This was in our mailbox, this morning. A holiday present of dog biscuits for our Sheila. From one of our neighbors down the road. She often chats with my wife and my father-in-law when they’re out for their first walk of the day with Sheila.
In an incident the police chief called “devastating and tragic,” an LAPD officer fatally shot a teenage girl at a Burlington clothing store during a chaotic confrontation that also left a suspect dead and another person injured.
The teenager was at the store in North Hollywood trying on dresses for a quinceañera, an LAPD source confirmed…
The violence late Thursday morning, just two days before Christmas at a bustling shopping district, left many people stunned and sparked questions about what prompted police to open fire. The state attorney general immediately launched a probe of the shooting.
The ONLY guns at the scene belonged to the fucking coppers.
I said this before. I’ll say it, again. I still have my great uncle’s billy club. After he retired from the Mount Vernon, NY, police department, he gave me his billy club. His only memento from the job.
I asked him why he liked that club, so much? He answered, “I can stop a crime without shooting anyone.”
His master’s voice
Michael Flynn has swiftly lost his bid in court to block a possible House select committee subpoena for his phone records and to hold off demands he speak to the panel investigating January 6.
The ruling Wednesday comes one day after he asked a federal judge in Florida for a temporary restraining order, and it’s the first quick response to a lawsuit from a House witness, after several went to court to try to invalidate the committee and block the House from pursuing their phone records…
While the lawsuits to challenge the House are gaining attention, they’ve revealed that the committee appears to be notching many successful interviews about the pro-Trump rally and its high-profile right-wing participants and the insurrection on January 6, and that they are likely to have received large amounts of call log data from Verizon and AT&T already…
Flynn has long faced tribulations in court since he lied in 2017 to the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence while serving as national security adviser in the Trump White House. He lost his job over the episode and pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements. But he was pardoned by Trump near the end of the administration, and became a public voice in right-wing circles touting a disproven belief that Trump lost the election because of widespread voter fraud.
Unless I see some appropriate move from grassroots and others who press for traditional leadership of the Republican Party, once again – I think it’s accurate to describe Trumpity thugs like Mike Flynn as a “Republican thug”.
Fossilized exoskeleton fragment
Researchers in the U.K. have found the fossilized exoskeleton of the largest arthropod to have ever lived. These giant millipede-like creatures were the length of a car and likely roamed Earth during the Carboniferous Period, between 359 million and 299 million years ago.
The monstrous millipede ancestors, known as Arthropleura, were already known to scientists, but the discovery of the new fossilized exoskeleton fragment confirms that these ancient invertebrates could grow to be much larger than previously expected.
Researchers discovered the new Arthropleura fossil, which is around 326 million years old, inside a fragmented block of sandstone on a beach in Northumberland in northeast England in 2018. The exoskeleton fragment is 2.5 feet (75 centimeters) long and 1.8 feet (55 cm) wide. This means the individual that molted it would have been around 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) long and weighed around 110 pounds (50 kilograms), according to the researchers.
Must admit I am not a big fan of millipedes.