I don’t need your sweet devotion

The prez gave the press his dirty love and Charles P. Pierce practically swooned:

“Yeah, I wish he’d had more days like this since he was inaugurated. I have my own disappointments in the guy, and always have had them, from the first time I ever heard him speak. (And I wish he hadn’t had that Hallmark moment at the end about how we’re all great people here, because we’re pretty plainly not, since 53 percent of us think torture was OK.) But that’s his gig. It’s what got him elected in the first place. But this was Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done, and the next year is going to be a lot of great fun, I’m thinking. Lame duck, my bollocks.”

We’re ticking along nicely toward Solstice and Zero Day, which marks the end of Zappadan 2014.

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10 Responses to “I don’t need your sweet devotion”

  1. Steve O Says:

    // . My man Chuck Todd already warned us today that he’ll be having Marco Rubio over for egg nog, so the NBC crew is trying to get all the rakes out of the studio. //

    One of the funniest guys out there. Sad thing is, maybe 5% of the country gets his blend of sarcasm, cynicism, and hyperbole.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Happy solstice eve.

    Goethe’s final words: “More light.” Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry: “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon. Incandescent. Lights that banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.” “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” “Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom — Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home — Lead Thou me on!” “Arise, shine, for thy light has come.”

    Light is knowledge. Light is life. Light is light.

    (Cue Enya)

  3. Larry T. Says:

    I agree that Obama (especially in the civil liberties arena) has been a real dud when you think of the “Hope and Change” ideals. But he continues to be way-the-hell-better than McInsane or Uncle Mitty would be if they were in the White House. Who was it who said they were looking forward to the “black Obama” in his second term? Seems like the prez waited until the 4th quarter to get his game on? He’d done a great job exposing Repuglican hypocrisy with his Cuba and Immigration strategies and I look forward to more actions to make me glad I voted for (and campaigned for a 2nd term) Obama. And if he can reform the Democratic Party a bit along the way, more power to him!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Our choices were decidedly limited. The sane, smart fella or Dumb and Dumber? The sane, smart fella or Scrooge McDick? Obama could have been better, but them other dudes … no, I don’t even want to think about it.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      One would almost think that a bunch of folks got together in a smoky back room and said, “Well, we never thought he would get elected. They elected an outsider who ain’t on the take. So tell your guys to stonewall him for 4 years. Don’t let him do shit.” Nah…

  4. Libby Says:

    Patrick, Austin City Limits on PBS is showing an encore of Tom Waits (1979) tonight. So I guess it will be available to see on thePBS website – soon? I wasted a bit of time trying to find the answer between the pbs site and the acl site, selecting the NM station, etc so that I can tell you I don’t know when you can see it. It’s probably on YouTube anyway and I’m not going to look it up! From The Frustrated Dummy

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Libby … looks like the local PBS affiliate aired that one on Thursday, but will do an encore a week from today. I’ll have to check it out — thanks for the tip.

      I saw Waits a couple times in the Seventies, once at Red Rocks (he filled in for an ailing Dan Fogelberg as the opening act for the Eagles) and again at some small venue in Denver where he used an ancient cash register as a percussion instrument in “Step Right Up.”

      Dude is an American original, for sure. The Eagles should be opening for him.

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