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A dozen years ago tomorrow, George W. Bush tapped Dick Cheney to be his running mate.  And in a second new book about Missouri Sen. Tom Eagleon, Joshua Glasser writes, “On paper, the young, liberal, border-state Catholic who enjoyed popularity among blacks, women and labor seemed to be the ideal match” for Democratic nominee George McGovern. Explaining why Eagleton didn’t disclose his three hospitalizations for depression, Glasser says that “To Eagleton they were a thing of the past.  If he considered his mental health disqualifying, Eagleton would never have promoted the idea of his candidacy. . .”. . .Today’s edition of The New York Times has published an article, “Today’s Hunt for No. 2,” in which it outlines McGovern’s less-than-an-hour decision to pluck Eagleton for No. 2.  Eighteen days later, Eagleton was forced to resign. . .Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, Jack Hitt explains the growing popularity of forensic linguistics, using cases like the Unibomber, the congressional Abscam scandal, and the 2009 Columbia Illinois murder by ex-Joyce Meyer Ministries staffer Chris Coleman.  An expert in the field, Roger Shuy, believes that forensic linguistics can do for language of crimes, like bribery, blackmail, extortion, what DNA has done for violent crimes. . .Congrats to Adam Hackbarth of O’Fallon (the Missouri one).  He’s one of three finalists in the New Yorker’s caption contest this week.. .Gov. Jay Nixon has created the Local Government Task Force to assist Westinghouse Electric Co. in its bid for funds from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to design, license, manufacture and commercialize American-made small modular nuclear reactors to bolster the nation’s energy needs. . .Hollywood superhero movies are on the rise.  In production are: “Guardians of the Galaxy”; a reboot of “The Fantastic Four”; “The Amazing Spider Man”; “Man of Steel”. . .Look for Bloomberg Daily to produce a 32-page issue of “Bloomberg Insider” for both the Dems and GOP.


Senator Claire McCaskill  complains that two weeks ago, Martha Johnson,  the then-head of the General Services Administration, ducked a meeting with her, apparently because Johnson knew that an embarrassing report on the agency’s expensive Las Vegas conference would soon be released. “As a government auditor,” McCaskill reportedly said, “I have found that there are two possible responses from an agency when they get a critical audit. One is to say, ‘You know what, you’re right, we need to do better and we’re going to fix it.’ The other is to circle the wagons, rationalize and obfuscate. G.S.A. had the latter down to an art form”. . .Former St. Louis archbishop Raymond Burke may soon preside over a highly unusual case in his role as head of the Catholic church’s top court.  In an unusual move, Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon has been ordered by Vatican officials to re-open parishes that he closed as part of the diocese’s “downsizing.”  Lennon may appeal that decision to Burke’s court, called the Signatura.  Burke, now permanently ensconced in Rome, recently rubbed shoulders in Florida with President George W. Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and other conservatives at a gala for Legatus, a group of Catholic CEOs founded by Domino’s pizza founder Tom Monaghan. . .Husch Blackwell partner Christopher Rockers has been installed as prez of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. . .The Chicago Tribune headline seemed more like fiction: “Prison note details how priest allegedly conspired with mob hit man.”  The story details the bizarre case of Fr. Eugene Klein, a priest for 40 years, who repeatedly visited a vicious mob killer, Frank Calabrese, Sr. in prison and is accused of colluding with Calabrese to try and sell a valuable violin hidden in the mobster’s home to help pay for his defense (and prevent the government from seizing it).  Klein contends that during some of the alleged wrongdoing, he was in St. Louis tending to his ill mother. . .St. Louis’ Interfaith Committee on Latin America celebrated its 30th anniversary the other night at the Maplewood’s Maya Cafe (designed by Bill Christman) by honoring two of its long-serving leaders.  Bill Ramsey and Virginia Druhe had both traveled and worked in Central America and have been active in influencing our national policies towards our neighbors to the south.  After a super dinner, the group danced away to the Latin sounds of Clave Sol. . .Looking for a different kind of live music this weekend?  Head to Rue Lafayette Saturday night for the unusual sounds of Whack-A-Doo, which specializes in “toe-tapping vintage swing, folksy and Americana and speakeasy syncopation.”  The quartet – Valerie Tichacek, Paul Davis, Brian Reno andMark Hrabovsky – has an upbeat style reminiscent of nostalgic eras: the cafes of the 1920s Europe.  Prohibition, juice joints and back porch swing.  They’ve performed at the City Museum, First Night St. Louis and at political fundraisers. . .OwnersJennifer Klayman and her mom, Lois Klayman, have debuted Re-Designz at 6352 Delmar Blvd. in The Loop. The two women offer a mix of retro and contemporary goods from mid-century furniture to today’s funky jewelry.


Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Heard that St. Louis City Hall has hired the Austin-TX-based law firm, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson to collect on red light camera violation tix. Why not a St. Louis law firm?  Is it because no one here believes the tickets are fair including the lawyers?  Hasn’t Circuit Judge Robert Dierker filed a lawsuit against the tix? Seems no one is aware whether they have to pay. . .Consumers are readying to buy albums recorded by the late Amy Winehouse’s titled, “Back to Black,” which was initially released in 2007.  Hundreds of thousands have already been bought since her death. . .Former President George W. Bush will open up on Aug. 28 on the National Geographic Channel about the killing of Osama Bin Laden – on the 10th anniversay of 9/11.. .Cathy Sherwin of the Missouri AFL-CIO opines, “Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s proposed budget is tantamount to a form of ‘class warfare.’ If enacted it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history”. . .Under the eye-catching headline, “Why are Catholic, seventh-graders raising money to lobby for abortion and contraception?”, the St. Louis Catholic blog is blasting a parochial school over “a social justice program” held there.  According to line postings by Our Lady Queen of Peace in House Springs, students studied “women’s rights” and ended up donating money to a group called Equality Now, which reportedly advocates for the legalization of abortion and lobbies for family planning funding. Board members of Equality Now include Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda and Alanis Morisette. . .For the first time in 18 years, the Lindbergh High School “Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band” is beginning summertime practice sans director Bob Spiegelman.  Spiegelman, who quadrupled the size of the band and led it to two Rose Bowl performances, passed away from cancer in January.  But, if any fans wondered whether his loss might somehow reduce the band’s busy schedule and high profile, they can relax.  Look for the 200-plus kids, under the guidance of David Wynn, to perform at this Friday’s Cards game and the Rams’ home game on Oct. 30.


News that state representative Rachel Storch (D. St. Louis) has announced her intention to wed a financier warmed the columnist’s romantic heart, but one has to wonder what Storch, who is a member of the Democratic National Committee, will make of fiancee Barry Akrongold‘s reported campaign contributions to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Sen. Mitch McConnell and President George W. Bush and the presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. (Offering some hope of marital harmony, Akrongold, who lives in New York, also reportedly contributed to N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand‘s campaign).

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