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Transgender man who gave birth addresses misconceptions

PORTLAND -- A transgender man in Oregon who gave birth to a baby boy is sharing his pregnancy story on social media in the hopes of changing the stigma surrounding it.

Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow fall into a familiar routine caring for baby Leo: feeding, burping and soothing the newborn just like any other loving parents. But their path to getting here had some unusual challenges.

The couple's family started when they took in and later adopted Chaplow's 1-year-old niece and 3-year-old nephew. Leo's birth offers another twist to the plot.

Reese was considered female at birth, but grew up identifying as a male, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal. At 20 years old, he started taking testosterone. Transitioning through hormone therapy alone, he opted not to have surgery.

Posted by Weekend Warrior | Fri Aug 4, 2017, 03:43 PM (0 replies)

Tesla Completes Its First Solar Roof Installs

First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products.

Tesla has completed its first solar roof installations, the company reported Wednesday as part of a second-quarter earnings report. Just like the first Model 3 customers, who took their keys last week, the first solar roof customers are Tesla employees. By selling to them first, Tesla says it hopes to work out any kinks in the sales and installation process before taking it to a wider public audience.

Full article and video: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/tesla-completes-its-first-solar-roof-installs/ar-AApk7qG?li=BBnb7Kz

Posted by Weekend Warrior | Thu Aug 3, 2017, 01:08 PM (11 replies)

Someone invited the Obamas to their wedding and they actually responded

What happens when you invite the Obamas to your wedding? Well, the former First Couple might not show up to your nuptials, unfortunately; but they'll still respond and wish you well. That's exactly what happened when one woman asked Barack and Michelle to attend her wedding ceremony earlier this year.

According to her daughter, bride-to-be Liz Whitlow mailed an invitation to the Obamas in March, and received a response at the end of July.


Posted by Weekend Warrior | Thu Aug 3, 2017, 01:07 PM (7 replies)

Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th District) - Starting to make the Rounds?

Illinois Rep. Bustos one of key speakers at revived Iowa steak fry

DES MOINES | The Harkin Steak Fry went by the wayside three years ago, but Polk County Democrats are reviving it.

The event won't have Tom Harkin's name attached, but its inaugural event will feature three prominent Democrats, including Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.

Bustos has increasingly gained a national reputation as a prominent voice for the Democrats as they seek to regain their footing after President Donald Trump's election. She and two House colleagues, Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., will be the guest speakers at the Sept. 30 fundraising event.

The Harkin Steak Fry was often a showcase for rising political stars — and those who wanted to position themselves to run for president. Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all spoke there.


Weekly Address Earlier This Year

Strong Women, Strong Communities

As a working mom who raised three sons, I know from experience that women’s issues really are family issues.

Advocating for women and families has been an important part of my life and career. I have always firmly believed that women should have equal opportunities and the right to have their voices heard- whether it’s in the workplace, in the classroom or in government. As women, we’ve made great strides in all of these areas over my lifetime, but as long as women in the 17th district still earn just $.72 for every dollar a man makes at the same job, our work isn’t finished.

This is why I strongly support policies to strengthen women across America such as equal pay for equal work, earned paid family leave, protecting a woman’s right to choose, renewing and improving the Violence Against Women Act, reducing sexual assaults on college campuses, and making sure that women always have access to preventative health and family planning services.


Congresswoman Cheri Bustos on Hardball with Chris Matthews Monday Night April

Schedule of Official Work July 21 - July 27

Breakfast with Illinois Quad City Mayors
Tour and Discussion of the Farm Bill at the Rock Island County Fair
Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living’s Block Party
Library of Congress Book Drop at the Geneseo Public Library District
Interview with the Chicago Tribune
Interview with Fox News
Press Conference with House and Senate Democrats to Present “A Better Deal”
Interview with the Quad-City Times
Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair Meeting
Democratic Leadership Meeting
Steering and Policy Committee Meeting
Votes in the House of Representatives
Democratic Women’s Working Group Dinner
Democratic Caucus Meeting
Press Conference with Democratic Caucus Leaders
Interview with WJBC Radio
Remarks on the House Floor
New Democrat Coalition Meeting
Steering and Policy Committee Hearing on Health Care Reform
Interview on MSNBC
Ranking Member Meeting
Democratic Leader’s Meeting
House Agriculture Committee Hearing
Senior Whip Meeting
Constituent Meeting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Interview with the New York Times
Meeting with Google
Illinois State Society Intern Scholarship Reception
House Military Depot, Arsenal and Industrial Facilities Caucus Breakfast
Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Meeting with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel
Whip Meeting
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Markup
Illinois Delegation Lunch
Washington Kastles Charity Classic


Posted by Weekend Warrior | Thu Aug 3, 2017, 08:58 AM (0 replies)

What will be in Trumps signing statement?

What main concern will he outline?

He can't highlight concerns over the Iranian deal because I believe he has already called that one of the worst deals in history. I can still see him using that in an attempt to divide.

It will also be hard for him to have anything meaningful about Russia in it.

So, what will the signing statement outline? Will he not implement parts of it citing some bs constitutional concerns?
Posted by Weekend Warrior | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 11:01 AM (7 replies)

Toward or Towards.

It's my understanding, in the states, toward is always the appropriate usage. That said, it's also my understanding that towards is grammatically correct.

What say you?
Posted by Weekend Warrior | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 09:44 AM (9 replies)

Putin seems to be doing pretty well for himself.

Including with some of his more adversarial relationships.

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw Friday's joining of a major pipeline that's set to provide Turkey with over 556 billion cubic feet of gas each year, an event that came shortly after the two countries reached a deal to allow foreign troops into areas previously designated as safe zones in Syria.

Russia and Turkey, which support opposing factions in Syria's more than six-year civil war, have had a tumultuous relationship in recent years. Turkey's geographic and political position as a bridge between East and West has given it strategic leverage with both the Western military alliance NATO, of which it is a member, and Russia, an important economic partner. With Turkish-backed Syrian rebels facing major defeats by both the Russia-backed Syrian military and the U.S.-backed Kurdish militants, Thursday's announcement that Turkey and Russia agreed to allow international forces into areas of respective influence in Syria comes as Ankara attempts to retain its stake in the conflict.


Interesting piece from the article:

"and a mechanism involving the Americans and Jordan in the south in the Daraa region is being worked on"

Daraa is in Syria.

Gazprom is also expected to be delivering gas to China by the end of 2019. The EU has also backed off some sanctions against Russia giving Gazprom the ability to deliver more gas to European clients.


Interesting side-note: Head of Gazproms chartering and shipping operations, and experienced diver, just died in a diving accident less than a football field from his home.


Some of our allies are doing big business with Russia. Some of our German friends are none too happy about our most recent sanctions against Russia.


As Trump slowly moves us away from the world-stage, as was done with his horrific proclamation about the Paris Agreement, that vacuum is being filled. Russia is more than happy to step up to the plate. Putin seems to have a limited moral compass and doesn't seem to care where his money comes from. He is making deals at a feverish pace and supplying his government with money that is truly pumped out of the ground. We cannot back away from our obligations and responsibilities across the globe. If we continue to do so, we are going to like the world around us even less.
Posted by Weekend Warrior | Tue Aug 1, 2017, 11:47 AM (1 replies)

November 30, 2016 - Pelosi Wins House Minority Position 134-63

It was a dominant victory just eight short months ago. She defeated challenger Tim Ryan with ease.

This was not long ago. A vote was held. Since this vote, I don't see what she has done that is so egregious. Clearly there must have been some new action taken by her that warrants all of these calls for new leadership. Something new since the last vote just eight months ago. Something more than the deceptive news stories we have seen from the right twisting her words in an attempt to get the left angry with her.

Are people not aware of her recent landslide victory for the position?

Has something egregious happened since then?

Do deceptive right wing news stories simply work?

Posted by Weekend Warrior | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 09:01 AM (2 replies)

Only remaining statewide Democrat, Sherrod Brown, behind in polls

SANDUSKY — The only statewide Democrat left in Ohio is running behind in early polls as he gears up for a 2018 re-election campaign.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is seeking a third six-year term in a state where Republicans dominate in the executive branch, the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio General Assembly.

A People's Pundit Daily Buckeye State Battleground Poll taken on July 3-8 showed 50 percent of the people polled favoring current state treasurer Josh Mandel in a hypothetical matchup, versus 42 percent for Brown. Other polls taken this year also have shown Brown trailing.


Brown is really solid. We need to keep him.

Posted by Weekend Warrior | Sat Jul 29, 2017, 10:44 AM (14 replies)

Larry David and Bernie Sanders are related.

How cool.


Posted by Weekend Warrior | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 04:48 PM (0 replies)
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