Scott Walker Campaign Says He’s Not Advocating For A Border Wall With Canada

After critics mocked Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for saying a wall between the U.S. and Canada was a “legitimate” idea, his campaign said Monday that he is not pushing for such a policy.

“Despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn’t advocating for a wall along our northern border,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

The controversy followed the typical politician walk-back formula: a quick uproar over his comments to a reporter — in this case, made Sunday during NBC’s “Meet the Press” – followed by parsing of his words and, eventually, a clarification.

Depending on how you parse those comments — and much of politics depends on this — the Walker campaign is right: He wasn’t advocating for a border wall between the U.S. and Canada. He didn’t bring up the idea at all. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd pressed Walker on northern border security, asking why it’s discussed so little when candidates like Walker speak so frequently talk about the risk of terrorists crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. 

“Do you want to build a wall north of the border, too?” Todd asked.

“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,” Walker replied. “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

In other words, Walker wasn’t out there demanding a wall be built between the U.S. and Canada — he just said the equivalent of “maybe” when asked about it.

To be less charitable, though, there were plenty of other ways for Walker to answer the question. He could have said it wasn’t feasible, or that it would be a bad idea. Instead, he opted to give credence to an extreme idea to indicate he’s willing to entertain any possible proposal to combat unauthorized immigration.

He got grief for it from both sides. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a fellow GOP presidential candidate, called a northern border wall “a ridiculous notion.” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued a statement calling it a “terrible idea.”

“Election season always brings out crazy ideas, but this is one of the craziest,” Leahy said.

This controversy was the latest in a string of walk-backs by the governor. Most recently, he caused a frenzy when he said “yeah, absolutely” in response to a question about whether birthright citizenship should be ended. He later said he wouldn’t take a position on the issue, and then said he would not seek to prevent birthright citizenship.

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Donald Trump Unleashes Controversial New Attack Against Jeb Bush

Donald Trump released a video on Monday attacking fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for his comments about undocumented immigrant families, attempting to associate the former Florida governor with three undocumented men who have been charged with murder.

The video implies that Bush supports policies that allow undocumented criminals — Trump seems to think many, if not most, unauthorized immigrants belong in this category — to remain in the United States. Trump’s attack features a clip of Bush from last year talking about people who come to the U.S. to provide for their children, but omits the context — that he was talking specifically about families.  

“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony,” Bush says in the clip. “It’s an act of love.” 

This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said…

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDT

But what Bush said immediately beforehand casts the remarks in a different light.

“The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table,” he said at the time. “And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family.”

Trump’s video features images of three undocumented men who were charged with murder this year. The first, Francisco Sanchez, was charged last month with the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. He had been deported five times beforehand, but was released after serving prison time under San Francisco’s policies, which call for limited cooperation with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The second man pictured is Santana Gaona, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison earlier this year for a 2011 murder. Brian Omar Hyde, the third man, was charged this month with murdering his aunt, his pregnant cousin and another man.

“Love?” the video asks in all-caps letters. “Forget love. It’s time to get tough!”

The ad quickly drew comparisons to the infamous Willie Horton ad, which aired during the 1988 presidential race between Vice President George H.W. Bush — the former Florida governor’s father — and Democrat Michael Dukakis. The racially charged ad was created by an outside group supporting Bush, who went on to win the election, and criticized Dukakis for supporting a furlough program for prisoners. Horton, a black man, had raped a woman after being released on furlough. 

Trump releases a Willie Horton-esque Instagram video against Bush https://t.co/cZHUSBFAju https://t.co/qc5a5fdlBP

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 31, 2015

Donald Trump goes Willie Horton on Jeb Bush. As sick as this is, Trump and the GOP got this playbook from Jeb's dad. https://t.co/ec7YuwVd3q

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 31, 2015

As Trump has noted, there have been other examples of violence by undocumented immigrants. But violent criminals make up only a fraction of the undocumented immigrant population in the U.S., which numbers 11 million people. ThinkProgress points out that undocumented immigrants have also been killed by native-born Americans, who, as a whole, are more likely to commit serious crimes than immigrants. 

Bush supports a pathway to legal status for some undocumented immigrants, but Trump’s implication that he supports allowing murderers to remain in the country is disingenuous. In the wake of Steinle’s murder, Bush called for a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities,” such as San Francisco, that do not cooperate with ICE. He said jurisdictions that do not work with immigration enforcement should be denied federal law enforcement grants.

The Bush campaign responded to the video with a statement criticizing Trump for being soft on crime.

“While Donald Trump was still supporting liberal, soft-on-crime politicians, Jeb Bush accumulated an eight-year record of cracking down on violent criminals as governor of Florida,” said Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush. “Mr. Trump’s immigration plan is not conservative; would violate the Constitution; and would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, which he will likely attempt to pay for through massive tax hikes.”

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9 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos

Donald Trump’s affront against the Latino community reached new heights last week after Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos was forcibly removed from the presidential candidate’s Iowa press conference. But it wasn’t the first time Trump has offended Latinos.

His anti-Latino remarks have cost him several business partners since the launch of his campaign in June, including NBCUniversal, which aired Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” and co-owns the Miss Universe Organization. Several prominent figures in the Latino community have also spoken out against Trump; actress America Ferrera and singer Ricky Martin published scathing op-eds condemning Trump’s actions and rallying Latinos to unite against him.

Even though only 18 percent of Hispanics take Trump seriously as a presidential candidate, the Republican has vowed that he “will win the Latino vote” if nominated.

If Trump wants to win the Latino vote, he might want to learn from past mistakes. Here are 9 of the most outrageous things the presidential candidate has said about Latinos.

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15 Reasons Every American Should Learn Spanish

If you don’t already speak Spanish, you really should consider learning, like, ahora!

Whether you want to improve your job prospects, keep your mind sharp, or explore new cultures without having to rely on Siri to ask for directions, Spanish is the one tool that will help you achieve all of that and more — and we’re not just saying that because we’re Latino Voices. No (said in español )!

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the United States, after English, and is the dominant language in many of our neighboring countries in the Western Hemisphere. It also happens to be an extremely beautiful language that is as useful as it is melodic.

Here are 15 really good reasons why every American should learn Spanish. De nada!

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This Artist Is Changing the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors, One Tattoo at a Time

Scars may never disappear. Women who have suffered domestic violence can be haunted for life by the marks of abuse they carry on their bodies. A “lifetime mark,” however, can mean something different; Flavia Carvalho, a tattoo artist born in Curitiba [Brazil], reinvents the term. The project she developed two years ago, dubbed “A Pele da Flor” (The Skin of the Flower), seeks to transform scars on women’s bodies into beautiful, empowering and transformative tattoos. In this interview, she discusses her ideas and experience.

Some of the below images may be considered graphic.

How did you become a tattoo artist? Are women tattoo artists still negatively perceived?

Flavia Carvalho (FC): I’ve always enjoyed drawing, and when I started studying Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), I started working on scientific illustration. My colleagues and friends from school insisted that I experiment with tattooing. I started as a tattoo apprentice, assisting an artist who taught me how to assemble a tattoo machine. Soon enough, I started tattooing my “guinea pigs” in college. It was a long and difficult journey. Then, I worked at two different tattoo parlors before I could have my own studio.

I can’t claim that women tattoo artists are subject to prejudice per se, but tattoo artistry is dominated by men, and it is indeed very difficult for women to break into this industry. At the tattoo convention here in Curitiba, out of over 150 tattoo artists in 100 booths, I was among only six women artists. Out of the tattoo contest’s 32 prizes in different categories, only myself and one other woman took home awards. It has been very hard for me to achieve recognition in this field, and I can clearly see how much emerging women tattoo artists struggle as well.

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Could you talk a little more about your project? How does it work?

FC: The idea of the project is very simple: it is a voluntary service for tattooing over scars that have resulted from domestic violence or from mastectomies. I run the project alone, since no other tattoo artist has expressed interest in participating. I started the project quite recently, and I had no idea it would receive this much media attention. It began very spontaneously. As I said, my services are a hundred percent voluntary, and the only “cost” women need to invest is to choose a design for their tattoos!

Where did this idea come from?

FC: It all started about two years ago, when I worked with a client who wanted to cover a large scar on her abdomen. She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with an switchblade. When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me. I was suddenly struck by the idea of providing free tattoos to women who were left with scars following domestic violence or mastectomies. Each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment and a self-esteem booster.

I refined the project this year, and I proposed it to a few NGOs; the Municipal Secretariat of Policies for Women, for instance, has applauded the idea. We also received support from the fan-page of the City of Curitiba, which wrote a post about the project that went viral.

The project’s name refers to the Portuguese expression “A flor da pele” (deeper than skin), which speaks of how strongly we feel when facing an extremely difficult or challenging situation. “A Pele da Flor” also alludes to the fact that all of us women are like flowers and deserve to have our skin protected and embellished.

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The girls who get your tattoos wear new marks on their bodies: ones that show resilience instead of fear. How has your work been received among these women?

FC: The feedback I have gotten from women who were helped by this project has been extremely surprising. The sense of affection, sisterhood and camaraderie is deeper than I ever imagined. They contact me from all over the country, as well as from abroad. They come to the studio, share their stories of pain and resilience, and they show me their scars. Embarrassed, they cry, and hug me. Then we design the tattoo and we schedule the session. They become excited, optimistic. It is wonderful to see how their relationship with their bodies changes after they get the tattoos. I follow many of them on Facebook, and I see how, after being ashamed of their scarred bodies, they now post pictures in dresses, and they look happy, changed. It is transformative.

What kind of impact has your worked created beyond the transformation in the lives of the tattooed women?

FC: It helped to raise the issue of domestic violence, both in the press and among interest groups. That was also the intention of this project.

Which story moved you the most?

FC: They all move me, but the one that shocked me the most was the story of a 17 year-old girl who dated an older man and, for months, suffered from the physically abusive relationship. When he wanted to break up with her, he scheduled a meeting, and after they began to fight, he stabbed her several times in her abdomen, and violently raped her. She ended up with a perineum tear, had to undergo a number of surgeries and spent several days in the ICU. She is so young, and she has been left with so many scars. The aggressor, however, was a first time offender, so he is still out on the streets.

You work with women who have been abused. Have you ever received any chauvinistic or threatening comments?

FC: Comments have not been directed straight at me; after all, men fear empowered women, right? [ she laughs]. I saw a few malicious and derogatory comments on some of the news articles published, but they were all so empty and foolish (the kinds of comments by haters or trolls) that they did not bother me.

In your own words, what is the importance of a project like yours?

FC: It is a grain of sand; the world is full of things that need to be addressed. We have a long way to go regarding protecting women against violence.

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Any plans for the future? Partnerships with organizations that protect women, maybe?

FC: The Municipal Secretariat of Policies for Women and I intend to establish a partnership with the Women’s Police Station, in order to offer my services in a more active and direct way to women that go there to report incidences of violence. I will also participate in the Women’s National Day in November, and the Pink October events, in partnership with Hospital Erasto Gaetner, which helps women that undergo mastectomies under the United Health System.

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10 Pieces Of Tough Love Advice From Marriage Therapists

A marriage therapist’s job is to listen to couples’ frustrations and try to help each spouse work through his or her issues. Sometimes, that requires doling out some tough love, hard-to-hear advice.

Below, 10 marriage therapists share the most blunt — but constructive! — piece of advice they’ve ever given a couple during a session. 

“A couple had struggled for a long time with the following stubborn pattern: their arguments started innocently over minor things. Despite the couple’s best efforts, the tension escalated until the man was raging at his wife, leaving her afraid and ashamed. Then she would regain her courage and wall herself off from her husband, freezing him out. The wife’s frustration and hurt had grown to the point that she was just about ready to leave their 22-year marriage when I suggested the following: The husband wrote out five checks of incrementally increasing amounts to a cause he despised (in this case, the Republican Party). The couple agreed that the wife would send in the first check for $10 if he raged at her once, the second check for $20 if he raged again and so on and so forth. The raging stopped. The wife held onto the checks for years but they were never sent in! ” -Bonnie Ray Kennan, marriage and family therapist 

“In my 35 years as a therapist, I have discovered that when one or both people have significant individual problems (an affair, depression or substance abuse, for example), we need to meet individually and straighten it out before I can really focus on the couple’s problems. I tell the spouses, ‘To begin marriage counseling without going through this process will be a waste of time, money and energy on the part of everyone.’  It simply isn’t possible to try to deal with major personal issues, and say, an affair, at the same time. Once both of partners are in a better place individually, we can began to tackle and hopefully resolve the relationship problems together.” — Beatty Cohan, psychotherapist, author of For Better, for Worse, Forever: Discover the Path to Lasting Love

“Couples all too often get caught up in the conflict and being right and lose sight of the triggering issue. When this happens, I tell them, ‘Give up on being right. Recognize this does not make you wrong! Do not deny your partner’s perspective to avoid being wrong. Be a good partner by validating his experience and understanding why he felt hurt. Give up on being right and focus on your partner and the relationship. Work on being connected instead of being right.'” – Anne Crowley, psychologist

“This couple was in their late 40s and had been married for 18 years with two kids. The husband found out that his wife was having an affair for the better part of a year with a man whom she had met in a special art study program. They both wanted to understand what happened and how they could move forward — both partners wanted to save their marriage. Trust needed to be re-established. Almost always post-affair, the other woman or man must be removed from the couple’s life. But in this case, the wife was trying to assure the husband (and me) that it was possible for her to still see this man for coffee or lunch, just as a friend. I told her, ‘If you continue to see this man in any capacity — or if you have any contact with him (email, text, Facebook) — I can guarantee you that your marriage will not survive. You need to ask yourself how such contact would be right or fair or emotionally tolerable for your husband.'” – Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, marriage and family therapist and the author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage

“I was seeing a couple in their late 50s who had been married for more than 30 years. The husband had a major anger problem and was very controlling. His wife believed he had some sexual flings which he denied. She was at the end of her ropes with him and told him in the session that she couldn’t stand to see him, look at him or be near him and wanted out of the marriage. I told them quite honestly, ‘It seems the only option left for you is to go your separate ways but for everyone’s sake, please do it as amicably as possible.” – Michael Hakimi, psychologist, assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 

“Despite successful couples therapy with Kathy, his wife of 12 years, Jeff couldn’t shake the feeling that he should not have married on the rebound from a former girlfriend. He loved Kathy and their daughter but he could not answer with a clear ‘yes’ when she asked if he was committed for the long haul in the marriage. Kathy was confused, upset and nearing an ultimatum to commit or leave. I did everything I could with Jeff to help him look at his commitment resistance, including exploring his family of origin where he had lost his father at a young age. But he couldn’t get past his ambivalence, especially under pressure to pony up a definitive ‘I’m in it forever.’ Here’s what I said to him: ‘Jeff, you may always be ambivalent about commitment in relationships. It may just be your nature. The big question is whether this is the woman you want to be ambivalent with.’ He smiled and immediately answered ‘Yes.’  I asked why. He said, ‘Because I love Kathy and can’t imagine loving anyone more — and I love our family.’  Kathy wisely took it in — and it was enough.” – William J. Doherty, psychologist and author of Take Back Your Marriage

“Therapy isn’t very effective if both partners aren’t completely honest about what’s creating distance between them. In spite of being told this from the start, people always lie about infidelity. But there are indicators and behaviors that advertise cheating to an experienced therapist. When I suspect it I’ll ask the person, ‘Are you distracted by a relationship outside of your marriage?’ And they always say, ‘Absolutely not.’ And I’ll say, ‘It is vital that we have the truth here, I can’t help you if you aren’t truthful.’ And they become incredulous and say, ‘I am telling you, I am not! When would I have the time? Who would it be with? My spouse always knows where I am!’

The denial goes on and on. When this happens, I turn to the other spouse and say, ‘If I were in your shoes I would sniff around and find out any way I could.’ Then I turn to the suspected cheater and gently suggest we schedule a lie detector test. ‘Schedule it,’ the person will say. The couple will leave and soon afterward they’ll call and tell me no lie detector test is necessary — the spouse has confessed. Now, I have a chance of being able to help them.” – Becky Whetstone, marriage and family therapist 

“A husband liked to spend all his free time with his wife and she found it stressful. She needed some time alone to relax and recharge her batteries, as many of us do. I advised the husband, ‘Do more things on your own or with a friend. Think about activities you’d enjoy doing by yourself. You’ll be happier and your relationship will benefit. No one person can satisfy all the companionship needs of another.’ He started playing golf with a friend. He went fishing. He took scenic hikes on his own. It proved that all couples need to find a balance between together time and time spent independently.” – Marcia Naomi Berger, psychotherapist, author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted 

“A couple came to see me because the husband had had an affair and their marriage was in shreds. The husband was deeply sorry and wanted to do anything in his power to repair the marriage. The wife was, of course, devastated. She never expected it. Session after session, the wife claimed she couldn’t figure out how she could ever forgive him. Weeks, then months, went by.  The husband hung in there. She asked him to move out while she determined what she should do. He did. She asked him to move back in. He did. Then, she asked him to move out again because she needed more time. He did everything she asked him to do but nothing seemed to move her out of her pain.

This merry-go-round continued seemingly endlessly. Finally, I said to her, ‘Look. You can stay in the marriage or you can leave. But you can’t spend the rest of your life — and his — in this cycle. You can’t punish him every day of his life for having an affair. If you think you can forgive, then do so. If you can’t — and that’s OK, too — move on. This isn’t fair to either one of you.’ The last I heard, they were still stuck in this cycle.” — Abby Rodman, psychotherapist, author of Should You Marry Him?

“When couples fight in my office, I tell them ‘You can fight for free at home, but you are here to work on solutions.’ The man will usually shut up because he realizes that he is wasting money!” – Caroline Madden, marriage and family therapist, author of After a Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy With Your Wife 

 

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How The ‘Art Hoe’ Movement Is Redefining The Selfie For Black Teens

If you’ve never heard or seen the phrase “art hoe” before, it might seem a little jarring. The term has been popular on the Internet and social media platforms for at least a year, but recently, it was introduced to a wider audience as a new movement in which women of color are revolutionizing the selfie as an art form.  

Searching the phrase “art hoe” on Tumblr, Instagram, or Twitter, will bring up an array of brilliantly colorful, creative selfies by young people of color around the world. Many of these selfies feature their subjects posing in art museums and in front of important works of arts. Others feature the selfie-takers in front of superimposed images from pieces by Monet or Van Gogh. Others simply include a few well-placed Keith Haring-esque flourishes and squiggles. All of them are fly as hell. 

A photo posted by SBP (@sensitiveblackperson) on May 15, 2015 at 5:03pm PDT

 Art hoe co-founder, Mars 

According to Dazed Digital, the term “art hoe” was originally coined by rapper Babeo Baggins, while the art hoe aesthetic and movement was founded and popularized by teen artist and blogger Mars, in collaboration with fellow creator Jam. The 15-year-old Mars, who identifies as genderfluid, has described the art hoe movement as an opportunity to shift paradigms and redefine blackness by challenging stereotypes about people of color.  

From just a few selfies posted to their Tumblr, “art hoe” has expanded into an entire movement and collective, consisting of young people of color from all over the world. For the collective, the art hoe movement is an opportunity to give power to marginalized groups. 

“This isn’t a popularity contest. I and a myriad of others don’t have a mass following,” Arthoecollective curator Sandra told The Huffington Post via email. “We have a personal understanding of what it’s like to be excluded… and we made this movement to make a space for that.”

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                                                        Art hoe co-founder, Jam 

Thus far the movement has supporters like Willow Smith and Amandla Stenberg, and is generating interest in both the art and music worlds. Naturally, anything cool and hop and different (and black) prompts curiosity and eventually imitation — already, the art hoe tag now includes a growing number of participants who are non-black or non-POC. But it’s important to remember the impetus behind the movement — giving a platform for marginalized young people to express themselves fully and honestly. 

 Much has been written in the defense of the selfie as an empowering form of self-love and self validation. The art hoe selfie, then, is a kind of radical and revolutionary statement of acceptance of blackness and otherness, recontextualizing what is “art” and what is “beautiful” by giving people of color of all genders and expressions the ability to control their own images and identities. ”Art-hoeism” has now gone beyond the simple idea of the selfie — it’s a political movement as much as an aesthetic one. 

“Honestly my goals start and end with representation and self love/acceptance,” co-founder Jam told The Huffington Post. “Seeing a disabled trans black woman superimposing herself over a white man’s painting saying ‘I am here, I have worth, and my existence and art matters!’ is so wildly radical and revolutionary.” 

 The Art Hoe Collective is an inclusive space for disabled, POC, non-binary, LGBT and other underrepresented communities. To submit art/stories/concerns contact arthoecoreps@gmail.com. For more info on the art hoe movement visit the collective’s official Instagram: Arthoecollective.

 

T R U E. R O M A N C E.

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How You Say ‘Bro’ In Different Latin American Countries

¿Cómo se dice “bro” en Latinoamérica? How do you say “bro” in Latin America? 

Like a good friend, the Bromap by Pictoline is here to help you figure that out.

The Bromap: ¿Cómo se dice "bro" en Latinoamérica?

Posted by Pictoline on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The colorful illustration breaks down the local equivalent to the word “bro” in different Latin American countries. Depending on where you’re from, some of these terms of endearment may be as familiar to you as your best friend. Others, however, may be as foreign to you as that new guy who works in accounting. 

Either way, the Bromap makes for a good conversation starter — one you can use to make new panas and cumàps whenever you travel. You can also use it to strike up a new bromance, too. Check out the map above. 

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