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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July Ramblin'

O.K., I'm finally convinced. I listened to a lengthy (50+ minute) segment of Bill Moyers' Journal from July 13, with "Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, and THE NATION’s John Nichols, author of THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT." The conservative and the liberal were practically tripping over each other making the case for impeachment of both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. But it wasn't to be punitive; it was so that whoever is President on January 20, 2009 won't feel they have the "monarchist" authority this administration has. They chastise both Congress (the current one as well as the ones since 2001) and the press for not playing their proper roles in the balance of power. The thing that was most helpful for me was their counterpoint to the argument that the country can't afford another impeachment proceeding after the Clinton one; it appears that the country cannot afford not to.

Interestingly, I read about it first, not in the Huffington Post or even the knowledgeable Mark Evanier. Rather, I saw it first in Steve Gerber's blog. Gerber is a comic book writer of some note, probably best known by the general public for Howard the Duck, and he wrote the second blog I ever read, after Fred Hembeck's, and was the final inspiration for me starting my blog less than a month after he started his.

Not so incidentally, Steve's been having some medical issues; I wish him well.
Jay Kinney unearths a 1952 T-Man comic that explains the Bush-Cheney policy in the Middle East. (Thanks, Dan.)
You know how there are people around you, and you don't even know their names, then they're gone. Someone on the floor in which I worked died last week. I didn't recognize the name of Jane Neale, but when I saw the pictures, I said, "Oh, her!" She was always quite pleasant to me. My condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
How racism hurts -- literally. This was a story in the July 15, 2007 Boston Globe by Madeline Drexler that the Wall Street Journal found important enough to excerpt this week. Essentially, the premise is that dealing with discrimination makes one physically sick.
Evanier wanted to know whether it was worth saving an L.A.-based Felix the Cat. I say yes; it could become iconic, like Albany's RCA dog, Nipper.
Bill Geist is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. I found that very funny because, back in January, he did a story for CBS Sunday Morning exploring what it would take to get on the Walk. He'll be joining such pikers as actress Angela Bassett, Hemby's friend Stan Lee[Dec. 28], and the late George Harrison.
Just How Long Does the Average Baseball Career Last?
I'm a movie star!
OK, I'm not.
Every month in which there is a staff birthday, our group has a little party, and this week, we had strawberry shortcake. This led to a conversation about a product called Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix. Long before Cool Whip, or that stuff in the aerosol can, there was this powdery stuff to which you added milk and whipped. I hadn't seen it in a while and wondered if it was still being made, and it is, at least in Canada. But what I don't understand is why it's available on Amazon (5.2-Ounce Boxes-Pack of 6), "Better Together" with the Pixar movie Cars (Widescreen Edition) DVD.
I also opined that, even as a kid, SpaghettiOs were vile, and this led to a discussion of people defending them. Maybe they've changed the formulas, but when I was (trying not to be) eating them, the sauce tasted like watery tomato soup.


1 comment:

Darrin Conroy said...

What does it take, then, for impeachment to happen? Not procedurally (that part I get). It's like Fein & Nichols both said - it takes a courage to rise above politics.

(Can't we have either of these guys go to the White House press room and ask the questions that ought to be asked? They both seem capable of rebutting anything out of Tony Snow's mouth.)

I think the process of impeachment took a hit with the Clinton affair. Whether or not it was merited is a legitimate point of debate among Constitutional scholars. In reality, though, it was hijacked by Tom Delay and others and took on the air of a partisan-driven witch hunt. And there's a real hesitation to revive that perception.

Grumble grumble . . .