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The Horatio Alger myth (debunked).

Some recent posts made me think about this. I've actually read a number of his books and enjoyed them a great deal. But they are not what the myth says and (side note), he was apparently not a very nice man.

So, presented for your consideration.

Amazingly, a staple of Horatio Alger stories was wealthy benefactors who gave the heroes gifts and helped them on their way, thus contradicting the basis of the idea of a self-made man achieving success through hard work. Dick, the star of Alger’s Ragged Dick series and his most famous creation, once said in a story, “I’d like it if some rich man would adopt me, and give me plenty to eat and drink and wear, without my havin’ to look so sharp after it.”


Please rec this - it's a Republican/conservative/capitalist useful lie/meme that, IMHO, needs to be smacked down.

If he wins the nomination,

then the party should throw everything it can behind him. Since he will then, of course, be the nominee of the party.

Happy new year from maybe my favorite living person.


Thank you.

I love that man so much. I really think he did the best he thought he could, and I am infinitely appreciative that he was willing to put himself out there.

So, Texas...

Be sure to remember Juneteenth when it comes around!

From FAIR: WaPo Tallies Police Killings–but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count

Concerned that official records undercount the number of people shot and killed by police in the United States every year, the Washington Post (12/26/15) attempted to compile a list of every fatal police shooting in 2015. The paper found nearly a thousand such cases—more than twice as many as the FBI reports in a typical year.

The Post‘s project—which corroborates a similar tally conducted by the British Guardian (6/9/15)—is a journalistic accomplishment, as well as an achievement of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has worked to call attention to police violence in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

But it’s hard for me to escape the feeling that the Post story—by Kimberly Kindy and Marc Fisher—was framed by the paper to minimize the project’s remarkable findings.


This reminds me

Of something that happened to me years ago.

A dog was hit by a car in front of our house. It had ID, but not enough for immediate contact.

We called our vet's office for an emergency visit, and were asked if the DOG was an existing patient. We said no, but we are existing customers, with two dogs and a cat of our own, who are existing patients.

The IDIOTS turned us down, and lost a customer and three existing patients.

And then (I am in tears at the memory), we had to take it to an emergency clinic where it could only be kept, we hoped, comfortable.

In the morning we were able to contact the owner through their vet, and thought everything was copacetic.

THEY HAD IT EUTHANIZED, we found out later. It had a broken hip. Surgery would have fixed it. We would have paid. We would have taken the dog.

God I miss that dog. I can still see it.

I am very interested

Because, as an old lady with still a pretty good memory, I remember what seems like every moment of it. Interesting to hear the "adult" perspective in retrospect.

I weep every time I hear Johnson say, "Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President," even though I cheered at the time, at age 16.

Partly because he reminds me so much of my dad, and partly because he is one of our greatest presidents, but Vietnam sank him.

Yes, he was a manipulative SOB. But he did some great things.

OMG, now they're running RFK's speech when MLK was assassinated. I am a puddle.

All I want is whatever is likely to get as close to the truth as possible,

as quickly as possible. I have my opinions, but am quite willing to let the chips fall.

Since we're talking Yiddish...

Found a fun quiz.


(I've been crazy about Yiddish since Leo Rosten's original _Joys of Yiddish_.)

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