Somewhere in America tonight, just before midnight …

It’s Friday the 13th. Time for a visit.

It’s not widely discussed. Those who have witnessed it firsthand are, for obvious reasons, reluctant to talk about it. These aren’t stories they are eager to tell.

But one hears whispers, rumors, stories told by the friends of friends. And those whispers, rumors and stories are too numerous and too eerily similar to be dismissed.

Something is happening. Something, it seems, happens every Friday the 13th, just before midnight.

The stories begin right around the turn of the 20th century, with the earliest reference I can find coming from August of 1897.

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  • VMink

    This is a ghost story that warms my heart.  <3 I don't know how real it is, or how truthful, but it's oddly comforting.

    So celebrate Friday the 13th with reading some Frederick Douglass, and reintroduce yourself with a man who was a powerful orator with a razor-edged wit.

  • Caroll

    I wish ghosts were real and that this were a true story.

  • MaryKaye

     Ghosts are real.  The question is whether they are externally real or internally real (I’m an agnostic on this) but internally real things can be significant and powerful.

  • christopher_young

    After his performance at the NAACP, I’d think who gets visited this time was a no brainer. And I don’t mean Joe Biden.

  • Yeah, I heard about Romney’s total asshattiness and then trying to be all like LOL Repubs are SO TOO inclusive!!!

  • Oh yeah, and he totally went there with the standard one-liner about blacks being lazy and all.

    If anyone seriously wants to claim Republicans still know where it’s at, they have to justify why their leadership in the form of Romney et al are so out of touch they can’t even relate to an audience who are not white people.

  • thatotherjean

    I do so wish (hope?) that somebody gets a visit tonight.

  • Caretaker of Cats

    As an antidote to Romney’s race-baiting, might I recommend the fellow who spoke after him?  It’s available here and needs more views:

  • And in light of that, I wonder if it’s possible to make sure certain people are informed of this legend, so their minds will dream up nightmares, even if Douglass himself can’t be bothered to.

  • Froborr

    Well, but if they’re only internally real (which seems the way to bet–someone would’ve weaponized or monetized them by now otherwise), that makes them real psychological phenomena, but not real ghosts.

    Doesn’t mean they’re not meaningless, though, so I agree with your underlying point, I think.

  • VMink

    He’ll try to spin it that he was only talking about the NAACP, or that he’s trying to ween African-Americans off of the Big Government’s teat.

  • Jessica_R

    Romney double deserves it because it’s obvious that his real goal was to get the white racist voting bloc to like him, and judging by FRC and Rush’s praise for him for once, it worked. 

  • mcc

    I spent my Friday the 13th filing legal paperwork! That’s a good sign.

  • The absolutely bizarre thing is that Romney committed a major faux pas as far as Republicans are concerned:

    He admitted that equality of opportunity is not actually present.

    If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a
    chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it’s
    worse for African Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate,
    the duration of unemployment, average income, and median family wealth
    are all worse for the black community. In June, while the overall
    unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent, the unemployment rate
    for African Americans actually went up, from 13.6 percent to 14.4

  •  Romney’s speech.

    You know, right up until he started blabbering his five or six point program, he was actually sounding pretty damn reasonable. His voice is the kind of soothing news-announcer or information-reel (you know, all those “The Life and Times of the Amoeba” film clips your science teacher used to show in school) voice you expect a reasonable kind of guy to have.

    And then WHOOOF! off to the Fail Express! O.o

  • Jeff Weskamp

    Whether or not Douglass pays Romney a visit, I certainly hope that Fred writes a post about Romney’s speech to the NAACP…..

    If I’d been in that audience, both my middle fingers would have shot up at several points  during his speech…. :-)

  • Another antidote: Joe Biden’s speech. :D

  •  That’s going to be Romney’s problem in this election. He can identify the problems in America, he can even identify what Obama has done wrong so far, but he has to stop there because if he keeps talking then he’ll have to admit that his solution is to make all of Obama’s mistakes all over again, and then compound them with whatever idiocy the House GOP comes up with.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    Here’s the address for Matt Taibbi’s discussion of Romney’s speech to the NAACP: 

  • The prevailing reaction seems to be that Romney, for all that he bothered to show up, was basically using his presence at the NAACP to show his backers he was still the real deal when it comes to coded commentary about what he really thinks of the not-very-rich (most of whom are going to be black or latino).

  • Makabit

    Romney’s not looking for the black vote. That’s out of his reach. What he’s reaching for is my vote, the vote of the white, lower-middle-class, struggling voter, who he hopes to convince that black people are getting free stuff on my dime, and that he’ll put a stop to that.

    It’s pretty simple.

    I’m sure as hell not playing along, and I hope the rest of my ilk doesn’t cooperate either.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    If anyone seriously wants to claim Republicans still know where it’s at, they have to justify why their leadership in the form of Romney et al are so out of touch they can’t even relate to an audience who are not white people.

    I’m sure we’ll be provided with a link to a poll somehow related to the matter in due course

  • And don’t forget the “But the Dems do it tooooooooooo.”

  • I saw an ad for Mitt Romney talking about all the WONDERFUL THINGS he would do for America if elected.

    I’ve never before seen a political ad in which every single thing was something that goes directly against my morality and my sense of practicality. Nor have I ever before seen a political ad that says, “we’re going to do our very best to make sure you personally live the rest of your life in horrible physical pain, yay!” Usually even Republicans say unspecific stuff like “reduce the crime rate” or something, something I’d agree is good in theory. Not this one! It was 1) destroy the environment even more 2) give more money to Romney himself and his disgustingly wealthy buddies 3) take health care away from me and lots of other people, which will kill lots of people, including children, keep people like me unable to work, bankrupt even more people, and cost the country a lot more money.

    Then Romney holding hands with his wife and walking off into the sunset in all their selfish, filthy rich douchiness. Gee, I’d like to be able to hold hands with my guy and walk anywhere, but I guess it’s more important that we make the rich richer! I wish I had video editing skills so I could stick a cliff in front of them.

  • Another thing that I don’t think Romney even cares about – and he should – is how his message resonates internationally.

    When he said at the NAACP he’d push more conventional energy megaprojects including a Canadian pipeline, he was implicitly signalling his acceptance of an ideology that insists that Canadians are not the true owners of their oil and gas, and that we should simply make available our resources for him and his cronies to plunder at will.

    That’s not acceptable. (-_-)