Saturday, June 25, 2022

And so it begins. The craziness in the streets in the summer of Roe...

Truck plows into pro-abortion activists in Iowa and troopers fire tear gas in Arizona while LA erupts in protest after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade... 
 I can't imagine how anyone would be surprised by any of this.

The guy in the truck drove through the group of activist protesters in Cedar Rapids despite them screaming at it to stop and hammering the hood and window. One person appeared to get caught in front of it and narrowly avoided being run over before the driver sped off during the ridiculous exchange. Another had her foot run over and was left howling in pain. And a third was flung to the floor as he drove away, suffering bruises and scrapes. 
It comes as tens of thousands descended on streets across the US amid mixed reactions at the Supreme Court tearing up Roe v Wade and handing the rights to abortions back to states after nearly 50 years. 
Furious pro-choice demonstrators took to the streets in cities including Washington DC (inset, a US flag being burned), Phoenix (bottom right, cops tear-gassing protesters as they break into the State Senate building), New York City and LA (top right).
And so the summer of Roe begins...
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I just learned that it was Chaka Khan who did the female vocals on the original.
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Researchers investigating the monkeypox virus said it appears to have mutated at an unprecedented rate — much quicker than experts initially predicted, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the medical journal Nature Medicine on Thursday, found that there were an average of 50 mutations in samples from this year when only up to 10 would typically be expected.
In the study, a group of Portuguese researchers analyzed the first monkeypox sequence publicly released on May 20, along with 14 additional sequences released before May 27.
Researchers discovered around 50 genetic variations in the viruses, a figure six to 12 times higher than previous studies of other orthopoxviruses, a family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs. The study said the mutation rate may suggest a case of “accelerated evolution.”
 Considering that this 2022 monkeypox virus is likely a descendant of the one in the 2017 Nigeria outbreak, one would expect no more than five to 10 additional mutations instead of the observed about 50 mutations.” 
The largest clusters so far have occurred in Europe, particularly Spain. This had led some health experts to hypothesize that the outbreak originated in the country, and are pointing to two specific hot spots where gay and bisexual men have recently gathered: a gay pride event in the Canary Islands in early May that drew about 80,000 people, as well as a sauna in Madrid.
Well, that's good to know, isn't it?
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Her name is Gal Gadot-Varsano and she's an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat fitness instructor, whereafter she began studying at the IDC Herzliya college while building her modeling and acting careers. Never heard of her...
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The Newark riots of 1967. As soon as they started, my mother shipped us all off to my Aunt's house in Wildwood, NJ - 150 miles away. 
My Dad was a Sergeant on the Newark PD at the time, working in the Emergency Services Division, what was the precursor to what is now called SWAT all over the world. He was featured on the cover of either LOOK or LIFE or the Saturday Evening Post (maybe) magazines carrying a little black child out of a burning building in the riot-torn area of the City (on Central Avenue). 
I have been looking for a record or a copy of the picture for 30 years and never been able to find it. It would have been one of the issues fro the second or third week of July, but I'll be fucked if I can find it anywhere.
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I worked for the better part of 20 or so years in the Advertising business - 
including owning my own agency. I was always on the creative side of the business, and it was a lot of fun and we made tons of dough.
I have no idea WTF people in that business are all about anymore. Take this ad for instance. It's a ridiculously stupid photograph of a really dumb-ass looking guy in a sailor outfit. What he hell does that have to do with anything 'cause he sure as fuck ain't a veteran with that mug, and even  if it is, it tlls you nothing about the product, it's use or it's benefits. Go figure...
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Fourth of July is just two weeks away...
If you're looking for a unique gift item for the special lady in your life, 
maybe you should take a look at the jewelry my wife makes. 
Click on the picture to go to her online store: 

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A woman called the Plymouth, MA police station hysterical.  She was on the phone with her boyfriend who was saying his last goodbyes.  He informed her that he was in his vehicle and was going to kill himself.  
Officers began looking for the boyfriend’s vehicle and located it in a parking lot in West Plymouth.
The man had taken a heavy-duty chain, wrapped it around a tree, and padlocked it.  Sitting in his driver’s seat, he triple-wrapped, then secured the chain around his neck.
Officer Roth was the first to arrive and saw the vehicle inching forward.  He was able to coax the man to stop.  Officer Torrance and Sgt. Reddington arrived.  They quickly found out that the man was a USMC Veteran and was suffering from PTSD.  
As Officer Torrance and Sgt. Reddington were talking to the man, Officer Whelan quickly pulled his cruiser in front of the vehicle to stop forward movement.  He exited his cruiser, then pulled a second cruiser in front of the vehicle.
Sgt. Reddington, a USMC Veteran, and Officer Torrance, A Navy Veteran, were able to share stories with the man, forming a bond that only Veterans can.  
Eventually, they were able to coax the man into putting the vehicle in park, giving up his keys, handing over a razor, and finally were allowed to take the chains from his neck.  
The force Clinician, Abby, was able to help with treatment options for this man.
Needless to say, this incident was extremely emotional for all involved.  
Veteran’s PTSD could not be more real.  We have seen it hundreds of times with our Brave Veterans in Plymouth over the past couple of decades.  
 Studies show that the average Police Officer goes on 200 critical/horrific incidents throughout the course of their careers.  (Most American citizens witness 1.5 according to the study).  
Excellent Job Officers Torrance, Whelan, Roth, and Sergeant Reddington.  You gentlemen saved another life.
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A day after the Supreme Court issued a ruling that could make it easier to carry a gun, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday said New Jersey will respond by seeking to prohibit firearms in a wide array of 'sensitive' places - including hospitals, public transit, stadiums, bars, and courthouses - as a 'safety precaution'.
You can't make this shit up...
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Long before it was an 'assault weapon'...
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Major corporations, some with headquarters or offices in Republican-controlled states, are taking action. Companies such as Citigroup (C), Salesforce (CRM) and Match Group (MTCH) first promised financial support to employees seeking abortions in affected states after a draft version of the opinion leaked in May. Many more followed suit on Friday. Some, including Bumble and Lyft, also previously said they would donate to organizations that support women's rights, such as Planned Parenthood and Fund Texas Choice.
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Meanwhile, down at the range...
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1 comment:

  1. Corporate political donations are like a second tax on employees first employees pay National, state and local income taxes; secondly, any political money donated could be used to increase the employees pay instead of padding politicians pockets

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