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Friday, February 1. 2013
The thing is, I'd tend to agree, except for one little hitch:
Outside of a few brief spots on cable talk shows, I've never heard him utter a peep.
The difference between Neal and — as far as I know — every other radio talk show host on the planet, is that Neal would spend hours writing a for-real blog every morning, whereupon he'd punch out three or four posts on different subjects, some of them fairly lengthy, then finish it up with a handful of must-read links. He took it as seriously as any of us do.
So I'm saying goodbye to Neal Boortz, blogger.
On the subject, though, I would note that, while he's officially retiring from radio and blogging, he's still keeping his hand in when it comes to mouthing off about pet topics now and then. He had an article on Townhall just the other day.
Yep, same ol' Neal.
(Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, for the uninitiated, is Boortzspeak for "WTF??")
Below the fold I'll continue this tribute with some of my favorite moments and quotes. A search on my Rainy Day site for "boortz" pops up five articles where I mention him, so I'll include the links. And, just to quell any claims of blatant partisanship, I'll toss in a couple of criticisms. That is, if you call my referring to him as a total dogshit asswipe when it comes to his attitude toward cigarette smokers a 'criticism'.
So thank you, Neal. That was a terrific run — even if you are a total scumbag butthole for redesigning your web site a few years ago.
The point is, all al-Queda could do, even in a terrible, worst-case, multi-city dirty bomb scenario, would be to take out a few million. The NEA's destruction of our children, however, with its "feeling good about oneself is more important than learning history or geography" attitude, involves everyone.
Yawn. Neal had introduced us to Mr. Cain years before. I admit, we probably felt a little smug seeing him up there, like he was an old friend. Spot on, Neal.
For starters, I wish I had some of the vile, loathsome things this self-avowed Libertarian has said about cigarette smokers on hand, but I don't, so just take my word for it that it was about as demeaning as one can get without actually resorting to cuss words.
This, for something that's 100% legal to do.
Coming from a Libertarian.
And this is the typical Libertarian boondoggle: I want very little government encroachment and very few regulations — except when it comes to things I don't approve of.
And, as might be expected, occasionally he would turn into a moron by getting swept up in some meme the right-wing bloggers were getting their knickers in a knot over, such as I detail in Welcome To Hypocrite Junction.
On the plus side, I have to admit he added a much-beloved word to my vocabulary, a word I've used numerous times over the years, both in articles and email:
With the additional benefit that it's gender neutral!
Neal and I did have one interesting little coincidence. One day apart, discussing the same subject, we both used the same two items as our examples, viewed them in completely different ways, yet came to the exact same conclusion. It's our take On Price-Gouging Laws.
Thanks, big guy.
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Herman Cain subbed for Neal for a long time and I thought he was a much more engaging host.
I quit reading and listening to Boortz after he went all ga-ga over Obama after his 2004 convention speech. Never forget him sayiny that Obama was just what America needed.
Your memory might just be a tad hazy, like the way you were off with the year. It was 2008, and it might have been "deserved", rather than "needed". He probably said something along the lines of, "If you twits elected this guy, then he's just what you deserve." In that, one has to agree.
naw, Obama did make a stem-winder at the 2004 convention which nominated ''reporting for doody'' Easter Island Head Kerry.
Tho that isn't a Boortz problem, as loving 2004 ''O'' at the expense of Easter Head Doody was a sly and effective tactic that would have off-footed Easter Head Doody had he been smart enough to have ever been on-footed to begin with, there IS in fact a real problem with Neal Boortz.
Perhaps this problem is not universal, or even widespread, or even common, or actually in fact even in existence at all besides inside my own head, but whenever i hear his name, i visualize the alien Emperor of the comet-spawning Oort Cloud commanding his robot army to kneel.
"or actually in fact even in existence at all besides inside my own head"
No need to worry, old friend. It's quite common to picture the alien Emperor of the comet-spawning Oort Cloud commanding his robot army to kneel when one hears Neal's name. I do it myself, as I assume most right-thinking people do.
No, if I were a free-thinker like you, what I'd be worried about is how conventional I'd become, thinking the same thing that everyone else does, as this case clearly proves. But I guess it's normal that the ol' "rebel spirit' tends to die off when one hits one's dotage.
But I still like you, regardless.
--re ubiquity of that clanking vision; Thank Goodness! If there's some of it, there's enough of it, in the sense of (whew!) if you get my drift. Haven't felt such relief since the family sent me to that nice doctor to tell him why i so like white socks, and he shared with me that he liked them too, especially outdoors in the summer, grilled with a BBQ sauce and hand-crampin'-cold beer.
If I'm reading this right, you're not just relieved that what many have claimed was a twisted, warped vision on your part turns out to have a basis in reality, but that you're very relived. I certainly would be if I were in your shoes. Hell, anybody would be.
As for your adoration (or would that be 'adulation'?) of white socks, it depends on what you're wearing them with. If tennis shoes, no biggie. But black loafers? We'd have to talk. Preferably on my office couch, and I'm pretty sure Quaaludes will be involved. I was, however, pleased to see you grilling them with a fine BBQ sauce. Being in the South, I now appreciate the finer arts of gourmet cooking than I did when living in the West or Northeast.
And I meant to say 'thanks' earlier for correcting me on the date of the Boortz/Obama quote. The question is, what did he say in the speech? If it was a bunch of platitudes, like "America must remain the world's greatest leader in democracy", then Neal might have been correct. If I had to make a guess, though, Obama was probably railing against the Republican pork-happy Congress that had evolved since 2000, something that Neal was constantly going on about.
Doc, remember the ''over- long'' Bill Clinton speech delivered (as Governor Of Distaste of Ark & Saw) to the convention of 1988, when the prez nom went to tank helmet commander "Ironing Mike" Duke Hockeyz? Well, Orbama's 2004 ''Keen Oats Peach'' (as they call it) is compared to Clinton's very very long speech from 1988-89, as (to ape Helen of Troy's ''Face that Launched a Thousand Ships) the "Farce that Lynched a Thousand Chits".
oh, anyway, re that shrink (puts sox in the dryer on 'high heat'), he's the guy i went to with that short-term memory problem. I said, 'Doc, I have a short-term memory problem' and he said 'how long have you had this problem?' and I said, 'what problem?' and he hollered ''Ureeka'' or something and started pounding his chest and circling round his desk doing the Hunkapapa Sioux War Dance
A very nice tribute, Doc. Like you, I hardly agreed with everything Neal said (Libertarian, after all), but he was certainly a cut above the average yahoo blogger. He was mightily opinionated, sure, but I actually prefer that in a writer. At least you know exactly where he stands, unlike the wafflers out there these days who feel the need to be 'fair' and give both sides of the story -- even if the other side is a bunch of liberal drool.
BTW, I loved "Hypocrite Junction" -- how hilarious! Great observation on your part.