Poll: Trump Trails Generic Democrat In Ohio

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Donald Trump trailing a generic Democratic opponent 47-48 percent and his favorable/unfavorable rating is underwater at 47-51 percent.

Innovation Ohio notes that among vital independent voters, Trump trails a generic Democrat 37-51 percent.

“Ohio is a must-win state for President Trump. His poor numbers in this poll help to explain his early spending on TV and digital ads here,” said Innovation Ohio President Janetta King.

Trump won Ohio in 2016 decisively by 8 points.

Tested against five Democratic candidates Trump couldn’t break through the 47 percent mark.

Teen Arrested After Making Threats To Shoot Gay Bar & Federal Agents

An Ohio teen

From ABC News:

An Ohio teenager threatened to shoot federal agents, a Planned Parenthood and a gay bar and was found at a residence that had a gun vault and around 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to police and court documents.

Justin Olsen, 18, was the moderator of an online chat where he made light of mass shootings and made the threats against all federal agents, the nonprofit, and an undisclosed gay bar, according to a police report from the Boardman Police Department.

After searching his father’s house in Boardman, a suburb south of Youngstown, FBI agents seized 15 rifles and 10 semi-automatic pistols, according to a criminal complaint. Investigators also observed an estimated 10,000 rounds of ammunition in one room and another 300 rounds of ammunition on the stairway leading to the second floor, according to the complaint.

When Olsen turned 18 in May, he apparently bragged online that he couldn’t “wait to start stockpiling weapons,” according to the police report.

He also wrote that he was planning on buying an AR-15 parts kit after posting a photo of it, the police report said.

The case began in February, when the FBI received a complaint about Olsen in Anchorage, Alaska, and traced his computer information back to Olsen’s address.

Olsen is charged with aggravated menacing.

He admitted the threats to the police, but said it was all a joke.

Podcast: HIV Charity Scammed, Coke’s Hungarian Backlash, Spacey Returns, Univision New Gay TV Series

In this week’s podcast:

• An Ohio Republican lawmaker faced backlash after she blamed gays, video games, drag queens and more for recent mass shootings

• A New York City pastor is accused of scamming over $600,000 from two charities that help HIV+ drug addicts

• Coca-Cola faces backlash for same-sex ad campaign in Hungary

• Kevin Spacey resurfaces for an impromptu performance in Italy

* Univision is about to premiere its first Spanish language broadcast television series featuring a gay couple as the lead characters

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

GOP Lawmaker Candice Keller Blames Gays, Drag Queens, Marijuana & Video Games For Mass Shootings

Ohio state Rep. Candice Keller (image via government site)

In the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings over the weekend, one conservative Ohio state lawmaker put the blame for the tragic events on same-sex marriage, video games, transgender people, drag queens, President Obama and more.

On Saturday, a lone gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. That was followed by another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which left 10 dead and at least 27 more wounded.

State Rep. Candice Keller (R), who represents a district near Dayton, wrote on her Facebook page, “After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?”

She went on to list who she feels are the real culprits for so many mass shootings beginning with, “The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage and drag queen advocates).”

Also on her list of folks to blame for the two mass shooting events were:

  • Fatherlessness
  • Video games (although other countries have video games as well and not nearly the gun violence that is seen in the U.S.)
  • Open borders
  • Recreational marijuana
  • Students in school who misbehave
  • Disrespect for the police (she gave a shoutout to Obama for some reason)
  • Hatred of our veterans (athletes are to blame for that one)
  • The Democratic Congress (although Democrats only control one chamber of Congress)
  • Culture (in general we guess) for ignoring the importance of God and the church
  • State officeholders and something about the 2nd Amendment
  • And, of course, ‘snowflakes’ who “can’t accept a duly-elected president

I’m not sure how Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny managed to avoid the list, but maybe she was in a hurry.

When the Dayton Daily News contacted Keller about the post, she told a reporter she had posted something “to her private, personal Facebook page.”

And when the post was read to her over the phone, she said “it sounded like part of her posting but she couldn’t be sure if it had been altered,” introducing the idea that she had been possibly hacked.

The post was promptly deleted, but screengrabs have gone viral on the internet.

Brian Hester, Chairman for the Butler County Democratic Party, responded to the post telling the Daily News, “She loves to fan the flames and play the role of victim here, not the nine people who were killed….She is fundamentally unfit for office.”

Hester added, “She is an embarrassment to her party, to conservatives, to Butler County, and to the state Legislature.”

(source: Dayton Daily News)

Ohio: White Security Guard Pulls Gun On Black Uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy

A white security guard in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated menacing after he was caught on surveillance video pulling a gun on a uniformed black sheriff's deputy because he was armed.
(screen capture via 13ABC)

A white security guard in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated menacing after he was caught on surveillance video pulling a gun on a uniformed black sheriff’s deputy because he was armed.

Lucas County Sheriff’s deputy Alan Gaston dropped by his local IRS office in Toledo on May 31 to inquire about a letter he had received.

Dressed in his full sheriff’s office uniform with his badge and gun clearly visible, Gaston was told by a security guard – identified as Seth Eklund – that he would have to leave his gun in his car to enter the offices.

Gaston explained he couldn’t do that as he was on duty so he decided to leave the office.

Video footage shows Gaston exiting the office as the security guard followed him with his gun drawn and aimed at the deputy’s back. With his gun drawn the entire time, Eklund followed the deputy to the building’s elevators.

According to Gaston, the security guard attempted to take the sheriff’s deputy “into custody.”

Gaston told local ABC news affiliate 13ABC that he felt the best way to de-escalate the situation was to try and calmly walk away. The sheriff’s deputy works as a defensive tactics instructor.

“I was basically preparing myself to be shot at that moment,” said Gaston. “Bracing for a shot in my back. There’s really no way to know how you’re going to act when there’s a gun pointed at you and when you think you’re going to lose your life.”

According to reports, a worker at the IRS office made a call to 911 saying there was someone there with a gun. At no point did the caller mention that the ‘man with a gun’ was a sheriff’s deputy.

Gaston has filed a lawsuit against Eklund saying he has suffered emotional and psychological distress from the incident. He has been on medical leave from work since the incident.

News Round-Up: May 11, 2019

• I never get tired of the fun, whimsy and sexy diversity from graphic artist Silverjow (above). Happy Saturday!
(image via Silverjow)

Some news items you might have missed:

• I never get tired of the fun, whimsy and sexy diversity from graphic artist Silverjow (above). Happy Saturday!

• Over 11,000 people have signed a petition protesting an Indiana high school’s plan to deadname a student at his graduation ceremony.

• Trump cultist Brenden Dilley went after Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims after Sims confronted anti-abortion activists at a women’s health clinic. In a Twitter video, Dilley asserts that Sims isn’t really gay, and just pretending to up his liberal cred.

Dilley calls for Sims to “suck a dick” to prove he’s gay. Donald Trump, these are your people.

• An 11-year-old rape victim in northwestern Ohio is pregnant, and according to the state’s new, highly restrictive law on abortion, a girl in her position must carry and deliver her rapist’s baby. #Seriously

• A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for launching impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump has moved up to 45% support.

News Round-Up: January 14, 2019

Austin Wolf does the "How Hard Did Age Hit You?" challenge (above). I wish age would hit me that hard... LOL. And is it just the fact I'm older that I think most people's 'after' photos look better?

Some news items you might have missed:

• Austin Wolf does the “How Hard Did Age Hit You?” challenge (above). I wish age would hit me that hard… LOL. And is it just the fact I’m older that I think most people’s ‘after’ photos look better?

• Ohio’s new GOP governor has signed a new executive order banning LGBT discrimination in regard to state business.

• Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has declared her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, but does her history as a full-throated homophobe disqualify her?

• Evangelicals sue for the right to deny homeless transgender people shelter.

• Free condoms are now available to everyone in Washington state who has health insurance. The new law also covers abortions, sterilizations, and vasectomies.

• Sen. Rand Paul, who has equated socialized health care to ‘slavery,’ will travel to Canada for hernia surgery.

• I’m always down to listen to anything new from Miss Chaka Khan. The Queen of Funk is back with her first album in 12 years, titled, Hello Happiness.

Check out the title track below, and look for the new collection on February 15.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Bans Trans Discrimination With Executive Order

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday issued an Executive Order, 2018-12K, changing the anti-discrimination policy for state employees to include “gender identity or expression,” reports local NBC News affiliate, WCMH.

With just weeks left in Kasich’s term as governor, the order bans discrimination based on “gender identity and expression” in state personnel decisions.

The new language replaces the executive order put in place by Kasich when he took office in 2011, which included race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age and sexual orientation, but not gender identity.

LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans says the executive order makes Kasich “the first Republican Governor of a state without statutory protections for LGBTQ people to issue an executive order protecting state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.”

An outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Kasich has indicated he’s considering a 2020 challenge for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020, and this may be an attempt to show GOP voters a more moderate side of the Republican Party.

A statement from Equality Ohio applauded the move:

This leadership has never been more important. At a time when the basic rights of transgender people to exist in public, to serve in our military, and to access basic health care are at risk, we applaud Governor Kasich for his recognition of our shared humanity with common-sense protections.

Although Kasich’s successor, Governor-elect Mike DeWine (R), could rescind the order when he takes office next month, Freedom for All Americans reports he has “expressed an openness to preserving Kasich’s executive orders.”

Ohio Politician Arrested On 26 Counts of Sexual Misconduct With Teenagers

An Ohio politician has been arrested and charged on a whopping 26 felony charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers aged 13-17.
Phillip Garcia

An Ohio politician has been arrested and charged on a whopping 26 felony charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers aged 13-17.

From Gay Star News:

Phillip Garcia, 63, is the councilman for Ward 2 in Conneaut. He is also a member of the Parks and Recreation committee, Economic Development Committee, and Public Service Department/Cemeteries committee.

Authorities indicted Garcia on Tuesday (28 August). They took him to Ashtabula County Jail, where he is being held on the charges. He was being investigated for several months prior to his arrest.

The charges include five counts of rape, four counts of corruption of a minor, and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The other 15 are counts of compelling prostitution.

According to court documents, the alleged misconduct took place between 1997 and 2005. Garcia’s apparent victims were five minors between the ages of 13 and 17. Four of the five worked for Garcia’s catering business.

Attorney General DeWine said there are also concerns there may be more victims.

But Garcia and his lawyers say he’s the target of a smear campaign because he’s gay.

“Mr. Garcia has been unfairly and unjustly targeted because he is a homosexual by overzealous law enforcement who have mischaracterized his actions from over twenty years ago,” attorney Reid Yoder says in a statement.

“This indictment is an extreme example of police and prosecutors grossly overcharging a person based on their sexual orientation in attempt to gain media headlines.”

News Round-Up: June 26, 2018

Sexy hunks Brett Miles and Alex Abramov enjoy NYC Pride 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Looks like InstaHunks Brett Miles and Alex Abramov (above) had a great time at NYC Pride this weekend 🙂

• A jury sentenced a gay man to death rather than life in prison because he’s gay and “we’d be sending him where he wants to go.” #Homophobes

• CBS News reporter David Begnaud, who has received widespread praise for his extensive coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, quietly came out publicly on Sunday tweeting a picture at a dinner with his partner, Jeremy: “Reporting the truth includes my own.”

• A new bill in Ohio would require teachers, doctors and government officials to notify parents if a child ever acts “in a manner opposite of the child’s biological sex.”

• NBC News reports that Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis is on the outs with Donald Trump because the Donald thinks Mattis “looks down on him.”

• Cher snuck into Chicago this past weekend to check out preview performances of the upcoming Broadway musical based on her life, The Cher Show.

What did she think? Always a straight-shooter, the Oscar winner said, “Some parts of it are really fabulous. We’re going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out.”