Saturday, April 20

Weekend Olio: Buzzkill Edition

• Our Constitutional rights are currently being updated by having Jennifer Rubin moderate an imaginary debate between Lindsay Graham and Rand Paul.

• I neglected to copy the actual quotation, nor note who it was whose recent capsule description of Graham was something like "Least surprising rentboy scandal ever."

• Ditto writing down the actual source, or the actual quote, from whatever news babbler called the 12-hour search for the missing Boston bomber "the greatest manhunt in US history".

• And somewhere along the line someone mentioned something about "accomplices". Or something that sounded like "accomplice". Maybe someone asked for compliance. Or a compress. Anyway, that was on the fucking crawl for eight hours, and then, when the nets went wall-to-wall again after the evening news, they'd disappeared.

Really, really, really, John King can get a hundred stories wrong an hour and it doesn't begin to compare to the self-fulfilling fantasies about Terrism that color every last word out of every last commentator's mouth. It was interesting--by which I mean "predictable and depressing"--that the nets, especially, seemed to keep their powder dry for the first 48 hours, when it might've turned out to be Some Crazy White Dude. And the minute "ethnic Chechens" became part of the story they all stomped on the accelerator. Al-Qaeda affiliates!

• Dear Lord. Fred Hiatt's Petting Zoo gives space to Stephen F. Knott, the Victor Davis Hansen Chair of Applied Fertilizer at the U.S. Naval War College, for some ironclad reasoning from the deck of a lead submarine. It's one thing to claim that George W. Bush deserves a better place in History--or Hell--than the one most people want to assign him. It's another to do so by spending your 840 words insisting that it's all a matter of academic bias. Without, you know, actually demonstrating any. Aside from the fact that some people are negative about George W. Bush.

Bonus points, though, for working in "FDR called Republicans fascists".

Somehow it's not surprising that one avoids defending the idea that Dubya deserves a better place history by, oh, actually talking about his record.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Speaking of predictable:

Thirteen people were killed and about 200 more injured in a massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, according to officials.

So it's not terrorism when it's a lack of regulation in service of greater corporate profits. And thus, relatively boring to our corporate media.

Fiddlin Bill said...

But FDR was correct, WTF?

Anonymous said...

I admit to wide-eyed amazement that the West, TX plant explosion--one of the worst industrial accidents in the U.S. in the last 15 years--has vanished from the headlines.

Just one of those things, I suppose.