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Non-shocking news item of the day.

Plane With Actor Charlie Sheen Aboard Required To Land.

The plane and baggage were inspected by drug-sniffing dogs, but a source said that Sheen was only "hammered."

Who wore it better?

Steve, your query about whether American hockey fans would sing the Canadian national anthem after Canadian fans sang the American anthem when the singer's microphone went out before an Edmonton Oilers hockey game is an interesting one.

In fact, I know from firsthand experience that Chicago hockey fans sing "Oh, Canada" with great gusto and emotion when a Canadian team visits the United Center. It's such a pleasant melody -- easy to sing and full of sentiments that Americans can identify with.

I think the same can be said for most American NHL venues.

Oh, Canada.

We couldn't ask for better neighbors -- but how many Americans would be able to return the favor and sing the Canadian anthem at an American hockey game?

Desperate times...

Doctors turn to medical marijuana for answers.

Here's as good a reason as any to be happy that Jeff Sessions' plan to crack down on marijuana-friendly got smacked down in the otherwise-lousy budget deal:

Christine Stenquist suffered through a brain tumor, fibromyalgia, and debilitating headaches. Chronic pain which led to 45 different prescriptions.

"Migraines were just constant so they started me on a lot of pharmaceuticals and that went on for 16 years," Stenquist recalled.

Between the pain and the opioids, the mother of four was left bedridden. Eventually, she decided to give medical marijuana a try.

"This is a whole different lifestyle. I'm eating healthier, I"m more active, more alert," she says.

Stenquist is one of a growing number of American's who've traded in their powerful and addictive painkillers for the green alternative.

Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows in states where medical marijuana is legal, opioid overdose deaths are down as much as 25 percent.

Correlation is not causation, but this result certainly bears closer examination -- and continuing experimentation in our laboratories of democracy.

Get to know your local anarchist rioter

It's their party and they'll lie if they want to.

7 Jaw-Dropping Revelations From Hearings on the Motion to Dismiss the DNC Fraud Lawsuit.

This Medium post comes from Zach Haller, whose bio describes him as an "Artist, activist, truth siren; Writer/ReporterTruth Against the Machine, Real Progressives." So it's a safe bet you won't find him wearing a MAGA hat anytime soon.

But he's as mad as hell with the Dems, and he's not going to take this anymore:

Transcripts released from the hearing Friday expose numerous shocking revelations presented by the Democrats’ counsel arguing in support of the Motion to Dismiss regarding the way the Democratic Party views its obligations and responsibilities in conducting the primary nominating process. Judge Zloch did not issue a ruling from the bench; he will issue a written order in response to the Motion to Dismiss at a later, unspecified date as he considers the merits of the defendants on the Motion.

The following is a list of numerous jaw-dropping statements made by lawyers on behalf of the Democratic National Committee that should be examined as the American public awaits the Judge’s order.

I'll just give you the bullet points:

1. The crux of the Motion to Dismiss asserts the Judge is not in a position to determine how the Democratic Party conducts its nominating process.

2. The Democratic Party views itself as having authority to favor a candidate without any legal repercussions.

3. Judge Zloch appeared skeptical, noting the Democrats’ interest to obscure the guarantee of the Party’s impartiality clause.

4. The Democrats insist that “impartial” cannot be defined, so the DNC’s impartiality clause is akin to a political promise in that it can not be guaranteed.

5. DNC’s legal counsel appeared unaware of any procedures in place to determine how the DNC supports state parties as they conduct individual primary nominating contests.

6. The Democrats’ lawyers take the position that while the Democrats are not legally obligated to conduct the primary fairly, they did in fact conduct the 2016 primary fairly.

7. In closing remarks, U.S. Federal Court district judge emphasized: “Democracy demands the truth”.

Democracy might demand the truth, but it seems that the Democratic Party is just fine without it.

Quote of the Day:

I don't want to seem too pushy, but I have to ask: Where'd the peaceful Molotov cocktails suddenly come from?

Welp, it's official:

The Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees, by a unanimous vote, has asked for and received the resignation of Jim DeMint as president and CEO of the organization. The Board elected Heritage Founder Ed Feulner as president and CEO while we conduct a thorough search for his successor.

The reason?

After a comprehensive and independent review of the entire Heritage organization, the Board determined there were significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of internal communications and cooperation. While the organization has seen many successes, Jim DeMint and a handful of his closest advisers failed to resolve these problems.

Feulner is returning to Heritage after a stint on the Trump transition team.

Chalk this one up as another tumultuous page in the story of the shifting landscape of the conservative movement.