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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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George Floyd's murder sparked a movement. The officers who stood by as he died also triggered change

Outrage at Derek Chauvin was apparent from the moment video surfaced of his knee pressed into George Floyd's neck for 9 ½ minutes.

Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder in April, became the face of intolerance, injustice and police brutality, his actions driving worldwide protests against those ills.

But the inaction of the three colleagues who stood by as he killed Floyd has similarly spurred change.

The lack of response that day by the former officers, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — whose federal trial begins this week on charges that they violated Floyd's civil rights — has led multiple states to codify through legislation or policy that officers have a duty to step in if they witness a colleague using excessive or unauthorized force.


Jamaica to compete in 4-man bobsled at Olympics for 1st time in over 20 years

Nearly 30 years after “Cool Runnings” became a feel-good hit movie, it’s time for a reboot.

The Jamaican four-man bobsled team is back in the Winter Olympics for the first time in decades after it qualified for a spot in next month’s competition in Beijing.

It’s the first time the four-man Jamaican team has earned a berth in the Winter Olympics since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. Its famous origin story in it journey from the small island nation to its first Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, in 1988 was the subject of the 1993 movie “Cool Runnings.”

The team’s results in international competition this season punched its ticket Monday to be part of the field of 28 four-man teams.


'He is Really Naughty': 5-Year-Old Gives Verdict on Boris Johnson Amid Downing Street Party Row

A little girl in Leicester, England, summed up why UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been ‘really naughty’ following the news that a gathering was held in the garden at Downing Street in May 2020 during lockdown.

In video posted to Facebook on January 13 by her father Nitesh Somani, five-year-old Layla explains how Johnson had misbehaved to her grandparents.

“He told everybody to stay at home but in lockdown…he just went down to a party… He is really naughty. He had to go to the naughty centre and tell everybody that he is sorry for going to a party in lockdown,” Layla says in the video. She goes on to say that because of this, he can no longer be prime minister and that someone else will have to take the job.


Cops Accused of Killing 'Disoriented' Dad as He Stumbled From Car Wreck

Criminal justice activists have accused Raleigh police of fatally shooting a young dad who was “so confused and disoriented that he didn’t even respond to his wife when she spoke to him” following a highway crash in North Carolina.

Daniel Turcios, 43, was shot and killed by officers who responded to a car crash last week involving the beloved husband and father to three boys. Police said they received multiple 911 calls at about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 about a car wreck indicating that a person was intoxicated.

During a news conference, Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the El Salvador native was allegedly “armed with a knife” when he was walking away from the scene of the crash alongside a small child.

According to Patterson, who cautioned repeatedly that details about the incident were “preliminary,” Turcios was ordered repeatedly to drop the knife.

Never occurred to them that a head injury suffered in the accident would have made him disoriented. Nope.......

A 13-Year-Old Died of a Fentanyl Overdose. Experts Say the Response Was 'Theater.'

The decision by government officials to sanitize students’ shoes with an OxiClean mixture and shut a school down for a mass cleanup after a grade 7 student overdosed on fentanyl is not based in reality, addiction experts say.

Last Thursday, a 13-year-old student from the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford, Connecticut, overdosed on fentanyl at the school and died two days later. According to Hartford police, two other seventh grade students came into contact with the drug and felt “dizzy” but were released from hospital after being evaluated.

Police searched the school Thursday and found 40 bags of powder fentanyl stashed in the gym and two classrooms, believed to have been brought into the school by the student who overdosed, Hartford police spokesman Lt. Aaron Boisvert told VICE News.

Students and staff at the college-preparatory middle and high school were made to walk through a solution of OxiClean and water before they could leave on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told VICE News. The school remained closed as part of a mass sanitization effort, but reopened Wednesday.


Update:Controversial Rutherford County judge to retire in September

The judge at the center of controversy in Rutherford County will be calling it quits before the end of 2022.

Judge Donna Scott Davenport announced Tuesday she will retire at the end of her elected term in September and not seek reelection. Judge Davenport had previously announced intentions to run for her seat again in 2022.

She was appointed to the Rutherford County Juvenile Court in 1999 as referee and then elected as judge in 2000. She was reelected in 2006 and 2014 for eight-year terms.

Judge Davenport’s retirement comes as Tennessee lawmakers are calling for her impeachment. Just this week, a group of lawmakers, led by Democrats, came forward saying impeaching her is necessary to protect the children in Rutherford County.

This is the judge illegally detaining kids as young as 6 for fake "crimes".

For those of you who want an alternative to the Super Bowl

Here are your Puppy Bowl 2022 lineups, courtesy of the New York Daily News. Puppy Bowl is seen on Animal Planet.

A site some of you might enjoy---BBC News Pidgin

It's West African Pidgin, and I gather it's mostly aimed at British immigrants from Ghana, Nigeria, etc., with news from both Africa and the UK in Pidgin.I discovered it kind of by accident a couple of years ago when looking for information on tfg's "witch doctor"...remember her? They had a whole exposé on her, which the regular BBC did not, and went way back to her roots in Africa, which absolutely nobody else did. I was able to figure out how the language works after awhile and now I check the site every couple of days. Right now everyone's going wild with Afrocup (futbol), just about as we over here are for NFL--those that indulge anyway.

It's probably no secret to anyone that follows me at all that I'm a language freak. I love how they work and how they're constructed. I've been fascinated with dialects and patois of English all my life, what with having a mother who grew up in the Ozarks and could speak Ozark fluently but didn't (it's a subset of Appalachian English). I used to read NiuGini TokTok online, which is another newspaper in Pacific Pidgin, New Guinea specifically, but it disappeared some time back. I also once followed an Indian English-language newspaper sporadically but have forgotten the name of it. Having worked with a lot of Indian nurses, I have come to appreciate that Indian English is constructed somewhat differently.

Anywany, enough blathering. Here is the site for BBC News Pidgin. Enjoy!

Another tip for the bartender

Yesterday morning spousal unit went out to feed the cats and found this neatly placed beside the water dish (water was frozen). It looks like perhaps a squirrel has been enjoying our hospitality. The thing was gnawed open on both sides and neatly cleaned out.



Oath Keepers indictment suggests DOJ is sitting on searing Jan. 6 evidence

By Barbara McQuade

The most interesting aspect of the recent indictments of 11 people accused of involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on charges of seditious conspiracy isn’t who has been charged — but who might be charged next. The Justice Department unveiled a 48-page indictment Thursday accusing the 11 defendants of conspiring to oppose by force the government’s transition of presidential power, a jaw-dropping allegation under most circumstances.

But for all of us who watched the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, it seems like a fitting response. While this offense is rarely charged, the Justice Department didn’t flinch from using it in this case, which Attorney General Merrick Garland has called an “assault on democracy.” And it’s likely that prosecutors aren’t done yet.

The defendants are alleged to be members of the Oath Keepers, a group described in the indictment as “a large but loosely organized collection of individuals, some of whom are associated with militias.” The indictment says the Oath Keepers “explicitly focus on recruiting current and former military, law enforcement and first-responder personnel.” The leader of the group, Stewart Rhodes, is a former Army paratrooper and a Yale Law School graduate.

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to thwart the election results before, during and after Jan. 6 by recruiting, training and organizing teams to oppose the transfer of power. They are accused of amassing an arsenal of weapons as part of their plot. On Jan. 6, members of the group arranged themselves in formations and entered the Capitol, the indictment says. Others served as an armed “Quick Response Team” off-site to provide reinforcements later after the initial teams had breached the Capitol, it says.

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