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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31 2013

The Daily Show on the use of the n-word

The discussions between Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore about race issues are almost always both amusing and thoughtful. This one from 2011 concerns the controversy I wrote about earlier today about the removal of the n-word from a recent edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Jan 31 2013

Seven-year old boy arrested over missing $5

Photo from New York Post

Jonathan Turley flags a disturbing story about a seven year old boy Wilson Reyes who was accused of stealing $5 from another child after school one day. The police showed up at his school one morning and handcuffed him.

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Jan 31 2013

Why I am uncomfortable using some words

In my recent post on why I will not see the film Django Unchained, I gave as one reason my distaste with the fact that Quentin Tarantino seems obsessed with using the n-word as much as possible. This prompted many comments on the use of such words and one commenter noted that I should not …

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Jan 31 2013

Unconstitutional but legal

You now that we have reached a bizarre stage in the so-called war on terror when a court rules that the government is doing something that is likely unconstitutional but legal. One of the most shameful and appalling actions of the Obama administration is its claim that it has the right to target and kill …

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Jan 30 2013

Living sculptures

These wind-powered sculptures by Theo Jansen are amazing to behold. I have shown them before but they are so beautiful that I wanted newcomers to this blog to see them.

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Jan 30 2013

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

It all depends on what the issue is. And when it comes to cracking down on civil liberties under the excuse of fighting terrorism, bipartisan comity breaks out all over the place and a government in gridlock suddenly finds an open lane to move quickly.

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Jan 30 2013

They may want to rethink this

A recent news item caught my eye. It said that the Jesuit-run Regis College at the University of Toronto had started offering a course on “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.” It’s an attempt, says the Rev. Scott Lewis, for people of faith to understand and come to terms with the increasingly muscular secularism and atheism that …

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Jan 30 2013

Looks like the fix is in, again

President Obama has announced Mary Jo White as new head of the Securities and Exchanges Commission, focusing on her past position as US attorney and her reputation as a tough prosecutor. Since the SEC oversees the operations of many Wall Street activities, this person is someone whom the public would look to to ensure that …

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Jan 29 2013

Why I will not see Django Unchained

I have seen just one Quentin Tarantino film in my life and that was Pulp Fiction. I had misgivings about it since I had heard that it was quite violent but watched it after critics raved over it. I was totally disgusted and swore to never see another film by him again. When I expressed …

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Jan 29 2013

Congress takes itself hostage

In hostage situations someone threatens to harm others and sometimes themselves unless their demands are met by those in a position to do so. But the US congress has taken this to farcical levels by threatening such harm unless actions are taken that it already has the power, indeed the responsibility, to take on its …

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