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Plug Me In, I May Get Energized
     I have, as yet, not completely recovered my ability to write thematically consistent posts. However, having been reminded, rather sweetly, that absences are sometimes noticed, I thought I might ease back into the world of written communications with a few odd thoughts.
     (And how odd were they, kaffyr?)
     1) Is it completely irresponsible of me to find, lurking in the slightly skeevy corners of my heart, a certain perverse pride in the rocketing fame of Governor Rod Blagojevich? Whose name, I'll have you know, I've typed many times in stories before he was revealed as the delusionally corrupt marvel that he (allegedly, always allegedly until the trial is done, despite the tapes) is. In fact, I dare say that the mark of an Illinois reporter is the ease with which one can type that name.
     2) Someone who was much less corrupt, and much more of a marvel, left us last night. Bettie Page had a heart attack some days ago, and she never awakened. She was 85, and in her time, she provided more happily vibrant carnality than almost any other pinup goddess I can think of. She went through some hard times in the years after her photo sessions with Irving Klaw and his sister Paula. But she was made of strong stuff, and she endured, and continued on her own terms. I hope that at the end of her life she knew how much she was respected and adored. I know I adored her.


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Dec. 12th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you again!

Glad to hear Blago failed in his run for Swag(o).

Sorry to hear about BP though 85 is a decent age. Mind you I may not agree when/if I get there.
Dec. 12th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hi! Glad to be heard from. Yeah, watching the deconstruction of Chipmunk Boy is like witnessing a train wreck. Amazing, but horrific. I wish I'd met Bettie Page.
Dec. 12th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
The $64K Question is who does Rod take down with him?

Jesse Jackson Jr. seems to be in a very bad place after his appointment to Senate Candidate #5.

*Everyone* is looking to tie this to Obama.
Dec. 12th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
"Jesse Jackson Jr. seems to be in a very bad place after his appointment to Senate Candidate #5."

I'm wondering whether his dad decided to do him a "favor" by going behind the scenes and providing an ill-timed bit of help (for such we will laughingly label it). Jesse Jr. has usually shown a much better grasp of reality, and right/wrong (not to mention cause/effect) than Blagojevich, but his dad has had impulse issues that might lead to this.

Yeah, they'll try to tie it to Obama, but it's not going to stick, mostly because it's been obvious for years that Blago wasn't much of an Obama fan, and Obama was even less of a guv fan.
Dec. 12th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I was saddened, too, when I heard of Bettie Page going into the hospital. I very much enjoyed the recent film about her life and it gave me much greater insight into her personality. (Assuming, always, that it was a fairly accurate portrayal.) She will be missed.
Dec. 12th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie, but I'd love to do so. You bet she'll be missed.
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Today's WashPost had an article on how Obama has been avoiding Blagojevich for a while.

And while I'm sorry Bettie Page died (the WashPost appreciation), so did Nina Foch, who was in An American in Paris.

Edited at 2008-12-13 03:03 am (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I remember Nina Foch - thank you for linking to her obituary.
Dec. 14th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
1) "delusionally corrupt"?

Ahenh. I'd say, rather, /incompetently/ corrupt; though perhaps they amount to the same thing. Is one deluded when one thinks one can fix a parking ticket -- when everyone else you know in politics does it, at least sometimes? Same thing, just writ larger.

It's a classic problem: how to manage, once you've decided to, to pitch the this-is-for-sale message only to properly receptive ears. Woopsie.

2) Re Bettie Page: Ave atque vale, Imperatrix...

Dec. 14th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Blago is, in fact, delusional. Anyone who can tell himself that he can adjust his image and run for president in 2016, when his approval rating in his home state is 13 percent?

Moron lives on Planet Rod.
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, OK, that part had escaped me 'way out here in the PRC. But that's about his self-image and sense-of-other.

Delusional + Corrupt, I'll buy. It's the compound as you worded it that caused my cavilling. Anyway. Harumph. His phonybaloney political career needs to get lost, toot sweet.

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