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  1. about 5 hours ago on Ted Rall

    It seems as if, these days Political Science + Science Fiction = Political Fiction. Or Poly-tick-ical Friction. Who might win this year’s Nobel Putz Prize?

  2. 3 days ago on Ted Rall

    A rambling thought re: the last sentence of your comment —

    Our AP American History teacher in the late 1960s encouraged us to study race relations through reading of various scholarly source materials. Several of the books he recommended still used the word “Negro” as the most respectable way to designate [now acceptably called] African Americans.

    He quoted one of the authors as saying a main difficulty bringing “Negroes” into the American cultural mainstream was that as a group they are “highly visible.” (This would now be an odd, offensive thing to say today, of course.)

    Two of the books he recommended were:

    Robert Penn Warren, “Who Speaks for the Negro?” 1965

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Speaks_for_the_Negro%3F.

    Gunnar Myrdal, “An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy” 1944 —

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Dilemma

    An article he copied for us then can now be found as an excerpt from “Negro Character as Seen by White Authors,” Sterling A. Brown, 1933, in “The Journal Of Negro Education”

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/2292236

    Back then it seemed that certain intellectuals felt most comfortable writing about racial matters in anthropological terms, and maybe this allowed their groups to treat Black people, even though equal citizens, as cultural others, subtly of a lower class in rank and therefore not actually equal.

    A blast from my past, for what it’s worth.

  3. 5 days ago on Candorville

    Robert F. Young wrote a series of five “Space Whale” stories for “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” from 1962 to 1980. They concern the characters John Starfinder, Ciely Bleu, and an asteroid-sized, intelligent creature modified to carry them as passengers through space and time.

    https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/bibliography/fsfstorieswhoy02.htm

  4. 5 days ago on Clay Jones

    Posh! That is mere coincidence. The moon and sun and all the stars revolve around Donald Trump!

  5. 5 days ago on Ted Rall

    —) A scandal might be about to break concerning Kamala Harris. Rumor thatijustmadeup has it that she was actually born on the island of Themyscira, presently in The Bermuda Triangle.

    Yes, she is purportedly not a native-born citizen, but an Amazon raised in the same city-state as Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman. Harris came in second to the fitness competition with Diana, and was also sent into the world of men; but in a slightly less glamorous role as a lawyer, prosecutor, then as U.S. Vice President under President Joseph Biden. This is why Biden does not hesitate to assign her so many difficult tasks.

    However, he does worry that her origin will be uncovered by hostile forces in the Republican Party and Fox News. If it is, she could be disqualified from serving as Vice President. And so Biden is working to make her exempt from the Constitutional requirement, as was once suggested for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mitch McConnell is aware of the situation, and that’s why he is so bold and dismissive in his treatment of Democrats.

    There are great battling forces in our world of which most of us are little aware! The UFOs recently sighted are one indication that such forces exist. The great autocrats such as Putin and Xi and Trump are using these powers to make themselves as gods to subjugate mere humans and divide the World among themselves. The Super-Villains’ recent ascendency has made the Super-Heroes’ decide to openly emerge to combat them. (—

  6. 5 days ago on Prickly City

    And what’s in the cores of those bats?!

  7. 5 days ago on Ted Rall

    Doesn’t it seem as if our entire federal and state governments are becoming like a non-stop episode of a combined “Jerry Springer and Maury Povich Show”?

  8. 5 days ago on Jack Ohman

    —) There’s a rumor thatijustmadeup that Donald Trump might agree to get out of politics if the Government will buy “Epstein’s Island” to allow him and his various associates (of both parties) to live there happily ever after. Maybe Putin will give him his former Russian girlfriends for company. (—

  9. 5 days ago on Clay Jones

    —) By golly, those rotten people from Switzerland … if you see any of them strutting and yodeling on the street, let them know how you feel about their knives! (—

  10. 5 days ago on Clay Bennett

    —) Professional assassins are resourceful. I recall that in “Godfather III” the mob assassin, disarmed of all obvious weapons, used part of the victim’s own glasses (one of the temple arms broken off) to fatally stab him in the neck.

    That federal judge is no dummy. He likely saw that movie. He probably allows no people with eyeglasses in his court room, only those with contact lenses. (—