Amanda got her official letter today indicating that she has a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. This letter is important because it is what she shows her school HR department so they can give her the tiny raise teachers get if they have a Masters Degree.
They U sent it by airmail:
Continue reading Higher Education != Higher Intelligence
Unix is like a colored rotating box within a colored rotating box within a colored rotating box.
Continue reading History of the Unix Operating System
Disney plans to remake Yellow Submarine … in 3D. What I want to know is, how did the Blue Meanies get hold of the rights to this film anyway?
Continue reading Yellow Submarine in 3D
St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Bill Foster believes, contrary to the overwhelming majority of scientists, that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. He believes the world literally was created in six days, and he once complained to school officials when his son was taught about Darwin’s theory of evolution in fifth grade.
Is that relevant to the campaign for mayor of Florida’s fourth largest city?
Continue reading St. Pete’s Fla Mayoral Candidate: “Dinos and humans lived together”
A couple of weeks ago, I published a very controversial post titled “Maybe We Should Have Elected a White President After All” about the ongoing, possibly growing racism in connection with Obama’s presidency. The idea that a lot of the anti-Obama, including anti-health care reform, rhetoric and action was racially motivated was understood by some and rejected by others who seem to not want to see any significant racism in the mix. This was parallel to the head in the sand reaction to my earlier post on the the arrest of Skip Gates in Cambridge Massachusetts last July.
There are those of us who have been saying all along that racism has played a role in anti-Obama sentiment. Does this mean that we think people who supported Hillary instead were all racists? No. Hell, they were Democrats. The vast majority were not orienting their politics in an overtly racist manner, choosing Clinton over Obama because Obama is black (though some were, as you will see below). Does it mean that we think that every objection to an Obama policy is racist? No. There are many valid objections, depending on one’s point of view, to various policies by Obama. Hell, Obama is a smart guy. He probably objects to some of his own policies! Does it mean that we think that every utterly unprecedented outburst of “You Lie!!!!!” in congress by a known racist from South Carolina during a Presidential address to the Joint Session of the House and Senate is a racist act? Well, duh…
Over the last few days the left of center and centrist/moderate wings of the mainstream press have gotten on board with this and have begun to discuss issues of racism in the current health care debate. As usual, the liberal blogosphere leads!!!
Anyway, I thought it would be fun (in a “this whole thing makes me kind of nauseated” kind of way) to compile a random grab bag, ordered in time, of racist bits and pieces from way back before the election up to recent times. Even more recent bits and pieces on this important discussion can be found by just paging back through this blog over the last two days or so.
The reason for doing this is to have a post to point to when people say “Oh yeah? What racism!!!11!!”
Here we go:
Continue reading A Trail of Shame: Racism and the Anti-Obama Movement
I’m getting bored playing with Mike H. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I’ve replaced most of the links to his blog, Crook’s Shadow, with alternative, funny links. That is partly because I don’t want to accidentally give his blog any technorati (or other) cred, and partly because it amuses me.
But I am getting tired of him. He’s stopped making utterly stupid arguments and now all he does is thumb his nose and and pick his nose and who knows what else he is doing to his nose. (I think that’s his nose, anyway.)
One one hand I don’t like banning people. On the other hand I have been getting complaints about Mike H. So, I’d like your advice.
Do I throw MIke H off the blog, or do I let him continue to comment?
A man from Rogers, Minnesota…a small town in the Sixth Congressional District represented by Michele Bachmann…went through the trouble of strapping on his Glock .40 caliber handgun and dropping his Kel Tec 380 in his pocket before visiting the site of President Obama’s talk last Saturday in Minneapolis. His name is Josh Hendrickson and both handguns were loaded.
He went to the speech to stand outside and show off his cammo and his guns. The press took note and had a chat with him. Hendrickson told them, “I’m a pretty laid-back guy that loves his kids and his country.”
Hendrickson was released from jail about a month ago after serving for an assault charge. …
… Read On >> (at Quichemoraine.com)
Senator Claire McCaskill’s health care forum. You can’t see much detail, but when a couple of black women in an all white room are dragged off by the police, I figure they were probably victims of the growing racism we are seeing in this discourse.
Continue reading Racist Act at Health Care Forum, Racist Act by Police, All White Crowd Goes Wild
This includes Jimmy Carter’s comments.
These are pretty mainstream voices.
This is a bit long but very much worth the watch. Rachel and Jonathan Alter discuss the racialized rhetoric, the Republican strategy, and the political pattern that the current wave of unhinged and uncooth behavior is part of.