“I’ve gotten Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett, too, but mainly Thandie. People ask me if I’m offended that I’m confused with every other black actress out there. “Doesn’t it bother you that people think you’re all the same person?” No. Because one time I entered a restaurant and there were all these beautiful blond girls around a table, probably all from Orange County. It felt like it might have been a high school reunion or something. There were like 20 beautiful girls, but they were all the same. I couldn’t tell any of them apart.”
“The treaty is supported by leading U.S. military veterans organizations, advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and business groups. Opponents, including many socially conservative Republicans, worry it could expand abortion rights, threaten U.S. parental rights such as the ability to home-school children, and shift power to the federal government from U.S. states.”
“Dave Weigel brings to our attention the fact that, having already sued the president for doing what they’d begged him to do for six months, the Republicans are now warming up the narrative by which the president gets blamed if people lose their health insurance because conservatives have sued against the implementation of the law.”
“As they’ve been doing on each third Saturday for months, advocates for the open carrying of firearms gathered — semiautomatic weapons in tow — at Dealey Plaza over the weekend. As usual the demonstrators, who call themselves Come and Take It Dallas, handed out literature and preened with their armaments of choice.”
“Rick ‘Round ‘em up’ Perry is sending 1000 Texas National Guards to repel the “assault” that Central American children have mounted against the Alamo, saying “We are too good of a country” to force these refugee children to remain in the US. At the other end of the country, Maine’s Republication Governor Paul LePage has told the federal government that housing eight refugee children is a “huge burden” that the state cannot handle.”
“When asked for its response to Edward Snowden’s claims that “Dropbox is hostile to privacy”, Dropbox told The INQUIRER that users concerned about privacy should add their own encryption. The firm warned however that if users do, not all of the service’s features will work.”
In late May, photographs from a remote Indian village of two teenage cousins hanged from a mango tree spread rapidly and widely online, focusing the world’s attention on the problem of gang rape in India.
The girls, 12 and 14 years old, had stepped away from their home to go a nearby field that they used as a toilet. They were gang-raped and left hanging by their scarves. When the girls did not return, Sohan Lal, the father of the younger child, went to the police station and begged for an investigation. Instead, he said, he was derided and asked what his caste was.
When the bodies were discovered the next morning, the girls’ families — who were from a lower caste and distrustful of authorities — left them up so that the police would investigate. The families insisted that the bodies remain hanging so outsiders could see how the girls had been found.”
“Lee married into ownership of nearly 200 slaves at Arlington and adjoining properties. Pryor forthrightly confronts this side of Lee’s life; he disliked slavery and found it a burden, but he was no “good” master, communicated badly with his slaves, and considered them naturally indolent and incapable of freedom. He confronted an “epidemic of runaways” in the late 1850s and oversaw one brutal beating of a returned fugitive, including brine sewn into the wounds. Modern day Lee lovers will cringe at some of Pryor’s conclusions, rooted in strong evidence: Lee broke up families and “denied the slaves’ humanity”.”