Protection for Pot Smokers, Texas Bans “Sanctuary Cities,” Racist Taunts at Fenway; Racism at American University, White House Snubs 16-Year Cinco de Mayo Tradition, Kansas City Archdiocese Cuts Ties with Girl Scouts, 82 Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Released; Good Deed for a Color-Blind Teacher, and an American Tattoo Artist in Northern Iraq Inks Tattoos for the Oppressed.
Congress passed a trillion-dollar spending bill with one very interesting twist. Forty-four states that permit the use of medical marijuana have some protection in that the bill bars AG Jeff Sessions from using any of the funds to challenge any such state practices. Texas was also busy legislating, passing a bill banning sanctuary cities. Constitutional? Something to think about as you cram for that Con Law final . . .
Racism apparently is alive and well in Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones heard the taunts and complained. After an investigation, a fan accused of using racist language was been given a life-time ban, but not before Curt Schilling, a former baseball player and current sports commentator took the position that the story was made-up.
In DC, racism reared its ugly head at American University, where the student body elected their first women African-American president, Taylor Dumpson. Bananas were hung “from string ‘in the shape of nooses,’” with references to Alpha Kappa Alpha, a predominantly black on-campus sorority. Outrage followed and the University took swift action to ferret out and combat the racist conduct. The FBI announced an investigation and the matter is being treated as a hate-crime.
The White House ended a 16-year run of celebrating Cinco de Mayo that was started by former President George W. Bush. However, an event was hosted by Vice-President Pence were on May 4th. Cuatro de Mayo? Well, we could celebrate both . . . Maybe even Seis de Mayo too? Count me in! And the Girls Scouts came under fire in Kansas this week. The Kansas City Archdiocese cited “philosophical differences” with the beloved organization and took steps to both sever ties and denounce cookie sales. Stock up on your “Thin Mints” and “Samoas” now! For a fun article discussing how to pair girl scout cookies with your favorite wine, see our links below.
Moving toward the positive, 82 Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped three years ago were released this week as part of a negotiation with the extremist group, Boka Haram. Still, over 300 schoolgirls were mass-abducted and have yet to be accounted for. Let’s hope this crisis is fully resolved and soon.
Ending on a lighter note, high school students in Eagleville, Pennsylvania scrounged up $500 to buy a color-blind teacher a pair of specialty “Enchroma” glasses so that he could see the spectrum. Video included in link below. You might also want to check out an interesting story of an American woman working inking “forbidden tattoos” in Northern Iraq.
Good Luck in Finals!!!
Medical Marijuana – Spending Bill
Congress’ spending bill protects medical pot states:
Texas Ban re Sanctuary Cities:
Texas legislature passes ban on so-called ‘sanctuary cities’:
Racism: Fenway Park:
Adam Jones says he was taunted with racial slurs at Fenway Park:
Curt Schilling believes Adam Jones is lying about racial taunts:
Red Sox permanently ban fan for racial slur at another fan:
Racism: American University
American University is dealing with a racist incident on its campus. It is not alone.:
Black Students Say They Were Harassed With Bananas At American University:
Video: FBI Investigation:
White House / Cinco de Mayo
White House Breaks with 16-year Tradition of Marking Cinco De Mayo:
Kansas/ Girl Scouts
Kansas archdiocese to usher out Girl Scouts, and cookies
How to pair wine with your favorite Girl Scout cookies: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-wine-girl-scout-cookies-20160128-story.html
Nigeria: Release of 82 Chibok Schoolgirls:
Nigeria says 82 Chibok girls free in Boko Haram exchange:
Good Deed for Teacher:
Iraq / Tattoos:
The American woman inking ‘forbidden’ tattoos in Northern Iraq: