If you see an otherwise distinguished-looking gentleman being ridden out of town on a rail, covered head to toe with a steaming coat of tar, that would probably be yours truly. My last column proposed, with a nod to the great 18th century Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, that San Francisco’s housing crisis be solved by dumping the elderly on the streets and letting nature take its course. Many readers did not appreciate the bitter humor. In fact, they proposed that certain drastic measures be taken against me which, all in all, would make tarring and feathering seem the preferable choice. And so this is what things have come to. Today’s news has become so extreme and outlandish that people have lost their sense of comic exaggeration and satire. Americans are so shell-shocked by the headlines out of Washington that they wouldn’t put it past the government to round up the elderly and put them in camps. The “Breaking News” flash on CNN should be replaced by … [Read more...] about If bitter Swiftian irony is in bad taste, so is evicting the old
Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Masked man who held woman at gunpoint, fired shot inside Houston area Walmart remains at large 1 / 10 Back to Gallery A robber who held a Walmart employee at gunpoint, forcing her to open a safe before firing his weapon and fleeing on foot has not been found after a preliminary search in the nearby woods, Montgomery County investigators said. Multiple agencies responded to calls reporting gunfire just after 2:41 a.m. at the Walmart in the 3000 block of College Park Drive, where investigators learned that a man entered the store wearing a dark-colored green hoodie and green shorts, … [Read more...] about Masked man who held woman at gunpoint, fired shot inside Houston area Walmart remains at large
This week the number of immigrants entering Italy since January 1 shattered the previous yearly record from 2014, moving beyond the 170,000 mark. The most recent data show that 172,444 migrants have landed on Italian shores so far during 2016, a 20 percent increase over the same period in 2015. Arrivals as of this week broke the prior yearly record of 170,100 migrants and refugees who landed in Italy in 2014.In recent weeks the pace of new arrivals has picked up, with 13,470 migrants arriving in Italy during November, as compared with only 3,218 that arrived during the same month of 2015. The majority of the migrants are males (71 percent) and almost all originate from the African continent. During 2017, Nigerians made up 21 percent of immigrants in Italy, with Eritrea sending 12 percent, Gambia, Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire with 7 percent each, Guinea at 6 percent and Somalia, Senegal and Mali accounting for 5 percent each. According to Professor Anna Bono of the University of … [Read more...] about Italy Breaks Immigration Record in 2016
MARIPOSA — California Rep. Tom McClintock showed up Tuesday and faced his constituents at a town hall meeting — something many of his fellow Republicans have declined to do during this week’s congressional break. About 900 people filled the Mariposa Fairgrounds and Exposition Center to toss pointed questions at the five-term congressman. Such a large crowd was a sign of how the resistance to President Trump has crept into the California’s Republican hinterlands — even to Mariposa, population 2,173. McClintock, first elected to Congress in 2008, has done more than 100 town halls, and his Mariposa stops typically draw 60 to 80 people. On Tuesday, every metal chair was taken 45 minutes before the event started. While a few wore “Make America Great Again” caps, the majority didn’t appear to be supporters of the president. Many of them carried signs that read, “Answer the question!,” “Dump Tom McTrump!,” … [Read more...] about GOP Rep. McClintock gets an earful at Northern California town hall
FILE -- Uber signage on a car in New York, April 14, 2019. An study of tips on Uber stated that 60 percent of riders don't tip. Rideshare drivers share their feelings on it. FILE -- Uber signage on a car in New York, April 14, 2019. An study of tips on Uber stated that 60 percent of riders don't tip. Rideshare drivers share their feelings on it. Photo: Jeenah Moon, NYT Photo: Jeenah Moon, NYT Image 1 of / 35 Caption Close Image 1 of 35 FILE -- Uber signage on a car in New York, April 14, 2019. An study of tips on Uber stated that 60 percent of riders don't tip. Rideshare drivers share their feelings on it. FILE -- Uber signage on a car in New York, April 14, 2019. An study of tips on Uber stated that 60 percent of riders don't tip. Rideshare drivers share their feelings on it. … [Read more...] about A study said that 60 percent of Uber riders don’t tip. Here’s what rideshare drivers had to say.