How a paper shortage causes bodies to back up
(8/3/22 BenQQ) Shelby County still is reportedly experiencing a paper shortage that is causing delays in processing human cadavers, according to one post-mortem service.
"It's crashed everybody," said the CEO in one post-mortem service. "We are now recording Shelby County deaths in Fayette County."
The problem with that is Fayette does not have the capacity to print certificates. It prints only in the morning and in the afternoon, said the CEO.
This leaves the Shelby County Health Department ill equipped to certify deaths as attested to in the death certificate from doctors. The county issues the death certificate. Death certificates are needed for insurance claims and other purposes.
Further, families need death certificates to discover what took the life of their deceased relatives.
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Woke Gets Elvis
(7/18/22 BenQQ) Never one to let go when it benefits it, the Sunday 7/17/22 Commercial Appeal raised yet another divisive and arguably incomplete story from a woke scribbler working for the paper's parent company, USA Today.
In a review about the new Elvis movie, Neledi Ushe draws on the social criticism that white rock 'n rollers “appropriated”--meaning stole--black music. The story entitled “Appropriation or Appreciation” should have been '...or Assimilation'. Even as a side element, it managed to ignore how different cultures always eventually mix despite differences.
The crux of the article and criticism of the movie is Elvis wouldn't be Elvis if America's segregated society at the time had not kept the major black music artists like Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino out of the dominant white market.
Sure, you can make the case, but at most its one of those fun history exercises of what the country might have looked like had it not been racially segregated. What in history might have been different? Answer: everything, from politics to personal relationships to racial identity itself. By that I mean the blending of races to the point where racial identity was not even a thing. But, unfortunately, it was a thing. And there is an incentive to keep it a political, financial and social thing today.
Another thing is clear: now people, at least some quoted in the article, hate (or at least resent) Elvis for having “white privilege” that, they argue, enabled him to be crowned “King of Rock 'n Roll” at the expense of other black music greats.
Little Richard argued he would have been king if the big picture of race had been different.
One guy in the article said whites were always looking for a “Great White Hope” to keep a black from becoming king. Honestly, growing up in Memphis, I never once came across that sentiment.
On the other hand...
At the time Elvis was just beginning to play to crowds in Memphis, someone told him he should play like the black musicians in a local club. He apparently started playing that way. He liked it. His audiences liked it.
Is that the only evidence to support the article's contention that Elvis' music was not “natural” like that of blacks?
Related, does music at some point after singing it a lot in your own voice become 'naturalized' and natural?
Finally, does being a white writer from a lower middle class background automatically define your work as “unnatural” as current anti-Elvis writers (apparently there are a few) would have you conclude?
If some or all that is true, I would argue the music industry in good woke consciousness should pull the contracts with white artists doing hip hop.
What Elvis did and what black artists couldn't do at the time was establish a mass market of young music fans over radio and early TV. Are you experienced enough to remember Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show? If you had a TV set at the time in Memphis, you probably watched it totally unaware someone much later would attribute theft of a music genre to the outrageously new singer.
You watched because he was a local boy who got on national TV.
A popular huge market willing to spend money on sumptuous full color LPs - - one had multiple pages of fantastic Elvis portraits - - and buy tickets to massive concerts did not really exist before Elvis.
Finally, perhaps a more journalistically interesting, but less politically sensational, story is how white and black music rapidly “assimilitated” to create one thriving rock n roll music genre—just like the country, if you will.
Someone at the CA should have stopped and asked, “Hey wait a minute. What about all the times black musicians borrowed from white musicians? Doesn't that at least merit a paragraph?”
Example: Aretha Franklin performing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” that became a big hit with blacks and was written by two Jewish boys from New York (Simon and Garfunkel).
History we cannot avoid exists. If Elvis had a statue in Memphis, some people would want to pull it down. Elvis would be a symbol of old white culture despite the fact that he nor his fans had any particular antipathy toward blacks.
But in today's woke environment, because Elvis benefited personally from segregation that kept black competitors off the main stage, whites are now guilty of the broad racial crimes of the last century.
The modern agenda now reaching for Elvis and the broader culture that set him up as "King of Rock 'n Roll" are like Madame Mao's Social Revolutionaries. Tear down and rebuild.
If this meme of Elvis as symbolic of white culture, what is Memphis to do with its annual “Elvis Week?” Corporately enough, they could change it to “Music History Week.”
Biden Targets 147,000 Tax Payers Earning Under $50,000
(8.6.22) In the wake of Biden's promise to hire thousands of new IRS agents to audit tax payers, Fox News reports 147,000 lower middle income Americans have already been audited. This comes when Biden has increased government spending by the trillions, which in turn has reduced the spending value of the dollar which in turn is being aggressively taxed. This is no different than the abusive admins of abusive left wing dictatorships.
Such aggressive tax enforcement from the Democrats puts an especially heavy burden on those the party has traditionally claimed as their constituency. Minorities reportedly are abandoning
the Democratic Party at an ever increasing rate.
Tax activist Grover Norquist on Fox News: "They want to take $80 billion from taxpayers, $80 billion and hire 87,000 more bureaucrats in the IRS. They go after independent contractors and small businesses, not General Motors, smaller businesses. That's where they think they're going to make their money."
Little attention has been raised by candidates of either major party to abolish the IRS for a national tax system such as a federal tax. Will Trump jump on this following Biden's tax abuses?
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