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The Latest: El Paso mayor says Trump called him a 'RINO'

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The Latest: El Paso mayor says Trump called him a 'RINO' The mayor of El Paso says President Trump called him a derisive term for Republicans deemed insufficiently conservative during a visit to the grieving city last week. Mayor Dee Margo told PBS's "Frontline" in an interview published Wednesday that Trump called him a "RINO" in a private conversation after the president paid his respects to the victims of the shooting that killed 22 people and wounded dozens more. Margo says Trump made the comment after he corrected the president's "misinformation" about the border city's violent crime rate. Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Littlest Kitten Has Very Big Reaction To Meeting Her New Dog Siblings

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15.8.2019 23:39
no-reply@thrillist.com Lily Feinn
Littlest Kitten Very Reaction Meeting Siblings

Nimbus may be small, but judging the kitten by her looks alone would be a big mistake. She is a fighter — and knows how to make a big first impression when it counts. Sam Gerth first met Nimbus when she was barely old enough to open her eyes. His girlfriend found the white kitten, covered in dirt and oil from the road , on her way home from work. Credit: Sam Gerth“We gave her a bath in the sink to try to clean her up a little bit, and then we turned on our space heater and let her rest in front of it because she was shivering and cold,” Gerth told The Dodo. “She ended up falling asleep in my hand for about 45 minutes in front of the heater.”  With two dogs and two other cats already at home, the couple wasn’t sure if they were ready to add a new member to their family . They decided to keep Nimbus separated from the other animals while she regained her strength — and while they made up their minds about her future.  Credit: Sam GerthIt soon became clear that the little kitten had made a very big first impression, and wasn't going anywhere: “She very quickly stole our hearts, so that made that decision pretty easy,” Gerth said. “After a day or two, we decided it was time to introduce her to the family.” When she met the feisty dogs for the first time, one of whom belonged to Gerth's sister, Nimbus drew herself up to her full height and fluffed out all her fur to make herself as intimidating as possible. Credit: Sam GerthNeedless to say, the energetic dogs quickly learned who was boss. “She definitely is a brave little kitty!” Gerth said. “She stood her ground to every dog and animal she met!” Credit: Sam GerthThere was, however, one dog Nimbus trusted from the start — Zep. The gentle giant loves everyone he meets and was happy to snuggle and comfort the little kitten. Credit: Sam GerthThe cats took a little longer to accept her, but within a few days, Nimbus won them over. "They now get along great and play all the time,” Gerth said. After a month and a half in her new home, Nimbus has grown into a healthy, happy cat. Credit: Sam GerthHowever, her dad is still not sure if her tiny appearance will ever matc Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Guy Finds A Lost Dog Wearing Pajamas On His Way To Work

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15.8.2019 23:39
no-reply@thrillist.com Lily Feinn
Finds Lost Wearing Pajamas Work

Kristofer Goldsmith was driving to work when he saw a flash of blue and white running down the opposite side of the street. He threw his truck into park, hit the hazards and jumped out. As he got closer, he realized the frightened animal was actually a lost dog wearing pajamas.   “[I] got in front of him, and he kind of stopped and was a little nervous-looking but interested,” Goldsmith told The Dodo. “So I just grabbed onto him and he was very docile.” Credit: Twitter/KrisGoldsmith85Goldsmith brought the dog to the truck and made a makeshift leash for him out of parachute cord. “I put it on his collar and just let him lead me,” Goldsmith said. “We probably walked a mile in circles ... He didn’t seem to recognize any house or make any attempt to run up on anyone’s front porch.” Once they got back in the truck, the dog snuggled up to Goldsmith and refused to let go. Goldsmith knew he had no choice but to bring the pup to work with him. Credit: Twitter/KrisGoldsmith85Goldsmith called the number on the dog’s rabies vaccine tag and learned that the dog’s name was Frosting and that he was 8 months old. The company promised to get in touch with Frosting’s owner, but due to their privacy policy, couldn’t give out any more information. Goldsmith wasn’t too worried, though. He was pretty sure someone had to be missing such an adorable dog . “I was thinking as soon as I put this on Twitter I’d get a call within hours,” Goldsmith said.Need help from Twitter world — I found a lost dog running down the street. In Takoma, Washington DC. No name or number on the collar. Can he be ID’d by the rabies tag? Going to hold until noon when the shelters nearby open. In the meantime, please help me find the owner! pic.twitter.com/0NYNMkBxXC — Kristofer Goldsmith (@KrisGoldsmith85) August 7, 2019 At work, Frosting refused to move more than a few inches away from his new dad — either lying on Goldsmith’s feet or on his lap. “He’s very clingy, he definitely wants to be a lapdog,” Goldsmith said. “I tried to use my standing desk and he would stand up and put his paws on me.” Credit: Twitter/KrisGoldsmith85Goldsmith and his wife had been planning on adopting a dog in a month. “We were looking for a small dog, a dachshund, who would be easy to travel with,” Goldsmith said. “I basically wanted a little office buddy.”  Frosting was proving to be the perfect office buddy, and Goldsmith started to wonder what would happen if the dog's owner didn't turn up. Credit: Instagram/frostingthegoodboySince Goldsmith was staying in a summer rental property with a "no dogs" policy, Frosting spent the night at Goldsmith's friend's house. Frosting and his new dad were only apart eight hour Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

The End of Hong Kong as We Know It

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The End of Hong Kong as We Know It The protests in Hong Kong have been going on for more than four months now, and no matter how the current crisis concludes in the coming days or weeks, it will mark the end of Hong Kong as we know it.The protests started in response to an extradition bill that was proposed by the city’s Beijing-backed chief executive, Carrie Lam, in February. Hong Kongers rightfully feared that should the extradition bill become law, the city would be forced to turn over to China anyone President Xi Jinping’s regime deems a "criminal," including human-rights activists, political dissidents, and others who pose a threat to the Communist party. Worried that the new extradition bill would enhance Beijing's ability to crack down on dissent and end the city’s proud tradition of judicial independence, they took to the streets in protest.They came out first in the hundreds and thousands, and then in the millions. In mid June, the rest of the world witnessed 2 million Hong Kongers, more than a quarter of the city's population, marching peacefully down its main roads and demanding authorities completely withdraw the proposed extradition bill. Protesters from all walks of life participated: young, old, bankers, lawyers, teachers, priests and pastors, civil servants, and more. The city’s youth were the most impressive. They maintained order, distributed food and water, passed safety helmets to foreign journalists, and collected trash, which they even sorted for purposes of recycling. After the massive protests, the world was impressed with the litter-free streets and complete lack of property damage. Hong Kongers' maturity discredited Beijing's long-held claim that democracy is incompatible with China’s people and culture.Had Lam then announced that the extradition bill was being "completely withdrawn," as the protesters demanded, the crisis probably would have ended. Instead, she gave different statements in English and Chinese, declaring the bill "dead" while actually shelving it until a more politically opportune moment. Her duplicity has fueled the unfortunate violence we are witnessing today.Why did an extradition bill generate such wide discontent from Hong Kongers? In the more than two decades since the city was returned to Chinese control after a century of British rule, city residents have seen their economy slow and the political autonomy they were promised continually eroded by Beijing. In 1997, the year of the handover, Hong Kong's GDP accounted for more than 20 percent of China's, but now its share has dropped to less than 3 percent. Capital from mainland China, backed by the seemingly unlimited power of the Communist government, has come to dominate Hong Kong's economy and crowd out local investors. Half the companies listed in the city's stock exchanges are from the mainland, and mainland real-estate developers now own more than 50 percent of the city’s land. James Tien Pei-chun, a successful Hong Kong businessman and former city legislator, warned in April that “when a country can fully control our main economic arteries, when the boss has full say, the kind of good life and democracy that we all yearn for will be much more difficult to attain.”His warning has now become a reality. As Hong Kong is losing economic importance, Beijing has sought to exert a greater degree of control over the city, sending police from the mainland to Hong Kong to arrest city booksellers and a Chinese tycoon without regard for the city's own judicial system. City authorities, meanwhile, have shown that they’re more than willing to suppress Hong Kongers' freedom in order to please Beijing: Human-rights activists and foreign journalists, including Victor Mallet of the Financial Times, have been denied visas, while the city’s courts sentenced nine leaders of the last big protests, 2014’s Umbrella Movement, to prison. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover in 2017, the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared "now that Hong Kong has returned to the motherland for 20 years, the Sino-British Joint Declaration, as a historical document, no longer has any realistic meaning," essentially abandoning any pretense that they would keep the promises they made to Britain and Hong Kongers when the city was handed over.In short, Beijing is no longer committed to the "One Country, Two Systems" framework. The extradition bill was a trigger and a final wake up call for Hong Kongers. Once Lam's government showed that it had no interest in defending residents’ cherished political freedoms and independent judicial system, they knew that they had to act. Wha Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Philly Mayor Peddles False Narrative for Gun Control After a Man with a Long Criminal History Shoots Six Police Officers

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Philly Mayor Peddles False Narrative for Gun Control After a Man with a Long Criminal History Shoots Six Police Officers All eyes were on North Philadelphia last night after a gunman fired on police serving a narcotics warrant. At around 4:30 p.m., the suspect barricaded himself in a North Philadelphia home and began a standoff that would last for almost eight hours. During the ordeal, six officers were shot and two were trapped inside the house. Thankfully, the injuries to the police officers were not life-threatening and the two officers trapped inside were evacuated by a SWAT team several hours before the suspect, Maurice Hill, surrendered.After visiting the wounded police officers in the hospital, the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, spoke to reporters and called for gun control. “Our officers need help. They need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands,” Kenney said. “This government, on the federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the street and getting them out of the hands of criminals.”“It's aggravating. It's saddening,” he said. “It's just something we need to do something about. And if the state and federal government doesn't want to stand up to the NRA and some other folks, then let us police ourselves,” Kenney said.“That argument is B.S. Any evidence that Hill is an NRA member?” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told me. “Hill is a threat to everyone around him not because he may or may not be an NRA member but because he has embarked on a life of crime. That is what the problem is. It is not the NRA’s advocacy. And the mayor knows that.”“The lies about cops told by Warren, Harris, and DeBlasio lead to actions like these,” Johnson said. “It’s not the NRA.”Indeed it is not. Maurice Hill has a long and extensive criminal history. Before last night, he had been arrested nearly a dozen times since turning 18 and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term. In 2008, he was convicted of escaping, fleeing from police, and resisting arrest. Along the way, he has beaten criminal charges on everything from kidnapping to attempted murder. Hill has also spent time in federal prison. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and later a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic. His prior felony convictions should have barred him from owning those weapons. “There are plenty of laws. It’s not a lack of gun laws,” Johnson added. “Hill is not in the business of obeying laws.”“That is just Kenney deflecting and pivoting to his DNC talking points,” Gregg Richman, a candidate for common-pleas judge in the Philadelphia suburb of Montgomery County, told me. “It wasn’t a gun-control issue that caused this. It was the failure of this administration along with the DA’s policies of letting serious criminals back on the streets,” Richman said. “This is not about guns but failure of the leaders to support law enforcement.”Jeffrey Roorda, author of The War on Police, a former police officer and the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, agrees. “Violence, especially deadly assaults on police, are out of control in cities like Philadelphia and St. Louis where the voters have elected so-called reform-minded prosecutors,” he told me. “The truth is that these prosecutors’ sick brand of reform amounts to an amnesty program for deadly criminals who prey on communities of color and target cops for violence,” Roorda says. “We need elected officials who will support cops and their efforts to remove dangerous criminals, like the Philadelphia shooter, from the streets before they go on shooting sprees.”On Kenney’s watch, Philadelphia has been plagued with gun violence. The homicide rate is the highest it has been in over a decade; in 2018, the rate increased 11 percent from the previous year. Kenney, and most other liberals advocating gun control, are ignoring the facts: The overwhelming majority of gun-related crimes are committed by people who own guns illegally. Crafting legislation that affects legal owners will have no impact on this.Kenney and other Democratic politicians such as Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren hav Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Shelter Dog Was Terrified — Until He Made The Tiniest Friend

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15.8.2019 22:58
no-reply@thrillist.com Caitlin Jill Anders
Shelter Terrified Until Made Tiniest Friend

When Fraser first arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK, his rescuers could see that his former owners had clearly wanted him to look tough. The already very large cane corso’s tail and ears had been cruelly docked, making him look intimidating — but his new friends quickly realized that the huge dog was actually terrified of everything.  “[He] was too scared to leave his kennel, even for a short walk,” Sarah Copleston, communications officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, told The Dodo.  Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats HomePoor Fraser had already been through so much in his short life, and was scared of everyone and everything as a result. The shelter staff knew that his fear could hurt his chances of getting adopted, so they wanted to help him overcome it as much as they possibly could. They started brainstorming the best way to help him — and then someone had an interesting idea.  Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeElizabeth Kidd, a canine behaviorist at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, had recently adopted a dog of her own, a 6-month-old pug named Pancake. She decided that introducing Fraser to another dog might help calm him down a bit, and since tiny Pancake was bursting with confidence, Kidd thought he might be the perfect friend for the gigantic, terrified dog.  Everyone crossed their fingers that it would work — and sure enough, as soon as Fraser met Pancake, he was instantly calmer.  Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home“Although Pancake and Fraser didn’t appear to be the most likely pairing, it was heartwarming to see how well they got along ,” Kidd said in a press release. “Little Pancake really taught Fraser how to be a brave dog and be more confident in himself.” Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeIt may seem ironic that a tiny dog like Pancake could teach a huge dog like Fraser how to be more confident, but it totally worked. The more time Fraser spent with Pancake, the happier he became, and his fear seemed to melt away. Now, Fraser is just like a typical dog, and it’s hard to imagine that he was once too scared to even leave his kennel.  Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeThanks to Pancake, Fraser is now ready to find his forever home, and he’s already had some interest. When he first arrived at the shelter, it didn’t seem like he would ever be confident enough to be adopted. Now, he’s absolutely thriving, and everyone is so excited for him to meet his family and have the best new life.  Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

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