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Guess the Gender Game

Play a game with me.

The game is very simple.

Just look at the pic below, and give me your FIRST gut reaction:

Is this a man or a woman?

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Scroll down for the answer.

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Answer: It’s Barack Obama kite-surfing in the Caribbean, while on holiday on his billionaire pal Richard Branson’s Necker Island. (The Sun)

When I first saw the pic on Drudge Report, without any identification who the kite-surfer was, I thought it was a woman. Honestly.

How did you do?

~Eowyn

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Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing, accessories line

ivankaIt’s not a “political position.” Riiiiiiight.

The Nordstrom family has donated to republicans in the past. According to opensecrets.org, family members donated to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with a lot of money going to other democrats lately (and no money to Trump, from what I can see). It’s a Seattle business, after all.

From Yahoo: Nordstrom will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories, creating some questions about the future of the brand elsewhere.

The Seattle-based department store chain said the decision was based on the sales performance of the first daughter’s brand. Neiman Marcus may be the next one to pull back on the label, as the branded jewelry is nowhere to be seen on the upscale retailer’s website as of Friday.

“We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance,” said Nordstrom in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. “We’ve got thousands of brands— more than 2,000 offered on the site alone. Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business.

Nordstrom said that each year the chain cuts about 10 percent and refreshes its assortment with about the same amount. “In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season,” Nordstrom added.

Neiman Marcus couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Macy’s and Dillard’s are also among the retailers that carry the Ivanka brand but didn’t immediately reply to AP’s query.

The move by Nordstrom Inc. comes amid a social media campaign called “Grab Your Wallet,” urging a boycott of stores that stock Ivanka Trump or Donald Trump products.

Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail, says that retailers walk a tight rope when it comes to celebrity brands but given the politics surrounding the Ivanka Trump brand, that only adds extra controversy, particularly given such a politically divisive climate. Liebmann noted a decision of whether to pull a brand is politically loaded even if it’s based on poor sales performance.

“The brand is vulnerable,” Liebmann said. “Retailers view their role as having the right products for the right consumer, not being pulled in a political situation.” She noted that some shoppers may not want to wear the Ivanka Trump brand because they may want to avoid making a political statement.

Ivanka Trump announced earlier this month that she would take a leave of absence from her clothing and accessories business as well as the Trump organization.

According to a later article, the retailer also responded to the criticism on Twitter, saying: “We hope that offering a vendor’s products isn’t misunderstood as us taking a political position; we’re not. Our customers can make choices about what they purchase based on personal views & we’ll continue to give them options.”

Ivanka Trump Brand  responded to claims retailer Nordstrom dropped her fashion brand. “Nordstrom ordered both apparel and shoes for the spring, and followed through with the orders on the apparel,” a spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand told Refinery29 on Friday.

“They canceled the shoe order, kept the apparel order and moved the apparel from online into stores. It’s there,” the statement concluded. Rosemary K. Young, senior director of marketing at Ivanka Trump, also explained to Refinery29 that the brand is doing well, despite recent reports.

You don’t need to shop at Nordstrom to order Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories. Do so here.

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Woman who set fire to Trump supporter’s hair is identified

UPDATE:

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Call police at 202-727-9099. , or submit your tip to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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The United States of America was founded as a republic — a representative democracy — wherein citizens make political decisions and resolve our political differences via the ballot and civil debates, not violence or the threat of violence.

On January 20, 2017, at an anti-Trump protest in Washington, D.C., a woman set fire to the hair of a Trump supporter. Fortunately, an alert good Samaritan quickly extinguished the fire.

For the purpose of this post, the woman in the blue-&-white Victoria’s Secret “Pink Nation” beanie hat will be referred to as “Fatty Firestarter”.

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Here’s the video:

Setting someone’s hair on fire is battery — an intentional unpermitted act causing harmful or offensive contact with the “person” of another. According to the legal dictionary:

Battery is both a tort and a crime. Its essential element, harmful or offensive contact, is the same in both areas of the law. The main distinction between the two categories lies in the penalty imposed. A defendant sued for a tort is civilly liable to the plaintiff for damages. The punishment for criminal battery is a fine, imprisonment, or both. Usually battery is prosecuted as a crime only in cases involving serious harm to the victim.

The identity of the woman who set fire to the hair of a Trump supporter has been uncovered. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks they can get away with criminal wrongdoing in our time of ubiquitous cell phone cameras, the Alternative Media, and an army of ever-ready citizen sleuths.

This post is a presentation of the evidence uncovered in social media that Fatty Firestarter most likely is Norma Zahory. The evidence is comprised of:

  • Information in Zahory’s Facebook page, which is no longer accessible to public viewing. After she was outed, she either deleted her Facebook page or set it to private, but not before a citizen sleuth archived the page (click here) and posted a link to it in the Daily Caller comments section.
  • A tweet to Zahory from her friend, Portia Diaz.

To begin, Norma Zahory’s friends recognize her as the woman who set fire to the Trump supporter’s hair.

(1) Norma Zahory acknowledges to a Facebook friend that she is Fatty Firestarter:

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(2) In a tweet, a friend named Portia Diaz cheers Zahory for setting fire to the Trump supporter’s hair (“cooking bacon at the rally”):

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(3) Photos of Zahory posted to her Facebook page show that she is Fatty Firestarter (I drew the yellow circles around Zahory):

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Below are comparisons of the faces of Fatty Firestarter and Norma Zahory, which show they are the same person (note that the photos of Zahory were taken at various times/years before the Jan. 20, 2017 incident):

  • Both have the same fleshy nose.
  • Both have the same arched eyebrows.
  • Both have the same fleshy-knob chin.
  • Both have the same nasolabial folds or “smile lines” — the two skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

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Norma Zahory lives in Fairfax, VA near D.C., and works for a non-profit organization, Communities In Schools, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in [public] school and helping them succeed in life” — whatever that means.

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Communities In Schools is funded by the following institutions:

  • Ahold USA
  • Altria
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Capital One Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • The Etna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Hudson Group
  • Robertson Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation

Dale Erquiaga is the president and CEO of Communities In Schools.

Here’s contact info. for Communities In Schools for you to ask why they have a criminal on their staff:

Address: 2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: 800 CIS 4KIDS (800-247-4543)
E-mail: info@cisnet.org

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There is a bounty to identify who Fatty Firestarter is, to which you can contribute. Go here.

H/t FOTM‘s Lola & CP

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: We are called to be holy!

John 1:1-3, 14, 12

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
The Word of God
became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
To those who accepted him,
he gave power to become children of God.

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1 Corinthian 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother,
to the church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.

God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since only holy people will see God face to face, that means as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, we are all called to be holy.

That sounds so daunting, doesn’t it? How do we become holy?

The answer: By putting on the armor of God.

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As St. Paul counseled us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:

“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

St. Paul gave us the manual!

Here’s the manual on how to be holy:

  1. Resist and fight evil — the devil and human evil-doers.
  2. Love and speak the truth.
  3. Be righteous, i.e., be morally right and good — the opposite of “judge not” moral relativism.
  4. Have faith in and be faithful to God.
  5. And remember we can’t do this by ourselves, but only by drawing our strength from the Lord. Ask Him to help you.

I want to be holy, and I want you to be holy. Let us help each other to become holy!

And may the peace and truth and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

Alibaba aims to create a million US jobs with Trump’s help

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From NY Post: President-elect Donald Trump made an appearance with Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, Monday — and expressed unreserved confidence in his own Cabinet picks.

“Jack and I are going to do great things — small business,” Trump said, towering over Ma in the lobby of Trump Tower. Trump praised the Chinese businessman, saying, “He loves this country and he loves China.”

“I do, China, and I love America,” Ma said, in total agreement.

Asked about a variety of topics — like the intelligence briefing on Russia hacking he received Friday — Trump demurred. “We’ll talk to you about that at another time,” the president-elect said, referring to a planned press conference Wednesday.

“We had a great meeting. It’s jobs,” Trump said, turning the conversation back to his meeting with Ma, who built Alibaba into a forceful Web sales platform. “Jack and I are going to do some great things.”

Ma told reporters that the two discussed allowing US products such as “garments, wine and fruit” to be sold on the Alibaba platform. CNBC reported that Alibaba wants to create 1 million jobs in the US over the next five years. The company had 36,446 full time employees as of March 32, according to SEC filings.

Ma also said that the discussion included talk on the need for China and US to improve their relationship.

Asked about his pending Cabinet picks — some of which will sit for public confirmation hearings later this week on Capitol Hill — Trump was bullish. “Confirmation is going great. I think they’ll all pass,” said the president-elect, praising in particular his selection for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

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Thousands of unemployed to get $587 monthly income in Europe first

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From Fox News: Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($587), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment.

Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country’s social benefits, said Monday that the two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off Jan. 1. Those chosen will receive $587 every month, with no reporting requirements on how they spend it. The amount will be deducted from any benefits they already receive. The average private sector income in Finland is $3,600 per month, according to official data.

Kangas said the scheme’s idea is to abolish the “disincentive problem” among the unemployed.

The trial aims to discourage people’s fears “of losing out something”, he said, adding that the selected persons would continue to receive the $587 even after receiving a job.

A jobless person may currently refuse a low-income or short-term job in the fear of having his financial benefits reduced drastically under Finland’s generous but complex social security system.

“It’s highly interesting to see how it makes people behave,” Kangas said.  “Will this lead them to boldly experiment with different kinds of jobs? Or, as some critics claim, make them lazier with the knowledge of getting a basic income without doing anything?”

The unemployment rate of Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, stood at 8.1 percent in November with some 213,000 people without a job — unchanged from the previous year.

The scheme is part of the measures by the center-right government of Prime Minister Juha Sipila to tackle Finland’s joblessness problem. Kangas said the basic income experiment may be expanded later to other low-income groups such as freelancers, small-scale entrepreneurs and part-time workers.

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian

Hillary Clinton is a great admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR, with whose spirit or ghost then-First Lady Hillary held “seance” conversations.

It turns out Hillary has much more in common with Eleanor than both having been First Lady.

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Brooke Hauser writes for the New York Post, Oct. 22, 2016, that Susan Quinn’s Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady is an account of the 30-years-long “love story” of Eleanor Roosevelt and a bourbon-drinking, cigarette-smoking Associated Press reporter named Lorena Hickok, or Hick.

In more than 3,000 letters, the two women called each other “darling,” “dear one” and “heart,” and told each other “je t’aime” and “j’adore”.  In one letter in March 1933, the normally reserved Eleanor wrote: “All day I’ve thought of you . . . Oh! I want to put my arms around you, I ache to hold you close.”

Quinn is not the first to tell the tale of Eleanor and Hick.

Quinn’s book begins in 1932, shortly before Hick began covering Eleanor Roosevelt during FDR’s presidential campaign. After observing Eleanor’s unease with the spotlight at that year’s Democratic convention, Hick wired her boss: “THE DAME HAS ENORMOUS DIGNITY, SHE’S A PERSON.”

Hick spent the following weeks as “Eleanor’s appendage,” traveling on the campaign trail and earning her trust. Eleanor told Hick that she “never wanted to be a president’s wife, and I don’t want it now.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (l); Lorena Hickock (r)

Eleanor Roosevelt (l); Lorena Hickock (r)

By the time FDR was inaugurated in 1933, the two women had fallen in love. The evening before FDR delivered his famous line about having nothing to fear but “fear itself,” Eleanor had read it first to Hick.

For his part, FDR, who had his own extramarital affairs, accepted his wife’s “friendship” with Hick and even let Hick have her own room at the White House to be closer to Eleanor.

Not one to show physical affection, even to her children, Eleanor showered it upon Hick, describing the tender kisses she wanted to give her when they were apart. Hick responded with equal passion, writing: “I’ve been trying to bring back your face [and] the feeling of that soft spot just north-east of the corner of your mouth against my lips.”

Hick helped Eleanor to learn how to navigate the press. Hick’s relationship with the Roosevelts forced her to abandon her career as a news reporter, but Eleanor helped her get a job working as a field investigator for Harry Hopkins, the head of New Deal relief programs.

Later, Eleanor shifted her affections toward her handsome, much younger doctor, David Gurewitsch, to whom she wrote in 1956, “I love you as . . . I have never loved anyone else.”

After Eleanor’s death in 1962, Hick lived for 5½ more years, worn down by blindness, arthritis and loneliness. She finally died of complications from diabetes at the age of 75. Her body was cremated; her ashes sat in anonymity on a shelf of a funeral home for 20 years before being interred in an unmarked grave at a cemetery in Rhinebeck, New York.

~Eowyn