Twisting Tragedy: A User’s Guide to Politicizing Boston

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York (Image courtesy of Flickr user hahatango)Immigration: Discuss how the US has become too complacent with Chechens, who do not count as Caucasians even if they originate from someplace called Caucasus. A stricter immigration policy complete with thorough background checks will ensure that no foreigner with a dark complexion and a heavy accent (or parents and/or uncles with heavy accents) can seek refuge in this country where we pay taxes.It’s too bad Suspect # 1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2013Gun Control: Discuss how strict gun control policy would infringe on the rights of local Bostonians who were locked up in their homes with an armed maniac on the loose. Speak with marked inflection on how background checks and ammunition limits would put “we the people” in jeopardy. Under no circumstances mention that the Tsarnaev brothers found access to semi-automatic weapons that they used to kill and injure police officers. Do not question how they were obtained or if lives might have been saved if stricter gun laws were in place. Do not dare to imagine that anything bad could happen with a nervous civilian with a semi-automatic AR-15 aimed at a door as police officials bang door to door in search of criminals.Marijuana Prohibition: Sinister sounding background music will help convey the message in this special report on the dangers of marijuana consumption. Even the uncle called the brothers “losers,” in no small part because of the known frequent use of “pot” by younger brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Long touted as a “mellow” drug that “chills out” the partaker and has numerous health benefits, issue a “Special Report” on how ganja is the gateway to terrorism drug.Death Penalty:  How will the brothers know that it is morally reprehensible and barbaric to end human life unless we kill them?Legal procedure/due process: celebrate the Miranda loophole known as “The Public Safety Exception” which holds that the arrested are only entitled to rights on Law and Order.Foreign relations: Take the time to inform the people that according to the Czech Ambassador, apparently the Czech Republic is definitely not the same place as Chechnya. Even a little. So they are safe. (For now.)Torture: Go Dick Cheney on the sonofabitch.Religion: They were Muslim! They were Muslim! I’m not celebrating, just THEY WERE MUSLIM, thank God! They were angry, evil jihadists representing about 1/3 of the world population prompting a call for a War on Religions We Don’t Get.  Only further insurmountable debt and death to fight an idea will get these people to understand that we as Americans do not tolerate others who believe that their God is the real one (because ours totally is). In spreading the message that our God is the true God and that we are not a religious country, in the name of the Boston bombings, we will bomb more Muslim countries. God Bless these United States of America.Above all, remind the public that we are a civilized, rational country in no way prone to reactionary politics and/or foreign policy.Feel free to submit your personal favorites from around the Internet in the comments below.last_img read more

SCALE holds sit-in outside Nikias’ office

first_imgSCALE launched its campaign in consistency with a national movement by United Students Against Sweatshops after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, which was one of the largest industrial disasters in the history of the garment industry.Participants of the sit-in entered Bovard at approximately 3:30 p.m. and were locked out of President Nikias’ office, sitting in the hallway near the office doors. The students remained within Bovard for three hours until 6:30 p.m when they filed out of the hallway chanting, “Whose university? Our university.”SCALE members inside did not reach a resolution with administration, claiming that USC officials refused to speak with the students and did not allow them to use a restroom.“[USC administration] made it clear [they didn’t want to negotiate] by leaving the room and did not return for three hours; they instead decided to wait us out by refusing to allow students to access a restroom,” said one SCALE member to those outside. “When I spoke with someone from DPS, they told me they weren’t sure bathrooms were a health and safety right that we were entitled to.”SCALE members Lorelei Christie and Julia Wang told the Daily Trojan that during the sit-in, students were threatened with phone calls to parents, revoking of financial aid and suspension.“[USC administration] did exactly what they’ve been doing to us in the past eight months, which is threaten us and ignore us,” Christie said. “Administration came down and issued a bunch of threats [to] take away our scholarships, suspend us, call our parents.”During the sit-in, Wang said that Dr. Ainsley Carry, the vice provost of student affairs, had contacted the students directly with the threats.In an email to the Daily Trojan, Carry clarified that the students were notified they would be suspended if they continued to “disrupt university business,” but no official suspensions were given.“No letters of interim suspension were handed out … the students were informed that if they chose to continue to disrupt university business with loud protests inside the building or by staying inside the building after the hours of operation that they would be given a letter of interim suspension,” Carry wrote.Carry also noted that if a student were to be suspended, they “would likely face the loss of any university scholarships.”The vice provost went on to mention that USC does not work with vendors whose apparel is produced within Bangladesh.“The standards and requirements of USC licensed vendors are among  the most stringent in higher education,” Carry wrote. “USC has a long history of making dedicated efforts to help ensure that USC-branded merchandise is manufactured under safe and fair working conditions. No USC licensed vendor is producing USC merchandise in Bangladesh … We will continue to require that all licensees producing products for USC manufacture those items only in factories that ensure safe working conditions for their workers.”During the sit-in, SCALE members held an additional protest outside of Bovard, circling near the front gates chanting slogans such as “USC you can’t keep hiding, we the students are united” and “Hey Nikias prove your creed, don’t give into corporate greed.”“United we have the power, we have the skill, to bend their will,” said Faiz Jaspar Abu-Jaber, a junior majoring in neuroscience. “We will not take no for an answer until the contract with JanSport has been destroyed.”Seven DPS cars were parked outside of Bovard by the time the protest began, and DPS officers surrounded the entrance to Nikias office, not permitting access to any students. Additionally, many of the administrators working inside left the building at that time.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle noted that officers were not previously notified of the SCALE protest, and said upon arrival, they kept a steady presence while student affairs talked with SCALE representatives.“We monitored the situation while Student Affairs dealt with the student representatives from [SCALE] and there was no unfortunate action necessary,“ Carlisle said. “I have to defer to Student Affairs about if there were violations of university policies on campus for failing to move out of Bovard Auditorium.”Throughout the protest, SCALE members outside Bovard stood up and explained their reasoning for the organization’s presence. Liz Fernandez was one of those members, and beckoned USC to hear the organizations pleas.“[The SCALE members inside Bovard have] been threatened with suspension and they’ve been told that USC won’t speak to them,” Fernandez said. “To us that’s unacceptable, we’re your students, why won’t you hear our voices?”Fellow member Ryan Hauck reiterated Fernandez’s sentiments, asserting that administration cannot ignore the organization’s presence.“Human life is more valuable than however much money [the university] is saving,” Hauck said. “We are here to tell USC you can’t ignore the students without the students coming to you … our voice will never be silenced.”Following the sit-in, SCALE members declared that they will continue their campaign to end USC relations with JanSport, and hopefully reach a resolution with university administration.“All we can say is we will be back,” Christie said. “I think we showed them were willing to do whatever it takes to win this campaign.” On Tuesday afternoon, the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation held an 18-student  sit-in outside of President C. L. Max Nikias’ office at Bovard Auditorium in protest to the university’s business relations with JanSport, an apparel brand whose parent company, the VF Corporation, SCALE claims has been directly linked to the deaths of numerous workers in factory collapses.Sit-in for justice · Eighteen students from SCALE waited outside Nikias’ office on Tuesday to negotiate ending business relations with JanSport. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

USC falls in championship of ITA National Indoors

first_imgThe Trojans defeated several ranked opponents, including crosstown rival UCLA, to reach the championship match, but eventually lost 4-2 to the Cavaliers, who were hungry for revenge after losing to the Trojans in last year’s national championship.In the first round of the tournament, the Trojans swept the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies 4-0. The next day, the Trojans took down the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats 4-1 in the quarterfinals. The win against Kentucky set up a semifinal battle between USC and UCLA, ranked just behind the Trojans at No. 3 in the nation.USC opened up the match by dropping the doubles point for the first time all season. After UCLA’s No. 2 duo defeated sophomore Roberto Quiroz and freshman Max de Vroome 8-3, USC’s No. 3 pair, junior Emilio Gomez and sophomore Eric Johnson, who are ranked No. 49, evened the score with an 8-4 win over their opponents. The Trojans lost the doubles point when junior Ray Sarmiento and sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, ranked No. 48, fell to UCLA’s No. 1 pair 8-4.USC faced a unique challenge in playing from behind for the first time this season, but some hotly contested wins in singles helped the team secure a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Bruins. Hanfmann, ranked No. 94 in the country, was the only Trojan to win in straight sets, upsetting his opponent, No. 55 Dennis Mkrtchian, 6-4, 6-2 to even the score at 1-1. The five remaining singles matches all went to three sets.The Bruins regained the lead when Dennis Novikov, ranked No. 58 nationally, upset No. 12 Sarmiento 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. To tie the score up again, No. 46 Johnson defeated Karue Sell 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. Then, No. 10 Gomez beat Marcos Giron, ranked No. 13 nationally, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to put USC ahead again. To keep things close, UCLA’s Clay Thompson upset   No. 109 de Vroome 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.With the score tied at 3-3, the fate of the match lay in the hands of No. 23 Quiroz. After dropping the first set to Adrien Puget, who is ranked No. 42 nationally, Quiroz came back and won the second set to force a third, which went to a tiebreaker. To the delight of his teammates, Quiroz emerged victorious by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to put USC through to the finals of the tournament.“Any time a player can be in that moment and be successful in that moment, it’s great for them to draw upon,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “[Quiroz] is a very talented kid and he’s coming of age.”After winning three matches in three days, USC faced No. 1 Virginia in the finals of the tournament. For the second match in a row and only the second time all season, the Trojans fell behind when they conceded the doubles point to the Cavaliers. Virginia’s No. 15 doubles team of Justin Shane and Ian Uriguen defeated de Vroome and Quiroz 8-3. Then, Gomez and Johnson fell 8-4 to another pair from Virginia, suspending play at the No. 3 spot, where Sarmiento and Hanfmann were about to pull off an upset against a pair from Virginia that was ranked No. 4 nationally.This time, the Trojans were unable to come back from their early deficit and ended up falling by a 4-2 score. To open up singles play, Gomez fell to the top-ranked player in the nation, Alex Domijan, 6-3, 6-2. Then, Johnson gave the Trojans their first point of the day with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Justin Shane.Virginia responded by extending its lead when No. 7 Jarmere Jenkins handed Sarmiento his third loss in as many days by a score of 6-2, 6-4. De Vroome was able to overcome No. 25 Ryan Shane, 7-6 (4), 6-3, but the Cavaliers secured their victory soon after, with Mitchell Frank pulling off the upset over Quiroz, 6-3, 7-5.“Virginia outplayed us,” Smith said. “They were just a better team today.”Despite the loss, Smith remained optimistic. After all, the Trojans didn’t go undefeated last season either, and they still ended up winning the national championship. Smith merely sees this as an early test for his team.“To me, this is all just studying for the final,” Smith said. “We have finals in May … and we didn’t do so well on one of the tests.”The Trojans look to bounce back from their first loss in a home match against UCLA on Friday at 3 p.m. The No. 2 USC men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season this weekend, falling to No. 1 Virginia in the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Seattle, Wash.Setting the pace ·Sophomore Yannick Hanfmann was named the Pac-12 player of the week thanks to his efforts at the ITA National Indoors. — Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Extreme fire danger in Northeast Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis As dry conditions continue across the state, firefighters are urging everyone to take extra safety precautions to prevent starting fires. This means waiting to burn debris and holding off on using lawn mowers or other outdoor machinery. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that in very dry conditions heat from something like a lawn mower can ignite dry grass. Currently, there is no burn ban in effect but burn permits are not being issued in the Northern lower peninsula until the area receives a significant amount of rainfall.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Shoreline Players Youth Drama Learn the Professional Scoop From Visiting DirectorNext Local Businesses and Education Leaders Work Together Through Marshall Plan Workshopslast_img read more

MLB cancels 2020 All-Star Game; Dodgers will host in 2022

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement released Friday. “I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the city of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic.  The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium.”The Dodgers invested $100 million in a renovation of 58-year-old Dodger Stadium, partly in anticipation of hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since 1980. With MLB planning to play a 60-game regular season this year amid the coronavirus pandemic with no fans allowed to attend, canceling the All-Star Game became inevitable.“COVID-19 has forced us to make a lot of tough calls and sacrifices — and while it may have disrupted our plans for this year, we can’t wait to welcome baseball’s best to Los Angeles for the 2022 All-Star Game,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The Dodgers have always brought Angelenos together and baseball has helped America heal time and again. I look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world to our city and Dodger Stadium for this Midsummer Classic.”For anyone who purchased tickets to the All-Star Game, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team would encourage them to keep that money on account with the team. But anyone who wants a refund can go to the team’s web site on Monday for instructions.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have not hosted an All-Star Game in 40 years. They will have to wait a little longer.Major League Baseball officially announced Friday that the abbreviated 2020 schedule will not include an All-Star Game. Dodger Stadium had been scheduled to host the game along with the sprawling network of activities like the Home Run Derby, FanFest and celebrity events.Instead, the Dodgers have been awarded hosting duties for the 2022 game. The 2021 game had already been awarded to the Atlanta Braves.It is the first time since 1945 that MLB has had to cancel its midsummer exhibition.last_img read more