I do apologize for flaking last night. I had an evening thing, followed by a drinks-with-someone-I-haven’t-seen-in-a-while thing, and by the time I got home it wasn’t going to happen. However, I had a great time catching up with my buddy, and so. I walked in the house in time to turn on the TV and see the most important news of the night — the crowning of Banana Joe as Best in Show at Westminster.
Sorry, I don’t do States of the Union; if I wanted to listen to speeches that long I’d move to Cuba. The next day’s news will give me the highlights and bullet points and spare me the million applause breaks. However, I do see that the Nuge was there, as promised, and from the photos, it looks like he wore one of his best outfits. I remember reading some Bush 43 hagiography about how deeply respectful the man was about the White House, because he enforced a suit-and-tie dress code in the West Wing, and conservatives believe in proper attire at dignified occasions and blah blah blah. I’ll be remembering Ted Nugent in his Wranglers the next time I hear that one.
Speaking of which, every time he opens his mouth, someone digs up the I-pooped-my-pants-to-avoid-the-draft interview. It’s been a long time since I read the relevant passages, and I did the other day. I don’t understand why it took me so long to see it, but this is obvious bullshit. I’ll bet anyone $50 that he had a pilonidal cyst, like Rush Limbaugh.
So, Richard Lugar made his first speech since leaving office. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by any part of it, although I’m sure the usual suspects will do their RINO RINO RINO ululations:
Republican opposition to the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as President Obama’s secretary of defense is “another example of the politicization of national security policy,” Lugar said.
Hagel’s “main transgression is that he is a Republican who has questioned policies that are sacred among most conservative senators,” Lugar said. “These include whether the surge in Iraq was worth the lives lost, whether the current high levels of defense expenditures make strategic sense, whether nuclear forces can be reduced further and whether there are non-military options in dealing with Iran.”
Some conservatives “regard his independent thinking as political blasphemy for which he should not be rewarded,” Lugar said.
Hoo-boy, them’s fighting words. Well, Richard Lugar need fight no more.
How about a change of tone? An amusing blog item I stumbled across today, via Nancy Friedman, contains a roundup of amusing neologisms, including “despertainment,” “dwell time” and “fart patio,” the latter a bit from “Portlandia” (clip within). I’m not the world’s biggest Portlandia fan, but having had raw food inflicted upon me within the past year, I thought this sketch was pretty dead-on, and the fart patio idea is genius.
Finally, whenever one grows envious of the New York City intellectual life (and in this case, its extension into New England), read this review of Jamaica Kincaid’s new novel, look at your ordinary partner sitting there scratching his or her belly, and count your blessings. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.