Thursday, March 30, 2017

'Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball...'

From Monday afternoon's drive-time, at the Sound L.A., the Who, "Pinball Wizard":

In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel
4:56 PM

4:51 PM

Walking On the Moon
The Police
4:46 PM

She's Not There
4:37 PM

My Sharona
The Knack
4:32 PM

Paint It Black
The Rolling Stones
4:28 PM

Blinded By the Light
Manfred Mann
4:21 PM

Led Zeppelin
4:13 PM

Burning Down the House
Talking Heads
4:09 PM

Low Rider
4:06 PM

Shake It Up
The Cars
4:03 PM

Have a Cigar
Pink Floyd
3:57 PM

I Won't Back Down
Tom Petty
3:55 PM

Pinball Wizard
The Who
3:52 PM

Who's Crying Now

Susan Sleeper-Smith, et al., Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians

I'm noticing this book especially because it's recent, just published in 2015.

And available at Amazon, Susan Sleeper-Smith, et al., Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians.

Whiteclay, Nebraska, Beer Portal to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

It's a tragic beer portal.

And interestingly, articles like this one, as true and tragic as they are, tend to perpetuate Native American stereotypes. Devon Mihesuah's work attempts to dispel such stereotypes, while others have argued that the reservation experience is the template for understanding the structural epistemology of American Indians.

In any case, at the New York Times, "Nebraska May Stanch One Town’s Flow of Beer to Its Vulnerable Neighbors":

WHITECLAY, Neb. — This town is a rural skid row, with only a dozen residents, a street strewn with debris, four ramshackle liquor stores and little else. It seems to exist only to sell beer to people like Tyrell Ringing Shield, a grandmother with silver streaks in her hair.

On a recent morning, she had hitched a ride from her home in South Dakota, just steps across the state line. There, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, alcohol is forbidden. In Whiteclay, though, it reigns supreme.

“You visit, you talk, you laugh, you drink,” said Ms. Ringing Shield, 57, as she stood on the sidewalk with friends, chain-smoked Montclair cigarettes and recounted her struggles with alcoholism, diabetes and cirrhosis. “It makes you forget.”

Now many residents of Nebraska and South Dakota are pushing for the liquor stores of Whiteclay to be shut, disgusted by the easy access to alcohol the stores provide to a people who have fought addiction for generations. The Nebraska authorities, in turn, have tightened scrutiny of the stores, which sell millions of cans of beer and malt liquor annually. Last year, for the first time, the state liquor commission ordered the stores’ six owners to reapply for their liquor licenses.

The fate of the stores could be decided next month, when the three-member commission holds hearings in Lincoln, the state capital.

The issue has left people in South Dakota and Nebraska deeply divided. Most agree that alcohol abuse on the reservation is an entrenched problem, but they are unsure of the solution — and who is responsible.

The grim scene in Whiteclay has scarcely changed for decades. Particularly in the warmer months, Native Americans can be seen openly drinking beer in town, often passed out on the ground, disheveled and ill. Many who come to Whiteclay from the reservation spend the night sleeping on mattresses in vacant lots or fields.

Even under the chill of winter, people huddle outside the liquor stores, silver beer cans poking from coat pockets. The street, busy with traffic from customers, is littered with empty bottles and scraps of discarded clothing.

“It promotes so much misery, that little town,” said Andrea Two Bulls, 56, a Native American on Pine Ridge, who added that she hoped the state would revoke the licenses. “My brother used to go to Whiteclay all the time, and we’d have to go look for him. People sit and drink until they pass out. They just succumb.”

Over the decades, there have been frequent protests outside the stores. Lawsuits against the retailers and beer distributors have been filed. Boycotts of brewers that sell to the stores have begun with enthusiasm. All those efforts have sputtered, though, and little has changed...

Bill O'Reilly Apologizes for 'James Brown Wig' (VIDEO)

Following-up from yesterday, "Maxine Waters and the 'James Brown Wig' (VIDEO)."

Watch, at Fox News, "A Congresswoman Attacks President Trump."

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Maxine Waters and the 'James Brown Wig' (VIDEO)

Here's another faux racist incident, featuring another far-left nutjob, Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles.

Apparently O'Reilly's apologized, but he shouldn't have had to. It's not racist to make a funny remark about someone's wig. And it is a "James Brown wig." He's absolutely right.

This is leftist thought control at its finest (or worst, depending on your perspective).

At USA Today, via Memeorandum, "Rep. Maxine Waters claps back at Bill O'Reilly after hair insult."

Linked there is Refinery 29 (more nutjobs), "This Is Why #BlackWomenAtWork Has Gone Viral."

Hannah Smothers, Feminist Psycho

These people are seriously weird.

And notice the woman's selfie with feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

At the Other McCain, "Feminist @HannahSmothers_ Confirms the Worst Stereotypes of Feminism."

Far-Left Nutjobs Chained Themselves to Plane at Stansted Airport to Thwart Deportation Flight

Well, I'm literally shaking my head at this.

At the Telegraph U.K., "Three held at Stansted Airport after deportation protesters lock themselves to plane."

There's a Facebook page, apparently, named "Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants."

These people are psycho.

More at Huck Magazine (whatever that is):

Indonesian Man Swallowed by Python

Make that one hungry python. Damn!

At USA Today, "Indonesian farmer swallowed whole by 23-foot-long python."

CAUTION: It's pretty disturbing to watch.

Black Leftist April Ryan Shaking Her Head at Press Secretary Sean Spicer (VIDEO)

Spicer just mention she's shaking her head and all of a sudden this turns into a brutal racial beating, or something. It's like we're back at Selma.

At WaPo, via Memeorandum, "April Ryan on Sean Spicer's insulting behavior: 'I'll be back'."

Devon A. Mihesuah, American Indians


This book even debunks some of the false memes radical Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz spews, for example, that epidemic disease was secondary, if not tertiary (or so on), to genocide in the conquest of American Indians.

At the top of my wish list, at Amazon, American Indians: Stereotypes & Realities.

Britain Initiates Formal Withdrawal from the European Union (VIDEO)

Free at last.

At the Los Angeles Times, "'Brexit' begins as Britain gives formal notice of withdrawal from the EU":

The formal two-year process governing Britain's departure from the European Union began in earnest Wednesday as a letter was delivered to the president of the European Council giving official notice that the country wishes to withdraw from the political and economic confederation.

The letter, signed by Prime Minister Theresa May and several pages long, will fundamentally shape the future of Britain and Europe for generations to come.

The letter was handed over by Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, and European Council President Donald Tusk released a brief statement on Twitter acknowledging receipt.

At a news conference in Brussels, Tusk appeared somber and said: "This is about damage control."

"Our goal is clear," he said. "To minimize the cost for the EU citizens, businesses and member states."

The move comes after the British public voted 52% to 48% last June, following a bruising referendum campaign, to leave the 28-member bloc after more than four decades.

During a statement to lawmakers in the House of Commons minutes after the letter was delivered, May said this was a "historic moment from which there can be no turning back."

She struck a conciliatory tone and pledged to “get the right deal for every single person in this country." She also implored all sections of society, regardless of how they voted, to use this moment to unite.

"We can, together, make a success of this moment and we can, together, build a stronger, fairer, better Britain — a Britain that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home," she said...

Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years

At Amazon, Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America--The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675.

Dale L. Morgan, Jedediah Smith

At Amazon, Dale L. Morgan, Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West.

Ford Investing $1.2 Billion in Plants as Trump Touts Jobs — #MAGA!

President Trump gets results!

At Bloomberg.

Also, at WaPo, and Neil Cavuto below:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In the Mail: Laura Kipnis, Unwanted Advances

This came today.

And available at Amazon, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.

The book builds off the backlash to her 2015 essay, at the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe."

See also the Chicago Tribune, "NU professor starts academic debate with controversial essay on sex."

And at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), "In Her Own Words: Laura Kipnis’ ‘Title IX Inquisition’ at Northwestern (VIDEO)."

I love this. I'll try to power this book down and post my own thoughts next week.

Laura Kipnis photo 71P2IVqhML_zpsgxkdnmif.jpg

Adult Stars on the Beach

At WWTDD, "Porn Stars Back on the Beach (PHOTOS)":
Porn stars like Naomi Woods and Kate England are never exactly fit like regular models. There's some element of shying away from the crowded clubs. Also, tremendous self-loathing. You only wished dad wished you were a boy. These ladies are trying their damnedest to fit in. Maybe cut back on the ass in air poses. You're going to ruin romantic vacations for tons of men whose wives started staring at them funny...
Keep reading.

Chuck Berry's New Single, 'Big Boys' (AUDIO)

Chuck Berry's got a brand-new posthumous album coming out in June, available for pre-order at Amazon, "Chuck."

Read all about it at the Sound L.A., "LISTEN: Chuck Berry Album Set for June Release; Hear Lead Single."

And listen to "Big Boys":

Did the song give you déjà vu? It should: It starts out with the classic “Johnny B. Goode” guitar riff, bringing this latest release full circle.

Chuck is Chuck Berry’s first album in 38 years, so it comes highly anticipated, to say the least. It was initially announced last October, so fans only have a few more months to go before hearing some of Berry’s final works—which is sure to be a celebration of the late rocker’s life.

And his family agrees, sharing, “While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.”

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Also, Heather Cox Richardson, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

Elliot West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado.

And, W. Scott Pool, Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry.

Lisa Brady, War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War.

Plus, Kari Frederickson, Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South.

Bernard DeVoto, The Course of Empire.

More, Stephen W. Sears, Chancellorsville.

BONUS: Jason Stanley, How Propaganda Works.

Why Don't the Palestinians Have Their Own Country?

Here's David Brog, for Prager University:

John Putnam Demos, Entertaining Satan

At Amazon, John Putnam Demos, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England.

Natasha Zaretsky, No Direction Home

At Amazon, Natasha Zaretsky, No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980.

A New Era of Uprisings

It's Joshua Clover.

I've posted him before, but still haven't picked up a copy.

At Amazon, Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings.

The Harvard Project, The State of the Native Nations

From the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, at Amazon, The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination.

Russian Hacking Could Be 'Act of War' (VIDEO)

It's former Vice President Dick Cheney, at the Economic Times' Global Business Summit: