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Cover of "The Elements of Style, Fourth E...

Cover of The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

Did you hear about the Turkish broadcaster? Who addressed Obama in blackface? WTF! Clearly he has no concept of the history of race relations in the U.S. THAT was a BIG no no.

Amazon gets a BIG GIANT FAIL.  You can follow the mob at twitter search’s  #amazonfail search. The story got picked up by the mainstream media, including the Guardian. I have some thoughts on this that I may post about later this week. Here is an excellent blog post that sort of sums up some my concerns on this issue very eloquently.

This has nothing to do with the news, but my husband made image of the week at Photoshop User! I’m so proud of him 🙂 you can see some of his other pieces at his portfolio there.

This story broke my heart. I hate bullies.

Judith Krug, founder of Banned Books Week, died.

Interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that debunks The Elements of Style.

What a friggen idiot. It’s embarrassing that he was voted into office.

Fricken teabaggers. Note the last definition in the list for teabagger at Urban Dictionary, added April 10th.  LMAO.

What’s Going On

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Snow in April for us.

Hurray for Progress!

A fun story about finding a message in a bottle from a hundred years ago.

LOL. A part of me wants to say, “good for them!”

This is absolutely horrific. My good thoughts are with the people of Italy.

I am so pleased with Obama. He’s doing an excellent job.

Hurray again for progress!

Obama’s speech

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Did you listen to Barack Obama’s speech this morning? I have to say, it kind of blew me away. I was kind of on the fence between Obama and Clinton (veering a bit more toward Obama). But after that speech, my full support is with Obama. I have never heard a politician speak so frankly and openly about an issue that is so apparent in our culture today, and that gets swept under the rug time and time again. We, as a country, needed (and need) to hear this. Race is still a touchy subject in this country. But it can’t be ignored and it is so refreshing to hear a politician actually address it. And in such a real way. Not a dodgey way.

I also liked that he didn’t turn his back on his pastor. He didn’t condone his comments but I like that he said that he couldn’t turn his back on him either. Here is the quote:

As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.

I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.

I don’t know. I just really respect him for saying this. Like I said, it’s real.

Here is a link to the transcript if you want to read the whole thing.

Oh, and while your clicking around, stop by Frank’s blog to  check out this awesome impromptu photo that was taken before the big speech. Frank pointed out some very telling things about the photo, but I would like to add this: Check out how happy the kids are! That says a lot to me, as well.