George Taylor

20 Jun 19
Archy Worldys

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are friends again The superstar duo that recently collaborated on Swift's music video, "You Need to Calm Down," has been in a feud for several years, allegedly for backup dancers. After Perry had extended a (literal) olive branch to T.Swift in 2018, the two singers decided to take remedial action. […]

20 Jun 19
musiceureka

The Isley Brothers – Shout! (RCA Victor LPM-2156) 1959 With the original members O’Kelly, Ronald, Rudolph and part-time or later  members Chris, Ernie, Marvin and Vernon The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (Capitol T-1277) 1959 With Charlie and Ira Louvin. The Ames Brothers – Exactly Like You (RCA Victor LPM-1142) 1956 With Ed, Gene, Joe […]

20 Jun 19
Memoirs of an American Asshole

Taylor Swift is getting heat for her new video release. You know why. She’s accused of using LGBTQ folks as props. Which isn’t what’s going on here; all participants were down with appearing. Ellen DeGeneres would not be involved if Taylor wasn’t genuine in her approach to this. Ms. Swift has done something special here […]

20 Jun 19
UPHINDIA

New York: An auction of royal Indian jewellery at Christie’s here has totaled almost $109 million, with a jade-hilted dagger of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a ceremonial sword of the Nizams of Hyderabad and a bejewelled medieval huqqa setting world records. These objects, among a total of 400, went under the hammer at the “Maharajas […]

20 Jun 19
Stephen Poppitt's Blog-o-Sphere

DAD’S ARMY THE TELEVISION SERIES Television Series 31st July 1968 – 13th November 1977 9 Series / 80 Episodes ARTHUR LOWE as Captain Mainwaring JOHN LE MESURIER as Sergeant Wilson CLIVE DUNN as Lance Corporal Jones JOHN LAURIE as Private Frazer JAMES BECK as Private Walker ARNOLD RIDLEY as Private Godfrey IAN LAVENDER as Private […]

20 Jun 19
Writing Hythe History

William Hole was born in Hythe in 1793, the son of John and Elizabeth Hole and was the younger brother of James Hole, who is buried in St Leonard’s churchyard (see The Hole Family Part One). His father was a fisherman. Like his brother, he was intended for a life of shop-keeping and was apprenticed […]

20 Jun 19
Twin Cities
“You Americans do not rear children, you incite them; you give them food and shelter and applause.” — Randall Jarrell, “Pictures from an Institution” WASHINGTON — Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far into the future. This is condign punishment for the college’s mendacity about helping to incite a mob mentality and collective bullying in response to “racist” behavior that never happened. Founded in 1833, Oberlin became one of the nation’s first colleges to admit African Americans, and its first coeducational liberal arts college. It has, however, long since become a byword for academic self-caricature, where students protest, among many microaggressions, the food service’s insensitive cultural appropriation of banh mi sandwiches, sushi and General Tso’s chicken. Oberlin could have been Randall Jarrell’s model for his fictional Benton College, where people “would have swallowed a porcupine, if you had dyed its quills and called it Modern Art; they longed for men to be discovered on the moon, so that they could show that they weren’t prejudiced toward moon men.” In November 2016, a clerk in Gibson’s Bakery, having seen a black Oberlin student shoplifting bottles of wine, pursued the thief. The thief and two female friends were, according to the police report, kicking and punching the clerk on the ground when the police arrived. Some social justice warriors — they evidently cut class the day critical thinking was taught, if it is taught at Oberlin — instantly accused the bakery of racially profiling the shoplifter, an accusation complicated by the fact that the shoplifter and his partners in assault pleaded guilty. The warriors mounted a protracted campaign against the bakery’s reputation and solvency. But with the cowardice characteristic of bullies, Oberlin claimed in court that it had nothing to do with what its students did when they acted on the progressive righteousness that they imbibe at the school. However, at an anti-bakery protest, according to a complaint filed by the bakery, the dean of students helped distribute fliers, produced on college machines, urging a boycott because “this is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.” (There is no record of any such complaints against the bakery, from which Oberlin bought goods until the hysteria began.) According to court documents, the administration purchased pizza for the protesters and authorized the uses of student funds to buy gloves for protesters. The college also signaled support for the protests by suspending college purchases from the bakery for two months. A jury in the defamation trial awarded the bakery $11 million from Oberlin, and $33 million more in punitive damages. The $44 million probably will be reduced because, under Ohio law, punitive damages cannot exceed double the amount of compensatory damages. The combination of malice and mendacity precluded a free-speech defense, and the jury accepted the obvious: The college’s supposed adults were complicit in this protracted smear. Such complicity is a familiar phenomenon. As Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson demonstrated in their meticulous 2007 book “Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case,” Duke’s administration and a large swath of the faculty incited hysteria against a few young men accused of a rape that never happened. The University of Virginia’s administration similarly rushed to indignant judgment in response to a facially preposterous magazine story about another fictitious rape. The shoplifting incident occurred the day after the 2016 presidential election, which Oberlin’s president and dean of students partially blamed for students’ “pain and sadness” and “fears and concerns” during the “difficult few days” after the “events” at the bakery. From Oberlin’s despisers of Donald Trump, the events elicited lies and, in effect, cries of “fake news,” the brazenness of which the master in the White House might admire. Oberlin alumni who are exhorted to contribute to this college, which has been made stupid and mendacious by politics, should ponder where at least $22 million is going. Continuing to do what it denies ever doing — siding against the bakery — Oberlin, in impeccable progressive-speak, accuses the bakery of an “archaic chase-and-detain” policy regarding shoplifters and insists that “the guilt or innocence of the students is irrelevant” to the — of course — “root cause” of the protests against the bakery. Oberlin’s president defiantly says “none of this will sway us from our core values.” Those values — moral arrogance, ideology-induced prejudgments, indifference to evidence — are, to continue using the progressive patois, the root causes of Oberlin’s descent beyond caricature and into disgrace. George Will’s email address is georgewill@washpost.com.  
20 Jun 19
The Rookie Scouting Portfolio (RSP)

Dwain McFarland introduces his RSP readers to “The Rule of Three’s,” impact on the NFL passing game in this installment of Film And Data. In a recent discussion with a colleague who has served as a consultant to NFL teams, he mentioned the concept he’s heard in NFL circles called the “rule of three.” Essentially, […]

20 Jun 19
GR8 News

Denise Ryan Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell said his community is on edge, anticipating what could be another record-breaking fire season. Across B.C., in communities that were hard-hit during the record-breaking 2017 and 2018 wildfire season, the mood is similarly tense. “Nothing is normal anymore,” Blackwell told Postmedia on Monday. “The behaviour of wildfire can be […]

20 Jun 19
Social News XYZ

New York, June 20 (IANS) An auction of royal Indian jewellery at Christie’s here has totalled almost $109 million, with a jade-hilted dagger of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a ceremonial sword of the Nizams of Hyderabad and a bejewelled medieval huqqa setting world records. These objects, among a total of 400, went under the hammer […]

20 Jun 19
The Gish Film Theater

More than 50 actors, artists ask for Gish name to be restored at BGSU Sentinel-Tribune Staff | Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:23 pm More than 50 artists, writers and film scholars are supporting the immediate restoration of the names of the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, to the film theater that was established more […]

20 Jun 19
Toronto Sun

There’s no doubt it’s Trout season in Toronto. And Aaron Sanchez was using the wrong bait. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels continued to clobber the Blue Jays, rattling two home runs into the near seats in left field near George Bell’s spot on the Level of Excellence on Wednesday night. The second homer, […]