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Heh. Ha heh ha, heh heh ha, hold on now -- let me, heh, catch my breath. He drew a -- a what? Ha heh, heh, ha heh heh ha, heh, indeed! Thank you, National Review Online: For this “cartoon” demonstrating that George Zimmerman’s acquittal is analogous to the legacy of white-on-black violence in America because Al Sharpton is a knotted oak. Only a racist would look at that and think it referenced something so vile as a lynching. Those noosed truths — like someone else we know — don’t even have heads. For all we know they’re wind chimes in their Sunday finest. Only a racist would notice that they’re headless necks from root to wick, because only a racist would associate something as basic to the human condition as fire to the history of racism in the United States. Without fire generations of Americans of all races would’ve frozen to – – and I can’t do it. Michael Ramirez’s “Lynched” serves a single purpose: to allow the overwhelmingly white readership of NRO to believe that the imagined lynching of an abstract value is morally equivalent to the actual lynching of actual human beings. Because it’s been a long time since white people could really enjoy an image of a lynching. Some of them probably thought the day would never come again. But thanks to Michael Ramirez, white readers of NRO can stare with childish wonder at the shapes of men dangling from a limb and feel glee instead of having to fake guilt. UPDATE: I can't believe I forgot this! It's only like my favorite scene in Maus: Ha heh heh! Heh heh ha heh! Ha ha heh ha heh!
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An LG&M podcast: "Lord Snow," or "He may as well have been the air of Winterfell" Steven Attewell and I decided that we didn’t want to wait until next February to continue talking about Game of Thrones, and so we decided to start over. Here’s our take on “Lord Snow,” the series’ third episode. And before you ask: yes, the podcast did explode before we had a chance to finish it. We'll cover the four minutes we lost in two weeks, after I've moved and settled in. Which also means, obviously, that there won't be a podcast next week, as I'll be moving and settling in. Try not to miss me too much. Works SEK discusses: "Lord Snow," you're no bigger than a half-man. Works Attewell discusses (warning, all of these posts contain spoilers for all five books): Daenerys III (on assimilation and how Viserys fails to use its power) Bran IV (old Nan’s stories and the meta-history of Westeros) Eddard IV (Eddard’s first Small Council meeting, first assessment of his political skills, and the Littlefinger embezzlement question) Catelyn IV (the knife, Littlefinger the gambler, his historical counterpart, and how he contrasts with Varys) Jon III (the Watch as an institution in decline, Jon Snow getting over his privilege) Arya II (Arya as a deconstruction of the fantasy heroic protagonist, Syrio Forel and famous swordswomen) Video: Audio: You can listen to the above podcast here. Archives: Back to the beginning with “Winter Is Coming” (S01E01). Life is "The Kingsroad," they want to ride it all night long (S01E02). Our very civilized discussion of the premiere (S03E01). Fancy-talking about “Dark Wings, Dark Words” (S03E02). Here we are blathering on about “Walk of Punishment” (S03E03). Don’t watch — because you can’t — us discuss “And Now His Watch Has Ended” (S03E04). The rudely interrupted first half of our discussion of “Kissed by Fire” (S03E05). The second half of our discussion of religion in “Kissed by Fire” (S03E05). In which we discuss “The Climb” sans spoilers (S03E06). “The Climb” with spoilers (S03E06). “Second Sons.” We has them (S03E08). Belatedly, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (S03E07). You’re all invited to an epic performance of “The Rains of Castamere” (S03E09). This is the end … the end of Season Three (S03E10).

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