This item is related, I believe — see what you think:
John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976, making him one of the longest-running syndicated columnists in the country.
But some Kentucky authorities want to put him in a time out.
In May, Kentucky’s attorney general and its Board of Examiners of Psychology told Rosemond his parenting column — which regularly offers old-school advice and shows little tolerance for any kind of parental coddling — amounts to the illegal practice of psychology.
Oh, come on. Not every piece of wisdom, not every portion of ability, must come with a certificate attached.
Let me go back to John le Carré, about whom I was very harsh. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a little masterpiece. There are other excellent books too. And then — he took an odd turn, ideologically.
Listen, it’s bad enough that the Chinese Communists run a one-party dictatorship with a gulag. But they are also — what’s the word? Annoying.
The U.S. recently had a couple of days of talks with them. And, according to this report, a Yang Jiechi
rejected U.S. criticism of China’s rights record in the ethnic minority areas of Tibet and Xinjiang, saying people there are “enjoying happier lives and they enjoy unprecedented freedom and human rights.”
He added: “We hope the U.S. will improve its own human rights situation.”
Yeah, blow it out your ear, Yang, you despicable Red liar.
A much better Yang, my friend Jianli, has founded something called the Sparrow Initiative. They have engaged in some vandalism I actually approve of: These Chinese democracy activists have spray-painted a graffito in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington and the Chinese embassy in Ottawa. That graffito says (in Chinese), “Dismantle.”
That is the sign that appears on many, many homes in China, as the Party shoves people out of the way at will. The Sparrow Initiative is a land-rights movement. To read about it, and these actions in Washington and Ottawa, go here and here.
I despise vandalism, including graffiti — but I can see the point of this. On the (vast) territory they control, the ChiComs allow just about zero protest. They are so absolute in their control, they have a Nobel peace laureate in prison.
That’s confidence! Totalitarian confidence!
I enjoyed something from this obit (which I know doesn’t sound very nice, but . . .). It is about Paul Smith, a jazz pianist.
Tall, lanky and rugged-looking, Mr. Smith did not fit most people’s image of a jazz musician. When he was the musical director on the comedian Steve Allen’s television show in the 1960s, Mr. Allen told him that he looked more like “a Nebraska cornhusker.” At concerts, Mr. Smith would sometimes walk onto the stage and ask the audience, “Where is the piano you want moved?”
I love that. I can just see it.
A little language? Dictionary.com had a Word of the Day, or something like that. It was “zedonk” — which means “the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.”
That didn’t strike me as quite right. It should be a zonkey or a donkbra, right? Can you combine two first syllables? In English, of course, you can do whatever you want — one of the glories of our tongue.
I was in the airport the other day. A man was fussing on his phone, telling someone that he would not be able to get on a flight or something. A wonderful agent — a woman of some years — looked up and said, “There’s no drama at this gate.”
Speaking of airports — gotta run. Thanks so much for joining me today. May your day be drama-free — unless it’s a good kind of drama.