Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beetle With Flat Tire

Leaving Robinson's Mall after having lunch at KFC, we headed down Perdices St. toward Rizal Boulevard. Just before reaching the bridge that crosses the Banica River, we spotted this VW Beetle with a flat rear tire.

I've checked my collection of photos and I don't believe I've seen this particular car before.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Frédéric isn't on my Chopin List

As I've mentioned more than a few times, of the top ten best selling novels of 1917, In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens is my current favorite. However, there is one scene in the novel which I thought to be out of place.

Near the end of the novel, we're told that one of the main characters of the novel, Mrs.Cynthia Clarke is an accomplished pianist - at this point playing one of Frédéric Chopin's Études. I would have thought that her being an accomplished pianist would have been a talent that would have been presented to us earlier in the novel. I suppose Hichens wished to present a particular mood by having the character play Étude Op. 10, No. 6, in E-flat minor, but having Mrs. Clarke suddenly playing the piano didn't seem to fit.

I'm not a complete moron regarding Western Classical Music but I will admit that I am certainly no expert of Chopin. I went to Spotify to locate and listen to the Études. I'm sorry to say that Chopin isn't my cup of tea (or coffee or vodka either, for that matter).

Number Eight

Having finished book 7 on the list of the top ten best selling novels of 1917, I've begun reading number 8, His Family by Ernest Poole. Poole was awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1918 for this novel - although critic Dennis Drabelle maintains that His Family is inferior to Poole's earlier novel, The Harbor and is less deserving of the Pulitzer.

For those too lazy to click the earlier links, the list of the top ten best selling novels of 1917 follows:

1) Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells
2) The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller
3) The Red Planet by William J. Locke
4) The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
5) Wildfire by Zane Grey
6) Christine by Alice Cholmondeley
7) In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens
8) His Family by Ernest Poole
9) The Definite Object by Jeffery Farnol
10) The Hundredth Chance by Ethel M. Dell

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Hichens' In the Wilderness is my favorite of the seven I've read so far. Tied for 2nd place would be Mr. Britling Sees It Through and Christine. The Red Planet and The Road to Understanding are tied for 3rd, with The Light in the Clearing and Wildfire dead last.

Poole's novel is interesting, and it's too early to know how it will compare with others on the list - I don't foresee it surpassing Hichens' novel in my view, however.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Isn't Pro-Life

In the following Youtube video, we see Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch state that the fetus is not a person.

Gorsuch also maintains that Roe vs Wade is settled law.

I do not support Gorsuch's nomination. If this is the best Trump has to offer the pro life community, then we are in bad shape.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inappropriate Appropriation

I first became aware of inappropriate appropriation about a year ago when I came upon the story of a San Francisco State University environmental science student named Cory Goldstein who was attacked by a black student for sporting dreadlocks on campus. I felt at the time that, as more black men choose to shave their heads rather than sport dreadlocks, it was more likely that I would be guilty of cultural appropriation by shaving my head. Other than a very few Rastafarians, black men - as a general rule - don't wear dreadlocks.

Not long after that post, I had pretty much forgotten about inappropriate appropriation until I came upon a story of Hispanic students at Pitzer College in Claremont, California protesting the wearing of hoop earrings by white girls. They accused the white girls of "appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks" and "exploiting the culture."

Not long after reading the Pitzer College story, I came upon a news item about a Canadian New Democratic party candidate pleading guilty to - and apologizing for - her inappropriate appropriation by quoting Beyoncé in a Tweet.

With these examples of inappropriate appropriation, I was certain that I had seen the pinnacle of Progressive racial craziness. I was wrong, however.

No, the ultimate expression of Liberal lunacy came when I came upon an editorial piece by daily49er Staff Writer, Samantha Diaz who believes milk has become a new sign of racism in America.

Diaz writes,
Milk has now become a symbol of racial superiority for white nationalists and neo-Nazis, claiming that their ability to process milk makes them racially superior.

Like many commenting on the article, I believed that Diaz was either insane or a clever satirist. I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, until I took a look at other samples of editorial writing by Diaz. Sadly, she shows no sign in any of her other articles of having any talent for satirical writing. It looks as if she was entirely serious when she told us that milk is the new symbol of hate.

No word on the status of chocolate milk and whether it is another example of inappropriate appropriation.