One nominee proposed reclassifying single parenthood as child abuse. Another suggested that four “blood moons” would herald “world-changing, shaking-type events” and said Islam was not a religion but a “complete geopolitical structure” unworthy of tax exemption. Still another labeled Hillary Rodham Clinton “the Antichrist.”
Congressional Republicans successfully ended their primary season with minimal damage, but in at least a dozen safe or largely safe Republican House districts where more mild-mannered Republicans are exiting, their likely replacements will pull the party to the right, a move likely to increase division in an already polarized Congress.
And note that the NYT delicately indicates the outgoing Republicans are more mild-mannered. Additionally, all of the profiled candidates are likely, even a lock, to win in November.
Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.
Roughly a year after the discovery of the company's unapproved wheat in a single Oregon field disrupted U.S. wheat export sales, the GMO wheat has also been found in Montana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said on Friday.
APHIS launched an investigation into the Montana incident on July 14, said Bernadette Juarez, director of investigative and enforcement services for APHIS.
Either Monsanto is up to some hanky-panky or the company has piss-poor quality control.
Needless to say:
Juarez said there would not be any penalties or disciplinary action against Monsanto for the Oregon incident.
Several farmers have sued Monsanto, however, accusing the company of failing to protect the market from contamination by its approved wheat.
The parties are in settlement talks, Monsanto said on Friday. Monsanto officials had no immediate comment on the Montana case.
The only settlement should be Monsanto paying the farmers large amounts of money. And if the company can't control its patented seeds (if indeed these events are accidental) then too bad for Monsanto's patents.
[Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie] Baker had originally said, even as it became clear that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had been grossly negligent at best and likely engaged in a cover-up of Ray Rice's domestic violence, that it was too soon to fire Goodell. Then he changed his mind. As Sharman Sacchetti, a reporter at a local Fox affiliate, was trying to ask him about that turnaround:
“Okay, this going to be the last one, sweetheart, then I’m gonna have to go,” said Baker, patting Sacchetti on the shoulder.
He then turned to the other reporters and, chuckling, said, Girls! Am I right, fellas?, then lit a cigar.