Check it out; pure, online comic genius!
“Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. “
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Victor Davis Hansen on the The First-Person Presidency. He does some cogitatin’ about Obama’s obsession with personalizing the Presidency, as illustrated by his constant use of first person singular:
Most of these first-person pronouns could have been replaced by either the first-person plural (our, we) or proper nouns (the United States, America). But they reflect a now well-known Obama trait of personalizing the presidency.
The problem of first-personalizing national security is twofold. One, it is not consistent. Good news is reported by Obama in terms of “I”; bad news is delivered as “reset,” “the previous administration,” “in the past”: All good things abroad are due to Obama himself; all bad things are still the blowback from George W. Bush.
Two, there is the small matter of hypocrisy. The protocols for taking out Osama bin Laden were all established by President Bush and all opposed by Senator and then candidate Obama. Yet President Obama never seeks to explain that disconnect; indeed, he emphasizes it by the overuse of the first person. When the president reminds us this week of what “over the years I’ve repeatedly made clear,” does he include his opposition to what he now has institutionalized?
… sweet …
(Found as a decoration at the end of a great screed by Ace.)
Says the Atlantic Monthly : “Americans are quite pessimistic these days, and this gloomy photo of President Obama sitting with advisers in a dark room probably won’t cheer them up.”
The list of covers has been announced on William Shatner’s official website. The songs that seem to hold the most promise:
- She Blinded Me With Science originally by Thomas Dolby – Bootsy Collins is on as the guest bassist. Patrick Moraz (ex Yes and Moody Blues) is guesting on keyboards/synth.
- Twilight Zone originally by Golden Earring – Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers) is on guest guitar.
- Space Cowboy originally by Steve Miller – Country artist Brad Paisley has added guitar and vocals.
- Bohemian Rhapsody originally by Queen – John Wetton from Asia has played bass and done a vocal.
- Iron Man originally by Black Sabbath – Zakk Wylde (ex Ozzy guitarist) played guitar and did a vocal on this track.
It occurs to be that the answer can be found in this Life in Hell comic –
To modify slightly :
The simple way to avoid the stomach-churning agony of proposing a budget? Appoint another commission. (Repeat when necessary.)
Let’s face it, ol’ President Barry is much more suited to the academy that executive work… he might still be operating in Grad School mode….
“When I was in Cairo during the Egyptian uprising, I wanted to change hotels one day to be closer to the action and called the Marriott to see if it had any openings.”
Isn’t your heart already thumping like the only she-camel in a herd of bulls? Because Friedman spends most of his time at his hotel the best way to be “closer to the action” requires re-locating his quarters. And could any base of operations offer the more authentic, gritty experience of the Egyptian street than a Cairo Marriott? A lounge chair at poolside would probably be near enough to the demonstrations, after all.
“The young-sounding Egyptian woman who spoke with me from the reservations department offered me a room and then asked: “Do you have a corporate rate?” I said, “I don’t know. I work for The New York Times.” There was a silence on the phone for a few moments, and then she said: “ Can I ask you something?” Sure. “Are we going to be O.K.? I’m worried.” ”
I made a mental note of that conversation because she sounded like a modern person, the kind of young woman who would have been in Tahrir Square.
Please. How much buffoonish self-parody can one columnist compact into two paragraphs of prose?
- Friedman–connoisseur of Marriotts and 30-year NY Times veteran–has no idea whether he’s entitled to a corporate rate?
- A local asks Friedman, based solely on his employment, whether her country is “going to be O.K.”? Instead of relocating within Cairo, perhaps he should go back to New York City…because New Yorkers know the real deal.
- “She sounded like a modern person”? The Marriott often hires either cave women or time travellers from the Renaissance, so you have to judge the reservation clerk’s modernity by the timbre of her voice?
- Should a typical “modern” woman have been at Tahrir Square? When I look at most photos of the demonstrations, men predominate and the relatively few Egyptian women tend to dress conservatively. Perhaps a wise modern woman would know better than to attend. Ask Lara Logan.
Anyway, this trivial exchange is enough to spark Friedman’s mental propane barbecue, and he’s ready to grill him some chicken nuggets.
Pure hilarity; read the rest here.
Can be appreciated by anyone who’s read a couple of Friedman’s NYT columns or, ug, Hot, Flat and Crowded.
Obnoxious, but in a good way.
Starring Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office)
Well, Friday & Saturday, anyhow.
I very interesting point; according to tax law, a “501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation” can’t engage in partisan activity, but …
David Brock, MM’s founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News, which he said “is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”
Beyond the partisanship issue, explicitly declaring that your purpose as a tax-exempt non-profit public foundation is to interfere with the commercial interests of somebody else’s legal business enterprise falls nowhere within the scope of purely educational activities.
The official purpose of MM, according to its 2009 tax return, is to “notify activists, journalists, pundits and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and take direct action against offending media institutions.”
At another point much later in the same return, MM’s purpose is more succinctly described as being “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media.”