Thursday, May 25, 2017

Skeletal remains of Rollo’s grandson, great-grandson, aren’t

“Last year, a team of French, Danish and Norwegian researchers exhumed skeletal remains from the tombs of two medieval dukes of Normandy, direct descendants of Rollo, the 10th century Viking raider who so effectively plundered the towns along the Seine that King Charles the Simple had to bribe him with great swaths of property. Those lands would become the Duchy of Normandy, and one of those dukes, Rollo’s three times great-grandson William the Bastard, would conquer England.

“The bones in the ossuaries do not belong to Richard I and Richard II of Normandy. They long predate the Richards. In fact, they long predate Rollo himself.”

The bones are older. Much older.

Non-Western immigrants overwhelm Danish tax income, mental health, police

In Denmark, immigrants constitute 84% of all welfare recipients; ethnic Danes’ tax payments constituted a 56-billion crown surplus in 2014, but non-Western immigrants brought a 28-billion crown loss. So finds a study by Denmark’s Ministry of Finance.

However, money is not the main problem.

“When you look at what is happening to Europe, there are some similarities to the Arabs and Persians in late antiquity. The attempts to replace Christianity with the sterile bureaucratic super state have largely failed. Falling birth rates and an unwillingness to resist invasion are signs of a people who have no purpose. The average European today lives for carnal pleasures and the acquisition of goods. There’s a void in the center of European life and perhaps Islam is what is going to fill it.”

Link to both at maggiesfarm.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 explains Marvel money problems

Galaxy 1 was a Space Western. In Galaxy 2, everybody has to explain their feelings (In keeping with Marvel PC BS, I refrained from using the generic neutral “his” or the more accurate “his/her.” But only this one time.)

Here is a basic synopsis of a Space Western: The good guys have something the bad guys want. The bad guys will use any subterfuge and weapon to get the something. The good guys will fight fair.

Galaxy 2 synopsis: Girl characters -- When I was a child, my father liked my sister better than he liked me. Boy characters – My father gave me away and my foster father was cruel to me.

That is why Marvel has money problems. Its product sucks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Average household income

Normally, by fronting a solitaire time bonus with 7, search results in a zip code. With 72991, however, search first hit on Sugar Grove, Ill., where the $72,991 is the average household income. So, instead of a small town in Arkansas or Oklahoma, we will look at Sugar Grove.

Wikipedia says Sugar Grove is “a far west suburban Chicago village in Kane County, Illinois.”

Wikipedia does not say how far Sugar Grove is from Chicago, but a good guess is close enough for a good number of people to flee “my kind of town.” Recent census counts look like this:

3,909 in 2000
6,016 in the 2003 special census
7,958 in the 2005 special census
8,997 in the 2010 census
9,512 estimated in 1915

Information is lacking on the two special census. I remember getting an announcement from the government telling me the feds were counting people between the 10-year counts mandated by the U.S. Constitution, but the only justification was “because we said so.” The announcement also said that since the U.S. Congress passed a law stating there would be a census other than what the Constitution decreed, failure to answer questions would make me a law breaker and could mean a fine and prison time.

“Fuck you,” I said when returning the blank form. I said it in a nice way. So far, no federal lawmen have knocked on my door and carried me away for refusing to comply with a law that is not in the Constitution.

When talk of census arises, I always remember the one mandated by David when he was king of Israel.

1 Chronicles 21

“Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, ‘Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.’

“But Joab replied, ‘May the LORD increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?’

"But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah. But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.”

David’s decision cost the lives of 70,000 Israelis.

Anyway, Sugar Grove grew by a bunch between 2000 and 2010. By the 2000 census, Sugar Grove was 95.86 percent white. That’s another reason to think the increased population fled Chicago.

Here’s a thing I don’t understand about places Up North. “All residents within (specified boundaries) are Sugar Grove Township residents even though they may also be residents of Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and the Village of Sugar grove. All residents are eligible for township services administered by the supervisor’s office.” What that says to me is, if I am a resident of two places, each one will expect me to pay taxes and fees.

Here’s an example, from the Sugar Grove Assessor’s web site: “The Assessor is responsible for assessing property at one-third of fair cash value with the exception of farmland, railroad or coal properties which are properties valued by the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.”

One-third of fair cash value? Why are citizens not firing up torches and sharpening their pitchforks? So close to Chicago, maybe citizes are not allowed to own torches and pitchforks?


I will play computer solitaire and work on An Incident in Luna County rather than read news.

The book is 76,000 words right now, which means it needs another 24,000 words. In the story, the federal Department of Homeland Security goes up against the Luna County Sheriff's Department. And there is overlap of parallel universes, a transfer of a dozen people and three vehicles from here to there, and aliens who were transferred from their world to what appears to be medieval England.

Here is a small passage from An Incident in Luna County, Sheriff Ben McCulloch speaking to Homeland Security official Harry St. John:

"I have here a case of two vehicles that wrecked and then disappeared. I have a citizen whose husband quite likely was driving one of those vehicles. That citizen will be very angry and somewhat vengeful if she learns you people knew about the possibility of such an event, yet kept it secret.” He leaned forward, “I don’t know how much you know about Texas women, Mr. St. John, but you better remember this: A Texas woman gets real pissed off when somebody messes with her family. Real pissed off.”

Oh, my goodness! Deputy Carroll thought. Mr. Harry St. John has no idea what he just stepped in.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is funny

I gave up on life when I picked up this girl’s phone and saw my contact name as “Free Food.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rattlesnake bites man on tongue

Yep. That’s what it says.

"PALATKA, Fla. (WGFL) — A Putnam County man was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday after he was bitten on the tongue by a venomous rattlesnake.

"Putnam County Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Paul Flateau said they responded to a snakebite call around 4:30 p.m.

"Flateau said they treated the man and had him airlifted to him UF Health in Jacksonville.

"Flateau said he never saw a snake while at the scene and didn't know if it was a pet.

"The man's name has not been released and his current condition is not known.

"The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says deputies were not called to the scene because it was dispatched as a medical call."

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(The headline says ‘Florida man critically injured …’ even though the story says the man’s “current condition is not known.” My guess – The headline writer decided a rattlesnake bite is a critical injury. Not pleasant, surely, but a rule in journalism is the headline should match the story.)

Earth greener than Chicken Littles predicted, thought, believed

CO2, warmer temperatures “blamed” for increased forestation.

Michael Bastasch

“Scientists looking at forest cover in some of the world’s driest places found something astounding — ‘lost’ forests covering an area nearly seven times the size of Texas.

“’We found new dryland forest on all inhabited continents, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, around the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,’ biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow wrote of their study, which had 28 other co-authors.

“’In Africa, our study has doubled the amount of known dryland forest,’ Lowe and Sparrow wrote in a recent oped for The Conversation detailing how they ‘found’ millions of acres of ‘lost’ forests not accounted for in previous research.”

(These forests were not “lost,” but not seen in previous studies. Or maybe not counted because the increase would counter “Man is killing the Earth” argument?)

Link at

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So I clicked on a link at the knuckledraggin site

… figuring on a quick connection to something called Home on the Range.

I did not get a connection. What I did get was this message:

“This blog is open to invited readers only.

“It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog.”

The blog is

So, here is my message to Mr./Miss/Mrs./Ms. Mausers and Muffins: And the horse you rode in on.

You put up a blog, but you decide who gets to read it? My guess is, you want to read comments on how great you are.

This is the interwebnet, dufus. Free and open to all.

Biggers, Arkansas

As with many other small towns in the area, Biggers had its largest population in 1930. The Great Depression hit hard, and people moved away from failing farms, falling prices, and government intrusion that sometimes took land and removed people, or plowed crops into the ground.

In some cattle-producing and hog-producing areas, the federal government hired shooters to kill a designated number of meat animals in order to raise prices. The best and the brightest brought to Washington’s new New Deal agencies must not have considered that people without jobs were also people without money, and what good were higher prices when no one could pay?

Biggers population was 466 in 1930. By 1960, the population had dropped to 274. The 2010 official population was 347. According to figures from the 2000 census, 13.5 percent of families and 17.3 percent of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Biggers is in the eastern part of Randolph County. Randolph is in the northeast part of Arkansas and sits against Missouri. Pocahontas is the county seat. In 2010, 17,969 people lived in the county. The county’s largest population was in 1940, when 18,319 people lived there.

Whiskey and a railroad built Biggers.

“In 1889, B. F. Bigger, the namesake for the town, bought land, established a ferry crossing over the Current River, and built a distillery. Due to the completion of the Southern Missouri and Arkansas Railroad line from Hoxie (Lawrence County) to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in 1901, the town of Biggers coalesced around the train depot. That same year, the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (Frisco) system purchased the line and carried it on to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, thus creating a number of market opportunities for the citizens of Biggers.”

Facebook says there is nothing to do in Biggers.

A satellite view is here:,-90.798788,2441m/data=!3m1!1e3

Farmland. Lots and lots of farmland.

Yeah, I’m going to hire a lawyer whose grammar sucks

First thought: This is a joke, right?

Cause of thought: Lawyer ad that said, “It wasn’t easy finding clients for my law firm. Now, with Pacific Injury Network, it is!”

If you get hurt and it’s somebody else’s fault and you don’t have insurance to pay the doctor and/or hospital and you have to miss work but your job won’t pay for what someone else did to you, then you have cause to sue the wrongdoer. It’s a whole ‘nother thing if you decide to sue because the wrongdoer has more insurance than you and can give you a sack full of money if you have a good enough lawyer.

The company’s web site says: “Pacific Injury Network will help connect you with a personal injury lawyer who understands the type of accident you were involved in and the injuries you have suffered. Our accident attorneys have the experience needed to get you the money you deserve for your accident.”

“… the money you deserve for your accident.”

Huh. You were in an accident. You deserve money. Someone was at fault. You are a victim. Someone must pay.

Yeah, well.

These lawyers are part of Progressive America. You are a victim. You deserve money.

PIN has a video, too. The lead-in says: “Attorney’s standing by now call …"

What in that phrase references possession? “Attorney’s” means a lawyer owns something. What does he/she own?

Maybe a client?

BWAHAHAHA! You are mine! I own you!

Sliding down the greased rail, en route to down the tubes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hillsdale rising

The population of Hillsdale, Okla., grew by almost 20 percent between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, 19.8 percent federal numbers show.

The town increased from 101 people to 121. Any way you look at it, an increase of almost 20 percent is a good jump.

Hillsdale is in Garfield County, in the western North Central part of the state. Garfield County was named after President James A. Garfield. Before the Great Land Grab of 1893, the area was known as O County and was part of the Cherokee Outlet. As of 2010, the county population was 60,580.

In Hillsdale, 14.3 percent of families and 16 percent of the total population has income below the federal government’s official poverty line, including 20.6 percent of those younger than 18. All of the over-64 population has income higher than the poverty line.,_Oklahoma

Land in Oklahoma was an easy sale for speculators.

“The Coldwater (Frisco) Townsite Company promoted and in January 1905 platted a new town 3.5 miles southeast of Coldwater and 2 miles southwest of Hillsdale. The first train arrived in February. The company ran an excursion train from Alabama and Georgia, and nearly two thousand town lots were sold on March 23, 1905. Most of 'old' Coldwater's businesses, including the post office, moved to 'new' Coldwater on the railroad, and Hillsdale inhabitants also relocated. After some juggling of the postal designation, the name 'Hillsdale' became permanent after the town incorporated on June 6, 1910. By 1910, 226 people lived in Coldwater/Hillsdale.”

Hillsdale is out there, as shown in satellite imagery.,-97.8092034,23241m/data=!3m1!1e3

The nearest towns are Kremlin to the east, Nash to the northwest and Pond Creek to the northeast. All three towns are a ways off from Hillsdale. Kremlin’s population is 255; Nash has 204 residents; and Pond Creek has a whopping 856 residents.

Back in March, Kremlin-Hillsdale High School girls defeated strong favorite Lomega 53-45 for the Class B state basketball championship.

Remember: Oregon is filled with smart people

“I was watching the basketball game and I heard all these sirens go by," said neighbor Larry Cutler. "So I opened up the window and I seen all these cops flying in and all the ambulances. I seen one person get carried out on a stretcher."

Link at

As smart as people in Memphis, anyway.

“A Memphis, Tennessee, man set himself on fire on Facebook Live before running inside a crowded bar early Saturday and later died of severe burns at a hospital, authorities said Sunday.”

Also at knuckledraggin.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What might happen if you enter a wrong number

I intended to enter a search for Zip Code 72641, but instead entered 72541. The latter number is for Rozivka, a village in Zaporiz’ka oblast, Ukraine. Search for that village gives little information, but one of the hits was for a Hans Keller. A decided German name, a somewhat unusual return for a village in the Ukraine.

A search showed that Hans Keller was, indeed, from Rozivka. He was born March 2, 1881, and died October 14, 1918. At first, I figured Keller was killed in the Russian Civil War, or starved or succumbed to some disease associated with war and/or famine.

I was partly right. Keller was one of more tha 20 million who died from the 1918 influenza epidemic. Keller died in Sedan, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France. He was buried in Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. says his occupation was divisionspfarrer. The nearest English word to “pfarrer” I could think of is “farrier.” So, was Keller, born in the Russian Empire, a blacksmith in the Kaiser’s army?

No. Keller was an army chaplain.

How was it that someone born to German parents in a village in the Ukraine, became a chaplain in the Kaiser’s army?

His life must have been an interesting journey.

Another liberal rag apologizes … because

Victimized people might have been offended.

Here’s a novel idea – Fuck your offended.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write, took on the idea of cultural appropriation, a thing The Better People oppose, and paid the usual price. Loss of job and ostracism because he does not think proper thoughts.

The people who feared being labeled with Niedzviecki were, as is usual, “exhaustingly white and middle class.” Such people cannot be offended, but are exhaustingly capable of deciding who might be offended, a decision made because of white middle class fears of someone thinking all whites are right-wing colonialists.

Well, fuck your self-appointment, too.

As a good white liberal should, Niedzviecki apologized for his dumbness in not recognizing “how deeply painful acts of cultural appropriation have been to Indigenous people.”

Yeah. The dude said something that might possibly have hurt someone’s feelings, so he had to quit his job and apologize and promise never, never to do such a thing again.

Overall, though, none of it matters. Everybody involved is Canadian.

Linked from

Saturday, May 13, 2017

You really will die without coffee

The research is in, the science is settled. Well, no, because there still exist “scientists” who believe, “If people like it, it’s bad for them.”

“Listen up, coffee drinkers. This is the day of our vindication. It turns out we were right all along — we actually would die without our coffee.”

But … “To get the health benefits of coffee, you have to drink it like you mean it.”

The article says 3-5 cups a day. Heck, I call that “breakfast.” Plus oatmeal or whole grain cereal or a couple of eggs.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wideman, Arkansas

From the name, you might think Wideman is a wide place in the road. You would be right.

Wideman is in Izard County, not far south of the Missouri state line. The town is not incorporated. U.S. Geological Survey has Wideman on the map sheet marked Pineville.

In 2010, Izard County’s population was 13,696. The highest ever population was 14,561 in 1910. In 1960, the population was down to 6,766.

Bear Creek runs into Indian Creek just north of Wideman, Arkansas. Explanation isn’t necessary as to how the creeks got their names. Bear Creek begins northeast of Wideman, runs into a lake, and then southeast for a few miles before turning just about due east. The creek bears slightly to the northeast before entering Indian Creek.

Indian Creek starts in the hills northeast of Wideman and flows southwest quite a few mils before joining Piney Creek just north of a quarry.

Bestplaces dot net has Wideman’s 2016 population as 336. That site says the median age is 19.9. The U.S. median age is 37.4. A questionable figure has the community’s 1990 population as 32. Marriage figures show 49.83% married; 50.17% never married. Two-third of married couples have children; one-third of single (women? Persons?) have children.

The Facebook page on “Things to do in Wideman” is blank. Not necessarily a bad thing.

The Uber website says the company needs drivers in Wideman, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Here is a satellite photograph:,-92.0109512,611m/data=!3m1!1e3

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Squirrels, posthumanism & feminist food scholarship

Or, Somebody got publicity and credit and maybe even taxpayer money for writing this shit.

“Eastern fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), reddish-brown tree squirrels native to the eastern and southeastern United States, were introduced to and now thrive in suburban/urban California. As a result, many residents in the greater Los Angeles region are grappling with living amongst tree squirrels, particularly because the state’s native western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) is less tolerant of human beings and, as a result, has historically been absent from most sections of the greater Los Angeles area. ‘Easties,’ as they are colloquially referred to in the popular press, are willing to feed on trash and have an ‘appetite for everything.’ Given that the shift in tree squirrel demographics is a relatively recent phenomenon, this case presents a unique opportunity to question and re-theorize the ontological given of ‘otherness’ that manifests, in part, through a politics whereby animal food choices ‘[come] to stand in for both compliance and resistance to the dominant forces in [human] culture’. I, therefore, juxtapose feminist posthumanist theories and feminist food studies scholarship to demonstrate how eastern fox squirrels are subjected to gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking in the popular news media as a result of their feeding/eating practices, their unique and unfixed spatial arrangements in the greater Los Angeles region, and the western, modernist human frame through which humans interpret these actions. I conclude by drawing out the implications of this research for the fields of animal geography and feminist geography.”

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Because Trump or something. Or climate change. Maybe Brexit.

Interview with 94-year-old Azeri soldier

Ershad Jabbarov was drafted into the Red Army in 1942.

Ocean returns beach to island near Ireland

Storms took the beach in 1984. Heavy tides this spring returned the sand.

“A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.

“The 300 metre beach near the tiny village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984 when storms stripped it of its sand, leaving nothing more than a series of rock pools.

“But after high spring tides last month, locals found that the Atlantic Ocean had returned the sand.”

Probably climate change. Evil, evil climate change.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Idiots shot at the wrong homeowner

Wrong, as in the bad guys shot at a better shot.

“Officers said late Friday night, three suspects in a four door car opened fire in front of a home on Glenburnie Drive and Mercedes Lane.

“The owner of the home returned fire and hit all three suspects inside the vehicle. Two of the suspects died from the gunshot wounds, officers said.

“The homeowner was not injured in the shooting.”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Things are different when it’s your own back yard

Denmark’s parliament recently approved a bill increasing residency and employment requirements on immigrants who want permanent residence.

Naturally, immigrant supporters were upset at the result.

“Naqeeb Khan, executive member of lobby group Danish Green Card Association, which campaigned against the bill from its inception in August 2016, told The Local that he was disappointed in the lack of support for the amendments.

“’We are extremely disappointed with the Social Democrats, who we feel have betrayed the red block and the whole immigrant community. They cheer for the [US] Democrats who fight for undocumented immigrants while ignoring the existing legal highly qualified immigrants in Denmark,’ Khan said.”

Danish politicians have, in the last couple of years, taken a long and different view of immigrants, especially those from Muslim countries where violence is part of daily life.

Supporting the Green Card Association were Alternative Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Socialist People’s Party.

Who controls the language controls all

Or, The decline continues.

All from

“According to the report the male resident reported shooting the suspect after he forced entry into the apartment.”

As written, the resident forced his way into his own apartment.

“The male robber pointed a gun before the ring seller pulled out their own gun and fired a ‘self-defense’ shot at him, Holmes said.”

The “ring seller pulled out their own gun.” How many is the “ring seller?” Answer: One. How many is “their?” Answer: More than one.

“There was also drugs found in the car.”

How many is “drugs?” Answer: More than one. What does “was” signify? One. Here is a suggestion: Police said drugs were also found in the car. Or, Police also found drugs in the car.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Town on the rise

Knoxville, Ark., has grown by more than 500 in the last 47 years. In 1970, the Johnson County town was home to 202 people, by official Federal census. Estimated 2015 population was 746, that figure an increase of 15 from the 2010 census.

Johnson County is on a southwest corner of Northwest Arkansas. The county has been growing since 1970, after a four-decade decline. Before 2000, the county’s highest population was in 1920, when 21,062 people lived there. The 2010 official count was 22,781. The estimated 2015 population was 25,540.

Bill Doolin was born in Johnson County in 1858. He went on to found the Wild Bunch of train robbing and Hollywood fame. Doolin was killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas in 1896 in Lawson, Oklahoma Territory. Doolin’s Wild Bunch did not include Kid Curry or the Sundance Kid.

Knoxville is about 95% white. About 9% of families and 12% of the overall population has income below the official Federal poverty line. The town is just a little west of I-40 and a few miles east of the Arkansas River. Women outnumber men by 4%. About 30% of employed men in Knoxville work in manufacturing, compared to a statewide average of around 18%. For employed women, the figures are 20% locally and 8% statewide.

Tornado activity is at normal for Arkansas, or 91% greater than overall U.S. average. An F4 tornado went through Knoxville on Feb. 5, 2008, killing 13 people, injuring 139 and causing $119 million in property damages.

Local government workers in 2012 were: four fulltime at total monthly salaries of $9,645, and 11 part-time employees, paid $8,826 each month.

More bronze axe heads found at Norway site

“The first finds were made by metal detecting brothers Joakim and Jørgen Korstad on January 25th of this year. Scanning a field in the village of Hegra, about 25 miles east of Trondheim, Norway, they discovered nine socketed axes (known as Celts), a spearhead, a casting mould and a fragment that may be a piece of an ancient horn called a lur. Realizing they had stumbled on an archaeological mother lode, the brothers called Nord-Trøndelag County Council archaeologist Eirik Solheim, who immediately had the area secured and inspected the finds on the spot. He dated the axe heads and other artifacts to the Late Bronze Age, between 1100-500 B.C.”

TV president gets it wrong

On the latest edition of Designated Survivor, the president remarked that government is supposed to “make people’s lives easier.”

Well, of course that president believes the government has moral responsibility to make life easier for its citizens. He is a liberal president on a liberal TV network.

We could get into a debate, or even an argument, over the meaning of “easier,” since application of the word does not mean the same to a warehouse fork lift driver and the owner of the warehouse. But we want to keep it simple here.

Government has no business in making people’s lives “easier,” and certainly not the moral imperative. Government does have the responsibility to make people’s lives less difficult, and that mainly by staying out of the way.

Government has two functions, and only two.

First: Maintain order.

Second: Protect property.

Anything government does other than those two infringes on liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s Denmark, where everything is wonderful

In the bad USA, we don’t point out race or apparent national origin when sipping Coke at a Dairy Queen. It’s OK to do that in a Starbucks in Denmark, though.

‘Why an afternoon at a Starbucks shows the best of Danish multiculturalism’

“The women next to me speak Serbian, and two friends across me speak in Danish; one has the pale skin and blond hair of a Scandinavian native and the other has the olive skin and brown hair of someone from a warmer climate. In the queue, there’s an Arab couple talking about what they should entertain their children with during the winter break. I know because they are speaking in Danish.

“The girl behind the counter is transgender, only discernible by her completely flat chest. Outside, a black man is enjoying his coffee in solitude and watching people pass by. A couple of Asian youngsters defy all stereotypes and look like something from the 1970s British punk scene, the guy teaches the girl to say ’straw’ in Danish: ‘sugerør’ which directly translates into “sucking pipe”. They laugh and leave.”

The writer has a Master’s degree in English literature, with emphasis on post-colonial fiction and multicultural literature. But isn’t she drawing an improper conclusion concerning the girl behind the counter, whose transgenederism is “only discernible by her completely flat chest”? Maybe the person in question is a girl with a flat chest.

The Donner Party musical

Another joke, right?

Only in California.

“It's the spring of 1846, and hundreds of people have made the choice to leave behind their homes, their friends, their lives… to cross an uncharted continent in search of new lives in the California territory. Inspired by actual history, The Donner Party tells the story of 16 of those people. They have a variety of reasons for going, but they are all just plain folks with a dream of something better.

“Together, they ford flooded rivers, trudge across prairies, hack trails through overgrown canyons, struggle across barren deserts, and scramble up steep mountain peaks. Along the way they find the worst of human nature and the worst of nature's elements. There is jealousy, anger, fear, stupidity, pride, ... death, despair, starvation, and even – unspeakably – cannibalism. But they also find joy, optimism, faith, love, determination, and triumph. In dire circumstances, these sixteen people are just trying to do their best along the road of life.

“Who among them will survive the ordeal and make it to California?”

Question: Why didn’t the producers go whole hog on atrocious taste and make the play for dinner theater?

So this weight-lifting woman, who used to be a man …

I think that’s the way it happened. With adjective-identifying pronouns flying around these days, I’m not certain who was what.

Anyway, Laurel Hubbard, a “transgender” weight lifter from New Zealand, “shot out to an early lead” in the women’s division of the Australian International. “Laurel” used to compete as “Gavin,” which means as a he in men’s competition. But Gavin “transitioned” to Laurel “in her mid 30s.”

A(nother) woman lifter said, "She's so genuine, she loves all her team-mates and her teammates are all really supportive."

(That “transitioned” is a new one. We’ll probably see more use of the word.)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

This is a joke, right?

An internet ad for the (cough, cough) band 1910 Fruitgum Company, specifically a CD (a CD!) entitled Golden Classics.

Oh, where do I begin to tell the story of one of the most blatant bubble gum (cough, cough) bands of all time?

Golden Classics? Yes, who can forget those wondrous songs, Simon Says; May I Take a Giant Step?; One, Two, Three, Red Light; and Sticky, Sticky?

Here’s Wikipedia on the (cough, cough) band:

What, you say, is bubble gum music? Simple. Men in their 20s singing songs aimed at underage girls.

The guilty parties included: The Archies; Tommy James and the Shondels; Ohio Express; and others.