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New York legislator Jennifer Schwartz Berky freaks out over speeding ticket

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Democrat Jennifer Schwartz Berky, a county legislator in New York, hopes to get reelected. She’s off to a poor start after being completely incapable of handling the process of receiving a speeding ticket. How someone like this thinks she can make decisions on behalf of other people when she can’t handle the devastating stress of a ticket is beyond me.

Thankfully, the video is now available to the public and should be seen by everyone in her neck of the woods. I get it. Getting tickets for speeding is really annoying. However, people who run for office with the goal of representing others should not be so impotent that they can’t control themselves in situations like these. Things happen. Take the ticket respectfully. Pay it. Drive slower next time.

H/T: Moonbattery

Federalists

How does the Federalist Society relieve stress? “But Gorsuch” stress balls, of course.

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But Gorsuch

Conservatives who aren’t pleased with the actions, direction, and/or rhetoric coming out of the White House often invoke a simple phrase: “But Gorsuch!” It’s intended to remind them that no matter what the current administration does that goes against limited-government principles, at least they can find solace in a Constitution-loving judge being appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court.

This popular meme made its way to the Federalist Society’s annual convention as the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, distributed stress balls to attendees. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s image and the famous words of solace were printed on the balls.

No matter how bad it gets, remember that it could have been worse, at least from the bench.

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‘But Gorsuch’ stress balls give relief to distraught lawyers at Federalist Society conference

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/but-gorsuch-stress-balls-give-relief-to-distraught-lawyers-at-federalist-society-conference/article/2641092“I adore Gorsuch and he’s a dream judge on so many levels and we don’t do a ton with the judiciary at R Street … [but] we just love doing the silly stuff,” said Shoshana Weissmann, R Street Institute’s digital media specialist who hand-delivered the balls to attendees on Friday.

Weissmann said the R Street Institute made 150 balls, which it started distributing when the Federalist Society’s annual convention began in Washington on Thursday. The think tank had about 50 balls remaining Friday, with attendees coming to get them while Weissmann spoke with a reporter.

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Navy apologizes for sky penis

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Navy apologizes for sky penis

The skill level of naval aviators is top notch. We’re the envy of the world when it comes to air superiority because of the technological advances and extreme skill level our pilots possess. They put their skills on display in a strange way and now the U.S. Navy is having to apologize for it.

Navy apologizes over penis drawn in the sky, grounds aircrew involved

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/navy-apologizes-over-penis-drawn-in-the-sky-grounds-aircrew-involved/article/2641075“The Navy apologizes to anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action,” according to a statement from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “The Officers and Sailors of the United States Navy are professionals, held to the highest standards, while serving our nation with pride around world. The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values. We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation – and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act.”

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The White House has not lifted the ban on elephant trophies, yet

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The White House has not lifted the ban on elephant trophies yet

Wide reports were circulated today that the Trump administration was lifting the Obama administration’s 2014 ban on bringing trophy elephants home from two African countries. Conservation groups were outraged by the decision and started protests in person and on social media. According to the White House, the lift on the ban had not been finalized, yet.

“There hasn’t been an announcement that’s been finalized on this front,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday. “Until that’s done I wouldn’t consider anything final.”

Between 2007 and 2014, the population of African elephants fell by 30%. In a statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reversing the ban would actually help the elephants. “Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species,” the government body said in a statement.

My Take

I’m not a hunter, but I have no problem with hunting in practice. One exception is when the animals being hunted are endangered. If this ban is a deterrent for those considering hunting endangered big game, then I’m all for it. Not sure why this needs to be a thing, but then again I’m no hunter. I don’t quite understand the appeal.

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White House says elephant trophy decision not yet finalized

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-elephant-trophy-hunting-move-sparks-stampede-outrage-182356306.htmlThe planned move, disclosed this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had triggered protests from conservation groups and a frenzy on social media. Opponents posted pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who are avid hunters, posing with the cut-off tail of a slain elephant and other dead wild animals on Twitter.

“There hasn’t been an announcement that’s been finalized on this front,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked about the reported policy shift on Thursday. “Until that’s done I wouldn’t consider anything final.”

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