Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, and Michelle Obama

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 am

What a difference 60 years makes. Roughly speaking, that’s two generations, the span between grandparents and grandchildren, between one way of looking at the world and another. 120 years ago, Justice Harlan looked into the future, and he knew that one day, Plessy v Ferguson would look like Dred Scott.

Today, after I listened to Michelle Obama speak in Topeka, it’s plain she knows the future as well. It made me look at my kid and his classmates, and wonder what their world will be like 60 years — two generations — from now. From what I’ve already seen in him and his friends, I’ve got a feeling that the “better future” of which Michelle Obama spoke is not just wishful thinking.

 

Yemenis Have Moms Too

By: Saturday May 11, 2013 10:15 am

He disappeared more than a decade ago, just 18-years-old and teaching abroad, separated from his family for the first time in life. His mother and father, sick with worry, heard nothing. For all they knew he was dead. Then, one day they opened a newspaper and learned their son was being held in a military prison run by the US of A, accused of – but never charged with – being an enemy of the state.

A bit of inauguration enjoyment: Cantor agita; the First Lady throwing shade at Speaker Boehner

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 7:35 am

Had to mention this choice moment during the inauguration…

News Bites for a Chilly Sunday: January 20, 2013

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 6:00 pm

On Gun Appreciation Weekend, the NRA’s counter-celebration to President Obama’s second inaugural, someone in New Mexico went berserk and killed five people. And not with a crossbow, either.

Republican Flip-Flopping on Akin Is a Sign of Romney’s Failure

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 am

With Todd Akin standing firm in his decision to remain on the Missouri ballot as the GOP candidate for US Senate, it falls to the rest of the Republican party leadership to flip-flop on their condemnations and fall into line.

And they have.

What’s curious, though, is that one of the flip-floppers is former MO senator and current Romney security affairs advisor Jim Talent, who is rumored to be in line for a possible cabinet post should Romney win. Either Romney will soon flip-flop on Akin as well, or Talent has decided that there will be no Romney administration come Jan 21, 2013, and he’d better help the GOP take the Senate. (Or, of course, both.)

Here’s the GOP’s current political calculus, courtesy of Todd Akin: The more Romney’s fortunes founder, the more the GOP needs to pull out all the stops to win the Senate, and if principles like “women are human beings, too” need to be sacrificed to the cause, so be it.

The Troubling Myths of Opportunity and Mobility in the Democratic Convention

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:52 pm

The problem is that this only plays out along the lines of equality of opportunity. You have to work hard, and there’s this myth that hard work will find its reward in a society without barriers. This was the main theme of Michelle Obama’s speech as well.

FLOTUS Tonight

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 5:56 pm

Tonight’s keynote speaker is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, but Michelle Obama is really the star of the show, President Obama promises to get misty-eyed as he watches from home with his kids.

Two For The Price of One

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 8:00 pm

When Ann Romney haughtily declared this morning that “You People” had better well quit nosing around in her family’s affairs already, I was reminded of my mother’s perennial and typically generous comment regarding couples who were either startlingly unattractive or otherwise even less appealing together than the sum of their parts: “Well, at least they found each other.”

Indeed.

As Anti-Amendment One Momentum Grows, Will the President Say Anything When He Visits NC on Wed?

By: Monday March 5, 2012 11:15 am

The battle to beat back Amendment One is heating up in NC, but the First Lady, the President, and the Obama 2012 campaign keep coming here — and have said nothing about it so far to help us defeat it. Will this silence continue as they keep pushing those NC voter ATM buttons for cash?

Barack Obama, Personnel Genius

By: Friday January 6, 2012 6:01 pm

Okay, quick business quiz for everyone: What do you do with an employee who is incompetent, insubordinate, and constantly sneaking around behind your back? If you’re Barack Obama you force him to keep working for you.

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