Archive for June 9th, 2010

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6.9.2010 … birthday wishes to big sis, maytui! … and to Lynn … almost summer … we are slow in carolina

events:  birthdays —  MSL and Lynn

NYC, LOL: Flashmob Creates NYC ‘Tourist Lanes’ on City Streets – TIME NewsFeed.

tv, gLee: Not my favorite episode, but it ended nicely … Glee Takes Its Bow with ‘To Sir, With Love’ – TIME NewsFeed.

education:  great article.

In short, get knowledgeable and well-trained teachers, equip them with a carefully calibrated curriculum and a syllabus filled with challenging texts and materials, and put them in a room with students who are told where they are going and how they are going to get there.

Worked for me.

via A Classical Education: Back to the Future – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.

law, Blago: He has nerve …

U.S. District Judge James Zagel banned the ex-guv from using the site to send out the 140-character messages while in the courtroom. Apparently Blago got the message — his last tweet came  Tuesday morning at 5:25 a.m.

But the judge also ruled that he may continue to speak to media and doing radio shows, warning that anything he says could be used against him at the trial.

via Judge to Blago: No Tweeting in Court – TIME NewsFeed.

culture, law:  Is this reverse discrimination ….

“Sometimes, honestly, I wish I didn’t look the way I did,” Lorenzana says, “because people judge you right away. Other women have their guards up, they automatically categorize you as being conceited. I have to work three times as hard to prove that I earned this through my hard work.

“My life has been hard my whole entire life. People have this misconception that, ‘Oh, you do well in your life because of your looks.’ No, I am harassed.”

via Op-Ed Columnist – Dressed to Distract – NYTimes.com.

culture:  positive cultural traits are developed at home … very interesting article about Jews by a Jew.

This is nonsense, of course — nonsense to which, I hasten to assure Mr. Goldberg, I have always avidly subscribed. In the aggregate, Jews may or may not be smarter than other groups, but the evidence in favor of granting some kind of inherent or culturally determined supernatural abilities of seichel to the yiddishe kop certainly cannot be found in our history, which is littered as thickly with the individual and collective acts of blockheads as that of any other nation or people or tribe.

via Op-Ed Contributor – Chosen, but Not Special – NYTimes.com.

Davidson: No plans to go to Congo, but if I were, I might drop by and say hello.

James F. Entwistle, Nominee for Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Department of State

James F. Entwistle is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. He previously served at Embassy Bangkok as head of the Refugee Assistance Unit. Prior to that Mr. Entwistle served as Deputy Chief of Mission for both the U.S. Embassies in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Bangui, Central African Republic. Other overseas assignments include posts in Yaoundé, Douala, Kuala Lumpur and Niamey. In Washington, he served as watch officer in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the desk officer for Kenya and Uganda in the Bureau of African Affairs. Mr. Entwistle is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.

via President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 6/8/10.

Charlotte, culture:  OK, does this surprise anyone … actually we have come a long way in the 25 years I have lived in the area!

Charlotte ranks 9th least bohemian metro in North America

“The index charts the concentration of working artists, musicians, writers, designers, and entertainers across metropolitan areas.”

via Charlotte ranks 9th least bohemian metro in North America | CLT Blog.

word artistry, BP Oil Spill:

With hindsight, I should have called it A Tear at the Heart of Creation; for that’s the image that the unstoppable gushing of oil, ongoing now since April 20th, brings to mind. We have torn the Earth open, disturbing what has laid dormant for millions of years. And now, as if the planet turned hemophilic, the bleeding won’t stop.

via A Tear At The Heart Of Creation: It’s Time We Reinvent Ourselves : NPR.

bookshelf:  sounds interesting

As described in a review in The Times Book Review on Sunday, the book, by Sam Munson, is “a murder mystery that takes the form of a rambling college admissions essay.”

via A Murder Mystery Unfurled in a College Admissions Essay – The Choice Blog – NYTimes.com.

REALLY, REALLY BAD HEADLINE: Cant Take Our Eyes Off of Goo – Newsweek.

Supreme Court, Justice Souter:

His stance was modest — “Over the course of 19 years on the Supreme Court, I learned some lessons about the Constitution of the United States,” he began — but the prose was muscular, in contrast to the writing style in many of his opinions. The “notion that all of constitutional law lies there in the Constitution waiting for a judge to read it fairly” is not only “simplistic,” he said; it “diminishes us” by failing to acknowledge that the Constitution is not just a set of aphorisms for the country to live by but a “pantheon of values” inevitably in tension with one another. The Supreme Court may serve no higher function than to help society resolve the “conflict between the good and the good,” he suggested:

There are obviously many current controversies, from abortion to criminal sentencing to the war on terrorism, that fit Justice Souter’s construct and on which a more adventurous retired justice might have been tempted to comment.

I wrote earlier in this column that I responded to Justice Souter’s speech with feelings of relief and joy. The relief came from seeing that this thoughtful man, a young 70, has not retreated fully into the privacy he cherishes, but was willing after all to share his wisdom. The joy came from supposing that he might keep on doing it.

via Justice Souter’s Class – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.




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