Let’s go ahead and call it. It’s 9:47 on the east coast, and with 54% of precincts reporting, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT Amendment One is passing by better than a 60-40 margin. “Pro-marriage” social conservatives are undoubtedly hailing this as a major victory for the “family” and the “sanctity of marriage,” but from where I sit the state’s reactionary forces have done little more than win the battle that loses the war. If I’m Mitt Romney’s advisors (and, despite ample evidence to the contrary, I’m assuming he actually has some), this is one I’d much rather have lost. Continue reading
Felix scanned the room for a response. I knew he wanted me to look up. He was perched on the edge of a table, his legs stretched out in front of him, his body twisted discreetly in my direction. I added trees and two stick figures to my doodle of a house. Felix re-phrased his question and threw it out again.
“Can anyone think of a time they felt they were being bullied or harassed ?”
My phone vibrated on the table. It would be Marianne. A woman with glasses answered Felix and was whining about something that had happened when she was a child. Her voice was barely audible and her lips moved so slightly I was surprised she had managed to form words at all. I checked Marianne’s text and sent a quick reply. Felix nodded along obediently as she quivered through her story but his eyes kept flicking in my direction. He was barely listening to her. Continue reading
Remember back in 2008, when John McCain was the Republican nominee, and he was campaigning somewhere, Minnesota actually, and a McCain supporter claimed that “Obama is an Arab,” and McCain, in public, took the microphone from her and replied, “No ma’am, he’s a decent family man, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues?”
McCain could have gone further—actually, in this instance, he did—but still, this is what you would expect pretty much anyone to do—or at least we would have, even in 2008. Of course, McCain was booed for this by the crowd. Continue reading
I’m a North Carolina native. Continue reading
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Director of National Intelligence released a tiny sample of the documents that U.S. Special Operations Forces captured at Osama Bin Laden’s compound to the Combating Terrorist Center (CTC) at West Point for it to analyze. Still reading Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?, we’ll single out one Focal Point™.
In contrast to Bin Ladin’s public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” (a`da’) of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of his private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers” (ikhwa). He was at pains advising [the latter] to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and instead focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Continue reading