Donald Trump ALMOST out-does Dan Patrick on Twitter

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About 7 a.m. this morning (Sunday, June 12), just hours after people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a mass shooting inside an Orlando gay bar, Texas’ right-wing asshole lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, tweeted a Bible verse about “reaping what you sow.” He has since deleted it, I believe, but not before the whole world saw it.

And now, the man who would be king … uh, president, I mean … has almost outdone Patrick in the realm of tasteless, vulgar, hateful tweeting. Almost.

About noon CST, Trump tweeted: “Appreciate the congrats on being right about radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

As says: “There is something morally repulsive about anyone receiving congratulations on a day when over 100 innocent Americans were killed and wounded in an act of terror. Instead of thinking about the victims of this horrific attack, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is patting himself on the back.”

I still say that Dan Patrick’s tweet suggesting that the shooting was God’s vengeance on gays trumps Trump. But then there’s Pat Robertson to consider. He just came right out and declared that the shooting is God’s punishment on the country for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling a year ago on marriage equality.

—  Tammye Nash

As LGBT community mourns, Dan Patrick sends judgmental tweet

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A screen shot from Dan Patrick’s Twitter page this morning, Sunday, June 12, shortly before 7 am. The tweet about FWISD, just below the quote from Galatians, was tweeted Friday, June 10


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As the details of a mass shooting inside a Florida gay bar continued to unfold Sunday morning, and the LGBT community — indeed, the country — mourned the more than 60 people killed or wounded in what officials are calling an act of terrorism, Texas’ right-wing lieutenant governor continued to prove what as an ass he is by posting a judgmental tweet that seems obviously tied to news of the attack.

“‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.’ Galations 6:7.”

The tweet was sent shortly before 7 a.m.

Thanks, Dan Patrick. As the rest of the country responds with shock, grief and sympathy, you have once again embarrased Texas with your hatefulness.

—  Tammye Nash

Jarrett congratulates Jenner in Tweet


Caitlyn Jenner, left, and Valerie Jarrett

Valerie June Bowman Jarrett is a senior advisor to President Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

Today, Addie Whisenant, the White House’s director of African-American media, sent out an email, just making sure that the media saw Jarrett’s tweet to Caitlyn Jenner:

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Regardless of what you think of Caitlyn Jenner and her transition, there is no doubt she is bringing attention to bear on transgender women and men and the difficulties they face. And here, a presidential advisor is not only Tweeting congrats to Caitlyn, the White House is sending out emails to make sure we don’t miss it. That’s progress.

—  Tammye Nash

Houston Aeros’ Justin Fontaine suspended for anti-gay tweet

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Houston’s American Hockey League team, the Aeros, has suspended player Justin Fontaine for two games after a homophobic tweet from the right winger.

The suspension was handed down from the Aeros’ parent NHL team the Minnesota Wild, who issued a press statement apologizing for Fontaine’s “inappropriate” comment.

Fontaine has since removed the offending tweet and tweeted an apology, saying “Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more.” Missing from Fontaine’s apology was any recognition that it is cruel to use a term for queer people to deride something.

The issue is not that Fontaine used a naughty word, or that he did it in a public venue. The issue is that Fontaine seems to think that words meaning LGBT people are synonyms for “a thing I don’t like.” It’s hard to imagine that that equation does not stem from a dislike for LGBT people.

—  admin

Does this mean Perry is staying in the race?

Over on the main page we’ve posted Lisa Keen’s report on last night’s Iowa caucus results, in which she noted that Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he was returning to Texas to decide whether to continue his campaign after finishing a disappointing fifth. Communications Director Ray Sullivan later added that it’s unlikely Perry will announce a decision before Thursday, but then moments ago came the below tweet from the governor’s verified Twitter account, along with the above photo of Perry in jogging gear. “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!” reads the tweet from Perry’s account. Is this the official announcement that Perry will continue his campaign until the Jan. 21 primary in South Carolina? If so, we’d say he should have at least combed his hair for the photo. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A Perry campaign source reportedly told Peter Hamby of CNN that, “We’re back on.”

—  John Wright

Dallas police: 2nd rock was found outside ‘A-List: Dallas’ cast member Taylor Garrett’s apartment

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Two rocks with threatening notes attached — not one — were found last week outside a broken window at the Design District apartment of Taylor Garrett, a gay Republican cast member from the The A-List Dallas.

Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said today that a porter at the complex found the first rock in some mulch in the bushes. The porter looked up and saw broken glass on the door to Garrett’s second-floor balcony. The porter notified the apartment manager, who contacted a Dallas police officer who lives at the complex. It’s unclear when the porter actually found the rock, Martin said, but records show the officer filed his report last Friday morning and placed the rock into evidence.

Martin said the officer wasn’t initially able to contact Garrett, who has said he returned late last Thursday from Los Angeles, where he’d been filming for The A List. When someone from the complex finally got ahold of Garrett, they went onto the balcony and discovered a second rock with a similar note attached. They also discovered that the double-pane glass window was broken only halfway through, Martin said.

—  John Wright

GIVEAWAY: Pseudo-tweet us to win a pair of tix to Katy Perry & Robyn Thursday night at Verizon

We don’t want to know what you did “Last Friday Night,” but we are wondering if you have plans for Thursday. Thanks to the guys at Universal (Robyn’s peeps actually), we have one pair of tickets to give away to her show. Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour lands at Verizon Theatre on Thursday night, and you could be in on the action.

What do you gotta do? Tell us about your “Teenage Dream” in Twitter fashion. That means 140 characters or less. Who struck your fancy in high school? Was it a classmate? A teacher? Why?

And no worries if you don’t have Twitter. Just email it here and a winner will be picked tomorrow.

The rules:

• Twitter fashion means no more than 140 characters including spaces. Abbeviations r good. In fact, this sentence you’re reading is 140 chars.
• It can’t be NSFW. No x-rated fantasies or pics or stuff like that. Automatic DQ.
• You’ll have to pick up the tickets from the office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday.
• Deadline is 11 a.m. on Thursday.
• Include your full name in the email, but it won’t count toward your 140.

    Good luck and happy pseudo-tweeting. Of course, you can always tweet us for real anytime here or here.

    —  Rich Lopez

    Tishomingo’s Shelton sorry for anti-gay tweet

    Shortly after GLAAD called on people to Twitter-bomb country music star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton for his homophobic tweet from Wednesday, Shelton took to the social media network this morning to offer an apology, after initially trying to laugh off the criticism. (Note that Shelton’s Twitter account says he lives in Tishomingo, which is just north of the Texas border.)

    —  John Wright

    Takei, Gaga urge fans via Twitter to help with relief efforts for Japan

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, celebrities are already jumping on board to help. Lady Gaga posted a tweet earlier this afternoon encouraging fans to buy her prayer bracelet with all the proceeds going to relief efforts.

    Click here to order.

    Gay Japanese actor George Takei has also taken to tweeting about the catastrophic events using the poignant hashtag #TodayWeAreAllJapanese and encouraging his followers to donate to the Red Cross.

    Click here to follow Takei’s link to the Red Cross.

    —  Rich Lopez

    LISTEN: Britney Spears’ ‘Till the World Ends’

    I’m more stunned by Perez Hilton’s tweet that this song made him cry. Or that he felt the need to TWEET THAT! OMG!!! Yeah, kinda like that.

    But here it is and I think it has better potential than that horrid “Hold It Against Me” single. Apparently Ke$ha helped out with this song. Perez said so. OMG!!!

    —  Rich Lopez