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Hometown: Nokomis, FL
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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Meet Beto O'Rourke! There was an earlier thread with this heading but it left stuff out...

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's 1998 arrest for driving under the influence has been public knowledge, but police reports show it was a more serious threat to public safety than previously reported.

O'Rourke, a congressman representing the state's 16th Congressional District, has acknowledged and apologized for the incident throughout his time in politics.

"I drove drunk and was arrested for a DWI in 1998," O’Rourke said on Thursday. "As I've publicly discussed over the last 20 years, I made a serious mistake for which there is no excuse."

Earlier in the week, the congressman wrote an op-ed on criminal justice reform in which he referred to the arrest as a "serious mistake for which there is no excuse."

State and local police reports obtained by the Houston Chronicle, however, indicate just how dangerous O'Rourke's actions were. The reports reveal two details previously overlooked: there was a crash involved and a witness said O’Rourke attempted to flee.

On Sept. 27, 1998 at 3 a.m., O'Rourke was driving on I-10 in the town of Anthony, Texas, when he hit a truck and his car was sent across the median and into oncoming lanes of traffic. A witness said he was driving at "a high rate of speed" for the 75 mph zone when he lost control and that he attempted to flee the scene.

https://freebeacon.com/politics/police-reports-reveal-orourkes-1998-dwi-arrest-serious-previously-reports

Do you want to touch my monkey?...

Democratic Generic Congressional Ballot poll lead slip, slipping away...

For the first time in months, Democrats and Republicans are tied on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest telephone and online survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters would choose the Democratic candidate if the elections for Congress were held today. Another 44% would now opt for the Republican. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A week ago, Democrats held a 48% to 41% lead on the generic ballot.

This is the first time the parties have been tied since May. The Democrats regained their lead in early June and have maintained it since then. In early July, Democrats led by eight, their largest lead since January.

Rasmussen Reports is updating the Generic Congressional Ballot findings weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern until the midterm elections in November.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/generic_congressional_ballot


Looks like having over 90% favorable media bias toward Democrats STILL isn't enough...

Smartphones, tablets, other PEDs bringing bacteria into the kitchen

Smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices, known as PEDs, in the past decade have increasingly been found in the kitchen.

The only trouble is cell phones are well known for harboring bacteria, including “opportunistic human pathogens.” That raises a question because research on pathogen contamination on smartphones in “nonclinical’ settings, including those involving food preparation remains limited.

To fill that void, Amy M. Lando, Michael C. Bazaco, and Yi Chen of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition joined together with the research paper “Consumers’s Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Kitchen.” Published in the Journal for Food Protection, the trio of Food and Drug Administration experts found smartphones, tablets and other PEDs were contaminated with the “bacterial species on fingers of randomly chosen study participants…”

The trio conducted a study of 400 mobile phone users showing users in Nigeria and marketers and food vendors had higher contamination rates than students, teachers and public healthcare workers. They concluded that marketers and food vendors “had inadequate hygiene and sanitary practice.

“Bacteria found on their mobile phones included Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, and Bacillus,” the trio said. “The level on smartphone screens declined with proper screening of screens.”

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/08/smartphones-tablets-other-peds-bringing-bacteria-into-the-kitchen/

Israel eases gun controls following lone-wolf attacks

Israel has eased its gun controls to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, a move authorities say will help thwart lone-wolf attacks like this one in the West Bank in 2016 in which the attacker was shot and wounded.

The shift in policy, announced by the public security ministry late Monday, means that up to 600,000 Israelis could apply for gun licences, a dramatic increase on the current 140,000 civilians with permits. A source in the public security ministry, however, estimated that only 35,000 people will be interested in applying for gun licences under the new regulations.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the change could help thwart "lone-wolf attacks" by Palestinians, who have carried out gun, knife and car-ramming assaults that have at times been deadly. A number of people have been shot by accident, however, in the chaos resulting from such attacks, while Israeli security personnel have in some instances been accused of excessive force.

"Many civilians saved lives during attacks and, in an age of 'lone-wolf terror', the more trained civilians carrying arms, the higher the chances of thwarting attacks and minimising casualties," Erdan said in a statement.

Under the new regulations, any Israeli who had extensive infantry combat training can apply for a gun licence. Most Jewish Israelis must complete obligatory military service after they turn 18, but only a minority receive such training.

Police volunteers, medics and former military officers will also be eligible, the statement said.

https://www.france24.com/en/20180821-israel-eases-gun-controls-following-lone-wolf-attacks

Freedom in the 50 States... New York - #50.. LAST!

New York has been the least free state in the country for a long time. Economic freedom is the most significant weakness, but the state has not kept up with the rest of the country on personal freedom either.

The only fiscal policy area where New York is not below average is the ratio of government to private employment, where the state has actually improved significantly since the early 2000s. The government GDP ratio has scarcely fallen over that same time period, suggesting that New York pairs relatively low government employment with high salaries and benefits for public employees. New York’s local tax burden is twice that of the average state: 8.5 percent of income in FY 2015. This is a dramatic rise from the early 2000s, when it was 7 percent. However, New Yorkers have ample choice in local government: 2.9 competing jurisdictions per 100 square miles. The state tax burden, at a projected 6.8 percent of income in FY 2017, is also higher than the national average. Debt is the highest in the country at 31.2 percent of income, and liquid assets are less than half that, at 14.2 percent of income.

New York is also the worst state on regulatory policy, although here it is at least within striking distance of number 49. Land-use freedom is very low, primarily because of the economically devastating rent control law in New York City. Local zoning is actually fairly moderate compared with surrounding states not named “Pennsylvania.” Renewable portfolio standards are high. The state enacted a minimum wage in 2013–14 and also has a short-term disability insurance mandate. Cable and telecommunications are unreformed. Occupational freedom is a bit subpar, but nurse practitioners did gain some independence in 2013–14. Insurance freedom is a mixed bag (the state has stayed out of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact), but property and casualty insurers gained some freedom to set rates in 2013–14. The civil liability system looks poor, but we may underrate it slightly because of the state’s large legal sector.

https://www.freedominthe50states.org/overall/new-york

Venezuela Adds to Chaos With One of Biggest Currency Devaluations Ever

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro carried out one of the greatest currency devaluations in history over the weekend -- a 95 percent plunge that will test the capacity of an already beleaguered population to stomach even more pain.

One likely outcome is that inflation, which already was forecast to reach 1 million percent this year, will get fresh fuel from the measures. Prices are currently rising at an annualized rate of 108,000 percent, according to Bloomberg’s Café con Leche index. A massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis to neighboring countries will likely increase and with it, tensions and restrictions like the ones seen over the past few days.

The official rate for the currency will go from about 285,000 per dollar to 6 million, a shock that officials tried to partly offset by raising the minimum wage 3,500 percent to the equivalent of just $30 a month.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/2018/08/19/venezuela-s-95-devaluation-adds-to-turmoil-after-drone-attack#gs.8wdOJJ8

Another one of the Triumphs of Socialism we won't be hearing much about from our Progressives...


The "forgotten" (and forgettable) Republicans...

The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing.

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week's bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. Others still serve, but with a muted voice.

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump's Republican Party.

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency. The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty, even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president's job performance earlier this month. That's compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-warnings-grow-forgotten-republicans-044631823--election.html

The Associated Press and assorted establishment media yearn for the days when Democrats were in charge, or even when Republicans were in charge, so long as they closely paralleled Democrats...

CNN Accused of intimidating Paul Manafort jury

CNN is being accused of attempting to intimidate the Paul Manafort jury after the far-left cable channel (and six other anti-Trump outlets) requested the jurors’ names and home addresses.
Manafort, who worked for a short time as President Trump’s campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election, has been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with various financial crimes, none of which have anything to do with Trump or the campaign.

Manafort’s fate now sits with the jury, and after two days of deliberations, anti-Trump media outlets like CNN are becoming concerned Manafort could be acquitted, which would be a major blow to Mueller’s credibility and his ability to remove Trump from office — an outcome the establishment media are desperate to orchestrate.

And so, on Thursday, CNN, along with six other far-left media outlets (the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, the New York Times, NBC, and the AP) sued for the release of the names and home addresses of all of the Manafort jurors, a move that is both disturbing and almost unprecedented.

As Bre Payton at the Federalist points out, “Publicly outing the names and home addresses of jurors is considered ethically questionable, as outlined in this guidance sheet on the topic from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press.”

To begin with, it is seen as unseemly to thrust jurors into the spotlight against their will when they are not volunteering for publicity; they are chosen. What many see here, and not without precedent, is yet another attempt by the media, most especially CNN, to bully and intimidate private, everyday citizens into convicting Manafort.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/18/cnn-accused-intimidating-paul-manafort-jury/

Do not steal the eggs of protected species.. or of species' that can protect themselves!...

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