During a discussion of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, shock-jock Don Imus refers to members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”
His weekday morning radio show, Imus in the Morning, is canceled on April 12, 2007, following significant public outcry.
Responding to increasing violence in London’s black communities, British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the following during an April 11, 2007, lecture delivered in Cardiff:
Economic inequality is a factor and we should deal with that, but I don’t think it’s the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation. … I think that is to do with the fact that particular youngsters are being brought up in a setting that has no rules, no discipline, no proper framework around them. … We need to stop thinking of this as a society that has gone wrong—it has not—but of specific groups that for specific reasons have gone outside of the proper lines of respect and good conduct towards others and need specific measures to be brought back into the fold.
Interpreting Blair’s comments, the April 12 Guardian reports that “Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture.” This interpretation is picked up by Carl Bloice in a thoughtful post at The Black Commentator.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Allen Lee, an 18-year-old straight-A student at Cary-Grove High School, is “arrested Tuesday near his home and charged with disorderly conduct for an essay police described as violently disturbing but not directed toward any specific person or location.”
There’s some speculation that Allen Lee wrote the essay as a prank, responding to his English teacher’s request that students express their emotions through their writing.
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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
Mr. Start Loving describes himself as a “would-be disciple of Jesus.” He’s on the 36th day of a hunger strike that he hopes will awaken our moral conscience to the genocide of the Fur, Zaghawa, and Massaleit people of the Darfur region in Sudan.
He’ll stop his water-only hunger strike when he’s assured that there will be an “airtight protection” of the people of Darfur against attacks by the Janjaweed, a militia group recruited by the Sudanese government from among the Bedouin Arabs of the region.
This is an unprecedented opportunity, he believes, for the United States to exercise leadership and reacquire some of the moral authority it has lost over the past six years. According to his analysis, the United States refuses to take more vigorous action because it doesn’t want to upset China, a country that buys 70 percent of Sudan’s oil.
It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.
I suppose that’s what was on the mind of Mr. Hohensee, pictured at right. His flyer reads:
email@example.com for President by Constitutional Amendment # Senator Feingold for VP # my pre-Murtha Iraq withdrawal plan endorsed by Col. Ann Wright # incarcerate and prosecute GW Bush # decommission the CIA # real 9-11 investigation # real recovery in the Gulf region # real intervention in Darfur # the GW Bush regime is an emergency …
This past November, the official website of the multinational force in Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, told the story of Sargeant John Eldridge, 372nd Military Police Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, who had been deployed for a second time and would miss sharing Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
This story about the Washington, DC native concealed a great irony. He had been sent overseas, according to official reports, to fight for the cause of democracy, but back home he and half a million fellow Washingtonians would be barred from full participation in the democratic process: residents of our nation’s capital have been denied a voting representative in Congress since 1801.
Perhaps, as one wag suggested, the U.S. Marines should have invaded the District of Columbia.
Those who live in the seat of American democracy pay their taxes, are called for jury duty, and serve in the armed forces, but are denied the most basic of democratic rights.
Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) was part of a congressional delegation that went to Hong Kong and pressed leaders there to allow democracy. Davis said a senior Hong Kong official told him, “Give your nation’s capital the right to vote and then come talk to us about democracy in Hong Kong.”
Big props to my peeps at DC Vote for their recent voting rights victory in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a first step toward righting a great historical wrong.
DC Vote is sponsoring a Voting Rights March on Emancipation Day, April 16, 2007, starting at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit the DC Vote website.
First you convince people that Warren Buffett did not make his $44 billion fortune by recording Margaritaville. Then you wow them with the fact that his gift to the Gates Foundation will create a philanthropy whose annual giving (about $3.4 billion) will be larger than the gross domestic products of 43 out of 180 member states of the International Monetary Fund.
Mr. Buffett’s gift of 85 percent of his fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will bring that foundation’s assets to $67.4 billion, making it six times larger than the second largest foundation on the planet (Ford). Its assets will roughly equal the assets of the next nine largest foundations combined.
Coals to Newcastle? Perhaps, but I like to imagine that this enormous concentration of philanthropic capital will make possible new ways of thinking about and doing philanthropy.
Does it suddenly become possible to contemplate the eradication of a disease? Can third-track diplomacy, supported on a massive scale, undo some of the foreign policy horrors of the current administration? Will we be able to provide—on a scale never before contemplated—opportunities for the young people in our country who currently live in poverty? Will it finally be possible to introduce democracy to the United States by building widespread support for clean elections and meaningful lobbying reform?
These are lovely possibilities to contemplate as we’re …
Strummin’ our six string on our front porch swing. Smell those shrimp They’re beginnin’ to boil …