Thursday, September 25, 2014

I’m Seriously Thinking About Getting A Cat

If I got a cat I can put up pictures of it reacting to external stimuli on this blog instead of attempting to make sense out of life.

Because it seems the world has gone nuts and trying to keep up with people obsessing about coffee cup salutes is just exhausting.

Here’s Steve Benen on the situation.

Even by the low standards of our 2014 political discourse, this is pretty depressing.

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Beltway Republicans have suggested the “Latte Salute Election” may be a worthwhile 2014 theme, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has even launched a fundraising campaign, urging donors to hand over money because the president saluted Marines while holding a coffee cup.

Yep, this is what contemporary politics has come to.

What’s even more depressing is that the NRCC will rake in a pile of dough because they know that there are people who will give them a shitload of money over something like this.  They know their base; they know there are plenty of pigeons to be plucked.

(Okay, I’m actually not going to get a real cat.  Snowball has been with me for over fifty years and his litter box has yet to turn into a haz-mat site.)

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  1. President Eisenhower, a former General, as you know, started this practice of saluting the troops as Commander-in-Chief. It was not a common practice before then. A civilian does not have to salute. It means nothing. President Obama, who has made the egregious mistake of being President while also being black, is the Commander-in-Chief and a civilian. The troops must salute him. He never has to salute them.

    • Actually, it was Ronald Reagan who began the practice. Per Garry Wills:

      Dwight Eisenhower, a real general, knew that the salute is for the uniform, and as president he was not wearing one. An exchange of salutes was out of order.

      I have been told that a president can salute since he is the Commander in Chief and therefore part of the chain of command, but since he’s not in uniform, it is not required or expected.

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