God I love college football.
Today, my professor described his politics as being “ten feet to the left of Rosa Luxembourg.” I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means.
Finally some good (football) news
I thought I had to put it behind me to get through the emotional pain of losing on Saturday but….screw that. I love this thing too much.
Alabama isn’t completely out of the BCS picture yet: If Auburn loses to Missouri and Florida State loses to Duke and Ohio State loses to Michigan State, we could have a shot at the national title. Personally? I won’t hold my breath on that one. But that’s exactly how we got to play in the BCS game last year, so anything can happen.
The good (and more realistic) news is that we are certain to play in one of the top bowl games.
I won’t be watching the SEC game this upcoming Saturday, but suffice it to say I’m hoping for an Auburn upset, for obvious reasons!
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I do not read Foreign Policy magazine
My heart is so heavy tonight. I hate this.
"But of course Iran is not Japan — a peaceful, stable democracy aligned with the West. It is a bloody-minded, terror-sponsoring, hegemony-seeking revisionist power that has serially violated its non-proliferation commitments and which aims to destroy Israel, drive America out of the Middle East, and bring down the House of Saud."
— from the article “Fear and Loathing in Kingdom" by John Hannah
"Calling the overturn of filibuster powers a ‘nuclear option’ is typical of the lack of self-reflection of [Americans] in the use of historical references. I mean the USA is the only country in the world to have actually used a nuclear option in war, which resulted in nearly 250,000 direct deaths of mostly civilian Japanese, including 25,000 Korean slaves."
Angry white male privilege
Like most fans of Alabama football, I get a kick out of Nick Saban’s over-the-top antics. At the end of the day, the man gets the job done: he wins championships and brings in a ton of money and (good) press to our university.
But I’d be remiss if I did not acknowledge the white male privilege that allows Saban’s behavior to be deemed funny or even worth veneration. If Kevin Sumlin were seen on the sidelines yelling and screaming at referees, coaching assistants, and players, would we still think it was funny? What if Saban were a woman — would her curt remarks during press conferences be read as the frustrations of an elite football coach with better things to do than entertain silly questions from reporters or the ramblings of an old, bitter witch who obviously needs some dick?
I say ‘we’ because even as a woman of color, I think my reaction to a black coach or a female coach with Saban’s behavior would be very different. At the very least, I’d have some nagging thought in the back of my mind about the risks involved in acting that way in front of white people. But I’ve never had that thought about Saban. His temper just seems so expected, so normal. And I’ve come to realize that is the privilege of being white and male in America: people are not threatened by your anger — they respect it. They don’t police your expression of it by searching your jeans if you avoid eye contact with cops on the street or by labeling you a ‘terrorist’ if you speak the truth about America’s war machine. Your anger is legit no matter where, when, or to whom it is directed.
We all enjoy problematic things. Saban’s antics are one of mine. But it’s so important to recognize why these things are problematic. As much as I love Alabama football, I have to.
Well whatta ya know. Capitalists can be quite clever in their marketing…
But seriously. I gotta stop mentioning companies in my angry ranty tweets.
NY launches probe on claims of anti-Semitic bullying
The alleged physical attacks against Jewish students included a swastika drawn on a student’s face against her will, the severe beating of one with a hockey stick, and repeated slapping of another in the head, according to the lawsuit that Maazel filed in 2012. Maazel adds that the harassment didn’t stop, even after the lawsuit was filed.
The incidents occurred at Pine Bush Elementary School, Crispell Middle School, and Pine Bush High School, all within the Pine Bush Central School District.
But the North is WAY more progressive than the South!