Here’s another excellent example of the places you can go when you combine an attention deficit problem with the magic of hypertext links.
I was reading the comments on this post, and decided to answer some points Peter brought up. In particular, I took issue with this assertion:
From the problems at Corrections, Health and Human Services, Commerce
and others, the blame ALWAYS stays at the agency and never seems to
rise to the governor….
In part, I said:
As for Corrections, please tell me what problems you think there are
that stem from the administrative side. The problem with Corrections is
deep, profound, fundamental, and lies with the Legislature. It is this:
That our lawmakers embrace locking people up when it is unnecessary,
and refuse to fund Corrections sufficiently to imprison that many
people effectively and safely, much less do anything in the way of
It’s an enormous waste of money to lock up nonviolent offenders,
people who pose no physical threat to the citizenry. In their own
perverse way, lawmakers agree with this equation. So they lock them up
anyway (because of some atavistic urge they have to do so), and just
don’t appropriate the money. The results are predictable.
Or were you suggesting there is something wrong with what Ozmint and
Sanford have done with the situation handed them? Personally, I don’t
see any failings on their parts that pose even a measurable fraction of
the systemic problem our laws create. (Ozmint’s greatest sin is
refusing to criticize the underlying situation more forcefully and on
the record, although he has recently begun to crawl out of that shell.) Here’s a column I wrote about that problem , back in 2005. Things have not changed since then…
There’s more, but I won’t bore you further, but will move on to the fun, ADD stuff.
Looking for links to support my assertions without having to go into even greater detail (yes, my comment was, unfortunately, much, much longer than that — as was Peter’s let me hasten to add), I ran across this old post.
I found myself rather frustrated in reading the comments on that one, because … well, for the usual reason that I get frustrated. I had simply noted that something Jon Ozmint had said was like something the Captain had said in "Cool Hand Luke." I thought that was cool in and of itself. For me the connection is the thing. It releases dopamine in my brain or whatever.
But to some of my correspondents, to whom everything has to be this big black-vs.-white argument, preferably of the ideological variety, my pointing that out was some kind of huge, bleeding-heart whine for the poor criminals or something. Such people ascribe to me an affinity for relevance that I don’t possess.
So, to prove to them that it WAS like what the Captain said (yes, we’re talking Strother Martin here), I went looking for the appropriate clip, and here it is. Now this next part is not my fault, because the YouTube page suggested it under "Related videos." It’s the scene in which the girl whom Dragline dubs "Lucille" washes the car. I had to go ahead and look at it for research purposes.
And then I got to wondering about the um, actress who portrayed "Lucille" with such compelling force. Turns out her name was "Joy Harmon," and she also portrayed a 30-foot-tall woman in "Village of the Giants," which is not to be confused with the 50-foot-woman Maureen Dowd recently referred to.
Now here’s the icing, as it were. Turns out that Wikipedia refers to Joy Patricia Harmon as "a baker and former American actress." It also says she wore a bikini in the famous "Cool Hand Luke" scene, which we know she did NOT do, but then everybody says Wikipedia gets things wrong. (Come on, safety pin — Pop!)
A baker?, you’re thinking. Exactly. So I had to read a little further, and I discovered that after she retired from washing cars and being abnormally tall, Ms. Harmon started a business in beautiful downtown Burbank, and it’s called "Aunt Joy’s Cakes." Really. She started the business because "The demand for her delicious treats became too great for her to do alone in her kitchen." (You hush now; Dragline doesn’t want you talking that way about his Lucille.)
So now you know. And now you see how pointless it is to argue against government restructuring.
Perhaps Mark Sanford could have actually tried to do something about the legal system in this state…the bad parts that lock people up. Sorry to say, but I don’t remember him discussing it. Perhaps I missed a vague quote or two…but I do not thnk he has spent any political capital on the idea.
The large picture is that everything is blamed on the system, and not the people in it. Mark Sanford hates government and therfore the government reflects it. Changing our government is important, but until the people in it are of a different quality, nothing will happen. And those changes will never be know with the present media enviroment.
All I know is that when I visit Charleston I think of the opening scene of Cool Hand Luke. I can’t even count how many times I’ve emptied my unused ashtray of spare change to pay the parking meters. Oh how I would love to walk down a Charleston street cutting the tops of the meters. Chances are I would be arrested, and then have to engage in an egg-eating contest to prove my rebelliousness in some rural prison camp. Dragline is just one of the many characters to butcher the Southern accent, along with Jude Law’s Inman in Cold Mountain and Jude Law’s Jack Burden in All The King’s Men (maybe I am just jealous of Jude Law).
Accent snobs have also been critical of Dennis Quaid’s cajun in “The Big Easy,” but I love everything about that flick…