featuring their 2021 Sex Survey.

The cover of Hotspots Magazine

Pink News: The newly crowned Miss Silver State USA, Kataluna Enriquez, will be the first trans woman of color to compete in the Miss Nevada USA pageant – and if she wins, could go on to Miss USA.

Instinct Magazine: A Russian man pulled off a rather inexplicable stunt while bungee jumping in Russia – with the cord attached to the piercings on his bum.

AP News: Former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club has been partially closed because of a COVID outbreak. A receptionist at the Mar-a-Lago club confirmed the news, saying it was closed until further notice, but declined to comment further.

Berlin’s Terri Nunn Apologizes For NYE Mar-A-Lago Performance

Terri Nunn of Berlin
Terri Nunn of Berlin
Terri Nunn of Berlin (photo via Facebook)

Terri Nunn, lead singer for 80s band Berlin, has penned an apology for performing at Donald Trump’s New Year’s Eve super-spreader event at Mar-a-Lago.

On the band’s Facebook page she writes:

I am truly sorry I performed at Mar-a-Lago and would not have done so if I’d known what I learned while I was there. My goal in performing was not to support a political party. I see now that that’s not the way it appeared and I am apologetic for that as well.

The contract stated it was a small Covid-safe event for the members of Mar-a-Lago. Unfortunately it was not Covid-safe anywhere in Florida. I had no idea masks and social distancing were not required. I thought I was current on all Covid news everywhere, but clearly I was not.

I was shocked by Florida and Mar-a-Lago’s lack of regard for the pandemic and if I’d known I would never have gone. Once I fulfilled my contractual obligation, I left the event as quickly as I could. It is a mistake I regret. I took a Covid 19 test yesterday and tested negative.

My apologies to those in the LGBTQ community who thought my performance was a statement against them. I have been and always will be fully supportive.

I’m not sure how you could perform at Trump’s own party and not see how it could be considered some kind of stamp of approval for him and his woeful policies.

But the apology was direct and without qualifications, so I give her that.

Berlin's Terri Nunn apologizes for performing at Donald Trump's NYE event

Trump To Nominate 4th Mar-A-Lago Club Member To Ambassadorship

In yet another example of government positions being for sale in the Trump administration, the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Donald Trump will soon nominate handbag designer Lana Marks, a Mar-a-Lago Club member, to become the U.S. ambassador to South Africa.
Donald Trump

In yet another example of government positions being for sale in the Trump administration, the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Donald Trump will soon nominate high-end handbag designer Lana Marks, a Mar-a-Lago Club member, to become the U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

Marks would become the 4th Mar-a-Lago Club member to be given an ambassadorship.

From The Palm Beach Post:

The potential nomination of yet another Mar-a-Lago member to a top post in the administration may again raise questions about whether Trump is doling out favors to those who can afford Mar-a-Lago’s $200,000 membership fee, annual dues of $14,000 and a $2,000 minimum dining requirement.

In more than a dozen past lawsuits against her in Aspen, New York, California and South Florida, Marks has repeatedly been accused of stiffing her attorneys, accountants, landlords and employees. She is also embroiled in bitter, international legal battles in South Africa and Israel with her siblings over a family trust and the care for their 89-year-old mother.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort Asks To Hire More Foreign Employees

I’m sorry, but this should really make all Americans who are concerned about jobs in the U.S. mad.

According to The Hill, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has asked the federal government to be allowed to hire 70 foreign employees.

And I’m not talking high-end, high-training jobs.

We’re talking cooks, housekeepers and servers.

The jobs would begin on Oct. 1 and end in May 2018, according to the filings. Those positions would take advantage of the H-2B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nations to the country for temporary, nonagricultural work.

The Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Fla., also filed a request to hire temporary foreign workers as cooks for the same period of time.

The requests came as the White House celebrates what it has designated “Made in America Week,” highlighting American-made products and re-upping the administration’s emphasis on bringing jobs back to the U.S.

Employers must establish that there are not enough American workers able or willing to fill the temporary positions in order to qualify for H-2B classification.

The cook positions at both Mar-a-Lago and the golf course pay $13.34 per hour, according to the filings. The server jobs pay $11.88 per hour, while the housekeeping positions pay $10.33 per hour.

As a presidential candidate and in his first six months in office, Trump touted the importance of U.S. manufacturing and labor and savaged international trade agreements, saying they have killed American jobs.

It is impossible to believe that there are not 70 people in the Palm Beach area who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) fill jobs for servers or housekeepers.

How this fits into Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” theme makes no sense.

Trump spent the 2016 campaign railing against lost American jobs. He can personally hire 70 Americans right now.

#smh

News Round-Up: February 17, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• This 22 year St. Louis police veteran (above) was told to “tone down” his “gayness” if he ever wanted to get promoted, despite placing 3rd out of 26 in promotion tests.

• Lady Gaga joined over 140 celebrities in denouncing Texas’ anti-transgender “bathroom bill.”

• Donald Trump’s second pick for National Security Adviser (now that Michael Flynn has resigned) has said “no, thank you” to the offer. According to reports, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down the chance citing “chaos” in the White House, labeling the offer as a “shit sandwich.”

• Finland’s Parliament rejects a citizen’s initiative to repeal marriage equality by a vote of 120 to 48. Hurray for the good guys!

• Donald Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago again this weekend. His three trips to his southern home have thus far cost the American people almost $10 million. Guarding Trump Tower in NYC could cost $183 million a year.

• Spend a few minutes inside the trials and tribulations of transgender folks in this short film, “Headspace,” by Jake Graf. Watch below:

Donald Trump Handles Missile Incident Surrounded By Mar-a-Lago Members At Dinner

On Saturday night, Donald Trump hosted a dinner with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

During the dinner, news came in that North Korea had tested a mid-range ballistic missile. Both leaders went to work. The problem is – they went to work right there in the middle of the dinner surrounded by club members.

Paying members of the social club had the added bonus of entertainment with their meals, as they got to watch Abe and Trump deal with an international crisis.

Many shared the experience on Facebook and other social media like Richard DeAgazio.

DeAgazio wrote on Facebook:

“HOLY MOLY!!! It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan. The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. the two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow…the center of the action.!!!”

So, for $200K, you can get a Mar-a-Lago membership and have unfettered access to the President of the United States. What could possibly go wrong?

While it doesn’t seem like club members were close enough to overhear anything being discussed, the waiters – who according to CNN continued service as the leaders addressed the incident – certainly were.

Shouldn’t they all have gotten up immediately and moved to a secure, private setting? Didn’t Trump thrash Hillary Clinton during the campaign over issues of security breaches with sensitive info? And Trump sits in his club dining room addressing his first international ‘incident?’

Oh – and you thought YOUR club was exclusive? Before the night was over, the Mar-a-Lago member took a pic with (according to the poster) the guy who was carrying the nuclear football.

And, no – the agent’s name was NOT blacked out in Mr. DeAgazio’s post…