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"Swing," Rupert Holmes mystery novel about the adventures of a musician in a swing band who is also an amateur detective investigating a death at the 1940 Worlds Fair held on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, left the World's Laziest Journalist with an extreme case of regret about missing out on visiting that year's West Coast alternative World's Fair, which had to strive mightily to be noticed in the media shadow of the other one in the New York area.   The chance to rectify that gap in the columnist's cultural resume had been relegated to a place in the "things to do when time travel becomes a reality" file, but then we recalled reading somewhere that the final vestiges of the Fair was available in the form of the Treasure Island Museum which was supposed to still be operating on the site.

 

On the morning of Wednesday, March 30, 2011, there was a plethora of column topics demanding immediate attention.   Listening to the Stephanie Miller radio show, it seemed like using the day to write a column in support of the Mooks' right to castigate the President for giving his approval to the continuation of the Bush Crime Family agenda was a top priority.

 

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A column making comparisons between the new adventures of the Legion of Libya Liberators and the Bay of Pigs fiasco would need some fact finding.   There would be an ironical difference:   the Bay of Pigs was lost because the United States failed to provide the rebels with air cover and the setbacks being suffered by the rebels in Libya, are happening despite the fact that the new rebels are being provided with their own Air Force, courtesy of the current Regan Democrat in the White House.   Such a column could be produced if a fact finding trip to the Berkeley Public Library's Main Branch was conducted followed by an afternoon of intense keystroking.

 

If the columnist spent the sunny spring morning (March had produced 21 rainy days in the Berkeley area) rereading and jotting down pertinent information from Ian Patterson's book, "Guernica and Total War," the afternoon could be devoted to producing a brilliant and perceptive column comparing the Spanish Civil War with the efforts of the American led Libyan Liberation Falangists.   Can Gaddafi be compared to Franco?   Do civilians in Libya refer to the American air cover as something involving "the Condor Legion"?   Would that sobriquet sting the German contingent participating in the war for humanitarian reasons?  

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Should we write a column noting that Australia, which has provided troops every time they were asked to do so by America, was given a pass this time because they were not invited to participate in this new American military adventure?

 

Should the day be spent pounding out a column urging popular support for Monday's Day of Action in support of the unions in Wisconsin?

 

Would it be spurious to inject a plug for the efforts of a fellow Berkeley based photo blogger at the What I saw in Berkeley today website, into a three dot journalism style column?

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Our desire to explore the last traces of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 -- 1940 overwhelmed our dedication to duty and so we yielded to temptation and called in sick for the day so that we could travel there and gather information for a column on that non-political topic.

 

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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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