Archive for February 24th, 2015

February 24th, 2015 - 9:06 pm § in Uncategorized

Fox commentator ‘appalled’ by equal pay for women

Stacey Dash is also upset by the Oscars’ focus on social issues instead of glamor. By the way, if you didn’t know, Dash — who recently was hired by Fox to provide “cultural commentary,” is best known for her acting role in the movie “Clueless” and its TV spi[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 8:41 pm § in Schools & Colleges

U. of North Carolina’s board closes their law school’s poverty center

Apparently poverty is spreading faster in the right-to-work state of North Carolina than the Republicans who dominate the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors want anyone talking about. They’ve voted to put their own law school’s poverty center out of business. What wi[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 8:11 pm § in Politics

Giuliani, Foot, Mouth, Again

Expanding on his assertion that President Obama is un-American, Republican politician and unsuccessful presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani explained that Obama’s opposition to torture “undermines” our security: “But I can only be disheartened when I hear him claim, as he did[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 8:00 pm § in Misc.

NY Port Authority orders volunteers to let homeless people freeze

Last week, New York Port Authority officials refused to let a volunteer group give blankets to homeless people at the city’s bus terminal.  “When we got to Port Authority we were told we can’t give them out because they don’t want the homeless to get too comfortable there,” a spokesw[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 6:26 pm § in Misc.

A nostalgic postcard scene

This photo of  the Fort Payne, Alabama, classic stone Victorian depot (now a museum) is reminiscent of the days of “working steam.” (This is a recent photo of an excursion train; if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it and look closely, you’ll see the “Museum” sign [...]

February 24th, 2015 - 5:20 pm § in Politics

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

In a continuation of confrontational politics, the GOP-controlled Congress passed a Keystone XL bill it knew was veto bait, and President Obama has vetoed it. It’s extremely unlikely the GOP has enough votes for a veto override. This doesn’t necessarily spell the end of Keystone XL. The [...]

February 24th, 2015 - 10:22 am § in America

FB: Hope for Africa

Chinazor Onianwah Since President Obama was elected, Africans at home abc in the diaspora have been praying for his success and safety not just for America’s economic revival but for a role model in governance. For years Africans who had to overcome 500 years of partition, exploitation, slave[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 4:15 am § in Misc.

The Term “People of Color” is Racist

I have always objected to the term “people of color” at the UW because it creates a dichotomy based on the false notion of “race.” This problem is very well illustrated by the reports last Spring in the media about a discrimination suit by a  “white” professor a[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 2:05 am § in Hypocrisy

For those afraid of GMO …here come the Robocows!

Der Spiegel: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over Smaller dairy farms in Germany are rapidly disappearing, and with EU quotas on milk production set to expire next year, the process is likely to accelerate. The only way to survive is to turn cows into machines and keep them away from the meadow. By Jo[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 1:30 am § in Politics

Kayla Mueller’s family is politicizing her death, and that’s wrong

One always has to be careful not to judge a grieving family; we can’t really hold people responsible for what they say after losing a loved one. This is especially true in cases involving American military personnel or hostages. Our government’s stated policy is not to pay ransom for hos[...]