Hi, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in FishHawk, Florida on Thursday, November 4, 2021. It’s a cool – but not chilly – fall day. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies. The high will be 77˚F. Tonight, we can expect scattered showers and a low of 66˚F. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 35 or Good.
I am off to a late start today because I went to sleep super late, woke up shortly before 9 AM Eastern, and feel unusually worn out and headachy. I had a late breakfast (café con leche, soda crackers, a bowl of oatmeal, and the last glass of orange juice), and soon I will supplement that with a bottle of chocolate-flavored Boost. If I lived close enough to a Denny’s like I used to when I hung my hat in Miami, I would have had a brunch there instead, but….
I have no idea at what time I went to sleep last night. I had Bram Stoker’s Dracula on as background, with director Francis Ford Coppola’s audio commentary on, but I didn’t really watch it closely after Gary Oldman’s Count Dracula arrived in London to begin his seduction of Mina (Winona Ryder). It’s not that I dislike the movie; I like it, otherwise it would not be in my video library. I just couldn’t focus on it the way I normally do when I put a Blu-ray on my player. As with many things these days, my heart wasn’t really into it.
After that, I watched the bulk of the first part of the 1994 version of The Stand (The Plague). I skipped the first scenes because I’ve watched the made-for-ABC mini a few times, starting with its original broadcast 27 years ago, then multiple viewings in the early 2000s when I bought the DVD from Amazon. I now have it on Blu-ray (it was reissued in 2019 by Paramount Home Media Distribution), so that’s the version I saw last night.
The Jenna Ryan Saga Ends!
Anyway, today I woke up late – as I said before – and one of the headlines that caught my attention was about Jennifer Leigh Ryan (aka Jenna Ryan) of Frisco, Texas.
If that name rings a bell, it should! Ryan, 51, is the real estate agent who famously – or infamously – flew from Texas to Washington, DC on a private plane with three other Trump-supporting friends on January 5 and participated in the January 6 “Stop the Steal” assault on the Capitol in an effort to reverse the results of last year’s Presidential election.
Per Texas Real Estate Agent Jenna Ryan Sentenced To Prison For Actions During January 6 Capitol Riot by CBSDFW.com, Ryan, aka “Insurrectionist Barbie,” was sentenced to 60 days in prison after pleading guilty in a federal court to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol during the pro-Trump January 6 insurrection.
Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan, a North Texas real estate broker, has been sentenced to prison for participating in the January 6 insurrection.
Ryan, who flew to Washington, D.C. on a private plane and livestreamed the events at the Capitol while promoting her business, was sentenced to 60 days in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
If you recall, Ryan not only livestreamed her misdeeds on behalf of Donald Trump and posted videos on her now-closed Facebook account, but she also sparred with her critics on Twitter, where she famously boasted that her status as a white, blonde real estate agent would keep her out of the pokey:
Definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong
Ryan, who is one of those MAGA/Stop the Steal “patriots,” often wobbled between defiant pro-Trump stances and being contrite, negotiated a plea deal with the government, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and agreeing to pay a $500.00 fine.
Again, I refer you to the CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth online story:
After the sentencing Judge (Christopher) Cooper said “your case has generated a fair amount of public interest. And as a result, people will be interested to know what sentence you get. That sentence will tell them something about how the courts and how our country responded. And I think that the sentence should tell them that we take it seriously. . . and that it should never happen again.”
Ryan said, “I made a mistake, and I’m sorry” and “this is not anything that remotely resembles who I am.”
While I think Ryan got off too lightly, I at least have the satisfaction of knowing that her status as a white woman with blonde hair and a good job did not keep her from going behind bars.
So ends the saga of Jenna Ryan.
Bonus: Jenna Ryan’s Twitter feed: (I’m blocked, but we can all see how remorseful she is not in her feed) https://twitter.com/dotjenna