Obama at D.N.C.: Character Witness and Prominent Clinton Convert – The New York Times

Mr. Obama is well positioned to be a character witness for Mrs. Clinton, his advisers argue, because of his popularity — 53 percent of Americans approve of his job performance, according to this month’s New York Times/CBS News poll — and because he is a prominent convert to her cause, a once-bitter campaign rival who came to trust and respect her.In the interview on Sunday, Mr. Obama said he had become friends with Mrs. Clinton, but the two are not “bosom buddies.” The president said he was “cleareyed” about her strengths and weaknesses.“This is somebody who knows as much about domestic and foreign policy as anybody; is tough as nails; is motivated by what’s best for America and ordinary people; understands that, in this democracy that we have, things don’t always happen as fast as we’d like, and it requires compromise and grinding it out,” Mr. Obama said. “She’s not always flashy — and there are better speechmakers — but she knows her stuff.”

Source: Obama at D.N.C.: Character Witness and Prominent Clinton Convert – The New York Times

Blind Drunk — Mary Miley’s Roaring Twenties

Where does the phrase “blind drunk” come from? Wood alcohol (methanol) attacks the optic nerve and destroys retinal cells, rendering the drinker blind. During Prohibition, all alcohol was illegal as a beverage, so it was impossible to distinguish between legitimate alcohol and the poisoned version. People who drank in speakeasies–especially the cheap ones in poor […]

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“On Munich and Whiteness” by Alex Shams 

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Alex Shams is an Iranian-American journalist and a PhD student of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

He is an editor-in-chief of Ajam Media Collective (AjamMC.com), a platform focused on culture and society throughout Iran as well as Central and South Asia, and he also regularly blogs on his Facebook page.

Why did the Munich killer beg us to see him as German?

Around and around we go.

Yesterday, an 18-year old man named David Ali Sonboly, born and raised in Germany with an Iranian immigrant background, carried out a shooting in Munich during which he yelled “I Am German!”, complained about being bullied for years, reportedly made disparaging remarks about Turks, and ended up killing 10 people including himself.

The killer was obsessed with mass shootings, and his room was full of documents exploring school shootings. Police also said there was an “obvious link between the…

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