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March 16th, 2014
thesmithian

A Texas dad disgusted with his daughter’s lesbian lifestyle murdered the young woman and her lover, the girl’s mother said…

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February 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

[the study]…found that in…CA, Georgia, Oklahoma and TX—people of color are represented in private prisons at least 10 percentage points greater than in state-run facilities…

Because jailing individuals is a public cost, it is no surprise that U.S. and state governments have chosen to outsource in response to prison overcrowding. But this study brings up another point. Cutting costs and generating revenue at the expense of people of color is a tradition deeply woven in the fabric of American history.

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…very much the story of a female politician—and thus fraught with choices for which male candidates are seldom second-guessed by either voters or pundits.

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December 11th, 2013
thesmithian

beyonce:

Houston, Texas December 2013

Photographed by Rob Hoffman

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from I Was Here....
December 10th, 2013
thesmithian

'These are poor people. They mostly represent families making less than $20,000 per year. And yet in many cases, they greet the news that they're completely excluded from access to health care with weary acceptance…'

November 19th, 2013
thesmithian

In saying “yes” to the life he’s lived, Tony Dorsett is saying “yes”…to being a star with the Cowboys, winning the Super Bowl, and having years of feeling a deep, close bond with teammates. He is saying “yes” to…people who believed that what he was doing mattered, that he was special. He is saying “yes” to earning many millions of dollars in salary, endorsements, and appearances. “Yes” to a post-football life in which he is still Tony Dorsett.

yet

He is also saying “yes” to memories that now recede from him, and to moods that scare him…He is saying “yes” to having lots of money, with no way to enjoy it. “Yes” to a fear of what comes next. “Yes” until he is no longer able to distinguish “yes” from “no.” And he is saying “yes” to family and friends who must watch. “Yes” to what it does to them. “Would I do it all over again?” It is a cruel question for anyone.

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August 29th, 2013
thesmithian

Dirk Nowitzki…in his uniform and flip-flops…in parody of Geico’s “Hump Day” ad…”Guess what day it is?” Dirk is stoked because it’s game day.

comedy.

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