Introducing a new feature or reviving an old one in a slightly new format, a month’s end round-up of posts from the past four weeks. Here are a few of the things that went on here in Mannionville in August.
Started off the month on an intellectual high road with reviews of Robert Di Silvestro’s biography Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands---The adventures of that Cowboy in the White House back when he was a real cowboy in a bunkhouse---and a production of Hamlet that included an unusual casting choice that made it seem like a whole new Hamlet or at least a very different Hamlet than I’d ever seen---The rat behind arras.
On politics, I tried to imagine how a Hillary Clinton Presidency would have differed from President Obama’s and came up with one important thing President Clinton couldn’t have done as well as President Obama; it was the matter of a key cabinet appointment. Rick Perry’s tough-talking campaign for Sheriff---I mean President---makes me think he rooted for the wrong characters when he watched Westerns as a kid. See Rick Perry’s heroes have always been cowboys, although apparently the ones wearing the black hats. With the Ayn Rand worshipping rich and their familiars and toadies giving the nation the gift that keeps on giving, their greed, I had to ask Where do our Galtian Overlords imagine they live? And yesterday I came to the defense of Michele Bachmann. No matter what her staff says, I don’t believe she thinks floods and earthquakes are funny: God is laughing but Jesus weeps.
In other news, I looked at the important issue of comic book fans who like to dress up in Princess Leia slave girl costumes in Fanboys are from Endor, geek girls are from Alderaan, I brought home a nice picture from a day trip to Lake George, and my Uncle Bill stopped by to re-make his old case for putting his favorite Yankee, Phil Rizzuto, in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
And on a personal note, Young Ken Mannion started college this week. The prospect of his moving ahead with his life had me feeling like the World’s Most Useless Dad.
On to September!