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Roundup May, 14 2011

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01. For Over One Hundred Years Americans Knew Pit Bulls for What They Did Best. Babysitting. (Above).

Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults. The Nanny Dog is now vilified by a media that always wants a demon dog breed to frighten people and LHASA-APSO BITES MAN just doesn’t sell papers. Before pit bulls it was Rottweilers, before Rottweilers it was Dobermans, and before them German Shepherds. Each breed in it’s order were deemed too vicious and unpredictable to be around people. Each time people wanted laws to ban them. It is breathtakingly ironic that the spotlight has turned on the breed once the symbol of our country and our national babysitter.” (YWGrossman).

02. Whiskey and Geography

“Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World tells the story of Franklin County, Virginia, during the 1930s  through the lives of Appalachian farmers who made moonshine there.  The book reveals how whiskey production ultimately caught local residents in a conspiracy of national proportions.  As background, Spirits of Just Men asks why so many farmers lived in such out of the way places.  How did they acquire their knowledge of producing liquor? And, what did moonshining have to do with national farm and trade policy?  The following excerpt sketches the origins of whiskey-making in the backcountry and resistance to Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to impose a whiskey tax.” (Southern Spaces).

03. Ainge: Shaq will probably retire

“I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional decisions, but my guess is he has.” (CSNNE).

04. White Rappers Paying Homage to the Past

“NOT 30 seconds into “Dr. Lecter,” the debut full-length album by’ Action Bronson, and the history lessons begin. It happens quickly, this one — a few bars rapped in the cadence of “Broken Language,” a minor 1995 hit by Smoothe Da Hustler and Trigger Tha Gambler. It’s the sort of reference dropped in as a wink, from connoisseur to connoisseur, insider to insider.” (NYT).

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