Outgoing Tea Party Republican Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky has now pardoned hundreds of convicts since he lost a close re-election race one month ago. Among those benefitting from his exit are five convicted killers and other violent felons. One of the men receiving a pardon just happens to have family members who hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for the governor’s re-election campaign this past summer.
Gov. Bevin issued 428 pardons in the month before leaving office this week under objection. Bevin wanted to challenge the election results but Kentucky does not have a law mandating it and he was unsuccessful.
41-year old Patrick Brian Baker received an unconditional pardon from his 19-year prison sentence this week after being convicted in 2017 “of reckless homicide, first-degree robbery, impersonating a peace officer and tampering with physical evidence,” The Times-Tribune reports. The victim’s wife and three children were in the home when the acts occurred.
Saying, “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case … the evidence was just overwhelming,” Judge David L. Williams had lamented at sentencing the convicted felon could be imprisoned for only 19 years.
“I believe it would be a miscarriage of justice to do any less,” Williams added. “It’s 19 years because that’s all I can give you…if I could give you more, I would.”
But as Newsweek reports, “Baker’s brother and sister in law, Eric and Kathryn Baker, hosted a fundraiser for Bevin at their home in Corbin, Kentucky, in July last year,” according to The Courier Journal. They raised a whopping $21,500. The pair added $4000 to the pot as well.
Baker’s co-defendants are not receiving pardons, despite the fact it was Baker who pulled the trigger.
Others receiving pardons “include one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hit man to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.”
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Watch: Fox News Asks if FDA Rushed COVID Vaccine Approval Then Asks ‘What Took So Long?’
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The Fox News guest, former Trump testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir, immediately handed credit for the Pfizer vaccine to the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, despite Pfizer developing its vaccine without any support from the federal government (other than the federal government agreeing to purchase it.)
Last week Media Matters reported in a six week period this summer “nearly 60%” of Fox News’ “vaccine segments included claims undermining or downplaying vaccinations.”
Fox News on FDA’s approval of Pfizer vaccine:
Was it rushed?
*40 seconds pass*
What took so long? pic.twitter.com/Id8NVmXKzI
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DeSantis Says ‘Deal With’ It as Coronavirus ‘Waves’ Rage Through Florida
“We are seeing people testing positive in higher numbers than I think most people anticipated,” DeSantis finally acknowledged on Thursday, noting that the delta variant is “airborne” and “aerosolized,” NBC Miami reports.
“So we just have to understand when that’s happening these waves are something you just have to deal with.”
Florida reported over 20,000 cases and 357 deaths on Thursday. Less than half of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, “15,449 were occupied by patients with COVID-19, the data reported by hospitals show, setting a new record for COVID hospitalizations. The previous record was set the day before at 14,787.”
DeSantis has banned any local government or agency from implementing mask or vaccine mandates.
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Mother Starts $5000 GoFundMe for 1st Grader She Says Has OCD Because of ‘Critical Race Theory’
Robin Steenman, the chapter head of “Moms for Liberty” in Tennessee, is raising money for a family she says has been so traumatized by “critical race theory” that a first grader requires psychological help.
The GoFundMe is asking for $5,000 because the family’s 7-year-old daughter is in treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder because she was taught “critical race theory” in her first-grade class.
Steenman recently appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show to talk about her work in her community to create hysteria around the teaching of CRT. She boasted that she’s recruited 1,100 angry parents in her community to organize for “Moms for Liberty,” a right-wing group run by conservative women who masquerade as a community mom’s organization.
According to Steenman’s GoFundMe page, the mother sent a letter saying that both of her children are suffering from serious issues and her youngest child is a special needs kid about to enter Kindergarten.
“Most notably, my 7 year old (first grader) (sic) has shown the most tragic changes. We went from a normal functioning, sweet child to one who will literally crumble at the slightest challenge and word,” the story explains.
“My daughter started coming home asking very pointed questions about who she is and if she is a bad person. She came home extremely upset. She told me ‘Mom, I’m white. My friend is brown. I need to apologize to him for being white because white people have done bad things to people with brown skin,'” the mother said.
She cited the “Wit & Wisdom” program used by the school that they are now working to ban at the school board level.
The family hasn’t said whether or not they plan to launch a lawsuit against the school or the curriculum company for psychological damages, and so far are just asking for donations online.
“This curriculum has destroyed my daughter’s self-esteem and created a world in which she is fraught with anxiety and is now in treatment for OCD caused by the constant thoughts being represented by this material,” the letter continued. The mother also said that the child came home able to describe specifics about the Civil War “as if they had been there.” The Civil War isn’t generally taught in first grade.
“Lessons on the war and its causes usually begin in the fifth through eighth grades,” says a 2017 Associated Press story on the teaching of the Civil War.
The mother went on to claim that her 7-year-old now has “feelings of self hate (sic) that border on suicidal.”
She also threatened to take her children out of the school if CRT continues to be taught.
The story, according to the GoFundMe page, was first found on an Instagram page that posts stories of “children traumatized by curriculum & activist teachers in Williamson County Schools.”
You can read the full GoFundMe page here.
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