Last week, anti-immigration activist Shawna Forde was convicted of murdering nine-year old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul Flores. On Tuesday she was sentenced to death by an Arizona jury.
Forde and her accomplices led a group of anti immigrant vigilantes on a raid of the Flores home where they pretended to be immigration agents and barged through the door. The father was shot and then the child. The mother faked death and survived.
The case was not designated as a hate crime, despite Forde’s long history with anti-immigrant organizations. She once maintained a Tea Party blog, was a member of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and has presented herself as a representative of Federation for American Immigration Reform. (All three have since distanced themselves from her.) After being cast out from the Minuteman group due to erratic behavior, she formed her own vigilante group, called Minutemen American Defense, which also patrolled the United States-Mexico border trying to detect illegal immigration.
This is an example of what happens when a person just goes too deep into their ideological. How sad that hatred can turn anyone into a murderer. Hopefully, Forde will not become a martyr.
How do we know when anyone has gone into ideology too deep? When does interest become cult-like? What has become of her accomplices?
A starving North Korea is begging for food from foreign nations. Flood, a brutal winter, and livestock disease has made the situation worse in a country where malnutrition is already a way of life. The North Korean government has ordered its embassy personnel to basically beg. It is currently betting from Japan, a country that North Korea usually threatens.
The United States cut off food aid several years ago over concerns about nuclear transparency. It has said it has no plans to start up again. The UN Food Program has said it will only contribute food for another month.
The request has put the United States and other Western countries in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to ignore the pleas of a starving country or pump food into a corrupt distribution system that often gives food to those who need it least.
We have always been a generous nation, even with our enemies, at least in the 20th century. North Korea is simply too much of a problem to start giving hand outs. A country that won’t play by the rules and issues threats all the time is in no position to be asking favors. On the other hand, there are starving people. The question we must ask ourselves is, would the starving people even get the food? I would give food only if I could distribtute it to those in need. If our troops went anywhere near there to give food, they would probably fire on them.
What do you think we should do?
Notice North Korea at night. The people have no electricity:
Rachel Maddow connects the dots between 2 seemingly unrelated stories. It seems that MR. Walker made a few real bad decision in his other union busting life, fired the union security people in his county, hired some Wakkenhut Security jockeys and had a security chief who had been in jail. He had to hire back the union security and pay back pay to the tune of nearly a half million dollars.