Lynn Lincoln Bauer, who goes by Teed, is a 92-year-old rancher of cattle and sheep. His home west of Hemingford, Neb., just got hot water for the first time in 25 years. Photo by Andrew Moore in NYT
New Steel Magnolias post: “Spotify Series: Starred Songs, Year 1”
Spiritualized, “Life is a Problem” Sweet Heart Sweet LightPlayed 4 times.
More athletes like Coleman Collins, please!
Hurray for the Riff Raff, “My Morphine”Played 0 times.
Federico Aubele featuring Melody Gardot, “Somewhere Else”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Bill Fay, “Cosmic Concerto (Life is People)”.
If you want to do something awesome with the internet this morning, watch and listen to this: Flume and Chet Faker, “Drop the Game”. Storyboard P can dance.
So I got massively sick on Thursday night, and have spent most of the last few days lazing around, sweating, sleeping, and reading. I’ve been down all kinds of strange rabbit holes, including some Mormon history ones (it started when Laurel and I watched Errol Morris’ film Tabloid this weekend). One of the most interesting things I read was some biographical details of George Romney, Mitt’s dad.
He was an almost endlessly fascinating, surprising person, it seems to me. Mormons are perpetually surprising to me, I suppose, but with all the not-so-distant idiotic furor over the Obama birth certificate issues, I was fascinated to read about the George Romney presidential campaign in the late 60’s (he eventually lost the 1968 Republican presidential nomination to Richard Nixon). Romney, of course, was born in a Mormon colony in Mexico, but would likely have been legally considered a ‘natural-born citizen’ of the United States (as he was born to two US-citizen parents), much as John McCain was (McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which I only just learned this weekend!) Little wonder that the Obama ‘birther’ movement was less vociferous in the 2008 than 2012, right? I also learned that Orrin Hatch, Utah’s looooooong-serving and lavender-loving senator, proposed a Constitutional Amendment in 2003 to repeal the “natural-born citizen” clause, which read:
Section 1. A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been for 20 years a citizen of the United States, and who is otherwise eligible to the Office of President, is not ineligible to that Office by reason of not being a native born citizen of the United States.
Section 2. This article shall not take effect unless it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States not later than 7 years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
I think it was generally interpreted at the time as a move to open the way for someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for president, but still, some really compelling, interesting stories seem tangled up here.