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Drumpf Isn’t The Only One

Maine Governor Paul LePage criticised for ‘racist’ remarks:

Mr LePage was asked about a statement he made in January, in which he blamed the state’s heroin problem on “guys by the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” who “come from Connecticut and New York”.

“They come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday, he denied it was racist, but said that since January he had been putting together a binder cataloguing drug arrests in the state, and that “90-plus per cent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people”.

The Portland Press Herald published FBI statistics which show that 1,211 people were arrested on charges of drug sales or manufacturing in Maine in 2014. Of those, 170 – 14.1% – were black, and almost all the rest were white.

Blacks are 1.4% of Maine’s population, so the 14% figure for drug arrests is in line with a lot of other states, i.e. Blacks are ten times more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than Whites.

A hint for Governor LePage, if you want to hide the fact that you’re a racist, drop the dog whistle “half the time they impregnate a young, white girl”. I grew up with White/Colored signs all over, so I know bigots when I hear them.

August 27, 2016   Comments Off on Drumpf Isn’t The Only One

Hurricane Gaston – Day 6

Hurricane GastonPosition: 29.6N 54.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 980 mb ↓.

Currently about 655 miles [1055 km] East-Southeast of Bermuda.

As forecast it is a hurricane again.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

August 27, 2016   Comments Off on Hurricane Gaston – Day 6