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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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TBI: Man charged with murder and arson in death of Robertson Co. deputy (update)

One man was arrested and charged Monday for the death of a Robertson County deputy who was found shot in her home over the weekend, according to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Officials stated that multiple agencies, including the TBI and the Smyrna Police Department, served a search warrant that led to the arrest of 27-year-old James Jackson Conn.

Police officials initially said they were in the midst of an “active response” on Odom Court and advised drivers to avoid the area for their “safety and the safety of personnel.” The situation has since been resolved, the TBI said.

Conn was charged with first-degree murder and one count of aggravated arson. As of Monday night, he was booked into the Robertson County Jail and being held without bond, according to officials with the TBI.

https://www.wvlt.tv/2022/01/25/tbi-man-charged-with-murder-arson-death-robertson-co-deputy/
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Doesn't say, but I'm still betting this was either an ex or wannabe BF. As for her being with the sheriff's dept for 4 years at such a young age, she likely started out at a desk job, possibly while attending criminal justice classes at the local community college (a 2 year course). This is not uncommon in TN.

Polish state has 'blood on its hands' after death of woman refused an abortion

The family of a Polish woman who died on Tuesday after doctors refused to perform an abortion when the foetus’s heart stopped beating have accused the government of having “blood on their hands”.

The woman, identified only as Agnieszka T, was said to have been in the first trimester of a twin pregnancy when she was admitted to the Blessed Virgin Mary hospital in Częstochowa on 21 December. Her death comes a year after Poland introduced one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

According to a statement released by relatives, the 37-year-old was experiencing pain when she arrived at the hospital but was “fully conscious and in good physical shape”.

The first foetus died in the womb on 23 December, but doctors refused to remove it, quoting the current abortion legislation, and Agnieszka’s family claim “her state quickly deteriorated”. The hospital waited until the heartbeat of the second twin also stopped a week later, and then waited a further two days before terminating the pregnancy on 31 December.

Agnieszka died on 25 January after weeks of deteriorating health. Her family suspect that she died as a result of septic shock, but the hospital did not identify the cause of her death in statement issued on Wednesday.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jan/26/poland-death-of-woman-refused-abortion
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This is going to happen here, perhaps sooner than we think. Probably in Texas.

You Are Not Owed a Reason for Somebody's Abortion

​Kaia was nearly 42 when she learned her fetus had a chromosomal abnormality that would likely lead to a painful death. Liz found out she was pregnant right after a long-distance relationship ended. Ophelia, already perimenopausal, was raising two children with mood disorders. Natalie wanted to be homecoming queen. Dima knew the dude wasn’t right. Layidua was undocumented and attempting to change her immigration status after getting married. Yas was about to start her senior year of high school. Deb had just graduated college.

I have interviewed dozens and dozens of people who had abortions for dozens of articles. I have spoken to people who chose to self-manage their medication abortions at home, who chose first-trimester abortions in hospitals and clinics, who got later abortions, multiple abortions, secret abortions, people who got abortions as minors, whose fetus wouldn’t survive, who did it to protect their health, who didn’t want to be parents ever or just not right now, and who couldn’t afford the procedure. Every one of these safe and wanted abortions was a good abortion.

After each interview I come away with profound disbelief that this is my life’s work: chronicling the stories of people who decide to divulge their private health information in service of others. They spill their abortion secrets in the hopes that their public honesty might mean those in power finally realize people who have abortions are simply that: people. I am so grateful for them. I wished I could offer them a better outcome than an accurate record of events. All I can offer them now is my own honesty.

It took me years to make so bold yet so fundamental a statement as “every safe and wanted abortion is a good abortion” on behalf of these people, because the notion of capital-J Journalism still had a hold over me. The profession has sworn, from William Randolph Hearst to Marty Baron, to not bring a point of view to practice; journalism forgets that Ida B. Wells was a reporter, too. I trained at newspapers in New Orleans, Seattle, and Phoenix. Even when I moved into political reporting, it was still a toe-the-line liberal blog. When I got to outlets that could take a bit more bite, I held back. I wrote about the fight for abortion access without explicitly mentioning the goodness of these choices. And I was fair, always trying to find the balance between pro- and anti-abortion sources and stories.

https://jezebel.com/you-are-not-owed-a-reason-for-somebodys-abortion-1848317442

New Kid Rock Song Is Actual Worst Piece Of Sh*t Ever Made, Click Here To Laugh At It

Good morning, humble patriotic people of the Lord! Put down your morning Bible devotionals and pay attention, because it's time to listen to Kid Rock's new song. Yes, we know we've never made you listen to a Kid Rock song before. The thing is, Kid Rock has created the worst song ever made, and we need you to laugh at it with us.

Don't believe us?

Well, did you think you could make an entire chorus that just says "We The People Let's Go Brandon" over and over again, like somebody who doesn't speak English but heard those words were good pleasure buttons for goosing the prostates of idiots who think the 2020 election was stolen? You didn't think that was even musically possible.

Let the virtuoso show the way!

Did you think you could meekly and mildly ask listeners for "love and unity" and also to "suck on deez nuts"? Because that's creative, you see, jokes about "deez nuts." What's great about it is how awkwardly he crams it into the rhyming cadence of the song:

https://www.wonkette.com/new-kid-rock-song-is-literally-worst-piece-of-sh-t-ever-made-click-hear-to-laugh-at-it
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Couldn't decide where to put this, so I plunked it here.

'The most dangerous man in Congress': how Paul Gosar became a darling of the far right

The Arizona Republican congressman Paul Gosar had a simple message for the crowd when he recently addressed a packed Donald Trump rally in his home state – a gathering that had focused on promoting the baseless lie that Trump had been cheated out of a second term as president.

“This is where it all began,” Gosar said in a speech before Trump came on stage. “This is where we questioned: ‘Was there fraud? Absolutely. Was it enough to overturn the election? Absolutely.’”

The far-right congressman is one of Trump’s most loyal backers in Congress, earning him one of more than 90 endorsements made so far by the former US president ahead of this year’s crucial midterm elections. Gosar is the kind of politician that Trump – who is embarking on a series of rallies to try to cement his allies’ power in the Republican party – is increasingly seeking to support.

But Gosar has extensive links to white nationalists and Capitol rioters and, many observers say, represents a dangerous new breed of Republican politician, who would have once been considered fringe, but whom Trump is increasingly making central to Republican party politics.

“I’m considered the most dangerous man in Congress,” Gosar told the crowd, briefly touching on popular rightwing talking points – critical race theory in schools, disrespect for the military, and “empty shelves” in stores – before focusing on the central theme of the rally: elections.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/26/paul-gosar-far-right-republicans

Grown Man Accused of Spitting on Kids for Wearing Masks

A middle-age Southern California man is accused of lying in wait outside local schools for children wearing masks—and then following them around so he can cough at them, spit on them, and taunt them for being “stupid” enough to don the face coverings.

The man, captured on video wearing a “Your mask makes you look stupid” T-shirt, has allegedly been continuing his anti-mask harassment campaign for a month in suburban La Crescenta, with a string of alleged incidents under his belt. Fed-up parents finally had enough this week and gathered at the Crescenta Valley Station to demand police take action.

“[The kids] were obviously getting scared. He was getting three to five inches away and coughing in their faces,” one parent who witnessed the alleged harassment, identified only as Ned, told CBS Los Angeles.

The Crescenta Valley Station, part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, issued a statement Monday promising a “thorough investigation” into the man after one incident was captured on camera.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cops-investigate-grown-man-who-allegedly-spit-on-kids-for-wearing-masks?ref=home
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Anyone does this to my grandkids and they are facing one enormous civil lawsuit in addition to being charged with assault on a minor. I would see to that.

The Untold Racist History of One of Medicine's Biggest Tools

On the morning of June 19, 2020—Juneteenth, now a federal holiday—students in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of California, Davis gathered for weekly rounds. Rachael Lucatorto, the associate program director, opened the session by playing a recording of the Emancipation Proclamation. She then jumpstarted a discussion about racism in medicine.

For Bisrat Woldemichael, then a fourth year medical student at UC Davis and now a resident at Emory University, it was a chance to speak about racism in kidney care, or nephrology. Black Americans experience kidney failure nearly four times as often as White Americans. And yet they are less likely to receive timely referrals to a specialist.

One big problem, Woldemichael remembers pointing out that June morning, was that a common tool for measuring kidney health factored in race. “Racism is very obviously present in a lot of ‘objective’ data in medicine,” she says. Many equations and guidelines adjust for race, and while it is sometimes a convenient proxy, critics say doing so reinforces stereotypes and that alternatives could yield more precise results. For kidney health, the practice could lead to great harm, she says, including death.

Most people have two kidneys—bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist—which, among other things, clean the blood, balance electrolytes, and help form red blood cells. To estimate kidney function, doctors use a standard equation called the eGFR, or estimated glomerular filtration rate. The equation uses the kidneys’ ability to filter a waste product called creatinine to help estimate their health. Plugging the creatinine level into a calculator helps to gauge kidney function, just as a cuff around an upper arm offers an estimate of blood pressure. As kidney function declines, creatinine blood levels rise.

At the time of the UC Davis meeting, the calculator accounted for higher creatinine levels for Black people than other ethnicities. That could have made some Black people’s kidneys appear healthier than they were, delaying life-saving transplants.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-campaign-to-purge-racial-bias-from-a-decades-old-medical-tool-used-to-assess-kidney-health?ref=home
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Fascinating. Please read the whole thing before commenting. Thanks.

10 Things That Aren't In Your Bible

(I posted this here for those of you who don't read in the Religion section. Thought you might find it interesting.)

There are many things Christians think are in the Bible, but aren’t. Here’s a list of 10, in case you are interested.

I. The Rapture
There are a bunch of American Christians who think that the Rapture is taught in the Bible. It’s not. That doctrine was not developed until 1830, by a guy named John Nelson Darby. He based his entire theological system off a girl’s vivid dreams, and read his interpretation into the texts.

II. LGBTQ Clobber Passages
There are 6 or 7 so-called clobber passages that many Christians think condemn the LGBTQ community. They are incorrect. There is nothing in the Bible that condemns us. There are passages that condemn certain practices that involve coercion, but nothing that condemns same-gendered love. To read a condemnation of the LGBTQ community into the Bible is to engage in a gross anachronism.

III. Violent Jesus
Many Christians love themselves a violent Jesus, one who is gonna come back to kick ass and take names. The problem is that that Jesus never existed. Sure, a Jesus who flipped tables and got angry existed, but not one who endorsed actual violence. To see a violent Jesus in the text is to eisegete rather than exegete.


https://www.patheos.com/blogs/allsetfree/2022/01/10-things-that-arent-in-your-bible/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=FBCP-TCL&fbclid=IwAR2lou0qFMBEJ3NRb2U1x2IbTz5JaTqFYuojO76H3Ejk9pscnAZfP_XSUKI

10 Things That Aren't In Your Bible

There are many things Christians think are in the Bible, but aren’t. Here’s a list of 10, in case you are interested.

I. The Rapture
There are a bunch of American Christians who think that the Rapture is taught in the Bible. It’s not. That doctrine was not developed until 1830, by a guy named John Nelson Darby. He based his entire theological system off a girl’s vivid dreams, and read his interpretation into the texts.

II. LGBTQ Clobber Passages
There are 6 or 7 so-called clobber passages that many Christians think condemn the LGBTQ community. They are incorrect. There is nothing in the Bible that condemns us. There are passages that condemn certain practices that involve coercion, but nothing that condemns same-gendered love. To read a condemnation of the LGBTQ community into the Bible is to engage in a gross anachronism.

III. Violent Jesus
Many Christians love themselves a violent Jesus, one who is gonna come back to kick ass and take names. The problem is that that Jesus never existed. Sure, a Jesus who flipped tables and got angry existed, but not one who endorsed actual violence. To see a violent Jesus in the text is to eisegete rather than exegete.


https://www.patheos.com/blogs/allsetfree/2022/01/10-things-that-arent-in-your-bible/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=FBCP-TCL&fbclid=IwAR2lou0qFMBEJ3NRb2U1x2IbTz5JaTqFYuojO76H3Ejk9pscnAZfP_XSUKI

How to Get Busted for Trafficking Guns to Cartels: Brag About It on Facebook

A family-run arms trafficking ring was busted by U.S. authorities after the son allegedly bragged in Facebook messages about working with a powerful Mexican drug cartel, then sent videos of guns and cash.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the charges Monday, alleging that the group smuggled guns, ammunition, and weapons accessories bought in Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Nebraska into Mexico to be sold to the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG for its Spanish acronym).

The alleged leader of the trafficking organization, Marco Santillan Sr., and his son, Marco Santillan Jr., were arrested along with two other co-conspirators, Michael Diaz and Luis De Arcos. A fifth member of the organization, named Anthony Marmolejo, was already in state custody on separate charges in North Carolina. A sixth man—Rafael Magallon Castillo—remains at large and is believed to be in Mexico, according to prosecutors.

The indictment against the six alleged arms traffickers painted a damning portrait of the organization’s activities since March 2020. Authorities alleged that they trafficked assault rifles, hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, rifle scopes, and kits to assemble six-barrel rotary machine guns that can fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute.

But while the gang was ambitious, they didn't seem to be very good at keeping a low profile—especially 29-year-old Santillan Jr.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmdpg/how-to-get-busted-for-trafficking-guns-to-cartels-brag-about-it-on-facebook
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