Friday, June 24, 2016
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is heading to prison for basically molesting young boys. He's about to begin a 15-month sentence in the big house.
Hastert, 74, entered the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. He is not facing sexual abuse charges because the statutes of limitation have expired. But he pleaded guilty to hiding money transactions, admitting that he paid $3.5 million to keep one victim quiet.
The incidents allegedly happened when he was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois in the 1960s and '70s.
Hastert also acknowledged misleading the FBI last year when the agency was investigating the claims. Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert "a serial child molester" when he handed down the sentence in April, CNN affiliate WGN reported.
In addition to his prison term, the former Republican lawmaker was ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims' fund and enter a sex offender treatment program.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
They can't hold us down!
The owners of the Pulse nightclub will hold a block party or rather a "Latin Night" street party tonight.
The party will take place a couple of miles away from Pulse, and there will be performers, dancers and surprises. I'm glad to see the community coming together and standing strong! The energy of Pulse will keep going and I'm so here for it!
Justice was served!
SCOTUS dumped the challenge to the affirmative action piece in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin.
The vote was 4-3 and only seven justices voted due to Justice Elena Kagan stepping aside and Antonin Scalia... Well, dead.
The case challenged a second part of the admissions program. Under it, remaining students from Texas and elsewhere are considered under standards that take into account academic achievement and other factors, including race and ethnicity. Many colleges and universities base all of their admissions decisions on such holistic grounds.Abigail must be mad.
In Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, the Supreme Court endorsed free-standing admissions programs, saying it was permissible to consider race as one factor among many to achieve educational diversity. Writing for the majority in that case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said she expected that “25 years from now,” the “use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.”
The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 14-981, was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who said the university had denied her admission based on her race. She has since graduated from Louisiana State University.
When the court last considered Ms. Fisher’s case in 2013, supporters of affirmative action were nervous. But the court deferred conclusive action in what appeared to be a compromise decision.
This hits so hard
According to the most recent report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 80 percent of the LGBT people killed in America are people of color.
"We are still closeted within our community that, unfortunately, may still deny we still exist," says Ari Gutiérrez with the Latino Equality Alliance. "We've seen bullying in the school environment, and then take that out to the community-level."source
Gutiérrez says many pockets of cultures – including here in Southern California – still harbor fearful and violent views towards LGBT people, and she talks with communities in their native tongue to open up their minds.
"I think we're a vulnerable target," she says.
LGBT people are also less likely to trust law enforcement to help them, believing it will lead to more harassment by officers.
Just last week, for example, a transgender woman in Santa Ana was shot in the back by an assailant. She survived her injuries, but also didn't cooperate with authorities to find the perpetrator.
But Gutiérrez says the tragedy in Orlando should serve a wake-up call – to LGBT people and others – that this should not continue.
"It just happens so often," she says. "You see these young people being victimized, not because of what they were doing or they were in the wrong place, it's just because of who they are."
So, Roland Emmerich is still trash.
After the gays drag him for that bullshit movie STONEWALL, he still thinks it was a great film. Here's the quick and dirty about the film. STONEWALL was a whitewashed version of the real Stonewall riots. Roland created some white pretty boy to go to NYC and free the enslaved LGBT community. The critics, gays and others slammed the film and it tanked at the box office.
Well, Roland's feelings were hurt and he still feels some type of way about it.
“My movie was exactly what they said it wasn’t. It was politically correct. It had black, transgender people in there. We just got killed by one voice on the internet who saw a trailer and said, this is whitewashing Stonewall. Stonewall was a white event, let’s be honest. But nobody wanted to hear that any more.”
A white event? Really, sir? You are trash! It was not a white event and to say that is pure ignorance at its peak. Get the frak out of here with that crap. In fact, go to hell!