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Woman accused in Capitol melee claims she has been hired by Proud Boys

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An Arizona woman convicted in connection with the U.S. assault on Jan. 6 In a Snapchat video, Capitol bragged that she was recently recruited by a chapter of the Proud Boys in Kansas City, a neofascist organisation that describes itself as “Western chauvinists” and has long-prohibited female members.

The claim by Felicia Konold that the chapter recruited her and she was “with them now,” although she is not from the area of Kansas City, has intrigued experts who study right-wing extremist movements.

Eric Ward, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “It is ironic that such a deeply misogynistic organisation has attracted someone who is a woman to join their organisation.” “It tells us that right now there’s dissent in the ranks of Proud Boys.”

In a probable cause affidavit against Konold, 26, of Tucson, who is charged with conspiracy, civil disorder and other federal charges stemming from the melee, details of the video appeared last week.

In the Snapchat video she posted after the Capitol attack, Konold sounded almost euphoric, saying she could never have imagined having such an influence on the events that unfolded that day. She refers laughingly to “all my boys, behind me, holding me in the air, pushing back.” We’ve done it (expletive)! ”

“She showed on the video a two-sided “challenge coin” that appears to have markings that designate it as belonging to the Kansas City Proud Boys in order to seemingly prove her point that she had just been “recruited into a (expletive) chapter from Kansas City.

The challenge coin denotes membership, something that appears to go against the national leadership of the organization’s rhetoric about women, Ward said.

“The fact that she has that coin, the challenge coin, tells me that there is something going on in the Proud Boys around gender, and it’s something worth paying attention to,” said Ward, who is also the executive director of the Western States Center, a civil rights advocacy group working to promote gender equity.

Experts monitoring extremist right-wing groups point to the controversy that erupted when former mixed martial arts fighter Tara LaRosa attempted to create a Proud Girls offshoot on the Telegram social media app in December.

“The social media channels of the Proud Boys responded quickly, calling “ridiculous ideas” auxiliary groups like Proud Boy’s Girls or Proud Girls. “Don’t ride our coattails,” read one post. “Would you like to support us? Get married, have children, and look after your family.

There are disagreements between Proud Boys chapters on whether to accept women as Proud Ladies, Alex DiBranco, executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, said, even as the community as a whole has become more hostile to women’s assistants in recent years. Proud Boys’ mothers have posted about the gatherings of Proud Boys they organised for their sons.

But DiBranco said the people who worked on this subject in her community are still unaware of a situation where a woman was actually hired to be a part of the chapter of Proud Boys itself, which is strictly against the rules of Proud Boys.

Cassie Miller, a senior research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that there were auxiliary classes of Proud Boys’ Girls made up of members’ wives and girlfriends for a period of time, but that full membership within the party was not permitted. She said that none of those auxiliary organisations are involved right now, as far as she knows.

“From the beginning, the group has been very clear that it is an organisation only for men and they hold misogynistic beliefs and believe that women are best suited to domestic work and should act as mothers and homemakers,” said Miller.

In a court filing, prosecutors allege that William Chrestman, who they described as the Kansas City Proud Boys cell leader,’ readily recruited’ Felicia Konold and her brother, Cory Konold, from Arizona to join the Kansas City Proud Boys party.

Neither her defence attorney nor her dad responded to Tuesday’s messages requesting comment immediately.

The Proud Boys, with counter-protesters, have been known to provoke street violence. During a presidential debate in September, the group received widespread attention when then-President Donald Trump famously ordered them to “stand back and stand by.”

Prosecutors say that the Proud Boys persuaded their participants to attend the Jan. 6 protest in Washington, D.C., starting in December. A large number of them, including Felicia Konold and other members of her cell in Kansas City, were caught on video marching together and later joining the U.S. That Capitol.

Although at the Jan. 6 demonstrations there were plenty of white women, white nationalist groups usually appear to be dominated by white men, DiBranco said. Groups like QAnon tend to be popular with women, but at these forms of demonstrations, supporters of Proud Boys and supporters of QAnon come together. Females lead the anti-vaxxer campaign against vaccines.

“These lockdown protests exposed their members to these elements of a coalition of the far right that could not otherwise be part of these women,” DiBranco said. “Women may have moved from anti-vaxxer to QAnon and other conspiracies of various kinds.”

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MN Legislature running out of time — or is it?

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MN Legislature running out of time — or is it?

Facing a looming midnight deadline, the Minnesota Legislature sputtered on Sunday, leaving unclear whether a major series of tax breaks and long-sought spending plans — or anything of widespread significance — would get done.

Senior lawmakers’ opinions were all over the map Sunday afternoon, when asked to predict what was the most likely — or best — course of action. Finger-pointing and frustration broke out in some quarters, while guarded optimism persevered in others, and a spectrum of election-year political calculations hung in the air of the state Capitol in St. Paul.

Minnesota is one of two legislatures in the nation with control split among Republicans and Democrats, and lawmakers’ primary task was how to address a record budget surplus of more than $9 billion.

On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, announced a grand bargain for how it all should work, but hammering out many of the details has proven problematic.

Perhaps the biggest question: Would a bipartisan $4 billion package of major tax breaks agreed to Saturday actually get done, or would it become legislative roadkill splattered by disagreements over unrelated spending plans?

Another question: Would a separate aspect of the grand bargain — $1.5 billion in public works projects — ultimately be approved, or would it fall by the wayside as well?

By afternoon Sunday, a few things had become relatively clear:

  • Not everything generally agreed to by the state’s top leaders last week in the grand bargain could get done. There simply wasn’t enough time for several large bills — hundred of pages of legal language — to be processed by the constitutional deadline at midnight.
  • Among the most likely casualty: a health and human services spending plan that had held the prospect of a range of initiatives, from increasing pay for caregivers and funding other programs to help keep nursing homes and long-term care centers afloat to approving millions of dollars for Ramsey County to stave off a feared burst in homelessness.
  • Vast swaths of the $4 billion in spending envisioned in the grand bargain had been agreed to. However, tens or hundreds of millions in sticking points threatened to upend it all.
  • Nothing has to happen. The state is operating under a two-year, $52 billion budget approved last year, so there’s no risk of parts of the government shutting down if no additional legislation passes this year.
  • There appeared to be a growing sense that the limited appetite for a special session — a legislative overtime of sorts — was fading. Only Walz, a Democrat, can call a special session. He has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to. Even if he changed his mind, he would most likely require buy-in from leaders of the House and Senate before doing so, and Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate didn’t appear enthusiastic about the idea. It wasn’t clear where the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled House stood.

Among the issues that remained in dispute:

  • Lawmakers struggled to agree on how to spend some $450 million in public safety, which could include recruiting hiring police officers, as well as funding community-based crime prevention strategies.
  • Negotiators appeared at loggerheads over how to spend $1 billion on schools, as demands for special education and mental health needs dominated discussions.
  • A years-long disagreement on transportation funding emerged as a potentially intractable sticking point: whether all proceeds from sales taxes on auto parts should go into the state’s dedicated trust fund for state highways. Currently, half of those funds do, while the other half goes into the state’s general fund.

Here’s a summary of many of the issues lawmakers were grappling with Saturday.

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Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka test positive for COVID-19

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Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka test positive for COVID-19

Before their Sunday doubleheader against the White Sox, the Yankees announced that Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka tested positive for COVID-19. Both players were placed on the COVID-19 injured list.

Both players are vaccinated, as they were able to travel to and play in the team’s series in Toronto.

Aaron Boone said in his pregame press conference on Sunday that Gallo had been feeling under the weather and was going to get the first day of the doubleheader off, with Boone saying that he’d probably get the start in the second game.

That is now out of the question.

Right-handed reliever David McKay was called up from Triple-A to take a spot on the active roster.

The Yankees also signed catcher Rob Brantly to a Major League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster.

Continuing the flurry of roster moves, catcher Ben Rortvedt was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Rortvedt, who has only played in two minor league games this season, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He is expected to return to game action in six to eight weeks.

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J&K Police PET/PST Job Notification for Constables Posts: Download pdf

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J&K Police PET/PST Job Notification for Constables Posts: Download pdf

J&K Police PET/PST Job Notification for Constables Posts: Download pdf

J&K Police PET/PST Notification for Constables Posts Event Schedule for Physical Tests (PET/PST) for Recruitment of Constables in 02 Border Battalions of J&K Police under TRP-2019-20 (Kashmir Province) For the recruitment of Constables in 02 Border Battalions of J&K Police, advertised vide the above referenced notice, the J&K Police Recruitment Board (PRB) for 02 Border Battalions has formulated an event schedule (enclosed as Annexure “A” to this notification) for conduct of Physical Endurance Test (PET) and Physical Standard Test (PST) w.e.f 06.06.2022 in respect of candidates hailing from Kashmir Province (District Baramulla, Bandipora & Kupwara).

All the applicants conforming to the prescribed educational, Physical and other required standards as per the Advertisement Notice issued on the subject are advised to download their admit cards w.e.f. 25/05/2022, 0900 hours onwards from official Website of J&K Police i.e www.jkpolice.gov.in.

All the candidates are required to bring along-with them downloaded copy of admit card, valid ID proof, all original testimonials, latest Covid-19 free (RTPCR) certificate and no risk certificate on the date of test.

The Covid (RTPCR) test must have been conducted within 48 hours from the date of physical test.

The candidates are advised to adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour including wearing of face masks. The appearing candidates should reach the venue as per scheduled time & date reflected in their respective admits cards.

Day-Wise Event Schedule for PET/PST for 02 Border Battalions (Kashmir Province) Click Below :

OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN PRB 02 BORDER BNs CAMP OFFICE SDRF GROUND JAMMU

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