Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Petition seeks full honors military burial for Florida shooting victim

15-year-old Peter Wang, a JROTC cadet, was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let others escape.



From CNN: Peter Wang, a 15-year-old JROTC cadet, died in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to his friends, he was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let other people escape.

"He died a gentleman holding the door for other students," his classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN.

On Tuesday afternoon Wang will be laid to rest, and thousands of people have signed a White House petition asking for him to be buried with military honors.

"His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial," reads the petition. As of Monday afternoon, it had more than 25,000 signatures.

More here: People are calling for this Florida shooting victim to be buried with military honors

Monday, February 19, 2018

Radio host fired for making lewd comments about Chloe Kim

Barstool Radio's Patrick Connor called the 17-year-old snowboarder "a little hot piece of ass."



From Yahoo! Sports: When you're a grown man and call a 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist "a little hot piece of ass," things likely won't end too well for you.

Patrick Connor has lost at least one of his jobs after making that comment about American snowboarder Chloe Kim on Tuesday, when he was on "Dialed In with Dallas Braden," a show on Barstool Radio's SiriusXM channel.

On Wednesday, San Francisco radio station KNBR, where Connor is known as "PCon," fired him.

KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe told media outlets, "Be advised that Patrick Connor is no longer with Cumulus Media," which owns the station.

More here: Radio host fired after sexually suggestive comment about 17-year-old Chloe Kim

New Jersey's first Sikh mayor is getting death threats

Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla says death threats have been made against him and his family.



From NJ.com: Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is publicly acknowledging death threats that have made against him and his family.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon following a security breach at City Hall Thursday, Bhalla said he and his family have been threatened and that the city is working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to improve security at City Hall.

"This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously," Bhalla said.

More here: Hoboken mayor says death threats have been made against him, family

Teacher protected students during Florida school shooting

When gunfire started, Parkland math teacher Shanthi Viswanathan kept a cool head.



From the Sun-Sentinel: "Mrs. V" knew something wasn't right when the second fire alarm of the day sounded shortly before classes were to end at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Rather than let her Algebra II students out, Shanthi Viswanathan made them get on the floor in the corner of the room. But first she put paper over the window in the class door so no one could see in.

Her actions probably saved her students, said Dawn Jarboe, whose son Brian was in the class.

More here: Florida school shooting: Teacher protected her kids from chaos — and from cops

What have courts done to help with child support nonpayment?

Nonpayment of child support is one of the biggest hurdles that a lot of parents face. For those not getting payment, it can be impossible to make ends meet financially. For those not paying the proper amount, there are many looming ramifications, from a potential driver's license suspension to jail time.

To increase the amount of payments that do get made, courts and lawmakers have sometimes taken drastic steps. Some of these include:

  • Increasing a parent's assets to his or her children. If parents are given more visitation time and bond with their children, it can make them more likely to pay.
  • Reducing the amount that is owed. A person who lost a job may still want to pay, but, with the lower income, he or she needs a modification to make it realistic.
  • Forgiving back payments. Some people don't pay because they've fallen behind and they feel like they'll never get current anyway. Forgiving this debt or reducing the amount that is owed can convince them to pay.
  • Setting up parenting classes. Some parents do not feel like they really know how to be involved with their kids. The classes can give them ideas and instruction to raise the quality of that relationship. As these parents become more involved, they may also become more likely to pay on time.

This doesn't mean that these tactics will be used in every case, but it does show why it's so important to know what legal options exist. When nonpayment of child support becomes an issue, no matter which side you're on, you need to know exactly where you stand.

Source: National Fatherhood Initiative, "The Surprising Facts about Payments of Child Support," Christopher A. Brown, accessed Feb. 19, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Derek Nguyen

"I'm an optimist at heart and a cynic in the head."



Hey, everybody! It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Derek Nguyen.

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Another Parade: The Olympics and LGBTQ Asians and Pacific Islanders

Guest Post by Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance



Sports was never my thing. In high school gym class, I would always be the last person to be picked for a team. No one wanted me. I was too fat. Too slow. And I was uncomfortable in my body. The jocks called me queer for being effeminate.

But, today, I’m captivated by the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. They show us how we can be all of who we are—that we can live our lives authentically and achieve our fullest potential in whatever we do. They also remind me that the world is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ.

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