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Jilly_in_VA

Jilly_in_VA's Journal
Jilly_in_VA's Journal
July 6, 2024

The Slobfather hasn't done an interview

He hasn't done anything since the "debate" (which wasn't really a debate at all, and any of us who were former debaters KNOW that) except his usual bombastic word-salad rally speeches. Why not? Because his handlers KNOW it would be a total disaster. Complete and utter chaos, with him straying off the subject every other sentence. That's why not. They're keeping him under wraps, except to the faithful.

July 6, 2024

Stormy Daniels gets more than $900,000 from GoFundMe after alleged threats

Stormy Daniels’ supporters have raised more than $900,000 meant to help her move to a safe house and repay legal fees after testifying in the criminal trial that led to Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felonies.

The money comes from an online GoFundMe campaign started by a friend and former manager of the adult film actor, who recently appeared on MSNBC and described how supporters of Trump have bombarded her with social media harassment as he seeks a second presidency, including threats to rape and murder her daughter and other family.

“It’s become unsafe for her family and her pets,” the fundraiser’s organizer, Dwayne Crawford, wrote on the page for the campaign, which set a goal of $1m. “Stormy needs help to relocate her family to somewhere they can feel safe and live on their terms.

“She needs assistance to be able to continue to pay the mounting fees so that Trump doesn’t just win because his pocketbook seems endless.”

The so-called I Stand with Stormy Daniels campaign – which had raised more than $940,000 from about 17,600 donors as of Friday – follows her key role in getting Trump convicted in late May on charges of falsifying business records.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/06/stormy-daniels-gofundme-alleged-threats-

The Slobfather doesn't have any money, so where is he getting money to support this harassment? I stand with Stormy, and every other woman who's being harassed!

July 6, 2024

Why is the pundit class so desperate to push Biden out of the race?

Rebecca Solnit

I am not usually one to offer diagnoses of people I’ve never met, but it does seem like the pundit class of the American media is suffering from severe memory loss. Because they’re doing exactly what they did in the 2016 presidential race – providing wildly asymmetrical and inflammatory coverage of the one candidate running against Donald J Trump.

They have become a stampeding herd producing an avalanche of stories suggesting Biden is unfit, will lose and should go away, at a point in the campaign in which replacing him would likely be somewhere between extremely difficult and utterly catastrophic. They do this while ignoring something every scholar and critic of journalism knows well and every journalist should. As Nikole Hannah-Jones put it: “As media we consistently proclaim that we are just reporting the news when in fact we are driving it. What we cover, how we cover it, determines often what Americans think is important and how they perceive these issues yet we keep pretending it’s not so.” They are not reporting that he is a loser; they are making him one.

According to one journalist’s tally, the New York Times has run 192 stories on the subject since the debate, including 50 editorials and 142 news stories. The Washington Post, which has also gone for saturation coverage, published a resignation speech they wrote for him. Not to be outdone, the New Yorker’s editor-in-chief declared that Biden not going away “would be an act not only of self-delusion but of national endangerment” and had a staff writer suggest that Democrats should use the never-before-deployed 25th amendment.

Since this would have to be led by Vice-President Kamala Harris, it would be a sort of insider coup. And so it goes with what appears to be a journalistic competition to outdo each other in the aggressiveness of the attacks and the unreality of the proposals. It’s a dogpile and a panic, and there is no one more unable to understand their own emotional life, biases and motives than people who are utterly convinced of their own ironclad rationality and objectivity, AKA most of these pundits.

Speaking of coups, we’ve had a couple of late, which perhaps merit attention as we consider who is unfit to hold office. This time around, Trump is not just a celebrity with a lot of sexual assault allegations, bankruptcies and loopily malicious statements, as he was in 2016. He’s a convicted criminal who orchestrated a coup attempt to steal an election both through backroom corruption and public lies and through a violent attack on Congress. The extremist US supreme court justices he selected during his last presidential term themselves staged a coup this very Monday, overthrowing the US constitution itself and the principle that no one is above the law to make presidents into kings, just after legalizing bribery of officials, and dismantling the regulatory state by throwing out the Chevron deference.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/06/biden-trump-race-rebecca-solnit

I am so heartily sick of all of them that I have stopped reading most of them and stopped watching any of them.

July 2, 2024

My son-in-law's mother died this morning

I wish there were a better word in the English language to say "co-mother-in-law---but anyway. Rosemary was an amazing person who had 5 children, 36 grandchildren, and (already) I don't know how many great-grandchildren, but more than I do. Last fall she suddenly "gave out" while running and didn't "feel like herself", so she went to the doctor. Subsequent testing showed her to have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and surgery thereafter showed that it had spread to her liver. She did choose to go the chemotherapy etc. route but it was brutal. I saw her in May at the party for our grandson's graduation. She was in the middle of it, but wasn't the Rosemary I remembered. Still, she sat up, remembered everyone, gave hugs, remembered everyone's name, held the babies, and was involved, even though she didn't do the cooking or any of that. She hugged me tightly before I left, as if she knew it was the last time we'd see each other. I'm glad I got to see her that one last time.

Rosemary was a real force of nature. She had a small house, but it was always full of love. Every weekend she hosted a sleepover for grandkids, and later great-grandkids who were old enough (the requirement was that they had to be potty-trained), and sometimes there would be 20 kids crammed into that house. They played games, made popcorn and tacos, watched movies, ran races, and always had a great time at "Lita's" house ("Lita" was short for "Abuelita" ). Some of the grandchildren weren't even hers, like my daughter's son by a previous relationship---she didn't care, she welcomed them all. Also she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club where I think she worked with their track team, IIRC, and with the Humane Society. She had in her lifetime several pets, including a dog who was in a wheelchair (the kids loved him and liked to run with him). She will be deeply mourned and greatly missed.

June 30, 2024

Officers kill teen who wielded replica gun: Police

New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office is launching an investigation into the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a replica handgun at officers during an encounter in Utica.

James's announcement came a day after hundreds of people attended a community vigil for 13-year-old Nyah Mway, who was killed Friday night.

Citing New York state executive law, James said the Office of Special Investigation, which is part of her office, assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer "may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission."

The shooting unfolded around 10:18 p.m. Friday when the Utica officers, who were part of the police's Crime Prevention Unit, conducted a stop of two people as part of an undisclosed police investigation, the Utica Police Department said.

During the stop, the 13-year-old, who was identified as Nyah Mway, allegedly fled from officers who chased him, according to the police. Nyah allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officers, which prompted one of the officers to fire one shot at the teen, according to investigators.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/police-shooting-teen-allegedly-wielded-replica-gun-investigation/story?id=111546393

First off, this article has been edited to say "two people" instead of "two teens" as it said when I first read it. Second, why stop two kids walking down a street just after 10 PM? And third, last I heard, running from police when you haven't committed a KNOWN crime and are a small 13 year old is not a capital crime, "replica" gun or not.

June 27, 2024

Tribes honor the birth of a rare white buffalo and reveal its name: Wakan Gli

In a gathering near a picturesque lake outside Yellowstone National Park, hundreds of people cheered Wednesday as a Native American leader spoke the name revealed on a painted hide for a rare white buffalo that was born in the park earlier this month: Wakan Gli, which means "Return Sacred" in Lakota.

The moment marked the highlight of a Native American religious ceremony to commemorate the calf's birth that also featured dancing, drumming, singing and the retelling of how a mysterious woman brought a message of reassurance during hard times.

Earlier this month, the white buffalo calf was born in Yellowstone National Park's vast and lush Lamar Valley, where huge, lumbering bison graze by the hundreds in scenes reminiscent of the old American West.

To the several tribes who revere American bison — they call them "buffalo" — the calf's appearance was both the fulfilment of sacred prophesy and a message to take better care of the Earth.

"It's up to each and every one of you to make it happen for the future of our children. We must come together and bring that good energy back," Chief Arvol Looking Horse said at the ceremonies a few miles west of Yellowstone, in far southern Montana.

https://www.npr.org/2024/06/27/nx-s1-5021164/white-buffalo-yellowstone-name-wakan-gli-return-sacred

Chief Looking Horse is not wrong, and perhaps the birth of this calf is a good sign.

June 27, 2024

We cannot deny history again': Brazil floods show how German migration silenced Black and Indigenous stories

Dominga Menezes was only 12 years old when she danced for a dictator.

It was 25 July 1974, and São Leopoldo, a medium-sized city in Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, was celebrating both the anniversary of its founding and 150 years of German immigration to Brazil.

Then leader of Brazil’s military dictatorship, Gen Ernesto Geisel was himself of German descent, and was guest of honour at the ceremony next to the Sinos River, where the first German immigrants had arrived in 1824.

One hundred and twenty girls danced onstage, each wearing a leotard with one of the three colours of the state flag.

“The whitest girls were wearing green; the Black girls, red; and the light-brown-skinned were in yellow,” said Menezes, now 62. “It was much later that I realised the teachers had put me in yellow because I’m of Indigenous descent.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/27/brazil-floods-german-migration-black-indigenous-people

The story of a lot of Latin American countries...as well as the US

June 27, 2024

Black Alabama mayor reinstated after nearly four-year battle

Patrick Braxton, the first Black mayor of an Alabama town that has not held elections in several decades, has spent the last four years fighting to be recognized. Finally, after an extensive legal battle, he and the town officials who refused to acknowledge him as mayor have reached a settlement, according to federal court documents.

Per the settlement agreement, Braxton will be officially seated as the mayor of Newbern, Alabama, and be able to fully serve in this capacity for the first time in nearly four years, pending approval by Judge Kristi K DuBose of the southern district of Alabama.

The town has also committed to holding regular municipal elections, which will happen openly and transparently, beginning in 2025. Until then, all current town council members will resign. An interim town council, composed of new people and members of the town council Braxton originally appointed, will help guide the town until it has elections.

Morenike Fajana, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF), which has been involved with the case since last year, said: “It’s been a really long battle.

“It’s been four years that this has been ongoing and there have been different setbacks and challenges. But I feel like [Braxton] is appreciative of the fact that this is happening now and he is proud to have the opportunity to serve the town of Newbern.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/27/newbern-alabama-mayor-patrick-braxton

Alabummer. What a place.

June 26, 2024

Lawyers could charge big oil with homicide after 2023 Arizona heatwave

Prosecutors in Arizona could reasonably press homicide charges against big oil for deaths caused by a July 2023 heatwave, lawyers wrote in a new prosecution memorandum.

“[T]he case for prosecuting fossil fuel companies for climate-related deaths is strong enough to merit the initiation of investigations by state and local prosecutors,” the document says.

The memo, published by the consumer advocacy non-profit Public Citizen onWednesday, concludes that the state could pursue reckless manslaughter or second-degree murder claims for the extreme weather event that killed hundreds of residents and which climate scientists found would have been “virtually impossible” but for the climate crisis, caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels.

Victims of the heatwave were diverse, the memo’s authors write.

“Some were homeless, like the man who died after breaking both legs jumping over a fence in a desperate attempt to find shade outside an elementary school; others were well off, like the woman who died in her $1 million home in Scottsdale,” the memo says, adding that while some victims were older and had pre-existing health conditions, the authors write, others were young and healthy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/26/arizona-heatwave-big-oil-lawsuit

And 2024 promised to be even worse in more states. Of course, if this gets to the SC, as currently composed, all bets are off.

June 24, 2024

Hot Spell--Margaret Whiting




Hadn't been able to find this in forever, but it sure sums up the weather about now. Enjoy!

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About Jilly_in_VA

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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