Here comes Mr. Flutter

Here comes Mr. Flutter January 26, 2012

Off-season trades:

Prince Fielder signs with Detroit Tigers.

Steve Benen signs with MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and The Maddow Blog.

Ed Kilgore takes over at Political Animal for The Washington Monthly.

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Natalie Burris’ post about “The ‘bad’ part of town” reminds me of something I read by Laurie Colwin.

There’s a scene where a daughter and mother are walking along the street in an urban neighborhood. The mother is trying to convince the daughter to move out to the suburbs to raise her children, saying something about how one just can’t raise children in the city. All the while the daughter is looking around at the many children and families on the bustling street.

Anybody know the passage I’m thinking of? Something from Goodbye Without Leaving maybe? Happy All the Time? Any Colwin fans out there think this sounds familiar?

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(The title of this post comes from this Terry Scott Taylor song, which seems appropriate upon realizing that I am now, officially, among the “long-term unemployed.”)

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  • Michael Pullmann

    The Cameron thing sounds like a self-mockumentary. He’s breaking new ground in film!

  • Wow. Kirk Cameron’s so ~brave~. He’s going to show America the path to progress… by showing us the Pilgrims. I can hardly contain my excitement. (-_-)

    … is somehow related to things like this: “Kid tells Cop ‘No Warrant, No Search,’ Cope goes ballistic and it’s all caught on video“

    Given how paper thin some of the rights Americans have gotten, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day a cop manages to make that perfectly legal challenge to a cop become “obstruction of justice” and make it stick.

    Police really are out of control in North America.

    Also? I’ve mentioned Rack Jite before – he actually wrote a lot about this erosion of rights stuff some years ago: check it out: his proposed amendment to the 4th Amendment.

  • The Cameron thing sounds like a self-mockumentary. He’s breaking new ground in film!

    It is only new ground if Cameron realizes it is a mockumentary. Otherwise, it is just more of his old work.

  • That John Shore bit about Mark Driscoll was something I needed to see.  Driscoll infurates me in ways that I am certain would disturb others if described, and having a chance to sit back and laugh at his idiocy was refreshing balm for that particular sore spot. 

    Image number five was a particularly spot-on likeness of Driscoll. 

  • You do realize that the “Kid tells Cop ‘No Warrant, No Search,’ Cope goes ballistic and it’s all caught on video“ thing is fake, right?

  • Benjamin Lee

    While it’s better than the alternative, arguing that their actions were not illegal, merely stupid is still not very encouraging.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize he had a fauxhawk.  

    I submit that any man with a fauxhawk has nothing worthwhile to say on the matter of Truths Æternal.

  • FangsFirst

    Patton Oswalt parties with the Oscar snubs — “Charlize & Tilda just pulled up in a stolen police car. …”

    Ah, good. He mentions Gosling, Brooks and Drive in general. Movies have been a sore spot the last year (sad, some say, as I reviewed over 300 in my spare time for a while…) but I managed to get out for that one and absolutely loved it. Bought the soundtrack twice. Got my scorpion jacket coming in the mail soon. Should fit nicely alongside my John Crichton vest and Man with No Name poncho.

    That I wear around to confuse people. Er, not at the same time.

  • I was thinking it was a DA song…

  • We need a has tag for this!

    Dinosaur bones were invented by librul demons #kirkandbartonfax

  • Mouse

    So our dear Boy Wonder aka Kirk, is doing a film on the Pilgrims. I’m going to assume it’s on the American Pilgrims at Plymoth (sorry if I misspelled). With that assumption in mind, I wonder if he’ll talk about how before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, most of the Native Tribes had been wiped out by plagues brought by Europeans, leaving behind abandoned Indian villages which the Pilgrims promptly moved into because it saved them the trouble of having to chop down trees and clear the land to make their own farms and houses. Also, Pilgrim ministers were well aware of the plagues and thinked God for them in sermons, taking it as a sign that the land was meant for them because He sent the plagues to kill the Indians. Also, just about every historian agrees that the Pilgrims would have died were it not for the remaining Indians taking pity on them and helping them out. While we’re at it, Pilgrims may have come to the New World so they could practice their religion freely but they only wanted to practice their faith; anyone with differing views :cough: Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson :cough: found themselves kicked out. But I doubt that the Boy Wonder is aware of all this.

  • Aaaaaaaaaargh

    Fred, I don’t know how many of your readership are with me on this, but I was actually hoping you’d continue the walkthrough of your CCM collection (the good stuff, that is).  I was particularly hoping for a Daniel Amos installment.  If you do just one more…not that there isn’t a lot of important stuff going on to discuss, but, music’s worth a word now and then too, right?

  • Ima Pseudonym

    It’s possible that he IS aware of it, and doesn’t see a problem with it.

  • Anonymous

    Kirk Cameron’s touring the national monuments to figure out what made America great!  He hasn’t solved the mystery yet, but so far he’s pretty sure it involves lots of marble.

    The article says he’s also visiting historic sites in Europe.  It doesn’t come right out and say he’s filming concentration camps in order to make some reprehensible claims about evolution, but I think we all know that’s what’s going to happen.

    Also Patton Oswalt continues to rule.

  • Lori

    And apparently he meant “consequences of my printed words” literally:
    Brill—who retained his job as the show’s warm-up comic—was reportedly
    relieved of his booking duties for “speaking to the press without
    authorization,” rather than what he actually said regarding his attitude
    toward those duties. After all, it’s one thing to spend years knowingly
    fostering a show that marginalizes female comics, but it’s another to
    go blabbing to the papers about it. 

    I’d like to thank David Letterman for once again making me feel good about the fact that I’ve hated his show since back when everyone thought it was brilliant.

    Also Patton Oswalt continues to rule.

    So true. (Unlike the Letterman thing, if at some point in the future he shows himself to be a total ass I’m going to be disappointed. Don’t let me down Patton!)

    I can’t even with the Kirk & David show. I don’t know what they’re making, but I know it will be a documentary like reality TV is real.

  • Anonymous

    “I wonder if he’ll talk about how before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, most of the Native Tribes had been wiped out by plagues brought by Europeans…[etc]”

    Not if he wants to stay on the good side of the Tennessee Tea Party, which has demanded:

    lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

    Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

    And with David Barton invovled, Cam-Cam’s revisionism will likely go much much farther.

  • Lori

    So, speaking of stupid, some folks at Brock University in Ontario has walked right into it. They conducted research that links low IQ to racism and social conservatism.

    I haven’t read the study itself, but I have serious doubts about it. (For one thing, IQ is really problematic.) I am finding the brewhaha it’s stirring up to be amusing though.

    ETA: Wolf Blitzer’s epic FAIL on Celebrity Jeopardy would seem to be a mark in favor of the study’s conclusions. I just to think about trying out for Jeopardy. This was basically what my nightmares about getting on the show looked like.

  • In related news, I noted in my writeup in my blog that the Tea Party has also been pushing for a soft-pedalling of slavery in the antebellum South. (>_<)

  • I think if you ever reach the point where you want to cover up the fact that many of the Founding Fathers had slaves (!) or were hypocrites (who isn’t sometimes?!) then you’ve officially crossed the line from history to mythology.

    You might as well put that George Washington fought the British while riding on the back of a dragon or that Thomas Jefferson was a 30-foot-tall shape-shifting robot. You’re not just glossing over the truth anymore — you’re just writing a fantasy novel.

  • Lori

    I think if you ever reach the point where you want to cover up the fact
    that many of the Founding Fathers had slaves (!) or were hypocrites (who
    isn’t sometimes?!) then you’ve officially crossed the line from history to mythology.

    One of the may things that bugs me about this sort of BS is that it
    comes from people who claim to be patriots and admirers of the Founding
    Fathers and blah, blah, why do Liberals hate America, blah and that’s
    ridiculous. If the only way you can feel good about something or someone
    is to lie then you’re not really a fan.

    Also, their fake version of history is boring as crap. The truth is actually really interesting.

  • Indeed. Thom Hartmann made a very good case that for all that the Founders were flawed men and the products of their time, they wrote a Constitution and a Bill of Rights which were directly inimical to their own (and therefore, their class’s) economic interests and they knew what they were doing.

  • Anonymous

    You might as well put that George Washington fought the British while riding on the back of a dragon…

    No, no, no, you’ve got it all wrong!  He was riding a T. rex not a dragon!  I tell ya, the state of education these days is terrible!


    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  Also, I agree with you.

  • Mrs Grimble

    Yes, the history the Pilgrim Fathers is pretty interesting.  While they were still in England, before they became Pilgrims,  they called themselves Seperatists, because they wanted to separate from the Church of England (and, to be fair, the CoE at the time was pretty harsh and totalitarian).  But because they didn’t all agree about Biblical interpretation, some of them split away and formed separate Separatist groups…..

  • Beleester

    This is why I like the musical “1776”. Despite its cheesy songs, and a few historical slipups, it delivers one important message with the subtlety of a brick through a window: The founding fathers were *human*. They bickered, they made mistakes, and almost didn’t succeed. We can admire them for what they did, but we can’t worship them.

  • Lori

    This was one of the things I liked about HBO’s John Adams. It wasn’t perfect history, but showed the good and the bad in a fair way. As a result it created a portrait of an interesting person who lead a pretty amazing life. 

  • OPTIMUS PRIME: Father of our country!
    Man, History class would be so cool!

  • No, no, no, you’ve got it all wrong!  He was riding a T. rex not a dragon!

    If the T Rex breathed fire, it could have been mistaken for a deagon.

  • Jeffrey Kramer

    As Garrison Keillor described his own family’s denomination, “The Sanctified Brethren,” in Lake Wobegon Days:

    once free of the worldly Anglicans, these firebrands were
    not content to worship in peace but turned their guns on
    each other. Scholarly to the core and perfect literalists
    every one, they set to arguing over points that, to any
    outsider, would have seemed very minor indeed but which
    to them were crucial to the Faith, including the
    question: if Believer A is associated with Believer B
    who has somehow associated himself with C who
    holds a False Doctrine, must D break off
    association with A, even though A does not hold the
    Doctrine, to avoid the taint?

    correct answer is: Yes. Some Brethren, however, felt that
    D should only speak with A and urge him
    to break off with B. The Brethren who felt
    otherwise promptly broke off with them. This was the
    Bedford Question, one of several controversies that,
    inside of two years, split the Brethren into three

    having tasted the pleasure of being Correct and defending
    True Doctrine, they kept right on and broke up at every
    opportunity, until, by the time I came along, there were
    dozens of tiny Brethren groups, none of which were
    speaking to any of the others.”


  • I was just telling my son the story of American history, and I thought it was very valuable that I had to find a way to explain how the same person could write the declaration of independence and be a wise and noble president who fought for freedom and justice and whatnot, and that somehow didn’t stop him from fathering children with a woman he owned.

    As my son is only six weeks old, I don’t think he quite understood the concepts but he seemed to gurgle acceptingly. Rutherford B Hayes made him cry.

  • Reminds me of the stories I’ve heard of left-wing groups that have doctrinal differences over exactly who among the Marxist pantheon they shall take as valid (for example there’s the Communist Party of Canada and then there’s the CPC-ML, for Marxist-Leninist. Guess which one is a Stalinist paleocommunist holdout.)

    Also, of course, the ever famous People’s Front sketches of Monty Python.

  • You mean Rutherfraud B Hayes, the infamous usurper?

    (No, really, that was his name. And that just goes to show you that our current political name-calling (“Obummer”, “Chimpy”, “Tricky Dick”, “Slick Willy”) is only very slightly more sophisticated today than it was back then…)

  • Afisher

    It’s not from “Happy All the Time”- that’s one of my comfort reads, and I can practically quote it. It might well be from one of Colwin’s other novels.