Dan Rather on Dolly Parton

I’ve said for years now, that Dolly Parton represents the very best of us, and Trump the very worst.

Merry Christmas, and Remember…

Tennessee court grants new trial for Black man after all-white jury deliberated in room with Confederate symbols

Unbeknownst to Gilbert or his attorney at the time of the trial, the jury considered whether Gilbert was innocent or guilty in a room where an antique Confederate flag and a portrait of Confederate President Jefferson Davis hung.

The room, decorated with other related memorabilia, is also named for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the organization founded in the 1890s in Nashville to memorialize Civil War ancestors and memorials.

The ruling, issued Friday, found Gilbert’s defense provided enough evidence to show how a jury could be influenced while deliberating in such a room, while also making it clear Tennessee’s attorneys didn’t adequately respond to the allegations.

Bravo. More like this, please.

Censoring an artist

Censoring an artist is the ultimate obscenity.

— Bobcat Goldthwait, The History of Comedy, S1E8 “Politics Aside” (2017).

New York Times Opinion: It’s Quitting Season

Excellent video opinion piece by Lindsay Crouse and Kirby Ferguson (of Everything is a Remix fame).

Winners never quit, and quitters never win. We Americans are told some version of this again and again. Our country wasn’t built on quitters. As Bible-loving Americans, we were taught that perserverance is virtuous, and this message finds us everywhere we go — even when we try to escape into fantasy. We demonize quitters. We think they’re pathetic. What if sometimes quitting isn’t cowardly at all, but smart? What if we’ve been wrong about quitting our entire lives?

This is an excellent, thought-provoking video.

Without a doubt, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win” is perhaps the most fallacious thing we were ever taught as kids.

Oh God Damn It!

It’s International Blasphemy Day!

I make jokes and all, but Blasphemy Day is is actually a very serious day, which:

educates individuals and groups about blasphemy laws and defends freedom of expression, especially the open criticism of religion which is criminalized in many countries.

Exercise your rights people, lest they wither away.

Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11 (2021)

I essentially re-post this every year:

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added)

–George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity with the National Security Team, Wednesday, September 12, 2001, 10:53–10:56 AM EDT.


Sadly, it didn’t take long for us to ‘change our way of life’ or for us to allow the government to ‘restrict our freedoms’, did it? And of course, today those freedoms have been restricted more than ever…

Oh My Fucking God, Get The Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks

Wendy Molyneux, writing at McSweeney’s:

Hi, if you are reading this essay then congratulations, you are still alive. And if you are alive, then you have either gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, or you still have the opportunity to get the vaccine against COVID-19. And holy fuck, if you aren’t fucking vaccinated against COVID-19, then you need to get fucking vaccinated right now. I mean, what the fuck? Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck.

The fucking vaccine will not make you magnetic. Are you fucking kidding me? It just fucking won’t. That’s not even a fucking thing, and that lady who tried to pretend the vaccine made her fucking magnetic looked like a real fucking fuckwad and a fucking idiot, so get fucking vaccinated. Jesus. Fuck.

Now that is my kind of fucking journalism!

Oh, you’re afraid of fucking side effects? Fuck you. You know what has fucking side effects? Fucking aspirin, fucking Tylenol. You could be fucking allergic to pineapple, you fucking fuckwit. Everything has side effects. You’re being a big fucking baby with a huge diaper full of fucking diarrhea, complaining about maybe feeling slightly tired for a day or two while your asymptomatic COVID case you get and pass to some innocent fucking kid could wind up killing them or someone else. Fuck you, you fucking selfish fucking shit-banana, you unredeemable ass-caterpillar, you fucking fuck-knob with two fucks for eyes and a literal poop where your heart should be. You want a two-month-old to wind up on a fucking ventilator instead of you, a fucking adult, getting a fucking sore arm for a day? What are you, a pitcher for the Yankees? A fucking concert pianist? An arm model? Get the fuck out of here! Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck. Fuck you!

I couldn’t possibly have said it better myself.

Go read the whole thing.

[via DF]

Tennessee #1 for new COVID-19 cases by population, CDC says

Josh Breslow, writing at WKRN.com:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee has the highest number of new COVID-19 cases by population of any state in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s coronavirus website shows Tennessee with a high level of transmission of the virus, and a seven-day case rate of 790.1 per 100,000 people.

Woo hoo! We’re #1, we’re #1!

As I said just the other day, “the average Tennessean is neither smarter nor more educated than national average, they aren’t and haven’t been wearing masks to greater percentages than the national average, and they certainly aren’t getting vaccinated anywhere near the national average.”


Nailed it

From r/libertarianmeme, posted by u/SuperHeroBrother: