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Condoleezza Rice stuns The View audience with amazing story about 2nd Amendment rights

"“Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” she began.

“I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late fifties, early sixties,” she explained. “There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police were going to protect you.”

“And so when White Knight Riders would come through our neighborhood,” she said, “my father and his friends would take their guns and they’d go to the head of the neighborhood, it’s a little cul-de-sac and they would fire in the air, if anybody came through.”

“I don’t think they actually ever hit anybody,” she continued. “But they protected the neighborhood. And I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where those guns were he would have rounded them up.”

“And so, I don’t favor some things like gun registration,” she said to a suddenly silent crowd.

“That said, it’s time to have a national conversation about how we can deal with the problems we have. It’s not going to be any single fix to the terrible events at Parkland,” she concluded."
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 12:41 PM (13 replies)

After Settlement With Fraternity, The Rolling Stone Rape Hoax Saga Is Officially Over

Only took three years. Oh, my.

"More than three years after Rolling Stone published the most significant false accusation of rape since the Duke Lacrosse hoax, the saga is officially over for the magazine.

That’s right, Rolling Stone is only now able to put this travesty behind them — at least legally. The magazine reached a final settlement in late December with the members of the fraternity that were falsely maligned in the story. The details have not been disclosed, but at least two members of the fraternity will be the beneficiary of the settlement. Three fraternity members – George Elias IV, Ross Fowler and Stephen Hadford alleged there was enough information in the article to identify them as some of the potential rapists in the story.

The original story was told by a young woman named Jackie Coakley — identified only as “Jackie” in the article — who said she was taken on a date by a handsome member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia, and then led back to the fraternity house where several other members of the fraternity violently gang-raped her on top of a broken glass table.

The three named brothers filed their lawsuit in July 2015, seven months after the article was published. They each claimed they were harassed by family, friends, and coworkers as potential rapists in the months following publication. A year later, a judge dismissed their lawsuit, claiming “the article’s details about the attackers are too vague and remote from the plaintiffs’ circumstances to be ‘of and concerning’ them.”"

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Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Feb 14, 2018, 12:52 PM (2 replies)

"Children Are Dying Because Of Americans' Denial About Guns"

Seems some resident of the DUmp thinks guns are not regulated:

"There is no need for Americans to own large numbers of unregulated guns that are designed to kill humans. "

Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Feb 11, 2018, 03:20 PM (18 replies)

Officer, 26, killed in Henry County shooting; suspect identified

"Locust Grove police officer Chase Maddox, 26, was shot and killed and Henry County sheriff’s deputies Michael D. Corley and Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway were wounded while serving an arrest warrant to Tierra Guthrie on Friday at a home on St. Francis Court, authorities said.

Corley underwent surgery and remains in the hospital, while Callaway was treated and released.

Guthrie was shot and killed.

The arrest warrant was for failure to appear on a traffic violation, the GBI confirmed.

The GBI is investigating the shooting, which occurred at the Hawthorne at Linden Park subdivision in Locust Grove.

After talking with Guthrie for about 10 minutes, deputies realized they would be making an arrest and would have difficulty placing him in custody, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said.

He did not specify what Guthrie did that made deputies decide to arrest him instead of just serving the warrant.

“They notified radio and a Locust Grove city police officer came to be a backup for them,” he said. “(Maddox) was there three minutes after that.”

As they tried to make an arrest, there was an altercation inside the home, McBrayer said. That’s when the officers and Guthrie were shot. He did not specify who shot whom and how many shots were fired. "
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:53 PM (8 replies)

Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela's lawless roads

I suppose we should chalk this up to "Bad Luck".

"LA GRITA, Venezuela (Reuters) - It’s midnight on one of the most dangerous roads in Latin America and Venezuelan trucker Humberto Aguilar hurtles through the darkness with 20 tons of vegetables freshly harvested from the Andes for sale in the capital Caracas.

When he set off at sunset from the town of La Grita in western Venezuela on his 900-km (560-mile) journey, Aguilar knew he was taking his life in his hands.

With hunger widespread amid a fifth year of painful economic implosion under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has seen a frightening surge in attacks on increasingly lawless roads.

Just a few days earlier, Aguilar said he sat terrified when hundreds of looters swarmed a stationary convoy, overwhelming drivers by sheer numbers. They carted off milk, rice and sugar from other trucks but left his less-prized vegetables alone.

“Every time I say goodbye to my family, I entrust myself to God and the Virgin,” said the 36-year-old trucker. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 02:01 PM (5 replies)

Assemblywoman at forefront of #MeToo movement accused of sexual misconduct

Perhaps she thought "MeToo" was referring to something else?

"Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus who has been at the forefront of the movement against sexual harassment in the state Capitol, has herself become the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct. The Bell Gardens Democrat said she would “participate fully” in an investigation.

Politico reported Thursday that two men said Garcia made improper advances toward them. One, a former legislative staffer, said Garcia groped his back and buttocks and attempted to grab his crotch during a legislative softball game in 2014.

The former staffer, Daniel Fierro, told his former boss, Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) about the incident several weeks ago, his office said. Calderon then reported the incident to the Assembly Rules Committee.

Fierro told the Times he decided to speak out because he thought Garcia's behavior was at odds with the #MeToo movement, which could harm the cause she was so closely associated with."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:03 AM (6 replies)
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