Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Headlines - She Knew How To Write Em'

There are so many easy targets these days.

How about those crackpots in Boston who decided to test the waters of Homeland Security with those cute little light up promos for the Cartoon Network?

Then there's that tasty little nugget from Miss USA/Kentucky native Tara Conner Okay, guys. You got me. I'll try anything once and, yes, I was totally wasted one day at school when I was 14. Busted.

And what's up with Delaware Senator Joe Biden sounding like a total ass practically seconds after he declared his candidacy for the presidential race?

Yes, there are a million little sparkling nuggets just begging to be cracked on.

But I think I'd rather pay tribute to an amazing wordsmith this world is sore to lose.

Molly Ivins was a fantastic columnist. Unabashedly Left, Ivins had a clever way with poking fun at her political foes including our fine president. No matter your political inclinations, readers couldn't help at chuckle at Ivins' Southern spun euphemisms and her astute observations of life in the U.S. of A.

Ivins passed away Wednesday after a seven year battle with breast cancer.

Like Molly Ivins, I've had a long, firm belief in the power of words. The difference between two similar words can impart a world of meaning, and Ivins knew that. She also knew how to string her words together into sentences that roused rage, pride and reflection in readers across the country.

And I guess that's the sign of a great writer.

It's a special thing when your words can incite emotion in another human being.

Here's to Molly Ivins, and the million words we'll miss out on with her passing.

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