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U.S. Voters Agree on One Thing: They'd Feel Better Owning a Gun

U.S. Voters Agree on One Thing: They'd Feel Better Owning a Gun

Like many Americans, two women a thousand miles apart are each anxious about the uncertain state of the nation. Their reasons are altogether different. But they have found common ground, and a sense of certainty, in a recent purchase: a gun.

Ann-Marie Saccurato traced her purchase to the night she was eating dinner at a sidewalk restaurant not long ago in Delray Beach, Florida, when a Black Lives Matter march passed, and her mind began to wander.

It takes only one person to incite a riot when emotions are high, she remembers thinking. What if police are overpowered and can’t control the crowd?

Ashley Johnson, in Austin, Texas, worries about the images she’s seen in past weeks of armed militias showing up to rallies and making plans to kidnap governors. The outcome of the election, she thinks, will be devastating for some people regardless of the winner.

Only in 2020...

An all-Black group is arming itself and demanding change. They are the NFAC

An all-Black group is arming itself and demanding change. They are the NFAC

When two loud bangs rang out on the streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, no one knew where the gunshots came from as protesters gathered to demand justice for another Black man killed by police.

Among the crowd was a group of armed Black men and women who call themselves the "Not F**king Around Coalition" or NFAC. The group did not run toward the gunshots or break formation. Instead, they kneeled on the ground amid the confusion, and then walked away after their leader shouted, "fall back! fall back!"

The all-Black, Atlanta-based group has grown in size out of frustration during a summer of protests against questionable policing and the deaths of countless Black people at the hands of police, said their founder John Fitzgerald Johnson.

Their presence has caused a stir in the cities they've visited and the group has drawn some criticism after people accidentally fired a weapon during two of their rallies, including the one in Lafayette.

Portland protesters knock down Roosevelt, Lincoln statues in 'rage' toward Columbus Day

Portland protesters knock down Roosevelt, Lincoln statues in 'rage' toward Columbus Day

Protesters overturned statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday night in a declaration of “rage” toward Columbus Day.

Protest organizers dubbed the event “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage,” in response to Monday’s federal holiday named after 15th-century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, a polarizing figure who Native American advocates have said spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas.

The group threw chains around Roosevelt’s statue, officially titled “Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider.” They threw red paint on the monument and began using a blowtorch on the statue’s base, news outlets reported.

The crowd pulled down the statue just before 9 p.m. The group later turned their attention toward Lincoln’s statue, pulling it down about eight minutes later. 


Are these steps towards achieving equality and providing some remedy for oppression or are they diversions which are making arrival at the goal more distant and arduous?

*** 911 down nationwide *** UPDATE 8:30 pm: Mostly restored

Minneapolis police say national outage impacting 911 network

The Minneapolis police are reporting that 911 lines are not operational nationwide.

The outage is impacting phone calls and text messages to 911.

Some 911 lines have returned to service following a reported nationwide outage, according to some law enforcement agencies

Both the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Benton County Sheriff's Office have reported 911 functionality has returned.

Other sheriff's offices and police departments are still reporting issues.

same link

UPDATE 8:30:

After a multi-state outage, most 911 services have been restored in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, some 911 centers are still experiencing abnormalities.

If reaching 911 is difficult, DPS urges residents call the 10-digit, 24-hour number associated with their county's 911 cente


Hennepin County attorney says no cases of ballot harvesting reported...

Hennepin County attorney says no cases of ballot harvesting reported following allegations from Project Veritas, MPD evaluating claim

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says it has not received information regarding potential ballot harvesting, nor does it have any active investigations into the matter.

The attorney's office released the statement after the right-wing activist group, Project Veritas, released a report claiming instances of ballot harvesting among "political allies and associates of Rep. Ilhan Omar."

Project Veritas has made headlines in the past for its track record of targeting Democratic groups and major media outlets, often by hiding their identities and using hidden cameras. James O'Keefe, the organization's founder, was convicted in 2010 as part of a scheme to illegally make recordings at the office of then-Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

The report from the organization makes a series of allegations about a scheme to get elderly Somali voters to turn over absentee ballots to people "harvesting" votes for Minneapolis City Councilman Jamal Osman, who was elected during a special election on Aug. 11. A video with the report shows what the organization claim are absentee ballots piled up in a car. Video also shows a man going door-to-door collecting ballots in the Cedar-Riverside Apartments, home to a large Somali population.

Although Project Veritas has not provided any evidence of election fraud to investigative authorities, I expect this will be in a Trump ad within days

How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed

How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed

Over three months ago, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund the city’s police department, making a powerful statement that reverberated across the country. It shook up Capitol Hill and the presidential race, shocked residents, delighted activists and changed the trajectory of efforts to overhaul the police during a crucial window of tumult and political opportunity.

Now some council members would like a do-over.

Councilor Andrew Johnson, one of the nine members who supported the pledge in June, said in an interview that he meant the words “in spirit,” not by the letter. Another councilor, Phillipe Cunningham, said that the language in the pledge was “up for interpretation” and that even among council members soon after the promise was made, “it was very clear that most of us had interpreted that language differently.” Lisa Bender, the council president, paused for 16 seconds when asked if the council’s statement had led to uncertainty at a pivotal moment for the city.

“I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards,” she said.


Very different than when they unanimously passed a motion to have the people vote on removing MPD from the city charter...

4th grader suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom during virtual learning

4th grader suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom during virtual learning

A 9-year-old Louisiana student was suspended after a teacher reported seeing a gun in the boy's bedroom during a virtual class.

The attorney representing the child's family said it was a BB gun and the school went too far -- applying its on-campus weapons policy without considering the privacy of the child and his family.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Friday his office is investigating.

"I am alarmed by what appears to not only be multiple violations of both the State and Federal Constitutions, but also blatant government overreach by the school system," Landry said in a statement.

Strange texts from GOP

For some reason the Republican party thinks I am a supporter named "Kyle". I keep getting texts encouraging me to vote by mail.

Aug 28- Kyle, The conventions have made the stakes clear: Trump is fighting to restart the economy, beat COVID, support police, and confront China. Biden's left wing agenda promises will make him the most liberal president in history. Trump needs your vote to stop him, but records show you aren't registered. Register now at: http://wivreg.com/6512690294 AC

Aug 31- Kyle, Every Republican vote matters, no matter where you are voting. Skip the crowds, and vote from home! Click here to request your ballot: votedotgop.org/4E6HecE88

Sept 6- Pres Trump: The best way to ensure your vote counts this Nov is to request your ballot now: votedjt.co/4A8mzDFXb

Sept 10- Lara Trump: Did you know? Voting absentee is the most secure way to ensure your vote is counted. Safely request your absentee ballot here: absentee.co/CoteX3fm~

I find this rather odd, not because I am not Kyle, but that I live in one of those Democrat run states where mail in voting can't be trusted, according to Republicans. Is this part of a vote twice campaign?

Judge rules Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, assistant attorneys off the George Floyd case

Judge rules Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, assistant attorneys off the George Floyd case

After a break, the discussion is now centered on a motion to disqualify the Hennepin County Attorney's Office from prosecuting, or participating in the prosecution of, the case.

Attorney Eric Nelson, who is representing former officer Derek Chauvin, claims the attorney's office violated attorney witness law and should be disqualified.

He is also arguing discovery documents, which reference officer training, indicate attorney's office members provided training to the Minneapolis Police Department's officers.

According to the court brief, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and several of the assistant attorneys "are potential witnesses due to their interviews of Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, regarding his autopsy of George Floyd without having a non-attorney witness present."


The judge has disqualified Freeman and several other County Attorneys. At this point he has not disqualified the other attorneys or office staff.

The link goes to a live update page. There is information on several motions the judge has/is considering. The attorney information is in the 10:50 update.

Teen charged in Kenosha killings stalls return to Wisconsin

Teen charged in Kenosha killings stalls return to Wisconsin

A judge agreed Friday to delay for a month a decision on whether a 17-year-old from Illinois should be returned to Wisconsin to face charges accusing him of fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.

The Illinois judge postponed Kyle Rittenhouse's extradition hearing to Sept. 25 during a brief hearing that was streamed online. Rittenhouse faces five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor.

Rittenhouse did not appear in the livestreamed hearing, where his attorney Jennifer Snyder, an assistant public defender in Lake County, Illinois, asked for the delay. The judge said Rittenhouse had been permitted to speak by phone with his mother and was in the process of hiring an attorney.

Rittenhouse, a white teen who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle as he walked Kenosha's streets with other armed civilians during this week's protests, would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. Under Wisconsin law, anyone 17 or older is treated as an adult in the criminal justice system.


Not surprising his attorney would make the request
but I'm not familiar with state to state extradition, it such a delay typical or is this unusual?
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