I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Mine was a pretty good mix of family, friends, grilling, and fireworks. The one exception was helping a friend move his frustratingly disorganized child to a new apartment. That good deed went about four hours longer than expected, but the good news is that it should count as penance for a few venial sins.
I feel bad about the lack of posts or even a quick heads up. Nothing bad is behind that, just a bunch of stuff coming together at one time. I've started work on some IT certifications, the yard had gotten out of control again, car repair, a couple of quick trips to help a friend, and family from New York visiting. And, to be frank, the news these days and the politics around that have kind of left me a little at sea when it comes to some of my fellow Americans. I'm sure I'm not alone there. But on to other stuff.
Speaking of grilling, I made BBQ pork spare ribs for my niece last week, her favorite. I did this recipe and method, which in a nutshell is rub, bake, finish on the grill with BBQ sauce. I've pretty much had it with trying to do ribs only on my charcoal grill. It's too much of a pain and the results are a bit too uneven for all that effort. That recipe is a good one if you are looking for something. My one caution is that two hours baking was perfect for baby back ribs, but three hours was a bit too long on the spare ribs. They just barely held together for me on the grill.
A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska.
The usual cowards are crying "Racism," but it's not. It's mockery, and well-earned by a president who has mocked and scorned his political opponents from the start.
The WHAT in the White House?
Well-heeled West Villagers will be in for a rude surprise when they open the latest copy of their local newspaper and see the headline, “The N—-r in the White House” — except without the dashes.
The shocking headline in the WestView News is a reference to President Obama and sits at the top of Page 15 above an opinion piece that criticizes what it calls the anti-black “racism” of far-right voters.
The convoluted screed by author and journalist James Lincoln Collier is actually a pro-Obama piece — but that didn’t stop West Villagers from decrying the printing of the slur.
This part made me snort a little:
Collier “wanted to use the word” to “shock us into accepting that there are people who believe and use this outrageous word,” Capsis went on.
Yeah, and about 95% of them are African-American. It permeates and is acceptable to use in wide swaths of black culture in America. Anecdotally speaking, it appears to be making a bit of a comeback in white culture too.
Democrats think they can keep cynically using false charges of racism as a political tool without any negative effects, but lies are corrosive even if it takes awhile for the damage to become visible. Lots of white people I know, including myself, are tired of the cowards who hide behind the race card. We're angry and resentful at falsely being labeled as racists just for being opposed to Obama's policies, or lack thereof. We're tired of being called racists for holding the common sense belief that leaving high school without a diploma, doing drugs, getting arrested, having babies as young teens are all bad ways to start the rest of your life.
The main result I'm seeing is that more of my white friends are tuning out the problems of urban blacks in America. Why should they care if their sincere efforts to help are rejected and reviled? Their focus now is on trying to insulate themselves and their families from the fallout. And I hear that word used a bit more openly in the last couple of years, usually in the form of "f*cking n—-rs." For example, it has happened twice at the local bar recently, coming from what seemed like nice white couples I had just started chatting with. The older couple got pretty sheepish when challenged, but the younger one was unapologetic. I've been going to that bar since it moved in at the corner 15 years ago and I've never seen anything close to that until now. There have been some other examples as well.
Race relations have improved dramatically since the time I was born, but that doesn't mean they will always get better. I think right now they are getting worse, and worse than most people realize. It's just one more area where Obama has squandered the opportunity to be a great president.
Minnesota had its wettest month ever this past June, with a statewide average of 8.09" of rain. Dad and I took my niece to see Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi one afternoon last week. I'll post some pictures of that in a bit.
I managed to get banned from a "progressive" blog this weekend, the first time ever for me. I challenged as crazy the idea that MSNBC is "owned by the Right Wing." Being called crazy didn't set the blog owner off though, for some reason he went nuts when I pointed out that MSNBC is owned by Comcast and the top two executives there are huge Obama fans. As if 95% of their lineup wasn't already enough evidence. It's all undeniably true, but apparently too much for his fragile psyche. I'm not going to link to him, because it turns out he appears to be actually crazy, but if any of the regulars here want to know just send me an email.