Saturday, September 09, 2006

Three Amigos sing an aria for Nifong

Easley enters stage left, singing...
"He's the man that I appointed,
He’s the D.A. that I made,
If the Duke Hoax was a Garden
Then I handed him the spade.
Like Sherman destroyed Atlanta
Will his name be linked with mine?
Justice denied in Durham?
Our names forever intertwined?
Oh, I stayed mum for Nifong,
I never called him out.
Through cabbie trials and lineups
I never used my clout.
After the stories have been written,
And he's buried by the Hoax
Remember... I stayed Mum for Nifong
I couldn't risk the votes."
Now joined by Bob Ashley of the Herald Sun
"I did my best to prop him up in everything I wrote.
When Mikey needed cover, I was there from quote to quote.
In every editorial, I was sure to sing his praise,
Why Mikey must have something, I'd opine on every page...
Oh, I stayed mum for Nifong,
A trial would be just fine.I
closed my eyes, I couldn't risk
A readership decline..."
And finally, joined by Richard Brodhead for the rousing finale...
"The quality of mercy", o'er ever window breaks.
Did they really think a Shakespeare scholar
Could face down the Dreaded 88?
"Friends, Durhamites and Countrymen", I must appease the mob,
If I must sacrifice a few…
Well, that's how I see my job...
"What light from yonder window breaks"
Ye Gods, I'm not to blame.
Just let the Grads get over this
Before the capital campaign!
Oh, I stayed mum for Nifong,
I scourged the Lacrosse three.
But I did it to appease the crowd,
Divine expediency."
Easley, Ashley and Brodhead (all together now.)
"Yes we all stood mum for Nifong,
And history will record
That when Nifong was marched off the stage...
It was too late to change the score....
No matter how we turn the page,
Quote the poet, feign outrage,
Backtrack, bluster, pontificate
For the Three Amigos... it will be... too late (MUCH too late)."
Exit all together...

Joan Foster


E. Rich said...

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."Dr. Martin Luther King

gc said...

Fantastic work Liestoppers! Joan Foster, I knew it was you before even scrolling down to your name.

Let's hope we can all say Adios to Mr. Nifong very soon. Vote RN-VC!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Joan. Cannot be better. Outstanding!

Anonymous said...


Like gc above, I said after a few lines: "This is so good. It's got to be Joan Foster."

It was an 'easy call' given the quality of your previous work.

I can't wait to see what you give us in the days running up to 60 Minutes and afterwards.

BTW Joan - Are you OK with my calling you the "poet of the Piedmont?"

I know with President Brodhead's friends now excusing his failures with, "Well, he's really a poet," you might not like the poet label.

What do you say?

Again, well done!

John in Carolina

Anonymous said...

As soon as I started reading this one, I also knew it was a Classic Joan Foster. The judges can try to gag defense attorneys, but they cannot gag Joan and Liestoppers! Well done.

William L. Anderson

Anonymous said...

Someday I hope we can see the three amigos riding off into the sunset along with the Nifong.

Can miracles happen?

joan foster said...

John, re: your question ...I am honored and humbled to be called "Poet" by one of the finest field generals in this fray. I wish the other "Poet" at Duke would read the speech of Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida, "

"Then everything includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce a universal prey,
And last eat up itself."

Bon appetit, Mr. Nifong.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work Joan Foster! Please continue the good fight. You are a breath of fresh air in this otherwise gloomy and sad case.