...Well, okay. Maybe not dashing. Maybe it's more like shuffling. However, that's neither here nor there. The salient point is that it snowed!
This year holds the new record for the latest first snowfall of the year in Southern Illinois. It's been the balmiest January I can remember. But February is starting off with a bang.
The other less joyous event is that Molly Ivins died yesterday at 62, after her third go-round with breast cancer. What a loss. She, more than anyone else writing in the mainstream press, was able to see through the political crap and find it's impact on real people. The New York Times compared her to H.L. Mencken...and that seems right to me. I'm going to miss her terribly.
And now there is offically no one with a brain left in Texas. This would be an excellent time to give it back to Mexico and erect that wall that the Republicans are so eager to build.
Some observations by columnist and author Molly Ivins:
On conservative presidential candidate Pat Buchanan: "Many people did not care for Pat Buchanan's speech; it probably sounded better in the original German." -- published in The Nation, Sept. 14, 1992.
On politics: "You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to." -- published in the Charleston Gazette, Oct. 21, 2002.
On humor: "There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity -- like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule -- that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar." -- published in People, Dec. 9, 1991
On Americans: "I think there's more of us who still believe that Elvis is alive than understand the Theory of Relativity, but that's all right. It's fun to live in a country with some peculiar people. How boring it would be if everybody was quite sane." -- from Defining Americans, on National Public Radio, July 3, 1997
On vegetarianism: "I know vegetarians don't like to hear this, but God made an awful lot of land that's good for nothing but grazing." -- published in the Raleigh News and Observer, July 15, 2001
On gun control: "I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives." -- published in the Charleston Gazette, July 19, 1994
On Texas: "I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults." -- on CBS News' Sunday Morning, Jan. 5, 1992
Compiled by research librarian Darby Tober