Friday, March 04, 2005

Mona Lisa, men have named you

So Madame Secretary was on Lehrer tonight.

Her trademark scowl was nowhere to be soon. She was positively perky. Kind of scary to see a woman my mother's age with such a sparkle in her eye.

Lehrer didn't ask the $64 billion question. As a fuddy-duddy (though a loveable one), he's probably old-fashioned enough to find it way too early for such discussions. But enquiring minds wanna know.

WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?

p.s.
When Mark Shields is going off on a mini-rant, David Brooks gets the funniest expression on his face - eyebrows peaked, half-smile with tongue slightly protruding.
A much sincerer version of Buckley's wonderful fake-polite-interest raised-eyebrow look.



If Shields were to retire, who could replace him? He sings from the old-school (not to be confused with "classical) liberal playbook so tunefully ... who under 50 can pull that off?
Not to hymn him overmuch, but Shields makes liberalism seem warm, human, appealing. All traits that got thrown overboard somewhere along the way.

Sigh.

They say "blog what you know," so ...

Or if they don't say that, they should.

Seeing how often the up-and-coming strivers in the 'sphere, not to mention the Big Blawg Dawgs at the top of the heap, update their sites, I get chest-constricty-type panics. We had a good thing going on Thinkateria for a while back there 'round election-time, but

(a) there were like six of us
(b) nothing that exciting (please god) will come along for another four years.

This is why I don't blog: if one wants to truly Run with the Pack, hourly postings are recommended, thrice-daily is pushing it, and only the truly brilliant can get by on one or less posts per diem.

Not that I do anything with my time anyway. But my stack of libra legenda rises taller than my wife standing on my shoulders.

ANYWAY:

Here follows my attempt to blog what I know.

I live in Berkeley. The university, like all good a/o large ones, has a student-run daily paper. Today there was an interesting juxtaposition of headlines.

In the upper left corner:
Students Rally for Diversity
("They say Jim Crow, we say Hell No!")


Upper right:
Senators Say Appointee Hid Conservative Affiliations
(basically, she produced content for the campus conservative journal, and neglected to mention this. the others are, of course, horrified to discover a rightie in their midst).

Diversity is a many-splendored thing. I'd like heaping helpings of both racial and political diversity, which is why I probably won't ever get a job in administration.

This reminds me of a car Macrina and I noticed just down the block, while hot-footing it to the train to catch the plane to take us to Seattle for Thanksgiving.

It had only two bumper stickers, which is fairly restrained for this town.

Left side:
NO ONE IS FREE WHEN OTHERS ARE OPPRESSED

Right side:
NOT EVERY SPERM DESERVES A NAME

does not compute ...

Anyway, that's what I know.