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Ilhan Omar expected to lose committee after holdout Nancy Mace agrees to vote with McCarthy

Ilhan Omar expected to lose committee after holdout Nancy Mace agrees to vote with McCarthy - RawStory

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is one step closer to being removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee after Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) changed her position and agreed to vote for the measure.

Link: https://www.rawstory.com/ilhan-omar-nancy-mace/

George Santos evades Brazilian reporters' questions by pretending he can't speak Portuguese - RawSto

George Santos evades Brazilian reporters' questions by pretending he can't speak Portuguese - RawStory

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) tried to fake not being able to speak Portuguese when confronted with Brazilian reporters' questions about his lawyer in that country serving time for a gang-related offense, reported The Daily Beast.

Jonymar Vasconcelos, whom Santos hired to represent him in a Brazilian fraud case dating back to 2008 in which Santos is accused of using a stolen checkbook, is "not affiliated with any law firm and does not list contact information online," reported Dan Ladden-Hall — making it unclear how Santos even met him or decided to use his legal services.

Vasconcelos "was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2007 for his role in the fatal shooting of a mechanic three years earlier, São Paulo’s Folha newspaper reported Wednesday," said the report. "Vasconcelos, who was reportedly paid for the hit, went with three other men to the home of Aristeu Vieira de Mattos in the early hours of Dec. 3, 2004. Vasconcelos, who was in Brazil’s Navy at the time, remained on a motorcycle while the killing took place, the newspaper reports. In 2009 he was moved to house arrest and began studying law."

According to the report, when Folha reporters tried to ask Santos questions about Vasconcelos, "Santos replied that he doesn’t understand Portuguese — despite speaking Portuguese fluently in interviews — and then did not respond to questions sent in English."

Link: https://www.rawstory.com/george-santos-brazil/

Experts say she will end humanity. Here's the fix, with Elon Musk, ChatGPT, AI robots. - Digital En

Experts say she will end humanity. Here's the fix, with Elon Musk, ChatGPT, AI robots. - Digital Engine

From 10 days ago...

Reverend Sharpton Goes There: "... what happened to Tyre is so personal to me..."

...what happened to Tyre is so personal to me is that five Black men that wouldn’t have had a job in the police department - would not ever be thought of to be in the elite squad - in the city that Dr. King lost his life, not far away from that balcony, you beat a Brother to death.

There’s nothing more insulting and offensive to those of us that fight to open doors, that you walk through those doors and act like the folks we had to fight to get you through them doors.

You didn’t get on the police department by yourself. The police chief didn’t get there by herself. People had to march and go to jail and some lost their lives to open the doors for you and how dare you act like that sacrifice was for nothing?

Story, full remarks, video: https://www.localmemphis.com/article/news/local/rev-al-sharpton-full-remarks-tyre-nichols-funeral/522-3f07e50a-7265-4241-8f32-f0c73efc622b

To All You Lurking Right-Wing Prudish Judgemental Authoritarian Pricks... Take A Look In The Mirror

Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment? - Harvard Business School

[There were] only two states with subscription rates higher than 3.6 per thousand home broadband users: Utah and Mississippi. Utah topped the list, with 5.47 users per 1,000.

Found here: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/item.aspx?num=35239

Texan was arrested for questioning government. Will court defend her free speech?

Cynthia M. Allen: Texan was arrested for questioning government. Will court defend her free speech? - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

While Villarreal is no conventional journalist and Facebook is no conventional reporting mechanism, asking a government official to verify the details of a story already sourced elsewhere before publishing is actually what good journalism looks like.

And how the “benefit” of gaining new followers is materially different from generating “more clicks” or increasing subscriptions (an important motivations of professional news outlets’ journalists in the digital era), I cannot tell you.

So Villarreal was effectively targeted by authorities and jailed, not for her actions but for her opinions — something that should make the hair on the neck of every freedom-loving American stand on end.

Villarreal’s charges were eventually dropped; the law used to prosecute her was deemed unconstitutionally vague. But thankfully for free speech, she didn’t allow it to end there.

Link: https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/cynthia-m-allen/article271729022.html

Meanwhile... In Another Country Run By The Taliban... 10 Years For Dancing

Iran jails couple in viral dancing video: activists RawStory

An Iranian court has handed jail sentences of over 10 years each to a young couple who danced in front of one of Tehran's main landmarks in a video seen as a symbol of defiance against the regime, activists said on Tuesday.

Astiyazh Haghighi and her fiancé Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, both in their early 20s, had been arrested in early November after a video went viral of them dancing romantically in front of the Azadi Tower in Tehran.

Haghighi did not wear a headscarf in defiance of the Islamic republic's strict rules for women, while women are also not allowed to dance in public in Iran, let alone with a man.

A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced them each to 10 years and six months in prison, as well as bans on using the Internet and leaving Iran, the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said.


Speaking Of Specialized Law Enforcement Units With Ominous Sounding Names...

Doesn't that describe ICE ?

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE's stated mission is to protect the United States from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.

I mean:

Corporate contracts

Sexual abuse allegations

Forced sterilization allegations

Allegations of pork and expired meals to Muslim detainees

Wrongful detention allegations

Separation of illegal migrant children from families by ICE ERO

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement

Sounds like the same fucked up macho male mind-set to me.

Canada province tests decriminalizing hard drugs - RawStory

Canada province tests decriminalizing hard drugs - RawStory

A Canadian province on Tuesday decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and other hard drugs in a radical policy shift to address an opioid overdose crisis that has killed thousands.

Adults found in British Columbia with up to 2.5 grams of these drugs, rather than face jail or fines, will be provided with information on how to access addiction treatment programs.

Police will also not seize their drugs.

Sellers and traffickers of hard drugs, however, will continue to face criminal prosecution during the three-year pilot project.

Link: https://www.rawstory.com/canada-province-tests-decriminalizing-hard-drugs/

What ??? Ron DeSantis Taught School ?!?!?!?!?

After Yale, he taught history and coached for a year at Darlington School. He subsequently attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 2005 with a Juris Doctor cum laude

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_DeSantis


Twitter bit found here: https://www.rawstory.com/students-vow-to-sue-desantis-over-rejection-of-ap-african-american-studies-course/

Latest here: https://www.rawstory.com/ron-desantis-education/

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