Categories: Animals, Armed Citizens Fighting Crime, Christian, Crafts, Cybersecurity, Economy, Education, Good News, Health Care Reform, Politics/Race, Sad, Weird.
Found a new cat picture at Morguefile for my virtual cat collection. The center of this picture is my Blogjob avatar:
For animal rescuers and foster homes, here’s a three-minute video explanation of a technique that may help rescued animals find permanent homes. This web site’s usual warnings–we need laws with mandatory minimum jail terms for “rescues” of pets found “straying around” their own yards and shipped to shelters hundreds of miles away so the Humane Pet Genocide Society can collect $400 “adoption fees,” etc.–apply to the unfortunate fact that this dog photographer is working with HSUS.
Armed Citizens Fighting Crime
One more of those stories.
Beth Ann Chiles found some peanuts! They were painted! For a citywide theme art installation…
Liz Curtis Higgs presents the basic Christian message, with an audio link to a song that’s becoming one of the essential songs every Christian needs to know:
Texas’ “Highway of Holiness”…sounds like a joke; people using accidental wordplay to call attention to an obscure Bible text whose intention may always have been metaphoric. Still, why shouldn’t Interstate 35 be a good place to call attention to Isaiah 35?
You don’t have to be a headline news figure for Russian and Chinese hackers to read your e-mails. It can happen to anybody. Nothing typed into a computer that has a modem is private, Gentle Readers.
Don’t you just hate it when the company isn’t making the part you need to keep something you enjoy using in working order? To force you to buy something newer, which turns out to be junk, and waste the whatever-it-was you loved? (My 1989 Toshiba laptop, dearly loved and sorely missed…) If U.K. cyberactivists can launch a petition to require manufacturers to state the “life expectancies” of their products, why can’t we?
Ranting about the sorry state of young people these days is something older people have traditionally done in every culture. I found myself doing it when I went back to Berea and was surrounded by classmates who were the age of my sisters–who really do belong to a different demographic generation, because they’ve grown up with television. I’ve mostly given up doing it because, after age 26, doing it made me feel old. Rants posted on this blog show a wonderfully youthful freedom from fear of feeling/sounding old…but the topic of the blog is basically books college students should read to get a more balanced, less biased, more useful education. (This link opens a clever cartoon post; above it is one of the serious book review posts.)
Celebrate with Street Books!
Health Care Reform
Why Obamacare may have got more people “covered,” but it’s not providing, nor will it provide, equal access to medical care for those people.
That Medicaid patients are more likely to die than privately insured (or cash-paying) patients does not amount to proof of Obamacare “death panels”; many people have shifted from private insurance to Medicaid because they’ve been sicker, with less hope of employment that would pay for private insurance (or pay cash and keep the cost of medical care low). But it does amount to proof that getting more people “covered” by Obamacare is not a humanitarian triumph, nor is it good news.
Good news for Virginia from Patricia Evans:
In a post with which this web site refuses to soil itself, even though we have found good things there in the past…the Daily Kos called Ben Carson an “Uncle Tom.” This is at least linguistically interesting.
It refers, of course, to a novel male readers tend to hate because it features a strong, active female character–arguably the hero–drawing inspiration from a formerly strong but now passive, dying male character–arguably the heroine. The slave Tom is a natural-born preacher, inspired partly by Henry Ward Beecher, who rejects a chance to escape from slavery because he can’t stop evangelizing among other slaves. Much of his story was inspired by the true story of Josiah Henson although Henson’s loyalty to his “owners” was strategic. Henson let chances to escape pass by in order to gain trust and help other slaves. When he found it expedient, Henson escaped from slavery.
But it needs to be understood, by those who’ve never slogged through this rather painful novel, that “Uncle Tom” does not accurately describe “a traitor to his race.” There are two of those in the novel–enslaved “overseers” who beat other slaves on command; in the climactic scene they beat Tom to death because he refuses to become like them. The more vocal of these two goons is called Sambo. He is so devoid of any redeeming features that Tom’s praying for his salvation caused James Baldwin to describe Tom as a “poor cardboard Christ.” To liken anybody to Sambo was a real insult when people had read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and hadn’t read the silly picture book about Little Black Sambo. What Mrs. Stowe intended “Uncle Tom” to mean was “radical Christian.”
Dr. Carson is in fact a Christian; by most accounts a fairly radical one. And yet, having made better use than most people of opportunities to escape from poverty, and done as much as any one since George Washington Carver’s time to dispel the myth that Black men aren’t intelligent…he might be better described as the polar opposite to “Uncle Tom.”
Speaking of which…Jon Street shares another “conservative” response to…er um when did cop killers become part of even the Lunatic Left Wing? If political positions are a bird, cop killers are the part somebody has to scrub off the car parked under the tree.
More about race and language…White people do not, in fact, use all of these words the way this glossary of “Whitespeak” claims they do. But White people need to understand that non-White people may think this is what they mean by these words and phrases.
News of Jimmy Carter’s liver cancer having metastasized came in, through Huffington Post first, and prompted me to include this category. By now U.S. readers have seen the story in your morning newspapers but I still wanted to express sympathy. Ex-President Carter has been a world-class fundraiser and spokesman for a fine charity, for a long time.
And, from China, a sad reminder that peacetime chemical manufacturing can be as deadly as bombs…
Once I reviewed an excellent book about an adult going back to high school for the experience…
…and here’s Dan Lewis’s report on how not to “infiltrate” a high school for the experience: