It’s easy to be amused by the news. Every day, we hear or see something a little more outlandish than the day before.
Instead of trying to understand it or find a deeper meaning, it’s best to put it out there and let everyone figure it out for themselves. Remember, I’m not passing judgment on any of these items. I’m simply putting their words and actions out there.
President Joe Biden recently said his recent string of weekend stays at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, house shouldn’t have been considered a vacation break since he can’t return to his Wilmington home while it is undergoing security upgrades.
Every weekend, Biden leaves Washington, D.C., for Delaware. Most of the time, he goes to his home in Wilmington. But he hasn’t been there in a few months because the Secret Service has been fortifying the compound. After all, that’s where his prized 1967 Corvette Stingray is parked. (All right, maybe one little jab).
Instead of lounging at his 6,850-square-foot house in Wilmington, he had to bunk at his 4,800-square-foot house at Rehoboth Beach.
While speaking with reporters Sept. 3 at Rehoboth Beach following a church service, the president made this stunning proclamation about being away from Wilmington: “I have no home to go to.”
I guess he also forgot about his other home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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When it comes to unhinged people, there are no better examples than “Sovereign Citizens.”
Sovereign Citizens, 300,000 of them and growing, gained traction in the ooze that was the COVID-19 pandemic. They rejected the government’s orders to get vaccines or wear masks.
But it soon spun into deeper areas of absurdity.
The right-wing anarchists genuinely believe laws don’t apply to them. They use license tags that simply reads: “Private.” They said their cars don’t need to be insured or registered as long as they are “traveling” and not driving commercially. Instead of buying a tag at the Department of Motor Vehicles, they buy their fake tags on Amazon. Seriously.
The extremists also don’t pay taxes.
They believe they don’t have to identify themselves or get out of a car if ordered by law enforcement. They ignored the Supreme Court’s Pennsylvania v. Mimms in 1977 decision after it concluded demanding compliance didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment, which means drivers and passengers must exit the car and produce their identifications if ordered.
Although Sovereign Citizens believe law enforcement and judges have no jurisdiction over them, the people with gavels and guns have proven otherwise.
Anyone behind the wheel on a public road must have a license, and the car must be registered, properly tagged and insured.
Sovereign Citizens are wrong, and they’ve lost every court case. And their numbers grow.
According to Wikipedia, Sovereign Citizen arguments have no basis in law and have never been successful in any court. The movement may appeal to people facing financial or legal difficulties or wishing to resist perceived government oppression. As a result, it has grown significantly during times of economic or social crisis.
But they’ll keep trying. And we’ll keep laughing.
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Members of Team Rubicon ascended to the Big Bend area before Hurricane Idalia finished cutting a path through the Southeast and into the Atlantic Ocean.
The group of veterans and emergency management officials quickly assessed the damage and assigned duties to teams that specialize in disasters.
One of the most important groups included men with chainsaws. They arrived with a cherry picker, a large truck to haul away debris and, of course, plenty of chainsaws.
Guess what? They’re from Texas. Think about it.
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Remember Evander Holyfield, who proudly wore his Christian faith inside the boxing ring.
While he sported Christian scripture “The Warrior” on his trunks, he fathered 11 children with six different women when his shorts were on the floor.
Evander’s personal and financial troubles took a downward spiral in 1998 when he celebrated the birth of two sons and a daughter – all from three different women – in a matter of weeks.
Poor financial decisions, casino losses, bad business ventures and child support forced the only boxer to be the undisputed world champion in two different weight classes to sell his 44,234-square-foot, 109-room mansion in Fairburn, Georgia.
In 1999, wife Janice filed for divorce after learning about the two other children born out of wedlock months earlier.
“Dealing with all the mothers of all my kids, there ain’t no winning here, man, no winning at all,” Holyfield told The Independent.
And that’s the real deal.
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