I wish I got the vacation time Barack got, don't you? How many weeks does he need at a time of massive unemployment? When we've got the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression?
I feel like I should go to Barack and apologize, "I'm sorry if our crisis is interfering with your partying and relaxing."
Poor thing, right?
Twinkie Clarke is talented (link goes to NPR report) but she's got a really dumb sister in Karen Clark Sheard. No one forced her to bring up Ella Fitzgerald but, if KCS is going to mention Ella, get her name right. It is not Ella Fizgeral. The last name has a "d" at the end of it.
In science news, another Morning Edition report, Allison Aubrey reported on tears and crying. Here's an excerpt:
AUBREY: Tears are universal. And think about it for a minute, we need them to keep our eyes lubricated. But why on earth should streams of salty drops spew forth from our eyes, blurring our vision, making our eyes puffy, when we get emotional.
Scientists who study evolution say crying probably conferred some benefits, did something to advance our species, because it stayed with us. Looking back at our early human ancestors, psychologist Randy Cornelius of Vassar College says his hunch is that crying may have evolved as a kind of signal - a signal that was valuable because it could only be picked up by those closest to us who could actually see our tears.
Professor RANDY CORNELIUS (Psychology, Vassar College): You can imagine that there would be selection pressure to develop a signaling system that wouldn't let predators in on the fact that you're vulnerable, but that would let your intimates in, you know, somebody within a couple of feet of you who can see what's going on and so then try to help.
AUBREY: To this day, tears can play an important role in communication. And the extraordinary thing is that tears don't just telegraph our state of mind to others, they can also evoke strong emotions in the people who witness them.
We've all experienced, at some point, that we not only cry from our own pain, but we're moved to tears by other people's sadness.In the intro to the story, it says that we're the only ones (humans) who cry from sadness. Pain can make animals and humans cry but only we cry do to emotions.
To which I say: LIE.
We had a little dog named Captain Mugs (don't ask why, I don't know -- ask my father). Captain Mugs played with the kitten and with the other little dog whose name I forget. Well first the kitten got too big to want to be in the house. She wanted to be outside and was soon a backyard cat who only came in to eat. The other little dog (which was older) died.
My mother worked and my father worked. So we'd come home after school and usually be on our own for an hour before Mom got home. (She usually beat Dad home.) And what would we find at the front door, Captain Mugs crying. He never did that when the cat was indoors and a kitten or when the other dog was alive. As soon as the other dog died, he was lonely and cried. And that's reality.
We complained and complained and finally my father went and bought another little dog that could stay in the house. At which point we never came home to find Captain Mugs crying again.
I think dogs are very much capable of human emotions. I also know that with Captain Mugs, if he did something wrong -- chewed your shoes or something -- and you lectured him, he would start to cry.
But pay attention the part where they talk about how evolution may have played into crying because I found that to be the most fascinating part.
I also disagreed with the idea that a "grown man" crying destroys us. No. Sometimes it can, sometimes it doesn't. It may destroy the acting teacher who spoke, but Tom Hanks crying in Saving Private Ryan only irritated me.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):