Politics

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Still Is What It Is and Ain’t What It’s Not

Filed in Music, Politics

Paul Scott wonders if hip-hop can save Black America. I can answer that real succintly. No. Hip-hop couldn’t save Black America, even if it wanted to, number one. And even if it could, the reasons he describes probably would have nothing to do with it. In some ways, hip-hop seems to be like the miracle [...]

The Music That Made Me (4 of 5)

Filed in Everwhatever, Politics

Go. Motor Booty Affair – Parliament – I’m not sure if this is my absolute favorite P-Funk album, although the side one stands up against just about any other side (or 5-song stretch in the CD era) I can think of. what’s more, the underwater theme of the album works both lyrically and sonically. The [...]

Fish-Eye Lens

Filed in Politics

So I’m watchin Right America: Feeling Wronged. My first reaction was pretty much what the filmmakers intended: I was dismayed at the opinions I saw. Jokers talkin about they think Obama is Muslim — or better yet, the Antichrist. But then, I stepped back and peeped game. That video was pretty much the equivalent of [...]

Selling In?

Filed in Politics

I went for Obama. Let’s get that out of the way first. Secondly, let’s establish that I am going downtown for the festivities. No question about it. But in the midst of all that, let me just say that I’m thoroughly dismayed by what’s going on. I mean, I understand why he wants an open [...]

Gifted?

Filed in Everwhatever, Politics

Montgomery County, MD, is doing away with the gifted label and the corresponding classes. I’m ambivalent about it. On the one hand, I think it’s extremely important to make sure that all students are given work that they find stimulating. If Student A has demonstrated the capacity and proclivity to work at a different level [...]

Test Time

Filed in Politics

I took the Civil Literacy Civics Quiz which has been getting a lot of attention because of how many people have failed it. I’m surprised to report that I got a 90.91%. Let’s round up and call it a 91. That’s B+/A- territory. I’m not really surprised at the score, I’m surprised by which questions [...]

Whiffed

Filed in Politics, race

Here’s what I was hoping for: I wanted to see some of the more prominent Black conservatives (or in their case, would it be lowercase ‘b’, capital ‘C?’) take a time out from their usual schtick and say, something like, ‘You know what? Policy-wise, I don’t agree with Obama on much. Maybe nothing at all. [...]

Some Distinction Is Necessary

Filed in Language, Politics, race

I don’t straight-out cosign nobody hardly, but one person who usually comes very close on the linguistic nuances of racial speech is Jeremy Pierce. In a recent post, he outlines his philosophy for giving people the benefit of the doubt when racism is possible but not clearly established. For the same reason that we don’t [...]

The Ole One-Two

Filed in Everwhatever, Politics

Reading an old Sports Illustrated article about Mike Tyson, especially from the vantage point of hindsight, it’s fairly clear that even with everything that was around him, he was very self-aware. The things he was saying then, and the lens through which the writer framed them, ring absolutely true now. While most of us might [...]

Wordles

Filed in Everwhatever, Politics, Spiritual

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can [...]

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