U.S. policy toward Cuba, a brief review

1960: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1961: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1962: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1963: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1964: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails. … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more...]

Elvis did it better

Shane

Some Monday morning linkage, including: lying about abortion is linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer; Texan terrorist targeted Muslims in Israel; the simplest conclusion about Benny Hinn; an anti-gay billboard Photoshops its supposed evidence; and the heresy of “American exceptionalism.” [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother / And in his name all oppression shall cease.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

They don’t make Republicans like that anymore

This is the expression I imagine Teddy Roosevelt would have worn during the 2012 Republican primary debates.

Here’s a terrific bit of American history from Glenn Branch. In the February 1916 issue of National Geographic, the author of Life Histories of African Game Animals wrote about the evolution of “the primates” and of “the monkeys and anthropoid apes and finally the half-human predecessors of man himself.” This raised the ire of creationist preacher Theodore Graebner [Read More...]

Two reasons we know Frosty the Snowman was white

FrostySnowman

“He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop / And only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, ‘Stop!’” [Read more...]

Holding the hand that had fired a gun at his heart

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Some links for your Friday evening, including: Nothing says Christmas like bullying the Jews; the fine line between Consumer Advocate and Entitled Prick; getting vetted by Kirk Cameron’s screeners; a religious test to ensure public office is only for white people; “There is no liquor in Hell.” [Read more...]


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