According to this list, my current home town is the drunkest in the United States.

Better yet, the two nearest metro areas, Green Bay to the Northeast and Oshkosh/Neenah to the South, are the next two on the list. In fact, Wisconsin has 9 of the top 12 in the USA.

Chant along with me:

We’re number 1
We’re number 1

In Wisconsin, this chant is also a drinking game. Take a drink each time you hear the number “one.”

“Charges were approved by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office and ‘Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.’ Filing a false police report is disorderly conduct, according to Illinois code. A class 4 felony is punishable by one to three years.”

“Special counsel Robert Mueller calls for ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort to be imprisoned for up to 24 years, slapped with huge fines.”

And this is for only one of his trials. There’s more to come!

“Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars. The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct.”

The current Russian constitution prevents him from running again in 2024.

How can he get around this without changing the constitution in an obvious and clumsy move that would benefit Putin directly and nobody else, thus exposing himself as blatantly corrupt? Quite the conundrum.

He has a solution in mind: merge Russia and Belarus into one completely new country, let’s call it the Russian Union, with a new constitution.

Phun has reported a list of the rumored celebrity leaks of 2019:

Kate Beckinsale (about a dozen pics nude)
Natalie Portman (full nude)
Brie Larson (topless)
Gemma Arterton (explicit, 1 long masturbation video with dirty talk)
Elizabeth Olsen (nude)
Jennifer Lawrence (unleaked pics from an old set, plus new ones from an old boyfriend)
Mila Kunis (topless with face and a few full ones without face)
Kaya Scodelario (20 pics, including explicit)
Maggie Q (full nude and bend over artsy-fartsy pics, two explicit videos)
Catherine Bell (full nude and a few masturbation videos)
Natasha Hamilton (1 short video touching panties, over 60 explicit pics)
Sarah Hyland (already released)
Bijou Phillips (a few topless pics and a long full nude stripping video)
Kristanna Loken (Explicit set)
Nicole Scherzinger (already released, little more than a slight areola-peek)

Comment in the thread: These are pics that some guy claims to have, and he has not said he will release them.

Best comment in the thread: “Consider all lists fake until proven otherwise.”

Lyndon LaRouche, the political extremist and conspiracy theorist who ran for president in eight consecutive national elections, died Tuesday, his political action committee confirmed. He was 96.”

One of the more fascinating tidbits: he ran one of his eight Presidential campaigns from prison! He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for running some scam or another, but he only served about six years. I presume they let him out early because they just got tired of listening to him. I think even Charles Manson found him “a little out there.”

Although he did nothing that I know of on the internet, he was the true father of internet nutbaggery. He was a prominent nutburger before it was even a thing. If you took ten of his wackiest positions and intermingled them with ten headlines from the late, lamented Weekly World News, nobody but a true LaRouche expert could tell the difference.

Although LaRouche was pretty much wrong about everything he ever said, I suppose he may well turn out to be right about his overall premise:

“A central tenet of his apocalyptic platform warned of an inevitable global downward slide into crisis.”

True enough. That may not happen in the next ten or a hundred or even a million years, but I suppose it is inevitable. Maybe it will occur fairly soon in cosmic terms, or maybe not until the sun burns out. Making that prediction is sort of like predicting that Dwayne Johnson will die. No matter how fit and healthy he seems today, your prediction has to be right eventually.

The background: they published some of Bezos’s intimate text messages, whereupon Bezos hired investigators to find out how the Enquirer could have gotten their hands on his personal texts. The Enquirer does not like being investigated …

And then Bezos picks up the story

“A few days after hearing about Mr. Pecker’s apoplexy, we were approached, verbally at first, with an offer. They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.”

After Bezos ignored their verbal threats, they sent him a written description of the pics they have of him, and said “It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail — and quickly.”

Needless to say (since we know about it), Bezos simply chose to make the letter public, and continued his investigation. He told his investigators that they have an unlimited budget – and Bezos is VERY VERY rich, so “unlimited” means truly as much as a hundred investigators could spend in several lifetimes.

The big question – why is the Enquirer so paranoid about being investigated? The answer lies in their settlement in the Trump case. In return for not being prosecuted for the obvious crimes they committed there, they had to sign an agreement not to commit any crimes of any kind for three years, and if they did, then “A.M.I. shall thereafter be subject to prosecution for any federal criminal violation of which this office has knowledge.” In other words, if they commit any further crimes, they would no longer get away scott-free on the Trump crimes. That probably would mean prison time for ol’ Mr. Pecker himself.

Obviously, they can’t afford to have a swarm of investigators up in their business.

They only part I don’t understand is why they thought Bezos would cave to the blackmail. He’s not running for office, and he has more money than he can ever spend, even if he has to fork over half to his wife, so he has nothing to lose, nothing to be afraid of, and there is really no way to control him unless he has committed a crime. Publish his dick pics? Who cares when you have 60 billion dollars earned legally? If you give me 60 billion dollars, you can publish all the dick pics you want. I’ll even pose for some new ones. Just make sure the check is good.

“Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, already under fire for killing the current issue of the city-funded Dearborn Historian because it carried a report on Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism, has now fired the magazine’s editor.”

Despite censure from the Historical Commission, the mayor has offered no explanation for either action.