Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Personal Asides: Burt Natarus at Least Had a Better Idea McCains Throttling of Free Speech Challenged Pop Song Trivia: Nature Boy.
I miss Burt Natarus already. Since smoking has been illegal in public accommodations in Chicago for a year and a half and the Illinois House has approved a similar ban which the governor has promised to sign, there is rampant insanity in this city that sorely needs Burts level-headed, common-sense.
There are certain scenes in stage plays that require smoking. One is the great scene in Streetcar Named Desire where Stanley Kowaksi strides in with a can of beer and a glowing cigarette to challenge the phony old-world southern concepts of Blanche DuBois. Natarus had the brains to ask for an exemption for artistic purposes in the play but a City Council committee voted it down 4 to 2. A generation ago A. J. Liebling wrote in Second City that Chicago was still a bit like Fond du Lac, Wisconsinunaware of the need for artistic allowances. Which Alderman Ed Smith ratified when he told the press, Its an adversity [sic] to people who come to se those plays and the stagehands. Well, Alderman, its an adversity to see Chicago return to equal the rural confines thanks to dopes like you.
Add to this the fact that Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Dougs my favorite hot dog joint, got whacked with a $250 ticket to serving his customers a haute dog containing foie-gras-and-duck sausage with truffle sauce.
What an adversity!
McCains Free Speech.
While I dont think John McCain is going to make the nomination because of his role in the immigration mess, he certainly shouldnt due to his authorship of McCain-Feingold which was spawned during one of the Senators anti-Bush periods where he wanted to punish the president for trouncing him in 2000. Still being considered by the Supreme Court is The Federal Election Commission vs. Wisconsin Right-to-Life where even aborton rights supporters are pulling for Wisconsin RTL to win.
Thats because a Supreme Court ruling in favor of Wisconsin could end the blackout where advocacy groups are forbidden to run issue ads. Of course President Bush should be equally condemned for signing the measurehoping the Court would rule it unconstitutional. Restricting grass roots lobbying will silence core political speech that is mandatory for the proper functioning of our government as the rise of 527s which are being utilized 23 months in advance of the next presidential election demonstrates.
Twenty years before the hippie generation in 1948 a singer with long hair and a beard vaguely reminiscent of Renaissance portraits of Christ produced a song Nature Boy. With no search engines, see if you can answer these questions about this top-rated song.
1. Who was the composer?
2. Who recorded itwhich became a hit?
3. Give us the first line beginning: There was a boy a very ____ _____ boy.
4. They say he wandered very far ____ _______ and ______.
5. And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me.
6. What did he say? It starts: The greatest thing youll ever learn is
A perfect score without search engines gets you a free cup of coffee from me at the Windy City.