The renewed death of Mr. Moreno, 40, whose nickname was “The Craziest One,” will surely add to his legend, particularly in Michoacán State, in western Mexico, where he was strongest and where those gangs have terrorized communities with killings, rapes, extortions and kidnapping.
Mr. Moreno secured a particular place among drug and organized crime capos for his affinity for Christian-style verse, collected in a “bible” that followers often carried. He often justified grisly violence, including beheadings, as acts of affirmation to his cultish code. He was often called El Chayo, a play on the nickname for Nazario and the Spanish word for rosary.
People in western Mexico, who have turned to vigilante groups in the absence of a competent police force, have been talking for the past few years about seeing Mr. Moreno here and there, alive and well and still inspiring awe and terror.
The vigilante groups have smashed shrines built in his honor as they take over policing town by town, with the support of a government bent on bringing them into the fold of federal forces.
While she was a sensation in Europe, American critics were absolutely appalled by Baker’s provocative, skin-baring routines. In 1936, she returned to the States to star in the Ziegfield Follies and the New York Times branded her a “Negro wench.” Heartbroken and shattered by the negative press, Baker went back to Europe. She served France in World War II as a spy and a sub-lieutenant in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She also adopted a band of children affectingly referred to as “The Rainbow Tribe.” Baker’s political activism and her bohemian lifestyle were seen as mutually exclusive, yet it was her refusal to become a wilting flower that made her worthy of stardom. Later in life, the entertainer became the only woman to speak at the March on Washington.
Both Beyonce and Josephine Baker’s career are inevitably tied to race and therein lies the Catch-22 of their sexuality. Why is a woman’s appreciation for her body and her astronomical levels of self-confidence painted as indecency and immorality? We want to simultaneously frown upon and marvel at the exhibitionism of pop stars. Not only does Beyonce’s support of feminism lead to a backlash policing her choices as a woman, but as a black woman.
Recently, I was at a party and started talking with a young, liberal, middle-class white man about feminist politics and pop stars. He compared Beyonce’s scantily-clad dance routines to Sarah Baartman, claiming that her image was a modern, self-inflicted version of the “Hottentot Venus.” He was incredibly taken aback when I pointed out that Beyonce has something that Baartman never had: agency. Baartman was brought to the Western world as chattel, as a piece of property meant for public exhibition, like the main attraction at a freak show. English men and women marveled at her “unusual anatomy,” robbing Baartman of her rightful humanity, reducing her to her anatomy. His analogy completely dismissed the history attached to Baartman, as he equated the showing of skin as fetishization.
The teenage girls in the Duggar family aren’t just waiting for marriage to have sex, they’ve vowed not to have their first kisses until their wedding days.
In their new book, “Growing Up Duggar,” Jill, Jessa, Jana and Jinger Duggar, of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” divulge their rules of “courtship,” and what it’s like being from such a large family.
That’s right, make sure that any temptation is kept far away. It gets even worse…
I think we’re saving like hand holding and that stuff more for engagement and we’re saving our first kiss for our wedding day,” Jessa explained.
Words, which are my stock in trade, just fail me….
Florida Republicans are feeling sick to their stomach about a bunch of new poll results on Gov. Rick Scott (R).
The new polls show former Gov. Charlie Crist, Scott’s very likely Democratic challenger int he general election, with strong support across the state. One poll reported by the Miami Herald, for instance, has Crist beating Scott by 34 percentage points in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat this: It’s awful,” a top Florida Republican told the Herald in response to seeing the crosstabs for the new poll numbers.
A good piece at Newsday by Cathy Young: U.S. Critic Blind to Putin Media Control.
Do some critics of U.S. government policies that may encroach on civil liberties give anti-American foreign states a pass on far worse abuses?
The latest subject of such a controversy is Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who has worked with whistle-blower Edward Snowden to disclose the National Security Agency’s surveillance of personal communication records. Given that Snowden received asylum in Russia, Greenwald has been accused by his detractors of colluding with a regime notorious for its police-state tactics — especially since, two years ago, he defended the Kremlin-run TV channel RT (Russia Today) after it gave a show to his ally, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Unfortunately, Greenwald’s most recent defense of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda network does little to counter the charge of double standards.
Earlier today, Lawhawk noted that Adorama was having a contest where you’re to enter your best image from last year. Since the voting is Facebook “Likes” based, my taste in photography has a snowballs chance at the devil’s prom ;)
But on the other hand, as it has been noted, you can not win if you do not play the game. So after sorting through my 2013 work I’ve set aside 7 images I think are the best of the year. For the fun of it, I figured I’d post them here and see what the lizards thought was best as a rather more rational sample than that of Facebook.
So in no particular order are my favorites of 2013. Which do you think I should enter?
Dinesh D’Souza, the filmmaker behind 2016: Obama’s America who is out on $500,000 bond for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, was at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday to unveil a new trailer for his upcoming release, America, a movie that imagines the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed.
The trailer, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, begins with some familiar faces — Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson — then morphs into a battle scene where Gen. George Washington is struck by a bullet from a British musket. As Washington dies, American landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore disintegrate.
Assholes like D’Souza hate the country so much they have to change history to try to match their fantasy world of fear and hate. I hope he gets Sarah Palin to do the intro.
According to the 2013 UNICEF Report on Improving Child Nutrition - The Achievable Imperative for Global Progress, one-third of the world’s under nourished children are in India and an estimated 61 million, half of the total child population in the country, are stunted due to chronic undernutrition.
While progress towards reducing child underweight in India has been made, it has been uneven. The 2010 UNICEF Report on Progress for Children: Achieving MDGs with Equity highlights that in India, the prevalence of underweight in children below five years in the richest 20 per cent of the households decreased from 37 per cent in 1992 to 25 per cent in 2006, whereas the corresponding reduction in the poorest 20 per cent households was negligible, from 64 per cent to 61 per cent.
Wiki Party website froths for Russia
JARED OWENS THE AUSTRALIAN MARCH 11, 2014 12:00AM
THE WikiLeaks Party’s website has become fiercely pro-Russian, airing claims that a clandestine NATO-backed, neo-Nazi sniper unit deliberately fired at Ukrainian protesters to help bring about “nuclear war” between Washington and the Kremlin.
Articles posted to the website’s news section also attack the “heavily Jewish” US government as “psychopaths” and US Secretary of State John Kerry as “stupid” and “wallowing in his arrogance, hubris and evil”.
looks like Wikileaks as a front for Putin has all but become part of the Russian political machinery.
A new superlative term has to be coined for Jumping the Shark.
An amazing historic fortune to be had
Ship Model, note the old pre propeller side wheel propulsion design.
It carried one of the largest cargoes of gold ever lost at sea, so much so that it was nicknamed the “Ship of Gold.” And now Odyssey Marine Exploration has been given court approval to recover what it can from the SS Central America.
In 1857, the SS Central America shipwrecked 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina because of a hurricane, killing more than 550 people and taking it with an estimated 14,000 kilos of gold. According to Odyssey Marine, experts believe it still holds a commercial shipment of gold valued at $93,000 in 1857, as well as passenger gold valued in 1857 at between $250,000 and $1.28 million.
Spokeswoman Liz Shows declined to say how much that would be by today’s value, but added, “It will be higher than the melt value because of the shipwreck premium.”
An Ohio court granted Odyssey Marine exclusive salvage rights to the shipwreck, the fate of which had been tied up in a long-running legal battle. A company statement said the shipwreck site was discovered in 1987 at a depth of approximately 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). Less than 5 percent of the site was investigated at that time, but an extensive collection of gold coins, bullion, and raw gold was found.