BANGKOK/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sean Turnell, an Australian economic adviser to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a message to Reuters on Saturday he was being detained, the first known arrest of a foreign national since the Feb. 1 military coup that overthrew the government. "I guess you will soon hear of it, but I am being detained," Turnell said. "Being charged with something, but not sure what. I am fine and strong, and not guilty of anything," he said, with a smile emoji. It was not subsequently possible to contact him. Myanmar army generals, who seized power alleging fraud in a Nov. 8 el...
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced a scolding online on Tuesday after he joked about "awesome" Cancun vacations.
Earlier this year, Cruz fled to Cancun as Texas was facing massive power outages due to a winter storm.
The senator was defiant about the vacation as he shared a tweet promoting "awesome" trips to Cancun on Tuesday.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2021
But commenters quickly pointed out that many suffered as a result of the deadly winter storm.
"A child froze to death," one person replied, referring to an 11-year-old boy who died in a freezing mobile home.
"Don't think your constituents find your sense of humor appealing after you abandoned them in a time of crisis," another commenter agreed.
Read some of the responses below.
A child froze to death
— Mankrik's Wife (@Marty_Shannon) May 18, 2021
Just go and don't come back.
— Corinne Hensley (@cr_hensley) May 18, 2021
You spend so little time in Texas I'm curious if you could find it on a map
— Tony (@tony68729098) May 18, 2021
— Maya (@amaya_rimal) May 18, 2021
Next time a crisis hits Houston, you can get out of town even cheaper!
— Les Matthews (@lesmatthews) May 18, 2021
When the joke writes itself...
— Christienne Octavia (@christieoctave) May 18, 2021
I'd refrain on commenting on trips to Cancun if I were you pic.twitter.com/shQW0TOGcI
— half-vaccinated Lee 🇨🇦 (@kwalls2003) May 18, 2021
The people of your state were in dire straits when you willfully abandoned them.
The fact that you are joking about it confirms that you have no regrets.
You are what you are, sir.
— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@larsp2740) May 18, 2021
To blatantly make fun of people dying is just sick
— alex brucker (@brucker206) May 18, 2021
Abandoning your constituents as punch line. How Ted Cruz.
— Fielding (@FieldingFishly) May 18, 2021
Well over 100 people died.
— Henry A. Gray (@HenryAGray1) May 18, 2021
Making jokes about how you abandoned your state leading to a child freezing to death does not make it ok.
— Meidas_Brandy Miller (@brandyleah1) May 18, 2021
QAnon Shaman's lawyer: Capitol rioters are 'short-bus people' manipulated by worst 'propaganda since Hitler'
Jacob Chansley, dubbed the QAnon Shaman in the media, is among the most famous of the Capitol rioters who is facing federal criminal charges in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Albert Watkins, Chansley's attorney, discussed his client with Talking Points Memo's Matt Shuham — who reports that Watkins indicated that he is using his client's mental state as a defense.
Watkins told Shuham, "A lot of these defendants — and I'm going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they're all fucking short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they're fucking retarded, they're on the goddamn spectrum. But they're our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they're part of our country. These aren't bad people; they don't have prior criminal history. Fuck, they were subjected to four-plus years of goddamn propaganda, the likes of which the world has not seen since fucking Hitler."
I spoke to the "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley's attorney, Albert Watkins, for this story. Here's what he had to say.… https://t.co/X2SP0H5AM3— Matt Shuham (@Matt Shuham)1621349464.0
The propaganda that Watkins is obviously referring to is the propaganda of former President Donald Trump. The rioters who attacked the Capitol on January 6 bought into Trump's false and totally debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him. And Watkins is arguing that they were manipulated by the former president.
Watkins wrote that Chansley has been consistent "in his assertion that but for the actions and the words of the President, he would not have appeared in Washington, DC to support the President and, but for the specific words of the then-President during his January 6, 2021 speech, the Defendant would not have walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and would not have gone into the U.S. Capitol Building."
Wisconsin conservatives freak out over ‘community for all’ resolution: ‘They’re creating strife by labeling us racist’
Some members of a rural Wisconsin community wanted to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion during the racial protests last year, but the debate over how to express that has ripped the town apart.
Older white conservatives in Marathon County, whose 135,000 residents are 91 percent white and backed Donald Trump by more than 56 percent in each election, objected to naming the resolution "No Place for Hate," which they found too inflammatory, and the county board's executive committee shot down "A Community For All" last week with a 6-2 vote, reported the New York Times.
"They're creating strife between people labeling us as racist and privileged because we're white," said supervisor Arnold Schlei, a 73-year-old retired veal farmer and longtime board member. "You can't come around and tell people that work their tails off from daylight to dark and tell them that they got white privilege and they're racist and they've got to treat the Hmongs and the coloreds and the gays better because they're racist. People are sick of it."
The proposed resolution grew out of the protests over George Floyd's police killing, with the county's people of color wanting an acknowledgement that they faced some disparities based on race -- but conservatives have been whipped into a froth by local GOP chairman Jack Hoogendyk, who claims it would "end" private property and lead to "race-based redistribution of wealth."
The resolution, of course, would not do those things, but even acknowledging the existence of racism in the community is too much for some residents.
"[Systemic racism] doesn't exist here," said dairy farmer James Juedes, a public opponent of the resolution who's also organized counter protests against Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
"I have yet to recall any type of racial instances that has been reported in this community that has caused any type of stress," Juedes said.
La'Tanya Campbell, a Black social worker who lives in the area and went to last week's board meeting, told the Times she sometimes must enlist white colleagues to help clients find apartments to rent in Wausau, and she said the subtle racism she had experienced in her hometown became more explicit as she campaigned for the resolution.
La'Tanya Campbell, a 39-year-old Black social worker who was at the meeting last week, related a different experience. Ms. Campbell works as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, and said she sometimes had to enlist white colleagues to help clients find apartments to rent in Wausau."Typically, the racism you experience is behind closed doors, but since I've started on this resolution I can't believe some of the things that I'm hearing," Campbell said. "You feel unsafe being a woman, I feel unsafe being a Black woman, and doing anti-oppression work, it adds up."
The experience has been crushing to non-white residents, who say they're disappointed in their conservative neighbors for seemingly turning their backs -- or worse.
"I don't have the same type of confidence or faith in the community like I used to," said supervisor Ka Lo, a 39-year-old of Hmong descent who fielded death threats during the debate. "I was born and raised here, and I don't recognize the community that I grew up in right now."
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