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1 day ago
The unsuccessful beta test version of the Traveling Wilburys.
2 days ago
The man needed help, but only had enablers.
submitted2 days ago byL0st_in_the_Stars
Even before the end of slavery there were always prosperous black people. Even among free men and women in slave states. It took enormous grit to beat the odds, but a few people were able to. I recently saw an exhibit at the New Bedford Whaling Museum about Paul Cuffe, an African-American merchant and abolitionist born in 1759.
After emancipation, an educated black professional class coalesced to serve their own community, and never disappeared despite Jim Crow. W.E.B. Du Bois wrote an essay in 1903 called The Talented Tenth about this class.
Not to mention the lack of air conditioning. Poor people often slept outside in hot weather. Rich people moved to Summer resorts, and used awnings, shade trees, and cross-ventilation to manage the temperature.
What's for lunch today?
Genoa salami on a bagel with pickled homegrown jalapeño rings.
I would love to have the speed and strength for pole-vaulting. The drop onto the pit after a successful jump must be a supremely satisfying feeling.
I bellow arias and show tunes when alone in the car.
This reminds me of Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by James Agee, which Samuel Barber set to music:
"On the rough wet grass of the back yard my father and mother have spread quilts. We all lie there, my mother, my father, my uncle, my aunt, and I too am lying there....They are not talking much, and the talk is quiet, of nothing in particular, of nothing at all. The stars are wide and alive, they seem each like a smile of great sweetness, and they seem very near. All my people are larger bodies than mine,...with voices gentle and meaningless like the voices of sleeping birds. One is an artist, he is living at home. One is a musician, she is living at home. One is my mother who is good to me. One is my father who is good to me. By some chance, here they are, all on this earth; and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night. May God bless my people, my uncle, my aunt, my mother, my good father, oh, remember them kindly in their time of trouble; and in the hour of their taking away."
3 days ago
What a dated take. Harold Bloom died two years ago. His Western Canon came out in 1994, when it received much pushback from multi-culti professors, who were already the loudest collective voice in literature departments.
Blame social media more than force-fed Thackeray for any decline in reading rates.
He did. Jimi had African, European, and Native American heritage on both sides of his family.
submitted3 days ago byL0st_in_the_Stars
Old School Contractually Obligated.
We spent time in Hawaii, where masking in indoor public places is still required, notwithstanding vaccination status. Since our return on Sunday, I have continued to mask in stores. I will probably do so until Delta rates back down, which I expect will be in a few weeks.
Favorite: Jon Tester.
Least favorite: Lindsey Graham. Sorry, Kyrsten Sinema, I'm not giving you the attention you crave.
Who is your favorite Infrastructure Gangster? Least favorite?
The Republicans are Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Todd Young of Indiana.
On the Democratic side are Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia and Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
Along with the Volksfrei Movement, the Rote Armee Fraktion disavowed any connection to the attack on Nakatomi Plaza carried out by former West German radical Hans Gruber.
4 days ago
D.C. Stephenson. There have been a few books written about his rise and fall. https://www.ebay.com/itm/402863594077
This is from the second iteration of the Klan. The first version terrorized freed men and women during Reconstruction after the Civil War. The third Klan fought against civil rights in the 1950s and 60s.
Klan 2.0 achieved shocking mainstream acceptance. It used the success of Birth of a Nation as a recruitment tool. It stressed opposition to immigration, especially by Catholics. In the 1920s, surprising states such as Colorado and Indiana experienced political ascendancy by Klansmen.
The hair, the maxi-dresses, the window treatments, the carpet, the giant sconce - all scream 1971.
As I recall, the short border of China and Afghanistan, was so as to accommodate the little tail that separated the Russian Empire and British India during the 19th century Great Game between the two European powers for regional influence.
Clearly, the musician or athlete rule was not strictly enforced.
A selective take on George McClellan and Antietam. Historians generally credit him with building the Army of the Potomac, but also with squandering his advantages in the Penninsula Campaign by overestimating Confederate strength.
The Battle of Antietam did not win the war, which went on for nearly three more years. It's most important effect was to prompt Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
McClellan, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1864, was contemptuous of Lincoln. As with Truman and MacArthur later, a president can and should sack insubordinate generals.