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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yes, Dan Coody has been really good for me

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 10:17 AM

If Dan Coody loses the election today, part of me will be sorry to see him go.

No, not the part that wants more open government, and less snobbishness on the part of our chief executive, but the part that helps to get my writing going every few days.

It’s awfully hard to get writer’s block with a man like Dan Coody in the mayor’s office.

In the past several years I have written thousands of words - on this blog, in articles, on Internet listservs, and in letters to the editor - about the Coody administration. I have interviewed several people on my show who have been critical of Dan Coody and his policies.

In short, Dan Coody has been good to me, personally. And how have I thanked him?

Well, some of my writing has been pretty good, I think. So it’s not like Dan hasn’t gotten something in return, in a lopsided sort of way.

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And if Dan should win today?

If Dan should pull a rabbit out of the hat and win the election today? Well, while there may be great wailing and gnashing of the teeth, small, twisted part of me would look forward to Dan once again occupying the seat of power.

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Maybe we should all have followed Harlan Ellison’s advice

Harlan Ellison - one of the giants in my pantheon of great writers - once said that with people of Coody’s ilk, the solution wasn’t to adopt a tone of moral outrage, but to  “Laugh the f*****s out of existence.”

In short, make them them figures of fun, to satirize them. Experience has taught us all that Dan hates to be laughed at, or not to be taken seriously. Perhaps if we wins this go around, that approach might be tried.

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Quote of the Day

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - By H.L. Mencken


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This Month’s Holiday

Peanut Butter Lover's Month.

I love turkey, but I could eat peanut butter every day and never get bored.

Speaking of turkey, who are these bland folk who are pushing this white meat crap? Dark meat! Dark meat! Give me a drumstick, or give me death!

rsdrake@nwark.com


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