Fishermen rescue deer floating at sea 5 miles off Maine coast

A lobster catcher in Maine rescued a deer that somehow got swept out 5 miles off the shore, in the ocean. Read the rest

NYPD proudly stages seizure of 106 pounds of legal hemp

The New York Police Department should be commended for keeping 106 pounds of psychoactively inert hemp off the streets, where it might have fallen into the hands of unsuspecting weed smokers simply wanting to get high. Even though the hemp had been tested and certified to contain less than the legal limit of THC and had been legally FedExed with the proper documentation by a licensed hemp grower to New York, the NTPD couldn't resist the thought of a big drug bust to brag about, so they set up a trap and arrested the recipient.

After the arrest, the police officers set up an forced perspective photo that made the 106 pounds of innocuous plant material look like it was a major haul.

From the NYPD 75th Precinct FaceBook account: "Great job by Day Tour Sector E yesterday. Working with FedEx and other local law enforcement, they were able to confiscate 106 Lbs. of marijuana, and arrest the individual associated with the intended delivery."

The man who was arrested in the bust replied in the comments: "These officers tossed out all the legal documents that was in each box. They were emailed by the farm that is registered by the dept of agriculture food and market. They have no clue about the new laws and if that was the case then every corner store and deli should be locked up too. They messed up bad this time."

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President tweets something dumb again, slurs 'three lowlife reporters' at Washington Post

This was just explained to him. Read the rest

Overturned mango truck makes mess of Maryland morning commute

Mangoes spilling from an overturned tractor trailer caused a messy morning commute on Maryland beltway. Read the rest

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches accepted as payment for parking citations

If you have any unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, and you have a loaf of bread and some peanut butter and jelly, you can now reduce or cover the cost of your tickets by making a PB&J sandwich. Read the rest

Trump pushed AG Barr to hold press briefing to say POTUS broke no laws in Ukraine phone call

Even Bill Barr knew it was dumb

DOJ charges former Twitter staff with spying for Saudi Arabia, digging into MBS critics' accounts

Twitter has some very serious security explaining to do. Read the rest

House Democrats schedule first open hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry

House Democrats have scheduled the first open hearings in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. The publicly televised hearings will begin next week with William Taylor, top US diplomat for Ukraine, and the State Department official George Kent. Read the rest

Aethervision: "newsreels" that recap the week's news using public-domain, pre-1924 footage

Mark Anderson is the proprietor of Aethervision, which has a simple premise: "Each week, I release a weekly news recap which covers 5 news items using nothing but footage from pre-1924 footage." These are spectacular and mesmerizing. Read the rest

Actual police reports dramatically read by Port Townsend residents

Evidently Port Townsend, Washington has a real sense of humor. Read the rest

Giuliani's Ukraine business dealings probed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan

• Trump lawyer’s bank records examined • Witnesses questioned on work for Ukraine mayor • Feds probing efforts to oust U.S. ambassador

Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Read the rest

Impeachment Inquiry: Mike Pompeo's former aide Michael McKinley to testify

The Donald Trump impeachment inquiry is picking up speed. Read the rest

VIDEO: Mike Pompeo bullies a reporter angrily as she asks Giuliani questions

Pompeo refuses to say if he met with Giuliani on February Warsaw trip

Wisconsin's Penzey Spices spent $92,000 on Facebook #Impeachment ads in just one week

Spice-seller was second only to Trump in spending on impeachment ads

Schoolhouse Rock style cartoon about impeachment sung by Jonathan Coulton

I'm old enough to have watched Schoolhouse Rock educational cartoons when they premiered on television. Read the rest

Ukraine: 4 or more U.S. officials were so upset by Trump's pressure on Zelensky, they spoke to W.H. lawyer

Four or more top U.S. national security officials were so upset by Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for Joe Biden dirt that they spoke to a White House lawyer with their concerns “both before and immediately after President Trump’s July 25 call with that country’s president,” the Washington Post reports tonight citing “U.S. officials and other people familiar with the matter.” Read the rest

How much legal trouble is Rudy Giuliani in right now?

Could an arrest be imminent? Was he planning to fly to Vienna, too? So many questions.

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