Weekend link dump for July 4

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”

“Following a months-long investigation into a litany of dubious election fraud claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies, a GOP-controlled Michigan Senate panel concluded [last] Wednesday not only that the state’s 2020 results are accurate, but that some of those who continue to push such claims should face criminal investigation.”

“Two assumptions about gender were at work here. The first was that no man would ever roll a suitcase because it was simply “unmanly” to do so. The second was about the mobility of women. There was nothing preventing a woman from rolling a suitcase — she had no masculinity to prove. But women didn’t travel alone, the industry assumed. If a woman travelled, she would travel with a man who would then carry her bag for her. This is why the industry couldn’t see any commercial potential in the rolling suitcase.”

John Scalzi and Jenny Lawson have a conversation about writing and other things.

“People hate mosquitoes, and so companies make a lot of anti-mosquito things: candles, wristbands, chemical and herbal sprays—even electronic devices. But if you want to keep mosquitoes off your bare skin this summer, you really just need two things: bug spray and a fan.”

“The case for eating bugs is straightforward: They’re healthy, and doing so is good for the environment.”

“A new species of the ancient giant rhino – among the largest mammals to walk on land – has been discovered in north-western China, researchers say.”

“Network television has essentially given up. It’s dying, but instead of seeking treatment, it’s decided to continue doing the same thing until its heart gives out. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s no reason one of the networks couldn’t take a defibrillator to its chest and resurrect itself.”

“The Department of Justice is setting up a task force to address the rising threats against election officials and administrators, something Attorney General Merrick Garland said would not have happened without news reports bringing the severity of the problem to his attention.”

“The structure of the Democrats’ new select committee must reflect the new reality that their Republican counterparts are engaged in an active cover-up of the events they are investigating. If Republicans in Congress wanted to be honest and equal partners in this investigation, they would have supported forming a bipartisan 9/11-style commission. Instead, they blocked it.”

“That’s it. All that happened is that a restaurant in Minneapolis decided to implement European-style gratuities included in the bill. They hope this will allow them to pay back-of-house workers more fairly and they also hope it will overcome known bias in tipping behavior.”

“And in that sense, the most successful horror story of 2020 is QAnon.”

“Harris’s dilemma is not simply a product of her supposed naivete about her own political interests or Biden’s supposed insensitivity to them. Rather, it is a natural consequence of her new position—where holding the status of potential president-in-waiting is often seen as more important than whatever the occupant might be expected to accomplish while waiting to be president. If it were otherwise, perhaps a vice president who tackled a difficult national issue would be praised, not second-guessed, for addressing the governing challenges of today rather than merely protecting her personal ambitions for tomorrow.”

RIP, Stuart Damon, actor best known for a longtime role on General Hospital.

A Bronx Tale: One Sperm Donor, 19 Siblings, and Six Decades of Secrets”. It’s a riveting and somewhat bonkers story. Definitely worth the read.

“The WNBA made clear this week that it is leading the major professional sports leagues in COVID-19 prevention measures, with 99 percent of its players fully vaccinated and zero new players testing positive since the start of the regular season.”

“The Trump Org is in deep, deep trouble. And not because of the criminal charges. Because of its bank loan covenants.”

JD Vance is a tool. That’s it, that’s the link.

“Rudy Giuliani, already being sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems Inc. over his debunked election-conspiracy claims, has been issued a subpoena in a similar lawsuit the company filed against Fox News Network.” Sydney Powell and the MyPillow guy, too.

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5 Responses to Weekend link dump for July 4

  1. Kibitzer says:

    “I die the King’s good servant, and God’s first.”


    Not to mention that Allen West just announced his bid against King Gregory I of Texas.

    YouTube recording under:
    Sunday Services Livestream July 4, 2021| Sojourn Church | Carrollton Texas

    The introductory historical analogy featuring King Henry VIII and Thomas Moore (of beheading fame) and the reading of the DoI start at about 1 hour into the service, followed by cowhide-on-the-couch campaign infomercial and other footing, with a good dose of heroic Alamoism sprinkled into the mix.

    On the men-on-the-ramparts topic, don’t FORGET to check out the latest book on THE ALAMO. The irreverent authors, including one from the Houston Chronicle, want you to come and get it. Date for the book-burning bonfire yet to be announced.

    For a review, look no furhter than:

    PS: I didn’t hear him say he is running in the GOP Primary, but some media outlets so say, or assume. Given that Abbott has all the money and incumbency advantage, Trump’s blessing and the GOP base’s overwhelming approval, it would make much more sense for West to throw his cowboy white hat into the arena as a free lancer.

    And not just figuratively, mind you, the lancer thing. In a Conan-the-Destroyer move, we witness West channelling Arnold, and actually drawing some sort’a sword for the fight he is picking: for God, Country, and Texas.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated….”

    Thanks, Kuff, for posting this great content!

  3. Jason Hochman says:

    The news media likes to keep talking about “election fraud,” and how it doesn’t exist. The real truth that they are ignoring is that the voters chose the candidates based on bad information that they could not independently fact check, because they are not smart enough, or something. The average voter believed things like cops are going around hunting minorities to kill for sport, that the Corona 19 virus kills everyone, that Biden is not a racist, and other Misinformation. This is why we need to repeal the First Amendment. I stand with Joe Biden’s stand on the Second Amendment, when he said that the people need f14’s, nukes, and other weapons. Let’s hope he takes the steps to get them into the hands of the public.

    From the J. D. Vance talking point: “kneeling at the alter of the ex-president” Does this mean the alter-ego? I mean, who writes this stuff? And, what, J.D. Vance get delete a Twitter that he wrote? I enjoyed his book Hillbilly Elegy.

  4. SocraticGadfly says:

    Frederick Douglass himself had some quasi-racist attitudes toward American Indians, thinking they all needed to settle down and become good (Christian?) farmers. (Side note to that: Islam may have come to America with enslaved sub-Saharan Africans at the same time as tribal religions.) He also claimed they’d never been victims of systemic racism.

    No, really: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2712295217

  5. C.L. says:

    Voting for some numbnut because his/her name is familiar to you isn’t election fraud.

    I’m not streaming CNBC, MSNBC, KPRC, KHOU, etc., 24/7, but it seems the only non-stop source of election fraud claims is from the former president.

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