Revenge is a dish best served cold, begins an ancient Klingon proverb, so most of the U.S. is indulging in a revenge all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Dirty South’s version of Snowmageddon has brought the Atlanta metro area to its knees, while we in the D.C. area have been slipping and sliding off roadways while dealing with an overnight dusting of 2 whole inches. Little wonder that Truman chose The Bangles for this week’s Hump Day Song:
Truman both loves (“The white powder on my nose is not cocaine.”) and hates (“The salt hurts my paws.”) the snow as much as the president’s annual State of the Union address. He loves the weird sideshows, such as Congressman Michael Grimm threatening to throw an NY1 reporter “off this f**king balcony” after the journalist asked him about a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising.
My dog also loves the heart-warming tributes, such as the standing ovation for Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg and the wounded warrior’s never-quit attitude.
At the same time, Truman hates the hypocrisy. This is the same President and Congress that agreed to reduce military members’ cost-of-living allowance and veterans benefits as part of the latest budget deal. So thanks for your service SFC Remsberg – but hold still while we discreetly pull a few dollar bills out of your wallet during your ovation.
(Editor’s note: In the spirit of being fair and balanced, post-COLA reduction military pensions and benefits remain more generous than those promised to current retirees, and I accept that personnel structure and benefits are the two biggest money drains in the Department of Defense. However, I refuse to accept that this nation cannot keep faith with our warriors as best as possible – particularly when defense dollars are wasted on mismanaged projects, poorly conceived ideas and outdated missions.)