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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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Why Won't DeSantis Ship Cuban Refugees to Martha's Vineyard?

Michael Daly

The 15 Cuban refugees whose makeshift boat chanced to land on Florida’s largest nude beach on Labor Day would have been convenient “unauthorized aliens” for Gov. Ron DeSantis to place aboard the two charter jets he had fly into into Martha’s Vineyard last week.

Had some of those 15 been aboard, DeSantis likely could have filled both of the 30-seat Fairchild Dornier 328 jets from among the 100 other Cuban refugees who arrived over Labor Day weekend. And if DeSantis wanted to go through with his threat to fly and bus more “unauthorized aliens” into “sanctuary states,” he could recruit from among the 1,300 who have arrived directly from Cuba to his state since last October. That number is up more than 600 percent over last year.

But Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez triggered a political furor back in August when she suggested on a radio program that Florida might bus newly arrived Cuban refugees from Florida to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.

So, rather than displease the formidable Cuban American community in Florida, DeSantis went to the trouble and expense of hiring a contractor to hustle migrants into boarding his charter planes in San Antonio, Texas. And, lest the passengers include some of the record 176,000 Cubans who have arrived at the southern border by land over the past year, the contractor appears to have targeted only Venezuelans and a few Colombians.


Didn't have any problem including kids, though

23 Banned Book Quotes to Fire You Up

For almost 2000 years, people have been banning books in one way or another—the history of book burning goes at least as far back as 213 BCE. And while we've come quite a long way from those times, people still continue to ban books today.

That's why each September we celebrate our freedom to read with Banned Books Week, an event hosted by the American Library Association. To help get you in the spirit year round, below are 23 powerful quotes about the futility of banning books.

1. “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” ―Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

2. "What I tell kids is, Don't get mad, get even. Don't spend time waving signs or carrying petitions around the neighborhood. Instead, run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ―Stephen King

3. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ―Joseph Brodsky

(just a few to get you started. Read the rest at the link.)


Trump Is Mad the FBI Wore Shoes in His Bedroom

Former President Trump spent the weekend raving about the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago club last month. And this time, he’s got a new gripe: The agents, he said, failed to remove their footwear while searching his bedroom for sensitive government records.

Trump claimed, without evidence, that the agents turned his Palm Beach, Florida, property upside-down during their Aug. 8 search in a post on his Truth Social network.

“It was ‘ransacked,’ and in far different condition than the way I left it,” Trump wrote after he finally returned to Mar-a-Lago this weekend to have a look himself. “Many Agents - And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”

Trump is a famous germaphobe and seems to have found the idea of federal agents galumphing through his boudoir galling. But the objection also underscored the split-screen gap between the amount of deference Trump often claims he’s owed by investigators and the stiff punishments he demands for others.


If you don't want people walking through your bedroom with shoes on, don't keep classified shit in your bedroom. Easy-peasy.

He Called 911 Because His Car Was Stuck. The Cops Killed Him.

Body-camera footage shows Colorado police shot and killed a young man who had called 911 for help after getting his car stuck on a dirt road, despite him never leaving his vehicle's driver seat.

Christian Glass, 22, was killed on June 1 by a Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a mental health crisis, his parents said. He had called 911 after getting his SUV stuck and was hoping for assistance getting it pushed out. But over the course of the next hour, the responding officers threatened him, tased him, shot him with beanbags, and finally shot and killed him.

Glass’ family has retained lawyers to help fight for justice for their son. The lawyers, Siddhartha Rathod and Qusair Mohamedbhai, provided VICE News with several angles of the body-camera footage showing the shooting and a statement saying, “from beginning to end, the officers escalated and proactively initiated force.”

“There was no need to threaten him with force; to draw guns; to break his car window; to fire beanbag rounds from a close distance; to tase him; to shoot him dead,” the lawyers wrote. “From beginning to end, the officers on the scene acted unconscionably and inhumanely.”

The lawyers also provided VICE News with the 911 call Glass made for help, which he ended by apologizing to the dispatcher, saying, “You’re my light right now. I’m really scared. I’m sorry.” Glass told the dispatcher that he had two knives and a hammer in his vehicle—something he carried with him as he was an amateur geologist—but he was adamant he wasn’t dangerous.


White kid. This is the area where I used to vacation as a kid and teen.

Trump Fan in Clown Wig Threatens to Kill All Democrats in a Dairy Queen

A former President Donald Trump supporter from Pennsylvania was arrested after storming a Dairy Queen with a loaded handgun while wearing a clown wig.

During the incident, he claimed he was going to “kill all the Democrats because Trump was still president.”

Jan Stawovy, a 61-year-old from Hunker, Pennsylvania, told police who confronted him that he “talked to God” and was a “prophet” who was working undercover with the Pennsylvania State Police on a drug sting operation.

He also told officers that he was working to “restore Trump as president” according to the affidavit reviewed by local TV station WTAJ.

Stawovy was arrested and police subsequently found two more loaded handguns in his car along with 62 rounds of ammunition.


Further proof that most Slobfather fans are clowns, all of them are crazy, and some are dangerous.

Alabama is jailing pregnant marijuana users to 'protect' fetuses

Moira Donegan

At a traffic stop, the police officer found a small amount of weed. Ashley Banks, a 23-year-old woman living in Alabama, admitted to the cops that she had smoked marijuana two days earlier. It was the same day that she learned she was pregnant. She was six weeks along. It was this disclosure – that she was pregnant – that led Etowah county officials to keep her in jail, without a trial, for the next three months.

Alabama has an exceptionally high incarceration rate, locking up about 938 people per 100,000 residents. But even in a state with a disproportionate prison population, an arrest for small-scale drug possession would not usually lead to such an extended pre-trial jail stay. But Banks fell victim to a peculiar Alabama law that advocates say Etowah county enforces with special zeal: pregnant women who are arrested for drug offenses are not allowed to post bail and go free, the way other people are. They have to stay in state custody: either in jail, or in a residential drug rehab program. The logic is that the women are a danger to their fetuses: they need to be imprisoned by the state, and kept from their freedom, in order to protect their pregnancies.

In Banks’s case, jail officials tried to send her to rehab, but after an assessment, the facility turned her away: Banks, they said, was merely a casual marijuana user, not an addict, and did not need in-patient drug treatment. Too healthy for rehab, but not trusted enough by the state to be set free, she was kept in limbo in jail. Meanwhile, Banks’s pregnancy wasn’t going well. She has a family history of miscarriages, and was experiencing bleeding in jail. At one point, jail officials assigned her to sleep in a bed that was already occupied by another prisoner; Banks slept on the floor.

She’s not the only one. Another woman, Hali Burns, was taken to the Etowah county jail just six days after giving birth to her son, with police saying that she had tested positive for a drug used by pregnant women with opioid addictions to help manage cravings and withdrawal. When she was thrown in jail, Burns was still physically recovering from giving birth. But the jail had no facilities for her to pump or tend to her wounds. Her partner tried to bring pads and underwear to her, so that she wouldn’t have to bleed into her clothes, but Etowah county authorities wouldn’t let her have them. The risk for infection was great – the indignity was even greater.


Alabummer hates women. Especially women of color.

Putin's Man in the Far East Dies in Bizarre Fall From Boat

A Russian executive tasked with helping to oversee development in the country’s Far East died in a bizarre fall from a moving boat just days after attending an economic forum with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ivan Pechorin’s death was confirmed by the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, where he had served as aviation director. The corporation has been tasked by the Russian government with developing resources in the Far East and Arctic. Pechorin was reportedly in charge of developing aviation accessibility in the Far East by modernizing airport infrastructure and constructing new runways, among other things.

“On September 12, 2022, the tragic death of our colleague became known,” the corporation said in a brief statement lamenting the “irreparable loss.”

No further details about the circumstances of his death were provided in the statement, but local media cited Vladivostok officials who said Pechorin, 39, had died on Sept. 10 after falling overboard near Russky Island.


Verrrrrrrry interesting. Perhaps Vlad would be well advised to stay away from windows.

I'm Afraid My Neighbors Will Call Cops if My Kids Walk Alone

Bonnie Kristian

How old should kids be before they can play unsupervised in a public park?

My current answer, for my kids, is 5. We live just three blocks from a busy park in a safe, walkable neighborhood with lots of eyes on the street, and by the time my twins are 5 (in the summer of 2024), I think they’ll be amply capable of walking to the park and playing without my supervision.

But most American parents don’t agree.

On average, “parents say children should be at least 10 years old to play unsupervised in their own front yard, 12 years old to stay home alone for an hour, and 14 to be unsupervised at a public park,” Arthur Brooks wrote this month in a column for The Atlantic, in which he urged against “teach[ing] your kids to fear the world.”

Brooks’ advice is wise, and I hope I’m following it. But I’m still worried about letting our kids take that walk once they’re old enough to do it—not because I’m afraid they’ll be kidnapped, but because I wonder if someone more paranoid than me will call the cops.

This isn’t a groundless concern. Parents in America can and occasionally do get in legal trouble for giving their children very small amounts of public freedom. In November of 2020, for example, a mother in Arizona was arrested for child endangerment because she let her 7-year-old and a 5-year-old friend stay at a playground while she ran to a nearby grocery store to get one thing.


This has absolutely gotten out of hand. Kids are unable to learn independence any more.

'It's near collapse' Knox Co. judge describes current situation with Department of Children Services

Knox County Juvenile judge Tim Irwin brought some of his major concerns about the current status of the Department of Children’s Services in Tennessee which includes how the department is near collapsing. He said the department was so short staffed, they can’t provide all of the services necessary for the children. Irwin said there were measures going on that aren’t legal.

“When I commit a child to the Department of Children Services, and they remain in my detention for weeks sometimes into months, without a place to go, that’s wrong. It’s illegal but it’s happening. It’s happening in Knox County,” Irwin said. “We don’t have enough DCS employees. If you haven’t heard that, I’m telling you it’s near collapse.”

A solution he offered state leaders was to put more funding into it.

“Throw money at it. I’m telling you right now, throw money at it. Tons of money at it. We have got to make these positions attractive to people,” Irwin said.


People are leaving every day because their caseloads are too large, so maybe more money for more people to pay more salaries?

'There was no warning' Pallbearer killed by officers at West Virginia funeral

Jason Arnie Owens helped carry his father’s casket to the hearse, then turned to embrace a relative. He never made it to the cemetery.

As mourners gathered outside a northern West Virginia funeral home on Aug. 24, two plainclothes officers with a fugitive warrant swooped in from separate vehicles, called Owens' name and shot him dead, spattering his 18-year-old son's shirt with blood as horrified loved ones looked.

"There was no warning whatsoever,” family friend Cassandra Whitecotton said.

In the blink of an eye, stunned friends and family already mourning one member lost another. Now, they want answers — not just why Owens was shot but why the encounter happened the way it did.

Law enforcement officials aren't explaining much right now, citing an ongoing investigation. Owens, 37, was wanted on a fugitive warrant, but the U.S. Marshals Service hasn't said what it was for. The agency also said in a statement that he had a gun when members of a fugitive task force approached. Multiple witnesses contend that's not true.


I would have thought better of the Marshals Service.
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