End Days

David Brooks is mostly right.

145 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    He’s probably just high on Colorado brownies.

  2. 2
    Helen says:

    Cole You did not answer my question on the last thread. Which tellatubby are you?

  3. 3
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Stooped clock, but, yeah, Brooks is mostly right.

  4. 4
    japa21 says:

    I can’t believe I read an entire Brooks column without lose my temper. Just a little ticked at the end.

    Between Brooks and Krauthammer, sometimes I am still surprised.

  5. 5
    chopper says:

    jesus, brooks. thanks for making me agree with your ass, you shitbird.

  6. 6
    scav says:

    Something is stirring beneath the surface . . .

  7. 7
    lamh36 says:

    John, like I said on twitter have you checked on DougJ yet. I’m sure he’s feeling faint from disbelief

  8. 8
    Wag says:

    For once, a Brooks column I can save for the right reasons.

  9. 9
    Mnemosyne says:


    As I said in the thread just below, I assume that what happened is that Frank Luntz got the poll results for how these attacks on Bergdahl are playing with ordinary people and screeched, “Oh, fuck! Retreat! Retreat, goddamnit!”

  10. 10
    Baud says:


    There’s something happening here.
    What it is ain’t exactly clear.

  11. 11
    Wag says:


    Something is stirring beneath the surface .

    Interesting thought with multiple possible interpretations. Please expand…

  12. 12

    And if you close your eyes
    Does it almost feel like
    You’ve been here before

  13. 13
    skerry says:

    My daughter was on the campus of the latest campus shooting in Seattle. She is physically fine, but very emotionally upset. I am so fucking angry right now. Goddamn ammosexuals. How many do we have to sacrifice before something fucking gets done. A shooting at my local mall in Maryland earlier this year. A shooting at my alma mater, Purdue University, this year. It is too fucking close to home and happening way too much.

    I used to be pretty open about gun rights. Grew up with a hunter father. Grandparents had a farm in WV. Guns around. Married a hunter. But weapons were seen as tools. Not as fetishes. Old school NRA before the money took over. Locked up away from children. Not paraded around on city streets and in restaurants and the fucking Target store. Wacko in Lafayette, IN walking around with a rifle to protest loss of a driver’s license.

    I’m ready to say take them all away. Yes, I’m turning into a “gun-grabber”. Keep them stored at a range. Check them in/out for hunting with proper licensing and training. Keep them off my streets and away from my children.

    Bring back the “well-regulated” part of the 2nd amendment or get rid of it.

  14. 14
    Emma says:

    On this note I’m going to bed and, for the first time on decades, say my prayers. Agreeing with Brooks is terrifying.

  15. 15
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    As I noted in the thread below, I would guess that only the 27% are buying into the idea that bringing back a POW is a bad thing. Brooks knows on which side his bread is puttered.

  16. 16
    Jay C says:

    Yeah, it’s odd: in a 14-paragraph column, David Fucking Brooks managed to pretty much hit the right, bullshit-free note in 13 of them*. FWIW, I think President Obama probably was shocked at the disgusting outpouring of hate the Bergdahl swap engendered, but I’m not sure “tone-deaf” is quite the right term-of-opprobrium.

    *Para 12 is the clinker (third from the end)

  17. 17
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Jay C:

    *Para 12 is the clinker (third from the end)

    Pretty much.

  18. 18
    Arclite says:

    Even a broken clock…

    Still, “End Days” made me crack up.

  19. 19
    Mandalay says:

    So President Obama made the right call. If he is to be faulted, it would be first for turning the release into an Oprah-esque photo-op, a political stunt filled with inaccurate rhetoric and unworthy grandstanding.

    I don’t know what what “inaccurate rhetoric” Brooks is referring to, but he is correct about the “unworthy grandstanding”, and the President’s physical closeness to Bergdahl’s mother did not seem at all appropriate.

  20. 20
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    and the President’s physical closeness to Bergdahl’s mother did not seem at all appropriate.

    What in the name of god are you talking about?

  21. 21
    lamh36 says:

    @Jay C: it’s a wonder to get through a Brooks column without wanting to cuss out his mother from the beginning. The fact that you can make it almost to the end before cussing out his mother is THE SIGN OF THE UPCOMING APOCALYPSE.

    Maybe I need to say a prayer before I go to sleep, haven’t done that in a long time.

  22. 22
    TS says:


    The government brings home her son & a mother is not allowed to hug the President in thanks – Perhaps you live in a world where political leaders must forget they are caring human beings.

  23. 23
    Helen says:

    David Brooks is NEVER right. Love and kisses, Helen

  24. 24
    TS says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Thank you – I thought I was on another planet when I read that – lets turn the most family oriented President since forever into someone who is inappropriately close to a POW’s mother – they will come up with ANYTHING because black President.

  25. 25
    Tehanu says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):
    Mandalay must have thought the President was near.

  26. 26


    Keep them stored at a range. Check them in/out for hunting with proper licensing and training. Keep them off my streets and away from my children.

    Bring back the “well-regulated” part of the 2nd amendment or get rid of it.

    Driving it like I stole it, because I’m stealing it now.

  27. 27
    Mandalay says:


    The government brings home her son & a mother is not allowed to hug the President in thanks – Perhaps you live in a world where political leaders must forget they are caring human beings.

    Oh fuck off. I said it was inappropriate because I thought it was inappropriate. I didn’t say anything about political leaders having to forget they are caring human beings. Asshole.

  28. 28
    Baud says:

    Heh. I just finished watching Blazing Saddles on Sundance channel. Maybe Obama can star in the remake after his term is up.

  29. 29
    scav says:

    @Wag: back of the neck thing. I’m somehow don’t think it’s just polling†, maybe information leaking out through back high-end channels, background pushback from enough high-end brass, don’t know . . . some bridge too far . . † because they generally see those polled as background hoi, whereas comments from those at the right tables.

  30. 30
    jl says:

    Yeah, OK. Good column from Brooks. Thanks, Brooks.

    I think his criticism at the end of the PR aspect of Obama’s announcement is arguable, though I disagree with it. The second criticism was gratuitous and not reasonable and not very arguable. But, maybe there is strict requirement for a minimum number of digs at Obama in one column.

    ” the principle of all-for-one-and-one-for-all, which is the basis of citizenship. ”
    Is Brooks a commie now?

  31. 31
    TS says:


    Oh fuck off. I said it was inappropriate because I thought it was inappropriate. I didn’t say anything about political leaders having to forget they are caring human beings. Asshole.

    Pot and kettle come to mind – it was THE most appropriate event in 10 years of god damned war

  32. 32
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Baud: Baby, I am not from Havana.

  33. 33
    Arclite says:

    @skerry: I hear ya. Countries with very strict gun laws like Japan (half our population) might have 4 gun-related homicides a year, compared to our 12,000. The founders intended private citizens to keep guns in the context of a militia, what we have now was not the intention as I understand it (despite the court cases to the contrary). And certainly the founders could never imagine weapons like the incredibly powerful (by their standards) TEC-9 or AR-15 could be owned by private citizens.

    The thing is, if we couldn’t even get background checks passed after Sandy Hook, the pure stark horror of Sandy Hook, I really don’t see how we can get any change ever.

  34. 34

    @Mandalay: I thought you were snarking.
    Ooops, wrong, you were doing something else. Have fun with that.

    @Arclite: When gun lobbyists begin shooting Republican legislators there will be change.
    Until then, not so much.

  35. 35
    Suffern ACE says:

    @jl: no. brooks is apparently a musketeer,

  36. 36
    dp says:

    What are things you rarely, if ever, read, Alex?

  37. 37
    Mnemosyne says:


    What was inappropriate about the president’s behavior? Be specific.

    ETA: As you may have noticed, saying that you think a black man was “inappropriately” physical with a white woman is going to set off a whole lot of people’s alarm bells.

  38. 38
    Ash Can says:

    When you’ve lost David Fucking Brooks…

  39. 39
    Hill Dweller says:

    Not only did Obama know the wingnuts would go apeshit, I suspect he was counting on it. I also suspect he knew the Village would do their part to fan this “controversy” like their lives depended on it.

    Over/under on the number of days before Obama gives a big speech hammering everyone for their shameful behavior? 7?

  40. 40
    Arclite says:


    Heh. I just finished watching Blazing Saddles on Sundance channel. Maybe Obama can star in the remake after his term is up.

    The man does have some pretty good comical timing. Definitely a Saturday Night Live gig.

  41. 41
    Ash Can says:

    @skerry: Fix it or flush it.

  42. 42
    GregB says:

    Fox News has stooped to running some psy-ops propaganda produced by Duane Clarridge who helped mine Nicaraguan harbors and was indicted but pardoned for Iran/Contra scumbaggery.

    They are calling Bergdahls actions while in POW status into question. They admit that he tried to escape and was tortured but later seemed to sympathize with the Taliban. Probably so they would not fucking torture him.

    I hope to God this fucking story burns these ratfucking Nazis. Then I hope Bergdahl knocks out one of Ted Cruz’s front teeth.

  43. 43
    lukeallen1 says:

    Can always count on wr0ng way Cole to go the wrong way. David Brooks is mostly an idiot.

    Other than that, broken clocks are sometimes right and all that.

  44. 44
    Ash Can says:

    @Mnemosyne: Actually, according to teh twitterz, Frank Luntz was against the demonization of Bergdahl from the outset. Like Cole says, the end of days…

  45. 45
    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Oh, man. Biden could play the Waco Kid. That would be so awesome!!! I might fund the film myself on Kickstarter.

  46. 46
    J.D. Rhoades says:

    we do accept the election results, even when the other party wins. People in New York do uncomplainingly send tax dollars to help people in New Mexico. We are able to assimilate waves of immigration.

    Has Brooks taken a look around his own party lately?

  47. 47
    Kay says:


    I think if you look at his body language with parents in the (too many) shooting incidents he has dealt with you’ll see it’s very much like what he did with the soldier’s mother and father.

    I think he comes to these things as a parent. Look at the clips of the Arizona shootings or the Newtown shootings, the parents of the victims and the president and then compare to the soldier’s mother and father.

  48. 48
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    Biden could play the Waco Kid


    Bart: Are we awake?

    Jim: We’re not sure. Are we… black?

    Bart: Yes, we are.

    Jim: Then we’re awake… but we’re very puzzled.

  49. 49
    jibeaux says:

    Y’all acting like you didn’t even see Obama smack Mrs. Bergdahl on the ass.

  50. 50
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ash Can:

    Kay linked to this Dave Weigel story about Luntz trying to warn Republicans off it, and yet it has all the hallmarks of a coordinated attack. Verrrry interesting. Koch brothers, or someone else?

  51. 51
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kay: People respond to physical contact.

  52. 52
    Suffern ACE says:

    @GregB: ok. There is nothing in the scum that rises up whenever this stuff happens that gives me any confidence that the republican “security” expert pool isn’t filled with poison.

  53. 53
    SatanicPanic says:

    It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. The debt we owe to fellow Americans is not based on individual merit. It is based on citizenship, and loyalty to the national community we all share.

    Damn, this is pretty solid.

  54. 54
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    Then I hope Bergdahl knocks out one of Ted Cruz’s front teeth.

    Just one?

  55. 55
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    O/T : Not sure who here is planning to get up early to watch the D-Day 70th anniversary ceremonies, but they are set to begin at 4:00 a.m. Eastern and, among other outlets, will be streamed live on the whitehouse.gov site.


    I am not a fan of gratuitous commentary from journalists and pundits, and will be happy to lie in bed and watch it all uncommented on my iPad.

  56. 56
    Mnemosyne says:


    I think a lot of people on both sides have bought into the Obama is cold and aloof meme, so they’re surprised when they see him hugging people. In actuality, he’s a fairly physical guy. Here’s a random example from the White House Flickr feed.

  57. 57
  58. 58
    Ash Can says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): He has more than one?

  59. 59
    Suffern ACE says:

    @SatanicPanic: Helen is actually Just Helen.

  60. 60
    GxB says:

    @SatanicPanic: He probably lifted it from Stonekettle Station, if not it was said better there anyway.

  61. 61
    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, random comment: is there any president who’s had more cute pictures with kids? I love this one.

  62. 62
    jl says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    ” Has Brooks taken a look around his own party lately? ”

    While I admit Brooks wrote a good column, Brooks is still Brooks. He is careful not to offend the GOP too much. Notice that he chose New Mexico as the example of a state with a net inflow. Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia get more per dollar of federal tax paid.

    Is Your State a Net Giver or Taker of Federal Taxes.

    Edit: So, yeah, I am cynical enough about Brooks to wonder why he chose New Mexico as a taker state when I remembered several got a better deal. didn’t remember whether all of them were red states in the South.

    And I notice that New York is almost at parity. Maybe Brooks used other stats or another year.

  63. 63
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SatanicPanic: The troll was spelled with two Ls.

  64. 64
    Mnemosyne says:

    Here’s one just for Amir: the president saying goodbye to Malaysia’s prime minister after an event.

  65. 65
    Mnemosyne says:

    Last one, I swear. I haven’t looked at the feed in a while.

  66. 66
    Ash Can says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Not sure if you’re still around, but I finally got around to reading your earlier reply re Canadian studies in an earlier thread, Thanks for the reply! And…nothing about the Canadian studies program at Johns Hopkins SAIS?

  67. 67
    Suffern ACE says:

    Ok. Are we sure this column was penned by Brooks? I’m suspicious. It was clear. All of the sentences were related to the topic. Something is not right.

  68. 68
    Kris Collins says:

    @Mandalay: After your idiotic remark, you have the gall to call TS an asshole because TS disagreed with you? Without calling you any names, I might point out.

  69. 69
    GregB says:


    She’s begging not to be sent to a FEMA camp.

  70. 70
    sylvainsylvain says:

    Of course, BoBo has to get his digs in at the end, talking about how tone-deaf Obama was about the “reaction” to Bergdahl’s release-as if the flying monkey brigade hasn’t been waiting for this since at least Jan. 14, if not before. Didn’t they give Congress 30 days notice already, & someone leaked it? You honestly think they didn’t all have their ActionPlan all ready to go?

    Then BoBo criticizes Obama for not appealing to ‘communal solidarity’. I’m not even gonna attempt to fathom what the teahadis would make of that. But seriously, if Obama doesn’t see the problem the same way Brooks does, then Obama’s wrong? Really? I mean, I’m not surprised, but still…

  71. 71
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kris Collins: It’s okay. Mandalay is probably just drunk posting and will return to being merely silly and pedantic in the morning.

  72. 72
    Mnemosyne says:

    Seriously, last one. I’ve closed the feed now.

  73. 73
    ruemara says:



    Pot. Kettle.

  74. 74
    Kay says:


    Well, whatever else you think about him I think “parent” is central to his identity. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he comes to them from that. I noticed it first in the Arizona shootings, where the congresswoman was shot and the little girl was killed, at the memorial where everyone freaked out because of the Native American invocation and the whole rest of the thing got lost. His focus on her parents was really intense, and they responded to it. It felt different than the rest of the ceremony.

  75. 75
    Mnemosyne says:


    I agree with you. I think it’s also why he felt compelled to speak up about Trayvon Martin even though he knew it was going to blow up.

  76. 76
    Eric U. says:

    @skerry: I am now a gun grabber. Screw it, if they want to fondle their guns, make them leave them at a gun club

  77. 77
    SarahT says:

    @Baud: I would pay my last dollar to see that. “Excuse me while I whip this out” – holds up the original signed copy of the ACA… act…

  78. 78
    Kay says:


    “Of course, BoBo has to get his digs in at the end, talking about how tone-deaf Obama was about the “reaction” to Bergdahl’s release”

    It’s a cycle. They freak out initially, then they spend a day claiming it’s “substantive” and there are “questions” and then they sober up a little and go to “tone” or “handled the politics poorly”.

    You know, because it’s never them. It’s not at all that they have a nervous breakdown once a month. If he would just HANDLE this TONE thing better they wouldn’t have to get really drunk and break all the furniture and then blame someone else.

  79. 79
  80. 80
    Cain says:

    Didn’t hear about the wacko in Lafayette, IN (my hometown). The gun scare was scary as my dad was teaching in the ChemE building and everything went into lockdown.

    Crazy stuff, and I’m really sorry that your daughter was at the latest shooting. I think if enoguh of this happens it will affect the up and coming generation and they might be able to do something.. we’re saddled with these folks from my generation and the “greatest generation”. Fuckers.

  81. 81

    @Helen: I was not a teletubby, my four friends were. I went as John Daly’s Caddy, as I described in the post.

  82. 82
    SarahT says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): When he finishes knocking out Cruz’s teeth, can he move on to Walnuts’ dentures ? Pretty please ?

  83. 83
    SarahT says:

    @Mnemosyne: DING DING DING ! Yes, what you said.

  84. 84
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SarahT: Why don’t we just let the kid come home and get reacquainted with the First World?

  85. 85
    scav says:

    @Kay: and @Mnemosyne: not unexpectedly, he can certainly meet and respond to people at the level and frequency and mode they are at themselves at that moment. People, in the immediate vicinity people, not cameras. Makes me think of Joe’s Biker-chick photos.

  86. 86
    GregB says:

    By the way. Are the NRA conventions open carry?

    If not, perhaps it is time we demand that Wayne LaPierre institute open carry at all NRA conventions or they get boycotted.

  87. 87
    Jay C says:


    Anyway, after reading this article about how some Senators couldn’t even be bothered to stay for a White House briefing on the Bergdahl affair (Saxby Chambliss ran off to go on Fox News while the briefing was still going on!) – I’m more convinced than ever that President Obama did the right thing in not waiting the 30 days to “notify” Congress over the Gitmo swap: with this set of partisan assclowns, the upshot would probably have been the same idiot flap: except that Bowe Bergdahl would be coming home in several pieces, not alive. For which, of course, President Obama would be loudly blamed….

  88. 88
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @GregB: IIRC that they are not.

  89. 89
    Kay says:


    That’s true. Isn’t it weird how photographs are actually not all that good for seeing what happened? Have you ever looked at one where you think “I was there and it wasn’t like that at all“.

  90. 90
    SarahT says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Oh c’mon, you wouldn’t want to see Cruz and McCain get a beatdown ?

  91. 91
    skerry says:

    @Cain: Lafayette nut job

    Claims someone hit him with a car today while he was walking down the middle of 26 (4 lane highway for the non-Hoosiers). But he’s still walking.

    What I don’t get is that the police say he is legal as long as he “doesn’t threaten” anyone. How is walking city streets with a rifle on your chest not threatening?

  92. 92
    Ash Can says:

    And speaking of things Canadian, it looks like the Moncton shooter has finally been caught. Thank goodness.

  93. 93
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SarahT: Sure, I would. But I don’t think this guy is the one who should be asked to do it. Let him be.

  94. 94
    Mnemosyne says:


    The top two headlines next to that story:

    Man shot, killed on Indianapolis’ south side

    4 shot on Seattle university campus

    Nope, no idea why people would find a guy wandering the streets with a rifle to be threatening.

  95. 95
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @skerry: Probably because the legal definition involves pointing the weapon at someone.

  96. 96
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Sorry, BoBo, but the GOP hasn’t accepted, really, the election results of 1992, 1996, 2008, or 2012. Especially the latter two, the manifestation of which we are seeing right now.

    Republicans are pigs that should be turned into bacon.

  97. 97
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Republicans are pigs that should be turned into bacon.

    Mmmm… Long pig.

  98. 98
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @sylvainsylvain: The world will be a vastly improved place the morning that Brooks’ broken body is found in an alley somewhere.

  99. 99
    TS says:

    @Jay C:

    I’m more convinced than ever that President Obama did the right thing in not waiting the 30 days to “notify” Congress over the Gitmo swap

    And I’m completely convinced they only passed this law so they could react against anything and everything this President does/tries to do in relation to Gitmo.

  100. 100
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Mnemosyne: FSM, I hope you’re right. I missed the national news tonight, but the local news mostly ignored the whole thing.

    Still pissed, huge damage done, can’t believe his town is cancelling his homecoming.

  101. 101
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @TS: Pretty much.

  102. 102
    Mnemosyne says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    From the press release, it sounded like they were hoping to postpone it until things settle down. Apparently the town’s politicians were getting death threats phoned to their offices, homes, and businesses and they were afraid there would be violence.

  103. 103
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yes, the fluffy bunny goodness of the wingtards comes through as always.

  104. 104
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Mnemosyne: The town has not turned against Bergdahl; they just don’t want fucktards to mess up everything. It isn’t unreasonable at all.

  105. 105
    TS says:

    @Mnemosyne: Pierce, as usual, gives the story

    “That’s where we’re at, having ceded an important place in our national dialogue to angry morons, whether they served or not. Hailey, Idaho can’t have a party because Gary Fcking Pringle of Lubbock Fcking is annoyed by it. All towns in America must clear their local celebrations with Gary Fcking Pringle out behind the rusting propane tanks because only Gary Fcking Pringle has the final word. The final arbiter about what your town does to honor one of its own is some redneck yahoo 15 states over. This country is completely out of its mind. It needs to be sedated and confined to a secure facility.”

  106. 106
    mclaren says:

    Someone can manipulate the Hellraiser cube now and return the entity that temporarily took over David Brooks’ body to the Hellverse…

  107. 107
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):
    This is why I come here. Ya’ll restore my faith in humanity.

  108. 108
    TerryC says:

    How about “Let’s roll.” When we see someone with a weapon, effing mob him instantly. No hesitation. Surround him. Tack a Mariachi band on his tail to follow him around.

  109. 109
    SarahT says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): oh, sorry to be unclear – I want Bergdahl SENIOR to punch Cruz & McCain, not the kid.

  110. 110
    Ash Can says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    I’m sure they’ll still have a celebration. They just won’t publicize it. They’ll limit it to people they know, and spread it by word of mouth. To people they know they can trust. And they’ll hold it out of sight, maybe in some church or VFW hall basement. And they’ll be on the lookout for dangerous party crashers. Just like other persecuted folks did in war times.

  111. 111
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SarahT: Let’s leave him alone as well.

  112. 112
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Mnemosyne: I thought Frank Luntz retired.

  113. 113
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Yeah. That also includes the family members of those who may or may not have been killed searching for him, several of whom are now being told different stories than they heard before.

  114. 114
    Mnemosyne says:

    Since there’s no late night open thread, an amusing senior prank: students hired a mariachi band to follow their principal around.

  115. 115
    nellcote says:


    By the way. Are the NRA conventions open carry?

    No and neither is the NRA headquarters. We need to get people with video cameras and guns to go to both places.

  116. 116
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Suffern ACE: The bottom line is that since the near sheriff made the call on the swap, the swap must be attacked from every angle possible…Bergdahl must be a deserter and traitor, the five Taliban exchanged for him are Dr. Doom, Magneto, Lex Luthor, The Joker, and the funny accent Arnold Schwartznegger Mr. Freeze, or perhaps the Otto Preminger Mr. Freeze, we haven’t quite decided yet (we’re also unsure if it was Jack Nicholsen or Heath Ledger or Caesar Romero), and oh he didn’t give us the required 30 days notice so we can leak it early to Faux Noise and fuck up the whole thing.

  117. 117
    Thomas says:

    @Mnemosyne: was visiting my mom this weekend in Wisconsin, a very smart, well read woman. She kept saying how aloof and condescending Obama is, and its no wonder we have such bad relations with other countries.
    I just wanted to say, were you even conscious from 2000-2008??

  118. 118
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Thomas: Watching BookTV last weekend, I caught the tail end of a talk by Christopher Buckley, who said he didn’t exactly regret endorsing/voting for Obama in ’08 (and he pointed out the oddity of being fired as a writer for National Review while he sat on the board), but he was disappointed that Obama was “aloof”– I thought, your name is Buckley, right?– and didn’t have one friend among world leaders. Buckley Jr is, from the little bit I saw, infatuated with George HW Bush. Which might tell you something about the political value of old school manners and personal thank you notes as a measure of a presidency.

    Also, here’s something you might want to send your mom, or not, in re our bad relations with other countries. Whenever I hear a winger citing “foreign leaders” who disapprove of Obama, I just wish they’d name Bibi, Blair, or that small handful of more-Catholic-then-the-Pope (especially now) right wing neo-cons in Poland.

  119. 119
    piratedan says:

    @Thomas: just shows how pervasive the media narrative is… sure Obama is aloof and condescending.. to the press, who rarely ask any questions that are relevant or that aren’t ensconced inside a Republican talking point.

  120. 120
    ruemara says:

    @Thomas: feel free to show your mother the white house Flickr feed or theobamadiary.com where extensive picture of positively adoring fellow world leaders act like they’re heading out to prom with the senior all star quarterback and they’re the vaguely pretty freshman from band and chess club.

  121. 121
    elaine benis says:

    @skerry: I’m so sorry.

    A couple of years ago, my HS-aged daughter was working at a local mall here in the Seattle area when a gun-battle erupted right in front of her store. She called me, huddled in the store’s electrical closet. Terrifying. When the cops finally escorted her and her coworkers out, they had walk around a body laying in a pool of blood. No children should be exposed to this kind of horror.

    Maybe once every.single.family in the entire country has been personally touched by gun violence will we finally do something about it. Or not.

  122. 122
    JustRuss says:

    Nice try Cole, but I am NOT clicking on a David Brooks link. As somebody once said, “Fool me once, shame on…” how does that go again?

  123. 123
    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:


    Bring back the “well-regulated” part of the 2nd amendment or get rid of it.


    My favorite uncle as a kid was a life member of the NRA. He even had a working “3 pounder” cannon in the 1980s that he would take to artillery ranges and fire occasionally. My father recently told me about being a kid in Colorado and going out in the mountains with his dad and firing a Nazi machine gun that he brought back from the war.

    Times were different in the 1780s, they were different in the 1940s, and they’re different now. Language written to protect the rural population when there was no standing army (and there was fear of what a standing army could do) is not appropriate for a modern society where 250M or so live in or near urban areas.

    I don’t know what the turning point will be, but I think the change will happen fairly rapidly once the threshold is crossed. Here’s hoping that that threshold doesn’t involve even more death and terror.


    (Who wonders why people don’t get riled up about the 3rd Amendment, also too.)

  124. 124
    DissidentFish says:

    @jl: The “Net Taker” states are net takers because of the government programs that the left should support the most: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, AFDC. Along with, in some cases, large military presence.

    The “taker” states are old and poor. People on the left should stop complaining and work to find new ways to help them develop economies that will make their citizens’ lives better. Ways that are not polluting, extractive industries like mining, logging, fracking etc.

  125. 125
    Sherparick says:

    The gratuitous slaps at how the President handled this (also echoed by another concerned troll, David Gergen) does overlook that Faux News Nation and its collective freakout the last week was driven primarily by “Obama Derangement Syndrome” where anything the President does must be treated as the “worse mistake ever.”

    As a side note, the VSP media apparently Village shares with the Tea Party and hatred for the President, and since this is the second Democratic President they have so loathed, there must be an ideological aspect to it. Ron Fournier, Fred Hiatt, Maureen Dowd, Jack Tapper, Jim Vandehei, Mark Halperin, etc. all seem to find President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi contemptible, while pinning for the days of C+ Augustus and Tom Delay, although when pushed they admit that the Iraq War did not go as well as it could have. The way the MSM has treated this story, not just Fox, has created an hysteria of “hate” around Bergdahl which is how you get a lynching.

  126. 126
    brantl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Stooped clock is right, he’s intelectually so short, he can’t see over his knees.

  127. 127
    D58826 says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: There was an article on CNN, I think by a guy who studies the Afghan situation. He said first of all terrorist is a rather fluid term in Afghan society as is loyalty. Three of the five guys were detained as they tried to cut deals with the Karzai government. I have read elsewhere that some of the Taliban wanted to be part of the new Afghanistan but the neocons would have none of it. A terrorist is a terrorist (unless he is on our payroll) and the approaches were shutdown. One wonders what would have happened if the remnants of the Taliban had been re-integrated into Afghan society in 2002-2003. Some were diehards and would never have surrendered but that might have been a more manageable group.

  128. 128
    Paul in KY says:

    @Helen: He’s the mauve one.

  129. 129
    Paul in KY says:

    @Mnemosyne: Wonderful pic. Thank you for linking to it.

  130. 130
    Paul in KY says:

    @Kay: They are throwing shit against the wall to see if any of it ‘sticks’ with the public at large.

  131. 131
    Paul in KY says:

    @skerry: That idiot is lucky he hasn’t been really run over to point of death. My car can be a weapon to save my life, if I think you are ready to use deadly force on me.

    No jury would convict me, as I would genuinely ‘fear for my life’.

  132. 132
    leeleeFL says:

    @D58826: and what if we hadn’t disbanded the Iraqi army? Or if Bush /Cheney had listened to Clinton at the hand-off? Or if we had gotten to Bin Laden earlier?

  133. 133
    Bill Arnold says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Not only did Obama know the wingnuts would go apeshit, I suspect he was counting on it. I also suspect he knew the Village would do their part to fan this “controversy” like their lives depended on it.

    Yeah, it did look like trolling. Was it intentional though?

  134. 134
    LAC says:

    @Mandalay: @Mandalay: don’t you have a drool cup to attend to?

  135. 135
    LAC says:

    @Kay: “stop making me slap you!”

  136. 136
    Amir Khalid says:

    Fun fact: Najib used to be my next-door neighbour. His first wife still lives in the house.

  137. 137
    D58826 says:

    @leeleeFL: Or hadn’t invaded Iraq? Agreed. Funny how all roads lead back to Bush/Chaney and the neocons. Obama should have rounded up the whole gang and gave them to The Taliban. Unfortunately I suspect the Taliban are smart enough not to want that band of losers

  138. 138
    Mnemosyne says:


    I don’t really mind helping the “taker states,” I just wish they wouldn’t take my money and then tell me to my face that they’re rugged individualists who don’t take help from nobody, unlike me in my corrupt liberal enclave.

  139. 139
    Matt McIrvin says:

    @DissidentFish: Yeah, I’ve always been uncomfortable with that “taker states” chortling from blue-state liberals. The situation is less ironic than it seems to be: while rich people skew Republican, rich states skew Democratic, and a lot of the federal taking in “taker states” is happening because the oligarchies in these poor states are screwing over the dirt-poor people there.

    It’s of a piece with Northeastern and Californian liberals just wanting to let the old Confederacy secede, and write off all the local victims of local political awfulness. Sometimes there’s a vague misconception that all the black people in the South got out ages ago.

  140. 140
    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Mnemosyne: The people getting the assistance aren’t necessarily the ones playing rugged individualist.

    Sometimes they are the same people, and I think that’s more age-related. The older you are, the more likely you are to be receiving some sort of government assistance that you figure you earned over a long life of toil when you were more able-bodied, unlike some nebulous others who are trying to steal a piece of your pie.

  141. 141
    artem1s says:

    So President Obama made the right call. If he is to be faulted, it would be first for turning the release into an Oprah-esque photo-op, a political stunt filled with inaccurate rhetoric and unworthy grandstanding. It would next be for his administration’s astonishing tone-deafness about how this swap would be received.

    so the guy carrying water for the GOP thinks he gets to advise this President on optics?

    Dear Mr. Brooks, I advise you to ask Reince Priebus how the rebranding is going.


  142. 142
    Matt McIrvin says:

    The President persists in existing and being President, without recognizing how this would obviously be received by friends of David Brooks.

  143. 143
    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @Wag: It doesn’t need to be asked to expand, IYKWIMAITYD.

  144. 144
    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Um, no one is “asking” him to do anything except in this land of make believe (not that there’s anything wrong with THIS land of make believe – I come here everyday!).
    Or is there a new CREDO petition out there I didn’t get in my inbox?

  145. 145
    DissidentFish says:

    @Mnemosyne: I see your point. If you think those folks are a bummer to relate to remotely, try living among them :)

Comments are closed.