This Week in Milford

November 4, 2017

The Easily Swayed Dr. Pearl


….Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re right back where we were last Saturday. Gil can resist Uncle Gary’s relentless Astroturfing, but Dr. Pearl apparently cannot. One might think that the administrator, with her fancy book-learnin’ and cushy desk job, would cast a more jaundiced eye toward the email campaign – starting with finding out who is sending them.

Makes me wonder what Uncle Gary’s firing off in those missives on his teeny tiny laptop with his freaky deaky hands:

Pearl, Pearl, Pearl,

Come be my lovin’ girl

Don’t you marry Lester Flatt

He slicks his hair with possum fat…




  1. Dr Pearl doing the Horatio Cain thing with her glasses…

    Comment by rowdyman — November 4, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

  2. So Rick sings the anthem and forgets the words halfway through, Uncle Gary’s video goes viral among the alt-right, Fox News runs it on endless loop, the Hannitys and Limbaughs of the world hold up Rick as an example of American Youth Gone Soft, neo-Nazis gather to protest Milford’s next home game, the team’s black players kneel during the anthem, and — most important of all — the chaos leads to a losing streak, Milford misses the playdowns, and Gil can get an early start on his holiday drinking.

    Something like that?

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 4, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

  3. You’d think that school principals would be cautious people who vet everything, but in my experience, this is mainly true when there is the risk of getting sued. Some principals I have known have been complete gulls. Back around 1980 an urban myth began that drug pushers were “hooking” school kids on LSD (which while undeniably dangerous, is not addictive) by giving them colorful stickers. The kids supposedly licked the stickers and went bonkers. My principal at the time called an emergency faculty meeting in which, in a panicky talk, he showed us a sticker which had been found on a school bus (the fact that no one on the bus showed any psychotropic effects was somehow overlooked.) We had to bring in a state police drug investigator to wise up the principal, who had got all his information from a police drama on TV.

    Comment by vaganova — November 4, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

  4. As I understand it, the strategy is: record Rick singing the national anthem, post the video to You Tube, watch it go viral, try to keep track of the money as it rolls in. I am not a social media expert, but I know this much: no one can successfully predict whether a given video will go viral, and only fools and rookies try it.
    Unless you had a video of a cat with an accordion singing the national anthem. That’s guaranteed to go viral.

    Comment by Philip — November 4, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Is P1 a Palmolive commercial?
    “You’re soaking in it, Gil.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 6, 2017 @ 6:58 am

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