"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

All The Noose That's Fit To Print

No greater testimony to the cultural power of The Reform Club may be adduced than today's Miami Herald. One day after the great Hunter Baker raised the specter of a Jeb presidency in these precincts, the Herald, in a paroxysm of dread, felt compelled to post the following as its front-page lead headline: BUSH FLORIDA BUDGET UP 4 BILLION FOR 2005.

And this subhead (believe it or not!): New Plan Cuts Taxes For Wealthy, Services For Needy; Raises Tuition.

Hunter said "presidential timber" and these boys said, "Cut him down." Yep, they're hoping to hear us say: "Timbeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr.....!" Sometimes a great notion, Mr. Baker.

2 comments:

Hunter Baker said...

Did you think I wouldn't notice that obvious Ken Kesey reference? I read "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," too, so I'm hip to all that, daddio. Let's hook down some of that magical orange juice.

Jay D. Homnick said...

And Paul Newman was better than Henry Fonda in the movie.

And the phrase "sometimes a great notion" comes from the song "Good Night, Irene" (where the line, sadly, is: Sometimes I get a great notion, to jump in the river and drown).

And you can only lay claim to true Kesey fandom if you read and loved his last book, the non-fiction novel Last Go Round, co-written with Ken Babbs, a wonderful, wonderful work.