There’s nothing sadder than a bookstore on the eve of closing:
Our poor Border’s, currently being stripped to the walls, and beyond — the shelves themselves are all marked with “make offer.” Did you know you can buy a good used set of security towers — the things that sound the alarm when someone tries to sneak merchandise past them — for $500. Every book was $1.99. That was the good news. The bad news: There was nothing to read. I picked up Tom Perrotta’s “The Abstinence Teacher,” but couldn’t remember if I’d read it before. Oh, well — never could resist a bargain.
This is the last day. Any dummies out there looking to adopt a racing greyhound? Or a Jack Russell? I actually looked through that one a bit, then put it back. I could have written that book, and made it a lot shorter: Your dog is smarter than you are. Enjoy! The end.
It’s pledge week on public radio, and our local has been running spots proclaiming their dedication to unbiased news coverage. This is choir-preaching time for me, so I’ve been letting my ears glaze over, but about the third time around, I listened more closely, and heard the news director say that other news outlets claim Dearborn is governed by Sharia law. O rly? Turns out he’s right. It seems to be a truism of some right-wing media, in fact. It stems from an incident last year in which some members of a Christian group got themselves arrested at an Arab-American festival there. All they were did was set up shop at a cultural event and tell people their religion was inherently violent and evil. The police arrested them for disorderly conduct, they fought it, and were acquitted. This is proof enough to some people that if you’re caught stealing in Dearborn, you lose a hand. If only. Dearborn has plenty of strip clubs, a strange institution for a city allegedly run under Sharia law. And its mayor is named Jack O’Reilly. I wonder if his friends call him Osama O’Reilly when he stops by the bar for his 5 o’clock medicine. I would.
Anyway, I hope the police learned their lesson. Next time, stand back and let them get their asses kicked. Although that creates its own set of problems.
Not surprisingly, this case was accompanied by a weenie with a video camera. When did we become such a nation of jerkoffs? Watch the video, and you see a typical summer festival like any one of dozens of others. Then the Bible action team shows up and starts stirring the shit. But the video gives the impression of “truth,” because hey — it’s video. And can we have a rule? A sort of Godwin’s Law, part 2? The minute someone feels the need to say, “Hey! This is America!” we all get one free eye-roll, no penalty.
Oh, the coffee is slow to do its work this morning. Think I best head to the gym. But first, another video treat for the season, as Eric Zorn one-ups the Passover-themed YouTubin’ all up in this joint:
Disapproving rabbits. Because they will have no more of your nonsense.
One-hundred fifty years ago, it’s finally on. Disunion is daily reading for me. Should be for you, too.
Time to cut this short and hope for delayed caffeination. Good Wednesday, all.