Targeting “hot cheerleaders”

During the last month and a half or so of the 2016 presidential election, meta-arguments about how Donald Trump would respond to his own (inevitable in the estimation of most observers) defeat became more important than any of the apparent issues in the campaign. Would he accept the results? What this question was supposed to mean — accept how? psychologically? — was far less important than the response it was meant to elicit, which is to say, a negative answer that would in turn become the pretext for thousands of fear-mongering articles like this one.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Twenty-one people were detained after troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol cleared the Capitol grounds of protesters late Monday night.

According to the THP, troopers issued a warning to the demonstrators that anyone remaining on Capitol property after 11 p.m. would be arrested.

The protesters refused to leave and instead, sat down and locked their arms and legs together in an effort to remain on the grounds, according to the THP.

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to “dismantle” the city’s police department as their solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death.

The City Council passed a resolution to focus on a community-based public safety system. President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and other council members made the announcement at a rally Sunday afternoon, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department. The money for the police will instead go towards a “community-based public safety model,” according to Reuters.

Texas is falling down day by day:

Late Friday night, a state of Texas appeals court cleared the way for the city of Dallas to remove a Confederate war memorial in Pioneer Park.

Earlier in the week, the city filed an emergency motion asking a judge to remove a temporary injunction, which would allow for the removal of the monument in downtown.

“Oh, the Lord, Henry but didn’t the Rebs get the devil sure enough,” Private Charles Grundy of the 10th Illinois Infantry Regiment wrote to a friend three days after the conclusion of the Battle of Nashville fought December 15-16, 1864. Grundy, an eyewitness to the battle, recorded his observations as he watched Union soldiers shatter the Confederate defenses. “The Rebs broke and fled in confusion, leaving everything they had[,] throwing away guns, knapsacks, and everything else, and our boys after them pelting shot and shell and bullets into their broken ranks, slaying them by the dozen[,] many of them wouldn’t run at all, but surrendered without moving from their works.” Grundy may have been a lowly Union private, but he did not need to be a general to realize that General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee had ceased to pose any real danger to the Union Army in the western theater.

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man who blew off his hand in an apparent explosives accident has been charged in federal court after authorities say they found evidence he was making a bomb and wanted to target “hot cheerleaders.”