Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Personal Asides: What Happened to Walter Hamilton?...Terrys Trivia Answered One Sentence Judgments.
Ive had some queries about Flashback as to whether I went to Walter Hamiltons farewell party and what happened to him. I learned to master the Commerce game, extending pseudo courtesies while manipulating revengebut I couldnt bring myself to attend the farewell party and wipe faux tears of farewell. At the time, my stomach wasnt strong enough for that. Had I stayed long enough, Im sure I could have as David Koch managed through his career. Walter Hamilton, ironically, died not too long a matter of a few years after David Kochboth of them relatively young, Hamilton only 52. Hamilton lost his Schedule C but had become a permanent civil service employee lower pay but practically unable to be fired thanks to some kind soul in the Nixon administration.
Answers to the last two Terrys Trivia questions: the musical arrangement described, the subject of a young orchestra leaders first hit recording in 1937 was Marie for Tommy Dorsey. Correspondents Jeff Terklow and Denis Quinn were first with the right answers and the president who was a very good bowler was Richard M. Nixon with the winners Lovies Leather and Jesse Taylor. Congratulations.
One Sentence Judgments.
Minnesota, the state where I lived for a long time, provided the launching pad for Hubert Humphreys civil rights initiatives notwithstanding the fact that blacks were scarce there when he lived; now this naivete has carried over to a guilt-ridden tolerance for Muslims (Minneapolis represented by one who insisted on being sworn in on a Koran) but has finally righted itself as 92% of Minnesotans blame Muslim cab-drivers for intolerance: refusing to drive passengers who carry alcohol with them for cooperating in sin.
It is heartening to see that Katie Couric, one of the more mindless network liberals, has caused CBS-TV to sink in its ratings under World News with Charles Gibson on ABC and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams proving that hype alone is insufficient to gain ratings.
With all the bad news the Republicans have had nationally, presaging an almost sure loss of the presidency next year unless the party recognizes the value in avoiding internecine battles and instead concentrate in behalf of a front-runner, its an index of ineptitude that the GOP cant capitalize on these facts: the very day deficit hawk Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) called for repealing the Bush tax cuts, the market fell 200 points, news came out that the wealthiest Americans continue to carry a record share of the tax load (the top 10% pay 2/3rds), the budget deficit continues to fall, federal spending slowed to a 2% growth rate while revenues climbed by 9.3% and statisticians say the deficit will continue to decline to 1.6% of GDP this year if economic growth continues proving that a party that cannot capitalize on these good news points is woefully incompetent.
The recurring rumor in Washington is that President Bush will not lift a finger to pardon Scooter Libby which underscores at least one thing that the liberal media appear to have right: the apparent supposition that the White House is seemingly ready to throw an honorable man to the wolves to protect Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.
One is constrained to ask if the designation of U. S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as mediocre is due to the influence Illinois Republican and Democratic Combine Jim Thompson, Richard M. Daley and Dennis Hastert types exert on the White House.
News that White House Press Secretary Tony Snows cancer has expanded to his liver is awful newsnot just for him but for the country just as his talents have given rise to recognition that he has the kind of sunny optimism not seen since Ronald Reagan.
In Readers Comments, Dr. Dennis Martin aka the sepulchral voice of a finger-wagging Old Testament prophet has just lamented that I have endorsed Rudy Giuliani where, were he to re-read the piece, he would see that I have not my point being that mobilizing primary wars on several different fronts involving ideal 100% social conservatives provides a waste of money and increases the odds of defeat next year, a year where Republicans will dip to the nadir of Herbert Hooverthe solution being to make a sober judgment on how to capitalize on the narrow chance that the GOP might just pull this thing out: but then after Obama or Hillary get in, perhaps the professor and all of us will re-learn from future college seminars how wasted financial resources, expended in the hope to elect the perfect president, spurred ultimate defeat leading to a generation of liberal administrations.