Hey, it’s July 4th! Happy Independence Day if you’re here in the US! (Happy Wednesday, Canada!) Big ups to everyone working, in some way or another, to make this a safer, cleaner, more equal country for everyone.
Also, especially if you live on our block: For the love of God please point your fireworks away from people’s faces this year. Seriously. Y’all terrify us sometimes.
“And while observing the Soviet difficulties in Afghanistan with a certain sense of vindication, the US military are at the same time reminded of the difficulties of defeating a determined guerrilla opponent who enjoys sanctuaries and is fighting in rugged terrain. After all, if a country with relatively few public opinion concerns or moral compunctions about its tactics cannot beat a bunch of ill-equipped Afghan tribesmen, what does that say about the ability of the United States — with its domestic constraints, statutory limitations, moral inhibition, and zealous investigative reporters — to carry out a successful action against a guerrilla force?”
— From now-General P.’s Princeton Ph.D. dissertation.
1) Critics have alleged that the ad is racist. Is it? CAGW calls the ad “Chinese Professor.” But hey, I’ll let you judge.
2) More important, the ad’s argument exhibits all the logic of a purple-specked sea urchin trying to explain the relevance of Nash equilibria to international trade-regimes’ behavior with some tin foil, a stick of spearmint gum, and an egg noodle.
Soldiers spot a UH-60 Black Hawk while it’s loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy on March 2 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Black Hawk upload was part of a swap: The old helicopters are being replaced by new airframes. The soldiers are assigned to the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
(US Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Willard E. Grande)
If you can’t make it to SXSW, here’s the next best thing: The Texas Nationalist Movement, which is exactly what it sounds like, will be holding a rally tomorrow in front of the state capitol in Austin to push for a referendum on secession from the United States.
The last time she was called a terrorist, Eman* was drinking coffee in a to-go cup and waiting for the train at the Powell Street BART Station in San Francisco. It was rush hour, and dozens of morning commuters stood near the Mission High School senior from Yemen.
She froze in fear when an older commuter in a suit and tie started yelling at her for wearing hijab and drinking coffee. “Why do you drink this? This is not your culture,” she recalls him saying first. “Eat your own food if you want to wear the scarf!” The anti-Islam insults worsened, continuing until the train came, she says. Not one adult near her said anything to the man in the suit.
“Maybe they didn’t hear it?” I ask Eman, who today is wearing a light blue headscarf with silver stitching around the edges. “They heard it,” she assures me. “The man was yelling, and most people were looking at me. One person was even smiling.”