Randy Essex Detroit Free Press Published 11:59 AM EDT Mar 12, 2019 Everybody loves hot cars, but here's a hot story about a cold car. A family in Chadron, Nebraska, in the state's western Panhandle, decided to have some fun after a weekend snowfall of nearly a foot. According to the Omaha World-Herald, "Jason Blundell, a 43-year-old concrete plant manager, and his two teenage kids shoveled neighboring driveways into a massive mound and created a work of art. They spent five hours sculpting a clone of the 1967 Ford Mustang GTA that they store in their garage, then they posted a photo to Facebook." The family, which is experienced in snow sculpture, used a skid loader and concrete wood floats to move the snow, then used shovels, ice scrapers and a squirt bottle to sculpt the Mustang. The family even measured the real Mustang to be sure the proportions were right. Then, the World-Herald reported, Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Mick Downing, who goes to the same church … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang made of snow gets a ‘ticket’ by Nebraska officer
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the Nov. 6 elections. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes his oath during his ceremonial public swearing-in as U.S. President Donald Trump and Kavanaugh's daughters Liza and Margaret look on in the East Room of the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats’ attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court “a national embarrassment, a national disgrace,” without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982. “They wanted to destroy that man. Of course, they want to destroy me too,” Trump told a … [Read more...] about Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter…
NEW YORK (AP) — Some skeptics of #MeToo activism are hoping Brett Kavanaugh's angry, tearful denial of sexual assault allegations might help fuel a backlash against the year-old movement. But advocates for victimized women say it's now too powerful to be derailed. The mixed reactions followed Thursday's vehement assertion by Kavanaugh and his Republican allies that he was the victim of a "political hit job" by Democrats. They suggested that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was being exploited for partisan purposes. In a Philadelphia Inquirer column on Friday titled "Kavanaugh creates #MeToo moment for accused men," conservative writer Christine Flowers expressed empathy for the embattled federal judge, who is President Donald Trump's nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. "Through those real tears, the rage came through like a laser and a sword," Flowers wrote. "And for a moment, I felt as if, finally, one man had found the courage to say my life matters." As for … [Read more...] about After Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, does MeToo face a backlash?
It was one hearing, with just two witnesses. But, in an era of political polarization and yawning cultural divides, Americans came away having heard very different things. Millions of men and women listened to nervous-but-composed college professor Christine Blasey Ford tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and they lauded her credibility and courage in speaking out. Others saw a woman with a spotty memory who failed to prove Kavanaugh was her abuser, and believed the judge as he repeatedly choked up and vigorously defended himself. "The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life," he said. Americans followed the hours of testimony from their homes, in their cars, in offices and in classrooms. Wherever they were, though, it seemed most responded through the prism of their own politics, and personal experiences. Few … [Read more...] about 1 hearing, 2 witnesses, vastly different takeaways
It was one hearing with just two witnesses but, in an era of deep political polarization and yawning cultural divisions, Americans came away Thursday having heard very different things. Millions of men and women listened to a nervous-but-composed college professor Christine Blasey Ford tell the Senate Judiciary Committee she was "100 percent" certain that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused her as a teenager, and they lauded her courage in speaking out. Millions of others saw a woman with a spotty memory who failed to prove Kavanaugh was her abuser, and believed the judge as he repeatedly choked up and vigorously defended himself. "The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life," he said. Americans followed the hours of testimony and subsequent questions from their homes, in their cars, in offices and in classrooms. Wherever they were, though, it seemed most responded through the prism of their political bents and personal … [Read more...] about 1 hearing, 2 witnesses, but vastly different takeaways