In the wake of President Obama’s big speech about restraining the war on terrorism, a member of the House intelligence committee is working on a bill to undo the basic authorities to wage it.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing a piece of legislation that would “sunset” the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), a foundational law passed in the days after the 9/11. “The current AUMF is outdated and straining at the edges to justify the use of force outside the war theater,” Schiff tells Danger Room.
Schiff thinks that the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014 ought to occasion the end of the AUMF, and his bill would use the Afghanistan drawdown as a hinge point. He openly admits to being unsure whether Congress should pass a follow-on piece of legislation allowing the president a limited version of his war powers, or what those post-Afghanistan powers might appropriately be
The Boy Scouts of America have decided to keep the ban on gay scout leaders, but allow gay young men to participate in scouting. The vote was not even close. More than 60% voted to end the ban.
I have no problem with this. While I would have voted against it, if a majority of scouts want that, that is fine with me. Their institution is allowed to evolve as they see fit.
But the situation got uglier Tuesday when Garcia and his Ryder Cup teammates were at a dinner. The emcee, Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, jokingly asked Garcia if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open.
“We’ll have him round every night,” Garcia replied. “We will serve fried chicken.”
The remark was reminiscent of Fuzzy Zoeller’s similar comment about Woods during his record-setting victory in the 1997 Masters, when Woods became the first player of black heritage to win a major.
Certain foods, fried chicken and watermelon in particular, have been used in dehumanizing caricatures of blacks as far back as the beginning America’s segregation era in the 19th century. The imagery has become less common in the decades since integration, though Woods — the only player of African-American heritage on the PGA Tour and the top player in the world — has occasionally endured racially tinged insults.
The head of the European golf tour apologized for using the term “colored” during a live television interview Thursday in which he was reacting to the conflict between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.
European Tour CEO George O’Grady commented that “most of Sergio’s friends are colored athletes in the United States.”
The word “colored” was once widely used in the United States to refer to African-Americans but it is now considered antiquated and offensive. In some African countries, it is used to denote individuals of mixed racial ancestry.
On prom night, the pair double-dated. Obama and his date Megan Hughes, a student at the Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, joined Orme at Allman’s house, where the two couples sipped champagne before going to the dance and then an after-party. “It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling,” says Allman. “It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos.”
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Let me set give some background here. I think that many are familiar with the sad history of the opposition to mixed-race relationships and marriages in the US. But as a refresher, all the States’ Anti-miscegenation laws were outlawed by the 1967 SCOTUS ruling in Loving vs Virginia. By the time of the SCOTUS ruling in 1967 the only states with these laws still on the books were mostly in the South.
The Supreme Court condemned Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law as “designed to maintain White supremacy”.
In 1967, 17 Southern states (all the former slave states plus Oklahoma) still enforced laws prohibiting marriage between whites and non-whites. Maryland repealed its law in response to the start of the proceedings at the Supreme Court.
Then there was the continuing history of this kind of racism.
After the ruling of the Supreme Court, the remaining laws were no longer in effect. Nonetheless, it took South Carolina until 1998 and Alabama until 2000 to officially amend their states’ constitutions to remove language prohibiting miscegenation. In the respective referendums, 62% of voters in South Carolina and 59% of voters in Alabama voted to remove these laws.
In 2009, Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Robert, Louisiana, refused to officiate a civil wedding for an interracial couple. A nearby justice of the peace, on Bardwell’s referral, officiated the wedding; the interracial couple sued Keith Bardwell and his wife Beth Bardwell in federal court.
And I have a personal antidote to add. I once worked for one of the largest US Corporations headquartered in a city in the South. We hired a very talented woman who was residing in California but would relocate to the headquarters in order to join our team. About 6 months after joining the team it was announced that she would leave the team, still be apart of the organization but that she would be moving to an office in Boston. Having quickly developed a personal connection with her I discreetly contacted her and asked why.
The problem turned out to be that she was Caucasian and that she was married to an African American and they were being constantly discriminated against both both overtly and covertly. They had trouble buying a home due to the fact that, at first, all the offers were withdrawn after they were made and their mixed race marriage was discovered. Then, after they learned to hide the fact until after it was too late to witdraw an offer they were singled out for harassment by the Condo associations. Other examples were that they were coincidently continuously moved to the back of the waiting lists at local restaurants so that they never got seats etc.
So with this said, I’d be interested to know if any of the readers and contributors at Little Green Footballs are aware of or can research and find any racist comments regarding the obvious fact that the high school prom date of the young Barack Obama in these photographs is obviously not of the same race as he. I myself will look on many of the most obvious Right-Wing online forums and will post any examples of this here in the comments. If you find any, please either do the same or make your own stand alone posts. I think that is may turn into a great exercise of “cultural anthropology”.
… before the trial?
Calling attention to this material and playing it up in the press is a public-relations strategy, law experts say.
“No judge will allow this to be a trial of whether the victim is a bad person,” O’Donnell says, “but it can color the whole trial - it can color the judge’s view of the victim and can affect the jury pool.”
The photos and cellphone records will also likely stir up similar debates about racial stereotyping that first emerged with the question of whether Zimmerman was suspicious of Trayvon because he was black and wearing a hoodie.
One photo, for instance, depicts Trayvon showing some gold teeth - often considered a black stereotype. Another photo shows a handgun, and several show him sticking up his middle fingers. The cellphone texts could also be interpreted by some as heavy on street or even gangster-type language, and for some potential jurors, that would stick in their minds, O’Donnell says.
With the country polarized around this case, these depictions would try to bolster the anti-Trayvon sentiment and perhaps help raise money for Zimmerman’s defense, O’Donnell adds.
If you haven’t read the book, “The Warmth of Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” then you should as it will completely change your knowledge of the modern history of the US. For example, ever wonder why the Rev Al Sharpton, born in Brooklyn NY, speaks with a Southern accent and has affinity for “Southern Style Soul Food”? or how so many families of African Americans ended up in the Inner Cities of the North, Mid-West and West? Or how so many of the older generation of African Americans in these places can’t get voter ID’s? This book will tell the story of how this happened.
These African Americans are basically “American Palestinians”, refugees from the war declared on them by the states in the Jim Crow South. Al’s, and other African Americans’, ancestors brought these accents and tastes with them when they fled the South. Why can’t this older generation of African American refugees from the South now living in large inner cities not comply with voter ID laws now popping up in many of the now Replican controlled states? Because they were born in the South either, at home where no birth certificates were issued or in “Black Only” hospitals (as they were not allowed access to “White Hospitals”) and many of those have since been closed down and no records of the births there were retained.
This and more, is captured in this book for all to understand.
At 4pm on Thursday at the University of Oxford, the latest attempt to fill the biggest holes in physics will be presented in a lecture at the prestigious Clarendon Laboratory. The man behind the ideas, Eric Weinstein, is not someone you might normally expect to be probing the very edge of theoretical physics. After a PhD in mathematical physics at Harvard University, he left academia more than two decades ago (via stints at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and is now an economist and consultant at the Natron Group, a New York hedge fund.
In fact, it may be the “biggest deal” in Physics and our understanding of reality since Einstein.
Weinstein begins the paper in which he explains his proposal with a quote from Einstein: “What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.” Weinstein’s theory answers this in spades. Very little in the universe is arbitrary. The mathematics explains why it should work the way it does. If this isn’t a description of how our universe works then frankly I’d prefer to move to the universe where it does!
E.W. Jackson, the Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, began his career as a minister and attorney in Boston. While there, he lent his support to a high-profile 1988 fight against a plan to desegregate public housing developments in the neighborhood of South Boston.
Ignore all the comments on the YouTube site
Between Jesus Christ Superstar and Jesus of Montreal (check out those movies!), I got a better feel for a blessed man than some weird-ass demigod…
The editing of the Ben Stein interview with Richard Dawkins is analysed in my video “Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012 (Part 3)” at
The uncut version of the Comfort interview shown in this video can be found at:
“I would murder for free”
The dishonestly edited version of the same video is at:
“Genius — the movie”