HOUSTON. LGBTQ activist Ray Hill dies of heart disease at 78: ‘Houston’s fiercest champion of LGBTQ rights expired peacefully in hospice care at Omega House, enveloped in the love of friends and admirers. With his transition, the 78-year-old takes with him an enormous personality, groundbreaking life, unique brand of courage, and rare sense of humor.
RUSSIA AND UKRAINE. Russia attacks and seizes three Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea: ‘Oleksii Makeiev, political director of Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, called the incident an act of “warmongering” that “undermines security of the whole region.” The country’s National Security and Defense Council, of which President Petro Poroshenko is chairman, approved a proposal to introduce martial law for 60 days, Poroshenko’s office said early Monday.
NEEDED CHEETOS. That time a bear walked into a police station…on two legs.
JEROME CORSI. Roger Stone associated says he’ll reject plea deal in Mueller probe. “They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.”
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS. Trump “coffee boy” ordered to jail: ‘In ruling issued just a day before Papapdopoulos was scheduled to report to serve his two-week sentence for making false statements to FBI agents investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia, U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss said Papadopoulos’ legal arguments fell short of what was needed to justify delaying the sentence Moss imposed in September.’
PEPPER SPRAY. Border Patrol Foundation president on Latinx migrants.
On Fox & Friends, Border Patrol Foundation president defends pepper spraying latinx migrants because “it’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.” pic.twitter.com/QLdQXqqNno
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 26, 2018
THE NEXT REMAKE. Four Weddings and a Funeral?
FACEBOOK. UK seizes documents: ‘Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions. The cache of documents is alleged to contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It is claimed they include confidential emails between senior executives, and correspondence with Zuckerberg.’
NICK AYERS. Mike Pence’s next move?
CARDIAC ARREST. Roseanne Barr’s heart attack was a prank.
ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines.
HAYLEY KIYOKO. Being part of the LGBTQ community is very empowering: “It makes me emotional… We all go through tough times accepting ourselves and to be able to know so many people accept me for who I am – I just feel like we all want that validation and to be able to love yourself. You’re wanting people to approve so then you can feel free to be who you are. My fans are able to give me that, and I try to give them that energy straight back to them – give them that space to love themselves, and to feel open and free.”
NEW ZEALAND. Hundreds of pilot whales strand themselves.
As many as 145 pilot whales die after becoming stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand's Stewart Island.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2018
MACRO BUG OF THE DAY. Tiny treehopper.
NEW TUNES OF THE DAY. Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) “Alan” and “Not For Me” benefiting Immigration Equality: “Immigration Equality is doing important work providing free legal services for LGBTQ and HIVpositive individuals that are seeking asylum in the US. It’s a hugely important cause to me, especially now,” says Hadreas. “Like many generations before us, we still have many challenges facing us here in America, but also around the world. In over 80 countries, being LGBTQ is still criminalised. It is vital that we as a nation and as a global community continue to fiercely support those that keep us moving forward. Everyone deserves a chance to be safe and free – it is a human right.”
MONDAY MUSCLE. Jack Aryanto.