Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mark Twain victim blaming Christian Missionaries in Boxer Rebellion

PBS Ken Burns documentary quotes Mark Twain as blaming US Christian missionaries for the Boxer Rebellion in China. This seems insane. From a secular humanist POV, Christian missionaries were one of the few organizations providing any kind of social services or schooling to the general population and the thanks they received was lynching and murder.


Additionally, attempting to smear US involvement in putting down Boxer Rebellion as an example of imperialism is complete malarkey:

China paid reparations for destruction of foreign property to all countries attacked by rebels and the US was the only country to reinvest money back into China by establishing Tsinghua University with the funds:

Located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, Tsinghua University was established in 1911 on the site of “Qing Hua Yuan (Tsinghua Garden)” —a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. Partly funded by the “Gengzi Indemnity”, also known as “Boxer Indemnity,” it functioned at first as a preparatory school called “Tsinghua Xuetang (Tsing Hua Imperial College)” for those students who were sent by the government to study in the United States.

I agree with TommygunNG6 "You call it, 'imperialist'  I call it the march of our civilization."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kenny Chesney "American Kids" reminds me of #TheGoodWife "Thicky Trick"

Just heard American Kids Kenny Chesney on the radio:

and the tune reminded me of the cover for the rap song "Thicky Trick" on "The Good Wife" episode "David Goliath"

Friday, August 15, 2014

LeRoy Neiman Olympic Basketball Poster

We used to have a copy of Neiman 's Olympic b-ball poster hanging in our basement, that was given out as a promotion either by Burger King or McDonalds:

The green Martian guy in the left hand corner always creeped me out. However, upon further consideration, I wonder if it was Neiman's passive aggressive artistic indictment against the 1972 US Olympic men's basketball team who protested against getting shafted and cheated out of a gold medal by crooked refs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Perry Mason song sounds like "By Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg"

Perry Mason song on "The Case of the Avenging Angel" episode about a British wanna be Beatle w/ a tin ear:


sounds somewhat similar to "By Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg"

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dale Huffman #DDNLegend

Dale Huffman, one of the few good guys who worked for the local paper, the Dayton Daily News, was honored at Wright State Library for his career:

Huffman might be one of the few people whose favorite president is Reagan, as Taylor McKinley captured in July 21, 2014 "Guardian" article "Dayton Living Legend Dale Huffman honored":

“I like to do things differently. I like to get to know my sources,” explained Huffman. This became evident when he described an encounter he had with President Ronald Reagan. “I asked him, ‘Don’t you have to go meet the Prince of Bangladesh or something like that?’ And he said, ‘Forget it, I’m talking to Dale from Ohio.’”

 and who posed with GHWBush to be invited to speak at an American university.

I obviously inherited my parents inability to take photos ...here's Dale's Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Medal:

I only knew Dale's lighthearted puff pieces he wrote later in his career and was unaware that he started out as a hard news reporter. Dale told how he cultivated a relationship with a family of one of the US Embassy hostages held by Iranian terrorists by keeping them informed as best he could with the latest AP dispatches. They rewarded Dale for his thoughtfulness by granting him an exclusive interview once their son, Steven Lauterbach, was freed.

Dale also related a story of which I was unaware. Martin Luther King's mother was murdered while she played the organ in church. Since the mentally ill murderer was from Dayton, Dale was sent to cover his court case.

Dale glissanded over parts of his biography that Ron Rollins in his January 2007 "Ohio Magazine" article "An Column A Day" went into slightly greater depth:

"He covered the infamous Ohio Penitentiary riots in 1968 - knowing that his brother Eddie was an inmate inside the walls. His editors let him stay on the story, and he ended up testifying before a congressional subcommittee on prison violence.
As boys, Dale and Eddie had grown up in an orphanage in Springfield after their family fell apart. "I was in there from third grade till high school, and it was hell," he recalls. "But I like to think today that that experience pushed me to excel - to become who I am today."
Eddie went a different way, falling into drugs and crime and dying shortly after the prison riot. Another brother, Keith, died in Miamisburg at the age of 12, struck by a train "while delivering the Dayton Daily News," Dale recalls.
Dale ended up reconciling and reuniting with his mother, Katherine, and taking care of her in her old age. His readers grew to know her pretty well during that time, too, thanks to frequent mentions of her in his columns."

On a much lighter note, Dale told how he was sent to interview Judy Garland when she performed in Cincy. He was prepped by her publicist not to ask any questions about her personal life and only focus on her public performance. Dale must also suffer from oppositional personality disorder because the first question he cheekily asked Judy was "How's your love life?" to which Judy laughed and retorted "Just fine. How's yours?"

A woman in the audience then inadvertently tattled on Dale by thanking him for giving her copies of Judy Garland photos from the DDN archives, to which he pled the 5th Amendment and neither confirmed nor denied her adulation/accusation.

Wright State Library captioned this photo as Dale talking about Judy Garland, but even after zooming in on the photo within the photo it's impossible to corroborate:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Communism cures #CurseOfTheWerewolf

From the svengoolie flick:

 "The Curse of the Werewolf" who actually looks more like a monkey:

than a werewolf:

I learned becoming a communist cures werewolfism:


Priest: My son, a werewolf is a body with a soul and a spirit that are constantly at war. The spirit is that of a wolf, and whatever weakens its human soul, vice, greed, hatred, solitude, especially during the cycle of the full moon when the forces of evil are at their strongest, these bring the spirit of the wolf to the fore and in turn, whatever weakens the spirit of the beast, warmth, fellowship, love, raise the human soul.
Ergo, rugged individualists are more inclined to become blood thirsty werewolves....I'm skeptical....

Friday, August 8, 2014

German "Happy Days are Here Again" Wochenend Und Sonnenschein - Comedian Harmonists

I thought Judy Garland's version of "Happy Days are Here Again" was the saddest and creepiest, or at least ironically poignant:

but this 1930s German version is order of magnitude creepier and weirder, especially considering two years later the majority of Germans would elect mass murdering psychopath Hitler to take over their country ruin the world:



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Congress-Kritters & their minions like to steal silverware

After Democrat Rep Jan Schakowsky tweeted about how horrible it is to survive on the proletarian menu of her constituents, many Republicans goofed on her patronizing condescension:

I Own The World, of course, had to develop a spoof line of Schakowsky frozen dinners:

I chimed in with a goof of my own:

I then read thru the entire March 24, 2011 Los Angeles Times article: "Republicans scrap 'compostable' utensils in House cafeterias"  and came across this rather absurd paragraph:

"Since a lot of staffers eat at their desks, 'you're going to lose silverware or you're going to have drawers full of dirty silverware," [Pelosi spokesman Drew] Hammill said. 'Either way, that's not going to save you money.'"
The Democrat spokes-critter just matter-of-factly asserts that people who work for Congress steal silverware, the quintessential stereotype of horrible dishonest relatives, as illustrated in this scene from "Sense and Sensibility":