Random Musings

A Part of Our American Heritage

To Kill A Mockingbird, the novel by Harper Lee, will soon celebrate its 52nd year since it was first published in 1960. It is one of the few books that has never been out of print.

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Harper Lee receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize and Lee herself received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2007.  She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.  

A British newspaper columnist once said of the novel that it is a book that should be read before The Bible.

The story is about life in a rural Alabama town during the Great Depression. While the novel has a number of themes, chief among them is the overt racism that existed in the pre-Civil Rights South.

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Brock Peters played Tom Robinson.

If you read the book than saw the movie, you will probably agree the film followed the book’s plot as closely as a movie can.

Gregory Peck in the role of a small town lawyer won the Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The year was 1962.

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Another Part of Our American Heritage. The Romney Flip Flop.

Mitt Romney actually advocated raising the minimum wage.

Do what!!!

Yes, yes. He gave his support for raising the minimum wage. Want proof. After saying that and then hearing the outcry from the right wing, he reversed his position. In an interview with conservative CNBC-TV host Larry Kudlow, Mitt said in shocking tones: “I said that! That’s a bunch of horse shit! I never said that!”

Well, ya coulda foooooled me. Because he did say that. And in the time honored Romney fashion, he flip flopped.

OK, OK. What he really said to Kudlow was: “there probably isn’t a need to raise the minimum wage.” Even though just a while ago he said the minimum wage should be tied to the rises in the Consumer Price Index.

And we should all be grateful for his reversal. An American tradition continues.

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According to the UPW Newswire, Mitt Romney has just received a silver medal in gymnastics, the category Flip Floping. What else???

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You’ve probably heard by now that Mitt Romney is practicing a Suthrin drawl. He just about has “y’all” down pat. According to UPW Senior Reporter Marcy Popindick, a spokesman for the Romney campaign said the candidate is taking accent training classes with an accent teacher. He’s making progress and is beginning to call his parents Mammy and Pappy. Even knows folks who like NASCAR, maybe some who even own a NASCAR car. And, of course, he has more sponsors than a dozen race car drivers. Well, keep a goin’, Mitt. Might even pick you up a vote or two. In Alabama no less.

Would you like a heaping helping of cornpone with your cheesy grits, Mr. Romney?”

Well, I declare, Missy, Don’t mind if I do. Yes ma’am, don’t mind if I do.”

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Eighteen states in the Union have laws prohibiting oral sex. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “hold your tongue.” You might want to look into which states forbid the activity. You may already be an outlaw in several of them. And you should be very careful when making future travel arrangements. Particularly if you’ll be driving through one of those states.

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In Willowdale, Oregon it’s illegal for a husband to talk dirty to his wife while making love. It’s lawful at the dinner table however. And I guess it’s OK if your screwing someone other than your wife.

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Sexual intercourse between unmarried couples is illegal in Georgia. That makes Newt Gingrich a sex offender. Also, and I’m just guessing here, a menage a trois must be lawful.

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In Harrisburg, PA it is unlawful to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth. If he’s not a truck driver, however, it’s OK.

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In Virginia it’s unlawful to have sex with the lights on. Bet the proportion of “nooners” is very high.

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Sex with animals is legal in Washington state as long as the animal weighs less than forty pounds. Suppose it hasn’t reached the age of consent. Is it still OK?

And many thanks to Facebook friends for checking out those silly laws.

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