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Congressman Luis Gutierrez had questions for ICE. Instead of answers, he got led out in handcuffs.

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials handcuffed Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez after he refused to leave ICE’s Chicago offices on Monday.
  • Gutierrez was at the office with a group of lawmakers, community activists and immigration lawyers for a meeting with ICE about recent deportation cases. 
  • When the meeting concluded, Gutierrez and seven others felt that officials had not yet answered some of their most pressing questions and decided to stay until they did. Read more (3/14/17 9:12 PM)

4-5 // 100 Days of Productivity 

I exist! Yesterday was so exhausting. I had work from 7:30 am-11:00 am, 3 classes back to back right afterward, a training session about 30 minutes after my last class, and I didn’t eat dinner until 8. I fell asleep sweaty and gross but in a deep, refreshing slumber until an upset stomach woke me up at 4:00 am this morning. 

Today was very low key, which was awesome. I had one class at 1:00, a meeting right afterward, and I had to scan my transcripts to send my internship. I went to Texas Roadhouse for the first time ever and it was so much fun. I ate with my roommates before heading over to Target to grocery shop. 

All of my roommates decided to go out for the night despite the fact that it is snowing profusely. I went to the gym and decided to catch up on some homework. I just did some cardio and some 5-minute abdominal workout. It was supposed to be my rest day so I tried to do a low impact workout. I just did the elliptical for about 20 minutes and another 5 minutes on the bike. 

My homework has been moving along quite nicely. I wrote my Odyssey article, tried to do my professional writing blog (but there are some issues with the confirmation email on Wordpress so I cannot publish said blog), and I’m about to read for my American Gothic class.

Tomorrow I have work from 11-2. I’m heading to the gym afterward to get my arm and abdominal workout in before doing, even more, homework. Tomorrow should be rather quiet, though. Hopefully, I can get two hours into LSAT studying and my literary criticism homework. 

Anyway, it’s going to be a late night!

Gabbs

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“I know it is terribly hard for me to even talk about my love for Dylan, for them to even hear me say that. But he was my son and knowing him did enrich my life and I loved him and he brought joy to me when he was alive. And since his death I have found meaning in life in trying to find answers to understand why this happened and how this terrible thing came about.”

The pain and sadness of a Columbine killer’s mother

The Columbine High School attack was 17 years ago, but remains etched into the consciousness both in the US and around the world. After years of silence, the mother of one of the two killers has been speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.

“The hardest thing to understand was kids killing kids.”

That quote from a student at Columbine High School is one of several set into the beautiful wall hewn from Jefferson County red sandstone which circles the Columbine memorial like an embrace.

The memorial which sits in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains pays tribute to each of the 12 students who were killed, and the teacher who was murdered as he tried to protect them.

“What I do is I sit there and in my head I talk to the kids and to the teacher who is there, without the rest of the world, without parents, without lawyers, community,” says Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold who, along with Eric Harris, set out to blow up the whole school on 20 April 1999.

“I just want them to know that I am thinking about them. And I will always think about them.”

Sue Klebold’s composure left her as she spoke to me about the students that her son had killed.

For the last 17 years, she has had to live with the trauma of that day - of knowing the son she loved committed such an atrocity.

But she also had to struggle with her son’s own suicide, and the firestorm that engulfed the Klebold family in the aftermath of Columbine.

It’s only now that Sue Klebold is speaking publicly about what happened. Her book, A Mother’s Reckoning, is a harrowing read. All the profits she makes from it will go to mental health charities.

Sue and her then husband Tom only discovered six months after the killing that Dylan had been suicidal for two years, and since then Sue has devoted increasing time to helping other families whose children take their own lives, though few have done so in such extreme circumstances.

Columbine will forever be the shorthand for high school shootings in the US.

The Columbine attack

  • 20 April 1999
  • Columbine High School in Colorado
  • Carried out by students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17)
  • Both took their own lives in the library of the school after the attack
  • 12 students and one teacher were killed
  • 21 others were injured
  • Subject of a documentary by Michael Moore in 2002, Bowling for Columbine

Sue doesn’t shy away from hard questions. She takes me through the day of the massacre, and her initial reaction. For the first months she was in in a really extreme state of denial.

“I didn’t know that he was a killer. What I believed, at first, was that he was involved in something that had gone terribly wrong and people were hurt and killed. But in my mind, I could not accept him as a killer… until six months later when I actually saw the police report and they were able to say yes, this really occurred.”

Sue’s deep-set dark brown eyes betray her profound sadness. I asked her how she could cope with knowing that her son and Eric Harris had planned to kill everyone in Columbine High school, where the roll call was almost 2,000 pupils, and to that end they had amassed an arsenal of more than 90 bombs, guns and grenades.

“When I thought of that, and thought of the magnitude… I really didn’t think I was going to live through it.”

In her book Sue writes that it would have been better for the world had Dylan not been born - but not for her.

“When I think about what he did to other people, the lives he took, the trauma that he caused - for even the people who lived through this event and will have trauma for the rest of their lives - or who lost siblings or friends in this incident, there is no measuring that or quantifying it.”

“I know it is terribly hard for me to even talk about my love for Dylan, for them to even hear me say that. But he was my son and knowing him did enrich my life and I loved him and he brought joy to me when he was alive. And since his death I have found meaning in life in trying to find answers to understand why this happened and how this terrible thing came about.”

Sue described how on the morning of the massacre when it was still dark, and the house was black, her son, usually a reluctant early riser, thundered down the stairs, past her bedroom, right to the front door.

“I couldn’t see him but all I heard him say was ‘bye’, and then he slammed the door and left.”

In her book she writes that she was startled by the harshness in his voice. She and her husband Tom decided he would talk to her son that evening to find out if something was wrong. Of course, they never saw him again.

I asked her what she wished she had done that morning.

“I wish I had just tackled him and just said: 'Sit down. You’re not going anywhere. We’re gonna talk.’”

[BBC News - 2.12.2016]

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Check these out. :) 

Kirsty Wark’s interview with Sue Klebold will be broadcast on on BBC Newsnight on Monday 15 February at 22:30 GMT on BBC Two

A longer version Columbine: A Killer in the Family is next weekend on Our World on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News (click for transmission times)

Urgent questions for S4E12

So I figure E12 will answer the big question of Allie’s fate, but there are some much bigger Wentworth questions I’m desperate to see answered too….

What happened to Vera’s affirmation rubber bands?

What happened to the prison theatre we saw in E1? And why do they have one? Have Juice’s crew been putting on Gilbert & Sullivan in there?

What’s Franky been doing all season? She’s started a new life as a community lawyer and stalker of teenage boys, and we missed it all!

Is Bea still running her hairdressing classes, and why hasn’t she punished Kaz with a giant fluffy mullet?

Are Bridget, Doreen and Liz still on the show?

Does Vera still fancy Bridget a bit?

What happened to the politics and “cause” behind the Red Right Hand? Will we ever learn how it started?

Why did Joan really keep her distance from poor Shayne for 17 years? * sniff *

What happened to that sinister new guard with the eyebrows in E1, who was a double agent between Vera and Joan?

Where is Joan getting all her money from? How many lifelong prison guards have 90K and endless lawyer’s fees in the glovebox?

Did Vera buy her copy of Fifty Shades of Beige at Kmart, or was it a free Woman’s Weekly giveaway?

How is Joan managing her exquisite eyebrows and (god forgive me) her bra hooks with only one hand? (I volunteer! I volunteer!!!)

Why has no one dropped a gigantic pumpkin full of drugs on Jake’s head from a great height, then set fire to his hair, turning him into a jack-o-lantern in a screw’s uniform? (I volunteer! I volunteer!!!)

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Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen in public for the first time in more than a year and a half. He appeared in a federal courtroom for 25 minutes in preparation for his trial. Tsarnaev, then 21, appeared well-dressed, lucid, and alert. His curly brown hair was long and unkempt, and he had a full beard. He touched his face at times and fidgeted. Tsarnaev stood and politely answered “Yes, sir,” when US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. asked whether he has followed the proceedings and has been communicating with his lawyers leading up to the scheduled Jan. 5 start of the trial. He asked if he thought his lawyers were working in his best interest, and Tsarnaev replied, “Very much.” The brief hearing demonstrated the building anticipation for Tsarnaev’s trial. It attracted dozens of spectators, including bombing survivors and their relatives, those who simply wanted to get a glimpse of Tsarnaev, and supporters who believe Tsarnaev is innocent.

Occured in 2014.*

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New Daredevil trailer and synopis released [x]

Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.

Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Poster Released

Official Synopsis of Season 2: Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.

Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.

whitegirlsaintshit (Olive) and I will be at this protest today. We’re also bringing supplies like water + milk. Although the Mayor is giving us a pardon to march, we want to make sure we are ready for anything that may occur. If you plan on coming to this march and you’re able to bring water and/or milk, please do so. If you are a community organizer, lawyer, can carpool or have church connects that’s willingly to house us in case we need to evacuate please message me. We need all the help we can get. 

-Bilphena 

I am so sad for Anette Olzon.

For those who haven’t heard, Anette, the former Nightwish singer, was beaten up and robbed (she posted a photo here https://www.instagram.com/p/BCF_gfrrEXE/?taken-by=thechosenone665 ). The incident, of course, had nothing to do with Nightwish, but I feel as if she’s taken a beating from fans and from the band itself over years, and she doesn’t deserve it - not when it was her voice that backed them during two of their most successful albums. Not when her theatricality on stage exceeded that of either other singer. I read an interview with her in Swedish where she basically said, “the boys in Nightwish and I were friends for years, and now suddenly we only communicate through lawyers.” Anette does perform in some concerts but not often, and unlike Tarja she hasn’t made a strong solo career. She sells the clothes she wore on stage for extra money. 

But she made that band for the two years she was with them. She got fans booing her off stage, and she turned around and performed anyway. She didn’t participate directly in the songwriting but I’ve heard most of the songs from her era sung by Floor and it’s just not the same. She gave everything to that band, even named one of her kids after a song… and they threw her aside.

It really bothers me because the art that she and Tuomas (and the others) created together is deeply important to me. It’s beautiful and it changed my life… but people are just forgetting Anette exists. I’m guilty of this, too, giving Tuomas credit for everything. Anyway, the fact that she’s basically been reduced to a hobby singer is infuriating to me. I listen to Dark Passion Play and I hear so much joy and hope and energy. Hell, even look at her instagram name - Thechosenone665. Referencing how she was the one Nightwish chose - but then they unchose her.

This isn’t an “anti-Floor” thing. I think Floor does a good job and it’s clear the band is happier working with her than with Anette. This is just sadness that Tuomas and the other members of Nightwish couldn’t have found a way not to betray someone who saw them as a friend and who made works of great beauty with them.

George Brandis as Attorney-General

- wanted s18C repealed because ‘people have the right to be bigots’

- introduced metadata laws, but can’t explain what metadata is, how far the law goes, or what it’ll cost

- stripped Legal Aids of desperately needed funds

- forbid community lawyers from discussing law reform (what about free speech?)

- defunded Environmental Defender’s Office 2 months after mining industry requested it

- introduced $2.2m legal aid specifically for ppl who want to challenge native title decisions

- bullies and bribes Human Rights Commissioner when, as AG, it’s his job to defend them from attacks. Even Howard Govt AGs respected this.

George Brandis should resign.