The booze barrier at the U, the blame generation, let a thousand Jon Stewarts bloom, I can see your puny lineup from here, and the case of the purple violin.
Songwriter Randy Newman is calling out what he sees as racism in the presidential campaign.
The Associated Press today reports Newman, an Obama supporter, released a protest song today, to confront racism in American politics.
"It's delicate enough that I'm not going to offend people every which way, but I wanted to get it right as best I could," Newman told the AP, which said he's worried there may be some backlash against the song.(4 Comments)
Posted at 11:22 AM on September 18, 2012
by Bob Collins
There is the spirit of the law, and there is the letter of the law.
Today's news prompting a review of the difference between the two comes from Cranston, Rhode Island, where -- the Providence Journal reports -- the school district has banned father-daughter and mother-son activities as a violation of state law.
Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter ifrom the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.
Lundsten said school attorneys found while federal Title IX legislation banning gender discrimination gives an exemption for "father-son" and "mother-daughter" events, Rhode Island law doesn't.
(h/t: Ted Canova)
The person who tracked down the source of the video of the Mitt Romney fundraiser is Jimmy Carter's grandson.
James Carter IV told NBC News he encouraged the "source" to release the full tape to Mother Jones magazine, which called attention to it yesterday.
But Carter also confirmed there is a personal side to the backstory of the campaign video: he was especially motivated, he said, because of Romney's frequent attacks on the presidency of his grandfather, including the GOP candidate's comparisons to the "weak" foreign policy of Carter and Barack Obama.
"It gets under my skin -- mostly the weakness on the foreign policy stuff," Carter said. "I just think it's ridiculous. I don't like criticism of my family."
Carter said he is currently unemployed and has not been paid for his work by the Obama campaign or any other political organization. What motivated him at first was Romney's role at Bain Capital and the controversy over whether the GOP candidate as a businessman had invested in companies that outsourced jobs overseas.
On NPR's Tell Me More program today, David Corn, the Mother Jones political reporter discussed his role in the video.
It didn't take long for the Obama campaign to turn the video into an online ad.(6 Comments)
The Minnesota Lynx were honored at the White House this afternoon.
"These women have brought glory back to Minnesota," Obama said, noting that just a couple of years ago the Lynx had the worst record in the NBA.
He paid particular attention to UConn vet Maya Moore. "She's becoming a regular here," he said. "It's like the fourth time she's been here."
"As the husband of a tall, good-looking woman.... it's wonderful to have these women as role models. We know that when girls are involved in athletics, they do better across the board. Our women athletes present themselves so well and are such great ambassadors to the game... you don't see them on SportsCenter doing stupid stuff."
"This group is incredibly selfless," coach Cheryl Reeve said.(1 Comments)
It's not spreading as quickly as, say, a Romney fundraiser, but this video is racing around the InterTubes today. It's got all of the elements -- a driver with road rage against two bicyclists.
It happened in Longmont, CO., and the cyclists reported they eventually slowed to force the guy to pass.(8 Comments)
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today sent that state's voter ID law back to a lower court to determine if, as alleged, the law disenfranchises voters.
It's not the victory opponents of the law -- similar to the one voters in Minnesota will decide in November -- had hoped for, but it raises the profile of questions voiced there -- and here -- about how difficult it will be to get the photo IDs to vote at all.
In particular, the majority on the court cited the strict guidelines the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation adopted for providing identifications to would-be voters.
Why? Because of the federal ID laws that make getting an identification card difficult.
However, as implementation of the Law has proceeded, PennDOT - apparently for good reason - has refused to allow such liberal access. Instead, the Department continues to vet applicants for Section 1510(b) cards through an identification process that Commonwealth officials appear to acknowledge is a rigorous one. See N.T. at 690, 994. Generally, the process requires the applicant to present a birth certificate with a raised seal (or a document considered to be an equivalent), a social security card, and two forms of documentation showing current residency. See N.T. at 467, 690, 793.1 The reason why PennDOT will not implement the Law as written is that the Section 1510(b) driver's license equivalent is a secure form of identification, which may be used, for example, to board commercial aircraft.
But in a dissent, Justice Debra McCloskey Todd criticized the court for not killing the law...
Despite impending near-certain loss of voting rights, despite the Commonwealth's admitted inability thus far to fully implement Act 18 and its acceptance that, presently, "the Law is not being implemented according to its terms," and despite the majority's concession that the "most judicious remedy" in such circumstances would be to grant an injunction, the majority nonetheless allows the Commonwealth to virtually ignore the election clock and try once again to defend its inexplicable need to rush this law into application by November 6, 2012.
Justice Sheamus McCaffery went further...
I was elected by the people of our Commonwealth, by Republicans, Democrats, Independents and others, as was every single Justice on this esteemed Court. I cannot now be a party to the potential disenfranchisement of even one otherwise qualified elector, including potentially many elderly and possibly disabled veterans who fought for the rights of every American to exercise their fundamental American right to vote. While I have no argument with the requirement that all Pennsylvania voters, at some reasonable point in the future, will have to present photo identification before they may cast their ballots, it is clear to me that the reason for the urgency of implementing Act 18 prior to the November 2012 election is purely political.
The question of how people will get the IDs if Minnesota approves the question in November is unclear because the Legislature didn't address the issue when it put the question before voters.
But the Pennsylvania situation makes clear that whatever ID process is followed, it not only will have to allow people to vote, it'll also have to get them on an airplane.(8 Comments)