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Superman star Dean Cain hits out at ‘intolerant’ LGBT activists

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He spoke at the Family Research Council's Voter Values Summit.
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Senate Republicans won’t back down on their defense of Kavanaugh – ThinkProgress

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Republicans in Congress continue to rally behind Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Deborah Ramirez attended Yale University with Kavanaugh in the 1980s, and she told The New Yorker that at a college dorm room party, the Supreme Court nominee thrust his penis in her face against her wishes.

“Brett was laughing,” Ramirez told The New Yorker. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”

Congressional Republicans, however, have essentially responded to the newest allegations with a giant shruggie emoji, echoing the same rhetoric used by President Trump, who called the attacks against Kavanaugh “totally political” Monday morning.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted Sunday night after news about Ramirez was made public that without evidence, it would be “partisan” to believe the women who have come forward.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) retweeted a post that called the Ramirez allegations “embarrassingly flimsy,” and blamed her for being inebriated at the party.

“The Democrats are engaged in a campaign of delay and character assassination against Judge Kavanaugh,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted Monday morning. “It’s time to vote this week.”

Republicans have agreed to delay a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the first woman who came forward, Christine Blasey Ford, testifies. She is currently scheduled to testify at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), however, has called for another delay in the vote after Ramirez came forward.

Other Senate Judiciary Democrats have joined Feinstein in calling for a full investigation

“This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told The Washington Post Sunday.  An aide in another Senate office added, “These allegations seem credible, and we’re taking them very seriously. If established, they’re clearly disqualifying.”

Republicans, for their part, have made no effort to hide their disregard for what these two women have to say. They just want the process over and done with.

On Friday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confidently told a group of conservative activists that, “in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.”

That position does not appeared to have changed after a second woman has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

Republicans have launched a campaign to protect Kavanaugh no matter the cost ever since Ford’s allegations were made public last week.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) even went as far as saying that Ford’s account was a “false allegation” because she couldn’t entirely remember all the details of what happened 35 years ago.

“I’m thinking, is there any man in this room that wouldn’t be subjected to such an allegation? A false allegation?,” King said at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event on Saturday. “How can you disprove something like that? Which means, if that’s the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again.”

This post will be updated with more statements from Republicans.

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angelchrys
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"... if that’s the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again.”

I mean, okay. Let's see 9 women in the Supreme Court.
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Sounds fair enough to me.
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Rainbowception: Photographer Snaps Rare Supernumerary Rainbow

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New Jersey photographer John Entwistle was shooting a sunset recently when an unusual rainbow appeared in the sky: it was what’s known as a supernumerary rainbow, or a rainbow with one or more fainter rainbows stacked with it.

“I could be wrong but that sure looks like a quintuple rainbow at sunset tonight over the Jersey Shore, NJ,” Entwistle writes on Instagram. “I’ve been told this is a supernumerary rainbow.”

The rainbow lit up the sky after a rainy day, and it faded in and out for over half an hour,” PhillyVoice reports.

Here’s a different shot Entwistle captured that same evening:

The discovery of supernumerary rainbows was a first hint at the wave nature of light, as they can’t be explained using standard geometric optics.

“The alternating faint bands are caused by interference between rays of light following slightly different paths with slightly varying lengths within the raindrops,” Wikipedia states. “Some rays are in phase, reinforcing each other through constructive interference, creating a bright band; others are out of phase by up to half a wavelength, canceling each other out through destructive interference, and creating a gap.”

Want to see and photograph a supernumerary rainbow for yourself? They’re most prominent when water drops in the air are small and uniform, so you may find them more easily in fog than in rain.

(via PhillyVoice via Fstoppers)


Image credits: Photographs by John Entwistle and used with permission

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Amber Guyger fired from Dallas Police Department after killing neighbor in his own home

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Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall fired Officer Amber Guyger on Monday, less than three weeks after Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean in his apartment after mistaking it for her own.

Hall had claimed she could not fire Guyger just a few days earlier, alternately citing legal restrictions on her authority and a concern that the administrative process involved in a formal termination would undermine parallel efforts to hold her criminally liable for killing her neighbor.

But late Monday morning, the department announced Guyger had been fired in a post on the blog that serves as DPD’s main public relations outlet. The post offered little detailed information, indicating that it was Guyger’s arrest on manslaughter charges that gave the department formal grounds for termination and noting her right to appeal.

Police officers’ employment rights are unusually robust compared to most American workers. Even officers who’ve been involved in serious and serial misconduct have often been able to force departments to rehire them using the appellate processes ironed into their union contracts.

Guyger’s September 6 killing of Jean was the second time she shot a man with her service weapon in her nearly five years on the force. Her first shooting was an on-duty discharge that struck but did not kill a suspect who had tried to wrestle a weapon away from a fellow officer.

She killed Jean while off duty, however, likely depriving her of the special legal protections and court rules privileges afforded to officers accused of a crime in an on-duty use of force. The investigation into the killing has churned up dodgy suggestions that Jean had some weed in his apartment, prompting the family’s lawyers to warn against character assassination of a man dead by an intruder’s hand.

Comparatively little information about Guyger’s actions or mental state has been released, though early reports indicated she had just come off a shift far longer than the recommended maximum of 12 hours. Hall also mentioned that Guyger had submitted to a blood draw to be screened for drugs and alcohol in her system, but neither the Texas Rangers (who took over the investigation from DPD) nor the local prosecutor’s office have answered ThinkProgress’ efforts to confirm that such a screening is in the works. Toxicology reports typically take weeks to come back, unlike what televised cop shows portray, a spokesperson for the DA’s office said by phone last week.




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Senate Republicans learned of a second Kavanaugh accuser, then they tried to speed up his vote

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A second woman says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh violated her sexually, according to a new report by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleges that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away” while they were both drinking at a dorm room party at Yale University.

Worse, Farrow and Mayer’s report suggests that Senate Republicans tried to speed up Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote upon learning of this second accuser. “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week,” according to the report. “Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.”

Ramirez’s accusation follows another allegation by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who says that Kavanaugh tried to rape her during a high school party when Ford, who is known professionally as Dr. Blasey, was only 15. Ford is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about this allegation on Thursday.




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The Most Ingenious Way to Clean a Slow Cooker Is Also the Easiest

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I love a slow cooker. I inherited mine from a friend a few years ago (it's an older version of this). It's amazing and probably will be for decades to come: My mom still has the one she got for her wedding in the '70s and it works great. I love that I can throw a few ingredients in there in the morning and come home from worked to a perfectly done meal.

The thing I don't love — and I'm sure other slow cooker fans will agree — is that the long cook times sometimes leave you with a ring of crusty, baked-on food that's a pain to remove.

Well, it turns out you don't need to waste your time or energy scrubbing, because you can actually get your slow cooker to clean itself! And unlike other hacky ideas in this genre, this one is actually endorsed by Crock-Pot, so you know you're not going to accidentally ruin your slow cooker.

The short version is that instead of soaking the ceramic insert in your sink and then scrubbing it, heat a vinegar-baking soda mixture inside of your slow cooker and let it do the work for you.

The Crock-Pot team likes this method because it isn't too harsh — they say they don't worry about the baking soda harming the ceramic surface — and everything is food-safe, so you don't have to worry about any harmful residue.

Add water: Fill your slow cooker with water until it's just above the leftover food line.

Equipment

  • Slow cooker
  • Water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda

Instructions

  1. Add water: Fill your slow cooker with water until it's just above the leftover food line.
  2. And vinegar: Add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar for a 3-quart slow cooker, or 1 cup for a 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. And baking soda: Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of baking soda for a 3-quart slow cooker, or 1 cup for a 6-quart slow cooker. Allow bubbles to die down and then add a little bit more.
  4. Cover: Cover and set your slow cooker to LOW for one hour or up to four.
  5. Cool and wash: Allow the slow cooker insert to cool and wash it in the sink with warm, soapy water. Set it on the counter to dry.

For a deeper clean, try this method: How To Clean a Slow Cooker

How do you clean your slow cooker?

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angelchrys
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Or you can use: https://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Enameled-Classic-Enamel-Basting/dp/B01839OPSM/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1537737798&sr=8-13&keywords=lodge+5+quart+dutch+oven which is secretly magic.
angelchrys
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I have an enameled dutch oven and it is pretty great!
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