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Hell is an open office. I've never had to work in one, thank God, but I do share a cubicle with someone who peppers me with questions about stuff all day, so I kind of know what it must be like.
My mother always says, "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." Of course, she's talking about stories told round the kitchen table, with a wee drop taken.
Is Brian Williams really the Red Rascal?
A recent Blowback writer compares Brian Williams to Roland Hedley. The more I read Williams' quotes, the more I'd liken him to the Red Rascal.
As the Brian Williams story unfolds, it reminds me more than a little of a time Roland Heldey regaled a less-than-impressed Joanie Caucus with tales of journalistic derring-do in a DC laundromat.
I guess the Rand Paul SayWhat? quote proves my suspicion that he is an alum of the Baby Doc School of Medicine.
Today's SayWhat? quote about "dispatching another Godless jihadist" was priceless. Folks forget that the three major religions founded in the Middle East all worship the same deity. Their observances may differ dramatically, but it's the same Big Guy they're talking about.
I read a "How To Organize Your House" article which ended with, "If you want to know how many books you should have, think in terms of being told you can only take 20 with you. Keep those and get rid of everything else." I thought that was a great idea until I looked at my Doonesbury books. I have 51, and there are a few gaps which I plan to get filled by the end of the year. So much for that idea.
Lucky for you and every U.S. citizen, you live in a country that was founded by men of the Enlightenment and that free speech is a constitutional right, as is freedom of religion. Lucky for you that U.S. citizens do not have their thought controlled by some religious establishment whose primitive concepts repressed the rationality of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome from 2,000 years, continued to do so for more than a millenium and a half, burning books, burning free-thinkers and punishing scientists. It's not hard to name countries where religion or anti-democratic political dogma prevents free speech, and these are some of the greatest threats to the world.
Free speech is not just a right, but an obligation. Thank you for having the skill and wit to show us that which we don't always have the courage ourselves to confront. Your genius lies in doing so with humor and not malice. Even when I disagree, maybe even especially then, I find myself respecting your courage in telling us what we don't want to hear. It makes us better people. Please don't ever stop. We need that more than ever these days.
Garry, I respect your opinion, although I'm very resentful of how large of an audience you affect with your strip. In a conservative, Christian society it would have dried up by now. Lucky for you we live in a society driven by Satan, and the liberal help he has sold to his cause, and you are one of those in the forefront of his army. The Bushes love our country, and our causes. Their only crime is success.
I think I love you, Garry Trudeau. Keep on blowing through the b.s., please!
In Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut offered a very accurate transliteration of the asterisk.
RE SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS: I don't interpret the GWB asterisk symbol as anything more than denoting that his first presidency was decided in court under contested circumstances. Kind of like Roger Maris' home run record exceeding Babe Ruth's. (We don't apply it to Barry Bonds' records but many, many people keep a mental asterisk on him.)
In his recently published collection of essays, But Enough about You, Christopher Buckley says this about George H. W. Bush: "I would have never traded my own father for any other, but I've always thought that George Bush is the father we all wished for." Sunday's strip was an uncharitable and inaccurate shot against a decent man who has contributed so much to America, far more than any journalist that comes to mind. In my mind it crossed the line from sharp satire to gratuitous meanness.