Glass Houses Monday


(Insert sound of breaking glass here)

A pro-Trump Republican candidate for Congress who is aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar in Minnesota has been charged with a felony after allegedly stealing from stores.

Danielle Stella was arrested twice this year in Minneapolis suburbs over allegations that she shoplifted items worth more than $2,300 from a Target and goods valued at $40 from a grocery store. She said she denied the allegations.

Stella, a 31-year-old special education teacher, was reported this week to be a supporter of the baseless “QAnon” conspiracy theory about Donald Trump battling a global cabal of elite liberal paedophiles.

This week Stella also described Minneapolis as “the crime capital of our country”. She has in the past complained that local police were “overworked and overburdened” and said that, if elected, she would work to reduce crime.

In a series of text messages, Stella said: “I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law.”

She added: “If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides.”

John Swaine @ THE GUARDIAN

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16 Responses to Glass Houses Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Jeez, what is it with these Trump supporters?!?!

    Here in Washington State, a con man extraordinaire — Tim Eyman — an anti-tax initiative promoter (who helped himself to initiative “funds” for his personal gain), walked into an Office Depot in Lacey, WA, and walked out with a CHAIR that he didn’t pay for.

    He was caught on surveillance camera and said when confronted, “It was an honest mistake.


  2. Micki says:

    Now, the Gilroy Garlic Festival…

    So commonplace in this country, that it no longer is the most “prominent” news.


    • Carol says:

      When Pete, Sara and I went to that concert last week. After we sat down at our table, Sara looked around and asked Pete if he could see where the exits were. He noted all of them and pointed them out to us.

      What a country where you have to think about such a thing when you go out in public.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Also in Brooklyn, same day.


      • Micki says:

        Exactly, in Brooklyn too…same day…ever since Sandy Hook, we knew for certain there is no end to this senseless carnage in sight.


  3. Micki says:

    Yes, “thoughts & prayers” haven’t done any good, but will this???? I have my doubts. But, I dwell in possibilities…


  4. Carol says:

    We went to my nephew’s memorial Up North, it was very nice to see my niece and other nephew who I haven’t seen since 1980. Nick was maybe 6, Teri was 21. My nephew was a rural mail carrier and made a lot of friends over the years. So many people showed up.

    Patrick was a memorable guy. He wore nothing but loud Hawaiian shirts and always wore shorts that didn’t match his shirt, and a floppy hat. Actually, he had a variety of hats. He painted his Jeep in bright colors, umpteen colors, you couldn’t miss that Jeep on the road. He also always had a flamingo riding on the roof. (There were flamingos around the room) He was written up in the local paper once, and his wife gave me the latest issue of their local paper to take home and read. I guess he’s in that, too. He was also written up in a published book, his wife gave Pete a copy of the book.

    His hobby was making airplane models, WWII mostly. He told Teresa to give all of them, all of the materials he used to make them, the paints, parts, everything in his shop, to Pete. He told her just how to package them up for Pete, put each plane in a Ziploc, fill it with air before sealing it. The bag was to catch any parts that might fall off a plane.

    Pete is a WWII buff, since he was at least 10. This was the best gift ever. He can look at any plane, tank, anything from WWII and can identify it. Yesterday when he and Nick were looking thru the boxed up planes in their Ziplocs, Pete would name one and tell us something about it, like, “this __________ could use the shortest of runways. Or this one was a such ‘n such that was made a certain way, or….gosh, I can’t remember the ways he described them. I know when watching a WWII movie with Pete, he can tell me the history of all the things in it, or if something is wrong and out of sinc.

    A whole lot of people dressed like Patrick, Hawaiian shirts and different kinds of hats. Pete did, too. In my peripheral vision I saw Patrick walking towards us, but it was never him, of course. It was nice to see him everywhere in the room, and off-putting, too.

    We filled the entire back of my RAV 4 with the boxes of planes, and half the back seat. Pete heard today that Teresa and Nick, cleaning out the house, found more planes. Now Pete is going to have to find a time to drive back up there. The trip was 3 1/2 hours. Told him I’m always available if he wants to drag me along, but of course, he doesn’t have to.

    Time for my walk. Have to get out there close to 8:30 now, days getting shorter. It rained all day off and on from noon on, don’t think I’ll be out on the grass, soaking my shoes.


    • Micki says:

      Thanks for sharing this story, Carol…I knew about Pete’s interest in trains, but didn’t now he was a WWII history buff, too.

      My s-i-l- Bryan is a European history buff, you might say. It’s fascinating to hear him explain in great detail, what I didn’t learn in high school or college. 😉


  5. David B. Benson says:

    All of 44 minutes to the Birch & Barley in the 30 °C heat. Oregon grape has fruit now but it should be named Oregon holly.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Monet painted his lilies, repeatedly. A painter could spend every summer here, painting just the sunsets.

      Day 2: 71+92=163 minutes.


  6. Den says:

    Officer Meercat watching for hackers:


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