Thorns And Roses: Kentuckian Takes Olympic Gold, What Happened To Ta'Neasha Chappell

Jul 28, 2021 at 9:41 am
Thorns & Roses
Thorns & Roses

ROSE: Shoutout Lee Keifer

Big props to Lee Keifer who became the first U.S. woman to medal in Olympic Individual Foil (fencing). Keifer was born in Ohio but raised here in the bluegrass and we definitely want to take the chance to shout her out. She’s won four NCAA championships and 10 Pan-American championships. She’s a bad MF and we are proud of her historic win. This was her third Olympics.

THORN: What Happened To Ta’Neasha


Ta’Neasha Chappell, a 23-year-old mother from Louisville, died after a stay in an Indiana jail on July 16. According to attorneys representing her family, Chappell called her relatives from the Jackson County institution, begging them to get her out before something happened to her. The jail houses very few Black women. On July 15, Chappell had a fever and was vomiting. Nearly 24 hours later, she was found unresponsive and taken to a hospital where she died. The Indiana State Police are conducting an autospy, but we want more than that. Any video of Chappell in custody should be released to the public. And, an investigation into conditions at the jail, run by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, is necessary.

ROSE: Fauci States The Obvious

Tell us something we don’t know, Dr. Fauci. At a Senate hearing last week, the White House’s chief health advisor, Anthony Fauci, told Rand Paul that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when the Senator tried to accuse the National Insitutes of Health of funding a study in Wuhan that led to the pandemic. Here, let’s read Fauci’s delicious response in full, complete with a sassy head shake, “Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I would like to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about.” In another scientific own (albeit not a pointed one), Gov. Andy Beshear said on Monday during a coronavirus briefing, that the state is seeing high reinfection rates for those who had COVID. Paul’s been preaching for months that natural COVID immunity is just as good as getting vaccinated. Once again, he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

ABSURD: Take A Stand 

A mixed bag of information seems to be the standard fare for the COVID crisis we still face. Beshear suggests that kids wear masks in school but doesn’t issue an order. We get it, Andy is tired, but so are we. Parents want their children back in school and we’d rather that our kids go in masks than catch COVID. Beshear should take a cue from Delta, which spreads very quickly and really seems to like infecting children. Just mandate the masks, and while he’s at it, use those state funds as leverage to encourage teachers to be vaccinated. Democrats need to stop playing nice with stupidity.