Happy Columbus Day


When I was a kid (1988–Sex & the City 2) I loved PJ O’Rourke. He wrote about politics in a way that made his Reagan-style conservatism make sense, and he was very, very funny. He wrote essays like “Ferrari Refutes Decline of the West”—in which he drives the Ferrari used in the pilot episode of Magnum P.I. across the country—and “How to Drive Fast On Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink,” and he was the first person to warn me away from women who wear either white or black lipstick. Now he sucks. In the video above, Alan Grayson explains what the Occupy Wall Street protestors are so upset about while O’Rourke whinges out a bunch of hippie jokes that would have seemed tired on Laugh-In. I’m not saying that I agree with OWS or even with the proposition that they consciously convey a coherent message, but I am saying that the things you once thought were great can change. More terrifying still, they can stay the same and you can start thinking about them differently. On Columbus Day, the holiday that is so almost not a holiday that every year I can’t decide whether to do a Combat! blog post, that sentiment seemed appropriate.

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  1. I’d be pissed, too, because of what a total non sequitur it is. Grayson is a multimillionaire businessman with the most elite education you can get in the USA (multiple post-graduate degrees from Harvard!), so dismissing his opinions by accusing him of being a bongo-playing hippie is, well, stupid. By all rights he should be the other side of the issue, but to his credit he’s not a stooge.

  2. In fairness, while the words coming out of his mouth are little nuggets of rationale gold, his tie is busy saying, ‘BLAH BLAH BLAH, I have friends with blown trust funds thanks to Clown School of America. Now they play hacky sack on my front lawn.’

    It can all be so confusing for a closed mind.

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