Whoever said funerals were for the living sure got that one right. Rosa Parks’ was carried on live TV today, and the last time I checked — about 5:30 p.m. — it was still going on.
It started at noon.
Bill Clinton was one of the first speakers. He said he couldn’t stay for the rest of the service because he had to go back to New York and work on getting poor people better health care, and that’s something Mrs. Parks would have approved of. He got a big round of applause. That guy kills me; he has the most effortless people patter I’ve ever seen. I think most of what makes Republicans hate him so much is because — follow me closely here — he’s so likable.
I personally like him because he doesn’t say “tair” instead of “terror,” but that’s me. Actually, I’m feeling rather nostalgic about the whole Clinton era. My job was secure, my bosses were pleasant, my house payment low. At the beginning of it, I married Alan. In the middle of it, a charming little baby appeared in my life. At the end, the new millennium arrived with thrilling fireworks around the world and for a while you could almost believe things were going to stay swell for a good long while.
Just confirms my initial impulse of pessimism in all things. Sooner or later, it’s welcome to the suck.
I owned Knight Ridder stock in the Clinton era, too — a lot of it (for me, anyway). It was never a great performer, but I got it at a 15 percent employee discount and bought it through payroll deduction, so it piled up. I sold every last share to buy this house, which has no doubt declined in value since the papers were signed and Economic Apocalypse Soon opened in the Metro Detroit area. Maybe the bad blood of KR seed money cursed the place, I dunno. But of course it’s something I wish I still owned, because things may well get interesting for KR very soon:
With many Knight Ridder employees still emptying their desks in the wake of the latest round of layoffs, company executives found themselves faced with potential pink slips of their own this week, courtesy of the company’s biggest shareholder, Private Capital Management. PCM warned the Knight Ridder board Tuesday that if it fails to take its advice and sell the company, PCM will likely lead an effort to get rid of current board members and executives and sell off Knight Ridder assets to the highest bidder.
In other words, it’s possible that, for the first time ever, it might pay pretty well to own KR stock — and if you’re an employee, that’s good, because you may need to sell it soon.
One thing the last few years have taught me: Never, ever say “it can’t get any worse.” It can always get worse. And frequently does.
But I don’t want to bring you down. Let’s leap to the bloggage:
Sometimes when you follow all the little links at The Poor Man, you wind up in the strangest places. If you’re not feeling queasy at the moment (I was when I read this, alas), page through the Hall of Fame. My favorite is the Hook ’em Horns guy, which sort of captures, in one picture, my feelings about Texas.
I have the beginnings of a raging head cold. I’m going to bed early with a mug of Throat Coat. Carry on.