Whoa. My hamstrings have declared me evil and are doing everything they can to hurt me. I had taken a bit of time off from dance and, even though I kept up the running, I neglected to stretch the little suckers and, well, Alison likes her some leg work. Tomorrow’s class will only exacerbate the issue. But they’re going to have to get right with it. I do it out of love for them.
So, I have zero time because I’m heading out to Old Town to work — looking for a place to have lunch that has reliable wi-fi before heading into the actual work space — and so I need to get on it. I had all these aspirations of attending a meeting on the Hill but I’m pretty sure I have no time to make that happen. So, here are some quick hits for your enjoyment.
The thing about Jake Tapper and Marcus Luttrell that is so stunning to me — and this is not to suggest I think Tapper needs pity. He’s great at his job and seems to be a decent man. — is that it is an actual personification of two mindsets: the safe and comfortable view of war as a faraway and senseless thing we talk about at dinner parties versus the I’ve-seen-stuff-no-one-should-ever-have-to-see-but-I-do-it-for-a-reason reality. I felt bad for Tapper. He meant no harm. But I get Luttrell just being over it, too. It’s fascinating to watch these two worlds collide for a few minutes. I imagine it’s how any one of my brothers may handle — perhaps without quite so much fire in their eyes — talking to any number of the men I’ve met here in DC.
I was fairly disappointed that Hannity didn’t ask Gates to address any of the criticisms his book has received on his show last night. I’ve heard some of my libertarian friends slam him for not telling us sooner that Obama was pretty squishy on Afghanistan, and others claim that he’s talking too much even now. Dude can’t win apparently. I know how these shows are — sometimes the guest won’t even show if he thinks it’s going to be a tough interview, generally a bargain (usually not even overtly, just sort of an understood, struck in the booking process) but I think he’s smart enough to have answered at least one tough question. Anyway, this was pretty hilarious.
So the Rockies have some pretty good scouts it seems.
Gross. It takes some dull minds to not just let people find the folks that care about them and leave them to it.
Ha, finally. He’s a total bully. And I understand sometimes that gets things done or whatever but no one ever really wants you — or your plans — to succeed long term if they HATE YOUR GUTS BECAUSE YOU’RE A JERK. This is a concept that many, many progressive Dems do not seem to grasp.
The article is just plain wrong. Net neutrality was nothing more than an attempt at a version of Obamacare in the open market of the internet. Which is to say, it was an attempt to bring the free and open internet under the umbrella of government control. Wake up people. At what point are you just going to finally admit that this kind of thing is the primary goal of this administration? They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.
As my Pops always says about war and football, you have to be willing to match the intensity of your opponent.
Aw, poor Congresspeople. I mean, hahahahahaha!
Good primer. I’ve bookmarked it.
Finally, if you have 30 minutes to kill, this is an excellent speech by John Cleese. It's ostensibly about creativity but it's really about cultivating an approach to life that, to my mind, is really the only healthy way to live. Play people. In your spirit. (h/t/ Farrell)