In 1846, shortly after the annexation of Texas, President James Polk ordered U.S. troops into disputed lands, precipitating a war against Mexico. The war ended with the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. This is what Chicano activists mean when they say “the border crossed them.” Today, 33.
In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.
The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification. The Netherlands is holding a day of mourning for the 298 killed in the 17 July crash, 193 of whom were Dutch.
Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don’t have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.
The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.
The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it’s been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.
It’s certainly an original proposition. We would, however, get tired of just hearing “Washington” all the time. Nicknames are such a useful alternative in sports. However, maybe we could say the “D.C.-ers” or the “Columbias” or even the “Snyderers.” After all, the Cleveland team was named Browns after its coach, and even “Snyderers” is a nicer name than “Redskins.” Well, barely.
Or, even better, we could all — not just the media, but everybody — take a lesson from the Bible. If you remember, the people wanted to build a tall tower up to heaven, but this displeased the Lord, so he made everybody talk in different languages. They couldn’t communicate, so they had to stop building the tower, which was in a place called Babel — or, as some people now call it, the House of Representatives.
Anyway, I think rather than not calling the Redskins anything, we should all call them whatever we want. You might call them the “Federals” or the “Presidents” or the “Lobbyists” or whatever. You could call them the “Muskrats” or the “Skunks” or the “Nincompoops.” You could call them the “Who” or the “Whatzits.” You could call Mr. Snyder’s team whatever your heart desires, except what Mr. Snyder wants. The team and the franchise would get lost in the chaos … just like that tower.
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16 July 2014
Last updated at 07:50 ET Dutch state liable for 300 Srebrenica deaths A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the killings of more than 300 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Hercegovina in July 1995.
14 July 2014 – Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
BALTIMORE, Md. — At the corner of Laurens St. and Fulton Ave., a man watches Matthew Loftus walk by with his 21-month-old daughter, Naomi, strapped to his back. “She got big!” the man says. Loftus, 27, says something friendly back, but he’s not sure who the man is.
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home So I’m posted up, sharing a sandwich and a cigarette with a friend in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in America, and my phone buzzes.
“Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?””—
My idea was to use these little black postcards to get the conversation started. But I quickly realized once I hit the road on my book tour that I didn’t really need that kind of incentive. All over the country people who came to hear about my story wound up sharing their own.
The “vast majority” of college women lie about being raped. Men are violent because of their mothers. Feminists are plotting to dominate men.
One thing was ringingly clear among attendees at the first-annual International Conference on Men’s Issues in St. Clair Shores this weekend: Women are becoming an increasing threat and something must be done to stop them….
ABUJA, Nigeria – The National Hospital spokesman says a victim wounded in the bomb blast at a mall in Nigeria’s capital died overnight, raising the death toll to at least 22. The government says soldiers shot and killed one suspect as he tried to escape, and police detained a second suspect.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that means major facilities, including power plants and refineries, will go on being regulated as they have been.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan last month for converting to Christianity from Islam was freed on Monday after what the government said was “unprecedented” international pressure.
In hindsight, “good” ideas often fail to meet expectations. A 1980s-style perm, the 2013 Baz Luhrmann production of The Great Gatsby and, though still under intense debate, the exhibition of captive dolphins.
next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251. when the person calls, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.
In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for.
WASHINGTON—Saying that things are only going to keep getting worse unless it’s willing to step up and make some changes, millions of frustrated Americans wondered this week why the nation’s struggling mental health system couldn’t just snap out of its funk and pull itself together.
On June 18, 1964, black and white protesters jumped into the whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla. In an attempt to force them out, the owner of the hotel poured acid into the pool. Martin Luther King, Jr. had planned the sit in during the St.
Their one and only meeting lasted barely a minute. On March 26, 1964, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X came to Washington to observe the beginning of the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act. They shook hands. They smiled for the cameras.
The woman standing beside a broken street on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince is talking about food. Mirege Kercy cooks fresh fish and creole stews in this one-room roadside cafe. When a U.N. truck rumbles by the open window, another puff of white dust settles on her portable gas burner.
(CNN) — The license plates on our police escorts’ Land Cruisers read “Borno State, Home of Peace.” Many of those we meet during our stay in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, smile bitterly at the irony of that statement.
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning recently that criminals are gaming the system that is supposed to protect consumers from buying blood diamonds. The announcement is just the latest example of how that system, called the Kimberley Process (KP), is in need of serious reform.
Here’s the latest. Three weeks ago, we organized a game-changing encampment outside of the FCC building in DC to shine a spotlight on the agency’s terrible plan to move ahead with a corrupt “net neutrality” proposal that could allow for Internet discrimination and censorship….
The past few years have given rise to lots of tools to increase transparency in government, led by groups such as the Sunlight Foundation. But it’s important enough of an ideal that are never enough ways to be aware of exactly what our elected officials are up to.
NFL cheerleaders might appear to be a happy, peppy bunch, but off the sidelines their working conditions are far from cheery. On Monday, a former cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sued the team, claiming she was paid less than $2 per hour during her 2012-13 season of work.