CHICAGO – Michael Penny, 60, had his first run-in with police at age 11 after he broke into a car near the old Chicago Stadium. He said police “beat him up, tossed him around and left him in the dirt.” Willie Hobson, now 69, was 10 or 11 when, he said, police handcuffed him and beat him in a patrol car on the way to the police station after he was hanging out with the “wrong crowd” on the West Side. Research over the years has shown that the more often children are stopped by police officers, the more likely they are to report emotional trauma, and that police encounters with boys tend to incr...
Adam Kinzinger: I warned Kevin McCarthy before January 6 that his words would incite violence — and they did
On Monday morning, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the most prominent House Republican critics of former President Donald Trump, tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), saying that he had gone out of his way to warn him a few days before the attack on the U.S. Capitol that his rhetoric, and the behavior of the GOP, could add fuel to the fire of violence on January 6 — and that McCarthy dismissed him out of hand.
A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s action… https://t.co/RKhDSI61mW— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1620653201.0
Kinzinger was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement to insurrection.
According to other reports, McCarthy was initially furious at Trump over the attack, and told him as much in a private phone call. Trump responded, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." McCarthy has subsequently backed off his former claims that Trump bears some responsibility for the attack.
Residents in a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, watched in shock as what seemed to be a fully-grown tiger roamed around their neighborhood, the Houston Chronicle reports.
A person cautiously watching the scene from their home filmed video of the tiger sitting on a home's front lawn while people in cars stopped to watch. Another video shows a person confronting someone who apparently owns the tiger while pointing what looks to be a gun at the animal.
"Get the f*ck back inside! F*ck you and your f*cking tiger!" the man says in the video.
@robwormald Here's another angle. https://t.co/bvl5g9kzYp— Michael Schwab (@Michael Schwab)1620621517.0
According to the Houston Chronicle, police say someone drove up in a white Jeep Cherokee and took the tiger away.
Connecticut official quits the GOP -- and slams Republicans for abandoning the 'constitutional system'
In Glastonbury, Connecticut near Hartford, Chip Beckett was a fixture in the local Republican Party. But Beckett, a member of the Glastonbury Town Council and its former minority leader, is now an ex-Republican — and he discussed his reasons for leaving the GOP and joining the Independent Party during an interview with the Hartford Courant.
Beckett's big problem with the national GOP of 2021 can be summed up in one word: Trumpism. Beckett told the Courant that while he thinks Republicans are doing some good work locally in his area, he believes the national GOP has been overtaken by extremists.
Arguing that the national GOP has been "going in the wrong direction for a long time," Beckett noted that he switched to the Independent Party in December in response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filing a frivolous lawsuit to delay now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College certification in four states. Beckett was also disillusioned with his former party because of former President Donald Trump's policy of separating families at the U.S./Mexico border.
"We celebrate Ellis Island, and here we're separating kids," Beckett told the Courant. "What would we say if (leaders from Russia and China) were doing that? We'd be screaming bloody murder."
Beckett continued, "You can have a bad administration, but when you have the acquiescence of the rank and file, that's not a party I want to stand with. I don't think the national Republicans have represented our country well for a number of years. I don't think they really believe in the constitutional system that we have."
Like other New England states, Connecticut has gone from deep red to deep blue. Connecticut was once a bastion of moderate Rockefeller Republicans, and Courant reporter Jesse Leavenworth points out that Connecticut has become even more Democratic since the 2020 presidential election.
Leavenworth notes, "By early February, more than 6500 Connecticut voters had left the Republican Party since Election Day — a 300% increase from the number who fled during the three-month period after the 2016 presidential election. Reuters reported in February that more than 68,000 Republicans had left the party in recent weeks in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, crucial states for Democrats' hopes of keeping control of Congress in the mid-term elections in 2022."
But while Beckett is vehemently critical of the national GOP, he maintains that local Republicans in Glastonbury have been doing good work done locally — especially with education and infrastructure
Beckett told the Courant, "I'm very proud of what the Glastonbury Republicans have done over the past 20 years."
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