Blinking On A Thursday Night, Light Blogging

The Doctor’s warning never more timely. From the classic episode, er, “Blink.”

Tonight’s a light night on the blog. Spending time with the guitars and amps. Mostly on the Les Paul. And finally got around to picking up Keith Richards’ memoirs. Probably a quick skim read.

Some of you may have noticed the Ragin’ Cajun’s kerfuffle calling on Obama to fire people, indict others and oh, fight. By September 2011 it’s almost bleating plaintiveness.

A tempest in a teapot for the Chattering Classes, naturally. Political structures will not change. We smiled seeing Carville’s reference to Chuikov’s stand at Stalingrad.

People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic. . . .

1. Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people. This may be news to you but this is not going well. For precedent, see Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad. There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm.

He probably meant the Soviet 62nd and 64th *Armies* which were all but obliterated there, but historical detail is not his forte. Stalingrad as an operational and strategic analogy to today’s political environment not even worth typing about, is it? Still, Carville gets points for trying to float the AgitProp meme ‘Fire. Indict. Fight.’ At least one Democrat stumbles on to what we’ve all discussed for some time as AgitProp 101 – simplicity. We’ve all specifically cited the effectiveness of ‘Peace. Bread. Land’, etc. Particularly for a demotic-oligarchical hybrid.

Still. Between Carville’s call and the Doctor’s advice? Go with the Doctor: ‘Don’t blink.’


  1. DrLeoStrauss says

    re Keith Richards’ memoirs, it was a fast skim read. It’s incredibly detailed about which drug deal went down and when Jagger tried to score coke in a Paris Park and got heroin instead, etc.

    Turns out the RS excerpts really were the heart of the book. Why he and Jagger dislike each other yet can’t can’t stop working together. But becomes clear why Tattoo You was their last significant album.

    The voice purporting to be Richards can be wry and insightful but one can’t wonder how much of that is really ‘him’.

    Our recommendation? Borrow, don’t buy. 2 Leos out of 5. (Plus, we’ve never been Tele fans).

  2. StPaulite says

    What of this trio of events (could link, but they’re everywhere)

    1. Congressional Dems of blue dog type like Landrieu, Webb, Schuler (plus lefty Defazio) are out criticizing the “jobs bill”.

    2. Pelosi gets herself quoted that the party is unified behind plan and those criticizing are “trivial” (in number?).

    3. Boehner releases his own “jobs bill” — now it’s not pass/not pass, but pass A/B.

    I feel like these could have been seen a mile away.

  3. rkka says

    No. Barack does not do “Ne shagu nazad.”

    Pity, that. When Boner and turtle-head Mitch are through with our economy, we are going to envy Japan and their two “lost decades”. At least they didn’t really lose ground, while US income levels, except for Dubya’s base the Haves and the Have-Mores, have dropped to the level of the late 1990s.

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