We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am doing paperwork this afternoon, listening to Mark subbing for Rush.
Is there something wrong with me for preferring Mark to Rush? (Not that I am not amused by Rush, but Mark cracks me up with every sentence. He must have a good case of permanent mania. Or is he a speed freak genius?)
Not at all. I rarely get a chance to listen to the radio at that time, but I am always glad when Mark Steyn subs because he is so pointed and clever. Another favorite for me and Mrs. is "Uncle" Walter Williams.
Nothing wrong with preferring Steyn. He's brainy and acerbic. I prefer him too. I suspect down-to-Earth Rush is a better proselytizer for conservatism though - Steyn's barbs could be tough to get through and the intellectual contempt he feels for the modern left drips through. Rush, if he has any real personal contempt for the left, hides it pretty well. Well, unless you're a particularly obtuse sort of progressive who claims to be unable to tell when Rush is joking around.
When Rush is good, he is the absolute best. Funny, insightful, intelligent. He does it every day, and sometimes he runs a little low on energy, but when he's on, he's brilliant.
Rush is of the few people I genuinely think is smarter than me. I was literally rolling on the floor when Rush launched Operation Chaos during the Democratic primaries last election cycle. His riffs on the pirates were totally brilliant. Not to mention politically correct football.
People who think Rush is bombastic have never listened to him. He's laugh-out-loud funny.
Must say that I, too, am a Mark Steyn fan. His opening monologue on Monday with the George III -Tea Party comparison and then the Queen Victoria advice to her daughter about to be married: "Lie back and think of England" got me laughing right from the get-go.
Mark could do Las Vegas very well methinks. it is the quick witted humor that makes it all go down much easier for me. I am usually about one joke behind as he is rapid fire. Humor is always my preferred entertainment, e.g. I am on my third time around with Frasier....just the ticket after a hard day at the office, Frasier, Niles & Co never fail to make me laugh in every episode. Brilliant.
We love Mark Steyn at our house. I check out his website every day when he's in the country. Of course, when he was being sued by the Canadian bleeding hearts it was a long-drawn-out slog for him. I think he went through it so that his fellow birth-countrymen would feel his support. I can't wait to read about his response to our 'big government' TSA and its harassment of innocent citizens.
I suspect that when he dies, as when I do, they will find the words "fight back furiously" graven across his heart.
I rarely listen to Rush. I like him, but when I tune in he is generally absent from the EIB golden microphone. He takes weeks and weeks of vacation, or is at the doctor or has a 'super secret meeting" to attend or a charity golf outing. If he is there I generally seem to hit his show when the advertisements are running. Between those and the news breaks he must not be on much over 30 minutes per hour.