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Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected T cell. Credit: NIAID

HIV VACCINE. Johnson & Johnson prepares for major test of its experimental HIV vaccine: ‘Some 3,800 men who have sex with men will receive a regimen of shots in a study that’s planned to be launched later this year, Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview. The agency and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network of testing sites will collaborate with J&J’s Janssen unit on the effort.’

RIP. Golden Girls actor Charles Levin.

VIRGINIA. Conservative congressman presides at same-sex wedding: ‘Anthony LeCounte and Alex Pisciarino promised their guests a “fabulous gay summer wedding.” The setting was a vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The dress code, a seersucker-linen-chiffon homage to the Kentucky Derby. And the officiant was a Republican congressman from a conservative district in the rural South.’

ERIC GARNER. Police officer won’t face charges in death of Eric Garner: “Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn intend to announce the decision not to bring criminal civil rights charges on Tuesday morning, just one day before the fifth anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death. That is the deadline by which they would have to file some of the possible charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo.”

STEPHEN COLBERT: On Trump’s racist rant. “Everything in your life has been handed to you on a silver platter, and yet, you––every other word out of your mouth is a tantrum that would get a toddler dragged out of a ball pit! You complain about everything! You don’t like Bette Midler! Who doesn’t like Bette Midler?!… If someone is leaving this country, it should be you! And if you’re looking for a new home, might I suggest that you go to hell!”

13 REASONS WHY. Netflix removes controversial suicide scene amid backlash: “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement. “As we prepare to launch Season 3 later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1.”

AMAZON OFFER. $10 if we can track you. “The deal is for new installations of the Amazon Assistant, a comparison-shopping tool that customers can add to their web browsers. It fetches Amazon’s price for products that users see on Walmart.com, Target.com and elsewhere.”

TIME. The 25 most influential people on the internet. “TIME evaluated contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.”

DEFINE HOMOPHOBIC. Rich Juzwiak on the Dale Peck New Republic essay.

MALE MODEL MEDLEY. Dean Perona. More HERE.

FUN TO WEAR. Cristiano Ronaldo strips down for his latest underwear campaign.

CHILDREN BEING CHILDREN. P!nk defends photo of her kids running in Holocaust memorial.

BILLY PORTER. Pose star reacts to being first openly gay black man nominated for lead actor Emmy: ‘Porter, who was on vacation when he learned of the news, talked to Deadline about his limited oxygen intake since he realized Tuesday was Emmy nomination day. “I just haven’t been breathing for the past day,” he said in anticipation for today’s announcements of nominees. “So today, I was able to breathe — that was my first reaction!”’ Full list of nominees HERE.

POP’S NEW PRINCESS? Kim Petras talks to ABC News.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Vita and Virginia.

TOO STEAMY FOR TUESDAY. Shahrouz.

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4:35 PM 7/16/2019 – Mueller Investigation Will Branch Out To The Middle East | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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NPR News: 07-16-2019 3PM ET

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Happy 51st birthday to Barry Sanders, the greatest running back of all time

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The Detroit Lions’ Barry Sanders (L) runs past Cin

Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images

Sanders may not have the most yards in NFL history, but that doesn’t detract from him being the truest GOAT of them all.

I couldn’t even tell you the first time I watched Barry Sanders run the football. In fact, my first memory of Sanders is thinking he was a bit short for the NFL.

Don’t judge a book by its stature, hey?

Sanders turned 51 years old Tuesday. It’s not one of those milestone markers where people jump up and celebrate the perfect roundness of a decade, or the fact some fellow made it 40 trips around the sun and has still managed to survive.

No, 51 is just a number.

Take that 51 and add 100 to it and you have the number of games Sanders started for the Lions, the only team he played for during his 10-year career. Add 48 to it instead and you have the number of touchdowns he scored along the way.

You only need to tack on 15,218 on top of that 51 to get his total number of rushing yards throughout his career — good enough for third all-time despite having played fewer seasons than either first-place Emmitt Smith (15) or runner-up Walter Payton (13). Frank Gore may surpass him this season as he currently stands at 14,748 yards and will be suiting up for the Buffalo Bills for his 15th season in the league.

I may not remember the first time I watched Sanders run the football, but I can tell you I sure remember a lot of those yards he tallied. Being from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you basically have the option of watching the Green Bay Packers or the Detroit Lions. While Sanders was suiting up in the Honolulu blue and silver, it wasn’t hard to find somewhere his game was being shown on television.

It was always glorious to watch, wasn’t it? The way he could shift his hips and just change direction. The way he could see the field as though his eyes could catch glimpses over his shoulder without the need to turn his head. How smoothly he accelerated once the ball was in his hands, and how he found yet another gear as soon as he found the opening he was looking for.

Sanders is arguably the greatest running back to ever play in the NFL. I know, I know — point to the statistics and say otherwise all you’d like in the comments, but it doesn’t change my opinion much. I’ve been around for most of the greats. In the top 20 all-time list, the only players I didn’t get a chance to watch in a game were No. 11 Jim Brown, No. 15 Franco Harris, and No. 19 John Riggins.

There are so many amazing running backs on this list, including my all-time favorite LaDainian Tomlinson. But I would be hard-pressed to be swayed by any argument saying any of them were better than Sanders.

And to be clear, I’m no Lions fan. I don’t get upset when they go 0-16. I don’t mind when they lose by some incredibly dumb call from the officials. I don’t mind the misery of their fanbase. The Lions are the Lions. I’ve come to simply accept them for what they are.

So my love for Sanders isn’t because I bleed for Detroit football. No, it’s simply from pure respect.

At 51 years old, Sanders could probably still score a touchdown before calling it a career one more time. I guarantee he moves better than most of us who are on this website right now. And I definitely think he’s still faster than Tom Brady or Philip Rivers when they are scrambling. He might even still be able to edge out a few of the running backs who currently occupy a place on an NFL roster.

Sanders could do it all. He could run. He could catch. He could score touchdowns. Heck, he even threw for 11 yards during his career.

It was a pleasure to watch him play the game of football. The moves. The grace. The way he always found a referee to return the ball to. His respect for the game. His drive to always be the best he could be, even for an organization that didn’t seem to want to build a winning team around him.

I’m lucky to say I watched the greatest running back of all time. If you had the fortune of seeing it as well, then you should count yourself blessed by the Football Gods.

Here’s to a happy birthday for Sanders. Thanks for the many gifts you gave football fans over the years.


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Mueller Investigation Will Branch Out To The Middle East In 2019

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When the sources close to the Mueller investigation said that the prosecutor wasn’t close to finished, it seems that they meant that there was a whole second tier that would connect the Trump campaign to the Middle East with court filings which will start dropping as the calendar hits 2019.

The Daily Beast says that they have confirmed three sources familiar with the investigation that say 2019 will see what was nicknamed the “Russia Investigation” will soon be going worldwide with a Middle Eastern component. Up until now, the Russian segment has been the focus of most media, but part of Mueller’s team has been honed in on Middle Eastern countries and their efforts to influence or sway the Trump administration to see things their way.

Trump cohorts have been questioned about connections with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, and their efforts to put Donald Trump in the White House over Hillary Clinton.

And while Russia has previously been in focus, it seems that in 2019, a whole new vein might be tapped, according to Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney.

“If this is going to be unveiled, this would be like the surfacing of the submarine but on the other plank which we haven’t seen. I guess what Mueller has to date has turned out to be pretty rich and detailed and more than we anticipated. This could turn out to be a rich part of the overall story.”

This week, the special prosecutor suggested that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn serve no jail time due to his extensive cooperation with Mueller’s investigation, but it seems that Flynn’s insights and connections didn’t stop with Russia. Flynn had connections with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, says that it’s likely that this part of the investigation could uncover some sketchy sources, but it’s unclear if they will bear the kind of fruit that Mueller is seeking.

“Many of these characters involved are somewhat unsavory. But governments deal with all kinds of people all the time. It might be possible to question the wisdom of some of these connections, but not really possible to impugn the right of a government to deal with shadowy dealers in influence and access.”

But one of the people already under investigation in the Mueller investigation has a link to the Middle East that the special prosecutor has already tapped. Under scrutiny have been several meetings by George Nader (a Lebanese-American businessman and UAE envoy). Nader arranged the infamous meetings between Trump associate Erik Prince, Russian wealth fund manager Kirill Dmitriev, and the Trump campaign.

Over the summer, Erik Prince confirmed that he was cooperating with the special prosecutor’s office, and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are interested in questioning Prince again after their party has the majority again next month.

Vanity Fair is adding that Congress is tightening the screws on Saudi Arabia related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which is further complicated by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s attachment to MBS and his family.


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The W Is It: The Mystics and Aces are CURSED

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Airplanes, earthquakes, and broken equipment keep ruining Mystics-Aces games.

Welcome to The W Is It, a weekly column about all the stuff that freakin’ rules in the WNBA. Have any tips of topics to cover? Find me @mellentuck on Twitter.

Las Vegas Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer was either joking or serious when he told a referee he was going to have his team pack up and go home. It was tough to tell.

It was 7:11 p.m. ET, approximately 11 minutes past the scheduled tip-off time between the Washington Mystics and Aces in D.C. The shot clock was broken, so the game couldn’t start.

To anyone who’s been paying attention to games between these teams, a delayed start was no surprise. These teams, currently the two best in the league, are in fact cursed. The Basketball Gods clearly hate us, the fans, if they’re this desperate to hold us out from an early preview of what many believe will be the inevitable Finals matchup that includes five of this year’s all-stars.

Something weird has happened in three of the last four meetings between these two contenders. Last season, just weeks before the playoffs, the Aces forfeited a regular-season game after touching down in D.C. mere hours prior to tip-off, following 25 hours worth of plane delays and layovers. The team cited health concerns as its reason for the first forfeit in league history. On July 5 of this year, an earthquake rattled Mandalay Bay Events Center in Vegas forcing the teams to call it a night at halftime with the Mystics holding a 51-36 lead. (The second half still must be re-scheduled, per the league, which, oof, everyone, brace yourselves.)

That brings us to Saturday night in D.C., where:

  • The game had to be tipped off twice, because the game clock wasn’t functioning after the first tip.
  • The shot clocks above the basket weren’t functioning properly and were turned off.
  • The players then had to read a shot clock in very small print on a distant scoreboard.
  • Once that didn’t work, the announcer had to count the shot clock down from 10 for both teams and broadcast it to the entire arena.
  • An air-horn was blown from center court for each substitution. In the third quarter, the man using it had to apologize to a startled Liz Cambage, who, with hands over her ears, was waiting to replace a teammate.
  • Once none of those methods worked, replacement shot clocks were set on either end of the court on the ground with 4:45 to play in the third quarter.

Just another Mystics-Aces game.

“The system manufacturer and installer are currently evaluating the issue and will make necessary repairs prior to the Mystics’ next home game on July 21,” an Events DC spokesperson told SB Nation.

“It’s one hell of a curse at that,” Aces forward A’ja Wilson said after the game. “There’s always something with us. I don’t know what the Basketball Gods are trying to tell us but there’s always something when you’re watching a Mystics-Aces game. You never know, the Earth could be shaking or the shot clock could be messed up.”

“We just make the game more interesting,” Cambage joked. “I always expect the unexpected.”

Cambage couldn’t even predict what might happen when these teams play again to finish the second half of the “Earthquake Game”, but Wilson had a thought. “There’s probably gonna be a flood, I don’t even know.”

The refs, fans, coaches, and, most especially, players made the most of the circumstances on Saturday, though, and none more than an absolutely lit corner of Aces All-Stars. Beyonce’s “Love on Top” sent Cambage, Wilson, and Kayla McBride into a spur-of-the-moment dance routine, and they followed it up to a remix of Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison.”

Sin City knows how to entertain, if nothing else.

The upshot is we don’t have a feel for how the two WNBA Finals favorites actually match up with each other. The Mystics and Aces played three times this season. One game will finish in a bizarre two-part episode weeks apart, while another was delayed and plagued by shot clock bizarreness — and didn’t feature Mystics star MVP frontrunner Elena Delle Donne, out due to a broken nose.

The one normal game these two teams played saw the Mystics blow out the Aces by 23 points on the road. Don’t look too deeply into that night though: Cambage was just seven games into her Vegas career. The Aces are 7-1 since.

If these teams do end up facing each other down the road and avoid another pre-game plot twist, who really knows who should be favored?

Here are a few other things to talk about from the week

I’m mad about an all-star snub

This is usually the section of my column where I talk about all the stuff that made me smile and text Whitney Medworth or Natalie Weiner, and I’ll get to that.

But how dare all of you leave Mystics guard Ariel Atkins off the all-star team?

Atkins, in her second year on by far the best team in the league, is averaging 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists on 35 percent shootIng from deep (4.5 attempts per game.) And that isn’t even her best end of the floor. Atkins is tasked to guard the opposing team’s best wings and deep-shooting guards, yet averages two steals and a block per night.

I blame everyone here except myself. I voted her as a STARTER. I see you, Ariel.

Now for some fun stuff.

Did y’all see that Gabby Williams buzzer-beater?

Nobody in the league has better hops than the Chicago Sky star. This is how you use them, along with Courtney Vandersloot’s precision passing.

Look at that bench reaction!

Let’s appreciate the greatness of Jordin Canada’s week

In just her second year in this league, Canada’s had to step up and replace an injured SUE BIRD in the Seattle Storm’s starting lineup. (Not to mention, all-star Jewell Loyd’s been injured and league MVP Breanna freakin’ Stewart is out for the year.)

But Canada’s been a pro. In two games this week:

  • Win over Dallas: 14 points (4-of-8 shooting), 12 assists, five steals, zero turnovers
  • Win over New York: Nine points (4-of-11 shooting), eight assists, nine rebounds, three steals, three turnovers

How the heck is this Seattle team 10-8? Canada is a big reason why.

Sylvia Fowles has the WNBA’s double-double record now

The Minnesota Lynx center has 158 of them in her career, surpassing Lisa Leslie. With two championships, two Finals MVPs, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, one season MVP award and three Olympic golds … folks, you’re looking at a legend just padding the stats at this point.

And finally, check out Marina Mabrey’s fire shirt

Hell. Yeah.


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CIA Panicking Over ‘Russiagate’ – American Free Press

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The Agency is concerned declassification of Russiagate-related documents could expose its political agenda.

By Donald Jeffries

A June 30 article by Shane Harris, The Washington Post’s successor to longtime CIA crony George Lardner, reveals that the agency is anxious over the pending declassification of documents associated with the Russian collusion investigation.

The article focused on Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor who supposedly introduced Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to a woman falsely claiming to be Vladimir Putin’s niece and a man allegedly tied to the Russian foreign ministry. Mifsud would further allege that the Russians had “thousands of emails” containing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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Harris, who is also known to be close to former FBI director James Comey, stressed the theme that Papadopoulos was an intermediary between the Trump campaign and Russia, promoting the idea that Mifsud could easily have been seen as an influential Russian connection, if not a Russian intelligence agent. In the Post article, Harris and two fellow reporters noted: “In Mifsud’s absence, a number of President Trump’s allies and advisers have been floating a provocative theory: that the Maltese professor was a Western intelligence plant. . . . They have promoted the idea that he was working for the FBI, CIA, or possibly British or Italian intelligence. . . . Officials familiar with U.S. intelligence reports told the Post that Mifsud had been identified by intelligence agencies as a potential Russian agent before he met Papadopoulos, an assessment drawn from reporting collected over several years.”

The same day Harris took to Twitter, hammering home the Deep State talking points on this subject. “Officials familiar with U.S. intelligence reports told the Post that Mifsud had been identified by intelligence agencies as a potential Russian agent before he met Papadopoulos, an assessment drawn from reporting collected over several years.” He continued: “So why did we spend so much time on this, and why should you care? Attorney General Barr is now investigating the FBI/Mueller probe of Russian election interference and connections to the Trump campaign. Mifsud was in essence the impetus for that investigation.”

Touting the editorial line of both his newspaper and the entire mainstream media, Harris claimed, “But there is no real evidence that Mifsud was working for the FBI, the CIA, or British intelligence, as has been variously alleged. And while it’s still unclear what role if any he played in the Kremlin’s 2016 campaign, Mifsud’s links to Moscow are real and verifiable.”

Harris called upon the usual Deep State sources in the Post article. “Multiple former intelligence officials in the United States and the United Kingdom said that theory does not make sense.” The article declared emphatically: “John Sipher, a former CIA officer who once ran the agency’s Russia operations, called the idea that Mifsud was a CIA asset who set up Papadopoulos ‘nonsense,’ noting that the CIA is not allowed to target Americans. Steve Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years running and managing Russian operations for the CIA, said that in counterintelligence, ‘You can almost never rule anything out completely.’ But he added that Mifsud’s known activities closely parallel longstanding Russian techniques of targeting academic institutions to spot possible recruits and gather information, making it more likely that Mifsud was working with the Russians than a Western intelligence agency.”

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A July 1 analysis from Red State pointed out:

Their reasoning is risible. The idea that the CIA wouldn’t loan an asset to the FBI (this appears to have been the case with Stefan Halper, as we know [Andrew] McCabe flew to London to meet someone who seems a lot like Halper) is laughable on its face. . . . While the Russians do target academic institutions, so, too, do Western agencies. The role of professors as “talent spotters” for intelligence agencies, including the CIA, is well established. The 800-lb gorilla in the room that the Post slides right past is the fact that Mifsud’s primary academic affiliation is with Link Campus University in Rome. Its president is a former Italian interior minister and political and social conservative, and it is rumored, with as much backup proof as anything produced in this Post story, to be affiliated with a Western intelligence service.

Link President Vincenzo Scotti dismissed the notion that his school is a front for the CIA or any other Western intelligence service. “People say stupid things,” he stated. “We have no relationships with the CIA.”

A response to Harris on Twitter was cogent. “‘U.S. intel agencies identified Mifsud as a Russian agent’? Really? Was that when they were sitting in classes at Link campus Rome—where Mifsud taught alongside Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and member of the UK Security Vetting panel?”

To a disinterested observer, our intelligence agencies lost their credibility a long time ago, and the repeated cries of “Russia! Russia! Russia!” are laughable.

Donald Jeffries is a highly respected author and researcher whose work on the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations and other high crimes of the Deep State has been read by millions of people across the world. Jeffries is also the author of three books currently being sold by AFP Online Store.

 


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Outing her friend to her 15 million Instagram followers may cost this influencer $2 million

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This is pretty messy so we’ll try to explain it as painlessly and succinctly as possible…

Model/reality star/make-up influencer Blac Chyna was just slapped with a $2 million lawsuit by her former BFF after he says she outed him as gay.

In the lawsuit, Pilot Jones, whose real name is Justin C. Jones, alleges that after a photo of him and Blac Chyna kissing surfaced online, she and her then-fiance? Rob Kardashian accused him of selling the photo to the tabloids. In retaliation, Blac Chyna took to Instagram to out Jones as gay then published his private phone number.

Jones, who denies ever leaking the photo, says that when Blac Chyna gave our his private phone number he began receiving threatening messages. He also claims Blac Chyna ruined his life and nearly drove him to suicide. Now, he wants $2 million in damages.

Specifically, he wants $600k for lost earnings, $500k for emotional distress, $250K for the damage suffered by his family, another $250k for past and future medical expenses, and $7,200 for his rent.

But Blac Chyna tells a different story. She says never outed Jones and that everyone knew he was gay long before they ever met.

In court documents, she alleges: “I met the Plaintiff J.C. Jones in or around 2015. J.C. is also known in the industry and to the public as Pilot Jones. J.C. was introduced to me as a model and an actor from Glee.”

“J.C. and I spent a lot of time together enjoying each other’s company in a friendly/close relationship for not quite two years. We never had a sexual relationship and he was never my boyfriend.”

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Blac Chyna added:  “At all times during our friendship, J.C. was very open about his sexuality, that he was gay. I witnessed him kiss another man in front of other people on at least one occasion. I also saw him stick his back side in another man’s face at least one time.”

“I recall that his social media posts at the time did not hide the fact that he was gay. Based on everything I knew about J.C., I believed that he was an openly gay man and that his sexuality was well known.”

As for leaking his phone number, Blac Chyna blames that one her ex-fiance? who she says took her phone without her permission to send him threatening texts.

Blac Chyna is asking that the case be tossed out. A judge has yet to decide.


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She’s OK with her bisexual boyfriend hooking up with dudes… so long as he doesn’t do this one thing

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A “straigh-ish” woman is unsure how to handle being in a relationship with a bisexual man, so she’s seeking advice from our friend Rich Juzwiak over at Slate.

“He told me, soon after we got intimate, that he’s had sex with men for most of his adult life, though he’s only ever dated women,” the 30-something woman explains. “We got more serious, and we’re now exclusive and a year into our relationship. ”

Recently, they hit bit of a roadblock in their sex life.

The woman explains:

He’s always said he’s willing to be a one-person guy but would like to open things up when I feel ready, because he does have a high sex drive and desires that go in a lot of different directions. I now feel ready for this, but I’m struggling a bit with the limitations that I want to put on the situation.

She goes on to say that she’s totally fine with her boyfriend hooking up with other dudes–really, she is!–just not women, and she doesn’t want him bottoming for anyone.

“This is mainly because of higher risk of STIs, though he’s said he would go on PrEP,” she claims, “but I also am just not comfortable with the idea of him putting himself in a vulnerable position with another man.”

She wonders: “Are these reasonable boundaries to have, or am I overstepping? The discussions are just beginning, and I haven’t told him how I feel yet.”

In his response, Juzwiak says that, generally speaking, when it comes to polyamorous love, “veto rules are rather unchic.” Not to mention, part of the point of sex is to let one’s inhibitions go and do what feels good.

“I think, in general, you have to understand that his brain off sex and on sex are two very different entities,” Juzwiak explains. “You can tell him you’d prefer that he didn’t bottom, but don’t be surprised if he ends up doing so because his d*ck was hard, the other d*ck looked like it needed a friend, and one thing led to another and his butt inhaled it.”

“It’s really hard to referee each play remotely, though I think a general expectation of sexual safety (however you define that: condoms, PrEP, no fluid bonding, etc.) is crucial.”

Juzwiak concludes with a short PSA on bottoming, writing: “As to whether bottoming makes someone more vulnerable, it really depends on how you do it and whether you have predilections for vulnerability in the first place.”

“Putting your d*ck in the mouth of a stranger who could bite it off without a hell of a lot of effort and of whose history you know nothing? Pretty damn vulnerable.”

Related: Bisexual guy wonders if he’s gay or just experiencing a ‘bi-cycle’


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‘What’s Your Ethnicity?’ Kellyanne Conway Questions Reporter While Defending Trump’s Racist Rants: WATCH

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White House aide and Hatch Act violator Kellyanne Conway was asked “to what country was Trump referring” when he told four congresswomen of color, all American citizens, to return to their own countries in his racist Twitter rant on Monday.

“What’s your ethnicity?” Conway replied, immediately.

“Why is that relevant to this conver…?” the reporter, Andrew Feinberg, responded.

“I’m asking you a question,” Conway pushed on. “My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.”

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Trans man fighting to be listed as father on son’s birth certificate

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Trans dad and documentary star Freddie McConnell has opened up about his legal fight to be listed as the father on his son’s birth certificate.

McConnell, who lives in the UK, shared his experience of giving birth as a transgender man in the documentary Seahorse (which we covered, along with the philosophical questions it raises, here on Queerty). Per UK law, whoever gives birth to a child is automatically listed as the mother on a birth certificate. McConnell wants to be the first trans dad to successfully challenge that policy, and receive listing as the father.

Related: ‘Seahorse’ director Jeanie Finlay on filming a trans dad giving birth to a beautiful boy

UK law also holds that cases of this nature keep the participants anonymous. Several UK publications, including The Daily Mail, sued to have the veil of anonymity lifted. A judge agreed, and McConnell has said he will not challenge. The name of his child, however, remains classified. McConnell wants to keep it that way.

“Any parent can relate to that bone-deep urge to just keep your child safe,” McConnell said to BuzzFeedNews. “I thought that we would be anonymous the whole way through because I thought that in these cases anonymity remains in place to protect children involved in the proceedings. That is my primary concern at all times. And that was the basis on which I decided to pursue the action.”

A judge in the case is expected to rule on McConnell’s petition to be listed as the father very soon.


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I *wish* I could remember when 325-pound Larry Allen stopped a pick-six

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Twenty-five years ago, the Cowboys offensive lineman saved a touchdown with one of the most athletic displays you’ll ever see.

This week, we’re celebrating some of our favorite random plays and obscure moments in NFL history — those that WE will never forget, even if others have. Welcome to “Who Remembers?” Week at SB Nation NFL.

I don’t remember the Cowboys vs. Saints game on Dec. 19, 1994. I was two years old and focused on more important matters, like Barney the Dinosaur.

That goes a little bit off the path of our theme week, which is about actually remembering things that have happened in the NFL. But this is one play that I wish I could remember.

Troy Aikman threw an interception to Saints linebacker Darion Connor, and it looked to be a sure thing that Connor would crib it. Then, offensive lineman Larry Allen — 6’3, 325-pound Larry Allen — made his way into the picture and ended up making the tackle:

The jubilation coming from the announcers’ voices perfectly captures what had just happened.

“Larry Allen! I can’t believe that!”

“I can’t get over that!”

“This guy’s got a rocket booster strapped to his back!”

“That’s one of the most impressive, athletic feats I have ever seen!”

This was a rare case where the interception itself is not the most exciting part of the play. It also saved the Cowboys four points — the Saints had to settle for a field goal on the drive.

There are few times in NFL history when big guy glory happens, especially for offensive linemen. Usually, those plays are reserved for when the football miraculously lands in their mittens and they travel any distance whatsoever with it.

However, young Allen chased down and stopped a pick-six from happening his rookie season, and it was one of the best displays of athleticism in sports history.

He would go on to do other ridiculous things, like bench press 700 pounds:

There’s probably nothing Allen can’t do, even today at 47 years of age.

I wish I could remember his touchdown-saving interception rundown, and the reaction I probably would have had in real time. But at least he’s got an impressive collection of highlights and moments for us to enjoy for the rest of time.


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Tennessee Police Department Warns of ‘Meth-Gators’ Hyped Up by Toilet-Flushed Drugs

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“American Alligator” by jpkrone is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

A Facebook warning from a Tennessee police department warning of “hyped up meth-gators” created by people flushing their drugs down the toilet has gone viral.

Wrote the Loretto Police Department: ‘On a more or less serious note: Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay. When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth. Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way. ‘

“American Alligator”by jpkrone is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Naomi Campbell Cleans ‘Anything You Could Possibly Touch’ When She Gets on a Plane: WATCH

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell rarely gets sick on a plane even though she travels often. In a recent web video, Naomi let her followers in on her complex cleaning routine, which includes sanitizing every surface she could possibly touch, bringing her own seat covers, and wearing a mask.

Can you blame her?

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Queer content scores big at 2019 Emmy nominations

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Queer artists continue their strong showing among the showbiz elite, this time at the 2019 Emmy nominations.

Season One of Pose scored big in major categories, including nominations for Best Drama and Best Lead Actor for Billy Porter. The lesbian thriller Killing Eve also netted a Best Drama nod, as did lead actresses Sandra Oh and Jody Comer. Russian Doll, the surreal Netflix series, co-created by out-lesbian Leslye Headland, also grabbed a Best Drama nomination, as well as a Best Actress nom for Natasha Lyonne.

The comedy categories also had a solid showing. Schitt’s Creek, co-created and co-starring Dan Levy, scored a nomination for Best Comedy Series, as well as for Best Lead Actor (Eugene Levy) and Actress (Catherine O’Hara). The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which features a major out-gay character, also turned up in the Best Comedy category, as well as for Best Supporting Actress. Actress Alex Borstein grabbed a nomination for her performance as a lesbian comedy manager. Jane Lynch also got a nomination for guest actress on Mrs. Maisel. Out-queer actress Kate McKinnon received a nomination for her work on SNL.

Related: We visited the set of ‘Pose,’ the show that might just save the world

Rupaul’s Drag Race received yet another nomination for Best Reality Program, while out-gay actor Ben Wishaw nabbed a nod for his work in A Very English Scandal. Out-trans actress Laverne Cox also had a nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama for Orange is the New Black, while out-gay actress Cherry Jones received notice for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Finally, Ellen DeGeneres racked up her umpteenth nomination, this time for her work on the gameshow Game of Games.

Frankly, we’re still bummed that both Indya Moore and MJ Rodriguez’s work on Pose went overlooked. Still, we’re confident that if the show lands nods for Season 2 (still airing on FX), we may see both ladies representing in the Lead Actress category.


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mikenov on Twitter: #FBI Shared Links Mr. Tweeter: “Construct a better bullhorn, and people will buy it! Supply of zi information stimulates the demand for its selected juicy morsels. Feed the hungry huddled masses yearning to chirp free! The Twitterati of the World, Tweet!” trumpandtrumpism.com pic.twitter.com/nWa1lush6E

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U.S. Senate Candidate John Merrill Says ‘Homosexual Activities’ Have Destroyed Moral Core of America

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John Merrill, the Secretary of State of Alabama and a U.S. Senate candidate, told voters and AL.com that the moral core of America has been destroyed because people are too interested in “homosexual activities.”

Said Merrill, confirming to AL.com remarks he made to voters at a campaign stop in Fort Payne: “The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more. There’s no more TV shows like ‘Gunsmoke’ or ‘Bonanza’ or ‘The Virginian’ or ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘Andy Griffith.’ [I] said people are too interested in homosexual activities. They’re too interested in the wife swap TV shows and the shows that are not morally uplifting. That’s the problem.”

Merrill added: “I meant what I said. People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows.”

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Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at people protesting Puerto Rico’s homophobic governor

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Though he seems to be in denial about it, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s days in office seem to be numbered.

Rosselló has been facing criticism for some time now regarding his mishandling of Hurricane Maria funds in 2017. The situation became exacerbated over the weekend when a local media outlet published almost 900 pages from a leaked private group chat between him and 11 of his cronies revealing homophobic, misogynistic, and other vile remarks.

Among the homophobic writings are jokes about people’s sexualities and repeated use of the word “c*cksucker,” as well as the terms “unprecedented c*cksucker” and “historic c*cksucker levels.”

In one message, Rosselló takes aim at Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, writing: “Nothing says patriarchal oppression like Ricky Martin. Ricky Martin is such a male chauvinist that he f*cks men because women don’t measure up. Pure patriarchy.”

In another, he jokes about a picture of a woman wearing a t-shirt that reads “Antipatriarchy, Feminist, Lesbian, Trans, Caribbean, Latin American,” writing, “That must be some type of record, isn’t it?”

Other messages include wisecracks about people’s weight, calling his female colleagues “whores,” fantasizing about shooting political opponents, and celebrating an activist’s untimely death.

Yesterday, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside of the governor’s mansion in San Juan to voice their anger and demand Rosselló’s resignation. Things quickly turned chaotic, however, when police in riot gear showed up and started shooting tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets into the crowd.

The New York Times reports:

The volleys of gas just after 8:30 p.m. dispersed much of the gathering that had swelled outside of the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza. But some protesters defied the authorities, sitting in a row in front of the police wall, raising their arms and holding hands.

“¡Somos más y no tenemos miedo!” they yelled. There are more of us, and we are not afraid.

One man, his face covered in a black bandanna, urged the officers to move, reminding them that they, too, are Puerto Ricans. Another man, his face bare, stood silently, shaking his head.

Police commissioner Henry Escalera said officers were just doing their jobs.

“We are here to preserve the right of free expression,” he told media. “We are going to defend democracy until the last drop of blood.”

Despite everything, Rosselló is refusing step down, telling a local radio interviewer this week, “I’m going to continue. We are all bruised. I’m bruised. But I recognize it, and I have to get back up.”

Meanwhile, legislation to bring impeachment charges against him has already been introduced in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, though leaders from the governor’s New Progressive Party say they want to give him a little more time to “reflect on his future.”

Related: Leaked private chats reveal Puerto Rico’s governor is a raging homophobe


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