Work to be done

 

Last night I watched the news with a sinking heart.  Because the signs were there.  The GOP chose its candidate, and the candidate they chose represents their values.  They tried to disclaim him,  but their actions spoke louder than words.

“This does not represent who I am as a person.”  How many times do we hear this response when an individual has committed a racist act?  When people show you who they are, you should believe them.  Because the best predictor of future action is past action.

So they claimed not to support his words, but they supported his bid for the presidency.  Like John McCain, they supported him because he is a Republican.  McCain said he would support him because he believed in the GOP and its values.  We’ve seen those values.

Black people shoved and pushed out of political gatherings.  A boy in a wheelchair being booed while adults kick his wheelchair on the way out.  Throw them out.  Because they aren’t a part of the United States the president-elect envisions.

I had hoped beyond hope that the election would not go this way.  Because I am a fucking optimist.    But deep down I have been holding a knot of fear that started when the candidates were elected.

Those of us who are rational and reasonable people have been too complacent.   Continue reading

Another Chinese adoptee murdered

Her name was Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto.  She was 12 years old.  Her body was found in the woods of Santiago de Compostela.  She had been drugged and died of asphyxiation.  Her adoptive parents have been charged with her murder.  The sedative used was apparently one purchased by the adoptive mother, and the rope found near the body was similar to rope found in the house. Continue reading

Missing – Evanston, Illinois

 

Harsha Maddula, an 18-year-old Northwestern University student, has been reported missing.  Maddula was last seen leaving a party at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22.

His family describes him as being about 5′ 8″ tall, 149 pounds.  He was recently diagnosed as being diabetic, so his family is especially concerned.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please call Northwestern University Police at (847) 491-3254.

09/27/2012:  We are very sorry to report that Harsha Maddula’s body has been found.  Our condolences to the Maddula family.