News Round-Up: January 19, 2017

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Some news items you may have missed:

• Instahunk Lex Abramov (above) is giving you “silver-haired ice-bear.”

• The niece of former GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will take over the reins as Chairman of the Republican Party from outgoing Reince Priebus. Ronna Romney McDaniel takes over as Priebus is moving on to be Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff in the White House.

• Energy Secretary Rick Perry was quite contrite at his confirmation hearing today, saying he regrets his now infamous “oops” moment during the 2012 presidential campaign when he vowed to eliminate the department he’s now nominated to run.

• The latest CBS poll shows President Obama leaving office with a 62% approval rating.

• The former Apprentice contestant who accused Donald Trump of groping her is now suing him for defamation.

• North Korea may test-fire one of their intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) as early as Friday, the day Donald Trump is inaugurated, in an attempt to provoke Trump.

• The Virginia state House killed a potential “bathroom bill” similar to North Carolina’s HB2, which has had a devastating effect on the Tarheel State’s economy.

• Check out Troye Sivan’s latest single, “Heaven” featuring Betty Who, from his Blue Neighbourhood album. You can watch the gorgeous black and white music video below featuring intimate shots of Sivan along with vintage clips of important moments in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Oops – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tapped For Energy Secretary

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who famously forgot that he wanted to abolish the Energy Department – has been tapped by President-elect Trump as Secretary of Energy.


Yes, the irony is both strange and delicious all at the same time.

Perry had a short-lived presidential campaign himself this last cycle, before dropping out to endorse fellow Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz. During those months, Perry called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism.”

When the writing was on the wall, Perry eventually shifted his support to Trump saying that “I will be open to any way I can help” and that “I believe that Donald Trump should be our guy.”

News Round-Up: August 12, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne covers OUT and discusses his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

• Former Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful has had to stop paying his campaign staff due to lack of funds.

• Former President Jimmy Carter revealed today that he has cancer.

• Folks are petitioning Proctor & Gamble to run their cute, award-winning gay couple Tide detergent commercial in the US.

• New poll shows Trump lost a bit of ground in Iowa after last week’s debate; Jeb Bush dropped from 3rd to 7th; Marco Rubio jumps from 8th to 3rd in the early election state.

• The governor of Puerto Rico has issued executive orders banning discrimination against transgenders regarding emergency room treatment and drivers licenses.

• The homophobe who attacked two West Point graduates in New York City (and got his ass kicked) has been arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime. That’ll learn him.

• Openly gay Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco (the first openly gay poet to speak at a presidential inauguration) has been invited to read a new work at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Rick Perry Turns Up The Heat On Donald Trump’s Inflammatory Remarks

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned up the volume of his attacks on Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements today during a speech at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.:

“He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

“Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”

“Donald Trump, the reality television star, is a great generator of ratings. But Donald Trump the candidate is a sower of division, wrongly demonizing Mexican-Americans for political sport.”

“He has piqued the interest of some Republican voters who have legitimate concerns about a porous border and broken immigration system. But instead of offering those voters leadership or solutions, he has offered fear and sound bites. This cannot stand.”

GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Perry Calls South Carolina Shooting “An Accident”

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry

“This is the M.O. of this administration, any time there is an accident like this — the president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.” – GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry in response to President Barack Obama’s Thursday remarks.

Perry also shifted the discussion from guns to drugs, saying, “It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.”

More at Right Wing Watch.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Rand, Ted and Marco Should Go Be Governors Before Running For Prez

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has advice for Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio: Go run for governor before you run for president.

He shared that thought with the Weekly Standard in an interview last week:

“I’ve had more than one individual say, ‘You know what, if you want to be the president of the United States, you ought to go back to your home state and be the governor and get that executive experience before you go lead this country,'” said Perry.

The former governor calls the senators “Marco, Ted, and Rand,” and made sure to say he has “great respect” for the trio. “They are smart as a tree full of owls,” said Perry, “These guys are very, very capable United States senators.”

Perry ran a short, unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.

He has signaled he will probably announce a second presidential bid on June 4 near Dallas.

Rick Perry To Announce Run For President June 4th

According to the Dallas Morning News, former Gov. Rick “Bang Bang” Perry plans to announce his official candidacy for the 2016 GOP nod for president in Dallas on June 4th.

For months Perry has said that he would announce his decision in May or June.

But his constant travel to the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida has left little doubt of his intentions.

Unlike four years ago, when he rushed into the contest after seeing he could raise quick money and was leading in polls, Perry enters this contest as an underdog. He is polling in single digits, but again unlike his last run, he has spent more than a year in preparation.

In the last presidential cycle, Perry was a fresh face on the national political stage. But several gaffes quickly ended his brief candidacy.

This time around he will have to not only overcome the memory of those gaffes, but try to carve out a niche to make his similar sounding policies be heard. Perry touts his experience as a governor, but with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Perry can’t claim that territory for his own.

Also, while he will surely stress his economic record of job creation in Texas (mostly in low paying entry level jobs), the economy in Texas has taken a bit of a downturn as oil prices have dropped in recent months.

Perry is currently polling in single digits.