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  • December 7, 2000

  • December 7, 2000

  • December 7, 2000

    Shut It Down

    (Another Republican sea chantey)

    They all went down to stop Miami-Dade
    From making counts the judges had OK'd.
    Unlikely toughs, with ties and crisp white shirts,
    They went to hand Al Gore his just deserts.
    So, noisily, they jammed into the hall.
    Then Sweeney, from the House, began to call.

    Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down.
    The first machine vote's truly holy.
    Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down,
    With a heave-ho-ho and a bottle of Stoly.

    One congressman by whom they had been sent:
    DeLay in name, and also in intent.
    Prepared to knock a head or bust a snout
    To show what our democracy's about,
    They bumped some chests and maybe pulled some hair,
    And Sweeney's martial call stayed in the air:

    Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down.
    The rule of law is holy, too.
    Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down.
    With a heave-ho-ho and some microbrew.

    Calvin Trillin


  • December 7, 2000

    Back to the Back of the Bus

    Montgomery's transit system isn't segregated anymore. It barely exists.

    JoAnn Wypijewski

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  • December 7, 2000

    Daniel Singer

    Death came as a release for Daniel Singer on December 2, but we feel like protesting its rude intrusion.

    the Editors


  • December 7, 2000

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