Brevet Captain

I am a reader and writer who appreciates the comedy and decency of dogs, the subtleties of whiskey, and the pure beauty of a pulling guard in the open field.

Writers whose works I love: Neal Stephenson, Thomas Pynchon, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Herman Melville, Ishmael Reed, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Feodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and James Joyce.

Email at PeterRobJon at gmail
Twitter: BrevetCaptain

Drinking beer and reading about computers, frog retinas vis á vis the cognitive process by which organisms understand and shape their world-view, and linguistics.

As one does.

Gotta know your chicken, kids.

Girl Groups?

Cibo Matto!

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I have a mighty need.

Poor NC folks here with ancestors on both sides. :/

Oh, if the Brevet Captain has a great-great-great-grandchild by me, he or she will be the descendent of a Revolutionary soldier and slave-owners besides a fairly unremarkable Union officer.

We just don’t advertise that fact around here. It is a shameful fact. But a fact nonetheless. We would teach this child his/her family history with eyes wide open. We do not celebrate owning people.

I believe you know why.

Other than, “I want the world to know I’m a racist,” no. I really don’t.

I think it should be called the traitors’ flag. But I only have partial smugness because I’m the great-granddaughter of immigrants.

I am fully on-board with this.

And, it should be noted, the Brevet Captain was an off the boat Ulster Scot. I haven’t yet found any evidence he was a ‘legal immigrant.’ He just shows up here, takes the $300 enlistment fee (I believe—no proof for this either, but he did sign the first 3 year enlistment offers), and is a soldier.

If he had come through Charleston or Savannah instead of, presumably, New York or Bridgeport, he’d probably have been a Confederate soldier. He had no other skills that I can find.

So yes, ‘Traitor’s Flag’ it is.

As the great-great-grandson of a Union officer, I speak with the full smugness of one who happened to be born on the winning side, both in terms of the terms of surrender and ethically, but, per tehblackbirdisrunning's post about Scalia and the Rebel flag, why the hell would anyone want to fly that flag?

I mean, that was the losing side. Johnny Reb lost. Ball don’t lie.

All I can see with the Rebel flag people is ‘I wish I could still own black people and make them do my work for me for free because I think they are categorically inferior to me and mine.’

Because what, otherwise, did the CSA offer its citizens? A line-item veto for the President? That’s where you’re going to hang your hat?

And don’t step to me with that States’ Rights bullshit. It was the right of each state to foster laws that said rich people could own black people and NOTHING else that motivated the Planters to inflame the yeoman farmers to fight their war for them.

I may not be rational when it comes to animals.

And yet, here I go, about to warm up a steak. 

This Bud ad running in baseball is driving me crazy.

This guy is not a hero. A cab. He gets a cab to get home safely to his dog. That’s your message.

That poor dog is emotionally distraught. That is not entertaining.

I hope he shit in the guy’s bed.

But, having grown up with labs and lab mixes, I bet he won’t. He looks like he would go into distress before relieving himself in the house (unlike stupid Eloise who goes wherever whenever).

BREAKING: FCC considering move to ban Washington NFL team name

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency’s chairman indicated on Tuesday.

The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name “Redskins.”

Banzhaf says the word is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use “akin to broadcasting obscenity.”

"We’ll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters.

"There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those," Wheeler added.

I think that a) the Washington team’s name is racist, no ifs ands or buts; b) Daniel Snyder is a truly awful person who deserves all the bad things to happen to him and to him alone; and c) people who hang on to the team’s name as some-sort of thumbing their nose at the ‘PC Police’ are sad, pathetic racists who should feel bad about themselves. 

But the government seems to have no business limiting speech here.

The team can call itself what it wants—even a slur—and while I certainly would like to see them change the name and think that Phil Simms (an idiot, mind you) and other announcers saying they will try not to say the team’s name is a far more effective agent of change, I don’t think that the government needs to step in here.

This is not Little Rock Central High or the University of Mississippi, is it?

I mean, Matt and Trey demolished Snyder last week. Demolished. Culturally, the team name is poison now. 

And I can see the argument that no one should have to hear speech that defames them, and maybe it is the job of government to lead the way on social progress—especially for the team in the nation’s capital.

But for the FCC to come in seems wrong here. Then again, without the news media covering the National Guard going into Little Rock or Tuscaloosa, do we see changes in segregation happen so fast?

I do wish the Barves and the Kansas City and FSU football teams would stop the damn ‘tomahawk chop’ nonsense and the drums, and that fans of all these teams would stop wearing the sacred clothes, head-dresses, and face-paint of indigenous peoples. That’s gross.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

tbridge:

This is my bartender friend Joe Madden. He left for work Monday and was last seen on the 1000 block of Kearney St NE in Washington DC and never made it to work that day at Brookland’s Finest three blocks away. He’s missing and we need to find him.
He’s 6’1”, 170lbs, brown hair, beard, green eyes, and is about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
Please help find him and share this post far and wide.
Thanks.

tbridge:

This is my bartender friend Joe Madden. He left for work Monday and was last seen on the 1000 block of Kearney St NE in Washington DC and never made it to work that day at Brookland’s Finest three blocks away. He’s missing and we need to find him.

He’s 6’1”, 170lbs, brown hair, beard, green eyes, and is about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.

Please help find him and share this post far and wide.

Thanks.

(via vasolinejesus)

jenandtonic:

itsliketheyknowus:

"My child never responds to the nasal aspirator like a panicked feral animal. Deep down in her baby brain she knows that Mommy is trying to help. I enjoy sucking snot out of her face."
Picture submitted by Tina Farhana Amjad

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jenandtonic:

itsliketheyknowus:

"My child never responds to the nasal aspirator like a panicked feral animal. Deep down in her baby brain she knows that Mommy is trying to help. I enjoy sucking snot out of her face."

Picture submitted by Tina Farhana Amjad

Baby Snot Straw: The Mucus Vacuum You Power with Your Mouth! 

BRAAAAAAAINS.

The Answer Is The Title

scottfriday:

moveablehype:

darthstripmaul:

saberomega:

What the name of the flight school in Top Gun?

Actually it’s called Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI).

Naval Fighter Weapons School

Airvard University’s School of Launchonautics.

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