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August 4th, 2014
thesmithian

When we’re talking about money, let’s talk about money, where it goes and why there’s not enough diversity there. But when we’re talking about diversity of plays, theatremakers, and audience, let’s talk about diversity as such, and stop requiring outdated entrance fees to that discussion. Why isn’t Bindlestiff at that table? THEY’RE THE ONLY FILIPINO THEATRE IN THE COUNTRY. And it’s like they just don’t exist. There’s nonstop talk in the club about how “theatre” needs to diversify or die, while everyone inside pretends there aren’t hundreds of diverse theatres  they stopped at the rope line.

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When we’re talking about money, let’s talk about money, where it goes and why there’s not enough diversity there. But when we’re talking about diversity of plays, theatremakers, and audience, let’s talk about diversity as such, and stop requiring outdated entrance fees to that discussion. Why isn’t Bindlestiff at that table? THEY’RE THE ONLY FILIPINO THEATRE IN THE COUNTRY. And it’s like they just don’t exist. There’s nonstop talk in the club about how “theatre” needs to diversify or die, while everyone inside pretends there aren’t hundreds of diverse theatres  they stopped at the rope line.

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argumentthat the conservative movement divided the nation.

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July 14th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s just a matter of time before they start looking outward and start looking at the West and at the United States in particular…we are at a dangerous time.

Attorney General Eric Holder

about

…the leading militant group that has extended its grip through large areas of the region—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria…

July 10th, 2014
thesmithian
Nothing has taken place down there [at the border] that I’m not intimately aware of…this is not theater.

President Obama 

in Dallas yesterday, when asked about visiting the borderlands.

…during a hastily arranged news conference…where he began a two-day visit to the state for Democratic fundraising and an economic event.

he also said

he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenged Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

July 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'In 2013, of the 30,000 students that took U.S. high school Advanced Placement computer science exam, less than 20% were female, eight percent were Hispanic, and three percent were black. No female, black or Hispanic students took the exam in Mississippi or Montana. The poorest communities, often the most diverse, have the most limited access to technology. According to a Pew Internet study, just three percent of teachers of the poorest classrooms feel that their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.'

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July 1st, 2014
thesmithian
Foreign policy is being driven by two wings of interventionism: the human rights interventionists, largely Democratic, who wish to use military force to liberate oppressed people; and hegemonic interventionists, largely Republican, who wish to use military force to achieve political dominance in the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere. The vast majority of Americans, however, are by nature cautious about sending troops and ships here and there willy-nilly. They are not isolationists. They are realists. They know the lessons of history more than right and left ideologues.
June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'From the perspective of ordinary folks, it feels like we’ve experienced six and a half lost years.'

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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June 6th, 2014
thesmithian

Shakespeare is popular in America because Americans are in the habit of using his plays as vehicles for their own preoccupations, political and otherwise…

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Shakespeare is popular in America because Americans are in the habit of using his plays as vehicles for their own preoccupations, political and otherwise…

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June 4th, 2014
thesmithian

…2014 World Cup is first to be played after the release of the results of the 2010 US census, which signaled how important it had become to step up marketing to Hispanic Americans.

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

On the national continuum of cultural and economic integration, Laredo’s challenges are extreme — it is the most Mexican of American places, 96 percent Hispanic,

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'The government has at last agreed to accept outside assistance in finding the girls. Last week, American surveillance aircraft began making flights over the region, and intelligence teams from the United Kingdom, France, and Israel arrived, along with U.S. military and law-enforcement experts. President Jonathan was due in Paris for a summit with leaders from neighboring African nations to discuss strategies for handling the insurgency.'

In Chibok, parents felt rage alongside their grief. [Yakubu] Kabu described his daughter as a hardworking girl, who loves to cook and to read novels, and wants to be an accountant. “The government of Nigeria is not serious,” he said. “Had it been their children, they would have gone to get these girls.”

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