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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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After 'victory for white life' comment, GOP campaign says rep. misread

Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., said at an Illinois Trump rally Saturday that the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a "historic victory for white life."

"President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday," Miller said.

A spokesperson for Miller told The Associated Press the line was a "mix up of words."

"You can clearly see in the video ... she's looking at her papers and looking at her speech," Isaiah Wartman, the spokesperson, told the AP.


Sure, honey, sure. Whatever.

Virginia's first 3D-printed home unveiled in Richmond's southside

Richmond’s first home built with a 3D printer was unveiled on the city’s southside.

The three-bed, two-bath home on Carnation Street was revealed to the community on Thursday.

Instead of lumber, the exterior walls were made of concrete that was printed. The process took about 15 hours but required less labor and few materials.

The hope is to build more of these and make housing more affordable.


Prominent Atlanta lawyer will rep anyone prosecuted for abortions for free

Steve Sadow knew a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was coming. He wants to make sure anyone prosecuted because of an abortion gets the best defense possible, free of charge.

“If a doctor believes that it is appropriate to violate the law, at least as written, I want to be there to defend them because they need somebody in their corner and that is what I do,” he said Friday, hours after the Supreme Court released its opinion.

Sadow, who has represented various high profile clients, said he feels strongly about women’s rights to privacy and their reproductive rights. With laws throughout the country going into effect following the Supreme Court decision, Sadow said he is not sure what each state will do but he will be ready to defend anyone prosecuted as a result of the decision.

“I just wanted to put it out there so that if there is a doctor that feels strongly enough about this, they know that there is somebody that has the experience that I have and is willing to come in and fight for them,” Sadow said. “No one will leave them hanging.”

Although based in Atlanta, Sadow said he is willing to defend any doctor throughout the country free of charge. He will only charge travel expenses if he has to travel long distances. Sadow said he was optimistic about the fact district attorneys throughout the state and country have already stated, regardless of the law, they won’t prosecute anyone for violating abortion laws.


The Far-Right Is Fearmongering About Abortion Activists Attacking Churches

Within minutes of Roe v. Wade being overturned on Friday morning, far-right figures were already spreading conspiracies about a planned “night of rage” and urging their supporters to take up arms in response.

The United States Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, dealt a huge blow to many in the country, but for the far-right it’s a day to celebrate—or fight: Many are busy hyping threats of a violent retaliation to the SCOTUS decision.

Some far-right influencers say they’re expecting a “night of rage” from a large group of organized abortion-rights activists, some are urging their followers to go and protect the churches and streets from the imagined marauders, and others are simply salivating over the possibility of violence.

“It's a good thing the Supreme Court affirmed our right to conceal carry right before this ‘night of rage’ you guys are planning,” wrote right-wing commentator Matt Walsh. White nationalist internet celebrity Nicholas Fuentes simply wrote “DEFEND YOUR CHURCHES TONIGHT!” on his Telegram page. Right-wing and church-affiliated YouTubers have been creating videos for several days in regards to this idea, some even giving step-by-step instructions on “how to protect your church from the pro-abortion 'Night of Rage.”

Kristofer Goldsmith, a senior fellow for the Innovation Lab at Human Rights First, told VICE News that he’s seen extremists messaging about the “night of rage” for weeks and that it’s now being filtered into the mainstream by far-right influencers. Goldsmith said that “outside of vandalism” there is “no evidence of a far-left conspiracy to commit violence.”


Transgender footballers in Germany can choose men's or women's team

German football is bucking the recent trend of banning transgender women from women’s competition by allowing transgender, intersex and non-binary players to decide whether to play in men’s or women’s teams.

The German football federation passed a regulation for gender-nonconforming players with the civil status “diverse” or “unspecified” on Thursday.

“It also applies to transgender players who can now switch at a self-determined time or remain initially in the team in which they’d been playing previously,” the DFB said. “As long as the sporting activity does not affect the health of the person while they are taking medication, the person can take part in the game, which is why the new regulation excludes doping relevance.”

The rules take effect in the coming season and will be incorporated into the DFB’s game regulations for youth, futsal and amateur football.


SOMEBODY gets it right!

Portly python: heaviest-ever snake captured in Florida tips scales at 215lbs

A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The discovery was part of the state’s python removal program.

The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kg), was nearly 18ft long (5 metres) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release.

The team used radio transmitters implanted into male “scout” snakes to study python movements, breeding behaviors and habitat use, said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservancy’s program.

“How do you find the needle in the haystack? You could use a magnet, and in a similar way our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around,” Bartoszek said.

The team used a scout snake named Dionysus – or Dion for short – in an area of the western Everglades.


She been eatin' good in the neighborhood!

Exhausted US airport workers see hope in minimum wage bill as summer of travel chaos looms

Ana Vazquez has worked for five years at Orlando international airport in Florida as a wheelchair attendant and child escort for unaccompanied minors. She makes $12 an hour, with no paid time off and the only health insurance coverage offered to her is charged out of pocket and unaffordable on her pay.

Vazquez often does the work of two or three workers because of chronic understaffing, which results in travelers waiting long periods for wheelchair service and attendants having to push two wheelchairs at once.

Vazquez lives with her daughter because she can’t afford her own apartment, as and rent has increased significantly throughout the area, while her wages have remained the same.

“We’re receiving our wages like we’re in 1995,” said Vazquez. “I have to live with my daughter, sleeping on the corner of her bed,” said Vazquez. “I’m going to set up the walk-in closet like a bedroom.”

On 16 June, Senator Ed Markey, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Chuy Garcia – all Democrats – introduced the Good Jobs for Good Airports Act, which would raise the minimum wage for US airport workers, including those who work for contractors, to $15 an hour, provide paid time off and at least $4.60 an hour toward health insurance.


Airlines get billions in subsidies, and yet.......

Tenn. representative asks Gov. Bill Lee to halt COVID vaccine distribution for children

Tennessee Representative Jason Zachary has joined a coalition of GOP housemembers in asking Gov. Bill Lee to halt COVID-19 vaccine distribution, promotion or recommendation for children under five years of age.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID shots for infants and preschoolers Friday. The FDA’s choice followed its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer. The only step left is a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to use the vaccine in young children, which should come Saturday.

Rep. Zachary claimed in his letter that the FDA’s trial and recommendation raises questions that he thinks need to be answered before the shots are put into use. Namely, Zachary is concerned about how the FDA conducted trials, claiming that several vaccinated children did not see a lower risk for severe illness than those in the placebo group.

Zachary also stated that several other studies, including some by the vaccine manufactures themselves, did not prove a decrease in risk for vaccinated children.


The science deniers weigh in. I wonder if any of their kids/grandkids are vaccinated for ANYTHING

So we just had some crazy weather

We were predicted to have thunderstorms this afternoon, which is about normal for this time of year in this part of the country.I didn't think anything of that as I trotted off to work the co-op gallery (Oasis in Harrisonburg) that I'm part of. However, starting around 4 pm I began receiving texts from spousal unit who was working at home, 15 miles north, that it was getting very dark and thundering a lot up there. Nothing but some dark clouds off to the north where I was, and some windiness. We did have a little rain later (of course we did, I watered the outdoor flower boxes!) but nothing of note. However, at closing time it darkened up considerably and began to blow so I hurried up closing and dove out the back door and across the street to my car. It still didn't start raining until I got to the north end of Harrisonburg, when I drove through a brief torrential downpour. Then it more or less quit until I got further towards Broadway. As I got nearer there, I got a call from the spousal unit that the power was out at home. Well okay then. I drove on, noting that Broadway still had power, but as I got to the stoplight to turn out of Broadway, I encountered the Timberville fire engine and rescue squad heading toward the interstate. Gave then the right of way and continued towards home. Turned into the hamlet of Mayland and saw a lot of branches and leaves down. Some folks were loading branches into the bed of a truck; it looked like one of their trees had been split badly. As I continued up the road I saw something strange wrapped around a power pole and looked across the road to see that the house there had half its roof ripped clean off! I think a derecho storm may have ripped through there....that was the metal roof wrapped around the pole. Continued on home over a lot of leaves and small branches in the road to find our house dark as the inside of the devil's hind pocket. Just got power back 20 minutes ago.

Elon Musk's child seeks name change to reflect gender identity and sever ties with father

Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her gender identity and because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”

The petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate reflecting her gender identity was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica in April. It came to light recently in some online media reports.

Musk's daughter, who recently turned 18, the age of consent in California, has asked the court to change her gender recognition from male to female and to register her new name, according to court documents available online through PlainSite.org.

Her new name was redacted in the online document. Her mother is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008.

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