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At Harlow’s Monkey, LIE columnist Jae Ran weighs in on the airlifting of Haitian “orphans” to other countries:

…we [benevolent and altruistic humanitarians] can’t trust them [poor, under-developed] to know what to do with the money we give them. After all, they just loot. And since *we* know better how to use resources, we can make sure the “deserving” Haitians get help. Read more…

Columnist Liz Dwyer looks at the banning of a DICTIONARY in a California school district:

Dictionary reading began because I had a tiff with a middle school teacher and she sentenced me to detention – the only detention I ever had in my entire academic career. My punishment during detention was copying a page out of the dictionary.
I wanted to copy the page with the word “bitch” on it in the hopes that my teacher would get the message that that’s what I thought she was, but this was Catholic school in the early ’80s. The dictionary didn’t include such words. It didn’t even define anatomically correct words like penis and vagina. I know because I checked. That’s the sort of stuff you try to look up when you’re in 7th or 8th grade and you’ve never seen either word in print.
These days finding the word “bitch” in a school dictionary would be considered tame. A school district out in Riverside County, CA has pulled all the copies of the Merriam Webster Collegiate dictionary off the shelves because they include LOTS of bleepable words… and, ahem, the term “oral sex”. Read more…
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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek,, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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