Yes, they’re working themselves into an ecstasy of bipartisan prostate massage over their plans for a lame-duck Grand Bargain. The media is full of barely-contained joy with articles about Very Serious People planning to make their Very Serious Compromise – you know, the kind where the rich get richer and everyone else gets screwed.


In other words, these rich fat fucks don’t want anything to interfere with their fine cigars and brandies after dinner with their lobbyist friends, amirite?

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey joined cigar companies from across the state in Bethlehem on Tuesday in a bid to snuff out a federal Food and Drug Administration effort to regulate large and premium cigars.

Toomey, standing in front of an American flag in Cigars International’s Bethlehem warehouse, said the FDA’s push is a solution in search of a problem.

“Unfortunately, this kind of solution would mean fewer jobs and an economic downturn for this entire industry,” said Toomey, R-Pa. “And we don’t need that.”

He is co-sponsoring a bill that would exclude large and premium cigars from the FDA’s regulation. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is joined by a companion measure in the House co-sponsored by 168 Republicans and 50 Democrats.

Ancient black drink

I can tell you that my personal purification ritual also involves dancing and vomiting!

Archeologists say that the discovery of the drink so far north is evidence of the trade system that existed in North America hundreds of years before Europeans arrived. Residue from the drink was found in mug-like beakers carved with designs that suggest the beverage was used in a sacred way. The settlers’ records suggest that the black, caffeinated drink was part of a purification ritual that also involved dancing and vomiting.

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