"While pensive Poets painful vigils keep,/ Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep" I 91–92) The Dunciad by Alexander Pope.
I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
"On the Collar of a Dog".Alexander Pope
I am a devout Papist. Catholic born-bred and believing, but I am a disciple if Alexander Pope, who was the John Kass of the 18th Century. Unlike, Chicago's John Kass, Alexander Pope had a very weak constitution: sickly and small;nevertheless, was fierce foe of frauds and fawning lick-spittles - especially those who lived by the pen and the pay of politicians.
Men of talent can be hacks. Hell, if I had the opportunity I'd probably be one too. As it is, I live in simple and fortunate honest poverty.
Today's Sun Times Watchdogs ( giving ones self a nickname always bothered me) as two very talented investigative writers for the editorially compromised and daffy Sun Times, Tim Novak and Chris Fusco presented burnt offerings to the Rahm Emanuel election campaign. The family of Jeremiah Joyce gets the treatment.
Nothing new, nothing ground-breaking, nothing here but clippings of old items meant to arouse the ire of dim-wits and partisans. This a solely punitive piece; meant to hurt people and not inform.
It is a pretty nasty piece of work performed for a particularly nasty person who is scared out of his wits by Chuy Garcia and anyone who stands with Rahm's foe.
I love the Joyce family, because they are honest, unpretentious people who help people who need help. Mike 'Pickle' Joyce is not only the most great-hearted and fiercely loyal person I know, but also the smartest person I have had the pleasure to meet with exception of the late Steve Allen. Mike has coached the African American young men of Leo High School without pay and out of his own pocket for nearly two decades - because Mike loves them and the school.
I know, not intimately, all of the Joyces. Each and every one of them is a fine person. Nevertheless, The Watchdogs trotted out old news spun as political gold.
Gold is a metaphor for crap in classical literature, by the way.
Tim Novak and Chris Fusco acted more like purse puppies than Watchdogs. That is a sad waste of their time and their talents.