I’m keeping nice and warm down here in the rabbit hole, and the rabbits are generously sharing their carrots with me … so I don’t have much desire to write a lengthy post in this nice warm, dark space, but a couple of thoughts do come to mind …
A hint of … conscience? Convince me
I have found at least three Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who maybe … just maybe … actually have a shred of decency and a degree of intelligence. Their names are Ken Buck (Colorado), Nancy Mace (South Carolina), and Victoria Spartz (Indiana). I was told a couple of weeks ago that there are about 40 ‘moderate’ Republicans in the House today, but I had begun to doubt, since I hadn’t seen anything to give me reason to believe that. These three, however, have all said they would oppose removing Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which she serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact.
McCarthy’s intention to remove her is retaliatory in nature … he’s still trying to “pay back” the Democrats for removing conspiracy theorists Marge Green and Paul Gosar from their committee assignments last year due to their roles in the January 6th attempted coup and other transgressions that proved them untrustworthy.
“I think that we should not engage in this tit-for-tat.” – Ken Buck
Don’t let that fool you, though, for these three have voted along the party line often enough to prove their loyalty to party and when push comes to shove, I imagine they will toe the line.
And then there were seven … and three more …
First, five police officers were fired, then charged with second-degree murder among other charges in the case of the brutal murder of Tyre Nichols. I questioned why five officers were even involved in what began as a routine traffic stop. I still question that, but now we’re up to seven officers having been involved! Two more, one unnamed, and Preston Hemphill have also been “relieved from duty” but not charged … yet. Hemphill apparently fired a taser gun at Nichols.
The other officer has not been named, for reasons beyond my comprehension. I wonder how many more are going to go down in this investigation once the full truth comes out? How many police does it take to question one unarmed man during a traffic stop?
In addition to police, EMT personnel failed to exercise the standards of care and two of the EMTs and the ambulance driver have also been fired. They are Robert Long, JaMicheal Sandridge and Lt. Michelle Whitaker.
Not only did the EMTs fail to do an assessment of Mr. Nichols’ condition, but it took a full 27 minutes after their arrival until the ambulance left to transport Mr. Nichols to the hospital. Was there not one single person there who cared about this human life??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
As if it weren’t bad enough …
Yes, I’m talking about the gun crisis in this country. As if it weren’t bad enough that on average 117 people lost their lives every single day in the United States this year thus far, now the Florida legislature wants to make it even easier for people to own and carry a gun … in public. Says Florida’s Republican House Speaker, Paul Renner …
“What we’re about here today is a universal right that applies to each and every man and women regardless of race, gender or background.”
The bill in question is one that would remove the requirement to obtain a government-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Stupidly, the Florida Sheriff’s Association has thrown its support behind the bill, and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has already said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. And it should come as no surprise that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is also 100% behind the bill — in fact, they are laughing and chortling wildly. The governor recently applauded the Sheriff’s Association for saying they would outright refuse to enforce any and all gun control legislation! Is Florida still a part of the U.S.??? I’m not so sure it should be!
And on the subject of guns, our friend Keith Wilson had an excellent post yesterday that I urge you to read!