The item in the Chicago Reader (Defending Reagan, Forgetting Her Job) starts off simply enough.
Rick Garcia, political director of the gay rights group Equality Illinois, hasn’t joined in the national mourning. He happened to be in Springfield last Friday when a display of Reagan memorabilia was being dedicated in the capitol’s rotunda. The governor’s office had organized the display and set out a public memory book that eventually will be given to the Reagan library. With reporters and camera crews looking on, Governor Blagojevich wrote the first inscription.
Garcia had come to Springfield to help welcome the Rainbow Riders, two consciousness-raising lesbian grandmothers who’ve been biking across the country. Afterward he went over to the capitol to pick up a legislative directory and some newspapers. Passing through the rotunda, he noticed the Reagan display. The ceremony was over, and the crowd had dispersed. Garcia got in line behind a man and his two sons who were signing the memory book. When his turn came he wrote: “My memory of President Ronald Reagan: Thousands of American men, women and children were dying from HIV and AIDS during his administration. The president did nothing. The president said nothing. Not until the very end of his second term was he even able to utter the word ‘AIDS.’ Reagan’s silence and his administration’s policies contributed to the suffering and dying of thousands of men, women and children.”
Perfectly reasonable sentiments. And wasn’t it nice that Garcia was able to quietly put them down on paper, rather than stage a noisy demonstration which — given the circumstances — would have been (as we used to say before Politics became completely indistinguishable from mud-wrestling) “counterproductive.”
But that didn’t prevent someone else from demonstrating.
Garcia continued writing: “I mourn the president the way he mourned these men, women and children — with silence. May God forgive him, I can’t. Rick Garcia.” Then he went on his way.
Staley says, “I thought I’d sign right below him. I wanted to read what he wrote first. Oh my gosh! He totally defamed Ronald Reagan about his having no stand on the AIDS situation and HIV and all that. It was very cruel. It was inappropriate, and it made no sense whatsoever that he would do that. I was very incensed. I loved Ronald Reagan!”
Apparently to speak the truth about Ronald Reagan is to “defame” him. And that’s not to be countenanced by a woman whose “love” of the star of That Hagen Girl and She’s Working Her Way Through College is of paramount importance.
Well then maybe they shouldn’t have put out a book for people to write messages in to begin with.
Unless of course Staley’s suggesting that some sort of screening process should have been in place — making sure that all book-signers would offer praise and praise only.
Very Joe Stalin.
Staley says, “He walked up and looked puzzlingly at us.”
Garcia says, “She pointed at me and said, ‘There he is!’”
Meaning that she has no interest in freedom of speech — only the power to impose her speech.
“I don’t deny that I said that,” says Staley.
Why should she deny it? Bullies love to wield authority in public places.
True. But in this instance Staley was her own story.
Really? Did you love him as much as Jane Wyman?
“Oh, yeah, oh yeah, definitely,” she says.
Do you want to try to reach him in Chicago?
“I don’t want anything more to do with him.”
No surprise there. Bullies don’t like returning to the scene of the crime.
Maybe because he wasn’t yelling at her about what a BIG LOSER she was for being in thrall to an Alzheimer’s-infected fascist.
Lotsa luck with that, son.
Well you’re the one who made it an issue, bitch!
And that’s not at all surprising in light of who Julie Staley is in what’s thoughtlessly referred to as “real life.”
She comes to NewsChannel 20 from St. Louis, MO where she was the morning anchor at KDNL-TV.
She has also worked at KSDK-TV in St. Louis as the overnight anchor, WAND-TV in Decatur, IL as a reporter and fill-in anchor, the All News Channel in Minneapolis, MN as a producer, KCCP-TV in Kansas City, MO as an anchor, at WSIU-TV in Carbondale, IL as an anchor, reporter, and news director, and CNN, Atlanta, GA as a production assistant. Her on-air radio work includes WCIL-FM, WIBV-Cable, and WSIU-AM, all in Carbondale, IL. In 1991 and 1992 Julie worked in communication for Sprint in Kansas City, MO, where she was honored with the President’s Award for being among the company’s top employees in the country.
Julie received her MS degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1997, with a 4.0 GPA. She received an award from the University for outstanding work on her thesis: Violence in Television News in St. Louis and Central Illinois Markets. Julie received her B.A. in 1988 from the top rated radio-television program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She was also named the top student of 1988, being awarded the honor of “SIU Broadcast News Student of the Year,” as well as a university scholar, through the program Julie also studied radio and television broadcasting in London, England in newsrooms of the BBC and ITV.
Sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it? Just keep reading.
In other word a pampered little Republican cunt who had everything handed to her on a silver platter from day one. No wonder she acts as if the Rotunda was her own living room.
That was awfully smart of Julie’s PR person. Get her associated with a “human interest issue.”
Junior League — check.
Black-tie fund-raiser — check.
Goodwill Industries — check.
Just like Lee Remick in A Face in the Crowd !
Julie is married to Mark Staley, great-grandson of the Chicago Bears original owner, A.E. Staley.
Great-granddad owned a team. The great-grandkid owns her. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
But we’re getting away from the real issue here: AIDS.
And Reagan “helped.”
As for the past it’s inextricably tied to Ronald Reagan. And that consequently leaves me darkly amused by an item in Cathy Seipp’s “City Beat” column about an allegedly Bright Young Conservative Thing named Rob Long.
Oh don’t worry Rob. Leslie doesn’t fail to “get” Reagan (who didn’t “win” the “cold war” by any stretch of the imagination.) He was just bored.
Nothing worse than a boring funeral.
I’ve been to quite a lot of funerals.
But then that would bring up a subject that doubtless bores you, Rob.
So get with the program, kid. Rush right out and beat up a Liberal.
You don’t want to be a Big Loser, do you?