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A giant passes in Austin, Texas, owing to the usual “complications from a head wound”:
In Austin last week, an unlikely civic symbol passed away. He was a cross-dressing homeless man who lived on the kindness of strangers, but he was much more than that, according to NPR’s John Burnett.
Burnett: “He was a fixture on the sidewalks of this capital city in his bushy beard, tiara, thong and falsies. Leslie, as he was universally called, became a symbol of the eccentricity and rakishness that people celebrate in this fun-loving techie boom town. Now, Leslie is gone. Mourners at the memorial donned rhinestone tiaras and feather boas in his honor. A young man who gave his name as Ozzie Zion went a step further, stuffing himself into a bikini bottom….
“When Leslie died at age 60 in a local hospice last Thursday due
to complications from a head wound, the mayor proclaimed it Leslie
Day. Leslie Cochran himself ran for mayor in 2000, appearing around
town dressed like a stripper and holding hand-lettered campaign
(March 13, 2012)
Old Faithful, The Prog, publishes another manuscript awaiting translation into English:
The GOP is so queer. Not gay queer. Pre-Queer Nation queer.
Mitt Romney, though certainly ruggedly handsome, perfectly
coiffed, and well dressed, is queer. Odd queer. Most of the kids do
not want him to play on their team. Right in front of him, they try
to draft someone else—anyone else but him. His flip-flopping is
extreme people-pleasing. Mitt is trying as hard as he can, smiling,
shaking hands, spending money, saying he’s just like us, and he
cannot get the Republican love. Actually, that sounds gay.
Satire? Columnist Phillip Morris at work:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is without question the
most dangerous judge in America.…Thomas hasn’t added a shred of
original thought to the court, but he has brought an irrepressible
desire to change its constitutional politics.…One can only wonder
when Thomas will sharpen his knife for something truly meaningful
like, say, the 13th Amendment prohibition against slavery.
(March 8, 1992)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?