Monday, (Again?) Motes

Funny, I just realized that in some of my relationships, I’m the “normal” one. Ouch!

Depends on the definition of mature: A Florida court has ruled a 16 year-old girl is not “mature” enough to get an abortion and has denied the girls request to waive a state law. Yeah, she’ll make a terrific mom at that age. At the same time others are saying a 4–5-year-olds can decide what sex they are and get “re-assignment” surgery.

Imitating “Law and Order”: U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner ruled Wednesday that two Pennsylvania judges were liable for $106 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages to 300 people after orchestrating a “kids-for-cash” scheme. The ruling regards former Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, who sent young children to a for-profit jail in exchange for $2.8 million in payments from the owner of the penitentiaries, while shutting down a county-run juvenile detention center. Both men have been criminally convicted in this. This is a “no-win” victory. They’ll never collect a dime from these two.

A very special one: One what? A very special hole in hell for Victor Quinteros, 54, who has been indicted for allegedly neglecting and starving 24 huskies who lived in squalor — leaving one puppy dead, officials said Wednesday.   There was also no food or water inside and when the animals were let out they ran around in search of nourishment. A day earlier it was revealed that the canines – including sixteen adults, seven puppies, and one dead puppy – were living inside and under two trailers or were roaming around the fenced-in property. Inside one of the trailers there was “feces caking the floor and all surfaces within the trailer where a dog could stand, sit or lie down,” Their only source of water on the property was a kiddy pool filled with “dirty, green and foul-smelling water” that the dogs were drinking and bathing in, the complaint says. A very special hole for this p o s and his like.

Truth, what a concept: Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) called for a rule in Congress to prevent a bill from being “named something that it doesn’t do.” Banks pointed to the Inflation Reduction Act, which experts have said would have little to no impact on reducing inflation. He asserted that the bill’s title was “misleading” and should not be legal. I totally agree. Hey, take it one step further; make it so anything that goes in the bill, has to pertain to the bill. You know, no funds for “the missing dodo bird” attached to the “school milk funding bill”. We could call it the “Fairness In Naming A Bill” act. “Truth”, what a concept.

Makes me real nervous: During the Bush administration, Adrian College co-sponsored the first-ever seminar conducted by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRSCI). The recruitment program called the “Adrian Project” during which high school and college students are given tactical vests and fake firearms and instructed to make mock arrests of individuals wanted for tax-related offenses. Students are “sworn in” as special agents in the morning and wear IRS protective vests, use handcuffs, toy guns and radios to communicate with their counterpart agents on the case. The students sharpen their forensic accounting skills and are introduced to interviewing suspects, conducting surveillance and document analysis. On March 2022, a group of 18 Stockton University students and two visiting Ocean City High School students spent the day living the life of an IRS Special Agent during a special criminal investigation simulation hosted by the IRS Adrian Project at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus. I’m not one to throw obscene names around, but sure sounds like “Hitlerjugend”(Hitler Youth) training to me. And this scares me. Especially the pictures of high school kids running around in bullet proof vests, pointing (training) weapons at people, interviewing suspects, and conducting surveillance

A sad anniversary; Buford Hayse Pusser was the sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970, and constable of Adamsville from 1970 to 1972. Pusser is known for his virtual one-man war on moonshining, prostitution, gambling, and other vices along the Mississippi–Tennessee state line. Pusser died on August 21, 1974, of injuries sustained in a one-car automobile accident. Local speculation as to the cause included rumors of sabotage to the steering mechanism and the tie rods. The state trooper who worked the accident, Paul Ervin, later became McNairy County sheriff. As sheriff, Pusser was credited with surviving seven stabbings and eight shootings. He was the central figure in the “Walking Tall” movies and tv series, the only one worth watching, imho, is the first movie with Joe Don Baker. Pusser is a personal hero of mine. His courage is missed and he sits at the Table of Heroes.

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