The “ten-dollar founding father,” to borrow a line from the new musical that’s headed to Broadway, clearly deserves better than this.
I’m all in favor of honoring a woman, but it’s obvious the government should instead remove Andrew Jackson from the $20. Mr. Hamilton was one of the best economic policy makers in American history; Mr. Jackson, in addition to being a terrible person, was one of the worst. Hamilton pushed for the creation of a national currency; Jackson hated paper money. Either the folks at Treasury have a dark sense of humor, or they know nothing about the two men.
A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a promotion called "Caucasian Heritage Night."
The Orem Owlz, a minor league affiliate of the Angels, had the promotion scheduled for Aug. 10.
Okay, it was stab at humor.
The team said in a statement Friday that the promotion was planned as a joke with wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips of Friends and Seinfeld and an attempt to “solve the vertical leaping challenge.”
Risky, but if you look at what they were actually doing, it was clearly just about lighthearted fun. And...
“We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize,” the statement said.
I find that sufficient, but suggest that a business enterprise be a bit more aware of how easily something like this can be misconstrued.
Caucasian Heritage Night, absent any further information, sounds like the kind of reactionary event that white supremacists love to hold, while drawing false equivalencies to other benign heritage events.
Let's just say, if I see that October Fest is being held in Lincoln Square, we just might head on over for a little German heritage fun. If I see that a Caucasian Heritage Night is being held in Skokie, I'm probably going to avoid it.
The US Supreme Court just made a "stunning" decision with "seismic" implications, and it has nothing to do with marriage or health care. IANAL, but I'm really surprised by it. Possibly in a good way, but I'd like to hear further analysis, and not just from the many interested and monied parties that will likely be affected.
This morning, I awoke from a bad dream. Not a nightmare, if defined by the level of fear. The content seems like it should have been very frightening, but it wasn't.
Here's where it gets strange. When I woke up, I was disappointed that the bad dream ended. I wanted to go back to sleep and continue the dream, even though I was aware of the negative content. I felt disappointed that my dream was interupted in the same way that I would feel disappointed by the interuption of a very pleasant dream.
I notice that the Charleston shooting is not widely described as an act of terrorism. It is, however, being described as a hate crime. Now maybe the shooter wasn't acting out a racial ideology against innocent civilians, but I think that if the word terrorism had been absent from stories about an Arab killing nine people in a church, including a politician, there would at this point be much complaining about liberal denial.
Interesting because I think this reveals a stark bias in how we think about and frame violent acts.
I must add something to the above.
I'm far from the first to say it, but bias isn't an exclusively conservative or liberal phenomenon. It affects everyone -- even libertarians. Every time we interpret ideas or events, we begin with what we already believe about a person, a group or an idea.
This also brings Ayn Rand's "Objectivism" to mind. Such hubris in her selection of a name for her ideology.