Odds & Sods: Bubbling Up Edition

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I’m back to that whole in the Carnival bubble thing, which I actually like. It means that one doesn’t have to spend too much time thinking about the outside world, but there are a few things on my mind and as J Danforth Quayle once said, “a mind is a terrible thing to lose.”

But before I natter on after the break, here’s a musical interlude from Paul Simon:

A Mild Defense Of Brian Williams: I’m not going to defend anything he said on the air  or about Iraq, but we all have a tendency to embellish things that happen to us. I’m particularly willing to cut him some slack on his fish stories about New Orleans. Why? I have a long memory and Williams was one of my city’s strongest supporters in the media in the aftermath of Katrina and the Federal Flood. NBC News kept covering the story long after the rest of the MSM had moved on. He may be a rich hairdo whose daughter bombed as Peter Pan, but I haven’t forgotten that. Having a long memory is the flip side of being a grudge holder, and in the immortal words of Pete Townshend, “you’re dealing with a memory that never forgets.”

Alabama Getaway: There’s been a lot of news out of Alabama this week, which hasn’t happened much in the post Wallace era. Some Alabama Judges may be willing to stand in the chapel door as it were, but the state’s GOP Governor Robert Bentley is not. Some progress is better than none at all.

Color me skeptical about the whole Harper Lee book story. I may be wrong but the whole thing seems a bit fishy to me. Most writers know where their rejected manuscripts are, even elderly ones. It’s probably *not* a fake but that got my Spidey sense tingling. My gut tells me that the book isn’t very good or at some point in the past 50 years it would have been published. A poor kinda sorta sequel won’t hurt the To Kill A Mockingbird brand in 2015 but it might have in, say, 1975.

There was a study released about lynchings and racial terror in the bad old days of the Jim Crow South this week. I was surprised that Alabama wasn’t either first or second on the two pertinent lists since it’s typically the second most racist state in the Deep South.

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Alabama placed 6th in both categories, which surprised me. I was not surprised about my adopted home state placing 3rd in overall lynchings and 4th per capita. The rural parishes here have always been populated by racist peckerwoods and their no-neck offspring. Even worse for the not so Gret Stet is that 4 of the top 5 lynchingest counties were Louisiana parishes. I was a bit surprised that Phillips County, Arkansas had 4 times as many lynchings as second place Caddo Parish. Guess I’m steering clear of Phillips County. I’ll have to get my moonshine elsewhere…

I’d like to thank the Equal Justice Institute for publishing this fascinating and deeply disturbing study. It’s a sobering reminder of how bestial human beings can be when the mob mentality kicks in.

Speaking Of High Tech Lynchings: Some wingers are dividing ISIL hostages into the “deserving and undeserving” categories:

“No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead,” conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote on Tuesday, under the headline, “Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch.”

“Mueller was a Jew-hating, anti-Israel piece of crap who worked with HAMAS and helped Palestinians harass Israeli soldiers and block them from doing their job of keeping Islamic terrorists out of Israel,” she wrote.

Schlussel condemned Mueller’s humanitarian work in the “so-called ‘West Bank'” to prevent the demolition of “terrorists’ ‘houses.'”

“I have no sympathy for any of these ‘American’ (in name only!) hostages of ISIS,” she continued. “And my attitude when I hear they’ve been snuffed out is, so sad, too bad.”

To call this sick is an understatement, especially coming from a keyboard warrior who isn’t racing out to fight the terrists. I guess it’s what God and/or Jesus wants them to do.

Meanwhile In Woody Old England: PBJ was snubbed by the Tory government for his egregiously stupid comments about Muslim no go zones in Birmingham (UK, not Alabama) but the Posh Boy is going to meet with Gov Deadeyes.  It’s a perfect fit, Walker is a union bashing malaka as was Cameron’s heroine, Mrs. Thatcher.

I wonder if Deadeyes and the Posh Boy will be chillaxing during their chaterama? Yes, that’s what Cameron calls informal meetings: 

 According to Isabel Hardman in the Times, a “chaterama” is a kind of meeting that Cameron told a special adviser he preferred to have.