Woke up at the Days Inn in Colorado City, TX. Got to sleep at 2 a.m. local time. We were on the road for 12 hours yesterday. Today it was nice to wake up and get on the road in windmill country. All the trees here abouts, notice the use of the local vernacular, sort of list from the wind so it makes sense to harness wind energy here.
Spent a fair amount of time figuring out dog names
Jaba the Mutt
Hubby wanted BBQ so I googled BBQ I30 (what is this IH crap?) and Little Rock and found a place called Fat Boys BBQ. Didn’t have a Yelp review. But we went anyway and while it was not what we thought it would be… who ever heard of white folks running a BBQ joint? It was good. I had a pork sandwich with cole slaw and potato salad on the side. The meat was a tiny bit dry, but it was the very end of the day so I can’t complain about that; they were completely out of beef, and locked the doors behind us as we left. It was what I would call Kansas City style BBQ rather than the vinegar and mustard style you will find in Memphis and points east.
We’ve seen several “NOW HIRING” banners today at large plants. The one we passed outside of Little Rock was in the transportation industry, and that is a leading indicator of the economy. I think the Republicans may be a bit nervous about things getting better. Their window of opportunity for rolling back the New Deal and Great Society is closing, and they are sweating it and resorting to lies, outright lies, and damn lies.
I will talk about the economy but I will not talk about job creators and workers. I talk about people. People. Period.
Ascribed status and its inheritance from generation to generation, that is why it is called ascribed status, is what the extremely wealthy want, and there is a big difference between passing the family farm down to the next generation and having an oligarchy. Any time one group of people begins to think that they understand something that others cannot, or that they are anything more than lucky in birth, there is need for a revolution of sorts.
I recommend a book I brought with me on this trip called Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, from the people who brought you the Yes Men, Billionaires for Bush, etc. which was assembled by Andrew Boyd and published by OR books. My friend Rae Abileah contributed extensively to the book. It is a collection of 1 to 3 page examinations of tactics, principles, theories, case studies, practitioners, resources, and bios. It spans tactics from informational, direction action, to monkey wrenching presented by people who have used, developed, revised, and in some cases, abandoned, specific revolutionary elements.
Do not let your children read this or they will use these tactics on you, the authority they question.
Today I’ve noted the perversity that is conservative states. We just passed a billboard about using corporal punishment as a good thing,
“Use the rod and save the child” was the reframed abuse encouragement I read on the billboard, believe it or not, and the next one up was for XXX adult warehouse discount stores. Does anyone besides me see that the co occurrence of publicly sanctioned perversity and sanctioned child abuse legitimized by Old Testament, North African Tribal customs may be more closely linked than the mainstream American would like to admit.
The sequester of normal desire away from integration into normal life leads to perversion and to the objectification not only of women but of children as possessions rather than life partners.
For good recent coverage of how to frame women’s health care outside of these same said patriarchal, tribal perspectives there is a good article by the guru of framing, George Lakoff,
in Huff Po today.