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MEN & UNDERWEAR: The new Superwear cactus line is prickly indeed.
TIME: The historically important anonymous op-ed against Trump published by the NYT Wednesday has linguistic clues embedded within it, including the use of the unusual word lodestar (associated with VP Mike Pence) and the phrase adults in the room (often something John Kelly says). My guess is whoever wrote it used words like that to throw people off the scent. Now, Pence is vehemently denying he wrote it, and shaming the NYT and the anonymous Deep Gloat writer. Mother, cover your ears ...
SF GATE: EVA Air accused of discrimination for separating gay dads traveling with their daughter — but keeping all straight families together:
My husband and I were told only one of us could join our 19-month-old in the family boarding group. I explained we were both the fathers of the child, and they said it was their policy that only one parent can board and the other has to wait in the normal line. Not having flown EVA before, I accepted it and let my husband and child go while I boarded later.
Other families, of course, were allowed to board together. Caught red-handed, the airline issued this statement:
EVA Air and especially our San Francisco International Airport team sincerely apologize to Mr. Cobb, his husband and their daughter for their experience. EVA has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind.
... after the fact, it has zero tolerance. During, well, buckle your seatbelts.
ADVOCATE: Samuel Woodward, accused of brutally murdering gay classmate Blaze Bernstein in what is described as a hate crime, allegedly sent images of murdered gay men to guys he was flirting with on Grindr. Worth noting that he has admitted he and Bernstein kissed, which sounds a lot more invested than typical gay-baiting. This person is deranged from sexual confusion. Still, in 2018, young people are tormented by issues of sexual orientation. No, Will & Grace was not enough. And that leads to horrible things, like self-destruction or, in this case, likely to murder. I hope he is put away for life. No matter what caused him to allegedly act the way he did, it seems clear this is not someone who can be reached.
HOMOTROPHY: HOM underwear worth taking the plunge for.
TWITTER: The late Freddie Mercury's 72nd birthday this week was celebrated by his old colleagues at British Airways with a viral-ready routine:
Freddie for take-off! Watch our baggage handlers pay tribute to former Heathrow baggage handler Freddie Mercury, as we celebrate the Queen legend's birthday ahead of the launch of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the new Queen movie released on October 24th. pic.twitter.com/aiikvWW0UW— British Airways (@British_Airways) September 5, 2018
JOE.MY.GOD.: Florida history is made as right-wing gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has chosen Jeanette Nuñez — the first Cuban-American female tapped — as his running mate. Of course, the job description of lieutenant governor in Florida is ... nothing. There is no job to do, just $125K to collect. Funny how righties are so up-in-arms about identity politics, yet they never hesitate to play it.
Jeanette Nuñez is expected to help DeSantis get some of Florida's Cuban vote. She also, however, has some 'splaining to do after deleting her 2016 tweet describing Trump as a KKK-supporting con man.
HUFF POST: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) emerged as one of the stars of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, asking the SCOTUS nominee to confirm whether he had spoken about the Russia probe with anyone at his law firm, which happens to be the same firm as Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. Kavanaugh wondered if there were a specific person she had in mind, to which Harris — a 2020 contender — replied:
I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us. Did you speak with anyone at that law firm about Bob Mueller’s investigation?
Kavanaugh did not answer the direct question. If Kavanaugh gets in, I think the Dems' strategy should be to impeach him and Thomas and to change the number of justices to stack it with liberals. (Both suggestions are legal, BTW.)
BOSGUY: I'm aware that historical photos can sometimes appear to show LGBTQ people, but really do not — it has to do with complex social practices and norms of previous times. But these two are adorable screamers, full-stop.
EXTRATV: Vanilla Ice was trapped on that plane with 100+ sick people arriving from Dubai.
GAY FLESHBOT (WORK UNFRIENDLY): This guy's as proud of his bulge as he is of his bulging muscles.
NEWNOWNEXT: How Gwen Stefani inadvertently gave us President Trump.