Billie’s Quickies … KSM, home fragrance, and the “bad black mother”

What a fabulous idea!  I don’t eat a lot of fruit, but I know a lot of folks who do … what a great idea for adding fragrance on the cheap to your home.

Here’s an interesting idea … is it possible Murdoch is shunning Google because of its oh-so-special relationship with the President?

  • Well this little game is rather addictive – h/t Neatorama.
  • Very interesting blog post on the KSM conundrum – “…what to do with KSM. Clearly, this new administration can not follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, lest it fall victim to the same fate. But the people still demand justice. So what are you going to do? Another military tribunal that goes nowhere, or do you scratch that idea and take it to a federal court as America has always done for these type of terrorism cases in the first place? (see Ramzi Yousef; see also Zarcarias Moussaoui; see also Jose Padilla).”
  • Very great take on “Precious” from a religious point of view. H/T Melissa Harris-Lacewell (@harrislacewell).  “…if churches don’t see their need of the Precious living on their block. Not if we realize that our single garment of destiny has no hem without her. Not if we miss opportunities to have truth-telling break the demonic silences in our midst. This movie is one that bears theological weight upon the issue of real presence in the world, and the one scene featuring the inadequacy of the church-as-institution is one worth mulling over. For if we refuse Precious, have we not refused the gift of our Lord?”
  • Toobin on KSM:  “Leval has confidence in the ability of the American judicial system to dispense justice even in a case as difficult as this one. ‘You have to be very careful in jury selection, ask the right questions, identify the jurors who will be fair,’ he said. ‘Judges and juries can be protected. I don’t see any reason why the system can’t handle this (KSM) case.’”
  • As per usual, Harris-Lacewell’s gripping interpretation of racial and feminist politics:  “At the turn of the century many public reformers held African American women particularly accountable for the “degenerative conditions” of the race. Black women were blamed for being insufficient housekeepers, inattentive mothers, and poor educators of their children. Because women were supposed to maintain society’s moral order, any claim about rampant disorder was a burden laid specifically at women’s feet.”



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