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Odd fact of the day. Kitty Dukakis is Jason Chaffetz' brother's mother.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Dukakis#Life_and_career

At age 19, she dropped out of college to marry John Chaffetz. They had one son, John. The marriage did not last and she moved to Brookline.[6] Her former husband later remarried and had a son, Jason Chaffetz, who is now a Republican Congressman from Utah.



I did not know that!

On edit, I guess that stepmother, while technically correct per the definition of stepmother, maybe is not correct in any real sense. My ex-wife had children after we were divorced, and I don't feel like I'm their "stepfather" in any way.

From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/09/us/3-ways-wwi-shapes-america/index.html

(CNN) He stood 5-foot-4 and weighed 130 pounds. An angular, baby-smooth face made him look even less intimidating. Henry Johnson was at first just another railroad porter who toted luggage and smiled for tips.

But on May 4, 1918, Johnson grabbed a two-inch bolo knife and a splintered rifle and did something so remarkable that he earned another name: "Black Death."

Johnson was a US sergeant standing sentry one night in a French forest when a German raiding party attacked. The swarming Germans shot Johnson in his lip, head and side. Yet Johnson kept shooting back. When his rifle jammed, he grabbed it by the barrel and clubbed more Germans. Then he used the bolo knife to stab and disembowel another enemy soldier. He kept throwing grenades until he fainted from blood loss.

When his comrades found Johnson the next morning, they discovered he had killed four Germans and wounded about 20 more. They could still see the bloody trails of wounded Germans who had crawled into the woods to escape Johnson's fury. Johnson had been wounded 21 times but somehow survived the hourlong battle.

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Johnson's story is featured in PBS' "The Great War," a stirring account of America's entry into World War I. The three-part "American Experience" film, which begins airing Monday, devotes six hours over three nights to explaining why the nation decided to enter "the war that would end all wars" 100 years ago this month.


I cannot wait to see this tonight!!!

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at 67 aboard rock legends cruise

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-boston-drummer-sib-hashian-dead-20170323-story.html

John “Sib” Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67.

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Sib Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed from Miami on Saturday and was scheduled to visit Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Hashian played on Boston’s first two hit records, their self-titled debut album in 1976, featuring the hit song “More Than a Feeling,” and their second album, “Don’t Look Back.”

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Cross gently, Sib...

Obligatory video:


Sometime in the future, the ex-Presidents will have to appear with the present one...

Can you imagine any of the living ex-Presidents appearing with the orange shitgibbon? Think about it...

- Obama? After the wiretapping accusations?

- Shrub and Poppy Bush? After what happened to Jeb in the primaries?

- Big Dog? After the debate in which Twitler brought all the women who accused Clinton of sexual misconduct?

- Jimmy? Too much class to allow himself near the fuckmuppet.

Think of the awkwardness should the ex's show up...

Fareed Zakaria: Trump 'indifferent to things that are true or false'

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/18/politics/zakaria-wiretap-trump-don-lemon-cnntv/index.html

(CNN)Fareed Zakaria ripped into President Donald Trump on Friday, accusing him of "bulls**tting" his way to the presidency.

The charge followed Zakaria's infamous attack during the presidential election, when he called then candidate Trump a "bulls**t artist."

"I got into trouble during the campaign saying something about the President which I still think is true," Zakaria told Don Lemon on "CNN Tonight." "I think the President is somewhat indifferent to things that are true or false."

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"He has spent his whole life bulls**tting," Zakaria said. "He has succeeded by bulls**tting. He has gotten the presidency by bulls**tting. It's very hard to tell somebody at that point that bulls**t doesn't work. Because look at the results. He sees something, he doesn't particularly care if it's true or not, he just put it out there."

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Couldn't have said it better myself!

Intruder breaches White House grounds, arrested near residence entrance

Source: CNN

(CNN)A man carrying a backpack was arrested Friday night after breaching security at the White House complex and was discovered by a Secret Service officer by the south entrance to the executive residence, officials said.

The incident happened just before midnight while President Donald Trump was at the White House.
A Secret Service source said the intruder might have entered the White House grounds on the east side before making his way near the residence's south portico entrance.
The White House was placed under security condition "orange," one of the highest levels of security for the Secret Service.
The suspect was arrested by the Secret Service and taken into custody.
The President was spending the weekend in Washington and was alerted to the incident late Friday night, an administration official said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/11/politics/man-breeches-white-house/index.html

Boy finds WWII plane with pilot's remains in cockpit

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/europe/denmark-wwii-plane-trnd/index.html

(CNN)A 14-year-old Danish boy doing research for a history class found the wreckage of a German World War II plane with the remains of the pilot in the cockpit.

Daniel Kristiansen and his father, Klaus, discovered what's believed to be a Messerschmitt fighter plane buried in a field on their farm near Birkelse in northern Denmark.

"We went out to the field with a metal detector," Klaus Kristiansen told CNN. "I hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school."

Instead, they found bits of plane debris. So they borrowed an excavator from a neighbor and dug down seven or eight meters.

"At first we were digging up a lot of dirt with metal fragments in it. Then we suddenly came across bones and pieces of clothes," Kristiansen said. "It was like opening a book from yesterday."

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Wow!

US suspends expedited processing of H-1B visas

Source: CNN.com

(CNN)The US is temporarily suspending expedited processing of H-1B visas, eliminating the option of shorter wait times for the program that helps highly skilled foreigners work at US companies.

Under the current system, companies submitting applications for H-1B visas for potential employers can pay extra for expedited processing, which is referred to as premium processing.

Premium processing costs an additional $1,225 and ensures a response from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in 15 days or the fee is refunded. Standard H-1B applications -- those that are not premium -- take between three to six months.
Indian official says H1B visas bolster jobs

The suspension is effective April 3, and could last up to six months, according to USCIS.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/04/us/h1b-visa-premium-processing-suspended/index.html



The anti-immigration travesty continues.

We're ruled by modern-day Know Nothings...

Tom Perez is the new DNC chair. So let's not focus on nonsense, but tomorrow.

This isn't about us (the 49%), it's about *everyone's* future. Even the people who felt compelled to vote for Drumpf.

Man, do WE (the Opposition) have a job on our hands!

R.E.M. and Sesame Street singing "Furry Happy Monsters"

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