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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from being called crazy.

Journal Archives

Judge who said teen rape suspect was 'from a good family' steps down

The state Supreme Court granted Judge James Troiano’s request to resign on Wednesday and terminated his services effective immediately.

The longtime family court judge reportedly retired in 2012, but was still hearing cases on a part-time basis in Monmouth County Superior Court.

also, same state...

Superior Court Judge John Russo got the ax Wednesday after asking a rape victim in 2016 whether she attempted to keep her legs closed during her alleged assault. The state Supreme Court recommended his removal and he will now have until Aug. 19 to offer evidence proving why he should keep his position.
Russo — who is also reportedly facing a sexual harassment suit from his former law clerk — has been suspended without pay, pending the conclusion of his removal proceedings.


trump is textbook definition of a Stochastic terrorist

and not just Trump....his friends at Fox do the same thing.

Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.

Like a lot of people, when trump stood before a crowd in 2016 and said about Hillary...

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”

I felt a huge chill.
And realized if he is clever enough to carry that off in public, he's clever enough to sell a lot worse.
which we have all seen in the last 3 years.

Clever Pelosi....

House Democrats are introducing a resolution condemning Donald Trump for his racist remarks about four non-white freshmen House Democrats, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her membership today, urging them to vote in favor of it. This means the resolution will pass easily. It’s nonbinding, in the sense that it doesn’t cause a trap door to magically open up under Trump’s desk. But it does a few important things.

First, the resolution – which will explicitly call Donald Trump a racist – makes clear to the average nonpolitical American that Trump’s words really are racist. This matters, because the people in the middle generally sit back and wait for one side or the other to spell these kinds of things out for them.

Second, this resolution forces House Republicans to vote “yes” or “no” on whether Donald Trump is a racist. Most will vote that Trump is not a racist, and that can then be used against them when they run for reelection in 2020. A few House Republicans might vote that Trump is a racist, in an attempt at protecting their reelection prospects, but that’ll prompt Trump to begin attacking them. Either way, this forces the GOP to reckon with Trump’s racism.

turns out, there is an explanation for Border Patrol behavior

Post 9-11, money was available to increase size of the then small Border Patrol agency.,
which caused rapid growth,
"that completely outstripped CBP’s systems to manage its employees. "
“[Congress’] view was, ‘We’re going to field a small army and make up for decades of neglect by previous administrations.’ Almost any body in the field was better than no body.”

CBP recruited that new army by lowering its hiring standards—already the lowest among top federal law enforcement agencies—and shoveling agents through the academy and into the field before even completing background checks. “We weren’t prepared,” one former training officer told me. Agents called it “No Trainee Left Behind.”
Management structures and processes failed, oversight lessened and by the end of the Bush administration, more than half of the Border Patrol had been in the field for less than two years. Already at that point, agent misconduct and criminality were on the rise—the lax hiring standards and background checks had populated the new border army with the wrong sort of person. “We made some mistakes,” Bush’s CBP Commissioner Ralph Basham told me in 2014. “We found out later that we did, in fact, hire cartel members.”

The result of inadequate screening was this:
Juan David Ortiz, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran and supervisor in the region, had admitted he spent September driving sex workers out to rural Webb County and shooting them in the head. He allegedly killed four women before a fifth escaped last Friday and reported him to a state trooper, leading to his arrest and a confession the local DA described as “cold” and emotionless.

In the Laredo sector alone, which hosts some 1,700 of the 20,000 total Border Patrol agents, Ortiz is at least the fourth patrolman to be arrested this year.
The other cases include an agent who allegedly murdered his lover and 1-year-old child;

another allegedly sexually assaulted a woman after threatening her with deportation.

Yet another agent, who hasn’t been identified or arrested, shot and killed an unarmed 20-year-old Guatemalan woman in May.”

From 2005 to 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were arrested 2,170 times for misconduct, such as domestic violence and drunk driving, government inspectors found.
CBP, which includes Border Patrol and customs agents, was also the target of 1,187 complaints of excessive force from 2007 to 2012. Since 2004, more than 200 agents have been arrested on corruption-related charges, including at least 13 under Trump. And a 2013 government-commissioned report found that Border Patrol agents regularly stepped in the paths of cars to justify firing at drivers, as well as shooting at rock-throwers, including teenagers on the Mexican side, with the intent to kill.

Having difficulty getting thru the Mueller report?? This is the answer

As a narrative, the document is a disaster. And at 448 pages, it's too long to grind through. For long stretches, it reads less like a story and more like a terms-of-service agreement. The instinct to click "next" is strong.

And yet, buried within the Mueller report, there is a narrative that reads in parts like a thriller, like a comedy, like a tragedy — and, most important — like an indictment.
The story just needed to be rearranged in a better form.

(I've been glued to it for well over an hour now....... )


Pence viewing the caged men reminded me of this..

If this has been posted in the last 8 hours, I missed it.

"Aunt Lidia".... Border Patrol chief was in secret Facebook group that mocked dead kids

Carla Provost, the acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection under Trump, was a member of a secret Facebook group where vile and bigoted posts mocking migrants were frequently exchanged.

The Intercept reported Provost's involvement with the group on Friday. Trump put Provost in charge of the agency in July of last year.

One post in the notorious group mocked the haunting image of a father and his two-year-old daughter who were found drowned in the Rio Grande. "Have y'all ever seen floaters this clean," a member of Provost's group wrote.

Is Twitter down for...some??...of you?

I can get the sign in page, but when I click to get on, I get a "something's wrong" page.

But when I go to,,,,
it says twitter is up.

And when I linked from DU post to a twitter post, I could see the thread and interact with it.

Looks like he is ready to make a serious move against the media.

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism , # 6: Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Facebook and Twitter have not been invited to White House social media summit, sources say

The White House announced the summit in June, describing it as an event to bring together "digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today's online environment."

The White House has not yet publicly disclosed who it has invited.
But the Washington Post reported last week that the White House has asked to the event a number of right-wing luminaries who have been extremely critical of social media companies. Some of these individuals have claimed, often without real evidence, that companies like Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) harbor bias against conservatives and censor their speech. The companies have denied those claims.

Trump's tweets of this morning are telling, also: ( actually, I find them alarming)
(I've copied them in sequence, for easier reading)
A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period..
The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady.
When I ultimately leave office in six years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public. That’s why they will all be Endorsing me at some point, one way or the other.

Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!
Sorry to say that even Social Media would be driven out of business along with, and finally, the Fake News Media!


Major nationwide Protest is 3 days away.....


in case anyone was looking to help out in some way...donations or whatever.
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