Sunday, December 4, 2016

CNN anchor solidifies place as most stupid on TV news

And to hold that position is an achievement of supreme effort.

“By Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“A CNN host used a segment on Islamophobia on Monday to suggest American non-Muslims may want to start wearing hijabs.

“’New Day’ with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota featured a piece titled ‘The Trump transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe’ just hours before Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 20, attempted to use a vehicle and a butcher knife to kill Ohio State University students. The ill-timed story ended with Ms. Camerota discussing ways to ease the fears of Muslim Americans.

“’Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim,’ Ms. Camerota said, The Daily Caller reported Tuesday. ‘Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something.’”

“…the way people shave their heads … sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something.” Going through something. Like, maybe, cancer? This woman suggests President-Elect Donald Trump has made Muslim women as fearful as though they had cancer.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Update on 'Vlad the Impaler'

I read less than half the book. The saying is reinforced: You get what you pay for.

‘There are no more Italians’

More mosques in Italy?

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A book about Vlad the Impaler has violence?

Book shopping, Eastern Europe, an interesting title: “Vlad the Impaler; Son of Dracul,” by Alan C. Baird.


Really? A book about Vlad the Impaler contains violence? An assumption: Any book with “Impaler” in the title probably has some graphic violence, even if quoted from historical documents.

What, I wondered, is “transgressive violence?” Normally, “trans” can refer to movement (transportation) or “on the other side of,” as in “Trans Caucasus.” These days, though, “trans” figures in lots of things – too many things. “Transsexual” or “Transgender” come to mind, since those are things of importance (according to news people) in the so essential, on-going debate and argument and etc. as to who uses which facility to stand or sit while peeing. (All part of the Progressive Social Justice War that one kind of genitalia is no more important than another kind, unless yours is of the kind designated male by the patriarchy, in which case you are doomed to the fires of Hell for having that kind, but if yours is of the kind designated female, then you are an angel of discretion and harbor no ill will toward any human. Or non-human. Or any other thing or molecule.)

A search shows “transgressive” in this case to be “Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violate socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy.” That’s from the Free Dictionary.

Still, I wondered why anybody found it necessary to place a warning on a book about Vlad the Impaler. The book is 45 pages. It was free. There is the possibility of “You get what you pay for.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jennie, Jennie, Jennie -- Arkansas

Three Jennies, three stories, and how “several hundred acres of swampland” became McCrory, Arkansas.

“Around 1840, a traveler riding through what is now Woodruff County stopped at a cabin in the woods to ask directions. A woman who gave her name as Jennie came to the door surrounded by children of every size. Later, the traveler jokingly said he had asked his way at Jennie's Colony, referring to the multitude of children. The name stuck and for many years after, the area was known as ‘Jennie's Colony.’

“Or so the story goes. Other sources assure us Jennie's Colony was named for Jennie Edmonds, an early settler of Woodruff County. Still others confidently state that Jennie's Colony got its name from Jennie Barnes, whose husband first settled there. Whatever the true story of Jennie's Colony may be, it is a fact that a part of the Colony later became the site of the town of McCrory.”

By the 2010 census, McCrory’s population was 1,729. The largest population ever was 1,971 in the 1990 census. The 2015 population was estimated at 1,601. So, the town continues losing people.

McCrory is about 79.5% white, 19% black, and less than 1% Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander and whatever other designations the government puts on people or someone puts on himself. The poverty rate is about 16.5% of families, 21% of the whole population, 28% of those under 18 and 19% over 65.

No doubt you have often asked, “How do I know if I am poor?” Well, the U.S. Census Bureau has a whole bunch of relatively well-paid bureaucrats to figure that for you.

“The U.S. Census Bureau determines poverty status by comparing pre-tax cash income against a threshold that is set at three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963, updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI; see the last section of this FAQ for an explanation of the CPI), and adjusted for family size, composition, and age of householder. ‘Family’ is defined by the official poverty measure as persons living together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption. Thresholds do not vary geographically. The Census Bureau has created an infographic to explain ‘How Census Measures Poverty.’"

There is a big, not-so-easy-to-read bar graph. Hey, I didn’t say the figuring-out made any sense, only that the Census Bureau pays a lot of people good money to figure out who is poor and who is not. Note: The bureaucrats are not.

Just a few miles down Highway 64 is Patterson, population 467 by the 2000 census. Demographic breakdown there shows: 90.3% black; 2.2% white; 1.3% native American; 1.7% Hispanic; and 1.7% other.

Patterson’s overall poverty rate is 31%, with 25% of families, 39% of those under 18 and 30% age 65 or older meeting the official Federal line.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

‘The End of the High Church’

“If you are a normal person, the mainline Protestant churches have nothing to offer but endless lectures about the joys of liberalism. It’s a familiar pattern. First the women take over, then the men leave, except for the guys willing to take orders from the gals. Then the normal women bolt. This boiling off of the sensible eventually leaves the crazies in charge of the organization. Before long the freak flag is hoisted and it is the bar in Star Wars. It’s the pattern we saw with Labour in Britain and the Democrats in the US.”

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.” – 1 Corinthians 14.

God gave the land to Abraham’s descendants, through Isaac

“The Jews surely have a special claim on [Palestine]. They are the only people who have made a success of it during the past 3,000 years. They are the only people who have made its name immortal, and as a race, they have no other home. This was their first; this has been their only home; they have no other home. They found no home in Egypt or in Babylon. Since their long exile they have found no home as a people in any other land, and this is the time and opportunity for enabling them once more to recreate their lives as a separate people in their old home and to make their contribution to humanity as a separate people, having a habitation in the land which inspired their forefathers. Later on it might be too late.” – Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 1931.

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