Tuesday Open Thread

Good Afternoon!!

I had to have a complete eye exam this morning, and it ended up taking more than two hours. Every joint in my body hurts after spending long periods of time in uncomfortable (for me) positions and my pupils are still dialated so I can’t see that well. So this is just an open thread to share some interesting reads. Sorry to sound whiny….

Why isn’t Gini Thomas being investigated by the DOJ?

The Washington Post: Activist group led by Ginni Thomas received nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations.

On the latest ghastly school shooting:

News Channel 6 Nashville: She checked her Instagram. She didn’t expect a message from The Covenant School shooter..

Hayes Brown at MSNBC: The gap between GOP gun rights fantasy and Nashville’s reality.

The Daily Beast: Photos Show Nashville School Shooter Personalized Weapons Used in School Massacre.

CNN: Nashville private school shooting suspect had maps of building and scouted possible second attack location, police say.

HuffPost: The Man Who Leads Senate Prayer Is Fed Up With ‘Thoughts And Prayers.’

In my opinion, anyone who votes Republican or doesn’t vote at all is complicit in these senseless gun deaths.

Here’s some exciting breaking news: Mike Pence has to testify in the January 6 investigation.

Another interesting January 6 story:

Garrett Epps at Washington Monthly: The Dangerous Journey of John Eastman.

I’m really having trouble seeing, but there a few stories to check out. I hope you are all doing well, I love you all!

12 Comments on “Tuesday Open Thread”

  1. Thank you for doing the post. Eye dilation is not a pleasant experience.

  2. Enheduanna says:

    I once had to sit around for half a day to get a mammogram. I was sore for days from sitting in those hard chairs.

    Hope you feel better very soon! Don’t be like me and forget the bottle of ibuprofen or whatever in the bathroom!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks. I took some Tylenol and a muscle relaxant and I’m doing better.

      • NW Luna says:

        Glad you’re feeling better! Sitting in the dentist’s chair, having to hold still, is when I get painful spasms. Eye dilation is not fun at all.

  3. roofingbird says:

    I guess when we visit the eye doc now, we will have ask if they have the experience and tools to determine Alzheimer’s.

  4. Va in SC says:

    The fact that John Eastman has NOT been disbarred is remarkable…Is this just because,his defense it’s not criminal to think up a reason for treason? It was not a legit theory he even acknowledged that.

  5. dakinikat says:

    So, I had a hypothesis, went down a rabbit hole, and found some evidence to follow up on …


    Austin Davis and his daughter Daisy sued the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Nashville and its parishioner Dale Lewelling, in Davidson County Court.

    Lewelling is not the alleged molester. The Davises claim Lewelling “assaulted the plaintiffs in an open hallway filled with people” during a period of turmoil at the church.

    Austin Davis said in an interview that the alleged assault in the hallway came after he attended a class as a former member of the church.

    “I got separated from my daughter and they were telling me I was breaking the law,” Davis said. His daughter was a minor at the time.

    In the lawsuit, Davis claims that on July 14, 2008, “the defendants quietly accept[ed] the resignation of the confessed child molester, John Perry, from the Covenant Diaconate, with Lewelling recorded in the board minutes as being present in the room.”

    Perry is not a party to the lawsuit, which continues: “The defendants intentionally conceal[ed] knowledge of the confessed child molester from appropriate authorities, the majority of the members of the congregation, and the plaintiffs. …

    “In furtherance of the concealment of the sexual abuse of a child or children, the defendants permit the confessed child molester to remain a member of Covenant (having access to the church, its members, and the private school elementary property associated with the church) until 2010.” (Parentheses in complaint.)

    The Davises claim they were harassed, and ultimately assaulted, because they “were privy to information concerning defendants’ concealment and concealment efforts of the unlawful sexual abuse of a child or children.”

    Austin Davis claims that in 2008 he objected to “the defendants’ cult-like abuse of authority over vulnerable children … who were (in cult-like fashion) intentionally, knowingly, and willfully placed in an alleged ‘safe house’ owned and possessed by the confessed child molester.” (Parentheses in complaint.)

    Davis claims in the lawsuit that Perry was excommunicated on June 6, 2010, “for heinous and repetitive sin against his family.”

    If you check the time frame, it would be when the shooter would have been attending the school and church. It likely should be investigated. It’s possible the child thought he would be less vulnerable to attack if he was also a boy and developed gender dysphoria at that point.

  6. NW Luna says: