Second Monday, Motes

in·tim·i·da·tion  /inˌtiməˈdāSH(ə)n/  noun  the action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated. : A clip of a Minnesota school board meeting showing the chairwoman ordering parents to give their home addresses in order to speak went viral Tuesday. Jodi Sapp, chairwoman of the Mankato school board, was seen in video of the October 18 meeting telling a man he could not speak if he did not disclose his address. Sapp previously announced anyone who commented during the open forum was not allowed to criticize members of the school board and the meeting was “not a meeting that belongs to the public.” Sapp also said that any audience reaction to forum commentary, including applause and cheering, would also result in the open forum being closed. If any speaker violated the rule, then the open forum would be immediately closed for the rest of the meeting and the offending individual would be barred from ever speaking at a future school board meeting. Yeah, that’s not intimidating at all. Time to remind these petty tyrants, they work for you!

Update: Last week I commented on the three boys that were found living, by themselves and with the skeleton of their brother, and the “parents” (a wide use of that word) were not arrested.  The mother of three (actually it’s 7 children) boys authorities say were  is denying responsibility – and apologizing at the same time. One of the sons, 15, called the Harris County Sheriff’s Department Sunday and said his brother, Kendrick, 8, had been dead for a year and his body was in the apartment, according to the agency. Deputies found the teen and two brothers, 10 and 7, living alone there, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. The 15-year-old told them his parents hadn’t lived in the apartment for several months. The mother’s boyfriend has been charged with the death of Kendrick. When asked why she left the kids alone, she said, “I checked on them every two weeks.” Why do people like this have children? Oh, I know, every kid means a bigger welfare check. Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole thing. You know, rewarding the wrong actions.

I am tired of their voice: Wyclef Jean has called for the end of Title 42 COVID-19 restrictions that have blocked thousands of illegal migrants from crossing into the U.S. The Haitian-born ( and Haitian citizen) Wyclef Jean appealed to the Biden administration during a recent visit to the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, where he pleaded on behalf of the “thousands” of Haitian migrants currently awaiting deportation. Is anybody else tired of non-US citizens telling us how we should be running our country. Especially when theirs is a shxthole.

You do as I say, I’ll do as I want: Flew to Hilo on Friday. Sitting up front was a prominent local politician and his 280 pound “bodyguard”. It was a full flight but there was one empty seat, between the two of them. As the flight started to taxi, Mr. Politician couldn’t wait to take of his mask. And leave it off the entire flight. He did this despite the in-flight-announcement telling all the peasants they must wear their mask at all times. It stayed off the entire flight. He only put it back on after the plane touched down and was taxing to the terminal. If I needed a reason to vote against him, I got it.

bul·ly1/ˈbo͝olē/verb gerund or present participle: bullying; seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).  Activists protested outside a wedding where U.S. Sen.Kyrsten Sinema was officiating over the weekend, the latest confrontation between demonstrators and the Arizona Democrat who opposes key parts of President Joe Biden’s social services and climate change package. A video posted to YouTube shows the bride’s mother tearfully pleading with protesters not to disrupt her daughter’s wedding, which was held at an outdoor venue separated by a wall from a public street in Bisbee, Arizona. Several demonstrators yell at the mother. At one point, the bride says, “thanks for ruining my wedding, I really appreciate it.”

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