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I liked Babs. One of my very favorite First Ladies. I think that Robbie stated very well why I admired her. I have also been a fan of her husband. RIP, Lady.
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Busted Bust

Suzie and Robbie, then Robbie and Suzie
They circled around at the top of the stair;
The Raven was sweating – the dance made him woozy –
And his sight was obscured by how Sue tossed her hair.
Abandoning both (who was he to be choosey?)
He fled, flapping fleetly away from the pair.
The space was so small that without room to cruise, he
Alighted on top of a statuette where
It arose from the egg on the table – a doozy,
A carefully-glued-back-together affair.
The cobwebs were dense and the atmosphere boozy –
And more than a little familiar in there.
He bent his head sideways to look at the floozie
Whose head he had gripped, and was stunned by his stare!
It was Bush! Barbara Bush – and that was the news he
So shockingly cawed through the dust-laden air …

Marcus Bales, from page 1 of the Rumpus Room.



Ha! I'd forgotten that one!

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She was an outstanding First Lady, I thought. She fulfilled the role with dignity and compassion. May she Rest In Peace.
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I'm a sucker for sweet, sappy stories, and this one certainly qualifies:

]A love letter for Bar...
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I'm a sucker for sweet, sappy stories, and this one certainly qualifies:

]A love letter for Bar...



Yes, it certainly does.

Thanks for finding and sharing that, Susie.

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Yes, it certainly does.

Thanks for finding and sharing that, Susie.



You're most welcome, Robbie.
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Belle is a trip. I'm so glad that we found her.
4/18/2018, 6:44 pm Link to this post PM CooterBrown44
 
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Thanks, Cooter!

I'm glad you found me too. This is SOME board.
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...but those who don't get soundly bashed.

After calling Barbara Bush an ‘amazing racist,’ a professor taunts critics: ‘I will never be fired’

by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Herman Wong
April 19

In the hours after Barbara Bush died Tuesday, even those who didn’t share the former first lady’s political views expressed their condolences and recounted warm memories of the Bush family matriarch.

But Randa Jarrar, a creative writing professor at California State University at Fresno said on Twitter, “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.”

In another tweet, she wrote: “I’m happy the witch is dead. can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeee.”

Enraged, some people tagged Fresno State and the institution’s president, Joseph Castro, demanding that the professor be fired.

Jarrar laughed at them. “LOL let me help you. What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here,” Jarrar wrote.

University President Castro said Jarrar’s comments were “beyond free speech. This was disrespectful. A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish.” He said Jarrar’s words were “obviously contrary to the core values of our University” but that they “were made as a private citizen.”

As the controversy swirled, Fresno City College said Jarrar had dropped out as the featured reader at an upcoming literary festival. “While we respect the right to free speech, even objectionable speech, Jarrar’s statements are her own and do not reflect the values of LitHop or Fresno City College,” the statement said.

On talk-radio station KMJ, the university president said: “I want all of your listeners to know that I condemn the tone, substance and timing of Dr. Jarrar’s comments. I want that to be unambiguous. And how do I feel? I was shocked, upset, appalled just like everybody else.”

A day later, Castro declared that “academic freedom is at the core of our University, something we promote and practice every day in our teaching, research and public service. I recognize that in the exercise of free speech rights, individuals may present personal opinions in a provocative manner, and I also value the First Amendment rights of individuals, even when others may find the speech unpleasant and inappropriate.”

As critics slammed Jarrar, the points she made about Bush were still reverberating across the Internet. For example, the former first lady’s statements about the mostly black evacuees taking refuge in Houston’s Astrodome during Hurricane Katrina.

After her son George W. Bush’s administration was criticized for its slow response to Katrina in 2005, Barbara Bush told the public radio program “Marketplace” that the evacuees who had fled their homes and were being sheltered in Houston’s Astrodome “were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

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Trump gets dragged for typo in Barbara Bush tribute tweet

"It wouldn't be a White House press release without an error," one Twitter user said.

By Michael Martin
April 18, 2018

The official White House statement on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush contained an unfortunate typo which President Trump then tweeted out, enabling some efficient dragging on Twitter.

Although Barbara Bush died yesterday, the statement was dated April 17, 2017. As in last year.

The Trump administration has an extensive history of typos in official materials and on social media. Trump's official inauguration poster declared that “no challenge is to great.” Last April the White House Snapchat referred to “Secretary of Educatuon Betsy DeVos.” Press releases about the visit of British prime minister Theresa May misspelled her name as “Teresa May,” a porn star. According to a May 2017 press release, Trump will “promote the possibility of lasting peach” in the Middle East.

But this error, coming as it did in a memorial, was egregious, as Twitter pointed out. (Trump apparently deleted the tweet, then reposted it with the erroneous date cropped out of the attached release.)

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I like the idea of promoting lasting peach in the Middle East.
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I'm not a fan of watching funerals....

I came home from a meeting to see the wife of Jim Baker on TV, giving a eulogy for Barbara Bush. The camera cut to George H.W. Bush and who I assume was their daughter, rubbing his back. It just made me cry....

Got back into my office, and Jeb Bush was approaching the podium. And I have to say, he did a beautiful job. A lot of laughter and nice glimpses of who she was as a Mom, wife, and friend.

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I agree, Lis. It was beautifully done.

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I thought it was a jolly funeral. She was a funny woman. It had its solemn and movingly beautiful moments too. I was pleased to be able to hear Chelsea Helm's singing of "In the Garden," which was within my hearing range. Helms has a gorgeous voice. "Amazing Grace" and "The Holy City" sounded like noise to me, many of the tones being out of my range.


The speeches were full of stories about Barbara's humor, which was quick and sometimes self-deprecating, as well as slightly cutting at times. The speakers liked reporting when the joke was on them. They seemed to know she joshed them with affection.


It was totally appropriate for Trump not to be there. He would have been a sour note.
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I was pleased to be able to hear Chelsea Helm's singing of "In the Garden," which was within my hearing range.



She has a very high soprano voice. I was reminded of a story my mother used to tell on me, from when I was a very small child. In some setting I heard a woman with a high soprano voice singing opera. I turned to my mother and said, with awe in my voice, "Boy, can she holler!"

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Great way of putting it, Robbie.

When people used to ask me if I liked opera, I would say, "Do you think I could stand all that terrible screaming if I didn't love it?"
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(]CNN) - The man who taught thousands of kids -- and adults -- about grammar and math through song has died.

Bob Dorough, the creator of 'Schoolhouse Rock' passed away at age 94. His granddaughter Corin Wolf didn't disclose his exact cause of death but told CNN that Dorough was diagnosed with cancer last year.

From "Conjunction, Junction," to "I'm Just a Bill," Dorough's upbeat tunes helped educate thousands of viewers about simple math functions, rules of grammar and the legislative process.


In my Government classes, I always showed the kids the "I'm Just a Bill" video -- once immediately after going through all of the steps of how a bill becomes a law, and then again just before they took the test on the legislative branch. The kids always loved it.

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(]CNN) - Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film "Superman," died Sunday at her home in Montana, her manager confirmed to CNN. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep.

Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels: "Superman II" in 1980, "Superman III" in 1983 and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" in 1987.


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I liked Margot. RIP, young lady.
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I liked Margot. RIP, young lady.



I did too. RIP.
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"Tom Wolfe, the critically acclaimed, bestselling journalist and novelist behind "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities," died on Monday at the age of 88.

The longtime New Yorker died after being hospitalized for an infection, The New York Times confirmed with his agent.

Wolfe, who began his career as a newspaper reporter in the 1960s, was a founding thinker of the "New Journalism" movement that blended literary style and subjective point of view into reporting.
One of the 20th century's most influential pop culture writers, Wolfe chronicled the burgeoning counterculture movement of the '60s in books including “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby” and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."

He went on to coin such iconic phrases as "radical chic," "the Me Decade" and of course "The Right Stuff," his non-fiction account of the first American astronauts and Project Mercury.

Wolfe, famous for his signature ivory bespoke suits, also penned a slew of influential essays for New York Magazine and Esquire, often focusing on media and literature.

In 1987, Wolfe released his first novel, the hugely successful "Bonfire of the Vanities," a satire of greed, politics and racism backdropped by the hyper-consumption of 1980s New York. It was followed by three other novels: "A Man in Full," "I Am Charlotte Simmons" and "Back to Blood."

He is survived by his wife Sheila Wolfe and children Tommy and Alexandra."


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Bonfire Of The Vanities. RIP
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