The hearings need the listenings
Thursday June 16th 2022, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Family,History,Politics

The third January 6 hearing today: I missed part of the second due to the time zone difference–I was not getting up at  6 a.m., thanks. But listening to bits and snippets afterwards of what reporters thought were the main points just didn’t have the same effect as listening to the whole thing start to finish.

One of the things about being hearing impaired since my teens is a need to see someone’s face when they’re talking. It’s not just the words that matter, it’s how they feel about those words as they’re saying them and I wanted to know.

I remember the chapter in Dad’s book about the wealthy Texas oilman turned art collector who could never be fooled by frauds and fakes as long as his deaf wife was alive. She could always tell if the seller believed his own words–or not.

And man did he get swindled after she was gone.

There is such an enormity to the story of our first violent transfer of power in history, and it felt last time like a dereliction of democracy not to have paid attention to the entire hearing.

So today’s, I did. (With the quick exception of answering one email while the retired judge was choosing his words very carefully as history watched, and v e r y  slowly.)

I wanted to say to some of the people involved in this mess, Didn’t your parents teach you to make choices that you would always be glad to publicly acknowledge you’d made? Didn’t they tell you that cheaters always get caught–if not by anyone else then by their own consciences, and that feels even worse? How not putting that burden on yourself, much less others, is far more the way to go in life, hon?

“Get yourself an f’in good criminal defense attorney, John, because you’re going to need one.”

And not just him.

Man, am I grateful for my folks.


(Dad’s book, The Fabulous Frauds, got him and the publisher sued by one of the forgers who was still alive but hiding from the French authorities in South America. The book got republished without that chapter and another the publisher was antsy about, so if you’re interested in it at all, the purple Weybright and Talley imprint is the one you’d want. But in one of the other stories, someone did copy the Mona Lisa about a hundred years ago, stole the original and put their fake in its place and nobody noticed for a week or two. –edit: two years.–  No worries, the Louvre got the real deal back and held him accountable.

Wait. There’s an analogy lurking in there.)

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PBS advertised a program about “Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen and gone for two years?” Well, yes I did. Tune in for the story… (haven’t seen it yet)

Comment by Marian 06.16.22 @ 10:13 pm

Whee … I got a copy of the book! Still need to read it (-:

DOJ is waiting for the results of the Committee’s findings. Until they get them, they can’t look into prosecution. Committee needs to finish its work first. (Please hurry.)

Comment by Anne 06.16.22 @ 11:53 pm

Oh, how interesting! I just mentioned something to my mother yesterday that I had read, that was a quote from an interview, and noted that “I’m sure he was laughing when he said it” (which he was, it turns out), but it sure does make a difference, doesn’t it?

Your dad’s book sounds interesting; I look forward to reading it!

Comment by ccr in MA 06.17.22 @ 7:00 am

It was stolen in order to sell their forged copies.It wasn’t possible for the forgers to peddle the Mona Lisa while the real one was obviously hanging in the Louvre. And no one who thought he was buying the real deal was going to compare notes or let anybody know they had it, because the whole world knew it was a stolen painting. THE stolen painting, the most famous in the world. And it took time to unravel the plot and arrest the perpetrators. It was quite a cunning plot.

Comment by Marian 06.17.22 @ 10:31 am

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