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Sunday, 10 February 2013


Mannie Sherberg
Re: Tom's remark about naming snowstorms: It seems to me that when a culture stops believing in a personal Divinity, it starts to personify everything else. When I was a kid, we called our planet Earth -- and let it go at that. Since then, Earth has acquired a personal name -- Gaia (actually a rip-off from Greek mythology). We haven't quite returned to the nature worship that characterized so many ancient cultures, but we're getting close. My guess is that once weather-casters in Iowa and Missouri start talking about Rainstorm Raymond and Heat Wave Helen, Gaia Worship will be declared the official religion of the United States. Obama will become its High Priest -- which will give him something to do when he leaves the White House.
Mannie Sherberg
Aha! So now we know whence cometh Obama's prodigious rhetorical puissance: Before opening his mouth to declare and declaim, he sips a magic potion! This is dreadfully disappointing news to those of us who thought the man was the bearer of a remarkable gift. Not so. He simply quaffs a wonder-working liquid and -- voila! -- the limpid phrases start to flow. Imagine how history might have changed if Mitt Romney had gotten hold of this spellbinding fluid. As Whittier lamented: "For all sad words of tongue and pen/ The saddest are: 'It might have been.'"
Tom Glennon
One of my rural Iowa friends described Obama on Saturday as follows. "He has a big hat, but no cattle." This was the same man who, after Obama's last State of the Union address, remarked: "Just goes to show that an empty wagon makes the most noise." There is a lot of wisdom out on the farm.

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