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At least the Romans got fiddle music

It’s a metaphor for world events at large, of course. I don’t expect Obama to put on breathing apparatuses and go charging into Fukushima Daiichi his own self.

I do expect the Leader of the Free World™ to act like he gives a shit about anything going on in the big wide. Anything beyond his golf game and his basketball picks.

Dude isn’t even playing president on TV any more.

Update: oh, hey, it looks like Stealie McLightfingers here stole that title from Jim Garaghty (I follow him on Twitter). Man, I hate when I do that. I hate it even more when I suspect I’ve done it but can’t find the true source.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 15, 2011, 10:22 pm

Excuse me; I’m kind of off my game tonight. I had intended to post about that unfunny asshole Matt Labash (nice, safe link to Prof. Jacobson). But I worried trying to pick an internet fight might look like a bit of cheap, grubby attention whoring. Like what Matt Labash did.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 15, 2011, 10:32 pm

A) Labash writes like someone who is angry that palin won’t sleep with him,


B) I think that Obama realizes that a mangy poodle could probably beat him in 2012, and isn’t even trying anymore….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 15, 2011, 10:44 pm

I only know Labash from his column at the Daily Caller, which I casually read a few times and found unfunny. I didn’t realize he was from the Megan McCain wing of the Republican party — dim, unreadable and convinced they’re way too cool for the Grand Old Party.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 15, 2011, 10:57 pm

Megan McCain has three things going for her.

1) Mom’s Money
2) Dad’s reputation
3) Her boobs

If not for those assets, noone would have ever heard of the little twit….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 15, 2011, 11:06 pm

To expand on my theme, contentious Sarah Palin threads have become the crack cocaine of the blogosphere: cheap, easy, guaranteed traffic drivers. It pisses me off and I wanted to post about it, but could figure a way to do it without looking like I wanted my piece of that cheap action.


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 15, 2011, 11:24 pm

Glad you didn’t accidentally misspell “twit”. Although the other spelling would arguably be more accurate.
Actually, it’s far more likely that the Head Nagger What’s in Charge realizes that there is enough corruption and fraud in the US political process that he’s not going to have ANY worries about re-election.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 15, 2011, 11:43 pm

See, Mark Matis, I actually thought scubafreak misspelled “twat.”

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 15, 2011, 11:49 pm

armybrat – I thought about it, but I was trying to be nice…

Comment from porknbean
Time: March 16, 2011, 1:00 am

Ahhhh, the beauty of affirmative action.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 16, 2011, 1:26 am

Scubafreak, you’re among friends! Really if you can’t be vile here….well, go to http://www.grouchyconservativepundits.com.

/sorry for the spam stoaty……but in defense, her stoatiness is one of us grouches!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 16, 2011, 2:05 am

ArmyBrat. Dude.

Just remember the old saying… “If you can’t say something nice about someone, you must work for MSNBC..” 😉

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 16, 2011, 2:39 am

Scubafreak- if you can’t say anything nice about someone, we’ll enjoy your snark at GCP. Snark is what we live for…..that and good links to perpetuate the snark. Join us on the right side…..it’s practically painless.

Comment from JeffS
Time: March 16, 2011, 3:02 am

Megan McCain has three things going for her.

1) Mom’s Money
2) Dad’s reputation
3) Her boobs

Don’t you mean FOUR things? Or six, if you view her Mom and Dad as boobs for supporting that brainless twit.

Comment from Rodent
Time: March 16, 2011, 3:31 am

Made me think of Weasel:

(Rip it back to the base URL for updates on the Fukushima situation.)

Geez, Weasel, I do think you might have a good idea there. Atomic hand grenades never caught on, but high-yield golf balls might be just the thing.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 16, 2011, 4:47 am

Let’s see.

1) A mob invades a state capitol building.

2) Rebels struggle to overthrow a viciously anti-American dictator in a significant oil-exporting country.

3) Congress (well, the Republican part of Congress) desperately tries to cut enough from the budget to close the gigantic Federal deficit before it eats the entire economy.

4) A devastating natural disaster strikes Japan.

5) Obama plays golf, picks NCAA basketball games, writes a bland op-ed about gun control, praises the memory of Eleanor Roosevelt, holds radio interviews on education policy, and gets ready for a trip to Brazil.

OK, he did something for Japan. Or at least he told the armed forces to do something for Japan. (It’s not just the Navy: via Sgt. Mom at The Daily Brief: “About one hour ago … I … [watched] the USAF Misawa trucks and buses convoy out the main gate on their way to the local coastal areas to provide relief assistance. A half dozen buses filled with local military and USA teams that landed here. Also a dozen 60 foot flatbeds loaded with supplies and equipment.”)

Comment from Mcgyver
Time: March 16, 2011, 6:05 am

Army Brat: I signed up for grouchyconservativepundits a while back and got the robo answer that I would be contacted later. Never did get a Hey come on in! How do you get to sit with all the kwel kids anyway? Show my NRA card? I miss Ed’s weather reports. I just quit going to see the trainwreck that was… IronFist, Mic and I still talk… That’s about all

Sorry All (and ‘specially our hostess… old times)

Mcgyver. out

Comment from XBradTC
Time: March 16, 2011, 6:08 am

I gotta say, in addition to be a horrific surrender of the power of the executive to set an agenda, I am stunned that Obama and his cronies are so blind to what are just terrible political optics.

Fellating members of the press corps can claim it is an “above the fray” strategy, but most folks can see that he’s not even phoning it in anymore.

Take Libya for example. We had bad choices there. Bland platitudes might have been a good approach. But he couldn’t even do that. Instead, he says “Quaddafi must go!” all while the DNI is telling him that “Crazy Q! ain’t goin’ nowhere” and THEN, having made his proclamation, Obama does nothing to fulfill it. It is the worst possible world- a bad outcome, AND a diminishing of our already fading prestige.

Comment from smellingsalts
Time: March 16, 2011, 6:27 am

I don’t know weasel, you sort of seem off your game, even when you think you’re on your game. You’re a crappy speller. You’re hackneyed. You swear all the time because of your limited vocabulary and inability to form coherent sentences. And your observations are tired and deathly unfunny, even when I agree with them. “Obama plays too much golf.” Aaarf. Aaarf. No matter how ANGRY you are, bad writing is bad writing. Maybe you oughta try harder.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: March 16, 2011, 7:39 am

SmellingSalts – Thank you for that WONDERFULL observation from the sequential hermaphrodite community. I actually almost snickered under my breath when I realized that you took a wrong turn at albuquerque and wandered into our neighborhood when you were shootin for Berkley, but then again, Medicinal Herbage will do that to you…..

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: March 16, 2011, 8:10 am

What? What fiddle? I don’t have a fiddle!

Comment from Bill (back from Iraq until I go back to Iraq) T
Time: March 16, 2011, 12:05 pm

The water under the bridge must’ve gotten a tad too high for ss’s comfort, scoob.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 16, 2011, 12:42 pm

Mcgyver- try again. They do a lot of blocking of spambots and you might have looked like one.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2011, 1:01 pm

Smelling Salts is my new favorite commenter.

Comment from MissLurk
Time: March 16, 2011, 1:36 pm

Yeah, Stoatie—SS’s phrase “even when I agree with them” made me LOL.
Good times.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2011, 1:49 pm

w00t! We’re going into London today. It’s an asshole of a journey, but…wait, it’s an asshole of a city, too.

Damn. We’re going into London today.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: March 16, 2011, 2:03 pm

Stoaty–well, smellingsalts actually made me go back and RE-read the last 7 posts (I was shooting for a week, and forgot you don’t do weekends. . .) because I thought “gee, could I be so besotted that I missed a lot of misspellings and poorly constructed sentences?” And, well–a handful of misspellings which were clearly used deliberately for rhetoric effect–much in the style of “oughta” rather than “ought to”. One “an” which should have been “a.” And a redundant “the.” All sentences were coherent. And–someone who cannot think of a better word to describe bad spelling than “crappy” needs to rethink criticizing others for their swearing. So, smellingsalts, from the unacknowledged Liberal minion, least likely of all here to agree with Stoaty’s opinions, therefore perhaps most likely to be critical of how she presents them–what bad writing?

Sorry, Stoaty–I know you can defend yourself in many creative ways. But in a world awash in bad writing, I am afraid I bristle when that accusation is levelled at a competent writer.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: March 16, 2011, 2:40 pm

With this sitting Prezedunt, I am glad that in times of crisis he be pickinz his bakkabal brackets, he be golfinz and sheeit. He will shimmy in Rio, tour ethanol plant, etc.

These activities are by far preferred to what he might say or do on the matters where the real US President would find action-worthy.

Increasingly, I find it hard not to have a soft spot for a man-child who inflicted such a tremendous lasting damage to the Democrats. The nation has quenched the irrational thirst for the first pigmented POTUS; and I trust that the experience will be remembered well and not as a pleasant one.

SWeasel, do they still accept denari at Londoneum? It was in its heyday a somewhat important fort for the Legion. Then as Romans chose to withdraw things went downhill.

SSAF, S.P.Q.R, out!

Comment from jwpaine
Time: March 16, 2011, 3:46 pm

We don’t realize that when Obama busies himself with golf and March Madness and vacations in Brazil, he’s doing the country a big favor. Remember what happened to the frogs in King Log v. King Stork.

confidential to smellingsalts: Winning!

Comment from Deborah
Time: March 16, 2011, 4:38 pm

I thought golf was a sport for rich Republicans. Notice how the media never report Obama’s score, handicap, kind of golf clubs, brand of balls—all of which were constant press fodder when the Bushes went out to play. Has his “swing” been analyzed?

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: March 16, 2011, 5:36 pm

Deborah, that just means he’s bad at it.

If he could get around at par, they’d be talking about how he’s the newer, bigger, better, and more Presidential Tiger Woods. They haven’t quite gotten to Kim-style “Dear Leader Saves the World” whoppers (give ’em time).

Since there’s no reporting at all about his game, I conclude that Obama has a slice like a badly-built skyrocket and considers a three-putt a triumph, and that his most common experience on the course is the same as it is at the Presidential Podium: a bad lie.


Comment from Deborah
Time: March 16, 2011, 6:34 pm

@Ric Locke—You have nailed it, of course.
And I have a new name for Obama: Too Dear Leader.

Comment from Noelegy
Time: March 16, 2011, 7:47 pm

“I do expect the Leader of the Free World™ to act like he gives a shit about anything going on in the big wide.”

Oooh, quoteworthy, that.

Comment from gogman
Time: March 16, 2011, 8:44 pm

I was crying my eyes out reading about the techs that are staying on at the plant knowing and willingly giving their lives trying to avert disaster.

Then I come across an OFFICAL Whitehouse from the President that just blew my mind:

“One of the things I wanted to do on the show was, as people are filling out their brackets — this is obviously a national pastime; we all have a great time, it’s a great diversion. But I know a lot of people are thinking how can they help the Japanese people during this time of need.”

It gets even better…


I am so ashamed and embarrassed. And sad, very very sad.

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Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 16, 2011, 9:10 pm

I want to point out how ashamed I am of all of you for accusing President Obama of doing nothing but playing golf while ignoring the horror that is happening in Libya where the youth are dying under tanks and in Japan where the old and children are suffering in the cold with no power and little food.

Obama IS responding actively and he’s flying in to make his point and further he is taking Michelle and the kids with him to show how much he cares about those who have helped us as allies and those who would join us because of our country’s ideals:

He’s flying to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday:


With Michelle and the kids so everyone can go sightseeing.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 16, 2011, 9:13 pm

For Ric Locke:
Well, at least he probably doesn’t have any ball girls like Slick and Tiger. Unlike Hillary, Moochelle wouldn’t put up with that.

Comment from Andy
Time: March 16, 2011, 9:21 pm

…his most common experience on the course is the same as it is at the Presidential Podium: a bad lie.

I am sooooo stealing that. With proper credit of course (the first few times, anyway).

Also, FWIW I did a search a couple of days ago and came across this article that estimates he’s a 16 handicap. It’s 3 years old, and with as many rounds as he’s gotten in on the taxpayers’ dime, I’d hope he’s at least brought it down a little.

As much as it pains me to say this, Hillary was dead-on about that 3am phone call. Hell, Barry’s not even phoning it in at this point.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: March 16, 2011, 10:35 pm

So how much did you have to fight to resist putting faces, sheep, and other images in the cloud?

Comment from Joe Nedib
Time: March 16, 2011, 10:47 pm

Hey, how much is this doofus getting paid to ignore his job and spend all his time watching golf and hoops? 400Gs? Tell ya what, I’ll do the same thing for 200K! And to show you what a nice guy I am, I’ll make a decision once in a while… for free! Won’t cost ya a cent extra! Whaddya say, is it a deal????

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2011, 10:56 pm

Heh. Other way around, Christopher. I nicked this image for the base image and had to P’shop out the clown head.

Comment from Eph
Time: March 16, 2011, 10:58 pm

This pic is better, bro …


Comment from mkm19602000
Time: March 16, 2011, 10:59 pm

As someone wiser than I said on the Ace of Spades blog: Presidentin is Hard.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2011, 11:03 pm

Nice one, Eph.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: March 17, 2011, 12:48 am

Obama has balls? Who knew?

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: March 17, 2011, 2:23 am

Andy: I have the same policy as Stoaty has announced.

Steal my witticisms. I’ll make more.


Comment from Pablo
Time: March 17, 2011, 4:55 am

I do expect the Leader of the Free World™ to act like he gives a shit about anything going on in the big wide. Anything beyond his golf game and his basketball picks.

Sadly, or maybe not, that isn’t the Leader of the Free World. That seems to be a Mr. Sarkozy these days. How funny is that?

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