Thursday, January 19, 2017

(Million) Women's March

Women's March is protesting Trump for sexism and objectification of women while legitimizing prostitution and pornography, so you know I won't be there! I'd rather stay home and listen to Steel Panther! Why was it originally called a Million Women March, anyway? Does intersectional feminism have any connection to Million Man March?

Anti-Trump Women's March Calls For Legalizing Prostitution
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Crush on Obama - Obama Girl

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obama Farewell

What can I say about Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States?  

A young senator from Chicago took the world by storm in 2008 with his inspiring words of hope and charismatic charm. 


Suddenly we crushed on Obama like Obama Girl, then over the next 8 years we came to know and love his beautiful family.

He led with temperance, intelligence and compassion in the eyes of both America and the world. 

Together with Michelle, he reminded us of our common humanity with humor, warmth and content of character.  

There was no way to not be moved!  Thank you, President Obama, for strengthening families and relationships, showing us that change begins with ourselves, and being you.

Watch: President Obama's Emotional Farewell Speech In Full - Along with an entire transcript of the inspirational address. BET

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beating of Disabled Teenager Highlights a Crime That Often Goes Unpunished

From NYT:(...) "The victim in the attack here, an 18-year-old white man, suffered from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder, prosecutors said in court papers filed on Friday. The four accused attackers, ranging in age from 18 to 24, are black. The four appeared on Friday in Cook County Circuit Court and Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered them held without bail.

"The defendants are accused of multiple felonies, including hate crimes. Prosecutors said the victim, who was found by the police on Tuesday, was targeted based on his race and his disability. During a Facebook video made by one of the defendants, another can be heard denouncing white people, and, at one point, a man is heard saying he does not care if the victim is schizophrenic.

(...) "People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be the victims of violent crimes as those without disabilities, according to a Justice Department report based on Census Bureau surveys. And people with mental disabilities are the most likely to be victimized.

(...) "Advocates have said the underlying problem is a pervasive attitude, conscious or not, that people with disabilities are not fully human. They pointed to a recent case in Idaho, where a white high school football player was charged with shoving a coat hanger into the rectum of another teenager, who was black and had mental disabilities, after having harassed the student and directed racial slurs at him for months.

"Though the accused student was 18 at the time of the assault, he was sentenced to probation rather than prison.

(...) "Forty-six of the 50 states have hate crimes laws, according to the Anti-Defamation League, but 17 of them do not specify people with disabilities as a protected group." Read the article: Beating of Disabled Teenager Highlights a Crime That Often Goes Unpunished by Mitch Smith and Richard Pérez-Peña,January 6, 2017 The New York Times

Friday, January 06, 2017

Idaho Teens Accused in Coat Hanger Sex Assault of Special Needs Student Won't Do Time

"An Idaho high school football player who was facing charges of sexually assaulting a special needs student with a coat hanger will not serve any prison time as part of a plea deal.

"John R.K. Howard, 18, was initially charged with “forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object” after he and two other players allegedly assaulted the 18-year-old victim in the Dietrich High School locker room in Oct 2015.

"Howard agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony injury to a child Friday, according to reports.

"Now, instead of facing life in prison, he will be sentenced to two to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service." Teen Football Player Accused in Coat Hanger Sex Assault of Special Needs Student Won't Do Time by Maya Chung, Inside Edition December 20, 2016 Yahoo News


Added on January 7: "A $10 million civil lawsuit against the school district claims the attack came after months of harassment, assault, and racial discrimination, while accusing the school of ‘deliberate indifference.’ The victim and his adopted siblings are the only black people in their small town of Dietrich, Idaho." John R K Howard coat hanger rapist: How I avoided jail by Christopher Koulouris, December 20, Scallywag & Vagabond

"In May, the Idaho attorney general’s office filed sexual assault charges against the 19-year-old and two of his teammates, who went on to be charged in juvenile court. They alleged the three suspects lured the special needs student into the locker with the promise of a hug, but instead held him down and shoved a coat hanger into his rectum.

"Howard’s attorney, Brad Calbo said the “victim was not at any time pinned down, raped or pinned down and subjected any sort of forcible penetration.”" Ex-football player avoids jail time for assaulting disabled teen by Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News December 20, 2016

John R.K. Howard & Tanner Ward: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know by Paul Farrell, May 25, 2016

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Chicago torture: Teens stream abuse of special needs man on Facebook Live

Keep in mind when CNN calls the 4 Chicago criminals "teens," they are the same age as the man these 18+ year olds kidnapped and tortured. The victim was an 18 year old with special needs in a racially and politically motivated crime which Chicago police were potentially dismissing as "kids doing stupid things" until a Twitter hashtag citing BLM brought attention by causing a worldwide trend. Chicago torture: Teens stream abuse of special needs man on Facebook Live by Holly Yan and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN January 5, 2017

Updated at 2:52pm: Four charged with hate crime for Chicago Facebook Live attack - BBC

"Four black people face hate crime and kidnapping charges for the Facebook Live-aired torture of a mentally disabled white man.

"Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, are expected to appear in a Chicago court on Friday.

"In the video, the assailants can be heard making derogatory statements against white people and Donald Trump.

"Chicago police have described the incident as a "sickening"."

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year! 🎉 
2017 is the year of hot, awesome Gen X women! ♥

Friday, December 30, 2016

Israel Grapples With Military’s Plan to Open Combat Roles to Women

Via WSJ: "Women can now serve in the army in mixed units like Caracal, and in positions such as army intelligence and artillery. But roles in the infantry and special forces have remained largely off limits due to the physical requirement of carrying heavy loads. Now, the military plans to test-run women into those kinds of units.

"Other Western militaries are opening up combat roles to women, too. Last year the U.S. military said it would allow women in all such positions. In July, the U.K. said it would also lift a ban on women serving in front-line combat roles. Israel’s shift, however, will have wide implications for a country where military service is mandatory and at the core of the security-conscious society.

(...)"About 20 years ago, Israel’s military became one of the first world-wide to allow females into some combat positions and has since gradually opened 85% of roles to females, including combat roles in the air force, artillery and intelligence. Still, participation of women in combat units remained small until recently. In 2012, 3% of females were in such roles.

"Many Israeli women see combat roles as a springboard to the top echelons of the military, politics and the corporate world. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many other senior politicians have fought in special forces units.

"“It’s prestigious in Israel to be in a fighting unit,” said Pnina Sharvit Baruch, a senior research associate at Institute for National Security Studies and former colonel in the military’s law department. “It opens up opportunities and women want to be part of that.”

"Not everyone is persuaded the time has come for such changes." Read the article: Israel Grapples With Military’s Plan to Open Combat Roles to Women - Mixed-gender units have been in fire fights, but some object to a wider role for female soldiers. By Rory Jones, Dec. 28, 2016 The Wall Street Journal

Related articles:

Congress May Not Require Women to Register for Draft - November 10, 2016

Obama Supports Women Registering for Military Draft - December 01, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

WQXR Features Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party

Join violinist Itzhak Perlman at 5 pm on Dec. 24 and 9 pm on Dec. 26, as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday — some serious, some silly. This special features music from Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel, including evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino, classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the Chanukah story and gems by American folk singers. Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party - WQXR December 06, 2015

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thought Experiment: What If the U.S. Had 100% Open Borders?

"Economist Nathan Smith has long been a supporter of the U.S. opening its borders. He's argued that the American polity would "endure and flourish" if it elected to lay out 2,000 miles of welcome mats rather than building a Trumpian wall. He's claimed that unencumbered movement of peoples from land to land would result in worldwide GDP doubling, though not without some serious social destabilization. Still, he predicted the U.S. could handle an influx of 150-200 million immigrants over a span of several decades.

(...)"Smith wrote again on the topic of open borders a couple weeks ago in a piece that plays out like a giant thought experiment. Smith's hypothetical situation: If all borders were opened and 1 billion people immigrated to the United States over the course of 50 years, could the country maintain its "political character and structure"? Smith thinks not.

(...)"What's most interesting is how Smith conjures a scenario out of which American constitutional democracy becomes so destabilized that it collapses beneath its own weight. We'd be looking at a new world order and an American polity unrecognizable compared to the present. For many people, that might sound like a reason to scrap a 100 percent open-border policy. Smith is not one of those people. He's got a bone to scrap with American politics and wouldn't mind it turning into collateral damage amidst the rush of a brave new society..." Read the article: Thought Experiment: What If the U.S. Had 100% Open Borders? Over a year ago by Robert Montenegro, Big Think

Related article: If People Could Immigrate Anywhere, Would Poverty Be Eliminated? -- Some economists are pushing for "open borders" by Shaun Raviv, Apr 26, 2013 The Atlantic