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Ants On A Log August 14, 2020

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I like raisins, but I don’t really need them on my celery and peanut butter.  Of course, without the raisins, it’s not really ants on a log, and I don’t know what else to call it.

COVID-19 Update: Through 8-11-2020 August 12, 2020

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Yesterday was a big day in terms of coronavirus casualities (1504). So our running average is crawling sideways:


Oh Yes I’m Bayud, I’m Bayud August 10, 2020

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At the risk of inducing suicidal thoughts in our loyal readers, I present to you Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”

Bluegrass style.

Going Medieval August 10, 2020

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Time for a fresh look at the utility of the moat?

Chicago Raises Bridges to Prevent Looters Getting Downtown

Chicago authorities took the decision to raise all major bridges in an effort to prevent looters reaching the downtown area after a night of chaos.

Luxury department stores were ransacked as hundreds of looters caused mayhem in response to the police shooting of an armed suspect in Englewood.

Live stream footage showed one looter proclaiming “I can’t breathe,” a reference to the death of George Floyd, as she complained about being unable to remove security tags while trying to steal expensive items.

Police sent to respond to the looting were physically attacked, prompting authorities to raise major bridges in order to keep more people out of the area.

Is Biden the Red Pill? August 7, 2020

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Following on Joe Biden’s “African Americans all have the same attitudes” gaffe (that’s paraphrased, and of course he’s already tried to walk it back, though it seems pretty consistent with his earlier “you ain’t black” gaffe), a civil rights lawyer had this to say on Hannity’s show:

Leo Terrell: Joe Biden is unfit to be president and Joe Biden is a racist. Joe Biden has the mindset of a plantation owner. He thinks he knows how every black person thinks, how we walk, should eat. Joe Biden does not understand that Condoleezza Rice and Al Sharpton are different individuals… Joe Biden insulted every person of color today!

While that seems a bit harsh, my real beef with this statement is that he should have applied it to the entire cadre of Democrats.

And if you want more plantation-style governance, just keep walking down that road to socialism, where those in charge will be happy to take your money and return you services that they’re sure you want and need. Don’t worry your pretty little head about it – they’ll do your thinking for you.

Seems like people like Leo Terrell are starting to realize that all is not right on the left, but based on minority voting patterns, they have a long way to go to break free of their entrenched mindsets.

I’ll leave you with this old NSFW episode of Foamy the Squirrel: “Free Your Mind.”

COVID-19 Update: Through 8/6/2020 August 7, 2020

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Our second peak may be over?


“The Talk” Seems Pretty Banal August 6, 2020

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People talking about “The Talk” that black families have with their youth.

He* defines “The Talk” as, “…a conversation, most often initiated by a parent or guardian, but also by a sibling, trusted adult or peer on the manner in which they should act when in the presence of law enforcement to minimize the potential of being killed or injured …. Youth are instructed not to make any sudden movements that might provoke or justify the use of force, to immediately demonstrate compliance—including not questioning why they are being stopped or questioned, and to speak in a calm and respectful manner, referring to the officer as sir or ma’am, not to trigger an escalation by police.

Wow, that’s a lot less impressive and comprehensive than I thought it would be. Also a lot less particular to minorities: everybody has this talk with their children. And everybody else’s talks seem to cover a lot more material than this fellow does.

For example, in a traffic stop you turn off your radio, roll down your window and sit with your hands in plain sight (usually on the wheel). At night you turn on your dome light so the officer can clearly see the inside of your vehicle. Just a few of the tips that parents should impart to their kids.

I mean, of course you’re always polite and respectful with the officer, of course you speak calmly, and of course you wait for the officer to explain why you’ve been stopped. Nobody wants to escalate or prolong their encounter with the law, so why would you do anything to aggravate the officer?

I understand that the black community feels especially fearful of the police, and that’s something that should be rectified, but if this is the extent of the “The Talk,” perhaps the fault is not entirely on the side of the law.


*Professor of History and Distinguished Chair at the University of St. Thomas, Yohuru Williams

Wide Open Space August 5, 2020

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I accidentally found this new song two days ago (“new” in the sense that it was released in 1997).  I had heard the name of the band, Mansun, once, and I had never heard any of their songs before.

My impression in the first few seconds was that I didn’t like the vocals. That changed over the course of the song, and now I totally love them.

The other thing I love is the layers of sound.  I’ve listened to it about 40 times in the past two days, and I keep hearing new things in there.

I also love the drive to the song. It feels like happy energy to me. But then the song itself – the lyrics and the music both – aren’t really happy. It’s this totally chaotic soup of different things happening at the same time, and it sounds completely fantastic.

Supposedly they were trying to recruit the drummer to the band, and he thought they were standard, boring Britpop, but when they played the demo for this one he decided to join.

Mansun released three albums, then went to the studio to record a fourth but broke up before releasing it.  I’ve listened to a lot more of their stuff since yesterday, but none of it works for me like this one. No matter what I’m listening to it just makes me think how much I’d rather be listening to Wide Open Space.