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NYT: Officers Had No Duty to Protect Students in Parkland Massacre, Judge Rules

A lot of people don't believe this is true, but it is. I'm grateful for every LEO who does confront active shooters even though they are not legally obligated to do so. They do it to save lives.

Officers Had No Duty to Protect Students in Parkland Massacre, Judge Rules


The school district and sheriff’s office in the Florida county that is home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had no constitutional duty to protect the students there during the deadly February massacre, a federal judge has said in a ruling.

The decision was made in a lawsuit filed by 15 students who said they suffered trauma during the Feb. 14 attack in Parkland, Fla. A total of 17 students and staff members lost their lives; 17 others were injured.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, 20, the former Stoneman Douglas student who is accused of opening fire at the school on Valentine’s Day. He has pleaded not guilty, but his lawyers have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

The Dec. 12 ruling, by Judge Beth Bloom, came on the same day that a county judge, Patti Englander Henning, came to the opposite conclusion. Judge Henning found that Scot Peterson, the armed sheriff’s deputy who heard the gunfire but did not run in and try to stop the attack, did have an obligation to confront Mr. Cruz.

Today is the Day Georgians can Undo Brian Kemp's Voter Suppression Efforts

I'm sure every Georgia on this board is voting in the runoff election, but just in case you forgot -- Go Vote!

You vote are your usual election day polling place (not early voting places). Today. Now.


Barrow, 63, calls himself “the most gerrymandered member of Congress in history.” His personal experience dealing with attempts to manipulate state voting laws led him to run this year for Georgia secretary of state, in a bid to become the state’s top election official. He trailed on Election Day by just 19,000 votes to Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, but because neither candidate won an outright majority, a runoff election on Tuesday will decide the race—and the fate of Georgia’s suppressive voting practices.

“For many years, most folks haven’t put much thought into the office of Secretary of State,” Barrow wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the election’s first round. “But on November 6th, all of us received a civics lesson on the importance of this office.”

He was referring to the controversial actions of Georgia’s previous secretary of state, Brian Kemp, who instituted a series of policies that made it harder to vote while overseeing his own election for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, which he won by a slim margin. (Two days after the election, amid charges of conflicts of interest, Kemp declared victory—although the race had yet to be called—and stepped down as secretary of state.) That included purging more than 2.2 million people from the voting rolls from 2012 to 2018, putting 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, and advising counties on how to close 214 polling places since the 2012 presidential election. These efforts disproportionately hurt voters of color, and Abrams said that allowed Kemp to “tilt the playing field in his favor.”

Barrow, 63, calls himself “the most gerrymandered member of Congress in history.” He has vowed to reverse Kemp’s voting restrictions. Barrow has vowed to reverse Kemp’s voting restrictions. He called Kemp’s voter purging “plainly illegal” and wrote in the AJC, “Any thing we do that makes it harder than necessary for honest citizens to register, stay registered, or vote undermines their right to vote.” He wants to get rid of Georgia’s electronic voting machines, which are vulnerable to election hacking, and replace them with paper ballots. His other immediate priority is to implement automatic voter registration to make it easier for voters to register and stay on the rolls.

Stacey Abrams (GA Governor's Race) is coming back.

The good news is that as each percentage of precincts reports, Stacey ticks up a bit.

As we went from 4% to 10% reporting Stacey increased from 30% to 35%. She just needs to improve 15% more to clinch it.

At 13%, she's at 36.7%. Its going to be a long night.

At 30%, Stacey Abrams Democrat 726,617 44.0

At 9:40 pm, the urban centers of Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah have not reported much yet. Polls are staying open.

What is the best website to monitor election returns?

I'm in GA. If someone knows a specific GA site, I'd be much obliged to know.

Stacey Abrams and this flag burning brouhaha

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Stacey is taking some heat for attending a flag burning of the 1950s issue GA state flag.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/23/politics/stacey-abrams-flag-burning-protest/index.htmlWashington (CNN)The Democratic candidate to be Georgia's next governor explained her presence Tuesday at a 1992 protest that included a burning of the state flag as part of her opposition to Confederate symbolism.

First, The Good:

Protesting this flag and changing it to something else is something we all now recognize as much needed. It was created in the 1950s as an official FU to desegregation.

Second, The Bad (as in Badass)

Doing this in 1992, was badass. It was prescient and Stacey Abrams was there, front and center. The GA flag would change in 2001 to this one below.

Third, The Ugly (truly ugly)

Racists in GA were so unhappy with this flag they voted out the Democratic Governor who created it and changed it to this:

The above is the actual 13-star flag of the Confederate States of America with the GA seal in the blue field.

Sometimes victories are ugly.

ETA: And really no one cares about the current flag. I haven't seen any protests or flag burnings of it.

Stacey Abrams Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate - Leading the Blue Wave in GA

Stacey Abrams and local candidates held a rally at Georgia Southern University tonight.

The hall was packed to hear Stacey Abrams

And then she was off to visit Savannah State University

Another monument to old general defaced...

This time it is Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square, Savannah GA with googly eyes. lol



City of Savannah Government
Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime.

We are hoping to find the person responsible! If you have information, please call Savannah Police Department

Almost all of Savannah is laughing at the over the top response from the city.

Love these yard signs -- seen everywhere in Savannah


Trump asks Mueller to ferret out anonymous.

Trump knows Mueller will find the truth. He really knows.

NPR: The School Shootings That Weren't

How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school? We should know. But we don't.

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government's Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.


This discrepancy is large and very strange.

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