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  •  The 'old dog new tricks' leitmotif, with showtunes (4.00)
    No doubt team Propagannon has already scoured sources for the Guckert's pseudonym. However, if an independent research wing is tracking down cultural clues, here's a renewed whiff of a scrap of found material from this KOS diary. Someone posted that the name came from the film Teacher's Pet starring (legendarily well hung) Clark Gable and Doris Day. The plot synopsis at IMDB is:

    James Gannon, the hardboiled city editor of a newspaper, believes that the only way to learn the business is by way of the School of Hard Knocks, and has a very low regard for college-taught journalism, so he's not pleased when his managing editor orders him to help Erica Stone, a college professor, with her journalism class. Finding himself attracted to her, he pretends to be a student in her class, not revealing he's Gannon, whom she despises. As they bob and weave around their mutual growing attraction, they both begin to gain respect for each other's approaches to reporting news, but how will Erica react when she finds out who he really is?

    In the cultural context, it also bears mentioning that the Doris Day fan who helped Guckert find his pseudonym may also have suggested Day as a candidate for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Chimperor indeed awarded her one on June 23, 2004, stating, "It was a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer."

    Connecting cultural dots might also clear up mystifying non sequiturs like a WH spokesman declaring, about GWB's fall from a dirt bike, "It's been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose, " the spokesman said. "You know this president. He likes to go all out. Suffice it to say He wasn't whistling show tunes."

    Veteran hoofer and showtunes belter Rita Moreno also got a medal that day.

    This machine fights fascism - motto on Woody Guthrie's guitar

    by Peanut on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 12:02:20 PM PST

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