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I'm saving this for future reference. There are several past posts I've read when it would apply.

I might just start referring to it as "The Rule de La Paz."

Your post is so exceedingly terse that it has lost its context and doesn't make any cogent point.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Dec 2, 2022, 03:15 PM (1 replies)

I joined because I was on Facebook in my high-school reunion group and one of my classmates

Posted a DU Meme. I pranced right over and hope that I live here forever because I love it sooooo much! Facebook? I've been there maybe five times in the last three years. I despise it.

I'm here every day for hours. I learn so much! And it keeps me from being lonely. Plus the DU Braintrust has saved my bacon during some emergencies.

If you don't see me here then something's seriously wrong. Please send out a search party!

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Dec 1, 2022, 10:48 PM (0 replies)

I deeply believe that we are all traumatized by these shootings.

Our collective society is under siege. If a person isn't touched by these events they are deranged and/or are manifesting antisocial personality disorder. In other words, very sick and possibly a danger to society.

How many of us here haven't started to rethink our societal interactions?

I have read at least one thread today discussing the safest times to go shopping. We consider adjusting our activities based on gun violence not just because we are fearful. We are traumatized.

Because of the frequently repeated trauma, we are unable to think critically. We're unable to conclude that it's the weapons that are the ultimate problem.

It's not the visit to the store, bar, club, synagogue, church, school, college, Post Office, restaurant ball game, party, park, street, gas station, spa, apartment, nail salon, rest stop, deli, apartment, strip club, home or in a drive by. And that's not an entirely inclusive list of actual places where these crimes occur.

We have to start thinking critically and behave differently or this will only get worse. But how much worse can it be?

I've had enough. It's time for letters, phone calls and promises to those in power who refuse to see the need for change. They need to deeply understand that they will be voted out if they refuse to listen and act accordingly.

If we can't vote them out then they need to know that we will hound them into their graves until they do something monumental to protect the people of our society.

We can refuse to live like this and we should make our refusal known and make it loud, united and crystal clear.

Enough is enough.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Nov 24, 2022, 03:38 PM (3 replies)


1) David Zucchino’s book, Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, won a Pulitzer in general nonfiction in 2021.

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans

By the 1890s, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest city and a shining example of a mixed-race community. It was a bustling port city with a burgeoning African American middle class and a Fusionist government of Republicans and Populists that included black aldermen, police officers and magistrates. There were successful black-owned businesses and an African American newspaper, The Record. But across the state—and the South—white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny.

In 1898, in response to a speech calling for white men to rise to the defense of Southern womanhood against the supposed threat of black predators, Alexander Manly, the outspoken young Record editor, wrote that some relationships between black men and white women were consensual. His editorial ignited outrage across the South, with calls to lynch Manly.

But North Carolina’s white supremacist Democrats had a different strategy. They were plotting to take back the state legislature in November “by the ballot or bullet or both,” and then use the Manly editorial to trigger a “race riot” to overthrow Wilmington’s multi-racial government. Led by prominent citizens including Josephus Daniels, publisher of the state’s largest newspaper, and former Confederate Colonel Alfred Moore Waddell, white supremacists rolled out a carefully orchestrated campaign that included raucous rallies, race-baiting editorials and newspaper cartoons, and sensational, fabricated news stories.

With intimidation and violence, the Democrats suppressed the black vote and stuffed ballot boxes (or threw them out), to win control of the state legislature on November eighth. Two days later, more than 2,000 heavily armed Red Shirts swarmed through Wilmington, torching the Record office, terrorizing women and children, and shooting at least sixty black men dead in the streets. The rioters forced city officials to resign at gunpoint and replaced them with mob leaders. Prominent blacks—and sympathetic whites—were banished. Hundreds of terrified black families took refuge in surrounding swamps and forests.

This brutal insurrection is a rare instance of a violent overthrow of an elected government in the U.S. It halted gains made by blacks and restored racism as official government policy, cementing white rule for another half century. It was not a “race riot,” as the events of November 1898 came to be known, but rather a racially motivated rebellion launched by white supremacists.

In Wilmington’s Lie, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper accounts, diaries, letters and official communications to create a gripping and compelling narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate and fear and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history.

(Book description from Amazon)

Author interview with the Free Library of Philadelphia

2) The short movie produced by the very far right John Locke Foundation and panned by critics for its disingenuousness and misrepresentation of the event.

The 1898 Wilmington Massacre Was Anything But A Love Story
July 27, 2022

The Wilmington Massacre was a devastating blow to what could have truly been something special, something far more special than a fictional love story. North Carolina had a chance to be a progressive state that had elected officials that actually represented the people they were elected by, and that was stolen by violent, petulant white supremacists who were willing to murder hundreds of people to keep their power.

Reframing the massacre as a love story is not only an insult that disrespects the complex history of our state, but it’s also a blatant lie. A lie meant to trivialize and romanticize a violent piece of history and act as a soothing balm over the scorching burn that the January 6th insurrection left on our country. A lie meant to teach young children that “these things happen” and the parts of history that are hard to look at aren’t worth talking about.

Opinion writer for The Charlotte Observer Paige Masten summed it up best: “What happened in 1898 wasn’t a love story, and it’s absurd and callous to rewrite it as such. There’s nothing romantic about institutionalized racism. And most of all, we shouldn’t care about it simply because it was an “important historical event.” We should care about it because it was a violently racist insurrection that made North Carolina a white supremacist state — the remnants of which are still present today.”
Snip...more at the link...

3) Stage play, What the River Knows, I am proud to say is a production of a friend of mine, Alicia Inshiradu, that opens tonight at Thalian Hall in Wilmington. The play premieres tonight at 7:30. There are additional 7:30 shows on Friday and Saturday, and a 2:00 matinee on Sunday.

You can find out how to purchase tickets here...

Follow the link below to view the television interview with the Lead actor Joseph Hill.


THIS WEEKEND: Stage play honors lives lost in 1898 Wilmington Massacre
November 10, 2022 Matt Bennett

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is 1898 Commemoration week in New Hanover County, and a new stage play aims to educate Wilmington residents about what happened in their city 124 years ago.

‘What the River Knows’ is a play adapted from a short film by the same name, created by Alicia Inshiradu. That film premiered at Cucalorus Film Festival Festival to critical acclaim.

Lead actor Joseph Hill says the play follows the life of a person who owned businesses and property in 1898 before being killed in the massacre.

“It’s really, really important to grasp that this happened to real people,” Hill said. “These people lived lives and have descendants who are still here in Wilmington to this day.”
Snip...more, including the video interview at the link...

4) Short Film THE RED CAPE

A young child and his tenacious father struggle to survive a mounting white supremacy campaign that incites the violent 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Coup, a white insurrection that terrorized a thriving black community and became the only Coup d'état in United States history.

Thanks for sharing this mahatmakanejeeves.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Nov 10, 2022, 03:02 PM (1 replies)

What is Christian Nationalism? A possibly helpful graphic and accompanying dilemmas...

When I first started working as an election judge, I was astounded by how many people relied on mailers, from their churches, to vote. Naive me, mentioned it to the "boss" judge because I believed it to be illegal electioneering and technically, it is.

He looked at me like I had sprouted an extra head and nothing more was said about it. I can take a hint and I wanted to continue to do my job. I would have to play by the unofficial rules and look the other way. As an INFJ it's a hard thing for me to do, but I did it anyway. My desire to volunteer was very strong.

That same piece of paper, actually a cardstock mailer, was passed around from voter to voter to voter until I lost count of how many people used it as a reference for casting their votes. The whole experience left me heartsick but I didn't quit because that's how we fail.

I know this is the Religion Group and technically this post is about politics but General Discussion rules forbid posting topics related to Religion. I didn't know where else to post it. Maybe that's a problem we have that needs to be reconciled if we're going to win the battle against having religion commingled with our politics. Especially since what we're talking about is distinctly Christian Nationalism.

It's bad enough now. It could get worse and I'm afraid it will. I think we need a plan to correct the trajectory. It's past time to be able to nip it in the bud. That ship sailed long ago. Any ideas?

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Nov 10, 2022, 02:12 PM (4 replies)


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Nov 3, 2022, 06:57 AM (1 replies)

How to post a Twitter picture only...

1. Copy the link from the Twitter picture.

You must first open it in a background tab or a new tab then copy the link to the new tab.


2. Delete everything up to and including the question mark. Usually twenty four characters.


3. Add .jpg and voila.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Oct 14, 2022, 01:54 AM (1 replies)

NC Sample Ballot and Voting Resources

Sample Ballot

Sample ballots for each election are only available once finalized.

Find Your Sample Ballot
Searching for your sample ballot? To view sample ballots, registered voters must enter their information into the Voter Search and navigate to “Your Sample Ballot.”
Link to search tool:

Voters can practice making selections with the accessible sample ballot: “Option 4” at the N.C. Absentee Ballot Portal

Learn about the next election at Upcoming Election.


How to Look Up Your Sample Ballot

You can look up your sample ballot (along with your Election Day voting location or precinct and your voting districts) through a three-step process on the State Board of Elections voter lookup tool.

Sample ballots for the 2022 Midterm Elections are now live. Check the lookup below to find yours!

We provide instructions on how to complete this process below.

Then follow this three-step process to view your sample ballot and find your Election Day precinct.

1. Enter your first and last names as they appear on your voter registration record. Don’t enter a middle name. It’s not necessary to enter your birth date or county unless you have a very common name. Click “Search.”

2. Click on your name from the list of similar names to see a profile of your registration, including your precinct’s Election Day polling place, the jurisdictions you live in, and a link to your Sample Ballot.

3. Below the heading, “Sample Ballot,” click on the letter/number to the right of the current Election date on the page with your registration profile. This will bring up a new page with your sample ballot.


Make your voice heard. Learn how to register to vote, find your polling place, and more.


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 11:09 PM (0 replies)

Happy National Hug a Drummer Day!

Behind every song that stirs your soul, there’s a drummer keeping a beat. Whether you listen to pop, rock, jazz, country, hip-hop or soul, it’s a drummer who makes all your favorite songs get up and move. That’s why every October 10, we celebrate National Hug a Drummer Day — a day for giving these hardworking, talented, and often underappreciated musicians their day in the spotlight!

The first modern drum kit
William Ludwig opened a company and patented the kick-drum pedal, leading to the first "drum kit" as we know it today.​ During the Dixieland era, space and money constraints led bands to consolidate their drums in one space so that one percussionist could play them all.

The first drumming bandleader
Drummer Chick Webb formed a band in Harlem, making him the first prominent bandleader who played the drums. This paved the way for recognition of the modern celebrity drummer.

First drummers' Hall of Fame
Modern Drummer Magazine created the first Hall of Fame specifically for drummers, inducting big-band phenomenon Gene Krupa as its first member.

Listen to some of the greats
The art of drumming has a long, rich history shaped by many towering figures. Pick up some records or surf the Internet, and bask in the talents of history-making drummers like Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, who elevated drumming to the complex and varied art form it is today.

Donate to your local school band
It's no secret that many public schools' arts programs suffer from lack of funds, and drum equipment is particularly expensive. Make a donation to your local school district's music program to help the next generation of drummers find their groove!

Hug a drummer you know
Hug a Drummer Day isn't just a clever name! Find a drummer you know, amateur or professional, and give him or her some love for the sacrifice of their art.

1. Drumming is great exercise​
Drumming is great cardio and can burn more calories in half an hour than swimming, hiking, or weight lifting. ​

​2. Somebody once drummed for over half a week straight
Kunto Hartono of Indonesia drummed for a total of more than 122 consecutive hours — a world record.

3. The king of all drum kits
It has 813​ pieces — and takes 15 people around four hours to set it up. You would need over an hour to strike each individual piece.

Drummers have more talent than you think
Drummers are often looked down upon as crude, unskilled, and unmusical. Research shows, however, that their dexterity and coordination rivals that of any musician, and they actually score higher in abstract reasoning and problem-solving than many other types of musicians.

Drummers suffer for their art
Drumming is harder on one's physical health than almost any other musical instrument. Hearing difficulties are very common: A study by the Percussive Arts society found that more than half of professional drummers suffer from tinnitus. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, and frayed tendons also run rampant in the drumming community.

Drummers need more love!
Despite playing a vital role in popular music, drummers typically earn less pay, accrue fewer performing and composing credits, and achieve less popular recognition than other musicians. They deserve more recognition than they get!


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Oct 10, 2022, 12:28 AM (2 replies)

The secret to living longer may be your social life, Susan Pinker, 2017 TED

Link to his Twitter bio:

What does it take to live beyond 100 years?


The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

3,145,842 views | Susan Pinker • TED2017

Transcript at the link.


How long do you want to live?
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Oct 6, 2022, 01:53 AM (3 replies)
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