Aijalon Mahli Gomes — a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea last January, and later sentenced to eight years of hard labor with a fine of about $600,000 for the crime of illegally entering North Korea — headed home on August 27. Gomes was accompanied on his homebound trip by former President Jimmy Carter, who had traveled to Pyongyang to negotiate his freedom.
California may be broke, and politicians in the nation’s capital may be drowning in trillion-dollar deficits, but none of that has turned off the spending spigot in every level of government: county, city, state and federal.
When a drunken young white man stabbed a Muslim cab driver in New York early this week, the reaction came swiftly. The New York Daily News termed him a “boozed-up bigot” in the first four words of its story. “Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him,” ran the headline in the New York Times. “Was the Muslim Cab Driver Slashing the First ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Hate Crime?” The Village Voice asked.
Controversy surrounds the recent arrest of an illegal immigrant in Gwinnett County Georgia, part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. On August 23, MyFoxAtlanta reported that authorities have no plans to deport illegal immigrant Celso Campo-Duartes, who was convicted in a deadly hit-and-run accident and arrested for multiple traffic violations.
This year’s midterm primaries proved that no politician is safe from the wrath of the American people, as establishment Republicans and Democrats like Senators Bob Bennett and Arlen Spector can attest. While a number of incumbents have been ousted in the primaries, perhaps the greatest shock was experienced by establishment Republican and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who currently trails Tea Party favorite Joe Miller.