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Great, Great

These are my great-great- aunt and uncle, Caroline and Bob. They were traveling evangelical musicians, from the Baltimore area. He’s holding a Gibson style “O” guitar, which my father sold in the late 80s for what it would have cost new in the 1910s: $150. Alas.

Haven’t been able to find any recordings of them.

Super spreaders

A CNN investigation of 17 Trump campaign rallies finds that 14 of the host counties — 82% of them — had an increased rate of new Covid-19 cases one month after the rally.

The 17 rallies occurred between August 17 and September 26. CNN evaluated the rate of new daily cases per 100,000 residents at four weeks before the rally, on the rally date, and four weeks after the rally at the county level and at the state level.

Of the 14 host counties that had increased infection rates, eight of the counties had declining rates of infection in the month before the rally. The other six counties already had increasing rates of infection in that preceding month.

CNN’s analysis also found that in 10 counties, the new rates of infection were growing faster than the overall rate for the state.

Scumbag

An officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor has filed a civil suit against the 26-year-old’s boyfriend for emotional distress, assault and battery on the night she was killed. The lawsuit claims Louisville Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly experienced “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress” because of Kenneth Walker’s actions on March 13.

Mattingly and two other officers entered Taylor’s apartment early in the morning that day with a warrant in an attempt to carry out a drug investigation. Walker, a licensed gun owner who said he thought the officers were intruders, allegedly fired a shot that hit Mattingly in the leg. Police opened fire, killing Taylor. Taylor had no criminal record and no drugs were found.

“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality,” the lawsuit said, citing one of the legal standards for intentional emotional distress.

I’m going to guess that there’s a GoFundMe set up for this scumbag’s “legal fees” and, once word gets around, the conservative outrage machine is going to make this scumbag a wealthy scumbag.

It’s what they do, after all.

The Mystery Of The Hush Hush Pee-pee

DETROIT – A Michigan woman says she woke up to someone urinating on her while she was on a Delta flight home to Detroit from Las Vegas. That someone happened to be a well-known North Carolina pastor, according to a report from WJBK-TV, FOX 2 News in Detroit.

The pastor, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was issued a court appearance for misdemeanor assault and released, said Mara Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Detroit office of the FBI.

“Until he appears in front of a judge and therefore gets formally charged, we will not be releasing his name,” Schneider said.

Make It Stop

Donald Trump is so fucking stupid. Here he is on Twitter, posting a tweet about a (satirical) news story saying that the founder of Twitter has shut down Twitter in order to help Biden.