A U.S. federal judge has dismissed immigration charges against Luis Posada Carriles, a man often described as the Bin Laden of Latin America.
Although Luis Posada Carriles has committed dozens of violent acts of terrorism over four decades, the U.S. has never charged him for these crimes. As the charges for his illegal entry in the country have been dropped, he is now free to roam in the country.
"I am free. Thank God, you, all of my brothers, the people in Cuba... for this victory," he said after the ruling. Posada has claimed responsibility for a series of hotel bombings in Cuba during the 90s.
Posada is a former CIA operative and United States Army officer. The government of Venezuela wants his extradition to face outstanding charges in the 1976 airline bombing in which 73 people died. On Oct. 6, 1976, Cubana Airlines Flight 455 crashed off the coast of Barbados as a result of a bombing by plastic explosives hidden in a toothpaste tube.
Posada and Orlando Bosh are known to have masterminded the bombing. The two men who planted the explosive were members of a terrorist organization Posada and Bosh had created.
Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat's Cradle" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in New York. He was 84 and had homes in New York and in Sagaponack on Long Island. [IHT]
The other thing that the girls tended to do was to fall head over heels in love with one another. The 1907 Barnard yearbook observed that crushes were "an epidemic peculiar to college girls," marked by "a lump in the throat, a feeling of heat in the face and an inability to speak." While romantic friendships between women were an accepted aspect of life in the 19th century, Peril's reporting on the nature of those relationships is eye-opening. An 1898 advice book called What a Young Woman Ought to Know describes the irritating behavior of girls who imposed their ardor on the world:
They go about with their arms around each other, they loll against each other, and sit with clasped hands by the hour. They fondle and kiss until beholders are fairly nauseated.
You are the gem of any party, the rock, the one who can roll with the group and have a ton of fun, even though you are completely sober most of the time. You may have a rare occasional drink, but really don't need it or care if you have one. The potheads tend to fall into this group often, as they prefer to smoke up instead of drink anyway, and it wears off before its time to go home. You find your friends amusing as they get ripped and try to hit on you, slurring their words and calling you 'the best', though you get annoyed at the constant 'come on, just have one with me' as they try to buy you a drink.
A huge border enforcement drill involving hundreds of agents chasing make-believe migrants on the Miami shoreline proved to be hugely successful for some 40 actual Cuban refugees Thursday. Two incoming boatloads squeaked by the “Operation Vigilant Sentry” squads, including one group of 21 that came ashore at a nudist beach. [Truthdig]
The full text is worth a read, regardless of your opinion of the CCP. The report contains its share of foolishness (apparently the Commies still favor the nationalization of firearms, if nothing else), but there's some good stuff as well.
According to The London Times, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani gives kisses before he leaves every morning, but to neither his estranged wife, nor his girlfriend. Instead, says The Times, “Sir Rudy” gives a peck on the cheek to the two homosexual men he’s living with.
“We always get a little kiss, it’s cute,” says wealthy car dealer Howard Koeppel, with whom Giuliani has been sharing an apartment since June. When Giuliani was recently knighted, Koeppel tells The Times that he told “Sir Rudy” to call him “Queen Howard.” Koeppel (63) and his homosexual lover Mark Hsiao (41) have been comforting Giuliani, and trying to make him laugh, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
On the way to a recent fundraising dinner for the pro-homosexual state lobby group, The Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), Koeppel ribbed Giuliani by saying that if the ESPA was able to raise $100,000 donation for the homosexual victims of the September 11 attacks, Giuliani should agree to appear on Showtime’s controversial Queer as Folk dressed in drag. Surprisingly, Giuliani agreed.
Marty Algaze of Gay Men’s Health Crisis once summed up Queer as Folk — a show that touts graphic sexual activity as one of its biggest draws — as one that would “shock a lot of people.” Showtime’s Queer as Folk was inspired by the original series in Britain, which featured a storyline in which a 29-year-old man has a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.
The propensity to shock people is not new to Giuliani, who likes to dress in women’s clothes as a stage act, and even did so once at a Pride Agenda fund-raiser.
According to the Times, Giuliani has attended every “gay pride” parade in New York during his eight years as mayor. In 1992, during his first run for mayor, Giuliani took part in a homosexual “pride” parade that included a contingent of pedophile activists marching behind a banner for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association).
This won't mean anything to anyone else, but I thought it might do someone some good to know that someone else, namely me, is very, very happy right now.
Dr. X will not be holding his 700 class on campus tonight due to illness. The quiz is postponed to next week, and he will post an alternate activity on Blackboard in lieu of class.
Please check tomorrow on Blackboard for the online activity.
"Quiz" my ass. That sucker is as long and intimidating as any undergraduate exam I ever took, and I'd say I'm almost exactly a week away from being ready for it.
An ethical quandary: is it wrong for me to celebrate the results of someone else's illness, as minor as that illness hopefully is? I suppose it must be...
UPDATE: Then again, I felt no qualms about celebrating FDNY Engine Company 201's move to a new, expanded station last week, even though it wouldn't have existed in the first place without tragedies necessitating it. Can't good things result from bad ones?