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Florida Woman Shoots Grandson

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A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Linda Maddox, 63, and her twin grandsons were sleeping in a bedroom after her son, who is the boy’s father, had left for work at the postal service, deputies said. Maddox told deputies she had placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection while they slept.

When she heard the chair sliding against the wood floor about 1 a.m. Tuesday, she assumed it was an intruder and grabbed a loaded .22-caliber revolver she keeps by the bed and fired one shot in the dark toward the door.

Seconds later, she heard her grandson Tyler Maddox scream, deputies said. He was shot once in the upper body. He was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez said Maddox felt unsafe when her son would work overnight, so she would bring her grandchildren into the bedroom with her and block the door with a leaning chair. She said deputies have been called to the house 12 times since 2005, including a call about a suspicious person on June 20, 2011, and a suspicious vehicle last Jan. 2. None of those calls turned into anything significant, she said.

AP

Ummmmm…..so she didn’t stop to think that maybe, just maybe, a seven-year-old might actually have to, oh, you know, go to the damned bathroom or something???

And calling the police so often in nine years?  The woman sounds absolutely paranoid.

Stupidity, paranoia, and guns.  Now there’s a recipe for disaster.   :-(

Gun control!  Now!!!

 

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Holocaust Survivor Arrested in Missouri Protest

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In the second week of protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer, St. Louis Metropolitan police on Monday arrested nine protesters for blocking the entrance of a state office building.

Among those arrested was Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives in St. Louis.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90,” Epstein told The Nation, as two officers walked her to a police van. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”

Roughly 125 protesters marched to the entrance of the historic Wainwright Building, which houses Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s downtown office. They demanded Nixon withdraw National Guard troops from Ferguson municipality, where peaceful protests throughout the week were disrupted by late night riots. The protesters also called for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation of Brown’s death, as well as an expansion of the Department of Justice’s existing investigation to look into patterns of civil rights violations across North St. Louis County.

The crowd kicked off the two-block march singing, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ’round.” Participants took turns addressing the crowd, using a megaphone. The demonstrators chanted “Hey hey! Ho ho! National Guard has got to go!” and “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”

The Nation

Bless Hedy Epstein!  I hope that I have even half of her commitment and feistiness when I’m 90.  You go, lady!

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Excessive Force

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Guess who gets to go first…and last?

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And therefore guilty…

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Great minds?

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Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with that train of thought

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Can We Go Back to Free Donuts Now?

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Not that it was ever really like this.  But it’s much, much worse now.

 

 

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Michael Brown: 5th unarmed black man killed by police in 31 days

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Okay, you’re familiar by now with Michael Brown’s story.  He was shot in the head while surrendering to police.  And, if you haven’t been too distracted by shiny things, you’ll probably remember Eric Garner, the heavyset New York man who was killed by what the police admit was an “illegal choke hold”.  But what about these other unarmed black men?  Did they make the news where you live?

John Crawford, Beavercreek, Ohio / August 5: Two police officers responded to a 911 call about a man waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store. According the Beavercreek police department, 22-year-old John Crawford disregarded officers’ orders to disarm before being fatally shot in the chest. Crawford’s gun turned out to be a .177 calibre BB rifle that he’d picked up from a store shelf. Walmart surveillance camera footage was turned over to the police but hasn’t been released to the public or Crawford’s family. “Why did John Crawford, a Walmart customer, get shot and killed carrying a BB gun in a store that sells BB guns?” asked Michael Wright, the family’s attorney, during a joint press conference with the NAACP. “All the family demands is answers.”

Ezell Ford, Los Angeles, California / August 11: When police conducted an “investigative stop” of 25-year-old Ezell Ford on a Los Angeles sidewalk, he “wheeled around and basically tackled the lead officer,” then went after his weapon, an LAPD spokesperson told the LA Times. But in an interview with KTLA News, a woman who identified herself as Ford’s mother said he was lying on the ground, complying with the officers’ orders, when he was shot in the back.

Dante Parker, Victorville, California / August 12: A Victorville resident told police that a robbery suspect had fled on a bicycle. The police detained Dante Parker, a 36-year-old pressman at the Daily Press newspaper, apparently because they found him nearby on a bike. Though Parker had no criminal record (other than a DUI), a scuffle ensued and Parker was tased repeatedly when he resisted arrest, according to witnesses. He began breathing heavily and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

How many times is a pattern?  How many times is too many?

Source: Mother Jones

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Flashback.

Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming
We’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio
Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming
We’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio
Four dead in Ohio
Four dead in Ohio
Four dead in Ohio

Neil Young, “Ohio”

Really, really nasty flashback to Kent State and “Nixon” calling in the National Guard.

Yes, I’m talking about Ferguson, MO, and this is Governor Nixon, not President Nixon, calling in the National Guard.   But I cannot help but remember with horror the shootings at Kent State.  Given that my friends and I were all active in the antiwar movement at the time, and that we all thought “This could have been us.”

I am starting to hyperventilate.  This is not going to end well, and I sincerely hope I’m wrong.    :-(

 

 

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If only we had a tank, then we could get her down…

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You know, that would explain a LOT…

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Nice…

Well, the other link went south, so here’s the clip without music.  Still nice…

 

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Jupiter-Venus Alignment

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The closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter since 2000 will be visible from even fairly low vantage points

Look up. A flurry of UFO “sightings” is expected early on Monday morning when a spectacular “double star” is created as the two brightest planets in the sky align almost completely.

In what is said to be one of the highlights of the astronomy calendar this year, the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus will be visible shortly before sunrise at 5am on the north-east horizon.

They will appear to be only 0.2 degrees apart, less than half the width of a little finger when held out at arm’s length.

“They will be so close together that it’s going to be quite a striking sight,” said Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

“Undoubtedly people could mistake them for a UFO, especially being so low down. They might appear to move around because of the distortion effect of the atmosphere.”

It will be the closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter since 2000 but although the planets appear to be kissing-distance apart as seen from the Earth, they are separated by hundreds of millions of miles.

RawStory.

Wow! The sky’s brightest and second-brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – are teaming up to give the closest planet-planet conjunction of 2014. Simply look eastward an hour or more before sunrise, starting somewhat before mid-August, to witness these two dazzlingly-bright beacons beaming close together in the eastern sky. They’ll be closest around August 18. Then these two brilliant worlds will only be about 1/5 degree apart (the diameter of the moon spans 1/2 degree). Watch for them! It’ll be the only Venus/ Jupiter conjunction until July 1, 2015. And it’ll be the closest Venus/ Jupiter conjunction until August 27, 2016.

The chart at the top of this post shows the view on August 14.  Jupiter will climb closer to Venus day by day, until the king planet finally meets up with the queen planet on August 18. So they’ll be lots of fun to watch each day, beginning now and through the end of this month (at least!).

Recommended sources for finding rising times of the Venus and Jupiter into your sky

EarthSky.

If you are in a good place to observe this, and the skies are clear, get your binoculars or small telescope out.

What, doesn’t everyone have a small telescope???  Get one!

Do you get the impression that I really like astronomy?   ;-)

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Outbreaks in America

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Something else to think about…

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