Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Greatness of “Louie”

Louis CK’s new show, based on the first two episodes, looks like 1) a masterpiece, and 2) unlike anything ever on TV before. If you didn’t watch it, you certainly should.
Also, not a surprise that Louis CK has gotten divorced in real life, seeing as how his entire standup routine five years ago was about how much he hates his wife.

Quote of the Day

Tom Scocca on the Weigel Affair, and specifically his emailed insults that Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite and Newt Gingrich “an amoral blowhard who resigned in disgrace”:

So Weigel was disrespectful to conservatives. What is a conservative? Apparently a conservative is someone who believes that Pat Buchanan’s professional Jew-baiting is not anti-Semitism, who admires Newt Gingrich as a shy and retiring statesman, and who is completely unfamiliar with the basic history of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. And a conservative is someone who believes that no one should say anything, even in private, that might hurt his or her conservative feelings.
How one would be respectful toward such a creature, I can’t really imagine. The Washington Post, however, sees that a vital mission. The “bigger loss,” remember, is the paper’s “standing with conservatives.”

That’s what’s just ridiculous to me. The Post has fired Dave Weigel. Their op-ed page includes such noted liberals as George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Michael Gerson, and Mark Theissen. And they could hire 50 more people like that, and purge every liberal from the newsroom, and CONSERVATIVES WILL STILL CALL THEM LIBERAL AND HATE THEM. The Post’s editor-in-chief could be Ann Coulter, and the right would still call them part of the liberal media conspiracy. Ditto for the Philadelphia Inquirer (with columnists Rick Santorum, Kevin Ferris and John Yoo), and owned and published until recently by longtime GOP operative Brian Tierney.

In Defense of Michael Vick

Not that I like defending the guy, but…
If the story went down this way, Vick didn’t really do anything wrong. True, the sports radio consensus is that he “shouldn’t have put himself in a position” for something like this to happen, but why? He had a birthday party for himself at a restaurant- I’ve done that myself like five different times. It’s not an especially dangerous activity.
My favorite part of the story:

[A spokesman for the restaurant, Guadalajara’s] also said NBA player and Hampton native Allen Iverson was scheduled to hold his own birthday bash at Guadalajara’s this coming weekend, but the restaurant has cancelled the party.

No problem, he can just move the festivities somewhere else in town, like say a bowling alley.