As you travel for the holidays, keep in mind that not all places in these United States are as friendly as others. Now someone has pinpointed the most racist and homophobic locations in the United States—at least according to tweets sent from those areas, Policy Mic reports.
A map, created by the folks over at Floating Sheep, a site that maps and analyzes geo-coded data, visually shows us the most hateful parts of America in a quite simple way: The more red an area, the more hateful the tweets.
Undocumented women often become de facto slaves when brought to this country by their “husbands”. They are uneducated, do not know the language and are manipulated by their men. The fear of deportation or of losing their children is very real.
The US does have laws on the books to help these women, but funds for outreach are limited. Abusers find they have free reign.
Thomas Manger, the police chief in Montgomery County, opposes the SAFE Act. At the recent congressional briefing, he recounted a case in which a Latino man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, hit her with a metal rod and caused a head injury that required stitches, but she refused to call the police because she was undocumented. After a friend persuaded her to contact authorities, Manger said, the man was arrested and sent to prison, and the woman was able to obtain a special visa.
“The reluctance of folks to come forward because they are undocumented and fear deportation is a much greater public safety problem than having people here who may be undocumented but are not committing other crimes,” Manger said in an interview. “Criminals thrive in neighborhoods where people don’t trust the police. This is a daily struggle for us.”
No matter their legal status, immigrant women who experience domestic violence often face another obstacle to obtaining help. Like Gonzalez, many pray that their abusive partners will soften over time, and they want to believe the apologies that follow beatings. The situation rarely improves.
This is me not surprised.
One month ago, the Swiss laboratory announced “moderate support” for the poisoning idea. Then the Russians declared that their tests were inconclusive. Today, the French scientists declared that they saw no signs of poisoning, that when Arafat died at age 75, he was just an ailing elderly man vulnerable to spreading infection.
In fact, this isn’t as much of a mixed message as you might think.
Before the French published their findings, the Swiss lab’s results had been called into question by a number of scientists, including the Belgium-based medical investigative reporter, Dr. Rudi Roth. You can find Roth’s inquiry here at his publication, Joods Actuel and translated here. As the translation reveals, Roth asked the head of the Swiss research group why their report lacked the standard margin of error calculations for polonium and was told that the lab had not based the numbers on “any specific evidence” but on their belief that the consistency of polonium levels in the samples was best explained by the supposition of poison. Unlike the French they also discounted the fact that the grave was contaminated with naturally occurring radon, which includes polonium in its decay chain. The inclination to see poisoning in these results also led Nicholas Priest, the former head of biomedical research at Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority, to dispute the findings and suggest that the laboratory was too closely allied with Al Jazeera.
Rayan Dhamuke, 12, doesn’t get to swim a lot, unlike her brothers. During the past summer, she had to visit the pool at 5 a.m. so that she would have the privacy she needed to enjoy the water while still adhering to her family’s cultural and religious beliefs.
To better accommodate girls like Dhamuke, the downtown St. Paul YMCA, in partnership with the St. Paul Police Department, has started a swim group for Somali-American girls. The group, which began in October, is serving as an outlet for girls ages 5 to 17 to learn the basics of swimming..
One evening last week, the din of girls’ laughter and splashes filled the windowless, humid pool room of the St. Paul downtown YMCA.
“Anybody want to try jumping in one more time?” asked an instructor.
“Me! Me! Me!” shouted a chorus of eager beginners, who wore mostly shirts and pants with their heads uncovered.
The group of about 25 girls, who were quiet and reserved earlier in the evening, seemed to come alive while in the water. With each jump, kick and splash, their confidence appeared to grow.
It’s a “night-and-day difference” from the first week when girls hesitated, not wanting to jump in and clinging to the walls of the pool, too afraid to let go, said Morgan Johnson, director of healthy living at the downtown YMCA. Now, they dive in. Even one of the mothers watching Tuesday’s lessons decided to jump in and go for a swim.
“We’ve moved kids from being afraid of the water to really being able to tread water,” said Mary Britts, executive director for the downtown YMCA.
NAUERT: Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men’s locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We’ll keep watching this story for you.
Fox News’ decision to cite this story as evidence of “Sharia law” spreading through the country fits with the network’s history of pushing Islamophobia and the myth of “creeping Sharia.” In recent history Fox has led a smear campaign against Park51, an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center, claiming it would potentially be a haven for terrorists. The network has also been known to invite discredited anti-Muslim guests on its shows to push fears about Muslims. Fox’s pattern of Islamophobia has now reached the new low of presenting swimming lessons for young girls as a problem so worrisome that Nauert promised to “keep watching this story.”
The local JCC where Lord Of The Pies go swimming every week also has times set aside for “women only” and for “men only” but nobody is freaking out about that.
The enigmatic Canon 1 à 2 from J. S. Bachs Musical Offering (1747), The manuscript depicts a single musical sequence that is to be played front to back and back to front.
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Because in order to get wingnuts to watch your show, sometimes you have to beat a dead horse.
On the December 3 edition of Fox News’ The Kelly File, Kelly hosted Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (CA) to discuss this week’s closed-door congressional testimony from two CIA contractors present in Benghazi during the attacks on September 11, 2012. During the interview, Nunes claimed that there are still unanswered questions about the administration’s response to the attacks, asking, “What were they doing? How come nobody came to help?” Kelly did not push Nunes on his claim, instead parroting it: “Your point is, they didn’t dispatch any help, even when it was unclear whether the attack had ended or not. What would be the delay when they didn’t know it was over?”
Kelly later asked if the congressional hearings had “been able to shed light … about what the president was doing at the moment of the attack and on the night in question,” to which Nunes said no. She concluded, “So we still don’t have any answers.”
Susan Tompor reports: Susan Tompor: Bankruptcy Ruling Shocks, Disappoints Detroit Retirees
Darwina Wallace, 69, first heard that her city pension was a step closer to being cut when a friend who also retired from the city called her “up in arms” and demanded that she turn on the TV.
Wallace, who lives in Detroit, discovered that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday morning that yes, Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9. The shocker for retirees — Rhodes also ruled that city pension benefits won’t receive heightened protection in bankruptcy and may be cut.
“It makes me sick,” said Wallace, who is single and receives a pension that’s less than $2,600 a month after taxes in addition to Social Security. She started working for the city in 1977 as a 911 operator and last worked in the water department as an analyst gathering data for capital improvement programs. She retired in 2006 after 31 years on the job.
“It’s definitely going to affect me. These people, the karma is going to get them. They don’t seem to care about people,” she said.
After Detroit filed for Chapter 9 in July, many City of Detroit retirees closed their eyes and crossed their fingers that city pensions would be sacred and protected by the state constitution. Now, there’s no doubt that retiree health care and pensions are at risk. A change to health care coverage is planned for March, but cuts in pensions remain unknown and painfully uncertain.
What is even more sickening is the cheering and ululating from the wingnuts that elderly retirees won’t be receiving their meager pittance. HURR HURR GREEDY YOONYUNZ!!!!11!!!
— Michael A Nöthem (@mikandynothem) December 4, 2013
— John Dee (@GaltsGultch) December 4, 2013
— ShelleyMG (@ShelleyMGO) December 4, 2013
— Remy LeBeau III (@RemyLeBeauIII) December 3, 2013
Look #UniteBlue communist union thugs threatens judge in detroit ruling. Who's that idiot woman who told me lack of civility taints convo?
— Cinnamon Gram Cracka (@CoFemale) December 3, 2013
.Relax Detroit union members, Obama will eventually fund your bloated pensions with taxpayer money. #UniteBlue
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) December 3, 2013
The U.S. was among the least corrupt at No. 19 on the list, with a score of 73.
— Corruption in Spain, reeling from the effects of the economic crisis, worsened. It dropped six points to 59, and was 40th on the list. Greece, by contrast, was 80th, with a score of 40 — an improvement over its score last year. Reuters reports:
“Spain’s five-year economic slump, which has forced it to adopt tight austerity laws, exposed how cozy relations between politicians and construction magnates fed a disastrous housing bubble. The former treasurer of the governing People’s Party (PP) told a judge that he had channeled cash donations from construction magnates into leaders’ pockets, and he was found to have 48 million euros in Swiss bank accounts. The king’s son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, was also charged this year with embezzling 6 million euros in public funds.”
— Corruption is getting worse in Arab Spring nations Yemen, Libya and Syria. The Associated Press reports:
Here’s Fox News Channel’s chief demagogue and tub thumper marching off to his annual culture war again. Bill thinks Christmas is for hectoring and spitting at secular society and non christians, and every year he drags out his tired and tattered version of Christian victimhood.
When people say “Happy Holidays” they are typically including things like Winter Solstice, Hannukah, and New Year’s, not just Christmas. So WIlliam, just because Hannukah is over that doesn’t mean that the “holidays” are.
As someone who grew up in the far north I find it important to celebrate that moment on 12/21 when the Northern Hemisphere of our planet stops its recession towards the cold and dark and turns into its procession into warmth and light. It’s a big deal in my home town of Fairbanks, and there’s nothing religious about it for most. Then there’s New Year’s, and let’s not even forget Thanksgiving, which bookends the start of the year end Holiday season whether you like it or not.
Bill wants to exclude all those other holidays, making it just about his favored religion and its major holiday, which is not what the holiday season is about.
more at foxnews.com.
And the Republican march to return us to a society similar to that of the late-1800′s continues. The latest move comes by way of the Republican Governor from Maine, Paul LePage, announcing that he will continue to push for the loosening of child labor laws through the new year. He apparently thinks children as young as 12 should learn what it’s like to
get paid a lousy wagegain some new perspective on life.
“I’m all for not allowing a 12-year-old to work 40 hours,” LePage said. “But a 12-year-old working eight to 10 hours a week or a 14-year-old working 12 to 15 hours a week is not bad.”
Well, I’m sure glad he’s against 12-year-olds working full-time jobs. That’s a relief. Though as ridiculous as the thought of 12-year-olds working jobs is, would it really be so far-fetched to imagine that “10 hours a week” could turn into 15, 20, 30 — you get the picture.
On, and there’s another caveat to this whole situation. He’s been pushing for quite some time to install a new “children’s training wage” at somewhere around $5.25. But this new $5.25 wage he’s been pushing for isn’t just for 12-year-olds — he wants it to be applicable for all workers in Maine under the age of 20 during their first 180 days of employment.
More at Forward Progressives.
How long will it take for Walmart and McDonalds to replace 30-hr part-time workers with 2 15-hr “trainees.” Not during school hours of course. (wink wink)