Monday, November 27, 2017

Prince Harry will marry a divorced American — and the church is fine with it

It's so nice of CofE to decide not to cockblock another heterosexual couple. God Save the Queen, and England, keep rockin'! From USA Today: "The sticking point in 1936 was the rule on divorce and remarriage in the Church of England, of which the monarch of the United Kingdom is head. The church’s ban on remarriage for a divorced person whose previous spouse is alive applied to King Edward, and still held for Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, in 1953. She was told she could not marry the man she loved, Capt. Peter Townsend, because the Church of England would not countenance it.

"In 2005, the situation was different for the divorced Prince Charles, who wanted to marry the divorced Camilla Parker Bowles. He was free to remarry as a divorced man, because his first wife, Princess Diana, had died. But Parker Bowles’ first husband was still alive. The prince married Parker Bowles in a compromise: They tied the knot in a civil ceremony and then had an Anglican blessing for their marriage in St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, conducted by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. By then the Church of England had agreed that in certain circumstances those divorced could marry in church, but not if the relationship of the couple wishing to marry had caused the divorce, or if the latest wedding could cause public scandal. On those grounds, the church felt it was inadvisable for Prince Charles and Parker Bowles to have a full church wedding.

"Today, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby revealed no qualms about Prince Harry marrying a divorcee, a sign of how the Church of England has changed. “I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfillment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together,” said the archbishop.

"He also said, suggesting that the couple have already settled on an Anglican wedding ceremony: “I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have chosen to make their vows before God.”" Prince Harry will marry a divorced American — and the church is fine with it by Catherine Pepinster, USA Today

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"The English church renounced papalauthority when Henry VIII failed to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in the 1530s.[9] The English Reformation accelerated under Edward VI's regents, before a brief restoration of papal authority under Queen Mary I and King Philip. The Act of Supremacy 1558 renewed the breach and the Elizabethan Settlement charted a course enabling the English church to describe itself as both Catholic and Reformed:

"Catholic in that it views itself as a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ in unbroken continuity with the early apostolic church. This is expressed in its emphasis on the teachings of the early Church Fathers, as formalised in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds.[10]

"Reformed in that it has been shaped by some of the doctrinal principles of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, in particular in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer." Church of England - Wikipedia

Friday, November 24, 2017

Trumps set to launch two real estate projects in India, despite conflict-of-interest concerns

From The Washington Post: (...)"Real estate experts in India have offered differing views on whether Trump will still appeal to affluent Indians after his immigration stance and other controversies. Branded properties — such as those endorsed by a sports team or Bollywood stars — don't always perform well, Kapoor noted.

"Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, is a place apart from glittering Mumbai or the power enclaves of New Delhi. It's a city of 5 million, chaotic, vibrant, lined with colonial-era mansions and abandoned factories turned mossy black from humidity. There is money here, to be sure, largely from old mercantile families, but it's a very niche market, experts say.

"Kolkata, frankly speaking, is one of the poorest performing markets in India," Kapoor said. "I don't know why he's considering Kolkata — he's not being advised well."" Read the article: Trumps set to launch two real estate projects in India, despite conflict-of-interest concerns by Annie Gowen October 28 The Washington Post

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Music of Jon Hendricks

Jazz singer, lyricist Jon Hendricks (September 16, 1921 – November 22, 2017)

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross performing " Airegin" (music by Sonny Rollins, additional lyrics by Jon Hendricks)

"Cottontail" (music by Duke Ellington, additional lyrics by Jon Hendricks)

"Four" (music by Miles Davis, lyrics by Jon Hendricks (music is credited to Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson at Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Four LIVE 1961 posted by Westcoastpaeb on Youtube))

// Of the wonderful things that you get out of life there are four.
And they may not be many but nobody needs any more.
Of the many facts making the list of life,
Truth takes the lead.
And to relax knowing the gist of life,
It's truth you need.

Then the second is honor and happiness makes number three.
When you put them together you know what the last one must be.
Baby so truth, honor and happiness
And one thing more,
Meaning only wonderful, wonderful love
that'll make four. // repeat

Meaning love and that's the real score and more than enough when times are tough and poor.
They may not comprise a lot
Still (you) only got those four.
And there ain't no more.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Gifts 2017

CHANEL Collection Libre 2017 NUMÉROS ROUGES Limited Edition

Four numbered lipsticks, reinvented by Lucia Pica, in a rare red-lacquered click case.

CREED Viking: A new fragrance for Men. Watch the film:

Yves Saint Laurent Chinese New Year Face Palette Collector

Celebrate the year of the rooster: a year of confidence and talent.

Combat One Tactical Bath

Alex Jones' 'perineal wipes' as seen on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Unleash the power of one with this broad spectrum hygiene tactical bath.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nordic Model

"Sweden, Norway and Iceland have all outlawed the purchase of sex, but offering sexual services is not a crime; these efforts to penalize the client but not the prostitute reflect efforts to support the victims of sex trafficking. Brothel-keeping and pimping remain forbidden. Sweden pioneered this approach in 1999, which became known as the Nordic model and was mimicked by Norway in 2009. However, its effectiveness has since been questioned by many authorities. The Swedish government was forced to admit that it failed to keep track of the number of people involved in prostitution due to a large number of unreported cases." Read: New Sexual Revolution In Norway: Oslo May Decriminalize Brothels Again - sputniknews 13.07.2016

Related link: California Democrats Legalize Child Prostitution - 11/17/17

Friday, November 17, 2017

California Democrats legalize child prostitution

Did you know: California is a state where the legal age of consent is the highest in the country, yet child prostitution is legal? Color me stupid!

Meaning, those same people who think Jerry Seinfeld and Shoshanna should never be allowed to happen, also believe Jerry could've gone the legal way and just paid for her (except women and girls aren't sex workers, and sex worker rights are NOT women's rights).

These lawmakers need to understand that most societies are protective of children and the fairer sex, whether they themselves want to accept such differences exist or not.

If this is the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole, good luck to the party, but it's just another Germany in the making.

From The Washington Examiner: "This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California's state government with a two-thirds "supermajority." To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.

"The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn't difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can't interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.

"Minors involved in prostitution are clearly victims, and allowing our law enforcement officers to pick these minors up and get them away from their pimps and into custody is a dramatically better solution than making it legal for them to sell themselves for sex. That only deepens their victimization and renders law enforcement powerless to stop the cycle of abuse. SB 1322 is not simply misguided — its consequences are immoral." READ: California Democrats legalize child prostitution by Travis Allen | Dec 29, 2016

Added on 11/18: New California Law Does Not Legalize Child Prostitution by Erik Ortiz, NBC News

Nordic Model - PINK MANHATTAN 11/18/2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekend Update on Donald Trump's Asia Trip - SNL

Michael Che's impression of Donald J. Trump is absolutely the best.

Weekend Update on Donald Trump's Asia Trip - SNL

Posted on YouTube by Saturday Night Live

Ketchup Steak Recipe / 7 Ways to Use Ketchup

Vintage Hunt's Ketchup ad via

Does President Trump like steak with ketchup or a dish called Ketchup Steak as seen in some cookbook or on a product label somewhere?

2 lbs. beef cubes
1 lg. onion, chopped
Lots of ketchup

Brown beef in butter. Add chopped onion and brown. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with ketchup and a little water. Cover. Simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve over white rice or mashed potatoes.


Related article: "Ketchup is classic with burgers and fries, but home cooks and superstar chefs alike have devised clever methods to leverage its sweet-and-tangy flavor. Here are seven ways to cook with ketchup, from a classic Chinese-American stir-fry sauce to Jacques Pépin’s glaze for chicken livers." Read more: 7 Ways to Use Ketchup -

Thursday, November 09, 2017

One Year into Trump: MAGA Winning

One year into Trump, and from tackling our economy to ISIS, it looks like he's winning all the time.  I really did fancy seeing the Trumps on the Asia trip, and Mr. Donald from Queens being photographed in China standing in the middle of a group of five like the authoritative judges on RuPaul's Drag Race.  By the way, Mr. Trump is endorsing Joy Villa, a renown scientologist, vegan and Grammy-attending singer/dominatrix, for Congress. Check out her reveal pix at the event (Did she win Best Dressed?): Who Is Joy Villa? The Songwriter's Dress At The 2017 Grammys Made Quite A Statement by Jen McGuire Feb 12 2017

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How Federal Law Protects Online Sex Traffickers

"It is a stain on our national character that sex trafficking is increasing in this country, in this century, and experts say it is happening because of the internet and the ruthless efficiency of online sex trafficking.

"The Communications Decency Act should not protect sex traffickers who prey on the most innocent and vulnerable among us. I do not believe those in Congress who supported this bill in 1996 ever thought that 21 years later, their vote would allow websites to knowingly traffic women and children over the internet with immunity." Read the article: How Federal Law Protects Online Sex Traffickers by Rob Portman, 10.24.17 Wired

Related article: Why hasn’t Kamala Harris signed on to anti-sex trafficking legislation in the Senate? by Emily Cadei, October 10, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Black Supremacist Nation of Islam Pushes White-Dominated Scientology

Have you ever read Whitley Strieber? You can usually find his books under the same category as Dianetics (New Age/Self-Help). Non-fiction is the name of a genre that doesn't mean authors have to publish factually accurate stories; it's the name of a style of storytelling, such as reporting or news/tabloid style. Anywho... "Berlet sees Farrakhan’s enthusiasm for Scientology and its techniques as a reflection of the times, in addition to Farrakhan’s advancing age. Recent surveys show that rising percentages of Americans say they anticipate an imminent apocalypse. And he says that Farrakhan may be concerned about why the world has not ended yet and is searching for a way to eliminate anything blocking that. “The possibility exists that Farrakhan sees his followers as not ‘clear’ enough to make contact with the Mothership,” he said. That would “provide an explanation for the delay.”" Read the article: Black Supremacist Nation of Islam Pushes White-Dominated Scientology - filed under HATEWATCH | Southern Poverty Law Center, June 07, 2011 by Leah Nelson

Monday, November 06, 2017

First Lady Melania Trump, Mrs. Abe Visit Tokyo School

First Lady Melania Trump, Mrs Abe Visits Tokyo School, Japan 11/06/17 on President Trump Asia Trip for APEC 2017 - via YouTube

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

American gambling companies are lining up to open casinos in Japan

"Casinos were illegal in Japan until parliament passed the controversial Integrated Resort Promotion Law in December, and they will be allowed only as part of a wider resort that will have to include a hotel, an international conference hall and other entertainment facilities. Yokohama and Osaka, Japan’s second- and third-largest cities, are the most likely locations for the first two “integrated resorts,” once appropriate legislation is passed.

"Yet many Japanese are concerned that social harm will come with casinos. A poll by the Jiji news agency conducted in August found that two-thirds of respondents were opposed to the introduction of casinos, with most worried about crime and gambling addictions.

(...) "Sheldon Adelson, the chairman of Las Vegas Sands, has called Singapore, where Las Vegas Sands invested $6 billion in the Marina Bay Sands resort, a “warm-up” for Japan.

(...)"Adelson is a Republican backer who donated more than $20 million to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Nikkei business newspaper reported that President Trump asked Abe during their meeting in February whether he knew about Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts. Abe had his assistant jot down the companies’ names, according to the newspaper." Read the article: American gambling companies are lining up to open casinos in Japan by Anna Fifield, October 16 Washington Post

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