Thugs are the new n-word and “Inner City Men” are the new thugs.
In a thinly veiled racist (and classist?) comment, Paul Ryan told right-wing radio host Bill Bennett that poverty in America is largely a product of a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
“So there’s a real [black] culture problem here,” Ryan continued, “that has to be dealt with.”
And by deal with it, the former GOP vice-presidential candidate means not deal with it. According to Ryan’s recently released 204-page report on American anti-poverty programs, the programs have actually contributed to the high rate of poverty. So instead of letting the government get involved in helping the underprivileged, Ryan believes it should be left up to volunteers to give charity or mentor inner city kids. Huh. Let me know how that pans out. Salon
Drinking + driving + tragedy + Texas = death penalty. A drunk driver rammed into a crowd of music fans outside a South by Southwest event in Austin Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23. The suspect crashed through barricades outside the Mohawk nightclub shortly after midnight and was taken into custody after the police chased him down with a stun gun. 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens will be charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle – which in Texas means he could get the death penalty. Think before you drink! NBC News
Well, that’s one way to get the people on your side… Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned the people of Turkey that Facebook and YouTube could be banned following local elections in March. Interesting platform to run on… Erdogan’s hatred of websites that “encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends” was triggered when audio recordings allegedly capturing the PM and his son discussing how to hide large amounts of money were leaked online. But stalking Facebook friends may be the least of Turkey’s problems now. Following the funeral of a teenager who died nine months after being struck by police tear gas canister, further clashes between the police and anti-government protesters have left two more people dead. CNN
Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s dad has revealed that he wishes his son had never been born – yeah, him and 20 other dads. In an interview with The New Yorker, Peter Lanza spoke publicly for the first time about his son, who shot 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook elementary school. The elder Lanza thought his son was “a normal, weird little kid” but by the time he reached middle school “it was crystal clear something was wrong.” But not wrong enough that it stopped his mother from keeping guns in the house… “How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he’s my son? A lot,” Peter Lanza said. The father also believes that his son would have killed him if he’d had the opportunity. “With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he’d had the chance,” Lanza said. New Yorker
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest fraternities in America, is also one of the deadliest. Until now. The notorious frat, which has been linked to at least 10 deaths since 2006, announced last week it would stop the traditional pledging process. Past hazing rituals have included standing waist-deep in ice while wearing diapers to drinking until you pass out or.. die. “We have experienced a number of incidents and deaths, events with consequences that have never been consistent with our membership experience,” SAE said, acknowledging the faced multiple lawsuits and criminal investigations as a result of its pledging snafus. The frat will now have a more highbrow selection process they are dubbing “The True Gentleman Experience” which includes alcohol safety sessions. NBC News