It is snowing again.
Saturday, March 28, 11:43 a.m.
“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.” (Abu Muhammad al-Adnani)
"My recommendation would be that people go to the movies" (Barack Obama)
I am enjoying a sneezing, coughing episode now in its third day, to get through which I am reading this magnificent book by day and watching an episode of the Benedict Cumberbatch mini-series each night. What a wonderful writer is the oddly named Ford Madox Ford (born Ford Hermann Hueffer; he changed it in honor of an ancestor whose middle name was Madox, but without explaining why he ditched the surname as well). No doubt I am influenced in its favor by the three handsome actors who represent Christian Tietiens; his wife Sylvia; and his beloved but never-reached Valentine. But it's not just that. I find myself following Sally around the house, declaiming bits of Mr Ford's brilliant prose. I haven't been this excited about a book since I was an undergraduate.
When Bill Clinton famously parsed s-e-x in a way that few Americans would have done ("I did not have sex with that woman"), we all thought that the then-president was a great innovator. It turns out, however, that more likely he was the student and the then-First Lady was the teacher.
As the New York Times explains:
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference on Tuesday at the United Nations. “I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
Ah, but did she receive any?
Of course she did! The U.S. Secretary of State did her job for more than four years without once getting classified information in her in-box (this, mind you, in a government that will famously slap Classified on a Post-It Note), then she wasn't really doing her job, was she?
The New York Times reported that:
“Finally, in December, dozens of boxes filled with 50,000 pages of printed emails from Mrs. Clinton’s personal account were delivered to the State Department.”Can you believe it? Not only did she have a private email account against State Department policy, but she didn't turn over any of those emails! She turned over printouts that will take months to search, and if something is missing (Benghazi? Millions of dollars of oil money for the Clinton foundation?), well, gee, it's just too bad that an overworked intern somehow wasn't able to find it....
It's been a long time since Lily Tomlinson's Telephone Operator From Hell would terrify customers by saying: "You don't understand! This is the Telephone Company." Judge Greene broke up Ma Bell into seven regional telephone companies plus a much-reduced AT&T to provide long-distance service. Now, the former Ma doesn't even provide long-distance, but is just one of several wireless companies (mine, as it happens). And last week the New York Stock Exchange demoted her from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, to be replaced by -- oh, the shame of it! -- Apple, the company that provides its most popular smartphone.
To cap it all, there is still one telephone company left on the DJIA. That is Verizon, formerly Nynex, the spin-off Baby Bell that served New York and New England. It too is mostly a provider of wireless service.