Fairly constant rain all day. After dark fog moved in. From my porch I can see the green flood lights on the shop, but not the building itself.
Chilly outside tonight. Good night for a fire so I have one going. The atmospherics are interfering with my satellite radio, so I am listening to it but it's periodically dropping the signal. That does't happen very often.
Too many news stories on my feed crawler to put them all in the links column on the right of the blog. The vast majority are related to an increase in the public anxiety level, and the consequent uptick in sales of preparedness supplies. It's a good time to be in the business.
A lot of pictures like this are staring to show up on the internet on "black" web pages. Other than the obvious, I don't get this one. It doesn't represent any actual event I know of. And why does the guy on the right appear to have a halo?
National Public Radio is touting a new movie about the Black Panthers. Black Panthers, the Vanguard of the Revolution. I have heard them work it in on several of their morning radio news shows. They gush about the struggle for civil rights and the militancy of the Black Panthers. I remember them as thuggish murderers, completely out of touch with reality and living on a diet of drugs, revisionist history, and self pity.
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Why NPR should find this such a wonderful film and urge everyone to go see it is beyond me. I'm old enough to remember the Black Panthers well, and they were the reverse image of the Ku Klux Klan.
Maybe we should have a movie about the clan. I wonder if NPR would be so free with their air time, urging people to go see that. Birth of a Nation was considered a classic until the middle of the twentieth century. Now few have heard of it. I wonder if NPR would find it as exciting?
Somehow, I kind of doubt it. I don't think anyone fails to acknowledge the double standard that exists now. There's one standard for white people, and then there's a completely different one for minorities.
Once upon a time this was called reverse discrimination. Now it's just considered to be "adjusting the scales of justice to compensate for the past."
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This is not on my mind just because of some news stories or because NPR is pimping for Bobby Seale.
My daughter had a bad experience this week up North. She went into a convenience store with a guy from work. He isn't a boyfriend, they are just coworkers and had been to a little get together at another coworkers house. The guy was wearing a tank top type shirt, and he had a tattoo on his shoulder. It was one of those ornate swirly things people go in for today. But, entwined with all the other symbology was a small Confederate flag.
There was one of those 400 pound mammies you see in the billowing print dresses in the store. She saw it, followed them out, and then threw a cup of soda right in the guy's face. She started screaming and freaking out, calling him all sorts of obscene names. She caused a big scene and attracted a lot of attention my daughter and her friend could have done without.
The fellow had the presence of mind to just get in the car and get them out of there, for which I am grateful. Staging a reenactment of Isandlwana with my daughter there would not be my first choice. It shook my daughter up. Not without reason. You know how , in a city, something like that can draw a really ugly, dangerous black crowd in a heart beat. My daughter said when all this started up the Indian guy running the convenience store locked the door. I told her that's SOP (standard operating procedure) with those guys. Much good may it do them if a riot breaks out. I also told her that she needed to stay out of the "dark" part of town and she agreed. Like my experience in Chattanooga, once you have an episode like this, it becomes much more real to you, and less philosophical.
I thought about not mentioning this. Then I thought I should, so that other people who unthinkingly stop in the black part of town on the way home give it a second thought. You don't need a tattoo to attract the wrong sort of attention these days. Being white is quite enough. It's true, so why shouldn't I say it? Personal experience very recently has taught me that. If someone is offended by these truths, then so be it. To the Moon Bats and others who want to pretend it's not like that out there, I say this: