Picked Up On Campus

22 02 2007

. . . in the history building, says Favorite Daughter. Picked up BY her, that is!


Can Parents Trust These Nice Conservative Brothers?

22 02 2007

This is about a young couple who. . .make up a story to tell Susie’s parents.

For their (shuddering as I notice this for the first time) millennium collection!

It’s not just the internet tubes that make my life of the mind so rich. Without my radio, I wouldn’t have nearly as much off-the-wall selective-perception stuff to think about . . .did you know that the dynastic Governing Brothers both have the exact same favorite song?? (WHAT ARE THE ODDS??)

Yes, it’s a highly rated crowd pleaser of a song that has stood the test of time, its power of story about lying to parents and pleasing the country-western crowd, but they are so gosh-darn earnest and church-going and clean-cut about it . . .

So JEB has doffed his official state title and reclaimed his personal three letter nickname. Subliminally this is very presidential, like FDR, JFK, LBJ — hmmm, are there any Republican prez initial triads, can’t think of any except “IKE” which were not initials — and like another music-message-muddled, big-and-tall candidate-man (Dem and four-lettered when three would do, Gore) he reportedly has slimmed down since leaving office. Getting into shape for the next run? Maybe he needs a musical makeover too . . .

JEB said this morning on my radio that he won’t endorse any candidate for 08.
Favorite Daughter just mused that when he was first elected, he made a lasting impression on her by telling our capital city newspaper that his favorite song was “Wake Up Little Susie” — by the Everly Brothers, get it, get it?– which she’d heard me sing with the car radio oldies station many times, to great amusement and cultural commentary. At the time, then, she as a (very) young but bright girl thinking for herself, felt it would be hard to take his governorship seriously after this, as in: he could have said anything at all but he chose THIS, how ridiculous, how simpleminded, whatever possessed him?? But as she got older and watched his draconian school testing policies and infantalizing (if not attempted kidnap?) of Terri Schiavo, tighten their paternalistic grip on her generation, she’s reinterpreted that key impression as revealing not his simplemindedness, but his cynical belief that WE are simpleminded.

Wonder if he’ll take a position on this new political pony being trotted out, to abolish Florida’s property tax?? I can’t wait to hear what they make up to tell the parents. . .

“Wake Up Little Susie” by historian-political art curator Rickie Solinger

This study offers a biting look at unwed pregnancy in the 50s and 60s and the pressure on white women to surrender their children for adoption. A backdrop to modern adoption practices. . .