Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What the not-presidential candidate meant to say

On Friday, Hillary Clinton rather forcefully claimed, "Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs."

After someone told Clinton of the Baby Ruth in the swimming pool, the former First Lady and former senator from NY and former secretary of state changed her lyrics, somewhat, on Monday deciding, "Let me be absolutely clear about what I've been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out -- not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas."


The Friday statement is an in-your-face declaration that would make for good campaign debate, while the do-over … Blah, blah, yadda, etc.

When real campaign time rolls up, her comment will be, “What difference does it make now?”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Racist architecture?

This idiot is serious!

Situation: Denver’s Union Station is undergoing restoration. The “fine arts critic” of the Denver Post says the architecture of the station is racist.

“Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles — European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.

“Yes, that’s all in the past; things have changed. But the $54 million renovation of Union Station doesn’t take that into account. It restores the symbols of an old world with no updates. The gilded chandeliers have been rewired, the marble polished, but there’s no nod to the present, no interior walls in the bright colors of Mexico, no Asian simplicity is in the remix. There are no giant sculptures by African-American artists bonused into the lobby, no murals on the basement walls.”


Link at http://neveryetmelted.com/

Those 35,000 walruses on the beach because ice melted or something?

And that had never happened before and WE’RE DOOMED! DOOMED, I TELL YOU!

Well, maybe not.


Link at www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

A little research, please

In Summer of ’49, author David Halberstam makes this claim: “They were an odd mix, the players and writers. The players were more often than not rural Southern Protestants; the writers were urban Irish and Jews.” P. 95, Nookbook edition.

Common sense, and a little knowledge of population, says the statement cannot be accurate. In 1949, total population in the Southern states was far less than in the North, when one assigns all states outside the South in one group. Only if a far greater percentage of Southerners played baseball could Southern ballplayers could outnumber Northern players.

Since Halberstam’s book focuses on the Red Sox and Yankees, and on New York and Boston sportswriters, I accessed team rosters at www.baseball-almanac.com. Here are the number of ballplayers on both teams combined and states/provinces of birth:

California – 11; New York – 7; New Jersey – 4; Pennsylvania – 4; Washington – 4; Maryland – 3; Alabama – 3; Ohio – 3; two each from Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina; and one player each from Saskatchewan, Michigan,Virginia, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nebraska, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Vermont, Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan and Kentucky.

When a writer of Halberstam’s reputation makes such an unsubstantiated, inaccurate statement, you have to wonder about his other writings.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

USS Frank E. Evans

On June 3, 1969, the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans turned in front of the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, resulting in the collision between small ship and a very big ship. Part of the Evans sank, and 74 sailors died.

There are calls now to place the names of the 74 on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The Evans and the Melbourne were on a training mission near the Spratly Islands, halfway between the Philippines and Vietnam. When the Evans sank, there was no contact with an enemy force; there was no hostile fire. Rather, the sinking was the result of at least two wrong orders given by an American officer on the bridge of the Evans.

I mentioned the facts to my wife and added that both ships were on a training mission.

“No,” she said when I told of the calls for inclusion of named in The Wall.

I agree. If those sailors are included on The Wall, who is to deny others killed in training accidents?

From a former naval officer, whose brother died in the collision, but his father survived.



On a Bing main page: “Were is the Yenisei River on the map.”


(Waz it here? Waz it there? Were did it go?

(The downslope to oblivion becomes more slippery every day. Or, “everyday” for the grammatically unliterate.)

NY/CA/TX woman scared by DPS trooper

“’I’m well-traveled, I’m not easily intimidated,’ she said. ‘This guy scared the hell out of me. I can just imagine what other people – a little housewife or a Latino or whatever walks in there and this happens to them …’”


(She said she was trying to get a Texas ID so she could register to vote. One must suppose she is not “a little housewife.” And the “Latino or whatever” sounds just a bit racist or Progressive/Democratic.)