For decades, the idea that Richard Nixon purposely sabotaged peace talks between North and South Vietnam to embarrass Lyndon Johnson right before the 1968 presidential election were often dismissed as conspiracy theories. But with newly released Nixon papers, confirmed by conservative columnist George Will, it now appears to be fact that in 1968, Richard Nixon, as a private citizen, was able to persuade a South Vietnamese liaison to have the South walk away from peace talks brokered by President Johnson. Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.
Throwing out the term “racist” these days I understand is nothing short of lobbing a verbal grenade, but with what’s going on currently in Ferguson, Missouri, what’s been going on for decades and decades after the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, what continues to go on every day in this country— with blacks consistently receiving longer and harsher sentences than whites for the same crimes, with both white police officers and white citizens literally getting away with the murders of black citizens on a regular basis, it’s time to admit that not only is racism not only not even close to dead in America, according to data on crime, punishment and poverty, it’s getting worse. It’s not just Ferguson, it’s not just Trayvon Martin, it’s an epidemic that we keep trying to ignore. When a black man can’t even make it to the check-out line at Walmart with a toy gun without getting gunned down by police, there’s a fucking problem. And while white Republicans and Libertarians are losing their minds over imaginary or theoretical injustices, people wonder why entire black communities lose their minds when another unarmed black man is shot down in the streets without justice— when we’re not even one generation removed from the scenes of the late 1960s in which blacks were routinely hit with fire hoses and rubber bullets and attack dogs. Communities such as those in Ferguson, St. Louis and East St. Louis are some of the poorest in the nation, with generations and generations of crippling poverty with no apparent way out, and where a black person can grow up in the same city their whole lives, with the only white people they may ever personally encounter is one with a badge and a gun. Jesus fuck America, get your shit together and stop being afraid of each other.
During the Golden Age of the Persian Empire, Iran was an unstoppable font of mathematical and scientific discovery and progress. And even though she had to move from Tehran to the US to fully pursue her goals, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematic’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Mirzakhani was awarded the medal for her work in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces.
While ISIS has been incredibly brutal in their attempts to establish a jihadist Islamic nation, recently they’ve had a particular hard on to try and totally eliminate the Yazidi people of northwestern Iraq. But of all the other religious and ethnic groups in the area, why has ISIS put all its chips in trying to totally wipe out one tiny religious minority? Because while the Yazidi have often been referred to as “Iraqi Christians” in American media, they’re not really— they have their own religion that’s a strange mix of Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. They’re monotheists, but they believe that after creation, God handed the keys over to seven angels, the chief of which is Melek Taus, aka The Peacock Angel, also known in Christianity and Islam as Satan. Yes, Satan. Essentially, the Yazidi are the last remaining ethnic Satanists, which makes them not so popular not only among the extreme assholes of ISIS, but most other people in the area, Muslim, Christian or whatnot. It would be interesting to see what might happen to public support of American intervention if Fox News for example started referring to them as “ethnic Satanists”. Shit, Billy Graham Jr would be over there in a heartbeat to help with the slaughter. Yay religion.
While the death of actress Lauren Bacall didn’t send nearly the shock waves through the world as did the passing of Robin Williams, it’s only because Bacall did most of her ass kicking in the 40s and 50s, probably around the time that many of your parents were just tots. Yet Bacall, once the wife of Humphrey Bogart, drew audiences with her sultry charm in movies such as ‘To Have and Have Not’, ‘The Big Sleep’ and ‘Key Largo’.
Where to even begin? Legendary comedian and actor Robin Willisms was found dead today at his home at the age of 63. Shit this is surreal.
Oklahoma high school teacher shows up for the first day back to work drunk and pantsless. Stay classy Oklahoma teachers
Earlier this week, on the first day back to school for teachers, a Wagoner, Oklahoma teacher Lorie Ann Hill was arrested after a fellow teacher found her passed out drunk and sans pantalones on the first day back to school for teachers. Apparently, Ms Hill had been downing vodka in her car right before she went into the school, and the empty classroom I guess just seemed like the right place to go pantsless.