Talk radio update

Jon Arneson, sitting in for Aaron Flint, took a call from a man who said Obama was out to destroy America in order to get back at the “white boy.” I guess I don’t blame Arneson too much for letting that go by; on the occasions when he fills in, he usually tries to avoid confrontations with callers.

But jeez. It would be nice to hear somebody on the right call these morons out from time to time. Maybe Tom Balek at Rockin’ on the Right Side will do it — no, wait, he still thinks the New York Times is racist.


While delivering papers the other day, I ordered out of curiosity a McRib sandwich at McDonald’s. It was pretty awful. The best parts were tasteless. The rest was a sort of gummy mush of palate-punishing muck. I actually felt a little ill for a while after I ate it.

No wonder.

Adventures in English

Got an email purporting to be from Intuit rejecting our latest payroll. We don’t use Intuit payroll, so of course the whole thing was made up. But some of the word choices were hard to hate:

  • Finances would be gone away from below account # ending in 9777 on Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:02:13 +0100
  • amount to be seceded: 8777 USD
  • Paychecks would be procrastinated to your personnel accounts on: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:02:13 +0100

I will have more to say about this next week, after I get my payroll procrastinated.


Talk radio update

Huckabee and Hannity both attacked Obama for having two few women in key advisory positions. It’s debatable whether this criticism is justified, but I happened to hear Crystal Ball make the same point on MSNBC, and she was fairly persuasive.

Of course, Crystal Ball, a liberal, would have been all over a Republican administration with the same defect. So for her to go after a Democrat on these grounds shows a certain amount of intellectual honesty and a nonpartisan commitment to larger principles.

What are the odds that either Huckabee or Hannity would have criticized a Republican administration for appointing too few women? I will let you know as soon as I get my new contract to play center field for the New York Yankees. I’m holding out for $125 million.

No class

Over at Rockin’ on the Right Side, Tom Balek is not only a liar and a racist, he’s a coward, too.

Balek was among those taking cheap shots at Hillary Clinton for claiming that an injury kept her from testifying to Congress about Benghazi. Now that her hospital stay has made it patently clear that she was telling the absolute truth, you’d think people like Balek would apologize for taking cheap shots.

But no. Not only has he failed to say a word, he deleted my comment saying that I was awaiting his apology.

As it happens, MSNBC was discussing precisely this topic the other day, and one of the guests — I forget her name — said both parties take cheap shots such as the ones many on the right, including Charles Krauthammer and John Bolton, took at Clinton.

Salon’s Joan Walsh disagreed sharply. Who on the left with the prominence of Bolton or Krauthammer, she asked, has ever accused a top Republican of faking illness? The other guest said, lamely, that somebody once tweeted something about George W. Bush.

I think Walsh is right on the money on this. I can’t think of an example of this from the left, and if one did come up, I imagine the offender would be hounded until he or she apologized and/or was fired.

Why is this? I don’t think either party has any particular claim on good manners. I certainly haven’t seen it in my years of dealing with politicians in both parties. But I suspect that some on the right fall victim to that right-wing media trap where everybody on the left is a no-good crook and any tactics are fair game. When a clown like Balek gets his hands on red meat, he’s too weak to resist. And too much of a wimp to do the honorable thing and apologize for falling for it.