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‘Civil disobedience’, anti-abortion activism, and splinters new and old

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Divisions in the III% It’s important to also discuss the substantial divisions within the III% movement.This “Security Force” branding of III% marks just one of the many separate III% movements in the US.First off, recall that the Kansas Crusaders,
'Divisions in the III% It’s important to also discuss the substantial divisions within the III% movement.This “Security Force” branding of III% marks just one of the many separate III% movements in the US. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t First off, recall that the Kansas Crusaders, who planned to kill Muslims in 2016, were affiliated with the III%SF.The members of the KC were KSF members who met each other through the militia network.The plans of the KC, and particularly the media firestorm in the wake of them being caught, led to many individuals and groups to try to distance themselves from the group.One of the early splinters from the III% Security Force was the We The People III% (WTPIII%). We The People III% Kentucky (WTPIII%KY) remains active today, 3 years after this split.We The People III% FTX, 28 April 2019 It’s important to note, however, that this split and disavowal from the III%SF chapter in Kentucky didn’t necessarily mean that in 2019 the WTPIII%KY or its affiliates are ‘progressive’ on Muslims.This is just a sampling of public posts by the militia and affiliated individuals.The WTPIII%KY page has even screenshotted posts from right-wing Facebook groups to share on their own page (see “The NEW Deplorables”, above). Another III% splinter is the III% Nation (III%N), a national conglomerate like the III%SF, but less active.Several Facebook groups and fan pages have been made to represent this group, but nothing substantive stays for too long.One of them claims that III%N is focused on providing relief to homeless veterans around the US.There are, however, plenty of anti-Islam posts scattered about these pages.Note the use of the lame “then I’m a (fucking) racist” macro image used by III%N below, albeit with a different picture than the one posted by WPTIII%KY.III%N was created by Dustin Sherman, who hosts a patriot chat video call live stream and is now involved with the III% United Patriots, too.Sherman is the “commanding officer” for III% United Patriots’ Alaska chapter now. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The III% United Patriots (III%UP) is one of the larger III% movements around today (outside of the III%SF label). Most of the activity is centered around their Colorado chapter in the way that the III%SF is centered around the Georgia chapter.III%UP claims to have operatives in every state.One III%UP member posted an image with a logo featuring a Valknut in the center of the circle of values.The Valknut is a Norse symbol marking slain warriors and often indicating the afterlife.Like many ancient and benign symbols, the Valknut has been instrumentalized by contemporary fascist groups, even appearing at Charlottesville during the #UniteTheRight rally.It’s unclear which interpretation this militia member is taking with using this symbol, but it has appeared alongside some III%UP public posts/propaganda.One of the members of the III%UP Colorado (III%UPC) militia, Mark Correll Sr, said to the press that he has a city councilman and a police officer “on [his] team”. In the same press tour, another III%UPC member, “Yota”, metaphorically referred to the group as “the Christian motorcycle group” among other Patriot movement groups. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t III%UP has among some of the slickest media of any III% group, boasting drone footage, multi-angle camera work, and impressive editing in all of their videos, whether they are documenting an FTX or a “patrol” on the border.They also, like many other Patriot groups and III%ers alike, benefit from substantial media platforming, with local reporters often providing an uncritical and sometimes glowing review of these groups and their work.Some reporters even say that these groups, III%UP included, are “ misrepresented ” by the media.There is substantial overlap between III%UPC and another III% militia splinter, called the American Patriots the III%. Members of both act amicably to one another in most comments sections.The American Patriots the III% (APIII) was founded by Scott Seddon.Seddon has at least three different Facebook accounts, showing both his affiliation to APIII and him making III% hand signs.On one of his accounts, his profile picture is him posing with Republican Texas Senator Dan Crenshaw.APIII, among other things, has a tab on their website for “Conservative Businesses” for their members to support.They claim to have chapters all throughout the US, but many of the Facebook links that APIII provides for state chapters lead to deleted pages.APIII affiliated individual showing off his raffle winnings while throwing up a III% hand signal APIII, like many other militia groups, raises some money by raffling off items such as ammunition or survival kits.One recent current raffle (May 13-June 6, 2019) is 1000 5.56 NATO rounds by PMC.Like other militia groups, it also features an online store where people can buy branded patches, t-shirts, and even “challenge coins” with militia symbols pressed onto them.APIII symbols often feature Spartan shields or helmets, things that are commonplace in most militia iconography, not just III% ones.III% Republic (III%R) is yet another III% umbrella organization.They have as their stated goals to “network, prepare, petition and rally together on a local, state and national level” and to “make positive advances in the restoration of our Constitutional Republic”. Most of their online engagement is sharing the usual right-wing news that seems to rattle around a lot of these spaces, often with added commentary about “liberals”. They have set up state chapter Facebook groups for all states, but many have low numbers of members.For example, the South Carolina group has 25 members, and neither of the page’s admins is from SC.Michael, one of the page’s moderator, interestingly enough, changed his profile picture to the 2/23 flag image shared by GSFIII for their national rally.Michael has also shared GSFIII’s November 9 protest plan to his public profile.This probably speaks more to the inactivity of III%R more than potential cross-over for the organizations, as Michael is in Georgia (he posted a photo of his Georgia “I Voted” sticker in a photo saying he voted for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp). In all likelihood, Michael is probably now just involved with GSFIII and never took the time to leave the Facebook group for III%R.The III% Originals (III%O) is a final competing III% brand to be discussed here.They claim to be a platform for local networking around a core of ideas and say they are not themselves a militia.On their site, they say they “do not seek to incite a revolution”. This is despite the sort of ahistorical myth at the foundations of the III% movement (that 3% of American colonists took up arms to protect themselves from the King) appearing prominently on their site and “1776” often occurring in III%O-produced III% logos.Their primary focus is in linking up like-minded militia members through Facebook and their website, then directing these visitors towards groups and forums marked for individual states.This doesn’t, however, mean that there are chapters in these states.For example, the South Carolina group has nearly 1000 members at the time of writing, but no admin for the SC group is from South Carolina.Instead, they are from Missouri, North Carolina, and Mississippi.One moderator of this SC group, Amanda, lives in Fountain Inn, SC, but her profile is largely void of III% propaganda.Another moderator, Kurt, lives in Greenville, SC, and claims his job as “SCIII Z3L”, but also doesn’t post III% propaganda on his page publicly.Another moderator, Mike, lives in Johnsonville, SC, and also doesn’t post III% images publicly.The final moderator, Mason, lives in Orangeburg, SC, and has a III% cover photo and an old profile photo of himself from 2017 with an AR-15 stock visible in the shot.None of these individuals are posting as frequently on their timelines about III%, which is pretty unusual for III%ers in any sort of a leadership role.Source link . 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Next SMA Has a Reputation as a Stickler for Standards — and a Soldier’s Soldier

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The U.S.Army will soon have a new top enlisted man, known by his peers as a stickler for standards and a seasoned combat leader who will make sure soldiers are ready for the next war.In mid-August, Sgt.Maj.
'The U.S.Army will soon have a new top enlisted man , known by his peers as a stickler for standards and a seasoned combat leader who will make sure soldiers are ready for the next war.In mid-August, Sgt.Maj.Michael Grinston, the current command sergeant major for Army Forces Command, will take over as the new sergeant major of the Army.He will replace Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey, who has held the position since January 2015. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t As a career artilleryman, Grinston brings with him more than three decades of experience spanning the 1991 Gulf War, peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.He is known for being a strict enforcer of Army standards, ranging from uniform rules to tactical skills, according to fellow Army command sergeants major.Related content: “He wants it done right,” First U.S.Army Command Sgt.Maj.Todd Sims told Military.com. “He’s a stickler for the standards to make sure we are training correctly to prepare our soldiers for war.” Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston agreed that Grinston has a passion for standards but said that it is a trait that all good sergeants major embrace. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I like to think that all of us, when you get to that level, you understand the thread between standards and discipline in a unit,” Preston told Military.com.This dedication to discipline served Grinston well when he was a first sergeant leading soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, through the dangerous streets of Bayji, Iraq in 2004.On April 9, 2004, an enemy ambush killed two of his staff sergeants instantly and wounded three other soldiers, one of whom who would die later.Under heavy enemy fire, Grinston set off a smoke grenade to signal the rest of his platoon forward and then ordered suppressive fire on the enemy position so casualties could be evacuated, according to a June 14, 2005, Stars and Stripes story . \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Later that day, Grinston would organize a larger force for a counterattack that resulted in a six-hour gunfight.The Stripes story describes how he exposed himself to enemy fire numerous times during the fierce fight.Grinston’s heroism that day earned him one of the two Bronze Stars with valor devices he was awarded during that deployment. “It’s huge credibility … it really says a lot about his character,” Preston said. “The experience of having … what it takes to prepare a unit to deploy, to go into combat operations and, of course, what it takes to recover a unit coming back.I think that is extremely valuable, a sergeant major of the Army going into that position.” U.S.Army Forces Command’s Command Sgt.Maj.Michael A.Grinston applies camouflage face paint at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on May 22, 2018.He has been chosen as the next sergeant major of the Army.Sgt.Steven Lopez/Army Sims said he has gotten to know Grinston from crossing paths with him during his 30-year Army career.He remembers Grinston as being one of the top noncommissioned officers in units like the 1st Infantry Division.He related an anecdote about how Grinston, the I Corps command sergeant major at the time, reached out when Sims was picked to be command sergeant major for the 101st Airborne Division in July 2016. “When I got selected for the 101st, he actually called me, and he mentored me,” Sims said, recalling that it was unusual, since the 101st falls under XVIII Airborne Corps. “He was the only corps sergeant major, besides my own, that called me and talked to me about being a division sergeant major. … He said, ‘This is what I did. … Maybe if you look at leader development this way … look at getting after problems in the barracks or training cycle or how can the division sergeant major have an impact in making those things better.'” Retired Sgt.Maj.Richard Young first met Grinston when he became the 1st Infantry Division command sergeant major about six years ago.After retiring from a 31-year career in the Army in 2001, Young and his wife Betsy made a habit of sponsoring senior enlisted leaders who came to Fort Riley , Kansas.Before long, the two artillerymen became friends and remain so to this day. “He leads from the front,” Young said of Grinston, whom he calls “Tony.” “To me, the key to leadership is you care about the soldiers you lead.You are not worried about your next promotion.You are worried about your soldiers and their families and their quality of life,” he said. “And if you do all [those] things, everything else will fall into place.And that was Tony; he cared about the soldiers that he led at every level.” Soldiers will be able to expect fairness from Grinston as the new SMA, Young said. “You can’t have two sets of standards, one for the soldiers you like and one for the soldiers you are frustrated with,” Young said. “He will tell the soldiers, as he visits different units, ‘This is the way it is.’ He will deal from the side of right.” U.S.Army Forces Command’s Command Sgt.Maj.Michael A.Grinston speaks to Soldiers of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on May 22, 2018.Sgt.Steven Lopez/Army Sims also described Grinston as a warrior. “What’s great about Sergeant Major Grinston is he can do the same thing soldiers can do,” he said. “He’s physically fit.He’s tactically sound, and he’s mentally stable. … He can get down to the level of a soldier talk at the solder level, then five minutes later he can be talking to Congress … or his counterpart, the chief of staff of our Army.” Preston said he never served with Grinston but got to know him when he rose to more senior-level jobs, such as his current role as the CSM for FORSCOM. “I knew all the senior sergeants major out there that interviewed and competed for the [SMA] position, and I would say that Grinston is the right choice coming in,” Preston said, describing how Grinston’s current job has given him experience dealing with soldiers in the active-duty, National Guard and Reserve components. “When you go into that position up there as sergeant major of the Army, it’s really about representing all of the Army. … You represent all soldiers across all three components of the Army,” he said. “He has walked the ground with soldiers from the Army National Guard down on the border.He has walked the ground with soldiers in the Army Reserve as part of civil affairs teams in Africa or Europe.And of course, he has been out there with all the regular Army units that are deploying all over the world.” To Preston, one of the biggest challenges Grinston will face as SMA will be staying connected with soldiers and understanding how the continued demand for soldiers and units to regularly deploy affects them. “The demand for land forces is going to continue to be there, and I think it is going to continue to grow,” Preston said.Grinston will have to “get out there and travel to understand the missions on the ground and the impact that those missions are having on the units that are deploying and doing the job,” he added.As SMA, Grinston will have to make sure he knows how the decisions being made in the Pentagon on training and equipping forces affect soldiers at the unit level, Preston said. “He is really the eyes and ears for the chief of staff and the secretary of the Army,” he explained. “It’s important for him to be their eyes so they can see and understand the impact of those decisions out there in the field.” — Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com Show Full Article © Copyright 2019 Military.com.All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Source link . 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Kansas high court says education funding is adequate

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John Hanna, Ap Political Writer Updated 2:53 pm PDT, Friday, June 14, 2019 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after praising a state Supreme Court decision on school funding, Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka,
'John Hanna, Ap Political Writer Updated 2:53 pm PDT, Friday, June 14, 2019 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after praising a state Supreme Court decision on school funding, Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says it’s a victory for children and schools that the court upheld a new education funding law and said the state is spending enough on its schools. less Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after praising a state Supreme Court decision on school funding, Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says it’s a victory for … more Photo: John Hanna, AP Photo: John Hanna, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after praising a state Supreme Court decision on school funding, Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says it’s a victory for children and schools that the court upheld a new education funding law and said the state is spending enough on its schools. less Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters after praising a state Supreme Court decision on school funding, Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says it’s a victory for … more Photo: John Hanna, AP Kansas high court says education funding is adequate 1  /  3 Back to Gallery TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ highest court declared Friday that the state finally is spending enough money on its public schools under a new education funding law but refused to end a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago because it wants to monitor future funding by the Legislature. The state Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision signing off on a law enacted in April that will boost the state’s education funding by roughly $90 million a year. It was the high court’s seventh ruling in less than six years in a lawsuit filed by four local school districts in 2010. Kansas spends more than $4 billion a year on its public schools — about $1 billion more than it did during the 2013-14 school year — because of the court’s decisions. Increases are promised through the 2022-23 school year, and the new law was designed to ratchet up spending to account for inflation, something the court ruled last year was necessary. “The State has substantially complied with our mandate,” the court said in its unsigned opinion. The decision not to close the case means the Supreme Court retains a hammer over the governor and legislators. If the districts believe that the state has broken its promises, they can return to the high court for another order, instead of being forced to file a new lawsuit and have a lower-court trial first. Alan Rupe, the districts’ lead attorney, promised to move quickly if legislators “start backing up on what they promised.” The districts had argued that in adjusting spending for inflation, state officials botched the math and needed to provide ever-larger boosts through 2022-23. Rupe said he is disappointed that “we lost the argument,” but pointed to the spending increases lawmakers were forced to approve in recent years. “We can’t complain,” Rupe said. “Holy cow, when you look at everything that’s been accomplished, it is absolutely a significant achievement.” Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who took office in January, had championed the new law as a way to potentially end the lawsuit. It passed the Republican-controlled Legislature with bipartisan support. Kelly said the latest ruling made Friday “a great day for Kansas and for our kids.” She also said she hopes the additional funding prompts local school districts to raise salaries for teachers. “I think with all the stuff that goes into putting a school together, you know, there’s nothing more important than the quality and, I would say, the emotional state of the teacher,” Kelly told reporters during a Statehouse news conference. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, said the lawsuit is behind the state “as long as the Legislature and governor fulfill the promises they have made.” Other Republicans were less enthusiastic. Some, particularly conservatives, have questioned whether the state can sustain the new spending in the future without raising taxes or cutting state spending elsewhere. “Our kids and our schools deserve better than an empty promise,” said House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., a conservative Kansas City-area Republican. Kansas has been in and out of school funding lawsuits for several decades. The state constitution says lawmakers “shall make suitable provision for finance” of the state’s “educational interests.” The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the language requires legislators to provide enough money and distribute the dollars fairly enough to finance a suitable education for every child. In a previous lawsuit, the Supreme Court issued rulings in 2005 and 2006 that forced the Legislature to approve big increases in education funding. The court closed that earlier case, and the state backtracked after the Great Recession of 2007-08, prompting the lawsuit in 2010. That history seemed to be on the mind of Justice Dan Biles during a May hearing on this year’s law. Biles, a former State Board of Education attorney, told the state’s solicitor general that the Legislature had “reneged” on past funding promises and, “I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the idea of dismissing this lawsuit.” In its unsigned opinion Friday, the court said, “We retain jurisdiction to ensure continued implementation of the scheduled funding.” School funding decisions have made the Supreme Court a political issue, with conservative Republicans arguing that the justices have overstepped their authority and infringed on the Legislature’s power to make spending decisions. That long-standing discontent bolstered unsuccessful campaigns by conservatives in 2014 and 2016 to remove six of the seven justices. Justices face a statewide, yes-or-no vote on whether they remain on the bench every six years after being appointed by the governor. Four of the targeted justices were appointed by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the other two, by moderate GOP Gov. Bill Graves. The seventh justice was appointed by conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The court’s decision Friday isn’t likely to end the debate over reigning in the court’s power by amending the state constitution. “It’s time for a thoughtful conversation about whether this process we have witnessed over the past decade is really how Kansans want school finance decisions to be made,” Schmidt said. ___ Follow John Hanna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apjdhanna .'

Discovery Of Cold Quasars Sheds Light On How Galaxies Die

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The ever-growing universe is believed to be home to at least 100 billion galaxies of different shapes, sizes and compositions.Similar to the Milky Way, galaxies around the universe host huge collections of stars and other celestial objects.
'geralt / Pixabay The ever-growing universe is believed to be home to at least 100 billion galaxies of different shapes, sizes and compositions.Similar to the Milky Way , galaxies around the universe host huge collections of stars and other celestial objects.Now, researchers have made the discovery of cold quasars which provide more knowledge on how galaxies die, and when they stop producing new stars.At the 234 th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in St.Louis, astrophysicist Allison Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas presented her discovery of cold quasars.Cold quasars are considered to be galaxies with an abundance of cold gas, which are still capable of producing new stars , despite having a quasar at its heart.The discovery is particularly important because it features a galaxy life cycle which has previously been unknown to researchers, called a “cold quasar phase.” Quasars form when the supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy starts collecting all the material around it.It sucks in the gas, which causes an accretion disk to form, and then becomes super heated.When it heats up enough, it will emit enormous amounts of light, causing the quasar to become far brighter than a regular galaxy.Initially, researchers believed that once the supermassive black hole at the center became a quasar, that meant that the galaxy was “dead.” In other words, they believed that it was no longer capable of producing new stars.The discovery of cold quasars changes this theory.The team conducted analyses of data collected by the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton Telescope, which revealed that there are 10 percent of galaxies with supermassive black holes that are accreting, and containing enough of the cold gas to produce new stars.However, the new discoveries don’t end here.The team analyzed the 10 percent of those galaxies, finding an exception in another 10 percent. “These are very compact, blue, luminous sources,” Kirkpatrick said in a  press release . “They look exactly like you would expect a supermassive black hole to look in the end stages after it has quenched all of the star formation in a galaxy.This is evolving into a passive elliptical galaxy, yet we have found a lot of cold gas in these as well.These are the population that I’m calling ‘cold quasars.’” Kirkpatrick’s discovery points out that the cold quasar phase might not be as rare as it was previously thought.The team believes that at some in its life cycle, every galaxy will go through the cold quasar phase. “This is a transition phase, let’s say of 10 million years,” she said in the press release. “In universal timescales, that’s really short — and it’s hard to catch this thing.We’re doing what we call a blind survey to find objects we weren’t looking for.And by finding these objects, yes, it could imply that this happens to every galaxy.”   . The post Discovery Of Cold Quasars Sheds Light On How Galaxies Die appeared first on ValueWalk .'

3-Month Baby Dies in Hot Car While Mother Takes a Nap

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It’s mid-June and 11 children have already died after being left or forgotten in locked cars in torrid weather. The 11th victim was just 3 months old. A woman from Butler County, Kansas, returned home from a baby shower with all her 6 children in
'It’s mid-June and 11 children have already died after being left or forgotten in locked cars in torrid weather. The 11th victim was just 3 months old. A woman from Butler County, Kansas, returned home from a baby shower with all her 6 children in her car and, for whatever reason, rushed to get inside so she could take a nap. In the process, she forgot her youngest child in the car and the baby died.B.. ( continue reading >> )'

On The Remarkable St. Louis Blues Title Run And The Joy Of Screaming At Boston Players

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How the St. Louis Blues going to a Stanley Cup Final helped make someone's 2019 much better than their 2018.
'Getty Image Back in December, the St. Louis Blues were the worst team in hockey. It felt like, at the time, a pretty fitting team for me to be watching. A team I’ve always loved, and has always been, historically, pretty okay, but it’s also a team that had never made the Stanley Cup Final in my lifetime. And since I’m starting to get older, that’s not a good statistic. That said, I recently lost a parent, my father, and something I never knew was that after a parent dies you’re kind of worthless for a while. A couple months ago I had drinks with a friend who had just lost a parent and he asked when the grieving stops. The thing I learned from 2018 is that it doesn’t really stop, but the trick, for me, was to kind of embrace it and make it a part of who you are. And once that happens, it changes you. Maybe there’s a newfound empathy that wasn’t there before. For me, it appears, one of my end results seems to be I stopped fearing travel. (I know, it’s kind of weird.) So in January I got on a plane and flew to Kansas City for the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and the New England Patriots and I screamed my head off for my team. It felt so good to scream. For the first time in over a year, I felt awake. I felt there. I felt present. And it wasn’t just that I got to scream, it was that I got to scream at Tom Brady, which made it somehow even better. Oh, and I screamed loud and long. It’s a weird thing, screaming. There’s really no place to go in New York City, where I’ve lived for almost two decades, and just scream as loud as you want without someone calling the authorities. But here I was, in Kansas City, at a game that decided who got to play in the Super Bowl, screaming as loud as I possibly could, alongside roughly 77,000 other people. For most of them, it was to prevent Tom Brady from successfully completing a play (frankly, it didn’t stop him very often), but, for me, it was also therapy. It was a last minute decision to go to this game, but one that would affect how I would live my life in 2019. I started saying yes to doing things. Flying to Kansas City (where I went to high school, but hadn’t visited since 2004) on a moment’s notice to watch a football game? That’s crazy! Also, I hate flying. Ergo, I hate traveling because the parts about dealing with the airports and the airplanes aren’t worth the rest of the trip. But, since what I was doing sure wasn’t working, I decided to use the George Costanza trick and do the opposite of what my instinct said to do. Fly to Kansas City to sit in the cold to root for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs? Yes, I will do that. And when I was in Arrowhead Stadium, literally freezing (at one point I couldn’t feel my foot and was legitimately worried), I felt so alive. So, to keep this going, I went “all in” — for me, anyway — on travel. To somehow make an inherently lousy experience the best experience it can be. To actually embrace this thing I fear and dread. I signed up for a credit card that automatically converts money spent to airline miles. I then signed up for TSA Precheck and Global Entry (honestly, I cannot recommend this enough; my average security wait time is about three minutes now). I now kind of look at George Clooney in Up in the Air as a hero. The airline I use, their app is like a game now – I’m constantly checking my points – and I want to win the game. So after going to the Sundance Film Festival in January I was asked if I wanted to go to Las Vegas to cover CinemaCon? That used to be a “no,” this year it was a “yes.” Immediately after that, did I want go to Chicago for Star Wars Celebration? Yes. Hey, remember how depressing your birthday was in 2018? Do you want to instead go to Aruba this year for your birthday? Oh, in the past that would have been an automatic no … but now, that’s a yes. Why am I writing this? Well, maybe someone reading this has experienced something similar and just maybe this can help. (Also, the idea of writing some of these trips off on my tax returns next year is appealing, so there’s that, too. So, I’d say 50 percent “to help,” and 50 percent ”tax write-off.” Okay, maybe 40/60.) And that brings me back to the St. Louis Blues. Specifically, it’s kind of weird that, in January, as I started doing stuff, my Blues started playing a little bit better. They just became a fun team to watch. Something that made me feel good. Somehow, this last place team fought their way into the playoffs and played in three playoff rounds where, every time, I was told by experts, “Hey, they had a good run, but they aren’t as good as the Jets/Stars/Sharks, so this is probably the end of the road.” And, honestly, that was fine. They were playing with house money. They shouldn’t have been here anyway. But all I knew was watching this team made me happy. The Blues, the NHL team from my home state, were at the lowest of lows, and now, only a few months later, they were playing for the Stanley Cup. It’s hard not to find some meaning in that. (I’ve especially become obsessed with rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, who became the starter around the time the Blues started playing well. Nothing fazes him. He can have a terrible game, then bounce back like nothing ever happened. This seems like a good way to live life. He’s become famous for his bounce-back games and lack of emotion. I want this to be my bounce-back year. I’m still working on the emotion part.) As fate would have it, a friend of mine was able to get me tickets to the Stanley Cup Final at face value prices. So, yes, of course I flew to St. Louis to watch the Blues play in the Stanley Cup Final. Twice. And I screamed and I screamed, along with 18,000 other Blues fans. And again it felt so good to scream. Again, I was in the moment. I wasn’t thinking about being sad or what I needed to do the next day. I was there . This was my team. They helped me when not a lot of things were not helping. No matter what happens, I am eternally grateful for whatever it is they are doing. The funny thing is, the Chiefs wound up losing that game to the Patriots. And in both Stanley Cup Final games I went to, the Blues lost to the Bruins. Three times this year I flew back home to Missouri to watch my team come up short to a Boston team. All three times my team lost – but, somehow, I still feel like I won. As for game seven tonight: GO BLUES! You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter.'

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage Doubleheader in Houston Sold Out

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Group doubleheaders in Los Angeles and Kansas City nearing sellouts; Tickets still available for other Gold Cup group matches as well as knockout round at www.GoldCup.org Miami (Wednesday, June 12, 2019) – The Confederation of North, Central America
'Group doubleheaders in Los Angeles and Kansas City nearing sellouts; Tickets still available for other Gold Cup group matches as well as knockout round at  www.GoldCup.org BBVA Compass Stadium.jpg Miami (Wednesday, June 12, 2019) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup group doubleheader at Houston’s BBVA Stadium is sold out. Additionally, Group C doubleheader in Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium, as well as the Group D doubleheader at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City are nearing sellouts.   BBVA Stadium joins Minnesota’s state-of-the-art Allianz Field as a sold out venue. Minnesota officially sold out in December of last year, the fastest sellout in tournament history.   The doubleheader in Houston on June 21 will feature the national teams of Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica and Curaçao in the crucial second game of round-robin group play. El Salvador will face Jamaica at 7:00 pm ET, followed by Honduras taking on Curacao at 9:30 pm ET. The same teams will head to Banc of California Stadium on June 25 to close out the group stages. The Group D doubleheader in Kansas City will feature the United States vs. Panama, while Trinidad and Tobago open the day’s play against Guyana, as all four teams battle to head to the next stage of the tournament.  Taking place every two years, the Concacaf Gold Cup is the region’s premier national team competition, which includes North, Central America and the Caribbean, and crowns the region’s best national team while celebrating soccer, sportsmanship and culture. The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Camarena Tequila, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, Toyota, and Valvoline. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.'

APPLY: “Operation: Back of the Net” to grant military scholarship

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Through a special partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and Major League Soccer, service members, veterans and military spouses are invited to apply for a full-tuition scholarship designed to assist in the completion of higher
'Through a special partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and Major League Soccer, service members, veterans and military spouses are invited to apply for a full-tuition scholarship designed to assist in the completion of higher education. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Operation Back of the Net is an annual program hosted MLS, SNHU and the United Service Organizations (USO). From July 3-7, every MLS goal scored in the U.S. will generate a $2,000 donation from SNHU to the USO.The funds donated aim to assist transitioning service members and their families with a successful transition back to civilian life.That transition often includes achieving their educational goals.What is the scholarship?Southern New Hampshire University, the Worldwide Education Partner of the USO, is offering one full tuition scholarship to a deserving service member, veteran or military spouse.The scholarship is designed to assist someone looking to complete their education but does not have the financial resources to do so.Examples include the following \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Active duty service member, either full or part-time, or a Veteran that has used his or her GI Bill benefits or has transferred them to a spouse or dependent.Military spouse looking to complete his or her education.What: The scholarship covers 100% of the tuition for any of SNHU’s 200+ online degree programs, books and other fees as a part of attendance are the cost of the student.The scholarship covers the tuition cost of one degree or certificate program and will not continue should the recipient pursue additional degree programs at Southern New Hampshire University.The recipient will need to remain in good standing with SNHU’s academic policies to remain eligible.The recipient must be willing to tell their story in writing and potentially on camera.The recipient will attend the appropriate local MLS game on July 3 or 4.July 3: Chicago, Houston and Kansas City July 4: Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles Where: The scholarship is only applicable for SNHU’s online degree or certificate programs.These programs can be at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s level.SNHU’s online degree programs: www.snhu.edu/online-degrees The scholarship is not applicable for SNHU’s campus based or College for America competency based degree programs.Who: Active Duty service member, part-time Reserve, or National Guard, a Veteran who served honorably, or a spouse of any of these categories.When: The scholarship recipient would be required to enroll within one year of their acceptance of the scholarship.SNHU’s online degree programs have terms beginning every eight weeks at the undergraduate level, and every 10 weeks at the graduate level.The scholarship does not have a cap on completion time of the degree program.How: Deadline has been extended to Friday, June 14 If interested in applying, individuals can email their full name, email address, phone number, mailing address, military affiliation (service member, veteran, spouse), the degree program of interest, closest MLS market (of the cities listed above) and a minimum of 500 words on why education would help reach their goals to: Tamara Sherrod: t.sherrod@snhu.edu Southern New Hampshire University – Partnership Marketing Program Manager Source link \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t . The post APPLY: “Operation: Back of the Net” to grant military scholarship appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader Now Shipping

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Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader Now Shipping OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – June 6, 2019 – Butler Creek, maker of smart, field-proven, hunting and shooting accessories, is excited to announce the ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is now
'Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader Now Shipping OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – June 6, 2019 – Butler Creek, maker of smart, field-proven, hunting and shooting accessories, is excited to announce the ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is now available at retailers online and in stores. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The .223/5.56 ASAP EML is the only product of its kind, and it is made with serious competitors and training facilities in mind.Users simply fill the 60 round hopper with loose .223/5.56 rounds, select the desired round count and press a button.The machine automatically orientates the ammunition and loads the magazine.Loading does not get any easier. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “The Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is on the cutting edge,” said Will Hemeyer, Butler Creek Senior Product Manager. “The EML represents our commitment to exceeding the expectations of accessory products used for magazine loading.For those looking for a fast and easy way to load rounds, the Butler Creek Electronic Magazine Loader is the perfect choice.” With an easy-to-set round selection menu from 1 to 40, the ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is faster, more accurate and easier on the thumbs than hand-loading.It can load 30 rounds in 45 seconds, while users concentrate on other tasks or instruction.It works with most AR15/M16 magazines and offers dual power supply via an AC adapter or lithium-ion batteries.It has a MSRP of $442.95. www.butlercreek.com \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tThis entry was posted \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\ton Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 00:00\t\t\t\t\t\tand is filed under Ammo , Press Release , Weapon Accessories . \t\t\t\t\t\tYou can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.You can skip to the end and leave a response.Pinging is currently not allowed. \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Source link . The post Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader Now Shipping appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Raiders to be featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ series

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Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ALAMEDA, Calif. — A franchise whose personalities and storylines are fit for a miniseries now will be the subject
'Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ALAMEDA, Calif. — A franchise whose personalities and storylines are fit for a miniseries now will be the subject of one, the Raiders announced Tuesday, as they’ll be featured in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this training camp. Members of the organization, including coach Jon Gruden and owner Mark Davis, expressed desire to avoid the assignment. But cameras nonetheless will follow the club during camp. Its roster includes strong personalities who figure to captivate viewer interest, including wide receiver Antonio Brown, left guard Richie Incognito, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and an NFL-high three rookie first-round picks. Tell your friends. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/DG4a6pZ1FX — Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) June 11, 2019 Training camp, based in Napa, California, starts in late July. The first episode will air Aug. 6. “Everybody wants to be a Raider,” Davis said in a statement. “Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.” In March, Davis was adamant about keeping the franchise off the HBO show. “I’ll just fire Jon and then hire him back (after another team is chosen),” Davis said. More Raiders: Follow at reviewjournal.com/Raiders and @NFLinVegas on Twitter. Contact reporter Michael Gehlken at mgehlken@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GehlkenNFL on Twitter. Hard Knocks teams 2001: Baltimore Ravens 2002: Dallas Cowboys 2007: Kansas City Chiefs 2008: Dallas Cowboys 2009: Cincinnati Bengals 2010: New York Jets 2012: Miami Dolphins 2013: Cincinnati Bengals 2014: Atlanta Falcons 2015: Houston Texans 2016: Los Angeles Rams 2017: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018: Cleveland Browns 2019: Raiders Source: HBO.'

Bartenders Pick The Best Bottles Of Bourbon For National Bourbon Day

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13 bartenders tell us their favorite bourbons for National Bourbon Day.
'Unsplash The summer is full of food and drink related holidays. Some of them are less important (we’re looking at you National Tapioca Day), but others deserve a whole week instead of just one measly day. The latter includes National Bourbon Day (June 14th). Celebrated this Friday, the holiday is a love letter to Kentucky’s native spirit (although it doesn’t need to be made in The Blue Grass State ). The sweet, corn-fueled, aged spirit is perfectly suited for sharing a glass (or three) with friends and family around a summer campfire or mixed into a refreshing highbal l. Just like you, bartenders will be celebrating the holiday and they were nice enough to tell us which bourbons they’d be sipping on. Legent Cari Hah, bar manager at Big Bar in Los Angeles Legent Whiskey is my favorite bourbon to drink this summer. Legent is a really amazing collaboration whiskey between Fred Noe, the master distiller of Jim Beam and Shinji Fukuyo, the master blender of Suntory Whisky. It has every yummy flavor that is associated with good bourbon but in a more nuanced, elegant, subtle flavor profile that I love in Suntory whisky. It is perfect for summer drinking! Willett Daniel King, beverage director at Butchertown Hall in Nashville Is it an option to say that I don’t usually drink bourbon in the summertime? Honestly, though, bourbon is bourbon no matter what time of year for me. If I’m going to sip bourbon, it’s going to be Willett. Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Josh Cameron, head bartender at Boulton & Watt in New York City This summer, in addition to my year around go-to Russell’s Reserve, I am drinking the Texas-born, straight shooting, and strong, Garrison Brothers Bourbon. I’m loyal to Kentucky and have had a few Texas whiskeys that I would never recommend, so I was surprised when my buddy offered me a taste of their flagship. Bold, strong, and like the best bourbons, without apology. Blanton’s Brock Schulte, bar director at The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge in Kansas City My favorite is probably Blanton’s. I like whiskey on a large, perfect ice cube; Blanton’s is — ounce for ounce — an industry standard in regard to flavor and price point. If I can’t find a bottle, I’m no stranger to Weller Special Reserve, Antique 107 or 12 year. Elmer T. Lee Rico Velasquez, Bartender at Jaleo by José Andrés in Las Vega For a summer drinking bourbon, I would choose Elmer T. Lee, a single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Elmer was the first master distiller at Buffalo Trace and the first to bottle a single barrel bourbon. Despite being 100 years old, he still tastes barrels to make sure they are to his liking. Drink with a single cube or straight to taste the bourbon’s vanilla, honey, and light fruit notes. Hudson Baby Bourbon Nikki McCutcheon, beverage director at Moxy Time Square in New York City I enjoy Hudson Baby Bourbon or Bulleit Bourbon when drinking in the summer. Both bourbon’s both have a smooth vanilla and caramel finish because of their oak aging, which blends nicely in Juleps and other summer whiskey classics. Sonoma Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon Mitch Barela from Old Vine Kitchen + Bar in Costa Mesa, California Hands-down, Sonoma Cherrywood. I’m a big bourbon fan, and this one from Sonoma (yes, California) is kind of incredible. With notes of maraschino cherry and allspice, it makes for the perfect old fashioned. Or keep it clean; throw a cube in a glass, fill ‘er up, and enjoy. Either way, you’re taste buds are in bourbon heaven. Four Roses Single Barrel Victoria Levin, director of project management at Blau + Associates in Las Vegas Four Roses Single Barrel is a great mid-priced option that bodes well at a summer BBQ because it’s delicious but inoffensive. I personally really enjoy Angel’s Envy, it’s got a sweetness that’s not cloying and drinks super smooth with one ice cube. Bulleit 10 Year Amanda Britton, bar manager at Bardo in Charlotte, North Carolina What’s my favorite bourbon for summer drinking and why? In the summer I like mixing my bourbon. I tend to reach for high rye bourbons like Bulleit. It adds some depth & spice to whatever it’s mixed with. James E. Pepper Ilan Chartor, spiritual advisor at KYU in Miami My favorite summertime bourbon is James E. Pepper. with amazing hints of citrus, oak, and spice, I feel like it’s perfect for a whiskey sour, which is a great bourbon summertime cocktail. Eagle Rare Courtesy of Sean Stangle, bartender at Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas Nothing compliments a lazy summer afternoon than the right bourbon over a little ice. My go-to has always been Eagle Rare 10 year. Easily available unlike many bourbons of this quality, This bottle comes in at about $40 at your favorite liquor store and isn’t too ‘hot’, so it won’t overwhelm you. W.L Weller Dylan Knox, bartender at Vol. 39 in Chicago My favorite bourbon? I always have a bottle of Weller special reserve at home. Love the soft mouthfeel of a wheated bourbon. This one goes down very smooth in the summertime. Michter’s Small Batch Lucas Swallows, bar director at Momofuku in Las Vegas I tend to slow down on aged spirits in the summer, but Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon is soft and great in a simple highball application.'

Selena Gomez Lunches at Nobu in NYC

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Selena Gomez wears a cute striped top while leaving Nobu in New York City on Monday afternoon (June 10). The 26-year-old singer and musician headed out in the rain with a friend after grabbing a bite to eat. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of
'Selena Gomez wears a cute striped top while leaving Nobu in New York City on Monday afternoon (June 10). The 26-year-old singer and musician headed out in the rain with a friend after grabbing a bite to eat. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Selena Gomez Over the weekend, Selena was spotted in Kansas City, Miss., participating in the 2019 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend . Selena played in a baseball game and a bowling tournament before visiting patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital. See all the pics here on JustJared.com !'

Selena Gomez Plays Baseball & Bowls In Big Slick Celeb Weekend with Paul Rudd

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Selena Gomez hugs a little girl during the baseball game during 2019 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, Miss., over the weekend. The 26-year-old actress joined her Fundamentals of Caring co-star Paul Rudd on the field after playing in the
'Selena Gomez hugs a little girl during the baseball game during 2019 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, Miss., over the weekend. The 26-year-old actress joined her Fundamentals of Caring co-star Paul Rudd on the field after playing in the game with several other celebs. Paul actually co-founded the weekend with fellow hometown celebs Jason Sudeikis , Rob Riggle , Eric Stonestreet , and David Koechner . This year’s event raised a record $2.5M for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy Hospital. More than 40 celebrities across film, comedy, music and sports participated in visits to Children’s Mercy Hospital, a celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium, a bowling tournament, and a ‘main event’ party and auction at Sprint Center. Other celeb guests included Ariel Winter , Olivia Wilde , Cobie Smulders , Taran Killam , Katherine McNamara , Martin Starr , and more. Click inside for 45+ pictures of Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd and many more…'