Our 'Riven' Culture

By Carlson, Richard W | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 23, 2012 | Go to article overview

Our 'Riven' Culture


Carlson, Richard W, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


I'm just back from London and four days at Brooks on St. James Street, one of the few private men's clubs left in the United Kingdom, 250 years old and an antediluvian oasis furnished in ancient Toile de Jouy chintz curtains, supple leather chairs, and a waiter in white tie and black cutaway coat serving drinks and coffee in the library into the late night e_SEmD a gratifying refuge from an America (and England) that is clinging by horned fingertips to the rim of the precipice and the advent of the Mob.

Brooks has a colorful wagering reputation. The club has a betting book with entries as early as 1764. One from 1785 notes that Lord Derby has agreed to pay Lord Cholomondeley 500 guineas if Lord C has relations with a lady in a balloon at least 1,000 yards in the sky. No settlement to the bet is recorded.

Just before leaving Washington, I ran into my friend Nichole who had been at the Iowa State Fair.

She said people there cast one corn kernel each in containers marked Romney or Obama, a political tradition in Iowa.

From the first day of the fair, Romney led in the kernel count, though Romney skipped the fair entirely and Obama, who was barnstorming the state, didn't; he came, walked around, spoke and was widely noticed. Paul Ryan dropped in for a speech to generally the same crowd and was enthusiastically received.

Craig Robinson pointed out in The Iowa Republican that the final count, after 11 days of livestock judgments, pie-baking contests and tractor pulls, was a total of 72,216 kernels cast and an easy victory for Romney: Romney's 39,714 to Obama's 32,502, about 55 percent to 45 percent.

President Obama caused law enforcement to surround the Budweiser beer tent "so that he could conduct an 'impromptu' beer summit," said Robinson, who added that Obama "is the butt of a lot of jokes" because of it.

There is something pathetic and too political about Obama trying to sell the electorate on his love of beer -- the drink of millions of working men and women. He plays to this frequently. It is like his dog. He and his wife never bothered to have a dog until middle age when it became politically useful. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Our 'Riven' Culture
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.