Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I’m not sure I watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as a child.  I remember cartoons and The Three Stooges.  Educational programming wasn’t a thing yet.  I have two sisters, almost a decade younger, though.  I do remember watching Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers at a time when I was probably not their targeted demographic.  Hey, all the better.   I remember enjoying and being even a bit confused by Mister Rogers.  I didnt even appreciate that he voiced all the puppet characters, something that seems obvious to me today.  And I really never followed the plot of the puppet shows.  Even today I can’t remember any of the plotlines though I remember the characters well.  Perhaps it was inscrutable, even to an older child, but it did keep my attention for years.  A good article from the Atlantic on Mr Rogers.

My Friend Mister Rogers

I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.

Democracy is for Losers

As a person who was illegally “scrubbed” in a Texas national election many year ago, I have made it a point to pay attention to anti-democratic tactics in US politics.  We will see how it goes in Kentucky in 2019.  There seems to be a clear and simple path for the Republican party establishment to overturn an election that they lost.  Will they do it?  Seems like a bad idea all around to me.  Of course this is on top of decades of gerrymandering, questionable funding of elections, and other forms of disenfranchisement.  Oh, Republicans don’t hate democracy.  They like democracy when they win.  The real test is how you feel about democracy when the votes don’t go your way.  From Salon:

Republicans won’t concede: They react to sweeping losses by attacking democracy

Matt Bevin hopes the Kentucky legislature will just appoint him governor: One more sign Republicans hate democracy

Oklahoma Panhandle

Was wondering why that 30 mile wide strip of land called the Oklahoma Panhandle sits between Texas and Colorado.  Like many things in the US it has its history in slavery.  From wiki:

When Texas sought to enter the Union in 1845 as a slave state, federal law in the United States, based on the Missouri Compromise, prohibited slavery north of 36°30′ parallel north. Under the Compromise of 1850, Texas surrendered its lands north of 36°30′ latitude. The 170-mile strip of land, a “neutral strip”, was left with no state or territorial ownership from 1850 until 1890. It was officially called the “Public Land Strip” and was commonly referred to as “No Man’s Land.”