Posted by Curt on 19 August, 2014 at 7:50 pm. Be the first to comment!


Mary Katherine Ham:

First, from Israel:


Nope. Once a rocket is fired from Gaza, the cease-fire no longer exists and can therefore not be broken by the Israeli response to said rockets. Pity the poor headline writers at the New York Times who know not the definition of cease-fire. Although, I’m gonna guess if Israelis had actually broken a cease-fire, they’d find their dictionaries real quick.

And, in Ferguson:

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Now, looking at the headline, you might reasonably think that this piece is about some dangerous strain of, well, a white power movement in the center of the cauldron of racial unrest that is Ferguson, Missouri right now. Only, it’s not about that at all. It’s a relatively dry political socio-economic history of St. Louis and its suburbs that describes how the suburban political power structures have not been penetrated by relatively new black populations, and are populated by white politicians. The piece certainly has a viewpoint, arguing for consolidation of such small towns to give black communities bigger talent pools for politicians, and therefore more political power. (I’m not convinced that such proportionate representation in a city’s power structure necessarily means better things for the black community, especially since one of the examples of such consolidation of power is Detroit, but I digress.) Here’s the thesis (emphasis mine):

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