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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Stan Lee Hospitalized On Sunday, But Makes Ant-Man Premiere

On Sunday morning, comic book icon Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital, but with a healing factor that would make Wolverine envious he was able to make tonight's premiere of Ant-Man.

Sources for TMZ say the 92-year-old was "taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center" yesterday. As of now, the reason for the emergency call to 911 isn't clear.

Lee was feeling well enough to be interviewed at the premiere, showing no signs of being under the weather. Actually, he was very upbeat and talkative like he normally is. He even quipped, "The only reason I came was to see my cameo."


Greece’s Troubles Attract Little Sympathy From Poorer Neighbors

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Throughout months of acrimonious haggling with creditors, Greece’s left-wing government has cast itself as the victim of an elitist financial and political order beholden to Europe’s stingy rich, notably Germans.

Some of the most resolute opponents of cutting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza Party any slack, however, have been Europe’s most deprived nations, places like Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member, and Baltic States blighted by decades of Soviet-imposed penury.

“We are much poorer than the Greeks, but we have performed reforms,” Rosen Plevneliev, the president of Bulgaria, a northern neighbor of Greece, said in an interview. “When you have a problem, you have to address it and not shift it to Brussels or onto somebody else,” he said, deriding Syriza’s complaints that Europe had let Greece down.

The left-leaning Syriza Party has won applause from a host of mostly small left-wing groups in Europe for bucking what they condemn as the tyranny of greed-fueled markets and elitist technocrats. It has also been cheered by right-wing insurgents like Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front in France, who rejoice at Greece’s troubles and see them as proof that Europe’s established order is crumbling.


According to Ted Cruz, questions re. LGBT rights are all about sex.

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday defended his comments from last month accusing the media of being "obsessed with sex" after he was asked whether he had problem with gay people.

The remark in question came during a confrontation with a local reporter in Beaumont, Texas on May 19, after the journalist repeatedly asked the candidate about his stance on gay rights.

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?" Cruz responded.

Speaking with Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Cruz said that the reporter had specifically asked if he had an "animosity" toward gay people, and explained why he didn't simply deny it.


Diaper-fetishizing David Vitter probably regrets sarcastic tweet against same-sex marriage

Twitter does not forget.

That’s what Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) learned the hard way when he lashed out at the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling Friday with this tweet:

David Vitter ✔@DavidVitter
Chick-fil-A kind of day
5:28 PM - 26 Jun 2015

Within 10 minutes, Vitter was reminded by journalist Sam Knight that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Vitter admitted to being a client for so-called “D.C. Madame” Deborah Jeane Palfrey in 2007, The Week reports. Facing prison time, Palfrey committed suicide while Vitter skipped along to win re-election....

Twitter users were quick to pile on Vitter after his tweet, with one recalling that part of the allegations include him wanting prostitutes to make him wear diapers, according to Wonkette:


After momentous week, Obama's presidency is reborn

This came very close to being the worst week of Barack Obama’s presidency, and, effectively, the last: a possible repudiation from both Congress and the Supreme Court, from his own party, from a country struggling with the same racial tensions he’s approached with a caution that’s often come across more like muted fear.

He would have been a failed president. He would have been a failed promise.

Instead, Obama finished the week in Charleston singing, really singing, and returned to a White House lit up like a rainbow that people who wanted to celebrate just felt drawn to. Hours after the partying stopped, they stayed late into the night, just sitting and staring at the building and thinking about how much had just changed.

What Obama first represented as a half-white, half-black man of a new generation, with the middle name Hussein and all the rest, seemed to have actually arrived in America — that guy America voted for in 2008 seemed to suddenly (and to a lot of his supporters, finally) show up. So did the country they voted for.

And Obama’s voice broke through in a way that it hasn’t, maybe, since the 2004 keynote address that introduced him to America. A week that started with the media obsessing over one charged word he said ended with the country glued to his whole 25-minute eulogy in South Carolina on how the country is a whole lot more racist but also a whole lot more hopeful than it likes to admit, reverberating and replaying on the news, on iPhones and on YouTube all through the night and weekend.


Twitter neo-Confederates express panic with #SouthernLivesMatter

In an era where police officers assault and kill black people with impunity, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has become a racial justice rallying cry across the United States. In hashtag form, #BlackLivesMatter educates and mobilizes countless activists on Twitter and other social media platforms. Neo-Confederates have co-opted the phrase for their own purposes with a hashtag of their own — #SouthernLivesMatter.

On Saturday, Confederate flag enthusiasts protested against the flag’s removal from Alabama statehouse grounds, waving their banner and carrying signs that read: “Southern Lives Matter,” and “Secession Now.”


Greece Shuts Banks; Limits Daily ATM Withdrawal to 60 Euros

Athens: Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system on Sunday, closing its banks and imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.

After bailout talks between the leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down at the weekend, the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece's banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing.

Banks will be closed and the stock market shut all week, and there will be a daily 60 euro limit on cash withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. Capital controls are likely to last for many months at least.

"The more calmly we deal with difficulties, the sooner we can overcome them and the milder their consequences will be," a sombre-looking Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address. He promised bank deposits would be safe and salaries paid.


12 Devastating Consequences if Greece Returns to the Drachma

1. Rapid devaluation of the drachma against other currencies (the rate might surpass 1,000 ΔΡΧ/1€). An attempt to tie the drachma to the euro and lock the conversion rate is doomed to fail (as it failed in the case of Argentina), because of the huge capital flight and depletion of foreign exchange reserves.

2. The devaluation will lead to skyrocketing inflation at levels equal and greater than 40 percent, further limiting thereby the purchasing power of citizens.

3. Capital flight and a sharp increase in non-performing loans will be the coup de grace for the weak country's financial system, which would collapse, "drying" the real economy.

4. In such an eventuality the wage and pension freeze payment will be inevitable for a while until the partial restoration of liquidity. The consequences from social unrest that will likely follow are unpredictable.

5. Gross domestic product will likely shrink to about 2/3 of the current level.

6. The public debt of Greece, totaling 322 billion euros, will increase automatically depending on the amount of the depreciation of the drachma, multiplying our borrowings.

7. Even if, after bankruptcy, a partial debt restructuring follows, it will not be painless. It will be accompanied by a new rescue package (only from the IMF now) and very burdensome fiscal adjustment measures.

8. There will be an equal increase of private debt through the skyrocketing of lending and depositing rates in an effort to control inflation. Higher interest rates will also make it difficult for businesses to raise capital.

9. Suffocation of import business due to a weakened market, the devaluation of the drachma and the obvious lack of credit.

10. Failure of imports will bring shortage of essential items on the market since, as we know, Greece is not self-sufficient in raw materials and meets its needs (eg. wheat, milk, meat) by imports from foreign countries.

11. Invasion of predatory foreign investors, who will acquire companies, property, and public property at derisory prices. It will lead to a sellout of the country, now claimed by the proponents of the drachma.

12. Diplomatic and economic isolation of Greece, who, being in a very difficult situation, will not be able to follow geopolitical developments in the region, as well as any challenges by its neighbors.


'Ant-Man' Mid & Post Credit Scenes REVEALED! (SPOILER WARNING)

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) gives the WASP costume with wings to Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Hank explains to Hope what happened to Hope's mother Janet Van Dyne.

Final credits scene:

This one leads into Captain America: Civil War.

The scene has Captain America, The Falcon, and The Winter Soldier. Cap and Falcon have located The Winter Soldier to a remote location where The Winter Soldier is tied up.

Falcon asks Cap "Should I call Stark?"

Cap replies "No."

Falcon replies "I know who to call." Implying Ant-Man.

In case you didn't know, Falcon is in Ant-Man in a few key scenes.

There ya have it.


Biden attends services at Charleston church

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Vice President Joe Biden worshipped and spoke at the Sunday service of the historic African-American church where nine people were gunned down during Bible study earlier this month.

The vice president's surprise appearance came on the second Sunday the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church held regular services following the June 17 shooting. Police contend the attack was racially motived and have charged a 21-year-old white man with the killings.

Biden said he'd visited Emanuel before and knew the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church who was among those killed.

"We came back because my family and I wanted to show solidarity with the families and with the church," said Biden, wearing a purple tie, a traditional color of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Biden, a Catholic, showed the congregation the rosary beads he wore around his wrist and spoke about the feeling of loss within his own life.

The vice president's son, Beau, died late last month of brain cancer. Beau Biden narrowly avoided death as a young boy in a 1972 car crash that killed Joe Biden's first wife and his daughter.

"The reason I came was to draw strength from all of you," Biden said. "I wish I could say something that would ease the pain."

Biden received a standing ovation during the 2 ˝-hour service after reading a selection of scripture. He later joined the congregation in holding hands and singing, "We Shall Overcome."

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