Shorpy Does Downtown

7 05 2017


In 1900.


The building on the northeast corner is still there, as you can see.

Another Ten

15 04 2017


I’ve been blogging for so long that I blogged on the day of the 60th.

And today is the 70th.

About that stale link in my post of ten years ago today:  I saved it, and cut-and-pasted it in a post here about a year ago.

So Much For So Much

23 03 2017



Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.


Germany’s Article 175 outlawed “sexual acts contrary to nature… be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals”.

Sex between women was not explicitly illegal.

Although the law dated from 1871, it was rarely enforced until the Nazis came to power, and in 1935 they toughened the legislation to carry a sentence of 10 years of forced labour.

So it wasn’t a “Nazi-era law.” It was a law that was passed during the first year of Germany as a unified unitary nation-state, but one that was unenforced until the GNSWP party governments came to power. And it is one of many historical examples of the strange inconsistency of the illegality of male homosexuality but not female homosexuality, though I think the inconsistency can be rationalized even if not justified.

But what this does is totally discredit screeds like Pink Swastika, if you already didn’t know it from reading it and then comparing it from what we know about GNSWP-era Germany. Pink Swastika tries to make Adolf Hilter into Harvey Milk, and the Nazi Party into GLAAD. That, obviously, is way out of its tree.

Accuracy In History

20 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

Inside Higher Ed:

Howard University is investigating an alleged incident in which a white professor asked his class to engage in a mock slave auction. News of the exercise was first reported by the Caged Bird blog, which did not name the professor or his department. The instructor reportedly was teaching Frederick Douglass’s slave narrative earlier this month and asked one of two black men in the class to stand up and be examined because he looked “healthy,” according to the blog.

“He asked me to show my butt to the class so that he could get a better sense of my worth and had the audacity to say that it was uncomfortable for him, too, because he’s a white man,” the unnamed student reportedly told Caged Bird. “He started propping my body up as if we were on a slave auction block.” The student said the professor told him he could stop participating when he felt uncomfortable but that he stood up “because I didn’t expect him to do or say the things he said and did. I didn’t sit down sooner because I was so shocked.”

Even though he was just reenacting the history of slave auctions rather accurately, my bet is that prof is gay and was making a pass at that particular student of his.  He wanted a quick peek at that which he hopes to tap.

When Black Activists and Politicians Demanded the War on Drugs

20 02 2017


At Counter Currents, today.

This mentions the crack-meth-powder syllogism.

It is correct that Federally recommended sentences at one time for crack cocaine were ten times what they were for powder cocaine, controlling for weight. However, at the same time, Federally recommended sentences for crystal meth were one-half of what they were for crack cocaine, again, controlling for weight.

I know that, because while these recommended sentences were still legally extant, the Evening Whirl published a chart showing them in almost all of their issues.  In case you’re not a St. Louisan, the Whirl is St. Louis’s by blacks for blacks about blacks newspaper, which heavily centers on vernacular-sensationalism about urban (i.e. mostly black) violent crime and sundry bellcurvosity.

This means if you want to claim the ten times disparity between the black stereotype drug of crack and the white Wall Street stereotype drug of powder cocaine is racist, then you have to say that the five times disparity between the lower class white stereotype drug of crystal meth and the white Wall Street stereotype drug of powder cocaine is classist. Yet, the second part of that is something I never heard from quasi-official circles.

The Old Man Is Rolling Over In His Grave

5 02 2017


A-B InBev’s xenophilic Super Bowl buy is going to have you think that A-B’s first generation founders were penniless refugees.

Believe me, they were no such thing.

In related news, a few years ago, A-B InBev moved its advertising division out of Soulard and to New York.

Concealing Acquiescence

16 01 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Hotel Room

After being presented incredulity on AR over my contention that MLK and Gandhi were overrated, I wrote this comment, which seems appropriate for the day:

What you’re really saying is that everyone here deserves for there to be more meat on the bone of my contention.

Gandhi and MLK were well-timed (in terms of the years of their birth) and relatively accidental beneficiaries of the sea change of the politics of white and also (((white))) people. If either man had been born 50 years before when they were actually, and had the same political proclivities, then the British and the Jim Crow South (respectively) would have crushed them to the point of bone pulverization. If either man was born 20 years after they were actually, and again, had the same political proclivities, they would have been considered gadflies, trying fight and win an already won cause.

India didn’t gain its independence because of Gandhi. It gained its independence because the British gave up on their empire, because of the blatant moral contradiction between its own empire and the way it won it on the one hand, and helping to fete a successful world war against expansionist-nationalist Germany on the other hand. On some level, Winston Churchill knew he was signing away the rights to the Empire when he signed the Atlantic Charter. It’s just that at the time the British were packing up and leaving India, Gandhi was a local loudmouth. When it was all over, he got the undeserved credit.

Likewise, it was the same anti-nationalist and anti-racist mania that got a shot in the arm after the outcome of WWII that compelled victorious white countries into dismantling pro-white and separatist-based public policies domestically. The same United States of America that helped beat Hitler in Germany couldn’t well tolerate segregation in Dixie. It was only a matter of time. And when the iron was hot, there was a semi-charismatic half wit preacher in Atlanta armed with a Boston University doctorate gotten off a plagiarized doctoral thesis by the name of Martin Luther King Jr (Michael King Jr, but that’s another story). A convenient colored fall guy who got stuck with the credit so that nobody would comprehend the white self-surrender and self-acquiescence that took place.

Before you start nuance-mongering with me, and make the accusation that I know you want to, I’m not insinuating that some cabal of white or (((white))) people deliberately sought out non-white figures like Gandhi and MLK. What I’m saying is that both men were smart enough and perceptive enough to understand the change in the social, political and cultural climate that was taking place, and struck while the iron was hot. Likewise, if it’s hot on Monday, a massive cold front rolls through on Tuesday, and it’s bitter cold on Wednesday, and in the process, the lemonade stand that was out on Monday packs up and goes in on Tuesday, and then the next day, a hot chocolate stand shows up where the lemonade stand was, we don’t conclude by reason that the lemonade stand going in and/or the hot chocolate stand coming out was the cause of the drastic temperature drop, they were the effects of it, and the cause is meteorological. Think of the white surrender and acquiescence as the cold front, and Gandhi and MLK as the hot chocolate stand.

However, the lack of non-white fall guys did not preclude white countries without them or with a paucity of them from dismantling segregation-ish systems. For instance, the United Kingdom had a major watershed civil rights act in 1965 (“Race Relations Act of 1965”). Australia abolished the White Australia Policy in stages between 1947 and 1975. Neither the UK nor Australia had a Martin Luther King or a Gandhi.

Anyone want to check me on the history?