Saturday, March 18, 2023

Keeping tabs on authors in LINKcat: Richard Anobile


Source:  LINKcat

New York Times, 3/1/2023
In 1969, he published his first book — “Drat: Being the Encapsulated View of Life by W.C. Fields in His Own Words” — about the comedian with the bulbous nose and misanthropic screen persona who starred in films like “It’s a Gift” (1934) and “The Bank Dick” (1940). 
It was the start of an unusual publishing career. Mr. Anobile went on to combine movie frames and dialogue in books that ambitiously reconstructed complete films, including “Casablanca,” “Psycho,” Stagecoach,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Frankenstein” and “Play It Again, Sam.” He used the same formula to describe “verbal and visual gems” in the films of W.C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, and the Marx Brothers.   
He continued to publish into the 1980s, when he realized that people were more likely to watch a film on videocassette than experience it through a book-length, frame-by-frame reconstruction.

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Donald Spoto.  (2/18)
Fay Weldon.  (2/2)

Roger Angell.  (5/24)
Melissa Bank.  (8/7)
Raymond Briggs.  (8/20)
Thomas Cahill. (11/16)
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Bruce Duffy,  (3/13)
Todd Gitlin.  (2/8)
Rebecca Godfrey.  (11/11)
Ron Goulart.  (2/7)
Doris Grumbach.  (11/10)
Robert Hicks.  (3/8)
Thomas Hoving.  (12/19)
Maureen Howard.  (3/19)
Hilary Mantel.  (9/26)
Nancy Mitford.  (4/4)
P. J. O'Rourke.  (2/24)
Julie Powell.  (11/5)
Thomas Pynchon.  (12/17)
Dennis Smith.  (1/27)
Susie Steiner.  (7/27)
Larry Woiwode.  (5/19)

F. Lee Bailey.  (6/11)
Kim Chernin.  (1/10)
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Stephen Dunn.  (6/29)
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Norman Golb.  (2/22)
Charles Grodin.  (5/20)
Maria Guarnascheilli, book editor.  (2/18)
James Gunn.  (2/21)
Tony Hendra.  (3/7)
Donald Kagan.  (8/20)
Hans Kung.  (4/9)
Lyn Macdonald.  (5/15)
Janet Malcolm.  (6/18)
Peter Manso,  (4/10)
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Deborah Rhode.  (1/28)
James Ridgeway.  (2/16)
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GET ME REWRITE: Wyoming GOP fights crime and inflation by outlawing abortion pills

Top headline:   NBC, 10/16/2022
Bottom headline:  New York Times, 3/17/2023

From the Times:
Medication abortion is already outlawed in states that have total bans, since those bans already prohibit all forms of abortion. But Wyoming became the first state to outlaw the use of pills for abortion separate from a total ban. 
Gov. Mark Gordon of Wyoming, a Republican, signed that state’s abortion pill ban on the same day that he said he would allow another more sweeping measure banning abortion to become law without his signature. That law, which takes effect on Sunday, would ban abortion under almost all circumstances, making it a felony to provide an abortion.  [emphasis added]

GUN CRAZY USA: More guns, more carnage (Dallas Texas edition)

Top headlineThe Texas Tribune, 2/16/2023
Bottom headlineDallas Morning News, 3/18/2023

From The Texas Tribune:
In the past six decades, the state has experienced at least 19 mass shootings that have killed a total of nearly 200 people and wounded more than 230 others. Yet state leaders have repeatedly batted away measures that would limit access to guns, opting instead to ease restrictions on publicly carrying them while making it harder for local governments to regulate them. 
As the state Legislature convenes for the first time since the Uvalde school shooting last May, lawmakers have once again filed a slate of gun control bills. If history is an indicator, and top legislative leaders predict it will be, they are unlikely to pass.

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GET ME REWRITE: Montana GOP fights crime and inflation by playing phobic version of the Dictionary Game

Top headline:   NBC, 10/16/2022
Bottom headline:  Great Falls Tribune, 3/16/2023

From the GF Tribune:
Sen. Mary Ann Dunwell, D-Helena, said a bill that would define sex in Montana code as male and female is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ pieces of legislation in the country. 
“It erases human beings from our legal code. It erases trans people, and tens of thousands of Montanans with differences in sexual development. It erases them from law,” Dunwell said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Trump beats DeSantis by 14 percentage points in Quinnipiac GOP presidential primary poll


Quinnipiac, 3/15/2023

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Trump beats DeSantis by 3 percentage points in latest Florida GOP presidential primary poll


Forbes, 3/17/2023
Florida voters narrowly prefer former President Donald Trump to the state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a head-to-head matchup for the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2024, a new Emerson College poll finds, as the Florida governor has started slipping in polls following a post-midterms bump as Trump has escalated his attacks against him.

Forbes takes this dubious poll at face value, but Retiring Guy suggests it be taken with more than a grain of salt.  Emerson appears to be entering Trafalgar territory.

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GET ME REWRITE: Ron DeSantis rips page out of the Hitler playbook to attack his 'enemies of the state'

Headlines:  Facing History.  4/20/2022; Yahoo, 3/17/2023

From Yahoo:
DeSantis' administration moved to pull the Hyatt Regency Miami's liquor license after one of its partner facilities hosted a drag queen Christmas show where some children were in attendance. 
In a previous statement to Insider, DeSantis' press secretary Bryan Griffin told Insider that the governor "stands up for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida." 
But advocates like Equality Florida say the incident is an example of the DeSantis administration "selectively weaponizing state agencies" to target drag performers and venues that are not harmful for children.

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Chapter 1.  (3/2/2023)
Chapter 2.  (3/2/2023)

What's the matter with Iowa? Plenty!

As the state boogies its way to deeper irrelevance with its growing support of an increasingly homophobic and transphobic legislature.

Top headline:  Des Moines Register
Middle headlineDes Moines Register
Bottom headlineLos Angeles Times, 2/23/-23

From the L. A. Times:
I am a former Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa, which had highly regarded programs in many disciplines. But with the advent of extreme conservatism in state government, funding for education and especially higher education has eroded to the point where these once highly competitive academic institutions can no longer maintain their level of excellence. 
There are no Democrats representing Iowa in Washington and a pitiful few in the state Legislature. The current governor, in my opinion, is a threat to social progress and basic academic freedom. She has supported banning books from school libraries, eliminating gun safety, banning almost all abortions, restricting LGBTQ rights and more.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

GET ME REWRITE: West Virginia GOP fights crime and inflation with transgender care ban


Top headline:   NBC, 10/16/2022
Bottom headline:  Washington Post, 3/11/2023

From the Washington Post:
A bill that would ban evidence-based health care for transgender minors in West Virginia, the state estimated to have more transgender youth per capita than any other in the nation, is headed to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice. 
The Republican governor has not taken a public stance on the measure and it’s unclear whether he will sign it into law. A spokesperson said he was unavailable for comment Saturday.

West Virginia.  Rudderless. 

COVID CHRONICLES. Chapter 4: Covid Impacts the Workplace and Sports World

Read chapter 3 here
Photo by Retiring Guy
(Sport Bowl:  Friday, 3/13/2090)

Friday, March 13 

JoAnna is working from home today. Andy may soon be in a similar situation. The Dane County Board is planning to meet next Thursday, but only ‘essential items’ will be included on the agenda. (More on this later.) 

And to think I could have chosen to serve as county board chair two months ago and now be in the middle of all this. Best ‘no’ answer I ever uttered when County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan asked me, “Is this something you want to do?” I expected there’d be some turbulence during the last weeks of the term, but nothing like this. 

I haven’t read or otherwise learned how LeBron James reacted to this latest news, to which Andy alerted me via an 8:30 p.m. phone call yesterday. (Which in itself was concerning as he never calls that late in the evening.) 

I do know that, a few days earlier, LeBron gave an explosive response to the idea that teams play their games in empty arenas.
 “We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible,” James said. “I ain’t playing if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd. That’s who I play for. I play for my teammates, and I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. So if I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.” 
No uncertain words, or so it sounded at first, 

Then he did an Emily Litella -- “Never mind!” — walking back his comments. 

Perhaps he took the follow-up news in stride, as the virus continues to spread exponentially. 

Andy seemed to be a little shell-shocked during our conversation. This season held the tantalizing promise of a championship season for the Milwaukee Bucks, led by the charismatic Giannis Antetokounmpo. Now there’s the possibility of an asterisk, or worse, a blank space in the record book for the 2019-20 season. 

Earlier in the day, the NCAA announced that all of the games in the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be played without fans present. Obviously they still need referees, scorekeepers, broadcasters, and sportswriters in attendance. How weird, though, for teams to play without crowd noise. And what a letdown for people who had purchased tickets before the coronavirus shit hit the fan and were looking forward to an extended weekend getaway, as JoAnna and I were eagerly anticipating three years ago. 

Now there’s a possibility the tournaments will be cancelled. (The inevitable happened shortly after I wrote this.) As a result, fans of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s team, who finished the regular season with 8 straight wins, will be reduced to fantasizing about how deep their team might have gone in its bracket. Sportwise, the rest of March is ruined for Andy, as he is someone who lives and breathes sports during most of his waking hours. 

April is not likely to provide any relief. I won’t be surprised if Major League Baseball delays the start of its regular season. 

Actually, the news was announced just 32 minutes ago, as I learned with a quick Google search. And the rest of the spring training schedule is cancelled. 

Well, there’s always disc golf, which Andy has been playing throughout the winter, whenever possible. He and a few friends participated in a Milwaukee tournament a couple of weekends ago. 

Saturday, March 14 

The world has changed so rapidly this week. As soon as one announcement is made, a qualifying or more definitive statement is released, such as with NCAA basketball. Conference tournament games to be played in empty arenas. No plans to cancel March Madness. NCAA tournament games to be played in empty arenas. Big 10 cancel its conference tournament after one day. (As did all other conferences.) March Madness cancelled. 

Then a wide net is cast. All spring sports are put on hiatus. 

As for public schools, rumors swirled earlier in the week that Madison and other district planned to extend their spring breaks. Yesterday Governor Evers announced that all schools, public and private, would close on Wednesday – or is it Thursday – through April 5, leaving open the possibility of an extension. 

JoAnna worked from home yesterday, spending more of her time on conference calls – with the Governor and his staff and with the Department of Workforce Development leadership team. Not to mention numerous one-on-one phones calls. Based on the determination made by the Governor’s office, all closings will close starting Thursday, but the news release sent out by staff specified 5 p.m. on Wednesday, which resulted in the confusion you see illustrated in the above headline. JoAnna was incensed over this misstep. It’s troubling that Evers’ staff, collectively, appear more bumbling than competent. 

“I am SO happy I’m retiring,” she reiterated. “In fact, I wish I could leave right now.” 

“But that would look as though you’re just walking away at the wrong time,” I cautioned, even though I knew she was just blowing off steam. 

Meanwhile, Andy has moved toward a restrictive, almost fearful response, giving the much-used phrase of late, “out of an abundance of caution”, a vigorous workout. He declined our invitation to join us for fish at the Sport Bowl yesterday evening. (Not nearly as busy as it usually is on a Friday, which allowed to practice proper social distancing.) 

Three Covid cases were diagnosed in Sun Prairie yesterday, remotely affiliated with Andy’s workplace. Nonetheless, his company is going to offer employees the option of working remotely, a decision driven by the statewide school closings. I texted Andy a little while ago to get a sense of how he’s doing. Sounds like he plans to be a hermit today. He didn’t give me a flat-out ‘no’ when I invited him to dinner since JoAnna and I will probably cook out tonight. 

His response: I know I don’t want to be a hermit but idk I still worry. It’s so hard to decide with so many conflicting reports. 

Andy, I fear, is getting too much unfiltered information from social media and his group chat, in particular, which is a politically diverse group of UW-Milwaukee friends – lacrosse teammates, for the most part. One of the Trump fanboys in the group suggested that all of this will blow over by Monday. 

“He must be watching a lot of Fox News,” I suggested to Andy when he shared this tidbit of nonsense with me. 

Over by Monday? Yeah, right!

Read chapter 5 here

GET ME REWRITE: Texas GOP fights crime and inflation by restricting abortion in multiple ways

Top headline:   NBC, 10/16/2022
Bottom headline:  Texas Monthly, 3/13/2023

From Texas Monthly:
Republican lawmakers have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would restrict abortion in eighteen different ways. Some of these bills appear unlikely to advance, filed by lawmakers without much sway in the Capitol. Others, which would also affect issues identified as priorities by state leaders, are more likely to become law. 
  • Most of the bills focus on a few specific areas: 
  • Financially punishing businesses that have promised to cover employees’ out-of-state abortion–related expenses
  • Punishing abortion funds that help Texans seeking abortions in other states pay for travel, lodging, and medical bills 
  • Creating alternative routes for prosecution in counties where district attorneys have pledged not to charge abortion providers 
Other bills would open the door to broader and more creative restrictions: 
  • Finding ways to prevent Texans from even attempting to seek mail-order abortion pills 
  • Invoking the possibility of the death penalty for patients who obtain abortions or emergency contraception 
  • Restricting emergency contraception in addition to abortion

Meet Ron DeSantis, snowflake fascist


Tampa Bay Times, 3/10/2023
DeSantis was visiting Iowa, introducing himself to expectant audiences of Republicans ahead of a likely 2024 presidential bid.
“We will never surrender to the woke mob,” DeSantis told an audience of more than 1,000 at the Rhythm City Casino Resort in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport, his first Iowa stop as he moves toward seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. “Our state is where woke goes to die.”
Apparently, the Des Moines Register refused to cover this story.

Same with Iowa Public Radio.

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It can happen here.  (1/18/2022)
Ron DeSantis fiddles while Florida burns with the omicron variant.  (1/10/2022)

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