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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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Larry Flint on Jerry Falwell Jr.

The Hustler publisher, who won a landmark First Amendment legal battle against Jerry Falwell Sr., writes about Jerry Falwell Jr.’s fall from grace—and the Trump of it all.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/larry-flynt-on-his-final-farewell-to-the-falwells

Published Sep. 01, 2020 4:32AM ET

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The legal battle lasted five years, from 1983 to 1988, including three decisions against me in federal courts. There was an important principle at stake: the right of artists, writers, and publishers to satirize public figures. Finally, I was vindicated by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision written by conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist. This case is often cited as a landmark ruling for the preservation of our First Amendment rights to free speech.

Ironically, Falwell Sr. and I actually became friends later. We enjoyed many cordial visits, participated in debates across the country, and even exchanged Christmas cards. I have to concede that his friendship with me proves that, for the most part, he was practicing an essential tenet of his faith, forgiveness, and was a sincere Christian.

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Which is more than can be said for many of his fellow televangelists—the sorry parade of charlatans like Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Paula White, and all the other prime-time Elmer Gantrys—including the son, Jerry Falwell Jr. They’re obsessed above all with sexual behavior, ignoring and subverting the core message of Christianity—humility and compassion for the downtrodden—while embracing “prosperity gospel,” which is to say the gospel of greed above all other values.

They support Republican politicians eager to gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and other programs designed to do what Jesus Christ strived for: the reduction of human suffering in this vale of tears. They live in multimillion-dollar mansions and fly around in private jets, while fleecing their flock for “prayer donations” guaranteed to cure incurable diseases and afflictions. They forget that Jesus Christ only lost his temper and acted violently once: when driving the money-lenders from the temple. But they are not troubled in the least by the banksters on Wall Street, who hoovered up millions from middle-class Americans, granting the 1 percent a get-out-of-jail-free card to do it all over again. Instead, these evangelists reserve the whip for gays, women who want to control their own bodies, pot smokers, and other “heretics” who are only trying to lead fulfilling lives. They actually work to increase the sum of human suffering. They are peddlers of religious snake oil.

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More. LOTS more at link.

Three Year old snagged by kite, gets trip of lifetime ...

Three year old entangeled in kite gets the ride of a lifetime!!!

Walmart Joins Talks to Buy TikTok

Walmart Joins Talks to Buy TikTok

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/technology/walmart-tiktok-deal.html

The retail giant said it was teaming up with Microsoft, which has been negotiating for weeks to buy the popular Chinese-owned video app.


By Mike Isaac

Aug. 27, 2020, 12:19 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — <snip>

In a statement, Walmart said, “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators.”

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Prices for a potential deal have ranged from $20 billion to $50 billion, the people with knowledge of the talks have said. But talks are fluid and the situation has been shifting quickly.

Microsoft, with $137 billion in cash and a market value of more than $1.7 trillion, is far larger than other potential acquirers and has the deepest resources.

Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said in a note to investors that the participation of Walmart was likely “the final piece of the puzzle that ultimately cements Microsoft successfully acquiring TikTok’s U.S. operations for likely $35 billion to $40 billion.”

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Michael Corkery contributed reporting.

Wisconsin police shooting a Black man multiple times as he enters a car





President Trump's sister says he has 'no principles' on tape

They all knew. They all know now.

Trump Accidentally Confirms Key Stormy Daniels Detail During Weird Rally Moment


Trump Accidentally Confirms Key Stormy Daniels Detail During Weird Rally Moment

The porn star says she was paid $130,000 before the 2016 election to keep quiet about their
alleged liaisons.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-stormy-daniels-sharks_n_5f3f4001c5b6305f32559c85

By Ed Mazza

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“He is obsessed with sharks,” Daniels said in an interview with In Touch magazine in 2011. “Terrified of sharks. He was like, ‘I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.’”

On Thursday, Trump made very similar comments while speaking to supporters in Pennsylvania as he went off on a tangent.

“I’m not a big fan of sharks,” he said. “I have people calling me up, ‘Sir, we have a fund to save the shark, it’s called Save The Shark.’ I say ’no thank you, I have other things I can contribute to.”

Daniels was paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to keep her allegations of an affair quiet. Trump has denied the affair, which Daniels said took place in 2006 when Trump’s third wife, Melania Trump, was caring for the couple’s infant child.

Sarah Cooper at the Convention

'He Stiffed Our Party': Bloomberg Doubts Resurface Before D.N.C. Speech

‘He Stiffed Our Party’: Bloomberg Doubts Resurface Before D.N.C. Speech

Michael Bloomberg’s appearance on the final night of the Democratic convention has reignited questions about his pledge to throw his fortune behind the effort to defeat President Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-dnc.html

By Rebecca R. Ruiz

Aug. 20, 2020
Updated 9:26 a.m. ET


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“He stiffed our party and all the monthly workers he promised to keep on through November,” Amy Siskind, a prominent progressive activist, wrote on Twitter. “Why is Bloomberg speaking?”

In March, Mr. Bloomberg made an enormous $18 million transfer to the Democratic Party and offered up the leases to 13 field offices for the party’s use. Within weeks of exiting the race, he put $4.5 million into three major progressive groups — Swing Left, Collective Future and Voto Latino.

But he has not given directly to Mr. Biden, whom he endorsed upon withdrawing from the race, and his termination of thousands of campaign workers who expected to be working through November in Mr. Biden’s name has inspired multiple lawsuits.

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In spite of his continued extensive philanthropy, his contributions have fallen short of what some in the party had thought he would spend — something Mr. Nutter likened to a message that had been garbled in a game of Telephone.

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