Saturday, January 6, 2018
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I went with several friends to a restaurant in Texas and after the meal went to pay. Unknowingly, the $20 bill I had in my wallet had “Trump Lives Here” written in permanent marker on The White House.
The cashier looks at it and says, “I can’t take this money because it’s invalid. It’s been defaced.”
“You gotta be kidding me!”
The kid holds his ground and says, “You have to give me some other form of payment like a credit card or something.”
“I can’t. This is all I got.”
He then tells me I need to go to an ATM and get valid currency. I say, “Nope, the money works. You can definitely take it.”
Kid goes, “But I’m not going to.”
So I called the cops.
By now several people had gathered around the register and when the cops arrived there was the standard, “What seems to be the trouble here?”
Before I can say anything, the kid blurts out: “This man is attempting to pass counterfeit currency which has been defaced and I’m not accepting it.”
Cop says, “Let me see the bill.”
Upon examination the cops says, “Son, there are millions of bills with writing on them and it is valid currency so kindly take it and give the gentleman his change.”
Kid says, “Nope, I’m not taking it.”
The rubber hits the road at this point and the kid says, “Because anything with Trump’s name on it disgusts me. He’s not my President!”
The cop pauses for a second, looks down, and proceeds to say: “Ok, here’s the deal: Take the money and give the gentleman his proper change, or his lunch is free today because he’s trying to pay you for the meal.”
The kid still refused, and the cop tells me, “Have a nice day, sir. You are free to go.”
The cop then looks at the kid and says, “I guess when word gets out that meals are free if Trump’s name is written on a $20 bill on The White House, this place will get swamped with people wanting to eat for free.”
This post has been slightly revised from the original.
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The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This week, researchers found one off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature.
The shark was found off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area aboard a trawler, the BBC reported. The aim of the project was to “minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing,” but the team unknowingly caught one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.
The frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the time of the dinosaurs, with scientists dating it back to the Cretaceous Period, a time when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet. The creature is incredibly unevolved, most likely due to the lack of nutrients found in its deep-sea dwellings, a previous Japanese study on the shark suggested. The examination revealed that its diet is 61 percent cephalopods—the same class that squids and octopus belong to.
This deep sea dweller is usually found between 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is why it’s rarely seen and wasn’t even discovered before the 19th century (despite being around long before humans).
The shark caught this summer measured around five feet in length, but at their longest can be around six-and-a-half feet, IFL Science reported. The Japanese study on these rare sharks showed that they may also have the longest gestation period of any living creature, 42 months.
Its name may sound unfitting for a beast that swims the deep seas, according to Mental Floss, but the frilled shark is named after its gills. Pretty much all other sharks have separate gills, but the frilled shark’s first pair of gills stretch all the way across its throat. In total, the shark has six pairs of gills that have “frilly” edges.
The shark also has a unique mouth shape. Its jaw has more than 300 teeth neatly lined in 25 rows, which, according to professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve, are specifically designed to help it “to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges,” The Portugal News reported. It’s lined with spines called dermal denticles, which, combined with the teeth, give the mouth an all around frightening look.
Samuel Garman, the first scientist to study the frilled shark, thought the monster of the deep’s snake-like movements may have inspired sailors’ stories of sea serpents. Scientists today think it’s likely they attack their prey the same way snakes do, by striking suddenly. But because there is very little footage of the shark, we do not know for sure.
As the researchers point out to reporters at Sic Noticias, a Portuguese TV channel, there is “little known in terms of its biology or environment”. While these spooky-looking fish can be found in locations across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, they have a patchy range and prefer deeper waters. This means there is very little video footage of the sharks in their natural habitat and they are very rarely caught. When they are, it’s even rarer for them to be taken back to the laboratory to be studied.
It’s unlikely you will ever come face-to-face with a living frilled shark. But if you do, it’s safe to say: Keep as far away as you can, and whatever you do, try to avoid its ferociously awesome jaw.
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It looks like the insufferable Sen. Sherrod Brown will win another election for his Ohio seat.
The two-term Democrat made a name for himself back in 2011 when he compared Republican leaders in Ohio and Wisconsin to Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin for their efforts to rein in the power of labor unions.
Yes, he’s just that obnoxious. He’s also tied for the most liberal member of Congress and a stalwart opponent to any efforts by Republicans and President Trump to reform Washington.
For a time, he seemed to have a good challenger in Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who nearly won the seat last time.
But Mandel announced Friday in an open letter to “friends and family” that he was bowing out of the race. That leaves only Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons to challenge Brown, Fox News reports.
Mandel said his wife has a health issue that requires him to be at home with his wife and three kids. “Understanding and dealing with this issue is more important to me than any political campaign.”
There is one month before the deadline to file for the primary, so it seems Mandel might have a challenger, but few people had the popularity and name recognition of Mandel in Ohio.
As treasurer, Mandel is very popular. He is a 40-year-old Iraq war veteran who said he will finish out his term in the State House.
Most recently, Brown took a tongue-lashing from Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on the Senate floor when Brown suggested that Republicans only help the rich.
“With all due respect, I get sick and tired of the rich getting richer,” Brown said in a diatribe against Republicans.
“I come from the poor people, and I have been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance, and I really resent anybody that says I’m doing it for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys overplay all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it,” Hatch told Brown.
“What you said was not right,” Hatch continued. “I come from the lower middle class, originally. We didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me. I get a little tired of that crap. Let me just say something. If we worked together, we could pull this country out of every mess it is in. We could do a lot of the things that you are talking about, too. I think I have had reputation for working together.”
“I like you very much personally,” Hatch said to Brown. “But this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while. And then to do it right at the end of this is just not right.”
Here is the full text of Mandel’s statement:
Friends & Family,
Over a year ago, I launched a campaign for US Senate to make our state and country a better place for my children and yours. Since then, we’ve built a campaign that has us on a path to defeating Sherrod Brown this November. We’ve led him in every public poll and we’ve been the top fundraising Republican challenger in the country.
That being said, I was raised to believe that family always comes first. I still remember the first two words of advice my father gave me when Ilana and I had our first child: “Be there.” These were the same two words his father told him when I was born.
We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence. In other words, I need to be there.
Understanding and dealing with this health issue is more important to me than any political campaign. For as long as that takes, whether it is months or years, it is important that I heed my dad’s advice and be there for my wife and our kids.
After recent discussions with our family and healthcare professionals, it has become clear to us that it’s no longer possible for me to be away from home and on the campaign trail for the time needed to run a US Senate race.
Therefore, I’m writing today to let you know that I am ending my campaign for US Senate in order to be there for my wife and our three children. This was a difficult decision for us, but it’s the right one.
While unexpected, I accept that this change of course is what God has in store for our family at this time. As we read in the Book of Proverbs, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s God’s purpose that prevails.”
The issues facing our country are profound and I believe we had a voice and perspective better than the current one in the office. At the same time, I think it’s important to acknowledge the respect I have for Senator Brown for having the passion to advocate for his beliefs and, as Teddy Roosevelt once aptly said, the courage to be “The Man in the Arena.”
I will continue to serve out the remainder of my term as State Treasurer and hope to have the opportunity to serve my state and country again in the future. But in the meantime, I must put my family first. I’m grateful for your understanding.
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The woman who accused Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in her office 27 years ago lost her home to a fire Tuesday that is now under investigation.
Officials suspect arson in the fire that destroyed Tina Johnson’s home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden on Tuesday morning.
Neighbors and utility workers called 911 shortly after 8 a.m. The Lookout Mountain Fire Department responded to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the house was completely destroyed.
“I am devastated, just devastated,” said Johnson on Friday morning. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”
Nobody was harmed at the blaze. Johnson and her husband were at work and her grandson was at school, AL.com reports.
“That fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force,” said Natalie Barton, public information officer with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. “A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.”
Barton later released a statement, saying, “The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him. More details will be released when warrants are obtained.”
Still, many suspect it was retribution for an accusation that led to Moore’s loss of a reliably Republican Senate seat to Doug Jones.
According to Tina Johnson and neighbor Kevin Tallant, other neighbors witnessed a young man with a history of public drunkenness walking around the house before and during the fire.
“He’s been trouble in the neighborhood for a while,” said Tallant, who lives across the street from Johnson and her family. He got a call from another neighbor that morning who said smoke was coming from the home and that somebody might be inside.
“I threw on my coveralls and took off down the driveway,” he said. His wife called 911 at 8:26 a.m. but the dispatcher said they’d already received a call about the fire. “I got up there,” he said, “and (the fire) was already pretty well started. When the fire department got there, I started helping them.”
Johnson told AL.com she has not heard from investigators on how the blaze started, only that it began at the back of the house.
She said a female neighbor told her the young man walked up to her as she was getting in her car that morning and asked if she thought the Johnson’s house would burn. The woman said she didn’t know what he was talking about because flames were not yet visible.
Johnson and her family are currently living in a motel. On Friday morning, she was headed to Walmart to purchase toiletries and other necessities. She said she is thankful for good neighbors, who have rallied around the family.
Johnson claims that back in 1991, when Moore was a married attorney, she and her mother had an appointment with Moore. Johnson was getting a divorce, and the two women were seeing Moore to handle a custody transfer of her 12-year-old son to her mother.
So what do you think? Was it arson, like many suspect? Payback for destroying Roy Moore’s chances of winning a senate seat? What will investigators uncover? Sound off below and let us know!
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President Donald Trump hit back hard at his enemies on Twitter Saturday morning, with a storm of messages coming fast and furious.
The messages started just before 7 am with a tweet about the historic low unemployment rate among blacks, and a backhanded compliment to the Washington Post.
The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, “Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
“The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years,” he wrote. “I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, ‘Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.’”
But just eight minutes later, he was on the attack, against ABC reporter Brian Ross, who aired a misleading report that got him suspended from the network for 30 days.
“Brian Ross, the reporter who made a fraudulent live newscast about me that drove the Stock Market down 350 points (billions of dollars), was suspended for a month but is now back at ABC NEWS in a lower capacity,” the President fumed. “He is no longer allowed to report on Trump. Should have been fired!”
Less than 30 minutes later, Trump went after his critics who are now questioning his mental state.
Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…..”
And defending his own intelligence, calling himself “like, really smart.”
….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
“….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..”
The message continued, with President Trump declaring himself a “very stable genius.”
….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
“….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
If you enjoy Trump’s tweets, you’ll be happy with the news that Twitter has announced they have zero plans to block Trump from their service.
Some leftists demanded that the social media network block or ban Trump after his tweet that his “nuclear button” was “much bigger” than the one on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s desk.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
In a statement that did not mention Trump by name, Twitter said, “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.”
“It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions,” the company added.
Twitter also vehemently denied accusations it was profiting from President Trump’s prolific use of their service.
“No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind,” it said.
What do you think? Do you enjoy President Trump’s tweets? Is he a “very stable genius?” Sound off below and let us know!
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Brenda Hatcher posted on Facebook the above image with the following explanation:
Miss Caroline was no more than twenty-one. She had bright auburn hair, pink
cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish. She also wore high-heeled pumps and
a red-and-white-striped dress. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop.
She boarded across the street one door down from us in Miss Maudie Atkinson’s
upstairs front room, and when Miss Maudie introduced us to her, Jem was in a
haze for days.
Miss Caroline printed her name on the blackboard and said, “This says I am Miss
Caroline Fisher. I am from North Alabama, from Winston County.” The class
murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the
peculiarities indigenous to that region. (When Alabama seceded from the Union
on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in
Maycomb County knew it.) North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big
Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors, and other persons of no
Miss Caroline began the day by reading us a story about cats. The cats had long
conversations with one another, they wore cunning little clothes and lived in a
warm house beneath a kitchen stove. By the time Mrs. Cat called the drugstore for
an order of chocolate malted mice the class was wriggling like a bucketful of
catawba worms. Miss Caroline seemed unaware that the ragged, denim-shirted
and flour sack- skirted first grade, most of whom had chopped cotton and fed hogs
from the time they were able to walk, were immune to imaginative literature.
Miss Caroline came to the end of the story and said, “Oh, my, wasn’t that nice?”
Then she went to the blackboard and printed the alphabet in enormous square
capitals, turned to the class and asked, “Does anybody know what these are?”
Everybody did; most of the first grade had failed it last year.
I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint
line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First
Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she
discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss
Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere
with my reading.
“Teach me?” I said in surprise. “He hasn’t taught me anything, Miss Caroline.
Atticus ain’t got time to teach me anything,” I added, when Miss Caroline smiled
and shook her head. “Why, he’s so tired at night he just sits in the livingroom and
“If he didn’t teach you, who did?” Miss Caroline asked good-naturedly.
“Somebody did. You weren’t born reading The Mobile Register .”
“Jem says I was. He read in a book where I was a Bullfinch instead of a Finch.
Jem says my name’s really Jean Louise Bullfinch, that I got swapped when I was
born and I’m really a-”
Miss Caroline apparently thought I was lying. “Let’s not let our imaginations run
away with us, dear,” she said. “Now you tell your father not to teach you any
more. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from
here and try to undo the damage-”
“Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.”
I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime. I never
deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the
daily papers. In the long hours of church — was it then I learned? I could not
remember not being able to read hymns. Now that I was compelled to think about
it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of
my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of
shoelaces. I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger
separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory,
listening to the news of the day, Bills to Be Enacted into Laws, the diaries of
Lorenzo Dow — anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his
lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not
I knew I had annoyed Miss Caroline, so I let well enough alone and stared out the
window until recess when Jem cut me from the covey of first-graders in the
schoolyard. He asked how I was getting along. I told him.
“If I didn’t have to stay I’d leave. Jem, that damn lady says Atticus’s been
teaching me to read and for him to stop it-”
“Don’t worry, Scout,” Jem comforted me. “Our teacher says Miss Caroline’s
introducing a new way of teaching. She learned about it in college. It’ll be in all
the grades soon. You don’t have to learn much out of books that way — it’s like if
you wanta learn about cows, you go milk one, see?”
“Yeah Jem, but I don’t wanta study cows, I-”
“Sure you do. You hafta know about cows, they’re a big part of life in Maycomb
I contented myself with asking Jem if he’d lost his mind.
“I’m just trying to tell you the new way they’re teachin‘ the first grade, stubborn.
It’s the Dewey Decimal System.”
Having never questioned Jem’s pronouncements, I saw no reason to begin now.
The Dewey Decimal System consisted, in part, of Miss Caroline waving cards at
us on which were printed “the,” “cat,” “rat,” “man,” and “you.” No comment
seemed to be expected of us, and the class received these impressionistic
revelations in silence.
I was bored, so I began a letter to Dill. Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. “Besides,” she said. “We don’t write in the first grade, we print. You won’t learn to write until you’re in the third grade.”
What do you think of this? Are public schools failing our children? Let us know by sounding off in the comments below.
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Associated Press Crosses the Line with ‘Tips’ For Identifying Transgender Kids – by Calvin Freiburger
Illustrating once again that the modern left is nothing if not a race to the bottom for sanity, the Associated Press — you know, the supposed premiere source of hard news — has put out an article offering “tips” for “how to know if your child is transgender.”
The AP’s Jocelyn Gecker interviews a variety of so-called “gender experts” to provide answers for parents confused or curious about the subject. The results are informative, all right…but not in the way the AP intended.
Diane Ehrensaft of the University of California-San Francisco says that one way to tell whether you little boy is trans, as opposed to a regular kid who’ll simply outgrow the try-on-princess-dresses phase or grow up to be gay, is that the a transgender child would be “insistent, consistent and persistent” that his true gender does not match his biological sex.
We’ll tackle the idea of “insistent” trans kids in a second, but first it’s worth questioning the premise that children themselves are the ones initiating the lion’s share of gender confusion. Just last month we learned about the “non-binary” Canadian woman who gained notoriety for announcing that she’s waiting to see what gender her baby chooses to adopt. Let’s be real: someone doesn’t set out on such a project without some vested interest in the child “choosing” a gender other than his or her biological sex (which was unknown in the case of this particular baby).
It can also help for parents to get away somewhere with their child and allow the child to call the shots in terms of their gender, such as letting them use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice, [Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles medical director Johanna] Olson-Kennedy says.
“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn.
“People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.’”
That all sounds very nice and enlightened and everything…until one remembers that the whole point of parenting is to help children understand and navigate reality as it actually is, which includes overcoming countless assumptions and delusions informed by the ignorance, inexperience, and immaturity of childhood — even about one’s self, which is now unquestionable to liberal orthodoxy.
Olson-Kennedy is in effect arguing that parents should endorse rather than correct such delusions, but as TFPP recently covered, no less a real expert than American College of Pediatricians president Dr. Michelle Cretella thinks that approach amounts to child abuse.
For a particularly heart-rending example of how indulging trans delusions is anything but compassionate, consider this story about a young British man who’s not even 25 yet but is on his third sex-change surgery, and he hopes that this time “I will finally be happy.”
But the most revealing quote comes when Ehrensaft, despite giving a list of potential indicators (like boys not wanting toy trucks or wanting to wear their sisters’ regular clothes rather than girl costumes), admits “there are no set rules.” That’s really the Left’s worldview of science, parenting, and education in a nutshell, isn’t it?
The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington notes a couple of big details about these “experts” the AP conveniently omitted from its story. Ehrensaft is a board member for Gender Spectrum, which argues that children should “never” be denied the “opportunity” to transition their gender on the basis of “age and maturity.” Olson-Kennedy, meanwhile, “specializes in providing puberty suppressers and cross-sex hormones to youth.”
These are not neutral observers who simply want what’s best for children; these are ideological fanatics with a vested interest in gender-confused kids reaching a particular answer, Frankensteins who think nothing of subjecting innocent children to life-altering drugs, abusive monsters exploit defenseless young in pursuit of a vision of the future.
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via IFTTT London Knights make it four wins in a row with victory over Sudbury Wolves http://bitly.com/2Ed7bxq