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Well, if you got here via the bi-chromatic Universe and "Dez", thanks. Their being available means they can be rented out, so to say, to vendors. For example, they'd be great in promoting pastries. Kids love cookies, so do adults. As for that ascending numeral three, it came about by way of ignorance. More than once, I'd see that same numeral with wings or a halo or both even on this or that pickup truck. And, dumb me, I'd think they were like golden horse shoes or four-leaf clovers ... good luck charms. It wasn't until later, I found out those threes are meant to commemorate one posthumously charismatic NASCAR driver. To inspire all those signs of grief, that guy might've had the makings for ... well, that's likely better left to the intuition of NASCAR votaries.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

rehabilitation of and by and for the right wing

Lemme say this up front. For the past seventy (70) years, the right wing has been trying to rehabilitate one-term President Herbert Hoover. Dear Reader, think (?) I'm pulling your leg, jerking your chain, joshing, maybe ticking the little man in the boat! Nothing could be further from the truth.

With your permission, I shall now adduce one salient fact for corroboration, specifically, the HOOVER INSTITUTE. If I so desired, I could tick off the names of several other such entities that are deliberately modeled after the aforementioned. And there are a couple other clues that illustrate this tendency of the right wing to rehabilitate their fallen champions. One such being, the frequent appearance of former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich on the FOX cable so-called news channel.

Over the years, this project has comprised some pretty strange subsidiary efforts. I reckon that, among the most outlandish, has been incessantly spoon-feeding the American public the canard that "it makes no difference who's president of the United States". No doubt about it, the right wing was awesomely successful in getting the American public to swallow that poppycock hook, line and sinker.

By the way, I'm not indulging in hyperbole with that "awesomely". During the presidential election just previous to the last, the presidential candidate for the Green Party justified his campaigning in certain critical states, by blithely parroting that equivalent to some punch line for a markedly putrid specimen of defecatory humor..

One of the ultimate results of that numbskull's buffoonery being, the ground for any sort of third party will be poisoned for the next forty (40) years . . . at least. eYep, it's gotta obvious . . . the author of UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED ain't no hero of mine.

oh, yeah, we shouldn't overlook another strange subsidiary effort, which among several others, constitute the right wing's project to rehabilitate Hoover. For the past 70 odd years, the right wing has been intensely supporting the peddling of domestic economic policy that made Hoover a one-time president. One prime example being, the AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE. Talk about wacko!

If that policy failed to win a second term for Hoover, what (?) on earth makes the right wing think that relentlessly peddling that policy will, somehow, rehabilitate his presidency. Quite frankly, I think the right wing has been doing Hoover dirt. Instead of trying to rehabilitate Hoover the president, the right wing would've done far better by the man and the country through commemorating Hoover the engineer. As engineer, he enhanced the country's economy by promoting the standardization of measurements in use by plumbers, and other tradesmen.

One might presume I'll soon animadvert to current events. However, I'm not in the mood. I'd rather continue with my musing about the right wing's obsession to rehabilitate the Hoover administration. In several instances, it was hilarious about how the right wing through the years went about that endeavour.

For example, during the Eisenhower administration, the Finance Reconstruction Corporation was abolished, with its assets and responsibilities transferred to other government agencies. Several right wing pundits and even a few members of the Eisenhower administration welcomed this development as erasing that "socialist" experiment, foisted upon God-fearing Americans by the administration of "F D R".

Funniest thing, the Finance Reconstruction Corporation had been set up during the Hoover administration, the object being salvaging banks and ONLY banks. During the succeeding administration, it proved very useful in the recovery of the national economy. In THAT instance, the object was salvaging PEOPLE. What's more, it continued to be so useful, in that way, that the Truman administration retained the agency.

Wood'jah (?) buh-leave! There's a connection between General and later President Eisenhower to Emmett Till. Who's Emmett Till?

Well, I just googled that name, and discovered that the Public Broadcasting System once aired a program titled, THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL. Here let's slash to the cheese. Photos of that African American adolescent in his coffin were grisly enough to fill that racial powder keg, whose fuse was it by some middle-aged seamstress with tired feet.

At one point, President Eisenhower ordered 101st Airborne Division paratroopers to facilitate, as ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States, the desegregation of a high school in the capitol of Arkansas. Just about anybody, who regards that president as a hero, would sing his praises for forestalling anarchy.

And yet, I wonder.

In the uproar that was ignited by those photos of Emmett, one or two embarrassing matters came to light. For several years, his mother had been receiving monetary payments from the federal government, by reason of her husband's death during the Second World War.

During that time, she was led to believe that his death had been somehow related to combat in Europe. Instead, his death had been ordered by court martial . . . under questionable circumstances. What's more, there were quite a few other executions of African American soldiers, likewise ordered by court martial, likewise under questionable circumstances.

Maybe, the commander of American forces in Europe was unaware of those questionable circumstances. Maybe, the general, who later succeeded Truman as president of the United States, was not. By the bye, somebody is supposed to working on a book about those executions . . . should make for interesting reading.

oh, well, conscience doth make cowards of even our most illustrious . . . .

oh, well, we have it on the word of President Abraham Lincoln that execution is the worst use that can be made of a soldier.

What (?) about that refuge for left-wing kooks, flaming liberals and "gay marriage" freaks, in other words, the Democratic Party. By way of metaphor, I would say they've been trying for the past sixty (60) years to conduct a mass seance, in an attempt to channel "F D R". Here's a nice clue.

When Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was campaigning in 1960 for president, just about all of his campaign literature was emblazoned with "J F K". No doubt, that was a deliberate effort to appeal to older voters, who fondly remembered that late president, who had guided the country through depression and world war.

Quite in contrast to the HOOVER INSTITUTE at Stanford University in California, there's the KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT at Harvard University in Massachusetts.


oh, well, I did.

Somehow, in their effort to rehabilitate a years-dead one-term president, our right wing installed a nincompoop in the White House. And the amount of national treasure that will be required to repair the consequent damage is going to be humongous, no doubt.

In a way, the right wing succeeded, by way of the negative, in the rehabilitation of one-term President Herbert Hoover . . . at least, among our future historians. It's a reasonable bet that a few will write something, perhaps in more formal prose, something like so:

. . . "ya'know, compared to the 'dum'ass botch', who misled the nation into an unnecessary war, the guy F D R evicted from the White House actually approached, as president, mediocrity . . . darn, if only his skills at engineering could've been applied to governance" . . .


somewhere within my adiaphorestic being, some part of me is quivering with urgent desire to broadcast from one end of the universe to the other . . . :

. . . "please, oh, please, spare us and our posterity from any attempt by the right wing to rehabilitate that 'dum'ass botch'" . . .

.he who is known as sefton

(added the evening of 2006/05/02)

First off, I should like to acknowledge that I try to catch both The DAILY SHOW with Joh Stewart and The COLBERT REPORT, which are staples on the COMEDY cable channel. In fact, they're the primary reason for my buying a D V D recorder. I guess which broadcast I favor depends mostly on my mood.

At the recent Washington Correspondents' Dinner, master comedian Stephen Colbert performed magnificently. With the rapier of wit and the mace of truth, he respectively skewered and censured the presidency of "dum'ass botch".

Talk about wonderful lagniappe! Mr Colbert made that nincompoop's lap dogs in our national conventional media run for cover with their tail between their legs. And that's not all our man accomplished.

Tucked away in his address to the dinner's flabbergasted attendees, like a ticking time bomb, there was an "easter egg", which we had absolutely . . . here "we" is a polite nod . . . NO right to expect. Like the Easter Bunny in a mischievous mood, Mr Colbert camouflaged a bon mot, so profound as to approach philosophical.

oh, before I reveal Mr Colbert's casual accomplishment, I should like to preface with a caveat. The appropriate interpretation of that remark requires sagacity and rectitude and certitude . . . and now, tah dah! . . . here's the remark:


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Blogger TvA said...

I thought the easter egg was that "the last third is usually backwash."

4:23 PM  
Blogger he who is known as sefton said...

oh, well, we could talk about it, one may suppose . . .

b'cha'ya'gotta admit . . .

"reality" makes a far greater impact in popular sentiment than "backwash" . . . whatever the latter means . . .

.he who is known as sefton

1:54 PM  
Blogger he who is known as sefton said...

This criticism was deliberately made in a private email. If you want to share this criticism then it would seem that the only appropriate way would be in full context with accompanying link. It is to our tastes that some rights be reserved (CC).

"per penheaded" perpenheaded(at)hotmail(dot)com

. . . I am known as sefton am perfectly willing to go along with the above stipulation to replicate the relevant text below . . .

We're all into that whole Web 2.0/kumbaya thing over here at our lonely outpost of the Internet, however...

Aka sefton, your writing needs editing. You should learn to write for impact rather than as an exposition of arcane language. The instances in which to write with that voice are really quite limited. There are
a number of good articles out there about writing for the Web, in addition to the trusty The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.

As for that Web 2.0 matter; this sort of exchange is considered to be a conversation not an opportunity to link-spam. We appreciate a higher degree of relevancy to a post in our comments section. We would like to recommend and for your consideration.

While your comment has been moderated on this occasion, we welcome your continued reading and any thoughtful discourse that may result.

12:58 PM  

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