I went to bed last night, or rather early this morning, feeling pretty hopeful about 2021. The Georgia runoffs seemed poised to change control of the Senate. Team USA shutout Canada to win WJC gold. The election results would be squabbled over by some possibly seditious politicians but ultimately be done.
I expected protests from white supremacists in DC and threats of violence perhaps. I did not imagine an actual coup, shots fired in the Capitol, and the death of someone present.
Video clips of the police doing nothing don’t surprise me any longer. But opening the barrier to let them in does. And a selfie when they are trespassing – possibly a criminal, felony trespass – is breaking my brain.
Reading about the HSBC money laundering settlement reminded me of Rebeck’s play, Dead Accounts. Accountability, morality, fairness, justice: they all vary when you’ve got money to burn.
When I saw one Groupon advertisement for Father’s Day for “the guy who carried you for nine months”, I thought it was an accident, a cut and paste from Mother’s Day that hadn’t been caught. But now I’ve gotten another one. With two ridiculous tag lines:
“Deals to celebrate the man who carried you around for nine months.”
“Father’s Day deals for the man who felt you kick inside him for nine months.”
Delete and unsubscribe.
ETA: as zladko notes in the comments, Groupon could be marketing toward transgender dads. Which is absolutely true, and if they are then I owe their marketing department an apology for assuming this was just sloppy ad copy. It’s a possibility that I had considered and discarded, as I mention in my response. But again, if it is considered and planned, then mea culpa.
Okay, I haven’t been paying close attention to the criminal case against Dharun Ravi (who secretly taped his gay college roommate’s sexual encounter and then posted it on YouTube, which contributed to his roommate’s suicide). But I’m seeing new articles and tweets about how 30 days isn’t enough although deportation would have been draconian.
Stop. Just stop. Regardless of the wrong he did Tyler Clementi, deportation is not a form of punishment that can be imposed by a criminal court. Immigration is a federal issue, and deportation proceedings (or removal proceedings pursuant to a Notice to Appear rather than deportation’s Order to Show Cause) are not and cannot be held in a state court. Completely different mechanism, completely different judicial system, completely different bureaucracy. That’s not to say that Ravi couldn’t still be deported or removed based on whatever the ultimate criminal conviction is — is it a crime involving moral turpitude or a crime that would be classified as an aggravated felony regardless of sentence? — but the court imposing his sentence had no authority to deport him.
*steps off soapbox*
(Standard disclaimer: the above should not be construed to be legal advice or to create an attorney-client privilege with anyone. If you need immigration advice, you should consult with an attorney specializing in the type of immigration issue you may have.)