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  • Kitten with Special Needs Clings to Foster Dad for Love After He was Saved

    07/18/2018 12:11:45 AM PDT · by vannrox · 5 replies
    Lovemeow ^ | Jul 17 18 | Amy Bojo
    A teeny black kitten came to a veterinary clinic, in need of foster care. He was very wobbly and extremely tiny for his age. Danielle @fostercatsandkittensAbout a month ago, Gus the kitten was taken into The Poppy Foundation at Bonanza Cat Hospital in Las Vegas after he was found on the streets in the brutal summer temperatures. "It was thought that Gus had Cerebellar Hypoplasia because he was very unstable. He would fling his head around and showed all the signs of having this neurological disorder," Danielle, an avid foster based in Las Vegas, told Love Meow. "I have...
  • Iran files suit in international court against U.S. over sanctions

    07/17/2018 10:27:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | July 17, 2018 11:14 AM | Toby Sterling
    Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday. A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court. “While we cannot comment on the specifics, Iran’s application is baseless and we intend to vigorously defend the United States before the ICJ,” a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. […] Iran said in...
  • Batwoman: Lesbian comic hero to get TV series

    07/17/2018 6:30:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 70 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 17th 2018 | BBC News
    A TV adaptation of Batwoman is to become the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead character. The show is being developed for the US channel, the CW, adding to the network's collection of shows based on DC comics characters. Batwoman was introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumours of his own homosexuality. The character was reintroduced in 2006 as a gay woman called Kate Kane. She has since become the highest-profile openly gay character of any DC comic. The show's synopsis describes Kate Kane as an "out lesbian and highly trained...
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The What's Colorful About You Quiz - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    07/17/2018 6:01:20 PM PDT · by LUV W · 103 replies
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  • TOURING TRUMPLAND – AND FINDING IT LARGELY TRUMPLESS

    07/17/2018 5:46:50 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 7/16/2018 | Tim Blair
    Exhausted by media obsession over Donald Trump’s divisive presidency, Russian collusion, threat to liberty and destruction of democracy, I recently went to the one place on earth where I could easily avoid hearing anything at all about Donald Trump. I went to the United States. Anyone who has not visited the US since Trump’s hilarious 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton might be surprised by the utter absence there of Trump in daily life. Everyday Americans are mostly just getting on with things, as normal, non-obsessive people tend to do. The apparent civil war we keep hearing about just isn’t happening....
  • A professor’s call to shut down our nation’s universities

    07/17/2018 4:53:04 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/16/18
    Thirty-three years ago, when I entered college, left-wing ideologies dominated American universities, and especially the humanities and social sciences. But one still could get a fair, balanced education by consulting traditional canonical texts that countered the dogma. Free speech was alive on college campuses. There were hisses and boos, of course, but for the most part, hearing perspectives different from your own was considered essential to your education. Few of us lived in our own curated silos. Today, after 22 years of being a college professor, and having traveled much of America to lecture, I am sad to say the...
  • The Anti-Trump Hysteria Isn’t Helping

    07/17/2018 3:13:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 17, 2018 | Danielle Pletka, senior vice president the American Enterprise Institute
    President Donald Trump’s press conference with Russia’s Vladimir Putin was a debacle. The president went from an anodyne prepared statement to a question-and-answer session that ping-ponged between stunning and appalling (with a bit of emetic thrown in for good measure). Suffice it to say, it was a new low from a chief executive who is redefining the term. But the reaction on Twitter from the foreign-policy establishment was almost as untethered as Trump himself. John Brennan, who served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Obama, tweeted: Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds...
  • How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets

    07/17/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman
    TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes... The agents arrived that night, Jan. 31, with torches that burned at least 3,600 degrees, hot enough, as they knew from intelligence collected during the planning of the operation, to cut through the 32 Iranian-made safes... In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced...
  • Chicago could soon test universal basic income program

    07/17/2018 2:29:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 07/17/2018 | By Benjamin Brown
    Chicago may soon become the largest municipality in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program. Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar recently proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend -- no questions asked. The bill already has the backing of the majority of city lawmakers, and Pawar hopes to soon work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to implement the pilot program, The Intercept reported. “Nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t have $1,000 in the bank for an emergency,” Pawar told the outlet. “UBI could be an incredible benefit for people who are working and are having...
  • Batwoman TV Series In Works At the CW With Groundbreaking Lesbian Superhero Lead

    07/17/2018 2:25:01 PM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 17, 2018 | Nellie Andreeva
    Shortened title. Full title:Batwoman TV Series In Works At the CW With Groundbreaking Lesbian Superhero Lead From Caroline Dries & Greg Berlanti Batwoman is already scheduled to visit the Arrowverse for the annual crossover event in December; she may now become a permanent member of it, expanding the universe and breaking some TV ground in the process. In Batwoman, written by Dries based on the DC characters, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed...
  • Probation for former Kenner officer who stole from Hispanic drivers

    07/17/2018 1:26:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    https://www.nola.com/ ^ | 7/17/18 | Michelle Hunter
    A former Kenner police officer was sentenced to 90 days of inactive probation after he pleaded guilty to stealing money from five Hispanic drivers during traffic stops. Jan Gregory, 34, pleaded guilty Monday (July 16) to five counts of misdemeanor theft, according to Jefferson Parish court records.Gregory resigned from the Kenner Police Department on Feb. 22, 2017, after just over four years with the agency, when investigators confronted him with allegations that he'd been stealing money from Hispanic motorists he pulled over for driving without a license, authorities said. Gregory is accused of taking a total of $3,500 from the...
  • Canada should help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany: civil liberties group

    07/17/2018 10:36:14 AM PDT · by jerod · 19 replies
    The Canadian Press, via CBC News ^ | Jul 17, 2018 9:57 AM MT | Laura Kane
    A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to end the "unjust and immoral" imprisonment of Monika Schaefer, a German-Canadian woman on trial in Germany for publishing videos denying the Holocaust. The Ontario Civil Liberties Association says it's concerned about Canada's apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Schaefer, who it describes as a Canadian "political prisoner" who was charged under a German criminal law that does not exist in Canada and is contrary to international law. In a letter signed by executive director Joseph Hickey, the association calls on Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Affairs Minister...
  • Planet Fitness bans woman for objecting to sharing locker room with ‘transgender’ man

    07/17/2018 10:14:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/17/2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    July 16, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – Once again Planet Fitness has found itself at the center of a dispute which pits the wishes of men who ‘identify as women’ over the safety and privacy of women and girls.   Liberty Counsel has taken on the case of a Florida woman, ‘Mrs. H.,’who alleges that Planet Fitness discriminated against her after she objected to the presence of a man––Jordan ‘Ivy’ Rice––in the women’s locker room.   Mrs. H.’s membership was terminated because of her repeated vocal objections in the presence of other female gym patrons. “This is not the only incident with Mr....
  • British baby’s rare tumor confounds NHS, cured in USA

    07/17/2018 10:01:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/16/2018
    Most parents would readily cross oceans to save their child's life, with no thought as to the cost or distance. But for some children in the UK, like Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard, that simply wasn't an option they were given. Oliver Cameron is one of the fortunate ones, though, and thanks to the tireless efforts of his parents and doctors at Boston Children's Hospital, Oliver is alive and thriving today. When Oliver was born in the United Kingdom, he had a large, non-cancerous tumor in his heart, called a cardiac fibroma. It was so rare that doctors in the...
  • Trump to speak about Fake News on Putin at 2:00 pm

    07/17/2018 9:57:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 279 replies
    Fox is reporting Trump will speak at 2:00 about the pearl clutching regarding the Putin event yesterday. Rod Rosenstein was called to the White House today.
  • A bad marriage can seriously damage your health, say scientists

    07/17/2018 9:46:21 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/16/18 | Layal Liverpool
    A bad marriage with frequent conflicts could have a serious detrimental impact on your health, according to psychologists. The researchers at the universities of Nevada and Michigan monitored 373 heterosexual couples to investigate whether disagreeing about multiple topics – such as children, money, in-laws and leisure activities – had negative health implications. “We followed married couples over the first 16 years of marriage and compared the subjective health of wives and husbands who reported a greater number of conflict topics to those who reported fewer,” said Rosie Shrout, who presented the preliminary results at the International Association for Relationship Research...
  • How Trump Can Lower Drug Prices

    07/17/2018 8:16:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/17/2018 | Steve Moore
    One of Donald Trump's more memorable promises on the campaign trail was to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Polls show this issue remains popular with Americans, especially lower-income families, who are worried about high drug prices. Of course, the entire concept of drug prices' being "too high" is subjective. Drugs are too expensive ... compared with what? Certainly not compared with not having the drugs available at all. If you suffer from the intense pain of migraine headaches or have been diagnosed with lung cancer, how much would you pay for a drug to help you? I have friends...
  • Immigrants Change Cultures -- Whether New Yorkers in Florida or Latinos in America

    07/17/2018 8:08:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/17/2018 | Dennis Prager
    The most frequently used description of America by those who advocate for large numbers of immigrants -- those here legally or illegally -- is "America is a nation of immigrants."The statement sounds meaningful. But in reality, it's meaningless. What else could America be? If no one had come to America from elsewhere, the North American continent would have remained populated only by its indigenous people -- which is what many on the left wish had happened. As the late Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," the most widely used American history text in high schools...
  • Prof. Walter Williams: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot -- Here's a Better Alternative to Tariffs

    07/17/2018 7:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/17/2018 | Walter Williams
    The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of cheddar sells for $3.64. Canadians pay $3.99 for a 1-pound container of yogurt. In Washington, D.C., you can get nearly twice as much yogurt for a little over $4. It's clear that the Canadian government's tariffs screw its citizens by forcing them to pay higher prices for dairy products. What should the U.S. response be...
  • Subsidies Galore: Corporate Welfare For The Politically-Connected Businesses Is Bipartisan

    07/17/2018 7:33:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/17/2018
    Congress created the usual special interest frenzy with its latest iteration of the Farm Bill. Agricultural subsidies are one of the most important examples of corporate welfare, money handed out to businesses based on political connections. Business plays a vital role in a free market. In real capitalism there are no guaranteed profits. But corporate welfare eliminates this handicap for the well-connected. Business subsidies that allow politicians to channel economic resources toward their preferred ends distort investment and trade. Moreover, turning government into an engine of illicit profit encourages what economists call rent-seeking. Well-organized special interests usually triumph over the...