Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, so movie makers today must be in flattery mode since they keep remaking films that were made when I was younger. I can see it now. Some studio exec is sitting in his office and wondering how to capture the youth market with a movie. Then, the light bulb comes on in his head and he says, “lets remake movies from my younger years, put some flashy special effects in it and call it a brand new film sensation.”
For an indication of just how big a mountain Wendy Davis has to climb, polling results published Wednesday by the Associated Press show the Democratic hopeful for governor trails Republican Greg Abbott 51 percent to 37 percent. Abbott leads handily among male voters and has a 49 percent to 41 percent lead among women voters. Davis does have a sizeable lead among black and Hispanic voters.
When the legend becomes fact,” newspaper editor Maxwell Scott said in the classic western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “print the legend.” Trust me, that’s not a problem when the story of Bernie Tiede is the topic of conversation for Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson. It’s probably safe to say, fact beats out any legend that might be conjured up at this point.
Does anyone else feel like the world has become a very insane place? Looking at the things we debate about — considering the public policy our government pursues and thinking about the way we live our lives — it seems common sense is harder to find than fly shit in a pepper shaker.
I used to think common sense was just the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18 — the lessons learned from a childhood spent learning by trial and error. Actions speak louder than words. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Practice makes perfect. Don’t whittle toward yourself, or attempt to urinate against the wind. These are just a few of the homespun cliches that illustrate the virtues of plain, pragmatic dealing in thought and deed.