4.28.03 @ 12:01AM
Big talk about Mason & Felder. Marriage counseling. Jeb Bush in 2008? Real liberals. Plus much more.
Re: Michael Craig’s The Hidden Divorce Tax:
Coming from a divorced male, there are many ways to limit divorce in America today. Of course I’m not going to state the obvious one. I agree with the underlying tones that divorce is a bad thing and lawyers for the most part fall also into that category. No, seriously. (Fortunately I found it amicable to do the paperwork without a lawyer.)
I also believe that using guerrilla tactics to get your way is
deceitful, dishonest, revolting, and not used enough, by the male
sex (not gender). LOL. The one thing I have kept through divorce
is a sense of humor, I highly recommend it. Good reading, Mr.
Craig, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am passing the article
— Quentin C. Holtz
If I give my wife flowers, she wants to know what the heck I
screwed up. Again!
— Greg Barnard
Re: The Washington Prowler’s The Vision Thing:
Jeb Bush in 2008? Spare me. The man will not fight. First, Ward
Connerly shows up in Florida to discuss true equality some time
ago, and Jeb Bush runs for the hills (TAS did a cover
story on it). Second, Elian Gonzalez is kidnapped by Janet Reno
in Jeb’s home state, and everyone with half a brain saw it
coming. Jeb Bush could have saved the boy from life in Castro’s
prison and endeared the Republican Party to the Florida’s Cuban
community forever with a courteous invitation to Elian to live as
a guest in the Governor’s Mansion while his fate was decided. The
INS goons (yes, goons!) would not have dared to do to Jeb Bush
what they did to Elian’s uncle. Remember the photo?
Third, during Al Gore’s attempt to steal the 2000 election, since
he forgot to win his “home” state of Tennessee, Jeb Bush recused
himself, when no one asked him, and hid behind Katherine Harris’s
skirts, letting her take all the heat. I will not vote
for Jeb Bush.
— David Shoup
Re: Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder’s Plain Speak:
In their otherwise spot-on article “Plain Speak,” New Yorkers Mason & Felder say, “If you were to say that President Bush will be recorded in history as one of America’s greatest Presidents, three out of four people would either laugh, smirk, or break out in a sweat.” Three out of four in NYC perhaps. And not this one. Thank goodness so very many Americans have not succumbed to the standards of the news media’s talking heads and the cult of image, cool, and glamour of the entertainment industry of which the news media are a still more willing and integral part than journalists and reporters admit or recognize, even as they go on desperately seeking the next charismatic JFK and deriding the President for his plain language and his not keeping encyclopedically current on who’s who in pop culture. Thank goodness Americans choose among candidates seldom on the Blazing Saddles basis of which of them uses his or her “tongue purtier than a twenty-dollar whore!”
Verbal intelligence is not the whole of intellect. “An eloquent mathematician must, from the nature of things, ever remain as rare a phenomenon as a talking fish.” — the mathematician James J. Sylvester.
Intellect is not the whole of intelligence. There are also things like imagination, the senses and intuition, and common sense and wisdom.
Intelligence is not the whole of merit. There are also things
like will and character, ability and competence, and feeling and
sensibility. We have a President who certainly has enough of all
these things. And he has a way of putting things together that
flies clean over the radar of most of the glittering, gesturing,
wailing and chattering mass media.
New York City
Fantastic humor by Mason/Felder. Thoroughly enjoyed the piece
about “the talker” and the “doer.” I like President Bush’s plain
talk and I resented the deceptive answers of “It matters what is
IS and I can’t remember. It may be the way she said- I just don’t
remember. ” Our former president got a pass all the time for
evading a direct answer. I think Mason and Felder have high
intellect — as evidenced by their humorous writing.
The article “Plain Speak” was outstanding. Too bad is hasn’t been picked up by the talk media. Mr. G.W. Bush suffers from the same problem as I: the inability to bull s….. people with the gift of gab and influence people. Since the United States operates on just two things: paperwork and B.S., accomplishments run in second place. I stutter and have accomplished much: raised a family, successful business with employees, educated etc. — however still have Mr. Bush’s problem.
With this article, Mr. Mason has shown that there is hope. He is
a guy with a good gift of gab and has proven to be a very
— Martin Schaffel
I loved your article on intelligence vs. speaking ability. It is
right on. I remember many years ago when Jane Fonda was
protesting Vietnam, she was a guest on the Dick Cavett late night
talk show. Dick, having an above average IQ, actually tried to
probe not only her opinions, but her knowledge of history which
might have supported them. I would love to see this interview
reprinted or re-aired. She was soooooo ignorant that
Dick was hard-pressed not to laugh out loud. Anyway, good
— Dede Courtine
Your assessment of actors is true. It is truly the people behind
the scenes who possess the creative talent. The Master Puppeteers
Behind The Cameras Manipulate The Strings And The Puppets Take
Credit For The Puppeteers’ Creative And Sometimes Brilliant Work.
Almost anyone can act on film given a talented team behind the
— Michael Pifer
What a relief that someone out there has written (so beautifully)
what I wish I could scream from the highest mountain. But we
should remember that the same people who are complaining are the
same people who were supporting Clinton’s behavior saying his
actions were a “private matter” and wanted Al Gore rather than
President Bush. God help us if either of them were in power at
this time. Again, thank you.
— Dill Arabians
I once read a book by Aissa Wayne about her father, John Wayne.
It was titled, “John Wayne My Father.” She stated that one day
when she was with the Duke on a Movie Studio backlot she
overheard him say while he was looking at Clark Gable, “I think
acting is the only thing he is smart enough to do.” Right from
the Duke, he put it like it is.
The points you make I would largely agree with. One of the things
my parents turned me on to when I was younger were the old movies
with Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Cary
Grant. In fact my middle name is Stewart after the actor. My
father worked with Cary Grant, Paul Newman and later on-with
Harry Belafonte. Back in those days my parents lived off Beverly
Glen Boulevard and my older brother and sister used to play with
Steve Allen’s kids. Politically speaking, although they were
Democrats, my parents were conservatives. They haven’t voted for
a Democratic candidate since John Kennedy and I am a Republican.
After years of seeing a lot of bad directing, bad acting and bad
scripts, dad cultivated a respect and a relief for viewing the
good stuff. It does take talent and ability to be a good actor
and not all actors are airheads. Ronald Reagan is a good example
and so was Jimmy Stewart of actors who knew the issues. All I
wanted to say to you is that a lot of patriotic and gifted actors
have served our country. Not all of them are as looney as Marlon
Brando or as treasonous as a John Wilkes Booth. As for the noble
snow shovelers, they often come to the City of Angels to be
actors and well, maybe they should just shovel snow!!
Thank you, Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder for saying what I would like to say to the ” Hollywood anointed ” but do not have the platform to do so.
Thank you. Thank you.
— Terry D. Marx
SILENT ON SANTORUM
Re: The Washington Prowler’s Catholic Teaching:
Does anyone think it is time for some senator to stand up in the
Senate and defend the basic right to free expression, guaranteed
by the First Amendment. To my knowledge, speech that is offensive
to some people is also protected.
— J.S. Boedigheimer
Re: George Neumayr’s When in Rome:
I just read your article “When in Rome.”
Concerning your opinion, please, consider that most Italians do not have any anti-American sentiments: We just were frightened by this warfare so strongly announced, round the clock, by the U.S. and Italian media. Many Italians demonstrated against the war in Iraq because they believed they were involved in it (psychiatrists call it, “warfare psychosis…” ) (sic!).
Only false Italian pacifists have some anti-American sentiments (usually communists and their supporters ), but they do not represent the opinions of any Italian liberals concerning the allied coalition’s intervention in Iraq. The Vatican State, the Pope and Catholic Church have their own opinions concerning any war as well.
Vendors in Rome still continue to sell the rainbow antiwar
because… BUSINESS IS BUSINESS!
Thanks for your attention.
— Giovanni Serra
Really, you use the phrase “European Liberals” a total of seven times in your latest article. European Liberals? Don’t you really mean Socialists,…or Fascists? In Europe, the word Liberal means more like what Liberal really means; as in 19th Century Jeffersonian Liberalism; or how about Classic Liberalism. I really can’t understand why all of we “so-called Conservatives” persist in granting all the Socialists/Fascists of this world the honor of an up-front lie. First of all, the only liberal thing about them is their mouths. Secondly, since when have they tried to give us limited self-government, or responsible individualism, or free trade?
Seriously, you might wish to reconsider your description of a
Collectivist by some other means. If it looks like a Socialist,
than it must be a … you know what I mean. And if you just can’t
bring yourself to state the truth, or you accidentally get back
in the habit, try “illiberal.” Another added result from this is
that you will get others’ attention more readily.
— John Kelly
Re: Bill Croke’s Where’s Sacagawea?
“There is another controversial theory that she lived nearly a century, died in 1884, and is buried at Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation in western Wyoming. In the next grave lie the supposed remains of her son Jean Baptiste. Or so the Eastern Shoshones who live there would have us believe.
“A University of Wyoming historian, Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard, made this claim in her 1932 book Sacajawea (also the preferred Shoshone spelling). The book was mostly based on hearsay and the personal recollections of by-then elderly Shoshones, but caught on with the Indians themselves, and Wyoming boosters. In 1941, a rough granite marker was dedicated at the cemetery by state and tribal officials.”
A most interesting article. My grandfather, Allen F. Space worked
for the Department of the Interior as an engineer at Fort
Washakie during the twenties and thirties. My mother was born
there just prior to the 1932 date referenced in your article. It
was their contention that the pastor who christened my mother was
the same pastor who performed Sacajawea’s burial service. Once
during a trip through the area, my grandfather stopped along the
road somewhere and pointed out the granite monument that he had
been responsible for, dedicated to Sacajawea. As I said, a great
article, brought back very old memories.
— Al Koenig
Re: Myron Lieberman & David Salisbury’s Keeping the Nation at Risk :
First, I am not an educator, just an observer. We had two sons “get through” the public school system. Problem 1: the fact that it is a “system” controlled by wherever the money comes from (federal to state to county, etc.) and they all think they know what they are doing. Teachers are mired in guidelines and testing, not educating to the class in front of them. Students come from different backgrounds, economical and regional. You cannot jam a universal code of learning down their throats, it is a huge “hit or miss” concept.
Problem 2: This is largest in my opinion, kids have to enter into school ABLE to learn, not just mentally but socially. Today’s children (I generalize) for the most part are socially dysfunctional, or are coming from non-English speaking families and have to have special handling, but are tossed into the mix. Teachers are now forced to be babysitters, referees, social workers, etc. everything but educators. More time is being spent keeping an semblance of order than teaching.
Problem 3: The students capable and desirable of learning are shortchanged because the schools are forced to teach to the lowest and slowest common denominator. Students that are able to learn at an average or above average level get bored and frustrated and they too become problematic.
We keep blaming our schools for not educating and yet we do not give the administrators or teachers any power or even respect to run their own regional districts as needed .
Our society has changed, but our educational system has not,
except for the metal detectors, and police in the hallways.
— Gary Warren
Don’t antitrust laws apply to unions? Seems to me that “trust
busting” is in order here.
— Craig Reynolds
One thing Mr. Levy and reader Mr. Warner fail to mention is that much of the medical malpractice climate to day can be attributed to the lack of internal enforcement of doctors by the AMA.
They know which doctors aren’t cutting it but to nothing police their own. As a result, the insurance companies passed the risk among them all and now they want a bailout by federal legislatures.
Again, accountability is thrown out the window for a government
approach. That’s sad.
— Greg Barnard
THE VIEW FROM MT. BLANK
Re: “The Shiites’ Winning Picture” in Wlady’s Corner (4/24):
Before the outbreak of the war in Iraq, you could watch any number of serious politicians, historians and media people in European TV panel discussions and they all were warning about the obvious risks of removing the Saddam regime without proper international preparation. In the USA, you could also hear warning voices, but they were smeared over by the “Axis of Evil” crap.
Now that neo-conservatives are rejoicing their victory, it is time to have a cold look at the preliminary results:
With high efficiency, secular Iraq has been wiped out, the civil records of an entire nation annihilated (apart from the oil ministry’s files).
The cultural memory and national treasures of Iraq — unique in the world, preserved throughout many thousand years against other invaders — bombed, looted, destroyed completely with more success than the Taliban had in Afghanistan. Libraries, musea, everything.
The Islamic infrastructure carefully kept intact and spared from any “degradation”.
A country awash with arms of all sorts, a giveaway supermarket for any criminal gang or potential terrorist group. You don’t need to register your rocket-propelled anti-tank weapon, just pick it up, please, and take it home so the kids don’t play with it.
Thousands of common families left without their men who were poor enough to be pressed into the ditches for “cannon fodder”.
So what do you get:
An Islamic nation falling back into medieval times spiritually. Whoever believes that you can build a democracy worthy of its name with 60% of a people that revels in beating their backs with chains and cutting their bodies until the blood streams all over, is an ignorant fool.
A Kurdish faction, living much closer to modern times, striving secretly for an independent state after so many years of oppression. (And why shouldn’t they? They can’t live in a state based on the Sharia). A dangerous conflict with the Turks on the horizon.
A Sunni faction sponsored by the Saudis who are not a shining example of democracy either.
A country polluted with war chemicals, littered with cluster bombs and the like that will, long after peace is declared, maim and damage the population.
As I said: the French, the Germans, the Russians, many others
warned in time. The neo-conservative Americans in their
superiority mania were not willing to listen. They are going to
pay the price.
— Kurt Schori
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