Link Roundup and Breathing Space
Lordy! Yesterday I submitted the Barack post to reddit because I wanted people to witness my funny. About 3 hours after I did that the post had generated something like 500 hits. I get about 350 hits on an average day, and 500 is a good day overall. So it was neat to have one post generate that all on its own. Then it become 12:01am in Greenwich Mean Time and the counter reset to 0. The hits just kept coming. And coming. And… around 8am Eastern today I cracked 6,000 hits. [ETA: as of 12:00pm my counter is threatening to to go past 8,000. Even I find this kind of ridiculous.]
It’s a good damn thing WordPress is hosting this blog.
There are many, many comments on that post. Though I am happy to say that the amount of crazy I got thrown at me is not as much as I would have expected considering the numbers we’re talking. Still, I think a post on the difference between afro-centric and white supremacist is in order.
Just not this week.
I’m going to take a breather. I need to, considering how I flew off the handle completely last night. So instead I’ll amuse you (or piss you off) with this Link Roundup and Open Thread.
First, commenter and Christian healtheland has invited anyone interested in continuing the discussion of Christianity to his blog. Since he was nice enough to create an open post for us, we should take advantage of the opportunity to spread chos for Xenu! Hahaha But seriously, let’s be adult (unlike me).
That Black Stuff
Over on C-SPAN.org you can still watch Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union. (You may have to search around a bit to find it, there are no direct links, as far as I can tell.)
I haven’t had a chance to explore it throughly, but the Encyclopædia Britannica Guide to Black History looks like it might be an interesting place to start learning about history you aren’t aware of. It’s not comprehensive, nor exhaustive, nor definitive – just sayin’.
Crazy Stuff White People Do
I don’t give Shannon enough link love, and I really should. She provides many a good link for my education and amusement. This one points to some craziness about ‘reverse profiling‘.
Racist Faces / Reverse Racism appears to be a blog by a white person trying to work her way through some feelings and thoughts on race. I stumbled upon her via StumbleUpon, and I’ve only read a few entries, but the site looks like it might be worth exploring and watching.
Why Does the Truth Hate America?
While 24 draws millions of viewers, it appears some people are becoming a little squeamish. The US military has appealed to the producers of 24 to tone down the torture scenes because of the impact they are having both on troops in the field and America’s reputation abroad. Forget about Abu Ghraib, forget about Guantanamo Bay, forget even that the White House has authorised interrogation techniques that some classify as torture, that damned Jack Bauer is giving us a bad name.
You’ll notice that’s a co.uk newspaper. The New Yorker ‘broke’ the story in the US.
When I saw this on AngryBrownButch I very nearly stabbed my monitor:
From yesterday’s headlines on Democracy Now! –
~FEMA Gives $3 Million to Restore Jefferson Davis’ Home
~New Orleans Public Housing Residents Fight For Homes
I know, that’s messed up. From the blog:
While structurally viable public housing is being demolished (to make way for what, and for whom, we must ask), and while the low-income Ninth Ward still looks much like it did directly after the storm (though I hear the tourist-friendly French Quarter is looking quite well these days), and while thousands upon thousands of people remain scattered and displaced, FEMA is making sure that a monument to man who was at the fore of one of the darkest times in american history is fully restored.
Click the link for more and for the actual articles.
New to the Blogroll
And Now for Something Completely Different
The peeps on LJ Blackfolk had a caption contest. My favorite: Obama/Kent ’08
Ben & Jerry’s + Stephen & Colbert =
Okay, Open Thread! If we can keep the comments in the Barack Post about the Barack issue at hand, that would be helpful. Want to fling some shit at me about being black and angry, do that here.