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  • California Gas Price Averages Soar to All-Time Record High

    11/15/2021 9:51:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | NOV 15, 2021 9:32 AM ET | BY GWENDOLYN SIMS
    On Sunday, California gas prices rose to a record-setting high average of $4.676 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The previous record average price of $4.671 was set in October 2012. The Golden State is America’s largest state by population and currently has the highest gas prices in the country even as the national average dropped slightly to $3.413. One reason for the increase, AAA said, is the state’s reduced refinery production capacity due to heavy rainstorms in northern California which then trickled down the supply chain, impacting southern California similar to what happened...
  • Biden "Perfectly Comfortable" with Payments He declared "Garbage" [semi-satire]

    11/09/2021 11:04:18 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 November 2021 | John Semmens
    When news broke a few days ago that his Department of Justice was negotiating a deal to pay some illegal immigrants $450,000 in damages, President Biden declared the news "garbage." Now that he has had time to confer with his advisors, he has pronounced himself "perfectly comfortable" with the idea. Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained that "when the President was informed of the very real suffering endured by these people—trekking hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of miles to get to the United States—he immediately saw the justice behind the demanded payments. The United States advertises itself as the 'land...
  • The View from Galt's Gulch [shameless vanity]

    11/05/2021 6:55:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    My camera | 11/5/2021
    Just thought I'd give a tiny little slideshow. Reservior in Kaeng Krachan National Park (about 50 miles away) Little fish pond at a Buddhist temple up in the mountains near me Some Thai ladies trying to figure out Fussball at a party a few days ago Morning bike ride today View from a little beachside place where, when open, you can get a beverage of choice (adult or otherwise) and enjoy the surf coming in.
  • Biden Wants to Pay Illegals $450,000 Each [semi-satire]

    10/31/2021 11:18:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 October 2021 | John Semmens
    The Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are said to be offering to settle lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 900 persons who entered the United States illegally during the Trump Administration. ACLU spokesman Bertram Petty asserted that "it is already a matter of law that if a person breaks into your home and you injure him you must pay damages. Our 900 clients have all sustained severe psychological trauma as a result of Trump's policy. First, many incurred thousands of dollars in expenses paying coyotes to smuggle them into...
  • It was an . Now you are being REPLACED. What is an Army? Men between 15 & 35

    10/28/2021 9:30:25 AM PDT · by AuntB · 31 replies
    TownCrierNews ^ | Oct. 26, 2021 | TheTownCrier
    Bill O'reilly read the stats from the Biden administration... since the last surge there have been 1.1 million single men aliens allowed into the USA crossing the border. MOST are single men, not families, or children seeking asylum. We aren't even mentioning the same male situation with the unvetted Afghan refugees squatting all over this country. For decades this has been coming and many of us fought to try to warn you that it MATTERS who you vote for! Now you've got the worst of the worst of the Progressive Permissives! In 2007, TTC wrote about figures presented by the...
  • Meet Transportation Needs with High-Speed Rail [semi-satire]

    10/24/2021 4:35:37 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 October 2021 | John Semmens
    This week, President Biden took an Amtrak train to his alleged "home town" of Scranton, Pennsylvania where he boasted of logging two million miles as a rail passenger during his days in the US Senate. "I saved this country millions of gallons of gasoline and the tens of millions of dollars it would have cost me if I had driven myself." "It's time for the pure selfishness that leads people to take their personal vehicles everywhere they go," he said. "Be smart like I was and take the train. When you arrive at the train station take a taxi or...
  • Security Fence to Be Built Around Biden's Home [semi-satire]

    10/24/2021 11:32:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 October 2021 | John Semmens
    On September 21 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $456,548 contract for "purchase and installation of security fencing at the $2.7 million home Biden bought in 2017. The work should be completed by the end of this year. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited the surge in illegal border crossings as "the chief reason why this expenditure was undertaken. With nearly two million new unvetted foreigners expected to enter the country this year and who knows how many next year, added protection of the President is vitally needed." The Secretary explained that "the cancellation of the completion of the border...
  • Last Known Photos of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie Together

    10/23/2021 8:11:47 AM PDT · by allen592 · 35 replies
    Mag Grand ^ | October 23, 2021 | TMG
    Here’s what Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito looked like on some of their cross-country road trip stops. These photos might be the last ones Brian and Gabby have taken together during their final road trip stops.
  • William Shatner Says Duke of Cambridge Has ‘Got the Wrong Idea’ About his Space Flight

    10/16/2021 7:48:47 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 37 replies
    Spacex Mania ^ | 15 Oct 2021 | Alex Bruno
    Following Prince William’s comments about issues around current space flights, William Shatner responded to the royal’s concerns. The actor both justified his trip as well as to shut down what the Duke of Cambridge had to say. “He’s a lovely, gentle, educated Englishman, but he’s got the wrong idea,” Shatner told Entertainment Tonight. The star explained what he meant by noting that the “idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space.’” Instead, he said that “the prince is missing the point. The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it’s very...
  • Southwest Airlines Cancels Even More Flights as 'Issues' Worsen

    10/10/2021 8:38:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/10/2021 | Nick Arama
    As we reported earlier today, Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights yesterday claiming, initially, that it was due to bad weather and that there were air traffic control issues.But their issues continued, with another 1,000 flights canceled today, as well — almost 28% of their total flights. This was the second straight day of significant issues.As we noted earlier, the claim of “weather” didn’t match what was happening in the country, and it wasn’t hitting other carriers. So, that wasn’t the real story. Fox’s Leland Vittert indicated that there was a “mass sickout” in protest of vaccine mandates. That many...
  • NASA's Low-Noise Supersonic Plane Has No Front Window. Here's How They See Through

    10/10/2021 9:57:24 AM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 36 replies
    Interesting Engineering ^ | Oct 09, 2021 | Loukia Papadopoulos
    Supersonic planes might be speedy but they have one distinct problem: They generate an unbearably loud sound. When an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound, shockwaves form and travel away from the aircraft, merging and generating sonic booms heard on the ground for miles. NASA is now working with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to transform aviation through its faster-than-sound X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft that reduces sonic booms to a barely-audible sonic thump. The new single-seat plane X-59 will be 99.7 feet long, 29.5 feet wide (30 m by 9 m), and will cruise at an altitude...
  • Need a home (vanity)

    10/05/2021 9:07:27 AM PDT · by ModernDayCato · 55 replies
    Me | 10/05/21 | ModernDayCato
    Hello FRiends, So…many of you know I’m in CT. I’ve been homeless with my Jack Russell since January. I spent some time in Florida but now I’m back. I had some medical setbacks so I’m pretty much starting again. I can’t find a place to live, and we’re going to be out on the street for the winter, which isn’t going to be good. Can anyone steer me toward a rental, pretty much anywhere in the country? I’m hoping for CT or FL, but I’m pretty desperate. Feel free to FReepmail me as well. Thanks everyone.
  • New Immigration Enforcement Guidelines [semi-satire]

    10/02/2021 11:49:12 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 October 2021 | John Semmens
    Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, announced new immigration enforcement guidelines for dealing with those who have illegally entered the country, saying “given the flood of border-crossers, the president has determined that it is impractical to try to enforce the laws as written. There are just too many lawbreakers. He has authorized us to focus on deporting those who pose a security threat. The rest will be dispersed around the country on their own recognizance until they decide to appear in court for their cases to be heard.” The chief security threats mentioned by the Secretary were...
  • New neon mural lights up Uranus

    09/29/2021 6:23:43 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 38 replies ^ | September 29, 2021 | Dan Lake
    The mayor of a US town named Uranus has unveiled a new neon mural wall celebrating its location on Route 66. Located in Missouri, the unincorporated town has a population of 25. The neon light installation measures 6m high and 16m wide. It features icons from towns also located on Route 66 including the Blue Swallow Motel in New Mexico, Cadillac Ranch in Texas and the Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma.... Other popular attractions in the town include the Fudge Factory and the General Store, but Mayor Baker said there's more work to be done and the town will...
  • Biden Blames Trump [semi-satire]

    09/29/2021 10:42:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 September 2021 | John Semmens
    A feisty President Biden made a valiant effort to try to shift blame for the series of policy disasters that have plagued his time in office, claiming “it would be unfair of people to blame me for blunders foisted on me by my predecessor. The seeds of each and every calamity were sown by Donald Trump.” ”Take the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Biden said. “Trump didn’t tell me that he had an agreement with the Taliban to have also US troops and personnel out of the country by May 1, 2021. So, when this date came and went and there...
  • Many people have never ridden in the back seat of their own automobiles

    09/15/2021 5:37:55 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 82 replies
    When was the last time you rode in the back seat of your own automobile? I have owned at least eleven cars since I started driving in 1979: Oldsmobile 98 AMC Pacer Volkswagon Rabbit Ford Escort Mitsubishi Galant Ford Tempo Nissan Maxima Nissan Altima Ford F-150 (that the wife tipped over and wrecked) Nissan Murano Subaru Outback I might have missed one or two and I'm not counting my wife's cars - though I did point out she wrecked my F-150, the one pickup truck that I ever owned. She lost control over a patch of ice and flipped it...
  • Biden Admin Disappointed with Taliban [semi-satire]

    09/11/2021 2:00:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 September 2021 | John Semmens
    While President Biden boldly boasted of "the extraordinary success of our evacuation from Afghanistan," members of his administration have started to have concerns about some recent actions taken by the Taliban government. Secretary of State Tony Blinken expressed dismay at "the unrepresentative composition of the Taliban government. Not a single woman has been appointed to any position of importance. It's as if these people never heard of equal rights for women. How can the new government expect to be accepted among the ranks of civilized nations?" Jessica Stern, special envoy for LGBTQ rights at the State Department, lamented the Taliban's...
  • Australia confiscates alcohol, limits residents in lockdown to "6 beers or pre-mixed drinks or one bottle of wine"

    09/10/2021 4:01:32 PM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 44 replies
    GP ^ | September 8, 2021 | Cristina Laila
    Australians in lockdown in New South Wales are having their alcohol deliveries monitored by the government’s NSW Health Agency, because science. Advertisement - story continues below “Residents in apartment blocks locked-down by NSW Health are having their alcohol deliveries policed as part of a policy to limit the number of drinks being consumed each day,” NCA News Wire reported. Government goons are rummaging through private mail deliveries, confiscating alcohol and telling Aussies they can only receive a ration of “six beers or pre-mixed drinks or one bottle of wine.”
  • Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) Appears to Have Gone Missing in Afghanistn

    08/31/2021 8:21:46 PM PDT · by shadowlands1960 · 30 replies
    The Intelligencer ^ | August 31st, 2021 | Matt Stieb
    According to the Washington Post, Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin called the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan on Monday, asking for help bringing in a tremendous amount of cash from Tblisi, Georgia, in order to travel to neighboring Afghanistan to rescue via helicopter an American citizen and her four children still in the Taliban-controlled nation. When U.S. officials said no, Mullin threatened ambassador John Mark Pommersheim and embassy staff. As of Tuesday night, his exact whereabouts were unknown
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken: Leaving Stranded Americans to Get to Kabul Airport on Their Own is “the Best Way to do This” (VIDEO)

    08/22/2021 12:31:02 PM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 84 replies
    GP ^ | August 22, 2022 | Cristina Laila
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. Blinken was pressed on the Biden Admin’s efforts to extricate Americans stuck in Afghanistan behind enemy lines. Advertisement - story continues below Thousands of Americans are stranded in Afghanistan in a potential hostage situation as terrorist factions block roads to Kabul airport with checkpoints. Americans are reportedly being beaten and harassed by Taliban terrorists. .... Snip.... Meanwhile French, British and German special forces are rescuing their countrymen. Secretary Blinken on Sunday said “the best way to do this” is to leave Americans...