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Convicted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plotters send private investigator to juror's workpl

Source: usatoday.com

DETROIT -- Two of the men convicted of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hired a private investigator to go to a juror's workplace and investigate the juror's potential bias, according to a newly unsealed court filing.

The men -- Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who were found guilty last month of planning to kidnap the governor over her COVID-19 policies -- hired the investigator to track down the juror's coworkers to determine if the juror was biased against them. The investigation was part of a broader effort by their defense attorneys to get a new trial.

The defense long maintained this was a case of entrapment and vowed a vigorous appeal, which right now appears to focus on a potentially problematic juror who surfaced on the second day of the trial. The juror was allowed to stay on the case after the judge interviewed the person and concluded there was no proof of bias.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/09/09/whitmer-kidnap-plot-private-investigator-juror/8036074001/

So, we can't have a juror who is biased against a couple of weirdos plotting to kidnap a sitting Governor?

Can we find jurors that think this is ok? And now it's ok to intimidate jurors personal lives for doing their duty?
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Sat Sep 10, 2022, 06:27 AM (29 replies)

We should start a category called "Today's Stupid Headlines"

Here are a few examples :

from usatoday front page

Charges for mishandling classified documents are rare. What that means for Trump.

Ya, they're rare because we never had such a huge criminal in the white house - other than nixon, and at least he didn't take classified docs.

You can't not 'believe' in abortion. Here's why

Abortion is not a belief system you moron headline writer. Only rightwing nutjobs that use religion to control our bodies are guilty of using beliefs.

Americans are running out of money as prices, inflation soars.

Not all Americans, just the hard-working class that have been ripped off by our system for decades.

On to the next stupid newspapers.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Sun Aug 28, 2022, 10:51 AM (2 replies)

McConnell offers rebuke of violence toward FBI, law enforcement

from usatoday



McConnell said attacks on law enforcement agencies are "completely unacceptable.""I think attacks on law enforcement agencies is completely unacceptable," McConnell told reporters during a visit to Greater Cincinnati on Thursday. "Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment and people who engage in acts of violence need to pay the price for it," McConnell told reporters, one week after an armed man wearing body armor tried to gain entry to Cincinnati's FBI headquarters. "Hopefully all people in public life will push back against that," McConnell said when asked about growing threats and anti-law enforcement rhetoric following the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

Sure Mitch. You could have gotten rid of trump in the first impeachment but you shirked your duties and F'd the country. You are just as complicit as the assholes making the threats.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Fri Aug 19, 2022, 07:26 PM (5 replies)

Garland video statement about Mar-a-Lardo

Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Thu Aug 11, 2022, 03:20 PM (4 replies)

LIV Golf lawsuit shatters friendly facade among PGA Tour players. Now it's personal Opinion

If evidence is required of just how fraught emotions have become in the battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf — or, more accurately, between Tour players and LIV's patsy plaintiffs — then consider the example of Davis Love III. Throughout his almost 40-year career, Love has been the epitome of a genteel professional golfer, unfailingly polite toward colleagues and so buttoned-down that his idea of a revolutionary act is wearing pants of an off-khaki hue.

Suddenly, the establishment's ideal of a company man has morphed into Davis le rouge, an Ocasio-Cortez in Ralph Lauren pinstripes, encouraging boycotts from a constituency that usually only cares about slow play and high taxes, while insisting that no LIV player will darken the door of his Presidents Cup team room, even if declared eligible by fait of the court.

And he's not even the angriest guy out there.

Finally, we've reached the inevitable point at which the PGA Tour's carefully-constructed tapestry of collegiality comes apart at the seams. That image was always less organic than enforced, with disciplinary actions against players who spoke ill publicly of a fellow member. The intent was to create a commercially attractive impression of golf as being free of jerks, cheats, cokeheads, wife-beaters and other blackguards.

That façade held through the early defections to LIV, as Tour loyalists insisted they'd remain friends with the departed. But in the wake of Wednesday's legal filings by LIV players — one an injunction request that would force three of them into the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs, the other an antitrust claim that challenges the Tour's supposed monopoly — the fissures are expanding rapidly.

"Their vision is cherry-picking what events they want to play on the PGA Tour. Obviously, that would be the higher world ranking events and bigger purses," said a visibly irked Billy Horschel. "It's frustrating. They made a decision to leave and they should go follow their employer. I know there are guys a lot more angry and frustrated about it than me."

"What they're doing by going over there is detrimental to our Tour. You can't have it both ways," said Will Zalatoris. "A lot of guys will be pretty frustrated if they're allowed to do both."

"Please stay away in your fantasy land," Joel Dahmen tweeted.

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A very sad time for Golf in America. I still can't believe a bunch of golfers sold out to a tyrannical govt with an atrocious record on human rights.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Sun Aug 7, 2022, 09:36 PM (15 replies)

A challenge for antiabortion states: Doctors reluctant to work there

In a few years, Olgert Bardhi's skills will be in high demand. A first-year resident in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he'll be a full-fledged physician by 2025 in a nation facing a shortage of primary care doctors.

The trouble for Texas: Because of the state's strict antiabortion laws, Bardhi's not sure he will remain there.

Although he doesn't provide abortion care right now, laws limiting the procedure have created confusion and uncertainty over what treatments are legal for miscarriage and keep him from even advising pregnant patients on the option of abortion, he said. Aiding and abetting an abortion in Texas also exposes doctors to civil lawsuits and criminal prosecution.

"It definitely does bother me," Bardhi said. "If a patient comes in, and you can't provide them the care that you are supposed to for their well-being, maybe I shouldn't practice here. The thought has crossed my mind."

He is balancing his concern with his sense that he can do more good by staying, including counseling patients on obtaining contraception.

Bardhi's uncertainty reflects a broader hesitancy among some doctors and medical students who are reconsidering career prospects in red states where laws governing abortion have changed rapidly since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, according to interviews with health-care professionals and reproductive health advocates.

One large medical recruiting firm said it recently had 20 obstetrician-gynecologists turn down positions in red states because of abortion laws. The reluctance extends beyond those interested in providing abortion care, as laws meant to protect a fetus could open doctors up to new liabilities or limit their ability to practice.

It remains unclear how thoroughly career decisions being made amid the upheaval and confusion since the Supreme Court's decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization will translate to a lasting geographic shift. But amid a national shortage of reproductive health practitioners, the early evidence indicates that red states have, at minimum, put themselves at a disadvantage in the competition for crucial front-line providers, experts said.

One large health-care staffing firm, AMN Healthcare, said clients in states with abortion bans are having greater trouble filling vacancies because some prospective OB/GYN candidates won't even consider opportunities in states with new or pending abortion bans.

Tom Florence, president of Merritt Hawkins, an AMN Healthcare company, cited 20 instances since the Supreme Court ruling where prospects specifically refused to relocate to states where reproductive rights are being targeted by lawmakers.

"To talk to approximately 20 candidates that state they would decline to practice in those restrictive states, that is certainly a trend we are seeing," Florence said. "It is certainly going to impact things moving forward."

Three candidates turned down one of the firm's recruiters, who was working to fill a single job in maternal fetal medicine in Texas, he said: "All three expressed fear they could be fined or lose their license for doing their jobs."

In another example, a physician contacted by phone by an AMN Healthcare recruiter trying to fill a post in an antiabortion state "simply said, 'Roe versus Wade,' and hung up," Florence said.

Florence said the shift has especially serious implications for small, rural hospitals, which can afford just a small number of maternal specialists or, in some cases, only one.

Read more .....


Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Sun Aug 7, 2022, 03:41 PM (2 replies)

Anyone else tired of the MSNBC Kids Commercial

Where little Timmy asks something like 'can you explain what's happening in Ukraine?

Well Timmy, here's the explanation. A really bad evil man named Vladimir Putin has control over the russian military and decided to have them kill all the peaceful Ukrainians for no good reason. OK?

How ridiculous.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Fri Jul 29, 2022, 09:34 PM (10 replies)

Anyone else boycotting Walgreens?

Seems they hired a bunch of religious morons.


I will just go to CVS until they figure out WTF they are doing. I'll bet those same morons are selling cigarettes.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Fri Jul 22, 2022, 01:22 AM (57 replies)

If the US faces another insurrection, The Murdoch family will be the cause

Fox Noise and it's collective asshole which includes Hannity, Carlson, Ingram and Gingrich are continually lying and propagandizing an already incredibly ignorant audience who will just go into a chaotic frenzy if anyone one of their heroes have to face justice. They talked over an official hearing with as much BS as Barr said trump was spreading. Gingrich keeps trying to save his own turkey neck by following his old playbook which has been outdated for 20 years. Only the truly gullible will continue to fall for it.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Sat Jun 11, 2022, 06:29 AM (3 replies)

'How dare you?': Louie Gohmert has emotional outburst at gun bill hearing

Andrew Feinberg
Thu, June 2, 2022 at 3:14 PM

Texas Representative Louie Gohmert had an emotional outburst after Democratic representatives suggested Republicans’ opposition to new restrictions on firearm ownership put them on the side of the mass killers who’ve perpetrated shootings in several American cities over the last month.


Mr Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said on Thursday it was “an outrage” that his colleagues would imply Republicans “must be here for the gunmen” during a House Judiciary Committee markup of legislation to raise the age at which Americans can purchase high-powered military-style rifles from 18 to 21.

Sitting in his home office and appearing at the markup remotely, he became visibly agitated as he railed against his Democratic colleagues.

“How dare you — you think we don’t have hearts? It’s just that when we look at the things that you're doing, and you're trying to do to America, we've seen the carnage,” he said, segueing into a common GOP trope which blames Democratic mayors in cities with large Black populations for the prevalence of gun violence there.

“Democrats control the major cities that have the worst murder rates — your ideas have been shown to get people killed,” he said as he began to accuse Democrats of being on the side of those who commit acts of violence in jurisdictions under their control.

“You here for the murderers, the murderers in Chicago, in Philadelphia in these other major cities, because you're wanting to do nationally, what is being done by Democrats in those big cities,” he said, adding that he and his GOP colleagues “care deeply” about the lives of victims of violence in those cities and calling Democrats “arrogant people” who were “attributing murder to those of us that want to do things to stop it” because — in his view — Democratic leaders in those cities are responsible for those murders.

Just when you thought republicans couldn't get any more vile - this a$$hole proves me wrong. Gohmert is a lunatic.
Posted by SouthernDem4ever | Fri Jun 3, 2022, 08:55 AM (16 replies)
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