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Want fries with that: McDonald's customers left outraged after 2-year-old daughter found used condom in restaurant
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 11:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Slandering Mister Lincoln
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "he was never much for girls"

Well, look at his face. Is this the face of a man who's a hit with the girls?
Posted by: Angamp Panda7337 || 04/21/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this the face of a man who's a hit with the girls?

Nose and ears suggest he might be.
Different times.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect he had more to do with prostitutes than boys.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/21/2019 17:19 Comments || Top||

Two teens held after killing of N. Irish journalist
[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.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'terror' or sexual exploitation vengeance?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#2  The impression I had, Skidmark, was that the lady in question was felled by random gunfire in her general direction. Was I mistaken?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 17:47 Comments || Top||

#3  "a single gunman fired shots"

"Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head"

Story quotes tell me a different story, she was targeted.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 20:14 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Russia Says It Will Help Venezuela, Cuba to Weather U.S. Sanctions
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
U.S. Ignored Russia’s Nuclear War Prevention Pact
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Police arrest 'yellow vest' demonstrators as protests resume
[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.
The Jerusalem Post has more precise numbers:
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.

The Daily Mail has the usual photos and video.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

U.S. arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Working for what 3letter?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 10:23 Comments || Top||

Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones, German study shows
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.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All electric vehicles do is change where the exhaust pipe is.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/21/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Iran hangs man for violating anti-gay laws and kidnapping two 15-year-old boys
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "gay sex - a crime punishable by death under the country's strict Sharia law."

Guess sharia is different in different places.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#2  "Only one boy per grown man. It's in the Holy Koran Crayon"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I've no problem with hanging for kidnapping, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/21/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe 'gay sex' is different than rough pedophilic sodomy.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 20:17 Comments || Top||

#5  A closeted imam of Spain
Got all of his kicks from a crane.
"But why?" squawked the crane,
"You have nothing to gain."
"Well, that's not strictly true..." croaked Duwayne.

Totally not-gay wink hat tip to Hemingway.
Posted by: Bill Ghibelline3776 || 04/21/2019 22:06 Comments || Top||

#6  He was building his own bugger harem ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/21/2019 22:50 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Men are spending $1,000 on ‘Scrotox' injections to impress dates
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/21/2019 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How will this impact gym sock sales? Inquiring minds....
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/21/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The male reproductive organ isn’t exactly renowned for its aesthetic appeal

Need some change to your date selection rules, bub.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Who says romance is dead?
Posted by: Matt || 04/21/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#4  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 13:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Neurotoxins injected into the scrotum. Color me doubtful.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/21/2019 16:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Pro Tip™: They can't criticize when they're blindfolded
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2019 19:10 Comments || Top||

#7  "I married him for his beautiful scrotum."

"A scrotum do die for."

I can't stop laughing to type another.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/21/2019 22:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Imagine the before and after pics.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/21/2019 22:56 Comments || Top||

Anomaly !

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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Posted by: 3dc || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if this was due to the re-use and something with salt water vs reconditioning of the superdraco rockets? They have fired these thing many times before IIRC.
Posted by: Neville Glolutch8436 || 04/21/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Rumours of DM-1 Dragon's explosive demise confirmed. Lots and lots of tiny pieces
Posted by: 3dc || 04/21/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  So, the anomaly wasn't a dimensional shift?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 10:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Warp core breach?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/21/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Ouch! Reminds me of some of the problems the WW2 Germans had with Me-163 Komet...
Posted by: magpie || 04/21/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Stoners around the US and Canada celebrate the biggest 420 day EVER at public festivals after a tenth state legalizes recreational weed
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 11:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Hidden camera found in women's head of USS Arlington
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/21/2019 07:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 04/21/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/21/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Quick road to a change of command. Perhaps that was the intent.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/21/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Less interest in the Men's room cameras?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#5  "Next on NCIS..."
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#6  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.

Seems you may have made a detailed study, RJ.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2019 13:37 Comments || Top||

#7  It was looking at her brain?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/21/2019 19:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Diana ensconced in her bower
(a Devil Dog takin' a shower,
and, man, was she strappin'!),
Caught Actaeon snappin'...
Whom hounds will devoutly devour.
Posted by: Glomosing Omomonter2132 || 04/21/2019 21:34 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Glomosing Omomonter2132 || 04/21/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#10  *double happy sigh*
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 22:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
11-year-old who wasn't allowed to do ‘hero' report on Trump gets a surprise from the president!
[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.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's right - I saw this on the CBS Evening News last night!

Um, no I didn't...
Posted by: Raj || 04/21/2019 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Just think of how oboz0, the POS zer0 would have handled it? only CRICKETS! PEOPLE, WE have a REAL PRESIDENT. HAPPY EASTER!
Posted by: ranture || 04/21/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  What was the surprise that President Trump gave the girl? The article and linked article doesn't say.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 04/21/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Some signed documents and WH school supplies (to jack with her teacher, I suspect)
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Ahh thanks, seems I had Twitter JavaScript turned off so I didn't see it.

'Tis cool and teacher should be made to understand the first amendment! ( There is this issue of who is qualified to teach this, clearly it's not the liberals.

Thanks TW and Frank!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 04/21/2019 17:41 Comments || Top||

Here’s How Jewish Groups Are Planning For The Next Pittsburgh
[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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

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  3 churches bombed at Easter services in Sri Lanka 262 Dead
Sat 2019-04-20
  Woman killed after shots fired during violent riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Fri 2019-04-19
  Islamic State Declared A New Wilaya In Africa
Thu 2019-04-18
  German Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Recruiting ISIS Members To Syria
Wed 2019-04-17
  Houthis in Yemen introduced a new airburst ballistic missile that spreads 14,000 pieces of shrapnel over a large area
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  Violence and dozens of arson attacks in Copenhagen after anti-Islam politician throws Koran in migrant neighbourhood
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  Notre Dame Cathedral is burning
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  Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand succumbs to injuries sustained in an airstrike
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  Sudan President al-Bashir officially arrested
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  Ecuador withdraws asylum from Julian Assange, arrested by UK police
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