Drooling on the Pillow

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Here's my Cripes Suzette memorial vacation album. She can't get enough of them.

Grace graduated to baiting her own hook and Lane works out with her personal trainer.

A rare shot of Gracie out of the water.

The din from the deer and wild turkeys was deafening. The girls claimed to have stopped for a small bear to cross the road while out biking. Did they have photographic evidence? No.

A drunken woman kept grabbing the Cree in the foreground (during the performance) to get a picture of them together. After it was over he made a joke about scalping her which I thought was pretty cool. She also tried to steal a female performer's feather fan. She had a crowd of about 200 thinking 'Are we going to have to actually kill her?'

While the girls were off doing healthy interesting things, I spent most of my time reading and drinking beer. Public Enemies : America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 went down pretty easy. The story of Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, The Barker/Karpis Gang, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonny and Clyde and Baby Face Nelson on one side and the New Deal drive to nationalize the police and their use of one of the creepiest reactionaries ever to issue a press release to accomplish it.

I also got most of the way through 1491, which was recommended by the Spear Shaker. The premise is that Columbus didn't step off the Santa Maria onto a blank slate. Recent scholarship is making the case that the Indian peoples of North and South America were here far earlier than previously supposed, were far more numerous, sophisticated, organized and diverse than we thought and had much more impact, positive and negative upon the land. Much of it is very interesting and part of its purpose is to unburden Indians from the stereotype of the gentle, peaceful tree huggers that's been layed upon them by the left.

It also, however, takes the standard line of Red, good, White bad and I have to warn you it has two quotes along those lines from Ward Churchill. Part of it is argument by adjective. Indians are amazing and are handsome and brave. Whites are clumsy and uncomprehending, clueless and inept. Sit-com dads with a taste for genocide. Strip away all the grammatical qualifiers, though, and there doesn't seem to be much to choose between them. There's a lot of information there, though, and I thank Mr. Shaker for the tip.
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