Jul 4, 2014
commented on A Paler Shade of Moor
I don't know anything about theater, but I am an academic specializing in Near Eastern studies (I also stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night). And the term "Moor"/"Moorish" has historically referred to inhabitants of the Maghreb, or North Africa to the west of Egypt.
Further -- and this shows how fluid and culturally constructed our understanding of "race" can be -- the term "black" was historically used by British people to refer to *any* group of people who were conspicuously darker than what they deemed to be "white." For example, British colonists routinely referred to their Indian subjects (the ancestors of the actor who ended up being cast in the role) as "black."
So, if I were trying for "authentic" casting of a character who a sixteenth century British playwright had described as both "Moorish" and "black," I would look for someone who appeared to be of North African descent. In my experience, many Indians can "pass" as North African, while very few people of Sub-Saharan African descent can do so.
In short, despite all the controversy, the theater got the casting "right," from a historical point of view.
May 13, 2013
commented on Youth Pastor Watch
@1. I agree. Also, given that very few -- if any -- actual teenagers are in "chat rooms" these days, I'd think police departments could find better uses of their time than pretending to be teenage girls in order to entrap creepy dudes.
Mar 9, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Short & Sweet
@6, I realize that your comment wasn't malicious, but it was a bit ignorant.
I have Asperger's (or, since the diagnosis is getting folded into autism, I'm a high functioning autistic). So is my partner.
We both feel love and hate. Every bit as strongly as you (presumably) do.
We're just often bad at expressing them properly--or reading them properly in others. But if you take the time to get to know us, we can usually work through that.
Sorry for the rant.
Jun 28, 2011
commented on AR-15 Left Sitting On Trunk of Seattle Police Car
@4, 6, 7. It's been a long time since I took Crim pro, but I can guarantee you that if that's a "sting," it qualifies as entrapment in any jurisdiction. Very few things do, but that would.
I feel better about the Dallas PD now. At least they're semi-competent corrupt brutal pricks.
May 2, 2011
commented on Discredit Where Discredit Is Due
@12, the poly shtick is getting a tad old (not to mention more than a tad offensive to actual poly people).
Also, is anyone else disturbed by the location of bin Laden's compound? (Someone helpfully tagged it as "Osama Bin Laden Funeral Parlor Karakoram Highway, Abbottabad, Pakistan" in Google Maps if you want to see a satellite image).
This is 40 min. from the Pakistan capital and a couple miles from their main military college (and a block from a police station). Pretty analogous to Annapolis. I can't imagine someone building a fortress in downtown Annapolis, and people not knowing what it was for.
Who needs enemies when you have friends like Pakistan . . .