HOW AMISH ROLL

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WOULDN’T YOU JUST LOVE TO OWN THIS?

Montana ranch where “A River Runs Through It” has sold.

More pics at link.

A Montana ranch that was the backdrop to the 1992 Robert Redford film ‘A River Runs Through It’ has been put under contract for around $136 million after being listed for less than a week.

Following a ferocious bidding war, the undeveloped, privately owned 80,000-acre Climbing Arrow Ranch is set to become one of America’s most expensive homes if the deal closes.

It is being sold by the Anderson family who have owned the property, one of the largest undeveloped ranches in the Rocky Mountain West, since 1959.

Listing agent Mike Swan said: ‘Since our public release of the listing of the Climbing Arrow Ranch, we have received an extraordinary response from the market, with multiple parties stepping forth immediately,

‘We can confirm that the sellers have engaged with a prospective buyer who is currently conducting their inspections of the ranch’, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The property has been expanded since it was purchased by Buck Anderson and his wife Marcia Anderson in 1959.

It is now spread across Gallatin, Broadwater, Madison, and Meagher Counties, and broken down into five allotments: Francis, Valley, Hudson, Island, and Logan.

The property also contains about five miles of frontage along the Madison River, and over 17 miles of the North Fork and Middle Fork of Sixteenmile Creek ( a tributary to the Missouri River).

The Anderson children are selling the property after their father and mother passed away in 2012 and 2020 respectively.

They said: ‘Our family has had the great privilege of being the stewards of this beautiful ranch for over 60 years. The remarkable vision and ambition of our parents to create the CA Ranch into what it is today gave us the exceptional opportunity to raise families in a western ranching lifestyle, within a tightly knit community of friends.

‘We will cherish this for our lifetimes, and it can never be replaced. While we feel both pride and tribulation in this change, it is time to pass the reins to a new owner who will love and enjoy the ranch as much as we have’.

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AND THAT’S HOW THEY ACTUALLY THINK

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HAS CNBC LOST ALL GRIP ON FINANCIAL REALITIES?

They tell people to follow the 50-30-20 rule for financial success.

50% of your paycheck should go toward things you need
30% of your paycheck should go toward things you want
20% of your paycheck should go toward savings and investments

So let’s do some math.

Assume you (or family of two making $20 each/hr) make $40 per hour. That’s $83200 per year.

Break it down:

$41600 for expenses (which comes out to about $3466/mo for rent, utilities, food, city/state/federal taxes, gas, insurance, cable, car and health insurance, clothes and car payments.)

If you’re making that much you are not living in a small two bedroom trailer nor driving a 15 year old sub-compact. Utilities/rent or house/prop tax/ins payment would be about $2000. Add in $500 for food, $800 for taxes, …..oops! Sorry, you ran out of money. No car insurance. No health insurance. No car payments. No clothes.

Make less and it’s worse.

Add kids and it’s much worse.

Fuckers.

Managing your finances and setting a monthly budget can be challenging.

But if you’re overwhelmed with where to start, the 50-30-20 strategy can simplify the process.

The plan divides your income into three broad categories: necessities, wants, and savings and investments. Here’s a closer look at each.

50% of your paycheck should go toward things you need
This category includes all of your essential costs, such as rent, mortgage payments, food, utilities, health insurance, debt payments and car payments.

If your necessary expenses take up more than half of your income, you may need to cut costs or dip into your wants fund.

20% of your paycheck should go toward savings and investments
This category includes liquid savings, like an emergency fund; retirement savings, such as a 401(k) or Roth IRA; and any other investments, such as a brokerage account.

Experts typically recommend aiming to have enough cash in your emergency fund to cover between three and six months worth of living expenses. Some also suggest building up your emergency savings first, then concentrating on long-term investments.

And if you have access to a 401(k) account through your employer, it can be a great way to save a portion of your income pre-tax.

30% of your paycheck should go toward things you want
This final category includes anything that isn’t considered an essential cost, such as travel, subscriptions, dining out, shopping and fun.

This category can also include luxury upgrades: If you purchase a nicer car instead of a less expensive one, for example, that dips into your wants category.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to money management, but the 50-30-20 plan can be a good place to start if you’re new to budgeting and are wondering how to divide up your income.

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A MUSIC BREAK FOR YOU

SAMMY HAGAR: “I’LL FALL IN LOVE AGAIN”
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A VISUAL SYNOPSIS OF OUR LEFTIST AMERICA HATERS AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CRAP GOING ON TODAY

I’ll start by asking Jack Dorsey why Trump is banned for talking about election theft while the leader of Hamas, promoting death of Jews, is allowed to have an account.

 

 

 

 

 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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TODAY’S OPEN THREAD

Got something interesting?

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EYE CANDY

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IS THIS THE FIRST STEP IN “SAYING “NIGGER” AND IT BEING CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED?”

Fourth Circuit seems to think so:

In a major but likely controversial victory for free speech, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned the conviction of a retired Air Force colonel for using a racial epithet at the shoe store on the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia. Jules A. Bartow, who is white, was arrested after a bizarre and disgraceful exchange with an employee, including the use of the “n word” with the African American woman. The highly offensive and repugnant language of Bartow was denounced by the court, but the unanimous panel still reversed T.S. Ellis III, Senior District Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia on First Amendment grounds.

Free speech advocates must often defend those who are despised or language that is deeply offensive. The First Amendment is not designed to protect popular speech or popular people. Such speech and such people rarely need protection. That means that we must resist attacks on free speech in cases where we find speech to be repugnant and repulsive. That is the case with retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jules A. Bartow.

In November 2018, Bartow entered the Quantico Marine Corps Exchange to shop for boots. He was quickly assisted by Cathy Johnson-Felder, an African American, who innocently said “[G]ood morning. May I help you?” Bartow responded bizarrely with “If I had indigestion, diarrhea, or a headache, would you still address me as good morning?” Undeterred Johnson-Felder again asked “[C]an I help you, sir?” Bartow then responded, “I’m not a sir — I’m not a male, I’m not a female, if I had a vagina, would you still call me sir?” Bartow reportedly was speaking louder and louder as he berated this employee for simply trying to help him. That drew a white uniformed Marine lieutenant colonel who began to argue with Bartow over his disgraceful treatment of Johnson-Felder.

During this continued argument between the two men, Bartow continued to try on boots as a crowd formed. An African-American in civilian clothes also argued with Bartow and explained that “the reason that [employees at the Exchange] say ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ is because you are purchasing merchandise on a military installation.” Bartow then said: “If I called her a [n****r], would she still say good morning?”

A security officer was called over and Bartow was escorted out of the door and then arrested by base security officers.

Bartow was charged under Virginia Code § 18.2-416, which reads in pertinent part:

“If any person shall, in the presence or hearing of another, curse or abuse such other person, or use any violent abusive language to such person concerning himself or any of his relations, or otherwise use such language, under circumstances reasonably calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, he shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.”

The language of the statute in my view is unconstitutional due to its sweeping criminalization of any “curse or abuse” that could “provoke a breach of the peace.” However, the appellate panel correctly noted that such laws are narrowly construed in light of controlling precedent. This includes Virginia state court rulings that the statute must be confined to speech that has “a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person to whom, individually, [the language is] addressed.” Mercer v. Winston, 199 S.E.2d 724, 726 (Va. 1973). As the United States Supreme Court ruled in National Ass’n for the Advancement of Colored People v. Button, 371 U.S. 415, 445 (1963), the protection of speech is maintained under the First Amendment “without regard . . . to the truth, popularity, or social utility of the ideas and beliefs [that] are offered.” National Ass’n for the Advancement of Colored People v. Button, 371 U.S. 415, 445 (1963).

Even with the Supreme Court’s allowance for the criminalization of “fighting words” in cases like Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568, 572 (1942), the Court has sharply abridged the application that exception. It is no longer enough to show how such speech can “inflict injury,” but must be “shown likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious 7 substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest.” Terminiello v. City of Chicago, 337 U.S. 4 (1949). The Court has rejected the criminalization of “abusive language” that provokes a “breach of the peace” and “violent resentment” in another person. Gooding v. Wilson, 405 U.S. 518, 524 (1972).

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ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!

Over a million slackers and lazy bastards are about to lose unemployment.

More than 1 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits early as a result of states’ decisions to cut off federal aid to workers.

By Thursday morning, at least 15 states, all led by Republican governors, had announced they would end their participation in pandemic-era unemployment programs.

As a result, workers will no longer get a $300 weekly supplement to benefits. Those ineligible for state-level benefits — like the long-term unemployed, self-employed and gig workers — will lose aid entirely.

Some states are cutting off benefits as early as June 12 and others as late as July 10 — two months before their official expiration. The American Rescue Plan offers the aid to Sept. 6.

The governors’ withdrawal will impact 895,000 workers in a dozen states, according to an analysis published Thursday by The Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank.

The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming.

They will forgo a cumulative $4.7 billion in assistance, according to the report.

The governors of Arizona, Georgia and South Dakota — which weren’t included in the analysis — also announced they would exit the federal programs. Their withdrawal would impact about 500,000 more people, according to a CNBC analysis of Labor Department data.

(It’s unclear if gig workers and the long-term unemployed would lose benefits entirely in Arizona; they may only lose the $300 supplement. A spokesman for the state labor agency didn’t immediately return a request for comment.)

‘Domino effect’

The federal programs in question have been in place since the CARES Act was passed in March 2020. Montana was the first state to opt out of the federal aid, on May 4.

“It’s absolutely a domino effect,” Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, said of the state actions. “It’s a very drastic move to pull out of this type of program.”

State officials said they’re ending participation early due to labor shortages in their respective states.

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I LOVE IT WHEN THE LEFT TAKES A SHARP STICK TO THE EYE

Like PETA when the governor of Oklahoma held a BBQ under a PETA billboard.

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt had a cookout Wednesday under a pro-vegan billboard paid for by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), KOCO News 5 reported.

After Stitt declared the last week of March “Eat Meat Week” in Oklahoma, PETA put up a billboard in April calling him a “meathead,” KOCO News 5 reported. The governor then decided to flip some burgers right next to the billboard. (RELATED: Dan Bilzerian Responds to PETA After Grizzly Bear Stunt, ‘They Can Suck My D*ck’)

The purpose of “Eat Meat Week” was to showcase Oklahoma’s production and agricultural industries, according to Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Stitt said it also served as an alternative to Colorado announcing March 20 a meatless holiday.

“It’s all in good fun,” Gov. Stitt told KOCO 5. “Oklahomans know that we’re going to stand by our agriculture industry and our personal freedoms – and the freedom to go vegan if you want and the freedom to eat hamburgers if you want.”

PETA officials told the outlet they plan on mailing Stitt a back brace to cope with the bowing he is doing to the meat industry.

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R-I-I-G-H-H-H-T-T-T! ONLY FOX DOES IT!

The disgraced cunt, Liz Cheney, went on Fox to accuse them of pushing the Trump idea of elections being stolen.

Brett Baier, in full pussy mode, refused to bitch slap her with, “And I suppose we’ll soon see you on ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN/PMSNBC/NPR etc. telling them they have an obligation to inform vierwers about what’s happening in Arizona right now?”

Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) clashed with Fox News anchor Bret Baier Thursday on “Special Report” in a heated interview about the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election results.

Cheney said, “We all have an obligation, and I would say Fox News especially, especially Fox News has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen.”

Baier said, “We have said that numerous times.”

Cheney said, “Bret, I’m going to answer your question. Fox News needs to make sure —”

Baier said, “If you are mentioning Fox News, this show has said that numerous times.”

Cheney shot back, “Bret, you are doing the interview. I’m answering the question.”

Baier said, “Congresswoman.”

Cheney continued, “We need to make sure that the American people recognize and understand that the election wasn’t stolen, that we shouldn’t perpetuate the big lie, and that there is real danger. I have worked in countries around the world where we don’t have peaceful transition of power. All of us who are elected officials have got to make sure that we obey and abide by the oath that we swore to the Constitution.”

Baier said, “I understand.”

Cheney added, “And peaceful transition of power is key to that. Now, if you are asking me about my constituents. My constituents believe firmly in the rule of law. They believe firmly in the Constitution. They know that we do not swear allegiance to any individual and that it’s crucially important if we —”

Baier interrupted, “You have — you made that point.”

Cheney said, “I’m going to make another point. Crucially important, if you want to defeat the really bad Biden policies, we have a tract voters back to us. we have to attract the voters who left us by making clear we know the election wasn’t stolen, and we are going to abide by the rule of law.”

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I LOVE A GOOD SHOOT

The DA thinks so, too.

No criminal charges will be filed against a Kansas sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot an unarmed woman who refused to pull over during a high-speed police chase that began over a wrong license plate on a vehicle, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett released his final report concluding that the deputy is immune from prosecution in the Dec. 30, 2019, death of 51-year-old Debra Arbuckle.

Bennett cited the state’s “stand your ground law” under which a person who acts in defense of himself or another is immune from prosecution. He determined the deputy fired his weapon to stop what he perceived to be a threat of bodily injury to himself and his fellow deputies.

Attorney Michael Kuckelman, who represents Arbuckle’s son in a federal lawsuit over her death, said Thursday that the family is disappointed that Sedgwick County Deputy Kaleb Dailey is not facing a homicide charge. He said eluding an officer doesn’t warrant deadly force.

“No other officer on the scene fired a single shot. That’s because Ms. Arbuckle wasn’t a threat to them,” Kuckelman said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.

The chase, which lasted 19 minutes, began after a Wichita police officer noticed a Volkswagen with a license plate tag registered to a Chevy pickup. The Volkswagen was stopped at an intersection, but when the officer activated his emergency lights, the driver ran a red light and sped away, according to authorities.

The chase was at one point called off due to the speeds that were reached, but a sheriff’s deputy who heard the chase on his law enforcement radio drove to the Volkswagen’s last known location. The chase resumed with four pursuing deputies, and the Volkswagen was ultimately forced off the road.

When the reverse lights of the Volkswagen activated, a deputy who was on the passenger side of the vehicle, believed the other deputies would be struck and fired his handgun six times, according to the district attorney’s report.

The lawsuit filed by Arbuckle’s son, Alek Hansen, identifies the deputy who shot her as Dailey and contends Arbuckle’s vehicle was surrounded by patrol cars. It says multiple law enforcement videos show that while Arbuckle did put her car in reverse, she never accelerated toward the deputies.

“Her front wheel didn’t even have a tire on it. They rammed her car, ran it off the road, and they surrounded it with their cars. The officers weren’t in danger,” Kuckelman, the son’s attorney, said in his statement Thursday.

Arbuckle was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined she died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. A toxicology report determined her blood was positive for cocaine.

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GOTTA LOVE THIS GAL

Marjorie Taylor Greene takes it to Occasional Kotex:

It’s ironic to read about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for civility in Congress. She has developed a reputation for giving the back of her hand to Republicans on social media. No one is turning to her for tips on how to conduct themselves in the halls of Congress.

Nonetheless, here we are. Another bomb-thrower, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican, confronted AOC yesterday and a couple of Washington Post reporters witnessed the exchange. It must have been quite a sight. Taylor Greene repeatedly calling AOC’s name to get her attention and then chasing her for a response.

Two Washington Post reporters witnessed Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) exit the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon ahead of Greene (Ga.), who shouted “Hey Alexandria” twice in an effort to get her attention. When Ocasio-Cortez did not stop walking, Greene picked up her pace and began shouting at her and asking why she supports antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them “terrorist” groups. Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez was failing to defend her “radical socialist” beliefs by declining to publicly debate the freshman from Georgia.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene shouted. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”


Ocasio-Cortez did not stop to answer Greene, only turning around once and throwing her hands in the air in an exasperated motion. The two reporters were not close enough to hear what the New York congresswoman said, and her office declined to discuss her specific response.

You’ll notice that the WaPo article sugar-coats those affiliated with Antifa and BLM. Neither may officially be labeled as domestic terrorist groups but the violence that breaks out during their marches is just as terrorizing as any other event that goes from demonstration to riot behavior. Marjorie Taylor Greene is also correct in labeling AOC’s beliefs as those of a radical socialist. AOC is proud of her support for socialism and she is a protege of Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist. She will not be mistaken as a cheerleader for capitalism.

AOC and her office call for Congressional leadership and the Sargeant at Arms to provide a safe space for her and her fellow Congressional members. It isn’t unusual for elected officials to expect protection from the general population. In this case, AOC wants to be protected from other elected officials. As far as I can tell, Taylor Greene yelled AOC’s name but didn’t threaten her physically. She was trying to cause a scene for publicity. And, she did.

“Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer,” Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement. “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff — especially as many offices are discussing reopening. One Member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene’s attacks.”

Greene said she wants to hold Democrats accountable for their policies, as she should, but she went about it in an unproductive way.

“She’s a chicken, she doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal,” she said to a small group of reporters and onlookers near the entrance to the chamber. “These members are cowards. They need to defend their legislation to the people. That’s pathetic.”

What Greene really wants is for AOC to accept her challenge to a debate. AOC could question Greene about losing her committee assignments and about her support for QAnon. Greene could question AOC about her anti-semitic tweets and how she picks fights with the likes of Ted Cruz on social media. It might be entertaining to watch such a debate but it will never happen and why should it? What would AOC have to gain? She doesn’t need a debate to garner attention, she’s a pro at that.

Democrats are scared of Greene, apparently. Rep. Cori Bush was so triggered by the fact that Greene wasn’t wearing a mask outside of her office, across the hall from Bush, that Bush was reassigned to a different office. Frankly, Greene has been as big of a headache for Republican leadership as AOC has been for Democrats. They both act as radio shock jocks trying to get away with saying outrageous things.

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CAUGHT IN A LIE BUT NOTHING WILL HAPPEN

Whitmer changes her story.

Kept-Whore Media silent.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) again attempted to explain her secret Florida trip in March aboard a private jet and her story seemed to change Wednesday.

Via the original MIRS News report in April:

While Communications Director Tiffany Brown wouldn’t say where the Democratic governor traveled, a source tells MIRS that Whitmer’s father, Richard Whitmer, has a home in Florida.

“Her dad was fully vaccinated, and the governor is tested regularly and has never tested positive for COVID [coronavirus],” Brown told MIRS, noting the governor traveled at her own expense and that utilized no state resources. … (emphasis added)

Brown said Gov. Whitmer wasn’t on spring break but was assisting “her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness.”

“A brief trip,” she claimed during a Wednesday press conference. “It was not a vacation and it was not a gift,” a reference to a lobbying legal term.

“This flight was not a gift,” Whitmer reiterated moments later. “This flight was not paid for at taxpayer expense.”

It is not clear why she did not simply say she “traveled at her own expense,” as her office originally claimed.

Breitbart News asked Whitmer’s office why her story changed and if she could provide any evidence to indicate who paid for the private plane, but neither communications director Tiffany Brown nor press secretary Bobby Leddy would explain.

Whitmer’s secret Florida trip came just days before she urged Michiganders not to travel to the very same state. After that demand, two of her top aides, Chief Operations Officer Tricia Foster and Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel went to Florida and Alabama respectively for spring break.

The governor’s claim she was tending to her ill father was possibly undermined when he was spotted shopping and driving in Lansing weeks later.

“Michiganders are tired of the growing stream of lies coming from Gov. Whitmer,” Republican Governors Association spokesman Chris Gustafson said in a statement.

“Whitmer’s refusal to disclose basic details about her vacation to Florida is simply more proof that she is unfit to lead and it is time to Fire the Damn Governor.”

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WOULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED UNDER TRUMP?

Army recruiting ad features two carpet munchers getting married.

The U.S. Army released an animated advertisement featuring a girl raised by two mothers, who marched in pride parades.

The advertisement, titled Emma|The Calling, showed a girl’s childhood before she joined the Army as a Patriot Missile operator. The two-minute video followed Emma while she watched her two mothers get married, joined a sorority at the University of California-Davis, and fought for “freedom” at a young age by participating in a gay rights parade.

“It begins in California with a little girl raised by two moms. Although I had a fairly typical childhood, took ballet, played violin, I also marched for equality. I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from an early age,” she said in the advertisement, which was posted to YouTube on May 4.

“When I was 6 years old, one of my moms had an accident that left her paralyzed,” she continued. “Doctors said she might never walk again, but she tapped into my family’s pride to get back on her feet, eventually standing at the altar to marry my other mom.”

The advertisement was released as similar recruiting methods were employed by the Central Intelligence Agency over the past few weeks, drawing criticism on social media.

“Growing up gay in a small Southern town, I was lucky to have a wonderful and accepting family. I always struggled with the idea that I may not be able to discuss my personal life at work,” said a man in one of the agency’s advertisements. “Imagine my surprise when I was taking my oath at CIA and I noticed a rainbow on then-Director Brennan’s lanyard.”

“I remember being stunned,” the man continued, adding that “inclusion is a core value here [at the CIA].”

The advertisement is the latest in a series called “Humans of CIA.”

“I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” said a woman in a previous advertisement.

“I did not sneak into the CIA,” she added. “I earned my way in, and I earned my way up the ranks.”

The video series was slammed by high-profile lawmakers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

“If you’re a Chinese communist, or an Iranian Mullah, or Kim Jong Un … would this scare you?” Cruz wrote on May 3. “We’ve come a long way from Jason Bourne.”

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said on May 4 that the CIA “needs to be focused on intelligence-gathering and recruiting the best and brightest. We can’t afford to risk our national security and waste resources to pander to the Left’s divisive rhetoric.”

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YOU KNOW THEY’RE NOT SERIOUS WHEN……….

Arizona senators are backing off the threat of subpoenas for Maricopa County officials.

Arizona’s state Senate backed away from a threat to subpoena Maricopa County officials, instead requesting they voluntarily appear at a meeting on May 18 to answer questions about “serious issues” that have been uncovered by a 2020 election audit.

On May 12, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, asked Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, also a Republican, to cooperate with the state Senate to resolve the issues in question, including the county’s noncompliance with earlier subpoenas.

The county is refusing to supply routers—or even images of routers—used in connection with last year’s election, claiming that doing so would pose a security risk. A state Senate lawyer said last week that the body would issue fresh subpoenas unless the requested materials were produced, but Fann instead opted to write a letter to Sellers seeking to convince him to cooperate voluntarily.

Fann is proposing that CyFIR, one of four firms hired to carry out the audit in Maricopa County, review virtual images of the relevant routers in county facilities with representatives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office present.

“Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data, while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires—and to which it is constitutionally entitled—to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election,” she wrote in the letter.

Fann also expressed concern that the county either doesn’t have or won’t provide passwords to access administrative functions on vote tabulation machines. She told Sellers that “it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.”

Dominion has not returned requests for comment.

Auditors, the top senator continued, have “become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots.” That includes a lack of chain-of custody documentation for the ballots; bags in which the ballots were stored not being sealed; and a disparity between the actual number of ballots in a batch and the total listed on a pink report slip accompanying the batch, which the county provided.

In one case, the discrepancy was 35 votes. Batches are supposed to contain 200 ballots.

Additionally, the audit teams found an entire database directory deleted from an election machine, even though the details appear to have been covered by the subpoena. Combined with not finding the main database for the election management software, “this suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed,” Fann said.

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HEY GUYS! CAN’T GET IT UP?

Your dick may have kung flu.

Or something like that.

The COVID-19 virus has confounded and confused the public, doctors, and scientists alike by its ability to infiltrate numerous body parts, areas, and organs. Now, a new study out of Miami is sure to make all male readers shudder for a moment. University of Miami scientists have, for the first time ever, discovered traces of COVID-19 within penile tissue.

Even worse, these traces were discovered long after recovery, suggesting the virus may stay in mens’ genitals for months on end. As if that isn’t enough to leave many a man feeling uneasy, researchers also theorize that the “widespread blood vessel dysfunction” caused by COVID-19 could contribute to erectile dysfunction.

“Our research shows that COVID-19 can cause widespread endothelial dysfunction in organ systems beyond the lungs and kidneys. The underlying endothelial dysfunction that happens because of COVID-19 can enter the endothelial cells and affect many organs, including the penis,” says study author Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, associate professor and director of the Miller School’s Reproductive Urology Program, in a release. “In our pilot study, we found that men who previously did not complain of erectile dysfunction developed pretty severe erectile dysfunction after the onset of COVID-19 infection.”

Dr. Ramasamy and his team collected penile tissue samples from two men with a history of COVID infections and had underwent penile prosthesis surgery for ED. One man was hospitalized due to his coronavirus infection, while the other only had mild symptoms. As a control, penile samples were also taken from two other men undergoing an ED surgery, except those two individuals had never contracted COVID-19.

Both men who dealt with COVID-19 showed signs of the virus within their penile tissue. One of those men had recovered eight months prior, while the other had contracted the virus six months ago. Both recovered men also showed signs of endothelial dysfunction (widespread blood vessel dysfunction).

“This suggests that men who develop COVID-19 infection should be aware that erectile dysfunction could be an adverse effect of the virus, and they should go to a physician if they develop ED symptoms,” Dr. Ramasamy suggests.

Just like so many other conditions being linked to COVID, like increased risk of heart disease or neurological symptoms, researchers say the nerve damage caused by the coronavirus may cause ED, or it may only worsen the condition.

Additionally, earlier research involving Dr. Ramasamy reveals evidence that COVID-19 can invade the testicles of some infected men.

“These latest findings are yet another reason that we should all do our best to avoid COVID-19,” adds first author Eliyahu Kresch, a medical student working with Dr. Ramasamy.

“We recommend vaccination and to try to stay safe in general,” Kresch concludes.

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THIS ONE’S CONNECTED TO THE ONE BELOW IT

The UK is set to make animals “sentient.”

What? Like retards? Bed-ridden, uncommunicative, non-responsive retards?

Animals are set to be legally recognized as sentient beings in the United Kingdom as the government begins to roll out a series of animal welfare measures aimed at giving animals more protection.

The government announced May 12 that they will add the measures as a series of bills, including a measure to recognize animals as sentient beings, and will also include protections for farm animals and pets in the U.K. as well as cracking down on live animal exports, The Guardian reported.

“We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws,” said George Eustice, the U.K.’s environment secretary, according to The Guardian.

“Our action plan for animal welfare will deliver on our manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, prohibit keeping primates as pets, and bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling. As an independent nation, we are now able to go further than ever to build on our excellent track record.”

“Now that we have left the EU, the UK has new freedoms to further strengthen animal welfare standards and reinforce its position as a global champion of animal rights,” the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said in a press release.

The department also stated in the release that the new bills will “build on our existing world leading standards by recognizing animals as sentient in law and committing to a range of new game changing welfare measures to protect pets, livestock and wild animals.”

According to the press release, the action plan for animal welfare will include measures to ban the import of hunting trophies, introduce mandatory microchipping for cats, ban remote-controlled electric dog collars, and end the sale of ivory and shark fins. (RELATED: Hawk Refuses To Leave Woman’s Arm After She Saves It From Drowning)

“These announcements will make a real and lasting difference to animals’ welfare, so we’re pleased the Government is committed to improving animals’ lives in the UK and abroad. We can no longer ignore the inextricable link that exists between the way we treat animals, our own health, and that of the planet,” said Chris Sherwood, a chief executive at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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THIS ONE’S CONNECTED TO THE ONE ABOVE IT

Two whales found stuck on hull of Ozzie warship.

Given Brits want to declare animals “sentient” wouldn’t it follow that they’re too fucking stupid to get out of the way of something huge that’s thrashing the water and can be felt/heard for thousands of yards around it?

We call them morons. Or “squirrels of the sea?”

A Royal Australian Navy ship has been blamed for the death of a mother fin whale and her calf after their bodies were found stuck to the hull when the vessel arrived in California.

The whales were discovered after the HMAS Sydney docked at a naval base in San Diego on Saturday morning.

The Australian and US navies will assist a local investigation into the causes of the whales’ deaths.

The mother fin whales is 20 metres long while her calf is less than 8 metres. They were likely feeding near the surface when they were hit by the ship, experts say.

‘The U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Navy are cooperating with the NOAA Fisheries and other agencies to review the incident,’ an Australian defense department spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

‘The Navy takes marine mammal safety seriously and is disheartened this incident occurred.’

The HMAS Sydney, a 146-metre destroyer which has been participating in training exercises in the US since April, extends some seven metres underwater and travels at such a speed that it may not have noticed hitting the two mammals.

The larger whale will be taken out to sea and sunk while an autopsy will be carried out on the calf.

Fin whales are commonly found off the Californian coast, particularly San Diego, with the mammals moving south for warmer waters to feed.

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MSN: PROVING AGAIN THAT IDEALISM TRUMPS FACT

Check out the hit piece of Brazil’s Balsonaro.

For starters they call those running against him as “democratic leaders.> Except they’re the furthest thing from “democratic.” They’re socialists/Marxists/Communists.

Clad in Brazil’s national colors of yellow and green, thousands of citizens took to the streets of major cities across the country on May 1 to show support for the covid-denialist stances of President Jair Bolsonaro. The date was symbolic — on a day historically known for marches in support of worker rights, rightist citizens decrying “communism” claimed Brazil’s public spaces.

Jair Bolsonaro wearing a helmet: Brazilian President Jair Bolsoanro waves to supporters before a motorcycle rally in honor of Mother’s Day, in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday.© Eraldo Peres/AP Brazilian President Jair Bolsoanro waves to supporters before a motorcycle rally in honor of Mother’s Day, in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday.
Many protesters called for a military coup supporting Bolsonaro, a typical rallying cry at right-wing demonstrations. It might sound strange to hear about a military coup to bolster a president in power, but Bolsonaro’s supporters see the military as an extension of the executive branch and a tool to wield in political conflicts. On Twitter, protesters used the slogan “Eu autorizo, Presidente” — in translation, “I authorize you, Mr. President.” In the capital, Brasília, Bolsonaro himself flew overhead in a helicopter to cheer his supporters.

Today, threats to democracy in Latin America do not come primarily from militaries itching to get their hands on the steering wheel of government. After military-led governments transitioned to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s, militaries in Latin America have largely come to accept that they cannot govern.

Instead, events in Brazil, along with the recent dismissal of five Supreme Court justices in El Salvador, reveal that the most serious threats to democracy in the region come from elected presidents who flaunt checks and balances that limit their power. Where do they get their support? Our research in Brazil explains how Latin Americans have empowered presidents with authoritarian ambitions.

The protesters were responding to Bolsonaro’s calls for support

What did Brazilian protesters think they were “authorizing” on May 1? The protesters mostly aimed to support Bolsonaro against other democratic leaders. Brazil’s mayors, governors, members of congress, the Supreme Court and some of Bolsonaro’s own health ministers (he has had four during the pandemic) have had conflicts with the president over his coronavirus vaccine skepticism, opposition to social distancing and embrace of hydroxychloroquine as a “cure.” Although the newest health minister has ramped up efforts to import vaccine doses, Bolsonaro continues to play down the pandemic and fight social distancing.

While Brazil’s president fights social distancing, its public health system is fighting the pandemic
The slogan “I authorize you, Mr. President” is a response to an April statement from Bolsonaro. Mingling with supporters outside the presidential palace, Bolsonaro said he was waiting for the Brazilian people “to give a signal” before he would “take measures” against governors and mayors who closed businesses to combat the country’s current covid wave. “I just say one thing: I will do what the people want me to do,” he declared.

Bolsonaro didn’t explain what “measures” he might take. Brazil’s Supreme Court has already ruled that mayors and governors have constitutional authority to implement social distancing during the pandemic. In late April, Brazil’s Senate began an investigation of how the Bolsonaro government has handled the pandemic, which has killed more than 423,000 Brazilians.

Bolsonaro’s comments, however, fit within a pattern of threatening military intervention. In August, anonymous sources revealed that Bolsonaro and several Army generals nearly marched over to the Supreme Court to dismiss its occupants during an early pandemic confrontation.

Then in March, Bolsonaro precipitated a national crisis by dismissing the military heads of Brazil’s army, navy and air force. Military leaders loudly protested this as an effort to install loyalists who would take Bolsonaro’s side in an interbranch conflict. Although Bolsonaro defused the crisis by nominating respected career officers, experts worry that he is shoring up military support to hold on to power if the political tide turns against him.

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THE DAILY CHORTLE

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GUN CONTROL SUCCESS AS MEASURED BY LIBERALS

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GROSS. BUT COOL.

Parasite eat a fish’s tongue and replaces it.

It is an idea so horrifying that it sounds made up: A parasite which bites off its host’s tongue and then replaces it, living inside its mouth for the rest of its life.

But in fact, the tongue-eating louse is real and lives inside the mouths of fish – one of which was discovered recently by a shocked student in South Africa.

Don Marx, 27, from Cape Town, was fishing near Cape Agulhas when he hooked the six-pound carpenter fish and discovered the stowaway inside its jaws.

Marx, who happens to study marine biology, had heard of the lice but never seen one in the wild – so snapped a picture to document the moment.

But after he sent the photo to Professor Nico Smit, a zoologist at North-West University, he was delighted to discover this particular species of louse has never been photographed before

‘Being a marine scientist and having fished since a young age, I’ve see my fair share of parasites living on fish and sharks,’ he said.

‘But nothing could really prepare me for the moment I opened the carpenter’s mouth and saw this blue eyed alien with a moustache staring back at me.

‘This specific species of tongue eating louse only uses carpenters as their host and has eluded scientists for years.

‘When we allow ourselves to slow down and look around us, nature reveals all of her magic to us.’

Tongue-eating lice have been known about for decades, but only in recent years have extensive studies begun into their life cycles and behaviour.

It is thought that all species of tongue-eating lice begin their lives as males, drifting in the ocean and looking for fish to latch on to.

Each species of louse – with over 280 identified so far – appears to target just one species of fish.

Once the louse has found a host fish of the right species, it swims through the fish’s gills and makes itself at home.

If the host fish does not have any other lice already in place, the new louse makes its way into the mouth, where it attaches itself to the tongue.

Using its front claws, the louse severs blood vessels in the tongue and then feeds by drinking the blood.

During this time, the male will transform into a female – its body increasing several times in size along with its legs, which it uses to latch on to the fish.

Meanwhile its eyes dwindle since it no longer needs to navigate around.

When the fish’s tongue eventually dies and falls out due to lack of blood, the louse latches on to the tongue stump and effectively replaces it.

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COMING….VERY, VERY, VERY SOON

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THERE’S A LESSON HERE….

Don’t screw with grandpa.

You might be next.

A person in Maine called police after discovering human skeletal remains while cleaning out their father’s old home after his death.

State Police said the father, 82-year-old Douglas Scott, died of COVID earlier this year.

On May 8, his grown children were sorting through his property at his home at 196 Poland Spring Drive in Casco, located about 30 miles away from Portland, when they came across the remains in an outbuilding.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner began an examination of the remains on Sunday.

Additional testing and examination will likely take place over the weeks to come. The identity of the person whose remains were discovered was unclear on Tuesday.

Police said they’re also still investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery. They said that investigation is also likely to take place over the coming weeks.

Maine State Police said they do not think there is any threat to the public stemming from the discovery.

DailyMail.com on Tuesday reached out to family members of the deceased homeowner for comment and was awaiting a reply.

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THE BE-CLOWNING OF LIBERALS

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Do We Really Want To Fight A Ground War Against Them?

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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