Trumpcare failed! Democrats rejoice…and then hopefully reflect.

Very nice to see Trumpcare fail, as it would negatively impact tens of millions who’d lose their insurance coverage. And there is other good news. This is a failure for Trump personally on one of his key campaign promises, a failure of the GOP-led Congress, and even a failure for Trump within his own party. I guess the GOP Congress members who turned their backs on their new president have heard from their constituents and know that too many of them rely on the ACA to chop it. When the people stick it to their representatives and say “DO WHAT WE WANT OR WE WON’T RE-ELECT YOU!”, this is democracy at work. Reassuring to see that this still functions occasionally. This fiasco also reminds us that before the bright, shiny object that is Trump entered the GOP primary with headline-grabbing scandals galore, the GOP was already a shambles of infighting between the establishment republicans and the tea party. I also love Trump’s hollow “threat” to his party in Congress–either pass Trumpcare or he’ll move on. Yeah, I guess you kinda had to move on from a battle you lost.

Let’s also rejoice that every democrat voted against it–not like the corporate democrats who often find a way to jump ship to block progressive legislation. Remember Cory Booker’s and several other democrats who voted recently against Sanders’ plan for cheaper drugs? Or Mary Landrieu, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson’s holding out on the ACA’s passage? But while the left is rejoicing, don’t we also need to look at the fact that Obamacare was merely a step in the right direction which still needs improvement? It’s not a secret–progressives like Elizabeth Warren have admitted it during this recent debate. Before the ACA, our insurance system was the #1 cause of bankruptcy. Unless I’m mistaken, it still is. Far too many people are still drowning in medical debt if not actual bankruptcy. While there were some great things about Obamacare like not getting refused coverage for pre-existing conditions, the plan has plenty of problems. Like rising premiums. And the mandate for those who are forced to pay if they choose to have no insurance. My understanding is that for the ACA to work as intended, more healthy young folks needed to sign up for it to offset costs. They didn’t. So something needs to be recalibrated.

Obamacare wasn’t a far enough-reaching reform–it simply made our existing rotten healthcare system more affordable to more people. It helped low income people who may never have had insurance before, but it also made costs on middle income and higher income folks’ premiums to go up. As Obama left office, premiums in 39 states rose an average 25%. Arizona’s premiums rose by a percentage of triple digits. (According to Politifact.) So how affordable is the Affordable Care Act?

Resisting Trump just scored a big victory. But most agree that Obamacare has issues. So after republican voters have swayed their representatives to cave on repealing Obamacare and admit that it’s something most Americans need, can the left now focus on taking another step towards affirming it’s commitment to universal coverage? 80% of democrats wanted some version of single payer when the ACA was being crafted. Obama never pushed for it. Hillary Clinton was for it before she mysteriously flip-flopped during the election, claiming it was radical and pie-in-the-sky. Yeah, so radical that almost every other industrialized country in the West has it.

If the left doesn’t stand up for something that 80% of it’s supporters advocates, then it’s simply the party of anti-Trump without standing for much. And how did the “I’m not Trump and I’m bringing you more of Obama’s policies” strategy work out with Clinton’s campaign?

Drag Queens Of Comedy tour hits LA, NY, SF and Chicago this spring!

This fab line-up is hitting LA, SF, Chicago and NYC this spring. Nice to see Bob The Drag Queen and Lady Red Couture on this year’s bill. If you don’t know the other Lady, she’s best known as Jonny McGovern’s sidekick on his hit web show Hey Qween. But she is also hysterical in her own right and this heifer can really sing!

 

 

For more info/tix, please visit: http://thedragqueensofcomedy.com

Stevie Wonder on The Late, Late Show with James Cordon

These segments are cute, and you can feel the host’s love for undeniable musical greats like Stevie Wonder. I try not to think about Stevie’s mildly homophobic comments about Frank Ocean, or the fact that superstars are now forced to do short segments doing snippets of their songs for an audience with ADHD. Or they stick great singers on dancing competitions or judging amateur singing competitions. Why doesn’t it occur to networks other than PBS to air concerts of these great artists? Do we no longer have the attention span to sit through whole songs regardless of how timeless they are?

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Installment Was So Good, It Actually Made James Corden Cry

Tonight at G-A-Y in London!

Daily WTF?

Beyond hilarious!

Dancing to Ladies Of Soul’s fantastic “Feel Good”

WHY IS MUSIC LIKE THIS NOT ON THE RADIO? OR IN CLUBS?

A rare treat in NYC for Yma Sumac fans by Steve Willis and @ScarletEnvyNYC

Only 2 more performances of Scarlett Envy as Yma Sumac in Steven Willis’s new piece on the peruvian goddess at the Laurie Beechman Theater–March 22 and 29th at 9:30PM. The show includes rare, never before seen footage of the wacky, dramatic diva in her later years. With a few surprises like this, from the review I linked to. For Yma devotees like myself, this new show is unmissable.

“The high point of the show came when Scarlet, wearing a gown and hairdo that matched a photograph of Yma being projected on the screen, seemed to merge with the images. The audience’s response was spontaneously rousing. The male dancers, with ornate headdresses, loincloths, and leather moccasins, did a groovy me-an-Indian-too number round and round the small stage. It was campy and sexy. Scarlet became more and more alive and engaging as the show progressed. She changed into numerous extravagant costumes, all modeled on originals worn by Sumac. Between film clips of Yma’s coloratura flourishes, Scarlet lip-synched Willis’ archival recorded interviews with Sumac.

Sumac was world-renowned for making beautiful, superhuman vocal sounds; words were in every sense secondary. Willis’ way of introducing the audience to Yma skillfully combines images with language and without language. His choice of a lip-synching drag performer to depict a vocal virtuoso is perfect. In Scarlet’s performance, spoken words and vocal flourishes are at times reduced to sequences of muscular patterns on a soundless face.”

Buoyed by Drag, Yma Sumac’s Silenced Voice Soars Again

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Trans-Jester! hits SF’s @VerdiClub April 13-14 w/ @PeachesChrist & @FudgieFrottage!

 

 

HERE’S A LITTLE TEASER!

SF Premiere of Lady Bunny's "Trans-Jester!"

Don't miss the SF PREMIERE of Lady Bunny's "brilliant and vile", critically acclaimed one-woman show. Two nights only at the Verdi Club on April 13th & 14th. Tickets available at peacheschrist.com. RSVP and more info here: SF Premiere of Lady Bunny's "Trans Jester!" one-woman show!

Posted by Peaches Christ on Sunday, March 12, 2017

BIGGEST WHITE COCK I’VE EVER SEEN!

The Big Boss Race: BrahmaCountry: Kosovo Owner: Fitim Sejfijaj

Posted by The Press of World on Saturday, March 18, 2017

I love TS Madison!

It’s great to see Democrats fight the GOP on climate change–but you don’t see it often!

It’s great to see democrats grow some balls and fight–even getting cheers from constituents in a republican district for holding their republican rep responsible for ignoring climate change and Trump’s desire to gut the EPA.

But here’s what sucks. When democrats get elected claiming they’ll protect the environment and then don’t. Democrats admit that climate change is man-made, but then do little once in office. Obama green lit offshore drilling for Shell in the Arctic–despite Shell’s rotten safety record. Obama also leased offshore drilling off the southeast coast from Florida to West VA for the first time ever–when what anyone truly concerned with climate change would be moving towards cleaner fuels like solar and wind. How does the president who saw the horror of the BP spill approve more offshore drilling? Obama loved showing up at international climate change summits to use them as photo ops, and then came up with non-binding agreements without penalties for the very things which create global warming.

Od course, there was that one oddball from Vermont who claimed in one of the debates that the biggest threat to national security was climate change. Not ISIS, not homegrown terrorism. And the news all laughed at him, despite the fact that even the Pentagon is preparing for disastrous effects of climate change. Maybe you’ll think of this oddball when Miami and NYC are under water.

Great interview w/ Debbie Harry of @BlonideOfficial in @DailyTelegraph

An excerpt!

I have been asking – trying to ask – whether Harry thinks there’s a double standard when commentators criticise Madonna, 58, for being too old for the music business, while few people seem to have a problem with 73-year-old Mick Jagger.

Harry, 71, is releasing another Blondie album, Pollinator, and is about to embark on a world tour that includes Australia, so it seems likely she has an opinion.

“You are going on about this [age question],” she says. “You put it in people’s brains, and it becomes an issue, you know? That’s what you’re doing — you are creating an issue.”

She is right. But I don’t intend it as an insult. Harry has been a trailblazer for women in music on many fronts, and now she’s pioneering another: longevity. In the ’80s, people were amazed that Harry was still going strong at 40. She’s been having the last laugh for 30 years.

“Sometimes I look at them and think, ‘Gosh, you used to be so cute.’”

A Debbie Harry interview is unlike any other. She doesn’t want to talk about herself. She doesn’t like looking backwards, or inwards. She hates being called an icon. And she doesn’t play nice if she doesn’t want to. While Madonna carefully crafts her image, Harry doesn’t give a damn.

READ THE REST:  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/stellar/debbie-harry-she-might-be-71-but-shes-still-a-punk/news-story/7c70de2b1168450a57cfe898d80a6716

Finally, some GOOD news! Don’t ask, just click, watch and laugh!

I didn't make this but it's HILARIOUS!

Posted by Greg Cassidy on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Special guest at The Monster’s Disco Sundays: DJ Hex Hector!

I’m working in LA, but Grammy award-winning Hex Hector is our very special guest. Hex is best known for his hit productions for artists like Deborah Cox, but he also spins a mean disco set. In fact he’s so good that hope I still have my job when I get back! Next Sunday, it’s Max Rodriguez!

In 1 sentence, @DavidSirota breaks down Obama’s “leadership” on healthcare. I’m much wordier, but here goes;

80% of democratic voters wanted a public option when Obamacare was being crafted. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and maybe they could have gotten it through. Dems had a super majority in the Senate. Too bad Obama himself never did anything to fight for the same healthcare system most industrialized countries from Canada to Cuba enjoy.

But keep telling yourself that the GOP blocked all of Obama’s legislation. How could they block anything if democrats held majorities in both houses of Congress? Maybe that’s why democrats have been losing congressional seats, governorships, state senates and now the White House ever since Obama was elected. Democrats are spineless and refuse to even try to do what the vast majority of their party wants. But they’ll make sure the insurance and big pharma get what they need. Ensure them that we’ll never get lower-priced drugs or stop paying the highest prices for medical procedures which cost a fraction of what they cost here abroad. Screw the voters.

Are many democrats standing up for anything now? No, they’re just trying to discredit Trump. Which Trump is doing a great job of on his own. There are a few Berniecrat democrats standing up for single payer, but the corporate media doesn’t like to interview them. That might cause a few drug companies to drop their advertising from MSNCB or CNN. They’d rather focus on how awful Trump is than on a direction most democratic voters want to go in. A direction which would benefit most of us. A direction which even Hillary wanted to go in back in the 90s, but changed her tune after she was bribed to shut up about it. She had the nerve to call Sanders’ call for what she used to advocate herself “radical” and “pie-in-the-sky.” Corporate democrats like Obama and Hillary serve corporations, not voters.

With Trump’s healthcare plan unable to even get the votes from his own party’s representatives in Congress, this would be an excellent time for democrats to prove how progressive they are. Except that they are no longer progressive. Are they more progressive than the GOP? Sure. But that ain’t saying much.

Amy Lame appointed London’s nightlife czar–does NYC need one, too?

And New York, Ms. Lamé said, “is resting on its laurels.”

“It needs to get its act together,” she added, “because we’re nipping at your heels.”

MORE:   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/europe/the-life-of-her-london-parties-now-out-to-save-them-all.html?_r=0

Great review of new song (For You) I’ll Wait by @RichTrue2Life feat. Me–OUT NOW!

FREEBREAKSBLOG:

True2Life Ft Lady Bunny ‘(For You) I’ll Wait’ is the latest slice of solid House music gold to grace the Unique2Rhythm release catalogue. A rich puritan sound permeates this entire track right from the analogue style kicks, the 90s certified organ riffs and Lady Bunny’s heartbeat increasing vocals. Right down tot he style of song with call and respond sections, this is the best of House brought into the new era without sacrificing a scrap of the style and panache of that original sound.

And for those who prefer a bumpier ride, the ‘Bump’ mix will stamp your ticket. a graceful groove on a par with current Garage legends like Mike Millrain & Golf Clap.

 

Now on Traxsource and iTunes!

I said I’d never do one of those copy/paste FB status shares, but this one got me!

I don’t usually do the copy/paste thing, but this post makes many valid points and politely asks Trump voters to hold him accountable for his own promises. I am not one of those people who deleted my friends who voted for Trump. I may not understand their vote, as most of my friends did not understand my need to turn away from the Democrats and vote for Jill Stein after Hillary became their nominee. But if this election taught us anything, it’s that people have very different points of view. I can’t say that yours is invalid any more than I would listen to you telling me that what matters to me shouldn’t matter.

At the end of the day, most of us want to see our country get back on the right track, even if we disagree on how to get there. I would hope that “the right track” for most of us would mean prosperity, including affordable health care and the continuation of Social Security–since members of both parties overwhelmingly value those. The post below would indicate that Trump has already misled his supporters on several big ticket items with which he gained their trust during the election. We can delete friends on FB who voted for Trump. We cannot, however, delete the large percentage of voters who voted for him. We need to have more discussions, not less. What I like about this post is that it asks Trump supporters to ask the man you elected to do what he said he would.

Reposted from Bryan Rabin and written by Pancho Mabante.

Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary? He just accepted his second paycheck.

Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall? He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.

Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf? 5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.

Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines? Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.

Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare? The Republican bill does just this.

Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government? 7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.

Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses? Changed his mind.

Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns? Changed his mind.

Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders? His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.

Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days? He doesn’t have a plan.

Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost? The AHCA that the GOP and Trump are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.

If you voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised you – for all of our sakes.

Drag yoyalty Dina Jacobs’ 70th birthday!

A few years ago, my friend Jimmy Paul caught a drag show in Provincetown and came back raving over one diva in particular. I knew that this performer had been doing a guest spot in Tisch DeWiliams’ and Billie Jean Beetem’s show at the Crown & Anchor so I began to describe her. Sure enough, it was Dina Jacobs. My friend just couldn’t get enough of her radiance and star quality. He said she had performed a dynamite version of Natalie Cole’s Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I told him to say no more–Dina Jacobs had blown me away with the same number at Illusions in Atlanta with rhinestones glued to the inside of her hands! RuPaul and I used to marvel from our hovel on 10th and Juniper when we saw The Hawaiian Goddess strutting around the neighborhood in her day look–a white wife-beater complete with large jugs. We were in complete awe of Atlanta’s royalty. I still am!

I’ve gotten to know Dina over the years and have learned that she’s just as funny, charming and outrageous offstage as on. Once we happened to be in Hawaii at the same time, and Dina took me on a tour of some off the beaten path attractions for locals only. Like those fruit and coconut filled fried doughnuts she’s been posting pics of lately. I also teased her about something to get a rise out of a few of her “kids” and her response tickles me to this day. Dina said something like “Watch out, Miss Thing. I look like an old woman. We’ll take you to the ghetto and I’ll loudly claim that you called me the hawaiian version of the n word. Then we’ll see how funny you are.” We were hysterics. Nothing like a sight-seeing tour with an option of getting beaten up! Always a smart-ass, I included Dina as one of my fave performers in that drag quiz status that was going around recently and instead of thanking me, she read me for not including two other entertainers who she liked! Dina’s NEVER been boring!

A bunch of brilliant performers from all over are convening in Dina’s current home of Houston Texas to celebrate her 70th birthday tomorrow. Like Hot Chocolate, Carmella Marcella Garcia, Bubbalicious and Kara Dion. I couldn’t get off work to surprise her, but Dina, lots of love to you on your big day. Legend, like diva, are overused words nowadays. But you’re both! Happy happy!

PS: I did include a link to a chapter in a book about influential gay entertainers. Dina has been performing since the 70s and is still going strong and packing ‘em in, But even I didn’t know all of her history of performing, touring internationally, singing with live bands, etc. Well worth a read. Just scroll down to Dina;s chapter. https://books.google.com/books?id=NbqiQHtoxGYC&pg=PA7&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false

A little O’Patti Labelle for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t something I personally celebrate, but for those of you who do here’s a fun video. It O’Patti Labelle singing “Look To The Rainbow” from Finian’s Rainbow. Patti was probably at her height of her career chart-wise in the 80s, and her wigs were at their most outrageous. She may have chosen this rainbow-themed song to remind of us her incredible covered “Over The Rainbow” released a few years earlier. The arrangement here seems to take a few cues from that earlier hit.

I prefer the less bombastic album version, but seeing one of the greatest performers ever live is a thrilling–if you enjoy vocal the vocal acrobatics Pattis’ known for. And the blend of irish show tune and Patti’s soulful take on a story song in a waltz tempo is something else! For me, It does work better on the album version where she sticks to the melody more and they don’t edit the story. But how much do I worship it that in the first chorus she changes the lyrics to “Look, girl, look”? Only Patti. Her voice is an instrument which has brought me so much joy for so long. If you’re a fan, this is treat.

Brand new podcast about crying! (Yes, I’m a crybaby when I’m not a bitch.) Listen to Crybabies on @earwig

Gat out your handkerchief!

Lady Bunny CRYBABIES #64 MARCH 16, 2017

The one and only Lady Bunny, drag queen, DJ, and founder of the annual Wigstock event joins Sarah and Susan to talk about clowns, wedding crying, To Kill A Mockingbird, Precious, and Horace Faith’s “Black Pearl.”

 

Lady Bunny

 

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Chatting with @AlecMapa & @JackieBeat at noon PST today on UNBRadio.com

Tune in for some lunacy! I’m plugging my short tun of Trans-Jester! at LA’s Cavern Club This-Sunday of this week!

MORE INFO:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2884560

 

Obama campaigned on greater transparency than George W. Bush and failed.

Obama also built up the power of the executive branch, setting dangerous precedents for Trump and future presidents.

PBS:   WASHINGTON — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

MORE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/obamas-final-year-u-s-spent-36-million-foia-lawsuits/