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The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes: “We stand by the story.”

Last week, Adam Rubenstein visited Iowa to report on Steve King’s re-election effort. He filed several pieces from there, including one that reported on comments King made before a small meeting with voters in Webster City. The headline of that article was: “Did Steve King Just Refer to Immigrants as ‘Dirt?’” In the story, Adam reported on a jocular exchange King had with a supporter, in which King says that if he wants to grow spicy jalapenos, he’ll have to import dirt from Mexico. When King laughs at his comment, an attendee interjects, saying the dirt from Mexico is already “on the way.” King agrees, saying, “there’s plenty of dirt” coming from Mexico, the West Coast and other places, too. “This is the most dirt we’ve ever seen.” Adam transcribed and printed the entire exchange as part of his article.

King wasn’t happy. His son, Jeff, who also serves as his campaign manager, called and insisted that his father had been misquoted, and accused Adam of fabrication. I told him that his father was quoted accurately and explained that while we would not be emailing him the recording, we reserved the right to post the audio.

“An audience member asked, “Hey, how’d you do pheasant hunting?””

Rep. King replied: “I better not say so, because … if I told them then the animal rights activist will go ballistic. And so I tell them, this is my answer, I’ll say ‘it was a beautiful clear, still day, an October day in Iowa, the sky was blue, the air was moving just a little bit, and the sky was so full of feathers that one could be convinced the angels were having pillow fights.’ And we were well fed, I made a big ol’ batch of my patented pheasant noodle soup for everybody. It took us two days to eat it all, but everybody loved it. When I get it all put together then I put about a half a dozen jalapeno peppers, just whole, drop them floating around in there. It scares off some of the people so there’s a little more for the rest of us to eat. I raised a bunch this year, and they don’t have enough bite. I guess I’m going to have to go and get some dirt from Mexico to grow the next batch.”


Audience member: Trust me, it’s already on its way.

Steve King: Well, yeah, there’s plenty of dirt, it’s coming from the West Coast, too. And a lot of other places, besides. This is the most dirt we’ve ever seen.

Princess, the gold-diggin Mickey D’s dog.

It all started about 3 weeks ago in OKC, when dog owner Besty Reyes posted on her FB page a picture of her dog Princess sitting close to the drive-thru at the local nearby McDonald’s telling people if they see Princess she’s not really a homeless dog, “She’s just a gold diggin ass bitch that be acting like she’s a stray so people will feel bad for her & feed her burgers.”

Betsy suspected Princess had been going to the McDonald’s and decided to drive there and catch her in the act, and sure enough, there she is begging and she films Princess pulling a fast one when a man leans out and feeds Princess some of his food.

Betsy’s posts go viral. Soon she’s being featured in the local news in OKC, then, national, and then, all the way to Mexico. By then, McDonald’s has been alerted to Princess, the Mickey D’s loving dog, and sent Princess a gift.

Water bears.

Water bears.

Sounds cute, right? Their real name is tardigrades, but they go by water bears.

They are a minute invertebrate with a short, plump body and four pairs of stubby legs, that live in water.

The scary thing is their ability to survive nearly anything.

These microscopic creatures can survive IN SPACE and scientists have predicted that they may outlive humankind.

The dagger-teeth creatures have outlived dinosaurs, and they show no signs of stopping.

Thankfully, they are harmless to us humans.

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Tips for watching Taurid meteors from Earth Sky.

This year isn’t like 2015, which was an incredible year for seeing Taurid fireballs (2015 photos here). But we’ve been seeing some Taurid photos, and this weekend is another good time to look for these meteors. This long-lasting shower – which, with its sister shower, the South Taurids – runs throughout late October and November. The nominal peak of the North Taurids is on the night of November 11-12, 2018. Generally, this shower is at its strongest for several hours, centered around midnight local time (that midnight, the time on your clock, no matter where you are on the globe).

EarthSky; Nov 9 2018

This meteor was captured on November 4, 2018. Gregory Thompson, from Ulster County, New York, writes, “The camera captured the dust trail for more than 18 minutes. This .gif image shows about 10 minutes of frames!”


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