McDonnell and his wife gave me many laughs in the trial. It was a tragic comedy of errors that resulted in a defense claiming their marriage had fallen apart (despite the politically correct public displays of affection between the ex-governor and his wife when they were at official events). I guess it just goes to show that if you are a public official and a businessman (especially one selling a questionable product as the McDonnells’ businessman was) showers you with various gifts totaling about $170,000 – he probably isn’t doing it because he likes you. He wants something. And, if you’re a public official and don’t know that, well, what are you doing in public office?
Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, was 81 and going strong. She had a few shows on TV and was the senior fashion police officer on E!. She always was a caustic comedian. In the old days her primary target was her husband, Edgar. Liz Taylor was a famous target – Joan once said Ms Taylor had more chins than there are in the Beijing phone book, maybe setting a record as she slammed about a billion people at the same time. Take that Don Rickles!
Totally coincidentally, about a week before her death I started reading her most recent book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” because I read a terrific review of it. I was reading it slowly because its humor is hard to take in places, just as she was. But I shall finish it, now.
May Joan rest in peace. May the McDonnells, well, they’ll have many years in prison, together but apart, to think about their excesses ,and stupidity.