[lbo-talk] Kim Jong Il is dead

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 00:53:02 PST 2011

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 05:17, Dennis Claxton <ddclaxton at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Here he's acting the squirrel scholar (as Gore Vidal would call it) with
> Groucho:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWcOuUg77BE

Thanks for those clips, Dennis. Amazing, historical footage. :) I´ve also never heard the term "squirrel scholar". Very, very nice tidbits too.

Googling it lead me to http://acephalous.typepad.com/acephalous/2005/03/its_savory_scho.html

"How does a scholar differ from a scholar-squirrel? The squirrel is a careerist who mindlessly gathers little facts for professional reasons. I don't in the least mind this sort of welfare for the "educated" middle class. They must live, too. But when they start working in concert to revise history to suit new political necessities, I reach for my ancient Winchester..."

I will now, to paraphrase Vidal, mindlessly gather these tidbits for professional reasons, and store them in a folder of their own, for future re-use. ;o)


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