Craig is one of the good friends I made in New Orleans after THE THING He and his darling wife Kim made like Horace Greeley and went west young (?) man (?) a few months back. Craig is a renaissance man: chef, writer, reporter, blogger, sailor, chocolate fancier as well as a cantankerous recovering Texan. Kim and he ran the much loved restaurant J’anita’s, which became something of a hang out for Dr. A and me when they were located in NOLA no man’s land. Business was so slow that they weren’t embarrassed to be seen with the likes of me. Dr. A is, of course, welcome everywhere. End of rare nice passage.
Now where the hell was I? Oh yeah, Craig wrote a swell paragraph at his livejournal blog beerfoodude.The blog is not eponymous but it could be. The passage in question was posted on 2/3/2014, the day after the Super Beatdown:
Speaking of the far right — when is the GOP gonna tell it to sit the hell down and then tie it to the chair and put a ball gag in its mouth? Every country has and should have a lunatic fringe — but that doesn’t mean it gets to be in the Big Tent. Let it stand out in the rain until it realizes its own stupidity is what’s making it wet. You wanna come in here where it’s dry? Fine. Act like it. There are reactionaries and socialist groups in virtually every reasonably free society on this planet and these groups send elected representatives to the national assembly. But, pretty much everywhere else, they don’t have much influence because they are regarded as what they are: the outliers with foaming mouths yelling madly at the gate. “What are they shouting about?” “I dunno, man.” As it stands now, the GOP is handing these folks a microphone and cranking up pre-recorded crowd noise, much like some of the “live” record albums produced back in the ’60s.