Hard Rock New Orleans

Not a good look.

In all honesty, I feel for these guys. They could be completely innocent of any errors or wrongdoing, yet this may follow them forever.

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Is the country lost?

Years ago, I suggested to my father that the American nation could amend the US Constitution so that only the marriage of a woman to a man was lawful. He told me he didn’t think that was still possible, since more than a third of the states already sanctioned same-sex unions.

I recalled that conversation when I read a Drudge-linked report from Irvine, California, where police arrested a man driving a car marked with the seal of communist China’s “People’s Armed Police” for impersonating law enforcement.

Irvine is 44% Asian.

A Lesson from the Real Weimerica

The Roaring 20’s began with [Alcohol] Prohibition throughout the United States. The age brought color and sound cinema, short dresses and short hair for women, dance clubs throughout the country, Jazz, suffrage and general employment for women, broader acceptance of homosexuality, and the American Birth Control League, which became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In the aftermath of national Prohibition, victorious politicians and activists proclaimed that Prohibition would never be repealed, but it was.

As much as we’re all tempted to assume that our civilization is doomed, I assure you that every vile and disgusting facet of the Current Year may be returned to the dung heap from whence it crawled into our culture. Prohibition came to an end. So can the rest.

“The South Contains Most Unhealthy Cities”

An image from Yahoo News, “These are the healthiest and unhealthiest US cities.”

doctor-patient

When Yahoo attempts to maintain racial diversity in published images, it sometimes makes little mistakes that reveal truth.

For instance, what are the demographics of major “unhealthy” cities in the South, per 2010 US census?

  1. Brownsville: 6% White
  2. Laredo: 4% White
  3. Gulfport: 55% White
  4. Shreveport: 42% White
  5. Huntington: 87% White
  6. Forth Smith: 65% White
  7. Augusta: 30% White
  8. Memphis: 28% White
  9. Detroit: 7% White
  10. Montgomery: 37% White
  11. Toledo: 62% White
  12. Corpus Christi: 34% White
  13. Columbus: 44% White
  14. Jackson: 18% White
  15. Mobile: 44% White

What are the demographics of the US? 64% White

Then, when you dig down into the data, you discover something interesting about the two cities on this list with above-normal White demographics.

  • The population of Huntington is only 50,000, and the population of Fort Smith is only 90,000, versus, say, Laredo with 240,000 or Toledo 290,000.
  • Ranking methodology includes such things as hospital beds, mental health counselors, farmer’s markets, gourmet specialty food stores, fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, and parkland (plus hiking, walking, and running trails, each a separate item) – all per capita.

Fort Smith, about two hours from my home here in Little Rock, is literally on the doorstep of the Ouachita mountains and the Ouachita National Forest and Ozark mountains and Ozark National Forest, and alongside the Arkansas River – literally within the best geography found in Arkansas within 10 minutes of an interstate highway. Little Rock is home to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas Medical Center, so any desperately ill patient can obtain cutting-edge care without leaving the state. North of Fort Smith is the Fayetteville-Bentonville corridor, home of the flagship University of Arkansas campus and Wal-Mart headquarters, plus all the cultural, medical, and economic opportunities that accompany such institutions. Forth Smith is surrounded by farmland – both in Arkansas and Kansas – so why would anybody need a “farmer’s market” when most produce arriving at the grocery is local? Why would you need parkland or a “hiking trail” when literally hundreds of miles of trails are available at national forests, national parks, and state parks within 30 minutes of the location? In a deeply religious community served by many Christian ministers, is there much demand for mental health counselors? If the diet is “American,” why would there be a need for “gourmet specialty food stores?”

I suspect Huntington, Toledo, and even Gulfport suffer similar bias, yet even if we manage to explain why their inclusion on this list is an error, you’re left with minority-White cities dominating the list of unhealthy cities, and the only politically acceptable explanation for that racial correlation is “racism perpetrated by Whites,” despite all evidence to the contrary.

Conversations with Women (and Girls)

I spoke briefly to a woman at the “meet the teachers” event at my son’s school. She asked me if she was in the correct room (a waystation for parents when a teacher was absent), I replied, “Yes,” and then asked the name of her child. She replied, and that was the end of the conversation: no reciprocal question about my son, no introductions, no small talk. We sat in silence together for the next 10 minutes.

Initially, I considered this antisocial behavior odd, but then I read a(nother) blog post here at WordPress regarding the alleged phenomenon feminists label as “mansplaining.” I’m observing hostility from women in both public and private encounters whenever the cordial conduct necessary to accomplish customer-vendor transactions isn’t necessary. If hostility followed conversations more complex than “Hello” I’d worry that perhaps my social skills had entirely vanished, but the moment of shunning really has developed to be the moment a woman recognizes she’s speaking with a man.

I’ll keep an eye on this strange behavior, but it may be a relief to join the custom of mutual shunning.

It’s not like I’ve met many women with anything useful to say.