News Round-Up: January 15, 2021

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Some news items you might have missed:

Chippendales: It’s a new year which means it’s time for a new calendar. This year’s edition of the iconic Chippendales calendar (above) is an all-star affair packed with fan favorites.

NBC News: The Arizona Republican Party will vote on a measure to censure Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, on January 23, in part because of her support for President-elect Joe Biden and for same-sex marriage.

The Hill: Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing for the role of Transportation secretary will be held Thursday. If he’s approved, Buttigieg will be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.

BosGuy: The veteran Boston blogger celebrates Furry Friday and we’re all the better for it 🙂

New York Times: Prosecutors in Georgia appear increasingly likely to open a criminal investigation of President Trump over his attempts to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 election, an inquiry into offenses that would be beyond his federal pardon power.

Kenneth-in-the-212: Check out the weekly round-up of the what’s what in LGBTQ publications like this week’s issue of MetroWeekly (below).

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People: In a new interview, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson does not hold back saying Donald Trump is “grossly limited in his ‘understanding of global events, his understanding of global history’ and hamstrung by his own attention span.”

Arkansas Online: Peter Francis Stager, 41, caught on video using an American flag and flagpole to beat a police officer during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot was arrested by federal authorities Thursday night. Remember, these are the folks who were upset at people taking a knee during a football game.

News Round-Up: October 9, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: The Griffopotamus dropped his phone and it still takes great snaps (above). Maybe if I drop MY phone my pics will come out this good, too…?

OUT: Mey Rude wonders aloud, “Ellen DeGeneres was a lesbian hero – but who is she now?  She broke ground 20 years ago, but her recent actions and words have me rethinking her lesbian icon status.”

Bloomberg: Donald Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani, according to three people familiar with the 2017 meeting in the Oval Office. Tillerson refused. The report adds others present in the Oval Office were shocked by the request.

ABC News: Montgomery, Alabama, once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, has elected Steven Reed as its first African American mayor in the city’s 200-year history.

Facebook: Evangelist Franklin Graham recently opined about a CNN article that reported how three particular STIs – gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis – are at all-time highs in the U.S. in 2018, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Graham wrote that the solution to preventing STIs is heterosexual monogamy: “God made us male and female and gave sex for us to enjoy inside a marriage relationship between a man and a woman — not two men, not two women.”

Fox News: According to a new Fox News poll (FOX NEWS y’all), 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office, 4 percent want him impeached but not removed, and 40 percent oppose impeachment altogether. In July, just 42 percent favored impeachment and removal.

Queerty: Indie movie maven and sometime drag performer Tyler Perry has announced the opening of a 12-sound stage 330-acre movie studio complex in Atlanta that will also feature a shelter for victims of sex trafficking and displaced LGBTQ youth.

Trump Calls His Former Secretary Of State “Lazy” And Not Up To The jJob

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Whoa – the Trumpster went on a rampage after hearing that his former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, criticized him for being “undisciplined” and happy to violate the law.

Trump, who famously told the world he only hires the “best,” criticized Tillerson for being “lazy” and not having the mental capacity for being Sec of State.

Conflicting reports???

Rex Tillerson: Trump Is “Undisciplined” With Instinct To Violate Law

Terminated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chatted with CBS News’s Bob Schieffer in Houston about his time in the Trump administration.

In the interview, Tillerson calls Trump “undisciplined” with an uncontrollable urge to “violate the law.”

The Washington Post has the details:

“What was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented Exxon Mobil corporation,” Tillerson said, was “to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘This is what I believe.’”

Perhaps the most damning quote came when Tillerson talked about how Trump as president regularly attempted to do things that violated the law. “So often, the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it’ and I would have to say to him, ‘Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.”

Rex Tillerson Takes A None-Too-Veiled Slap At Trump On His Way Out The Door

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson took time today to give his colleagues at the state department a proper farewell as his tenure as Secretary of State comes to an end.

But as he ended his speech to state department employees, Tillerson offered a none-too-veiled swipe at President Trump before heading out the door.

Addressing the value of integrity and respect for others, Tillerson closed with this:

“This can be a very mean-spirited town,” he said, pausing to a round of applause, “but you don’t have to choose to participate in that. Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others.”

He also encouraged State Department employees to protect their personal integrity, which he called “the most valuable asset you possess.”

You’ll recall that Tillerson’s relationship with Trump had been troubled for some time. Last summer Tillerson reportedly called the Trumpster “a f*cking moron.”

And when it came time to fire Tillerson, Trump did the deed via Tweet. Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly made a point of telling the press that he officially informed Tillerson while on the toilet.

Tillerson now heads into what may be his retirement and great wealth. Last summer, there were reports that Tillerson was worth in the neighborhood of $300 million.

You can watch the full speech below as well as the end of his comments.

SNL Cold Open Skewers Recent White House Firings With Hysterical Results

Last night’s cold open on SNL killed at the sketch show took on the recent firings at the White House.

Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) handled interview duties with Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), Rex Tillerson (John Goodman), Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen) and Anthony Scaramucci (Bill Hader).

Absolute home-run was Goodman’s “Rex Tillerson” who slowly devolves before our very eyes in the aftermath of being terminated by the Trumpster.

“It’s just crazy how one day you’re the CEO of Exxon—a 50 billion dollar company—and the next day, you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail.”

Goodman skillfully takes it further from there. Definitely hit the play button below.

Trump Fires Secretary Of State Tillerson Via Twitter

Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning and, according to reports, Tillerson found out when he saw the president’s tweet announcing the news.

Tillerson and Trump have often found themselves on opposing sides of foreign policy over the past year.

Just yesterday, NBC News reported that Tillerson had called the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia.

Trump said he wouldn’t condemn Russia until after reviewing the facts.

Donald Trump must have gotten a call from his boss Vladimir Putin in Moscow and been told to fire Tillerson.

Of course, you may recall that back in October of 2017 the story broke that Tillerson had called Trump “a moron.”

Moral of the story? You can call the president a moron and keep your job; blame Russia for poisoning an ex-spy and you’re out.

As had been rumored for months, CIA Director Mike Pompeo will become the new Secretary of State, and his Deputy Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, will take the reins at CIA.

Trump Plans To Remove Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson By End Of Year

Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to kick Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the curb by the end of the year or early January.

From The New York Times:

The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan.

Mr. Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.

Tillerson has been known to call Trump a moron, so clearly, Trump is looking for someone less inclined to tell the truth.

Should Tillerson leave the State Department by the end of the year, it would be the shortest tenure of any secretary of state in 120 years not ended by a change of presidents.

Rex Tillerson: Washington Wants To Make A Game Out Of “Moron” Comment

In an interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning, CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to clarify once and for all the allegation that Tillerson had referred to Donald Trump as a “moron.”

Tillerson pointedly did not deny it saying he did not want to “dignify the question.”

“You want to make a game out of it,” said Tillerson.

The easy answer would be “no” if it were untrue.

Watch the exchange below.

When asked about Sen. Bob Corker’s statement recently that Donald Trump had “castrated” the secretary in terms of policy, Tillerson replied light-heartedly, “I checked. I’m fully intact.”

Donald Trump Challenges Secretary Of State To IQ Test, White House Backtracks On “Joke”

Earlier today, Donald Trump Trump took a shot at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his reportedly calling the president a “moron.”

“I think it’s fake news,” Trump said, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”

Later, during a White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared it was a joke: “He made a joke. Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it sometime.”

Trump has had a long-standing obsession with the idea of “IQ” going back to the campaign trail in 2015.

CNN put together this montage of stump speeches where Trump invoked his superior intellect several times.