Kevin Drum’s article on “fad” of use of term “white supremacy, ” another example of why I have lost respect & termed my relationship w/Mother Jones

Link to Salon.com re Kevin Drum/Mother Jones.com promoting white supremacy as a fad.

With the exception of actual neo-Nazis and a few others, there isn’t anyone in America who’s trying to promote the idea that whites are inherently superior to blacks or Latinos. 

KEVIN DRUM, Mother Jones.com

Yeah, so he wrote that… Mother Jones continues to fail its longtime supporters. 

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Happy 😄 birthday 🎂 Louisa May Alcott 

Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.    Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (born November 29, 1832) is best known for her children’s classic, Little Women, which is based on her own childhood. Other domestic narratives followed, including An Old-Fashioned Girl, Little Men, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, and Jo’s Boys. They’re a departure from her early work, when she wrote potboilers with violent themes under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

HAPPY 😄 BIRTHDAY 🎉 David Mamet 🎂

Always tell the truth. It’s the easiest thing to remember. 

David Mamet

David Mamet (born November 30, 1947) captures colloquial, everyday dialogue—often of the profane variety—in his plays and screenplays. Credit that, perhaps, to his early days as a Chicago taxi driver and factory worker. Moving from drama to satire to comedy, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross and received Oscar nominations for screenplays for The Verdict and Wag the Dog.

The Case for Freedom From Literary Racial Identification

http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/10/the-case-for-freedom-from-literary-racial-identification/

Happy birthday, Marie Antoinette! 

When everyone else is losing their heads, it is important to keep yours.

Marie Antoinette

The disgraced queen of France (born November 2, 1755) has fueled the popular imagination for centuries and been the subject of countless books. There’s irony, of course, in this comment—since she was killed at the guillotine—but it remains an apt sentiment for today’s fast-paced world. Scholars consider her extravagant lifestyle a factor in provoking the unrest that led to the French Revolution (“Let them eat cake!” goes the legend). More than 200 years later, we can still catch glimpses of her personality in bound volumes of her letters, which reside at university libraries.

Marie Antoinette with the Rose
Portrait by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1783.
Long after her death, Marie Antoinette remains a major historical figure linked with conservatism, the Catholic Church, wealth, and fashion. She has been the subject of a quantity of books, films and other forms of media. Politically engaged authors have deemed her the quintessential representative of class conflict, western aristocracy and absolutism. Some of her contemporaries, such as Jefferson, attributed to her the start of the French Revolution. For others, Marie Antoinette was a victim of her family ambition and the general situation in France. However, even her critics have recognized her qualities as a mother and her courage in dying. 

Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?

In the United States, expressions of gratitude to France for its help in the American Revolution and Marie Antionette was the driving force behind France’s support of “America”.