A journey to the Masonic Home of Virginia will lead you to find one of the most enthusiastic, patriotic and well-dressed 99-year-old women you could ever meet.
Ersell Brinser met her future husband when she was 16 years old — and when his mother sat between the two of them on their first date. Still, they fell in love, marrying after courting for six years.
In 1939, Brinser’s husband was drafted into the war and she took a job on a Texas post counting ammunition. When the war ended, “The announcement came over the loudspeaker and we threw bullets up in the air!”
When her husband returned home, the two built their first home, raising two boys and living there for 40 years. After her husband died, Brinser moved into the Masonic Home, where she’s resided for the last 18 years and has found a new calling: crocheting American flags.
It was Brinser’s mother who taught her how to crochet, and after the 9/11 attacks, Brinser sat up watching the news, picked up her needles and ended up stitching together the stars and stripes. Some hang around the Masonic Home, but most of her work has been passed on to friends and family, some making it as far as North and South Carolina, West Virginia and even Mexico.
She’s been presented with awards for her crochet flag-making and received requests for flags and blankets. And she’s showing no signs of slowing down in other ways: her 99th birthday celebrations consisted of a ride on the back of a Harley, and she’s recently made arrangements for a helicopter ride on her 100th birthday.
Brinser shared with TheBlaze some of her daily tips to keeping a healthy lifestyle, the key to a strong relationship, fashion sense and more details about the story of her life. Check out her blog, americangranny.blogspot.com.
The key to strong relationships: church.
On Tuesday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal she helped to negotiate and previously promoted.
To illustrate Clinton’s history of support for the TPP, the Washington Free Beacon built a supercut video showing at least 24 times the former secretary of state made positive public statements about the deal.
Watch the supercut.
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Reason has put together a satirical, though technically accurate, video showing “how to create a gun-free America in 5 easy steps.”
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Elect.
Step 2: Propose.
Step 3: Ratify.
Step 4: Legislate.
Step 5: Enforce.
Of course, it’s more complicated than that so watch the video below (some rough language):
Apps, gadgets, ideas — all converged at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for its TechDay, described by its host as a “massive science fair for startups.”
“We see Washington D.C. and it’s surrounding areas as the next great startup hub and we want to help foster the growth,” TechDay said on its website of the event.
Over five dozen startups were present and trends included on-demand everything —from a la carte office space to as-needed staffing to 24/7 food and drink delivery within 30 minutes. Apps meant to streamline various life events were notable as well (included everything from car buying to car servicing and home buying and apartment renting).
There were many innovative tech companies, but here are three specifically cool things I saw at this event.
Feedback “Coach in a Smartphone”
This app takes video of your golf swing, allowing you to share it and will have instruction to help you improve it (this latter feature will be available in the spring).
Roz McCreery, director of product development, told TheBlaze the “automated coaching technology” will apply to a variety of sports with a repeatable motion (think swinging a baseball bat) as well, but for now, they’re starting with golf.
The first level of the app is free for your first 20 videos, but will cost $19.95 a year after that. The hardware to hold your smartphone with a bendy tripod that can attach to your golf bag goes for $89.95, including that first year subscription.
A football with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker embedded will let those with the itch to toss a pigskin “bring rhythm outdoors.” The creators claim that the tech inside this cushioned football can take a beating, withstand being submerged in water and will not be negatively affected dirt and sand.
At this point, the B.R.O. Ball is in a crowd-funding phase, with out half of its $75,000 goal funded and 12 more days to go.
This service is “taxi meets bus,” as Jackson Ellis with Split told me. The ride-sharing service, which launched in the D.C. area in May with plans to expand as a long-term goal, allows people to request pickup at a certain spot and drop off at another.
Sometimes, your Split driver might be picking up other people along the way.
Jonathan Bollhoefer, business development manager at Arlington Transportation Partners, wrote in a blog post in May after trying out the service that “passengers only along your route that are headed in the same direction will appear with only very small detours to scoop them up, generally the app will ask the new passenger to walk a short distance to maximize efficiency.”
Dan Winston, Split co-founder, told TheBlaze the service is “convenient, affordable and sustainable.”
“We want to get some cars off the road and fill up seats in cars that are on the road,” he said.
Stay tuned for more stories on specific startups from this event.
The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign is capitalizing on recent remarks by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the man who would be speaker, that seemed to imply a political motive behind the House committee that is investigating the Benghazi attacks.
The campaign’s first national ad plays up the Hillary-is-a-victim-of-partisan-congressional-committees angle:
Most initial national ad buys, as HotAir’s Allahpundit correctly points out, are used to introduce a candidate or (as one might assume in Hillary’s case) give a softer look to a well-known and highly divisive candidate.
We all knew this kind of argument would be made, but why make it in the very first national ad buy? Usually that gets used to introduce a candidate, to allow her to define herself. This only defines Hillary as a victim, and an ersatz one at that. McCarthy’s comments aside, the FBI probe into exposure of classified material through the secret Hillary server isn’t a partisan witch hunt.
Of course, Hillary needs no introduction after nearly a quarter-century on the national stage, but that’s also a curious point. Her track record shows that she didn’t need the select committee to end up with bad favorability numbers in this election. Why not spend the money on trying to shore up her image with a soft-focus summation of her most appealing aspects?
Allahpundit and others think they have an idea. Hillary needs to convince her own Democratic Party that her campaign isn’t a disaster: “That’s why she wants to lead off as a victim of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Mark IV — to shame them into rallying to her defense and abandoning the myriad of better options.”
No word whether Vice President Joe Biden has seen the ad.
We asked individuals in New York City to describe hometown presidential candidate Hillary Clinton using one word.
Our informal poll came just about a week after a formal Siena College survey showed Clinton with a negative favorability rating for the first time in New York state, where she has headquartered her presidential campaign and once served as senator.
“Opportunist,” replied one woman, when asked to describe Clinton.
“Liar,” said another man. “[Because] she lies all the time.”
Of course not every response was a negative one. Several responded “strong.” One responded “safe.”
National Journal’s Ron Fournier saw this story and reacted with this:
This is scary. 1984 scary. We've got an agency called "Secret Service" targeting political enemies Think about that http://t.co/cnXFugUEv8
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 1, 2015
Naturally, journalist Glenn Greenwald wasn’t surprised and he issued a reminder (read: warning) that this incident was not small potatoes:
Maybe it's not paranoid after all to worry about the Government collecting vast data on its citizens in secret https://t.co/38uZaVaFkR
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 1, 2015
Also, this wasn't one or two "bad apples" or "rogue agents" – it was dozens who participated in this & shared data. https://t.co/38uZaVaFkR
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 1, 2015
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Diners visiting a Burger King restaurant and partaking in the chain’s special Halloween Whopper are also reporting an unexpected side effect from eating the quarter-pound, flame-broiled burger with a black bun.
Since there is no polite way to explain the “surprise,” we will allow social media to clarify.
Twitter was a repository of explanations of the unfortunate experience customers are reporting hours after consuming the burger.
Breaking: the dyes that turn Burger King's Halloween burger black may turn your poop green. http://t.co/EO5lwyckV4
— Laura Northrup (@lnorthrup) September 30, 2015
Editor's Note: The New A.1. Halloween Whopper from Burger King Will Turn Your Poop Green http://t.co/Chs2y6YF27
— Grub Grade (@GrubGrade) September 30, 2015
— Khatlene Dino (@khtlndn15) September 21, 2015
On Monday, the fast food chain proudly announced that a special, limited-time “Halloween Whopper” was coming to “participating stores” in America.
The special sandwich is variation on Burger King’s signature Whopper, featuring a special taste from A.1. In addition to the usual flame-grilled patty, the Halloween Whopper sits on an A.1.-flavored black bun.
From the company’s press release:
BURGER KING® restaurants are launching the A.1. Halloween WHOPPER® sandwich this season, a burger unlike any other in America, with a black bun that has A.1. flavor baked in. While the pitch-black bun gives the Halloween WHOPPER® sandwich a look that may make some think “hmmmmm?” the burger’s classic A.1. flavors will have tasters saying “mmmmm.”
After reading several reports of the odd reaction to eating the burger, TheBlaze contacted both Burger King and the makers of A.1., the Kraft Heinz company for comment.
Neither organization has responded to our inquiries.
With the deadline for the fundraising quarter looming, even one of Hillary Clinton’s most controversial aides is making a campaign pitch for cash.
Longtime Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, who served as a deputy chief staff in the State Department and has been under scrutiny for her role with the corporate consulting firm Teneo while still working for the department, sent out an email pitch Tuesday night with the subject, “If you believe in Hillary.” Abedin is also reportedly under investigation by the State Department’s inspector general,
Abedin, the wife of disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, is the vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the fundraising appeal demonstrates she isn’t seeking to lower her profile.
“When we travel, Hillary relies on me for campaign updates. There’s one thing she’s going to ask this week: How many people stepped up and gave before the FEC fundraising deadline?” Abedin writes in the email to supporters.
The message asks for a donation of at least $10, and says, “It’ll mean the world to her to know you have her back — and make no mistake about it, she has yours.”
The National Zoo’s giant panda cub, recently named Bei Bei, can’t sneeze without the world knowing about it.
Just how loud is a sneeze from a baby panda that only weighs four pounds?
Watch and listen, you might be surprised:
(H/T: Hugh Atkin)
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An estimated 645,000 people turned out for the 2015 UCI World Cycling Championships came to Richmond, Virginia, last week, so we got out our camera to ask people one question: What’s your deal-breaker issue in the 2016 election?
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According to The Hill, the Democratic money movers are lamenting Hillary’s “lack of a personal touch” that’s making fundraising a bit difficult.
The donors, who have contributed some of the biggest checks to President Obama and the Democratic Party, are disappointed by the lack of face time, overall communication and gratitude from Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
“Fundraising is not a natural strong suit for Hillary,” one top Democratic fundraiser bluntly said.
Hillary Clinton is “lacking a certain personal touch,” the person said. The source added that the former secretary of State “publicly, is a little stiff.”
What’s the fix? More Bill — he’s got got the schmoozing creds:
“She doesn’t come across as naturally comfortable in these settings,” the donor said. “Bill Clinton is the complete opposite. The more social an environment, the more at ease he feels.”
Bill Clinton is starting to make the rounds at fundraisers — he attended his first two big-dollar events in Chicago last week. And the Clinton campaign says there are plans for the former president to appear at more fundraisers for his wife this fall.
Clinton — who famously opened up the Lincoln Bedroom during his presidency — is also set to attend fundraisers for Priorities USA, the super-PAC backing his wife’s bid.
The potential problem in that strategy? It makes Hillary look like a D.C. insider. Bill even agrees, telling Town & Country magazine last spring: “I think it’s important, and Hillary does too, that she go out there as if she’s never run for anything before and establish her connection with the voters. And that my role should primarily be as a backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the election.”
So, what’s a Democratic Party to do?
Forget Hillary’s alleged “outsider” status and get the former POTUS back out there:
Face time with the candidate has been limited to brief grip-and-grins in photo lines after an event, with no phone calls and few meetings with small groups.
The sentiment that Hillary Clinton isn’t doing enough for donors is echoed far and wide among the relatively small circle of people who like to feel appreciated not only for writing large checks but for their countless hours fundraising for the candidate. […]
“The assumption is that everyone is just going to get behind them because they’re the only game in town,” the donor said. “But this is why there’s an opening for someone like Joe Biden.”
“If this was a business, you’d never run it that way,” the donor said. “I’ve been unbelievably shocked by the lack of basic courtesy.”
A second donor, who has given money to the Clinton campaign, agreed. “There needs to be more than a 10-second photo-op in a long photo line. The campaign needs someone to cultivate these relationships. The person who can do that ably is Bill Clinton.” […]
“There is no better surrogate for a candidate,” [venture capitalist and Clinton donor J.B. Pritzker] said. “He is out there now and he is helping and it can only be a big plus for the campaign.”
That’s right. Democratic donors think that, without Bill, Vice President Joe Biden is looking better every day.
A Boston-area man was overly excited — and overly Boston — after he caught a “sea monstah” during a recent fishing trip.
In the now viral video posted to his Facebook page, Michael Bergin unleashed his excitement with a bevy of expletives over the catch of what he thought was a sea turtle or a “baby f***ing whale.” According to Mashable, Bergin actually caught an ocean sunfish, and it was very much alive.
“It’s Moby Dick!” Bergin exclaimed at one point.
Bergin told the Boston Globe that his reaction in the video, which has been viewed more than 114,000 times, was completely genuine.
“I ain’t seen nothing like that in my entire life, bro,” he told the Boston Globe. “I ain’t even been to the aquarium. When I see something like that, I’m amazed, bro. It’s like seeing a gorilla for the first time, man.”
“I don’t know, man. I went nuts. We didn’t know what the hell it was,” Bergin continued. “It was scaring me to death. It was like a dinosaur. It was so … ugly.”
Bergin was fishing with his friend, Jason Foster, who told the Globe that Bergin’s continuous swearing is pretty normal for the 41-year-old. Foster said he was laughing the entire time during Bergin’s episode.
The Globe reported that the two men attempted to get the fish onboard their boat but eventually had to contact the Coast Guard to alert them of what they had caught.
Watch Bergin’s viral video below. (Content warning: Strong language.)
Professional dunker Chris Staples literally seems to “defy gravity” in his latest jam captured on video.
Watch Staples perfectly throw down a reverse 360, behind-the-back slam dunk:
Top Parkour Athlete Reveals the One Thing Every Person Can Do To Improve Their Agility and BalancePosted September 21, 2015 at 9:14 pm by Josiah Ryan
Top parkour athlete Dan Edwardes reveals the one thing every single person can do to dramatically improve their balance and agility.
Learn the Secret:
Edwardes, is founder of Parkour Generations. He spoke with TheBlaze as part of the Hero Roundtable in Brighton, Michigan on Friday.
Vocal doppelgänger? Listen to Bernie Sanders and Seinfeld’s ‘George Steinbrenner’Posted September 20, 2015 at 9:26 am by Mike Opelka
For some strange reason, whenever Vermont’s socialist senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks, I feel compelled to listen.
Additionally, as I am hearing Sanders, I admit to feeling something akin to the sensation one has watching a favorite sitcom or stand up comic — it is almost as if I expect to be entertained.
This conundrum plagued me for weeks.
Then, it hit me; Sanders sounds like Larry David’s portrayal of the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a classic character from the TV show “Seinfeld.”
It makes sense. The Steinbrenner character was voiced by “Seinfeld” creator Larry David. Both David and Sanders are from Brooklyn, New York. Most vocal coaches and native New Yorkers will agree — Brooklynites have a rather distinctive accent.
This realization is also not groundbreaking. Others have made the connection.
In early August, YouTube user Thomas Purcell posted a video alternating from clips of Sanders to David’s Steinbrenner.
Listen to the comparison of Sanders and Steinbrenner from TheBlaze Radio.
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One can only imagine the looks on ‘dumb’ suspects’ faces when they watched this personalized message from Louisiana’s ‘Cajun John Wayne’Posted September 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Jason Howerton
There’s a reason Captain Clay Higgins of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, is known as “Cajun John Wayne” — he doesn’t put up with criminals.
In his latest crime stoppers video, Higgins makes sure some “dumb” criminals’ faces go viral after they burglarized two local businesses.
“Congratulations, fellas. Your stupidity is now legendary,” he says in the video. “One way or another, you’re going back to jail.”
Watch the video below:
How many times was Ronald Reagan mentioned in Wednesday’s debate? We countedPosted September 18, 2015 at 9:01 am by Michael Mason
Top 25 recipients of Planned Parenthood campaign cashPosted September 18, 2015 at 8:52 am by Chris Field
Many members of Congress are calling for an end to government funding for America’s biggest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood. Americans were outraged over the organization’s alleged sale of aborted-baby parts as revealed in undercover videos conducted by the Center for Medical Progress.
But the money does not go just one way—members and employees of Planned Parenthood, as well as the group’s PAC, have been very active and generous in their donations to government officials who both funnel taxpayer money to the organization as well as ardently defend abortion.
Considering the Democratic Party’s official “pro-choice” stance, it comes as no surprise that Planned Parenthood’s donations would skew toward the Democrats. For example, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, during the 2014 election cycle, PP gave $892,000 to Democrats and $3,100 to Republicans. The 2012 election cycle was even more generous to the Democrats, with $1.2 million to Dems compared to $26,600 to GOPers.
After adding up the annual individual candidate numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics, here are the 25 federal politicians who have received the most Planned Parenthood campaign cash from 1990 (the first year for which data was available) through the end of August:
Blaze Poll: How old is too old to be president?Posted September 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Mike Opelka
Of the announced candidates for the 2016 presidential race, there is a broad spectrum when it comes to age.
Looking ahead to Inauguration Day 2016, the GOP has four candidates who would be in their 40s (Jindal, Rubio, Walker and Cruz), three in their 50s (Paul, Christie and Santorum), six who are would be in their 60s (Huckabee, Graham, Fiorina, Bush, Kasich and Carson) and Donald Trump clocks in at just over 70.
On the Democratic side of the aisle, Martin O’Malley is the youngest at 54 years, followed by Lincoln Chafee at 63, Hillary Clinton at 69. Three possible nominees, Joe Biden, Jim Webb and Bernie Sanders would all be in their 70s, with Sanders earning the title of elder statesman at just over 75 years of age.
There is a minimum age requirement to be President of the United States — that’s 35 years old. But, how old is too old? Do we need a “maximum age” for candidates?
We took our Blaze cameras out to NYC and Virginia and posed that question. See our survey results.
Take our Blaze Poll on the subject.
Watch the intro to the CNN debate that looked like the start of a reality television showPosted September 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Oliver Darcy
Beck researcher says this is how you can tell if presidential candidates are guided by interests or principlesPosted September 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm by Erica Ritz
Glenn Beck asked his chief researcher Jason Buttrill on Wednesday how he can tell whether the Republican presidential candidates are guided more by interests or principles.
“How will the next administration interact with the world? Will it be a policy of interest or principles?” Beck asked. “What should I be looking for in tonight’s debate?”
You can see Buttrill’s response below.
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The lonely wait for Chelsea Clinton book signing ticketsPosted September 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Josiah Ryan
I woke at the crack of dawn Tuesday in a cold sweat because I thought I’d missed my big chance of the week – to get a ticket for the much vaunted Chelsea Clinton book signing event at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York City, not far from my apartment.
I wanted to go to make a video for TheBlaze (that was a success) but I’ve also had a few pleasant encounters with Clinton during my years on Capitol Hill, and I was interested in what she had to say.
The Barnes & Noble in Union Square is their flagship and a go-to spot on the book-signing circuit for celebrities. I often pass by on the way home from work to see hundreds in line, camped out, waiting to get tickets which become available at 9 a.m., the next morning.
That’s why I was anxious Tuesday morning. It was only natural, I thought, that because Clinton makes few public appearances, and because she was speaking alongside teenage fashion sensation Tavi Gevinson, during fashion week, there would be a massive crowd to get the free tickets.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I arrived at 9 a.m., I was shocked to discover I the first person in line and the only person in line. Apparently, I was not the only one surprise. Barnes & Noble had security lined-up down the block ready to receive the influx of Clinton fans.
But there I stood, man alone.
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