Every Mormon teen is required to attend daily seminary classes. Tonight, we're viewing a classic film strip and movie from the seminary archives. Both shows are set in Lamanite (Jewish Indians/Polynesians) communities.
First, Johnny Lingo -- Johnny Lingo pays a whopping eight cows for his wife. Here's what one reviewer had to say about it: "We used to watch this after baptisms for the dead. Oh, I so? wanted to be an 8 cow wife."
Next, Tom Trails, Episode 9 -- Tom Trails picks up his rifle and sets out to bear his testimony of the gospel to his neighbor, Sam. When Sam is found shot that night, Tom is arrested and sent to jail. Only the Elders and a vial of olive oil can save him, now.
Adam Yauch, Rest in Peace.
Somewhat unfortunate placement on U.S. 65 north of Buffalo, Missouri:
Location, location, location.
Ah, family values.
And we'll ferret out those Iranian terrorists by requiring participation in mandatory spelling bees...
That would explain this.
The magazine that puts Capital Letters on everything and everyone, Vanity Fair, now enters Uncharted Territory in Obamanalysis...the President's delicacy about former girlfriends in his own two memoirs by conflating his experiences with them into "composites."
Obamographer David Maraniss teases out from the diaries and letters of one in New York and another in Chicago who is who.
"I was very sensitive in my book not to write about my girlfriends, partly out of respect for them," Obama tells Maraniss, helping break down the composites.
Beyond generational gaps, all the soul-searching of young Obama and his Ivy League friends points up problem the President still has with voters who see him as elitist and out of touch with their values.
Gooey diary entries about identity and self-discovery will not reassure those who find Obama too intellectual and exotic, although who knows what they will make of Mitt Romney's straight-laced Mormonism? At the age the young Obama was trying to find out where in the world he belonged, Romney was working as a teen-aged missionary in Europe, coming back with a "death certificate" after a car crash.
One of Obama's composites gushes: "The sexual warmth is definitely there?but the rest of it has sharp edges, and I?m finding it all unsettling and finding myself wanting to withdraw from it all. I have to admit that I am feeling anger at him for some reason, multi-stranded reasons. His warmth can be deceptive. Tho he speaks sweet words and can be open and trusting, there is also that coolness?and I begin to have an inkling of some things about him that could get to me."
All this is marginally interesting, but it recalls what a middle-aged friend said about Audrey Hepburn movies half a century ago: "I can't watch that stuff. It makes me feel coarse."
What we have in this election are no easy old-fashioned "American" choices, such as those McCain and Palin tried to offer four years ago. Neither Obama nor Romney can drape the flag around himself culturally.
There won't be any "composite" old lovers in the GOP candidate's story, but neither will Obama have to explain Romney's only one year at Stanford University, working as a night security guard to fund trips home to see his future wife.
Both ended up with their true loves, but what will voters make of how these strange birds got there?
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enlargeCredit: Life MagazineKent State- May 4, 1970 - Four dead in Ohio.
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Today marks the forty-second year since the National Guard fired on a crowd of unarmed students, killing four. The deaths were the result of the students protesting the war in South East Asia which had escalated with an invasion of Cambodia and this culminated the third day of protests at the campus. The killings marked a decided reversal of support for the War in Vietnam. Now the overwhelming majority of Americans were against our role in the war, wanted it over and wanted us out. And now there were dead students to add to the outrage.
As well as the news from Kent State, also came news from Cambodia, the Vietnam War as well as a report on the sale of the Prop Department at MGM Studios. Run of the mill news for an otherwise unremarkable day.
Somehow, the rest of it really didn't matter. What mattered was how the spirit of protest was met with violent resistance by, of all people, our own National Guard. And how something went terribly wrong.
As reported by David Brinkley on The NBC Nightly News for May 4, 1970.
Sen. David VitterGreat moments in American politics, hooker edition.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in his first reaction to the recent prostitution scandal among Secret Service and military personnel in Colombia, called the incident ?a very, very serious situation? but skirted specific questions about involvement of the military, which he oversees as a member of the Senate?s Armed Services Committee.That's actually an impressive level of control, on Vitter's part. Every time someone mentions prostitution in a political discussion, I always expect the good senator to bolt from his chair and leap out the nearest window.
Bonus points to NPR's Andrea Seabrook, who no doubt will get a stern talking to even though this is probably the most diplomatic phrasing you could possibly ask for:
NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook predicted Friday this would be Vitter?s reaction when she addressed a crowd at WRKF?s Distinguished Speaker Series.Well, he did address it, to be fair. He said he was really sorry, and then Jesus and the Republicans forgave him because the GOP couldn't find a single Republican in the state who wasn't a bigger jackass than he was. It's not the same as doing jail time or having to resign, but hey?when people bring up prostitution, he gets vaguely uncomfortable now. Isn't that punishment enough?
?Your senator is in a very bad position because he cannot address the Secret Service scandal,? Seabrook said in response to a question from the audience. ?He would be a natural person to come to. ... He used to see prostitutes in D.C. but has never addressed that.?
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