I thought I’d share with you just a few of the things that are bouncing around in my troubled mind tonight …
Yesterday a federal judge, one appointed by Donald Trump, authorized voter intimidation. That’s right … he said it’s okay for people to hang out around ballot drop boxes, armed with guns, harass those trying to drop off their ballots, even take pictures of their license plates for who-knows-what-reason.
The judge is Judge Michael T. Liburdi, appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2019.
In recent weeks, local and federal law enforcement have been alarmed by reports of people, including some who were masked and armed, watching 24-hour ballot boxes in Maricopa County — Arizona’s most populous county — and rural Yavapai County as midterm elections draw close. Some voters have complained alleging voter intimidation after people watching the boxes took photos and videos, and followed voters.
But Judge Liburdi says they are merely exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and that he cannot (will not) bar groups or individuals from ‘monitoring’ ballot drop boxes, even when armed to the teeth, taking photos, invading the privacy, and acting in a threatening manner. You all know as well as I do what the next Act in this drama is going to be. And when it happens, part of the blood shed will be on the hands of Judge Liburdi. I suppose some in the Republican Party would refer to the voter intimidation as “legitimate political discourse”, just as they said about the insurrection and attempted coup on January 6th, 2021.
Yesterday evening I wrote about the vicious attack on Paul Pelosi, 82-year-old husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Just a couple of additional notes on that.
- I was pleased to see a number of Republicans speak out against the horrific violence, including Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and Ronna McDaniel. I hope they were sincere and not just muttering platitudes. I imagine they were realizing how easily it could happen to them, or their loved ones. Violence, once unleashed, is hard to get back in the box.
- I was beyond disgusted upon reading that a Fox ‘News’ host called for the attacker, who faces numerous charges including attempted homicide, to be set free. His reason? He said that it was no big deal, that “a lot of people get hit with hammers.”
- My disgust deepened even more when I read that someone at Newsmax (I thought they were defunct?) claimed he was “Just wondering if Nancy Pelosi tried to STAGE her own mini January 6th. Complete with leaving the doors and windows OPEN for “insurrectionists” and this Depepe fellow. THAT or she can’t secure her home or office!” And now we know just how low people can sink.
And in other news …
Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, the headline reads …
16-year-old indicted on 20 charges from 3 separate murders and a kidnapping
“A 16-year-old was indicted Friday for a total of 20 charges, including six counts of murder, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said.
[The boy] was 15 at the time of the murders, which all took place in September and October 2021.
[The boy] is being tried as an adult. The rest of his charges include five counts of felonious assault, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of abduction, one count of burglary, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of carrying concealed weapons and one count of obstruction of official business.
The six counts of murder stem from three separate homicides.
‘This type of violent criminal is not fixable,’ Deters said. ‘And this office will do everything in our power to ensure this guy never gets out.’”
I have to wonder … he was 15 years old at the time … where the Sam Hell were his parents and what were they doing? Obviously, they were not monitoring their son’s whereabouts or behaviour! And quite obviously, they failed to instill a sense of values in the boy, and now it’s too late.
Apparently it’s a done deal and Elon Musk is now the proud owner of Twitter. He immediately fired four top executives and has said he plans to fire 75% of the staff. Off with their heads, said the Queen! I considered closing my account, but I’m holding off for just a bit. If, however, he follows through with his threat to reinstate Donald Trump, I will immediately close my account. Meanwhile, I thought I’d hang out for a few days and see what, if anything, changes, and see if I can get in a few last bits of mischief to get under the skin of certain politicos, now that I have absolutely nothing to lose! Stay tuned …