First, congrats to the Mexican Navy for capturing El Chapo. (That's him above in better days.) I must admit that I never thought that they would take this guy alive.
Word is that they owe this capture to US intelligence operations. I am quite sure that if our friend Donald trump was our president he would take credit for his apprehension.
Then late last night here in Philly some lunatic tried to execute a police officer in the name of Islam. (Save the "It's Always Sunni In Philadelphia" jokes, please.)
The Poor cop is lucky to be alive. Dude just runs up to him and starts blasting. The cop gets shot 3 times, and gets out of his patrol car and returns fire.
The shooter's mother says that he had some mental issues. He used a stolen police officer's weapon (irony alert) to do the shooting, so background checks would not have prevented him from getting his hands on this particular weapon.
I am not going to make excuses for his depraved behavior like certain folks like to do when we have situations like this. The mental issue he had is that he is a depraved lunatic who probably should not have been on the street.
Up in New York some poor teacher was fired for wanting her students to know the truth about something that actually happened for fear that it would "rile up black students".
The case of the Central Park Five should be taught to these children so that they can learn about the injustices that can take place in this country. The fact that the school district tried to fire this teacher for teaching her students actual history is a disgrace.
But this is a part of a larger pattern in this country where those on the right and other like minded individuals would like us to rewrite history.
Educators and education journalists also brought attention to “Playing History: Slave Trade” — a video game that was sold as an educational resources about slavery, but that actually allowed players to stack slaves on top of each other like Tetris. Screenshots of the video game were retweeted many times on Twitter, and the criticism eventually led the CEO of the company that made the video game to address the controversy.
Still, there has been substantial backlash from conservatives who want to present U.S. history with fewer references to the civil rights movement, discrimination, slavery, and violence against Native Americans. After the College Board changed its AP history standards to include more information on slavery and Native Americans, the RNC said the standards “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects” and advocated for Congress to stop funding the College Board. Conservative legislators began pushing legislation to prohibit spending on AP U.S. history courses, and eventually the College Board caved to the pressure — agreeing to add specific mentions of the Founding Fathers and use the term “American exceptionalism.”'
And did you hear the one about the man from North Dakota who drove all the way to Washington to kidnap the Obama's dog, Bo?
"An officer responding to a tip from the Secret Service tracked down Stockert at the downtown D.C. hotel. He admitted that he had a shotgun and a rifle in his pickup truck, both unloaded, along with ammunition for the weapons, according to a police report.
It's illegal to possess unregistered firearms in D.C.
At first I was a little concerned for the first dog, but then I read this:
"When he was arrested, the police report said, Stockert claimed that his parents were John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and that he came to the capital to announce his campaign for president and advocate for a $99 per month healthcare plan."
This dude is clearly crazy. But I wish him luck with his campaign for president. He can't be any crazier than some of the candidates already in the race.
Take for instance Donald trump, he was telling his brown shirts to throw a protestor out in the cold last night and take his jacket.
"Republican front-runner Donald Trump directed security to kick out Bernie Sanders supporters from his Vermont rally and to confiscate their coats.
"Throw them out into the cold," Trump ordered security, as protesters shouted "Bernie! Bernie!" during his rally Thursday night in Burlington, Vt."
Yeah I would probably vote for the wannabe kidnapper over the trump dude.
Finally, someone should remind the governor of Maine (and Chris Christie supporter) what century we are living in.
LePage, talking about Maine's heroin epidemic, described out-of-state drug dealers as "guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" and said "half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave."
LePage, who's white, didn't describe the races of the drug dealers on Wednesday during a town meeting in Bridgton, and a spokesman said Thursday he wasn't making a comment about race.
But moderate Republican and LePage critic Lance Dutson, who called attention to the remark, said the governor was playing to people's racial fears.
"This is one of the most blatantly racist statements he's ever made," said Dutson, a former CEO of the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center who helped create the GOP group Get Right Maine to combat extremism. "One of the things that's offensive about it is that it's reminiscent of this fearmongering in American history that people would like to think is long gone." [Source]
If true, what does this say about the "young white girls" in Maine? Maybe he should be lecturing their parents and not D-Money, Smoothie, and Shifty. (Where did he get these names?) I am going to ask the one person I know in Maine how this guy was even elected in the first place.
*Pic from atlantablackstar.com