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The Malcolm X Liberation School

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September 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Postbirtherism

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Why won’t Barack Obama submit to a DNA test to prove he is his parents’ child? Via Cynical-C.

A certificate that a child was born to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu on 4 August 1961 might be true; but, assuming it’s true, it does not necessarily follow that Mr. Obama is that child. Whether he is or not requires genetic analysis. 

Double bonus points for trotting out the classic Malcolm-X-is-Obama’s-father theory.

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October 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Tuesday Night and I’m Way Behind

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* Even Tea Party darling Mark Rubio opposes the new Arizona immigration law. Meanwhile, Kos highlights a clause that will launch a thousand lawsuits later this year.

* You had me at Fantasy & Sci-Fi Magazine Art.

* When Malcolm X’s assassin was paroled earlier today, he walked out onto the corner of West 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. You can’t make stuff like this up.

* High school senior Brent Jones had a problem: officially he didn’t exist.

* Great news: Noah’s Ark has been found again (again).

* The case against Laurence Lessig’s case for Elena Kagan.

* And the Coast Guard may set the Louisiana oil spill on fire in an effort to contain the spreading damage. Drill, baby, drill…

Son of News Roundup

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Son of news roundup.

* Burger King is pushing the viral marketing hard lately, following up its gag body spray with a Facebook application that gives you a free hamburger for every 10 people you unfriend.

* Speaking of body spray, here’s an interesting study suggesting it’s not about the smell.

And a new study in the U.K…found that men who used Lynx deodorant, Axe’s British-brand cousin, were seen as more attractive by females than men who used a “placebo” deodorant with no fragrance.

But: the women just saw videos of the guys in the study—they couldn’t smell them. Meaning that Axe actually works by making you feel more attractive. If you feel more attractive after soaking yourself in an aerosol version of car air freshener, you may not be the most urbane man to begin with, which leads to the second part of the study’s results:

Women rated the fragranced men as more attractive when the sound on the videos was off, but had no statistically significant preference when the sound was on.

* Obama to team up with Spider-Man. Which wanted criminal will he pall around with next?

* Zipcar comes to Duke. More here.

* Larry Flynt says porn needs a bailout. Via MeFi.

* Creative billboards.

* Malcolm X on a Canadian game show.

* The cell-phone novel, or keitai shosetsu, is the first literary genre to emerge from the cellular age. For a new form, it is remarkably robust. Maho i-Land, which is the largest cell-phone-novel site, carries more than a million titles, most of them by amateurs writing under screen handles, and all available for free. According to the figures provided by the company, the site, which also offers templates for blogs and home pages, is visited three and a half billion times a month.

* It took me almost another decade after graduate school to figure out what writing really is, or at least what it could be for me; and what prompted this second lesson in language was my discovery of certain remaindered books—mostly of fiction, most notably by Barry Hannah, and all of them, I later learned, edited by Gordon Lish—in which virtually every sentence had the force and feel of a climax, in which almost every sentence was a vivid extremity of language, an abruption, a definitive inquietude. These were books written by writers who recognized the sentence as the one true theater of endeavor, as the place where writing comes to a point and attains its ultimacy. As a reader, I finally knew what I wanted to read, and as someone now yearning to become a writer, I knew exactly what I wanted to try to write: narratives of steep verbal topography, narratives in which the sentence is a complete, portable solitude, a minute immediacy of consummated language—the sort of sentence that, even when liberated from its receiving context, impresses itself upon the eye and the ear as a totality, an omnitude, unto itself. Gary Lutz on the sentence, via the too-sporadically-updated Black Garterbelt.

* And will The Dark Knight win Best Picture? Eli Glasner says it just might.

Obama X

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One of Ezra Klein’s readers has too much fun with the craziest yet of the wingnut Obama Birth Certificate conspiracy theories: that Obama is really and secretly the son of (get this) Malcolm X.

Want proof? Here’s your evidence.

Case closed.

I’m pretty sure the ‘nuts got the idea for this from this post on Blind Item claiming that Usher is secretly the illegitimate son of Ben Vereen.

I read Gawker too, wingnuts.

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October 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm