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NEW: Uvalde doubled its spending on school security since 2017.

I am still stunned and can not imagine what the parents are feeling-nor the community that seemed to do things to make their kids safe at school.


NEW: Uvalde doubled its spending on school security since 2017.

It hardened the school — hiring its own police force, installing fences. It created a threat reporting system & brought in social workers.

It happened anyway.


The Uvalde school district had an extensive safety plan. 19 children were killed anyway.
Even security plans that appear to be up to the latest research-based standards may have gaps and fall short of preventing the worst-case scenario, experts said.

May 25, 2022, 7:43 PM CDT / Updated May 26, 2022, 1:58 PM CDT
By Suzy Khimm and Jon Schuppe

School officials in Uvalde, Texas, promised to do everything they could to protect students from a mass shooting.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had doubled its security budget in recent years, according to public documents, in part to comply with state legislation passed in the wake of a 2018 school shooting in which eight students and two teachers were killed. The district adopted an array of security measures that included its own police force, threat assessment teams at each school, a threat reporting system, social media monitoring software, fences around schools and a requirement that teachers lock their classroom doors, according to the security plan posted on the district’s website. ..................................................

..................Authorities have not explained how the shooter got in the back door — or the classroom door, which according to the district’s security plan should have been locked.

The school was holding an awards ceremony Tuesday for students who were just a few days from finishing the school year, which may be one explanation for the open doors. Parents reportedly were coming and going from the school all day.

Rep. Ruben Gallego Hurls Expletives;, "F--- you @tedcruz you care about a fetus but you w

He also want after Darrell Issa and Dem Sinema on twitter.

Ruben Gallego Hurls Expletives At Ted Cruz
Rep. Ruben Gallego hurled profanity at Sen. Ted Cruz after the Texas Republican worried that Democrats and the media would use the massacre of elementary students Tuesday to curb gun rights.


By Ed Scarce — May 25, 2022

The Arizona congressman doesn't mince words here, writing on his personal Twitter account to Ted Cruz and others of his ilk who stop responsible gun legislation, calling Cruz "you fucking baby killer."

Source: Arizona Republic

Rep. Ruben Gallego hurled profanity at Sen. Ted Cruz after the Texas Republican worried that Democrats and the media would use the massacre of elementary students Tuesday to curb gun rights.

In a series of coarse tweets
reflecting the raw outrage at the slaying of at least 18 children and a teacher in Uvalde, Texas, Gallego, D-Ariz., also alluded to an infamous 2021 trip to Cancun, Mexico, Cruz took as his state grappled with massive blackouts following a winter storm.................

, @tedcruz
, @JohnCornyn
. Every one of you must answer for this. Do something right now, tonight, or get out.



Lt Gov @KenPaxton #Texas wants to arm teachers--he claims it is the best answer to killing of kids..

I just want to scream. damn him

Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick on the latest school shooting in Texas: "We have to harden these targets."

Following the deaths of at least 18 children at an elementary school in Texas, the state’s attorney general Ken Paxton suggests arming and training ‘teachers and other administrators to respond quickly’ in the event of a shooting

"We can't stop bad people from doing bad things," says @KenPaxtonTX
on @FoxNews
. "We can potentially arm and prepare and train teachers and other administrators to respond quickly. That, in my opinion, is the best answer." #UvaldeSchoolShooting #Texas

6:15 PM · May 24, 2022·Twitter






Ken Paxton's state deputized every single American to stop abortion, but nope, there's just nothing they can do to stop children from being murdered.



Never forget where this Congressman--@GOP Rep. Ronny Jackson from Texas stands on guns...........

Never forget where this Congressman from Texas stands on guns.



House Ethics Office: 'Substantial Reason To Believe' Rep. Ronny Jackson Violated Law By Using Campam


Rob Reiner @robreiner
The blood of every child that dies of gun violence in this country is on the hands of the Republican Party.


House Ethics Office: ‘Substantial Reason To Believe’ Rep. Ronny Jackson Violated Law By Using Campaign Funds For Personal Expenses


Zach Everson Forbes Staff

I’m a staff writer at Forbes, reporting on money and politics.
May 23, 2022,02:39pm EDT

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas)

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) may have illegal used campaign funds to cover a membership at a private club, according to the Office of Congressional Ethics. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Getty Images

The House Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) spent campaign funds on personal expenses, according to documents released Monday. 

The accusations into the former White House physician center around his campaign’s payments to the Amarillo Club, a private dining club in Amarillo, Texas. While campaigns can pay private clubs to host specific and verifiable events, the House Ethics Manual explicitly bars them from covering “unlimited access” to a club. As the ethics report points out, disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission show Jackson’s campaign “making consistent payments to the Amarillo Club since October 2020, including various disbursements for ‘dues’ and ‘membership fees.’”

While the report states Jackson, his campaign treasurer and its accountant refused to cooperate with the inquiry, the lawmaker’s attorneys told the committee that all of the payments at issue were legitimate campaign expenses for meeting spaces. A spokesperson for his Congressional office said it had no further comment.

In April, the committee disclosed that it had launched an investigation into Jackson. At the time, the panel did not provide any details about the inquiry............................................

'Substantial reason to believe' Ronny Jackson unlawfully spent thousands in campaign funds on club membership: report


Automatic voter registration rebounds in Georgia after error corrected

seems like an awfully LONG time to fix it. !!

Automatic voter registration rebounds in Georgia after error corrected
People fill out their paperwork at the Metropolitan Library in Atlanta on the last Saturday of early voting, May 14, 2022. (Steve Schaefer / steve.schaefer@ajc.com

By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

22 hours ago

The state’s automatic voter registration system was broken in Georgia for 15 months. A minor change to a registration website fixed it instantly.


Voter registrations skyrocketed last month after the Georgia Department of Driver Services resumed signing up eligible voters by default unless they opted out.

Data provided by the department shows that 72% of citizens submitted voter registration information in April, up from 27% in March. In raw numbers, that amounts to 106,000 registration applications in April, compared with 46,000 in March.

Automatic registration had been turned off since January 2021,
when the Department of Driver Services redesigned its registration website as part of a broader technology upgrade. Instead of registering drivers by default, the website required drivers to click “Yes” or “No” when asked whether they wanted to sign up...............................

Facing a sizzling summer, large parts of the U.S. risk blackouts, government agency warns

This is going to land right in Pres Biden's lap!! And we can be sure that the RW will blame it on him!!


Facing a sizzling summer, large parts of the U.S. risk blackouts, government agency warns


By Irina Ivanova

May 20, 2022 / 6:22 PM / MoneyWatch

With the Eastern U.S. already facing a possible heat wave this weekend, the nation's power grid regulator has a dire warning: Large swaths of the country are at risk of blackouts this summer as climbing temperatures cause surging demand for energy.

In its annual summer assessment released this week, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation noted that the Upper Midwest is facing a capacity shortfall leading to a "high risk of energy emergencies." The entire Western U.S. also could face a power outage emergency in the event of spikes in energy use.

"We've been doing this for close to 30 years. This is probably one of the grimmest pictures we've painted in a while," John Moura, NERC's director of reliability assessment and performance analysis, told CBS MoneyWatch.

A hotter-than-expected summer means more people would need more power to cool their homes and offices, while the high heat and drought drain the electricity supply.

"Both the extreme heat and drought conditions can take a lot of generation out of service," said Rob Gramlich, president of Grid Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy. ..............................

' photo of Russia burning Ukrainian history books in the name of denazification'

British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons posted this photo of Russia burning Ukrainian history books in the name of denazification

Tennessee Republicans hold a book burning to destroy Harry Potter, Twilight, and other "demonic" titles
Mark Frauenfelder 7:28 am Fri Feb 4, 2022


The 'Dark MAGA' movement dreams of a vengeful Trump destroying his enemies, and is using 'meme warfa

I had no idea what this was so needed to find some information. Scary to say the least.

The 'Dark MAGA' movement dreams of a vengeful Trump destroying his enemies, and is using 'meme warfare' to amplify its threatening vision, say experts


Alia Shoaib May 15, 2022, 8:01 AM

Dark MAGA is a fringe online movement demanding Donald Trump take revenge on his enemies.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has posted images with the 'Dark MAGA' aesthetic.
Experts warn about the online far-right laundering extremism into the mainstream using meme warfare.

A burgeoning online movement known as Dark MAGA is calling for former President Donald Trump to return to power and take revenge against his enemies.

What began as a fringe campaign posting threatening Terminator-style memes on social media is gaining traction among prominent Trump supporters such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Experts warn that the movement, which often features white nationalist and neo-Nazi imagery, could be the latest example of the far-right online laundering extremism into the mainstream using meme warfare.

What is Dark MAGA?

Dark MAGA is a "post-alt-right online aesthetic movement" rooted in the radical pro-Trump online space, according to the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET).................................................


@PoliticsInsider May 16
"Outrage generation" is a common tactic in the online far-right playbook, Squirrell explained, who often use over-the-top memes rhetoric designed to provoke a backlash, which generates high engagement and amplifies their content.

Pic from the article:

Donald Trump yells in front of an American flag while wearing a MAGA hat.
Former President Donald Trump. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The movement capitalizes on Trump supporters' "deep resentment" over perceived injustices, ranging from the myth that the 2020 election was stolen to fears about shifting demographics of the US population, according to Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno



Wisconsin Supreme Court justice blasts 'nonsensical' law allowing abusers to get gun permits

Nothing will get done! WI is gerrymandered to the hilt with Repugs!!

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice blasts ‘nonsensical’ law allowing abusers to get gun permits

Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner
May 20, 2022

Despite the unanimous ruling, Justice Jill Karofsky wrote a scathing concurrence in which she said that on technical legal grounds the ruling is correct but that the law is “as nonsensical as it is dangerous.” She cited statistics showing victims of domestic violence are frequently murdered when their abusers own guns.

In 2016, Doubek applied for and received a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Three years later, the Wisconsin Department of Justice reversed its decision to grant the permit, citing his history of domestic violence. Doubek appealed to a circuit court, which agreed with the state. Friday’s Supreme Court decision is a reversal of the circuit court.

Doubek’s attorneys argued that disorderly conduct is not a domestic violence related crime so he should be able to possess a gun. In his majority opinion, Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote that the court must base its decision “solely on whether the elements of the crime of conviction sufficiently match the elements” of the relevant federal statute, “while ignoring the particular facts of the case.”

Karofsky wrote that ignoring the facts of the case is dangerous.

“A domestic abuse victim is five times more likely to be killed by her abuser when the abuser has access to a gun,” she wrote. “Every month in this country an average of 70 women lose their lives to a domestic abuse perpetrator using a gun. Over half of all male-perpetrated femicides related to domestic abuse are the result of a firearm. What’s more, an abuser’s access to a gun increases the risk that a domestic homicide will claim the lives of multiple victims. And even where no homicide occurs, a gun provides an abuser additional means to coerce, threaten, or terrorize a domestic abuse victim.” ...........................................................
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