Archives for: July 2013

Economic Malpractice and Political Slander

It’s difficult to listen to a Barack Obama speech when it would be easier, faster, and less painful to write one. So it was with as much a sense of impending boredom and déjà pivot as concern about predictable content that I embarked on listening to… more »

In Memory of Cliff Kaminsky

Today would be my younger brother, Cliff's, 44th birthday. There is nothing more sad in my life than the knowledge that my children and my brother will never meet. He would have been a great uncle, as he was a great person. You can read a little more… more »

Falling Into Radical Islam

I spent quite a few hours on the radio last week talking about the Rolling Stone magazine cover glorifying the surviving Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I talked a lot about the language on the cover, including how passive it was: He "was failed by… more »

America's Racist God

As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think… more »

Stop force-feeding Guantanamo hunger-strikers

On Monday, federal judge Gladys Kessler ruled that she cannot stop the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay because her court does not have jurisdiction to change policy at the prison near the southeastern corner of Cuba. Curren… more »

Of Course Government Policies Don't "Adapt Fast Enough"

Comment:Visions, a mostly European project of Shell Oil in which they try to generate conversation about various energy-related policy questions, occasionally asks me for input. They did again recently on the question of whether governments' energy and… more »

Black English and a Bad Saint Bernard

“A lot of people think Black English is just bad grammar, but that’s like saying that a cocker spaniel is a bad kind of Saint Bernard…” -- Columbia University Associate Professor of Linguistics John McWhorter It’s true: some people on Twitter… more »