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KILL ALL ANTS is a movement behind which all Americans of all political beliefs could unite

Twitchy - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:21

There’s obviously something very tempting about becoming the sort of superhero that Touré can respect; otherwise, why would you spend a perfectly good summer weekend in a black hoodie with a helmet on your head, a black kerchief over your face, and a shield and baseball bat in your fists?

Beating white supremacists sounds like heroic work, but it doesn’t seem to be changing minds. Besides, Texas is in crisis right now from another natural disaster that we here at Twitchy have been following (from a safe distance): floating colonies of fire ants.

UPDATE: The floating fire ant colonies in Texas are growing… https://t.co/WZpyDiGXWU

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 30, 2017

Sonny Bunch has a hot take in Wednesday’s Free Beacon that’s so hot it involves government-issued flamethrowers: kill all ants.

Go on …

Hi, I don’t mean to alarm you, but if we don’t take drastic action and soon, we’re all going to die. https://t.co/gJigsf4B82

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) August 30, 2017

+1000000000000 https://t.co/E8VjF8KtGg

— Greg (@Greg651) August 30, 2017

Well, shoot. This ain't nothing but good sense.

— JustFlatOutWilford (@just_wilford) August 30, 2017

Seriously, look at these things … they really do float.

Kill All Ants via @SonnyBunchhttps://t.co/967N0IqbGg pic.twitter.com/j2M0iDdOly

— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) August 30, 2017

Bunch writes:

This is a topic of some interest right now because people are learning that ants do not drown when it floods. Oh no. They form little balls and float along with the floodwaters, moving whole colonies into brand new areas. Let me repeat:

THEY CANNOT BE KILLED BY WATER AND THEY FLOAT ALONG IT AND THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR PETS AND YOUR SUCKER PUNCH BLU-RAYS.

This isn’t cool, and to be honest, we haven’t exactly seen America’s greatest scientists — Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Clock Boy — step up to the plate with a solution to the floating ant menace. And if you needed any more convincing, just check out this video:

Crazy visual demonstration of why it's so hard to sink a floating fire ant colony https://t.co/oDOKt5Z5u5https://t.co/fKFOiXr3Ml

— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 30, 2017

You think that's bad. This is an ant mound in Washington State. They imported them to eat the sap off the trees. pic.twitter.com/usxgWSBRRg

— Brandon (@BMS355) August 30, 2017

If we can import them to do jobs, can’t we export them? As in, drop a few million on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program? Or just reroute ’em to the Astrodome, chuck in the neo-Nazis and the antifa, and have ’em fight it out? The pay-per-view revenue could go toward disaster relief.

Floating fire ants are awful.
Thank God Texas didn't have a nuclear power plant melt down at the same time. https://t.co/qUjq68J5oB

— No-Tel Lounge (@NoTelLounge) August 30, 2017

#NukeAllTheAnts https://t.co/my08CiZoXB

— Alex Cowan (@AA_Cowan) August 30, 2017

pic.twitter.com/VnhAkI1WjM

— Anang (@anangbhai) August 30, 2017

"I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords" https://t.co/jIVqz5WYk8

— JakeVK (@JakeVK) August 30, 2017

Never.

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Related:

Yes, the floating fire ant colonies in Houston are real https://t.co/laHaDY2XcM

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 28, 2017

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MSNBC unveils presidential ‘instant fact check’ technology developed AFTER Inauguration Day

Twitchy - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:21

MSNBC has joined the ranks of those who run on-screen real-time fact checks of the president now that Obama’s out of office:

Instant MSNBC fact-check. pic.twitter.com/SUSSJ76lel

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 30, 2017

Did we see a lot of that during a certain previous presidency?

Amazing technology that wasn't developed before January 20th of this year. https://t.co/J4MNXLWNRE

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2017

Ah, that would explain it. There are a few bugs to work out:

If only it worked for Dems too…

— Tamara (@tmspears) August 30, 2017

If only.

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ASTROTURF IN ACTION: Democrats Caught Handing Out US Flags to Trump-Hating Protesters in Missouri

GatewayPundit - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:20

ASTROTURF IN ACTION—
You know whenever you see a group of Democrat protesters with US flags they were handed out before the rally.

Democrats don’t carry US flags.
They have as much love for the American flag as the people in Timbuktu.

Liberal groups today organized a protest against President Trump in Springfield, Missouri.
The liberals met at the local Teamsters Hall.

I'm at Teamsters Local 245 at "The People's Protest." They are passing American flags out to everyone. #TrumpInSGF pic.twitter.com/G7DX4lCJ8G

— Alissa Zhu (@AlissaZhuNL) August 30, 2017

They were given US flags to make them look patriotic in a county where President Trump won by 27 points.

The People's Protest marches soon from Teamsters to the factory where Trump will speak. Flags and signs are being handed out. @CoMissourian pic.twitter.com/KP5uHmsely

— Rachel Wegner (@rachelannwegner) August 30, 2017

The post ASTROTURF IN ACTION: Democrats Caught Handing Out US Flags to Trump-Hating Protesters in Missouri appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

1 Chinese Coal Company, More Than 4X’s ALL US Coal Workers

Info Wars - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:16
The globalists don't really care about the environment and this is proof

Trump: Must Vote Out McCaskill If She Doesn't Support Tax Reform, Cuts

RealClear - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:12
President Trump encouraged an audience in Springfield, Missouri to vote out Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is seeking another term in 2018, if she does not support his upcoming tax reform proposal. "Over the past 30 years, the average business tax rate among developed nations fell from 45% to less than 24%, and some countries have an unbelievably low tax, including, by the way, China and some others that are highly competitive and really doing very well against us," Trump said. "They are taking us, frankly, to the cleaners," the president said. "So we must, we have no choice, we must lower our taxes. And your Senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn't do it for you, you have to vote her out of office." "She's going to make that commitment," he said. "She's got to make that commitment. If she doesn't do it, we just can't do this anymore with the obstruction and the obstructionists. If we don't get tax cuts and reform approved, potentially the biggest ever, we're looking for the biggest ever, jobs in our country can not take off the way they should." Trump said Democrats will try to obstruct tax reform like they have done with administration appointments and health care. "The Dems are looking to obstruct tax cuts and tax reform just like they obstructed so many other things including administration appointments and health care. Not one vote. We got not one vote to try and fix health care," Trump said.

Texas mother drowned with daughter clinging to her

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:10
Collette Sulcer, 41, died on Tuesday after she got swept away by strong currents in Beaumont, Texas while trying to carry her three-year-old daughter to safety.

Part of our rescue team is now fighting an apartment fire ... (Derrick Freeman)

Memeorandum - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:10

Derrick Freeman:
Part of our rescue team is now fighting an apartment fire and rescuing folks from the complex.  And the lightning has slowed up some rescues, but they have NOT stopped.  —  Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!  If you called, we are coming.

Betsy DeVos's Hiring Of A Former For-Profit College Dean To Head Fraud Unit Spurs Anger (Molly Hensley-Clancy/BuzzFeed)

Memeorandum - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:10

Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Betsy DeVos's Hiring Of A Former For-Profit College Dean To Head Fraud Unit Spurs Anger  —  “This is a joke, right?”  —  Betsy DeVos has hired a former official at the for-profit college DeVry University to run a unit that investigates for-profit college fraud, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

New Uber CEO warns troubled firm 'has to change'

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:06
'This company has to change,' Khosrowshahi said to Uber's employees during an all-hands meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, saying a planned IPO will not happen before 2019.

Football analyst Ed Cunningham resigns over brain safety

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:06
The 48-year-old, who played for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, spent 20 years carving out a career in sports journalism. But after two teammates committed suicide, he is done.

VA Terminates Another Whistle-Blower

Info Wars - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:05
Klein was terminated ostensibly for failure to follow orders, but his attorneys at the Whistleblower Law Firm are crying foul

Google's voice assistant coming to speakers and appliances

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:04
The Google voice assistant AI will now be found on a new set of third-party speakers and appliances, the company announced today at IFA the consumer electronics show in Germany.

Yes, we must talk about Politico’s awful, smug insult to Texans and faith

Hot Air - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:01

Or maybe we don’t have to discuss the sneering ridicule of Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, at least not much. Res ipsa loquitur applies here, a fact that was immediately apparent across the political and media spectrum:

If you want to know what .@politico thinks about the victims of #Harvey, here is the cartoon they just tweeted, then deleted. pic.twitter.com/9cr0Ne2Z06

— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 30, 2017

Politico only deleted the tweet, not the Matt Wuerker cartoon from their website — at least as of this writing. Why delete the tweet, though, just to keep the column? After all, it wasn’t the tweet that caused the offense.

Wuerker, Politico’s in-house editorial cartoonist, tried to claim that he was only targeting the secessionists:

Respectfully— it's making fun of the Secessionist movement. Not at all aimed at all Texans. https://t.co/aI4RxRNjFm

— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) August 30, 2017

Is Harris County, where the bulk of Harvey damage is taking place, a hotbed of secessionists? Not exactly, no. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 54/42 in Harris, and also in hurricane-ravaged Fort Bend, 52/45.

But that’s not really Wuerker’s only target or even the main one. In his usual sledgehammer style, he includes a Gadsden flag to slam conservatives, Confederate imagery to smear Texans as racists, and then also includes a gratuitous slap at people of faith. It’s a smug, arrogant, and utterly tone-deaf attack on hurricane refugees in the midst of their crisis, exploiting their tragedy to ride his hobby horses all over their pain.

It’s also ultimately ignorant. Wuerker manages to miss the point of an old joke, one very familiar to people of faith. Here it is: A man is told to evacuate ahead of a massive storm but refuses, saying “God will save me.” A patrol car arrives, but the man refuses to go, saying, “God will save me.” A boat and finally a helicopter come to take him off the roof, but he still refuses, saying “God will save me.” When he drowns, he asks God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God says, “What are you talking about? I sent a patrol car, a boat, and a helicopter!”

The point of this lesson is that the Lord works through us as well as in other ways, as we are expected to serve one another. And I’m pretty sure that the Coast Guard and other first responders don’t mind being considered angels sent by God and have heard that plenty of times before today, without sneering at those who appreciate their efforts. I’d even bet that Jerry Summerall might think of CNN’s Drew Griffin that way after today.

Washington Post analyst Aaron Blake isn’t buying the “secessionist” explanation either:

The first problem with the cartoon is it’s crassness. People are still being saved, and it’s making fun of those same people.

The second problem is the stereotypes. It’s almost a caricature of what you’d expect a liberal cartoonist to draw in response to conservative Texans relying upon the government in their time of crisis. The Confederate flag T-shirt. The Gadsden Flag. The reference to being saved by God (which seems extremely dismissive of Christianity). The Texas secession banner. It’s all kind of … predictable? …

But the cartoon suggests that normal people who believe in small government should essentially forfeit government help in their time of need — or, at least, that they should suddenly recognize that their belief in smaller government is wrongheaded. It’s all very smug, and it gives extremely short shrift to very complex issues.

Quite frankly, that’s Wuerker’s entire oeuvre — smug, predictable, dismissive, and as I put it on Twitter, with all of the subtlety, wit, and artistry of a sledgehammer. His work is routinely poor, but it’s not usually this bad. The question isn’t just why Politico still has this cartoon on its site, it’s why they continue to publish Wuerker at all.

Update: On the point of people inspired by faith and community to serve others …

This is Houston. Wanna know what this line is for? Food? Water? Housing? Nope. These people are waiting in line TO VOLUNTEER. #Harvey pic.twitter.com/UxGnqSNOQN

— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) August 30, 2017

Update: Our colleague John Sexton hits the nail on the head:

The gist of the cartoon is a) Texans are neo-confederate religious hicks and b) they should be thanking the government, not God.

— John Sexton (@verumserum) August 30, 2017

Update: From the ever-excellent Michael Ramirez, a gem on the same topic:

HURRICANE HARVEY #tcothttps://t.co/1Db156e6B2
Like @ Facebook:https://t.co/WeX1G9jwDl
BOOK:https://t.co/eqyzRdz8nS pic.twitter.com/2eSWepIT4v

— Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) August 30, 2017

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Hundreds of ISIS fighters surrender to Iraqi forces

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:01
Footage from the front-line in Iraq could show ISIS militants surrendering to the country's armed forces following days of intense fighting in what could be the partly liberated town of al-Ayadieh.

Israeli police save girl, 14, from an arranged marriage

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:00
The girl's father, who is a rabbi in the Breslov Hasidic sect in the city of Lod and the intended groom, who is in his 20s, have been released  and placed on house arrest.

Fox News Signs Tomi Lahren as Contributor (Joe Otterson/Variety)

Memeorandum - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:00

Joe Otterson / Variety:
Fox News Signs Tomi Lahren as Contributor  —  Conservative media host Tomi Lahren has joined Fox News in a contributor role, the cable news network announced Wednesday.  —  She will make her debut as a contributor on tonight's edition of “Hannity” at 10 p.m. ET/PT. According to FNC …

Amateur tennis player on trying Maria Sharapova's drug

Daily Mail - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:59
Amateur tennis player in the US Caitlin Thompson (left), told Daily Mail Online about her experience taking meldonium, which got Maria Sharapova banned from the pro-circuit for 15 months.

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