• Florida man barely reacts to explosive lightning strike yards away in amusing video

    Right after a man in Florida turned off his front yard sprinklers Saturday morning, a powerful lightning bolt struck the ground across the street, off to the man's side, sending massive red flames and black smoke into the air (caught on security footage, shown below). The incredible strike, which looked and sounded like a bomb had just exploded, seemed to startle the man, who flinched and slightly hooted. But amusingly, he didn't turn around to see what the hell happened. Just another stormy day in Sebring.

    Via WFLA

  • Video: 82-year-old Succession star super-glued his hand to Starbucks counter in protest

    James Cromwell, the 82-year-old actor who played Succession's cranky, anti-capitalist Uncle Ewan, superglued his hand down to a Starbuck's counter in New York City this morning for at least 30 minutes to protest the company's extra charge for plant-based milk. "Save the planet, save the cows. Stop the vegan upcharge now!" he chanted along with other demonstrators. (See 3 video clips, shot by PETA, below.)

    Protestors say charging extra for non-dairy milk is discriminatory toward vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant.

    Police eventually arrived to break up the protest, but it's unclear whether any arrests were made, according to ABC27.

  • Canadian MP apologizes for attending virtual parliamentary meeting from bathroom stall

    Just a year after a Canadian politician was caught peeing during a virtual work meeting (the same William Amos who was caught naked a month earlier during a Zoom meeting), another MP was caught attending a parliamentary meeting from the potty. Fortunately his phone camera, which was propped up on a ledge behind the toilet, didn't lay bare what, exactly, he was doing in the stall. Now Shafqat Ali, down in the dumps after other members of Parliament exposed his location, is apologizing, calling it an "unfortunate event."

    "I take this matter extremely seriously, and I promise never to repeat this error again," the gentleman said.

    From The Guardian:

    Liberal party member Shafqat Ali participated in a hybrid session of parliament last Friday, joining with a Zoom-like feed visible only to other parliamentarians. But Conservative members grew suspicious of his surroundings.

    Conservative MP Laila Goodridge told the House of Commons that a lawmaker "might be participating in a washroom" somewhere inside parliament – an allegation that baffled the Speaker of the House until it was confirmed by parliamentary pages.

    On Monday, the Conservative House leader, John Brassard, told parliament that after studying the stonework, door hinges and coat hook, lawmakers had concluded Ali had placed his camera "on the ledge or ridge on the wall just above the back of the toilet". …

    The deputy House speaker, Chris D'Entremont, said Ali's apology was sufficient enough to close the matter – but warned MPs "to always be vigilant" when participating remotely.

  • GOP candidate thought he could ban CNN from rally, but CNN got creative

    Pennsylvania's leading GOP gubernatorial candidate, Christian nationalist Doug Mastriano, is so radical that although he claimed all were welcome to his campaign rally over the weekend, he banned the media from attending. He'd rather keep his bible-centric campaign, which "fuses politics with Christianity" (and pushes Trump's stale Big Lie while he's at it) under wraps.

    So when CNN's Kyung Lah and her crew showed up at the Uniontown hotel, where the poolside event was taking place, they were turned away. But that didn't stop them from booking a room at the hotel with a perfectly positioned poolside balcony seat:

    Image: Screengrab / CNN via YouTube (video below)

    Fortunately it's mighty difficult to put a ban on creativity. CNN's full story, which aired on Monday, is here:

  • New York Times tried to change today's Wordle word that suddenly seemed icky after Politico leak

    If you're a Wordle addict, you might want to play today's round before reading this spoiler of a post — unless, that is, you're easily offended by certain politically charged words creeping into your gameplay. In that case, read on.

    The New York Times, which tries to keep their daily Wordle word "distinct from the news," tried to yank a pre-loaded word scheduled for today that suddenly seemed in bad taste: "fetus." The word was programmed into the game a year ago, before the Times acquired it from Josh Wardle and before last week's bombshell Supreme Court Roe V. Wade draft ruling leak by Politico. Try as they might, the word still managed to reach some players.

    "At New York Times Games, we take our role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news," the Times said in a statement. "But because of the current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game."

    From CNN:

    The Times said the word was loaded into the game last year — before the publisher acquired it — adding: "When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we switched it for as many solvers as possible."

    However, some users who have not refreshed their browser window could still get the word from the "outdated puzzle", the statement added.

  • Jen Psaki and Peter Doocy break character, exchange sweet goodbyes

    It was a big day for outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. First she congratulated her replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre, who will become the nation's first Black, first openly gay person to fill the job when Psaki leaves on May 13th.

    Later, Psaki took a break from schooling Fox reporter Peter Doocy after he took a break from asking a silly question. Instead, they both warmly said their goodbyes with a bit of good-natured sarcasm (video below).

    "Thank you Jen. Sorry to see you go," Doocy said, mocking an off-handed tone.

    "Are you?" she said, following his lead, causing the room to break into laughter.

    "Yes, and you've always been a good sport …" Doocy said, smiling underneath his mask.

    "Thank you. As have you," Psaki said, interrupting him.

    "…So on behalf of everyone, thank you," Doocy said.

    Personally, I will miss the entertaining interactions between Psaki and Doocy, also known (at least by me) as the "Jen and Peter Show," that have taken place during the briefings for the last 18 months. But I also look forward to all of the newness in the press room that will come with Jeanne-Pierre taking over the helm.

  • Watch: Jen Psaki chokes up as she congratulates her replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre

    An emotional Jen Psaki, who is leaving the White House May 13, congratulated her current deputy and upcoming replacement Karine Jean-Pierre at the press briefing today (see video below). Jean-Pierre, who immigrated to the United States from Haiti as a child, will be the first Black, first openly gay person to fill the position of White House press secretary.

    "As you all know, she will be the first Black woman, the first out LGBTQ-plus person to serve in this role, which is amazing because representation matters," Psaki said as the two held hands. "And she will give a voice to so many, and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard and dream big, and that matters. We should celebrate that."

    Psaki went on to talk about Jean-Pierre's "decades of experience" working in Washington, for the Obama-Biden campaigns, and also as a long-time advisor for President Biden. She also recounted one of the first conversations she had with Jeanne-Pierre, in which they decided together they wanted to have a "drama-free" workplace "rebuilding trust with the public."

    "And I am just so grateful to have had Karine by my side for this, over the last 15 months, and I just can't wait to see her shine at the podium. So congratulations, and I can't wait to see you bring your own style and brilliance to this job," Psaki said.

    Via ABC News

  • Ted Cruz on whose law clerk is behind the SCOTUS leak: "It's Sonia Sotomayor"

    When Ted Cruz isn't playing hooky in order to comb the beaches of Cancun, he plays junior detective, as he did when he speculated — with "no evidence," — that it was a law clerk of Justice Sonia Sotomayor who leaked the Supreme Court's draft opinion on overturning Roe. V. Wade. (Video below.)

    "I think it is very very likely a law clerk. And it is very very likely a law clerk for one of the three liberal justices," the Texas senator conjured out of thin air. "If I were to guess the most likely justice for whom the law clerk is clerking," he says, as if anyone asked, "it's Sonia Sotomayor, because she's the most partisan of the justices."

    After presenting his slanderous theory, he adds, "I have no evidence of that, I'm just making an inference."

  • The Supreme Court gets a "non-scalable" fence — the new symbol of America

    Similar to the Capitol after the Jan. 6 attacks, the Supreme Court is now surrounded by an 8-foot "non-scalable" fence. It was erected last night, replacing bike racks that were removed earlier in the day. The fence, which has now come to symbolize the Divided States of America, was put up "after another evening of protests over the leaked opinion that signaled justices plan to overturn Roe v. Wade," according to NBC4, who reminds us of other recent barriers:

    Fencing installed around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riot remained in place for six months, until July 2021. Similar barriers were put up last fall for the "Justice for J6" rally and in early March before President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address

  • Gentleman makes a mad dash off a United flight through the emergency exit and down a wing

    A gentleman couldn't get off his United flight fast enough at O'Hare International this morning, opening the plane's emergency exit and sliding off the wing before the taxiing aircraft, which had just landed, came to a stop. Once his feet touched the tarmac, he was greeted by United's ground crew, who then introduced him to nearby police.

    From NBC News:

    The flight took off from San Diego on Wednesday night and landed at about 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to flightaware.com.

    An arrest was made, according to a statement from Chicago police to NBC Chicago.

    "A male subject was onboard a plane that was approaching the gate when he pulled the emergency exit and walked out onto the wing of the plane," police said.

    "The subject then slid down the wing and onto the airfield. CPD arrived and placed him into custody. Charges are pending."

  • Louisiana moves bill forward to classify abortion as murder

    Before the Supreme Court has even had a chance to officially overturn Roe V. Wade, Republicans in Louisiana advanced a bill to reclassify abortion as murder, a crime in which the mother ending the pregnancy could be criminally charged, according to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. The House Appropriations Committee voted 7–2 on the measure yesterday, even though at least one yea-sayer admitted it was unconstitutional.

    "We can't wait on the Supreme Court," said GOP Rep. Danny McCormick, who was criticized by his own party last summer when he posted — and then deleted — an anti-semitic meme on social media.

    From Lafayette Daily Advertiser:

    Rep. Danny McCormick said his House Bill 813 should move forward even though the U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade that guarantees abortion rights as soon as June, according to an opinion leaked from the high court this week. …

    McCormick's bill says the unborn should be protected at fertilization. …

    Bradley Pierce of the Foundation to Abolish Abortion said state legislatures have the right to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court if they disagree with any high court decision. …

    Opponents argued the bill would not only put the mother and doctor at risk of murder prosecution but criminalize in vitro fertilization and perhaps some forms of birth control.

    Via Raw Story

  • This is what happens when you take kids with ducklings to a pond that has duck-eating geese (video)

    A school field trip went awry when young children brought baby ducks to a local pond to set them free (as reported by Aaron Organ of Indiana's WANE15). Little did they, including the grown-ups in charge, know that geese — which were in the pond — eat ducks. Needless to say, chaos ensued.

  • Watch: In 1996, George Carlin outed the "pro-life" GOP for what they really are

    George Carlin nailed it 26 years ago when talking about the GOP's so-called pro-lifers. "These people aren't pro life," he said in his 1996 HBO special, Back In Town. "They're anti-woman."

    "Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't wanna know about you. They don't wanna hear from you," the comedian said in a video that has resurfaced since the Supreme Court's draft opinion that overturns Roe V. Wade was leaked and obtained by Politico. "No neonatal care, no daycare, no Head Start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're pre-born, you're fine, if you're preschool, you're fucked."

    But the punchline of it all comes in the beginning of the clip (below), when he asks, "Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place?"

  • Video: MAGA man who ran for Ohio governor (and lost) thinks earth and dinosaurs are 6,000 years old

    Republican Joe Blystone, one of the losers in yesterday's Ohio primary race for governor, told Good Liars Jason Selvig he thinks the earth is just 6,000 years old. And on the topic of Covid, we should be following "real scientific data, which we are not receiving." And by real scientific data, he means the science that tells us dinosaurs — which roamed the earth 66 million to 252 million years ago — were on Noah's Ark. Somehow the math just doesn't add up.

  • Watch: Mike Huckabee promotes his "free" Trump guide for kids but it's actually a scam

    Former preacher Mike Huckabee idolizes pussy-grabber Donald Trump to such a degree, he is now peddling his book The Kids Guide to President Trump in a video ad tweeted by Aaron Rupar and seen on Fox News (see below). Not only does the book "teach kids all about Trump's [anti-democratic] accomplishments and his [fascist] vision of America," Huckabee says, but he wants you to "have it for free."

    Which, in con artist Huckabee's world, means you'll actually be duped into paying $21.90 for the indoctrinating "bundle" it comes with, plus an extra $6.49 per month for his EverBright Kids propaganda magazine, according to Huckabee's own site that promotes his Trump bible. But of course, belonging to a cult never comes for free.

  • Senator Ron Johnson said it "may be true" that the Covid vaccination can give people AIDS

    Senator Ron Johnson, Republican science denier of Wisconsin, thinks it "may be true" that Covid vaccines can give people AIDS.

    Speaking to anti-vax mouthpiece Todd Callender, who said Dr. Anthony Fauci should be held criminally accountable for the Covid vaccine push, the Senator is seen on video, tweeted by Heartland Signal (and shown below), as open to the bizarre alternative fact that the coronavirus vaccination can some how inject a person — deliberately — with AIDS.

    "You've got more than 100 doctors here, all of whom will tell you that these shots caused vaccine-induced AIDS. They purposefully gave people AIDS," Callendar baselessly claimed. "They knew all of this, and yet they licensed these shots anyway … This is criminal intent."

    "…You got to do one step at a time," Johnson replied, suggesting that Callendar wasn't necessarily wrong in his senseless statements, but that he was just moving too fast.

    "Everything you say may be true, but right now the public views the vaccines as largely safe and effective, that vaccine injuries are rare and mild. That is the narrative," Johnson said. "That's what the vast majority of the public accepts. So until we get a larger percentage of the population with their eyes open, to: Whoa, these vaccine injuries are real. Why? You've got to do step by step."

    Via The Washington Post

  • Watch: Trump thinks women who get abortions should be punished (in resurfaced video)

    Along with the Supreme Court's vote to overturn Roe V. Wade, as published by Politico, comes a walk down memory lane in the form of a 2016 resurfaced video of Donald Trump, speaking about his stance on banning abortion.

    "You'll go back to a position like they had, where people will perhaps go to illegal places. But you have to ban it," he told Chris Matthews on MSNBC (video below). "There has to be some form of punishment,"

    "For the woman?" Matthews asked.

    "Yes, there has to be some form," Trump said.

    And for the person who gets the woman pregnant? They should not have to face any punishment, Trump later told Matthews (not seen in the clip), according to Insider.

    And as we all know by now, what Trump wants, the GOP tries its darnedest to deliver.

  • A four-year-old took his mom's car for a joyride, crashed it into two parked cars

    A barefoot four-year-old managed to sneak out his mother's keys and take her car for a spin in the town of Utrecht, Netherlands. But his big-boy adventure ended when he crashed into two parked cars. The tot, wearing pajamas, then wandered away from the scene unscathed and was fortunately found by a helpful stranger who called the police.

    From Daily Beast:

    The child was taken to the police station in Utrecht, where he was given chocolate and a teddy bear as he recounted taking the vehicle and hitting two parked cars, which he then led them back to. Police then traced the car and called the boy's mother, who described him as a "resourceful" child, police wrote in an Instagram post.

    How the little guy managed to reach the clutch and gas pedal is anyone's guess.

    You can read more details (with a translator if need be) on the politie_utrechtnoorde Instagram page:

  • Here is what Trump's SCOTUS picks said about Roe V. Wade before they became justices

    Former twice-impeached president Donald Trump may have rushed his three SCOTUS picks, but he did manage to find poker-faced nominees who were as savvy in the disinformation department — especially on the topic of how they think — as the rest of the GOP.

    Here's what they said, in part, when asked about Roe V. Wade during their confirmation hearings (as seen in video below):

    Amy Coney Barrett: "How would you define super precedent? … Roe doesn't fall in that category, and scholars across the spectrum say that doesn't mean that Roe should be overruled…"

    Brett Kavanaugh: "It is an important precedent of the Supreme Court. By "it" I mean Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, been reaffirmed many times. Casey is precedent on precedent, which itself is an important factor."

    Neil Gorsuch: "The Supreme Court of the United States has held from Roe V. Wade that a fetus is not a person for purposes of the 14th amendment … That's the law of the land. I accept the law of the land. Yes!"

    Of course these are the same three justices, along with Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, who "voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision," as reported by Politico on Monday based on a leaked initial draft majority opinion written in February by Alito. And you can bet anti-freedoms rulings such as this are just getting started.