Wednesday, May 6, 2015


What an ugly day, what an ugly time...


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(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Ugh. GRRR.

BE: Good morning to you, too.

JB: What's good about it? Have you been out? The streets are a mess. It's cold and icy, there's no sign things are getting better and everything political is circling the drain.

BE: What a sunny outlook. Anything specific?

JB: Don't get me started. How about Sarah Palin's WTF?

BE: Huh?

JB: You didn't see that? She says the initials of Obama's "win the future" theme is WTF?

BE: Kinda cute, no?

JB: Sure, if you're a sit-in-your-parents'-basement bitter blogger. But for somebody allegedly a serious contender for president? Not so much.

BE: OK, what else?

JB: Obama's new press secretary, Jay Carney, was Biden's press secretary. Did a great job there. Can you think of another top public official who puts his foot in his mouth more than Biden?

BE: Well, in fairness, no one can control Biden. You can only hope to contain him. Give Carney  a chance.

JB: I'll give him a chance. Just like I'll give the White House a chance to cut spending while doubling spending for innovation, education and infrastructure. Just like I'll give Congress a chance to usher in a new era of cooperation. Just like I'll give the Pennsylvania Legislature a chance to reform itself. Just like I'll give Corbett a chance to present a big reform package on "Day 1" of his administration. Just like...

BE: All right, I get it. You're not in the best of moods. Maybe you should go get some air, take a walk.

JB: Oh, right. Take a walk on the icy streets through slush-clogged, slippery, half-frozen street corners. Yeah, that's a great idea. Just like....

BE: Enough!

JB: Or maybe I can take SEPTA and use my SMART CARD...oh, wait, that won't be ready for another THREE YEARS, just like all our troops are coming home soon, just like the weather's gonna get better soon, just like....

BE: Seriously, dude.


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