Most e-mailed

My adorable niece, Madelyn, making her first snow angel. There was actual snow in the South!

I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought I would share some of my most e-mailed news stories of the week. To be such an advocate and lover of print media, I share a lot of stories via the interwebs. There have been some great pieces this week.

Also, check out, a great group of student advocates trying to get a student free expression bill passed in Kentucky.

NY Times Magazine:

How Christian Were the Founders?

LAST MONTH, A WEEK before the Senate seat of the liberal iconEdward M. Kennedy fell into Republican hands, his legacy suffered another blow that was perhaps just as damaging, if less noticed. It happened during what has become an annual spectacle in the culture.

My dad has become a lover of posting comments on The State‘s Web site. He says he’s developed a code that drives the conservatives crazy. Here’s his “unique” take on this story.

GOPspeak Smokescreen Code Phrase: “We need to put God back in the classroom.”  Real Meaning: “If your children are not smart enough to get an education on their own, then God really isn’t their creator.”


Down with the People

In trying to explain our political paralysis, analysts cite President Obama’s tactical missteps, the obstinacy of congressional Republicans, rising partisanship in Washington, and the Senate filibuster, which has devolved into a super-majority threshold for important legislation. These are large factors to be sure, but that list neglects what may be the biggest culprit of all: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large.

John Mayer Is Not Alone

I think I can honestly say I speak for a large sector of African-American women when I admit that I’ve never given singer John Mayer more than a half a second of thought over the years. Sure, I can vaguely remember thumbing through some tabloid magazines that detailed his romances with various Hollywood starlets and the drama that came with that, but really, who cares? I sure didn’t. On some level I did appreciate him performing at Michael Jackson’s memorial last year, signaling the diversity of the King of Pop’s influence. But as soon as he left the stage that day, he pretty much left my mind.

Washington Post:

Faith complicates a young mother’s life-or-death decision on lung transplant

Maribel Perez breathes in short puffs, panting almost, through a hole cut into her trachea and covered demurely with a patch of gauze. Clear tubes connected to a noisy machine in the living room of her small Alexandria apartment pump pure oxygen into her nostrils.

Other noteables:

Pennsylvania schools spying on students using laptop Webcams, claims lawsuit (Computer World)

The Tea Party Last Time (NY Times op-ed)

British Bunny Breaks Biggest Rabbit Record (Jezebel)

And in more embarrassing South Carolina news (or as Jon Stewart calls it “Thank you,  South Carolina!”:

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Federal Currency

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