A draft study recently released by the National Park Service recommends enlarging the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by 270 square miles, an addition that would more than double the size of the NPS unit that abuts and runs through the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
The Colbert Report is closing up shop this week after a stellar 9-year run that saw its host consistently and brilliantly skewer pompous, ignorant, self-righteous, irrationally fearful, jingoistic, morally certain right-wingers by passing himself off as a pompous, ignorant, self-righteous, irrationally fearful, jingoistic, morally certain right-winger.
In all of his 9 years as host of the Colbert Report, however, never was Stephen Colbert's comedic genius and fearlessness on display more breathtakingly than at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner, where then-President George W. Bush was the guest of honor.
It gets lonely out here, but I don’t mind it so much. Early in the morning, the lifeguards wave hi to me – they all know me. I’m pretty sure they think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. Stupid kids. They have no idea. And actually I’m pretty happy about that – I don’t want them to have to worry about what I worry about. That’s why I’m here, to keep them safe so they can sleep at night without a care in the world.
I know what I’m doing is important to the security of our country, although I’m probably the only one who remembers. I’m probably the only one old enough and with enough sense to understand that Lyndon Johnson knew what he was talking about all those years ago, about our enemies and about how badly they want to hurt the United States and its way of life.
Sometimes I find myself drifting off, lulled into dreamless sleep by the soft murmur of the gently splashing waves at high tide, in the very wee hours of the morning, after all the tourists have gone back to their hotel rooms and the luaus are over.
I always keep a few guns around - there's a gun in my bedroom as well. And yes, they're loaded, because when I'm home, they're in use. Doesn't happen very often, but somebody drives up the driveway - it's almost always someone properly here - but if I don't know who they are, I'm gonna greet 'em with a gun in my hand. [interviewer interjects] Well, if I don't know who they are and I'm not expecting somebody, I'm not walking out to the front door without the means to protect myself. I don't know who they are - so I bring my friends: Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.
I'd embed the video if I knew how; suffice to say the above quote appears between 21:58 and 22:31 in the film.
The thought for this came to me last night, but as I Googled for the link to the video below, I found that I was hardly the first to make this connection: h/t Notes from a Boy @ The Window - o.h.
With respect to the rightwing's hilarious "fiscal cliff" framing of the current budget negotiations, President Obama and Congressional Democrats should take a cue from Mel Gibson's Det. Riggs in the original Lethal Weapon:
Det. Riggs: You know you're not the first guy to think of this, ya know. A lot of people've got problems especially during the silly season like now.
[Rove] said that guys like [the reporter, Ron Suskind] were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
- speaking of "creating our own reality," oddly enough - here's what Karl Rove had to say Tuesday night:
Oy - G*d has been in business a lot longer than this Obama pisher - true, He never paid any taxes (and thus never took personal responsibility) or held a private-sector job (and thus never had to Make The Tough Decisions®) but the community He was organizing was - vey's mir, such a headache I get when I have to explain this - pretty much the BIGGEST COMMUNITY EVER -
- so He knows a little sumpn sumpn 'bout running a universe.