Friday, November 11, 2011

The M Word

The prosecutor who tried to bring charges against Sandusky disappears, with his laptop--hard drive removed--found in the river?  Why isn't this the biggest scandal?


Revealed: Prosecutor who failed to nail Penn State coach for 'sex abuse' vanished in 2005 and was declared 'legally dead' this year

  • -Body of District Attorney Ray Gricar was never found but car abandoned and laptop dragged from river
  • -Gricar had a 'bitter taste in his mouth' about Penn State program


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060027/Ray-Gricar-disappeared-2005-tried-bring-sex-abuse-case-Penn-States-Jerry-Sandusky.html#ixzz1dP43naJB









Saturday, November 05, 2011

Great biography panel at the Mass. Historical Society

Carol Bundy chaired a terrific panel of Civil War-era biographers at the MHS on Thursday night:  Dean Grozzens on Theodore Parker, Tony Horwitz on John Brown, and Michael Burlingame on Lincoln.  The best quip of the night was Burlingame:   "I am a psychohistorian." <pause> "That's one word."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Who are the wingnuts backing?

Every once in a while, when I have a powerful urge to know what the extreme right is thinking, I turn to my two "go-to" websites, RedState (far right) and  FreeRepublic (unhinged right).  Who, I wondered, could they be supporting in the Republican presidential primary? With a great deal of obvious resignation, the RedStaters seem on the whole to be for Perry (with the occasional pitiable Fred Thompson supporter(!)).  More surprising, the Freepers seem largely to be Cain backers, and pretty happy about the choice.  I guess they see it as vindication of their long, loud assertions that they are not racists. Well, good.


Update:  The sexual harrassment accusations against Cain do not seem to have damaged his poll numbers with Republicans one bit.

Rick Perry in college--WFT?

                                                                                                             Check out the heel chains.

Combined with Rick's indescribable Manchester speech of Friday, I'd say the Perry campaign is officially golden brown and lightly buttered.