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August 29, 2023

"this public library is an irretrievably compromised entity, it needs to be removed from our midst"

Rural conservatives push to dissolve local library that ignored their book ban demands

A library in Columbia County, Washington has been the center of a culture fight as right-wing activists in the rural community have unsuccessfully tried to ban a number of books. Now, they are instead trying to dissolve the library district altogether, reported the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.


According to the report, officials at the library voted to reject a move by local activists to remove 11 books that were claimed to be "age-inappropriate sexual material" because they referred to gender identity topics. Seth Murdock, Marcene Hendrickson, and Judith Strode, locals appointed by the Board of Trustees to lay out the case for abolishing the library, claim they now have 100 examples of problem books.

“Whether there can be short term appeasement on this issue is immaterial, because in the process of dealing with it, a greater truth has been revealed that this public library is an irretrievably compromised entity, and it needs to be removed from our midst,” they wrote in a statement.

The statements for and against dissolution of the library district will be sent in pamphlets to local voters, who will have the final decision on the matter.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/rural-conservatives-push-to-dissolve-local-library-that-ignored-their-book-ban-demands/ar-AA1fT3RE
August 29, 2023

64 year old Convicted former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder begins his 20 year prison sentence



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Convicted former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has been transferred to Oklahoma to begin his time in federal prison.

The 64-year-old Republican had been held in the Butler County Jail in southwestern Ohio since he was sentenced June 29 to 20 years for his role in the largest corruption scheme in Ohio history.

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A jury found Householder masterminded and Borges participated in a $60 million bribery scheme that was secretly funded by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to secure Householder's power, elect his allies — and then to pass and defend legislation that delivered a $1 billion nuclear power plant bailout of two nuclear plants that were owned by a FirstEnergy affiliate. FirstEnergy also has admitted to its role.

Two others and the dark money group pleaded guilty, and a third man charged died by suicide.

Borges, 51, was sentenced to five years, which he is serving at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan, near Ann Arbor, bureau records show.

The government's investigation remains open.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/convicted-ex-ohio-house-speaker-moved-to-oklahoma-prison-to-begin-his-20-year-sentence/ar-AA1fTEbG
August 29, 2023

The Limits of Vivek Ramaswamy's Racist Con Game

In television appearances on Sunday news programs, Ramaswamy made a number of incendiary and obscene statements that blamed the mass murder on anti-racism. Speaking on CNN, Ramaswamy said, “The reality is we’ve created such a racialized culture in this country in the last several years…as the last few burning embers of racism were burning out, we have a culture in this country largely created by media and establishment and universities and politicians that throw kerosene on that racism.” He added, “And I can think of no better way to fuel racism in this country than to take something away from other people on the basis of their skin color.” Ramaswamy made similar remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he claimed to be “genuinely worried that we’re seeing a new wave of anti-Black and anti-Hispanic racism as a consequence of the so-called anti-racist movements.”


These remarks, along with the general tenor of his campaign, make clear that Ramaswamy belongs to a particular political niche: the person of color who gains prominence by avowing an anti-anti-racist ideology that is gratifying to right-wing voters. As such, Ramaswamy is heir to candidates like Alan Keyes (who ran for president in 1996, 2000, and 2008), Herman Cain (who ran for president in 2000 and 2012), and Ben Carson (who ran for president in 2016). All these candidates were Black men who affirmed a deeply conservative racial politics that cited their own meritocratic success as proof that systematic racism was no barrier to achievement. They all enjoyed brief flourishes of popularity in the presidential primaries—until Republican voters took a closer look. Arguably and ironically, all were thwarted in part by racism, being unable to convince either a plurality or majority of the GOP to back a Black candidate.

Such candidates have had a niche in the GOP for nearly three decades, and Ramaswamy is satisfying the same perennial GOP appetite for a person of color who will bless the racial status quo as just. But there is one important distinction. Ramaswamy is a person of color—but he’s not Black. He’s of Tamil descent. As such his message is a harsher one. He’s not saying as the earlier candidates did, “As a Black man who succeeded, I prove that America is not racist. Racism is a thing of the past.” Ramaswamy’s message rather is, “As a person of color, I prove that America is not racist. And if Black Americans are faltering, that is due to their own faults.”

This harsher twist on the narrative of minority success explains why Ramaswamy is the GOP’s POC star in the era of Trump and the backlash to Black Lives Matter (BLM). As Sheelah Kolhatkar noted in a 2022 profile in The New Yorker, “A strain of animus toward Black Americans runs through much of Ramaswamy’s public commentary.” He’s said BLM should mean “Big Lavish Mansions.” He claims a portly white classmate at Harvard was lower on the social order than “some athletic Black kid who came and got a place on the basketball team.” He argues, “Affirmative action is the single biggest form of institutionalized racism in America today.”

Ramaswamy has strongly praised right-wing intellectual Richard Hanania, who only a few years ago echoed neo-Nazi ideology as a virulent advocate for a white ethnostate. Although he’s disavowed his earlier Nazi views, Hanania remains committed to scientific racism, now believing (reasonably enough) that the racist hierarchy he desires can be maintained in existing liberal capitalism.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-limits-of-vivek-ramaswamy-s-racist-con-game/ar-AA1fThkM
August 28, 2023

Barbie has grossed 1.3 Billion, in a few days it will over take Mario Brothers to become #1 for 2023

Grosses
DOMESTIC (44.4%)
$594,801,000
INTERNATIONAL (55.6%)
$745,500,000
WORLDWIDE
$1,340,301,000
Distributor
Warner Bros.
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl1077904129/

August 28, 2023

SC,1 week after parents move son to college, he's shot dead trying to enter wrong home on his street

Nick Donofrio's devastated parents pay tribute to 'loving' student son, 20, shot dead after trying to enter the wrong home at 2am - ONE WEEK after they'd helped him move into South Carolina frat house for junior year



A University of South Carolina junior was shot and killed when he tried to enter the wrong house on the street he lived on in the early hours of the morning.

Nick Anthony Donofrio, 20, was found dead on the front porch of an off-campus home on South Holly Street. He died from a gunshot wound to his upper body just after 2am on Saturday morning.

Donofrio, who was from Madison, Connecticut, lived in a frat house on the same street as the home he entered on Saturday. His parents paid tribute to their 'loving' son - who was killed just a week after they moved him in for his third year of college.

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Police were first dispatched to the scene after receiving a call about a burglary - but while they were en route, it was updated to a shots-fired situation.

Cops then found the 20-year-old dead on the porch.

The street that he was found is located two miles from the university's main campus.

No arrests have been made, but police say that the investigation is still ongoing.

His heartbroken parents Dina and Louis Donofrio told News8 that Nick was: 'A great son, loving, compassionate, all the traits you would want in a son.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12451337/South-Carolina-college-student-20-shot-dead-tried-wrong-home-early-morning.html

August 28, 2023

Ramaswamy's claims he came from 'no money' clash with prep school upbringing

Ramaswamy's claims he came from 'no money' clash with prep school upbringing
Ramaswamy, whose parents were a lawyer and a psychiatrist, already had a stock portfolio when he graduated elite private high school



Ramaswamy’s mother already held a medical degree in geriatric psychiatry from Mysore Medical College & Research Institute in India by the time she arrived in the U.S. in 1985. She obtained her license to practice in Oklahoma less than six months after coming to the U.S., according to state records, though it is unclear why in Oklahoma. That license expired in 2014.

Ramaswamy’s mother obtained her Ohio medical license less than two years after her arrival in the U.S., in February 1987, which is still active, according to public records, and she worked as a geriatric psychiatrist and medical director at a private practice in Cincinnati from the time Vivek was 4 years old until he was in college, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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In "Nation of Victims," Ramaswamy wrote that when he was in the sixth grade, he belonged to a "comfortably middle-class family with two incomes," but the threat of layoffs still loomed.

By 2000, during Ramaswamy’s high school years, his father was working as a patent attorney at General Electric.

Ramaswamy attended an elite private high school in Cincinnati where tuition today costs over $16,000 per year.


His parents also apparently established a stock portfolio for him that was bringing in hundreds of dollars in dividends before he graduated high school and thousands by the time he attended Harvard, according to his 2002-2004 tax returns, which he released in June.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ramaswamys-claims-came-no-money-clash-prep-school-upbringing
August 27, 2023

Kyle Rittenhouse complains that lawsuits make it 'harder for me to move on with my life'



Kyle Rittenhouse is being sued by the estate of the man he killed, complains that lawsuits make it 'harder for me to move on with my life'


The estate of Joseph Rosenbaum filed a lawsuit on August 25 against Rittenhouse, along with several police officers and personnel whom the suit accuses of negligence, wrongful death, and 13 other claims, Texas Scorecard first reported.

Rosenbaum, who was 36 years old and struggling with mental health issues, encountered Rittenhouse on August 25, 2020, amid civil unrest following a police shooting of Jacob Blake. He chased Rittenhouse, who ultimately shot Rosenbaum four times, killing him.

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Prior to this latest lawsuit, Huber's father and Grosskreutz each filed civil suits against Rittenhouse, according to Newsweek.

"If they take me down, they will take the rest of us down with them," Rittenhouse, who has become a right-wing hero for gun rights, said at the time, per Newsweek.

"These lawsuits are making it harder and harder for me to move on with my life," Rittenhouse told Texas Scorecard. "It is extremely difficult to go outside without fear of being harassed or assaulted because of the lies spread in these lawsuits. No one should have to continue to defend the fact that they acted in self defense."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/kyle-rittenhouse-is-being-sued-by-the-estate-of-the-man-he-killed-complains-that-lawsuits-make-it-harder-for-me-to-move-on-with-my-life/ar-AA1fQXFZ

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