Dana Milbank got his feelings hurt by Obama

I didn’t recognize Dana Milbank’s name when I read a forum discussion post about his December 23 Washington Post column. The point of his recent column appears to be that Obama got a little too uppity when bragging about what he accomplished during the last two years. He goes on to chide the press corp for failing to treat Obama like the creepy uncle at Christmas dinner.

Looking through Milbank’s past columns, it doesn’t take long to notice the pattern of “analysis” that Obama should give up on liberal agenda items along side predictions that he soon will. I realized why I never read him after seeing such titles as “Would we be better off under a President Hillary Clinton?” and “Nostalgic for George W. Bush.” His effluent praise of anything Clinton would make Monica blush. He could author a how-to guide for discouraging the left and dividing Democrats.

It’s obvious that Milbank is campaigning against Obama, but there was something more personal about his latest gripe. Why the petty mention of Obama’s heavy makeup covering his lip injury? Why the catty advice to “please park the celebration” and not unlearn the “valuable lesson in humility” of the mid-term election? Continue reading Dana Milbank got his feelings hurt by Obama

Just In Time For Christmas Giving

There’s only thing one thing more depressing than having to deal with right-wing relatives during the holiday season: having to choose a suitable gift for the wackier-than-thou, who – through no fault of your own – somehow wound up being family.

In keeping with the season, here are a few gift suggestions for the impossible-to-please on your list:

The Glenn Beck Home Game: Includes blackboard, chalk, a discreet-sized canister of tear-inducing pepper spray, and an interactive CD that magically photoshops Obama’s inauguration crowds into Beck rally attendees.

The Rush Limbaugh Karaoke Kit: Comes complete with boom-box, microphone and three hundred pre-recorded, mind-numbing screeds from America’s favorite tub-o’-lard to rant along with!  Invite your most intellectually-challenged friends, neighbors and coworkers over for a night of fun, and the dumber they are, the more you’ll feel like you’re performing for Rush’s real-life audience!

Twister – with a Twist!: This update of the classic Seventies game includes a floor mat with phrases like “Obama is a Muslim” and “Obama is a devotee of a crazy-assed Christian Minister Reverend Wright”.  Hours of fun as gamesters twist themselves into human pretzels while explaining how both statements are correct!

The MSM Home Game: Includes gameboard, pre-packaged talking points, hair grooming products, already-debunked “facts”, glasses that simulate short-sightedness, and an electronic spinner.  (You can actually play with just the spinner – no other game pieces necessary.) Continue reading Just In Time For Christmas Giving

Take Five (FU DADT edition)

Take Five takes a weekly look at the news, or what passes for it.

ONE: Don’t think? Don’t talk.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), once a voice of optimism for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, reportedly called Saturday “a very sad day” before the Senate voted to lift the military ban.

“I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage,” said the four-term incumbent before the vote, according to ABC News. “Today is a very sad day.”

It was a sad day, indeed, Senator McCain. A day to realize that someone like yourself, who once seemed pretty rational (especially by current Republican standards) is just another old bigot, a dried-out husk of a man born and raised in a world that no longer exists.

Fortunately, my sadness over the pathetic spectacle of your latest foot-in-mouth episode was quickly tempered by the final vote on Saturday, a much needed affirmation that sometimes, even in Washington, elected officials – including, in this instance, eight Republican Senators – can do the right thing. The Senate has finally put an end to the codified prejudice gay and lesbian service members have had to face since the odious compromise legislation known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was enacted in 1993.

So sexual orientation is no longer a barrier to military service, and we get a fresh reminder of what an absolute horror a McCain presidency would have been for the nation and the world.

Sorry, Senator. All in all, turns out that it was a great day.

TWO: Donald Glen Vliet, 1941 – 2010

Lest my comments about Senator McCain being old be construed as ageist, I must admit to being fairly deep into old man territory myself, and thus increasingly and self-servingly more admiring of cultures that respect the wisdom and life experience of the more senior among us.

One such senior was Captain Beefheart, formerly Don Van Vliet and even more formerly Donald Glen Viet, who breathed his last the other day.

“Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet, who has died at the age of 69, was one of the most influential American musicians of the 1960s and early 1970s. His status was always cult rather than commercial, and for most of his career he was broke…”

Multiple sclerosis was already burdening the man’s body and soul by the time Anton Corbijn made a documentary on him in 1983.  A quote of his from the film should give men and women, old or otherwise, pause for quiet reflection:

“The way I keep in touch with the world… is very gingerly… because the world touches too hard.”

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