–I love Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. I do not love that the version available on iTunes is just the vocal track. Thank goodness for Amazon.
–When I listen to Edith Piaf on my iPod, I do miss the sound of the needle in the groove. Ann Peebles doing “I Can’t Stand the Rain” is the only other time I really, really miss that noise, that warm schusch-schusch, pop, crackle. That magic.
–I need crochet help. I can’t decide how to join Mack’s granny squares and I’d like someone with more experience to help me think about it.
–I’m not sure, but I think that Andrew Sullivan is saying that, if only we give up on affirmative action, he’ll stop saying that black people are just naturally stupider than white people. And yet, I still read him, so what’s that prove?
–Little Pasture reports that Martin Kennedy believes we should do away with pre-K programs, because, apparently, educating children lets parents off the hook for their well-being. America, I truly believe that Martin Kennedy thinks that, if only parents were left alone with their children, they would rise to the occasion of taking care of them. When I read stuff like that, I wonder if I’m skewed by my time as a minister’s kid and the brief time I spent working at the family crisis center. When you hear the deep secret ways so very many families go so terribly wrong, I don’t know how you can’t believe that the more eyes on the kids the earlier the better. It makes me think that Martin must only meet nice people.
–I cannot stand when people ask me for money. Not people I know. Panhandlers. If I had a gun, I would wave it at them; I hate it that much. I feel threatened by it, like, if I don’t give them money, they’ll give me a reason to feel uncomfortable.
–S-Town Mike reports that the State is going to put up “Closed at Night” signs in Bicentennial Park. I’m sure that will deter those law-abiding rapists. And, really, if they don’t put cops in the park, how will they enforce the “closed at night” rule?