Okay, here goes. There are those of you as of this moment glued to the television or the variety of streaming devises at your disposal. And while I hear the applause in the background where my husband is doing what he feels is his civic duty, I keep as far away as possible. It is not because I am such a rabid Obama hater or enough of a radical to have a facile availability of
Archive for January 25th, 2012
A recent attack on a gay and lesbian nativity scene at a California church proves how much these liberating images are needed.
My own queer nativity projects have gotten nasty accusations of blasphemy, so I was outraged but not surprised when I read news reports of the vandalism in Claremont, Calif. Attackers came in the night to knock over the same-sex couples in a manger scene at Claremont United Methodist Church. Police are investigating it as a hate crime.
The gay and lesbian nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church, before it was vandalized (photo courtesy of the Claremont United Methodist Church).
Unfortunately, the assault on Claremont’s gay and lesbian nativity is part of an ugly trend targeting LGBT Christian
Recently I read Glennon Melton’s blog post talking about how people should stick their carpe diem where the sun don’t shine when it comes to reminding parents about enjoying the moment of child rearing. This got me thinking “Why stop at railing against carpe diem?” Over the years I’ve received a slew of unwelcome comments from strangers and for some odd reason this seems to always happens to me in supermarket checkout lines… So when I’m with my kid here’s 10 things I don’t want to hear from you stranger.
1) Aww, what a cute little guy!
What’s wrong this this phrase you ask? How could anything be possibly offensive about praising the good looks of your child? Well nothing, if you have a little
In a unanimous 9-0 ruling in United States v. Jones, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects. But what does this ruling, hailed as a victory by privacy advocates, really mean for the future of privacy and the Fourth Amendment?
While the Court rightly recognized that the government’s physical attachment of a GPS device to Antoine Jones’ vehicle for the purpose of tracking Jones’ movements constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, a careful reading of the Court’s opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, shows that the battle over our privacy rights is far from over.
Given that the operable word throughout the ruling is “physical,” the ruling does not go far
The potential of digital learning for children got a push last week from two prestigious sources — Apple and the leading journal for school librarians. As usual, Apple caught the media hype and the librarians showcased the smartest and most important contribution.
Apple generated widespread media excitement when it announced its latest educational initiative. Surprise! It will revolve around iPad eTextbooks for high school kids. There are at least a few dozen unanswered questions about the Apple announcement (beginning with these) but the company’s continued investment in schools shows that the future of classroom learning is transitioning to digital.
In all the excitement, most people missed a story in School Library Journal that reported on a new study involving digital learning and
The cover of a recent issue of Science magazine, the voice of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, heralds as the scientific breakthrough of the year the acceptance of HIV treatment with antiretroviral drugs, ARVDs, as an effective regimen for the prevention of the disease. Promoted by what has been described as a splashy World AIDS Day event attended by three U. S. Presidents, business magnates and rock stars, this conclusion was based on the results of a study of 1,763 couples where only one of the partners tested positive for the HIV
What if I told you there’s a place to get great bargains for you and lots of money back to your local police department? Sound too good to be true? It is not!
The scene: Flashing police lights and officers pull over a suspect van. Two thieves are found inside along with cartons of stolen electronics and computers.
The scene: A bare-bones apartment where police respond to a domestic dispute. After calming the situation they discover a horde of stolen jewelry and expensive Rolex watches.
The scene: Officers respond to a 9-11 home invasion call and are lucky enough to catch the perp
“Fame is fleeting,” said Harvey Weinstein introducing Coriolanus last week at the film’s Paris Theater premiere. Juxtaposing the all night Golden Globe parties with his turn on television with Uggie, the canine star of his movie The Artist, Weinstein noted, one minute I’m accepting awards (The Artist, My Week with Marilyn, The Iron Lady, were among Weinstein films honored with top prizes), the next I’m on the Today show with a dog. But what a dog!
Anticipating the Best Picture Oscar nod, Uggie’s PR people called for a photo op at the Empire State Building, on the 86th floor deck. With his trainer and owner Omar von Muller, the Jack Russell terrier played dead and eh, manned a
Carl Lennertz has a new job.
As anyone who knows him would have predicted, Carl’s job isn’t an easy one. His immodest goal is to revolutionize the way Americans look at books.
We’ve known Carl since forever. At various times he has been our main point of contact at three major publishing
Basking in the afterglow of his victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich made a statement containing a specific time reference that demands further scrutiny from the national media and an explanation from the candidate himself.
What Gingrich said was, “The American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for half a century to force us to quit being American and become some kind of other system.” Half a century is fifty years. Everybody clear on that?
What started happening fifty years ago that has Gingrich so agitated? Half a century ago takes us back to 1962, right in the middle of the fight for (and against) desegregation of schools and public facilities like lunch counters, and two years prior to the Voting Rights of 1964. In other words, fifty years ago is when the federal government finally began to respond to the civil rights movement.
What is the “other system” Gingrich speaks about with such disdain? Is it a system that forbids discrimination based on race, religion or sexual orientation? What does “force us to quit being American” mean in everyday terms? Who is being forced, and how?
Such explanations are not part of the Gingrich campaign toolbox. He’s doing fine trumpeting a steady stream of angry generalities and responding to questions he doesn’t like with ridicule and righteous indignation.
Jennifer Rubin, who authors the Right Turn blog
for the Washington Post, recently described Gingrich’s current methodology as, “Say whatever he thinks will
Like many nations in Africa, Somalia has endured the legacy of the foreign expedition of greed throughout the continent. After the Berlin Conference 1884, Western European powers sought to divide Somaliland — one of the most homogeneous regions of Africa — into British Somaliland, French Somaliland, Italian Somaliland, Ethiopian Somaliland (the Ogaden), and the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of British Kenya. Thus, sowing the seed for the current ongoing inter and intra-regional unrest of Somalia.
Fast forward to 1991: a mix of northern and southern clan-based militias armed, financed, and supported by Ethiopia toppled Somalia’s central government and, in due course, brought the strategic collaboration between these militia groups to an end as each went to secure its area of influence (read clan-based). This formula would work for some and not the others.
Stabilization has proven a difficult undertaking in a number of the southern regions while in the northwest and northeast regions (Somaliland and Puntland) clan militia groups and their clan elders were able to bring relative stability to those
January 23rd, 2012 marked the coming of the-later-than-Solar-but-just-as-important Lunar New Year, more commonly known as “Chinese New Year” (though it is celebrated in many other cultures). In honor of both the solar and lunar calendars, I’ve put together a slideshow featuring 12 Asian American poets. These poets all come from various ethnic backgrounds, and while I am well aware that not all of these cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, I thought that this would nonetheless be an appropriate opportunity to showcase Asian American poetry as a whole.
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With the eyes of the political world currently focused on the Space Coast in the great state of Florida, Obama will have to bring the eyes of the world away from the campaign trail and to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as he delivers the State of the Union tonight. It won’t be easy (Mitt Romney is already planning both a prebuttal and a rebuttal) but Obama has to try to get things done in Washington with the cloud of a tight election later in 2012. So, what is to be expected from Obama tonight?
If you went to college, do you remember what the start of a new semester felt like? Does thinking about it bring back feelings of excitement, eagerness, maybe some anxiety, but hopefully most of all a great sense of accomplishment? Going to college and earning a degree is one of the most formative experiences people have. It is also one of the most powerful ways for an individual to transform their life, as well as the lives of the people around them.
The greatest barrier to attending college today is cost. Students now graduate with $25,000 in outstanding loans, on average, and the total amount of student loan debt in 2012 is likely to pass the $1 trillion mark. For many years now the cost of college has been rising faster than family and personal income, as well as outpacing efforts to expand grants and other forms of financial
With the arrival of snow, snow and more snow here in Chicago I find myself daydreaming about sweet potatoes with honey and pecans coated in sugar and splashed with bourbon; it’s the perfect time of year for baking.
My reintroduction into baking began with a pie pumpkin. One crisp fall afternoon my boyfriend Aaron and I peered into our CSA box and discovered that Shelly and Irv had decided to give us the tiniest of pumpkins. We had no inkling it would be the beginning of everything. We simply knew that we had been gifted an adorable pumpkin that came with a recipe for pie; and we both loved
I was bullied as an eighth grader. I was quickly shifted out of my friend group and it felt as if my world was crumbling around me. I was afraid to go to school, dreading every passing period, lunchtime, and any class I had with any of the girls. I had to recreate a friend group and going through that process only made me realize that I had done this very same thing to a friend in sixth
Google the word “mindful” and you’ll find about 24,900,000 entries. Google the word “mindfulness” and there are around 13,600,000 entries. Ever wonder how these ancient, distant, and diverse Asian practices known as mindfulness have made their way into our living rooms today? Quite simply it is thanks to some noteworthy people who clocked hours, days, weeks and years on a meditation cushion. They saw something important and then they showed it to us.
In the United States we have had the benefit of extraordinary Eastern teachers coming west to teach us their native
Brokers and advisors like to describe their activities in terms indicating the benefits they bestow upon their clients. “Wealth manager” is one of my favorites, because it conveys the impression that using them is likely to increase your wealth. Using the wrong adviser can have the opposite effect. They can “manage” to transfer your wealth into their
Rather than try and fail at another diet this new year, why not take a more strategic approach by making your goal optimal health? I believe that the human body desires to be well — and that includes being at a healthy weight. Let’s consider fourteen do’s to pave the way for you to be successful in your quest to burn that fat.
Fourteen Weight Loss Do’s
Calm down. If you’re wound up and believing that you’re never going to lose weight, chances are you are going to fulfill that prophecy. Disciplining your mind through focused meditation can help your brain relax its
It seems Newt Gingrich may have upset the Republican presidential primary season with his recent win in South Carolina. If we are not thoughtful and responsible, he just may take us all by surprise in the days and months to come. Many Democrats and Republicans seem to believe that a race between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich for president will be an easy Democratic win, but I’m not so sure we should jump so far ahead of ourselves. While we have Newt Gingrich front and center, we might consider taking an opportunity to look at what he reflects within each of
The Artist, this century’s newly iconic and now Oscar-nominated black-and-white silent movie, is a cautionary tale about not embracing innovation.
The story, set right before and after the depression, centers on George Valentin (Oscar-nominated Jean Dujardin), a silent film star. Valentin’s popularity, which is huge, is eclipsed only by the massive size of his ego. When his studio embraces talkies, he denigrates the new technological advances and leaves the business. If pride comes before a fall, Valentin stumbles big time.
Can Peppy Miller (Oscar-nominated Brnice Bejo) — the charming female ingenue who climbs the studio ladder to achieve leading-lady status — help bring him back from the abyss?
It’s easy to point fingers at poor
If famed Star Wars film director, George Lucas, is correct, America may not be the post-racial society that many wish to believe.
According to Lucas, it took 20 years to get his latest film, Red Tails, made “because it’s an all-black movie.”
Lucas said he had to self-fund Red Tails, the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen — a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. He claimed major film studios would not back the movie because “there are no major white roles in it at all.”
More than a critique that counters the stereotype held for so-called liberal Hollywood elites, Lucas’ 20-year odyssey to get Red Tails on the screen says more about what film studios think of their buying public.
There has always been room in Hollywood for films such as Gone With the Wind to, most recently, The Help — movies that show a certain racial benevolence but maintain the preconceived social
Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney once tacitly supported immigration reform. Sadly, his recent embrace of hard-line immigration positions is a show we’ve seen before with Sen. John McCain in 2008, and it targets the fastest-growing demographic in the country. With his new stance, he risks losing not only the Latino vote but many non-Latino voters as