“Don't know much about history
“Don't know much biology
“Don't know much about a science book
“Don't know much about the French I took”
-- Sam Cooke, “Wonderful World,”
For my 12th birthday my dad took a group of my friends to the local theater. I can’t remember which movie we saw, but I do remember that night. I was small for my age and planning to take advantage of the child’s ticket price well into my teens.
What follows is for the benefit of one William James O'Reilly Jr. -- "Bill" to his fans.
By Tim White
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
We are all Ferguson. In every one of us, every community, every city, every state, we can find Ferguson.This long American struggle with race is anything but resolved. What happened in Missouri last week is just one more bit of evidence.I'm not talking about the rioting in Ferguson, but rather the events surrounding it.
WASHINGTON -- In 2010, Plymouth, Conn., was awarded $430,000 for widening sidewalks and related matters near two schools. This money was a portion of the $612 million Congress authorized for five years of the federal Safe Routes to School program intended to fight childhood obesity by encouraging children to burn calories by walking or biking to school. Really.
OK, fine. Let's talk about "black on black" crime.
America's Newtonian Constitution might again function according to Madisonian expectations if a provoked Congress regains its spine and self-respect, thereby returning our constitutional architecture to equipoise. But this is more to be hoped for than expected. Even without this, however, the institutional vandalism of Barack Obama's executive unilateralism still might be a net national benefit. It will be if the Republicans' 2016 presidential nominee responds to Obama's serial provocations by promising a return to democratic etiquette grounded in presidential self-restraint.
Nov. 22 passed relatively quietly eight days ago. Not much was made of the cataclysmic event that occurred 51 years before, although it was mentioned here and there in the news.
When the news broke that Rep. Tim Moore would be the Republican nominee for speaker of the North Carolina House and Rep. Mike Hager would be majority leader, the usual suspects did the usual things.
In September, I received an email that should have left me feeling vindicated.
It was in response to the nonfatal shooting of Levar Jones, an unarmed African-American man, by Sean Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper. Groubert would later claim he shot Jones because Jones came at him in a menacing way. But this lie was unmasked by Groubert's own dashcam video, which shows Jones complying with the trooper's orders until Groubert inexplicably panics and starts shooting.
Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country.
While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, “Charles ‘Lefty’ Driesell: A Basketball Legend,” he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams’s office.
Wow. Just ... wow.
So what's next?
Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen post-war automobile -- a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, bemusing and embarrassing. He remains, however, instructive.
Alert readers will notice a familiar name missing from our masthead – that of Nancy Wykle.
Let me assure you it reflects great news. Nancy, a valued colleague for the past decade, has been promoted to editor and publisher of the Daily Dispatch in Henderson, owned, as is The Herald-Sun, by the Paxton Media Group.