American conservatism, according to John Judis, has "slipped back into the chaos and impotence that prevailed" before National Review was launched in 1955. Judis, a careful though not neutral observer of all things conservative, reported in the New Republic, "Conservatives’ repudiation of Bush is part of their own self-denial. By pretending that he is entirely separate from them, they can delude themselves" that his unpopularity is not theirs.
Conservatives at the dawn of the Obamerican Century may be comforted to learn that Judis wrote this obituary in 1992, one Bush presidency and half an election-cycle before Republicans won congressional majorities that would last for 12 years. (read the rest)
In real life I work in a hospital. my job requires me from time-to-time to sit at a patient’s bedside for prolonged periods, performing my duties. If the patient is conscious and watching TV, I get to watch wathever they’re watching, for the period of time (usually hours) it takes to perform my duties.
Listen, I’m not one to give relationship advice, but, seriously, sometimes you’ve just got to step in and help out a hot mess.
Obama, there’s a point where you look interested and a point where you look like you’re trying way too hard. You should do everything possible to avoid the latter, for a few reasons, namely, you don’t want to look too desperate. You want to convey that, sure, you’d like to have a drink with the other person, maybe dinner, maybe a quiet walk in the park after dusk, casually mocking the homeless people sleeping on park benches, all finished off with an adorable two-straws-in-the-same soda moment at the all-night diner. You’re shooting for a peck on the cheek and a shy, almost uncomfortable goodnight. You don’t want to convey to the other person that you’re (a) so desperate for their affection you’d walk around licking their feet for a week, or (b) you’re one boiled bunny away from Glenn Close. (read the rest)
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Ronald Reagan.
What follows is the tribute I wrote at the time:
MOURNING IN AMERICA
Families in Berlin awoke Sunday morning to the news that Ronald Reagan had “slipped the surly bonds of earth”. They were free to reach out to friends and relatives anywhere in the city for comfort—-because the Berlin Wall no longer keeps them apart. (read the rest)