The Africa's a Country blog has the best explanation I've seen of the "crying black woman" cake.
The whole thing was carefully planned, a “mousetrap” as one Swedish artist puts it. And based on how much traction the picture of the event has garnered, it was a very efficient mousetrap indeed. Who’s Makode Linde, who staged the whole event? He is a visual artist, and as such has continuously asked uncomfortable questions about race, racial stereotyping and his own position as a black man in a condescending elite art world. The golliwog figure is a consistent image in his artwork, being placed on everyday objects, on paintings grinning nervously at the king, gawking in horror from children’s faces, at times undergoing almost formalist destruction.
Ralph Nader writes the Time 100 blurb for Ron Paul.
In the debates, only he called out the American Empire's meddling in the business of countless nations around the world. He assails the Pentagon's bloated budgets and has worked with liberal Democrat Barney Frank to shrink the military-industrial complex. He wants to end our boomeranging wars.
It really does seem like Paul, by failing to break out after New Hampshire, avoided another hard rethink from liberals who might not like his paleolibertarian associations.
And HuffPost Hill writes on the WORK Act.
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and a host of Democrats tomorrow will introduce the WORK Act -- that's the Woman's Opportunity to Raise Kids Act -- that will try to put into law what everyone from Romney to Obama says they believe -- that being a stay at home mom should count as "work." If that's the case, reasons Stark, then mothers on welfare should be able to raise children three-and-under and not have it counted against their TANF "work requirement."
This was an idea floated by Chris Hayes, too. The only problem: Getting non-HuffPost (or, well, Slate) media to cover it.