Monthly Archives: January 2016

Doctor With Terminal Cancer Sends A Touching Goodbye To His Patients.

After 35 years of serving his patients, this doctor had no choice but to call it quits. No, it wasn’t a sailboat or golf course that beckoned him away from his duty, but cancer. This doctor knew he or she wouldn’t be able to recover… so they penned this letter and sent it out to all patients. It’s a touching note and a reminder that the doctors who help us are people who have their own issues to deal with too. 

“My profound sadness is only increased by the fact that I will miss attending to my patients.” You might need some tissues for this…

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“As my own time comes to an end, I want to thank you.”

Wow. What a heartbreaking, but truly touching letter. Hopefully this doctor is lucky enough to be under the care of a doctor that’s half as passionate about what they do as they are.

Can You Spot What’s Hidden In This Picture? Because It’s Pretty Much Brilliant.

Take a look at the wonderful work of Alyson Shotz. … if you can even see it, that is. Alyson is an artist that specializes in creating large-scale sculptural pieces that relate with their surroundings. In this case, she created a fence that reflects the world around it. It almost perfectly blends in with the grass, trees and rolling hills in the distance. The mirror fence is as beautiful as it is deceptive.

She constructed a picket fence entirely of mirror.

Jeremy L. Thompson

It was a commissioned installation for the Storm King Art Center in NYC.

Jeremy L. Thompson

The reflective barrier almost perfectly reflects its surroundings.

Jeremy L. Thompson

The fence extends in a long, straight line and encloses nothing. It’s only purpose is to melt in with the nature around it.

Jeremy L. Thompson

“I’m interested in making objects that change infinitely, depending on their surroundings. The light at different times of day, the weather…what the viewers are wearing, all these are just some of the variables that will make the piece different every time one comes in contact with it. For me an ideal work of art is one that is ultimately unknowable in some way.”

Jeremy L. Thompson

You can view Alyson’s work at the Storm King Art Center. Just be careful when you approach the mirror fence, as you might not realize you’re upon it until you’re very close. Source: Design Boom Alyson’s art is both beautiful and strange, click below to share it with others.

17 Apps That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With London

Treasure (m)apps.

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1. The London Bookshop Map

 

This glorious and simple app is your guide to every independent bookshop in the city. Search by area, speciality, or collection to find the perfect spot to cosy up with a good book.

Get it for iOS.

2. Hidden London

 

Get the full-on secret London experience with the helpful Hidden London app, which highlights underrated and less-crowded attractions, parks, eateries, and more.

Get it for iOS.

3. Geocaching

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Join in the Geocaching game and discover hidden treasures throughout London. Like a digital treasure map, Geocaching leads you to tucked away points throughout the city, through back streets and park corners on a mission to discover things that have been left by other adventurers. You’ll never look at London the same way again!

Get free intros for iOS , Android, and Windows.
Purchase the full version for iOS and Android.

4. StrollOn London

 

Use StrollOn to accompany you on walks throughout London. The app will guide you through the city and give you history and interesting tidbits about every area, so you’re bound to find a lovely spot you’d never noticed before.

Get it for iOS.

5. London Parks and Gardens

 

Escape to a quite green corner of your own with this useful app. London Parks and Gardens features information and maps for London’s biggest parks as well as directions so secret gardens and courtyards throughout the city.

Get it for iOS and Android.

6. Dojo

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This clever app will bend London to your will, and help you keep up with and make use of your area. Dojo put its feelers out into the nightlife and social trends in your area and curates a list of events and places you might be interested in.

Get it for iOS.

7. London Coffee Network

 

Forget Starbucks, Costa, and Nero – London Coffee Network helps you find cosy, independent coffee shops just off your beaten path. The app functions as a locator and a rewards program – use it to find an artisan coffee shop nearby, then use your app account to collect free coffee points.

Get it for iOS and Android.

8. Feast

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To find the cosiest spot for breakfast and brunch, download the Feast app. Featuring the top 50 new restaurants of the year, you can search by cuisine or location, and even make a reservation directly from the app interface.

Get it for iOS.

9. Drink – London’s Hidden Bar Guide

 

Discover London’s underground bars for a cosy and secret spot to enjoy a drink. The app is simple, featuring pictures and descriptions so you can choose the right dive near you.

Get it for iOS.

10. London Market Guide

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The London Market Guide includes details on over 80 markets across the city, so when you’re bored of Borough and Portobello, you can find a cosier, more affordable place to browse close to home.

Get it for iOS.

11. MyTime London

 

For the latest on popups, streetfood, gigs, art, and events, MyTime is your new best friend. You’ll get the lowdown on upcoming events and popups, plus tips on upcoming trends before the break the mass market.

Get it for iOS.

12. My Real London

 

This user curated guide system is brilliant for discovering hidden gems and proven experience provided by other Londoners. If you’ve moved to a new area or just visiting, it’s ideal for finding local haunts and favourites and skipping the crowded tourist spots.

Browse guides here.

13. Blue Plaques

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You’ve surely seen blue plaques monumenting notable Londoners and events on your way to the shops or work, but following their trail all over the city will give you a unique historical view of the city. This helpful app will help you locate plaques nearby and plan routes through over 1700 plaque sites.

Get it for iOS, or check out the similar Blue Plaques of London for Android.

14. Hype

 

With Hype, you’re always the first in the know on upcoming events and trendy spots in your area. You can plug your preferences into the app, as well as skim other areas of you’re out for the night, and receive exclusive invites and tips on where to go.

Get it for iOS.

15. New Gourmet London

 

New Gourmet curates the top 50 start-up restaurants in London every year to keep you hip on fresh eats and tasty new trends.

Get it for iOS.

16. Street Stories

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The Guardian’s fascinating Kings Cross Street Stories app guides you through a historical tour of the Kings Cross and Angel areas, including audio and interactive maps.

Get it for iOS and Android.

17. Horrible London

 

Discover the dark underbelly of London’s creepier side with Horrible London. The app will guide you through London’s most haunted areas and grisliest histories.

Get it for iOS.

Mexico’s Quiet Marriage Equality Revolution

“Outside of Mexico, and even inside of Mexico, these advances are not widely known … but it is irreversible,” the lawyer who started the wave of cases now sweeping the country told BuzzFeed News.

Alex Cossio / AP

Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.

The wave of rulings throughout Mexico hasn’t caused the uproar that has followed rulings in the United States over the past year striking down state laws barring same-sex couples from marrying. Couples have not rushed to marry nor have conservatives organized major protests.

This is in part because the technicalities of Mexican law have meant these decisions have been much more narrow in their immediate impact. Each decision applies only to the individuals who have brought the cases, and other same-sex couples will still have to sue in order to marry. It takes multiple cases meeting certain technical requirements for the courts to nullify a state law in Mexico — a hurdle that has not yet been met.

But with new rulings being announced almost every week — judges in six new states ruled in favor of marriage equality in the first two months of 2015 alone — it seems almost inevitable that this day is coming, say legal experts who have closely followed the litigation.

“It’s just a matter of time,” said Geraldina Gonzalez de la Vega, a lawyer who worked on the first of these suits filed in 2011 and is now a clerk to a Supreme Court minister. “This has spread all over the country.”

Justine Zwiebel for BuzzFeed News with research assistance from Rex Wockner

The first place in Mexico to allow same-sex couples to marry was Mexico City — a federal district that functions like a state, sort of like Washington D.C in the U.S. A marriage equality law was adopted by the city’s legislature at the very end of 2009. When opponents took the law to Mexico’s Supreme Court, the judges ruled that it was constitutional for Mexico City to recognize same-sex couples and went one step further: They also held that the city’s marriages were valid in every state of the country.

Gay couples take part in a mass wedding in Mexico City March 21, 2014. Edgard Garrido / Reuters

But the Supreme Court left state marriage codes restricting marriage to heterosexual couples in place. The first case to argue that state marriage laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were also unconstitutional seemed like a long shot. Unlike in the United States, where legal activists spent years spelling out the grounds for marriage equality and some state challenges attracted A-list attorneys, the idea to challenge a state marriage code came from a law student in the largely rural state of Oaxaca.

Alex Alí Méndez Díaz has now been involved in lawsuits in 19 states even though he is still finishing advanced studies in Mexico City and has an unrelated full-time job. Méndez first thought about challenging state marriage laws when he met a couple named Alejandro and Guillermo while helping to plan a pride parade in his native state of Oaxaca in 2011. The two wanted to marry, but they couldn’t afford to make the trip to register their union in Mexico City.

“These guys said to me, ‘We want to get married but we don’t want to leave. … Can we get married here in Oaxaca?’” Méndez recounted during a 2012 interview with this reporter in Oaxaca City. He downloaded the ruling in the Mexico City case and concluded that it laid the foundation for challenging Oaxaca’s marriage code.

Others in Oaxaca’s local LGBT rights organizations thought going to court was a bad idea, Méndez said, in part because they were worried that the state wasn’t ready for a public discussion about same-sex marriage. But he was sure of his legal arguments, so he decided to bring the case by himself.

“I said, ‘Fine, if the collective won’t do this as a group, well, I’m the only lawyer [in the organization]. I’ll do it,’” he said.

In August 2011, Mendez filed cases on behalf of Alejandro and Guillermo and another couple he recruited through Facebook. In early 2012, he filed one more. These were amparos, a kind of suit in the Mexican system concerning human rights violations. He lost two of them — including Alejandro and Guillermo’s — but the third, on behalf of a couple identified as Lizeth and Montserrat, eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. In December 2012 the Supreme Court sided with the couple.

“Like racial segregation, founded on the unacceptable idea of white supremacy, the exclusion of homosexual couples from marriage also is based on prejudice that historically has existed against homosexuals”

The written decision in the case, published in early 2013, made an impassioned argument for marriage equality. A unanimous opinion authored by Supreme Court Minister Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea said that the court needed to step in partly because of a provision added to the Mexican constitution in 2011 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “sexual preferences.” Unlike in the U.S., Mexican courts recognize rulings from other countries, so Zaldívar also based the decision in part on landmark U.S. Supreme Court judgements striking down racial segregation.

“Like racial segregation, founded on the unacceptable idea of white supremacy, the exclusion of homosexual couples from marriage also is based on prejudice that historically has existed against homosexuals,” Zaldívar wrote, referring both to the 1954 school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education and the 1967 case striking down laws banning interracial marriage, Loving v. Virginia.

The judgement allowed just the petitioners to marry — Mexican law requires essentially five identical rulings on a subject from a high-level court in order to establish precedent binding all government officials. But it provided a very clear blueprint for bringing more challenges. Méndez announced on Twitter less than a week after the decision was handed down in December in 2012 that he was preparing to file amparos on behalf of more couples in Oaxaca, and lawyers in several other states immediately began talking about copying the strategy.

“In the two years [since], we have succeeded in covering almost the entire country.”

Méndez also began working on an amparo colectivo, a petition of 39 individuals from Oaxaca challenging the marriage restriction. These actions didn’t revolve around specific couples alleging their rights had been violated because they’d been denied the right to marry. Instead, it was a group of gays and lesbians who said it was inherently discriminatory for the state to bar them from matrimony. This would streamline the process, allowing large numbers of couples to win marriage rights through a single suit, and also allow single people to win the right to marry even if they didn’t yet have a partner.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of this amparo colectivo in April last year. Since then, groups numbering in the hundreds have successfully brought these suits in multiple states.

As of late February, there have been rulings in favor of marriage equality in 22 states, according to local news reports, and cases have been filed in at least four others. This legal wave nudged the legislature of one state on the U.S. border, Coahuila, to pass a marriage equality law in September. And the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo — where same-sex marriages actually began taking advantage in 2011 of the little-noticed fact that the wording of its marriage statute was actually gender-neutral — held two mass weddings of same-sex couples this year.

Méndez himself seems astonished at the pace of change.

“Imagine, in 2012, we won the first judgement in Oaxaca,” Méndez marveled during a phone interview last week. “In the two years [since], we have succeeded in covering almost the entire country.”

Zen (left) and Alejandra kiss after getting married along with other gay and lesbian couples at a courthouse in Mexico City. Marco Ugarte / AP

Even some LGBT rights supporters are a little mystified that marriage equality rulings haven’t sparked a national backlash. The fight over Mexico City’s 2009 marriage equality law brought strong opposition from the country’s Catholic hierarchy. Yet while some state bishops have condemned marriages between same-sex couples in the past few years, there has been no substantial opposition.

“The church was really concerned with the amendment here in Mexico City,” Geraldina Gonzalez de la Vega, the Supreme Court clerk who helped Méndez bring the Oaxaca case, said. But now, with scores of amparos pending, “they are not saying anything.”

Gonzalez attributes this in part to the fact that there isn’t much history of using the courts to force widespread change in Mexico, and so neither activists nor the media fully understand the scale of the change that’s underway. Méndez thinks this will change as the litigation moves from cases involving individual couples and produces the kind of rulings that will allow same-sex couples to marry in their states without having to file suit.

“The moment that there is an order from the Supreme Court forcing reform we’ll begin to see all kinds of resistance,” Méndez said. “We’re going to have serious problems with protests in opposition.”

Méndez expects the Supreme Court to start issuing the kinds of decisions that would make marriage widely available to same-sex couples throughout the country sometime in the next “two or three years,” based on the timeline for the cases already in the works. That may come sooner in some states — on Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering the state of México (which borders Mexico City) to change its marriage codes, but it will take an additional case to make that binding precedent in the state. Three more states — Oaxaca, Jalisco, and Colima — are also on the verge of crossing that threshold.

Protesters hold up a giant rainbow flag during a protest outside of the municipal palace in the northern border city of Mexicali, Mexico on Jan. 17. Alex Cossio / AP

As the wins become more substantial, advocates may no longer be able to carry on their work under the radar, and there are already signs that a backlash is coming. January brought the first high-profile resistance by local officials to a Supreme Court ruling allowing a couple to marry, a marriage equality standoff that made some national news. This came when the state of Baja California tried to duck a Supreme Court court order allowing a couple to wed in the city of Mexicali. The couple was turned away from city hall three times, the last of which after a volunteer who performs a mandatory pre-marital counseling session at city hall submitted a complaint saying the men “suffer from madness.” LGBT rights activists organized a protest in front of city hall under the hashtag #MisDerechosNoSonLocura (#MyRightsAreNotMadness), and city officials finally capitulated and allowed Víctor Fernando Urías Amparo and Víctor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza to marry on Jan. 17.

There are also signs that it could emerge as a theme in the campaign for national congressional elections that will be held in June, at least in some states. The clearest hints of this have come from Chihuahua, where Méndez said there have been 25 successful amparos. On Feb. 10, the leader of the opposition PAN party in the state legislature declared, “We are going to oppose approval of gay unions, we are going to vote against them, and that is what we were discussing with the bishop.”

But even if a backlash erupts now, Méndez said, the cases they’ve already won make marriage equality all but inevitable.

“Outside of Mexico, and even inside of Mexico, these advances are not widely known,” Méndez said. “It is very slow, it is very invisible — but it is irreversible.

Rex Wockner provided research assistance for this story.








Jim Geraghty shares son’s pun-tastic Twitter manners advice that’s ‘too good’

The son of National Review’s Jim Geraghty knows his Twitter manners:

Ha! Excellent.

Missing Church, Not Religion: Why I Read Marilynne Robinson

Returning to the incredible sensory memories of church — and the feel of religion without evangelism.

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“He spoke with a tenderness he wasn’t even aware of anymore, that you could read if you knew how, like reading the bottom of a river from its pools and flows .. His preaching was a sort of pattern of his mind, like the lines in his face.”

That quote is from Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, and it describes the “old man” pastor who would eventually become the titular character’s husband. It’s also the passage that, for me, forcefully evoked an expansive set of memories: a particular posture of attention, staring up at the pulpit, and an overarching sense of warmth, listening to words that, as a young child, I understood only intermittently. I was deep in the dinge of the 23rd Street subway station, waiting for the F train, but in my mind, I was a 7-year-old kid, legs dangling from the pew, so excited for the service to end and coffee hour, with its cornucopia of cheap, stale cookies, to begin.

If you grew up in the Protestant church, as I did, you likely have a similar spiral of memories: singing the Doxology (from whom all blessings flow), reciting the Lord’s Prayer (forgive us our trespasses), figuring out the best ways to distract yourself during the sermon when you were too old to go to kid’s time in the church basement. I can see the Sunday morning light slanting in through the old stained-glass windows, catching the floating dust in the lemon air; I can feel the scratch of the crosshatched pew cushions, and the smell of the hymnals with their broken spines, and the ripped cheap plastic of the welcome pad that we’d pass down the aisles, signing our full names with much self-importance.

There was a homeless man who came every week for a year; massive, sweating, but refusing to take off his giant blue coat, and a Southern couple, birdlike in their angular elderliness, that prided themselves on being 10% more dressed up than anyone else in the congregation. There were the warble-voiced sopranos in the choir and the yellowing felt of the Bible verse banners and the squish of the cubes of Communion bread and shame at potentially smashing the body of Christ.

Catholic churches always had a suppleness and darkness to them: There was something so exotic and mystical about their thick-stoned walls, the smell of incense, the calm pool of the holy water. Protestant Churches, especially those in the Calvinist tradition, always seemed so spartan in contrast. The defining feeling is lightness, like the air is thin. I have no memories of being in the church when it was raining, or even dark (save Christmas); it was always so light in the sanctuary that it felt like God was very deliberately keeping you awake.

And then there was the sound of the pastor’s voice, its particular mix of warmth and gravity and knowledge that the passage from Lila evokes so clearly. From the time I was 6, we had a pastor with a thick beard and kind eyes; several years later, we added a second, younger pastor, with a voice slightly less rounded by age. Those two gentle and intelligent men functioned as the figurative voice of God, but in two distinct ways: Both came from the Calvinist tradition of a learned clergy, meaning they attended Presbyterian seminary (both of them at Princeton) and found their way to our small and steady congregation in northern Idaho.

Each pastor had a necessarily bifurcated personality: There was the pastor who was a moderately goofy guy, who wore a lot of Hawaiian shirts and white tennis shoes. But then there was the pastor in the heavy black robes, so comforting in their endless folds, like a grandmother’s muumuu in its capacity to provide asexual love. The robes also conferred a necessary otherness, a set-apart-ness, amplified when they took the pulpit, first to welcome, then to read the selected Old and New Testament readings and, most importantly, to give the sermon, which seemed to stretch for miles, at least to my 10-year-old self, both in time and depth.

My pastors would often use what I know now as close reading but then understood only as intensely intelligent, going down to the specific wording of a passage, evoking the complicated specifics of the original translation. They spoke seemingly without notes, with beautiful lilts and pauses. Never fire and brimstone; seldom the deeper, shadier, Calvinist interpretations of the Elect that I only really understood after a college-level religion class. The sermons were almost entirely of grace and love; of charity of spirit and openness of heart. There was never a call to arms or a political invocation; rather, a call to generalized empathy, an awe at the complexity of a god that is at once loving yet demanding and often confusing in his commandments.

Those are my best and purest memories of the church, and religion before Youth Group and True Love Waits and Praise Songs and Giving Your Heart to Jesus. A Protestantism without evangelism. And that’s the religion I remember with fondness, both for its intellectual rigor and the righteousness of its teachings, which seem, at least in hindsight, the closest translations of the transgressive, progressive teachings of Jesus. A form of Christianity rooted in selflessness, contemplativeness, self-interrogation. A Christianity absent of the suffocating, contradictory ideologies that characterize much of its popularized iteration today.

Which is why I find myself so tethered to Robinson’s work. She’s the closest thing I have to return to those rhythms of early belief, the best at translating their palpability and comfort and challenge.

There’s been a lot of writing about Robinson in the weeks leading up to the release of Lila, the third in what could be called her “Iowa trilogy,” which traces life in the small town of Gilead from the perspective of a dying Congregationalist pastor (Gilead), his Presbyterian best friend (Home), and his young wife (Lila). They’re deceptively simple novels, offering voice to a small cast of characters in a tiny town, as they wrestle, without pomposity, with what can only be described as the most important questions of life. What does it mean to be good? To forgive? To die? And what might a life of striving toward those answers look like?

If that sounds like a slog through the worst of self-help or the most impenetrable of philosophy, that’s because there’s no suitable language for a text that manages to simultaneously function as a novel and a piece of profound meditation. The trilogy has been called one of the “unlikeliest” in American literary history, but it’s also one of the most indescribable: an unapologetically religious, profoundly lyrical text that is the opposite of “preachy.”

Still, the way I’ve always gushed about the books has been a variation on “she makes me miss church.” Church, but not religion. My pastors, not men issuing commandments on how I should live my life. The rhythms and imagination of theology, not the constraints thereof.

Robinson writes in a way that manages to seem at once spare and expansive. I can’t tell you whether her sentences are short or long, simply that they make my life and thoughts seem like they have a meter. It’s incredibly soothing and yet — remarkably, inexplicably — the opposite of soporific. Even as her characters wade through sorrow, there’s a sharpness to her work, an abundance, an alacrity. I want to swim through the deep lake of each chapter. It’s that immersive and, in its attention to the smallest details of the reflective mind, that otherworldly.

But maybe I feel that way because Robinson and I were reared in the same landscapes, literal and figurative. Both of us were raised in northern Idaho — Robinson in Sandpoint, I in Lewiston; both of us were raised Presbyterian.”I was brought up in a household where I was aware of having a certain kind of identity, which was Presbyterian,” Robinson told the New York Times Magazine. Like the characters in her first novel, Housekeeping, which takes place in Idaho, we were “chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.”

Robinson’s spiritual upbringing did not pivot in high school, as mine did, to conform to the growing evangelism of the ’90s, replete with praise songs and “See You at the Pole” performances of belief. In this (and myriad other ways) I find myself jealous: that she followed a path that led deeper into the thickness of scripture and theology, whereas mine led to shame and alienation.

Now I find myself writing for the internet in Manhattan, which seems the very opposite of the contemplative and largely solitary life Robinson has arranged for herself in Iowa City, Iowa. But the inclination toward solitude is part of our regional heritage: “there’s a very strong tendency among people to be kind of isolated,” Robinson says of Idaho, “more hermits per capita than you’d find most places. We were positively encouraged to create for ourselves minds we would want to live with.”

A mind with which you would like to live: the most sensible and difficult of goals. And the goal, too, of the brand of faith articulated and interrogated by Robinson throughout her work.

The deftness with which Robinson evokes the sensory landscapes of my childhood church is remarkable. But the degree to which she compels me not to return to that childhood church, but to continuously, and reflectively, return to my own mind — that’s revelatory.

Obama admin’s toughest sanctions against Putin yet: Hashtag games

This is what U.S. foreign policy has been reduced to: Government flacks engaging in hashtag diplomacy:

Yes, that’s State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki lamely giving the thumbs up to Ukraine.

At least Samantha Power couldn’t bring herself to tweet a photo with the hashtag impotently written on a card.

We have a feeling Russian President Vladimir Putin probably responded much in the same way Twitter did:

That’s right. The supposedly most powerful country in the world just responded to naked military aggression with a hashtag game.

Related:

‘Fernworthy’: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine; Obama tells Putin U.S. committed to diplomatic resolution

Ted Cruz slams Harry Reid over Ukraine aid bill, demonization of Koch brothers

Oliver Stone goes full crackpot on Ukraine-Russia debacle

He’s a big kid now! State Department lets John Kerry have his own Twitter account

Terry McMillan: ‘Obama has been racially profiled ever since he took office’

Oh, puh-leeeeze. If anything, since before Obama took office, the race-obsessed Left has consistently used the president’s racial background as a cudgel to beat back critics. For libs like McMillan, even political profiling is verboten.

We’re not buying McMillan’s swill, and neither is Texas blogger Kathleen McKinley:

Just a little inconvenient truth.

What is looking at Congress supposed to prove? That the president has slobbering sycophants in the public and government spheres?

Aw, snap! There’s really only one thing left to say to McMillan:

Bingo.

‘Honeymooners’ actress Sheila MacRae dies

“Honeymooners” actress Sheila MacRae has died at the age of 92, USA Today reports.

A singer, dancer and actress, she was married to “Oklahoma” star Gordon MacRae for 26 years and they appeared together in 1964 on “The Ed Sullivan Show” when the Beatles were featured.

In an earlier version, Audrey Meadows starred with Jackie Gleason as lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice Kramden in “The Honeymooners.” Sheila MacRae replaced Meadows as Alice in a later version from 1966-70 on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” MacRae was the last survivor from the 60s edition of the Gleason show.

Bibi boom: ‘Israel can’t cede right to defend itself, even to greatest friend’

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are holding a joint presser in Israel.

Happening now: President Obama & PM @netanyahu hold a press conference: wh.gov/live

— White House Live (@WHLive) March 20, 2013

Moments ago, Bibi uttered the quote of the day.

Netanyahu on Iran nuclear threat: “We (Israel) have both the right and capability to defend ourselves.”

— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) March 20, 2013

Netanyahu at joint press conference with Obama: “Israel cannot cede right to defend itself, even to its greatest friend.”

— Julie (@MsIntervention) March 20, 2013

I think Netanyahu just said “ F you, Obama, we’ll do it ourselves.”

— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) March 20, 2013

Ergo: Eff you Obama: RT @breakingnews: Israeli PM Netanyahu: ‘Israel can never cede the right to defend itself, even to its greatest friend’

— Ray Carcases (@RayCarcases) March 20, 2013

Bibi rocks. –> RT @eyeonpolitics: I think Netanyahu just said “ F you, Obama, we’ll do it ourselves.”

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) March 20, 2013

Indeed, he does. Stand with Bibi!

Update:

Related:

Benjamin Netanyahu posts pic of him and Obama: ‘Unbreakable alliance between our two nations’

Obama in Israel: ‘It’s good to get away from Congress’; Netanyahu jokes about fake mustache fantasy