Black Run St. Louis

14 07 2014

Downtown

We are in the fifty years after time period of the Arch construction, leading up to the 50th anniversary of completion in October of next year.

Fifty years ago today, Percy Green climbed up the under construction north leg to protest the lack of black workers on the project.

An event which he has lived off of ever since then.

It says that he was the only black of 600 technicians that Mac hired for the Gemini capsule.  It also says later that he timed his ascent, time at the top and descent in order to have enough time to get arrested, processed and bond out so that he could return home to get ready for his shift at Mac which started at midnight.  If his job was such that he could start at midnight and work overnight, I highly doubt that he was in engineering or design.  The real brainiacs probably had 9-to-5 hours.

You’ll also read of the famous I-70 “shutdown” that happened 15 years ago this past Saturday.  Now that wasn’t so long ago, and I happen to remember quite a bit about which the P-D conveniently leaves out, such as the fact that the St. Louis City Police Chief at the time, a black named Ron Henderson, closed I-70 in both directions, forcing all traffic off the highway, eastbound traffic had to get off at Goodfellow, westbound traffic had to get off at Kingshighway, to make sure the protesters, who planned to “shut down” the highway between Union and Riverview, would have no problems.  Henderson also shut down traffic before the time the protesters said they would “shut down” the highway.  Which means that Henderson was in on the protest, because he agreed with it.  Why wouldn’t an affirmative action police chief agree with blacks protesting for affirmative action in public construction contracts and hiring?

Henderson was interfering with state right of way for no good law enforcement or public safety issue, (even though they are interstate highways, the states’ departments of transportation purchase and own the right-of-way), and he could have been bought up on state charges for his little stunt.  Except at the time, the “state” meant Governor Mel Carnahan and Attorney General (now Governor) Jay Nixon, both Democrats, Carnahan has always been a black bootlicker, and Nixon was at the time trying to live down his anti-deseg legal action from his first term as AG.  Neither one would have dared laid a finger on Henderson.  A few years later, when MoDOT was gearing up for the Highway 40 reconstruction, the same gang wanted to “shut down” the highway in Richmond Heights, but the white chief of the police department in Richmond Heights was having none of that.

One more thing:  Eric Vickers lauds the high minority participation rate on the Stan Span.  I also know from first hand experience that the pavement on the bridge was pretty rough when it first opened; MoDOT and IDOT just did “emergency repairs” on it a few weeks ago.  Yeah, it is a bit curious that you have to do “emergency repairs” on brand new concrete pavement.  I’m putting two and two together here, in case you didn’t notice.

As far as the lack of black workers on the Arch construction:  Good thing.  It is said that Eero Saarinen, who designed the Arch, had to be so careful in his calculations and check them over and over again, knew that an error of 1/64th of an inch in a crucial part would have the two upward-rising legs totally missing each other once all the pieces were in place.  One who was so careful in his minute fractions probably would not have wanted the left tail of the bell curve actually building the thing.





Free

9 07 2014

Philadelphia

Liberian immigrants?

Let me ask that again:

Liberian immigrants?

Isn’t that the slice of Africa we cut out for free blacks and freed black slaves?

So why are they coming back here, to the land of racism and oppression?

UPDATE

I found out on AR that Liberians are divided into the descendants of ex-American slaves and the descendants of the black people that were already there and on that territory when the freed blacks showed up in the 1820s.  These ones in Philadelphia are the latter, and how you can tell is their name.  The former group have plain English names (e.g. Charles Taylor), the latter group have names that appear a lot more ethnic.





Fixing the DoI, With One Extra Word

3 07 2014

Philadelphia

The story.

How I responded on Instapundit.

I should add that the idea isn’t original, but I was able to explain the context of it.





VP Not VA

21 05 2014

Grand Center

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Click to enlarge.

This is what Cochran replaced.

If Vandeventer Place still existed today, especially considering it would be next to Grand Center and SLU, and about halfway between the CWE and Downtown, it would be gentrification heaven.

This was St. Louis’s uptown in the aughts and teens, it became uptown after Lafayette Square fell out of style after the 1896 tornado.  As uptown moved to the CWE in the twenties, and then the depression and WWII, VP fell out of style.  The encroaching black undertow didn’t help its cause.  By the time WWII ended, considering that military veterans were on everyone’s mind, nobody objected to leveling VP for Cochran.  Incidentally, the east half of VP became Cochran, and later on, the west half become the city’s kiddie jail.  However, that wasn’t until long after the VA built Cochran; even as late as 1964, when Charles Guggenheim did what was at the time the definitive documentary on the history of St. Louis to correspond with St. Louis’s 200th anniversary for St. Louis public television, (ironically, KETC’s studios are now at Grand Center), the abandoned houses of the west half of VP were still standing, and Guggenheim himself used them as a background when he covered the aughts and teens.





Era of Reagan

7 05 2014

USA

Consider this number:  11666.

Not an ace and three sixes to give you a full house.

11/6/66.  November 6, 1966.

It is the latest birth date one could have had ever to have been able to cast a vote for Ronald Reagan for any public office.

Yesterday, a person born on that date turned 47.5 years old.

I’m bringing this up for a reason, which I’m sure most of you can figure out.

What made me think of this was the Bloomberg article about the NAEP results, which I covered today, wherein it stated that high school seniors graduating this month or next have spent the entirety of their educational lives either under Bush’s or Obama’s education reform schemes.





Blogmeister Makes It Easy

21 04 2014

Boston

Jeff Jacoby, writing in the Boston Globe, mindful of the fact that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Barry Goldwater campaign for President, goes over some of the history.

To me, it’s not even that complicated.

But for Goldwater, who would have won the Republican nomination in 1964?  Answer:  Nelson Rockefeller.  Rockefeller versus Lyndon Johnson in November, who wins?  LBJ.  By how much?  An even bigger margin, both popularly and electorally, than LBJ beat Goldwater.

With the election not even being a full year after the assassination of JFK, nobody, not even Jesus Christ, would have beaten LBJ.

You’ll notice that two of Goldwater’s outspoken supporters in 1964, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, went on themselves to win four of the five next Presidential election.  Also note that Hillary Clinton cut her political teeth as a Goldwater girl.





Honest Scholarship

13 03 2014

Novi, Michigan

If only we weren’t so paranoid about the S-word, and if only it wasn’t the NAACP’s Shoah Business, we might actually honestly discuss this question.

It’s just that some people might not like the answer, precisely because s*****y is a business, a money tree, a cornucopia, to some people and groups.

And if people start noticing that employment conditions in the 18th and 19th centuries other than slavery were bad, they might start wondering about the present tense, Mark Zuckerberg and H-1B.





Putin

10 03 2014

Moscow

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oldmoscow-destruction

newmoscow

moscow-interior





“How Could I Get Hurt Just Writing Parking Tickets?”

25 02 2014

Charleston

wtaylor

Here’s how.





Everything Old Is Still Old

16 02 2014

Bowling Green, Kentucky

“Republicans haven’t gone to African-Americans or to Hispanics and said, ‘You know what? The war on drugs, Big Government, has had a racial outcome. It’s disproportionately affected the poor and the black and the brown,’” he said, on TheBlaze.

This has never been tried before.

Unless it has.

Two words: Jack Kemp.

Who averaged a BIG BIG BIG whopping 5% of the vote in Republican primaries and caucuses he actually tried to do well in when he ran for President in 1988. And when he was the Vice-Presidential nominee in 1996, he let wooden AL GORE of all people get the better of him in a debate.  Kemp’s being on the bottom of the ticket that year probably didn’t get as much as one single black or Hispanic voter to change their vote from Clinton to Dole.  And that was the first real chance that black and other non-white voters had to show their appreciation to Kemp for all of his years of pandering to them, as the only kind of elections he ever ran in before were in his own western NYS Republican-gerrymandered Congressional district, which hardly had any blacks or Hispanics, or in Republican Presidential primaries and caucuses in 1988, which blacks patronized about as well as they do bookstores.  (In 1988, Jesse Jackson was a semi-credible contender on the Democrat side during their primary and caucus season, so black voters had an obvious skin interest there.)  Yet, the kind of people Kemp so dearly cared about because they were all in one big jock shower together (his own words) strangely wanted nothing to do with him.

Now, back to Jack Kemp 2.0.

Rand Paul’s 2016 keynote issues?

* Allow felons to vote (*)
* Quasi-legalization of drugs
* Oppose the NON-ISSUE (**) of the use of armed drones on American territory
* Give tax breaks to non-taxpaying minorities
* And most of all, swing the borders wide open and give work permits to anyone on Earth who wants to come here and work, turning us all into wage slaves, well, all of us except for the top 1% of the top 1%.

Wow, there’s the path to victory.

No, there’s the path to LOSING, which is the opposite of WINNING. Which is why he’s getting more and more favorable coverage from the liberal media, save the WaPo, and the only reason they’re not on board is because they need to sell subscriptions in a city full of people that either work for the NSA or people that are related to or are friends with people that work for the NSA.

Nominate Rand Paul, LOSE.

Nominate Jeff Sessions, WIN.

(*) – Kentucky is one of the few states that have an almost absolute blanket prohibition on convicted felons voting.  Which would come in handy if you’re running for Senate from the state of Kentucky in a close contest, wouldn’t it, Rand?

(**) – Note to peanut gallery:  The Posse Comitatus Act of 1871 already makes illegal the use of armed drones on regular American territory.  We won that battle 143 years ago.  No need to re-fight it.





Water in the Bucket

19 01 2014

New York

The New Yorker:

If a Time Traveller Saw a Smartphone

Are we getting smarter or stupider? In “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” from 2010, Nicholas Carr blames the Web for growing cognitive problems, while Clive Thompson, in his recent book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” argues that our technologies are boosting our abilities. To settle the matter, consider the following hypothetical experiment:

A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.

The traveller’s queries are answered by a voice with an accent that he does not recognize (twenty-first-century American English). The woman on the other side of the curtain has an extraordinary memory. She can, without much delay, recite any passage from the Bible or Shakespeare. Her arithmetic skills are astonishing—difficult problems are solved in seconds. She is also able to speak many foreign languages, though her pronunciation is odd. Most impressive, perhaps, is her ability to describe almost any part of the Earth in great detail, as though she is viewing it from the sky. She is also proficient at connecting seemingly random concepts, and when the traveller asks her a question like “How can God be both good and omnipotent?” she can provide complex theoretical answers.

Based on this modified Turing test, our time traveller would conclude that, in the past century, the human race achieved a new level of superintelligence. Using lingo unavailable in 1914, (it was coined later by John von Neumann) he might conclude that the human race had reached a “singularity”—a point where it had gained an intelligence beyond the understanding of the 1914 mind.

The woman behind the curtain, is, of course, just one of us. That is to say, she is a regular human who has augmented her brain using two tools: her mobile phone and a connection to the Internet and, thus, to Web sites like Wikipedia, Google Maps, and Quora. To us, she is unremarkable, but to the man she is astonishing. With our machines, we are augmented humans and prosthetic gods, though we’re remarkably blasé about that fact, like anything we’re used to. Take away our tools, the argument goes, and we’re likely stupider than our friend from the early twentieth century, who has a longer attention span, may read and write Latin, and does arithmetic faster.

The time-traveller scenario demonstrates that how you answer the question of whether we are getting smarter depends on how you classify “we.” This is why Thompson and Carr reach different results: Thompson is judging the cyborg, while Carr is judging the man underneath.

Finish the rest.

Why do we assume that just being able to find out information to short and easy to answer questions using connected devices is a form of intelligence?

The better way to put it is this:  Innate intelligence is the size of the bucket, education is the amount of water inside the bucket.  Technological progress in the last century has allowed us to have more water in our buckets, but it has not by itself increased the size of our buckets, and eventually may lead to our buckets getting smaller.

I am of the opinion that over very long time scales, humanity has been getting innately less intelligent.  Think of the level of innate intelligence and insight it must have taken to invent things like the wheel, agriculture, written language, metallurgy, etc. in a world which did not previously have them.





Jericho We Are Not

1 01 2014

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

This the new year of 2014 is the year that St. Louis turns a quarter millennium old.  Officially the anniversary is observed on February 14, though the only thing historians are sure about is that the founding was in mid-February 1764.

We may not be 11,000 years old like Jericho, but 250 years still packs plenty of history.  And like Jericho, St. Louis has been under the jurisdiction of more than one real country, kingdom, principality or potentate in its 250 year history.  First France, then Spain, then France again, the USA, and at least theoretically and temporarily the CSA, (though the city itself was always strongly pro-Union), then back to the USA.

Also, the modern day descendants of the two founders of St. Louis, Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau, still own a lot of the underlying real estate on top of which many Downtown skyscrapers currently stand.  However, they have bought and sold those parcels among each other over the many many many years, because the one and only piece of real state in St. Louis that has never been sold by its original owner under the legal system of a white country is the land on which the Old Cathedral sits.





Causes

29 12 2013

Washington, D.C.

One of today’s entries on Shorpy, one of my very favorite blogs, one you should follow if you don’t already.

Notice which cause was listed first.

ICYMI, I personally put “irrepressible conflict” at the top of the list.





Both Woefully Wrong

2 12 2013

BRA

Stupid Party sends out a tweet honoring Rosa Parks.  Think Regress loses its shit in earnest.

They’re both wrong, BTW.  Which is usually the case when the Stupid Party and the kook left start “arguing” about race.





Do the Subtraction

2 12 2013

Forest Park

Sixty years of “gay history,” whatever that is, is too much for the Missouri Historical Society to turn down.

Otherwise…. *-phobia.

Okay, what was going in with LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH in 1953 that we have to know about it now?

 





From a Different Perspective

22 11 2013

Dallas

The events of fifty years ago today and the aftermath, from a roadgeek perspective.





150

19 11 2013

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Today is the sesquicentennial of the Second Constitutional Convention.





Other Guy

18 11 2013

Amurrikan History

JFK wasn’t too successful in seeing his own agenda come to fruition.  Eventually, someone else would be successful in implementing many parts of it, and we see how big of a wreck it was.

It makes you want to go back to 1960 and vote for the other guy.

Except…that “someone else” turned out to be 1960′s “other guy.”

PJB and his soft spot blind side for Nixon…I tell ‘ya.





There’s a Will

10 10 2013

Dallas

George Will:  The JFK assassination was the impetus that took the mainstream Democratic left from a force that merely wanted liberal economics and union policies to a rabid gang of foaming-at-the-mouth culture warriors.  The case boils down to this:  Because the doer was a communist, the left had to cover that up.  So they cloaked the assassination in terms of indicting American culture, and their doing that provoked leftist identity politics and the left side of the culture wars.

I think that shift in the left, the proto-hippie culture was already taking place before the assassination.  What may be more accurate to say is that the assassination let that genie out of the bottle.

What does this all mean?  If the official story re JFK assassination is true, then the conspiracy mongering had and still has its roots in the mainstream left and the media to distract from Oswald’s left wing extremism.  This I think is similar to the way that Official America fetes the obsession with aliens and UFOs, the people doing that make you think that they’re telling you what the government doesn’t want you to know, but doing so on 500+ FCC-licensed radio stations on the midnight show.  (Meanwhile, when was the last time Jared Taylor’s voice was heard on terrestrial FCC-licensed broadcast media?)  We already know that on the matter of the Roswell incident, the Feds for decades played a game of good cop (weather balloon) bad cop (aliens), when the truth they were covering up was that they were spying on the Soviet Union’s nuclear ambitions, and what crashed at Roswell were the snooping implements.





Living in the Past, Local Edition

30 08 2013

Downtown

Just two days after “I Have a Dream” in Washington, D.C., the local “I Have a Dreamers” started in on their marching in front of Jefferson Bank.

And the P-D is right:  Even now, a half century later, the legacy lives on.  One of the marchers, a 32-year old St. Louis City alderman by the name of William Lacy Clay, rode the publicity of doing that into running for and winning a race for Congress in 1968.  He’d stay in Congress until 2000, when he essentially willed the seat to his eponymous son, who is still there.

Maybe one day, we’ll be able to overcome constant overcoming.





Schmuck Ideology

24 08 2013

Asheville, North Carolina

I finished reading Negroes in Negroland yesterday.  I wanted to do a short but sweet review, but then I realized I already did most of that with my posts on a particular AR thread.

So here goes:

Helper was a Unionist in the South who took that position for racial reasons. He thought a Union military victory in the WBTS would lead to blacks being returned to Africa or deported somewhere else. He was also the pioneer of the notion that slavery hurt non-rich whites in the South, and that’s a matter of common sense: Cheap or free labor paradigms and systems always hurt the native born working classes. (Hint: Immigration.)

The problem was, racially-motivated Southern Unionism turned out to be what I call a schmuck ideology. A point of view that is bona fide and well intentioned, and certainly its adherents aren’t schmucks, but a schmuck ideology is doomed to fail in its intended purpose because those who advocate it are advocating it out of naivete, delusional hope, or they make some false assumptions. Similar examples of schmuck ideologies today are liberal white nationalism (think: the former blogger Half Sigma, but again, I’m not calling HS a schmuck), and philo-Semitic white nationalism.

By the time Helper wrote Ns in N-Land in 1868, it was obvious to him that he was totally Punk’d with his Unionist advocacy, and as bad as the system of black slavery was, what replaced it was worse. I take this book as a cry of desperation, a tract basically begging north of the M-D line to knock off their egalitarian craziness.

And:

Helper also thought that the United States should have comprised all of North America (“Bering Strait to the Isthmus of Darien (Panama)”), and at one point, suggested that it could comprise all of North and South America. As bad as the blacks were, imagine the fix we’d be in today with all those Hispanics, Indos and Mezos, not to mention all the blacks and mulattoes in Latin America. Every non-white Chicano, Mestizo, Indian, black and mulatto from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego would be voting in American elections and on the American welfare state.

At one point in Ns in N-Land, he had a chapter about the extinction of black Africans, implicitly stating he thought that would happen by compiling statements from others predicting that. We can forgive them for thinking that, because they were merely making projections based on their current circumstances. They couldn’t foresee the rise of the white do-gooder, the welfare state, both domestic and international, and the EBT card. Black Africans are anything but going extinct today.

That which made Helper really smart and insightful in a lot of things in turn made him kind of a crackpot in other things. The whole fine line between genius and insanity thing.

I think Helper presumed that the deaborginialization campaign that American whites successfully waged in what was American territory at the time (and would for about another generation) would successfully be continued at least in the whole of the North American continent and perhaps also in South America.  Another thing he couldn’t have foreseen was white people collectively losing their will, though the egalitarian craziness that was unleashed after Appomattox should have been a foreboding hint of things to come.





Be There

23 08 2013

Washington, D.C.

Dana Milbank, writing in the WaPo:

The weakest generation?

In my mother’s telling, I exist because of the March on Washington.

Her account went something like this: In 1963, she was a student at Goddard College, an experimental school in Vermont that attracted the forerunners of the hippies. My father had come to Goddard the previous year, and though my mom first noticed him throwing peas in the dining hall (this seems to be an inherited trait), she didn’t meet him, she said, until that day on the Mall 50 years ago this week, when Goddard students who had arrived separately executed a daft plan to meet near the Washington Monument.

Alas, my father, when I asked him about it this week, had no such recollection. My mother died five years ago, so I’ll never know whether her account — my founding narrative — is apocryphal, or whether memory of it has been clouded by things people did to their minds in the ’60s. Perhaps it doesn’t matter. Whether they first met that day or not, my future parents, 20 years old at the time, were both there for the signal event of their generation.

Something profound and later “historic” happens at a ball game in a stadium that holds 45,000 people.  Thirty years later, a million people say they were there.

Don’t you know?  Everybody was at the Martin Luther King March on Washington, and everybody marched from Selma to Montgomery.  Even if you were born after those events took place, you were there.  Dana Milbank, born in 1968, insinuates that he was pre-there, based on his mother’s version of his events which his father cannot corroborate.





Affirmative Action, 1867

20 08 2013

Asheville, North Carolina

“…the Negroes here [in the postwar South], very many of them at least, have hithero been afforded opportunities, for both an education and for an easy and comfortable livelihood, far superior to the opportunities which were generally enjoyed by the poorer classes of white people.”

The more things change…





Little Did They Know

20 08 2013

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

I’m slowly making my way through Hintan Rowan Helper’s The Negroes in Negroland, 1868.

Norm will be interested in the only whole paragraph on Page 163.  OTOH, that paragraph is relevant today because that’s why Head Start seems to work.  It’s given to black children at the times in their lives when they are about on par with if not a little more advanced than white children of the same age when it comes to brain development.  But then comes the fifth grade…

Of course, this chapter was right after a chapter that predicted the extinction of black Africans for various reasons.  Neither Mr. Helper nor the people who wrote the things they wrote which he compiled could have possibly predicted the rise of the do-gooder or the welfare state.  They’re anything but extinct today.

Otherwise, this book is a gold mine.  Those of us who can see will read this paragraph or that paragraph and know that there’s truly nothing new under the sun.  At one point, the white author is asking the young black African who is a slave to another black African why he didn’t buy his own freedom even though he had the resources to do so.  His response was that not only did he have all the freedom he could ever want while being in bondage, but that he wanted to use his resources to buy himself a slave.





Sacred Facts of Science

12 08 2013

Massachusetts

Rev. Jed DeValleyism on AR found this:

nsinnland

Emerson praised this book?  Watch all the modern day libs’ brains blue screen.

Livingstone was wrong though.  He forgot to add “the passions of the loins.”





Decibels of the Stuck Pig Squealing

5 08 2013

America

Human Events recognizes the 60th anniversary of Whittaker Chambers’s Witness, which crosses a real world expose of Communist infiltration of the United States during the early Cold War years with a Brave New World style examination of human nature.

HE strikes out with this part, though:

Since 1952, the media and most historians have tried to blackball the memory of Chambers while resurrecting the ghost of Joseph McCarthy at every opportunity.  The Wisconsin Senator had holes in his allegations that a battleship could float through, but Chambers could back every assertion with details and evidence.  What’s more, the former Time editor came from a media background.  His speech and writing were simple and unadorned, but also clearly intellectual in ideas. Liberal America could not simply dismiss him as easily as McCarthy.

Yet Chambers’ role in history was far more dangerous to liberal designs.  First, he inspired two of the guiding intellects of the postwar conservative movement, William F. Buckley and Novak.  Most importantly, Chambers threw a punch in the gut to the New Deal coalition’s main philosophical pillar, that the American people should place more trust in Washington bureaucracy than any other institution. New Deal apparatchiks sought to reshape the nation, all the while promising Americans that they could place 100 percent trust in their federal government, as opposed to corrupt state systems, or “greedy” businessmen. The media was the Greek chorus that echoed the government line.  Chambers explained how many Soviet spies started in social welfare agencies and moved up into positions where they could undermine and sabotage the nation.  Witness reminds Americans that it is a civic duty to not completely trust the government and individuals working within it, but to remember Ronald Reagan’s important maxim of “trust, but verify.”  Only God has earned the unquestioning trust of mankind.

Okay, if Chambers was so much more dangerous to the Big Bad Ugly System than McCarthy, then why did the Big Bad Ugly System feel the need to destroy McCarthy and not Chambers?  Because you can judge a man based on the decibel levels of the stuck pig squealing against him.  McCarthy was far more “dangerous” than Chambers because McCarthy was assembling a full frontal assault against the American political-domestic-foreign policy establishment that would have transcended the banal Democrat-Republican left-right conventional politics of the day.  (The more things change…)  And far from “having holes in his allegations that a battleship could float through,” time has patched up those holes.

The other reason McCarthy had to be destroyed and his name turned into a cuss word even to this day?  Because genuinely anti-establishment movements just might unmask and name certain people and certain types of people who want to remain unmasked and unnamed.  That’s all I’ll say — You can fill in the rest for yourself.

They’re lauding Chambers for inspiring Buckley?  After the way Buckley did one purge after another after another after another of genuine right-thinking people from NR and the “conservative” bowel movement such that it’s not really conservative anymore?  (Hint:  Buckley’s nephew endorsed Obama)  I wouldn’t count that as an accomplishment.  Buckley’s raison d’etre in life was not to stand athwart history and yell “Stop,” it was to stand athwart history and say, “Slow down a little bit!  And let me drive the train every once in awhile!”  Because Buckley has personal links to the CIA, I honestly think that, when you boil it all down, the CIA sent in Buckley to neutralize conservatism so that it would no longer be a McCarthy-style threat to the establishment.  And I’m saying this as someone whose mind is not given to this way of thinking, and as someone who wishes there was a better and more accurate way to say what I just said.





Twenty Years Ago Today

1 08 2013

Chesterfield

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The Monarch Levee broke, which was the only thing standing between the way above flood stage all that summer Missouri River and the Chesterfield Valley.  This was the end result.  That’s Highway 40 (now also Interstate 64) looking westbound as it descended into the flooded valley.

Back in 1993, the Chesterfield Valley was still mostly farm land and Spirit Airport.  Ever since the Monarch Levee was repaired and fortified, much more development, both big box retail and office space, and a small sports arena, has happened in the Valley.  With more to come.





So?

29 07 2013

Southern California

If being rejected by the established music business was legitimate grounds for mass murder, then humanity would be extinct by now.

By the time you finish reading this sentence, three musical acts have given up on their dreams of stardom.





Better Spent Bowling

27 07 2013

St. Louis History

P-D profiles a rinky dink far left third party that held its national convention in a Downtown St. Louis broom closet in 1972 to nominate Dr. Benjamin Spock for President.

They save the best for last:

Some delegates wanted to give the party nomination to George McGovern, the Democrat challenging President Richard Nixon. But most of the energy went to writing the platform, which called for bringing home all troops, not just those in Vietnam. It also proposed a 30-hour week for all workers, free mass transit and health care, minimum and maximum annual personal incomes, and laws forbidding police from carrying weapons.

With the Nixon-McGovern campaign dominating headlines, the People’s Party accepted what coverage it could get. After delegate Ralph Waldo Jaeger of New York nominated Spock, a tardy TV cameraman asked him to repeat his speech. Jaeger did, with extra fervor.

Nixon won the election in a 49-state landslide. Spock and his running mate, Washington civil-rights lawyer and activist Julius Hobson, managed only 0.1 percent of the vote. The People’s Party ran another slate in 1976, then disbanded. Spock died in 1998.

The party platforms of political parties that actually have a chance to win are, as Bob Dole said, “meaningless pieces of paper.”  Especially in the Republican Party, wherein so many pretty solid and right-thinking people waste so much time to craft a document at a convention that the person that convention nominates for President never reads much less heeds, and in the case of their 1996 nominee, trashes.  The people who spend so much time and energy to write a crackpot platform for a crackpot party that has no chance to win are wasting time they’ll never get back, time that would be better spent bowling.

Mind you, “30-hour week” wasn’t just crackpot talk, as it turned out.  Those of you being cut back to 29 hours a week so that your bosses can dodge the ObamaCare (“free health care”) bullet can personally attest to that.

“Laws forbidding the police from carrying weapons.”  Obviously written by a thug.  Maybe this “People’s Party” convention was funded with drug money.





Don’t They Know, It Was the End of the World

19 07 2013

Forest Park

This year is fifty years after 1963.  That means that everything of importance that happened in 1963, this year is the 50th anniversary of it, including The Biggie on November 22.

Locally, today is the 50th of the Forest Park Highlands fire. It burnt to a crisp what was then the only amusement park (as opposed to an Unamusement Park, and yes, I’m glad he’s delaying his blogging retirement), and for the eight years that followed, until Six Flags over Texas opened up a location in Eureka, St. Louis was without an amusement park.

If a fire wasn’t going to get Forest Park Highlands, something else would have eventually got it. I’ll let you guess — I’m only giving you one guess, even though most of you will only need one guess.

Today, SLCC-Forest Park sits on those grounds, and its sports teams are called the Highlanders.








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