Please do not publish my name.

Cranky Old Man #91
a frothy mix of leftovers and links

Huge news that flew under my awareness:

After fifty years of work, the Equal Rights Amendment has been ratified by the required 38 states. 

Next comes the work of getting the national archivist to certify and publish it, because most of the powers that be seem to be opposed:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

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Suicide hotline collected, monetized the data of desperate people, because of course it did 

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Sure, Republicans are apoplectic because Biden says he's going to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. Even without a proper noun, the melanin and vagina combination terrifies them. All black women are Angela Davis, I guess.

Biden is Biden, though. Whoever he picks will be the most bland, boring, middle-of-the-road black woman available — someone not quite as radical and progressive as, say, Kamala Harris.

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Winning-but-fired NFL coach sues league, Dolphins, Broncos, and Giants over obvious racial discrimination and alleged sham interview 

Just reading the article, it sure sounds like the case has merit.

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Attack cop is forced to pay almost 0.8% of city settlement to victim 

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It takes a lot of Trump to get me to say "Wow," but…  

Trump told Giuliani to seize voting machines after election 

It is very remotely possible that Giuliani could be charged, convicted, and imprisoned, but there's no possibility of any of that for Trump, though of course he's marinated in guilt.

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These incoming emails from "please do not publish my name" took a few weeks, but add up to a conversation. Possibly it's interesting?

PDNPMN: I like your blog and I wondered, with so few comments I guess you don't have many readers? I used to work in SEO and I would be happy to help with that if you want. No charge.

Well, thank you very kindly. Solicitations to buy search engine optimization began a week after we went online and the spam never ends, but you're the first to offer it gratis — thanks for that, but no thanks. No SEO tricks. I write it because I gotta, and anyone's welcome to read it, but I don't want to push it like drugs.

PDNPMN: I'll respect that of course, just saying that with some tweaking we could make this a very successful blog.

It's a successful blog on days I've said something worth saying. Other days it's not a successful blog. The measure is not numbers.

PDNPMN: I just want more people to read it. No offense if you're not interested.

None taken. Readers are welcome, but the goal is better writing.

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Graham Nash and India Arie join Neil Young’s Spotify boycott over ‘problematic’ Rogan 

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David Crosby wants very badly to speak with Taylor Swift. 

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I am uncomfortable with most humans. They tend to quickly or slowly reveal themselves to be terrible, so I skip the disappointment by keeping my own company almost exclusively. That's all.

Anyone reading and understanding this might be the rare exception who's proven him/herself worth knowing.

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David Letterman now has an (apparently) official channel on YouTube

Mr Letterman was a funny gent, especially during his shows' first twenty years. You young kids have no idea.

In addition to the expected clips at YouTube, there are some unfunny but interesting behind the scenes videos, like this one about making the show's famous bumper shots

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"Kiss my ass" state trooper who died of COVID will apparently live forever on Fox News 

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Nick Cave answers your questions. 

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Supply chain issues slow the delivery of yachts 

Jeff Bezos, who has a net worth of $174.7 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is awaiting delivery of a 417-foot sailing yacht. It’s currently in the final stages of construction at a ship yard in the Netherlands. Steven Spielberg also has one on order, after listing his old yacht for $158 million. It sold in November for an undisclosed price.  

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More than half of teachers are looking for the exits, a poll says 

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One-word newscast:
• judge

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 Mystery links  — Like life itself, there’s no knowing where you’re going:


♫♬ Sing along with Doug ♫
Red Right Hand — Nick Cave & the Bad Seed


Tip 'o the hat:
All Hat No Cattle • Linden Arden
BoingBoingCaptain Hampockets
Follow Me Here • John the Basket
LiarTownUSAMessy Nessy Chick
National ZeroRan Prieur
Vintage EverydayVoenix Rising

Extra special thanks:
Becky Jo • Name Withheld • Dave S.
and always, Stephanie


  1. Letterman was funny, the best. Young Conan on a good night could match him, Kimmel had his nights, and that's it. Nobody else in late night on the networks is worth watching.

    1. Kimmel was the last one I regularly watched, but I clicked him off years ago. When a current late-night clip gets my attention now, it's almost always Colbert.

  2. Trooper LaMay was also signing off to Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, who I know slightly. Chief Batiste served as Chief under former Governor Christine Gregoire, then retired and went to Kenya to work with the Kenya National Police Force to assist with procedures on training and ethical policing. When he returned to the state of Washington, Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Chief Batiste to continue to lead the Washington State Patrol. I don't have either the Governor's statement nor Chief Batiste's in front of me, but I read them both. They both said that the loss of any human life is a tragedy and the loss of a Trooper or former Trooper is always a tragedy for the citizens of Washington.

    I have no idea what Trooper LeMay's service record was. I think his signoff was inappropriate. But I am proud to live in a state where both the Governor and the Chief of the State Patrol are class acts.


    1. I'm a long ways away, but still sometimes think of Washington as home. Inslee doesn't seem to slither :) and I will take your vouch for Batiste. It's cheering to see the word ethical adjacent to the word policing.

      Like you I have no idea what LaMay really did with his life and badge. He sure went out like a numbskull, though. I'm inspired, and when I go I absolutely want people to chuckle at my exit.

    2. We rarely get to choose how we go out. Sometimes Elton John sings Candle in the Wind and sometimes we just defecate ourselves to death, farting all the way. I wouldn't count on the former, and I'm going to put off the latter as long as I can. My sister bought me new underwear for Christmas and I want to keep it white for a few months if possible.

      To be fair, she also bought me some shirts, but if my aim gets that bad I guess it's time to cash in and check out.


    3. If you don't eat anything for the last few days, you can skip the whole 'everybody poops their pants' rigamarole. So leave hungry, if your dignity matters to you (mine doesn't, and I plan to leave one hell of a mess).


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