December 12, 2018

*U.S. Ends Reliance On Foreign Oil For First Time In 75 Years:

For the first time in 75 years, the United States exported more oil than it imported, carrying out a pledge fromPresident Trump that America can achieve “energy independence.”

While the U.S. has been a net oil importer since 1949, over the final week of November, U.S. net imports of crude oil and petroleum products fell to minus 211,000 barrels per day (bpd) — which means America exported more than it imported, according to data from U.S. Energy Information and Administration.

Oil production has been booming in the U.S. as the shale revolution swept the nation. America is now the world’s largest producer of petroleum, passing Russia and Saudi Arabia. As the U.S. oil boom spread, the power of OPECwas reduced and gas prices in the U.S. have dropped from the $4+ highs under former President Barack Obama.

Net imports peaked in 2005, topping 14 million bpd, but in the last few months, the U.S. has imported an average of 2 million bpd. U.S. production has more than doubled since 2012 because of the new technologies for extracting oil.

*Several Brands of Dog Food Recalled Over Toxic Levels of Vitamin D:

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting dog owners over eight dry dog food brands recalled for potentially deadly levels of vitamin D.

FDA scientists found that samples of the recalled brands contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D, an essential nutrient that, when too much is ingested, can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, as well as kidney failure, weight loss and death in dogs.

The brands affected by the recall as of Monday includedNutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl, Kroger, ELM Pet Products and Ahold Delhaize. All of them were sold nationwide, according to FDA officials.

*YIKES-Snowflakes Explode Over
Disney Song:

An all-male a cappella group at a prestigious university will no longer sing one well-known Disney song because some audience members — and one sophomore who wrote an article about it for the student newspaper — found it to be “uncomfortable.”

Of course, this is all happening at an Ivy League college:Princeton University.

One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints. During their performance, the group invites a woman from the audience to join them as they sing and “playfully dance with her for a bit,” according to Inside Higher Ed. As the song reaches a close, the group invites a male audience member, pretend to groom him, and then put the two together, asking that they kiss, as the song suggests. The random couple complies, “sometimes on with a peck on the cheek, sometimes briefly on the lips,” Inside Higher Ed reported.

The entire scene is harmless and done in good fun, which of course does not sit well with the modern outrage crowd.

*Census Bureau: South Gains From ‘Internal Migration’ in U.S.; West, Midwest and Northeast Lose:

The South saw a net population gain from what the Census Bureau calls “internal migration” within the U.S. in the last year, according to data released this week, but the West, Midwestand Northeast saw net losses.

When “movers from abroad” were added to the equation, the West and Midwest ended up having positive net migration, but the Northeast was still in the negative.

At the same time, a record low 10.1 percent of Americanresidents moved from one place to another in the last year, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

“It is correct to say that the 2018 mover rate of 10.1 percent is a new historical low,” the Census Bureau said.

Lindsey Graham: ‘Zero Chance’ Khashoggi’s Death ‘Happened in Such an Organized Fashion Without the Crown Prince’:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has no doubt that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Speaking to reporters after a CIA briefing on Tuesday, Graham said there was “zero chance” that Khashoggi’s death “happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince.”

“Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time. It is zero chance, zero that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince,” the senator said.

Furthermore, Graham also criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis’ assessment that there was “no direct link” connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.

The senator said if the secretaries worked for a Democraticadministration he would have accused them of “being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia,” but instead he chooses to believe they’re just “being good soldiers” and using “technical” language in their statement.

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*EXAMINER–R.I.P.:

 

Michael J. Snyder — known for being the first franchisee of theRed Robin restaurant chain, who later became CEO — has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Yakima County Chief Deputy Coroner Marshall Slight tells us … “Snyder committed suicide with a high-powered gun last week in Washington state. We’re told he shot himself on a bench in the front yard of his home.”

Slight says police responded to a 911 call and found Snyder’s body … no suicide note was left behind.

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Tito Ortiz, MMA Superstar, Considers
Rematch With Chael Sonnen

MMA superstar Tito Ortiz, who recently knocked out Chuck Lidell in the first round of their bout on November 24th, 2018, stated that he was considering retirement after finally besting his rival. However, it seems that he might not be ready to hang up his gloves quite yet.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is now teasing a potential rematch withChael Sonnen, who he originally defeated in just 2 minutes with a rear-naked choke back in January of 2017.

“[Chael Sonnen], so you want me to kick your a** again?” Ortiz stated on Twitter, “This time I’m not going to choke you out. I’m going to beat you down. Or are you just infatuated by the way I live?”

Although his fight on November 24th was expected to be a sellout when walk-ups were included, ticket sales were less than expected, and pay-per-view buys were around 40,000. If a rematch between Ortiz and Sonnen was to take place, it would most likely happen in the Bellator promotion.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:

We’re enjoying one of the best economies of our lifetime. TheG.D.P. is growing at about 3.5 percent a year, which is about a point faster than many experts thought possible. We’re in the middle of the second-longest recovery in American history, and if it lasts for another eight months it will be the longest ever. If you were born in 1975, you’ve seen the U.S. economy triple in size over the course of your lifetime.

The gains are finally being widely shared, even by the least skilled. As Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute recently noted, the median usual weekly earnings for workers who didn’t complete high school shot up by 6.5 percent over the past year. Thanks mostly to government transfer programs, incomes for the bottom fifth of society have increased by about 80 percent over the past four decades.

And yet are we happy?

About 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. Researchers with the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index interviewed 160,000 adults in 2017 to ask about their financial security, social relationships, sense of purpose and connectedness to community. Last year turned out to be the worst year for well-being of any since the study began 10 years ago.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY  by Whitson Gordon:

“You don’t need much to clean a computer,” said Jolie Kerr,New York Times contributor, cleaning expert and host of the podcast “Ask a Clean Person.” “I use exactly four things to keep my laptop clean: Rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs and canned air.” Ninety percent or higher isopropyl alcohol is ideal, since it won’t damage the internal components. And if you have some particularly tough grime or oil, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or other melamine sponge) can also work wonders, though it should be a last resort since it’s abrasive.

Don’t bother with specialty cleaners you see at big box electronics stores — they’ll work fine, but they’re probably overpriced compared with what you have at home. “Some people like having them, or they feel better about using anOfficially Sanctioned Product,” Ms. Kerr said. “That is fine! They also make nice add-on gifts for people who are getting a new computer/tablet/phone for a special occasion.” But don’t feel like you need them.

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Actress Dame Joan Collins says she believes that her late sister Jackie has been reincarnated — as a fly. The 85-year-old “Dynasty” legend told The Observer that one of the insects appears next to her “all the time” and that she suspects it’s her romance-author sibling, who died in 2015 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

“I have this little fly that comes near me all the time. It’s really strange,” Collins told the paper. “I think it might be my sister.”

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