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WWII veteran who credited longevity to daily Coors Light turns 102

Drinking beer will apparently keep you young — at least it has done so for WWII veteran Andrew E. Slavonic, who is celebrating his 102nd birthday on Dec. 1.

Slavonic, who went viral last year for drinking a Coors Light every day at 4 p.m. for over a decade, and his son Bob shared with Fox News how much the Pennsylvania centenarian’s life has changed since his modest Internet fame.

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Andrew Slavonic poses in his garage with his gifted beer fridge in the back.  (Bob Slavonic)

“All I can say is that it has been one helluva of a year for dad. He has never had this much attention in his life. I really think he loves it,” Slavonic’s son told Fox News.

“He has met various people around town that have come up to him and wanted to shake his hand and ask him if it really the one Coors Light that keeps him going. He says it is. We go to the local VFW Post 764 every Friday for dinner and everyone there just loves seeing him and talking to him,” he added.

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Andrew’s year has been a whirlwind of attention — something his son says he has been greatly enjoying. (Bob Slavonic)

After his story was widely shared, Slavonic was even surprised with a beer fridge from MillerCoors and offered a trip to the Colorado headquarters, as well as apparel from the brand for himself and his family.

“He has met so many nice people over this past year and hopes to keep meeting more. It seems like wherever we go, we run into someone that has seen him on TV with the Coors Light,” his son shared.

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After his story was widely shared, Andrew was even surprised with a beer fridge from MillerCoors and offered a trip to the Colorado headquarters, as well as apparel from the brand for himself and his family.

Despite the newfound attention, Slavonic is keeping one ritual the same — his daily beer.

The centenarian started drinking a Coors Light at 4 p.m. every day 16 years ago, though he was a Coors fan long before that.

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Turning 102 has fazed the vet, who is just as spry as ever, according to his son. (Bob Slavonic)

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“In 1996, he actually started drinking regular Coors beer,” Bob said last year, before his dad made the switch to the light American lager and discovered he actually prefers the taste.

Turning 102 doesn’t seem to faze the WWII Air Force veteran who served as a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator and top turret gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress and trained new pilots transitioning from two-engine to four-engine planes during the war. Instead, he’s been embracing his age — which his son shares most people can’t believe.

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The WWII Air Force veteran served as a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator and top turret gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress and trained new pilots that were transitioning from 2-engine to 4-engine planes during the war (Bob Slavonic)

“When people ask me about my dad and I tell them that he is going to be 102, they just don’t believe that he is that old but only looks like he is in his 70’s,” Bob said of his spry dad.

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“As time goes on, there are not too many WWII veterans around, especially in Pittsburgh and that drink one Coors Light Beer every day at 4:00 pm, that is EST,” he added.

“But, as Jimmy Buffet says, it’s 4 o’clock somewhere, oh wait, make that 5 o’clock somewhere. Maybe I need to have a talk with Jimmy and have him do another version of the song for 4:00 pm.”

Cheers to that.

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Reddit thread asks users who are not in love with their spouses: ‘Why are you still with them?’

A Reddit thread asking users who are not in love with their significant others to share why they chose to stay with them has gone viral.

The author’s relationship question garnered over 10,000 comments, with many people sharing some rather personal revelations.

DIVORCING 21-YEAR-OLD WIFE AFTER SHE REPORTEDLY CHEATED WITH 60-YEAR-OLD REALITY SHOW CONTESTANT 

One Reddit user shared that they realized they no longer had “feelings” for their significant other, but decided to stay because they didn’t want to break up their family. Things became more complicated after their son was diagnosed with leukemia.

“I felt we had to stay together until he was well,” wrote the Reddit user, who shared that they eventually did divorce.

“I have not been this happy and relaxed in years,” the person added. “So far the kids (6 and 9 [years old]) have coped well with me moving and when they’re staying at my new place.”

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“I have not been this happy and relaxed in years,” one Reddit user shared after leaving an unhappy relationship. (iStock)

Another Reddit user shared that they stayed with their significant other through “suicide attempts” and “drug-induced psychosis.”

This person even “moved countries for him.”

“I imagine he felt an incredible amount of guilt, and stayed with me because of that,” the Reddit user wrote. “I think he cared for my well-being maybe. But he wasn’t in love. And it’s painfully obvious now that I’m out of the relationship.”

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Another person revealed they stayed with their partner “out of fear that he’d do something to hurt himself.”

“He threatened to do it when I first brought up that I wasn’t happy in the relationship, and he became incredibly manipulative,” the Reddit user wrote. “I’m thankfully not in this relationship anymore.”

“My brother can’t stand his wife, hasn’t really been in love with her since about a year before their wedding,” another Reddit user shared. “He talks about divorce to me when we’re alone but he’ll never do it.

“Plus there’s a strong possibility she might kill herself if they broke up, or at least attempt it. So together they’ll stay. I just hope they don’t bring kids into it.”

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Reddit user says their boss often talks about divorcing, but “he has kids and no prenup, so he ‘can’t afford it.’” (Photo: iStock)

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Someone else said their boss often talks about divorcing, but “he has kids and no prenup, so he ‘can’t afford it.’”

For anyone stalling on filing for divorce over money concerns, one Reddit user offered up an interesting, yet very devious tactic a former colleague allegedly used.

“I used to work with a guy who pretended he couldn’t find a job in whatever state he was from and got one here in Texas because divorce laws here were more favorable to him,” the Reddit user wrote.

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“He had to live here for a year in order for it all to work, then as soon as he could he filed for divorce and quit his job here as soon as it was final,” this person claimed.

“Last I heard, he was living in Eastern Europe somewhere.”

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Joshua Rogers: My marriage and the most awful, humiliating, embarrassing thing that has ever happened to us

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In all of my years of writing about relationships, there’s no story that has resonated with readers like the infamous baby monitor story.

Here’s what happened: Early in our marriage, my wife Raquel and I got into a disagreement while visiting a family member’s home.

We went to the guest room to hash it out privately but we had no idea how badly we were about to embarrass ourselves.

JOSHUA ROGERS: I WAS ON NATIONAL TV TALKING ABOUT MY HAPPY MARRIAGE—BUT MY WIFE KNEW THE TRUTH

While in the guest room, our tempers flared. Unfortunately, I became particularly disrespectful until suddenly, my wife’s face dropped and she said, “Oh my gosh — the baby monitor is right next to you.”

This was significant because the baby monitor’s speaker was sitting in the living room and our hosts were home. I was unfazed.

“Don’t worry,” I said, “I turned it off right before we came in here.”

My wife Raquel and I have plenty of weaknesses but one of our great strengths is that we have a relatively high capacity for forgiveness. It has shrunk down offenses that seemed so monumental only minutes before.

Without missing a beat, I continued rehashing my grievances until we got tired of arguing and my wife left the room. Then she immediately returned and said, with icy composure, “I just went to the living room. You didn’t turn the baby monitor to the ‘off’ position. You turned it to voice activation.”

We both felt like we were going to die, hoping that by some chance nobody had heard our nasty argument. In fact, we learned, they had. We were humiliated, angry and mutually convinced it was the other person‘s fault.

Fast forward 10 years and my wife and I were brainstorming about how to begin “Confessions of a Happily Married Man,” my new book about finding God in the messiness of marriage. We wanted to pick the perfect story. There was no doubt: It had to be the baby monitory story.

There was a time when Raquel and I couldn’t have imagined sharing that story with other people. That time was short-lived.

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It wasn’t long after it happened that we were retelling the story and enjoying people’s horrified reactions. We even shared it on FoxNews.com.  But it wouldn’t have been possible for us to share that story (and plenty of others) if it weren’t for the power of forgiveness.

Raquel and I have plenty of weaknesses but one of our great strengths is that we have a relatively high capacity for forgiveness. It has shrunk down offenses that seemed so monumental only minutes before. It has also, over time, healed wounds that might have done long-term damage to other marriages.

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I wonder if you’re holding any offenses against your spouse. Maybe it’s some of the day-by-day stuff — the selfish demands, the petty slights, the insensitivity. But it might be something more monumental — a betrayal of some kind.

Those offenses can add up like sheets of ice until you wake up one day, look in the mirror and realize that your heart has completely frozen over.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself, “Am I holding an offense against my spouse?” If you can think of something, stop and pray, “God, I know you’ve forgiven me for every offense I’ve committed. Please give me the grace to forgive my spouse unconditionally as well.”

I’m not saying that you should pretend that genuine offenses are no big deal. Your marriage may need serious help. But your marriage will never be in a place to heal if you insist on clinging to feelings of contempt for your spouse.

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In his book “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis writes, “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”

The question is whether forgiving your spouse is going to be more than a lovely idea. If it’s going to be real, jaw-dropping, unconditional forgiveness, something beautiful is eventually going to happen: You’re going to wake up one day, look in the mirror and stare into the eyes of a person who’s becoming more and more like Jesus.

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Mick Mulvaney’s patriotic shirt draws wrath of Twitter fashionistas

These days it seems everyone’s a fashion critic – especially on social media. The latest target: Mick Mulvaney.

The acting White House chief of staff drew numerous critical comments Friday after being photographed at a Florida airport while wearing an American-flag-themed shirt and U.S. Space Force cap.

Mulvaney had just returned to the U.S. after accompanying President Trump on a top-secret visit to Afghanistan to spend Thanksgiving Day with American troops.

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The Twitterati didn’t seem to care whether Mulvaney was inspired by the trip to express some patriotic spirit. They just let him have it.

“This is what disrespectful white trash Americans look like,” one Twitter critic wrote. “He thinks that this offensive shirt ‘owns the Libs’. It doesn’t.”

“This is what disrespectful white trash Americans look like. He thinks that this offensive shirt ‘owns the Libs’. It doesn’t.”

— Twitter commenter

“Mulvaney’s shirt direct from the Walmart clearance rack,” another wrote.

“Trump made Mulvaney wear that sniper-target shirt the whole time they were in Afghanistan,” a third critic wrote.

Other Republicans recently targeted over their attire include former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

The Spicer comments were triggered by his recent stint as a contestant on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which involved wearing various costumes for different dance routines.

Perhaps drawing the most scorn was a bright neon rumba shirt.

“Sean Spicer is basically wearing the Puffy Shirt from Seinfeld,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Anytime that image of Spicer in a lime green rumba shirt pops up I question if this isn’t purgatory,” another wrote.

“Anytime that image of Spicer in a lime green rumba shirt pops up I question if this isn’t purgatory.”

— Twitter commenter

After wearing it, Spicer placed the shirt up for auction to raise money for the “Yellow Ribbon” fund, which assists the caregivers of wounded service members.

Jordan, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which recently conducted impeachment hearings, is known for opting against wearing a jacket while performing his congressional duties. Earlier this month, The Washington Post let Jordan know it disapproved.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has often faced criticism for opting against wearing a jacket during committee hearings on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“For dignity’s sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket,” the Nov. 13 piece was titled. It later described Jordan’s fashion choice as “his power move” and his “sartorial chest thump.”

For his part, Jordan claims that shedding his jacket simply helps him do his job better.

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“I can’t really get fired up and get into it if you’ve got some jacket slowing you down,” he told the Post.

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Former President Barack Obama’s choice of a tan suit did not go over well in Washington in 2014.

Fashion comments have also run in the opposite political direction: For example, former President Barack Obama was once taken to task over a tan-colored suit, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been the butt of many jokes about her pantsuits.

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South Dakota stabbing attack sends 3 minors to hospital; underage suspect arrested

An underage suspect was arrested Friday evening in the alleged stabbings of three minor victims along the Sioux Falls Bike Trail in South Dakota, according to a report.

The victims were all taken to a hospital in unknown condition, The Argus Leader reported.

THREE INJURED IN NETHERLANDS STABBING, POLICE SAY

The suspect hasn’t been identified because they’re a minor.

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Police said they would release more information on Monday, according to The Leader.

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Devin Nunes must stop suing fake cows and explain $60,000 Europe trip

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Ilhan Omar’s GOP challenger blasts Twitter after account suspended over ‘treason’ tweet

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A Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in 2020 blasted Twitter on Friday after having her accounts permanently suspended this week following a tweet suggesting that the incumbent congresswoman should be hanged if found guilty of treason.

Danielle Stella wrote on her campaign Twitter account Tuesday, “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” The Washington Examiner reported.

She later added a link to a blog post that included a drawing of a stick figure being hanged.

REPUBLICAN DANIELLE STELLA, AIMING TO UNSEAT ILHAN OMAR, CHARGED WITH FELONY

Stella’s tweet followed media reports that Omar’s name came up in a Canadian businessman’s deposition in a Florida court case.

The businessman, Alan Bender, claimed that Qatari officials told him Omar was the “jewel in the crown” of U.S. politicians who allegedly were Qatari assets and shared information with Iran, the Washington Examiner reported.

But several journalists have tweeted that they have found no evidence to support any of Bender’s claims about Omar, the Examiner added.

Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson said Stella’s accounts were closed for “repeated violations of the Twitter rules,” The Examiner reported.

“To clarify, I said, “If it is proven ____ passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged”. Treason is the only thing mentioned in the constitution for the death penalty, punishable by hanging or firing squad,” Stella wrote in a statement posted on Facebook on Friday. “I believe all involved should be thoroughly investigated. I did not threaten anyone.”

Stella said people were “making this into something it’s not. You are making it about race, about religion, about anything but the truth.”

“My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles and rapists,” she told The Examiner.

She added that she’s received death threats over her comments.

Omar tweeted in response, “This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets. Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

Stella’s website describes her as a special-education-needs professional who has dedicated her life to “teaching, supporting, and caring for children with Autism.”

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Stella also claism she is a strong supporter of President Trump and free speech.

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Democrats seeking impeachment ‘off ramp’ as constituents turn up heat, GOP’s Andy Biggs says

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Democrats, especially those in swing districts, are looking for an “off ramp” to move away from impeachment because they’re “feeling the heat” from their constituents, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs said Friday.

“They’re a little bit feeling some heat, some discomfort about pursuing the impeachment, and especially in light of what came out in the last two weeks of… the open hearings,” the Arizona Republican said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“Nobody can really explain what the charges are. … That’s why I think they’re looking for an off ramp in some respects.”

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One such Democrat appeared to be freshman U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., who recently faced a hostile town hall crowd in Whippany, Politico reported.

“We sent you to Washington, to get work done, for us and for our country,” one audience member told Sherill, according to the report, “and it appears that for the last couple years all that has been going on is investigations.”

The House Judiciary Committee is taking over the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump as Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., announced plans for a hearing next Wednesday to weigh whether the president’s actions reach a level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and warrant articles of impeachment.

Biggs told guest host Gregg Jarrett that Senate Democrats may not like what they’re pursuing if the impeachment inquiry turns into a full-blown Senate trial.

“First of all, it will be every day, six days a week, from noon until they finish in the evening. That’s a requirement of the Senate rules,” Biggs said. “Second of all, it’s gonna be open. And thirdly, Republicans will be able to bring in witnesses … like Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, the whistleblower, the Schiff team of staff who… worked with the former whistleblower.”

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“The primary is going to be turned topsy turvy for the Democrats,” Biggs added. “This is not really the way they want it to go.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Proposed Firearms Laws (Virginia): Criminal Background Checks

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Okay, so I’ve been asked by several people to look at this. I don’t usually look at bills because so few of them are passed into law and even those that do are often changed in the passing. Still, there’s a lot of curiosity about this one, so I’m going to bend my rules a bit and look at the proposed bills (so far). From the Senate there are Bills 12, 14, 16, 18, and 22 from Senator Saslaw; 13 and 15 (Senator Ebbin); 35 (Senator Surovell); 51 (Senator Spruill); 67 (Senator McClellan); 69 (Senator Locke); & 70 and 71 (Senator Lucas).  From the House there are Bills 2 (Delegate Plum) and 9 (Delegate Bourne). Yeah, I know that’s a ton of bills; I expect many to fail, get changed, get merged, etc. That’s why I generally don’t do this. Still, once I got to looking there was a lot to discuss and I got intrigued.

Criminal Background checks: Four bills, SB12, SB18, SB70, and HB2, create a new statute that requires all persons transferring a firearm to another to get a background check on person receiving it: 18.2-308.2:5.  They were clearly all developed from a template with edits added by their patrons. Strangely, Senator Saslow felt it necessary to introduce this in two separate bills. Dealers can charge $15 to do the check. Under Sen. Saslow’s version in the person transferring the firearm doesn’t do the check he is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. In the other version the person transferring is guilty of a class 6 felony and the person receiving is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

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COMMENT: This last bit strikes me as contrary to logic. The receiving person knows he’s a convicted felon; the transferring person does not. Thus the receiving person has a more guilty mens rea and an equal actus rea. I do, however think that a felony conviction could be appropriate for a person caught transferring without a check a second (or more appropriately a third) time. Selling your old pistol in an improper manner to some dude in your bowling league shouldn’t be a felony. There should be some check on this so that the only people getting felonies are those purposefully avoiding the checks to sell multiple firearms.
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Exceptions of Note:

(1)  The check isn’t required if the firearm is gifted to an immediate family member and in Sen. Saslow’s version “a personal friend.”

(2)  The check isn’t required if the transfer happens “by operation of law.”

(4)  The check isn’t required if the transfer is by an executor in accord with a will.

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COMMENT: Probably the most common “by operation of law” situation is death without a will wherein things pass according to statutes and bad-apple Bobby, the convicted bank robber, is the only legal heir and gets Grampa’s Garand. In that case there probably isn’t anyone around to transfer the rifle. However, why in the world anybody would think an executor shouldn’t have to check to see if Bobby can possess the weapon is beyond me. She should because if we are serious about keeping Bobby from having a firearm the fact that Grampa willed it to him shouldn’t matter.
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(9)  “The transfer occurs at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or any other area designed for the purpose of target shooting or for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity”

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COMMENT: That is terrible draftsmanship. There are two ways to read that and both provide a loophole with the only difference being the second is bigger than the first. “or for use during” should be replaced with “and the transfer is only for the duration of.” As it stands this exception, at the very least, authorizes without background check any transfer “at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or any other area designed for the purpose of target shooting.” If the second “or” is interpreted as being linked to “area designed” rather than “The transfer occurs” it widens the locations available for unchecked transfer significantly. If the second “or” is interpreted as linking to “The transfer occurs” then unchecked transfers are only authorized at “a shooting range, shooting gallery, or any other area designed for the purpose of target shooting.”

I’m not sure where they got the canned language, but somebody with basic reading skills should have caught that.
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(10)  The transfer happens at a firearm show and the State Police performed the background check.
 
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NOTE The bill also proposing eliminating the language in § 54.1-4201.2 that allowed the background check to be foregone at gun shows.
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 And that’s it for today. Tomorrow I’ll write about the new age restrictions.

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