On the tragic occasion of Mr. William “Freddie” McCullough’s abrupt departure from this Vale of Tears, the celebrated “Trooper Andrews” recalls Willy’s devotion to his Goat:
I had the pleasure of arresting Mr. McCollough [sic] in Tennessee when he and his girlfriend were in Knoxville. They both had too much to drink and were arguing over Marlboro points when they were in town looking for the hotel where Hank Williams Sr. died. He asked me if I would keep his goat for him while he was in jail. I did. Willy and Freda both left town on bond and never came back. He would call a couple of times a year to check on his goat. The goat died five years later, but Willy still called to say hello at Christmas. I still have his Zippo lighter he left in the back seat of my patrol car.
(September 18, 2013)
New York Times
Religious observations from the correspondence page of a newspaper that could account for every entry on this monthly page of anthropological nonsense:
Re “Ted Cruz’s Flinty Path” (column, Sept. 24):
Frank Bruni is not old enough to remember watching television as Senator Joseph R. McCarthy went about doing the Devil’s business.
For those of us who are old, Joseph McCarthy has clearly been reincarnated in the body and spirit of Ted Cruz, the junior Republican senator from Texas: same appearance (brooding, ominous), same curl of the lip, same shameless innuendoes and lies, same gigantic ego.
A little late perhaps, but Senator McCarthy’s wagon was eventually fixed by popular demand. I hope that we won’t have to wait much longer for Senator Cruz to follow suit.
Sept. 24, 2013
(September 24, 2013)
New York Review of Books
From John Wilkes Booth on down to Miss Glenda Jackson, the world of theatre makes yet another wholesome contribution to the idealism of world politics:
In the more than seven hours set aside for parliamentary tributes to Margaret Thatcher in April this year, only one member of the House of Commons dared to speak unabashedly ill of the just dead. Glenda Jackson, the actress who won two Oscars and then traded Hollywood for the lesser theater of Westminster, delivered a scorching attack on the Conservative former prime minister who had led Britain form 1979 to 1990. This anti-eulogy, more memorable than any other act in Jackson’s less than stellar political career, culminated in her response to Labour colleagues who had felt they ought to pay tribute to Thatcher’s achievement in becoming Britain’s first woman prime minister. “A woman? Not on my terms.”
(September 26, 2013)
New York Times
On the heroic op-ed page of the New York Times, sociological observations of an abstruse and exotic nature, from Charles M. Blow[hard] whose delusion is apparently that he and “99 percent” of his fellow Americans are at one with Little Orphan Annie as they endure the torments of the diabolical 1 percent:
When Occupy Wall Street sprang up in parks and under tents, one of the many issues the protesters pressed was economic inequality. Then, as winter began to set in, the police swept the protesters away. All across the country the crowds thinned and enthusiasm waned, and eventually the movement all but dissipated.
But one of its catchphrases remained, simmering on a back burner: “We are the 99 percent.” The 99 percent were the lower-income people in this country—the rest of us—struggling to make change, make a difference
(September 14, 2013)
At the Prog Revolution is in the air, this time at your nearby Nail Salon where before every pedicure and manicure “The International” is sung with gusto:
You are at the airport with two hours between flights. Spending that down time at XpresSpa getting your feet massaged and your nails buffed seems ideal, doesn’t it? But would you make that choice if you knew the company was being sued for allegedly paying its workers less than the minimum wage, denying them overtime wages, or punishing them for being Chinese?
Nail salon workers are fighting against sweatshop conditions in airport after airport and in elegant spas from Park Avenue to Palo Alto, and in many strip malls in between
Columnist Katha Pollitt comes across the impoverished women of America nobly making their children’s diapers renewable, and the bitter hag still in not happy:
Here’s a little window into poverty, American-style. According to a Yale University study published in Pediatrics magazine, almost 30 percent of low-income women with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of them, with Hispanic women and grandmothers raising grandchildren the most likely to be in need. Some women are forced to make one or two nappies last the whole day, emptying them out and putting them back on the baby….
September 8-14 is National Diaper Need Awareness Week.
(September 30, 2013)
A little late!
Miss Nancy Gibbs, Time magazine’s first lady managing editor, in her first editorial scores 100 percent. Not one of her pinheaded judgments is right and some are insane. How long can she last?
We’ve always relied on our universities to solve our problems—make our society more equal, our farms more productive, our military more potent, our technology more powerful, our very minds and bodies healthier. So now the question is whether colleges and universities can turn all that transformational power inward, figure out how to maintain their world-class excellence while addressing the social, economic, political and technological challenges they face.
(October 7, 2013)
New York Times
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, writing with acute acidosis in the tummy, a banging in his ears, and the sempiternal fear that somehow, somewhere, he left the water running:
No, this story is all about the G.O.P. First came the southern strategy, in which the Republican elite cynically exploited racial backlash to promote economic goals, mainly low taxes for rich people and deregulation. Over time, this gradually morphed into what we might call the crazy strategy, in which the elite turned to exploiting the paranoia that has always been a factor in American politics—Hillary killed Vince Foster! Obama was born in Kenya! Death panels!—to promote the same goals.”
(September 20, 2013)