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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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Anti-Abortion Group Targets Black West Virginia Lawmaker With KKK Graphic

Delegate Danielle Walker, the only Black woman serving in the West Virginia Legislature, had just finished a busy day of committee meetings on the first day of Black History Month when she opened her inbox and found an email that would take her days to process.

The message came from Berkeley County West Virginians for Life, an anti-abortion group east of Walker’s district. In it appeared a graphic of a Ku Klux Klan member giving a Nazi salute with a message for the Democrat, who had recently introduced legislation to roll back West Virginia’s abortion restrictions.

“The idiot featured in the picture below is an ally of yours and holds the same beliefs you do that the killing of children look like you is a good thing,” the email read in part.

Walker was stunned.

“When I opened the attachment I was just drawn back. I absolutely could not wrap my head around why someone would send this to me,” she told HuffPost on Wednesday, just over a week after she received the email.


Inside Patriot Front: The Masked White Supremacists On A Nationwide Hate Crime Spree

In the early hours of June 24, 2021, four masked men in a black Jeep SUV arrived in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, and parked one block away from an intersection where five days earlier, on Juneteenth, artists and politicians had unveiled a statue of George Floyd. Surveillance cameras captured the men walking toward the bust, one of them shaking what appears to be a can of spray paint with one hand and carrying a stencil in the other. A red light, possibly from a GoPro camera, glowed on the chest of another masked man.

The New York Police Department said that these men then vandalized the statue, dumping paint over the bust of Floyd and stenciling its base with the address of a website belonging to a notorious extremist organization: Patriot Front.

Minutes later, the men returned to the Jeep and drove off into the night. Locals discovered the vandalism as the sun rose over Brooklyn. By that afternoon, news headlines broadcast the cruelty of the act — the defacement of a statue of a Black man by a white supremacist group in a predominantly Black neighborhood — across the country.

“A racist, loathsome, despicable act of hate,” tweeted then-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will bring these cowards to justice.”

More than six months later, the perpetrators are still at large, even as another George Floyd mural on Bowery and Houston streets in Manhattan was vandalized with a Patriot Front stencil.

And it wasn’t just in New York: From Philadelphia to Louisville to Nashville to Austin to Portland, Oregon, Patriot Front has held brazen public demonstrations and vandalizations intended to get eyeballs on its white nationalist cause. In December, about 100 Patriot Front members marched through the National Mall in Washington, D.C., all dressed in khaki cargo pants, brown combat boots, navy blue jackets, white gaiters, sunglasses and beige baseball hats. Some carried shields and wore shin guards, prepared for violence.

The name “Patriot Front” is a rebrand — a variant that evolved from America’s burgeoning pandemic of Trump-era hate groups and cross-pollinated with far-right strains originating in Europe. Patriot Front grew out of another white supremacist organization called Vanguard America, which fractured not long after a man associated with the group, James Alex Fields, drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters during the infamous 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He killed one person and injured 19 others.

Despicable azzholes

Hertz ordered to release data on number of renters it accuses of theft

A Delaware bankruptcy court judge has ruled that rental car company Hertz must make public the number of renters it accuses of stealing its cars. The ruling comes in the wake of a CBS News investigation of claims by customers who say they were falsely arrested.

As CBS News' consumer investigative correspondent Anna Werner reported Wednesday, one Colorado man alleges he was arrested after Hertz wrongly reported to police that he did not return a car in Georgia — a state he says he has never visited.

Hertz, which declared bankruptcy in 2020, had filed the data on theft reports under seal. CBS News' legal team filed a formal objection to the attempt to keep that and other statistics secret, leading to the court's decision Wednesday.

While all the data has yet to be released, the company already faces 230 claims in bankruptcy court by people who allege they were falsely arrested for stealing rental cars based on erroneous reports from Hertz.


Florida couple forced adopted son to live in locked structure in garage for years, police say

A Florida couple was arrested after they allegedly locked up their 14-year-old son in a small structure in the garage, where he was monitored with a camera and had a bucket to use as a bathroom, police said.

The parents, Tracy and Timothy Ferriter, both 46, were charged with aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment, the Jupiter Police Department announced Wednesday in a news release.

Authorities learned of the living conditions the boy was allegedly subjected to on Jan. 30, when detectives visited the Ferriter residence in Egret Landing after the boy was reported as a runaway.

Tracy allowed one detective into the home, who found an 8-foot-by-8-foot structure in the garage that the mother said was used "as an office or for storage space," police said.

It had a doorknob and a deadbolt, "both locking from the outside, as well as a light switch only on the exterior," according to authorities.

There was a camera, mattress and a bucket in the structure, police said.

How their lawyer tries to justify this is even more horrific. I bet they claim to be "Christians" too.

Colorado mom who fatally abused child, faked illness for Make-a-Wish gifts, gets 16 years in prison

A Colorado mother who fatally abused her 7-year-old daughter and lied about her health to get handouts from charities worth at least $100,000 was sentenced to 16 years in prison as part of a plea deal that threw out murder charges.

Judge Patricia Herron issued the sentence Wednesday after Kelly Turner pled guilty last month to child abuse resulting in the 2017 death of the girl, Olivia Gant, and to charitable fraud and theft.

Previous charges of first-degree murder, attempt to influence a public servant and forgery were dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Turner said nothing during her virtual sentencing hearing but wiped away tears as prosecutors played a video made by Olivia’s grandfather Lonnie Gautreau of Olivia laughing and smiling, baking a cake, dancing in a princess costume, playing doctor with her dolls and singing songs.

“This truth about Olivia has caused such a deep pain that it continues to ravage me every day,” said a statement from Gautreau that was read at the hearing by a prosecutor. Gautreau attended the hearing by video with a picture of his granddaughter at his side, his eyes tearing up during the proceedings.

Authorities have said Turner lied to doctors about Olivia’s medical history while broadcasting her struggles to receive money and other favors from organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The girl had received unnecessary surgeries and medications up until her death in Denver hospice care in 2017.

That summer, Olivia cheerfully sang Hakuna Matata from “The Lion King” as she was wheeled into hospice care in Denver wearing purple pajamas. “It means no worries for the rest of your days,” she sang while her mother filmed. The girl died less than a month later.

The video put out by Turner was one of many clips highlighting the little girl’s battle with disease and death, which authorities said was used by her mother to dupe doctors and call for favors and donations to help ease her daughter’s pain.

16 years? Not nearly enough. She should be put away for LIFE. She's lucky though that the child didn't live long enough to grow up and become Gypsy Rose Blanchard

'It's not safe': Ottawa residents say they've been accosted by 'Freedom Convoy'

When Justin Romanov fled to Canada from Russia nearly a decade ago, he found a safe haven. As a refugee who had been repeatedly beaten by police in Moscow for protesting in support of LGBTQ rights, he felt safe enough to build a life — finding a partner and buying a house just outside Ottawa.

But over the past two weeks, Romanov, 26, said he has seen a different side of Canada, with an unprecedented demonstration in the country’s capital. The hundreds of truckers and protesters rallying outside Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and demanding an end to Covid-19 vaccine mandates have made him and many others in the city afraid.

“I just don’t feel safe to be there," Romanov, who travels downtown every day to work as a food delivery driver, told NBC News. “I do not feel safe in downtown Ottawa right now because I have a feeling if people will learn that I’m a refugee and a gay, I’m afraid of some trouble there and to be honest, I am a little bit disappointed that this protest (is) still happening across Canada."

Not only is the "Freedom Convoy" protest still happening in Canada, bringing chaos to the capital and traffic on its busiest crossing with the United States to a halt, but its influence has also reached across the border with officials warning that a trucker convoy could disrupt the Super Bowl this weekend near Los Angeles, before making its way to Washington, D.C. The warning was issued in a Department of Homeland Security bulletin obtained by NBC News.

FFS, Trudeau......DO SOMETHING!

South Carolina police officer charged in fatal shooting of man accused of running stop sign

A small-town police officer of nearly 30 years in South Carolina was charged Wednesday for shooting and killing an unarmed man who led her on a high-speed chase and then tried to run from his wrecked car, investigators said.

Hemingway police officer Cassandra Dollard, 52, faces one count of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting early Sunday after she chased the driver 8 miles outside the limits of the town of 530 people.

Dollard tried to pull over Robert Junior Langley, 46, for running a stop sign and it turned into a chase where Langley was driving more than 100 mph, according to an arrest warrant from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Langley crashed his car in a ditch in rural Georgetown County and was trying to get out the passenger door when he was shot in the chest, agents said.

Unarmed man, running a stop sign while Black. Oh, and this police officer of 30 years has worked for 6 agencies and been fired twice......

The Russian women's figure skating team has bigger problems than doping

Russian dynamo Kamila Valieva, 15, made history this week by being the first female skater to land a quadruple jump in the Olympics. A few days later, her team made headlines again with reports that one of their athletes had failed a doping test, delaying the medal ceremony and leaving Olympics fans wondering.

USA Today reported that a skater on the team who is a minor and who competed in this week’s team event had tested positive for doping. Russian outlets reported that the unnamed skater who tested positive was Valieva, and that the test was taken in December but reported this week. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s privacy policy, minors are not subject to the same mandatory public reporting as adult athletes, which would make it hard to confirm even if these reports are accurate.

The charge is all the more loaded as technically Valieva and her teammates are not competing for Russia but on behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee; this is because in 2019 WADA banned Russia from formally competing in major sporting events for widespread, state-sponsored doping.

Early reports indicate that the banned substance was a cardiac medication called trimetazidine. Although the drug is unconfirmed, it’s worth noting that in 2016, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was found to be taking a banned cardiac medication that enhances endurance and recovery. The International Olympic Committee and International Skating Union, have yet to issue official statements regarding Valieva’s test, eligibility, or possible warnings or punishment.

Valieva was also the heavy favorite, along with her teammates and training partners Alexandra Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova, to sweep the podium for women’s figure skating at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. All three share a coach, and all three are considered among the best skaters in the world. Their dominance is predicated on their ability to outshine their competition by landing quads and triple axels, the most difficult jumps.

Please read the WHOLE article. It highlights the comments I've made previously on this subject.

Donate $10 and RHSPCA cats will poop on your ex's name this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but what about those not feeling very loving? The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has you covered with its Stupid Cupid fundraising event.

When you donate $10, the RHSPCA will write down the name of your ex and throw it in a litterbox for a cat to poop on at the end of the week.

“People can come in to donate or donate online and mark the little tribute to put their ex’s name there. Our staff will write it down and take care of it for you. People have said it’s a little vengeful, it’s a little therapeutic, and it all goes to a great cause,” Tiffany Corbin, the Marketing and Fundraising Manager at the RHSPCA, said.

If you are in the Valentine’s Day spirit, you can also send some love to any shelter pets in the Valentine Hearts fundraiser. Just donate $10 and decorate a valentine, then you can hand-deliver it to any pet of your choosing and drop it in their valentine mailbox.

I thought this was pretty creative, although I'm not that meanly disposed toward my late ex these days. (This is the shelter where I volunteer)

Postal Service reform bill heads to Senate after bipartisan House vote

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to move quickly to pass a sprawling bill to reform the struggling U.S. Postal Service, after the legislation won approval by a wide bipartisan margin in the House on Tuesday.

"It is my intention for the Senate to quickly take up and pass this bipartisan, bicameral postal reform bill," Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "We hope to take action here on the floor and pass the bill before we go to Presidents' Day recess."

The legislation would lift onerous budget requirements that have helped push the Postal Service deeply into debt and would require it to continue delivering mail six days per week.

The election-year bill, coming at a time of widespread complaints about slower mail service, would also require the Postal Service to display online how efficiently it delivers mail to communities.

Now get rid of that damn DeJoy!
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