commented on "Black Like Us" Hits a Nerve
"Passing" is a deep phenomenon. In the 1880s it became fashionable for white Americans to speak of having a "Cherokee" ancestor, politely ignorig the fact that the Cherokee were one of the least exogamous tribes. If Grandma told you that you have a Cherokee ancestor, chances are about 10 to 1 that "Cherokee" means "Black". That's why all the states that had definitions of "race" in their laws (most Midwest states, and all Southern states) Changed the definition between 1910 and 1920. If they had not, the 1920 census would have shown America to be a majority Black country.
commented on The Stranger's Day in Court
@8--The Ninth Circuit has offices, chambers, and a courtroom here in Seattle, as well as resident judges. It has such satellite operations in Los Angeles, Honolulu, Phoenix, and a couple other cities.
commented on Beyond the Danish
This article is bizarre! Writing about "Scandinavian bakeries" with no mention of Ballard, the second-largest settlement of expat Scandis in the U.S.??
Larsen's is probably the most authentic Scandi bakery in Seattle. An earlier poster described it as "meh"--Ever been to Norway, Dude? Lots of "meh" stuff. It's an acquired taste. But Scandinavian Specialties goes for the rich, intense stuff.
commented on Godwin's Law Hits the Bestseller Lists
I read it first in English; then, thinking I must have missed something, I read it in German. Then it dawned on me: To be affected by it, one had to have grown up between 1880 and 1930 in Germany in an abusive family, shocked by the loss of World War One. The book is an emotional artifact of the same generation who, if they grew up in America, were swept off their feet by "The Great Gatsby". Hitler was a lousy writer, a bigot and a profoundly ignorant man, but he knew his time and place.