If you live in Boston come check out this panel I am moderating a week from Friday. Hope to see you there.
Friday, March 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Yawkey Theater, WGBH
1 Guest Street, Boston MA
The purpose of the NCRA – WGBH Forum, Race Amity and The Other Tradition, is to contribute to the public discourse on race in America. The specific goal of the forum is to further define and explore “the other tradition” as a perspective and frame of reference in the discourse on improving American race relations.
The perspective of “the other tradition” is that in America’s racial history the dominant tradition of racism has always had a parallel moral counterweight that promoted access, equity, and social justice. This moral counterweight held at its core humanistic and spiritual values accentuated by amity and close cross-racial/cross-cultural collaboration, which, in contrast to racism, is “the other tradition.”
- Forum Moderator: Orlando Jones, Actor/Comedian
- Richard W. Thomas, PhD, Author, Understanding Race Relations in the US, Professor of History Emeritus, Michigan State University
- Anna-Lisa Cox, Ph. D., Author, A Stronger Kinship, Associate at Harvard’s WEB Dubois Institute and Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Betsy Newman, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, producer, and director of Rebel Hearts and the current production on PBS – The Education of Harvey Gant
- Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc; Publisher of Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first Multicultural Resource Directory, and Founder of Get Konnected, Boston’s Premier Urban Professional Networking Event.
Reception and book signing will follow the forum discussion.
The Forum is free but space is limited! Request tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and placing “Forum” in the subject line.
- 1836: Last day of the Battle of the Alamo: During the Texas Revolution, the Mexican troops of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna launch an attack on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Bexar following a 13-day siege. Most Texians in the Mission are killed, including Davy Crockett and William Travis.
- 1927: Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez is born in the town of Aracataca.
- 1997: Former Guyanese president Cheddi Jagan dies in Washington, DC at age 78.
Texas archaeologists are excited about the possibility they have located the oldest Spanish mission in San Antonio and the precursor to the famous Alamo.
Remnants, that include broken pottery and rosary beads, have been located on a 3-acre parcel of land by city…
Check out The Second Flying Company of Alamo de Parras for the full history of the mission. That Famous Battle is only part of the story….
Antonio Pigafetta, a Florentine navigator who went with Magellan on the first voyage around the world, wrote, upon his passage through our southern lands of America, a strictly accurate account that nonetheless resembles a venture into fantasy. In it he recorded that he had seen hogs with navels on their haunches, clawless birds whose hens laid eggs on the backs of their mates, and others still, resembling tongueless pelicans, with beaks like spoons. He wrote of having seen a misbegotten creature with the head and ears of a mule, a camel’s body, the legs of a deer and the whinny of a horse. He described how the first native encountered in Patagonia was confronted with a mirror, whereupon that impassioned giant lost his senses to the terror of his own image.
This short and fascinating book, which even then contained the seeds of our present-day novels, is by no means the most staggering account of our reality in that age. The Chronicles of the Indies left us countless others. Eldorado, our so avidly sought and illusory land, appeared on numerous maps for many a long year, shifting its place and form to suit the fantasy of cartographers. In his search for the fountain of eternal youth, the mythical Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca explored the north of Mexico for eight years, in a deluded expedition whose members devoured each other and only five of whom returned, of the six hundred who had undertaken it. One of the many unfathomed mysteries of that age is that of the eleven thousand mules, each loaded with one hundred pounds of gold, that left Cuzco one day to pay the ransom of Atahualpa and never reached their destination. Subsequently, in colonial times, hens were sold in Cartagena de Indias, that had been raised on alluvial land and whose gizzards contained tiny lumps of gold. One founder’s lust for gold beset us until recently. As late as the last century, a German mission appointed to study the construction of an interoceanic railroad across the Isthmus of Panama concluded that the project was feasible on one condition: that the rails not be made of iron, which was scarce in the region, but of gold.
Our independence from Spanish domination did not put us beyond the reach of madness. General Antonio López de Santana, three times dictator of Mexico, held a magnificent funeral for the right leg he had lost in the so-called Pastry War. General Gabriel García Moreno ruled Ecuador for sixteen years as an absolute monarch; at his wake, the corpse was seated on the presidential chair, decked out in full-dress uniform and a protective layer of medals. General Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, the theosophical despot of El Salvador who had thirty thousand peasants slaughtered in a savage massacre, invented a pendulum to detect poison in his food, and had streetlamps draped in red paper to defeat an epidemic of scarlet fever. The statue to General Francisco Morazan erected in the main square of Tegucigalpa is actually one of Marshal Ney, purchased at a Paris warehouse of second-hand sculptures.
—Gabriel García Márquez’ Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Read the rest here.
Paul Ryan, Asshole of the Day for March 6, 2014
If you’ve been paying attention to politics at all over the past few years, you’ve no doubt noticed the GOP sliding into an abyss of abject stupidity and stunning, breathtaking insensitivity. And just when you think they’ve tapped those wells dry, they find a way (fracking, probably) to squeeze just a little more out of them.
For example, behold onetime GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, who just today told the assembled crowd of mouth-breathers at CPAC that if only poor kids’ parents loved them more, they wouldn’t need free lunch programs to feed them.
He made this point while telling a story that was supposed to give us all the sads: a “young boy from a very poor family” who got government-funded free lunches at school but was totally bummed out about it.
“He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids,” Ryan said, adding, “He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
You know what, Paul Ryan? I’ve been that kid. And on behalf of all those kids, fuck you.
I was raised in Southern California by a single mother, who had me young and struggled to support us. When I was about 5, a teacher friend of hers told her I was extraordinarily bright and stressed the importance of getting me in the right schools to nurture that.
The closest and best public school district was, naturally, in a wealthy area. But my mom somehow found an apartment she could afford there, and the next thing I knew, she’d packed me, our cat and what few belongings we had into her beat-up VW Bug and off we went.
My mom’s friend was right – the school was phenomenal. I still remember those teachers. They were warm and encouraging and supportive, and never made me feel like the underprivileged kid.
And yes, I got government-sponsored breakfasts and lunches. But contrary to Paul Ryan’s story, it was not a reenactment of a Dickens novel. No dirt-smudged faces. No gruel. No moonfaced moppets begging for more.
Look, I knew my circumstances were different than the other kids somehow, but no one shamed me. And no one shamed my mother, who worked her ass off so her kid could go to the best school possible. (You want love, Paul? Put THAT in a brown paper bag, you smug, condescending douchebag.)
Fast forward a few years and I went on to become the first woman in my family to graduate from college. These days, I make a nice living and pay back into the same government system that helped me get where I am now. And I’m happy to do it.
Because somewhere there’s a little girl whose single mom is doing the best she can – and I’ll be damned if I’m going to make it any harder for them than it has to be. But Paul Ryan wants to make it harder, and that’s why he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Paul Ryan's second time being named Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for insisting on concessions in order to vote to pay for the budget that he himself negotiated and took credit for.
Full story: Raw Story
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ok but, if this is true
Americans still have the original British accent. We kept it over time and Britain didn’t. What we currently coin as a British accent developed in England during the 19th century among the upper class as a symbol of status. Historians often claim that Shakespeare sounds better in an American accent.
why the hell does Ichabod Crane speak with a british accent
Tom Mison, in an interview, said a Brit from that day would definitely speak differently. Not so much a “modern” American accent (which American accent?)—but with a bit a “West Country” sound. However, the showrunners wanted to keep it simple, so he tweaked his own accent a bit.
Just like, in flashbacks, we see all the American troops in blue & all the English & Hessians in red. The costume designer has pointed out that uniforms on both sides varied in color, depending on the branch of service. (And, for Americans, what clothing was available—supplies were always short.) But the Red/Blue dichotomy was judged easier for the viewing public.
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