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  • Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills

    08/15/2018 1:15:53 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | by Kristen Millares Young
    SEATTLE — Washington state’s penchant for getting high is trashing the place. Plastic “doob tubes” and small Mylar bags used to package pot are moldering in gutters, bleaching out in landfills and bobbing in waterways. Concentrated nutrients and fertilizers left over from cannabis growing operations are being dumped in public sewers and making their way past wastewater treatment plants into Puget Sound. And millions of pounds of weed harvest waste that could be composted are instead getting trucked to landfills. This, in a part of the country that prides itself on being environmentally friendly. “We’re seeing a lot of marijuana...
  • DemocRATS don't want Christian Voters Anymore (LOL!)

    08/15/2018 12:59:05 PM PDT · by CptnObvious · 3 replies
    Vanity | 8/15/2018 | Self
    Christine Hallquist,Democratic Transgender nominee has tweeted “radicalized Christians” that we “tolerate.” DemocRATS don't want Christian Voters Anymore. Let's Oblige Them!
  • 2 Elderly Men Escape Nursing Home To Attend Heavy Metal Festival

    08/15/2018 12:54:17 PM PDT · by plain talk · 10 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | August 6, 2018 | CBS Sacramento
    The Deutsche Welle reports the nursing home told police that the two men were missing from their rooms. The pair was eventually found at the Wacken Open Air festival at around 3 a.m. local time. The four-day event is said to be the world’s largest heavy metal festival. Police said the two were “disoriented and dazed,” according to Deutsche Welle. The elderly metalheads reportedly did not want to leave the festival so easily. Police had to escort them back to the nursing home with a taxi and a patrol car.
  • Cuomo Slams Trump’s MAGA Slogan: America ‘Was Never That Great’

    08/15/2018 12:47:07 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 22 replies
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) slammed President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan on Wednesday, saying the country was "never that great" in the first place. Speaking at an event for women and girls, Cuomo appeared to stun the crowd when he made the remark. "We're not going to make America great again," Cuomo said. "It was never that great." Some in the audience gasped and laughed in surprise.
  • Ex-Clinton aide rips Trump for revoking Brennan's clearance: 'What a vindictive little b----'

    08/15/2018 12:41:50 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/15/18 | Aris Folley
    A former aide to Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump on Twitter Wednesday after he revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. “Trump just revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance,” Philippe Reines said in a tweet. “What a vindictive little b*tch.” Shortly before Reine’s remarks on Twitter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read Trump’s statement announcing the move during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon. "As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief,” Trump’s statement read, “I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information, including by controlling access...
  • Trump strikes back: Brennan's security clearance revoked, 'erratic behavior' cited

    08/15/2018 12:39:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Updated: 2:58 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, citing his “erratic conduct and behavior.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, reading a statement from the president, said Mr. Brennan “leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official” to make false charges against the administration. Mr. Trump’s statement began, “As the head of the executive branch and commander-in-chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today in fulfilling that responsibility, I’ve decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of...
  • Donald Trump: ‘All Credibility Is Gone’ in Russia Investigation

    08/15/2018 12:34:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump questioned the validity of the ongoing Russia investigation on Wednesday after some of the agents who began the process were fired. “The Rigged Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on as the ‘originators and founders’ of this scam continue to be fired and demoted for their corrupt and illegal activity,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “All credibility is gone from this terrible Hoax, and much more will be lost as it proceeds.” Trump cited former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker, who said that the firing of agent Peter Strzok was a “step in the right direction.” “The action...
  • Christian-hating transgender VT gubernatorial candidate duped by satire site

    08/15/2018 12:24:48 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 15 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/15/18 | USA Features
    Full headline: Christian-hating transgender VT gubernatorial candidate duped by satire site: ‘Some evangelists just crazy!’ Blinded by Hate: The country’s first major party transgender gubernatorial candidate, Christine Hallquist, has repeatedly demonstrated in the recent past she has no love for Christians. In fact, the Democratic candidate appears to be so blinded by hate for our country’s dominant religious philosophy that she allowed it to cloud her better judgment when she responded negatively to a post at a Christian-themed satire site, the Babylon Bee.
  • GOP's concern for Pete Sessions' congressional seat has VP Mike Pence headed to Texas

    08/15/2018 12:19:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies
    Dallas Morning Snooze ^ | 08/15/2018 | Tom Benning
    Vice President Mike Pence will visit Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions' district ahead of the November elections as part of a determination that the longtime incumbent's campaign against Democrat Colin Allred is the top mid-term priority in Texas. That's the word from Corey Lewandowski, senior strategist to Pence's political action committee. "Pete's district is probably the most critical for us," he said Wednesday at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "When you look at the race, you look at his opponent, and you look at where things are."
  • SKELETON EMERGES FROM OMAROSA'S PAST INSTANTLY DISCREDITS CASE AGAINST TRUMP!

    08/15/2018 12:15:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Aug 15, 2018 | Gotcha News Network
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjO7qKgJmTg
  • UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

    08/15/2018 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | August 14, 2018 | Edith M. Lederer, Associated Presstitute
    An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those fleeing — about 7 percent of Venezuela’s 32.8 million people — cite lack of food as the main reason for leaving. U.N. humanitarian officials report that 1.3 million of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment,” he said. Oil-rich Venezuela has been sinking deeper into an economic and political crisis. Hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine are battering the country, and the International Monetary Fund...
  • This Cake Baker Won At The Supreme Court. Now The State Is Trying To Get Revenge

    08/15/2018 11:45:47 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 15, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Colorado is trying to compel the same baker who just won a Supreme Court case into baking a second cake that violates his religious beliefs. Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Jack Phillips, who won a Supreme Court case in June, is once again being harangued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-LGBTQ message. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday night against the commission on his behalf, over the state’s second attempt to compel him to bake a cake with a message that violates his religious beliefs. Two months ago, the Supreme Court...
  • Hillary Clinton backs kid who knelt during Pledge of Allegiance: 'Keep up the good work' [BARF]

    08/15/2018 11:49:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    Hillary Clinton offered another endorsement on Wednesday -- to an 11-year-old student who made headlines for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Clinton tweeted in response to a NowThis report on Mariana Taylor, a Maryland sixth-grader who refused to stand for her classroom’s recitation of the pledge, instead adopting the form of protest used by NFL players. “It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.
  • MasterCard shuts down Robert Spencer’s Patreon account, offers no explanation.

    08/15/2018 11:45:17 AM PDT · by OddLane · 21 replies
    The Caldron Pool | August 15, 2018 | Caldron Pool
    Robert Spencer, best selling author and director of Jihad Watch, has had his Patreon account disabled. Mr Spencer sent out a Tweet earlier today explaining: “I’ve been axed from Patreon, without explanation, warning or notice — no doubt as part of the ongoing efforts of the Left to deny all platforms to those who reject its agenda.” Patreon’s official Twitter page responded to Mr Spencer blaming the decision on MasterCard saying, “We emailed you earlier today which explained that unfortunately Mastercard required us to remove your account. You replied to us but if you have further questions we’re happy to...
  • Trump Revokes Security Clearance of John Brennan, Former C.I.A. Director

    08/15/2018 11:43:56 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 142 replies
    President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan’s “erratic” behavior.
  • Stephan Molyneux starting to have youtube vids blocked/removed

    08/15/2018 11:40:45 AM PDT · by Pollard · 10 replies
    Stephan Molyneux on twitter ^ | August 15, 2018 | Stephan Molyneux
    Within 24 hours, my @YouTube channel has received two community guidelines strikes - likely as a result of a mass flagging campaign - and is now on the verge of total deletion. Please respectfully contact @TeamYouTube and alert them to this injustice.
  • Patreon and Mastercard ban Robert Spencer without explanation

    08/15/2018 11:40:40 AM PDT · by Pollard · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | August 15, 2018 | Robert Spencer
    Recently Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes have been banned from various social media platforms, in a desperate attempt by the Left to ensure that the 2016 election results aren’t repeated in 2018. Some people say it doesn’t matter that these men were deplatformed, because they don’t like what they say, and what’s more, these are all private companies. They are indeed private companies, but they have a virtual monopoly today over the means of communication, and once they start banning people because they don’t like what they say, they’ve set a precedent that is inimical to the survival of a...
  • CNN Poll: Democratic advantage grows in race for Congress

    08/15/2018 11:40:08 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | August 15, 2018 | Grace Sparks
    (CNN) Democrats now lead Republicans by 52% to 41% in a nationwide generic Congressional ballot according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released Tuesday. The blue lead has increased slightly from eight percentage points in June of this year to an 11 percentage point difference in the most recent poll. Despite Democrats' advantage on that measure, a plurality (48%) in the same poll believe Republicans will maintain control of Congress after the election, compared with 40% who believe Democrats will gain control. Among those who favor the Democratic candidate in their district, 64% say they think Democrats...
  • Manafort lied on witness stand, prosecutors argue

    08/15/2018 11:07:35 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | 08/15/2018 | Ed Adamczyk
    Closing arguments started Wednesday in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, with prosecutors essentially dismissing everything he said on the witness stand. Prosecutors began Wednesday with a two-hour summary of evidence against Manafort, to be followed by a defense summary, after which Judge T.E. Ellis III will hand the case to the jury. The Alexandria, Va., trial, now in its 12th day, is being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators -- who are probing irregularities in the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Is South Africa's land reform an election gimmick?

    08/15/2018 11:00:30 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/11/18 | Milton Nkosi
    Another person who gave testimony said: "We are going to take the land, even if it means we're going back to the dark ages. This country must be African. We are African." A man wearing a T-shirt of the right-wing Freedom Front Plus party said that his Afrikaner people had been farming in the Western Cape for the past 300 years. "When my forefathers came, they found no-one but the Khoi and the San. My people got what they have in this country not by theft, not by genocide, but by fair means." Some land owners threatened war to defend...