Hafthor Bjornsson — the Icelandic weightlifter who played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on “Game of Thrones” — broke the deadlift world record on Saturday. He lifted 501 kilograms (1,104.52 pounds), breaking the previous world record by a kilogram. The record dated back to 2016.His Game of Thrones character died and was resurrected as a tough named “Robert Strong.” In real life, Bjornsson is one of the best weightlifters on the planet. The 6-9, 425-pound Bjornsson won the “World’s Strongest Man” title in 2018.“I believe today I could’ve done more, but what’s the point?” he said Saturday after ...
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South Carolina Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said over the weekend that she does not "anticipate" new laws that will encourage people to turn in women who have illegal abortions.
During an interview on Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan noted that Noem's state has a so-called trigger law that banned abortions the moment the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Brennan asked Noem if she was going to "seize" the mail of women who try to use telemedicine to have abortions.
"I brought a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions," Noem said, "which means a doctor on the internet or over the phone could prescribe an abortion for an individual because these are very dangerous medical procedures, a woman is five times more likely to end up in an emergency room."
"This is an FDA-approved drug," the host pointed out. "This is a federally approved drug. Are you saying the state of South Dakota is now going to overrule the FDA and decide which drugs are going to be available to its residents?"
Noem argued that states have the right to control abortion medications because "the 10th Amendment guarantees us that."
"Is South Dakota going to do that kind of surveillance or adopt laws like Oklahoma and Texas have, which incentivize civilians to report on their neighbors?" Brennan pressed.
"Margaret, that’s never been the conversation in South Dakota and I don’t anticipate that we will ever do that," Noem replied. "We take privacy rights very important. We-we are protect [sic]our freedoms and our liberties here. We will make sure that mothers have the resources, protection and medical care that they need and we’re being aggressive on that. And we'll also make sure the federal government only does its job."
Watch the video below from CBS.
In a series of public hearings that began on Thursday night, June 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bipartisan select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection has been presenting an incredibly damning case against former President Donald Trump — showing how Trump and his authoritarian devotees took extreme measures to keep him in the White House despite the fact that he lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden. Trump, 17 months into Biden’s presidency, continues to audaciously promote the Big Lie and falsely claim that the election was stolen from him. And according to Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter, Trump is still saying and doing things to build the committee’s case against him.
Carpenter, in a listicle published by the conservative website The Bulwark on June 21, lays out three ways in which Trump continues to prove that the committee’s arguments against him are spot on: (1) “Trump is still targeting Pence,” (2) “Trump is still defending the rioters,” and (3) “Trump is still using inciteful rhetoric.”
“Since the panel began its public hearings,” Carpenter argues, “Trump has responded by insisting the election was stolen from him, that former Vice President Mike Pence really had the power to keep Trump in office, and that Jan. 6th rioters are being unfairly prosecuted — all of which underscores the committee’s central point that the threat to democracy continues as Trump and his supporters still deny the outcome of the 2020 election and what took place on Jan. 6th. Trump may not be testifying to the committee, but his public reaction to the committee’s work should not be ignored. What Trump is saying basically makes him a witness against himself.”
When former Vice President Mike Pence refused to join Trump and his supporters in promoting the Big Lie, they were furious with him. The insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 believed that Pence had let Dear Leader down, and some of them even set up a hangman’s gallows while chanting, “Hang Mike Pence, hang Mike Pence.”
Trump, Carpenter notes, angrily railed against Pence during a speech at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event on Friday, June 17. The former president told the Christian Right crowd, “Mike Pence had the chance to be great. He had the chance to be, frankly, historic. But just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike — and I say it sadly because I like him — but Mike did not have the courage to act.”
During that June 17 speech, Carpenter adds, Trump vigorously defended the January 6, 2021 rioters.
Trump told attendees, “January 6 defendants are having their lives totally destroyed and (are) being treated worse than terrorists and murderers, despite most being charged with parading through the Capitol. Most people should not be treated the way they are being treated. And if I become president, someday, if I decide to do it, I will be looking at them very, very seriously for pardons. Very, very seriously.”
Carpenter points out that in December 2020, Gabriel Sterling — a conservative Republican and election official in Georgia — warned that inflammatory MAGA rhetoric could lead to violence. Sterling feared, “Someone’s going to get hurt, someone’s going to get shot, someone’s going to get killed — which, Carpenter laments, is “just what happened on Jan. 6th.” And she warns that Trump’s rhetoric hasn’t grown any less inflammatory since then.
In a 12-page response to one of the January 6 committee’s hearings, Trump wrote, “Democrats created the narrative of January 6th to detract from the much larger and more important truth that the 2020 Election was Rigged and Stolen…. This entire charade of the Unselect Committee is a brazen attempt to detract the public’s attention from the truth. The truth is that Americans showed up in Washington, D.C. in massive numbers (but seldom revealed by the press), on January 6th, 2021, to hold their elected officials accountable for the obvious signs of criminal activity throughout the Election. Those who are supposed to be public servants are using the power of government against the people who entrusted them with the power. We’ve been betrayed.”
Sterling is among the witnesses who is testifying for the January 6 committee.
“If he’d like to talk about Trump’s inciteful rhetoric and pressure on Republican officials,” Carpenter observes, “he doesn’t have to stick to events that took place before Jan. 6th. Trump keeps giving us more examples.”
NBC panel laughs out loud at Peggy Noonan when she says GOP 'should become a party that helps women'
Guests on an NBC panel laughed out loud at conservative columnist Peggy Noonan after she suggested that Republicans should use the "victory" over abortion rights to become a "party that helps women."
During a discussion on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd noted that there is Republican infighting about whether rape and incest victims should have a right to abortion.
"Some are going to want exceptions," Todd said of Republicans. "Is that going to survive primaries?"
"Look, you know what the Republican Party should do now?" Noonan asked. "It should use this victory, if you see it that way, to change itself and becomes a party that helps women."
At that point, the panel erupted in laughter.
"Alright," Todd said.
"Change its reputation!" Noonan exclaimed, "To a party that helps women and children, becomes responsible and supportive."
Watch the video below from NBC.