Archive for 2010

Sewanee, TN – 11/09/10 – University of the South (Sewanee)

Silly Nazis: Encounters With Idiots, from Childhood to the Present

Had they not long ago demonstrated their capacity for sociopathy, Nazis would prove amusing. Amusing and not at all threatening or worrisome, sort of like those people who dress up their dogs in fancy sweaters when the weather turns cold, or those who enjoy pilates. But as it is, Nazis (and note, I am using […]

Tim Wise on CNN, Discussing the “Open Letter to the White Right,” 11/7/10

Tim Wise on CNN with Don Lemon to discuss his “Open Letter to the White Right” and the backlash from it…

Ft. Collins, CO – 11/04/10 – Colorado State University

Reading Comprehension 101: Text, Subtext and the Politics of Misinterpretation

Here’s something I never imagined I would say: I think I know what it feels like to be the person who writes the reading comprehension questions for those standardized tests we’re so fond of giving, if quite a bit less fond of taking. After all, think about that person for a minute. He or she […]

Having to Turn off Comments for a While – Sorry About This

As many of you have noticed, for the past month (roughly) I have not been approving comments on my posts, either new or archived. I got behind basically, and then the comments started to pile up, including a steady stream of just nasty evil crap — mostly from right wing zombies and such — which […]

An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum

*NOTE: PLEASE RE-READ THE TITLE OF THIS ESSAY BEFORE GOING FURTHER. NOTICE, IT IS AIMED AT THE WHITE RIGHT. NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS ESSAY IS “ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE,” AS OPPOSED TO THAT SEGMENT OF THE WHITE COMMUNITY THAT IS RIGHT WING, CANNOT READ PLAIN ENGLISH. PLEASE TRY AGAIN.* _____ For all y’all […]

Because Tea Bag is a Language We all Need to Know, If Only to Ridicule It…

Great video, on the new right wing bilingualism (the only kind they would ever support, of course)…

Official Unemployment Data Minimizes Racial Disparities

Although no compilation of data, sampled from a nation of 300 million can be perfectly precise, it seems fair to insist that the data not obscure obvious facts about which the public should be aware. Sadly, the way the U.S. government has long collected its information on things like unemployment, poverty, wages and other social/economic […]

Beck once again inspires unhinged anger…

And so the craziness continues…amid a number of violent acts committed by devoted followers of Glenn Beck over the past year, now comes additional evidence that the Beck-Heads are an unstable bunch, willing to threaten anyone their silly little clown of a leader chooses to target for criticism. A few days ago Beck criticized the […]