When asked why she allowed her then-10-year-old daughter to craft a Mohawk out of her hair, singer Jada Pinkett-Smith flatly replied that “girls are constantly reminded ... that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination ... little girls have the right to own themselves ... [and] not be a slave to...what a culture believes a little girl should be.”
Anyone who doubts that Hillary Clinton is already in fine fighting trim for a presidential run should consider her speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
She assailed an alleged “assault on voting rights.” She took aim at the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act and excoriated states that have recently tightened their voting laws. She declared that “anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.”
Madam Secretary hasn’t missed a beat. She knows that the calling card of Democrats in the Obama era is a polarizing politics that seeks to fire up minority voters by stirring fears of fire hoses and police dogs. Its basic vocabulary is imputations of racism; its evidentiary standard is low and dishonest; and its ethic is whatever works — so long as it stirs fear and anger.
The latest target is the state of North Carolina, which is accused of soiling itself with a new voter ID law, among other changes in its election laws. “The Decline of North Carolina,” harrumphs The New York Times. “North Carolina’s Attack on Voting Rights,” says The Daily Beast.
For years, Louisiana politicians have made careers out of trying to fix public education. They tried teacher accountability, student accountability, school accountability and a litany of other things, some of them good and necessary.
Lincoln Parish 4-H has gone to the dogs — the bulldogs that is. I know what you are thinking, but no, we are not talking about the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. This year we are focusing our educational programming on cyberbullying. We are educating the youth of Lincoln Parish about how to not become a victim of cyberbullying, not to be a cyberbully and the lifetime consequences of cyberbullying.