02/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
“I pity people who can’t find laughter or at least some bit of
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's observance is supposed to repeat here every year, and usually, it does!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSpHRqop5oo - Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops
|"Standing in the Shadows of Love" is a 1966 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s. A direct follow-up to the #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There" (even featuring a similar musical arrangement), "Standing in the Shadows of Love" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It is ranked #464 on Rolling Stone 's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA (deceased - 08/26/05) AND John Patterson ('59) of TN AND Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Maynard Thweatt ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06);
05 - The late Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;
06 - Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND Steve Burns ('65) of MN;
08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 - Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
February 02, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln left Washington, D.C. for Hampton Roads, Virginia where he planned to meet with Confederate peace commissioners the next day.
February 02, 1865 - Rhode Island and Michigan became the second and third states to ratify the 13th Amendment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 02/01/11 - "The Covert Letter":
Sarah Isn’t Spiro: It’s all in the sayin’
Posted: 31 Jan 2011 10:56 AM PST
|Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin sets off a
fire storm wherever she goes, whatever she says and whatever happens
external to her. She is a politician both men and women take pleasure in
seeing, whether it is her beauty or the way she identifies with us.|
She has become a media “darling,” in a black humor sort of way – but she isn’t any Spiro Agnew!
Palin The Riveter
Governor Palin has been in the eye of every national storm, whether she likes it or not. The latest when more than one media boob blamed her for the Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., AZ). One would have thought she wielded the 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol herself.
You probably would have reached a different conclusion had you seen her miss four clear shots at a Caribou from more than 100 yards in her reality documentary “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” She changed rifles and scored with one shot.
Her aim was also true a few weeks ago when she took the dangerous leap of criticizing mainstream media and left-wing bloggers whose discourse amounts to shoot first and ask questions later.
Still Governor Palin needs no “psycho-semanticist” as described by author James Thurber. She has not reached the heights of the oratorical dance moves performed by the late former favorite son of Maryland. Vice President Agnew was eventually brought down by greed while in office, but that in no way diminished his word power, most of which came from the typewriters of Patrick Buchanan and William Safire.
Calling “foul” has been long in coming for Governor Palin. The media has unashamedly carried out an overt, coordinated, dirty tricks attack on her since she stepped to the dais at the 2008 Republican National Convention, accepting its nomination as candidate for vice president.
But Governor Palin’s words of chastisement only amounted to a soft blow to the want-ads section.
Consider the words of Mr. Agnew, the son of Greek immigrants, who carried on the tradition of corruption as former Baltimore County executive and governor of Maryland. Here’s how he described the media:
– “We have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”
– “…tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one.”
– “…pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “…vicars of vacillation” and “…hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history…”
Governor Palin would certainly set off a firestorm of media backlash if she
tried to adopt and interject Mr. Agnew’s brilliant bon mots in her Twitter™ or Facebook™ posts.
Who among the 1970 “The Silent Majority” didn’t appreciate Mr. Agnew and the vicarious thrill. His description of anti-war protestors still hits the mark:
– “A spirit of national masochism prevails,” Mr. Agnew exhorted, “encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”
Ironically many of these “effete snobs” are still under foot, some finding themselves elected to the House and Senate, or appointed as a “Czar” in the Obama Administration.
Both President Richard M. Nixon and Mr. Agnew resigned in disgrace, but neither can hold a candle to the antics of Mr. Obama and his entourage. I suppose one could ascribe Mr. Agnew’s words to the current crop, calling them “Limousine Liberals.”
It would seem evident that, just as the media and the U. S. Attorney brought down Mr. Agnew, who was in effect “hoisted on his own petard,” Governor Palin may have to linger another four years before she attempts a run at the presidency. She has thwarted every hint of scandal, though, unlike Mr. Agnew.
Mr. Agnew once described the “older generation’s leadership” as a “sniveling hand-wringing power structure.” Who would argue that this fits today’s Republican majority, which took over the House January 6th?
Thus far, we are unimpressed with its disparate attacks on the Obama agenda. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R., OH) cannot rein in the old legislative nags, who continue to ignore the mandate ordered by the Tea Party Movement and voters spurred on by Governor Palin’s district-hopping campaign efforts.
Mr. Agnew would, perhaps, have loved to use the words of Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, who at a critical time in the Hurricane Kristina recovery effort in 2005, warned reporters not to get “stuck on stupid!” The first question at the press conference brought the response, “See, you’re stuck on stupid.”
Sarah Palin isn’t “stuck on stupid,” like her party, which it would seem is more infected with the “Green Eyed Monster” syndrome. Keep your powder dry and your eye on the target, Governor!
(Editor’s Note: Published in its original form in www.thetentacle.comJan. 19, 2011, reprinted with permission of The Octopus™ LLC and the author.)