Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, February 21. Ready for news?
Milo Yiannopoulos — who many conservative Republicans love — is in big trouble after a news website released an older video interview of him where Milo discussed the idea of older men having sexual relationships with younger boys.
He said if a 13-year old boy is “sexually mature,” then it is not pedophilia to be sexually attracted to him. He seemed to frame pedophilia only as sexual attraction to children who were prepubescent. He said relationships between young boys and older men can be enriching.
The video interview caused the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) to cut him from his keynote speech. The CPAC is a major convention that is attracts top Republicans — President Trump, VP Pence, Mike Flynn, AG Jeff Sessions will present at the CPAC. Milo was supposed to give a speech but that’s not going to happen.
Milo also lost his book deal with Simon and Schuster — he was planning to release a book named “Dangerous.” He was promoting his book during during his college speeches.
Remember him from my previous story about the violent protests against his planned speech at the U of California Berkley — and when President Trump supported him on Twitter, threatening to withhold federal funds from the university?
[Trump’s Tweet: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”]
Milo’s willingness to “make liberals mad” is why many conservatives, including Trump, liked him. But all that has changed after his comments about pedophilia — which understandably is too far for either a conservative or a liberal.
Milo works as a senior editor for BreitBart News (the same news site that President Trump’s Senior Advisor Stephen Bannon worked for). There is speculation that he might be fired from the website — (Update: He has resigned from BreitBart).
Milo posted a statement on his Facebook related to this: he said he is a gay man and a child abuse victim and said he is disgusted at adults who sexually abuse minors. He said the videos were deceptively edited. He later said he has gone though worse and that it won’t defeat him.
Four Americans and an Australian died in a small plane crash in Melbourne, Australia. The four Americans were friends on a golfing vacation, the Australian was piloting the plane — and it crashed into a shopping center/mall shortly after taking off. The pilot reported a serious engine failure before crashing.
Nobody else was injured on the ground. Pictures of the scene show the roof of the mall scrapped by the plane with a burning wreckage on the floor. It seems to be at the rear part of the mall. Terrible.
The White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer said the President’s thoughts are with the families of those people and that the U.S. Embassy is ready to provide support.
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) released several memos ordering instruct all Customs and ICE agents to identify, capture, and quickly deport all undocumented immigrants whenever they approach one. DHS plans to hire 10,000 more agents and is giving local police departments more powers with undocumented immigration enforcement.
The DHS is putting the highest priority on undocumented immigrants with a criminal record, but agents are expected to arrest and start deportation proceedings whenever they approach one.
The memos instruct agents to detain undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the border — instead of the previous policy of “catch and release” — where they are let go and ordered to appear in court. It is highly likely more detention centers will be built and it will require Congressional approval to fund those.
The memo also instructs federal officials to find available fundings to build the border wall/fence, that will also require Congressional approval for the remaining balance of the estimated $20 billion cost.
It seems like the DHS will honor President Obama’s program to shield undocumented children from deportation — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA “delays” the deportation for 2 years, places children with adults (sometimes with undocumented adults), and provides them with work permits.
Trump’s actions has put serious fear in the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Some of them decided to try and walk across the Canadian border and illegally get in. The Canadian border is reporting an increase in people trying to cross the border — by those from Latin America or by refugees from either African or Middle-Eastern countries. Some of the refugees were traveling with small children in very cold weather and thick snow — because they hope the Canadian government will be more kind to them than the Trump administration.
In Alabama — a father and a son died when they crashed their pickup trucks into each other head-on early Saturday morning — around 4 am. The father, Jeff Brasher (50) was on his way to work to deliver bread while the son, Austin Brasher (22) was returning home from a party.
One of the trucks veered on the wrong lane and collided with the other. The father died on the scene while the son was transported to the hospital, but died at 9 am. Neither of them were wearing a seat belt.
It seems like one of the drivers, more likely the son (Austin), was under the influence of alcohol. Terrible incident. A joint funeral for both of them is planned on Wednesday afternoon.
The state of Maine asked the federal government to allow the state to “ban” people in Maine who are food stamps/SNAP recipients from buying soda pop/sugary drinks/candy. The state’s Dept. of Health and Human Services Commissioner, Mary Mayhew, said Maine has rising obesity levels and that it costs the state $700 million on obesity-related medical expenses.
She said around $13 million in food stamp money is spent in Maine a year on sugary drinks and candy.
The food stamp program, called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal program so Maine would need to get a federal waiver in order to change what food items are covered under the state’s SNAP program.
This is the second time Maine asked for this waiver — last year the Obama administration denied it, and Maine is hoping the Trump administration will agree.
A study revealed that in 2011, 10% of SNAP/Food Stamp money was used on sugary beverages and it is the second biggest spending category — around $600 million spent. The first category is meat/poultry/seafood.
Last year an Obama administration official said sweetened beverage consumption is an issue for all households in America, not just SNAP users.
What do you think — is “banning” using SNAP funds for sugary beverages/candy a good idea or is it government overreach?
There have been many recent bomb threats against multiple Jewish community centers in America. Various centers in the U.S. and one in Canada said they received phone messages with bomb threats. A Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized with over 100 headstones kicked down.
Nobody has been hurt and there has been no bombs, the calls are thought to be hoaxes, but the FBI is now investigating. Multiple media organizations has linked it with President Trump’s election — saying there was a general spike in hate crimes — and has pressed Trump to condemn and take a stand against those threats.
This morning President Trump, while visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, said the threats were horrible, painful, and that there is still work to do to root out hate, prejudice, and evil. He said he hopes “they” catch the people.
He was asked to condemn the threats and hate speech last week at the White House, and he said it was an insulting question to be asked of him — saying he was the least anti-Semitic person that he’s ever seen in his entire life.
Now President Trump has made his stance clear.
But the director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a social justice organization, said the President’s remarks is a band-aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his administration. He said the President needs to respond to anti-Semitism quicker and without pleas or pressure from others.
In Taiwan — there is a Deaf woman who works as a TV news anchor. Her name is Sue Wang (45). She works for a public, government-funded TV program that airs 8-8:30 am daily. She signs out the news by reading a teleprompter — using the same content as what hearing anchors use.
[Video clips of Sue working]
She has been doing this since 2002 and has won awards for her work. Sue is also a runway model and an actress. Very nice — thank you to Dan Bloom for this news tip. She has a public Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2kVNosa
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!