Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lackland sex abuse scandal shameful

 “The issue of sexual assault in our armed forces undermines that trust. So not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be,” said President Obama.
“And as such, it is dangerous to our national security. So this is not a sideshow. This is not sort of a second-order problem that we're experiencing. This goes to the heart and the core of who we are and how effective we're going to be.”
Obama made his comments after discussing the problem with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The White House meeting came days after the Army said a Fort Hood NCO was under investigation for sexual assault and promoting prostitution. And just last week, the head of the Air Force sexual assault-prevention office was arrested in Arlington, Va., after a woman accused him of groping her.
Original article here.

The revelations, coupled with a sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland that has become the worst in Air Force history, have been blasted in congressional hearings and sparked a firestorm indignation in Washington.
The sex abuse scandal centered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has become the worst in Air Force history with 33 basic training instructors under investigation for allegations of misconduct with 63 recruits and technical training students. The following photos depict the still-unfolding investigation.
 U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Emily Allen was the first woman basic training instructor charged in the scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and is charged with having sex with a trainee.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gay veteran denied right to be buried with wife in Idaho cemetery

 "I don't see where the ashes of a couple old lesbians is going to hurt anyone," she continued. The couple were first married in 1995 and then legally married again in California in 2008. Mixner died in 2012.
"I could take the same documents and get buried in Arlington if I needed to, with no problems," Taylor told KHOU.com. "But here they said it's a state veterans cemetery, not a national cemetery. So we have to go by the state laws. So, we gotta change the state laws." More here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hijra: India's third gender claims its place in law

The history of the hijra community's stretches back to antiquity. But now, with a new supreme court ruling, India's third gender has finally achieved full legal recognition.

On Tuesday the supreme court of India ruled that transgender people would be recognized on official documents under a separate "third gender" category. The change follows similar legislation in Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This means that now, for the first time, there are quotas of government jobs and college places for hijras. The decision has been cheered by activists, who say that, despite its distinguished history, the community too often faces violence and harassment. More here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIP Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

“Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.”
--One Hundred Years of Solitude

hayashi satomi


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Life of Justice: Hugo Black Of Alabama

Debbie Elliott talks with biographer Steve Suitts about his new book, Hugo Black Of Alabama. A Supreme Court justice and one-time member of the Klu Klux Klan, Black helped create more uniform laws to protect civil rights after he took a seat on the bench in 1937. Listen to the story here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Peter Coffin

“Untitled -Natural Phenomenon, Volcano Model” 2014
List of Famous Ku Klux Klan Members ranked by fame and notoriety. The Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist organization that was founded in 1865 in Tennessee. The KKK is notorious for their promotion of white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-immigration stances. Known for wearing white hoods and robes, individual KKK members are veiled in secrecy. Here is a list of the most famous Ku Klux Klan members.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

jim nolan studio shot 2013

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Alma Allen


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

KLARA KRISTALOVA: Big Girl Now

Lehmann Maupin
 Installation view, 201 Chrystie Street February 27 – April 26, 2014