OOPS! I promised myself I'd avoid sending political posts, and stick to
"Terrible Tom, The Cautious Cardinal." Consider my previous post
an observation of physical anthropology instead of a political comment.
"D.Gregory Griffith" wrote:
> Why don't they just cut off his head and tack it up there.
> He's nothing but solid rock above the shoulders anyway.
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > Didn't Bushiebaby suggest his should be the next head
> > to have its likeness impaled on the presidential
> > monument at Mt. Rushless?
> > P.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 2:18 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Slightly on topic (but mainly stupid)
> > Yet another post in my "T.S. Eliot in the Wacky World Wide Web"
> > (TSE-WWWW) series (previously unamed):
> > http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:pQv1LOH-aXgC:www.moorishgirl.com/
> > Posted by the by MoorishGirl Wednesday, August 14, 2002
> > Turkmenistan. All I knew about the place was that it was an ex-Soviet
> > Republic and that it agreed to let George W. access its borders for
> > his war on the "forces of evil." This week, though, I'm seeing the
> > country and its leader in a whole new light.
> > Saparmourat Niyazov , an ex-communist who was elected president after
> > the fall of the USSR, was declared "President for Life" in 1999 by the
> > "People's Council." Niyazov was so happy with his new gig that he went
> > on a restructuring spree. To wit: He would henceforth be know as
> > Turkmenbashi (meaning, Head of All Turkmen) or Turkmenbashi the
> > Great. He decided that TV screens in his country would carry a golden
> > silhouette of the leader at all times. He names cities, stadiums, and
> > streets after himself. Next, he decreed that the months of the year
> > would be renamed. January would be named after him: Turkmenbashi.
> > Other months would be named after his political oeuvre, Turkmen poets,
> > or national leaders. In a tell-tale sign, though, he decided that
> > April would be named "Mother" in deference to his own mother, who died
> > when he was young. T.S. Eliot said April is the cruelest month, and
> > seeing how Niyazov turned out, maybe he was right. Finally, he decided
> > to rename the stages of life. Adolescence lasts until the age of 25,
> > and old age doesn't kick in until age 85. Since I find that I am now
> > in my "youth" period, I think I like his definitions better. Can you
> > imagine conversations in Turkmenistan these days?
> > "Excuse me. Can you tell me the way to Turkmenbashi?"
> > "Why, just take Turkmenbashi down to Turkmenbashi!"
> > Or:
> > "Your little Turkmenbashi grows taller every day."
> > "Yes, he will turn 5 next Turkmenbashi."
> > Or:
> > "Do you Turkmenbashi?"
> > "Course I do, every day!"
> > I wonder what changes I would implement if I were a potentate...