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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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Gatlinburg hotel kicks out guests for being close to bears

On Sunday morning, eyewitnesses described the blood-boiling moments when two people were seen actually walking up to a bear and petting it.

This happened Sunday morning at the Quality Inn Creekside hotel in downtown Gatlinburg. Owner Raj Patel said he was made aware of the incident when he saw pictures of a woman extending her hand just inches away from a bear’s mouth.

Misty Chrismon captured those photos and said that the woman actually made contact with the bear, and the bear swiped at her moments after. It was only at that time that the woman left the bear alone.

“She was petting the nose and everything, and then she put her hand out pretending she had food for the bear,” said Chrismon.


Another entry in the "people are stupid" contest. Bears are wildlife, dummy, even in downtown Gatlinburg!

Prison Cells Can Reach Nearly 150 Degrees in the South

Summers in the U.S. have been getting hotter year over year—and more dangerous as a result.

But very few Americans have to face the heat with next to no relief options like the country’s incarcerated population. Record-breaking temperatures can quickly become a health risk for the largely Black and Brown incarcerated population, particularly in the South.

Little has been done by U.S. prisons in recent years to combat their readiness for heat waves. In Texas, where just 20 percent of prison units in the state have air conditioning, cells regularly reach temperatures as high as 110 degrees, with some cells getting as hot as 149 degrees, according to a study released by the Texas A&M University Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center earlier this month. In Florida, where just 24 percent of prison units have air conditioning, prison reform activists recently told the Orlando Sentinel that cell temperatures exceed 100 degrees. And in Arizona, where temperatures as high as 120 degrees can result in the cancellation of flights, inmates were left outside to bear the brunt of it.

Texas, Arizona, and Florida are just three of 13 states that don’t have universal air conditioning in their prisons, according to the Prison Policy Initiative: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Without air conditioning, which is mandatory in order to live comfortably in many of these states, inmates exposed to the heat for long periods of time can suffer from potentially fatal heat strokes, according to the Initiative, as well as adverse effects on their kidneys, liver, heart, and brains.

The effects that the grueling conditions of these prisons can have are made worse by the mandatory labor many of its inhabitants are forced to take part in, Jamila Johnson, deputy director for the Promise of Justice Initiative in Louisiana told VICE News.

“In the course of their day, there are people who are fully working in the fields, they're working in prison enterprises, working to make tags for license plates, doing other manufacturing work, working in kitchens,” Johnson said. “Those are our grueling jobs in the best of conditions.”

Working through the heat has always been a risk for American laborers. Between 2011 and 2019, at least 344 American workers died of heat stress in the U.S, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with the agency adding that the figure is likely underreported.


This constitutes torture. And you also know that prison medical neglect is one of my hot buttons....

Putnam County judge suspended for remainder of term

A Putnam County judge has been suspended for the remainder of his term by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct.

The board issued an order that detailed several complaints against Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Young, of Cookeville, who serves the 13th Judicial District, including sexual misconduct with a woman who was a party in an adoption case in his court.

Young is suspended for 30 days beginning on Aug. 2 through Aug. 31. Young’s term as judge ends on Aug. 31 after his defeat in the district’s primary election.

On June 7, Chelsey and Michael Hoover filed separate complaints claiming Young started inappropriate communications. Young allegedly started conversations with Chelsey Hoover that were flirtatious and sexual before, during and after she and Michael Hoover were parties in an adoption case his court heard on March 29.

According to a report, Chelsey Hoover claimed Young requested explicit pictures from her and that they had met on several occasions outside of the court, including at a hotel in Cookeville around April 28, where they had sex. Young allegedly suggested she use an app on her phone that would automatically delete their electronic communications.

When Chelsey Hoover allegedly met Young at the hotel, she presented him with legal documents in an unrelated custody matter he had pending in another court in his judicial district. Young allegedly provided Chelsey Hoover advice about her case, including how to get the judge handing it disqualifies from hearing the matter. He also was accused of advising her on how to replace her attorney.


But wait, there's more! Any bets he's a RepubliKKKan?
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