I’m with Michelle Malkin on the passing of Ted Kennedy. My heart is with those who truly loved him and will mourn his loss from their lives. It’s strange but I was watching Lonesome Dove the other day and there’s a heart wrenching scene where the two main characters (masterfully played by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones — whom I met once but that’s another story) are forced, on principle and out of a sense of Texas Ranger responsibility, to hang one of their oldest friends who had fallen in with a band of horse thieves and murderers. Jake (played by Robert Urich), as he sits astride his horse, noose around his neck waiting to be hung (ED NOTE: happens just prior to the saddling up of the thieves. Sorry…), has the following exchange with Gus (Duvall):
Gus McRae: You know how it works Jake, you ride with an outlaw, you die with an outlaw. I’m sorry you crossed the line.
Jake Spoon: I didn’t see no line Gus. I was just trying to get through the territory without getting scalped, that’s all.
It’s incredibly sad. Because , ya know, you like old Jake Spoon and you hoped better for him. Kennedy’s passing feels a bit like that for me.
So, that said, here’s some levity from my Mom. She has a dear friend she’s known since their days as Catholic School Girls in Virginia and she recently received the following from her in an email. We had a good little laugh over the phone and she thinks I should tell The Little Rock this one. So, consider yourself officially owned by my Mom Little Rock.
The phone rings and the lady of the house answers.
“Mrs. Sanders, please.”
“Mrs. Sanders, this is Dr. Jones at St. Agnes Laboratory. When your husband’s doctor sent his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are now uncertain which one belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not too good.”
“What do you mean?” Mrs. Sanders asks nervously.
“Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer’s and the other one tested positive for HIV. We can’t tell which is which.”
“That’s dreadful! Can you do the test again?” questioned Mrs. Sanders.
“Normally we can, but the new health care system will only pay for these expensive tests just one time.”
”Well, what am I supposed to do now? ”
“The folks at Obama health care recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don’t sleep with him.”
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