There are now four protesters arrested for the destruction of a roughly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina. The bold act of property destruction was carried out in front of news cameras in broad daylight. As a history nut, it is painful to see old works of art destroyed in this fashion. The arrested include Takiyah Thompson, 22, Dante Strobino, 35, Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, and Peter Gilbert, 39.
In Morgan City, Alabama, Jonathan Wright heard from a celestial being that should should change his name to Yahweh. What was skipped in the conversation was a discussion about not doing drugs, or at least not out of your house yards away from a public school. Having said that, Yahweh was not exactly the deity of drug dealers. Police found roughly one pound of marijuana after working for a whole month on the case.
We recently discussed the arrest of two Chinese tourists for taking pictures of giving the Nazi salute in Berlin. Now, an American has been arrested for giving the salute in Dresden — after a passerby punched him. The arrests highlight the failed effort of Germans to criminalize certain forms of speech to deter neo-Nazis.
It appears that the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla. is teaching its students a bit about living as the one percent. The middle school sent out a fundraising form to parents stating that for a $100 donation a student would be granted a “front of the lunch line pass.” According to ABC Action News, the PTSA promised that the “last name or company logo feature on the website, as well as PTSA events AND front of the lunch line pass.” The ad should be “Name logo sponsorship: $100; PTSA promos: $100; Lording over the unwashed: priceless.”You can imagine the response from parents to what they called “cafeteria classism.”
At a time when President Nicolas Maduro is facing rising opposition (even among his traditional supporters), there is one thing that would materially help him rally supporters: a threat of U.S. military intervention. Now other Latin American countries critical of Maduro in the past have denounced Trump’s comments. It is for that reason that many people were shocked by President Trump’s statement on Friday that he is considering military options in his decision how to respond to Maduro authoritarian policies. For those of us who deeply opposed both Hugo Chavez and his successor Maduro, the statement could not be more disheartening. As noted by the Wall Street Journal, experts believe that Trump gave Maduro exactly what he needed to fulfill his long unsupported narrative of a war with the U.S. As was the case with North Korean comments and the State Department, no one appears more surprised on these comments than the Defense Department.
I have been a long critic of the erosion of free speech on college campuses and the use of the ill-defined concept of “micro aggressions” to sanction students and faculty alike. Those concerns were magnified with the release of a guide by The New School, a university in New York City, on avoiding microaggressions. There are now a variety of such aggressions from “microinsults” to “microassaults” to “microinvalidation.” Microaggressions can now include having seats that are deemed too small or sitting too far from a homeless person on the subway.
Below is a chilling CCTV videotape of a male jogger who pushed a 33-year-old woman head-first into the path of the bus. The woman was only saved by a quick response from a bus driver to avoid killing her.