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Name: Kyle
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Hometown: Ocean Springs, MS, USA
Home country: USA
Current location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Member since: Sun Feb 11, 2018, 10:11 PM
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Likes/Interests: Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, video games, logic, reading, Marvel films and comics, The Walking Dead, Fables comic series... oh, and politics, of course...

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Arizona state lawmaker faces calls for resignation after arrest on child sexual abuse charges

Source: CNN

(CNN) Arizona's Republican governor and state lawmakers from both parties on Friday called on state Sen. Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete to resign, as he faces multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly sexually abusing a child.

He was arrested and jailed Thursday night on multiple felony charges, including sexual contact with a minor, child molestation and attempted sexual contact with a minor. Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams confirmed the charges to CNN in an email. The seven felony counts, Williams said, relate to alleged misconduct from 2019.

A now-16-year-old alleged victim said that Navarrete abused him multiple times when they were living in the same residence in Phoenix, starting when he was 12 or 13 and continuing until he was 15, according to the charging document filed in court in Maricopa County.

Investigators say they have an audio recording made Thursday of Navarrete apologizing to the victim.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/07/politics/arizona-state-senator-charged-resignation/index.html

If convicted, I guess he can always switch parties.

I got a new job!!!

In the grand scheme of things this event is absolutely minor, but I just wanted to share my joy and relief. I accepted my current position over a year ago, with the understanding that it was a permanent work from home arrangement, only to have the company go back on the deal and tell me I had to be in the office three days a week starting in September. Getting to the office via transit would cost $350 a month, to say nothing of the time spent going back and forth. I had a conversation with my department director to try to come to a compromise, and his response was, "Wow, sucks to be you. See you in the office, or else."

I applied for a management position that's full-time work from home, and found out today I got the job! I was stressing so hard about how to make this work, and now I'm getting a 10% raise and still get to work from home! The benefits package is even better than what I have now, to boot!

ETA: Thank you to all those who offered congratulations and wished me good luck! Your kindness is very much appreciated, and it's why DU is such a fantastic place!

Israeli military launches airstrikes in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons launched from the co

Source: CNN

(CNN) The Israeli military struck targets in Gaza overnight Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement, citing incendiary balloons launched from Gaza earlier in the day. According to reports in Israeli media, incendiary balloons launched from Gaza sparked multiple fires in southern Israel.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/15/middleeast/israel-airstrikes-gaza-june-15-intl/index.html

Here we go again.

Woman charged in US Capitol riot can take trip to Mexico, federal judge says

Source: CNN

(CNN)A Texas florist charged in connection with the US Capitol insurrection will be allowed to go to Mexico later this month, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The case involving Jenny Cudd got national attention this week after she wrote to a judge asking for permission to visit Riviera Maya, Mexico, for a four-day retreat this month.

On Friday, Judge Trevor N. McFadden of the DC District Court granted her request. McFadden, a Trump appointee, noted that the Justice Department did not oppose Cudd's request to visit Mexico.

"The Court also notes (Cudd) has no criminal history and there is no evidence before the Court suggesting the Defendant is a flight risk or poses a danger to others," McFadden wrote in a written order.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/politics/capitol-riot-mexican-vacation/index.html

A little insurrection shouldn't spoil someone's vacation, clearly. That'd be mean.

Some good news for a change...


Sheriff's deputy is invited to join the protesters in their march for justice, and he does so. From that and his words on the subject, he seems like a good one.

A 6-year-old was saving money to visit Disney World. He spent it on food for Hurricane Dorian victim


This young man is an example of what's great about America. He put his dream on hold to help people in need. I emailed Disney and encouraged them to invite him and his family to the park as special guests, because kindness like this deserves an appropriate response. This kid's selflessness made my day!

A woman is accused of playing a game of 'chicken' with her SUV and her kids. Now her 3-year-old is d

Source: CNN

(CNN) A Texas woman is accused of killing her 3-year-old son after running over him with an SUV during a game of "chicken."

Lexus Stagg, 26, was seen in surveillance footage from her Harris County, Texas, apartment driving toward her three children as they ran toward the front of her 2006 Lincoln Navigator, according to a news release from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Two of the children moved out of the vehicle's path, but Stagg's 3-year-old was struck, Ogg's office said in the release.

The child was first caught under the SUV's right tire, the release said. Stagg didn't stop right away and the toddler was hit again by the rear tire of the vehicle -- which weighs about 5,600 pounds, according to the release.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/23/us/suv-chicken-child-death/index.html

I don't get it. In what way could this have seemed like a good idea? That poor kid never had a chance.

A woman was arrested in Florida for allegedly stomping on sea turtle nests

Source: CNN

(CNN) A woman has been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after she was seen stomping on a sea turtle nest, according to police.

Yaqun Lu, 41, was seen by witnesses and Miami Beach police officers on Saturday "jabbing at the sea turtle nest" with a wooden stake and "stomping all over the nest with her bare feet," an arrest affidavit says.

Lu, a Chinese citizen who gave police a home address in Michigan, faces a charge of marine turtle or egg molestation or harassment, per online court records.

A number of sea turtle species are protected under both the 1973 US Endangered Species Act and Florida law, according to Miami Beach's website, and it's illegal to touch or harm them or their eggs.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/16/us/miami-beach-sea-turtles-arrest/index.html

What... the... actual... fuck... is wrong with this woman? Why would anyone do such a thing? I just can't comprehend what would drive a person to do this. I don't understand how some people can be so cruel to another living being. That fucking smirk on her face is just galling.

Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.

The missile missed the drone and fell into the water, the official said.

Prior to taking fire, the American MQ-9 drone observed Iranian vessels closing in on the tankers, the official added, though the source did not say whether the unmanned aircraft saw the boats conducting an actual attack.

Still, it is the first claim that the US has information of Iranian movements prior to the attack.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/14/politics/us-drone-tracked-iranian-boats/index.html

This is not looking good. In the article it mentions that the UK apparently believes that Iran is responsible. It also quotes a diplomatic source of a US ally (without specifying whether it's the UK or a different nation) saying that they believe Iran is responsible.

Bolton and Pompeo are licking their chops at the thought of going after Iran. An earlier article on CNN had something about Trump wanting to avoid "foreign entanglements" but with the way Dolt 45 flip-flops, who the hell knows.

GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed "impeachable conduct" and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.

Amash's comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress calling for Trump's impeachment.

Amash said on Saturday that he made his conclusions "only after having read Mueller's redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis."

"Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch's jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution," Amash tweeted. "When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law -- the foundation of liberty -- crumbles."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/18/politics/justin-amash-trump-impeachable-conduct/index.html

In other news, a cold snap has been reported in Hell and they are expecting a couple inches of snow.

Less flippantly, one can hope that now that Amash has said it, a few other GOP Congresscritters will feel a strange sensation in their backs and rediscover their spines. Probably not terribly likely, unfortunately.
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