Sunday, August 21

Headline of the Week

Robert's Rules of Decorum wins headline of the week just because I like the fact that somebody else out there knows what "decorum" means, and thinks enough of me to assume I am sufficiently cultured to get the reference. Lately, I am feeling like I am lost in the land of the Yahoos.
Last week, researchers found several memos from the summer and fall of 1984 in which future Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, working as a Reagan White House lawyer, argued against sending presidential thank-you notes to Michael Jackson for his charitable works. But it turns out this was just the beginning of what appears to be the young lawyer's concerns about the star. Three new memos uncovered by Post reporters show Roberts described Jackson as "androgynous," "mono-gloved" and a balladeer of illegitimacy. On April 30, 1984, Roberts wrote to oppose a presidential award that was to have been given to Jackson for his efforts against drunk driving. Roberts particularly objected to award wording that described Jackson as an "outstanding example" for American youth. Roberts wrote: "If one wants the youth of America and the world sashaying around in garish sequined costumes, hair dripping with pomade, body shot full of female hormones to prevent voice change, mono-gloved, well, then, I suppose 'Michael,' as he is affectionately known in the trade, is in fact a good example. Quite apart from the problem of appearing to endorse Jackson's androgynous life style, a Presidential award would be perceived as a shallow effort by the President to share in the constant publicity surrounding Jackson. . . . The whole episode would, in my view, be demeaning to the President."

I have not followed the whole political brouhaha over this fellow--the Wikipedia article is pretty informative--but these notes paint a picture of a fellow with his head squarely on his shoulders. And he was, IMHO, on the right side of U.S. v. Microsoft. C'mon, lefties, give in! They're so scared of you that they decided to nominate somebody sane!

Unlike Bill Frist. It is hard to believe that the country that put the first guy on the moon has leaders that seriously think we ought to give people incentives not to have their kids taught the scientific method. Jebus. There are some pretty decent theological arguments for reconciling faith and reason, you know. Avail yourself of them! Coupled with that, we're making it harder for those heathen Hindus to come over here and write our software--those elephant-worshipping heathens at least seem to realize that, given that the supreme powers of the universe are unfathomable, you might at least make the best of a perplexing situation, given the tool's you've been given--and you start getting this sinking feeling, as if, before you die, you�ll live to see this great country of ours demoted from the United States to the Aggregated Squalid Shantytowns, Smoking Wastelands, and Armed, Gated Plutocratic Oases of America.

Cacha�a of the week: Nega Ful�, made in Novo Friburgo, RJ.

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