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Lakeland, Florida woman charged with driving under the influence - on horseback

Donna Byrne
© Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP
This undated booking photo made available by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows Donna Byrne, of Lakeland, Fla.
A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.

Polk County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.

Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 - twice Florida's legal limit of .08.

Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.

Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.

Mr. Potato

Porn star to run against Putin in Russian elections, vows to bring death penalty for sexual harassment in the wake of Weinstein scandal

Elena Berkova
An ex-Russian porn star is the latest woman to announce she'll be standing against President Putin in next year's presidential elections.

Busty brunette Elena Berkova from the city of Murmansk in northwest Russia, who also stood for mayor of Sochi, posted a video on Instagram outlining her plans.

The 32-year-old mum-of-two, who will be the fourth female candidate to run for office, said she would introduce the death penalty for sexual harassment because she was fed up with people like Harvey Weinstein.

Comment: That's quite the insightful platform. Surely Putin will be burning the midnight oil to come up with strategies against the threat of this powerhouse political adversary. In the US she would probably have a pretty good shot, but Russians seem to be a little more discerning when it comes to their candidates. More pictures in the original article.


French president Emmanuel Macron: Master of poetry and publicity but probably not politics

Macron thumbs up wink
© Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
Macron's speciality is inane publicity
Emmanuel Macron is keen to be seen as a man of many talents. The French leader, nicknamed Jupiter after the all-powerful Roman god for his ostentatious displays of statesmanship, has this week been waxing lyrical after a 13-year-old British schoolgirl sent her poetic tribute to the Eiffel Tower to the Élysée Palace.

On a family visit to Paris in April, the teenager known only by her first name, Sophie, penned a tribute to the French capital's most enduring symbol over a sketched drawing of the Dame de Fer (Iron Lady). Entitled, Centre of Attention, she wrote:

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Man shares his paranormal books wishlist

In honor of Halloween, some paranormal books I'd like to see ...
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Mr. Potato

New York legislator has epic meltdown over a speeding ticket

Jennifer Schwartz Berky, a New York county legislator, was filmed by police cameras as she freaked out over getting a speeding ticket in Kingston, NY. She claimed to have PTSD and to be having a panic attack during the encounter, which reportedly lasted for about half an hour. In the end, the officer wrote her a ticket for driving 13 miles over the speed limit and Berky apologized for her behavior.


Macron smells marijuana during visit: "That will not help you with your schoolwork."

Macron Smells Marijuana During Visit:
'[Macron] could clearly smell some marijuana and said: "I still have a nose. So, there are some of you who do not only smoke cigarettes, huh?"'
French President Emmanuel Macron knows how to play the press. While he is faced with criticism from the left for his labour reforms, criticism from the right for his tax reforms and union strikes in the streets, this week the French news was dominated with two Macron moments that prove the President is very popular indeed and can simply rise above it all by saying something funny.

On an overseas trip to the territory of French Guiana this week, he joked that he could clearly smell some marijuana and said: "I still have a nose. So, there are some of you who do not only smoke cigarettes, huh?", as the crowd greeted him with laughter. After that he posed for photos with locals in the Crique neighbourhood of capital Cayenne on Friday night.

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Birthday Cake

Assange trolls 'future president' Clinton - reposts Killary's 2016 tweet on eve of her 70th birthday

Hillary Clinton
© Carlos Barria / Reuters
The never-will-be be queen
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has apparently wished Hillary Clinton a happy birthday on the eve of her 70th... by reminding the 2016 presidential candidate of her failure.

On Tuesday, Assange retweeted former presidential candidate (and his constant critic) Hillary Clinton's self-congratulatory post from one year ago, in which she called herself the "future president" during the 2016 presidential race.

Less than a month after her birthday, Donald Trump won the election, defeating Clinton with 56 percent of the Electoral College votes.
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© Screen shot from @JulianAssange / Twitter

Arrow Down

Unpatriotic to offer irrefutable video evidence that a General lied says press secretary

White House Press Secretary
© Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty
Washington (The Borowitz Report) - In a stirring defense of Donald Trump's chief of staff, General John Kelly, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that it was "unpatriotic in the extreme" to offer irrefutable video proof that a four-star general lied.

"It is unpatriotic enough to accuse a four-star general of lying," Sanders told the White House press corps.

"But to make available a video that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that that general lied is unpatriotic bordering on treasonous."


Putin laughs at minister's suggestion that Russia export pork to Indonesia

Putin laughing
Vladimir Putin had to cover his face as he burst out laughing uncontrollably at the suggestion that Russia should export pork to Muslim-majority Indonesia.

The usually stern-faced Russian President was overcome with a rare fit of the giggles when Russia's Minister of Agriculture suggested the move to Putin during a meeting last week as a way to increase overseas trade.

While comparing Russia's exporting figures to those of Germany, Mr Tkachov said: "They (Germany) send half their pork to export.

Comment: At least Putin has a little to laugh at these days. Reminds us of another time the Russian President just had to laugh at someone's ignorance...


California: Nurse flees wildfires, shoves pony in the back of her car

fleeing fires
© Time Magazine
A nurse fleeing California's raging wildfires said "neigh" to leaving her pony behind.

Lauren Mesaros decided to drive away from the Tubbs Fire flames Monday with her pony, Stardust, in the backseat, after realizing the trailer she had could only fit two of her three horses, SF Gate reported.

"He actually walked right into the car like a dog would," Mesaros said.

The quick-acting woman lured her steed in the back of her 2001 Honda Accord, with the help of friend Carol Spears, whom she called "a horse whisperer."
© pixabay
Her sister-in-law posted a Facebook photo of the pony filling up the backseat, his snout fogging up the window, with the caption: "When.. Lauren has to evacuate her pony from Santa Rosa but no transport is available-you do what you have to do."

All three horses were taken to Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol to wait out the blaze.

Monday's shifting winds spared Mesaros' property of significant damage but she said her car wasn't as lucky.

"My car will never smell the same again," she said.
pony in car
© SFGate