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Refresher Course

by Bunk X ( 94 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, OOT, Open thread, Satire at February 26th, 2013 - 10:00 pm

training-manual How To Be Black Disclaimer

Before Race Detective Charles Johnson jumps to a big fat pasty-white conclusion, this is a real book written by Baratunde Thurston just in time for Black History Month, and it’s available here. With mere hours remaining before all of black history is packed up and sent to the attic for another year, let’s celebrate diversity on The Overnight Open Thread.

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94 Responses to “Refresher Course”
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  1. 1 | February 26, 2013 10:11 pm

    Thurston needs this book more.


  2. eaglesoars
    2 | February 26, 2013 10:16 pm

    “…OR the U.S. gov’t was less effecient in shutting it down than it was setting it up”

    I’m laughing already.

    Great find Buck!


  3. eaglesoars
    3 | February 26, 2013 10:19 pm

    “I feel like a seat cushion for two fat people at a football game”

    Justified dialog.

    doesn’t get any better


  4. Da_Beerfreak
    4 | February 26, 2013 10:20 pm

    Will the First Wookie buy it for her per Orc??

    Enquiring minds want to know…


  5. 5 | February 26, 2013 10:24 pm

    Also available on iTunes!


  6. eaglesoars
    6 | February 26, 2013 10:25 pm

    @ Zimriel:

    Hey! Wanted to let you know I bought your book. It will be awhile before I get to it, but it’s in the que. Looks great……….


  7. 7 | February 26, 2013 10:36 pm

    @ Zimriel:
    I read some of the excerpts, and the snark amused me.
    @ eaglesoars:
    I found the pic first and thought it was an absurd photoshop until I looked for the title on Amazon. Guy works with The Onion, too, so he’s got a bit of cred.


  8. eaglesoars
    8 | February 26, 2013 10:39 pm

    Bunk X wrote:

    I found the pic first

    You find the weirdest stuff. I remember the vid you found of the robot in the maze.

    You define ‘has way too much time on his hands’

    But I’m grateful………..


  9. 9 | February 26, 2013 10:47 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Android 207 was creepy, and I loved it!


  10. eaglesoars
    10 | February 26, 2013 10:49 pm

    @ Bunk X:
    @ Bunk X:

    THAT’S IT!

    I could NOT stop watching it. But I can’t again. It’s sad. Poor bot.


  11. lobo91
    11 | February 26, 2013 10:57 pm

    Okay, I’m getting tired of winter.

    It’s like I live in Colorado or something…


  12. 12 | February 26, 2013 10:58 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    The ending is happy. He passed all the tests.


  13. eaglesoars
    13 | February 26, 2013 11:00 pm

    @ lobo91:

    send it my way. 2 yrs in a row I haven’t had a chance to wear those Italian boots I got or the driver coat I got from Cabelas.


  14. lobo91
    14 | February 26, 2013 11:02 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    @ lobo91:
    send it my way. 2 yrs in a row I haven’t had a chance to wear those Italian boots I got or the driver coat I got from Cabelas.

    It’s blowing your direction.

    Might take a few days to get there.


  15. eaglesoars
    15 | February 26, 2013 11:03 pm

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    The ending is happy. He passed all the tests.

    for all the good it did him


  16. eaglesoars
    16 | February 26, 2013 11:08 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Might take a few days to get there.

    5 day forcast is sunny

    gotta go -- finishing up some chores

    thanks again Buck


  17. 17 | February 26, 2013 11:08 pm

    Hey thank you eagle! Rodan said he got another one, and some “Morons” (who may or may not post here as well) grabbed more.

    Email me if you have tips for making it more readable!


  18. 18 | February 26, 2013 11:10 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    But he did well and can look forward to a new job.


  19. 19 | February 26, 2013 11:15 pm

    Speaking of Black History Month, this is interesting. It’s an objective presentation without the typical revisionism, even in the comments. http://virginiaplantation.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/slavery-in-virginia-and-belle-grove/


  20. 20 | February 26, 2013 11:19 pm

    @ Zimriel:

    Email me if you have tips for making it more readable!

    How ’bout linking to it again?


  21. 21 | February 26, 2013 11:23 pm

    @ Bunk X:
    The main site

    Books are on the left sidebar.

    (I’ve been busy.)


  22. heysoos
    22 | February 26, 2013 11:23 pm

    Black History Month?…no cred til they tell the story of the Jamaican Maroons…so much trumped up crap spoils the history…google those guys, a hell of a Black History Month story they never tell


  23. 23 | February 26, 2013 11:27 pm

    eaglesoars is probably talking about “House of War” which is the one done for the Blogmocracy audience (reasonably-informed amateurs). The other one is for nerds.


  24. 24 | February 26, 2013 11:50 pm

    @ Zimriel:
    Cool. Looks like some heavy reading. I’ll pass the word.


  25. 25 | February 26, 2013 11:56 pm

    @ heysoos:
    Hell yeah. Had it not been Black History Month, that pic wouldn’t have been taken, I wouldn’t have read excerpts of the book, so I wouldn’t have hunted these folks down to post this vid for your enjoyment:


  26. yenta-fada
    26 | February 27, 2013 12:09 am

    @ Bunk X:

    Wayback song


  27. 27 | February 27, 2013 12:14 am

    @ heysoos:
    Escaped slaves hunkered down in the mountains of Jamaica, brokered a deal for relative autonomy, then returned runaway slaves to collect bounties.
    Interesting.


  28. yenta-fada
    28 | February 27, 2013 12:15 am

    This is a fun blog to check now and then. Good for a certain mood.

    http://jazzagemusic.blogspot.ca/


  29. buzzsawmonkey
    29 | February 27, 2013 12:23 am

    Of course you can “change your race” if you want to. If some whackjob can claim to be “born the wrong sex” on the basis of their feelings, despite the scientific evidence™ of their physical body and their DNA, then anybody who wants to claim that they are “black” can do so, regardless of whether or not they have any melanin-enhanced antecedents.

    Look at pretendian Ward Churchill, or fauxahontas Elizabeth Warren; they were “Indian” merely because they believed, just like the attendees at a Peter Pan performance who clap to bring Tinkerbelle back to life. Why shouldn’t anyone who really believes that they’ve got rhythm be denied their own personal opportunity to claim their very own Kunta Kinte in the family tree? What—you’re saying that they are claiming something that isn’t real? Well, so was Alex Haley, when he cribbed his fictitious Kunta Kinte story from an earlier novel. So what is the difference between Alex Haley inventing a phony personal history and somebody who is as pale as Eric Holder doing so? Are we to be racist when it comes to accepting phony genealogy?

    Here’s to the “transracial” future!


  30. buzzsawmonkey
    30 | February 27, 2013 12:24 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    This is a fun blog to check now and then. Good for a certain mood.

    “He’s Not Worth Your Tears” is a great number.


  31. 31 | February 27, 2013 12:29 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Very nice. I’ve always had an interest in early American music. The Lomax brothers probably did more to preserve it than anyone.

    If you listen to early “country” music, there are so many traceable influences (in rhythms, chords and instruments) especially Scottish and West African. They blended in the Shenandoah Valley in the late 1700s/early 1800s.


  32. 32 | February 27, 2013 12:32 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    BTW-- Calo was looking for you recently. She thought you’d be interested in a post on Diary of Daedalus. Not sure why.


  33. buzzsawmonkey
    33 | February 27, 2013 12:32 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    The Lomax brothers probably did more to preserve it than anyone.

    …and did more than anyone to lay the groundwork for the communist takeover of American culture.


  34. 34 | February 27, 2013 12:37 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Mean Mothers” is a nice collection of music from the 1920s through 1950 or so. Some of the songs are nasty. Don’t be put off by the feminist packaging, the songs are great.


  35. 35 | February 27, 2013 12:38 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    Meh. I was only talking of music preservation. We’d have never heard of Robert Johnson, and neither would have all the rock bands who stole his music without credit.


  36. yenta-fada
    36 | February 27, 2013 12:47 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    BTW-- Calo was looking for you recently. She thought you’d be interested in a post on Diary of Daedalus. Not sure why.

    Yikes!


  37. yenta-fada
    37 | February 27, 2013 12:50 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    Bunk X wrote:
    The Lomax brothers probably did more to preserve it than anyone.
    …and did more than anyone to lay the groundwork for the communist takeover of American culture.

    When I catch a glimpse of guys like Pete Seeger (sp?) at White House performances, I get brain freeze.


  38. yenta-fada
    38 | February 27, 2013 12:57 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    Meh. I was only talking of music preservation. We’d have never heard of Robert Johnson, and neither would have all the rock bands who stole his music without credit.

    I can’t imagine American music without the many black forms of gospel, blues,& jazz through the decades.


  39. yenta-fada
    39 | February 27, 2013 12:58 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    “Mean Mothers” is a nice collection of music from the 1920s through 1950 or so. Some of the songs are nasty. Don’t be put off by the feminist packaging, the songs are great.

    You have the album/tape/cd?


  40. buzzsawmonkey
    40 | February 27, 2013 1:05 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    Meh. I was only talking of music preservation. We’d have never heard of Robert Johnson, and neither would have all the rock bands who stole his music without credit.

    Bullshit. Johnson recorded his music on records, not on Alan Lomax’s tape recorder—or wire recorder, as it probably was then. There’s lots of music from that period that is well known to collectors; I may be a piker, with my mere 400 78s, compared to the 10,000 which a friend of mine owns, but there’s a world of music that’s out there that people know about if they are record collectors.

    The Lomax brothers may have found some interesting material, but the only things they really found were things like prison chants and auctioneer calls. Most of the rest of the stuff was commercially recorded by all sorts of small labels. The Lomaxes (and Seeger and the other communists who were at the heart of the “folk music revival”) were more intent on creating a “you didn’t build that” of music which was the basis for the Left’s invention of, and takeover of, popular culture.


  41. buzzsawmonkey
    41 | February 27, 2013 1:07 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    I can’t imagine American music without the many black forms of gospel, blues,& jazz through the decades.

    Thank the Gennett record label, and the “race” series of records by Victor and Columbia, and a hundred now-defunct cheap labels like Perfect, Cameo, OKeh, and Bluebird, for that.


  42. buzzsawmonkey
    42 | February 27, 2013 1:09 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    “Mean Mothers” is a nice collection of music from the 1920s through 1950 or so. Some of the songs are nasty. Don’t be put off by the feminist packaging, the songs are great.

    Again, these were works done by all sorts of cheap and independent labels. The Lomaxes had nothing to do with these recordings.

    “You can do the work or you can take the credit, but you can’t do both.”
    —my lobbyist friend in DC


  43. 43 | February 27, 2013 1:17 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    I have the cd.


  44. yenta-fada
    44 | February 27, 2013 1:21 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    I can’t imagine American music without the many black forms of gospel, blues,& jazz through the decades.
    Thank the Gennett record label, and the “race” series of records by Victor and Columbia, and a hundred now-defunct cheap labels like Perfect, Cameo, OKeh, and Bluebird, for that.

    Can you still find these on ebay?


  45. 45 | February 27, 2013 1:23 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Bullshit.

    Okay perhaps I’m mistaken on Robert Johnson, as if I was intentionally making up shit.

    This place has changed a lot in the time I’ve been gone. What nic is Sharmuta using?


  46. yenta-fada
    46 | February 27, 2013 1:27 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I have the cd.

    Thanks! After finally getting rid of our OLD turntables, we went out and got a new one last year because we couldn’t part with most of the albums we owned. I’m not a big purist who needs vinyl, but it’s great to spin a record from the collection.


  47. 47 | February 27, 2013 1:28 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    Good God. I mention the Lomax’ bros. and you start foaming? I didn’t claim that the cd I mentioned to Yenta had anything to do with them.


  48. 48 | February 27, 2013 1:29 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Yenta-- Get my email from Calo and I’ll send it to you.
    I’m outta here.


  49. buzzsawmonkey
    49 | February 27, 2013 1:31 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    Can you still find these on ebay?

    I’ve never looked on ebay for 78s, though I’d be surprised if there weren’t some to be had there.


  50. yenta-fada
    50 | February 27, 2013 1:34 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Yenta-- Get my email from Calo and I’ll send it to you.
    I’m outta here.

    I don’t have Calo’s email. You can get mine from Rodan. Don’t be a stranger.


  51. yenta-fada
    51 | February 27, 2013 1:34 am

    I cannot believe people are collecting these again.

    http://www.eclectisaurus.com/tmtypewritermuseum.html


  52. buzzsawmonkey
    52 | February 27, 2013 1:35 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    Good God. I mention the Lomax’ bros. and you start foaming? I didn’t claim that the cd I mentioned to Yenta had anything to do with them.

    Hey, I’m dealing with an aged parent at the moment. Perhaps I’ve got a surfeit of frustration built up.

    In any event, my point was a fairly simple one; whatever the Lomax Bros. may have found/recorded, it was done in the service of/with the objective of appropriating the popular culture in the service of the Party. That’s a fact that exists right alongside of whatever actual good their work did. And some of it, I’ll freely admit, was good—but that is part of the perniciousness of subversion.


  53. 53 | February 27, 2013 1:36 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    What nic is Sharmuta using?

    Probably mine.

    Seriously, I’m sorry I went off on Thurston right off the bat -- a little sorry, anyway. It’s annoying for me (personally) that the culture is so wholly owned by the Left. Thurston is very Left, when he’s not being funny. So when he is funny, I just have to take peoples’ word for it, because honestly I can’t look past his work for The Onion and Kos.

    If he was apolitical I’m sure I could look past it.


  54. buzzsawmonkey
    54 | February 27, 2013 1:36 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    I cannot believe people are collecting these again.

    http://www.eclectisaurus.com/tmtypewritermuseum.html

    If I had the money and the deskspace I’d pay some geek to rustle me up a desktop computer which had an old manual typewriter adapted for the keyboard, and a vintage ’50s TV for the monitor.


  55. yenta-fada
    55 | February 27, 2013 1:37 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    Can you still find these on ebay?
    I’ve never looked on ebay for 78s, though I’d be surprised if there weren’t some to be had there.

    I love ebay, but since they went to paypal (double-dipping from buyer and seller) I don’t use it much anymore. There are wonderful things on there though.
    I’m a luddite about paypal.


  56. buzzsawmonkey
    56 | February 27, 2013 1:38 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    I’m a luddite about paypal.

    You don’t approve of robbing Peter for Paypal?


  57. 57 | February 27, 2013 1:39 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Czech yinzmail.


  58. buzzsawmonkey
    58 | February 27, 2013 1:39 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    I’m a luddite about paypal.

    Paypal
    People who use Paypal
    Are the suckeriest people in the world…


  59. yenta-fada
    59 | February 27, 2013 1:42 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Sad to hear about a sick parent. My mother had Alzheimers. These things are very hard on a family as well as the individual involved. Prayers for you.


  60. 60 | February 27, 2013 1:46 am

    [deleted by Bunk X]


  61. yenta-fada
    61 | February 27, 2013 1:49 am

    @ Bunk X:

    We definitely need to re-instate the prayer list. It certainly can’t hurt, and it might just help.
    Sorry to hear the all your woes at the same time. Music and mockery needed more than ever.


  62. yenta-fada
    62 | February 27, 2013 1:50 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    I’m a luddite about paypal.
    You don’t approve of robbing Peter for Paypal?

    Ha, you skipped Luddite. :-)


  63. yenta-fada
    63 | February 27, 2013 1:53 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Czech yinzmail.

    Received and returned.


  64. 64 | February 27, 2013 1:53 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    There are more, but I’m not interested in telling details on a OOT happy thread. And my post above is now deleted.


  65. 65 | February 27, 2013 1:54 am

    @ Bunk X:
    Yikes. Yes prayers are in order


  66. yenta-fada
    66 | February 27, 2013 1:58 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    I’m a luddite about paypal.
    Paypal
    People who use Paypal
    Are the suckeriest people in the world…

    You might be surprised at how many 78s you can find on ebay. It’s fun, even if you’re just browsing.
    It’s also better than TV.


  67. yenta-fada
    67 | February 27, 2013 1:59 am

    Bunk X wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    There are more, but I’m not interested in telling details on a OOT happy thread. And my post above is now deleted.

    I wish real life had a ‘delete’ function. /


  68. BatGuano
    68 | February 27, 2013 2:00 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    Bunk X wrote:
    @ yenta-fada:
    Czech yinzmail.
    Received and returned.

    Thank you!


  69. yenta-fada
    69 | February 27, 2013 2:00 am

    Zimriel wrote:

    @ Bunk X:
    Yikes. Yes prayers are in order

    Yes, they are.


  70. yenta-fada
    70 | February 27, 2013 2:01 am

    BatGuano wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    Bunk X wrote:
    @ yenta-fada:
    Czech yinzmail.
    Received and returned.
    Thank you!

    Are you messing with me? ‘Cause if you are, I don’t care. lol


  71. BatGuano
    71 | February 27, 2013 2:04 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    I was thanking you for posting The Marveletts, please Mr. Postman.


  72. yenta-fada
    72 | February 27, 2013 2:06 am

    BatGuano wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I was thanking you for posting The Marveletts, please Mr. Postman.

    You are most welcome. I just listened to it twice and considering another go.


  73. yenta-fada
    73 | February 27, 2013 2:08 am

    If anybody is interested, the voting is on for blog awards.

    http://2013.bloggi.es/


  74. BatGuano
    74 | February 27, 2013 2:09 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    I was six years old when it was current and I remember it.


  75. BatGuano
    75 | February 27, 2013 2:12 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    If anybody is interested, the voting is on for blog awards.
    http://2013.bloggi.es/

    Charles wins for diving to the bottom of obscurity.


  76. yenta-fada
    77 | February 27, 2013 2:14 am

    Speaking of old songs, here’s a classic.


  77. yenta-fada
    78 | February 27, 2013 2:15 am

    BatGuano wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I was six years old when it was current and I remember it.

    Umm. I was three. Yep, mebbe four. /


  78. yenta-fada
    79 | February 27, 2013 2:19 am

    Calo wrote:

    Happy story for an OOT
    http://www.viddler.com/embed/70d1d214/?f=1&offset=0&autoplay=0&secret=48017121&disablebranding=0

    That was great!


  79. yenta-fada
    80 | February 27, 2013 2:20 am

    BatGuano wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    If anybody is interested, the voting is on for blog awards.
    http://2013.bloggi.es/
    Charles wins for diving to the bottom of obscurity.

    And continuing to dig.


  80. yenta-fada
    81 | February 27, 2013 2:21 am

    @ Calo:

    Too late to stay and chat. Snowing here. ‘night Calo.


  81. Calo
    82 | February 27, 2013 2:22 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Night Yenya.

    Me too.


  82. 83 | February 27, 2013 2:24 am

    No old songs here. The wife is still asleep so no time to be playing stuff.


  83. yenta-fada
    84 | February 27, 2013 2:26 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    Should have done the Piaf with the English subtitles!


  84. BatGuano
    85 | February 27, 2013 2:32 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    That is little Jimmy Brown!


  85. BatGuano
    86 | February 27, 2013 2:35 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    The Browns.


  86. BatGuano
    87 | February 27, 2013 2:49 am

    I’m out of here too.No one left.


  87. 88 | February 27, 2013 3:15 am

    @ BatGuano:

    Humpf…


  88. 89 | February 27, 2013 3:19 am

    @ BatGuano:
    The Browns take me back to when I was still a slugger in the minors.


  89. 90 | February 27, 2013 5:03 am

    Jump to the weekend of the 15th….it was bloody cold out in Ottawa.


  90. 91 | February 27, 2013 6:13 am

    @ PaladinPhil:

    I quite liked our visit to Montreal in the first half of March a couple of years back. Yes, it was cold, and there was snow and ice piled here and there, but there were sure less tourists… Did the same deal in Beijing earlier. I’m about to the point where I’d rather go see these places when nobody else wants to.


  91. 92 | February 27, 2013 6:41 am

    @ Mike C.:
    I was up during winterlude. A lot of tourists there. I hear what you are saying though. Off peak is less crowded, and often much cheaper as well.


  92. 93 | February 27, 2013 7:02 am

    @ PaladinPhil:

    Business contact of mine just got back from Banff, and I’ll bet it’s nippy up there. But then, this is probably high season there.


  93. 94 | February 27, 2013 7:40 am

    @ Mike C.:
    Yep, off season is in the late summer early fall. You can get some great room deals then. The scenery is really good that time of year as well. Spent my honeymoon west of there in Panorama Resort near Invermere in late August of 95.


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