Circumstances Beyond Our Control

12 04 2015

Atlanta

ajc-41215

P-D:

Atlanta newspaper calls St. Louis a region that’s ‘lost its way’

(snip)

In its comparison of a struggling St. Louis with Chicago, its more affluent — and much-larger — Midwestern rival, the newspaper calls St. Louis a “cautionary tale” and a region that has “lost its way.”

Its profile of St. Louis leads with a description of the memorial in Ferguson to Michael Brown, the teen killed by Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

And note the other article on the AJC front page with “Ferguson” in the title.

As if that was the whole metro area’s fault; as if it affected the whole metro area.  Remember, there were riots in Chicago after the assassination of MLK, there were not in St. Louis.  That’s what was so traumatic about Ferguson, that it ended our winning streak, ruined our reputation as the city that doesn’t riot, and meant that the cops around here lost the step ahead of the undertow which they previously had.

The recitation of St. Louis’ woes is a familiar one. It was once the fourth-most populated city in the nation, “a manufacturing and transportation colossus,” and the host city, in 1904, of the World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics.

When rivers were uber-important to commerce, St. Louis was important.  When other means of transportation supplanted the rivers, St. Louis’s importance declined.  It’s as simple as that.  Also, the reason Chicago and not St. Louis became a major railroad hub was because TPTB of the time wanted to punish Missouri for seceding from the union.  Even though St. Louis was a Union city, making St. Louis a major hub would have meant helping rural Missouri.

The 1904 Summer Olympics, while they were the first Olympics ever held in the Western Hemisphere, were only held in St. Louis because of the World’s Fair; originally, the Olympics were supposed to be in Chicago. And they were such a flop and a failure that it was seriously in doubt if any more Olympics would happen.

Special criticism goes to Harland Bartholomew, the renowned city planner who was hired by the St. Louis in 1916. “Bartholomew’s embrace of urban renewal and highways-to-the-suburbs fueled the exodus from St. Louis as well as the region’s fragmentation and racism.”

Because when you think of urban sprawl, Atlanta is the last metro area that comes to mind.  Chicago has no urban sprawl, either. Also remember that in relative terms, comparing square mileage to population within the urbanized footprint, St. Louis’s sprawl “problem” is probably the same as Chicago’s and not as bad as Atlanta’s. Meanwhile, Kansas City and Oklahoma City are two metro areas less populated than St. Louis but whose sprawl and urbanized footprints are really spread out.

As for Chicago, “at several inflection points, the city has taken action to build its status, while many peers slipped.” It was helped by its “heartland location,” the Atlanta paper reports.

One big problem for both Chicago and Atlanta is that neither one of them have a marquee industry on which they can hang their hats and become metro areas that matter in our era of wealth-income-cognitive stratification.  Boston has education, New York has banking, finance and the media, Washington, D.C. has the Federal government, L.A. has entertainment and movies, S.F./S.V./Bay Area have CSIT-WWW.  While it’s theoretically possible for Harvard to move out of Boston, Wall Street to move out of Lower Manhattan, the capital to move out of D.C., Hollywood to leave Southern California and the Silicon Valley to leave the place formermly called the Santa Clara Valley, the odds of even one of those things happening are just one wee little atom north of zero.  Meanwhile, the real cautionary tale for Chicago and Atlanta and their future viability and credibility comes from St. Louis, albeit in a way they don’t realize:  Since the late 1990s, Boatmen’s Bank sold out to Nations Bank which later merged with Bank of America, Mercantile Bank has sold out and merged and sold out several times, Ralston-Purina is now a subsidiary of Nestle, McDonnell-Douglas sold out to Boeing, Lambert Airport is no longer a national airline hub because American Airlines bought out TWA, and then there’s the big one.  Chicago and Atlanta have notable corporate citizens, but they’re the type which can go on the selling block at any time and just as easily exist in places other than Chicago and Atlanta.  Note that the aforementioned Boeing, once based in Seattle, is now based in Chicago.  Don’t think Coca-Cola can ever be bought out and moved out of Atlanta?  Well, let me remind you about St. Louis, and “the big one” that happened a few years ago.  Chicago is probably safe in it always being a railroad hub, and while rail commerce is still important and probably will be for a long time, it’s not quite as important as it used to be.

Also, one thing that St. Louis has going for it relative to Chicago and Atlanta is the ratio of whites to non-whites over the entire metro area.

 





Campaign Literature

13 03 2015

Atlanta

worsethanslavery

Supposedly, the purpose of this handout was to prove that it would have been better for slavery to die of obsolescence than the four year war it did take to end it.

It claims this thing was published in 1859.  That’s impossible, because the KKK was formed in late 1865.  I tend to think that this is some sort of “Willie Lynch Letter” or “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” style fake political agitprop from much later.

Still, I don’t see why anyone is offended at this, whenever and for whatever reason it was originally drawn and published.  Because this is the kind of stuff that appears in Democrat Party/Democrat candidate mailers to black zip codes every other October.  All of this, lynchings, schools burning, slavery, KKK, dead black babies, will start happening once again if we get photo ID requirements to vote.  Because Eric Holder and hands up don’t shoot and war on black babies’ bodies.





Jobs for Jihadis

18 02 2015

Washington, D.C.

Marie Harf isn’t the first of her kind.

Have you ever heard the phrase “TVA on the Mekong?”

 





Don’t Forget, You’re Black

3 01 2015

BRA

Two stories that I think should be understood simultaneously.  This and this.

What’s going on here?

I think there are three things at work:

(1)  March is the 50th anniversary of the Selma and Montgomery “voting rights” protests and marches.

(2)  The Democrat nominee for President in 2016 is very unlikely to be a black man or woman, so this removes an obvious black turnout magnet.  I guess the other side figures that if they can keep reminding old black people that they’re black and that there used to be the bad ole days, this will serve to goose them out in November of next year even if the Democrat nominee is some pasty generic white guy.

(3)  LBJ is cast as a bad guy and a hostile force to the civil rights movement in Selma, when in reality, we all know that it was his political skill and energy which got the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed.  However, if people understood that, then they would understand how little blacks had to do with them getting their own “civil rights” and “voting rights,” that it was entirely a matter of white acquiescence and white surrender.  Therefore, it’s time to revise history to make people think that Martin Luther King and the civil rights marchers did it all by themselves, in the face of a supposedly 100% hostile white political establishment.





Inconvenient Historical Truths

2 12 2014

Amurrika/GOP

Republican nominees for President since the end of WWII.

1948:  Thomas Dewey.  Republican nominee for President in 1944.

1952:  Dwight Eisenhower.  Easy to understand how he had name recognition.

1956:  Dwight Eisenhower.  Incumbent President.

1960:  Richard Nixon.  Incumbent Vice-President.

1964:  Barry Goldwater (the one exception)

1968:  Richard Nixon.  Republican nominee for President in 1960.

1972:  Richard Nixon.  Incumbent President.

1976:  Gerald Ford.  Incumbent President, albeit from a position of never having been elected President or Vice-President.

1980:  Ronald Reagan.  Serious contender in 1976, novelty contender in 1968.

1984:  Ronald Reagan.  Incumbent President.

1988:  George H.W. Bush.  Incumbent Vice-President.

1992:  George H.W. Bush.  Incumbent President.

1996:  Bob Dole.  Ford’s running mate in 1976.

2000:  George W. Bush.  Son of a former President with the same surname.

2004:  George W. Bush.  Incumbent President.

2008:  John McCain.  Serious contender in 2000.

2012:  Mitt Romney.  Serious contender in 2008.

So what you see is that to win the Republican nomination for President, you either have to have name recognition for some other political or quasi-political reason, or have run a serious campaign for President before.  Coming out of nowhere to win the nomination is far more a Democrat thing.  The only exception was Barry Goldwater, and that’s because his brand name opponent in that year’s Republican primary and campaign season had a toxic surname, Nelson Rockefeller.

Plug that axiom into the 2016 Republican field, and what do you get?  Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.

It’s not that I want it, hardly.  It’s just that I’m preparing everyone for the hard bitter cruel reality.

 





25 Years Ago Today

9 11 2014

Berlin

Germans dismantled the Berlin Wall using this one weird trick:





Plays the Piano

5 11 2014

Richmond Heights

I rarely have to do this, but I was in a situation this morning to where I had to procure breakfast from a fast feeder, in my case, the hamburger royalty chain that recently inverted itself to Canada.

Behind me in line were two young white women, early to mid twenties, both looking at their sail foams.

Here’s how the conversation went between the two of them, who apparently knew each other and arrived together:

A:  “What’s LYE-bruh-SEE?”

B:  “I think I came down with that when I was a kid.”

A:  “No, it’s not a disease.  It’s a person.  Look at this.”

(At that moment, I would presume that A showed B her sail foam.  My back was to them, and it would have been impolite to turn around.)

B:  “Looks like some old fag that plays the piano.”

Well, it only took me a fraction of a second to figure it out.  I was tempted to turn around and almost yell to them both:

“It’s Liberace, you dumbass.”

But I didn’t.

To think, Liberace was on Cloud Nine of the entertainment world for the better part of a generation.  And yes, as my mother, who was and still is a big fan of his, could attest, his flamboyant dress as a man involved in the performing arts fueled the gay rumors even during the height of his popularity.  And now?  Two millennials in a fast feeder order queue mangle his stage name all the while taking him for a “fag,” which I thought we weren’t supposed to say anymore.








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