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The New York Slime

By Patrick Van Roy On December 28th, 2020 at 2:58 pm

A scathing op-ed in The New York Times about what 2021 will hold reveals yet another misunderstanding of whiteness, American values, and what is known as the American Dream. In 2020, as COVID-19 ravaged communities and government-imposed lockdowns decimated the American economy, The New York Times took aim at American morale and fired.

Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote with glee that one good thing about COVID-19 is that it “is killing off the myth that we are the greatest country on earth.” In his latest, he has implored American writers, specifically the white ones, not to “retreat to their pre-Trump selves.”

In Nguyen’s view, “Mr. Trump destroyed the ability of white writers to dwell in the apolitical. Everyone had to make a choice, especially in the face of a pandemic and the killing of George Floyd, both of which brought the life-or-death costs of systemic racism and economic inequality into painful focus. But,” he asks, “in 2021, will writers, especially white writers, take a deep breath of relief and retreat back to the politics of the apolitical, which is to say a retreat back to white privilege?”

In short, white writers who do not cater their words to a political message advocating for minority groups are racist. If they do not engage the political realm once the hated orange menace is out of office, they are not actually helping the cause, posits Nguyen, and helping the cause, apparently, is the only valid reason to do any writing.

Isabel Wilkerson wrote in The New York Times that America has a caste system, which it absolutely does not. We do not have a fixed caste system, instead people can move in and out of economic classes on the merit of their work, luck, and other factors, many of which are within an individual’s own control. Yet Wilkerson wrote: “Thus, the caste lines in America may have at one time appeared even starker than those in India.” It is as though, for Wilkerson and The New York Times, the Civil Rights Movement never happened.

The Temperature

By Patrick Van Roy On December 28th, 2020 at 12:32 am

A little context, this is a small business meeting in Michigan. As you watch the news you don’t see this, the level of frustration and anger along with the realization that the Politicians are going to continue it.

Hard working people are pissed.

Authorities: Anthony Warner is Nashville Bomber. He Died in Blast

By Patrick Van Roy On December 27th, 2020 at 11:55 pm

My gift to you

By Patrick Van Roy On December 27th, 2020 at 10:07 pm

I do a lot of work in the field of Recovery. People have funny concepts about Alcohol and Drug Addiction. When you reach the rooms of AA/NA you have reached a point of despair that has caused others to convince you that you have a problem. If you are lucky you have hit your bottom and you will hear the message and start on your path.

Alcohol and Drugs are not their problem, but a symptom of whatever their problem really is. Even if they never get a grip on the  Alcohol and Drugs let alone the underlying condition what they do get is a gift that most never receive. A program that will help anyone addict or non-addict deal with Life, the daily trials and tribulations of just existing.

One of the tools in the program are tapes of wisdom that are passed from one to another. In that vain I give you this gift Bob E. “Headtrip” a discussion of the mind that has benefit for every human being.

It is an hour long, it’s a bad recording. Yet if you listen you will find a gift each of you, for yourself, and no one else.

I hope you take this gift from my heart.

THE SCOTTISH CLOWN SHOW

By Pete Moore On December 27th, 2020 at 7:45 pm

THE SNP has confirmed its MPs will vote against the Brexit deal when it comes before the Commons on Wednesday.

These Jocko national socialists are beyond a laughing stock. They have been a disaster for Scotland. It now runs enormous deficits. Its performance in health and education a grim joke. It has the worst pandemic numbers in Europe. Wherever the SNP has authority catastrophe follows.

This is because the SNP is a rump grouping of hairy men in Arran jumpers propelled into power up there by Labour’s collapse. It is a fringe opposition powered by opposition to everything it hates and in favour of nothing but hatred of the English.

For four years the SNP has shouted that a “no-deal” Brexit would be a disaster. On Wednesday they will vote for no-deal. I am genuinely staggered that there is anyone in Scotland still voting for these chancers.

Sunday Blues

By Patrick Van Roy On December 27th, 2020 at 7:18 pm

Sunday Funny

By Patrick Van Roy On December 27th, 2020 at 7:07 pm

 

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Podcast

By Patrick Van Roy On December 27th, 2020 at 1:50 pm

On this Day

By Patrick Van Roy On December 26th, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Not only the good are dying

By Patrick Van Roy On December 26th, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Blake was the last in a line of British spies to operate secretly for the Soviet Union, exposing the identities of hundreds of western agents across eastern Europe in the 1950s and humiliating the intelligence establishment when his work was discovered at the height of the cold war.

Some of the agents Blake exposed were executed as a result of his treason, making him one of the most notorious double agents of the era, alongside the ring of double agents known as the Cambridge Five.

When Blake’s cover was blown in 1961, he was sentenced to 42 years’ imprisonment in London’s Wormwood Scrubs. He escaped in 1966 with the help of other inmates and two activists, and was smuggled out of the UK in a camper van.