Think the madness of political correctness is going away soon? Some progressives are referring to women as “birthing people.” Meanwhile:

RIP rock n roll hall of famer Lloyd Price, 88. Some dub his Lawdy Miss Clawdy as the first rock n roll hit, #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart in 1952, selling more than a million copies. Since Price did not yet have a backing band, the producer hired one that included Fats Domino on piano. The song was covered by Elvis, Little Richard and others. Price’s success was not restricted to the R&B category. The then controversial Stagger Lee (sort of like Jim Croce’s Bad Leroy Brown) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in ’58, and in ’59 Personality shot to #2 and I’m Gonna Get Married to #3. Price wrote all of those but Stagger Lee. Three other of his recordings cracked the top 20. He cut 16 albums, and there are 21 compilations of his work listed at Wiki. In 1994 he received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. A street is named after him in his hometown of Kenner, Louisiana. The city annually celebrates Lloyd Price Day. Well done, sir. Thank you. Here’s a two-minute live clip from the Sally Jesse Raphael Show that features Price and Little Richard:

Here’s a troubling headline from, especially in light of Biden’s war on fossil fuels: “Cyberattack shuts down pipeline that supplies 45 percent of East Coast fuel.” Foreign or domestic terrorists, either is a possibility.

Here’s a stinging headline from “Netherlands Trains Bees to Sniff Out People With COVID.” The insects were “… trained using the Pavlovian Method where each time they were exposed to the scent of a COVID infected sample, they were rewarded with a sugar water solution…” Also from NM: “States Slashing Vaccine Orders Amid Waning Demand.” I finally caved and got the first Phizer shot, not because I’m confident in its efficacy or safety but because I may have to visit the dentist soon and probably won’t be accommodated without a pass.

Interesting priorities are the focus of this headline: “Veterans fume at de Blasio over parade lockout after pot-smokers get permit to march.”

As anticipated, there wasn’t much action at the floating book shop this Mother’s Day. My thanks to just about my only Asian customer these days, who took home two Agatha Christie mysteries: Funerals Are Fatal and Murder on the Links; and to the woman who arrived from her chores at literally the last minute and bought five kids books. I’d been about to put the last box in the car and drive off — dumb luck, which continued when I got back to the neighborhood and found one of the prime book nook spots available. No parking shenanigans this week, as alternate side will be suspended Friday. Yay team!

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I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.