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November 29, 2011


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Since this is a blog about writing, you should give credit to the writer who penned the "nattering nabobs...." line the Spiro Agnew used: William Safire.

Well, Jim, I'm not sure "credit" is the word, but yes--in my original item about this, I did link to the Agnew story--it was indeed William Safire who wrote this unintentionally silly bit of rhetoric.

Other Agnewisms, written by Safire and/or Pat Buchanan: "pusillanimous pussyfooters," "hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history."

Dr. Seuss would have made a good speechwriter to Agnew.

Do they really have an "Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Only" spot at Whole Foods? I don't know since I don't shop there. It seems silly to pay more for organic vegetables just before I light up a Marlboro. Am I correct in assuming that prefential parking is granted to those who can afford alternative-fuel vehicles? One more reason for not shopping there.

Yes, Jim, they really do. And what's worse is, for a year or more, I actually HONORED that fucking bullshit, until a friend of mine asked me why I would be allow myself to be buffeted by the brainstorm (damn you, Agnew!) of some Corporate Social Responsibility nitwit at Whole Foods headquarters.

Now, I look for the Alternative-Fuel spots, and only park in the regular ones if I absolutely have to.

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