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It's a long story -- hardly worth going into here -- but after this place was declared a Brownfield Site, we abandoned it for the NEW! IMPROVED!! Not Now Silly Newsroom.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Seventeen

Bizarro is owned
by DC Comics
One of the things I learned from my decade working in a tee vee newsroom is something that EVERYONE should understand: It's not just about what a news station broadcasts; often what's more telling is what a station neglects to broadcast. Fox "News" NEVER appears to broadcast anything positive about President Obama. However, if some whack-job that no one has ever heard of says something negative, Fox "News" will turn it into a national news story.

It's the same with these updates I have been obsessively collecting. I make this solemn promise to my faithful readers: If Fox "News" ever sends out a message that's POSITIVE to President Obama, I will give it a blog post all on it's own. However, don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, let's take another trip to Bizarro World.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Unpacking the Aunty Em Ericann Blog Again

Every once in a while I like to pull back the curtain and show my readers what it looks like under the hood here at the Aunty Em Ericann Blog. However, and this is the important part, it's really just an excuse for me to beg my readers to click on the ads. That's the only way this blog generates any money for me and I work on it so very hard. Click on an advert. Clicking on an advert will cost you nothing, but it will put a few pennies into my pocket . . . and I do mean "few."

All-time Top Ten posts.
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All-time Top Ten search terms. Click to enlarge
I started this blog on April 19, 2012. Since then the blog has had 35,352 page views (as of this writing), which averages out to approximately 7,070 page views per month. That's not bad for a newish blog. At left is a list of the all-time Top Ten Posts. It's clear even at a small resolution that the Number One post is ahead by a wide margin: 1,493 to 610 for the Number Two post. I find that stunning for a bunch of reasons, main among them is that I've not promoted the Number One post; people have found it through the Googalizer, as evidenced by the next graph. At the time of this writing 526 people have found the Number One page in a search, as opposed to 293 who searched and found the Number Two post on the blog.

For the record: The Top Ten posts on the Aunty Em Ericann blog are:











Some of those surprise me. There's really no reason I can think of why the Barbara Walters clip comes in at Number 10, or why the post on Wretched Gretched clocks in at Number Six. Both were intended to be silly one-offs, yet they keep on garnering readers. Amazingly neither are part of the search terms people have used to find my blog.

Who am I to argue with my readers? They know what they like.

I am gratified, however, that some of the posts I am most proud of have made it into the Top Ten.  Specifically I'd like to point to the ones on Josephine Baker, The E.W.F. Stirrup House, When Whites Went Crazy in Tulsa, and The Detroit Riots. The thread that connects them all is that they are all about Race Relations and Racism, a subject I have been researching as my own Independent Studies Course as long as I can remember.

Meanwhile, I will keep publishing my blog. Hopefully my readers will realize how much hard work goes into writing these posts and will click on an advert, or two, or three and help support this project.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

You Made Me So Very Happy ► My Days With David Clayton-Thomas

David Clayton-Thomas by Carl Lender
Dateline September 13, 1941 - A baby is born in war time England, Thames, Surrey, UK, and named David Henry Thomsett. He would later grow up to become David Clayton-Thomas. His father was a Canadian who met his piano-playing mother 'over there' when she went to entertain troops in a hospital in London. According to Larry LeBlanc at DCT's official website:

After the war, the family settled in Willowdale, a suburb of Toronto. From the beginning David and his father had a troubled relationship. By the time David was fourteen he left home, sleeping in parked cars and abandoned buildings, stealing food and clothing to survive. A tough, angry street kid with a hair-trigger temper, it wasn’t long before he ran afoul of the law and was arrested several times for vagrancy, petty theft and street brawls. He spent his teen years bouncing in and out of various jails and reformatories.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part Nine ► Good Neighbours and Bad Neighbours

A recent article in the South Miami News caught my attention. The headline reads "Neighbors hope buyer can be found to preserve historic Milledge House." The story concerns a house less than 3 miles away from the E.W.F. Stirrup House, the 120-year old house I am trying to save from a (allegedly) rapacious developer.

In short: The Milledge house was built in 1901, on a plot of land less than a half mile away from where it currently sits, and moved to SW 74th Street in 1944 by the Milledge family. “It was historically a cracker farm house,” said owner Lewis Milledge. “Mom put in federal features and changed the window treatments for the look of colonial Williamsburg.”

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Sixteen

Bizarro is owned
by DC Comics
With the start of a new week, it's time to wrap up last week's Fox "News" Spin Cycle. With the conventions over, and the lull of the weekend arrived, Fox "News" didn't find it all that necessary to WHITEwash on behalf of Mendacious Mitt and Lyin' Ryan. This is evidenced by the fact in the past 3 days I've collected less than half of the updates from Fox "News" than I did in a single day during the conventions. Yet, that doesn't mean the Fox "News" Spin Cycle was idle. On the contrary. It just means the bullshit is more finely compacted. So, let's put on our anti-gravity boots and take another trip to Bizarro World, where one cannot be assured of anything being FAIR & BALANCED.