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The haze of preemptive violence “to save” rather than take lives is a common rationalization for police dynamic entry or sneak attacks in war. The mediated versions of explanatory narratives tell a more complex interpretive story as the killing of Breonna Taylor has shown. Even after the out-of-court financial settlement and the...

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  • December 31, 2020

It does seem old-fashioned but the Biden post-debate train tour seems better than Trump’s promises to never return to (insert state) if he loses, which he did tonight in Duluth. x All aboard! Tune in as @DrBiden and I kick off our train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. https://t.co/z2m4tpAHNJ— Joe...

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  • October 1, 2020

This needs attention: Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath on Thursday called on state Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) to release the grand jury report in the killing of Breonna Taylor. “Breonna's family and Kentucky deserve to know what happened the night she was killed. The fact that the grand...

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  • September 26, 2020

It’s weirder if American polling shows that 7% support QAnon and 18% support authoritarianism, but why isn’t Louisville, Mitch McConnel’s hometown, an anarchist jurisdiction. x it has to stop. We were peacefully protesting and had been for a couple of hours. Then all of a sudden as we were returning...

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  • September 26, 2020

More Trump attention-seeking shtick has happened. He’s threatened to refuse to transfer power. That could really happen because he’s nuts and even if he only represents an anti-democratic 25% of the US population. 26% if you include the plutocrats. It’s going to get worse until Election Day, what with Trump’s inner-child channeling...

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  • September 24, 2020

In revisionist history, perhaps the Union troops hunting down John Wilkes Booth were only interested in him because of some ‘wanton endangerment’. We do know who’s a snake in these counterfactual historical narratives. x For sure! It’d be like charging John Wilkes Booth for shooting recklessly inside a crowded theater....

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  • September 24, 2020

Biden continues to lead with no slippage nationally, and is apparently perceived by 13% as more intelligent than Trump (sic). x New Quinnipiac national poll: Biden 52%Trump 42% Second national poll of the day putting Biden +10, after MU Lawhttps://t.co/xUqrQzeaBs— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 23, 2020 x Brutal numbers for...

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  • September 23, 2020

There is a likelihood that there could be federal charges, even after the settlement reached with Taylor’s family. More likely will be new civil disorder that already has destroyed lives. x BREAKING: Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to clear all three LMPD officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death as...

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  • September 22, 2020

Now they’re just making things up. US Department of Justice designates #NYC as an anarchist jurisdiction. Seattle and Portland OR are also on the list because a couple of blocks in each city were involved. x Here is the current pace of what the murder rate might be in 2020 for...

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  • September 21, 2020

No, I am NOT being Chuck “Bothsiderist” Todd, but I need to tell you all about the descent into the rabbit hole that the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky has taken.  I’m pulling for Amy McGrath.  I really am.  But I’m not the only one who has noticed the blatant...

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  • August 15, 2020

Big news today out of Kentucky: x My statement on the Kentucky Senate race: pic.twitter.com/EJ0cDXcTgZ— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) August 7, 2020 State Rep. Charles Booker announced Friday that he is endorsing U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath, who defeated him in a tight primary election in June, in her attempt to...

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  • August 8, 2020

Those brave few who read my diaries know that I am usually filled with cynicism, anger, and depression when it comes to politics in my home state of Kentucky.  And I was at the lowest point I could be a couple of days ago with the release of a Morning...

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  • August 7, 2020

Too late: Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party. In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate...

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  • August 2, 2020

Well, Indiana has decided to start sacrificing kids, their parents, and definitely their grandparents to COVID-19 starting TODAY.  In other words, kids are going back to school.    Parkview and 17 other schools in the Greater Clark County Schools district welcomed more than 10,000 students Wednesday, becoming the first school...

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  • July 30, 2020

Circuit Court Judge Richard Brueggemann showed his true pro-COVID-19 colors today with his ruling that all of Governor Andy Beshear’s actions against the coronavirus are unconstitutional.    For those not in the know, a group of businessmen and Republican State Attorney General Daniel Cameron went forum shopping for a judge who...

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  • July 21, 2020

I don’t know how else to describe someone who is pro-coronavirus as anything but evil, or as The Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Joseph Gerth calls Kentucky State Attorney General as “bidding to become Kentucky’s most prolific serial killer.”  But Daniel Cameron is evil.  During the midst of a surging viral epidemic, Cameron has taken...

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  • July 18, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Amy McGrath (D. KY), is working to unite her party after her close primary win against progressive challenger, Charles Booker (D. NJ). McGrath stopped in Louisville to address police brutality and seeking justice for Breonna Taylor after being killed by three police officers: “I think the investigation...

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  • July 13, 2020

BREAKING: Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who built a formidable campaign war chest, emerged Tuesday as the Democratic nominee to take on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, fending off a challenge from the left that highlighted the party’s ideological divisions. One week after the primary was conducted, The Associated...

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  • June 30, 2020

Suprisingly, the 2020 Kentucky Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate was probably the major driver for the higher than expected voter turnout (initial estimate of 32% voter participation statewide).  Yes, I know that is still a terrible number for any democracy, but the usual voter turnout in Kentucky is around 20%...

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  • June 24, 2020

Another bit of information has come out about the Louisville police killing of Breonna Taylor.  The new LMPD Chief has stated that Officer Hankinson fired ten shots through Taylor’s patio door and window. Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder's letter to Hankison on Friday notified him of the chief's intent to terminate his...

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  • June 20, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Slate Magazine’s The Slurge that highlights seven U.S. Senate races to keep your eye one: 1. Kentucky The national Democratic establishment gets its way in Senate primaries. It’s a rule. Democratic primary voters aren’t like Republicans. When Republican voters hear that Mitch McConnell has recruited...

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  • June 19, 2020

The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting today that one of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing will be terminated. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro Police is initiating termination of Officer Brett Hankison, one of three LMPD officers to fire weapons on March...

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  • June 19, 2020

Something is definitely going on in Kentucky’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  The latest sign is a poll that shows progressive Charles Booker surging past Amy McGrath. A new poll shows Charles Booker surging past Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary, with Election Day rapidly approaching on Tuesday....

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  • June 18, 2020

According to the Lexington-Herald Leader, requests for absentee ballots for the June 23rd Primary indicate a higher voter turnout statewide since the 2008 Primary. Nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Kentucky have requested an absentee ballot or already cast their vote a week out from the June 23 primary,...

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  • June 16, 2020

Spectrum News reported that at the end of closing tonight there were 325,596 application requests for absentee ballots in Jefferson County, Kentucky for the June 23rd Primary.  Today was the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.  The largest city in the state of Kentucky, Louisville, is in Jefferson...

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  • June 16, 2020

Fox News recently highlighted that Moscow Mitch is totally against the “defund the police” movement: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday slammed the growing liberal momentum behind the “defund the police” movement as “outlandish.” His comments referenced the growing left-wing movement in cities such as Minneapolis — where George Floyd died last month in police custody...

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  • June 15, 2020

My elderly Mom and I committed election fraud Friday.  I sent in our absentee ballots by mail instead of voting in person with everyone in the city of Louisvlle at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center on June 23rd.  Well, a certain orange baboon in the White House claims that...

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  • June 13, 2020

Some very good news today out of Kentucky: Amy McGrath, who is running for the Democratic Party's nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), outraised the Republican in the lead-up to the primaries in the Bluegrass State's Senate race. McGrath's campaign reported in a filing with the Federal Election...

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  • June 13, 2020

Received two e-mails from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Hello — For eight minutes and forty-six seconds, a police officer pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck and the full weight of his body. For eight minutes and forty-six seconds, three other...

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  • June 12, 2020

Sigh.  More wonderful news out of my home state of Kentucky. First, one of the cops involved with shooting Breonna Taylor is now being investigated for sexually assaulting two women.  And one of the ministers who won a Kentucky court case allowing in person attendance for church services has now had to...

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  • June 9, 2020

NOTE: I would like to apologize for the use of some archaic language and painfully explicit descriptions in what follows. Difficult as it is to read, I believe it helps highlight true horrors in our past that Americans must confront. Even before the first protesters demanding justice for all took...

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  • June 7, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), has an op-ed in The Root that addresses George Floyd and the years of police brutality that the black community has had to deal with: Minneapolis, Minn.; Louisville, Ky.; Brunswick, Ga. These are the latest cities turned inside out because of the killing...

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  • June 7, 2020
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Show of Farce. Peaceful protest in the day, now earlier curfews. x JUST CONFIRMED: Denver Police seized these guns and tactical gear from two men who showed up to the protest on Friday. One of them, Chevy McGee, tells me he didn't break any laws. McGee is part of the...

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  • June 2, 2020
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We are at an interesting point, the necessity for socially distanced behavior and the imposition of De Facto martial law. Even as there is peaceful protest during the day time, there will be problematic police behavior in the evening. Remember that Trump needs martial law or at least its quasi-military manifestation to...

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  • June 2, 2020

I didn’t see this last night, but the Courier-Journal is reporting it today: Investigation launched into LMPD, National Guard fatal shooting of West End restaurant owner LOUISVILLE,  Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered Kentucky State Police to investigate the early Monday incident that featured Louisville Metro Police and National...

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  • June 1, 2020

Trump’s Inaugural Speech: REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens...

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  • June 1, 2020

(Originally, I had done something on a MMT podcast with some of its major luminaries, but I’ll save it for a future AC chat diary, since Historical events seem more important for MeetUps) 'Boogaloo' Is The New Far-Right Slang For Civil War  x The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA...

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  • May 31, 2020

AG Barr is trying to blame outside agitators for violence related to George Floyd protests. Barr says “ANTIFA-like” actions and radical actors are involved. The problem especially in the Twin Cities when violence has emerged, now seems to involve RW agitation, seeking anti-government civic unrest. There are many other voices, not...

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  • May 30, 2020

AG Barr is trying to blame outside agitators for violence related to George Floyd protests. Barr says “ANTIFA-like” actions and radical actors are involved. The problem especially in the Twin Cities when violence has emerged, now seems to involve RW agitation, seeking anti-government civic unrest. There are many other voices, not...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Friend — After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, I have heard the pain and grief, the anger and exhaustion of people in our community, crying out in response to this devastating loss of...

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  • May 30, 2020

Moscow Mitch is willing to risk the lives of his fellow senators in order to force a vote on one of his political toadies to the Court of Appeals to D.C.   The toadie in question: Only 161 days after he took his seat on the U.S. District Court in Louisville,...

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  • May 3, 2020

Evil is as evil does when it comes to Moscow Mitch’s declaration that the states should go bankrupt rather than have the federal government keep them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.  And it appears that Kentucky Democrats are not going to let the famous Grim Reaper off the hook when...

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  • April 24, 2020

Finally!  The cops have arrested a man, James Troutman, who made threatening remarks on a Facebook page against Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.  Seems Troutman is one of those who is protesting Governor Beshear’s shelter in place order over the coronavirus pandemic.   Kentucky State Police officials were contacted last week, court documents...

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  • April 22, 2020

The Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board called it a “procoronavirus” protest rally that occured yesterday in Frankfort.  Joseph Gerth just called them “idiots.”  I think both are correct, and it was an “idiotic procoronavirus” rally.   Approximately 100 of the worst in humanity showed up to chant and try to disrupt Kentucky...

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  • April 16, 2020

I shoudn’t let it surprise, shock, or bother me, but the fact that Kentucky Republicans are politicizing the coronavirus pandemic makes me very angry.  We have already lost 23,000 people nationally, and we are most likely going to break a total of 100 deaths today in Kentucky.  But never let...

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  • April 13, 2020

Jane Mayer from The New Yorker has a really good piece out about how U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R. KY) path being Trump’s top enabler showcases how Moscow Mitch truly is the Dr. Frankenstein to Trump’s Frankenstein Monster. A number of Never Trumpers like Bill Kristol and Rick...

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  • April 13, 2020

For all those people in rural Kentucky that thought they were immune to COVID-19 or didn’t take it seriously, some of the other hotspots for the coronavirus are in western Kentucky.  And yes, it only took one revival meeting to make one rural county — Hopkins — the number one hotspot...

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  • April 10, 2020

God save me from his followers.   Louisville area preacher defies ban on mass gatherings, plans to hold Sunday service Jack Roberts says he is too old to be a rebel, but the 76-year-old Louisville area preacher continues to defy a state ban on mass gatherings to hold services at Maryville...

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  • April 5, 2020

He may or may not be a savior during this coronavirus pandemic, but Democratic Kentucky Govenor Andy Beshear is so much better than the anti-vaccine, chickenpox loving, and anti-science former Governor Matt Bevin.  As Josepth Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal reminds us, Bevin posted this on his Twitter account on...

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  • April 4, 2020
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