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Craig Hodges: 'Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say' | Sport | The Guardian
a.k.a. don't be like mike

"In October 1991, the Bulls were invited to the White House to meet President Bush.
The assault on King remained fresh on his mind, as did the US bombing of Iraq that January, and so Hodges wrote an impassioned eight-page letter to the president - on behalf of 'most specifically, the African Americans who are not able to come to this great edifice and meet the leader of the nation in which they live.'

"[Hodges] wore a dashiki and George W, the president's son and a future occupant of the Oval Office, spoke slowly as if Hodges might not understand English. 'Where are you from?'

"'Chicago Heights, Illinois,' Hodges answered, amused at the way in which W's excitement at meeting the famous Bulls, which had him 'bouncing around like a kid' at his father's workplace, had disappeared into startled incomprehension."
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april 2017 by cluebucket
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"welp, we've hit bush-was-good-on-islamophobia-take-o'clock "

what does "'good'" even mean, matt yglesias?
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february 2017 by cluebucket
Inside the Horror Show That Is Congress | Rolling Stone
lots of typos in this but a good read, from 2005

"The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world's outstanding bureaucratic abomination -- a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish."
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march 2016 by cluebucket
Review: In ‘Playing to the Edge,’ Michael V. Hayden, Bush-Era Spymaster, Defends His Record - NYTimes.com
Mr. Hayden is also out to settle a few scores. He seems to have more ill will for pesky journalists than for the terrorists in his cross hairs, although his efforts are likely to have the opposite effect intended.
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february 2016 by cluebucket

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