A Cook County judge on Saturday lashed out at two Northwestern University freshmen accused of spray-painting racist and homophobic messages along with the name of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump inside a nondenominational chapel on the university's campus....
Once inside the chapel, the pair spray-painted an expletive and a slur against African-Americans with a swastika on the chapel hallway, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Brooke Shupe told the court. In a separate area, they spray-painted a derogatory word for homosexuals on a wall, along with lines spray-painted over photos of Muslim students.
The young men also spray-painted penises in several places around the church, including on a piano in the chapel, above the word “God” in a hallway, and in a stairwell where they also painted the word “Trump,” authorities said, Shupe said.
My guess is they aren't really Trump fans. More likely, it was a ham-handed effort to make it appear that a Trump supporter caused the damage. It's a beautiful chapel and whatever the motivation, it was disgraceful behavior.
This is a live broadcast from UIC. I think a shutdown of a Trump rally was inevitable. Trump has been egging on his supporters, encouraging violence. His denial of his provocation is bullshit. He's repeatedly encouraged and supported violence, and his supporters have responded. Sooner or later, protesters were going to turn out in great numbers. It happened in St. Louis today, and now in Chicago. Frankly, I don't give a damn if he's shut down. This isn't about free speech. This is about a man who has been provoking violence to serve his selfish political ends.
Trump says police advised him to shut down. Police say not true.
Chicago PD Supt: we had no role in cancelling Trump event and no one consulted us. Had adequate resources there. pic.twitter.com/mFe3QOtKdo
As more information emerges, it's beginning to look like Trump just didn't like the optics of a massive protest at his rally. He'd never admit that publicly, so looks like he blamed the police for shutting him down.
Here's are some Trump provocation highlights for those who've missed them.
Here's a Trump supporter outside the UIC rally last night? Did anyone beat her or did the government shut down her First Amendment right to free expression?
I think Trump is in a bit of a bind. On the one hand, his typical response to pushback is to defend himself with more provocative rhetoric. On the other hand, he'd begun to tack toward the middle, so inflaming the worst of his supporters might be a tactical mistake. We'll see. I believe he's in Dayton next.
I have the day off, but it isn't really a day off. I've got to get to the bank, the cleaners and Home Depot for toilet replacement parts. Then there's a phone session, three reports and I'm sure I'm forgetting a thing or two. Still, it feels like a day off because I won't be in the office, locked into a schedule all day.
Over a month ago, I said I would discuss a couple of movies, but I never got to that. Work has been so dang busy, I haven't had time. Or I should say, I used any free time I had for activities other than posting here.
In addition to carrying a higher-than-usual therapy client load, I'm maxed out with psych evaluations, so I've been working 60 hour weeks. Perhaps if it was a different sort of work it wouldn't seem like so much, but it's psychically tiring. I won't keep up at this rate for much longer. I'll be done with a big assessment contract at the end of April, and the summer is slower for psychotherapy, and we'll take a vacation.
About those movies, I'll just say Son of Saul is graphic, but it wasn't offensive to me as it was to many people. Aside from that, I've got to disagree with the high Tomato Meter score on this one. Son of Saul was a tedious, one-note song.
In contrast, I thought 45 Years was outstanding. It was a film group selection, so I saw it three times, and it was worth viewing each time. Quiet, but powerful, with subtle, spot-on acting, especially on the part of Charlotte Rampling. Lots to discuss about aging, memory, loss, marriage and the ghosts that inhabit our relationships.
We also saw The Revenant, which I was prepared to dislike. Instead, I thought it was quite good, well acted, beautifully shot and fraught with absorbing tension. Not necessarily all that deep, but still great filmmaking, and DiCaprio deserved that Oscar.
On my own, I checked out Trumbo which was quick getting to Netflix. I like Bryan Cranston, he's always good, but the film was boring. It shouldn't have been. There was plenty of material to work with, but it just wasn't good.
We also saw War. Not great, but well worth seeing. Probably not playing in a theater near you, but catch it when it comes to Amazon or Netflix.
Finally, we saw the Danish Girl, which was disappointing. On the positive side, it was a sympathetic portrayal of a transgendered person. The problem is that it's more politically correct than psychologically correct.
I've been using Waze, the "community-based traffic and navigation app,' for a few weeks. So far, my experience is that ETAs are consistently a little too optimistic, but only a little. Occasionally, Waze makes a crazy route suggestion. Last night it chose a route that I ignored because it was insane. As soon as I went my own way, it recalculated travel time and showed that I cut almost 10 minutes off the trip. That's not typical. Most often, it makes smart decisions about whether to stay on the highway and fight through a traffic jam, or get off and take an alternate route. The alternate routes seem to be good choices. And though I'm not ticket prone, I appreciate the police and red-light camera warnings.
Trump might say that he isn't a leader yet, so he can say what he wants about another man's religion or faith, but the idea that a religious leader shouldn't have the right to comment on another person's faith is ludicrous. The pope should have the right and does have the right to give his opinion on another person's faith, and everyone else has a right to accept, reject or ignore that opinion.
Michele Bachmann is catching flack for referring to Antonin Scalia as Anthony Scalia. I don't like Michelle Bachmann, but her mistake is understandable.
I come from a family with Anthonys, Antonios, Antonins, Antoninos and Ninos.
In my genealogical research, I found many records in the US, and some going back to Italy, that conflict in the variant uses of this name. A couple of years ago, I asked my mother if her brother Tony's name on his birth and baptismal certificates is Antonin, Antonio or Antonino. She didn't know. He went by Anthony, but I'm sure that wasn't the name on his birth certificate. And his birth certificate may have conflicted with his baptismal certificate, as it did for my father, who uses yet a third name in every day conversation.
Assimilation is messy.
My mother's birth name is an Italian name, but she always used the English version of her name, and that's what appears on all legal documents after her birth. I was given the English version of my grandfather's name. He used both the English and Italian versions of his name during his lifetime, as all my grandparents did. Relatives frequently addressed me using the Italian version of my name, especially when I was very young. Not surprising because most of them were code switchers.
Recently, I asked an Italian-American friend if her late father's real name was Anthony, Antonin, Antonio or Antonino. I always knew him as Nino. It was her own father and she didn't know the answer to my question.
So if a Scandinavian-American woman who grew up in Iowa gets a bit confused, it's no big deal.
Below is part of my grandfather's naturalization record. My uncle was listed as Antonino that day. On another day, they might have called him something else. On the same form, my grandmother is listed as "Rosina." Never heard anyone call her Rosina in my life. She was Rose or Rosa. The latter is the name used in this birth certificate issued by her Italian hometown in 1961. Rose, Rosina, Rosa, Rosalia, Rosaria, Rosa Maria, Rosemary ... got 'em all in the family and they're all part of one naming cluster passed down through the family for hundreds of years.
Defending his father's statement that he'd waterboard terror suspects and do even worse, Donald Trump Jr says:
“And then somebody complains when a terrorist gets waterboarded, which quite frankly is no different than what happens on college campuses in frat houses everyday,” ... “You know the man will keep this country safe.”