The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.
Plus more cartoons from Matt Wuerker
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It is easy to see the cinematic brilliance of 12 Years a Slave, though it is a problematic film, and not for the same reasons other critics may have noted. It has nothing to do with the violence, nor does it even have anything to do with the victimization of blacks that has raised the ire of some critics. No, the problem with 12 Years a Slave is that it isn’t about slavery as much as most people seem to think. It is about a free man who is enslaved, and is then set free, and as such, it is, as I have pointed out, a film with a happy ending. And whether or not people want to admit it, a film about slavery with a happy ending teeters on the brink of being disingenuous.
I submit that as difficult as 12 Years a Slave may have been for some people to sit through, no one could sit through a film about Patsey. And that is the film that needs to be made, because the story of Patsey and Eliza and the nameless slave who dropped dead while picking cotton on the Epps’s plantation are the slave narratives that have yet to be truly examined and addressed. I mean think about it—people are freaking out about this film, and Solomon Northup only spent a small portion of his life as a slave, and managed to regain his freedom. What would happen if people tried to watch a film about slavery that revealed 12 Years a Slave to be the upbeat, feel-good film it actually is?"
David F. Walker, “Is ’12 Years a Slave’ the Feel-Good Movie of 2013?” (via sonofbaldwin)
Super Zips are “the country’s most prosperous, highly educated demographic clusters. On average, they have a median household income of $120,000, and 7 in 10 adults have college degrees.” This fascinating map from the Washington Post reveals how “it’s possible to live in a Super Zip and rarely encounter others without college degrees or professional jobs.” That’s problematic because “the trend is isolating well-to-do Americans from the problems of the poor and the working poor.”