Monthly Archives: May 2017

LIVE VIDEO: Naval Academy Obelisk Climb

From the Washington Post: Hundreds of Naval Academy plebes work together to scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard. It’s an annual tradition: The first year students can’t begin their summer until they replace an underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at the top of the monument with an upperclassman’s hat.

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ROCKET MAN: Refugee Iranian Animator Tells His Story In Stunning Contest-Winning Elton John Video

The Upcoming reports: Elton John and long time co-writer Bernie Taupin have made some of the most famous pop songs of the 20th century. Many of the pair’s biggest hits came during a highly productive period in the early 70s, with songs including Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets. This period of work formed the basis of ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump And Netanyahu Give Joint Speech

Will Trump drop another inadvertent bomb? PBS reports: President Donald Trump will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in Jerusalem, part of his first overseas trip since taking the Oval Office. President Donald Trump and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a joint statement. The U.S. president arrived in Israel from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he gave a ...

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Wilbur Ross Cheers Lack Of Protesters In Saudi Arabia (Where Protesters Are Jailed Or Beheaded) [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross marveled Monday morning that there was not even “a single hint or a protester” anywhere in Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump’s visit there over the weekend, conceding only at a CNBC anchor’s prodding that the lack of unrest could have been due to the Islamic kingdom’s lack of protections for freedom of ...

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Trump Declares He “Never Mentioned Israel” When He Revealed Classified Intel To The Russians [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump said Monday that he never mentioned Israel during an Oval Office meeting when he disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats, which has never been claimed. “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned during that conversation,” Trump said in Jerusalem during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “They’re all ...

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ISRAEL: Melania Appears To Slap Trump’s Hand Away At Red Carpet Airport Welcome With Officials [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: The honeymoon is over on President Trump’s foreign trip. First Lady Melania Trump refused to hold her husband’s hand and then slapped it away as they arrived in Israel as part of the President’s first travels abroad in office. News cameras captured the cold gesture as the couple walked down the tarmac at a ...

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FLORIDA: Sinkhole Opens In Front Of Mar-A-Lago

The Palm Beach Post reports: A sinkhole has opened in front of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, according to an email alert from the Town of Palm Beach. The 4 foot by 4 foot hole is in front of the club and appears to be near a new water main on Southern Boulevard, the alert said. Utility crews from West ...

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Supreme Court Upholds Ruling That North Carolina’s US House District Maps Were Drawn With Racial Bias

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina lawmakers relied too heavily on race when drawing congressional districts in 2011, affirming a lower-court ruling that forced legislators to create new maps last year. The racial gerrymanders that left Republicans representing 10 of 13 North Carolina congressional districts were meant to dilute the power ...

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Michael Flynn To Defy Senate Subpoena, Will Invoke Fifth Amendment Protection Against Self-Incrimination

The Associated Press reports: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions ...

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So This Happened Yesterday In Saudi Arabia…

Reuters reports: Images of U.S. President Donald Trump placing his hands on a glowing orb has set alight the internet, prompting comparisons to science fiction and fantasy villains. The pictures were taken while Trump – on a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe – along with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited ...

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INDONESIA: Jakarta Police Arrest 141 Men In Raid On Gay Sauna As Anti-LGBT Crackdown Intensifies

The Associated Press reports: Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in ...

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Son Of Roger Ailes Vows Revenge On His Late Father’s Sexual Harassment Accusers: “Hell Is Coming With Me”

From Laura Ingraham’s Lifezette blog: Friends and family of former Fox News chairman and founding CEO Roger Ailes gathered together and mourned his death Saturday during an intimate service at the St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Family and friends alike remembered Ailes as fiercely committed to his principles and always willing to lend a hand to ...

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MISSISSIPPI: GOP Lawmaker Calls For Lynching Public Officials Who Vote To Remove Confederate Monuments

Jackson’s ABC affiliate reports: Mississippi State Representative Karl Oliver’s Facebook page is getting a lot of attention after a recent post. It’s regarding the recent removal of Confederate monuments in Louisiana. The Republican represents District District 46 – Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery, Webster counties. “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern ...

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MOLDOVA: Riot Police Evacuate LGBT Rights Marchers After Orthodox Protesters Throw Eggs [VIDEO]

Radio Free Europe reports: A protest march organized by Moldova’s LGBT community on May 21 in the capital, Chisinau, was halted after just several hundred meters as police sought to avert a confrontation with participants in a counterprotest made up of “Orthodox priests and believers.” Scores of participants in the LGBT march, who were wearing white shirts with the logo ...

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John Oliver Rants About “Stupid Watergate” [VIDEO]

The AV Club recaps: As a rule, Last Week Tonight takes the form of a Daily Show-style recap of the week in appalling news, then a long segment of host John Oliver doing a more extensive survey of a lesser known, somehow more appalling single issue. But this past week of unrelenting, unprecedented bullshit flung from the Trump White House ...

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TEXAS: State House Advances Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

The Dallas Morning News reports: The Texas House voted late Sunday on a bill that will keep transgender public school children from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. The measure, a Republican deal on the “bathroom bill,” passed the GOP-dominated chamber by a vote of 91-50. It needs one more vote to officially pass the House. If the ...

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ISRAEL: Furious Netanyahu Orders Officials To Attend Trump Airport Reception, Some Planned To Boycott

The Guardian reports: Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has reportedly been forced to order his ministers to attend the airport reception for Donald Trump on Monday, after discovering that a number had planned not to attend. According to reports in the Israeli media, an angry Netanyahu was informed on Sunday that party heads and a number of ministers planned to ...

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Palestinian Group Calls For Anti-US “Day Of Rage”

The Associated Press reports: Palestinian activists are calling for a “Day of Rage” when President Donald Trump visits the West Bank on Tuesday. A group calling itself the Supreme National Leadership Committee is calling for public demonstrations across the West Bank. The committee includes various Palestinian political factions, including President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. The demonstrations are meant to draw ...

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Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Signals Producers To Cut Clip Of Trump Bowing To Saudi Arabian King [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: The Fox News program Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday abruptly cut video of President Donald Trump bowing his head to King Salman of Saudi Arabia. During an interview with Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro’s show played B-roll of Trump’s lavish visit to Saudi Arabia. But when the highly-mocked video of Trump bowing ...

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Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out On Pence [VIDEO]

The Indianapolis Star reports: When Mike Pence took the stage at Notre Dame’s commencement on Saturday, more than 100 students quietly got up from their seats and left. There were a few cheers. Some boos. This was not a surprise, but rather a staged protest some students had been planning for weeks. When Notre Dame announced that the vice president ...

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