Friday, December 17, 2010

Huey Long, Despot

"We fought the revolution with the
tools Mr. Jefferson said we could use."
Betty Carter on Huey Long

I snipped 3 minutes of dialog from PBS's film "Ken Burns / Huey Long." that I think you'll find interesting.  Betty Carter, wife of  Hodding, recalls that when news of Huel Long's assassination by "a man in a white suit" was broadcast, she and half the women in Louisiana feared it was their son or husband.


Hot Line

Thoughts from the past

Dear Laddie:
(Storytelling by Geoffrey Lewis:)

The Train (for Christmas) More - The Sermon, The Dwarf, Dad, The Soldier; they're all good (except for the ones that are actually about celestial navigation).



Boned Jello

Just as I was about to remind you of a very significant American milestone    occurring on January 4, 2011, El Jefe reminded me of another.  So this is a two-fer.  First mine.

The 112th Congress will be the first in 64 years (JFK's  first term as a Representative from Massachusetts) that not a single member of that family will be seated.  None.  All gone.  We will be serving free champagne on 4 January, so be here or drink beer.

Now Jeff's.

This coming year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day. 

It is an ironic juxtaposition of events; one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.

Bon Bon News

BJ named to Obama Advisory Council

Stung by criticism that his administration lacks anyone with experience outside of government, and perhaps being left off Prince William's wedding invitation list, President Obama named Rocker and International Do-Gooder Bon Jovi to the Obama Advisory Council

In selecting Bon Jovi the president acknowledged that Michelle is desperate to attend the Prince's wedding, and that his father Prince Charles relies heavily on the BJ's  advice.  "Bon Jovi is  the most admired \man in the world right  now, and I look forward to his counsel"

Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse

Ducked and Covered:
A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse
Don't be a victim; be a warlord

Coupla rabid dogs here boss

When Ed Schultz & Al Sharpton
put their heads together

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: And finally tonight, Rush Limbaugh has a long history of using his radio platform to make racist comments. Today, Reverend Al Sharpton met with the Federal Communications Commission and asked them to take a stand on Limbaugh. Reverend Sharpton joins us tonight here on the Ed Show. How'd the meeting go, Reverend?

REV. AL SHARPTON: I had a very good meeting on Tuesday, and I think, Ed, that where we will go in the beginning of the year is the push for public hearings.

Ed Schultz & Al Sharpton

SCHULTZ: So this means that Limbaugh would have to step up or maybe one of his representatives or the people that carry his show and explain that it's okay to say racist things on the air.