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December 6, 2023

Essequibo: Venezuela moves to claim Guyana-controlled region

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is plunging ahead with its plans to take over Essequibo, the oil-rich region controlled by neighbouring Guyana.

He has ordered the state oil company to issue extraction licences there and proposed the National Assembly pass a bill making the area part of Venezuela.

Guyana has put its defence forces on full alert in response.

Venezuelan voters on Sunday approved a referendum claiming rights over Essequibo, ratcheting up tensions.

In a Facebook address slamming Mr Maduro's "missteps", Guyana's President Irfaan Ali said he had already spoken to the UN secretary general and is asking the UN Security Council to consider intervening.


Thug Maduro needs to go. Install Juan Guaidó or Dinorah Figuera as President.
December 5, 2023

Biden says he's "not sure" he'd be running for reelection if Trump weren't

Source: CBS

President Biden on Tuesday said he's "not sure" he would be running for reelection if former President Donald Trump were not also running.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president made the comments during a fundraiser in Boston.

"If Trump wasn't running, I'm not sure I'd be running," the president said. "But we cannot let him win."

No television cameras or microphones were allowed inside the event, but reporters traveling with the president were able to report on his comments.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-not-sure-he-would-run-reelection-if-trump-werent/

December 5, 2023

Man stabs security guard to death, injures another guard at Center City Macy's, police say

Source: NBC News

A man stabbed a security guard to death and injured another guard after trying to steal merchandise from the Macy's store in Center City, Philadelphia police said.

The ordeal began Monday around 10:45 a.m. at the Macy's on 13th and Market streets. Police said an unidentified man was trying to steal hats from the store and was caught by security guards who took back the merchandise.

The suspect left the store and then returned 15 minutes later, stabbing one of the guards, a 30-year-old man, in the neck, police said. A second security guard, a 23-year-old man, tried to intervene and was stabbed in the face and arm, according to investigators.

The 30-year-old guard was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:19 a.m. The 23-year-old guard is in stable condition.

Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/stabbing-center-city-macys-philadelphia-police-say/3712492/

December 5, 2023

GOP debate stage shrinks to four candidates

Source: NBC News

This week’s GOP presidential primary debate will have the smallest stage yet, with just four candidates facing off Wednesday night, the Republican National Committee announced Monday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have qualified for Wednesday’s debate in Alabama, which will be hosted by NewsNation, “The Megyn Kelly Show” on SiriusXM and The Washington Free Beacon.

Christie appeared to qualify only a short time before Monday night’s deadline, reaching at least 6% in the necessary national and early-state polls to meet the RNC’s requirements. Christie’s campaign announced last month that he had reached the 80,000 unique donors also required to qualify.

Former President Donald Trump is once again skipping the debate, instead appearing at a Fox News town hall Tuesday and holding a private fundraiser Wednesday.

Read more: https://nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/gop-debate-stage-shrinks-four-candidates-rcna128017

December 4, 2023

Lady Ballers (DailyWire+) movie getting backlash from LGBTQ groups

A controversial new film mocking transgender women in sports has received hundreds of reviews online.

Lady Ballers, made by Daily Wire co-creator and co-CEO Jeremy Boreing, is a comedy about a school basketball coach, played by Boreing. He creates a team made up of men who dress as women as a means to dominate women's sport and salvage his reputation.

The film has been slammed as transphobic by LGBTQ+ people and their allies, but many people took to movie-rating website Rotten Tomatoes to give Lady Ballers five stars. Its release comes amid an ongoing cultural war about transgender rights, especially around competing in sports with cisgender women.

Since premiering on The Daily Wire website on Friday, Lady Ballers has managed to pick up a 96 percent viewer rating from around 500 reviews.


Never knew Daily Wire even had a streaming service.
December 4, 2023

Uh oh, Venezuela just voted on refrendem to show support to claim region of oil-rich Guyana

The Venezuelan government has called the referendum to measure popular support for its historical claim to a contested oil-rich swathe of jungle currently administered by Guyana.

The 159,500-sq-km (61,600-square-mile) region is known as Essequibo and makes up two thirds of the total of the land currently controlled by Guyana. It is home to 125,000 of Guyana's 800,000 citizens.

The dispute over the area has been rumbling on for more than a century.

In 1899, an international arbitral tribunal awarded the area to Britain, which at the time was the colonial power ruling over Guyana, or British Guiana, as it was then known.


Wonder what that thug Nicolás Maduro will do now.
December 4, 2023

Venezuelans approve a referendum to claim sovereignty over a swathe of neighboring Guyana

Source: ABC News

CARACAS, Venezuela -- CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans on Sunday approved a referendum called by the government of President Nicolás Maduro to claim sovereignty over an oil- and mineral-rich piece of neighboring Guyana, the country’s electoral authority announced.

Few voters could be seen at voting centers throughout the voting period, but the National Electoral Council claimed more than 10.5 million voters cast ballots.

Venezuela has long argued the territory was stolen when the border was drawn more than a century ago. But Guyana considers the referendum a step toward annexation, and the vote has its residents on edge.

Venezuelan voters were asked whether they support establishing a state in the disputed territory, known as Essequibo, granting citizenship to current and future area residents and rejecting the jurisdiction of the United Nations’ top court in settling the disagreement between the South American countries.

“It has been a total success for our country, for our democracy,” Maduro told supporters gathered in Caracas, the capital, after results were announced before highlighting the “very important level of participation of the people” in the referendum.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelans-vote-referendum-large-swathe-territory-dispute-guyana-105336154

Oh boy, this isn't good...
November 29, 2023

Melania Trump takes her place in the former first ladies club with Rosalynn Carter memorial service appearance

Source: CNN

Former first lady Melania Trump made a rare public appearance Tuesday as an attendee of the tribute service for Rosalynn Carter in Georgia.

The appearance marks Trump stepping into a more traditional former first lady role, as she joined current first lady Jill Biden and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton to pay tribute to Carter. It is common for sitting and former first ladies to attend the funerals of former first ladies.

During the service Melania Trump sat at the end of the aisle in the front row next to Michelle Obama, who had Laura Bush placed on her other side.

Former President Jimmy Carter, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Doug Emhoff and former President Bill Clinton were also in attendance at Carter’s memorial service. Three former presidents did not attend: Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Read more: cnn.com/2023/11/28/politics/melania-trump-first-lady-rosalynn-carter/index.html

November 27, 2023

Marty Krofft, Co-Creator of H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost, Dead at 86

Source: People

Marty Krofft, co-producer of the children's television classics H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost, has died at the age of 86.

The businessman, who worked on the programs alongside older brother and creative partner Sid Krofft, died of kidney failure on Saturday in Los Angeles, a family representative confirmed to PEOPLE.

Marty, who held the nickname "King of Saturday Mornings," worked on family entertainment and primetime programming for more than 50 years. He and Sid first collaborated on H.R. Pufnstuf.

The live-action series debuted on NBC in 1969 before getting a second life via reruns on ABC and elsewhere in the 1970s and beyond. The show also spawned the 1970 feature adaptation Pufnstuf.

Read more: https://people.com/marty-krofft-creator-hr-pufnstuf-land-of-lost-dead-at-86-8406676

Damn, this hurts. I was (and still am) a massive fan of Land of the Lost. RIP sir.

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