Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NBA Coach/Air Force Veteran Gregg Popovich: Donald Trump "Is A Soulless Coward"

Coach Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs' five-time NBA championship-winning coach Gregg Popovich, an Air Force veteran, recently called a reporter after hearing the Donald Trump's remarks explaining why he hadn’t mentioned the four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger.

For the record, Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Popovich apparently had had enough. Speaking to Dave Zirin of The Nation, the coach said, “I want to say something, and please just let me talk, and please make sure this is on the record.”

Here is his statement via The Nation:

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”

According to the reporter, Popovich paused, and then continued.

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

News Round-Up: October 18, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Ignacio Pérez Rey (above) ain't afraid of no Hump Day.

• A disbarred former anti-LGBT Michigan assistant attorney general who terrorized an openly gay student at the University of Michigan says he wants his law license back because this is now Trump Nation: “With Donald Trump now in the White House, conservative Christians like me will no longer tolerate being railroaded by the liberal elite.”

• Democrat Doug Jones has (barely) taken the lead in the upcoming special election race for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former U.S. Senate seat. Fox News puts the Dem one point ahead of anti-LGBT GOP candidate Roy Moore 46%-45%.

• The Defense Department has issued orders that no green card holders may enlist in the Army effective immediately. This is contrary to federal law which states any “alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence” may be enlisted in “any armed force.” #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm

• According to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 46% of those surveyed agree with Donald Trump that the mainstream media makes up "fake news" about Donald Trump. I disagree - I know many major news reporters and producers and they care about their reputations as professionals too much to lie just for a quick click.

• Watch below as Kellogg characters Tony the Tiger, Ernie Keebler and more share an important tomorrow's Spirit Day message, encouraging everyone to speak out against bullying.

Twitter Burn Of The Day: Bill O'Reilly Vs Jake Tapper

Go Purple For Spirit Day 2017

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.

Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

The first observance took place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Later observances were held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 and Friday, October 19, 2012 before the tradition of the third Thursday of October was established in 2013.

The name "Spirit Day" comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined it as "representing 'spirit'".

As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.

This year, Spirit Day is on October 19, 2017. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.

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Washington Post: Several Gold Star Families Have Not Heard From Donald Trump

Based on Donald Trump's claim earlier this week that he had spoken to "every" family of fallen soldiers during his administration, The Washington Post did some research and have found at least 4 families that have not heard from Trump.

In all, seven Gold Star families contacted by The Post said they have had phone conversations with Trump. Most said they appreciated the gesture.

Four families said they have not received a call and were upset. One said Trump had not called but that they knew the late soldier would not want his death politicized.

Euvince Brooks’s son, Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, was killed Aug. 13 in Iraq. He has not heard from the White House. The president’s claim this week that he had called every military family to lose a son or daughter only upset the Brooks family more.

Brooks said that after watching the news on Tuesday night he wanted to set up a Twitter account to try and get the President’s attention.

“I said to my daughter, ‘Can you teach me to tweet, so I can tweet at the president and tell him he’s a liar?’” he said. “You know when you hear people lying, and you want to fight? That’s the way I feel last night. He’s a damn liar.”

Additionally, during a phone call to a grieving father, Trump promised to send the man a check for $25,000 and said he'd direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family.

According to the father, neither happened.

Out Music: George Michael "Fantasy" Featuring Nile Rodgers

As I reported yesterday, the late George Michael’s mega-hit album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 is set for re-release on October 20 and the documentary George Michael: Freedom will air this Saturday/October 21 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime.

In celebration of the out artist's body of work, take a look/listen to "Fantasy." a reworked single by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers currently on A-list rotation on BBC Radio 2.

Featuring a melange of "George Michaels" over the years, the track is exactly what you would expect of the pop superstar.

Take a look below, and click here to pre-order.

Also available for streaming here.

"Dear Evan Hansen" Stars (Current & Future) Disco Down The Road

Ben Platt's powerful star-making turn as a young high schooler in Broadway's runaway hit Dear Evan Hansen is sadly coming to a close on November 19.

He'll be replaced for six weeks by Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) followed by the current "Barnaby" in Hello Dolly!, Taylor Trensch, in January 2018.

The three actors appear in this short, light-hearted video where the trio meet up in the streets of New York City to kick-ball-change to Earth, Wind & Fire's "Getaway."

There's a bit of a "passing of the torch" as clip ends with Galvin and Trensch heading towards their future Broadway theater with Platt watches them walk away.


Watch the video below.

Hump Day: Med Student Marco

Today's Hump/Hunk Day post is all about medical student/fitness guy Marco.

Remember, I'm just here to help you through the day :)

Check out just a few posts from his woofy Instagram account. Click over and follow him for more of the muscular med student.

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