Monthly Archives: January 2022

Retro Quote – Bernard Williams

“Books had instant replay long before televised sports.”

Bernard Williams

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Word of the Week – January 22, 2022

Tsundoku (積ん読)

Noun

Japanese (slang), 19th century

Acquiring reading materials and letting them pile up without reading them.  It combines elements of tsunde-oku (積んでおく, to pile things up) and dokusho (読書, reading books). As currently written, the word combines the characters for “pile up” (積) and the character for “read” (読).

Example: My vast tsundoku looks overwhelming, but it’s still comforting to me.

Image: Ronnie Filyaw – Whomp!

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Cartoon of the Week – January 22, 2022

Only working writers can truly identify with this!

Lars Kenseth, New Yorker, 01/21/22

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Video of the Week – January 22, 2022

Who knew that local television reporting could be dangerous?  Tori Yorgey of WSAZ-TV in Charleston, West Virginia could provide some insight.  Yorgey was reporting on a water main break in nearby Dunbar during an evening broadcast on January 19, when she was struck by a white S.U.V. and knocked down.  The camera fell to the ground as well, and from outside the shot, Yorgey could be heard telling her in-studio colleague, “I just got hit by a car, but I’m OK.”

Regardless of Yorgey’s nonchalant demeanor, it was a frightening episode.

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Tweet of the Week – January 22, 2022

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker responding to a Tweet by Sen. Rand Paul

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Worst Quotes of the Week – January 22, 2022

“I saw a large group and made a joke.  Sadly when Democrats see the same they demonize my family for a year straight.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert, trying to explain her response to a group of Orthodox Jewish visitors to the U.S. Capitol

The group, whose members donned traditional yarmulkes, was meeting with Rep. Tom Suozzi.  Boebert’s remark came just days after a hostage-taking ordeal at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.

“And the solution is as simple as the problem.  Here’s the solution, stop putting up with it.  Say no.  No, you can’t smoke meth in the park. You’re not allowed to crap on the sidewalk.  Pull up your pants and get the hell out of here.  Go somewhere with lower standards.  Head for a place where politicians don’t care about their people, because we do care and that’s why we’re hauling your tent to a landfill and cutting off your checks today. You are a drug addict.  Get a job or leave. This is our city, you are not allowed to wreck it; you didn’t build it.”

Tucker Carlson, suggesting how to deal with homeless people

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Best Quotes of the Week – January 22, 2022

“The best thing to do when faced with voter suppression – and my friends, this is what voter suppression looks like – the best thing to defeat it is to go vote. The best thing to do is fight back.”

Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County, Texas District Clerk, offering advice to voters

“Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump have all been closely involved in the transactions in question, so we won’t tolerate their attempts to evade testifying in this investigation.”

Letitia James, New York State Attorney General, in a statement released January 18 in which she alleges former President Donald Trump and his family inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations to lenders, insurance brokers and other players in his real estate empire

“History will not remember them kindly.”

Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights leader, comparing Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin to the White moderates his father wrote about during the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s – who declared support for the goals of Black voting rights but not the direct actions or demonstrations that ultimately led to passage of landmark legislation

“COVID is real; COVID is a threat. But even more serious than COVID, as real and scary as it is, is to see thousands and thousands of thousands of voters not being able to vote, and it was on our watch. We refuse to stop. We refuse to turn around.”

Rev. Adolphus Lacey, a pastor in New York’s Brooklyn borough, announcing ongoing voter registration efforts despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies.  I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee.  I dissent.”

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Supreme Court Justice, condemning severe abortion restrictions established by the state of Texas

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Betty White Challenge

“Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”

Betty White

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Betty White’s birth.  The beloved actress and icon of American television died on New Year’s Eve.  Aside from her lengthy career, White was also known for her love of animals.  In honor of what would have been her centennial year, people across the country are being asked to donate to animal shelters and/or adopt or foster a pet for the Betty White Challenge.  Any donation, no matter how small, will be accepted and appreciated.

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Martin Luther King Day 2022

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image: Paul Daniels

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From the ‘Only in Texas’ Files – January 15, 2022

Hey, did you hear the story about the teacher who dumped her sick kid into the trunk of her car so she wouldn’t get infected?

This is true!  And it could only happen in Texas!  Sandra Beam is facing child endangerment charges for placing her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car, after he tested positive for COVID-19.  Her reasoning?  She didn’t want to get infected herself!

Her decision prompted her suspension from the Cypress-Fairbanks school district and a felony charge of child endangerment.  She was jailed, but managed to post a USD 1,500 bond.  As of now, it’s not known whether or not she has an attorney.

The 41-year-old teacher is highly-regarded among her peers and has received a slew of support from the community where she has been described as kind and genuine.  Think about it though: the witch placed her own son into the trunk of her car so she wouldn’t get sick.

Here’s a bright idea: WHERE A MASK!

Here’s another bright idea: as punishment, dump home-girl into the trunk of that same car with a bottle of water and a cell phone and park it by a sewage plant for 12 hours.

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