While I was passingly familiar with the alt right movement, I found this piece from Buzzfeed to be informative (and depressing): How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement. And, unfortunately, 2016 is going to provide additional chances to discuss this topic given the racism and nationalism fueling the Trump campaign.
The May the Fa-La’s Be With You Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.
Via WCVB: $1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative’s safe deposit boxes U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a […]
Via the DMN: Police brace for 911 calls as open carry starts Jan. 1 across Texas Police across Texas are bracing for a spike in 911 calls when the state’s open carry law takes effect Jan. 1 and panicked citizens start seeing handguns on people’s hips. “For a while we’ll be in a transition period, but […]
Via the BBC: Colombia fully legalises medical marijuana Colombia’s president has signed a decree fully legalising medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production. Juan Manuel Santos said the move put Colombia “in the group of countries that are at the forefront…in the use of natural resources to fight disease”. But, he […]
Via the AJC: “My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, tomorrow, forever. I believe in the rule of law.” Several thoughts: I guess Cruz thinks that battling Trump means a hard line on immigration. Borrowing a rhetorical turn from George Wallace is not an innocent coincidence. […]
The Donald: Trump used that reference to Putin as an opportunity to chide the Russian dictator for allegedly killing journalists. “I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them,” Trump said of the journalists who cover him. “I would never kill them. I would never kill them… I would never kill them, but […]
Via the Sydney Morning Herald: Brunei bans Christmas celebrations in public, including wearing Santa hats. Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats. Muslims seen celebrating Christmas and non-Muslims found to be organising celebrations could face up to five years jail. However the country’s non-Muslims, […]
Via the LAT: Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising Boko Haram was blamed for recent twin suicide bombings in Kano: one carried out by an 11-year-old girl, and a market bombing in Yola that killed 34. The extremist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, a 300% increase from the […]