I suppose I mean salaciousness, but I like salacity better. Anyway. Mobile is yet again plunged into can’t-look-away horror at the alleged local sex freaks in high places. Steve Giardini, who in addition to working closely with the freaking Child Advocacy Center was actually the head prosecutor on the Spankin’ Judge Hermie case, was just indicted on child porn charges. This has all been coming on for some time, apparently—they raided his house back in April, but didn’t file charges until now. Why? No one knows...etc.
The charges are the usual grab bag of skeeviness involving an FBI agent posing online as a fifteen-year-old girl. But what made me even more uneasy than the idea that THIS MONSTER COULD BE AFTER OUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN was the fact that the FBI dude not only sent 3 1/2 months worth of fake IMs or whatever, he actually talked to Giardini on the phone, using “a device to disguise his voice to appear to be a teenage girl.” Kinda puts you in mind of Minority Report.
Speaking of movies, we happened to be watching a Hepburn/Tracy movie called Without Love the other night. Tracy, spurned by his first love, has said goodbye to romance forever, or so he thinks, and bitterly explains why [at 7:15]. “And the last time I saw her,” he tells Miss Hepburn, “she was wearing a white evening gown, with her curls piled on top of her head, looking about sixteen.”
Boy. They just don’t write ‘em like that any more, do they.