I’m all done with my exams, I’ve packed up all my things, and finished an eight hour drive home from college. I am now officially done with the 2013 school year, as well as the most stressful semester since the last one. My summer break starts tomorrow, so expect more frequent posting. There are a lot of week-old things I want to get to, so forgive me for repeating things the rest of the blogosphere finished with days ago. Anyway, I’m just glad to be finished with school, and back to blogging semi-regularly.
So my college is nearing the end of its academic year, which means it’s time for me to take a bunch of exams. Expect posting to be light (read: nonexistent) for the next week or so.
To keep you entertained, here’s the new post over at Hyperbole and a Half. It’s simultaneously hilarious, sad, and extremely thought-provoking. See you in a week!
Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here, celebrating.
The next time a creationist tries to tell you that you were intelligently designed, just mention allergies. Seriously, whose bright idea was that? From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes perfect sense, because allergies are just a developmental byproduct. But from a theistic worldview, it requires that God consciously added an arbitrary overreaction to various common stimuli in our environment. Presumably just for shits and giggles.
In other news, I need to go buy another box of tissues.
I recently read this post by Ed Brayton, about a statement made by Erik Rush a week ago:
Although the brothers Tsarnaev are technically “Caucasian” in the sense that their home country, Chechnya, lies in the North Caucasus mountains of Russia, they aren’t what has been considered “white” in the Western world for centuries. Generally speaking, people who fall into that category are those descended from forebears in Northern and Western Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles, inasmuch as Southern Europeans, some Eastern Europeans, Eurasians and even the Irish have historically suffered discrimination under the former in the West.
It struck me upon reading that paragraph that Rush’s opinion almost exactly mirrors that of Justice Sutherland in the Supreme Court case, US v. Bhagat Singh Thind, in 1923. A bit of background: During the first half of the 1900′s, US citizenship was open only to people of the “Caucasian race.” An Indian man (from India), Bhagat Singh Thind, argued that his ancestors descended from the Aryan, and thus, the Caucasian, race, so he should be eligible for citizenship. The US disagreed, so the case went to the Supreme Court.
Long story short, Singh Thind lost that case, which set immigration rights for Indians back forty years. Writing the majority opinion, Justice Sutherland argued:
It may be true that the blond Scandinavian and the brown Hindu have a common ancestor in the dim reaches of antiquity, but the average man knows perfectly well that there are unmistakable and profound differences between them today; and it is not impossible, if that common ancestor could be materialized in the flesh, we should discover that he was himself sufficiently differentiated from both of his descendants to preclude his racial classification with either.
The two positions here are almost perfectly identical. So congratulations, Erik Rush, your racist attitude is older than my grandparents.