Link Log for August 14

I had several loose ends to tie up today, and fell behind on socializing. I often do. Categories: Education, Music, Phenology Link, Politics. Mostly Politics, with apologies. I should be back on Sunday.

Btw, I did a paid writing project this week that’s piqued my interest…What do youall know, remember, think, or feel about Ice-T?


Wikipedia relies on volunteer editors, and here (at a messy commercial site) is one of those reports on an impending crisis that should be read as encouragement for someone to help.


This thirteen-year-old’s music video is about U.S. politics, and the tone of her verse is “light,” so do we categorize it as Music, Politics, Kids, or Fun Stuff? I’m going with Music. (Advance apologies to those who can’t listen to music and/or can’t even open The Blaze on your computers. Actually, this one opens The Blaze sometimes, but does not play music.)

Phenology Links 

Not recent (it’s from February), but hasn’t the rest of the world always wanted to see molten lava flowing in Iceland’s arctic winter?


John McCain’s moderate, Democrat-friendly displays of lack of sympathy for the Tea Party put me off too, although as political mudslinging McCain’s reported snip cracks about more conservative Republicans sound friendly compared to some of the filth certain conservatives slung at him, so I’m not sure how much he can be blamed. Adayahi’s loyalty is as solid as McCain’s. Infighting among Republicans is the biggest boost the Democrats can get, and oh how they need one as their party flounders in the Quagmire on the Extreme Left, and that’s what they sent Bogus-As-His-Hair into the debate to do…even if the ploy does end up building a more solid, more “conservative” and thus more respectful of individual liberty, Republican campaign in the end. (Both Clintons are very smart and very good at the game of politicking; neither is infallible.) Anyway, Republican friends, please read Lloyd Marcus’s post today.

More electioneering at this site; the combination of Scott Adams’ and Donald Trump’s names, plus other celebrity names of course, is generating enormous buzz. If you scroll far enough down the comments, Scott Adams scores a good point off me (do I look as if I minded?).

The discussion just moved over here:

When people are this excited about the need to block someone from their own state being appointed to a federal government position, there’s likely to be a good reason…

Link Log for August 12-13

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?


Crocheted scarf:


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.)

Good News 

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:

Post About My Blogjob Picture

I want an avatar for this web site. The system doesn’t make them mandatory, but I want one. Back when I was “born” into cyberspace in 2005, nobody else was using the screen name “Priscilla King.” Now there are a couple of hundred of us on Google + alone; several of them insist that that’s their real legal name, in which case I think they shouldn’t be posting it on the Internet anyway. Anyway, if they don’t see a black cat with amber eyes, how will readers know I’m the first one to use this name in cyberspace?

(For those who don’t already know: “Priscilla King” is not my real legal name as an individual, but I’ve been using it long enough to have registered it as the real legal name of my business.)

Fun part: go to, search for “black cat,” check out the familiar and new cat pictures. Morguefile pictures are available for anyone to use. The site encourages users to “pay” for pictures we gank by donating pictures we’ve taken. I don’t think any of mine are good enough actually.

Somebody’s added a new black cat image. Cat playing with “mouse” on keyboard. Sort of like Viola the Cybercat (a friend’s kitten who contributed some comic relief to the Blogspot, years ago). Cute. Let’s upload it.

Blogjob says the picture is too big. Let’s open Paint and make it smaller. Let’s cut it down to 12.5% of the original size. Yes, the folder description shows that it’s been stored as a much smaller picture now. Save it. Paste in the smaller picture…

Blogjob opens it as if it were exactly the same size it was before–not even Morguefile “magazine” size, but maybe the size of an extra-large centerfold. Much bigger than the computer screen. The part that shows up on the screen is a blur of pixels that doesn’t look like anything; on inspection it’s the far left corner of the original picture, not showing the cat or the laptop.

Try something I know how to do. Paste it into Blogspot. It looks good in Blogspot. Copy the image from there. Paste it into Blogjob. It refuses to paste into Blogjob that way…

Long story short. Here are enough words to make this post count as a Blogjob blog post. Now:



Good evening. It’s 7 p.m., end of a long busy day’s hack writing, and I’m just testing this site. If it works, I’ll be moving the book reviews and other fun stuff from over here. (If it works, I’ll be getting paid for all these words I’ve been writing for all these years, and youall know I could use the money.) If it works, readers will not only be able to log in and post comments, but be able to earn money for doing so. If it works, this site will be absolutely fandangous. If it works.

If it works, I’ll think of a better introduction post later.

For now, I’m still trying to figure out how (and whether) this site works. I have a minor injury that makes walking home from this job site (ten miles) unnecessarily complicated; I have an eighty-year-old partner in Webstuff who’s willing to drive me home, who really doesn’t need to be driving either in the late afternoon sun that hits right in her face or after dark, which makes timing tricky; I have a weird Web connection that may or may not drop dead tomorrow afternoon. And I didn’t expect +Sandy KS (is there a way to tag e-friends on this web site?) to report that anything like this site existed…much less to be here and need to think of something Professional Writerly to say here, at the end of the day.

Actually, I was expecting to be able to open +Nancy Hardin’s latest post from Jaquo, and that totally didn’t work today. Again. (For a few months Jaquo didn’t work on any computer to which I had access. Last week, for reasons unclear to me, it suddenly did. Now, again, it doesn’t.)

Anyway: Persona Peeps, LJ Friends, Googlers from the Circle of Following, Twitterers, Tsu’ers, Bubblers, Blazers, Freedom Connectors, and anybody whose blog appears in my blogfeed or Link Logs–you’re all welcome. Pull up chairs, pass cups for coffee or iced tea or soda pop or mountain spring water, take out your fancy work of choice, and get acquainted with one another.

There are a few Site Rules:

1. Since some people who are welcome here will be voting for Clinton and I don’t yet know how many people who can find their way over here live outside the United States, let’s save the long, detailed political rants for whichever political and news sites we’ve been posting those to.

2. Anything classified as “adult content” (meaning content that appeals to teenagers–sex, violence, rude words, any mention of specific body parts) should be saved for LJ, where it can be tagged as adult and thus officially kept where it won’t upset children.

3. Content that appeals to actual adults–about work, money, family, responsibility, faith, health, cleaning, and other things that are only ever interesting to adults–is fine, so far as I can tell.

4. Except for the topics of firearms and fireworks. Some potential sponsors are apparently pyrophobic.

5. If you’re easily offended by people’s opinions on issues, here’s the guide: Anything that advocates violence toward anybody is forbidden at this site. (At worst, when talking about convicted felons, we can recommend life imprisonment at hard labor, saying nothing about water.) The sort of silly playground-type taunts about which I just vented at the Blogspot, earlier today, are unwelcome at this site. Harsh judgments of groups of people defined by circumstances beyond their control (e.g. “those Kentucky drivers”) are unwelcome at this site. Harsh judgments of opinions, policies, and behavior (e.g. “that stupid argument” or “their tacky manners”) are acceptable at this site; whining is not acceptable. Logical arguments and counter-arguments are fine. In short, freedom of speech rules, but let’s keep it parliamentary–a lot of the comments that are typical at The Blaze, the Huffington Post, etc., would not be tolerated here.