SDB Evening News Reads for 081711: Quick Newsie roundup today!Posted: August 17, 2011
In my hometown of Tampa, FL, a 17-year-old boy was planning some kind of “Columbine” attack at his high school. Fortunately the plot was discovered before we had yet another breaking news day, full of horrible scenes and crying children.
Tampa police have arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they deemed a potentially “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school and cause mass casualties on the first day of classes next week, authorities said Wednesday.
Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano, 17, had threatened to plant a bomb at Freedom High School in north Tampa and detonate the device when students return Tuesday.
The suspect was arrested Tuesday night after someone alerted police to the alleged plot.
Castor told a news conference that the alleged bombing plot was planned minute by minute and the intent was to cause more casualties than the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, which resulted in 13 deaths before the two shooters killed themselves.
Castor said police and the school system “were probably able to thwart a potentially catastrophic event, the likes of which the city of Tampa has not seen, and hopefully never will.”
You know, I went to a high school that had a lot of people from West Tampa and areas that would be considered “urban.” If I wanted a gun back then, I knew who to go to, it was the same with drugs or alcohol…but at the same time, there was no animosity between the different ethnic and races of people at my school. Not that race has anything to do with this plot to attack certain targets within the school…it is just that my graduating class of 700 people did not experience the sort of “unsubstantiated threats” that the principal of this school talks about.
High school principal Chris Farkas said Cano was expelled in April 2010 because of a non-school-related incident and would have been red-flagged if he had tried to come back on campus.
“My first response was shock. I wanted to see if it was a real threat,” said Farkas, who is accustomed to unsubstantiated threats from working at a large high school.
“Once I found out and saw the information and saw what was taken from the apartment complex, that was when the reality and the fear set in that this was a real situation.”
Violence or the threat of a vicious attack while at school, is not all kids have to deal with today. Like this recent study that found the child poverty rate has gone up in the US. Report: Child poverty rate hits 20 percent in US as families struggle – CSMonitor.com
There has been a “significant decline” in economic well-being for low-income children and families over the past decade as the official child poverty rate grew by 18 percent and poverty levels for families with children increased in 38 states, according to a new study.
Economic and housing difficulties are the main culprits, reports the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that focuses on disadvantaged children.
“The recent recession has wiped out many of the economic gains for children that occurred in the late 1990s,” said Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and data at the Casey Foundation, as the report was released Wednesday. “Nearly 8 million children lived with at least one parent who was actively seeking employment but was unemployed in 2010. This is double the number in 2007, just three years earlier.”
The numbers however vary from state to state, with Mississippi having the highest number of children in poverty.
“The news about the number of children who were affected by foreclosure in the United States is also very troubling because these economic challenges greatly hinder the well-being of families and the nation,” said Ms. Speer.
In the United States as a whole, nearly 15 million children (20 percent) live in poverty. A broader definition of economic straits – $43,512 a year, or twice the federal poverty line for a family of four, “a minimum needed for most families to make ends meet,” as Speer puts it – includes 31 million children, or 42 percent of the total.
And all this greatly affects the population and future generations.
“People who grew up in a financially secure situation find it easier to succeed in life, they are more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to graduate from college, and these are things that will lead to greater success in life,” Stephen Brown, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, told the AP. “What we are looking at is a cohort of kids who as they become adults may be less able to contribute to the growth of the economy. It could go on for multiple generations.”
But it is obvious that no one in Washington is paying any attention to these things…
They are too busy filling their pockets and sending out emails like this: Obama Campaign Staffer Sends Out Email Bashing Paul Krugman And The ‘Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere’ h/t Dakinikat for this link…
The Obama campaign’s point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president’s position on the debt deal and bashing the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere.”
On the evening of Aug. 1, just after Congress passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling, Obama for America (OFA) New Mexico State Director Ray Sandoval sent an email to supporters with the subject line, “Please take 5 minutes to read this, Please.”
The blog post that Sandoval thought was important enough to share with others harshly condemns Krugman and progressive bloggers who have been critical of Obama.
The blog post refers to Fire Baggers, which HuffPo is attributing to a spin on the FireDogLake blog and the tea bag phrase.
Dakinikat found this definition of Firebagger on Balloon Juice:
Firebagger – Unfortunate portmanteau of FDL ‘Firepup’ and ‘Teabagger’, possibly coined by Firedoglake commenter Knoxville in December 2009 to celebrate the new anti-Obama partnership between Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist: “How can anyone seriously support any president as he pulls tom-fuckery on the American people? I’d be more than happy if Obama were to fight for the common good and the best interests of the American people. But he’s not. Till he changes course – and till others in his base see that he’s screwing around for all the wrong reasons and screwing us all over in the process – I’ll speak out against him. Call me PUMA. Call me Firebagger. Call me the last true Progressive standing.” First nutpicked for Balloon Juice here, courtesy of commentor Midnight Marauder.
Jane Hamsher responded with this:
“[I]f this is a brilliant political strategy on the part of OFA, someone is going to have to explain it to me. I know the goal is to attract the much-prized Independent for 2012. But who do they think is keeping Obama’s poll numbers afloat? … What exactly does OFA think they stand to gain by ridiculing Krugman as a ‘political rookie,’ a hysterical ‘fanatic’ and an ‘idealogue’? Do they think they hold so much sway with liberals that they can discredit Krugman and thus neutralize his criticism? This smacks more of narcissism and personal vendetta than any sound political ‘strategy.'”
Ugh…all this is just ridiculous. Why doesn’t the Obama Administration listen to what the people are saying, and what the people are desperate for…instead they are pushing back on anyone who is critical of them…and taking bus tours in towns that aren’t really suffering like most of America is. Obama’s narcissistic response to any kind of criticism is a lame ass excuse for not doing what is right and what can truly help put the country back to work.
Which goes back to the blame game Obama is also pushing, and telling people to call their congress critters and do what Obama should be doing…which is taking charge.
Please share some links that you are finding this evening…Looks like it has been a busy day in the neighborhood.