March rambling #2: We are never Ivory Coast

Rob Ford died of a more respectable disease.

Stolen: We are all France. We are all Belgium. We are never Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso or Tunisia or Mali.

10 Safest Countries If WW3 Breaks Out
make America grate
There was no wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack.

From Scapegoating to Solidarity: 2016 Is the Year to Turn the Immigration Debate Around.

Weekly Sift: My racial blind spots.

An Open Letter to Drumpf Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector.

What It Means to Be Right-Footed.

I told the truth in my sister’s obituary so that others might choose to live and Amy Biancolli’s The long arms of a story.

The man who turns news into art.

Game Theory for Parents. “Mathematically tested measures to make your kids cooperate—all on their own.”

Something just slammed into Jupiter.

American Bystander is a printed humor magazine that’s about to release its second issue, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

I generally have good success, but Chuck Miller reports on the UPS epic fail.

Feck ‘n’ Gruntle.

What does superfetation mean?

Evanier – how things are made: Snickers bars and frozen french fries and
Newman-O’s (an Oreo competitor) and balloons and an automated teller machine, plus a nifty magic trick.

Now I Know: The Secret Life of Honey Buns

Pie-lexa as a treatment for RBF

Cookie Monster bakes — with some help from Siri.



Patty Duke, 69: Oscar winner was the youngest at the time to receive the award. She went through so much before becoming a mental health advocate. And yes, I watched The Patty Duke Show – she was the youngest actor to have a TV show named for her in the day, and I even remember the theme.

She even had a hit single. Here’s an anecdote from Ken Levine; I’d forgotten she’d been the Screen Actors Guild president. She was the Mystery Guest on What’s My Line (1972).

Ken Howard, 71: he of The White Shadow, 30 Rock, Crossing Jordan, Adam’s Rib and a bunch of other stuff I’ve watched. He was also SAG/AFTRA union president.

Garry Shandling, 66: comedian’s influential career spanned decades. I watched his eponymously-named show regularly. He also gave us the greatest TV show about television; I didn’t see it often, it being on HBO, but I DID see the finale while I was in Boston taping JEOPARDY! Mark Evanier rewrote for Garry.

Larry Drake, 67: from L.A. Law.

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, 46: died of a more respectable disease and The Honest Liar.


My Window Faces The South – George Morgan with a young Glen Campbell.

I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Rick Moranis.

Son of a Preacher Man – Tom Goss.

Not Given Lightly – Chris Knox, a New Zealand artist (1989).

Fragile – Sting and Stevie Wonder, from the former’s 60th birthday concert.

Green Onions and Sophia Loren. Loren was in Schenectady giving a talk recently; I didn’t see her, alas.

Google searches (me)

Drawing lots of lines.

Jewish View.


Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

6 thoughts on “March rambling #2: We are never Ivory Coast”

  1. Great rambling, as always, but I’m curious: What led you to Chris Knox’s video?! I posted it as part of my New Zealand Music Month series back in 2014, but it’s always been a bit obscure.

    I also didn’t know that Ken Howard died. A few days later, Ken Noble died at 94, and the connection for me is that both were in the movie “1776” which was at the time one of my favourite films.

  2. Chris Knox was on Steve Bissette’s FB page. He had traveled to NZ last year, from Vermont, attending a conference, I think. He picked up a bunch of Kiwi music, including a lot of compilations, and THAT was the song that most struck his fancy.

  3. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere… I sang that song in a medley with “The Addams Family” theme many nights when I played piano bars. Funny. And yes, my sister bought Patty Duke’s album. She was amazing in Valley of the Dolls.

    About the African nations that are getting hit with terrorism, YES. I mentioned on FB that I don’t do the “Belgian flag icon” bit because they never have representative flags for African nations. It’s so Eurocentric and gross, that white America (and the corporate media) only react when it’s, you know, Belgium or Paris or whatever. So disingenuous and crude. Amy

  4. Patty… “a hotdog makes her lose control.” Even as a little kid (who had not yet learned about innuendo, intentional or as in this case apparently not) I said What? Huh? How does anyone lose control over a hotdog? This continues to bother me well into the 21st Century.

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