Tuesday, New Day, Motes

Code Duello: The other day I was bemoaning the loss of the “right to challenge”, duel. Upon seeing a photograph of two “ladies” dueling sans upper garments at http://filthiestbox.blogspot.com;  I looked into the history of women dueling and found there were several prominent duels in history. PRINCESS SOPHIA AUGUSTA FREDERIKA OF ANHALT-ZERBST-DORNBURG VS. PRINCESS CHRISTIANE ANNA OF ANHALT-KÖTHEN // JUNE 1743 Weapon(s) of Choice: Swords; OLGA ZAVAROVA VS. EKATERINA POLESOVA // JUNE 1829 Weapon(s) of Choice: Sabers; ALEXANDRA ZAVAROVA VS. ANNA POLESOVA // JUNE 1834 Weapon(s) of Choice: Sabers; MADAME MARIE-ROSE ASTIÉ DE VALSAYRE VS. MISS SHELBY // MARCH 1886  Weapon(s) of Choice: Sabers; PRINCESS PAULINE METTERNICH VS. THE COUNTESS KIELMANNSEGG // AUGUST 1892 Weapon(s) of Choice: Rapiers. This is the duel that probably inspired the photo’s as both women fought topless. This was to prevent cloth from being driven into a wound causing infection. No word on spectators. Of course, most of the duels were fought over a worthless man but aren’t we all.

It’s not freedom: President Joe on Wednesday unveiled a series of initiatives to get 70% of Americans vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, calling for a “summer of freedom.”

“Get your shot, or the dog gets it.”

Someone please explain to me how forcing/bribing/coercing you to do something you don’t want to do is “Freedom”. Anyone, please. I’ll wait.

PoS: Jennifer Woodley, CEO with the “Make A Wish Iowa” foundation, has pleaded guilty to misusing thousands of dollars for her personal wishes. The foundation was established to make the dreams of extremely sick and dying children come true. Woodley made her own dreams come true by repeatedly giving herself pay raises and bonus’ and used Foundation credit cards for her own purchases. Woodley pleaded guilty to three felonies: two counts of first-degree theft and one count of fraudulent practices. Her plea agreement allows her to avoid any jail time. Under the deal, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of five years of probation, as well as fines and restitution. Restitution for the embezzlement of more than $40,000 has not been set yet. Woodley’s attorney said he will seek to have the case expunged from her record if she completes her probation and sentencing requirements. So basically she walks. Gotta wonder how guy’s like John Cena, Michael Jordan, Hulk Hogan, and Dale Earnhardt Jr, who have between them granted over 1,000 wishes, feel about Ms. Woodley walking.

Make you ask, WTF: On last Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council voted to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of the man a Honolulu Police Officer shot and killed in 2017 while the officer was “investigating a stolen vehicle”. Isaiah Stoeck was 19 in 2019 when that the same cop threatened to shoot him, struck him in the head with the butt of his gun and – after his hands were already behind his back – repeatedly hit him in the head while calling him “a fucking idiot.” And in 2010, that “officer” was criminally charged after he allegedly attacked a motorist he pulled over. Prosecutors took him to trial twice, but both cases were dismissed after juries couldn’t come to a unanimous verdict. Previously, taxpayers paid out $120,000 in a separate lawsuit naming that officer was one of several officers who allegedly assaulted a man they were arresting on the North Shore in 2012. So this “officer”( and that is really a stretch of the use of the word) has beaten and threatened citizens, and killed someone and still has a job. He’s training other cops? I know of a guy that was fired by HPD for “conducting an outside business without permission”. His business? Selling bulletproof vests to other cops. He was fired. But this thug keeps his job? I guess I missed the left turn the cop shop must have taken. “Serve and protect” my azz.

Weekend playlist had John Prine, Allison Krauss, Tom T. Hall, Kristofferson, and John Wayne (okay, only 1 “song” but it was still The Duke.)

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