My take on news, pop culture, sports, and whatever else interests me.
Well, I know this will be a "crass" comment, but I feel the conservative right are loosing many of their voting base to their manta of "non-vaccines". They are so caught up in rigging the system against segments of the country (poor, black, etc ) that would "likely" vote Democratic that they fail to address a statistical fact that they are loosing a measurable number their voting base by the death of those who refuse the overwhelming evidence and yet will still not vaccinate. Actually, I somewhat disagree that there is a concerted effort by the far right to not address excessive heat [climate change] for the voter persecution motive implied....they just don't strike me as that smart.
Like always, Kareem, I appreciate all the content, including the new features. Like your comments on the importance of listening to various music genres. I’ve personally found such a station on Sirius XM. The rock & roll HOF station plays a good variety of rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, hip-hop & others. I do see myself checking out the 60’s & 70’s stations for some of those oldies but goodies,too! I especially enjoy having my 6 year old listen to all my varied musical tastes!
Please continue the “new” features, including the background info - very informative and interesting. I agree with your comment about missing the variety of music offered on am and fm radio in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Hard to find one station today that doesn’t specialize. Satellite radio does give us a few ‘decade’ stations with curated music corresponding to a specific decade. Still not the same!
I LOVE the new features! Thank you for keeping it new and interesting!
Please keep both quote and History Bites! What an incredibly stupid idea to deliberately add poison - what could possibly go wrong?? I imagine it wasn’t the swells in the speakeasies getting poisoned so perhaps “accidental” death was not a bug but a feature.
You go Kareem, like the new additions. Hope you enjoyed your time off and glad to have you back in action. Saw your spot on Billions, well done!
Kareem, Kareem, Kareem;
Where do I begin to comment on this most recent & enlightening newsletter??!! As always, love most everything about it becuz YOU, my friend, always "back it up"... Some would say, "put your money where your mouth is"...LOVE the new "Quote of the Day" feature. Good job!
My take on your letter: my family & friends have all lived ans discussed (& disgusted in) many/ALL of the subjects brought fwd.
...saw Alice Cooper live/small town Faiir
GREAT performance, songs we all recognized/played/related to. Enjoyed him, had fun.
...the Security guy/dance squad video ROCKED! It's entertainment at it's highest level. Has it all; sporting event, women in small costumes tastefully dancing (I was a "Pom Pon girl" once myself) Again, not sexist, just entertainment.
...transgender LGBTQ issue; there shouldn't be one. (as most know, my daughter "came out" as bisexual and she's (I quote), "the apple of my family's eye" and her 1 million or so friends.
...back to music; this past Fri evening, I was fortunate to attend a "KISS" concert..."End of the Road" tour (I've seen the guys LIVE 3 times in the late 70s early 80s) INCREDIBLE, great entertainment, massive small town WI/US of AR town crowd. Loved every minute of the concert. FINDIND my vehicle after in a mowed corn field, dark out/nite after full-moon helped AND Barry. A nice gentleman who drove from Iowa to see Paul, Gene, Ace & Peter one last time. THANK YOU for the kindness Mr Barry/IA/Packer fan.
...don't like to go "on n on n on n on" so I'll end with this: if you've never heard of HURLING (a primarily Irish sport) "Google" or look it up. My daughter WON their city championship in it last Sun 8/27/2023. That team ROCKS!
Thanks again Mr Abdul-Jabbar...you also ROCK!!!
"Kareem’s Video Break
This is my fantasy. To suddenly break out into an amazing, energetic dance that shocks and delights everyone." ...So why don't you?
I wish government would get it right every time from every standpoint, legally, ethically, morally. The fact that it doesn't contributes to why the arc of the moral universe is so f'ing long and bends so slowly. Between the Tuskegee syphilis trials and now to learn that "we the people" poisoned+/-10K of our own because of an equally cruel and assinine hypothesis, I can only shake my head.
First I greatly enjoy all of your newsletters. They are a great mix of news, politics, music, etc.
As a toxicologist I have to comment on the history piece. I teach an undergraduate tox class and I do a whole session on prohibition and alcohol (methanol and ethanol) toxicity. My students are always amazed and somewhat unbelieving of the fact that our government deliberately poisoned alcohol that they knew would be consumed by ordinary citizens. Charles Norris is a hero for his work to stop this travesty. Thanks for bringing greater attention to this sad piece of history!
Many thanks...as always!
Another great column, Kareem. I liked the 2 new additions.
Another great piece, Kareem.
First, I recently read your On the Shoulders of Giants--fantastic. Especially enjoyed the part about basketball in Harlem. I found it far more interesting than The Big Book of Basketball, which I found quite lacking historically.
I love the quote and the History Bites bit...shocked about the alcohol poisoning...yet I can believe it. The government has been so wild.
And this is news to me about Alice! I was actually going to buy tickets to his tour in a couple weeks in KC...not anymore I think, which is a shame because I don’t think his opener Rob Zombie shares those ignorant views.
I was never a big Laker fan but I am sure a big Kareem fan! Thank you!
I love the two new features... the first quote you've chosen is so Buddhist in its nature, and so expansive. You explain its meaning, but there are so many more meanings one can read into it!
As for History Bites... oh boy does it! I read history because it always has such lessons for us in our current lives. I can't point out more about that than in a newly released book: "V is for Victory: Franklin Roosevelt's American Revolution and the Triumph of World War II." The lessons in it for today in how Roosevelt brought the country: the citizens, the corporations and the politicians together is mind boggling: but it proved it can be done. Talk about bites! Joe Biden is using the lessons of FDR in many of the things he is doing. But my favorite of this newsletter is your post of the The Cadets "Stranded in the Jungle" and your mention of the Zappa cover ( he covered a lot of vocal group harmony, aka doo-wop). In honor of that, of history, and my love of doo-wop, here's the pre-punk version of "Stranded in the Jungle," by the New York Dolls.circa 1974 ish. As expected, it's much more guitar heavy: I couldn't resist: https://youtu.be/2ZM7F7e28QM?si=5j-dJtzuGmfMM17A
Quotes can covey the entire pallet of thoughts and perspectives.
I keep a file of quotes from almost every genre of writing I enjoy.
I enjoyed today’s quote, and the context you provided.
Since you used the example of Frost’s poem, I would opine that the compact content of a meaningful quote is also the essence of poetry as well.
I think that an occasional short poem might be welcome as well.
From Hafiz of Persia
The small man
Builds cages for everyone
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long For the
Or this longer poem by Gary Snider
Hay for the Horses
He had driven half the night
From far down San Joaquin
Through Mariposa, up the
Dangerous Mountain roads,
And pulled in at eight a.m.
With his big truckload of hay
behind the barn.
With winch and ropes and hooks
We stacked the bales up clean
To splintery redwood rafters
High in the dark, flecks of alfalfa
Whirling through shingle-cracks of light,
Itch of haydust in the
sweaty shirt and shoes.
At lunchtime under Black oak
Out in the hot corral,
---The old mare nosing lunchpails,
Grasshoppers crackling in the weeds---
"I'm sixty-eight" he said,
"I first bucked hay when I was seventeen.
I thought, that day I started,
I sure would hate to do this all my life.
And dammit, that's just what
I've gone and done."
All the best,
Thanks for your work on this column.