I’m in a waiting room watching Michael Ian black on some day time talk show making food. He has already made two handfuls worth of laugh out loud jokes and comments. No one on the show or in the audience seems to have caught anything he has said. #dumb people
The state Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to a bill allowing local governments to erect monuments or displays of the Ten Commandments, along with such other “historically significant documents” as the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence and the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.
The bill was among 10 that the Senate passed collectively on a single 30-0 vote as part of the “consent calendar” of relatively noncontroversial bills, without debate.
The House had unanimously approved the legislation on March 19.
The bill’s preamble says that such documents “are treasures that should be displayed proudly and resolutely in public buildings and on public grounds.” The bill says the documents may be displayed in public buildings and on public grounds in the form of “statues, monuments, memorials, tablets, or any other display that respects the dignity and solemnity of such documents.”
Unbelievable. Except it is Tennessee, so it isn’t…
Tennessee is determined to stay ahead of the pack. +4 for this passing the second chamber.
The fact is the U.S. often seems like it’s built to kill black people. This is not to say racism is equally lethal today as it was even a single generation ago. But it is to say that the same set of deeply ingrained ideas about what black people have coming to us justified the brutality of yesterday and today alike. And one particular manifestation of those ideas routinely leads to the early death of men like Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin.
Of course, this violent manifestation of white supremacy is not visited upon black male bodies alone. Indeed, as Tea Party candidates like Nevada’s Sharron Angle reminded us in the past election cycle, we must very much begin to see Latinos in the same way—lurking, dangerous, illegal. Fear and loathe them. If you encounter them on a dark street be ready to go to arms. And so Latino men have a lengthening gruesome roll call, too.
Surely all these people have done something to bring the murder, the poverty, the brutality down upon themselves! That’s America’s unique twist on systemic oppression. We cage people, then call them animals. We starve people, then jibe them for being malnourished. We write laws that allow people to gun down unarmed children and then make the child the aggressor. And so now Trayvon Martin will be all manner of sinner—a pothead, a dropout, a ne’er-do-well with a temper problem who had it coming. But what he will indisputably be is dead, like too many before him and surely many after him. He had it coming, as a black man in America.
Surely all these people have done something to bring the murder, the poverty, the brutality down upon themselves! That’s America’s unique twist on systemic oppression. We cage people, then call them animals. We starve people, then jibe them for being malnourished. We write laws that allow people to gun down unarmed children and then make the child the aggressor.
I was really skeptical about this despite being an avid supporter of anything M.K.Williams does. I’ve started singing a different since Melissa said, “Imagine Omar with the braids sticking straight up.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant on Saturday and was recovering in a Virginia hospital, his office said in a statement.
Mr. Cheney, 71, who has suffered five heart attacks and was in end-stage heart failure, had been on the waiting list for a new heart for 20 months, the statement said. Mr. Cheney was recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.
“Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” said the statement from an aide, Kara Ahern. The statement thanked doctors and staff at the hospital and at George Washington University Hospital in Washington for “their continued outstanding care.”
In 2010, the former vice president had a left ventricular assist device, a battery-powered heart pump, implanted by surgeons, the latest in a series of operations on his heart and leg veins for treatment of end-stage heart failure.
Mr. Cheney, who served as vice president for all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, is an icon on the right and in the Republican Party, and has been one of the Obama administration’s toughest critics.
He is widely considered to have been among the most powerful vice presidents in American history, working behind the scenes on policies from energy to counterterrorism and advocating for presidential power. He was a lightning rod for critics of the Bush administration, and his influence during Mr. Bush’s second term was considerably diminished.
There was no advance word of the transplant, but it did not come entirely as a surprise. On the Today show on NBC in January 2011, Mr. Cheney discussed his heart pump and said he might need a transplant.
“I’ll have to make a decision at some point whether or not I want to go for a transplant,” Cheney said, “but we haven’t addressed that yet.”
And cue thousands of jokes about how Cheney finally has a heart.
When we have states still CELEBRATING the Confederacy* you have no real grounds to try and call the case of Trayvon Martin a non-racial issue. Trayvon Martin was mercilessly MURDERED because we still excuse this repugnant behavior on a national level.
The only people denying this murder was racially motivated are the same people who want you to think that women are second class citizens and all sluts.
*Yes, I know the Confederacy wasn’t entirely about slavery but you’re kidding yourself to think that today’s champions of it aren’t racially motivated.