“From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful as the New Uppity” – Jelani Cobb, in The New Yorker

The Vice President engaged in an outrageous, unnecessary, taxpayer-funded political stunt at a football game just this past Sunday. The following excellent article written by Jelani Cobb, dated 24 September, exposes the truths about those who claim to be offended by players kneeling during the anthem.

Sixty years ago, Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, became a flash point in the nascent civil-rights movement when Governor Orval Faubus refused to abide by the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Faubus famously deployed the state’s National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from attending classes at the high school. In the midst of the crisis, a high-school journalist interviewing Louis Armstrong about an upcoming tour asked the musician about his thoughts on the situation, prompting Armstrong to refer to the Arkansas governor as several varieties of “motherfucker.” (In the interest of finding a printable quote, his label for Faubus was changed to “ignorant plowboy.”)

Armstrong, who was scheduled to perform in the Soviet Union as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the State Department, cancelled the tour—a display of dissent that earned him the scorn and contempt of legions of whites, shocked by the trumpeter’s apparent lack of patriotism. As the historian Penny Von Eschen notes in “Satchmo Blows Up the World,” a history of the American usage of black culture as a tool of the Cold War, students at the University of Arkansas accused Armstrong of “creating an issue where there was none,” and joined the procession of groups cancelling Armstrong’s scheduled concerts.

Click here to read full article: From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L. – Ungrateful as the New Uppity

Midweek Memes & Music: Positive Affirmations

I felt like sharing some helpful tips which have helped me in life. Perhaps they will help you, too!

Now for some music – a trio of tasty tunes!

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Happy Belated Blog-o-versary To Me!

Today is a perfect day to belatedly mark my own, personal blogging milestone: seven years and counting! I marked the event on the official day by re-blogging my sixth blog-o-versary post, which you can find here if you didn’t see it the first two times, LOL

I’m currently tweaking and adjusting my YouTube settings, as I have decided to begin doing the vlogging thing! Some of my gaming buddies have offered to help me with my live-streaming so guild events will become a more regular feature; possibly on a bi-monthly basis. Also, one of the larger in-game guilds that I belong to decided to have a Facebook-hosted guild page which is private and for guild members only, so I now have a Facebook page for socializing with my guild-mates outside of the game! It will be nice to be able to communicate with them on a more regular basis.

I firmly believe in “never say never” – it just took something worthwhile and of value for me to finally join the evil cult of Facebook, ROFLMAO! If you want to find me there don’t bother trying, as you won’t find me…BWWWAAHAHHAHAAAHAHAHAHAAAHHHHHH!

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I have enjoyed blogging for these past seven years, and don’t plan on quitting anytime soon! I might find things to dislike about blogging and the community in general, but that’s simply the way things are. Anything which involves interacting with other people is always going to bring the good, the bad, and the ugly things each person brings to the table at any given time. Me, I will keep on keeping on: this means having fun and being myself by writing and gaming; singing and dancing, and speaking out about things which might get overlooked and under-reported. I am also getting closer to my two main, short-term goals: getting my autobiography published, and finding the perfect tattoo artist!

When it comes to blogs which I read and / or follow, I still look for those related to outdoor activities, space exploration, wildlife, cooking, fashion, photography, travel, writing, gaming, music, or graphic novels and anime – or, any combination of the above! When one has many interests, it should be easy to meet others with similar interests anywhere, at any time…unless, like me, you prefer meeting people face-to-face!

Last Week Tonight: The Traitorous Confederacy

In this installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John talks about the cognitive dissonance of the average American when it comes to discussing the Civil War. History isn’t being erased solely because of the removal of a few statues. History has already been erased, due to the lack of inclusion of all historical figures. History isn’t all about white men and women, but that is exactly what many believe.

If You Get Butthurt Over Boundaries…

…then you have some serious issues, bro. Get help.

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Saturday Screen-Shots: In-Game Fashions (Re-blogged)

Enjoy this re-blog of mine from January, which features some of the in-game fashions and costumes added to The Elder Scrolls Online since it launched in April of 2014.

A few more unique costumes have been acquired since this post was first published, so I will have some brand-new gear to show off before the year is over!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I took a few screen-shots of some of the various costumes that have been added to my favourite MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO). These costumes are a bit of fun, and have the added bonus of your ability to ‘dye’ them any colour you wish, as long as it is a hue which has been ‘unlocked’ by specific achievements that you accomplish in-game. The more you earn, the more colours that you have to play with! The outfits are perfect for guild events and other role-playing activities, and sometimes it’s just fun to head to the battlefield in your finest gear, or look appropriately noble when you challenge some low-born, scurvy dog to a duel, LOL

The costumes, initially, were only available when you hit certain levels. Others are articles of clothing which you find in containers throughout the lands that you explore. With the addition of the Thieves’…

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6 Years!!! (Re-blogged)

Happy Blog-o-versary to me! It has now been seven years since I began this humble little blog. In honour of this milestone, I’m re-blogging this post from last year, when I celebrated six years here on WordPress.

I’m not stopping anytime soon, either – sorry to burst the hateful little bubbles of my detractors, ROFLMAO!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Well, will you look at that! This blog has been up and running for 6 years, now…SIX!!! I had logged in to address two blog-awards that I was nominated for at the end of last month, and noticed the little icon that looks like a trophy in the notifications corner. I click on it, and see the lovely ‘Happy Anniversary’ notification – what a wonderful thing to see this morning!

You know what that means…time for some music and pictures that sum up my fiery, iron-willed essence! Enjoy…

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John Legend and Jesse Williams Team for “With Drawn Arms” Documentary Film on 1968 Olympic Protest

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Tommie Smith and John Carlos protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics (photo via vibe.com)

by Latifah Muhammad via vibe.com

John Legend and Jesse Williams are working on a documentary that will look at the 1968 Black Power salute seen around the world. More than four decades before Colin Kaepernick took a knee in silent protest of police brutality and racial injustice, Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a statement with raised fists during the Summer Olympic games in Mexico City.

The documentary, With Drawn Arms, is executive produced by Williams and Legend, along with the Grammy and Oscar winning singer’s partners from his Get Lifted Film Co., Deadline reports. Smith is the focus of the documentary. The former sprinter and NFL wide received took home the gold medal at the 1968 games after completing the 200-meter dash, while Carlos earned the bronze medal. Both men were suspended for raising…

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5 On Friday: Songs of the Past

Most of us who love music, if not all, have a “personal soundtrack” of sorts. Songs which remind us of life-changing events, whether they’re good or bad. Songs which represent certain periods of our lives; songs which became mantras of determination and looking forward. For this installment of “Five on Friday,” I offer up these five songs which represent some of the struggles of my past.

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Full Frontal Thursday: Puerto Rico, Health Care, and Bubby vs. Bubby!

In today’s installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam gives us a primer on the history of Puerto Rico with assistance from Javier Muñoz. Also, a health program known as C.H.I.P. faded out of existence, and we’re taken to Florida to see how ‘civilized’ elderly, retired Jewish people discuss politics. It’s so much different than the way politics is discussed in every other corner of the USA!

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