Black newspaper delivery driver detained after Pierce County sheriff claims, then recants, threat to life | The Seattle Times

I hadn’t seen this before today:

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer sparked a massive police response in late January after confronting a Black man driving near his home, telling a 911 dispatcher the man “threatened to kill me” — an allegation he retracted upon questioning by Tacoma police.

Troyer, who is white, said he did not racially profile Altheimer. He said he began following the carrier because he saw a driver he believed was behaving suspiciously in his neighborhood in Tacoma’s West End. “There is nothing to do with him being Black,” Troyer told The Seattle Times.

The newly elected sheriff expressed surprise Tacoma police had written an incident report about the encounter, noting Altheimer was not arrested. “I thought they solved it that night,” he said.

Yeah, right!

It’s a paradox. #TheMountainIsOut and the sky is at its most colorful best during early winter mornings. That’s also when the Mountain and colorful sky are visible the least. I’m always looking, frequently disappointed, yet always appreciative.

I’m up early and can see the outline of Mount Rainier. I think, “Today’s the day! It’s gonna happen!”

Then the fog rolls in. 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾

#ThatsLife!

“In the last 50 years, out of almost 3 billion votes cast, there have been about 1,500 proven instances of voter fraud in the U.S. 1.5 million people have died from guns in the same 50 year period. Republicans are more interested in putting restrictions on voters than they are on guns.
– Matthew Dowd

Black and brown voters. Young voters. Democratic voters.

”If you cannot explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it.“
Prof. Richard Feynman

Nervously I Speak…

I came across this article with great public speaking advice – Why Introverts Can Be the Best Public Speakers:

“It turns out that a public speaker’s most important asset isn’t their theatricality, their story, or how extroverted and boisterous they are.

“It’s their capacity to help their audience to believe that change is possible.”

Not that I’m an expert or anything, but I believe better public speaking comes down to thinking about the audience and what they need. That’s hard to do if I’m nervously thinking about myself, what I need to get from this presentation, or even how I’m doing right now delivering this talk.

How do I stop worrying about myself and how I’m doing? Take a deep breath, ahhhh, and think about the audience!

Nice article!

Big news. #HappyStPatricksDay
Sandy Boynton

Sign of the Times, 3/16/2020.

#JazzChurch 46 - Sunday, March 14, 2021

Honoring Women in Jazz

bbebop · #JazzChurch 46 - Sunday, March 14, 2021

#jazzchurch 46 – Sunday, March 14, 2021 – featured music by Betty Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Geri Allen, Tineke Postma, ARTEMIS, Joni Mitchell, Emily Remler, Kate McGarry, SFJAZZ Collective, and Nubya Garcia:

  1. Dull Day (In Chicago) (Betty Carter)
  2. Fleurette Africain (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  3. Four Women (Nina Simone)
  4. Transformation (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  5. Love Notes (Betty Carter)
  6. Up Jumped Spring (Abbey Lincoln)
  7. That Girl (Geri Allen)
  8. The Gathering (Geri Allen)
  9. Lover Man (Betty Carter)
  10. Freya (Tineke Postma)
  11. Down Here Below (Abbey Lincoln)
  12. Voyage (Tineke Postma)
  13. Nocturno (ARTEMIS)
  14. Joy and Wonder (Geri Allen)
  15. Throw It Away (Abbey Lincoln)
  16. Goddess Of The Hunt (ARTEMIS)
  17. Goodbye Porkpie Hat (Joni Mitchell)
  18. Daahoud (Emily Remler)
  19. The Meaning of The Blues (Kate McGarry)
  20. Sisters On The Rise (A Transformation) (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  21. Pray the Gay Away (Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science, feat. Raydar Ellis & Nicholas Payton)
  22. It Might As Well Be Spring (Kate McGarry)
  23. I Got Lost In His Arms (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  24. March Madness (Sfjazz Collective)
  25. Source (Nubya Garcia feat. Ms Maurice, Cassie Kinoshi & Richie Seivwright)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PST on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

”Absolutely! I had a great time! I got to be nosey! That always works for me!“

Happy Birthday, Ms. Bill E. Bob!

Q. What would an Outward Mindset require of Mr. Tibbs?

By 1967, [Sidney Poitier] was one of the most popular actors at the box office. In one of his roles, according to the script, a white man, a racist, slaps him in the face. He was not supposed to retaliate, but he courageously requested a change in the script, insisting on playing his characters with dignity.

In the movie that came out, the racist slaps him. But, with the change he insisted, he slaps the racist back.

“This was the slap heard round the world,” according to director Norman Jewison - when the racist plantation owner Endicott slaps detective Virgil Tibbs in “In the Heat of the Night”, and Mr. Tibbs, portrayed by Sidney Poitier, slaps him back.

“A black man had never slapped a white man back in an American film. We broke that taboo,” said Jewison.

Race/Related: Signature Photos From Our Black Photojournalists

Last month in honor of Black History, we (New York Times) highlighted on Instagram nine exceptional photographs taken by nine Black staff photographers of The New York Times. Collectively, those photographers — the only Black members out of 76 in the history of the photography department — have 250 years of experience at the Times.

Here is a bit about the photojournalists, and a signature photograph.

The Brooklyn Bridge in February 1998. This image was tinted red when it was published to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend. Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Chester was my favorite New York Times photographer…

Still #workingonit!!!

What’s so much better than #GettingAllYourDucksInARow?

This is a great day for a project. Good luck! #getyourducksinastarformation – Sandy Boynton

🐥🐣🦆🐤

I’m up early, hoping for a good sunrise. Alas, I’ll have to settle for yesterday…

On the other hand, today…

We often ask, “how are you?” without hearing the answer. If we don’t care, why do we ask? And when asked that question, why do we respond, “okay” or “fine” when our body is screaming, “I’m having an awful day, can’t you tell?”

hmmm…

“If we can’t agree on what’s true, how can we possibly agree on what’s most important?”
– Bill E. Bob

Documentary: Walking the Changes | Legends of Double Bass in Jazz

New documentary featuring many of my bass heroes! I invested early and look forward to watching the whole thing! I love hearing musicians talk about music, their lives, and the creative process. #winning!!!

Walking the Changes | Legends of Double Bass in Jazz from Nick Wells on Vimeo.

Where or When? #song4today! 2/26/2018

I start my journal entries the name of song reverberating in my head that morning. On this particular day, Where or When was cued up, and led to the following entry:

What song do I want to sing?
And when do I want to sing it?
Where or When?

Which pan do I use?
Which door do I choose?
If I snooze, I lose,
And I’m losing.

The love of my life IS
The love of my life.
I’ve now sent it twice,
And I mean it.

No worries for work.
No dance while I Twerk.
Blah blah blah blah blah!

Don’t press too hard,
Stay outta my yard,
Make Carnitas with lard
I beseech you!
– Bill E. Bob

Oh well, can’t blame a creative spirit for trying. Maybe I can redeem myself by suggesting you listen to Sonny Rollin’s version of Where or When which is also my #song4today!:

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking about it.”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)

Chapter 38, “Thinking about life”, page 402

Daring Fireball: Google’s Outsized Share of Advertising Money

John Gruber’s astute observations about Google and Facebook:

“Privacy-invasive user tracking is to Google and Facebook what carbon emissions are to fossil fuel companies — a form of highly profitable pollution that for a very long time few people in the mainstream cared about, but now, seemingly suddenly, very many care about quite a bit.”

More Liz and Mollie! Very cool cartoons that illustrate important philosophical points about life and work!

I love Liz and Mollie! Very cool cartoons that illustrate important philosophical points about life and work!

Keep On Pushing That Rock

I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
– Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

this is comic number 456, i started in September, and i still wake up every day filled with dread that i won’t be able to write any more.
– @dinoman_j

no. words.

#JazzChurch 44 – February 28, 2021

Livestream Replay
bbebop · #JazzChurch 44 - Sunday, February 28, 2021
Playlist

#jazzchurch 44 – Sunday, February 28, 2021 – featured music by Chick Corea, Sunú, Omar Sosa, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, Carmen McRae & Betty Carter, and Charlie Haden, among others shown below:

  1. New Waltse (Chick Corea Akoustic Band)
  2. Diddy-Wa-Diddy (Bebop and Beyond feat. DIzzy Gillespie)
  3. Memories Of Tomorrow (Sunú – Cross Currents)
  4. Só Danço Samba (Sunú – Cross Currents)
  5. Samba De Uma Nota So (Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd)
  6. Harriet Tubman (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  7. Nomali (Hugh Masekela)
  8. Reza (Elvin Jones)
  9. Ternura (Omar Sosa)
  10. Night Sprite (Chick Corea)
  11. Sometimes I’m Happy (Carmen McRae and Betty Carter)
  12. For All We Know (Donny Hathaway)
  13. Eighteen Sixty-Three (Gerald Veasley)
  14. Work to Do (The Isley Brothers)
  15. Silence (Charlie Haden)
  16. Visa (Charlie Haden)
  17. Listen Here (Eddie Harris)
  18. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (Eddie Harris Quartet)
  19. Slinky (Chick Corea)
  20. Soft And Gentle (Chick Corea)
  21. Antidote (Chick Corea feat. Rubén Blades and The Spanish Heart Band)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PST on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows