Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home from School, Ordered to Cut His Hair

On Monday, a 5-year-old Native American boy was sent home on his first day of school and ordered to cut his hair short because it allegedly violated district policy, the boy’s mother said.
The child, Malachi Wilson, an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation, had been looking forward to his first day of kindergarten at F.J. Young Elementary in Seminole, Texas.




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The Truth about 1987:

It was Vibe and Steel who didn’t live on to see the new Justice League. Although Gypsy and Vixen didn’t make the cut, they were at least still alive.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The Year is 1988:

  • Batman: The Killing Joke was released. Not only did it give a more detailed origin for The Joker than ever before, it also changed the life of Barbara Gordan when The Joker shot her and paralyzed her.
  • Keeping with the annual crossovers that started with Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC published Millennium. In this event, the Manhunters, Space’s Police Force before the Green Lantern Corp, set their sights on Earth. They planted spies (both volunteered and mind controlled) amongst Earth’s citizens, including Superman’s Smallville best friend, Pete Ross, and Flash’s Father, Rudolph West. In the end, Earth’s Heroes prevailed with help from the New Gaurdians.
  • Jason Todd’s life hung in the balance as readers voted on if he would survived the A Death In The Family storyline. He didn’t. He was beat to death by The Joker with a crowbar and then the building blew up. This became Batman’s greatest failure and haunted him for years.
Uruguay residents can now sign up to grow marijuana at home

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program.

Under a law that went into effect in May, citizens of Uruguay or legal residents who are at least 18 can grow marijuana for personal use if they register. There is a limit of six female plants, with an annual harvest of up to 480 grams.

seungyoon is really touchy feely and horribly awkward and not afraid 2 embarrass himself on television and apologizes for everything hes basically zico but w/ less swag and more trot hes like a senior citizen early bird special brand of zico no wonder they get along

Why the Emmys bitchslapped 'The Normal Heart': Yes, Hollywood still hates gays

Sure, no town on the planet speaks up louder in support of LGBT rights than Hollywood, but the Emmys just provided (long suspected) proof that many of its leading citizens really don’t mean it. Voters just dealt shocking losses to “The Normal Heart” that were so unjust, offensive, bizarre and ridiculous that the only thing that can explain them is that the ghost of “Brokeback Mountain” homophobia has returned to terrify awardsland.

How could “The Normal Heart” and Matt Bomer have lost Best Screenplay and Supporting Actor? All 14 of the Experts polled by Gold Derby predicted Bomer was a shoo-in. Ten picked “Normal Heart” to snag the scripter’s prize – the other four opted for “Fargo.” “Heart” also seemed to be within striking distance of winning Best Actor (6 out of 14 Experts backed Mark Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (4 of us picked Julia Roberts).

In the end, “The Normal Heart” did prevail as Best Movie, but it lost all of the other top races. It’s as if voters were saying: OK, we’ll acknowledge the fact that this film is universally acclaimed as a modern classic and we’ll give it that Emmy, but no more. Don’t expect us to appreciate a gay actor like Bomer getting naked and intimate. Don’t ask us to embrace the emotional intensity of that script. Don’t ask us to give an Emmy to Julia Roberts or Mark Ruffalo for screaming at straight people like us about failing to address the AIDS crisis in those early years. Can’t we all just go back to giving an Emmy to the likes of Sean Hayes now and then for being a hilariously bitchy queen? That proves that we don’t hate gays! Really!”

It’s a miracle Hayes won that Emmy in 2000. Hollywood doesn’t like to give Emmys or Oscars, for that matter, to openly gay actors playing lavender roles. No, winners have to be straight stars who “bravely” assume gay parts, then they can only win an Oscar, for example, if their characters die a hideous death on screen. Think of the gruesome fates of Christopher Plummer in “Beginners” (cancer), Sean Penn in “Milk” (shot), Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia” (AIDS), William Hurt in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (shot, then body hurled into a dumpster), etc.

But Matt Bomer dutifully endures a ghastly death in “Normal Heart” and he’s covered in the same kaposi sarcoma scabs that bespeckled Hanks in “Philadelphia.” Why is that different? Answer: because it’s closer to the truth – more real because Bomer is gay. It’s the same reason Jesse Tyler Ferguson can’t win an Emmy for “Modern Family.” Voters know that he’s gay in real life and they just don’t connect empathetically with him when he bears his aching heart to his stubborn dad, begging him to attend his gay wedding. That was the episode Ferguson submitted to judges this year, a whopper, and he lost to costar Ty Burrell, who dressed up in drag and did a silly stage act in front of coworkers. In previous years, voters gave two Emmys to the star who portrays Ferguson’s lover, Eric Stonestreet, who is straight, of course, and dressed up as Fizbo the Clown in one of his victorious episodes.

In short, Hollywood voters get creeped out if gay films or TV shows are full of seemingly genuine romantic yearning or other raw emotions. Furiously, they turned against “Brokeback Mountain” because those cowboy lovers really seemed to mean it. They crossed a line and the movie’s chutzpah outraged academy members like Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine, who publicly bashed it. Even though Borgnine, as an Oscar voter and winner (“Marty”), had a professional responsibility to watch “Brokeback” before filling out his ballot, be proudly proclaimed, “I didn’t see it and I don’t care to see it … If John Wayne were alive, he’d be rolling over in his grave!”

Prior to Oscar night back in 2006, “Brokeback” had won an unprecedented number of precursor awards for Best Picture – 26 – and it seemed destined to take the top Academy Award next. During the ceremony, it even won the two prizes that usually line up with Best Picture – Best Director and Screenplay – but when Jack Nicholson opened up the last envelope of the evening, his bushy eyebrows darted upward as he revealed the champ: “Crash.”

Now, eight years later, it’s curious to note that “The Normal Heart” had reverse luck at the Emmys – it won the top trophy, but not the others – while the same message came through at both trophy shows. Voters refused to give those movies the awards they obviously deserved, as if telling the filmmakers:  you had the gall to disgust us, to lure us inside your perverted world and try to make us feel it.

Even worse, voters gave so many Emmys to one of “Sherlock’s” lesser installments, “The Last Vow,” a trifle with preposterous plot twists (Watson’s lover suddenly decides not to kill her nemesis and shoots Sherlock in the chest instead) and unremarkable, stoic performances. If Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman had been nominated for “The Sign of Three” episode (Watson’s wedding) instead, their Emmy wins over Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer might make some sense, but the fact that “The Last Vow” beat “The Normal Heart” for screenplay and those two acting awards is a vicious bitchslap at great gay drama.

Hollywood was telling Team Ryan Murphy / Larry Kramer: Get back in your closet, boys. You can come out when you’re wearing your Carmen Miranda costumes. [Gold Derby]

The Citizen Journalist website GotNews has filed suit in St. Louis County circuit court seeking possible juvenile records on Michael Brown.

Okay, I did a brief rundown of this thing.  I looked up the suing website (it will not be linked at any point because he should get as few hits as possible) in question and its stated line is ‘Independent, Unbiased, Unafraid.’

This is a self-important crock of shit.  You can hear the unstated whistle marking this as nutty far right wing from Jupiter.

This isn’t a journalist website, this is one Libertarian asswad with a Wordpress-gennied website and a little street rep from his tour of duty with The Blaze and Daily Caller and Drudge.  My fucking God, he’s got the top three internet shitholes on his resume, yeah, totally legit.  This is a guy who for one of his current top articles is holding forth on the sexism Kirsten Gillebrand is facing in the senate by referring to her as a ‘former fatty’ and discussing her porky years.

There is nothing about this guy that’s useful.  He writes, without a hint of irony, how Washington is a liberal bastion and is therefore dumbstruck that any woman could possibly face institutionalized sexism there.  Should I pause while we all laugh?

He’s got an article about why everyone should own an Uzi.  No, it wasn’t satire.

And now, smelling blood, he’s trying to get his face in the national news by stepping up on Michael Brown’s corpse.  He’s a classic vulture, feeding on the dead.  It’s not the first article he’s done on the topic, it won’t be the last, and he’s trying to use this to firm up his cadre of frothy racists that will lap this shit up and donate him money over Paypal.  The shit of it is, he’s going to get some.  I didn’t look, but I got five bucks that says he gets hits from certain weathery racist outposts that favor ‘subtle’ racism when going out to sell their agenda.

He’s trying to use the logic surrounding common law, law that states that court records are to be accessible to the public.  Itself a sensible law.  By arguing that Brown is deceased and thus his files magically revert from being confidential to this narrow area of court documentation, he wants meat for his ‘black kid is no angel, brought it on himself.  Carry on, White America!’ machine.  Fucking vile.

I strongly hope Missouri’s legal system shuts down this guy’s weak bid for attention.  And now that I’ve underlined just how much of a carrion creature this guy is… please don’t seek out his site.  He has nothing to add to the discussion except his own howling ego.

I don’t understand this, “Women should watch their drinks,” VS “We should teach men not to fucking rape,” argument.

We can do both? We can advise women to be aware of the shitty world they live in WHILE acknowledging it’s shitty and trying to fix it?

When a dangerous murderer is on the loose in a residential area, cops don’t choose between warning citizens to be careful or trying to catch the criminal. THEY FUCKING DO BOTH.

Hanley Mellon Label Sets Sept. Launch Courtesy Photo

To observers, Matthew Mellon and Nicole Hanley Mellon master the art of living well with much ease. They reside at the tony Pierre hotel with their children Force and Olympia; share an appreciation for fashion and design, and, as global citizens, are as comfortable here as they are in London or Paris. 

Now they are channeling that lifestyle into the Hanley Mellon collection, which makes its debut during New York Fashion Week next month. For More

"marriage should be kept traditional only between a man and a woman, not a man and a man" YEAH IT WAS ALSO A TRADITION THAT WHITE PEOPLE NOT MARRY BLACK PEOPLE, THEN PEOPLE REALIZED OH THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN CARRIED ON BY HATE AND IGNORANCE LET’S NOT PRACTICE THAT ANYMORE, NOW WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE FOR TRYING TO CARRY ON A “TRADITION” THAT’S MAKING THE LGBT COMMUNITY SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

[social sandbox] #beyondferguson, Twitter analytics, AMA on commenting sections

Howdy everyone,

Tonight Michel Martin will be holding a live conversation in St. Louis about race, law enforcement and more. Hashtag is #beyondferguson. Page to link to today is here. Follow @nprmichel and @stlpublicradio for updates. It will air tomorrow but you can follow the conversation as it’s taking place tonight between 6-8 PM CT with the hashtag #beyondferguson. 

Anyone can now go to https://analytics.twitter.com and see detailed analytics about your personal Twitter account, including who follows you. I learned that 34% of my followers also follow @TheOnion and 55% of them are guys. Who knew!?

Former NPR program director Bill Siemering sends along this project on climate change that’s building on its roots in public radio to involve citizen scientists on a national scale. 

WNPR’s Patrick Skahill now has a science tumblr

I found this blog about social media from Harvard Business School that’s really interesting.

Wright Bryan sends along this AMA on commenting sections from someone who studies commenting sections for a living. 

JuxtaposeJS is a new Knight Labs tool that allows you to see changes between images. It is still in development but was mentioned as one of the new tools in this interesting piece on Building Data Journalism Teams. Carol Ritchie sends along an example of before-and-after images from NOLA.com featuring images taken before and after Hurricane Katrina

See something? Let us know! 

Mel “nominates the Science Desk to do a story about ice cubes and the optimal temperature for ice cubes and the proper ratio of ice cubes / water for the ideal ice bucket challenge and the health risks involved and then would like the entire desk to take the challenge” Kramer 

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On 28th of August, the citizens of Mariupol came out for the meeting to show their position about last events in Ukraine.

They hold the different posters. There are two of them on the photos: “Putin, go home, there is no vodka” is held by man and woman on the first photo, and “I want to live in Ukraine” is held by the boy on the second photo. 

I want to remind, that on the night of 28th of August Russian regular army invaded into Ukraine and took the several cities under Russian control. Now the Russian army in 38 kilometres from Mariupol, Ukrainian army is going to accept the battle for the city.
p.s. Ukrainian citizens, who had escaped from occupied cities are telling, that Russian soldiers were speaking about their aim to take all south and east for Russia - from Donetsk to Odesa.

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