Her Pompous Circumstance

23 05 2017


Ma Gentle Giant is finally graduating from high school.


Lezley McSpadden, 40, the mother of Michael Brown, will receive her high school diploma on Friday through a new adult high school program at the Jennings School District.

The program started after McSpadden met with Jennings Superintendent Art McCoy in the fall to discuss how her nonprofit, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Our Sons and Daughters Foundation, could collaborate with the district, McCoy said. During the conversation, McCoy said he brought up the fact that she had still yet to earn her high school diploma after she dropped out of school to raise her son.

“I turned the conversation toward saying, I know she dropped out of school when she had Michael Brown, and that we had to get her educated and get a diploma,” McCoy said. “What better way is it to honor your son than to get the degree he got?”

Which means she was born in 1977, which I can attest was a good year to be born.  The problem with this story is GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS was born May 20, 1996, so she was 19 when she gave birth to him.  Under a normal time scale, she would have graduated the previous May, which happened to be the same month I graduated from high school, May 1995.  May 20, 1996 minus nine months is August 20, 1995, so she would have gotten with Pa Gentle Giant about three months after she would have graduated.  So, neither her expectancy nor her giving birth actually happened while she was in high school.  Meaning her story about having to drop out to raise Baby Gentle Giant is a crock.

She probably dropped out for other reasons.

OTOH, now that she has a high school diploma, she is now eminently qualified for all those jobs out there which only require a high school diploma.

UPDATE 5/24:  P-D made a mistake about her age in the first version.  See the comments below.

On a Tuesday

23 05 2017

Forest Park

Why couldn’t have this been on a Saturday?

Or some day when I could have attended?

Remember, This Is an Educational Institution

23 05 2017


Missouri Net, in advance of the formal naming of the new Chancellor at Mizzou:

According to the State University of New York website, Dr. Cartwright has served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the 64 campus system since September 2014.  He’s credited with introducing a “sweeping diversity, equity and inclusion policy” to all the school’s campuses and it’s administration.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Okay, I’ll start with the good news.

The Mizzou curators haven’t forgotten anything.

But, then, the bad news.

The Mizzou curators haven’t learned anything.

Which is a really dangerous thing when you’re running a major educational institution.  When that’s your job, it helps to be able to learn things.

For noobs, here’s what Mizzou was really about.

So, You’re Not Going to Remove Kebab?

23 05 2017


Patel-type quickie marts all over North County are being officially knocked back, on various grounds.


Authorities say that this is a criminal investigation, not an immigration matter.

That sentence by itself should tell you who owns the quickie marts that are being raided.  You know, that whole power of inference/implication thingy at work.

OTOH, it means the problem won’t be truly solved.  In as much as one thinks that the grounds of the official investigation is really a problem.  Of course, the cynical side of me (though I repeat myself) thinks that that’s the main reason why this investigation is even happening and why these raids even happened, is because the Patels are allegedly in the illicit interstate cigarette tax arbitrage business.  Missouri is the lowest cig tax state in the union, so it was a matter of the Patels selling cheap Missouri cigs to that way higher cig tax state on the other side of the river.  And when you’re depriving governmental entities of taxes, you’re hindering the ability of those entities to pay their cops.  The king’s soldiers will always and very diligently enforce the king’s taxes, (it’s the last thing they’ll do even if it kills you, cough cough, Eric Garner, cough cough), so that the king has the money to pay the king’s soldiers.

Dynamo of Bell Curve City

23 05 2017


For noobs, here’s what I mean by the title of this post.

This also gives me an opportunity to link back to my mega Memphis deep dive of about two months ago.


22 05 2017

Manchester, England

Over/under on how many hours it will be until the mainstream media run its first article fretting about an Islamophobic backlash?

New to the Blogroll

22 05 2017

Musings of a Scotch Drinking Man.  He writes comments here as UlricKerensky.