This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss the arcane liquor laws in their respective states, James O’Keefe’s bombshell video, drinking and driving, and Trump accusing Mika Brzezinski of having a facelift.

We’re both extremely annoyed about how our respective states control the sale of alcohol. Because of these inane laws, I’m forced to purchase liquor from a state-own store which is staffed by the what I can only assume to be DMV rejects. But times they are a changing, and Pennsylvania has relaxed the laws surrounding the sale of wine and beer.

Being accustomed to the old ways, it totally slipped my mind that I could just walk into my friendly neighborhood grocery store and pick up a bottle of oh-so-fancy Yellow Tale so instead I found myself rushing to the nearest liquor store and bursting through the doors two minutes shy of closing time. The staff, the unionized, pension-receiving staff, were not amused by my last-minute wine requirements and shockingly did nothing to speed along the process. Assholes. It’s high time these idiotic laws that leave the sale of liquor in the hands of the state are done away with.

In other news Zima is back!

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If you didn’t already know, CNN is an f-ing disaster.

 

Could marijuana be the antidote to the opioid epidemic? From Fox News:

A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.

The cannabis plant has been used for decades to manage pain and there are increasingly sophisticated marijuana products available across 29 U.S. states, as well as in the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal.

There are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved painkillers derived from marijuana, but companies such as Axim Biotechnologies Inc, Nemus Bioscience Inc and Intec Pharma Ltd have drugs in various stages of development.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

This week in Trump still controls his own twitter feed news: our President decided to go after Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, via TMZ:

It’s shocking … the President of the United States fired off the tweet Thursday, saying Mika Brzezinski and fiance/co-anchor Joe Scarborough were at Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve and he noticed blood and somehow determined it was a reaction from a facelift.

Here are the tweets:

This sort of behaviour begs the question, we really need a President?

What we certainly don’t need is single-payer healthcare, because it inevitably leads to horrific stories like this one from The Guardian:

Charlie Gard, the critically ill baby at the centre of a protracted legal battle, is to have his life support withdrawn by a hospital on Friday, his parents have said.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates said 10-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease – a genetic condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage – will die “knowing he was loved by thousands”.

In a post on Facebook on Thursday, the couple said they were spending their “last precious hours” with their son. “We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies,” they wrote.

“We and most importantly Charlie have been massively let down throughout this whole process. Charlie will die tomorrow knowing that he was loved by thousands … thank you to everyone for all your support.”

On Tuesday, the European court of human rights (ECHR) rejected Gard and Yates’s appeal that Charlie should be allowed to undergo experimental treatment in the US, closing off the last legal avenue of appeal for the family.

The judgment also lifted a court order under which doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital in London had been required to maintain life support treatment for Charlie. The hospital said it would not “rush … to change Charlie’s care” and that any alteration to his treatment would “involve careful planning and discussion”.

Way to go European Court of Human Rights, you’re really living up to your name.

And finally, some crazy (I assume) old Chinese lady decided to throw nine coins at the engine of the plane she was boarding. Metro Uk has the story:

But when your trip is delayed because a fellow passenger has done something really, really stupid, they’re even worse.

That’s what happened on Tuesday in China, where a plane was grounded for several hours – because an elderly woman threw coins into one of its engines.

The 80-year-old, whose surname is Qiu, police said, told officers she did it for good luck.

I bet the passengers on her flight didn’t feel that lucky.