I read Kathleen Parker, and I don't typically agree with the conservative columnist but usually I find her articles well-written and measured. But her most recent column, where she all but calls President Obama a race-baiter for saying if he had a son he'd look like slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was, by far, the most offensive and misguided column I'd read about race relations in America by a mainstream columnist in years. Dripping with obtuseness, Parker alludes that racial profiling is all about just not dressing appropriately and that there would "riots" if white teens killed a black man akin to the Chris Lane murder (in which one of the killers actually was a white teen).
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For your reading pleasure, I've amassed some observations on The Washington Post sale courtesy of people who understand it better than me. Because even I go "huh" sometimes. And I was on some major "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?" yesterday as I called, IMed and texted everyone I knew. Here's what I found out.
The Snob Talks Secret Service Servicing Sex Workers, Shacking Up and the Marriage of Brangelina on NPR
The Snob returned to NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin for a stop in the Beauty Shop segment to talk about the recent sex scandal involving Secret Service agents and US military staff in Colombia, a recent story on how shacking up isn't always an indicator of "marriage material" and a brief bit on Brangelina getting married for the kids. I was joined in the Beauty Shop with regulars Mary Kate Cary, Viviana Hurtado and newcomer PG Media's Bridget Johnson.
Check out the audio and more after the jump.
Cuban American Senator and rumored potential Mitt Romney running mate Marco Rubio found himself in the clutches of "birthers" this week, who claim Rubio's family immigration story doesn't make sense. Their accusation is, that Rubio -- who has repeatedly stated his parents came to America after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba -- isn't a "Natural Born Citizen." Hence, he's ineligible for higher office. Unlike with the birther's case against President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii to an American mother hence (duh) making him American, Rubio's "status" as a natural born citizen is up for (mis) interpretation: "Rubio was born in 1971 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, his office said, but his parents did not become citizens until 1975."
About 400 eighth graders in Washington, D.C. public schools claim to have tried to kill themselves, according to a recent middle school survey reported in The Washington Post. That's 10 percent of the district's 4,000 eighth grade students. The WaPo says D.C.'s teenage suicide rate has consistently been almost twice the national average, which is around 6 percent. Administrators say this reflects the bleakness many area teens face, dealing with real world stressers while navigating public school.
It's December! Meaning now is the time to get dumped, hired, fired, move on or be replaced. It's time for some winter house cleaning before the new tax year starts. What's going down in medialand for the end of 2010? Larry King's leaving. But you already knew that. This column is for everyone else. Your John Robertses and your TJ Holmeses and your Star Joneses. Your other folks. Which, you know, gives me a perfectly good excuse to put up yet another picture of Holmes after ending my "Google Stalking TJ Holmes" feature last spring when he got married to that woman who was not me.
Life goes on. So who's staying and going?
Did I wake up back in 1991? Or did Justice Clarence Thomas' wife drunk dial the wrong woman because ... ahem ... this woman named Lillian McEwen says she used to do all kinds of bad things to Clarence Thomas that I did not want to know about but is in The Washington Post today. Jaws, hit those floors! Heads, hit those desks! Hit dogs get to hollering! WHAT??? WAIT?!?!?!
"King" Fenty fell down and lost his office Tuesday as all the king's Michelle Rhees and all the king's frat brothers could not put the mayor back together again.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has lost the Democratic primary, and therefore his re-election because the Republican party is a myth in the District. Fenty lost to D.C. Councilman Vincent Gray in Tuesday's vote. Fenty was down in the polls due to nearly everyone I know not wanting to vote for him. I don't know who was more passionate, my friend Savvy Broad who called the mayor "that boy" or every cab driver I encountered for nearly a month who lectured me on why I needed to vote Fenty out. The Washington Post has an in-depth and fascinating story on what went terribly, terribly wrong.
Short version: Dude was petty and short-sighted.
Fool a black woman once, shame on you. And that's it. No fool me twice. She won't hate you; she just won't vote for you again.
-- Washington Post Metro columnist Courtland Milloy
Washington Post's Courtland Milloy wrote on Wednesday that after several high (and low) profile snubbings of black women in Washington, D.C. -- From Maya Angelou and civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height -- Mayor Adrian Fenty managed to tick off the one constituent who can make you or break you in a city where the black vote matters.