Not living in New York anymore, I read the Post a lot less, so I’d forgotten just how insufferable Phil Mushnick was. But nearly as bad as the I-hate-everything sanctimony is the end-of-column attempts at humor. Such as yesterday’s:
Show Biz Joke of the Year:
Man walks into a psychiatrist’s office. “Doc,” he says, “I can’t stop singing the song, ‘Delilah.'”
“Hmmm,” says the shrink, “sounds as if you’re suffering from Tom Jones Syndrome.”
“Is that rare?” the patient asks.
“It’s not unusual,” replies the doctor.
I think that joke is older than I am. Showbiz joke of what year? 1984?
In my last North Star column of the year, I make predictions for the year to come.
Some anti-Knicks humor:
I’ll be up in NYC this weekend and I’m going to Knicks-Bulls Sunday, so I’m looking forward to joining the Fire Isiah chants.
News Item: Big Dig Project Finally Finished
If you’re from Boston, what did you think would happen first- a Red Sox championship, a Patriots undefeated season, or the completion of the Big Dig? How about all three in the same four-month period?
News Item: Jim Leyritz Charged With Vehicular Homicide
Wow- he and Joe Girardi were the catching tandem on the ’96 team. Now, Girardi’s the manager, and Leyritz is going to jail.
In a year of celebrity racial scandals, this one’s probably the most absurd. Obviously, Smith wasn’t praising Hitler, and obviously, in stating that he believes “everyone is basically good,” Will was paraphrasing that other notorious Hitler sympathizer, Anne Frank.
The stupidest thing of all is that no one was really offended- that is, unless you consider the Jewish Defense League “somebody.” The most shocking thing of all here is that Meir Kahane’s old group is even still around. I’m guessing at this point it must consist of two or three guys in an apartment in Brooklyn somewhere.
As for “I am Legend,” there was one aspect I found totally unbelievable and unconvincing- how could the female scientist have possibly not heard of Bob Marley? I mean, didn’t she go to college, and live in a dorm?
A true hero is dead, and it’s very, very sad. It’s especially eerie if you saw “Charlie Wilson’s War”- the Pakistani president, according to the Julia Roberts character “didn’t kill Bhutto”; that Bhutto was Benazir’s father, and yes, he did kill him.