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It’s October & That Means…

Posted in Coffee & Tea, Food & Drink, Humor, Society on October 3rd, 2015

Deep-Fried Pumpkin Spice Latte
Deep-Fried Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s October and in America that means it’s pumpkin spice everything. Also, since we dearly love to deep-fry just about anything, we now have Deep-Fried Pumpkin Spice Latte because….well, just because that’s how we roll in the US of A. 😉

Now the question is how do we incorporate bacon into this. Perhaps that will be answered soon.

Related Reading:

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Pumpkin Soup
October Sky (The Coalwood Series #1)
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes

Painted In Blood & Irony

Posted in Art, Society on October 3rd, 2015

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

Related Reading:

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes
On the Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972-1973 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the Collège de France)
Freight Train Graffiti
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
California History for Kids: Missions, Miners, and Moviemakers in the Golden State, Includes 21 Activities (For Kids series)

The Dispossessed Majority

Posted in Books & Reading, Politics, Society on October 3rd, 2015

Wilmot Robertson’s The Dispossessed Majority is, to say the least, provocative reading on the subject of the state of- and collapse of America as a vital, moral, productive nation and culture. It recounts the tragedy of a great people, the Americans of European descent, who built The United States of America, and whose decline is the chief cause of America’s decline.

Part an elegy, part a galvanic recall to greatness, Robertson’s book hammers home the theme that America has changed for the worse because its founding and once dominant population group, the Majority, has been reduced to second-class status.

Please do note, however, that this is somewhat difficult reading. You’ll have to shift through some opinions that are quite flawed in my opinion, e.g., that the underlying cause of Black misbehavior is genetic and evolutionary in nature as opposed to being cultural exacerbated by some level of congenital malformation. Also, it’s couched in terms of the 1960’s and 1970’s, so some translation of the connotations of the words will be required to properly understand the author’s points.

Still, all in all it’s a worthy book and only political correctness – and the fact that Wilmot Robertson was right in saying that the Liberal-Minority consortium has turned White Americans into second-class citizens – is to blame for most not having heard of- or read it.

Related Reading:

Identity Theory
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism