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Depending on your age, you may never have heard of this film, and you may be unimpressed by the nude scene, but in its proper context, this was a big deal.

Goodbye, Columbus was an adaptation of a National Book Award winner, was one of the box office hits of 1969, was well received by most critics, and was a Golden Globes nominee as the “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.”

Ali MacGraw was a fresh face acting in her first significant role, and the Golden Globes picked her as the most promising newcomer.

It’s interesting to look back at those “most promising” selections. Some of them did indeed become major international stars like Jessica Lange and Diana Ross, others seemed to disappear with barely a trace like Camilla Sparv and Celia Kaye, and still others faded into mediocrity like Marilyn Hassett and Irene Miracle. And then there was Pia Zadora, who is remembered for all the wrong reasons.

That’s right, apparently Paltrow learned what to do with the anaconda d’amour when she was 18. I’m actually kinda surprised to hear that she knows even now. She seems like the kind that would hire a surrogate to do that for her.

“Rob Lowe’s wife, Sheryl Berkoff, taught an 18-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow how to perform oral sex.”

The House committee had already received hundreds of pages of documents within hours of the ruling.

“The ruling denying Trump’s request to take up the case effectively deferred to a decision last month against him by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had concluded that Trump’s claims for executive privilege over the documents ‘would have failed even if he were the incumbent’ president, the Supreme Court noted.”

Trump’s claim was meaningless, anyway. Executive privilege only involves the President’s ability to shield certain matters from Congress or, in some cases, the judiciary and general public. So if the Supreme Court had sided with him, he could conceivably have kept the documents from Congress. But here’s the rub. He could not shield the documents from the executive branch. That’s not a thing. If the courts had ruled that Trump could shield documents from Congress, Biden could have ordered his subordinates to place everything online immediately (probably with some redactions), in which case the House committee would have had access to all of it anyway. Trump undoubtedly realized all of that, and that everything would eventually come out, but I assume his strategy was to stall for time on any evidence not in his control, while destroying any evidence in his control before it can be subpoenaed. (That’s almost always his strategy, and has been since long before he became a politician.)

You think American justice is slow? It took Italy 19 years to decide the loud toilet case, and then their supreme court dispensed this Solomonic wisdom:

“Italy’s highest court has added the sound of a toilet flushing at night to a list of human rights violations that includes enslavement, torture and forced starvation.”