Anthony Huber, 26, Skateboarder

Grew up in Kenosha, attended Lincoln Middle School.

“He loved skateboarding.” — Tim Kramer, ex-classmate

Became one of two men killed by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Self is reading an article in the September 5 – 6 issue of wsj. The article, by Chris Kornelis, is about Tony Hawke, skateboarding icon (picture below, she cropped the wsj photo)

In the first reports of the Kenosha shooting, self read that Huber tried to hit Rittenhouse with his skateboard, but was otherwise unarmed. This detail is what fixed the image of Anthony Huber in her mind.

Last year (Self’s doing a lot of sighing over LAST YEAR), self watched an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Small Island in London’s National Theatre with son, daughter-in-law, and Amy Toland of Miami University Press. After, as the four of us walked towards the Waterloo underground, we passed a skateboarding ramp. It was just before midnight. The skateboarders were out in force. After seeing a play, there is something so mysterious and gripping about the sound of people going up and down a skateboarding ramp — up, down. Up, down. Over and over. The skateboarders’ own private, wordless mantra.

Self remembers finding the sounds almost hypnotic — as expressive, in their own way, as the words she had just been listening to for three hours (It was a long play, she loved every moment)

So there were the four of us, walking. And self remembers being very, very happy in that moment. London is such a great city: who puts a skateboarding ramp next to the National Theatre? Londoners, that’s who!

So she is particularly saddened by the fact that Anthony Huber was a skateboarder. There was no reason for Anthony Huber to go toward the danger of Kyle Rittenhouse. Only something instinctive, maybe a skateboarder’s instinct.

Never forget.

Tony Hawk, 52, Skateboarding Icon (from wsj, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6, 2020)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Campaign Fundraising Totals (wsj, Thursday, 3 September 2020)

p. A4: “Biden’s August Fundraising is Record” by Ken Thomas

“Mr. Trump has held a significant cash advantage during much of the campaign, but Mr. Biden’s fundraising onslaught has eroded it. Mr. Trump’s team ended July with more than $300 million in the bank, while Mr. Biden’s campaign said it had $294 million at the end of last month (August).”

As a measure of comparison, in January 2020, Biden’s campaign “raised less than $9 million for the month. During August, his campaign averaged about $11.7 million daily.”

A large bump came with Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate: $48 million came to the Biden campaign “in the 48 hours after” the announcement.

The playing field is almost level now. (Interesting side note: the article says that in August 2016, the Clinton campaign had raised $143 million against the Trump campaign’s $90 million. WOW. Trump was such an underdog! He really did come out of nowhere)

The True Face of Freedom Wears a Mask

Kwame Anthony Appiah in wsj, Sat/Sun Aug. 8 – 9, 2020:

What’s the iconic image of American freedom? To judge by countless rock and country songs, it’s rolling down the highway, possibly with the wind in our hair. Sure, there were comforts back home, but also expectations and obligations, and now, rockin’ down the highway, you’re free from all that.

But what does it take to roll on down the highway? Well, a highway, for starters. The federal government built the interstate highway system, using its constitutional prerogative of eminent domain hundreds of thousands of times to keep it straight, while collecting taxes to pay for its construction and maintenance. And then you can only speed down your lane because you know that the other cars are moving in the same direction. Governmental power, exercised through a veritable trailer-load of law, is what makes it possible to keep truckin’ on.

Minimal-state libertarians tend to revile regulations while prizing private property and the free market. But property rights are meaningless without legal procedures to sort out ownership and mechanisms of enforcement to protect it.


The piece is extremely long and takes up most of page C4 in tiny print, so self will resist quoting too much. The upshot is: There’s precious little freedom in the sick ward and less still in the graveyard.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sunday Read: wsj, Tuesday, 28 July 2020, p. A3

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Eric Murfitt, controller of Mercantile Portland, a downtown clothing retailer who “said he supports the fight for racial justice” but “blames Portland’s leaders for letting the protesters go too far and holds federal agents responsible for turning them into martyrs” told wsj: “They’ve gotten a lot of sympathy from a lot of people . . . None of that . . . should have gotten sympathy.”

Justin King, owner of Rooks Barbershop, whose “windows were broken three times at his downtown store” and “regularly participates in demonstrations,” said it happened “while I was out getting tear-gassed. It was pretty frustrating.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is “a sixth-generation Oregonian” struggling to straddle the line between police reform and ceding control to the only black member of the Portland City Commission.

Oh by the way:

“Last week . . . the city council in Washington D.C. . . . approved a . . . roughly 3% cut to the police budget” (which, in self’s humble opinion, seems pretty WEE, given all the weeks of protest)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

Good and Bad News, Brought To You By wsj 23 July 2020

Chipotle Triples Its Online Sales (and self has never eaten in Chipotle!)

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Drops by 97%

Whirlpool Benefits from Stay-Home Repairs

Dow Jumps 165, Lifted by Pfizer Shares

Dairy Prices Near Levels Before Slump

 

Front Page, Today’s WSJ (Thurs, 9 July 2020)

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Trump is ordering schools to open, but doesn’t tell us HOW we’re supposed to open to reduce the risk to children and their teachers.

Instead — GIMME A BREAK — he picks a fight with the CDC?

Our Supposed Secretary of Education is 100% behind POTUS about schools opening and is also 100% not having a clue how. (“Just open.”)

This is a travesty.

So angry right now.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

The Wall Street Journal, Friday, 13 March 2020

p. A4: CRISIS TESTS PRESIDENT’S AD-LIB STYLE

Does self care? She means, about the testing of the President’s “ad-lib style”? No, not really.

President Trump’s rare prime-time speech Wednesday was designed to reassure the nation about his administration’s response to a quickly spreading coronavirus.

Instead, Mr. Trump’s scripted speech included errors about health-insurance payments and European travel restrictions, people involved in the speechwriting said Thursday. He also inserted his own mistakes as he spoke, the people said.

During the 10-minute speech — with its one stray word suggesting that the U.S. would ban cargo from Europe — stock futures fell sharply, and the global market rout that followed led to U.S. stocks’ worst drop since 1987 on Thursday.

These Strange Times

Today’s headline, Wall Street Journal:

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No words. Simply no words.

Sunday Morning Reading: WSJ Weekend Edition, 15-16 February 2020

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2400 passengers

Health workers in masks and body suits

“I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I could die from this cruise.” — Gay Courter, 75, American novelist

Trigger Warning: Cruelty to Animals

Wall Street Journal, 24 December 2019, p. A6

U.S. HALTS BOMB-SNIFFER DOG PROGRAM AFTER DEATHS IN EGYPT, JORDAN

by Jessica Donati

The U.S. has stopped providing bomb-sniffing dogs to Egypt and Jordan after an investigation disclosed that several dogs in those countries died because of mistreatment and neglect, U.S. officials said Monday.

The report was triggered by a whistleblower complaint and published by the State Department Office of the Inspector General … prompting the department’s response.

The report found that two dogs died in Jordan of neglect and mistreatment this year, including one death caused by heat stroke and another by poisoning from an insecticide.

Three out of 10 dogs provided to Egypt in August 2018 have died, the report found. Egyptian authorities have refused to grant U.S. personnel access to the dogs or their kennels. The U.S. Embassy has requested medical reports for the dogs that died this year.

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