“When birthers accuse President Obama of not having a “real” birth certificate, they’re telling him to “go back to Africa.” It’s a taunt he’s able to dismiss because he knows exactly where and when he’s from. But for black Americans descended from slaves, to question one’s birth raises perhaps a more troublesome enigma: to be born in servitude to someone, but from nowhere.”—Melissa Harris-Perry is the TRUTH. (For Birthers, Obama’s Not Black Enough | The Nation)
Co-author Darron Smith is a black Mormon who taught courses on race and ethnicity in BYUs sociology department from 1998 to 2005, when he was dismissed from the school after writing a bookBlack and Mormon(University of Illinois Press, 2004) that explained the history and impact of the priesthood ban on black males in the church.
Between Warhol’s death in 1987 and today, the value of his paintings has gone up by more than 30 times; his estate, which was valued at some $220 million when he died, would be worth some $7 billion today. The public market in Warhols dwarfs that of anybody else: Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst between them, for instance, were just 3.1% of contemporary-art auction sales last year. And the money is all at the top end of the market: paintings which sold for more than $5 million accounted for 8% of all the lots, but 69% of the value. Privately the numbers can be even bigger than the $72 million auction record set by the Green Car Crash: a huge Mao has been shopped around in Hong Kong with a price tag of $120 million.
“With this one-week CR, Republicans have demonstrated their contempt for the American citizens who reside in the District of Columbia,” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said in a news release Tuesday. “The only other prohibition in the bill would prevent Guantanamo Bay detainees from being brought into the United States. District residents are not easy bargaining chips to be used like non-citizens at Guantanamo Bay. We are not surprised by this insult from House Republicans. We will be outraged if President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and the Senate Democratic majority throw the District of Columbia under the bus because of how the city chooses to spend its own local funds.”
“The point is that Republicans are always talking about deregulation and big government. But I say their philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, if my wife’s uterus was incorporated or my friend’s bedroom was incorporated, maybe the Republicans would be talking about deregulating.”—
This how your Chicago politics sausage gets made! The 25th ward race is a classic example of machine politics at work. Check out a debate between candidates Témoc Morfín and incumbent Danny Solis today at noon on Vocalo.org