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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Pittsburgh
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The sweet prayer of an innocent child

Strange and hilarious old print ads

I have a dear old friend who's always sending me her "forwarded" emails, and they're usually weird and funny, and sometimes hilarious. So today I got one that's good enough to share with my friends on DU.

It's a collection of old magazine and newspaper ads of products that are either gone, or else marketed completely differently now. Some you might recognize, but the ads are funny because the messages are so politically incorrect. Most of these are from the 1940's and 50's I think. The Atari ad had to be later, maybe from about 1975 or '80.

WSJ is reporting that a former adult film star received hush money from a top Trump lawyer

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / citing New York Times

By Christopher Mele, New York Times

A former star of pornographic movies received a $130,000 payment a month before the 2016 election that was part of an agreement to keep her from publicly discussing a sexual encounter she claimed to have had with now-President Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that Michael Cohen, who was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization, arranged the payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement.

Clifford, who was billed as Stormy Daniels in her dozens of videos, said the encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, the Journal reported. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

In a statement to the Journal, Cohen said of the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/01/12/The-Wall-Street-Journal-is-reporting-that-a-former-adult-film-star-received-hush-money-from-a-top-Trump-lawyer/stories/201801120207

- More at link -

It's Friday evening - time for the sensational news dump!

Conor Lamb, citing need for new leadership, will not support Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader

Link http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/01/08/nancy-pelosi-paul-ryan-conor-lamb-rick-saccone-18th-district-special-election/stories/201801080095

By Chris Potter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1/8/18

Conor Lamb, the Democrat running to replace Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, said that if elected, he would like to see House Democrats replace Nancy Pelosi as their leader.

“I think it’s clear that this Congress is not working for people,” said Mr. Lamb on Monday morning, as some initial polling data was circulating and national interest in the race continues to swirl. “I think we need new leadership on both sides.”

His support for new party leadership “is not personal,” added the former federal prosecutor. But he said that after speaking with people in the district, “It’s more about the fact that I expect leaders to get results, and the result of our Congressional leadership has been to have people in the district dissatisfied with their performance.”

While such questions may seem premature — the special election won’t be held until March 13 — the race is widely seen as a potential bellwether for how the 2018 elections will affect control of Congress. And Ms. Pelosi, a favorite target of Republican attacks, was all but certain to be frequently mentioned in campaign rhetoric.

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Pennsylvanians will recall that the 18th Congressional District is running a special election in March 2018 to elect a new Representative for Tim Murphy's seat. Murphy resigned in November due to personal issues (an extra-marital affair) and staffers' claims of sexual misconduct. The 18th CD is one of the gerrymandered PA districts that favors GOP candidates, southwest and southeast of Pittsburgh. This could be a good opportunity for Democrats.

Need some help - please suggest names of towns/cities that are HARD TO SPELL

My 10 year old grandson is an award-winning speller and I'm very proud of him. I challenged him to learn how to spell Punxsutawney (small town in Pennsylvania) and he learned it. Proud Grandma that I am, I gave him $5.

Now I have to come up with even more challenging names and I thought maybe you guys could help me out.
I guess I should probably limit it to towns and cities in the USA, just to play fair.

Let me know what you come up with.

Happy BLUE Year 2018!

My funny inbox

Friends are always emailing me cartoons and funny stuff. I think it's because they're tired of the anti-Trump thingies I usually send them. Don't know. But I have all these great cartoons to share on DU.

Happy Holidays!

A Pennsylvania Christmas greeting to all my friends on DU

If you'd like a larger version to print out on a color printer, download it here: (sorry link is not working - PM me and I'll email it to you.)

Tamron Hall spotted at Ronan Farrow's 30th birthday party

I don't normally go crazy over celebrities, but I know that Tamron Hall has many fans here on DU. This photo of Tamron Hall, Mia Farrow and Diane Sawyer is from a short article on Page Six blog, posted on 12/18/17:

Link: https://pagesix.com/2017/12/18/ronan-farrow-rings-in-30-with-nightmare-before-christmas-party/

Headline: Ronan Farrow celebrates 30th with 'Nightmare Before Christmas' party

Ronan Farrow celebrated his 30th birthday with a “Nightmare Before Christmas” bash, we hear. The party’s theme might coincidentally describe Harvey Weinstein’s situation these days — thanks to a series of exposés by Farrow in the New Yorker.

The fête at Jung Lee’s luxury boutique was decked out with candles, skulls and more traditional holly, while Farrow paired a red-and-white Santa hat with black skeleton shirt and black blazer.

Guests included Mia Farrow (creating her own theme in a knitted Groucho Marx sweater), Diane Sawyer, Tamron Hall, Kathy Najimy, MSNBC’s Elise Jordan and Vanity Fair’s Mike Hogan. DJ Phresh provided the tunes.

Will robots take our children's jobs?

Link: https://nyti.ms/2jLR9Ts

New York Times / Style Section / Dec. 11, 2017
By: Alex Williams

Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they
devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I
asked Toby why children like robots so much. “Because they work for you,” he said.

What I didn’t have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them — or, I fear, might not work
at all, because of them.

It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of
invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first,
artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s.
You do not exactly need to be Marty McFly to see the obvious threats to our children’s future careers.
Say you dream of sending your daughter off to Yale School of Medicine to become a radiologist. And why
not? Radiologists in New York typically earn about $470,000, according to Salary.com.

But that job is suddenly looking iffy as A.I. gets better at reading scans. A start-up called Arterys, to cite just
one example, already has a program that can perform a magnetic-resonance imaging analysis of blood flow
through a heart in just 15 seconds, compared with the 45 minutes required by humans.

Long read, but well-researched and thought provoking article in which the author discusses the future automation of many professions and career choices of today's youngsters. It's kind of scary and it's happening now.

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