From Paul Levine...
SHE SAID WHAT? Just what did Sarah Palin (The Mistress of the Non-Sequitur) mean when she scolded the media during her farewell speech: "In honor of the American soldier, quit making things up."
I have no idea. Then came the biggest thigh-slapper, her warning to the media to stay away from the new governor's children. Uh...no one even mentioned his kids until you did.
She also said: "You are going to see anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from Hollywood. "They use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets. They use Alaska as a fund-raising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes. By the way, Hollywood needs to know. We eat, therefore we hunt."
Gun sales are booming because of fears in certain quarters that the Obama Administration wants to seize your machine guns and turn them over to illegal aliens. However, new gun legislation is not on the President's agenda. This 2nd Amendment version of "Reefer Madness" is a fund-raising technique of the NRA and other right-wing groups. (In fairness, left-leaning organizations also use scare tactics, as letters to me from the Anti-Defamation League illustrate).
Lest you think that I'm a "delicate, tiny" Hollywood elitist, let me say that I'm a gun-toting American although I'm sure Jim Born is a better shot. (I hope so!) While living in Miami, I was the victim of a burglary in which my 9 mm Beretta was stolen and later used in the murder of a drug dealer. But that is a story for another day. For now, it's lunch time; I need a burger; and I'm going out to shoot a moose.
CONGRATS TO MR. PEARSON: My publishing sources tell me that Ridley's "Killer Summer" is going gangbusters in the stores. Published last month, the novel brings back Sun Valley Sheriff Walt Fleming on the trail of master thief Christopher Cantell, who is determined to steal three legendary bottles of wine from a local wine convention. I assume Ridley did ample research in area wineries.
MY JOURNALISM INSTINCTS AT WORK: NPR reports that young adults are hanging out and hooking up, i.e., having sexual encounters without emotional attachment.
In a completely unrelated story, NPR reports that Chlamydia Infections Are on the Rise
A TV SHOW I MISS: "L.A. Law" and the roaring horns and pounding drums of its main titles. (Music by Mike Post)
CROSS-TOWN RIVALRY: I love the spirited byplay (okay, hatred) between USC and UCLA alums. Here's a great, succinct letter to the sports editor in the Los Angeles Times:
With the new point system for UCLA season tickets, the only ones with enough money to get decent seats are going to be USC student-athletes.
Jack Nelson Soll
As Jim Born knows, similar sparks fly between Gator and Seminoles fans in Florida.
Most college teams begin play five weeks from Saturday. (Why do we have to wait so long?!) Go Nittany Lions. Or as we used to say when the University of Pittsburgh was still on the schedule, "PUCK FITT."
Your faithful, currently unarmed correspondent,