Gentle reader likely recalls the many times these essays have called out the ingrates in Red states, in particular Appalachia whose population would still be getting water from hand pumped wells, shitting in the dirt, and reading their Bibles with kerosene lamps were it not for the largesse of FDR and developed states. They remain multi-generational ingrates, whose leaders continue to push the USofA toward the United States of Alabama.

Yet another tome telling the tale. I've not yet read the book, and may not, naturally given that I am a member of the choir.

He is aghast that so many Appalachians vote against their own interests. (West Virginia went heavily for Donald Trump.) He posits that jobs versus health is a false choice. He suggests a way forward that includes reparations, the creation of new kinds of communities, free college tuition and other remedies.

As stated here more than once: the uneducated, unskilled, unemployed won't be helped by the likes of Orange Julius Caesar. He's just a Barnum, fleecing the already dispossessed, so hidebound and uneducated that they'll blame The Others (city/black/educated folks) rather than themselves for their predicament if gulled by an expert charlatan.

The review closes:

If a country can be judged by how it treats its worst-off citizens, we do not seem especially virtuous. "What made politicians and investors think," Stoll writes, "that they could do whatever they wanted wherever they wanted?"

The answer, naturally, lies in the title of Thomas Franks' "What's The Matter With Kansas". It's the stupidity, stupid.

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Comment by Arthur James on November 22, 2017 at 11:54am


Lately it does appear

as a three-ring Circus.

A good Job after

reading the OT

Bible book of Job

to become a 

Chimney Sweep

and hand out

handfuls o

Black Soot.





Comment by Tom Cordle on November 22, 2017 at 2:10pm

My father was from Appalachia, coal mining country in East Kentucky, but he had the good sense to get out. I went to see Deliverance with my former wife, who was aghast at the opening scene. "Are there really people who live like this," she asked incredulously. "I replied, "Most of my dad's kin."

What possessed me to return to that part of the country (East Tennessee), I'm still trying to figure out. At the time, I somehow convinced myself the soft moaning sound through the pines was the Cherokee Wind calling me home – who knows, maybe it was. But it seems pretty clear to me now, the Native peoples, who lived here for ten thousand years or so and left it pretty much unspoiled, put a curse upon those who stole it from them and marched them off to the hell otherwise known as Oklahoma.

Granted, this is still one of the most beautiful places on the planet – if you can ignore what the inhabitants have done to it, by way of ramshackle houses, condemned trailers, and litter  – including, but not limited to bald tires and old refrigerators – scattered along every highway and byway. And granted, the weather's a damn sight better here than in Michigan, where I was born. But was the beauty and the weather worth the price of having to suffer the slings and arrows of abject ignorance and aching poverty?

I could maybe deal with that, if it wasn't for the overbearing hypocrisy that comes with living in the buckle of the bible belt, in a part of the country where it appears a child molester is preferable to a Democrat. One of my songs, Water Into Wine, deals with this this perverted kindergarten kristianity:

Jesus lives up in the mountains, but he don't party much
Ever since his resurrection, he's lost the common touch
And the sons of John the Baptist are totally immersed
In a lunatic religion, they got runnin' in reverse

Sometimes all you can do is try to sing away the blues.

Comment by Robert Young on November 22, 2017 at 2:52pm

there's not much more to say

Comment by koshersalaami on November 22, 2017 at 10:38pm

Well versed

Comment by Arthur James on November 23, 2017 at 2:10am


Robert Young is a person of few

words. koshersaalaami? He's

well versed only if he rephrases

Stink  Tanks and Hates Bloggers

@ Web site ` VETERANS TODAY.

No mention to him Ya's Browse

Additional webs? Brain Pickings,

On Being etc? He'll Delete and

Castigate Ya's because You

Not Jewish? If Ya/me Born

in a Barn that no mean WE

a Cow, Camel, Horse, Red

Hen or some Otter or other

Possum who is a nice beast?


He's a bird?



Sour Grout?

Prout? Kale

and Butter

Peas? If I did

not have to

pee pee and

Feed Barn Cats

I'd comment

less @ Our?

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 23, 2017 at 2:11am

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

 It has been more than 50 years since Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And while he was signing that bill into law, LBJ supposedly turned to someone and said, “There goes the South for a generation.”

He was right about the electoral backlash, but he underestimated its duration...

Southerners are still voting as though the Civil Rights Bill was passed and signed into law yesterday.

"Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact."

---Lyndon B. Johnson

Comment by Arthur James on November 23, 2017 at 2:17am


Ron Powell...

Good to Hear from Ya's.

We Bumped into one another.

WE now got black soot on our nose.

It's not Terrible. aslsoknownsas? He'd

Rush Off To The Proctologist Doctor?





He'd post more ` bout J.F.K and M.L.K,

and Espouse Non-Violence at Blogs.






Comment by alsoknownas on November 23, 2017 at 8:14am

Unfortunately, the bigotry and stupidity of certain sorts of people is not limited by geography. Were it that convenient those of us with a set of wheels and an overnight bag could drive away from it.

This thread alone makes my point.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 23, 2017 at 8:35am

Please let me know if I have ever castigated or deleted any of you because you weren't Jewish. Thank you. 

Comment by Arthur James on November 23, 2017 at 8:42am



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