I have a ton of stuff that I’ve been wanting to write about, but just haven’t had the time to do it (I will be sooooo happy after I turn in my grades/rosters tomorrow!). Here are some quick hits:
“And more,” meaning Mexicans and brown people. I’ve only three words: wtf?!
Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor. [...]
“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued…The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence. [...]
“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run…The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. [...]
In a competition in Arizona that he did not oversee, Deputy Lowenthal said, one role-player wore traditional Arab dress. “If we’re looking at 9/11 and what a Middle Eastern terrorist would be like,” he said, “then maybe your role-player would look like that. I don’t know, would you call that politically incorrect?”
As of July 2008, female immigrants between the ages of 11 and 26 who seek to adjust their citizenship status are required to receive the vaccine…The mandate is a disturbing marriage between anti-immigrant policy and the capitalist ambitions of pharmaceutical giant, Merck, which produces the vaccine. Merck will be cashing checks every time an immigrant woman or girl seeks citizenship in the United States.
Moreover, enforced vaccination is yet another federal measure to police the bodies of immigrant women. These are women who are already subject to deportation, detention, militaristic border control, raids and other brutal enforcement tactics. Now, sexual health regulations require female immigrants to exchange their freedom to make decisions about their own bodies for American citizenship status.
Reclaiming a River [and dumping the toxins in a TX landfill]
A floating dredge lowered a clamshell bucket to the bottom of the Hudson River on Friday and pulled up a load of muck contaminated with PCBs — oily industrial lubricants that General Electric spent decades dumping into the river, and decades more fighting to keep there. [...]
The company had dumped these toxic hydrocarbons in the river for decades, back when that was legal. They were banned in the 1970s, but by then they had worked their way into the food chain, the striped bass in particular. The parts of the river saturated with PCBs were identified as a federal Superfund site, with G.E. held responsible for cleaning them up or at least containing them. [...]
G.E.’s engineers have tackled the job more willingly than its lawyers. They have built a “dewatering facility” on the Champlain Canal that will process barge loads of dredge material, sending clean water back to the river and dried toxic sediment by train to a landfill in the Texas Panhandle.
Much as I love that river and look forward to the restoration of its ecosystems? Don’t mess with Texas.
All-White Jury Acquits Teens in Murder of Luis Ramirez
A teen involved in the murder apologized May 18 for his role in the crime, but Shenendoah, PA remains torn apart over murder and ensuing racial tensions.