Good afternoon. On the, Wheezy, 3:55PM out of the City.
End of Day Eight of the US Shutdown.
My conservative FB friends have been on the defensive about the actions of their party. Some have tried to diffuse the blame of the current crisis onto the President. “Why didn’t you define ACA when we asked you to the last 35 times! We had no choice but to shutdown the Government. This is your Shutdown, BHO!” Thing is, these same folks on the web are, by and large reasonable people and realize how silly they sound defending the current position. Especially the “Constitutionalist” folk! Wow, the blowback these poor GOPers get from those damned centrist Democrats using reason and legal precedent to smack down the, God-blessed, Founding Fathered position, is disheartening. I want to give my conservative friends all a silver star for effort, a lollypop and a silk handkerchief to wipe away the delusion from their eyes.
Anyway, two hipster types are discussing the closeout some five seats back. Both have well trimmed jaw-line beards. They are laughing around each other in metrosexual politeness. They look fashionably scruffy. Both are purposely bald or closely head shaven. By the way, when did skin-headedness become mainstream cool? When I was a young man, the skin heads were the ones that, as a group, went out purposely beat up brown people. Now, they are funding and attending world music concerts. Wild!
Eric Idle just sat down. The long, lanky, late-40’s traveling consultant just sat next to me in the jumpseat and has decided to tune in and tune out with his iClipBlazeNebula device. I know that he is a traveler because he is in an academic looking greenish-grey sweater over a white T-shirt, blue jeans, beige socks, and comfortable shoes. He is wearing a lanyard with an international airline logo, which has an ID clip hanging at the vertex of then parabola holding his consultant ID and his monthly pass. This Pythonesque doppelganger has an involuntary twitch in his right eye. Or, perhaps, I’m being punked right now on candid camera.
PJ O’Rourke is here. The conservative commentator is on his iClipBlazeNebula, banging away another op-ed about the Shutdown. He looks dejected. He knows the intent is not a righteous cause but, as his more-conservative commentators have made clear, an outright intent to sabotage the ACA because of HIM – the POTUS. He is trying to be a good booster, but because he is actually reasonable, sees the folly in the act. Like the minority Senators in the US Congress.
Also here are Kelsey Grammar, Harvey Keitel, Zachary Quinto, Caucasian Barack Obama, Mike Ditka and Sir Richard Harris. All are armed.
Happy Tuesday. Stay alert. Safe travels.