Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Franken sense

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Franken sense

By Mike Tully Rose: But why would a man need more than one woman? Johnny: I don’t know. Maybe because he fears death. Rose: That’s it! That’s the reason! Johnny: I don’t know… Rose: No! That’s it! Thank you! Thank you for answering my question! “Moonstruck” (1987) This is a fitting time to remember that […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Goodness gracious

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Goodness gracious

By Mike Tully She’s 17.  …  I’m older than her father, can you believe that? I’m dating a girl, wherein, I can beat up her father. Woody Allen, “Manhattan” (1979) Jerry Lee Lewis had a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by the time he was 22, including two marriages, several hits, fame and fortune, and a […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: America’s Original Sin

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”:  America’s Original Sin

By Mike Tully Saturday, November 4th was a perfect day for a festival.  The sky was clear and blue; the sun shone brightly; the temperature hovered around 80.  The event, a gelato festival in the Tucson foothills, was the perfect curtain for a too-hot, too-long summer.  Dozens of people representing several generations wandered about, happily […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The War of the Worlds

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The War of the Worlds

By Mike Tully Despite his bravado, Mr. Manulis panicked and bolted out of the car. He was so frightened by the reports of interplanetary invasion that he ran off, leaving Aunt Bea to contend with the green monsters he expected to drop from the sky at any moment. She walked home. Six miles. When Mr. […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Rest in Peace, Sergeant Johnson

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Rest in Peace, Sergeant Johnson

By Mike Tully As the funeral procession crept along East Ft. Lowell Road toward Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson Police waved the priest by.  He had presided over the Requiem Mass and ignored speed limits as he hurried to beat the procession to the cemetery.  The priest had officiated many funerals and didn’t care for all of […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Arizona walks the immigration tightrope

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”:  Arizona walks the immigration tightrope

By Mike Tully Sarah Palin famously said, “I can see Russia from my house!”  Except she didn’t.  That line was uttered by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.”  The impersonation is more memorable than anything Palin uttered (the consequence of satire’s target being a human cartoon).  But those of us in Southern Arizona who live […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: My cup runneth over with idiocy

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: My cup runneth over with idiocy

By Mike Tully The Cup is empty and that emptiness serves as cautionary tale for Donald Trump supporters and the country, a coal mine canary wheezing one final warning:  following the President courts disaster. Christopher Smith and Jay Warren were two of the three owners of “Cup It Up American Grill,” a fairly successful food […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Priceless

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Priceless

By Mike Tully The Frequent Flyer has flown the coop and the restless news cycle has already moved on like a tumbleweed in June.  But, let us pause to commemorate the bum’s rush visited upon former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas Edmunds Price, by breathing in a healthy waft of schadenfreude.  There is […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Blood and the Bolero

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Blood and the Bolero

By Mike Tully “I don’t know what will become of this piece. Our brave critics will no doubt charge me with imitating Ravel’s Bolero. Too bad – this is how I hear war.” — Dmitri Shostakovich Ida Rubenstein strode onto the Paris Opera stage on November 22, 1928, and stepped onto a table.  The set […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Bonfires of the vanity

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Bonfires of the vanity

By Mike Tully First, they flipped their lids, then they set them ablaze.  Trump supporters who feel they were burned by their hero’s tête-à-tête with Democrats are setting fire to their Make America Great Again hats by the rackfull.  A private dinner with Chuck and Nancy?  Nice words about the Dreamers?  Neither was part of […]

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