New Mexico’s State Rep. Monica Youngblood tried to use her charm to persuade a police officer to waive her drunk driving offense.
Youngblood, 41, was arrested in Albuquerque on Sunday morning. A video shows Youngblood tearing up and begging the police officer not to arrest her. Youngblood told the officer she was a state legislator.
“I literally fight for you guys… I fight for you guys every time I get the chance,” Youngblood said in the video. “So many people tell me that you guys treat people of color like s**t, and I always stood up for you.”
“I’m the one that runs the death penalty for people who try to kill cops and child murderers,” she said.
The police officer responded: “Well, I appreciate all that, but that doesn’t change anything.”
The Albuquerque Journal reported that in 2015, Youngblood co-sponsored a bill that supported harsher penalties to repeat drunk drivers.
Youngblood did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
American exceptionalism is killing the planet
Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost and cities ruined. And I keep asking myself: Why, in this century, is the distinctive feature of America's wars that they never end? Why do our leaders persist in such repetitive folly and the seemingly eternal disasters that go with it?
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According to AP: "An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law."
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What makes Christmas movies so popular
If you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations.
The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers’ attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics.