Legendary New York Times’ book reviewer Michiko Kakutani [aka “the stupidest person in New York“] is the latest to fall for one of the oldest bricks in Ronald Reagan’s Wall of Cheese, the lifeguard story.
In the course of reviewing Ron Reagan’s auspiciously timed memoir, she retails without questioning young Ron Reagan’s recycling of a tale. Specifically, the self-generated legend that young Ronald Reagan saved 77 people from drowning in the Rock River at Dixon Illinois. In seven years, for neat symmetry.
Where does this nicely divisible number come from? Everywhere and nowhere. By all accounts young Ronald worked summers as a lifeguard during high school and college. Aside from providing him a head start on skin cancer little is known beyond his later stories. Your more careful accounts of Reagan’s adventures among the “boyency challenged” speak of him being “credited” with saving 77 lives. More gushingaccounts, including his museum foundation‘s, add the definitive proof that he claimed to have carved a notch on a log every time he plucked someone from the turgid waters.
Pastures Of Pawlenty Results are pouring in, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 campaign launch video is on its way to comedy gold. Ominous music, quick cutting between historic footage and the fairytale grittiness of handheld cameras [Thanks, Battle Of Algiers!] lend a semblance of urgency to Pawlenty’s flat intonation, but can the Rick Santorum Of The North overcome his roots in America’s Almost Canada? Amidst the familiar 60s crawl – MLK! Moonshots! – Pawlenty’s not afraid to take controversial standsHe Does Not Care For Communism!
And, Founder Porn!
We also get such oddities as a wagon train [in black and white, for authenticity!]
And this foreign interloper.
If Tim Pawlenty can’t protect us from Blackberry wielding Canadians, how can he defend America?