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Re: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0089  Monday, 18 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 11:59:46 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

[2]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 12:55:11 -0500
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[3]     From:   John Robinson <
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        Date:   Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 20:37:34 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

[4]     From:   Cora Lee Wolfe <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jan 1999 08:49:48 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

[5]     From:   Andy Drewry <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jan 1999 12:35:15 -0800
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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 11:59:46 -0500
Subject: 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Tom Dale Keever wrote:

>"Depending on what you decide, it [ 'our cherished system of justice' ]
>will either be strengthened in its power to achieve justice or it will
>go the way of so much of our moral infrastructure and become a mere
>convention, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
>
>  - Rep. Henry Hyde (R, IL), 14 January 1999

>I know the year is young and we will no doubt have additional worthy
>candidates, but I want to be sure that when we are compiling our
>"Silliest Shakespeare Allusions of 1999" we not forget Henry Hyde's
>notable contribution to the genre.

Maybe "a mere convention" is not the same as "a tale told by an idiot,"
but Hyde's point is that disregarding the law makes it more like a
hollow drum, which makes noises but does nothing meaningful.  Agree or
disagree, the quotation is apt.

>Lest we forget the atmosphere of manufactured theatricality of the
>"show" going on in the Capitol, the cameras pan back after each speech
>to show the Chief Justice arrayed in the new gilded "costume" he
>designed for himself in imitation of the outfit he enviously spied on
>the lecherous Lord Chancellor in a recent Washington staging of
>"Iolanthe."

Now there's a good reason to ignore criminality.

I guess I have failed utterly in my occasional chiding to keep the
discussion literary.

Larry Weiss

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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 12:55:11 -0500
Subject: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Comment:        SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

>the new gilded "costume" he designed for himself in imitation of the
>outfit he enviously spied on
>the lecherous Lord Chancellor in a recent Washington staging of
>"Iolanthe."

Yes, I couldn't figure the intended meaning of those four stripes. That
would seem to make him a staff sergeant.

He should have gone with four stars (a full general).

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From:           John Robinson <
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Date:           Sunday, 17 Jan 1999 20:37:34 EST
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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

>"Depending on what you decide, it [ 'our cherished system of justice' ]
>will either be strengthened in its power to achieve justice or it will
>go the way of so much of our moral infrastructure and become a mere
>convention, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

>- Rep. Henry Hyde (R, IL), 14 January 1999

>I know the year is young and we will no doubt have additional worthy
>candidates, but I want to be sure that when we are compiling our
>"Silliest Shakespeare Allusions of 1999" we not forget Henry Hyde's
>notable contribution to the genre.

It's only a silly allusion if you believe Bill "I never met an orifice I
didn't like" Clinton is being unjustly prosecuted.  For that to be the
case you have to believe lying under oath in a civil-rights case, lying
under oath to a grand-jury (he didn't HAVE to lie, he could've took the
fifth), and witness tampering are not "real" crimes.

At any rate, those of you who think Clinton is a just a lovable rake try
this experiment at your campus. Start treating your female students and
female junior colleagues as disposable objects there for your sexual
gratification (i.e., get them alone in a room and shake your bean at
them and ask them to "kiss it"; or corner them in the library and grope
their tits). I wonder if your approval rating on campus will go up or
down?

Regards,
John Robinson

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Date:           Monday, 18 Jan 1999 08:49:48 -0700
Subject: 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Tom Dale Keever <
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> I know the year is young and we will no doubt have additional worthy
> candidates, but I want to be sure that when we are compiling our
> "Silliest Shakespeare Allusions of 1999" we not forget Henry Hyde's
> notable contribution to the genre.

That seems a pretty apt allusion.  Would you mind explaining to me why
it is inappropriate?

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Date:           Monday, 18 Jan 1999 12:35:15 -0800
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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0082 Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Tom Keever wrote in his not so a-political post on Chairman Hyde's
presentation to the Senate:

>I know the year is young and we will no doubt have additional worthy
>candidates, but I want to be sure that when we are compiling our
>"Silliest Shakespeare Allusions of 1999" we not forget Henry Hyde's
>notable contribution to the genre.
>
>Lest we forget the atmosphere of manufactured theatricality of the
>"show" going on in the Capitol, the cameras pan back after each speech
>to show the Chief Justice arrayed in the new gilded "costume" he
>designed for himself in imitation of the outfit he enviously spied on
>the lecherous Lord Chancellor in a recent Washington staging of
>"Iolanthe."

Personally, I find the allusion to be quite pointed: the stage is set
with a politically ambitious couple, when through the encouragement of a
very strong female character the Governor is compelled to seize the head
of state.  Granted Bill Clinton was elected, twice, to his office, but
the point being that like Macbeth his desire for power was expressed in
his limitless abuse of others.  Furthermore, the case being made in the
Senate rather reflects the Representative's majority opinion that the
president attempted to assume the power of the judicial branch (notice
the horticultural reference and the importance of Birnam wood) by
committing grand-jury perjury and obstruction of justice.

And we all must assume that their relationship must be rather unsexed at
this point.  In this vein I believe the current situation to read more
like Hamlet, "words, words, words," a battle of rhetoric where the Ghost
of Thomas Jefferson constantly mutters, "constitutionality" over our
warlike state.  Truthfully, either read as Macbeth, Hamlet, or The
Tempest, the case has thrown the state into a chaotic nation similar to
Shakespeare's examples, and we must applaud Hyde's speech writers for a
nice allusion regardless of our political persuasion.

Andy Drewry

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