Fake smile of boyfriend goes viral after being caught on ice hockey kisscam

The fake smile of a lad being forced to take a selfie while watching his team lose an ice hockey game has gone viral.

A “kiss cam” picked the pair out from the crowd and plastered the awkward moment on the giant jumbotron screen for other fans to gawp at yesterday.

Since the hilarious video went viral on Twitter it has amassed more than 72,000 likes and more than 13,000 retweets, with many sports fans saying they can understand his suffering.

In the clip, the lad at first can be seen beaming while the girl next to him takes a photo of them both on her phone.

But the moment the snap is taken the smile falls from his face and he scowls while staring straight ahead.

The lad — decked out in Toronto Maple Leafs hat and jersey — was watching his team lose 1-6 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the away game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Canada.

Sympathisers on Twitter praised the stoic fan for ignoring his pain to pose for a nice photo with the girl.

One wrote: “When you see how pissed he actually is, you gotta give him credit for putting a smile on for the selfie.”

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Another said: “Give that man a beer and a medal.”

Others said he should be grateful for the support of the relationship.

One tweeted: “Dude if that's your girl at least you should be happy you have that.

“Cuz even when the games over she is still there.”

However, others insisted that the couple looked similar and might actually be brother and sister rather than boyfriend and girlfriend.

“They look just like each other… Gotta be brother and sister,” tweeted someone.

Another wrote: “Brother/sister?”

“That's what I am thinking also.. They look alike,” another person agreed.

Meanwhile, someone else seemed to confirm the theory and said: “I went to high school with the girl in the video, they are siblings…..”

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Mother, 24, turned to dealing drugs after becoming hooked on cannabis

Drug-dealing mother, 24, avoids jail after saying she was doing it to pay for her own cannabis habit as she grieves over death of her five-month-old baby claiming hospital was negligent

  • Lauren Smith-Tennant, 24, arrested after police raided her flat and found drugs
  • Smith-Tennant later said that she been selling cannabis to fund her own habit
  • It developed following the loss of her five month old daughter Kiara in 2014

Lauren Smith-Tennant, 24, pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates Court last week, was arrested after police raided her flat and found 11 snap bags which had traces of cocaine

A grieving mother suing a hospital for negligence following the death of her baby has avoided jail after she admitted to dealing drugs to fund her own cannabis habit.

Lauren Smith-Tennant, 24, was arrested after police raided her flat and found 11 snap bags which had traces of cocaine.

During the search officers also found four snap bags in her car, scales to weigh the drugs, plus text messages on her phone relating to drug deals.

Smith-Tennant later said she been selling cannabis to fund her own use, which she had developed following the loss of her five-month-old daughter Kiara in 2014.

The 24-year-old is currently pursuing a legal claim against an unnamed hospital amid allegations the baby was starved of oxygen at birth.

At Manchester magistrates’ court, Smith-Tennant, of Eccles, Salford, admitted possession of cocaine, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. 

She was given 26-week jail suspended for one year.

The police raid took place on December 12 last year after detectives acted on a tip off.

Prosecutor James Towey said: ‘The defendant was there alone and immediately volunteered to officers she had cannabis in her kitchen saying it was for her own use. The drugs were bagged and her flat and car were searched and in total 11 bags were found at that stage – there was also scales with traces of white power.

‘Her phone was seized and was examined and messages commensurate with drug dealing activity were found as well as the amount of £340 in cash and a debtors list.’

In mitigation defence lawyer Miss Zoe Earl said: ‘She cooperated from the off. When police attended she pointed out where the drugs were and she’s absolutely mortified by what she’s done. She can’t sleep at the moment.


Lauren Smith-Tennant, 24, had a daughter called Kiara (right) who was severely disabled and only lived for five months. She is currently pursuing a case of medical negligence

‘The possession of cocaine is only traces and being concerned in the supply charge related only to her phone being seized and text messages being found.’

A report by a probation officer was read to the hearing and said: ‘She was distressed in the interview she was completely open and honest.

‘She admits she had borrowed the scales from a friend was using cannabis and selling it to fund her own cannabis use.

‘The situation around her own cannabis use was quite upsetting. In 2014 she had a daughter who was severely disabled and she only lived for five months.

‘She is currently going through the process of pursuing medical negligence and the ongoing issues are distressing for her.

‘Just before her daughter’s anniversary she started to smoke cannabis she had it before and she relapsed, she was struggling to sleep and struggling to manage emotionally.

‘She deeply regrets what she did and demonstrates what I consider to be genuine remorse she said ‘what example am I to my younger siblings’.

‘She does have another daughter and she has been in a relationship for 10 years. He is very supportive of her and she has a very supportive family. The impact of what has happened is that she is suffering with depression and anxiety.

‘She works to support three other people who suffer with autism she loves her job.’

At Manchester magistrates’ court (pictured), Smith-Tennant, of Eccles, Salford, admitted possession of cocaine, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply

Smith-Tennant will also have to complete 120 hours unpaid work and pay £200 costs.

Sentencing JPs told her: ‘We have heard from your solicitor and probation about the tragic circumstances of our life. You have a daughter it is not unknown for children to get hold of drugs in the house.

‘We are dealing with supply of drugs and possession of drugs we will deal with that accordingly.’

Following Kiara’s death wellwishers set up a crowdfunding campaign in her memory which raised £1,227 towards her funeral and for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.

A message on the GoGetFunding page said: ‘Kiara was born on the 17th May 2014, she had a rocky start to life and was in intensive care for a while. Kiara was starved of oxygen and left with a brain injury which led to her being tube fed and having convulsions.

‘Kiara needed round the clock care which was provided excellently by her young but courageous parents Lauren and Thomas.

‘Kiara was doing extremely well and Lauren and Thomas was told by the the hospital on Monday 10th November that they was over the moon with Kiara’s progress.

‘Tragically on Wednesday 12th November Lauren and Thomas woke around 8.30am to find Kiara wasn’t breathing, doing what any parents would do they tried to resuscitate their princess and called for an ambulance, the ambulance crew and hospital staff tried to save Kiara but it was to late and she was pronounced dead.

‘As you can imagine Lauren and Thomas are traumatised at loosing their princess and have had to witness something all parents dread, they have so many unanswered questions as to why their princess was snatched away.

‘Everybody whom met Kiara smiled she was an amazing baby who touched the hearts of so many, as a family we are reaching out to people for help towards a last goodbye Lauren and Thomas would love to give their baby girl and of course one that Kiara deserves. Kiara was the Princess that made everybody smile.’

 

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One dead and four rescued after suspension bridge collapses in France

One dead and four rescued after suspension bridge collapses in France, sweeping away a car and truck

  • One dead and four rescued from river after a suspension bridge  collapsed
  • The bridge over the Tarn river in southwest France collapsed on Monday
  • Three vehicles are believed to have been caught in the bridge collapse

One person has died and seven are reported injured after a suspension bridge over the Tarn river in southwest France collapsed on Monday, sweeping away a car and a truck, rescue workers said. 

The bridge connects the towns of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessieres, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the city of Toulouse.  

According to local reports the deceased is a 15-year-old girl who had been in a car with her parents at the time of the collapse.

Head of the Haute-Garonne department Georges Meric said that three vehicles were caught in the bridge collapse, without saying what happened to the third.   

Over 60 emergency workers were at the scene, he said, adding that an investigation would be carried out into the condition of the bridge. 

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Ana Navarro Burns Roger Stone With Prison Farewell: ‘Rot In Jail…Then In Hell’

Republican strategist Ana Navarro-Cárdenas wished a not-so-fond farewell to Roger Stone, the associate of President Donald Trump who is heading to prison. 

Stone on Friday was convicted on all seven counts he had been charged with, including witness tampering and making false statements to lawmakers.

“The Sacred Heart nuns told me not to rejoice about other people’s grief and distress,” Navarro said on CNN on Sunday. “But I can’t be happier that this guy actually got convicted on all counts.” 

Navarro called Stone a racist, a misogynist and a jerk for his attacks on her and others, specifically naming Donna Brazile, Don Lemon and Roland Martin, among Stone’s targets.

“He’s attacked so many friends of mine in the vilest of forms – and guess what Donna Brazile, Roland Martin, Don Lemon and Ana Navarro have in common? We’re all people of color. He is a racist and misogynist who goes into intimidation, attacks, and frankly I hope he rots in jail and then in hell.” 

However, she admitted that might not happen ― because she predicted Trump will pardon Stone after next year’s election.

“He can pardon him,” she said. “But the entire world knows who this guy is. This guy is a convicted criminal now. Put that on your tombstone.” 

 

(h/t Mediaite)

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Fears of more violence in Iran as Ayatollah brands protesters 'thugs'

Tehran attacks US for supporting ‘rioters’ after a weekend of violent clashes over 50pc hike in fuel prices as sanctions bite

  • Widespread protests began across Iran at the weekend over fuel price hikes 
  • At least three people have been killed but there are reports dozens have died 
  • Ayatollah has described protesters as ‘thugs’, raising fears of further bloodshed 
  • Iran’s foreign ministry attacked the US for throwing support behind the activists 

Iran’s supreme leader has described protesters who took to the streets at the weekend over petrol price hikes as ‘thugs’, raising fears of an escalation in violence.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also backed the government’s decision to raise prices, saying the protesters had been pushed into violence by counterrevolutionaries and foreign enemies of Iran.

Hours after the Ayatollah spoke in a televised address, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi attacked the US for expressing support for ‘a group of rioters’.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cautiously backed the government’s plan to raise fuel prices by 50 per cent while attacking protesters as ‘thugs’, raising fears of more bloodshed

Demonstrators blocked roads, burned buildings and clashed with police across the country at the weekend after the fuel price hikes were announced 

In a tweet on Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said to the demonstrators that ‘the United States is with you’. 

‘The dignified people of Iran know well that such hypocritical remarks do not carry any honest sympathy,’ Mousavi was quoted as saying.

‘The acts of a rioter and saboteur group supported by the likes of (Pompeo) have no congruity with the conduct of the wise Iranian people.’

The statement blasted Washington’s ‘ill-intent’ over its decision to reimpose sanctions on Tehran after the US withdrawal in May last year from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

‘It’s curious that the sympathising is being done with the people who are under the pressure of America’s economic terrorism,’ Mousavi said.

Protests erupted in Iran on Friday, hours after it was announced the price of petrol would rise to 15,000 rials a litre (12 US cents) from 10,000 for the first 60 litres and to 30,000 rials for any extra fuel bought after that each month.  

The government shut down internet access across the nation of 80 million people to staunch demonstrations that took place in a reported 100 cities and towns. 

That made it increasingly difficult to gauge whether unrest continued. 

Images published by state and semiofficial media showed the scale of the damage in images of burned gas stations and banks, torched vehicles and roadways littered with debris.

Since the price hike, demonstrators have abandoned cars along major highways and joined mass protests in the capital, Tehran, and elsewhere. 

Some protests turned violent, with demonstrators setting fires as gunfire rang out.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, dozens of people have been killed in the protests, though this figure could not be independently verified.

A scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in Eslamshahr, near Tehran

Iranian authorities put the death toll at three people, including a police officer killed in attacks by protesters in the western city of Kermanshah on Saturday. 

In an address aired Sunday by state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said ‘some lost their lives and some places were destroyed,’ without elaborating. 

He called the protesters ‘thugs’ who had been pushed into violence by counterrevolutionaries and foreign enemies of Iran.

Khamenei specifically named those aligned with the family of Iran’s late shah, ousted 40 years ago, and an exile group called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. 

The MEK calls for the overthrow of Iran’s government and enjoys the support of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

‘Setting a bank on fire is not an act done by the people. This is what thugs do,’ Khamenei said.

The supreme leader carefully backed the decision of Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani and others to raise gasoline prices. 

While Khamenei dictates the country’s nuclear policy amid tensions with the U.S. over its unravelling 2015 accord with world powers, he made a point to say he wasn’t an ‘expert’ on the gasoline subsidies.

Khamenei ordered security forces ‘to implement their tasks’ and for Iran’s citizens to keep clear of violent demonstrators.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the ‘key perpetrators of the past two days’ riot have been identified and proper action is ongoing.’

That seemed to indicate a crackdown could be looming. Economic protests in late 2017 into 2018, as well as those surrounding its disputed 2009 presidential election, were met with a heavy reaction by the police and the Basij, the all-volunteer force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

The semiofficial Fars news agency, close to the Guard, put the total number of protesters at over 87,000, saying demonstrators ransacked some 100 banks and stores in the country. 

Authorities arrested some 1,000 people, Fars reported, citing unnamed security officials for the information.

The protests have put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome the U.S. sanctions that have strangled the economy since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal over a year ago.

While representing a political risk for Rouhani ahead of February parliamentary elections, the demonstrations also show widespread anger among the Iranian people, who have seen their savings evaporate amid scarce jobs and the collapse of the national currency, the rial.

Cheap gasoline is practically considered a birthright in Iran, home to the world’s fourth-largest crude oil reserves despite decades of economic woes since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. 

Gasoline in the country remains among the cheapest in the world, with the new prices jumping 50% to a minimum of 15,000 rials per liter. That’s 13 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon. 

Iran’s foreign ministry also blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for backing the protesters, describing them as ‘rioters’ (pictured, a burned building in the city of Isfahan)

Iranians gather around a charred police station that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in the central city of Isfahan

A gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. costs $2.60 by comparison.

Iranian internet access saw disruptions and outages Friday night into Saturday, according to the group NetBlocks, which monitors worldwide internet access. 

By Saturday night, connectivity had fallen to just 7% of ordinary levels. It was mostly unchanged on Sunday.

NetBlocks called it the most severe shutdown the group had tracked in any country ‘in terms of its technical complexity and breadth.’ 

On Twitter, NetBlocks said the disruption constituted ‘a severe violation’ of Iranians’ ‘basic rights and liberties.’

The internet firm Oracle called it ‘the largest internet shutdown ever observed in Iran.’

The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported Sunday that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council ordered a ‘restriction of access’ to the internet nationwide, without elaborating.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Trump administration condemned ‘the lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators.’

‘Tehran has fanatically pursued nuclear weapons and missile programs, and supported terrorism, turning a proud nation into another cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches,’ the White House statement said.

In Dubai, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates told The Associated Press that America was ‘not advocating regime change. We are going to let the Iranian people decide for themselves their future.’

‘They are frustrated. They want freedom,’ Ambassador John Rakolta said at the Dubai Airshow. 

‘These developments that you see right now are their own people telling them, `We need change and to sit down with the American government.” 

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Saskia Joss didn’t put son down for first three months ‘rather than trying to tidy the house or cook dinner’

Vanessa Feltz's youngest daughter Saskia has revealed that didn't put her son Amiel down for the first three months of his life, ‘rather than trying to tidy the house or cook dinner’.

In an exclusive shoot and interview with OK!, Saskia, who is a child therapist, admitted: "I had terrible PGP [pelvic girdle pain, discomfort in the pelvic region] during pregnancy so when AJ was born I needed to rest as much as possible. We had made the decision before he was born not to put him down for the first three months of his life, it actually worked well as I co-slept and contact napped with him rather than trying to tidy the house or cook dinner."

Asked if she'd come up against any judgement for her parenting choices, Saskia added: "In my antenatal group, I once asked if somebody could hold Amiel while I put my shoes on and one girl did say: 'Or you could just put him down…' But everyone’s just trying to do their best, aren’t they?"

Saskia, 30, was joined on the shoot at her home by her husband Marc Joss and BBC Radio 2 presenter Vanessa, who told OK!: "When I saw how she and Marc were with Amiel I regretted the fact that I was always trying to put my girls down for their naps."

The pair share an incredibly close bond and Vanessa was even invited to be one of Saskia’s birth partners when she and Marc welcomed their son Amiel, known to family as AJ, six months ago. "It was an incredibly calm, beautiful experience. I couldn’t have been prouder of Saskia. It was such a privilege to be there at Amiel’s birth. I can't believe my baby has a baby!"

Saskia qualified as a child therapist the week she gave birth and works from her 'therapy room' in the garden of her north London home. She saw her first client five weeks after giving birth to Amiel and mum Vanessa can't help but show her pride for her daughter for juggling work with motherhood, Vanessa told OK!: "Can I say how proud I am of Saskia for forging her way as a working mum? She’s changed her career to fit her changing circumstances and she’s now balancing a wonderful career with a wonderful home life."

Saskia also credits her mum for her attitude and setting her and sister Allegra, 33, "the most stonking example as a working single mum."

Vanessa herself is busy balancing her radio shows and newspaper columns with being an agony aunt on This Morning, but she hasn't let that hold her back from being a hands-on grandmother.

"Just because we’re grandmas, doesn’t mean we’re put out to pasture. I’m 57 – the same age as my mum was when she died – so I’m grateful for every experience and every day. Life is short," she adds.

Read the full interview in this week's OK! magazine, out nationwide on Tuesday.

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Tiddas honoured for their fierce, bold, pioneering music

Fierce, bold and pioneering, Tiddas was a game-changer in the Australian music scene.

An all-female band made up of Lou Bennett, Sally Dastey and Amy Saunders, their lyrics were fierce and bold, addressing racism, dispossession, domestic violence and a raft of other social issues. One of the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s musical groups to hit the pop charts, their songwriting was excellent and their harmonies exquisite.

Being inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards’ Hall of Fame this year was an unexpected delight for the band, which formed in 1990. The Melbourne-based group produced four albums to great acclaim, toured Australia and overseas and left a lasting legacy.

The only time they've played together in almost 20 years was a one-off last year to support the release of Archie Roach's "lost" album Dancing with My Spirit, so the recognition was completely unexpected.

Lou Bennett, Archie Roach, Sally Dastey and Amy Saunders last year. Credit:Philip Nitchie

“It was out of the blue – and every other colour imaginable,” says Saunders. “To think that in a decade, you can make an impact almost 20 years after the fact, that’s pretty amazing in itself. We just like to sing. We didn’t know that energy that we were carrying and what we were creating.”

Their voices came together in a harmony that was reminiscent of sisters, fittingly, given that’s an Indigenous meaning of the band’s name. When they formed, they were singing in Richard Frankland's band, Djaambi (Brother), but aspired to do their own thing. Ruby Hunter famously said, 'You’re my sisters, so I’ll call you Tiddas.'

We had no idea that it was so much bigger than three young women having a crack.

Bennett says she has to text Dastey and Bennett when she listens to their music now and "literally swear", saying "Look how freakin good we were!"

"Our harmonies and our musical arrangements and instrumentation, our chord structures and progressions, I’m blown away. I say that without bragging, humbly. We really did have something quite special. People know that we disbanded in 2000 but we still ring each other or text each other on August 10 each year, because that’s our birthday."

"Tiddas has become an entity in her own right, she has agency in her own right … so she sort of stands by herself, even when we’re not together, she still lives on.

"It’s about honouring her and that spirit of womanhood, sisterhood, our indigeneity, our friendship, our love, our kinship. It is a strength that nothing can knock, nothing can break."

Tiddas in the 1990s.

Dastey gets quite emotional listening to the band’s music now and says she can see its power clearly. Songs including Into My Kitchen, Anthem and Koori Woman are just a few notables among their back catalogue.

When they were writing and playing, it was a passion, but the focus was on the present, not a potential legacy or broader significance. “We had no idea that it was so much bigger than three young women having a crack,” Dastey says.

In the early 1990s, there weren’t a lot of women doing their own thing, says Saunders. “They were playing in men’s bands; it was tricky.”

"We carried ourselves with respect and love. There was a goodness about the five of us and what we took out on the road. We were growing up on the road," she says.

"Of course, there were times when we had to stand up for ourselves, because sometimes people were jerks. But that was something really unique. I’m still puzzled thinking [who else had] a whole women crew. [We were] pretty lucky for that. There was an understanding from [manager] Jill [Shelton] and [sound engineer] Janine [Temme]."

A promotional shot of Tiddas in 1992.Credit:Ponch Hawkes

Interviewed ahead of last year's tour, Roach said he was thrilled to have Tiddas perform. "They were the original backing vocals of Dancing with My Spirit, and they add a layer of depth and energy to the music. They take it to another level."

Bennett describes the experience of singing and playing together again as "wonderful, really beautiful". "When we sang those first notes of Into My Kitchen, you could just see people crying in the audience who knew our work," she says. "It was a lovely revisiting of how we affected people and how we affected each other."

Back in the day, though, not everyone was a fan, Saunders says. It was bold and brave music – and unwelcome in some parts.

"Because people didn’t like it. There were people who were shitty with us. We copped it from everybody, yeah. Because we were brave enough to do whatever we wanted to do. It wasn’t a competitive thing, it was finding our strength. It wasn’t about white Australia or black Australia or men or women – every one of those groups had issues with us."

"People may have taken umbridge with the colour of my skin, to [challenge] me about being a white-skinned blackfella. Issues like that I’ve carried all my life," she says.

That extended to heckling when they performed, which was common. "Peter Garrett called security to get one guy out. I remember a gig at Victor Harbour, he was saying 'Show us your tiddas'. Which is what we called our final album."

Tiddas supported Midnight Oil several times and although Garrett and the band were keen supporters, that wasn't universal. One gig in particular, at Sydney Harbour, sticks in Dastey's mind. "The audience would go, 'Oils, Oils' – chanting all the way through the support act. We did it back at them in a three-part harmony."

"I love your memory," says Saunders, with a laugh.

Listening back to their archive now, it's clear why people assumed they were related. The idea makes them smile – it's a comment they've heard many times before. Dastey remembers watching the Moir Sisters, on television in the 1970s and '80s aspiring to do something similar. "It was the happiest accident," she says. "All my life I wanted to do that."

Next year will mark Tiddas' 30th birthday. So is there any chance they will reunite for a birthday tour? Bennett says there is nothing planned, but when pushed, leaves the door open. "I wouldn’t say never. Never say never! You never know what’s around the corner."

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Why Beijing’s likely to kill the Hong Kong golden goose and other commentary

Foreign desk: Xi’s Hong Kong Madness

“Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough,” warns Minxin Pei at Project Syndicate, “things may be about to get much worse.” Documents from the Chinese Communist Party’s latest plenum suggest “President Xi Jinping is planning to tighten his grip on the former British colony” — even if the cost runs sky-high. Hong Kongers won’t “go down without a fight,” so a total crackdown is bound to get ugly. That, in turn, means “China is likely to lose much of its access to the global financial system, as countries revise their relationships with the new Hong Kong.” That should worry the growth-obsessed regime — but “in a country whose top leadership brooks no dissent, there are few safeguards against bad policymaking.”

From the right: The Impeachers’ Real Beef

Last week saw impeachment go public — and, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel snark at RealClearPolitics, that has at least solved the “nagging mystery” of what liberals believe is Trump’s great crime: “getting along with Russia.” “Washington is terrified the rest of America will discover the Soviet Union no longer exists” — because foreign-policy-establishment jobs depend on “keeping our assumptions exactly where they were in the fall of 1977.” Trump, meanwhile, is asking the Russia hawks: “Why exactly are we doing things this way? How does it help America?” House Democrats insist they aren’t trying to remove Trump over policy — yet that’s “precisely what they’re doing.”

Iconoclast: Leave Kellyanne Conway Alone

The Week’s Matthew Walther blasts CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for asking White House adviser Kellyanne Conway if political disagreements with her husband, who frequently criticizes President Trump on Twitter, were bad for their marriage. While Conway’s response has been “hyped as emotive, unhinged, hysterical,” that only goes to show how women are treated when “they are not entitled to the protection of the liberal media establishment.” In fact, Mrs. “Conway was admirably restrained”: After all, her marriage is “none of our business,” and even if it were, there is a double standard in expecting Kellyanne to answer for her ­actions, while her husband is never pressed in the same way. Bottom line, “family life is a welcome reprieve from the endless noise of our political culture,” and it should be that way for the Conways too.

Health watch: Big Pot’s Big Con

“Marijuana has been the beneficiary of one of the slickest, most sustained advertising campaigns in human history,” fumes Peter Hitchens at Spectator USA. “Millions believe it is some sort of medicine. Most people, even law enforcers, describe it as a ‘soft’ drug. This is an absurdity.” Just look at Jared Loughner, the man who shot Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He was “described by a high-school classmate as a pothead” and had been “rejected by the US Army in 2008” because of it. And while ­severe mental illness no doubt played a role in Loughner’s evil deed, pot is known to have a catalyzing effect on the psychotic mind. Indeed, the documented links between pot use and “lifelong mental illness” surely isn’t “a ‘soft’ outcome.” Meanwhile, “actual evidence for its alleged ­medicinal properties is hard to find, especially for the potent psychoactive ingredient THC.” So how do pot legalizers keep winning in the public square? “Too slick” PR does the trick.

Religion beat: Abortion Ain’t No Side Issue

Lefty hierarchs at last week’s annual gathering of US Catholic bishops tried to frame abortion as a side issue that isn’t important to Pope Francis. Thankfully, says Chad Pecknold at The Catholic Herald, they were “firmly corrected” by the majority. For one thing, as Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput argued, the effort risked creating “an artificial battle between the bishops’ conference of the United States and the Holy Father,” since Pope Francis has spoken out forcefully and repeatedly against abortion. More important, notes Pecknold, “the intrinsic good of human life is an unchangeable truth, and many other moral truths depend on this one. To deny the preeminent priority of life does not just relativize abortion, it relativizes truth itself.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Where Is Adrian Veidt On ‘Watchmen’? Ozymandias Is Trying To Escape

Spoilers ahead for Watchmen Episode 5. One of the weirdest, most mysterious aspects of Watchmen — an already supremely weird and mysterious show — is each episode’s brief check-in with Adrian Veidt. These interstitial scenes raise plenty of questions involving the who, what, and why of the situation; but at least one of these questions finally got an answer in the fifth episode: where is Adrian Veidt? It’s been clear for some time that the man formerly known as Ozymandias is trapped somewhere against his will, living a purgatorial existence in a lonely manor estate, attended by a parade of obedient but dim-witted clone servants, and watched over by a masked warden. But where exactly is this strange, stately prison?

Viewers caught on pretty quickly that Veidt’s purgatory wasn’t an earthly one; when he put loyal Mr. Phillips in some sort of homemade suit (RIP that poor buffalo), the butler came back all frostbitten and very much dead, as though he’d taken a moonwalk without a helmet. Most theories at the time placed the prison on either Mars — where Dr. Manhattan could be seen in a news clip building and destroying a castle that looked a heck of a lot like Veidt’s — or the moon, thanks to a nifty transition that dissolved from Veidt’s telescope to the hunk of rock orbiting the Earth.

But Episode 5, "Little Fear Of Lightning," revealed that Veidt hasn’t been on the moon or the red planet. When he finally escapes the confines of his (holographic?) prison thanks to his trusty catapult, he finds himself in a desolate landscape, over which looms the large and distinctive face of Jupiter. While the gas giant technically has 79 satellites, it can probably be reasonably assumed that Veidt is trapped on one of the larger, more famous ones: one of the four Galilean moons. Furthermore, the icy surface means that volcanic, sulfurus Io can probably be ruled out — meaning Veidt’s prison is likely located on either Callisto, Europa, or Ganymede.

What’s he doing all the way out there, beyond the asteroid belt? Who put him there? And who is Veidt begging to "Save Me," as he spelled out in giant letters using the frozen body parts of dozens of dead Mr. Phillipses and Mrs. Crookshankses? Fans have been divided in their opinion on whether Veidt is the captive of Dr. Manhattan or Lady Trieu; but if those are the two choices, Episode 5 seemed to confirm that it’s the former.

In any case, it’s known that Veidt’s captor is definitely a "he," given his and the Game Warden’s veiled references to their overlord.

If Dr. Manhattan is the person holding Veidt prisoner on Jupiter’s moon, then perhaps Lady Trieu is the one Veidt was signaling for help; perhaps the satellite belongs to the self-professed trillionaire, and it’s conceivable that Veidt would know enough about the woman who bought his company to know when one of her satellites would be passing by overhead. (There appears to be a third word in Veidt’s message, but only the letter "D" is visible after "Save Me"; could that be the first letter in Lady Trieu’s first name?)

If Lady Trieu does find a way to rescue Veidt and bring him back to Earth, might he end up crash landing in the middle of a field near Tulsa, Oklahoma? Could that have been the object seen falling to Earth at the beginning of Episode 4 — the object Lady Trieu wanted to get her hands on so badly she used a genetically engineered child to bribe the couple living there out of their home?

As to why Dr. Manhattan — if that’s truly the identity of Veidt’s captor — chose one of the moons of Jupiter as the villain’s prison, as opposed to the moon or Mars, that can only be guessed at until the show reveals more about how Veidt ended up there in the first place. Until that point, the location of Veidt’s prison is at least a clever reference to a piece of graphic novel trivia. Jupiter is the Americanized version of the original Silk Spectre’s last name: Sally Jupiter, née Juspeczyk, mother of Laurie Juspeczyk, now known as Agent Laurie Blake, former girlfriend of Veidt’s captor, Dr. Manhattan.

How and why did Manhattan imprison Veidt in the first place? Why did Lady Trieu rescue him (if that’s who did)? What is Veidt’s plan when he returns to Earth? There are four episodes left to answer all of these questions — and more.

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Kyle Busch Stays Mistake-Free to Win NASCAR Cup Title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch pulled away in the final third of the race, took the victory and clinched his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We were the underdog, or so everybody said,” Busch said. “That was the consensus. It was the same thing in 2015 when I won the first time.”

It was the fifth victory of the 2019 season for Busch, 34, and the 19th victory of the season for the Joe Gibbs Racing team, a record in the 36-race season series.

Busch edged two other Gibbs teammates who were among the four title contenders entering the 400-mile race: the early leader Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin, whose pit crews each made critical blunders that took them out of contention.

The fourth finalist, Kevin Harvick, challenged for the lead at various points of the race, but couldn’t make his Ford stick on the long, green-flag runs.

Truex came in second, four seconds back, after dominating the first half of the race. His crew accidentally put the wrong tires on during a pit stop, forcing him to make an extra stop to have them replaced — a delay that ultimately prevented him from catching Busch.

Erik Jones, a teammate who was not among the title contenders, finished third. Harvick was fourth, followed by Joey Logano.

Hamlin came in 10th after his car started overheating. He had been right behind Busch until he had a disastrous late pit stop, in which his crew decided to try to block air flow to the engine to make it run faster. The blockage was too much, and instead caused the radiator to boil over.

Busch avoided any problems on the track, and his crew avoided any serious mistakes as they kept his Toyota running well despite changing track conditions and drastically cooling temperatures.

“I knew it would take a mistake-free race to win, and I was proved right,” Busch said. “It means everything to win this championship again. There were a lot of doubters when we won the first one.”

Busch’s first title, in 2015, came after he had earned an injury waiver to excuse him from missing much of the first half of the season because of a broken leg and foot he sustained in a crash at the season opener. Usually, drivers must contend every race of the series to be eligible for the title.

“I can’t wait to get ready to chase a third title next year,” he said on Sunday. “Titles are my legacy, and I want to win a bunch of them. I think I should have more titles than this already.”

In fact, Busch is now the only active series driver to have more than one championship to his credit, except for the seven-time titlist Jimmie Johnson. According to NASCAR, Busch has more wins this decade than any other driver in the series. The win also gave him 56 career Cup Series victories, giving him sole possession of ninth on the career list, one ahead of Rusty Wallace.

Busch started the race in fourth; qualifying had been rained out, so the starting order was determined by points, with Hamlin in the top position.

After some initial trading of positions, Truex pulled away from the pack. He led until the first round of pit stops — only 37 laps into the 267-lap contest. All of the contenders complained of a high rate of tire wear. The weather was also a factor; it was only 67 degrees for the first lap, an unusually low temperature. A cold front went through the area on Friday.

After Busch emerged as the winner and champion, the team owner Joe Gibbs dedicated the moment to his son, J.D. Gibbs, a co-founder and former president of the team who died in January.

“This is a very emotional victory for our team,” Joe Gibbs said. “We did it for J.D. This whole season is dedicated to him.”

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