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"Cry Freedom" end credits.

This clip seems particularly relevent today, as in 1987:

-- Mal

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Happy May Day!

-- Mal

Just walked past the TV, and my mother was watching an LPGA tournament...

... called "Swinging Skirts." Oh, the opportunities for humor there are staggering...

'Tis a lie, too, the women are wearing pants. It's cold outside.

-- Mal

Officer-involved shooting in PA justified "because she couldn't know if he had a weapon"

According to my local news station, the defenders of Lisa Mearkle of Dauphin County, who is shown on video shooting David Kassick twice in the back as he lies on the ground, is justified because the officer "couldn't know if he had a weapon." If this argument is a real one, and not a garbled media version, then any shooting is justifiable on the same grounds. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena better park her car henceforth and take the bus.

-- Mal

One of The Lounge's theme songs:

I invite suggestions for other Lounge Theme Songs.

-- Mal

NYT Best Seller List, 11 April 1965

The New York Times Best Seller List
April 11, 1965

1 HERZOG, by Saul Bellow.
2 UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, by Bel Kaufman.
3 HURRY SUNDOWN, by K.B. Gilden.
4 FUNERAL IN BERLIN, by Len Deighton.
5 HOTEL, by Arthur Hailey.
6 THE MAN, by Irving Wallace.
8 THE ORDWAYS, by William Humphrey.
9 DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL, by Herman Wouk.
10 AN AMERICAN DREAM, by Norman Mailer.


1 MARKINGS, by Dag Hammarskj÷ld.
2 QUEEN VICTORIA: BORN TO SUCCEED, by Elizabeth Longford.
3 THE FOUNDING FATHER, by Richard J. Whalen.
4 MY SHADOW RAN FAST, by Bill Sands.
5 THE ITALIANS, by Luigi Barzini.
6 REMINISCENCES, by Douglas MacArthur.
7 CATHERINE THE GREAT, by Zoe Oldenbourg.
8 SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, by Phyllis McGinley.
10 STAGESTRUCK, by Maurice Zolotow.

Well, I was only nine at the time, but I'm impressed I only managed to read two of them in 50 years!

BTW, Bel Kaufman died last year at the ripe old age of 103.

-- Mal

Any fans of "I Love Lucy" out there? Trying to find an episode...

A famous matador visits Lucy and Desi. His nickname is "never been gored," but while he's fooling around with them Lucy gores him with a kitchen chair. She suggest he change his name to "Only been gored once," but he's not amused and challenges her to a duel. Since he is expert in every normal weapon, she tries to find something exotic to fight with so she'll have a chance. Anyone remember the title of the episode?

-- Mal

This might be worth a look:


Free interactive fiction on an issue of some importance.

-- Mal
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