..... In memory of Bob Denver, my buddy Glenn and I ran down episodes of
while hanging out at Fisher's last night.
How about the one where the Russian space capsule crashes in the lagoon, and the Professor helps the cosmonauts fix the radio transmitter? The cooperation between East and West during the Cold War was a wonderful thing to watch.......until the Russians double-crossed the castaways. Commie bastards.
....My review of Trent Lott's Herding Cats
, no matter how politically insignificant it is:
Along with North Carolina’s own Jesse Helms, Trent Lott is the second southern Republican to publish his memoirs. Like Helms’ Here’s Where I Stand, Lott’s Herding Cats: A Life in Politics is drawing notice for addressing sensitive racial issues.
But while race was a subject that hung over Helms’ entire 50-year career in politics, Lott’s 30-year political career was damaged by a single “innocent and thoughtless remark” that set off a firestorm leading to his resignation as Senate majority leader in December 2002.
Just to refresh your memory, Lott uttered these infamous 40 words at a party honoring South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond:
“I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
That statement angered civil rights activists and many Democrats, who viewed it as an endorsement of Thurmond’s segregationist platform when he ran for president in 1948. Lott maintains he was trying to boost the spirits of the 100-year-old Thurmond, who, we know now, had just turned the calendar on the last year of his life.
The remark was made in front of a large audience and broadcast live on C-SPAN. But as word spread second-hand — mainly though the Internet on liberal blogs, the story began to gain steam.
But the story really took off when former Vice President Al Gore — an old political enemy of Lott’s — criticized him on CNN, saying Lott’s words were “the very definition of a racist comment.”
While Lott characterizes is remark as “innocent and thoughtless,” he also blames the media for treating the incident as a “hanging offense.” Resigning his post would be the only way to return to a normal life.
Lott does have kind words for many of his Republican colleagues who didn’t exactly rush to his defense.
President Bush, who continues to take heat for not reacting quickly enough to difficult situations, finally called Lott several days after he resigned from the leadership post:
“He said he felt bad about rumors that the administration was undermining me, and was proud of how I handled my decision to surrender my office,” Lott writes. “I will always remember my response clearly: ‘Thank you, Mr. President, but the rumors did hurt me and you didn’t help when you could have.’”
Nor does he have kind words for Sen. Bill Frist, who became Senate majority leader following Lott’s resignation.
“I consider Frist’s power grab a personal betrayal,” Lott writes. “When he entered the Senate in 1995, I had taken him under my wing. He was protégé and I helped him get plum assignments and committee positions.”
While the light Lott shines on this political spectacle is interesting, the rest of the memoir is relatively unexciting.
Lott grew up in a working-class family in his native Mississippi.
His father, Chester Lott, scraped out a living as a pipe fitter, crane operator, sharecropper and store manager while his mother worked as a schoolteacher. His father battled alcoholism for years, a problem that would eventually result in divorce after the younger Lott left for the University of Mississippi, where he quickly became a big man on campus.
Lott went on to study law at Ole Miss, where he encountered liberal, Yale-educated professors whose mission, in Lott’s view, was to “lead these poor, barefoot Southern boys out of the wilderness.”
“What those young professors did was create a backlash,” Lott writes. Instead of making us more liberal, they helped create a generation of thoughtful, issue-oriented conservatives who grew up to run Mississippi politics,” he writes.
It was while he was working for a Democrat, Rep. William Colmer, that Lott embraced the Republican Party. He ran as a Republican — and won — following Colmer’s retirement in 1972, claiming victory in a district that was 90 percent Democratic.
Lott could sense a movement brewing following the 1978 Congressional elections when a new breed of conservatives — including Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich — won election to the House.
The movement was really ready to launch following Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980. Things went swimmingly for a while, with Lott serving as House minority whip. But creeping deficits and the Iran-Contra scandal caused the Reagan administration to stray from its policy of fiscal responsibility.
By the late 1980s, Lott sensed something wasn’t quite right with the president.
“During one visit to the Oval Office, I remembered speaking to President Reagan, and he looked like I didn’t know who he was,” Lott writes. “I had no details, of course, but I knew he was having memory problems. His troubles had obviously begun.”
Lott’s election to the Senate in 1988 was engineered by none other than Dick Morris, who went on to become the mastermind behind Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign. Clinton was difficult to work with, Lott says, because he was constantly making conservative overtures while obviously being pulled back to the left by Gore and first lady Hillary Clinton.
One example is the proposed tobacco settlement, on which Congress and the Clinton administration believed they had reached a deal.
But Gore influenced Clinton to pursue a Democratic version that that conceded the tobacco industry nothing. Without administration support, the deal collapsed, falling victim to “petty infighting and ambitious politicking in the Clinton White House.”
Semi-interesting stuff. Yet, one gets the feeling that, without the Thurmond incident, Lott isn’t as interesting — or polarizing — enough figure to warrant a pot-stirring, bestselling memoir.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
......Ogi Overman piles on
, taking his own not-so-subtle shot at the late High Point Enterprise owner Randall Terry.
Geez, I'm starting to feel sorry for poor Randall now, wherever he is.........
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
.....N.Y. Times obit on Bob Denver
"The Denver and (Alan) Hale interaction was modeled on that of Laurel and Hardy, with Mr. Hale focusing exasperated reactions into the camera, just as Oliver hardy had done."
"Gilligan's Island" was never based in reality, as evidenced by clean and neat appearance of seven castaways marooned on a desert island. It was one last shot at vaudeville, where audience members provided their own rim shot. You laughed, then you moved on. Quickly.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
has a perspective on Hurricane Katrina that's worth reading.
....Perhaps President Bush is a bit slow to react.....
In his new memoir, Herding Cats
: A Life in Politics, Sen. Trent Lott compalins about the president's response to the controversy surrounding Lott's infamous Strom Thurmond remarks
“He said he felt bad about rumors that the administration was undermining me, and was proud of how I handled my decision to surrender my office” Lott writes. “I will always remember my response clearly: ‘Thank you, Mr. President, but the rumors did hurt me and you didn’t help when you could have.”
Sunday, September 04, 2005
.....Something's not quite right.....
......This from the scouting report on the Panthers in the N.Y. Times NFL Preview
"The defensive line of Julius Peppers, Kris Jenkins, Brentson Buckner and Mike Rucker could be the NFL's best. Jake Delhomme is not a flashy quarterback, but he is effective. Mike Fox is an excellent coach...."
Saturday, September 03, 2005
...That's what I get for wasting my time and energy on the previous subject. When I sat down to my computer, the Reds were leading the Braves 1-0. When I get up from my computer, the Braves are leading 5-1......
....OK, my Kanye West post came off as a bit shrill. One Google search would have told me who the hell he is. The post was indeed more figurative than literal, although I really never had heard of the dude until his comments last night about President Bush.Cone
warns against blogging and drinking. We've also talked about the danger of making angry, hyper-caffeinated posts early in the morning. I violate both rules regularly.
But I'm truly disturbed about the equally shrill
things being written and said about President Bush. It's tough enough viewing the images from New Orleans without having to put up without this overly harsh rush to judgment.
I find it hard to think of an instance when the mainstream media has sunk lower. It really cast a 9/11-type thundercloud over this beautiful morning.
Here's my question: Who the hell is Kanye West
? I mean literally, who the hell is he?
Friday, September 02, 2005
...My other girlfriend has a part-time job as a performance artist
......My girlfriend Dr. Sanity
weighs in on the politicization
of Hurricane Katrina.
....Anybody ever think the Hornets are a cursed franchise
? It's too bad, because the franchise seemed to be on solid footing in the early and mid-90s. I saw two versions of the Hornets: the Larry Johnson-Mugsy Bogues-Dell Curry version and the Glen Rice -Anthony Mason-Dell Curry version. Both sets of teams played an exciting, team-oriented style of basketball. Then again, that style of play is long gone in the NBA.
I wonder if Chris Paul is re-thinking his decision to turn pro....
Thursday, September 01, 2005
.....Given the incredible devastation in New Orleans, I admit my Katrina vanden Heuvel post
was in bad taste.
But so is this N.Y. Times lead editorial
"George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for consolation and wisdom......It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush cheerily announced, America 'will be a stronger place' for enduring the crisis. Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes. But since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exisits, the chances of leadership seem minimal."
Cheap shot, NYT. Right out of the liberal handbook. I don't know any better than to trivialize a grim situation. Smart guys and gals like you should.