"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
Under the patronage of St. Tammany
Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
A writer wonders: Why is the party of the weak and disenfranchised beholden to the pro-abortion lobby?
* * *
In the days before Jawn Kerry's alleged Botox use became an issue, his chin job was fodder for the Boston Herald's Inside Track columnists, who wrote on June 4, 2002:
Excuse us for noticing. But it appears as though there's some revisionist history going on vis a vis Sen. John Kerry's amazing shrinking jaw!
In an exhaustive Washington Post profile of the Man Who Would Be President, the junior senator's aide, David Wade, says Kerry's surgically enhanced jaw was not the result of a cosmetic chin-bob but rather from "an operation to correct 'a malocclusion,' a bad bite that caused a clicking in his jaw."
But apparently, Post writer Mark Leibovich didn't check his own paper's clips. Because in an 1985 profile of Kerry, the Post reported the senator had surgery on the lantern jaw on "his long oval face" to correct damage done during a "hockey accident."
"The operation coincidentally made him more attractive to the cameras," the Post said back then.
Whoa! That's taking it on the chin!
So what is it - malocclusion or hockey accident? Or both? (Or, as we suspect, neither!)
"He had a longtime malocclusion which caused a clicking in his jaw which was then exacerbated by an injury in hockey where he hit his jaw on a goalpost," said Kerry's spokesgal, Kelly Benander.
Well, that's their story and they're stickin' to it.
* * *
Some people collect stamps or coins. Others collect historic hair. A tiny snip taken from Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed just sold for $510 on eBay.
Sometime in the 1960s, a staunch Hapsburgian, still not reconciled to the loss of Empire, was asked if he might consider attending the Austria-Hungary game in Vienna. He replied: “How interesting. Who are we playing?
In other monarchist news: Janet Jackson's bosom brooch was inspired by Louix XIV.
Bush 100 percent
Lieberman 77 percent
Edwards 64 percent
Kerry 63 percent
Clark 56 percent
Dean 43 percent
Sharpton 29 percent
Kucinich 27 percent
* * *
John Edwards has been compared to someone leading one of those real-estate seminar infomercials that air at three in the morning, and he reminds me of a salesman who uses your first name every other sentence when speaking to you. But the Atlantic's Jack Beatty likes him.