Friday, December 15, 2017

Podcast: Christmas Tipspalooza With Lifestyle Expert Candi Fox

Author and lifestyle expert Candi Fox joins me for tons of decorating, travel, cooking and entertaining tips to make your holiday season the very best it can be. Some ideas to help save money, and some to help celebrate the holidays in new ways.

We also have suggestions for taking care of yourself and ways to reduce stress throughout the season.

Plus, we share some Christmas music from out musicians Ann Hampton Callaway, Bright Light Bright Light and Matt Zarley to make your season bright. Take a listen then go support these awesome out artists.

For many years, Candi and I were The Candi & Randy Show on BlogTalkRadio where we racked up over a million downloads of talk radio episodes.

Among the most popular shows were our annual roundup of holiday ideas woven in between some of our favorite Christmas songs. I'm thrilled to have Candi join me again.

Hit the play button below and listen as we share new ideas to celebrate the holiday season.

ELLEN: Alabama Peanut Farmer Who Protested Roy Moore On Behalf Of His Lesbian Daughter

Alabama peanut farmer Nathan Mathis, who criticized U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore this week for calling gays perverts, appeared on ELLEN today.

Mathis picketed outside Moore’s Midland City rally earlier this week with a sign which read:

Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis (who committed suicide) a pervert because she was gay. A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls aged 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worse kind.

In honor of Patti Sue, Ellen donated $25,000 to The Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, courtesy of Shutterfly.

I won't spoil it for you, but Mathis is beyond touching in his honesty talking about his daughter as well as exceedingly charming in the way he expresses his world views.

Make sure you hit play below and watch. You'll be very glad you did.

Mid-Day Brain Break: Unconventional Christmas Tree

Mid-day brain break for the creative types - a Christmas tree made from an old tire, plastic bucket, and 4 10ft tubes of PVC pipe.

How Ending Net Neutrality Could Actually Affect You

With the rollback of "Net Neutrality" by the FCC yeaterday, a lot of folks are hearing a lot about how this will or won't affect you, the consumer.

Basically, it means that internet providers can charge different fees for different services; and they can treat different websites or outlets differently.

For instance, Comcast, which owns both Xfinity and Hulu, could decide to provide faster service to Hulu and slower service to direct competitor Netflix. Or any competitor of Hulu's.

Additionally, if Comcast had a particular political leaning, they could slow down or block consumer access to websites with opposing political views.

CNN's Chris Cuomo explains better than I. Watch below.

Video: Trump Nominee For Federal Judgeship Painfully Unprepared For Senate Testimony

Much has been made in the past few days about judicial nominations coming out of the Trump White House of candidates who are not qualified to become federal judges.

Take, for example, Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley.

From The Advocate:

Mateer, who was nominated to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan,” supported so-called conversion therapy, and said marriage equality will lead to polygamy, bestiality, and people marrying inanimate objects. He made the comments in speeches in 2015, and they were uncovered by a CNN investigation this fall. He is currently Texas’s first assistant attorney general, and he previously worked for First Liberty Institute, a right-wing legal group. He had yet to be considered by the Judiciary Committee.

Talley was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He is a Justice Department lawyer who has never tried a case — he is better known as a writer of horror novels and a ghost-hunter — and he was rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association. Despite this, he was approved by the Judiciary Committee.

What has now killed his nomination, though, is the revelation that he once made an online comment defending the early Ku Klux Klan, founded shortly after the Civil War to carry out a violent campaign to keep newly freed African-Americans from exercising their rights. He has made other incendiary remarks as well, such as saying after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that the U.S. needed “to stop being a nation of pansies and man up,” according to HuffPost.

And then, yesterday, Republican Sen. John Kennedy asked Matthew Spencer Petersen, who is nominated to be a US District Judge, basic questions of law. Questions he has no answer for.

To be absolutely honest, I don't post this with any sense of glee or "gotcha."

This is achingly painful to watch a man who obviously does not have the background or experience to be a judge at this time and his answers make that clear.

He should not have been nominated by Donald Trump. This is embarrassing for not only Trump but Mr. Petersen as well.

Why is the White House nominating people who have not ever argued a single motion in a courtroom for a lifetime appointment to the federal court bench?

Watch below.

Just Because...

(via Instagram)

Christmas Music: Michael Buble & Ariana Grande "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

From the 2014 TV special "Michael Buble's Christmas in New York."

Of course, you know his Christmas album kills :)

For Your Educational Viewing Pleasure

This is practically a "Just Because" for me, because, well... cake.

But in truth, I've been thinking lately about focusing my workouts on the backside.

So, for your educational viewing pleasure... :)

(h/t Boy Culture)