House passes bill protecting gay and interracial marriage, sends to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to a bill that reaffirms the legality of same-sex and interracial marriage — sending it to President Biden and ending long-running debates about the issue. The legislation passed 258-169 with 39 House Republicans voting in favor, fewer than in a prior vote in July. The…

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/congress-sends-biden-bill-codifying-gay-and-interracial-marriage/

Trio snatches man’s bag with $150K in rings in NYC subway theft: cops

The 52-year-old victim was inside the Canal Street subway station around 2:10 p.m. Nov. 28 when he put the bag on the ground as he tried to remove a MetroCard from his wallet, cops said. 

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/trio-snatches-mans-bag-with-150k-in-rings-in-nyc-subway-station-cops/

RECOMMENDED ― Germany’s coalition government led by Olaf Scholz has spent its first year in power mostly in crisis mode

The first year of Germany’s coalition government of the Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats has been shaped by its response to Russia’s war against Ukraine. How did they perform? DW has this analysis.

https://www.dw.com/en/recommended-%E2%80%95-germany-s-coalition-government-led-by-olaf-scholz-has-spent-its-first-year-in-power-mostly-in-crisis-mode/a-64024890?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Brian Lilly Jr.’s family files wrongful death lawsuit after suicide, allege verbal abuse from coach

Former University of California-San Diego men’s rowing coach Geoff Bond faces accusations of directing verbal abuse to athletes and causing Brian Lilly Jr.’s suicide.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/family-of-brian-lilly-jr-files-wrongful-death-lawsuit-after-suicide/

‘Human error’ blamed for hiring of cop accused of ‘catfishing’ triple murder

Austin Lee Edwards, 28, was hired as a trooper by the Virginia State Police in Jan. 2021, five years after he allegedly tried to commit suicide and threatened to kill his father, which led to his being placed in a psychiatric hold.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/human-error-blamed-for-cops-hiring-in-catfishing-murders/

Kevin Durant’s surprising Aaron Judge take was ‘colder than I intended’

Nets star Kevin Durant says he didn’t intend to come off so cold in his response to Aaron Judge returning to the Yankees.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/kevin-durant-regrets-cold-reaction-to-aaron-judges-yankees-return/

Biden Mulling Transfer Of Internationally Banned Cluster Bombs To Ukraine

Biden Mulling Transfer Of Internationally Banned Cluster Bombs To Ukraine

This is not The Onion, but CNN, which produced a whole report in effect arguing that internationally banned weapons are OK if given to Ukraine for the ‘good cause’ of fighting Russia…

“Ukrainian officials and lawmakers have in recent months urged the Biden administration and members of Congress to provide the Ukrainian military with cluster munition warheads, weapons that are banned by more than 100 countries but that Russia continues to use to devastating effect inside Ukraine.”

BUT, the mainstream outlet writes, “For Ukraine, cluster munitions could address two major issues: the need for more ammunition for the artillery and rocket systems the US and others have provided, and a way of closing Russia’s numerical superiority in artillery.”

And never mind those pesky ‘statutory restrictions’ and the greater likelihood of killing innocent civilians…

CNN continues: “The Biden administration has not taken the option off the table as a last resort, if stockpiles begin to run dangerously low. But sources say the proposal has not yet received significant consideration in large part due to the statutory restrictions that Congress has put on the US’ ability to transfer cluster munitions.”

“Those restrictions apply to munitions with a greater than one percent unexploded ordnance rate, which raises the prospect that they will pose a risk to civilians,” the publication then admits, before noting:

“President Joe Biden could override that restriction, but the administration has indicated to the Ukrainians that that is unlikely in the near term.”

CNN’s sources further underscored that at this point President Biden has not rejected the potential transfer of cluster munitions outright. All “options” continue to be on the table… international bans and human rights guidelines be damned, apparently.

Hundreds of these small bomblets are released and scattered before hitting the ground when cluster munitions are dropped.

Very early following the Feb.24 Russian invasion, Russia’s military stood accused of using banned cluster bombs, for which it received international condemnationincluding from US officials and media.

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According to a historical review of cluster bombs in We Are the Mighty, cluster munitions kill indiscriminately, and their widespread use in multiple 20th and early 21st century conflicts eventually led to an international treaty banning their use by nation-states…

“Cluster munitions are explosives that detonate in the air, dispersing bomblets or submunitions across a vast area to destroy several targets simultaneously. These were commonly used before a 2008 treaty forbidding the use of cluster bombs was formulated. Thousands of civilian lives have been lost due to the bomb’s nature. Despite many countries resisting the treaty back then, the majority had their say, and the use of these bombs is now illegal.”

“When the Treaty on Cluster Munitions came into effect, it marked a huge step forward in safeguarding civilians during and after a military confrontation. The international agreement outlaws cluster munitions completely and mandate member states to clean up regions polluted by cluster munition remains within 10 years (after the convention), dismantle their stockpiles in eight years, and aid sufferers.”

“…Bomblets from a cluster munition can strike anywhere and anyone. This makes cluster bombs especially dangerous dealing with innocent lives. Only the main warhead will detonate on the specified targets when a cluster bomb is launched from an airplane. The bomblets, which automatically separate themselves from the main bomb, can land anywhere.”

Tyler Durden
Thu, 12/08/2022 – 11:45

https://www.zerohedge.com/military/biden-mulling-transfer-internationally-banned-cluster-bombs-ukraine

Tesla investors frustrated with Elon Musk over Twitter chaos

Tesla’s stock has fallen nearly 60% this year as Musk’s Twitter takeover prompted months of legal drama, political fallout and social media chaos.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/tesla-investors-frustrated-with-elon-musk-over-twitter-chaos-like-hes-abandoned-us/

Video: CNN reporter explains why Viktor Bout is of ‘extraordinary’ value to Moscow

Russia has released WNBA player Brittney Griner in a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death” by his accuser. He was serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States on charges of conspiring to kill Americans. He has maintained his innocence.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/12/08/viktor-bout-prisoner-exchange-brittney-griner-paton-walsh-nr-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

Sean Payton doesn’t want he and Tom Brady to ‘get another team in trouble’

Time may be running out for a Tom Brady-Sean Payton partnership in the NFL. But perhaps the window hasn’t completely closed.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/sean-payton-doesnt-want-he-tom-brady-to-get-another-team-in-trouble/