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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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Brittany Cartwright's Princess Bridal Shower Photos Show The 'Vanderpump Rules' Star Had The Most Magical Day

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The cast of Vanderpump Rules is getting ready for a fairy tale wedding, and naturally, they kicked things off by treating the bride-to-be like a true Disney princess. On Friday, June 14, Vanderpump Rules star Brittany Cartwright had princess-themed…
'The cast of Vanderpump Rules is getting ready for a fairy tale wedding, and naturally, they kicked things off by treating the bride-to-be like a true Disney princess. On Friday, June 14, Vanderpump Rules star Brittany Cartwright had princess-themed bridal shower before her upcoming wedding to Jax Taylor, and the photos of the big day are more heartwarming than any happily ever after you've ever seen on the big screen. Wearing a white lace dress and a pearl, tiara-like headband, Brittany celebrated the fact that there's only \'two weeks and one day\' until her wedding according to friend Megan Johnson surrounded by her best friends from Kentucky, her VPR costars and a group of actual Disney princesses . \'A bridal party fit for a princess! LOL love you guys!!!\' Brittany captioned a photo of herself and loved ones posing with the princesses on Instagram. \'Yall know me so well and I am so so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life \' Katie Maloney-Schwartz also shared plenty of sweet photos and videos of the event on her Instagram stories, including a video of Brittany being serenaded by friends Lala Kent, Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder as she blew out the candles on her pink, rose-covered cake. \'Love you Britty Boo!!!!\' Katie captioned a clip of Brittany giggling while the guests sang \'Happy shower to you\' to the bride to be. In addition to eating cake and opening gifts, Brittany and her guests mingled with the Disney princesses during a pink-themed afternoon that, according to E! News, was filmed for the upcoming season of Vanderpump Rules . The reality star previously celebrated her impending nuptials with a bridal shower and a \'mini bachelorette\' party in her home state of Kentucky back in April. While her latest bridal event was a Disney-themed dream, Brittany first toasted her wedding to Jax with a The Great Gatsby -themed event at a speakeasy in Lexington called QP. While sharing plenty of photos from the event including her very glamorous 1920s-inspired ensemble , which included a gold sequined gown and a pearl headdress Brittany also revealed that she and Jax will tie the knot on June 29, 2019 , while posing under a marquee that also bore the hashtag \'Brittany gets Jaxxed.\' Unfortunately for the couple, not all of their wedding preparations have been drama-free; earlier this week, Jax and Brittany were criticized after it was revealed that the pastor they had chosen to officiate their wedding, Ryan Dotson, was very outspoken in his anti-LGBTQ beliefs . However, on June 13, Jax confirmed that they had changed officiants , adding that he and Brittany were unaware of Dotson's comments when they had originally asked him to be part of the wedding. \'We found out our pastor said some things we dont agree with , so we made some changes,\' Jax wrote on Twitter, adding in another post that \'we are very grateful that people made us aware of this a while back or we would have never known, I havent checked Facebook in many many years so I am unaware what gets posted on that format.\' Now that the issue of their officiant has been resolved, it seems like the happy couple are simply happy to focus on their upcoming wedding, after being engaged for a year . Last June, Jax took Brittany for what she thought was going to be a relaxed meal at the beachside restaurant, Neptune's Net, in Malibu. However, the SUR bartender had a surprise waiting for her, and popped the question to his longtime love in front of a romantic sunset and, naturally, the Vanderpump Rules cameras. \'Omg omg!!!!!!!! We are ENGAGED! What a way to start our summer and season 7!!\' Brittany gushed on Instagram, showing off the glittering, square-shaped diamond ring . \'I am so happy, so in love, and so beyond excited for this next chapter of our lives! I cant wait for all of you to see how he proposed! I am the happiest girl ever right now.\' Based on what we know about Jax and Brittany's fairy tale wedding which will be in a castle in Malibu, for the full princess effect we can only imagine that Brittany will become even happier once June 29 rolls around.'

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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Mike Pompeo Said Congress Doesn’t Need to Approve War With Iran. 2020 Democrats Aren’t Having It.

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'As the Trump administration ratchets up tensions with Iran, escalating fears that the United States is looking for a possible path to another war in the Middle East, several Democratic presidential contenders are standing firm in their rejection of the White House’s attempts to create a legal rationale for war.They were responding to comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made in a private meeting that suggested that the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, passed by Congress three days after 9/11 could provide a legal basis for a war with Iran.In interviews with The Intercept, Rep.Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Sen.Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as well as spokespeople for Sens.Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said it would be illegal for the U.S. government to rely on a 2001 law that authorized military force against perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks to go to war with Iran.Five other prominent Democratic senators, including 2016 vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia and Dick Durbin of Illinois, filed a bipartisan amendment on Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for the 2020 fiscal year to prohibit funds from being used for military operations against Iran without congressional approval.Republican Sen.Rand Paul of Kentucky also joined the Democrats.Pompeo’s remarks were revealed by Reps.Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., early Thursday in a House Armed Services Committee meeting and confirmed to The Intercept by Gabbard, who was also present.Early this morning [2:42AM ET], GOP Rep. @mattgaetz and Dem.Rep. @ElissaSlotkin said that in private presentation, the Trump admin, specifically Sec.Pompeo, argued how, in Ms.Slotkin's words, \'the 2001 AUMF might authorize war on #Iran .\' Chilling. https://t.co/2wjXwo1HTX pic.twitter.com/crqFpwJB88 — Benjamin Armbruster (@benjaminja) June 13, 2019 “We were all in that meeting with Pompeo where those statements were made,” Gabbard said.The 2001 AUMF provided the president with authority to wage war against anyone who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the attacks “or harbored such organizations or persons.” During an April 10 appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo claimed Iran has “very real” connections with al Qaeda.When asked by Paul whether the AUMF applies to Iran, Pompeo declined to say.The State Department did not return a request for comment.Pompeo’s comments carried new urgency on Thursday, when the secretary of state said that Iran was behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, implicating the nation in the second set of attacks on tankers in the region in two months.Late Thursday night, U.S.Central Command released a video it says shows Iran removing an unexploded mine from one of the tankers it’s suspected to have attacked on Thursday.The owner of that ship on Friday  denied that it was damaged by mines, claiming instead that it was hit by “flying objects.”  The Trump administration has already stoked fear of a potential conflict with Iran, withdrawing from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May 2018.More recently, National Security Adviser John Bolton asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran . Asked for her response to the suggestion that the AUMF might extend to Iran, Warren said Pompeo was “wrong.” “If the administration doesn’t believe that they can withstand a debate, then they shouldn’t be aiming themselves toward war.” “If the administration wants to go to war against Iran, then the Constitution requires them to come to Congress to ask for an authorization for the use of military force.This is Constitutional Law 101, that it is Congress, not the president, that declares war,” Warren, a former law professor, said. “We would have to have a debate on the floor of the Senate.And if the administration doesn’t believe that they can withstand a debate, then they shouldn’t be aiming themselves toward war.” Asked if there was any way that the 2001 AUMF could be construed to extend to Iran, Warren said, “None, nope.” Gabbard, for her part, said of Pompeo’s suggestion, “I completely disagree, 100% disagree.That’s one of the reasons why I have been so concerned about what this administration is doing.Because in their mind, they could unilaterally start a war with Iran, without congressional authorization, which would be unconstitutional and illegal.” Sen.Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said she wasn’t familiar with Pompeo’s comments.Kristin Lynch, spokesperson for Booker, said his co-sponsorship of a Senate bill that would prohibit the U.S. from spending money on military intervention in Iran without congressional authorization “speaks for itself.” Booker does not believe the 2001 AUMF can be used to authorize war with Iran, Lynch added.A spokesperson for Gillibrand, Evan Lukaske, said that the senator “has consistently and forcefully pushed for the repeal of the AUMF, an eighteen-year old authorization that has been stretched far past its original intent.” Gillbrand “believes Congress must do its job and exercise oversight of the executive branch, particularly with the current administration, and believes President Trump, and all presidents for that matter, should seek Congressional approval before engaging in proactive military action,” Lukaske said in a statement.Sens.Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar have signed onto the bill but did not respond to a request for comment on Pompeo’s remarks.A spokesperson for Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he hadn’t heard about Pompeo’s comments.The Senate bill , introduced by Sen.Tom Udall, D-N.M., now has 25 co-sponsors , including Sanders and 10 others who backed the original bill.Every other Democratic senatorial presidential candidate has signed on to back the bill since mid-May . In response to news of Pompeo’s comments, Udall tweeted Thursday: The answer is no: the 2001 AUMF does not authorize war with Iran.After the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized action against Al Qaeda & the Taliban.No one thought they were authorizing war with a completely different country, 18 years later. https://t.co/v9kVgAZM0y — Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) June 13, 2019 Gabbard, who has positioned herself as a pro-peace candidate but generally supports the global war on terror spurred by the 2001 AUMF, has not signed onto the House companion measure to the Udall bill, introduced in April by California Democratic Rep.Anna Eshoo.Gabbard said she’d want to read the bill, “but in theory, that’s exactly what we’re going for.” In its first 10 days, the Eshoo bill had only five co-sponsors ; it now has 59, including Ohio Democratic Rep.Tim Ryan, another presidential candidate.The remaining Democratic presidential candidates in the House, Reps.Eric Swalwell of California and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, have not signed on.During a classified briefing in May, a senior intelligence official told members of Congress that there is no evidence that Al Qaeda has cooperated with Iran on the Gulf attacks, the Daily Beast reported . That information would undermine any attempts to establish grounds for military action against Iran under the current AUMF.Democratic senators have been discussing possible updates to the AUMF during negotiations to reauthorize the NDAA.While Gabbard has not signed onto the Eshoo bill, she said that during Wednesday’s Armed Services Committee markup of the NDAA, she included a provision to address the escalating situation with Iran.That measure “specifically said nothing in this bill can be misconstrued to authorize the use of military force against Iran.I also wanted the same language against Venezuela.So covering both of these countries where this administration is hyping up tensions, threatening the use of military force, and so on.That’s something that we’ve got to remain vigilant on,” Gabbard said.   “Obviously our role is to exercise oversight over the administration.As you well know, executive branch has overstepped their authority time and again when it comes to the use of military force.The major check and balance we have is the power of the purse strings, which is where the National Defense Authorization Act comes into play, because it prohibits the use of funding to carry out these things.And it sets policy,” she said.Gabbard said a “conclusion that found bipartisan support” during the markup was “putting forward a very explicit amendment that says the 2001 AUMF shall not be misconstrued as an authorization to use military force against Iran.Because as even [Rep.] Mac Thornberry said, it wouldn’t.This Iran thing has no correlation to Al Qaeda.” Gabbard said she’d also just reintroduced the No More Presidential Wars Resolution, which “seeks to get at the heart of this problem where Congress is not fulfilling its responsibility, the executive is overstepping its boundaries, and it makes it an impeachable offense for a president to unilaterally start a war without congressional authorization or declaration of war.” . 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Extreme Temperature Diary-June 14, 2019/ Going From Cool To Extremely Hot? …Forecast Possibilities For The U.S.

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Friday June 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to
'Friday June 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials). Going From Cool To Extremely Hot? Forecast Possibilities For The U.S. Of course, on this blog I also report on exceptionally cold, or in the summer, cool extremes. This morning was refreshingly cool from the Midwest into the Deep South by early summer standards. In fact several record lows occurred including this one from Kentucky as shown by National Weather Service reports : BTW…that's a new record low for this date. — NWS Louisville (@NWSLouisville) June 14, 2019 The jet stream around the Northern Hemisphere has gotten very convoluted mainly due to warmth near the Arctic Circle that some have connected to ice loss and vice a versa in a horrific feedback loop: Current weather conditions (-NAO pattern) have resulted in the first major Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt event of the summer More information: https://t.co/5Z7Gu1BxUP MARv3.9 model: https://t.co/xeu1qQ3ksc pic.twitter.com/sXNXyMCxdR — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) June 13, 2019 The cold trough that dug over the eastern U.S. yesterday ushering southward some chilly air was meteorologically eye opening: Note above that we have quite the negative North Atlantic Oscillation with very high heights (or warmth) over Greenland, which did force a big cold pocket southward over the Midwest. If the new version of the GFS proves more reliable we can look past about 240 hours out for a decent forecast, but I have my doubts. At that time range valid for the week after next operational models have been flipping and flopping on the extent of the next heat dome to affect the United States. This morning’s GFS run has a relatively week system that may carve another trough in the eastern United States: This is the prior GFS model run valid at the same time: Let’s look at Penn State ensembles to see what may take place around 240 hours out. (Remember that I still consider any models valid past that point to be essentially garbage): Most ensemble members (as denoted by the brown circles of 594+ decameter heights) anchor the next big ridge over either New Mexico or western Texas, which traditionally would allow for an eastern trough to carve into the U.S. Of course, due to climate change traditional teleconnections are begging to be less reliable. In met speak teleconnections are climatological wave/trough configurations, or what to expect at 500 millibars around hemispheres. All this suggests is that their is a huge difference in scenarios ranging from just a heat wave confined to mainly the southwestern U.S. or one ranging from coast to coast and expanding northward as we move into July with the potential for numerous record highs. I have no doubt that after the next week 500 millibar heights controlling the jet stream will rise, it’s just a matter of where the heat dome’s center will form and how extensive the heat dome will get. Of course, I’ll keep all interested parties updated as new information crosses my radar on this fluid post. Here is more climate and weather news from Friday: (As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.) (If you like these posts and my work please contribute via the PayPal widget, which has recently been added to this site. Thanks in advance for any support.)  Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”'

Drunk Man Crashes Horse-Drawn Carriage Into Car

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A Kentucky man was temporarily placed in police custody and will have to face the consequences after he got drunk and then decided it would be a good idea to take his horse-drawn carriage on the road. In the process, he crashed into a car, ABC
'A Kentucky man was temporarily placed in police custody and will have to face the consequences after he got drunk and then decided it would be a good idea to take his horse-drawn carriage on the road. In the process, he crashed into a car, ABC affiliate WBKO reports. The good new.. ( continue reading >> )'

The 10 biggest issues U.S. mayors say they’re tackling in 2019

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From housing and economic development, to the environment and demographics, mayors are focused on the issues that matter to people. In 2019, more mayors are discussing fair housing protection, pre-arrest diversion, immigration, and the Census.
'From housing and economic development, to the environment and demographics, mayors are focused on the issues that matter to people. In 2019, more mayors are discussing fair housing protection, pre-arrest diversion, immigration, and the Census. Cities are the places where the big issues of our time are being debated and addressed. From Mayor Jacob Frey in Minneapolis who is reshaping the local housing landscape by ending single-family zoning, to Mayors Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles, Jean Stothert in Omaha, and Michael Hancock in Denver who are championing greater investment in public transit, our local leaders are providing leadership and getting the job done. Every year, mayors discuss issues that are critical to their communities, and provide a vision for the future in their state of the city addresses. At the National League of Cities, we analyze more than 150 of these speeches each year, and lay out the results in our annual State of the Cities report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of what is happening in cities now, and highlights trends by region and for the country as a whole. Below are the top 10 issues that matter to cities in 2019: 10. Government data and technology (mentioned in 11% of speeches) I want the city—council and staff—to make effective use of online survey tools to inform the choices before council. More agile, timely, and accessible digital outreach will help the community be directly engaged in our decisions. —Mayor Lucy Vinis, Eugene, Oregon Cities are focused on streamlining processes and creating data-driven solutions for residents. In order to get information to residents quickly and improve overall transparency and engagement, cities are broadly improving communications among municipal agencies. Additionally, more and more places are using machine-learning techniques to monitor and repair infrastructure, and of course, to fill the eponymous pothole. 9. Education (mentioned in 20% of speeches) And as an educator, I know the best economic development and anti-poverty tool is access to a quality education. —Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach, California Mayors and city leaders are working together to not only provide youth with access to a high-quality education, but also to consider how educational institutions can be utilized for community-wide initiatives. Libraries remain essential, and in many communities, mayors are championing libraries as a tool to help community members engage with the ever-growing digital world. 8. Demographics (mentioned in 32% of speeches) Eliminating economic and racial inequities leads to positive outcomes, including better educational achievement, improved public health, and reduced violence. —Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Mayors are advancing racial equity through concerted efforts to be inclusive of all people by including the stories of and creating accessible services and amenities to their city residents. And despite the polarized discourse surrounding immigration at the national level, mayors spoke about it positively in 2019. The upcoming 2020 Census, and specifically the added question on immigration, was top of mind in many mayoral speeches this year, and being a “welcoming city” for all was a common refrain in state of the city addresses. 7. Public safety (mentioned in 37% of speeches) Providing for public safety is perhaps the most important function of any city government. Looking forward, we need to focus on retaining our current police department staff, and we have a clear need to put more police officers on the streets. —Mayor Bruce Fraley, Berea, Kentucky Local leaders are starting to use pre-arrest diversion—the deterrence of individuals away from the criminal justice system and toward community-based services—as a public safety strategy. This challenges the more traditional “tough on crime” approaches of the past, and is a growing trend in medium and large cities across the U.S. 6. Housing (mentioned in 38% of speeches) Affordable housing isn’t just a problem for our most vulnerable residents, though—it affects our entire community. —Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C. The cost of housing in many cities is leading to high levels of displacement, and local leaders are seeking innovative solutions with a special focus on equity. The historical inequities of redlining and other housing policies that have disadvantaged people of color still echo through many communities, and this year’s speeches have highlighted these inequities, as well as fair housing protection for tenants. 5. Energy and environment (mentioned in 41% of speeches)  We are laying the foundation to transform the way we power municipal operations through renewable energy. Our Division of Power has committed to purchase at least 50% renewable energy to power city facilities by 2020. —Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, Ohio Local leaders are continuously championing sustainability initiatives and environmental awareness. For instance, there’s been increased interest in urban forestry programs because they focus on environmental justice, equity, and public safety, and ultimately increase liveability. Additionally, local officials are focusing more on recycling in response to new Chinese policies that have upended global recycling markets. 4. Budgets and management (mentioned in 41% of speeches) In my first year as mayor, one of my top priorities was the completion and passage of the City of Tacoma’s 2019-2020 biennial budget, a budget that guides the way the city aligns its resources to support council priorities and best meets our community’s needs. —Mayor Victoria Woodards, Tacoma, Washington Mayors are planning for the future by engaging with their constituents on budgets, managing relationships with state governments, and rebuilding reserves. A major theme has been communities looking to the state and federal levels to help invest in infrastructure improvements. Multiple localities are currently exploring participatory budgeting to get a broader cross-section of the community involved in the process and create equitable outcomes. 3. Health and human services (mentioned in 46% of speeches) I want to start with the battle against opioid addiction. It is literally a matter of life and death, and it affects everyone…all demographics. It touches our businesses, schools, churches, families…everyone. It’s detrimental to our labor force, diverts funding from much needed initiatives, and has stolen the future from many talented Lexingtonians. —Mayor Linda Gorton, Lexington, Kentucky Health and human services jumped in the rankings this year, largely due to an increased focus on parks and recreation. However, mental health and opioids continue to have a significant place in speeches. For instance, there has been an increasing number of mental health emergencies, and local governments are developing crisis intervention and diversion programs to address them. Meanwhile, in 2019, leaders are taking a solutions-based approach to addressing the opioid crisis. 2. Infrastructure (mentioned in 57% of speeches) “Infrastructure improvements are often not all that visible to the general public. They don’t typically garner a great deal of attention – though their failure certainly does. Nonetheless, they are essential to preserve our assets and ensure the continued reliability of services and quality of life to our residents.”—Mayor Patrick Madden, Troy, New York. Mayors developed a myriad of technology-driven solutions that bolstered pedestrian infrastructure and calmed traffic. Many cities, towns and villages are improving walkways, pedestrian bridges and street furniture to make cities more livable, ultimately giving residents better access to amenities and improving safety for walkers, bikers, and drivers. 1. Economic development (mentioned in 74% of speeches) “We know that one of the immediate ways to address poverty, our economy, to stabilize families and even reduce crime is to make sure people have access to good paying jobs.”—Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark, New Jersey. Economic development maintained its dominance as the top issue again this year. City leaders are focused on job creation and developing vibrant downtowns that can address community needs and grow local economies. Many cities, towns and villages are not only looking to invest in local job creation, but are also focusing on increasing opportunities for youth and communities of color. Communities nationwide are revitalizing downtowns by promoting tourism, creating mixed-use development, and activating public spaces. As I’ve seen from my years working with cities, mayors are inherently solutions oriented. Local government is a unique fixture in our American experiment, wisely built on a federal structure. For this structure to work best, we need to all work together—at the federal, state, and local levels—to ensure that this great country better reflects that America is a nation of cities. Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions.'

A Green Beret Shares His Story of Service and Healing

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The United States Army’s special forces, also known as the Green Berets, are one of the most elite units in the country’s armed forces. This man served as a Green Beret for 17 years and put his life on the line for freedom, but sees those who died
'The United States Army’s special forces, also known as the Green Berets, are one of the most elite units in the country’s armed forces. This man served as a Green Beret for 17 years and put his life on the line for freedom, but sees those who died and the families of those deployed as the real heroes. Adam Smith is 36 years old and lives in New Albany, Indiana. Smith joined the United States Army because being in the military was something he had always wanted to do, ever since he was a kid. “I wanted to join because I wanted to be of service. I wanted to serve the country and I wanted to fight for the freedoms that we get to have in this country,” Smith told The Epoch Times. At age 17, Smith joined the National Guard in 2000. Between his junior and senior year of high school he completed his basic training. While he was in college at Western Kentucky University, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 happened. First Combat Tour Smith knew he wanted to be a Green Beret, and he had always looked up to them. Smith was deployed to Bosnia in 2002 when he decided to go to special forces selection. He began training during his deployment, and went to pre-selection with the 20th Special Forces group in Chicago, Illinois. Smith was selected for training, but he tore his groin during the process. He then found out he had an opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan, so he transferred to a different unit. In 2004, he left for his first combat tour in Afghanistan. Adam Smith’s first combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2004. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) His orders were to support embedded team training brigades that were advising and assisting the Afghan forces. “That was my first real exposure to special operations operationally,” Smith said. Smith had his first opportunity to see how the Army’s special forces function in a combat zone, and their ability to conduct operations there. He saw first hand why he wanted to become a Green Beret. Selection Smith returned from his first deployment in 2005, and received orders to go to special forces selection in 2007. Selection was what Smith described as a “21-day job interview” with three distinct phases. Initially, there is a physical fitness training test, followed by a language test that measures the ability to learn a foreign language. Next Smith went though a rifle test, a log physical training test, an obstacle course, a long run, a long ruck physical training exercise, and then he moved into land navigation week. Adam Smith started the special forces selection process in 2007. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) During selection, no one is told what the passing standard is. Smith and all the other men in selection wouldn’t find out if they had passed until selection was over. Instructions are given on a white board, and instructors refrain from yelling at the men going through selection. The final phase is called team week. Each team had 16 men. The team would do a ruck march to the first point where they would receive instructions. Smith’s team had to build an apparatus out of poles, nylon webbing, and ammunition crates filled with sand, and move it to another location within a certain time frame. Their apparatus fell apart, and Smith’s team had to march to the next event. “The more you failed the more you worked,” Smith said. Earning the Green Beret The very last day of selection, the men did a ruck march. When they reached the end of the march, there was a sign that read “No more running. Conduct foot maintenance.” The same day, they gathered all the men in one room. The instructors called out names and separated the men into two groups. One group stayed in the room, and the other group was led out. Smith was in the group that was led out of the room, and he and the others stood in formation. No one said a word as they were called to attention. Then the “Ballad of the Green Beret” was played, and Smith knew he had been selected. Adam Smith earned his Green Beret in 2009. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) However, even though he had been selected, there would be more job interviews before Smith would ever make it to a team. Even once he made it to a team, he would be under constant scrutiny. Smith then began the Special Forces Qualification Course. Smith was a communications sergeant, and learned Indonesian. After all of the different job interviews and training, Smith earned his Green Beret in September 2009. Deployments After Smith earned his Green Beret, he was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency. Afterward, he was sent to southeast Asia, Central America, and Afghanistan on several deployments. Each deployment presented its own unique challenges and dangers. For example, deployment to Afghanistan meant supporting forces engaging in combat against the Taliban. In Central America, it meant supporting local forces who were fighting against the cartels. “That’s what makes the job so enjoyable because every time you go overseas you’re presented with a different consideration,” Smith explained. During his 17-year career, Smith and his fellow soldiers exhibited courage and sacrifice. During his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, he was working as an individual military augmentee with an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) that he had trained with in the Special Forces Qualification Course. Adam Smith was a Green Beret, and served in the United States Army for 17 years. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) Smith and the ODA were at a forward operating base, and heard a huge explosion. They went up onto towers and saw a contractor convoy that had been ambushed. Smith and the entire ODA left the base to see if there was any way they could help. “I think that right there perfectly demonstrates the mentality of the guys. It would be akin to a firefighter running into a burning building,” Smith explained. During the same deployment, the ODA had gotten pinned down. One of the members maneuvered to the roof, and exposed himself to fire in order to help the men in his unit. The enemy tossed a grenade onto the roof, blowing him off of it. Fortunately, he survived. “Men perform heroic actions in the name of protecting their brothers,” Smith explained. “It’s simply taking the actions necessary in order to keep the guys to your left and right alive.” Struggling to Adjust After Smith separated from the Army in 2016, he struggled to adjust to the civilian world. There was and is a disconnect between the special operations community and the civilian one. Furthermore, he had lost his sense of mission and purpose. Smith struggled to find work, discovered that he had lost a lot of his identity, and felt isolated. Eventually, the struggle led Smith to drink all of the alcohol in his house one evening. He sat on his couch, and wrote a suicide note. He put a gun in his mouth, but passed out before he could pull the trigger. In 2012, Veteran Affairs reported that between 18 and 22 veterans a day were committing suicide since 2000. In 2018, Veteran Affairs put out a study that showed an average of 20 veterans were dying by suicide per day. The next day he got a phone call from a Navy special warfare friend he had planned on getting together with. The friend mentioned they had planned on grabbing a beer, but he also asked if Smith was looking for work. Adam Smith lifting weights. In 2016, he nearly committed suicide. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) “He called me and he offered me an opportunity to find a purpose again,” Smith said. The next week, the two went to Ohio to train law enforcement on updated tactics, techniques, and procedures. When they returned, Smith’s friend paid him twice as much as they had agreed upon. The friend told him he had been in the same situation, and that he could see it in Smith’s face. He told Smith that the compensation wasn’t just to help him pay the bills, but it was for him and his fiancée to go do something for themselves. The friend offered Smith a job with his tactical training company, and told him to come back Monday morning if he wanted to. If he didn’t want to, that was okay too. Most importantly, he wanted to make sure Smith got back on his feet. Smith showed up that Monday. Treating PTSD Differently Smith found work at his friend’s tactical training company and then partnered with him to open a CrossFit gym, which later Smith and his wife bought. Smith also started his own company called Savage Freedoms in December 2018, which is a business and personal coaching firm. Smith was starting to find his purpose and mission again. Then, early this year, he received a phone call from Allied Corp., which is a research and development company working on cannabis health treatments for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. The company offered him an opportunity to share his story, and help convey the impact that CBD and cannabis has in a holistic method of treatment for those contending with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Smith has never been diagnosed with PTSD, but has suffered from some similar symptoms such as nightmares, insomnia, hyper-vigilance, depression, and anxiety. Those who suffer from PTSD are often prescribed heavy pharmaceuticals such as pain killers, anxiety medication, and sleeping pills. Unfortunately, these medications add up, only address the symptoms, and can cause problems themselves. According to Smith, the first step is to get people off of the pharmaceuticals. His personal story and experience with these symptoms led him to his current work as an advisor for Allied Corp. Adam Smith is also the head coach and owner of GrayStone CrossFit. (Courtesy of Adam Smith) They are currently working on holistic treatment methods that go beyond just medicating the individual symptoms of PTSD and traumatic brain injury. For Smith, a combination of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, physical fitness, a healthy diet, the special forces community, and CBD oil have helped him. While Smith has dedicated a large part of his life to serving the country and helping other veterans, first responders, and others who have experienced trauma, he emphasizes that he doesn’t see himself as a hero. For Smith, it’s his friends who have died and the families at home with deployed loved ones who are the real heroes. “I share my story and my personal experience not as a way to gain recognition, not as a way to find sympathy or empathy,” Smith said. “I share my story because somebody at some point has to stand up and speak very loudly, and be willing to put their life story out there so that we can see some serious changes happen at the national level. I don’t want 22 a day.”'

Democrats Are Struggling to Stop the Trump Administration from Cutting Housing for Trans and Undocumented People

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'This cruel and shameless proposed rule will significantly harm already impoverished children and pass on significant costs to taxpayers.'
'Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. House Democrats aren’t pleased with the Trump administration's proposal to make housing and emergency shelter less accessible — and perhaps out of reach entirely — for undocumented and transgender people. But despite an outcry on the left against those efforts, they can’t do much to stop them. Early Wednesday evening, the House Financial Services Committee voted along party lines to advance two bills that would block two regulatory changes proposed last month by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One of HUD’s proposed regulations would retroactively make households of mixed immigration statuses ineligible for federal housing assistance. The other would effectively allow homeless shelter providers to deny services to transgender people. Despite clashing with their Republican counterparts, Democrats on the House committee ultimately eked out a victory and voted to send the bills to the floor for a full vote. At one point, Virginia Democrat Rep. Jennifer Wexton even called comments by the opposition “prejudiced.” Though the bills passed their first legislative hurdle, they’ll likely stall there. Senate Democrats have not introduced sister legislation. A spokesperson for Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — who’s from New York, where many of the affected immigrant families are located — did not respond to VICE News’s questions about whether the Senate would take up similar measures. And chances are low that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, would whip support the effort even if they did. Under one of HUD’s proposed regulatory changes , which published in the federal register on May 10, families with mixed immigration statuses –– those with one or more members who don’t have certain residency documents –– would stop receiving federal housing assistance and face eviction from their units. A regulatory impact analysis of the proposal published by HUD last month shows that the measure could displace as many as 25,000 families across the country from their homes. That includes about 55,000 children who could become homeless or separated from their families under the proposal. In addition to New York, the overwhelming majority of those families are clustered in Texas and California, according to HUD. But the Keeping Families Together Act of 2019, sponsored by Democratic Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia, whose district includes parts of the greater Houston area, would block HUD from implementing the regulation. (The agency is halfway through the 60 day period in which it can solicit comments from the public about the proposed change.) “Rather than helping our immigration enforcement efforts, this cruel and shameless proposed rule will significantly harm already impoverished children and pass on significant costs to taxpayers,” Garcia said in a statement Wednesday. Committee chair Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, referred to HUD’s proposal as “shameful, harmful.” Wednesday’s vote followed a sustained wave of criticism by congressional Democrats, whose partial delegations in New York and California each sent open letters to HUD Secretary Ben Carson last month. The correspondances excoriated his agency for what California Democrats call the Trump administration’s “efforts to separate American families and intimidate immigrant communities.” \'This cruel and shameless proposed rule will significantly harm already impoverished children.\' Carson also sparred with Garcia — whose district includes parts of the greater Houston area — on Twitter last month about the proposed regulation change. He asked her whether she thinks the “more than 100,000 American citizens waiting for public housing in Houston, TX … should continue to wait while people here illegally are taking their space?” (A spokesperson for HUD declined to comment on congressional opposition to the measures and directed VICE News to press releases the agency published last month.) Should Carson get his way, HUD estimates it will also have to pay between $3.3 and $4.4 million in eviction costs to enforce the new procedure. Because HUD would replace mixed-eligibility families with fully eligible families, the agency would also have to pay a higher per-family subsidy cost, to the tune of an additional $193 million to $227 million per year, according to the agency. (HUD currently prorates subsidies for mixed eligibility households by excluding members who declare themselves ineligible.) HUD also notes that , considering the agency’s ever-shrinking budget , the “likeliest scenario” for implementing the regulation would “be that HUD would have to reduce the quantity and quality of assisted housing in response to higher costs.” Consequently, agency staff predicts, it will fund fewer housing vouchers. HUD says it will also have less money to make repairs to its crumbling stock of public housing, which faces a capital needs backlog of $70 billion across the country. “For public housing, this would have an impact on the quality of service, e.g., maintenance of the units and possibly deterioration of the units that could lead to vacancy,” HUD’s impact analysis says of its proposal. A spokesperson for HUD declined to comment on the agency’s implementation strategy for the new regulation, if any exists. Texas Rep. Andy Barr, among the Republican committee members who opposed Garcia’s bill, referred to the immigrants affected by HUD’s proposal as “ineligible people rigging the system” by taking housing away from American citizens. “License to discriminate” House Democrats also issued a separate rebuke to HUD Wednesday. The financial services committee approved a bill, introduced by freshman Virginia Democrat Jennifer Wexton, that would block HUD-funded shelter providers from being able to determine someone’s gender — which could allow them to deny services to trans people at facilities that cater to specific genders. “It’s that flexibility to discriminate that this [bill] is prohibiting,” Wexton said in the House on Wednesday. “These are folks that are in the most vulnerable time in their lives and need to be assured they’re safe.” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testifies at a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Wexton told VICE News that the HUD proposal “creates a license to discriminate in taxpayer-funded housing.” She added that her office is aware of at least one instance already in her district, which includes swaths of rural northern Virginia, where a low-barrier emergency homeless shelter denied a bed to a transgender woman. The woman “suffered harassment” from staff at the shelter, which receives funding from HUD, Wexton said. Wexton also told VICE News that she has not spoken to colleagues in the Senate about introducing a similar bill there. HUD has justified making changes to the Equal Access rule by citing a single case in Fresno, California, where a group of homeless women complained in May of 2018 that shelter staff gave a trans woman access to shelter. Thirty percent of transgender people have experienced homelessness, according to a 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey; since 2014, at least 110 transgender women have been killed . Republican committee members, including ranking Texas Rep. Patrick McHenry, pushed back on Wexton’s bill. “I believe it may be premature,” McHenry said during a Wednesday hearing. “Let’s see what HUD says, let’s see what they propose.” Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia, subsequently argued that female victims of sex trafficking in cities like Atlanta are “terrified of men.” “A lot of time I cannot visit the women in their shelters,” Loudermilk said. “We have seen from numerous account that [there are] preoperative transgender men being forced into these shelters, and it’s caused problems.” (Carson himself has made similar comments .) Loudermilk did not cite any specific accounts. Cover image: In this photo taken June 18, 2015, Ro Brown, 23, poses for a photograph as he waits in a Greyhound bus station in Miami, with his wife, not pictured, for a bus to Macon, Ga. Brown, who identifies as a transgender male, has been homeless for six years, and has not yet told his family about his gender identity. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)'

Can Cities Ban Abortion? Waskom, Texas Could Face Lawsuits For Trying

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Since the beginning of 2019, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Utah, Missouri, and others have passed various anti-abortion bills at the state level. But can cities ban abortion? Waskom, Texas issued an ordinance calling the small…
'Since the beginning of 2019, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Utah, Missouri, and others have passed various anti-abortion bills at the state level. But can cities ban abortion? Waskom, Texas issued an ordinance calling the small city situated on the Texas-Louisiana border a \'sanctuary for the unborn,\' Fox 26 Houston reported on Wednesday. The council said that it modeled its ordinance based on a similar resolution passed by the city council in Roswell, New Mexico, in March. While the city council has the power to issue the ordinance, it could face legal battles if it passes, including a temporary injunction. In fact, Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore said that in spite of the unanimous support the ordinance received, the city could end up tangling itself in a lawsuit in federal court (though there are no reports of legal action at the moment). \'Most likely we will end up getting sued if this passes,\' Moore said, per The Hill . \'It could go to the Supreme Court.\' On top of that, Waskom city attorney Kurt Truelove called the ordinance unconstitutional , per KTSA. The announcement comes shortly after Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a six-week abortion ban into law in late May. Supporters of the ordinance in Waskom, which is 20 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, worry that people seeking abortion in their neighboring state may turn to their city to get the procedure, per KTSA. But there are no abortion services in the city , as KTAL noted. Still, ordinance supporters are calling their move a \'preventive\' step. According to KETK-TV, the city council of Waskom , a five-member all-male panel, said laws allowing abortion are \'unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.\' More to come..'

‘Vanderpump Rules' Stars Jax & Brittany's Wedding May Be A Big Bravo Crossover Event, According To These Clues

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The wedding of the SUR-ntury sure is shaping up to be a Bravolebrity bonanza. Judging by some recent tweets, it looks like Vanderpump Rules stars Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor’s wedding guest list includes Southern Charm’s Shep Rose, plus…
'The wedding of the SUR-ntury sure is shaping up to be a Bravolebrity bonanza. Judging by some recent tweets, it looks like Vanderpump Rules stars Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylors wedding guest list includes Southern Charm s Shep Rose, plus Summer House s Carl Radke and Kyle Cooke. The Pump Rules cast and Shep and Carl and Kyle all in the same place? Whew, I can smell the Titos vodka already. And thankfully, this major crossover moment will almost definitely be on Pump Rules Season 8 (because hi, Jax and Brittany's wedding is going to be a huge part of Season 8), and I haven't been this excited since I found out Lala Kent and James Kennedy were back in the recording studio. The Bravoverse brought Jax, Shep, Carl, and Kyle together years ago, and they've been friends ever since. And not just the \'It's fun to chat for a few minutes at network events once in a blue moon\' type of Bravo friends. Apparently, they're the \'get invited to each other's weddings\' type of Bravo friends. Last July, Jax tweeted that Shep (and non-Bravolebrity Dale Earnhardt Jr.) (what a world!) would be receiving invites, and it sure looks like Jax kept his word. Just yesterday afternoon, Jax tweeted at Shep to let him know hes looking forward to hanging out when the wedding extravaganza begins. Miss ya bud!!!! Jax wrote. See ya in a few weeks for the wedding, got some really fun sh*t planned for the boys!!! Shep said he couldn't wait, and then asked where he should fly into and what he should pack to wear each night. Jax told Shep he can wear whatever because its a friggin castle, but then let the Charm er know there may be a knight costume or a dragon costume in his future. And then , Jax tweeted at Summer House s Kyle and Carl to update them on what they will be wearing: .@imkylecooke and @carlradke you guys can be mermaids. Sorry, we drew straws and this is what was left. And then , Kyle volleyed back , \'A knight in shining armor needs a mermaid or two so makes sense. Happy to fall on the sword.\' Assuming all of this is not a bit, it really sounds like Shep, Kyle, and Carl will be at the wedding. And while the stuff about knights and mermaids and dragons may be a joke, this is a Pump Rules wedding we are talking about. There will probably be a costume element at some point during the wedding week. The Pump ers love a costume party , and if there is one place to throw a costume party, is a castle in the middle of Kentucky. If Bravo were to set up some Big Brother -style 24/7 live feeds for Jax and Brittanys wedding week, wild mini horses couldnt drag me away. The only thing that would be better is if I could temporarily turn into a fly an actual fly, not a Brundlefly and hang out on the walls of the Kentucky Castle on Jaxanys big day.'

High School Offers Adulting 101 Classes, Teaches Kids to Change Flat Tires

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Good grades may look good on paper and will definitely help you get into the college of your choice, but they won’t help you get by in real life.That’s the idea behind the new program, which is actually a 3-day workshop called Adulting 101, at Fern
'Good grades may look good on paper and will definitely help you get into the college of your choice, but they won’t help you get by in real life.That’s the idea behind the new program, which is actually a 3-day workshop called Adulting 101, at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky. The class will help kids acquire practical skills that are not taught in school – and which they probably didn&rsqu.. ( continue reading >> )'

D-Day Vets Honored by Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy — by The…

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June 6, 2019 — The Nashvillian.D-Day Veteras are being honored today by the Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy.The U.S.
'June 6, 2019 — The Nashvillian.D-Day Veteras are being honored today by the Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy. \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 U.S.Navy Blue Angels performed a Fly Over of Downtown Nashville on June 6, 2019 (D-Day) to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for America and World freedom. (Picture of Blue Angels source: Wikipedia). The Blue Angels are making their first return to the area for this weekend’s Nissan Sponsored Air Show in Smyrna TN since Marine Captain Jeff Kuss gave his life in the line of duty three years ago in 2016 in the very same event in Smyrna, TN.The featured premier flying group of the U.S.Navy will be performing once again in the Nissan sponsored Great American Air Show Saturday June 8 to Sunday June 9 at Smyrna Airport in Rutherford County just southeast of Nashville.Meanwhile, American and World Leaders are gathering to commemorate the service and sacrifice for freedom made by the brave D-Day Veterans.Above, As U.S.Military Veteran Paratrooper Vincent Sparanza confers with American Soldiers at D-Day Celebration, President Trump & Prime Minister May (below) greet national leaders representing countries of Allied Forces fighting alongside American and British Forces on D-Day. (Picture Sources: Vets- Betrand Guay/AFP/.Getty Images Trump/May-AP.) President Trump and Prime Minister May Greet World Leaders at D-Day Commemoration Events.Source AP.British Prime Minister Theresa May, who joined President Donald Trump in the D-Day ceremonies, took the opportunity to commemorate the veterans of D-DAY by saying — “The Normandy landings 75 years ago were a moment of historic international cooperation.And it is right that, at the heart of today’s commemorations, are veterans who fought to secure the liberty and the peace that we now enjoy.” \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 President Trump quoted from President Franklin Roosevelt’s   —  Prayer to Nation and Troops during D-Day Normandy landings 75 years ago — President Trump appears at D-Day ceremonies and quotes from President Roosevelt’s June 6, 1944 Prayer radio address during Normandy Invasion 75 years ago.Source: Daniel Lee-Olivias — AFP/Getty Images The President reminded attendees of President Roosevelt’s prayer on D-Day by excerpting the following lines he read — “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.They will need Thy blessings.For the enemy is strong.He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.” [Trump excerpt of President Roosevelt’s Prayer to Nation, for Troops and World originally given by FDR during Normandy Invasion 75 years ago — on D-Day June 6, 1944] \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 Queen Elizabeth Sits With President Donald Trump to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of D-Day with Veterans.Picture Source — Chris Jackson/WPA Pool Getty Images Queen Elizabeth honored Veterans of D-Day who fought alongside America, Britain and Allied Forces to determine — the “fate of the world” which “depended on their success.Many…would never return and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.” Present at the D-Day events were world leaders from countries in the Allied Forces fighting together with the U.S. and Britain in Normandy on D-Day — Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.D-DAY & Final Days of World War II — Operation Neptune at Normandy with General Bradley and Operation Cobra led by General George Patton D-DAY PHOTO OF TROOPS LANDING /Source: HistoryOnTheNet.com D-DAY June 6, 1944 in World War II is when American, British and Allied Forces hit the beeches of Normandy, France in a water based invasion, the largest in military history, code named Operation Neptune in the march to defeat Hitler and Nazi Germany, which had an instrumental impact on the conclusion of World War II and securing Freedom around the globe . The following message by General Dwight D.Eisenhower delivered to the troops indicated that no less than absolute victory would be accepted by the United States of America.General Eisenhower Addresses Members of the 101st Airborne.Source: Wikipedia.SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.The eyes of the world are upon you.The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.Your task will not be an easy one.Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened.He will fight savagely.But this is the year 1944!Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940–41.The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man.Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.The tide has turned!The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.We will accept nothing less than full Victory!Good luck!And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” —  General Dwight Eisenhower (D-Day) Message General Dwight D.Eisenhower D-Day Message to the Troops (Pic Source: USNHistory.NavyLive.DodLive.mil) General Omar Bradley.Source: Wikipedia Of key significance in the history of the war, as indicated in the movie “Patton”, Hitler and the German Nazi Command were so convinced that the invasion would be led by General George Patton that the Nazi enemies were misdirected to await anticipated forces under Patton in Calais buying time for the actual invasion which took place in Normandy.This perception was aided by the creation of fictitious Allied Forces around Patton to lead, often referred to as the greatest deception in the history of warfare . General George Patton.Source: Wikipedia.Among many battles won by one of America’s most revered military leaders, General Patton  — the key victory at Normandy on D-DAY occurred without Patton’s physical presence — yet still he played an instrumental role because of the enemy’s perception of Patton, substantially contributing to delayed enemy preparation, saving lives and ability to win under General Bradley on D-DAY . Operation Cobra was a tandem campaign of First Army and the Third Army which Patton (3rd Army Commander) was assigned to lead across France and Germany, culminating in a run into Brittany, France and over southern Normandy, resulting in the dismantling of Germany’s forces.Back home in America , the families, friends, fellow soldiers and veteran advocates of World War II Vets paid tribute to the D-Day Veterans and were reminded of the tremendous price of freedom paid by all American Soldiers and their allied fellow service members who served in World War II Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc. , from Nashville, Tennessee honored D-Day and all World War II veterans for their “tremendous service and sacrifice for the USA and Freedom” saying — “Here’s to the brave American Soldiers who landed on the Beech at Normandy France 75 years ago, a date we remember as D-DAY, to defeat a world oppressive regime and secure freedom for America and the World.Accolades forever to all the American Soldiers in World War II who fought to secure liberty for the United States and people around the globe”, said Veteran Advocate Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc. “BLUE ANGELS” TO CONTINUE TRIBUTE TO ALL SOLDIERS OVER D-DAY WEEKEND IN SMYRNA U.S.Navy Blue Angels (Source: Wikipedia) As to this weekend’s 2019 return of the Blue Angels to Smyrna, Tennessee — Lt.Cmdr.David Gardner, spokesman for the Blue Angels , alluded to the continuing spirit of D-Day commemoration activities the premier flying will take part in over the skies of Smyrna TN and honoring all those who’ve given their life for America with this statement — — “The best way we can honor Capt.Kuss and everyone who has given their life in service to their country is to go out there and fly the best demonstration we possibly can.” The U.S.Navy Blue Angels flying their F-18 Hornets, after today’s fly over the skies of Nashville in advance of their first return show after the loss of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, will be aiming high in the Nissan sponsored Great American Air Show Saturday June 8 to Sunday June 9 at Smyrna Airport in Rutherford County just southeast of Nashville.The show featuring the U.S.Navy Top Performing Team — The Blue Angels — will be their one and only appearance in the Southeast 5 State Region of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.Marine Capt.Jeff “Kooch” Kuss  — Opposing Solo #6 — gave his life for his country three years ago on June 2, 2016 while performing during a practice session for this very same Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee . Since that date a Jeff Kuss Memorial Foundation has been created featuring the F-18 Blue and Gold Hornet in Smyrna where public servants and the public have gathered to honor his memory.The parents of Captain Jeff Kuss — Janet and Michael Kuss  — have been back to see this tribute to their fallen American Soldier son, who said they have “felt the love” from the Smyrna Community and their Country.Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed Joins Public Servants in Welcoming Blue Angels Back (Source: M.E.Reed FB) Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed has said that the Jeff Kuss Blue Angels Memorial has meant so much to the family, saying — “ Citizens want to let them know how sorry they are and how much they appreciate what Jeff has done for the country and for our community , and for them just to be able to say, ‘We love you, we’re sorry and we’ve been praying for you’”. The U.S.Air Force Viper Demonstration Team flying F-16’s will participate in the events to honor all veterans, active duty and future military service personnel.John Black Airport Authority Director of Smyrna-Rutherford County said — “…We are privileged and honored to be hosting the U.S.Navy Blue Angels at this premier Middle Tennessee event.With this year’s stellar lineup, the Great Tennessee Air Show is poised to present one of the strongest airshow lineups anywhere in North America.”     Over the years, patriotic American families have enjoyed the Air shows from on site locations at the Airport where advance tickets are available to off site venues in parking lots, on overlooks, in the parks and other areas surrounding the position of take off and landing to witness and be a part of this military and patriotic celebration in America.As we follow the D-Day Commemoration with this flying tribute by the Navy Blue Angels, we are reminded of the honor and respect shown by fellow Americans for all the American Soldiers who risked and have given their lives in service to our country.We find unity in the United States over these common bonds of a freedom loving people willing to fight to sustain and protect our American Freedom.News Article — Copyright © 2019.TheNashvillianCo.Local, State and National News Impacting Americans.All Rights Reserved.Sources: U.S.Navy Blue Angels Flies High for America (Picture Source: Wikipedia); News Article: The Nashvillian Co. — Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NashvillianNews.net/ News Article — Copyright © 2019.TheNashvillianCo.Local, State and National News Impacting Americans.All Rights Reserved.Sources: Picture of President Trump & Prime Minister May source: AP.Pictures of D-Day landing forces by HistoryOnTheNet.com; Picture of General Eisenhower addressing 101st Airborne Division source: Wikipedia.General Dwight D.Eisenhower D-Day Message to the Troops (Pic): USNHistory.NavyLive.DodLive.mil); Pictures of General Bradley and General George Patton, Source: Wikipedia.Trump w Roosevelt Poster Source: Daniel Lee-Olivias — AFP/Getty Images.Queen Elizabeth and President Trump by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images; Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc. with Veterans Source: by A.Crim for L.R.Crim MPA MA and VCN.Picture Veteran Paratrooper American Soldiers by Betran Guay/AFP/Getty.Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed Joins Public Servants in Welcoming Blue Angels Back (Source: M.E.Reed FB). U.S.Navy Blue Angels Fly High for America (Picture Source: Wikipedia) and Marine Captain Jeff Kuss A Life in Service (Source: Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP). Source link . The post D-Day Vets Honored by Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy — by The… appeared first on EPeak World News .'

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.'

Student convicted of campus attack accused in 2 more cases

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Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press Updated 2:03 pm CDT, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 This Friday, June 7, 2019 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. New sexual assault charges
'Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press Updated 2:03 pm CDT, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 This Friday, June 7, 2019 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. New sexual assault charges have been filed against Hardin, a student who has been able to remain at Marshall University despite being convicted in a 2016 attack against another woman on campus. Hardin now faces second-degree sexual assault charges involving two more women in September and October 2018. Hardin was jailed Friday for violating probation in the previous case, and has a Wednesday, June 12 court hearing. (West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority via AP) less This Friday, June 7, 2019 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. New sexual assault charges have been filed against Hardin, a student … more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This Friday, June 7, 2019 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. New sexual assault charges have been filed against Hardin, a student who has been able to remain at Marshall University despite being convicted in a 2016 attack against another woman on campus. Hardin now faces second-degree sexual assault charges involving two more women in September and October 2018. Hardin was jailed Friday for violating probation in the previous case, and has a Wednesday, June 12 court hearing. (West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority via AP) less This Friday, June 7, 2019 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. New sexual assault charges have been filed against Hardin, a student … more Photo: AP Student convicted of campus attack accused in 2 more cases 1  /  1 Back to Gallery HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A student who remains enrolled at Marshall University in West Virginia despite a conviction for a 2016 attack against a female student on campus is now facing charges of assaulting two more women, court documents show. Joseph Chase Hardin, 22, has been indicted on second-degree sexual assault charges involving two women stemming from September and October 2018 incidents, according to court records filed Thursday. Hardin was jailed the next day, accused of violating probation for the earlier case in which he was accused of raping a student in her dorm room in February 2016. He has a court hearing Wednesday on the probation matter. Hardin was originally charged with sexual assault in the 2016 case though he ultimately entered a Kennedy plea to a lesser charge of battery, allowing him to be convicted without admitting guilt. His court-appointed lawyer, Kerry A. Nessel, said he is representing Hardin for his probation case but said it was unclear who would be his lawyer for the assault charges. Nessel said he doesn’t know Hardin and declined to comment further. An ongoing federal lawsuit filed by the woman against the university describes a botched disciplinary process after the alleged 2016 rape as well as a pattern of harassment by Hardin. It says Hardin’s continued attendance at Marshall forced the first victim to leave the college. After the woman reported the attack, the college expelled Hardin but he was allowed to remain on campus during an appeal process. The college didn’t place any restrictions that would prevent the woman from encountering Hardin, according to the lawsuit. The suit also says that in one instance, Hardin wore one of her headbands at a basketball game to mock her and that his friends taunted her on social media. During a student conduct panel, the woman was aggressively cross-examined by Hardin’s private attorneys when she didn’t have a lawyer present, according to the lawsuit. No physical evidence was allowed because of the separate criminal trial against Hardin, it added. When the panel eventually cleared him, he winked at the woman as he walked by her, according to the suit. Then, after reviewing the hearing process, college administrators reversed course and suspended Hardin from the campus grounds until his criminal case was resolved while still allowing him to take online classes. He unsuccessfully appealed that decision, but was allowed back at the school after he pleaded to the downgraded battery charge. The woman’s lawsuit against the university seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Marshall spokeswoman Leah Payne said Tuesday that Hardin is still enrolled and that the more recent charges didn’t occur on campus and didn’t involve the school’s police department. She did not immediately comment on details from the lawsuit. The newer charges of sexual assault against Hardin involve alleged rapes of two women last year in the same county where Marshall University is located, according to an indictment. Marshall University is a public college with about 13,000 students located near West Virginia’s border with Ohio and Kentucky.'