16:22 endorses what (eventually) became one of the
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.
was the 596th-most-popular name for US girl babies in the 1880s, but
slipped to its current near extinct status by the 1950s. But Mia
Farrow has a
Prudence (born 1948), and she was the inspiration for the
Beatles' song "Dear Prudence". The lads met her at the Maharishi's
Transcendental Meditation clinic in India. The song's lyric "Won't
you come out and play" was a reference to her habit of retreating to
her room to practice TM.
And of course, there's the long-forgotten Deborah Kerr/David Niven
our Pic du Jour.
R-rated in 1968!
■ @kevinNR is no SOTU
fan, and he relates the reasons in Night
of the Peacock. He quotes from a previous year's article:
The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live. It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.
He urges a return to the
tradition of delivering a written address to be read to Congress
by a clerk.
(That's been done a few times since, most recently by Jimmy Carter.)
■ Gregg Easterbrook's TMQ
column this week delves into the dreadful NFL rules about what
happens when a game goes into overtime. But even if you don't care
about football, he meanders over to the USA Gymnastic scandal, and
its relation to higher ed, specifically Michigan State (MSU):
Disgraced MSU president Lou Anna Simon sounds like a really terrible
person, too. Apparently the president of Michigan State didn’t care
how many girls and women were molested in the years following the
juncture at which the school was warned and failed to act, but did
care about her own taxpayer-financed perks. Gymnast Rachael
Denhollander went public in 2016, yet Simon kept denying
anything was wrong. Michigan State took no action to defend minor
girls, but was quick
to retain the law firm Skadden Arps to defend itself from
liability for the school’s villainy. Simon’s contract, which rings
of cronyism and corruption, calls for her to receive more than half
a million dollars per year essentially for life, no matter how poorly she performed. Now Simon
has ruined the reputation of Michigan State University—but what’s
that to her, since she gets her payday and her free benefits? Like
[NCAA head Mark Emmert], Simon at MSU knew there would always be money
and never be accountability.
Tough but on-target.
■ But, hey, are you ready for the Superb Owl? Mental Floss
Super Facts for Your Super Bowl Party. (That sounds like a lot,
but they only have to come up with one new fact every year.)
On Super Bowl Media Day in 2000, a reporter asked Titans defensive tackle Joe Salave’a, “What’s your relationship with the football?” He replied: “I’d say it’s strictly platonic.”
I would guess that most NFL defensive tackles do not have either
Salave'a's wit or vocabulary.
■ For those looking for explanations for the dysfunctional behavior
of FBI/DOJ personnel into Russia/Trump "collusion", Victor Davis
Hanson provides a key: Hillary’s
‘Sure’ Victory Explains Most Everything. Example:
How could former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe assume an
oversight role in the FBI probe of the Clinton email scandal when
just months earlier his spouse had run for state office in Virginia
and had received a huge $450,000 cash donation from Common Good VA,
the political-action committee of long-time Clinton-intimate Terry
Again, the answer was clear. McCabe assumed that Clinton would
easily win the election. Far from being a scandal, McCabe’s not
“loaded for bear” oversight of the investigation, in the world of
beltway maneuvering, would have been a good argument for a promotion
in the new Clinton administration. Most elite bureaucrats understood
the Clinton way of doing business, in which loyalty, not legality,
is what earned career advancement.
Bottom line: FBI and DOJ folks bet a lot on the wrong horse, knowing
they'd never get called out for it if Hillary had won.
■ At Reason, Christian Britschgi relates: Politicians,
Media Freak Out Over Elon Musk's Flamethrowers.
Firearm regulation often has more to do with a weapon's looks than
its lethality. Nothing illustrates this better than the sudden
freakout over Elon Musk's new flamethrower venture.
Musk's Boring Company started taking preorders of its $500 "world's safest" flamethrowers this past weekend. Musk claims to have already sold some 15,000 units, which he promises to ship come the spring.
Statist blanch at this factoid: "neither the federal government nor
48 of the states have any laws on the books regarding
■ Pun Salad Close Personal Friend Dave
Barry points to this
WMUR story: NH
bill would punish owners of trespassing chickens.
The Legislature is considering a bill that would make trespassing
fowl a violation, not for the chicken but for its owners. Under the
proposal, anyone who knowingly, recklessly or negligently allows
fowl to enter or travel over someone else's property without
permission can be convicted of a violation.
Trespassing Chickens? As Dave notes: "We saw them open for the
■ As the Babylon Bee reports: After
Killing 20-Week Abortion Ban, Democrats Resume Lecturing People
According to sources within the Senate, Democratic legislators took a short break from their tireless schedule of lecturing the nation about compassion Monday in order to vote against a ban on the barbaric practice of ripping helpless 20-week-old babies limb from limb and pulling them from the wombs of their mothers.
Sometimes the Bee, um, stretches the truth. This is not one
of those times.