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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day In History ► Manhattan Island Sold

Dateline June 10, 1610 - The most one-sided real estate deal in history as the Dutch think they are buying Manhattan Island from the Natives. Whenever possible I get my history from Stan Freberg. This is from his "Stan Freberg Presents The History of the United States of America, Volume One," animated by Saul Bass & Art Goodman for the February 4, 1962 broadcast of "Stan Freberg Presents The Chun King Chow Mein Hour: Salute to the Chinese New Year."

Friday, June 8, 2012

Musical Appreciation ► Cole Porter

An example of a "coal porter,"
a man who delivers the coal.
© 2012 Friedrich Seidenstücker,
from the MoMa collection
Another example of a coal
porter is a rail car for coal.
It’s my opinion that no ‘Merkin songwriter has ever been more deft at the lyric than Cole Porter. While there are many wonderful things to praise in his music, I would like to praise his wordplay and his sense of the rhythm of the syllables of spoken, contemporary English, while imbuing that honest, simple language with more than a hint of sophistication. His love of language is clear in his lyrics. I have always wondered whether he got his penchant for playing with words because his name is, in fact, a pun, not unlike Aunty Em Ericann.

With a string of songs ranging from "I Get A Kick Out Of You" to "You're The Top" to "Don't Fence Me In" to "When We Begin The Beguine" to "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" to "Night and Day" to "Anything Goes" to "Let's Misbehave" there are so many wonderful Porter lyrics, so let's get started and break some of them down to celebrate Cole's 121st birthday.

Ella Fitzgerald has agreed to help me out with this first set of lyrics with "Anything Goes." Take it away, Ella:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

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You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - NYT Decides To Capitalize Negro

Dateline June 7, 1930 – The New York Times decides to start capitalizing the word “Negro” out of respect.

Look, it’s just a truism that the English language, as well as the times—not to mention The Times—evolve. These days no one is ever pulled over for driving while Negro.

Meanwhile, here’s an article (PDF) in the very same NYT on January 10, 1903 arguing in favour of the capital “N,” so very many years before it ever happened. That’s only proof that the English language, as well as the times—not to mention The Times—evolve slowly. One day we can hope that no one will be pulled over for driving while Black.

Day In History ► It's My Birthday

Today is the very best day in all of history because today is the day commemorating my birth 60 years ago. Here are just some of the other people I have allowed to share my birthday:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day In History ► The British Army Sends 'Merkin Army Packing

To all my Hamilton and Canadian friends: On this day 199 years ago the British Army made a night raid upon the 'Merkin army. The Brits had overestimated the 'Merkin presence, so had more than enough numbers in this War of 1812 battle to send those MoFos back to where they came from. The Battle of Stoney Creek was over in less than an hour and it preserved Upper Canada for the British. This was the turning point in the war and the Brits went on to set the White House ablaze the following year. Nyah nyah!!!

BTW: When I was growing up in Detroit, we were taught in history class that the U.S. never lost a war. Wrong. Nyah, nyah!!!

Read more:

The Battle of Stoney Creek, Canadian Encyclopedia
Battlefield House Museum
BOOK: Strange Fatality by James E. Elliott.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Mark Koldys-Johnny Dollar Comment of the Day

It's been a while since I've posted one of these very popular Mark Koldys-Johnny Dollar Comment of the Day, but I have been busy and, besides, I am far less obsessed with Markie K and the Sycophant Five than they are of all things NewsHounds. No matter, this silly thing crossed my Twitter feed today and it's easily the most HIGH-LARRY-US thing I've ever seen Johnny Dollar The Destroyer publish:

Henry Ford's First Ford ► Unpacking My Detroit ► Part Three

Henry Ford driving his Quadricycle in 1896
Dateline June 4, 1896 - Henry takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit. From that moment forward ‘Merkins have adapted to the automobile, as opposed to the other way around. Had the automobile been adapted to ‘Merkins instead:
  • Today we’d have fuel efficient cars that do not pollute the environment. However, the Big Three fought that at every turn. Throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, ’80, ‘90s, & ‘00s, had the car companies spent that lobbying money on R&D instead, we might have Jetsons cars by now. Yet, they still haven’t perfected the electric car, which have been around for 100 years.
  • Had Detroit not ignored innovation that came from overseas, until it had almost devoured them. In Detroit, innovation meant cool cup holders and automatic windows. The game was to make cosmetic changes from model year to the next, but add features no one asked for to jack up the price.
  • The automobile also mean that our cities and towns no longer had to grow up, they could grow out. That we built our suburbs as wide-open expanses easily reached by car means we do not now have the population densities needed to make rapid transit a viable option.
In just about every way we can name the car has changed ‘Merkin life, and not always for the better. We pay a big price for cars, beyond the sticker price. Yet, ‘Merkins seem to ignore all those other costs because their cars can now talk to them.

These thoughts are a wild summation of two books I highly recommend:
  • The Reckoning, by David Halberstam tells the story of how Detroit didn’t see Japan coming. It takes a deep look into both the ‘Merkin and Japanese auto industries and their parallel development.
Other Entries:

Unpacking My Detroit ► Part One
Unpacking My Detroit ► Part Two

Unpacking My Detroit ► Part Four

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day In History ► Josephine Baker Born

Dateline June 3, 1906 - Chanteusse Josephine Baker is born. Is there any doubt that had Josephine Baker been born White, she'd have been a huge star in 'Merka who everyone would still know today? As her official web site puts it:
Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess." Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973.