[NYPOST] The historical fiction "Courting Mr. Lincoln" focuses on the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his future wife, Mary Todd ‐ as well as his best friend, Joshua Speed, with whom he shared a bed while living in Springfield, Ill. The Post talked to author Louis Bayard about why Honest Abe’s sex life made such compelling material for his novel (published by Algonquin Books), out Tuesday.
Lincoln was open about sharing a bed with Speed ‐ was this a common arrangement at the time?
It was a common arrangement among bachelors because beds were expensive. [What was strange] was the length of time [they shared the bed] ‐ three years. And they got married late in life.
What research did you do?
I learned as much as I can about these guys, and the book is a promiscuous mixture of fact and invention. The book that was helpful was "The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln" by C.A. Tripp. He was a Kinsey Institute sex researcher and the first to declare that Lincoln was homosexual. The book is a bit over-the-top and was savaged at the time, but it was the first to bring up that possibility. Although [Lincoln biographer] Carl Sandburg brought up in his 1926 biography that the friendship had a "streak of lavender," which was code.
Were there ever whispers of Lincoln being gay from his political opponents?
I’ve never come across a whisper of that nature. There were whispers about James Buchanan. One of the things that did come up with Lincoln’s early biographers is that he wasn’t a player with the gals. Even his own stepmother, who adored him, said he was never much for girls.
[DAWN] Two teenagers have been locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! over the killing of a journalist rubbed out in Northern Ireland, police said on Saturday, after a murder that has triggered international condemnation.
The 18 and 19-year-old men were arrested in Londonderry under anti-terror laws and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.
Journalist Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head late on Thursday in Derry by, police believe, dissident republicans linked to the New IRA paramilitary group as they clashed with police in Northern Ireland's second city.
Tributes to the 29-year-old were led by her partner, Sara Canning, who said McKee's "amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act".
The leaders of Northern Ireland's main political parties ‐ who have been unable to form a regional government for more than two years ‐ joined together to condemn the killing.
Detectives hunting the gunman had released security camera footage of the unrest on Derry's Creggan estate, hoping that the community would help trace her killers.
[THEMOSCOWTIMES] Russia considers new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba to be illegal and it plans to do everything to support its allies in Caracas and Havana, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced a series of new sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela on Wednesday as the Trump administration sought to boost pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and the countries that support him.
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[THEMOSCOWTIMES] Russia sent the United States a draft joint declaration on how to prevent nuclear war, only to never hear back from Washington, the Kommersant business daily reported on Friday.
The U.S. and Russia are suspending the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty this summer. The only U.S.-Russia arms control pact limiting deployed nuclear weapons — the New START — expires in February 2021. TheRooshuns have been cheating on it.
[AlAhram] French police said they enjugged Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! more than 100 "yellow vest" demonstrators on Saturday in Gay Paree as thousands of protestors erupted into the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches.
AFP journalists reported scuffles between police and protesters in the afternoon, after hours of calm, as police used anti-riot grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers in the centre of the French capital.
Police headquarters reported 126 arrests and 11,000 checks on individual protesters.
Gay Paree seemed to bear the brunt of Saturday's protests, but other French cities were also expecting demonstrations.
Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron signed into law legislation that gave security forces greater powers at demonstrations but which opponents claimed violated civil liberties.
One measure banned protestors from covering their faces, but La Belle France's Constitutional Council, its highest constitutional authority, refused to give its green light to one of the most contentious parts of the legislation.
It would also have given the authorities the power to ban from demonstrations any individual "posing a particularly serious threat to public order".
The "yellow vest" movement is demanding changes to the government's social and fiscal policies.
Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.
Dozens of black-hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to scooters and trash cans in the center of the French capital, according to Reuters TV footage.
Police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it to Paris' Place de la Republique, where most of the demonstrators were contained in the late afternoon.
As of 1200 GMT, a total of 9,600 people were demonstrating across France, including 6,700 in Paris, the interior ministry said.
This is more than last week's protest, which drew 7,500 demonstrators, but represents only a fraction of the record 282,000 estimated on Nov. 17, the first day of the protests.
As of 1300 GMT, 110 people had been arrested and placed in custody, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
Several demonstrators clearly alluded to the catastrophic fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday, which prompted an outpouring of national sorrow and a rush by rich families and corporations to pledge around 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) for its reconstruction.
"Millions for Notre-Dame, what about for us, the poor?" read a sign worn by a demonstrator. "Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables," read another sign that evoked Victor Hugo's well-known novel.
Large portions of the Paris metro network were closed and about 60,000 police were deployed across France, authorities said.
Police also fired tear gas in the city of Toulouse, where thousands of people were demonstrating, including hundreds of motor-bikers holding a large banner asking for President Emmanuel Macron's resignation.
There were about 1,500 to 2,000 people demonstrating in the streets of Bordeaux, according to a Reuters witness.
Of course they do. Transmission and charging losses are huge! Refer to the US Energy Flow diagram. here
That said electric cars do move the pollution from city centers to rural power generation sites and are simpler to repair.
[NYT] The male reproductive organ isn’t exactly renowned for its aesthetic appeal, let’s be honest.
And while most men accept this reality with a shrug, it has emerged a minority of men harbor such deep insecurities about their wrinkly scrotums they’re willing to invest substantially in their beautification.
We’re not talking about a manscaping wax or a penis enlargement, although both are tried and true options for genital embellishment.
Rather, allow us to enlighten you on the medical phenomenon that is "Scrotox."
"Scrotox is the use of Botox, or one of the three neurotoxins for muscle relaxation, injected into the scrotum," said Dr. Jayson Oates, principal surgeon and medical director of CALIBRE Clinic, a specialty practice dedicated to medical male enhancement procedures in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Australia.
A Scrotox procedure costs approximately $1,000, and Oates explains while some men choose Scrotox for cosmetic reasons, for the majority the procedure is medicinal.
The one area where the discerning do not want enforced relaxation, one would think... But on the other side there is surgical perfection of the labia majora. So let us hope they find one another, keeping them away from the rest of us.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft suffers an anomaly during static fire testing at Cape Canaveral
Just six weeks after splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean following a successful Demo-1 test flight, the same SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft was set to perform multiple static fire tests on Saturday to verify that the capsule’s propulsion systems were functioning properly ahead of an inflight abort test planned for the summer. However, during the testing, the spacecraft suffered a significant anomaly. The incident will likely lead to further delays with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
On March 8th – after a four day stay at the International Space Station – Crew Dragon returned to Earth with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. The mission was an uncrewed demonstration flight – called Demo-1 – meant to certify Crew Dragon for human spaceflight.
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[NYP] The US Navy is investigating a hidden camera discovered by a female Marine in the women’s bathroom of the USS Arlington.
A spokesman for the Sixth Fleet said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has launched a probe into the "recording device" found "in a head," aka toilet on the ship, NBC reported.
"The Navy/Marine Corps team takes all reports of sexual harassment seriously, and are committed to thoroughly investigating these allegations and providing resources and care to victims of sexual harassment," Cdr. Kyle Raines said.
The Marine reported the device in March, and the NCIS has been investigating since, according to NBC.
Authorities confirmed the device can take still images, but it’s unclear what’s on the footage and whether it could record video.
The Arlington is based in Norfolk, Va., and serves as a landing dock for naval ships. The ship left with a fleet from the East Coast in December for seven-month deployment in Europe and the Middle East, according to Stars and Stripes, and is cu rrently docked in Greece.
So unless its waterproof and placed within as lower stall the footage is going to pretty pathetic. Even in the stall the footage will likely be less than spectacular. Whomever is involved should get made an example of. This shit is unacceptable.
[RightScoop] An 11-year-old’s story has been making the rounds on conservative media after Bella Moscato was told by her teacher that she couldn’t do a "hero" report on President Trump because of what he said about women.
She got a pretty cool surprise from the president in the mail: Gotta' hit the link - sorry - AS.
Some signed documents and WH school supplies (to jack with her teacher, I suspect)
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What was the surprise that President Trump gave the girl?
Click on the image of the tweet at the link, then when the actual tweet pops up, click on the image there, which will allow you to scroll through the photos. The second one shows White House school supply swag — pens, pencils, a ruler and more.
And yes, it will drive the teacher bonkers, a valuable lesson she’ll have got for free.
[Jpost] Six months after the massacre of 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue complex in Pittsburgh, several dozen officials met in a conference room overlooking the National Mall.
Dear Reader, here is something for you to think about — and possibly take back — to harden your own church/community center/school/workplace. Because most of these kinds of attacks have not been done by jihadis against Jews, and even so little as arming leadership types with cell phones to call the police in the case of an attack is enough to make a difference.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.