Chicano Park Entered Into National Register of Historic Places
From takeover of CHP sub-station to listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Not bad, Chicano Park. Not bad.
The architectural style listed in the park’s application for historic recognition: Aztec Revival. Chingón!
Read what the San Diego Union-Tribune had to say:
San Diego’s Chicano Park has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places.
The designation, which officially occurred on Jan. 23, recognizes the park for its “critical association with the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the city of San Diego’s political and social history,” according to the materials filed in support of the park’s entry, which were submitted last year by the California State Historical Resources Commission.
The inclusion on the register also acknowledges the significance of the park’s internationally acclaimed murals, “created by a large groups of artists, including the masters of the Chicano Movement muralism.” Read more.
Visit the official Chicano Park website.
Photo credit: California Office of Historic Places
Today in What The Entire Fuck?!: Mississippi Schools Sending Kids To Prison For Misbehaving In The Classroom
The Department of Justice on Friday uncovered a so-called “School-to-Prison pipeline” in Mississippi, where teachers and principals are shipping off children into the criminal justice system for infractions as small as a dress code violation.
Schools in the city of Meridian, MS, have an established practice of sending students, particularly black and disabled students, to prison for minor disciplinary problems — in clear violation of the Constitution. As ABC reports, that DOJ is claiming that the schools, which protect against “abuse of government authority in legal proceedings and fairness of due process rights,” are violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Also in the findings letter the Civil Rights Division alleges that “Lauderdale County and the Youth Court Judges violate the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments by failing to provide children procedural due process in the youth court. Lauderdale County, the Youth Court judges, and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services violate the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by failing to provide children procedural due process rights in the probationary process.”
I posted this a few weeks ago….I really was hoping it would get more notes.
The beleaguered OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion tRacking Apparatus) collaboration, which electrified the world last September with its announcement of faster-than-light neutrinos, has been dealt another blow.
Tipped off by a Reuters wire story, Science magazine reported last week that OPERA spokesperson Antonio Ereditato and experimental coordinator Dario Autiero have announced their resignations, following a controversial vote of “no confidence” from the collaboration’s other leaders.
While the 16-13 vote (with several members abstaining) fell short of the two-thirds majority required to remove someone from a leadership position, both Ereditato and Autiero voluntarily resigned in light of the clear lack of support from a majority of collaboration leaders.
“It’s a real massacre in every sense of the word. I saw bodies of women and children lying on roads beheaded. It’s horrible and inhuman. It was a long night helping people get to hospitals.” - Abu Jihad, Khalidiya resident
“We are not getting any help, there are no ambulances or anything. We are removing the people with our own hands. […] We have dug out at least 100 bodies so far, they are placed in the two mosques.” - anonymous Syrian activist
“We were sitting inside our house when we started hearing the shelling. We felt shells were falling on our heads.” - Waleed, Khalidiya resident
“It does not seem that they get it. Even if they kill 10 million of us, the people will not stop until we topple him.” - anonymous Syrian resident
As many as 260 people have been killed since Friday across Homs, Syria, according to several opposition groups, marking the deadliest day of violence since anti-government protests began in mid-March.
The UN Security Council will meet Saturday morning to vote on a resolution condemning the Syrian government’s violent response to the ongoing protests.
Multiple Syrian embassies across Europe and the Middle East were attacked by demonstrators Friday and Saturday to protest the recent assault on anti-Assad activists in Syria.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Hama, Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez Assad, Bashar Assad’s father attempted to crush a rebellion by shelling the city of Hama and bringing in bulldozers to destroy the neighborhood. An estimated 20,000 people were killed over three weeks.
[Photos: A Syrian rebel stands next to a destroyed government forces tank decorated with Syrian revolution flags in Homs, Syria, on Wednesday. Credit: Local Coordination Committee; A boy holds up a sign during an anti-regime demonstration in the Syrian village of al-Qsair, on Friday. Credit: Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images; Signs of damage are visible at the Syrian embassy in central London on Saturday, after protestors broke into the embassy. Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images]
Should be noted that the UN Security Council resolution was rejected due to China and Russia.
“A group of two dozen millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, demanding lawmakers raise their taxes.
‘We want to pay more taxes,’ said California millionaire Doug Edwards, a former marketing director for Google. ’If you’re fortunate, and you make more than a million dollars a year, you ought to pay more taxes.’
The millionaires want Congress to allow the tax cuts passed during the George W. Bush administration to expire. Some want higher taxes generally.
They planned to push lawmakers to reject any deal that the so-called super committee delivers that doesn’t raise taxes on millionaires. The 12-lawmaker panel has until next Wednesday to agree on $1.2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years or risk automatic spending cuts.”
And the GOP will ignore this and keep claiming that a higher tax on millionaires would punish “job creators”.
One week from today, the military will officially be done with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Judging from the upcoming Marine Corps Times cover story, it looks like the military’s ready.
(Source: Mother Jones)
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up! has some pretty radical ideas: He calls Social Security unconstitutional, suggests the 16th and 17th Amendments should be repealed, and that states should be allowed to ban gay people from having sex. But he didn’t pull these ideas out of thin air; Perry’s controversial views on federalism and the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots come straight from the pages of one of his favorite books: The Five Thousand Years Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen. Here’s what else is on Rick Perry’s reading list, and why you should care.
If he runs on trying to get rid of Social Security he’s going to lose half his voters because they are dependent upon social security to live.
I really want him to just go away.
Recent investigations have found that a man working on Michele Bachmann’s campaign for president has ties to the harsh antigay movement in Uganda, possibly including its horrific “Kill the Gays” bill.
Peter E. Waldron, an evangelical pastor, has been running outreach to faith-based communities for Bachmann’s campaign. A journalist recently discovered that he was once imprisoned in Uganda for a supposed terrorist plot. This inspired a little more digging on the part of the media.
It turns out Waldron was also spotted visiting the church of pastor Martin Ssempa, an extremely antigay evangelical known for provoking violence against gays and lesbians. From the Advocate:
Ssempa is well known for inflaming violence against gay people in Uganda, even screening gay porn to incite backlash. While no one is reporting that Waldron actively helped push for the “Kill the Gays” bill that is even now still being considered by the country’s parliament, Rice says that Waldron regaled Ssempa’s congregation with stories and seemed like a minor celebrity. Waldron spoke about his time in the military (which Waldron strongly implied was CIA-related), his visit to the White House, and he bragged about being cozy with the Ugandan president.
Michele Bachmann, of course, does plenty of her own antigay spewing and her husband has become infamous for his ex-gay conversion therapy clinic.
This is not a joke. This is actually terrifying and could even be dangerous. She’s working with someone who allegedly worships an advocate of gay genocide? And she’s somehow one of the leading Republican candidates? Legitimately one of the scariest things I’ve read lately.
Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest…
Scott and his dependents pay one-fifth what a janitor in the state Capitol pays for health insurance… and less than 3 percent of what a retired state trooper pays for life-saving coverage.
FUCKING RICK SCOTT.
(Source: Mother Jones)