Day: August 22, 2020

‘Fast A Meal And Give’: GOP Senator Tells Supporters To Skip Meals And Donate To Campaign


GOP Sen. Martha McSally told her supporters to “fast a meal” and donate for her reelection effort, a comment that sparked backlash which her campaign later dismissed as a “joke.”

The Republican senator, who is facing a fierce challenge from Democratic opponent Mark Kelly, made the remarks during an event in northern Arizona, according to an audio recording obtained by outlet Arizona’s Family on Friday.

“We’re doing our part to catch up, you know, to get our message out. But it takes resources,” McSally said.

“So, anybody can give, I’m not ashamed to ask, to invest. If you can give one dollar, five dollars, if you can fast a meal and give what that would be,” she added.

Singer-songwriter and writer Holly Figueroa O’Reilly called McSally’s remarks “sick.”

“There are literally people sitting in their cars in food bank lines all night in order to get a small box of food to feed their entire families for one week,” she wrote. “Martha McSally wants you to skip some meals so she can win her Senate seat.”

Dean Obeidallah, a comedian and radio show host, called it “selfishness that defines Trumpism.”

McSally’s campaign dismissed the criticism in a statement to local media outlets.

“This is a dumb non-story about a candidate making a joke on the stump,” a spokeswoman for the campaign said in part to AZ Family.

Campaign spokeswoman Caroline Anderegg told The Arizona Republic that McSally “would literally give the shirt off her back for anyone” while accusing Democrats and Kelly’s campaign of “launching a misleading character assassination.

“Martha has written checks to people on her block that can’t afford their groceries,” the spokeswoman added while also pushing back on the criticism on Twitter.

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Americans Recoil In Horror After Melania Rips Trees Planted By JFK Out Of White House Rose Garden


Americans recoiled in horror after First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to unveil the newly renovated Rose Garden Saturday ahead of her speech there Tuesday for the Republican National Convention.

Twitter users blasted the first lady for removing about a dozen crabapple trees from the Rose Garden planted by Jackie Kennedy in 1961.

“Excited to honor history & celebrate the future in our beautiful White House Rose Garden this evening. Thank you to all who helped renew this iconic & truly gorgeous space,” Melania tweeted, sharing photos of the “renovated” garden.

White House officials said the renovations were paid for by private donations. They declined to reveal the cost of the work.

NBC News reports that the trees will be replanted elsewhere on the grounds.

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Trump Ordered to Pay Adult Performer Stormy Daniels $44K in Legal Fees

Donald Trump has been ordered by a California Superior Court to reimburse adult film actress Stormy Daniels for $44,000 in legal fees she incurred in the battle over her nondisclosure agreement.

CNN reports: “The judge’s order was issued Monday but posted online Friday by Clifford’s attorneys. Clifford, an adult-film actress who says she had an affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007, signed a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who represented a shell company and a “David Dennison,” which Clifford contends is a pseudonym for Trump. Trump denies the affair occurred.”

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Anderson Cooper Breaks Down in Tears After Long-Suffering COVID Patient Congratulates Him on His Son: WATCH

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Anderson Cooper broke down in tears on Friday night after CNN correspondent Randi Kaye profiled a COVID patient, a Florida healthcare worker, who spent two months on a ventilator and is in danger of losing her hands due to blood clots.

Though suffering through pain and isolation since March, EEG technician Rosa Felipe, the mother of two boys, took joy in celebrating Anderson Cooper’s son Wyatt, and told Kaye to congratulate the CNN anchor.

“That was the only time in our interview that she smiled,” Kaye told Anderson. “Talking about you and Wyatt.”

Anderson’s tears flowed, and yours might too.

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Joe Biden Appealed To 2 Different Audiences In His Acceptance Speech – 2 Experts Discuss Which Punches Landed

Advertisement Biden accepts the Democratic nomination on Aug. 20, 2020. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Todd Shaw, University of South Carolina and Cynthia A. Young, Pennsylvania State University “Give people light,” Joe Biden said, beginning his acceptance speech at the conclusion of the Democratic Party’s online convention on Aug. 20. Cynthia Young, a professor of African American
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Bill Maher Scalds QAnon, Reveals Again That He’s the Trump Conspiracy Cult’s Mythical Leader ‘Q’ — WATCH

Bill Maher last night trolled QAnon, the Trump conspiracy cult which has spawned actual GOP candidates and believes “the world is being run behind the scenes by a small group of elitist liberals and Hollywood celebrities who are both Satan worshippers and pedophiles who eat babies and wear red shoes to signal their membership.”

“There are two heroes who will put a stop to this [baby-eating and Satan-worshipping],” Maher continued. “Trump and Q himself, the anonymous leader who founded QAnon with one overarching theme: that you’re being lied to, and everything you think you know is really the opposite.”

ICYMI: Texas GOP Denies Its New Slogan Was Inspired by QAnon, But Dems Say Connection is ‘In Plain Sight’

“That’s why it makes sense within QAnon that Trump, who most Americans see a sex creep who walks in on half-dressed beauty pageants and tells underaged girls he’ll be dating them in ten years, actually is the Christian savior who will destroy sex fiends,” Maher added. “It’s also why it makes perfect sense that I, libertine, atheist, pot-smoking Trump-hating Bill Maher. I am Q, which I revealed on this show two years ago.”

“Well, it’s two years later and I’m going to tell you again: I am Q, and true Q followers know it’s the truth — because it makes the least sense!” Maher explained. “Think, people, that’s all I’m saying: take what you thought, flip it, and then assume the opposite of the opposite of what you know is not true. Then, and only then, are you thinking like a true QAnon.”

“Don’t be intimidated by the so-called ‘sane’ people who say we’re ‘stupid’ and ‘gullible’  and lonely, aimless losers,” Maher added. “Oh, you can make fun of us all you want, but the joke’s on you because QAnon is now so mainstream that 71 Republicans running for office this year have espoused QAnon beliefs. That’s more Republicans than believe in evolution, or vegetables.”

Maher then pointed out that Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has said that Hillary Clinton likes voodoo dolls, just won the Georgia House primary and is a major QAnon follower. She’ll soon be in Congress.

“So laugh now if you want, just remember, that in the Republican Party, today’s ‘lunatic’ is tomorrow’s mainstream representative,” Maher continued. “Yeah, sure, call her crazier than a shithouse rat today — in four years you’ll be calling her the winner of the Iowa caucus.”

Maher then explained that Trump has actually secretly been telling people to get into the QAnon movement by checking the Real Time host out on TV.

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Trump Accuses Dems of Removing ‘God’ from Pledge of Allegiance at the DNC But This Video Reveals it’s Just Another Lie: WATCH

Donald Trump launched his Saturday morning with a big fat lie in a bid to pick up the Evangelical Christian vote (irony!). The lie: that the Democrats removed “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during the Democratic National Convention. Here’s the video showing they didn’t.

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Cher to Headline LGBTQ Fundraiser for Joe Biden with Pete Buttigieg, David Cicilline, Tammy Baldwin

Cher is set to headline a virtual LGBTQ fundraiser for Joe Biden on August 31 which will also feature former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Rep. David Cicilline.

Deadline reports: “The tickets for the event start at $1,000 per person, and rise to $100,000, either for donating or raising that amount. Donors of $50,000 and above will get to participate in a ‘virtual clutch.’”

Cher made headlines recently after offering to volunteer at her local post office in Malibu, California. Late last night she urged her followers to go their local post offices at 11 am today to join a “day of action” in support of the USPS led by the activist group MoveOn.

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This week’s LGBT Sports winners and losers capital of the world

Shelby Weldon

It was a lousy week for 2 guys who talk for a living and other big stories of the past 7 days. If ever there was a week that left an indelible impression on young sports announcers of the future, this was it. The question that remains, however: which city was now-suspended Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman referring to when he uttered his now infamous anti-gay slur about the “fag capital of the world”?
Almost 15% of Twitter users who took part in our unscientific poll wanted to know the answer to that question even more than taking the opportunity to weigh-in on our other big question: should what Brennaman said result in him being fired?
Seven in ten of the more than 340 votes cast favored seeing the announcer terminated by the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio.
Not everybody agrees, of course, including the author of our most popular story this week:

Winner: Cyd Zeigler wouldn’t fire Thom Brennaman. Here’s why

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Thom Brennaman at Great American Ball Park on June 16, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Our Cyd Zeigler said that instead of firing Brennaman, suspending him and offering the opportunity to grow can have stronger results. He’s seen this happen before, and he is among those working to make it happen again for Brennaman.

Loser: Thom Brennaman should be fired and I would not hesitate to do so

I support the efforts Brennaman is already making to educate himself and evolve, but I believe there must be consequences beyond suspending him. This is an opportunity for straight media executives to send the message that homophobia gets called out on the first strike. Zero tolerance means zero.

Winners: Cincinnati Reds players and manager David Bell condemn Brennaman’s slur against LGBT community

Pitcher Matt Bowman was among those offering kind and sympathetic words: “LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight,” Bowman tweeted. “There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you here.”

Winner: Steve Buckley of The Athletic, for writing these 2 sentences

“But firings or no firings, apologies or no apologies, what’s even better is that actual big-league athletes are criticizing Brennaman. And for big-league athletes to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in this fashion is more important than all the Pride Nights in all the ballparks in all the land.”

Loser: Mike Milbury joins the “I Didn’t Think Before I Spoke” Sports Announcers Club (Again)

What’s great about playing hockey in Canada’s two Bubble arenas, said NHL player turned announcer Mike Milbury during Thursday night’s Islanders-Capitals playoff game: “Not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.”

It’s 2020, and yet… pic.twitter.com/d74TMlhkkP— Alison (@AlisonL) August 21, 2020

Milbury apologized after both the NHL and NBC Sports condemned his “insensitive” remark. “It was not my intention to disrespect anyone,” Milbury said in a statement released Friday through the network. “I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously.” Seems NBC and the NHL are also taking it very seriously, as they should.

Winner: NWHLPA director Anya Packer is ready to replace Mike Milbury as NHL analyst

Even before Milbury’s comment about women, the director of the NWHL Players’ Association says Milbury has to go, and she’s ready to step in.

We’ve Lost A Winner: Longtime NFL video staffer Rob Brakel has passed away, remembered as ‘passionate,’ ‘generous’

Rob Brakel, RIP.Rob Brakel came out in 2014 and worked with two NFL teams and the League. ‘He had a big heart,’ says everyone.

Loser: Creepy new details about man charged in attempted kidnapping of out WWE wrestler

Police say Phillip A. Thomas II sent Sonya Deville a chilling message the night he allegedly invaded her property: “Hey baby, look outside. I’m by your pool.”

Winner: Out volleyball coach reflects positive attitude to players amid pandemic

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Morgan DalzielA victim of the unemployment crisis caused by the pandemic, Morgan Dalziel returned home to coach high school girls’ volleyball and make a plan for his future.

Loser: Transphobe Beth Stelzer got called out for her op-ed about transgender inclusion

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Beth Stelzer’s tweetIt made me chuckle to see TERF activist Beth Stelzer call Outsports “a fringe, extremist group” in a bitter, transphobic rant published as an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But what was really satisfying is how so many readers of the paper criticized both the publisher and Stelzer for printing her vile screed. One reader noted that Stelzer never once used the words “transgender,” “trans” or “trans women,” and instead consistently referred to them as “males” and “men.”
Stelzer and her fringe, extremist group are the ones behind a letter to the NCAA, calling on the college sports association to keep March Madness college basketball tournaments in Idaho despite a state law that violates NCAA policy on trans inclusion. The policy is now under review and that law, HB500, is now on hold, because a federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against Idaho’s ban on trans athletes to proceed. That’s our next story from the week that was:

Losers: Opponents of transgender inclusion lose first round in Idaho court battle: Federal judge grants injunction to stop state law banning trans student athletes

U.S. District Judge David Nye agreed to put the brakes on Idaho’s HB500 law that bans trans girls and women from competing with cisgender athletes.

Winner: Gay Rangers writer testifies about baseball’s evolving LGBTQ acceptance

Alex Plinck has built relationships with players while covering the Texas Rangers. His story is emblematic of how the game has become more welcoming.

A Tremendous Loss: Legendary Golden Gate Wrestling Club shutting down after 40 years

‘GGWC literally saved my life.’ An outpouring of love and support for one of the pioneering sports groups for LGBTQ people.

Winner: Julian Venonsky has never been in the closet on the US Rowing team

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Julian VenonskyJulian Venonsky was out at Cal, capping his career with a national title. Now he’s taking aim at the Olympics.

Wedded Winners: Brazilian soccer scoring ace Cristiane finds the back of the net at the altar

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Cristiane, who has been an out lesbian throughout her playing career, married her girlfriend Ana Paula Garcia Silva in a small, private ceremony in Sao Paulo on Saturday, August 15, 2020.Marriage “fulfills a dream” as she eyes one more Olympic dream in Tokyo in ‘21.

More Wedded Winners: These gay Australian cricket champions and teammates just got married

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Thank you to everyone who made our wedding day the best day of our lives. To the bridesman and bridesmaid thank you for being our side kicks. Too all our family and friends who shared this day with us, we are truly grateful for all the love and good times we get to share with you. @woodlands_of_marburg thank you for everything you did to make our day AMAZING!!! Dresses @whitelilycouture @darbbridal Make-up @katejohnston.mua Hair @carla_shay Celebrant @ikiddyouknotcelebrant Mistress of ceremonies @michelle.o13 @salt_studios for the amazing photos. @onestopweddingshopbrendale for all things weddings. Band @route33music #letthefunkimmince A post shared by Delissa Kimmince (@delissa_kimmince) on Aug 15, 2020 at 11:57pm PDT

Delissa Kimmince married her longtime girlfriend, Laura Harris, after dating for four years.

World Winner: Gay ultrarunner joins first all-Black team to complete World’s Toughest Race

Coree Aussem-Woltering pauses from competing in ultramarathons to conquer Amazon Prime’s Eco-Challenge Fiji.

Winner: Gay NFL player Esera Tuaolo opens up about head trauma in new podcast

Tuaolo hosts a candid conversation about head trauma with Brett Favre on his new podcast, “Mr. Aloha.”

Winner: Runner, raised Jehovah’s Witness, found path to coming out rewarding

David GilbertDavid Gilbert made a brave decision to come out while raised Jehovah’s Witness and has never looked back.
That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at outsports@gmail.com Thanks! Outsports – All Posts Read More

This week’s LGBT Sports winners and losers capital of the world

Shelby Weldon

It was a lousy week for 2 guys who talk for a living and other big stories of the past 7 days. If ever there was a week that left an indelible impression on young sports announcers of the future, this was it. The question that remains, however: which city was now-suspended Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman referring to when he uttered his now infamous anti-gay slur about the “fag capital of the world”?
Almost 15% of Twitter users who took part in our unscientific poll wanted to know the answer to that question even more than taking the opportunity to weigh-in on our other big question: should what Brennaman said result in him being fired?
Seven in ten of the more than 340 votes cast favored seeing the announcer terminated by the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio.
Not everybody agrees, of course, including the author of our most popular story this week:

Winner: Cyd Zeigler wouldn’t fire Thom Brennaman. Here’s why

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Thom Brennaman at Great American Ball Park on June 16, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Our Cyd Zeigler said that instead of firing Brennaman, suspending him and offering the opportunity to grow can have stronger results. He’s seen this happen before, and he is among those working to make it happen again for Brennaman.

Loser: Thom Brennaman should be fired and I would not hesitate to do so

I support the efforts Brennaman is already making to educate himself and evolve, but I believe there must be consequences beyond suspending him. This is an opportunity for straight media executives to send the message that homophobia gets called out on the first strike. Zero tolerance means zero.

Winners: Cincinnati Reds players and manager David Bell condemn Brennaman’s slur against LGBT community

Pitcher Matt Bowman was among those offering kind and sympathetic words: “LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight,” Bowman tweeted. “There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you here.”

Winner: Steve Buckley of The Athletic, for writing these 2 sentences

“But firings or no firings, apologies or no apologies, what’s even better is that actual big-league athletes are criticizing Brennaman. And for big-league athletes to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in this fashion is more important than all the Pride Nights in all the ballparks in all the land.”

Loser: Mike Milbury joins the “I Didn’t Think Before I Spoke” Sports Announcers Club (Again)

What’s great about playing hockey in Canada’s two Bubble arenas, said NHL player turned announcer Mike Milbury during Thursday night’s Islanders-Capitals playoff game: “Not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.”

It’s 2020, and yet… pic.twitter.com/d74TMlhkkP— Alison (@AlisonL) August 21, 2020

Milbury apologized after both the NHL and NBC Sports condemned his “insensitive” remark. “It was not my intention to disrespect anyone,” Milbury said in a statement released Friday through the network. “I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously.” Seems NBC and the NHL are also taking it very seriously, as they should.

Winner: NWHLPA director Anya Packer is ready to replace Mike Milbury as NHL analyst

Even before Milbury’s comment about women, the director of the NWHL Players’ Association says Milbury has to go, and she’s ready to step in.

We’ve Lost A Winner: Longtime NFL video staffer Rob Brakel has passed away, remembered as ‘passionate,’ ‘generous’

Rob Brakel, RIP.Rob Brakel came out in 2014 and worked with two NFL teams and the League. ‘He had a big heart,’ says everyone.

Loser: Creepy new details about man charged in attempted kidnapping of out WWE wrestler

Police say Phillip A. Thomas II sent Sonya Deville a chilling message the night he allegedly invaded her property: “Hey baby, look outside. I’m by your pool.”

Winner: Out volleyball coach reflects positive attitude to players amid pandemic

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Morgan DalzielA victim of the unemployment crisis caused by the pandemic, Morgan Dalziel returned home to coach high school girls’ volleyball and make a plan for his future.

Loser: Transphobe Beth Stelzer got called out for her op-ed about transgender inclusion

Screengrab
Beth Stelzer’s tweetIt made me chuckle to see TERF activist Beth Stelzer call Outsports “a fringe, extremist group” in a bitter, transphobic rant published as an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But what was really satisfying is how so many readers of the paper criticized both the publisher and Stelzer for printing her vile screed. One reader noted that Stelzer never once used the words “transgender,” “trans” or “trans women,” and instead consistently referred to them as “males” and “men.”
Stelzer and her fringe, extremist group are the ones behind a letter to the NCAA, calling on the college sports association to keep March Madness college basketball tournaments in Idaho despite a state law that violates NCAA policy on trans inclusion. The policy is now under review and that law, HB500, is now on hold, because a federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against Idaho’s ban on trans athletes to proceed. That’s our next story from the week that was:

Losers: Opponents of transgender inclusion lose first round in Idaho court battle: Federal judge grants injunction to stop state law banning trans student athletes

U.S. District Judge David Nye agreed to put the brakes on Idaho’s HB500 law that bans trans girls and women from competing with cisgender athletes.

Winner: Gay Rangers writer testifies about baseball’s evolving LGBTQ acceptance

Alex Plinck has built relationships with players while covering the Texas Rangers. His story is emblematic of how the game has become more welcoming.

A Tremendous Loss: Legendary Golden Gate Wrestling Club shutting down after 40 years

‘GGWC literally saved my life.’ An outpouring of love and support for one of the pioneering sports groups for LGBTQ people.

Winner: Julian Venonsky has never been in the closet on the US Rowing team

US Rowing
Julian VenonskyJulian Venonsky was out at Cal, capping his career with a national title. Now he’s taking aim at the Olympics.

Wedded Winners: Brazilian soccer scoring ace Cristiane finds the back of the net at the altar

Twitter
Cristiane, who has been an out lesbian throughout her playing career, married her girlfriend Ana Paula Garcia Silva in a small, private ceremony in Sao Paulo on Saturday, August 15, 2020.Marriage “fulfills a dream” as she eyes one more Olympic dream in Tokyo in ‘21.

More Wedded Winners: These gay Australian cricket champions and teammates just got married

View this post on Instagram

Thank you to everyone who made our wedding day the best day of our lives. To the bridesman and bridesmaid thank you for being our side kicks. Too all our family and friends who shared this day with us, we are truly grateful for all the love and good times we get to share with you. @woodlands_of_marburg thank you for everything you did to make our day AMAZING!!! Dresses @whitelilycouture @darbbridal Make-up @katejohnston.mua Hair @carla_shay Celebrant @ikiddyouknotcelebrant Mistress of ceremonies @michelle.o13 @salt_studios for the amazing photos. @onestopweddingshopbrendale for all things weddings. Band @route33music #letthefunkimmince A post shared by Delissa Kimmince (@delissa_kimmince) on Aug 15, 2020 at 11:57pm PDT

Delissa Kimmince married her longtime girlfriend, Laura Harris, after dating for four years.

World Winner: Gay ultrarunner joins first all-Black team to complete World’s Toughest Race

Coree Aussem-Woltering pauses from competing in ultramarathons to conquer Amazon Prime’s Eco-Challenge Fiji.

Winner: Gay NFL player Esera Tuaolo opens up about head trauma in new podcast

Tuaolo hosts a candid conversation about head trauma with Brett Favre on his new podcast, “Mr. Aloha.”

Winner: Runner, raised Jehovah’s Witness, found path to coming out rewarding

David GilbertDavid Gilbert made a brave decision to come out while raised Jehovah’s Witness and has never looked back.
That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at outsports@gmail.com Thanks! Outsports – All Posts Read More