Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Reading this made me cry. I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone, but particularly to someone who I like and respect as much as her.

Nia tagged me a couple of weeks ago and now I’m finally getting around to responding. It’s a six-word memoir; conveniently the tag line of the blog’s name is six words (eight actually). So here goes.

Eloquent, shrewd, active, volatile, erratic and fickle.

Now a Blues for the evening.

"Shave 'em Dry" Song by Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) 1935 – Thanks Athena!



Anonymous VJ said...

Wow. I Loved 'Shave 'em dry' Kim!Thanks for sharing that. Just never heard of it, or the singer. At first I thought it might be some put on, but I suspect it's the real deal. What a hoot! Worth the price of admission alone. And of course recalling that Diane Sawyer, was an old Nixon era political whore & still is in the bag for the sort of dirty kind of 'respectable'Repug:

(From Wiki): "She attended Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. In 1963, she won the "America's Junior Miss" scholarship pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky. In 1967 she received her English degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.After briefly attending law school at the University of Louisville, Sawyer served as a local TV news reporter and "weather girl" for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1970, White House press secretary Ron Ziegler hired her to serve in the administration of President Richard Nixon. Sawyer stayed on through his resignation in 1974, worked on the transition team between Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1975. She took her loyalty as far as decamping with the First Resignee into Californian exile, and helped him write his memoirs there".

So yeah. Imagine a 63 YO Repug. Wellesley Granny Grad interviewing you, well about anything. It would come out about the same way, right? Sure she's sweet. She WAS a Jr. Miss way back before they had toothpaste in a tube. Friendly too, up to a point. But honey, she's part of the moneyed elite, always has been, and was probably shagging Nixon to calm his nerves way back in the day. She filed that way in her unconsciousness as 'service to the country too', Betcha! But the bottom line here? Always believed Nixon was the one who had been wronged. Victorian just does not begin to cover it all for pathology here. She's always looking for the 'little people' to be superior to, and let us watch as she does that 'special interview' where she'll try and commiserate with you. Still as her Jr. League, conservative Wellesley gal self. Yeah, it's 'must watch TV'. Good gal goes slumming, explains all it to 'Middle America'. We needed that! Cheers & Good Luck, 'VJ'

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VJ -- the song is real. Lucille Bogan/Bessie Jackson is reported to have been a working girl before becoming a Blues singer. Or maybe was a working girl while being a Blues singer. Who knows?

re: Debauchette -- I don't know what to say. When you put yourself in front of a camera, you will be seen. Perhaps she should have contractually opted for the right to refuse to broadcast of the interview if she felt that in the final on-screen product, her identity would be compromised.[???] If she had, she could now sue.

-- AthenaNY

1:45 PM  
Anonymous VJ said...

The song was & is a delight. And a useful reminder of what once was quite popular especially in the Blues tradition. I mean when was the last time you heard of a song as deliciously entertaining and yet celebratory of the sheer joy of sex & manifold pleasures of the flesh? Nowadays it comes all wrapped up in the 'rap drama crap, of Biggie this 'Ho's that. Just amazingly so much Less enjoyable as a simply Pleasurable experience where Everyone is supposed to be having a good time, right? too many people 'posing for their crew' to be actually Enjoying sex all that much today!

But don't even get me started on the news media. They are reasons 1-25 why America & the US in general is & Are so screwed up today. And on any given day Media Matters for America [] or the, or Digby herself [] or the venerable [] or any number of good media focused sites can tell you how & why the corporate media is failing the citizens and corrupting the minds and our Democracy on a daily & hourly basis. It's tragic & real, and it's deadly. They got is into war by cheerleading it, and Never asking any hard questions from those that were responsible.

Those hard embarrassing questions they leave to the simple harlots they seek to abuse, not the world class Imperial sized whores they suck on up to the real powers that be.

But yeah. Never. NEVER. ***NEVER*** Trust the news media with your life, fortune, or your Democracy or Rights as a Free People. They'll sell it & you down river faster than you can say 'sweeps week!'. Media Whores just does not fully cover their constant, continual, & knowing perfidy. Really. We've got years of citations of this by now.

Cheers & Good Luck! 'VJ'

9:27 AM  

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