What Dan Quayle DID Say

Dan Quayle said enough for you to know.

OK, so we know former Vice President Dan Quayle, the man everybody loved to make fun of, didn’t say, “I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.” Snopes swears it’s not true, having been made up by a Republican congresswoman whose intent was more innocent than it appears.

Quayle was the topic of a conversation on Facebook this morning (I forget who, what, why, when), so I thought I’d throw in the Latin quote, but after checking it out, I decided it was fake news. But I kept searching and found what follows (on Snopes), which is much better.

Fact is, Quayle didn’t need to say that about Latin Americans speaking Latin rather than Spanish. What he did actually say is far more impressive or, perhaps, depressive:

  • “Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.”
  • “Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.”
  • “Mars is essentially in the same orbit . . . Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.”
  • “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.”
  • “The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.”
  • “I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.”
  • “One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared.’”
  • “Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”
  • “I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
  • “The future will be better tomorrow.”
  • “We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world.”
  • “People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.”
  • “I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
  • “We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.”
  • “I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.”
  • “I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.”
  • “When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.”
  • “Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.”
  • “We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”
  • “For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
  • “Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”

Broadway Veteran Directs MMT’s ‘Dream Girls’

Donald Jones Jr.

If this were baseball, star player Donald Jones Jr. would be stepping back from the Major Leagues to Class AA to hone his skills at another position. But it is theatre and Broadway actor Donald Jones Jr., who has acted in such luminous plays as “Frozen,” “Aladdin” and “Chicago,” will join Mill Mountain Theatre’s spring musical “Dream Girls,” which runs March 25-April 11 on the Trinkle Main Stage, as director and choreographer.

An MMT press release calls “Dream Girls” “a dazzling journey through 20th-century American popular music,” following the rising stardom of The Dreamettes, an all-girl Motown group from Chicago.” Dreamgirls is filled with show-stopping musical numbers from the genres of gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco, and more.
Jones credits MMT’s Producing Artistic Director Ginger Poole, “for [her] belief in my vision. It’s been 10 years since we first worked together on my first 
 professional job outside of university, and it’s an honor to stage my first professional production with [her] support.”
Donald Jones Jr. is originally from New Orleans and is a graduate of Northwestern State University. He moved to New York City in 2013, where he has consistently performed both on and off Broadway for the past six years. Jones has staged numbers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS variety shows, choreographed for Nick Jr.’s “Blue’s Clues,” and assisted with choreography for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
You can buy tickets here.

Lighting Up a Lot of Democrats’ Days

Trish White-Boyd (with Mayor Sherman Lea behind her).

Catherine Stromberg signs up.

When political activist Catherine Stromberg got to the Melrose Branch Library in Roanoke today at noon, the day had not been much to write home about, she said. That changed rapidly and her spirits soon soared as the big, raucous crowd on hand for Trish White-Boyd’s political announcement began to take effect. Soon Catherine was smiling, standing, applauding and heavily involved.

Trish, who backed into a Roanoke City Council seat a bit over 18 months ago because John Garland resigned and council appointed her to fill the obligation, drew a crowd whose size and enthusiasm neither she nor her most ardent supporters expected.

Mayor Lea introduces Trish.

She, of course, was floating as she promised to continue to set standards for courage on council, voting the right way on controversial issues (like a new bus station, standing against sanctuary status for gun owners and several others) and being outspoken.

She has become one of the most popular members of council after finishing just out of the running, a few votes behind Garland, who endorsed her as his replacement. She was my choice for a council seat from the beginning (though so was John) and now she gets my endorsement again, with absolutely no hesitation.

This is some of the large crowd on hand for Trish’s announcement.

My buddies Ellen Valentine (left) and Celeste Delgado-Librero flank Ryan LaFountain.

Notable Brenda Hale gave a rousing introduction–as she usually does.

What is a gathering without some cell phone photos?

Hmmm. How’d I get in there? (The old man on the right with the camera.)


Facebook Lockup: The World Continues To Turn

Somebody’s mis-behaaaaaaving.

This has been a substantial news event week and I’ve missed most of it because … well, frankly, I have serious burnout issues with the whole Trump thing, overhyped sports, superviruses, voting technology, and god knows whatall.

So, at night while y’all were watching the fake news or the SuperDuper Bowl or the State of the Union (starring Nancy Polosi tearing up Trump’s speech), or the impeachment trial, or the creeping creepy coronavirus as it lowers oil prices, or the Iowa un-Caucasus (and learning how to spell caucasus), or some other event of national significance, I was under house arrest at Facebook and took it out on a couple of pretty good books (The Eagle Has Landed  and The Night in Lisbon), two TV streamers (“Bones,” which I can’t get enough of and “Redemption Road”), and work on a project that has me all excited. (Whew! That was a long sentence!)

But I catch up on stuff in the Fake News Media in the morning before going to work or the gym and I find out all kinds of neat stuff (the highlight this morning was Pelosi). I’ve discovered that the SuperDuper Bowl ads were ordinary (Gasp!); that the $1.89 a gallon gas price I’ve just seen is all because of that Chinese Virus, which wasn’t affecting our elections; that the impeachment trial droned on without RBG, who could save us all a lot of headaches; that Iowa still doesn’t represent minority communities and still doesn’t look like the rest of us; and that Nancy Pelosi still has the number of the dude who lives in the White House with the woman who says she’s against cyberbullying.

So, I guess I haven’t missed much being on Facebook lockup.




Curses! Thrown Out Again

Well, dang. Just got a 24-hour Facebook suspension again for breaking community standards in a tongue-in-cheek post about land mines. No sense of humor, those FB wardens, but I can accept that decision if it is applied evenly.

My post could have easily been misinterpreted as racist by those who don’t know me and if that’s the case–and I’m sure it is for some–I apologize.

I will ask FB that it abide by rules we all would like to see in moderating political advertising and debate, rules that allow the most outlandish and radical of us to control the conversation. I think we have developed a skewed vision of the American voting public, substantially affected by Facebook.

Pampa Gets a Pedicure

This is Jade doing magic with my feets.

This morning came my second pedicure and it was as good as the first, several years ago. I gotta get on the regulars list at Polished.

My pedicurist was a young woman named Jade, who is a world-class conversationalist and a professional who did to my feet what god intended to have done to feet, I’d venture. She has blue and yellow hair offset by a golden smile and seven (expensive) tattoos. Colorful, she is.

I’m not walking this afternoon; I’m floating and when I look at my feet (yes, smartass, I can still see them), they look like they belong to somebody else.

Ahhhhhh. That was nice. Thank you, Kara–my daughter-in-law, who gave me the pedi for Christmas. Don’t you love Christmases that last into February?