WhoWhatWhy
13 days
This was a well-modulated, lawyerly and courtly racism without openly espousing the violence of the Ku Klux Klan, a new rejection of Reconstruction like the electoralCompromise of 1876” without the robes and hoods: The chief law enforcement agency would ignore the enforcement of the law. Instead, Mitchell called for no-knock raids without warrants, warrantless wiretapping of suspects, stop-and-frisk searches without warrants, defying the constitutional limits of the 4th and 5th Amendments on police power while disclaiming any racial motive yet knowing the effects would be monstrously racist selective enforcement. But they over-reached, at least temporarily. For criminals in power, every scandal is based on the leak of a secret, and the leak itself demonstrates that the leaker is considered a traitor and the reporter an accomplice to treason.
The Huffington Post
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
The Iran Project
2 months
“It is like wine, age matures the color,” he says. “That is why the older carpets are very valuable.” Helmi has sold fine Persian rugs since he first came to the US in the 1970s. He learned the trade from his father who started exporting rugs from Iran to Europe after World War Two. He also keeps to his father’s courtly approach to business by serving Persian tea on a silver tray to people who visit his store. Helmi also makes housecalls, making sure his customers are buying just the right rug for their home or office. “I go visit their home first. I look at the ambiance of the room. I look at how furniture should be placed in the room. Is the house Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, French, American? It’s like psychology. I spend hours with them.” Helmi says his first shipment of rugs from Iran should arrive this week, and he hopes every rug he sells contributes in a small way to weaving better ties between Iran and the United States.
The Huffington Post
2 months
At a recent literary/gala reading in Los Angeles, I found myself cringing a bit as the renowned poet Rita Dove was introduced to the audience as a "national treasure". Certainly the word-choice was meant to be extravagantly laudatory, though inevitably accompanying the "national treasure" accolade, I knew, would be "lifetime achievement" awards (and also inevitably) a review reassuring readers that this poet-treasure was "not a poet of the past" - that she is, in fact, actually "read" by an au courant public! The unacknowledged assumption inherent in all this courtly mean-well is unwittingly dismissive: that poets of a certain age are perhaps a bit past their "shelf date" relevancy. This assumption derives, naturally, from a "brand" sensibility, a product-mindset - from which poetry was fortunately exempt for a long time, mainly because it was not looked upon by our broad U.
BBC News 24
3 months
He was alternatively very courtly, he could be entertaining. He was wary. He was in a difficult position at that time. It was the absolute peak of what is called 'the special period'. That is a euphemism for the worst days in Cuba, when the Russian patron of decades had dropped out, and the economy collapsed. That was the backdrop of this interview. So he particularly had not really wanted to talk to reporters because it was very difficult.
BBC News 24
3 months
He was alternatively very courtly. He could be entertaining. He was wary. He was in a difficult position at that time. It was the absolute peak of what is called 'the special period'.
BBC News 24
3 months
That was that. He was alternatively very courtly. He could be entertaining. He was wary. He was in a difficult position at that time. It was the absolute peak of what is called the special period. That is a euphemism for the worst days in Cuba, when the Russian patron of decades had dropped out, and the economy collapsed.
Politico
3 months
More recently, Sessions has battled with his colleagues over immigration and criminal justice reform. But early indications are that Republicans wont hold his differing policy views against him. Sessions is a cordial and affable presence in the Capitol, with a signature Southern drawl and a courtly manner that rarely produces ugly conflicts with his colleagues. Sessionsascendance would deprive Trump of his strongest backer in the Senate, someone with a direct conduit to GOP leadership. Immediately after the election, Sessions was one of the first people to visit with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). A spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is close to Sessions but has pushed criminal justice reform against Sessionsopposition, will support the Alabama Republican. “Sen. Sessionssolid understanding of the Constitution and firm commitment to the rule of law is exactly what the Justice Department needs,” Lee said.
Slate
3 months
In the 19 th century, when national election results were slow to arrive and unevenly distributed, candidates were expected to maintain a certain gentlemanly aloofness from the electoral process. Losers in presidential races tended to concede privately, or, later, through statements printed in newspapers. But as communications improved and media saturation increased, public concession statements, augmented by courteous messages between opponents (often shared with the press), became de rigueur. The visible proof of courtly communication between rivals served to defuse any anger over the resultanger that might manifest more acutely in an era when everyone found out about the outcome at once.
How Sweet It Is
4 months
How awesome is this?! It is the 20th anniversary of the courtly check pattern (the black and white I had no idea it was called that), hence the celebration. The next day, we spent a big chunk of time at the headquarters. I.was.in.heaven. Whoa whoa whoa. mg class="alignce
How Sweet It Is
4 months
How awesome is this?! It is the 20th anniversary of the courtly check pattern (the black and white I had no idea it was called that), hence the celebration. The next day, we spent a big chunk of time at the headquarters. I.was.in.heaven. Whoa whoa whoa. Every single piece is HAND PAINTED. I can't even imagine. You know that I don't have an artistic or crafty bone in my body. But! We got to paint our own plate. It was anxiety inducing, to say the least. They are sending it to us after it is glazed and I'll be sure to include a pic. The grounds are beautiful. This huge old farmhouse is decked out, head to toe (seriously, like even the wallpaper, doors and every piece of tile in the place) with everything MacKenzie-Childs. They give tours of the house everyday and we spent the whole time being all wide-eyed over each room. It's crazy! We finished off the trip with an amazing dinner back at the Aurora Inn, where we coincidentally also met the maker of the American Girl Dolls (you might have seen me snap this!) and I absolutely flipped out.
How Sweet It Is
4 months
How awesome is this?! It is the 20th anniversary of the courtly check pattern (the black and white I had no idea it was called that), hence the celebration. The next day, we spent a big chunk of time at the headquarters. I.was.in.heaven. Whoa whoa whoa. Every single piece is HAND PAINTED. I can't even imagine. You know that I don't have an artistic or crafty bone in my body. But! We got to paint our own plate. It was anxiety inducing, to say the least. They are sending it to us after it is glazed and I'll be sure to include a pic. The grounds are beautiful. This huge old farmhouse is decked out, head to toe (seriously, like even the wallpaper, doors and every piece of tile in the place) with everything Mackenzie Childs. They give tours of the house everyday and we spent the whole time being all wide-eyed over each room. It's crazy! We finished off the trip with an amazing dinner back at the Aurora Inn, where we coincidentally also met the maker of the American Girl Dolls (you might have seen me snap this!) and I absolutely flipped out.
Bleacher Report
5 months
.. [the television camera cuts to the dugout and shows Reddick 's helmet covered in patches of pine tar] Yes, there it is [chuckling]. It's not been condemned by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, but it's on the edge. Foul, outside of first base. Two-and-two is the count. Craig Biggio, his helmet was covered. I've never forgotten that. It looked infected." This was Saturday night, fourth inning, with the Dodgers en route to a 14-1 cruise over Colorado. But it could have been any night over the past 67 years. Vin Scully doesn't broadcast a baseball game so much as he narrates it. In a world fast losing civility, trust and gentle good humor, the courtly Scully is the epitome of each. Full disclosure: I've spoken to Scully several times over the past three decades, but I cannot say I know him. When Ernie Harwell retired in Detroit, that hit me even harder.
Politico
5 months
The wiry Podesta is quick on his feet, and is famous for a lashing tongue when angry. The buttoned-down, courtly Klain has also stood in parrying questions with Clinton, according to people close to the situation – but both men have been less concerned with imitating Trump than preparing Clinton for the substance of the attacks, two keen attorneys framing Clinton’s reactions in the precise, disciplined language their lawyerly candidate thrives on. “It’s an unconventional year, and he’s an unconventional candidate, so maybe preparation doesnt matter,” said David Axelrod, a former top strategist to President Obama. “But in my experience, the candidate who comes on the stage, and can anticipate the rhythm of the thing, and knows what they want to do, has a huge advantage.” Insiders said Clinton's debate group has tried to frame every minute on the stage as a referendum on the issue of trust -- to convince voters with doubts about Clinton to contrast those concerns with how they feel about Trump handling the nuclear codes.
Sky News
5 months
I have not heard John Kerry, who is normally varied portrait shows and the mild manner and courtly and his language go to this level, practically of passion but also a degree of anger and frustration, very happy to show it, repeatedly and that almost passive aggressive way saying to fellow members my friends.
Variety
5 months
The movies, in case you didnt notice, are having an LBJ moment. It began two years ago, when Tom Wilkinson played President Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma as a cagey but courtly political warrior whose hand was forced by Martin Luther King Jr. More recently, the Broadway drama All the Way was made into an... Read more »
Cotswold Journal
6 months
Politico
6 months
A long, long time ago (as recently as eight years, in fact) in a not-so-strange and distant land (our own, actually), it was not surprising that a candidate for president might have a kind word or two about his rival. Jimmy Carter could end a debate in 1976 by calling Gerald Ford “a good and decent man”; Bob Dole could remind the 1996 GOP convention that Bill Clinton is “my opponent—and he is my opponent, not my enemy.” And John McCain could firmly reject the idea that Barack Obama was an alien presence—in fact not even a legitimate American. I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you dont have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain told an agitated supporter in 2008. But McCain and Dole were courtly exceptions in the modern Republican Party, whose present nominee, Donald Trump, has taken it in precisely the opposite direction.
The Guardian - Music
6 months
Politico
7 months
“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” Those cutting words, delivered on national television, effectively ended the career of Senator Joe McCarthy. For four years, McCarthy had enjoyed a kind of immunity as he smeared anyone he pleased while on a national witch hunt for Communist sympathizers. But in the spring of 1954, during hearings on supposed infiltrators in the U.S. Army that were broadcast on the new medium of television, McCarthy casually sought to destroy a young lawyer at the firm of Joseph Welch, counsel to the Army, an esteemed Harvard-trained lawyer and fellow Republican. When McCarthy suggested the junior attorney had Communist sympathies, the courtly Welch sank his head in despair, then looked McCarthy in the eye and excoriated him with those immortal words. Tens of millions of new American TV viewers watched in fascination and horror.
Bournemouth Daily Echo
7 months
ITV
7 months
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