Sunday, April 4, 2010

Monday, Monday

Is everyone still alive? We've had health care reform for a couple of weeks now, and still no nuclear holocaust. I spend most of my time crouched under the dining room table waiting for Armageddon. Beats me how those teabaggers have the guts to hop a bus and travel from one Conservative Woodstock to another. Did SP and Joe the P come on before or after Sly and the Family Stone?...

Watch this debate between former Bush speechwriter David Frum, who was fired from his gig at the American Enterprise Institute for having the temerity to write that health care reform has become a Republican debacle, and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan:

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Frum argues, correctly, that Democrats, should health care reform lead to an electoral defeat in November, will accept the tradeoff because they won a major legislative victory that will remain in place while any Republican majority will necessarily be temporary. Buchanan points out that health care reform has energized the Republican party via the teabaggers, energy that he believes is critical as long-term demographic trends favor Democrats. Frum is skeptical of the 'baggers staying power, pointing out that they lack leadership and discipline and that they make too many mistakes...

Note to PB: Political history actually began sometime before you got in the game...

Gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch...

The word from Olympus: It's gossip, all gossip...

Karin Dalton Beninato has it up to her French Quarter with Newsweek's snide attitude toward New Orleans and Treme. I've been waiting for the show for over a year. I hope it's great, but understand that expecting it to be as good as The Wire is unreasonable. But even if Joshua Alston didn't like it, writing something as loftily callous as this says more about him than the show:
This time, his [David Simon's] microcosm of choice is post-Katrina New Orleans, which has become the civics nerd's favorite fishbowl since all the water drained out of it. The themes are familiar: urban decay, the failure of elected officials to serve their constituencies, the complex truths behind societal ills, all of which incorporate some kind of African-American suffering.
It's as if the guy spent his entire sheltered existence within the confines of a Manhattan penthouse without having set eyes on a single African-American outside of an occasional TV news report, much less ever set foot in New Orleans (thanks, Editilla)...

One down, 161 to go. Always feels good to come back and beat the Yankees in Fenway Park...

Pedro throws out the first pitch. Probably at least fifty guys named Pedro have played Major League Baseball. But there is and always will be only on Pedro...

As RGG once told me, sometimes Bruce is full of shit, but it's great shit:

6 comments:

sussah said...

About Treme, this production has stirred up a wide range of emotional responses, from blind enthusiasm to protectiveness to rage. Right now, it's warm, sunny, and there are film crews on the road between Tulane and Loyola campuses. I admit that enough people who I admire have that feeling of acceptance, that I am curious to see it. But I think it is safe to say that whether it's good or bad, it will touch a sore spot. sp, n.o.

Barry and Barbara Knister said...

You can't believe anyone takes Beck as anything but a clown. To extend your data base regarding what right wingers think (a highly flexible concept), especially rich ones, I urge you to look at the letters to the editor in the Naples (Florida) Daily News. The paper--at least that part of it--is available online. But have a drink first, and be sure to read sitting down.

tnlib said...

What bothers me most about the Frumm firing is that the message "you shall not exercise your Constitutional right to free speech nor deviate from our decrees" doesn't seem to get through to the conservatives.

Roy said...
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Roy said...

Let me try that again, without the typos and incomplete sentences!

The Boss rules, especially when he stops being a prima donna with the solo act and gets the E Streeters back together!

Yeah, it's always great when the Sox whup the Yankees, but it's even better when they do it on Opening Day at Fenway. That's just plain, old-fashioned suh-WEET!

Renegade Eye said...

The Teabaggers are highly out of step. One on Larry King's show, openly came out for abolishing Social Security.

Obama's approval went down, still he's the most popular politician in America. The right is bankrupt.