Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden neighborhoods of 1980s Los Angeles, the gang’s reach now extends from Central American nations like El Salvador and through Mexico, the United States and Canada. They rob, extort and bully their way into neighborhoods and have gradually turned to transnational crimes such as human smuggling and drug trafficking. Their activities have helped make the Northern Triangle — Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — the most violent place in the world that is not at war. In October 2012, the US Department of the Treasury labeled the group a “transnational criminal organization,” the first such designation for a US street gang.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned on Wednesday his country is facing a “new form of anti-Semitism” marked by violence, The Associated Press reported.
His comments came following an assault this week in a Paris suburb on an eight-year-old boy wearing a kippah.
The boy was walking to a tutor on Tuesday afternoon in the Sarcelles suburb of Paris when two assailants, about 15 years old, knocked him to the ground and beat him.
It is the second attack on a Jewish child in the same area this month. On January 10, a 15-year-old Jewish girl was slashed in the face while walking home from school, wearing the uniform of her Jewish private school.
One can reject Spengler’s view of history, and even dislike the Beats as sybaritic precursors to the 1960s, but as a matter of academic and historical insight, Hard to be a Saint in the City provides a corrective to the popular perception of the Beat writers as hep-cat lightweights and liberal icons. The Beats shunned not only middle class American culture and consumerism, but often the revolutionary zeal of the hippies and the technology and entertainment industry that would prevent people from following the Buddha’s advice and being present in the moment. Spengler’s influence helps explain why Kerouac, a star college football player, ladies man, and devout Catholic, was never a conventional liberal, and in fact mocked the hippies and even turned far right as he got older. He didn’t believe in utopias or political revolutions, opting to find God in the here and now as one era, or so he believed, transformed into another – which would then, in turn, rise and fall.
I didn't know this.
President Trump’s State of the Union embodied the surprising and frequently baffling ways the president zips across partisan divides. There's not another American politician who in one night could call for creating paid family leave, keeping Gitmo open, making the nuclear arsenal stronger, making prescription drugs less expensive, cracking down on drug dealers, and helping convicted felons get “a second chance.”
"Well, obstructive, I might say tantamount to treasonous in the sense of: when you violate the intelligence community's mandates around classified documentation and what should be released, you could be betraying or, especially if you're revealing sources and methods or giving some color to sources and methods, you are actually endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community and our ability to source intelligence," Booker said. "So, to me, this is something that could be potentially viewed as treasonous."
It was funny to watch Booker during the SOTU last night. He looked on the very, tippy edge of exploding, like he was being slowly and steadily inflated. Other Dems looked like they had a bad case on indigestion. It reminded me of some of classic faculty meetings from years gone by.
Last week Boston was presumably on the list of cities which received a rather pointed letter from the Department of Justice asking for proof of whether or not they allowed cooperation with immigration officials in the pursuit of criminal illegal aliens. A failure to comply obviously puts them in line for reduced or eliminated JAG grant money next year. And now we’re being asked to believe that the arrival of the letter and this proposed legislation coming only a week later are completely unrelated.
Among independents in the CNN poll, 48% said they had a “very positive” overall reaction to the Trump speech, and another 28% said their reaction was “somewhat positive.” So a full 76% of independents gave the State of the Union address at least a qualified thumbs-up. As a threshold matter, this suggests that a complete refusal to deal with the White House is a political blunder. This may help explain why Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumerrecently had to abandon his Saturday shutdown by lunchtime on Monday.
It does seem stupid.
(CNN)President Donald Trump, beginning a section of his State of the Union speech on immigration, rhetorically played off the ongoing efforts to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying, "Americans are dreamers, too."
That was a great line.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
"Many Irish-Americans are not offended, but many are. And should that also change? The answer is yes, unequivocally yes," Kellerman said, as his guest Will Cain groaned and facepalmed.
"Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people that offend even some among them should be changed. It's not that hard," Kellerman concluded.
Marek discovered Apheloria polychroma, a thumb-sized millipede, in the Cumberland Mountain forests of south-west Virginia. Along with displaying more colour combinations than any other millipede yet discovered, its cyanide coating ensures that any bird that snacks on the lovely but lethal invertebrate won't do it a second time.