Huzzah for the new bully pulpit



bully meaning good

bully meaning good

Item one is a screen capture of a six-word curse I posted on Palo Alto Weekly online in reaction to Pat Burt, who I consider a bully, i.e. borderline violent and near out-of-control, being elected mayor, although it also references Teddy Roosevelt and a book I hope to read by Doris Kearns Goodwin. “Bully” at the time also meant “good”; a bully pulpit was a good place from which to try to shape society, in the case of Teddy, perhaps pushing back against large companies and advancing worker rights.

Item two is from something I shot a couple hours ago at Bell’s Books, a display in the poetry section, a newsclipping I presume found folded into an old book about poet Carl Sandburg giving a lecture or performance with guitar I think in Illinois. He died in 1967.
File under “media” “words” “platos republic” and see also previous about “Deep Turkey, Tomsula and the Turk”.

3. edit to add: i am being ironic or disingenuous or sarcastic in that I am not cheering but raspberrying (but not sandburgering, or am i?) about pat burt being mayor. also, he is not “new” but “old mayor” to be elected, a retread. a regression or back-slide.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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