Every morning, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's press secretary sends to Barbour's staff and other allies a list of press clippings, along with a daily compendium of birthdays, historical notes, and jokes -- which have recently included humor on the topics of the disastrous Japan Tsunami, Janet Reno's gender, and the Cambodian genocide.
In Friday's email, for instance, press secretary Dan Turner emailed that on that day in 1968:
Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay". (Not a big hit in Japan right now.)An earlier email included notes that
In 1993: Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general. (It took longer to confirm her gender than to confirm her law license.)
1982 - Jamaica issued a Bob Marley commemorative stamp. (Actually, it was a combination stamp and tiny rolling paper.)
1998 - Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives. ("Oops. My bad," hardly seems sincere.)
Wohoooo!! Oh that was a good one. Wouldn't want to be sittin' on the dock on the bay on old Japan, what with its 10,000 dead, nuclear meltdowns (the fallout from which could be carried to the US by the way). Oh man, that was a good one. Looks like Barbour brought the worst of the Deep South with him.