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Friday, April 14, 2017

U.S. drops ‘MOAB,’ a ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Thursday that U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in eastern Afghanistan. This is the first time a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) has been used in combat.
The Pentagon says the bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by ISIS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, very close to the Pakistan border.
Here’s what you need to know:
·   The MOAB, also known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” was dropped out of a C-130 aircraft in Afghanistan for the first time on Thursday.
·  The MOAB had never been used in combat until now. It was brought into service in 2008.
·  The MOAB weighs 21,000 pounds, including 18,000 pounds of explosives.
·  It is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal.
·  The MOAB is considered similar to a small nuclear weapon.
·  The concept behind the MOAB was first developed in the Vietnam War through the BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, nicknamed the “Daisy Cutter.” That weighed 15,000 pounds and, with a huge blast radius, was used to clear jungles. In addition, it was a psychological weapon, in that the loud sound and huge flash helped create “shock and awe” in the enemy. The bomb was later used in Afghanistan.
·  During the George W. Bush administration, the BLU-82B gave way to the even larger GBU-43, or MOAB.
·  It was first tested back in 2003.
·  The bomb, in its first combat use, was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangahar province. MOAB is designed for such a situation—it explodes in the air, which creates air pressure that can make tunnels and other structures collapse.  It can be used at the start of an offensive to soften up the enemy, weakening both its infrastructure and morale.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christian mom blogger reveals she is dating disgraced soccer star Abby Wambach in her latest confessional post sharing sweet selfie of them together

A Christian mommy blogger has announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wambach.
Glennon Doyle Melton posted a smiling picture of herself and Wambach on Sunday, with the caption: 'Oh my God, she is so good to me. She loves me for all the things I've always wanted to be loved for. She's just my favorite. My person.'
Both are newly single.
Wambach, who lost her sponsors after a DUI last April, is currently in the process of divorcing fellow soccer star, and wife of three years, Sarah Huffman. While Melton announced her divorce from Craig Melton, her husband of 14 years, in August.

Glennon Doyle Melton posted a smiling picture of herself and Wambach on Sunday to announce their relationship
In the caption she wrote: ' Feels like the world could use all the love it can get right now. So today, I'm going to share with you my new love'

The relationship may come as something of a surprise for fans of the Christian author - whose book Love Warrior was featured in Oprah's Book Club.
But regular readers of her blog Momastery won't be surprised by her openness about the new relationship.
Melton, a mother-of-three, is known as the ultimate confessional writer, for her honest portrayals of her struggling marriage, addiction and eating disorder, according to the Washington Post.
She has also been a champion of LGBT rights, and insists that same-sex marriage is not contrary to the church.
Since coming out about her first gay relationship, some fellow Christian bloggers have offered their support on her Facebook post.
The Christian mommy blogger Glennon Doyle Melton (left) announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wambach (right) on Sunday

On Sunday, Melton revealed the relationship on Facebook saying; 'Feels like the world could use all the love it can get right now. So today, I'm going to share with you my new love.
'Her name is Abby. You might recognize her from soccer.' 
She said her ex-husband Craig supports her relationship with Wambach and that they make 'beautiful, modern family' together.
Melton said her children also loved the soccer star, branding her 'an M&M because she looks tough on the outside but inside she's really mushy and sweet. '
'They're lucky kids, to be surrounded by so much love. We have family dinners together — all six of us — and Abby cooks. (She is an AMAZING chef because Jesus loves me). We go to the kids' school parties together. We are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all of that love, they are brave.' 
Melton announced her divorce from Craig Melton (pictured with her and their children) her husband of 14 years, in August

Wambach, who was one of the inspirational guests of honor on Melton's book tour, The Together Tour, in September, has been more private about their new relationship.
But she too has been blisteringly honest about her past. 
Wambach (pictured in her mugshot after DUI arrest)
In the memoir, released earlier this year, the retired US national team star recounts her career, revealed her struggle with alcohol and prescription drugs for years prior to her arrest for driving under the influence this past April.
Chapters in the book are words that she has been labeled: tomboy, captain, lesbian, and addict.
Wambach spends a good portion of the book detailing her bouts with vodka and pills, which included Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall. 
But she says she has been sober since the night she was pulled over in Portland, Oregon, after dinner with friends. 
Wambach said that night was a culmination of events as her life spiraled out of control. Her marriage was on the rocks, she was wrestling with her retirement and her direction, and she had just taken a new job with ESPN.
Melton has a spiritual bent on her writing and a coveted place on the Oprah Book Club list
In the memoir, released earlier this year, the retired US national team star recounts her career, revealed her struggle with alcohol and prescription drugs for years prior to her arrest for driving under the influence this past April (pictured playing Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup, 2011)
She issued a statement on Facebook after she was released from jail the next morning, taking full responsibility for her actions and apologizing to her friends, family and fans. 
In the aftermath, the car company MINI USA withdrew her from its heavily promoted advertising campaign, which also starred tennis great Serena Williams.
Melton's news comes just two months after her friend Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, also announced her lesbian relationship.
Gilbert, whose book about her struggle to find herself, announced in September she was in a romantic relationship with her female best friend, just two months after divorcing over the summer.
Both Gilbert and Melton share a spiritual influence on their writing and much more - a coveted place on the Oprah Book Club list.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

When Melania Trump Met Michelle Obama, Their Clothes Did Some of the Talking

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama met for tea on Thursday in the White House

Whatever their feelings about Donald J. Trump winning the presidential election, President Obama and the first lady have been careful to demonstrate that it is time “to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face,” as Mr. Obama said when he met the president-elect at the White House on Thursday. Hillary Clinton began the messaging when she wore a purple-lapel Ralph Lauren pantsuit for her concession speech on Wednesday morning, uniting red and blue in a single shade as she urged the country to unite. And Michelle Obama continued the subliminal signals when she chose a purple Narciso Rodriguez dress with an orange aftershock sunburst curve for her meeting with Melania Trump.It was a nice bit of color diplomacy.But it also wasn’t without implicit references to Mr. Obama’s administration and legacy. After all, it was the second time she wore Mr. Rodriguez this week, the first time being for her final speech for Mrs. Clinton in Philadelphia, delivered in a navy coat by the designer.Mr. Rodriguez is, as it happens, Cuban-American, the son of immigrants and a classic American success story. He is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, chosen in part, the curator told The New York Times, because “It is very important to incorporate the accomplishments of Latin American artists, architects and designers into the canon of history.”Mr. Rodriguez was also the designer of the black and red dress that Mrs. Obama wore when her husband gave his victory speech in Chicago in 2008.Something of a contrast was, not surprisingly, provided by Mrs. Trump. For the visit to Washington on Thursday, she wore a streamlined sleeveless black sheath dress, a matching coat and Christian Louboutin heels. Thus far, as was the case throughout the campaign, no brand has issued the traditional news release about Mrs. Trump wearing its designs, most likely because she buys her clothes herself, rather than working through a stylist or brand. (The shoes were recognizable because of the brand’s signature red soles).Whether that will change when she is in the White House remains to be seen. In the meantime, the fact she wore black instead of her usual white or pastel shades has got some people riled up. (“Melania Trump wore a funereal black dress to the White House,” Yahoo News cried.)Personally, I think it’s too early to judge whether Mrs. Trump thinks about her clothes in communications terms, so I’m going to hold off on reading too much into the shade. Rather, I’d say she looked polished and professional, and as if she wasn’t trying to call attention to herself, though that is kind of unavoidable.Indeed, as Mrs. Obama showed over the past eight years — and reiterated on Thursday — a wardrobe can be a powerful platform for a first lady, making points without her having to say a word. Given Mrs. Trump’s reported antipathy for public performance, it might serve her very well as she assumes her new role 

Emma Stone Says Ryan Gosling "Has a Restraining Order Against" Her

Could La La Land be the last movie that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling make together? If the actor has anything to say about it, quite possibly.
The famous redhead joked about their longtime friendship to E! News while making her way into InStyle and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2017 Miss Golden Globes bash in Los Angeles last night, and the actress seems to think that Gosling is getting sick of her. "He has a restraining order against me now," Stone said with a laugh. "I'm just going to have to stay like a hundred feet at everything else we do together. No, it's so much fun to work with him and I don't know if they'll let us do anything else."
But fans of the onscreen duo shouldn't worry—the star was only kidding. "The restraining order isn't real, could you tell that I was joking?" she said reassuringly. "It's not real, it's not real."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Turkey must accept it needs Israel, says Tayyip Erdogan

“Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region,” Erdogan said in remarks to Turkish reporters. —AFP/File
“Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region,” Erdogan said in remarks to Turkish reporters. —AFP/File
ISTANBUL: Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalising ties. Nato member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish State. But the atmosphere was transformed following the revelation last month the two sides were making progress in secret talks to seek a rapprochement. “Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region,” Erdogan said in remarks to Turkish reporters published in leading dailies Saturday. “And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region,” said Erdogan. “If mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity, then normalisation will follow. “Ambassadors were withdrawn in the wake of the 2010 crisis and Erdogan said Turkey's three conditions for a normalisation were clear — a lifting of the Gaza blockade, compensation for the Mavi Marmara victims and an apology for the incident. Israel has already apologised and negotiations appear to have made progress on compensation, leaving the blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip the main hurdle. Indicating possible progress on the blockade, Erdogan said Israel had suggested it would allow goods and construction materials into Gaza if they came via Turkey. “We need to see a written text to ensure there is no deviation from the agreement,” he said. Analysts have suggested that Turkey's rapprochement with Israel has been accelerated by the need for Ankara to make up for its crisis in ties with Moscow after the shooting down of a Russian warplane. Erdogan last month held closed-door talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal but it was never disclosed what the president discussed with the leader of the the Palestinian Islamist movement. Israel also wants Turkey to prevent senior Hamas operative Salah Aruri from entering its territory and acting from there. Ankara has never confirmed his presence in Turkey.