Wednesday, July 19, 2017

More stuff you can’t make up

Andrea Mitchell twits Bastille Day the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into WWII.

If only the 800-pound gator had met the 820-pound hog

ORANGEBURG -- An 800-pound alligator has been captured in South Carolina, one of the largest caught in the state in recent years.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that Jonathan Smith and finance Melissa Davis pulled in the gator after fighting it for hours on Lake Marion last Saturday. It was 12-feet 10-inches long and weighed 806 pounds.

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You can’t pass up a town called Monkey Run

Monkey Run, Ark., is in a narrow valley on the western border of Baxter County.

Baxter County is in the very center of North Arkansas and abuts Missouri. By official count, the county population in 2010 was 41,513, with 95.96 percent white of non-Hispanic lineage.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas
says Monkey Run used to be called Pilgrim’s Rest. At least three versions exist as to why the name was changed to Monkey Run. You can read the three versions here:

Whatever the reason, a town’s name does not change to something as unusual as Monkey Run unless a lot of people agree to the change.

All Wikipedia has to say about Monkey Run is, it “is an unincorporated community in Baxter County, Arkansas, in the United States.”

roadsidethoughts dot com has this to say about Monkey Run: “As far as we can tell, Monkey Run has not been included in past Census counts, so there is no population information for this community.”

Does that mean people in Monkey Run opted out of the latest census?

There is a Facebook page on Things to Do in Monkey Run. It’s blank.

Suburbanstats dot org? Nada.

Sotheby’s International Luxury Homes listings? None.

Found something!

Population: 3,147. I think that is for the whole Zip Code. Average income: $29,797. Ditto.

Limousine service in Monkey Run is listed at a St. Louis, Mo., company. My guess is, you call the company in St. Louis and tell somebody you want to be picked up in Monkey Run, Arkansas, the somebody will reply: “Do what?”

Here is a link to Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery near Monkey Run:

There are four photographs.

Alabama man kills 820-pound wild hog in front yard

This sucker is huge. Huge.

“As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. ‘I jumped up to see what was going on,’ Wade explained. ‘I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.’

“The dog had a huge wild hog bayed in his front yard, about 5 yards off of the front porch. ‘Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement,’ Wade continued. ‘It was not a good situation.’"

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Maybe the government needs to spend more money on education

Or: What is wrong with the over-educated moonbeams running the schools.

“In this article we contribute to this literature by considering citation as a problematic technology that contributes to the reproduction of the white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship, despite advances toward more inclusivity in the discipline in recent decades. Yet we also suggest, against citation counting and other related neoliberal technologies that imprecisely approximate measures of impact, influence, and academic excellence, citation thought conscientiously can also be a feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward.”

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Comments: Geography is not a science, but long-term measurement. “Social sciences” aren’t. “Political science” is a contradiction. A graduate school professor referred to his class as “historians,” even though none of us had published a book or articles. Reality was, we were people studying history, nothing more.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Might be the dumbest tweet ever

"April H. @AprilHathcock

"Were there no POC soldiers who landed at D-Day cuz that #Dunkirk movie is looking white af."

5:12 PM - 15 Jul 2017


(Well, both start with D and Dunkirk is in France, which is where the D-Day landings occurred.)

Why do they have to pay for anything?

Here’s an undisputed fact: You dumb fuckers in NYC voted for Obama and for Clinton. You are getting on a local level what you tried to push off on the rest of us.

“The movement to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters, announced recently by the Manhattan district attorney and soon to be adopted in Brooklyn, must be expanded citywide, public defenders argue.

“The Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, Queens Law Associates and other groups have joined efforts to pressure prosecutors in Queens and the Bronx to get onboard with the cause, which advocates say will help unclog the courts.

“Advocates say arresting turnstile jumpers unfairly disadvantages the city’s poor population.”

Disadvantages the poor? Isn’t everybody who uses a public service supposed to pay for it?

Let’s see. Poor New Yorkers should get free passes on city buses. And give every poor person an unlimited taxi card. Oh, and a card so they don’t have to pay at restaurants. Socializers tell us poor people buy an inordinate amount of fast food, so give the underclass free meals at New York’s finest restaurants.

And, of course, “an arrest for fare evasion could mean the threat of deportation for undocumented immigrants.”

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