Monday Motes To Ponder

There are always rewards and consequences: The family home of Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been demolished, according to the pro-reform news outlet IranWire, after she rose to international prominence this fall for competing with her head uncovered. Rekabi competed without her hijab in South Korea in October, just as anti-regime protests swept Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly. Footage obtained by CNN from IranWire shows a destroyed structure and medals on the ground. The video clip also shows Rekabi’s brother, Davood, crying. It was reported he had been pepper sprayed prior to the home being demolished. Consequences.

There’s law, but not justice: A northern California robbery suspect won’t face murder charges in the deadly shooting of a gas station clerk in Antioch last weekend since the suspect allegedly returned fire at the clerk — which, under the law, can be considered self-defense. The robber is not being charged with murder because the killing can be considered self-defense, KTVU said. Instead, the suspect was charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, and a firearm enhancement. This may be law, but it certainly isn’t justice. I guess this means if the cop shoots first, it’ll be “self-defense”. Wrong, just damn wrong.

 It’s not my fault: Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro announced at an international press conference on Wednesday that he would not support “free and fair” elections in Venezuela until all sanctions imposed upon his regime were first rescinded.  Maduro has been usurping the presidency of the South American nation since January 2019, when his last legitimate six-year term ended.  So, he won’t let his country go forward unless all the other countries fall in line. See, it’s really not his fault. It’s all those other countries that won’t do as he says. It’s their fault.

Happy Birthday to Jonathan. The Seychelles giant tortoise is about to celebrate his 190th birthday with a three-day bash. Maybe there is something to taking life slow and easy.

It’s not about that: Republicans racked up big wins in more than a dozen state legislatures this fall — and now they’re planning to use their expanded power to crack down on abortions come January. Would somebody please tell them it’s not about abortions. That’s a states issue, leave it the hell alone. Start doing something about inflation, sky high prices, lack of adequate medical services, lack of heating oil, gas prices, employment, and crime. Please!!

The headline says it all: “I’m a farmer drag queen who sleeps with my 11 pigs – they’re my kids”. Sorry, I got nothing to top this.

This is the smoke plume from the volcano from about 37 miles away. As the crow flies.

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