"Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.…"
"'A recipe — or any instructions — listing the combination of chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayonnaise on a bun to create a sandwich is quite plainly not a copyrightable work,' Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard wrote in the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. "
"The woman — identified only by her surname Zhou — was told she could not take the $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence on board due to aviation rules.
"Rather than let the booze go to waste, the woman downed the entire bottle in one go — and was then deemed too drunk to fly."
"Koch’s blistering comments came as he and his brother David, whose conservative political network plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 election, have spoken out more frequently in an attempt to blunt Democratic attacks on their political influence and insinuations about their motives."
And insinuations too. Awww.
"WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry."
"The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different species of microbes, a study suggests."
Sort of a no-brainer, right?
"Efforts to rein in the use of automatic weapons by children already failed in two state legislatures last year."
“… Chick fil A is getting blackballed at Denver International Airport."
"Motorists and pedestrians who have traveled along Deerfield Street, Bank Row and Main Street over the past few days have questioned why DOT would erect signs that not only reference the wrong town, but refer to the John W. Olver Regional Transit Center as 'Olver TC.'"
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"“It was a brand new tub,” Castellano told The Daily Beast. “It was just staring right back at me.”"
[From Orwell’s rules for writers…"(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.”]
"'If you are here without our permission, and we have given you two months to leave, and you're still here, and we find that you're still here after we we've given you the deadline to leave, then you become property of the State of Iowa,' Mickelson modestly proposed. 'And we have a job for you. And we start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.'"
"At the event, [Huckabee] was glowingly introduced by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, who revved the crowd by bashing the Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for gay marriage. King had apparently been told on good authority by a lawyer friend that Obergefell v. Hodges meant that only one party in a marriage had to be a human being. 'What that means,' he said, 'is you can now marry my lawn mower.'
"A reporter next to me leaned over. 'King's lawn mower is gay?'
"I shrugged. In the modern Republican Party, making sense is a secondary consideration."
[Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere Bureau chief.]
[WARNING: Reading this whole thing may crack you up. Or make you think. Or cringe.]
"'Anybody else would have already lost their security clearance and be subjected to an espionage investigation,' Mrozinski added. 'But apparently a different standard exists for Mrs. Clinton.'"
The post is a notoriously right-wing publication, not expected to be sympathetic to a Clinton presidency. But still.
"John Whaley, co-creator of Vervid, a new app that aims to become a showcase for tall videos, argues that many of life’s events are focused on one or two individuals, and because people are taller than they are wide, shots of individuals tend to look best in a vertical frame."
[We recently were treated to video showing a wind turbine being built that would have been just plain dumb shot horizontally.]
"McClain, of Lake Hamilton, said he didn't have his driver's license on him and gave cops his brother's name and birthdate along with a social security number belonging to a white man born in 1969, according to police."
"The 15-foot tall, 250-pound inflated ball, sponsored by the Toledo Museum of Art, broke free from an alley installation and did its best pinball wizard, hung a left at a three-way intersection in downtown Toledo and then rolled over a row of parked cars."
"On Thursday, Mr. de Blasio suggested one solution: eliminating some of Times Square’s pedestrian plazas, apparently on the theory that if you can get tourists to go away, you reduce the topless-woman threat. Other officials suggest creating a pen for the women and costumed characters — sort of a panhandling zoo — or turning this great bustling commercial zone into, of all things, a park."
"MOSCOW — One of Russia’s tabloid TV channels began a news bulletin Tuesday with a breathless report about a major 'international criminal gang' freshly rolled up in the Moscow region."
"In addition to the flower petals, the funeral Thursday of Vittorio Casamonica featured a gilded, horse-drawn carriage carrying his casket and a band playing 'The Godfather' theme outside the church."
Are you kidding me?
"A recent peer-reviewed survey of bird mortality studies found that wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds a year, compared with 6.8 million that die from colliding with cell and radio towers and between 1.4 and 3.7 billion killed by cats."
But this morning it's nice and cool outdoors, and raining just a bit. So a quick walk downtown and back – couple of miles – leaves me feeling fresh and crispy, like a head of lettuce.
"'Anna will not leave him,' the source claimed. 'As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith than ever. She and Josh are probably praying around the clock right now, I would assume.'"
"So complex is the issue that Mr. de Blasio, who has angrily vowed to put a stop to the practice, suggested on Thursday that one option would be to simply tear out the pedestrian plazas where the women operate."
Maybe The Donald could build a wall in Times Square, work up to Mexico from there.
"Another hitch Mr. Trump will appreciate, as a businessman, is that Mexico buys more American products than any country but Canada, is our third-largest foreign oil provider, and reigns as the top tourist destination for Americans. Telling the Mexicans they’re ‘fired' might therefore not be as consequence-free as saying it to contestants on 'The Apprentice.'"
"He would invest in enormous infrastructure projects that he said would create more than 10 million jobs. He would expand, not shrink, Social Security, and move the United States to a single payer health care system. Legislation that he intends to propose or already has would automatically register anyone older than 18 to vote, kick private corporations out of the prison business, make public college tuition free, guarantee sick and paid family leave and a 'couple of weeks paid vacation' to workers.
He would break up the banks that are too big to fail, keep us out of any more wars and pay for much of his spending program with a tax on Wall Street trading."