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Is this the Republican budget philosophy?

Columnist's file photo of "the magic love bus"

"So this little old lady walks into the showroom . . ."

Guernica happened 75 years ago, on April 26, but that story is not liable to be noted much in American media during the coming week because the military tactic of using bombs to kill civilians is anathema to Obama's reelection team because they want to project an image of Lincoln-esque nobility for his term in office and the Republicans (the American Republicans and not the neo-fascists in the Spanish Civil War) do not want to hear any criticism of the American military adventures started by George W. Bush and so it was with great joy that the World's Laziest Journalist accidentally encountered a second chance last weekend to photograph the art installation in San Francisco titled "Defenestration" because that provided a striking visual metaphor for the Republican budget philosophy.   "Defenestration" depicts useful household items being recklessly tossed out of a building's windows.   The Republicans seem intent on throwing out useful social programs so that the taxes on millionaires can be either greatly reduced or eliminated.

This week's news stories about the role the Secret Service played in President Obama's trip to Columbia provide a columnist with a chance to make a casual allusion to a half century old novel titled "The One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding," but it also provides a rather tenuous chance for the team at the Amalgamated Conspiracy   Theory Factory's Research and Development Department to unleash some trial balloon speculation about the possibility for something more dark and sinister such as a Republican spawned plan to reinforce their contention that President Obama is an inept manager.  

Is there anyone in the Republican Party who could arrange for the Secret Service to be humiliated and left looking that bad?   Could it have been a gigantic Political Dirty Trick which would just add more evidence to the Republican assertions that Obama is a poor administrator?   Would any Republican be that unscrupulous?  

This week the Los Angeles Times published pictures which may stir up anti-American sentiment in the Middle East.   Won't what that newspaper did be as helpful to the American mission in Afghanistan as someone spreading thumbtacks on the route Sisyphus will use and then forcing him to work barefooted?

When Guernica was bombed, a contingent of journalists was in the nearby city of Bilbao.   When their dinner was interrupted by news of the bombing, they raced off to cover the news and get the chance to hear survivors tell their stories.

Since neither conservatives nor progressives want to read about Guernica, perhaps the fact that April 26 th is also National Story Telling Day, could provide us with a chance to morph the focus of this column to the topic of storytelling?

Back in the day, when Jack Paar was the host for NBC's Tonight Show, talk show guests were given ample opportunity to tell amusing and entertaining stories.   Now the only reason for someone to be on a talk show is to sell some new bit of entertainment such as a movie or album.   The stealth talk show sales pitch spawned a new word.   Such unpaid ads can be called promobabble.

Traveling and story telling seem to go together like ham and eggs ever since the guy who wrote the "Iliad" the "Odyssey" was in J-school.

As we recall, TV personality Herb Schriner wrote a history of mobile homes.

War correspondent Ernie Pyle traveled about the United States before World War II writing columns in a Chevy coup that had a modified trunk that functioned as his portable office.  

Jack Kerouac made a career out of writing about the adventures on the road that he experienced with his pal Neal Cassady.

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 

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