Thursday, May 7, 2015

Last Call For Literal Gay Bashing

Gosh, when are white urban community leaders going to do something about white on white violence in New York City?

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is investigating allegations that men at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in Manhattan were called anti-gay slurs and then beaten. 
Jonathan Snipes, 32, told DNA Info that he was having dinner at the Chelsea neighborhood restaurant with his 25-year-old boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams, on Tuesday night when the attack occurred. 
“A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White f—-ts, spilling drinks,'” Snipes recalled. 
“I don’t let anyone talk to me like that,” he explained. “I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?'” 
Snipes said that he weighed 140 pounds, and did not expect the two large men to turn the verbal disagreement into a physical confrontation. 
“I may be a mouthy broad, but I wasn’t going to take it to that level,” he noted, adding that one of the men “turned it into a physical altercation very quickly.” 
According to DNA Info, the man knocked Snipes off of his feet, and then began kicking him while he was on the ground. During the beating, one of Snipe’s teeth was left loose, cartilage in his ear was snapped and his head was bruised. 
“Take that, f—-t,” the attacker allegedly told Snipes. 
“At some point, the guy stops kicking me in the face. He’s won,” Snipes said. “But as [my boyfriend] tried to get me away, that’s when the other dude hits him with the chair.”

Maudlin humor aside, it's at the very least assault here and may even fit federal hate crime legislation if this ends up a civil rights case.  Even in a large, fairly liberal place like Manhattan there are still bigots and assholes and America still has a long, long way to go.

Dinesh D'Felon D'Nied

No Convicted Felon Dinesh D'Souza, you can't just take summer break from your community service, you're a convicted federal criminal.

Federal Judge Richard Berman shot down conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s request that he be allowed a “summer break” from his community service because the Catholic high school at which he had been serving is on its summer recess, the New York Post’s Josh Saul reports.

D’Souza pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws by using other people’s identities to donate $20,000 to Republican Wendy Long’s failed New York senatorial bid. He was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house and community service, which he had been serving at the Mater Dei School in San Diego. 
But when the school let out for the summer, instead of finding an alternative means of performing community service, D’Souza had his parole officer petition the court for a “summer break.” Berman wouldn’t hear of it, writing that “with respect to [the] request that Mr. D’Souza’s community service hours be ‘waived’ from June 1, 2015 until July 13, 2015, the request is respectfully denied.”

The short explanation is,” Berman continued, “as all criminal defendants are aware, that we don’t provide ‘summer breaks’ in these circumstances.” He noted that there are other “appropriate venue[s] for community service in San Diego” and strongly encouraged D’Souza to locate one of them and fulfill the terms of his parole immediately.

If Convicted Felon D'Souza didn't exist, he would have to be written into Arrested Development as a Bluth.  He's that much of a clueless, privileged bag of fermented stupid.

Frankly, the judge should have had a five minute laughing session, and then immediately thrown Convicted Felon D'Souza in prison.  But hey, this is why I'm not a federal judge.

That's probably a good thing.

An Air Apparent Situation

It's no longer a question of will man-made global warming cause damage, but how awful, widespread, deadly, and costly that damage will be.  We've hit a new milestone in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, one that foretells brutal results in the near future.

Record carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere were recorded worldwide in March, in what scientists said marked a significant milestone for global warming. 
Figures released by the US science agency Noaa on Wednesday show that for the first time since records began, the parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere were over 400 globally for a month. 
The measure is the key indicator of the amount of planet-warming gases man is putting into the atmosphere at record rates, and the current concentrations are unprecedented in millions of years. 
The new global record follows the breaking of the 400ppm CO2 threshold in some local areas in 2012 and 2013, and comes nearly three decades after what is considered the ‘safe’ level of 350ppm was passed. 
“Reaching 400ppm as a global average is a significant milestone,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist on Noaa’s greenhouse gas network. 
“This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120ppm since pre-industrial times,” added Tans. “Half of that rise has occurred since 1980."
World leaders are due to meet in Paris for a UN climate summit later this year in a bid to agree a deal to cut countries’ carbon emissions and avoid dangerous global warming.

Dr Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading told the Guardian: “This event is a milestone on a road to unprecedented climate change for the human race. The last time the Earth had this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was more than a million years ago, when modern humans hadn’t even evolved yet."

Oh, well we should probably do nothing then.  I'm sure it'll pass soon.

Our kids and grandkids, well, they won't be so lucky.  I'm sure they'll forgive us someday.



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