Friday, February 26, 2021

I Didn't Say It ...

Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, telling Seth Meyers on Late Night  about proposing to his husband Chasten in O’Hare Airport at Gate B5:

“I found this app that I could check on when it was going to be quiet at that gate based on when planes were coming and going. I kind of guided him into that spot, I was like, ‘why don’t you show me that spot where you first were when we started chatting with each other?’ I invited him to look out the window there and then got on one knee. I told him it would be a lot like being in the airport. Life with me would be probably hard to steal private moments but also full of adventure. And, uh, luckily for me he said ‘yes.'”

When Pete and Chasten first communicated on the Hinge app, Chasten mentioned he was at gate B5 at O’Hare, so when Pete was ready to propose, he waited until the two of them were going on a vacation, and asked Chasten to show him the spot where they first “talked.”

Damn. Hot. Smart. Romantic. Chasten is one lucky guy, though I think Pete got lucky, too.


Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter, dammit, and co-host of The View, wants President Biden to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci because he hasn’t said when she can get the vaccine.

“The fact I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, I have no idea when and how I can get it. If you call me at 3:00 in the morning, I will go any place at any time to get it. I want to be responsible and obviously, wait my turn, but this rollout has been a disaster, and I understand President Trump can take much of the blame,” McCain continued “Now we’re in the Biden administration, and I would look for something to look forward to, and to hope for because if getting the vaccine means that just nothing changes and we have to wait another few years till everyone gets it, there’s already a lot of people not getting it. We’re already having a messaging problem getting people to take this vaccine. So, I’m over Dr. Fauci. I think we need to have more people giving more opinions and honestly, quite frankly, I think the Biden administration should remove him and put someone else in place that maybe does understand science, or can talk to other countries about how we can be more like these places who are doing this successfully.”

Poor Meghan. No special treatment. And also, no words about the giant fuckup by her party and its leaders in this pandemic, and no acknowledgement of the strides made in the first four weeks of the Biden Administration.

Take a seat, Karen.


Nikki Fried, Florida Agriculture Commissioner, directing her department not to lower its flags in honor of Rush Limbaugh, who died last week:

“I will not lower the flags at my Department’s state offices for Rush Limbaugh. Lowering our flag should reflect unity, not division—and raising our standards, not lowering them. Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool. Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh—because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.”

In Florida, y’all. A politician with a backbone and conviction.


Jesse Watters, Fox News host, showing why he’s a Fox News host:

“Biden’s never going to be the one to throw on the bomber jacket and the khakis and go off to Air Force One and show that his heart is with Texas. Like any other president, Bush, Clinton, Obama, Trump, they would have already been there, throwing out paper towels or whatever presidents do to make it look like, for the cameras, that they care. I mean, politicians have to do that. It is effective because you want to make sure the country can rally around the recovery. He barely campaigned, I think he’s barely going to govern.”

Perhaps Biden didn’t go because the situation was such a mess and his presence there wouldn’t help? Perhaps he didn’t go because he has better things to do? COVID? Heard of it? 

Perhaps the idea that you think he should go just for the photo op shows how sad your ‘news’ operation is. Fuck all the way off, hack.


President Joe Biden, urging passage of the Equality Act:

“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation. … Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long. Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society. The Equality Act provides long overdue federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, locking in critical safeguards in our housing, education, public services, and lending systems—and codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law.”

It's equality; it’s not special treatment.

Equality; and if you think that’s a bad thing there is no helping you.


Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania state Representative, and Democrat, announced that he’s running for U.S. Senate being vacated by Pat Toomey:

“America is really at a crossroads right now. I think that was made even more clear by what happened on January 6. And the reality is there nothing’s written on a tablet somewhere that says America has to succeed. You know, America succeeds because every generation steps up to protect and expand the promise of America, a promise that has excluded for too long so many working families whose lives were tough prior to COVID, and this deadly pandemic has made those cracks even worse. And so, I know that we have an opportunity right now to expand that promise, to make sure we that we have a country that doesn’t just talk about justice and fairness for all but that actually makes it real, and it’s with faith in that mission and joy in my heart that I’m announcing here tonight that I’ll be a candidate for the United States Senate to represent the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Kenyatta, who was Pennsylvania’s first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the state’s General Assembly in 2018, would also be the first openly gay black man elected to the U.S. Senate if elected.

Let’s do this!



Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Pete *swoon* now, that's a man with attention to detail. Remember when I was writing about romance? Well, there it is.
PA needs to elect Kenyatta and (daddy do me now) Brian Sims to ALL THE OFFICES. STAT. Come on, people!

As for Jesse Watters and Faux News: it's that sense of outdated masculinity what dooms them: it's not John Wayne anymore, people! Uncle Joe going to a disaster zone diverts resources that the people need to get HIM around. Such a Cheeto move, no?


the dogs' mother said...

(Pete Buttigieg)
Have a safe and happy Friday!
xoxo :-)

Deedles said...

What exactly does Meghan McCain do? She looks like she spends her time sucking lemons.

Jimmy said...

I've kept my "Pete For President" yard sign. It will happen again!

Treaders said...

Nikki Fried - saying it like it is - and as you say, FINALLY someone with a backbone!

Helen Lashbrook said...

What planet does Meghan McCain live on? She's a co-host on a talk show so that allows her to take priority over those working on the frontline or people who have learning disabilities who are 6 x more likely to die from covid than she (and her weirdo hairdos) is! I've had my first shot but I hope those that really need it had theirs before me and I would gladly have ceded my place in the list for them.

Moving with Mitchell said...

Is Megan McCain really this ignorant or is she just ensuring she stays in the news?

Bob said...

Yes yes yes to Pete the romantic!
No No Not Watters and McCain spawn.

Pete, and Chasten, are faboosh!

Judging by that whack-a-hair-do on her head it isn't the beauty parlor.

I think so, too! Luckily, he was still on our primary ballot so I was able to cast a symbolic vote for him. Next time!

Especially in Flori-duh.

To be fair, she doesn't want to jump the line, she is just pissy at Fauci and the length of time it takes to get a vaccine.
She compared the US vaccine roll-out, with 330,000,000 citizens, to Israel's roll-out, population 9,000,000, and suggested we should fire Fauci because it isn't fast enough to her self-entitled satisfaction.

Bob said...

I'm thinking it's mostly ignorance and an over-developed sense of self-worth.

Jennifer said...

I love Pete and I think he has a bright future in US politics, given how young he is.

Bob said...

He's got a lot going for him, that's for sure.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A very romantic proposal!

anne marie in philly said...

pete, my husband-in-my-head (swoon)!

mccain is a bitchy twunt who uses her daddy's name to get attention. she needs to STFU NOW! and she gave her baby a stupid name too.

nikki fried - YES!

fux noise's broadcast license should be pulled.


malcolm is running against our lt. gov john fetterman for looney toomey's seat. malcolm would win in PHL & PGH, but pennsyltucky will NEVER vote for a gay black man. pennsyltucky will also have problems with fetterman, because he's for LGBTQIA+ people and pot. we here in PA are in for a rough ride the next 18 months.

Bob said...

That was romantic.

My Husband. My Head! =)
Hopefully Pennsylvanian's will turn all the way Blue!

whkattk said...

Go, Pete! I stumped for him, I caucused for him. When he flipped to Biden, I flipped with him. This guy is Class A all the way!

Bob said...

He's a politician with conviction, which is rare.

Dave R said...

Meg can really whine, can't she?

Go Nikki Go!

Someone should point out to Jesse how long it took our failed president to get to a disaster... He waited until the wife had a new ensemble before heading to Houston, if I'm correct.

Raybeard said...

So reassuring that at long last you're able to do a post where the hopers and unifiers outnumber the no-hopers and dividers. It lifts the heart.

Travel said...

I was in a Zoom meeting, and someone was complaining that it was 82 in Miami and she had the air-con on, someone quiped it was "cooler than where Rush is!"

Fearsome Beard said...

That photo of Pete makes me Swoon, add the romance of that story to it send you need a spatula to get me off the floor.

uptonking said...

Anne Marie and Miss Maddie! Get on this. Make this happen! Pennsylvania and this nation need this man. (he's cute, too). How exciting. Get out the vote.

LGBTQ+ - Yay. Equality. Let's do this. Good thing Kamala can break that tie. Hee hee.

Jesse Watters and Fox News simply keep the old men in power - the financial interests and certain politicians are only interested in keeping the public riled up enough to keep fighting the wrong battle. The real problem is Murdoch and his monied cronies. Eat the rich!

Nikki Fried! You go, gurl. Nice to hear such plain talk. Tell it like it is.

Meghan's abundant white privilege is showing. I wish she would use her soapbox for something selfless and something more constructive. But, she's just another Karen in Lane Bryant whining about their privileged lives. I would say - fire her - but she serves as a reminder of who not to be... and that is a sort of community service. She needs to look outside herself - go volunteer at a homeless shelter and get herself a reality check.

Pete & Chasten. Sweet. I love, Pete. He's a different Obama. Great speaker. Presents well. I love his candor. Takes his shots in a civil manner. But we need Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders - we need to dismantle the financial industry. It is killing this country and keeping the poor fighting amongst itself.

Oh, I am on a soapbox, today.

Thanks for the feed, Bob. Kizzes.

Bob said...

McCain is a self=entitled princess. Her father would be SOOOO proud.

I know! It feels kinda good.
Hope you're doing well, sir!

Way cooler!!

I have saved that photo of Pete and will use it every time I talk of him because, damn! Hot!

Let MM and AM loose in PA and it'll get done. Or else!!
Sadly, Manchin isn't quite on board the Equality Act so there may be no tie.
Fucks News. It's what they do.
"she's just another Karen in Lane Bryant ." Mark me officially slayed.
I'm with you on Pete and I think he's a bit more of a progressive than we know right now.

Steve Reed said...

I love the Pete proposal story! I've never heard that.

Nikki Fried is a Democrat, so I'm not surprised at her stand on Rush Limbaugh -- but I AM surprised that Florida elected a Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture.

Meghan McCain is 15 years younger than me and I don't know when I'm getting my shot, either. She needs to chill and wait her turn.