Arranged marriages should not be tolerated in any modern democracy. It should be required that any immigrant abide by the rule of being able to choose your own partner for marriage. And under no circumstances allow child brides, punishable by prison time:
A Pakistani father has been arrested in the suspected honor killing of his daughter in Italy after she reportedly declined an arranged marriage, police said Friday.
Shabbir Abbas was arrested in his village in the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan, following Italian authorities and local police’s tip-off in relation to his daughter’s disappearance, the New York Post reported, citing senior police official Anwar Saeed Kingra.
A San Antonio police officer was fired on Wednesday after he shot a 17-year-old driver who was eating a McDonald’s sandwich in his car.
James Brennand was a probationary officer who had been with the department for just seven months. According to mySA, he initially reported that he shot at the teen’s car after it hit him. However, body camera footage of the incident didn’t back up his story.
The video showed Brennand on an unrelated call when he spotted a maroon vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot and concluded it had recently fled from him.
Brennand called for assistance, approached the car and opened the driver side door. Erik Cantu and an unnamed 17-year-old female passenger were inside, per a police report described by KSAT-TV.
“Get out of the car!” Brennand told Cantu, who was munching on a McDonald’s burger.
“Why?” Cantu asked as his vehicle began to move backward. Brennand responded by firing his gun multiple times.
No more business as usual, no matter fun and games. Global warming is destroying our planet. It’s an emergency. And we have to act accordingly. Congress just wants to be free to ignore it. Not happening. Not as long as there are those who are willing to fight to for us:
Climate protesters were arrested at the 87th annual Congressional Baseball Game and fundraiser Thursday night after trying to block the entrance to Nationals Park in Washington DC.
Three protesters were busted for unlawful entry at the stadium when dozens of demonstrators blocked the entrance, the DC Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News.
Several groups who organized the protest outside of the stadium were holding signs that read “This is a climate emergency.”
Just before the first pitch of the game, protesters moved to the front of the stadium’s center field gate to stop attendees from getting inside, according to the Washington Post.
Global warming still isn’t being taken seriously. And we are seeing the consequences. Sadly it will take truly cataclysmic events before we take action. And by then it will be too. Is that okay with you?
You wonder why our defense budget keeps growing during a pandemic. Why we spend more than the next 10 countries combined. And why we don’t win wars anymore. Then look no further than a Congress that is bought-off. Democrats and Republicans disagree on everything. But they do agree on defense spending. Congress gets outraged about providing programs for the poor and needy in America. There is no issue sending billions to Ukraine. Not even a little. That is our system. But we were warned decades ago. President Eisenhower warned us about the M.I.C. Obviously we have not learned our lesson:
Every year, the defense industry donates millions of dollars to the campaigns of members of Congress, creating pressure on the legislative branch to fund specific weapons systems, maintain an extremely high Pentagon budget, and add ever more military spending. This upwards pressure is a constant, no matter what figure is requested by the president for the Pentagon, even though nearly 50% of the current Pentagon budget already goes to private contractors each year.
Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are especially targeted by defense contractors. These committee members determine the amount of money authorized for the Pentagon when the committee marks up the annual Pentagon policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act.
Because of this critical position, the defense contractors pour money into the reelection campaigns of these members, creating a self-fulfilling feedback loop that many call the “military-industrial-Congressional complex.” This year, the armed services committees voted to increase the Pentagon budget beyond the President’s $813 billion request for the Pentagon for the coming fiscal year, a $31 billion increase from the previous fiscal year, by an additional $37.5 billion in the House and $45 billion in the Senate.
Illinois has a long history of high-ranking politicians going to jail. This case won’t be any different. Obama came from this political machine:
The federal indictment against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the halls of state and local government, with politicians from both sides of the aisle condemning Madigan’s alleged behavior as "deplorable" and "disturbing."
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, a political foe of Madigan’s for years, said Wednesday "may be the darkest day in Illinois government history."