The bad thing about miserable weather on a weekend is that you can’t do much of what you were planning on doing. The good thing about it is that you can, if you’re a blogger, figure out something to do with the time, at least if the Internet connection holds up. Which means looking around the news and blogs, and realizing that there are a lot of people who have gone off the rails on the crazy train. (Yes, I like Ozzy) So…
Oh yes, a lot!
There’s the complete meltdown on the part of the “professional Left,” the “frustrati,” and some members of Congress over the President’s compromise on tax bill. Rather than do something like … read it … they just heard the words “compromise” in combination with Republicans and went off. One group that went really off the deep end was a group called “Protest Obama.“
it is by now painfully obvious that the predictions of even the most sober Obama supporters were overly optimistic. Rather than an ally, the administration has shown itself to be an implacable enemy of reform
Right. Of course, who they’re appealing to as the “Establishment Left” turn out to be a bunch of columnists, film makers, and a politician who knows better. It turns out as you read through it, as well as who “signed” it, they’re mostly not quite there former (or current) Marxists or other socialists. Besides the little problem that the people who they’re appealing to have no real ability to do anything – they’re noisy, but remarkably lacking in any real power – the people signing it had some sort of fantasy life about what President Obama ran on – which wasn’t what he did run on.
That’s not to say that the Right doesn’t have their fair share of nuts.
Tomorrow starts the court-martial of Lieutenant Colonel Terence Lakin. For those who have never heard of this case (like the vast majority of people), he is a doctor who decided to join the birther movement. On the advice of his attorney – another birther – he decided he wanted the President to “prove to his satisfaction” that he was indeed born in this country. As he put it, he “invited his court-martial,” and disobeyed orders to report to his commanding officer, and then orders to report to Fort Campbell in preparation to deploying to Afghanistan. The Army accepted his invitation, and yes, he’s being charged for “failure to obey a lawful order,” and “missing movement.” In case you’re wondering, his commanding officer happens to be one of the (now) two people on active duty who wear the Medal of Honor. But that’s not the fun part. The court-martial looks to be attracting a squad of birthers.
With any luck, the trial will have cameras in the courtroom. Mass entertainment like this doesn’t come along often.
Ah well, back to shoveling, and besides…