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Wednesday, Feb. 25 | The Bleat.

I’ve run from one damned thing to the other since I got up, and I have nothing to say about any of it. So there. The stuff that’s interesting I can’t talk about, yet, and the stuff that’s been kicking around my head for the last few weeks gets dumped into a screed I’m cooking. So here’s a dog:

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This is from the new camera. 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to edit a video while watching an old Password, and hope this restores my mood. Back in a bit. 

Okay.  Ed Driscoll noted something today – a webpost about the Mayor of San Francisco being caught with . . . bottled water. Full store here.  This sums up with exquisite precision the people we elect to guide our institutions:

 

Fix on something small and symbolic, and demonize it;

Propose a response that does little to address the fundamental problem;

Forbid the thing to others;

Reserve its use for yourself;

Adopt a penitent tone when caught which underscores the hypocrisy and makes you look like a dweeb for apologizing for something which, while petty, you have infused with moral failings. 

I’m not big on shouting HYPOCRITE, for the most part, because failing to do a thing you   endorse does not mean the thing you’re endorsing isn’t a good idea. But that equation changes when it’s something they want to take away from you, but reserve for themselves. In any case, it’s just laughable to see a weightless fool who, for the sake of public image and sending the right messages,  has to apologize for having the wrong kind of water container  – and has an aide describe it as an indulgence.

Sir. Six oysters for breakfast with a rasher of bacon is an indulgence. Three showgirls in your lap is an indulgence. Racing a car at high speed on weekends is an indulgence. Having a moral tuning fork that twinges when someone drinks water from a plastic bottle is an affectation. 

Here’s the video. The Happy Guy was removed from the parking ramp roof yesterday, so my chances of getting more footage are over. Hail and Farewell, Charlestoning Balloon Man. 



Later today: miscreant round-up on buzz.mn, the Out of Context Ad Challenge around 10:30, Mpls update around noon. See you soon!

 

37 Responses to Wednesday, Feb. 25

  1. Warren says:

    That (I assume) sunrise is lovely, and (I assume) Jasper’s pose very sweet.

  2. John Everett says:

    How is Jasper doing? What a magnificent creature he is.

  3. Dave says:

    That’s the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubeman!

    http://www.wackywavinginflatablearmflailingtubeman.com/

  4. Mxymaster says:

    Glad that the Balloon Guy went out on a high note. He might have ended with a buck-n-wing or a samba, maybe the chacha. But the Charleston always leaves ‘em wanting more.

  5. GardenStater says:

    Just goes to show you–set to the right, jaunty music, just about anything can make me giggle.

  6. Tim Windsor says:

    Warren,

    You must be new around here. Lileks up with the sun? The man complains about dragging out of bed at 9 a.m.

    :-)

    My money’s on sunset. Or thirty minutes of Photoshop and Maker’s Mark.

  7. rbj says:

    Yes. I never have more than two showgirls on my lap. But then, my frame is on the smaller side and thus doesn’t accommodate more than two.

    FWIW, I always found bottled water to be rather silly, I just use a Brita filter (which does affect the taste) and a sports bottle. But as I do this because I am cheap, not environmentally responsible, I guess it doesn’t count.

    Jasper is probably waiting for the warm brown ground instead of the cold white ground, all the better for digging in.

  8. EG says:

    I love that Jasper picture!

  9. a reader says:

    It is interesting that hypocrisy over bottled water gets our host riled up, whereas say, neo-hooverites yelling about DEFICIT SPENDING! when the same people for years said deficits don’t matter doesn’t get a mention.

  10. He is a dignified old gent now, isn’t? Striking! Who would have thought from that puppy that was all ears?

    Mayor Newsome just might be my next governor. Either he, or the once and future Jerry Brown.

    Lovely.

    So to sum up today’s electeds:
    Manufacture a crisis
    Manufacture outrage
    Manufacture over the top response, but not a solution.
    Manufacture a restriction of some right, but reserve it’s full enjoyment for yourself.

    Got it.

    Who said we don’t have a manufacturing base in the United States anymore?

  11. Jeff says:

    Newsome was drinking out of a water bottle *ironically*, folks, as a kind of po-mo commentary on the pointlessness of drinking out of a water bottle.

    So it’s all good.

    Speaking of PoMo, is everyone enjoying Mayor Oscar Goodman’s indignant pushback to the Obama administration on “trips to Vegas”? Oscar was at his best Animal House judicial council speechifying — “we are an engine for prosperity and recovery and i for one will not just stand here while someone runs down prosperity and recovery! Who is with me?”

  12. Al Federber says:

    San Francisco Mayor Newsom is not well-liked in San Francisco. “Weightless fool” sums him up, from what I can gather. He’s running for Governor now.

  13. Angie B. says:

    I just finished reading Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” I think you summarized the plot nicely in this post.

  14. Kristin says:

    Quality editing on that video. Very nice.

  15. JoAnne says:

    Your dog is absolutely precious – what a sweet picture. I can’t believe he’s asleep on the snow like that!

    I read your earlier posts about him. I hope he is doing well. He looks like a lovely dog, and I wish him all the best. :)

  16. roger h (bgbear) says:

    Thought we had a good “gotcha” moment with a nanny state type until I realized it was Newsom. It would not surprise me if that guy owned large amounts of stock in Arrowhead water.

    Cheats on wife, cuckold, shames you for candy bars and then over drinks (alcohol), oh, yeah, my choice for next governor.

  17. Lileks says:

    I’m agin it. That said, there’s a good argument to be had about the amount and purpose of deficit spending, but that wasn’t what the post was about. It’s often unwise to draw inferences about THIS from a post about THAT, or assume that someone doesn’t care about THIS because he happened to write about THE OTHER THING.

  18. brook says:

    long time reader, first time poster. just had to say how much i love the photo of jasper – it’s amazing how sweet and content he can look when laying on top of a pile of something so cold and wet.

    glad you got the new camera – hope to see more great shots of him as a result!

  19. Chris says:

    “That’s the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubeman!
    http://www.wackywavinginflatablearmflailingtubeman.com/

    I remember ten years ago, when tracking and reporting Muffler Man sightings was all the rage..

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/muffler/

  20. a reader says:

    You might want to take your own advice. After all, in your eyes Newsome is guilty of ordering the city not to buy bottled water, and then GASP having bottled water in his car that the city did not pay for. So clearly we can make assumptions about all elected leaders:

    “the people we elect to guide our institutions:

    Fix on something small and symbolic, and demonize it;

    Propose a response that does little to address the fundamental problem;

    Forbid the thing to others;

    Reserve its use for yourself;”

    Which citizens exactly are forbidden from buying bottled water in California?

  21. roger h (bgbear) says:

    a reader:

    You are right, let us not judge Gavin on “Watergate”

    His wife Jennifer is expecting. I’ll wait to see if Jennifer gives “natural birth,” breast feeds, will Gavin and Jennifer use disposable diapers or organic cotton diapers hand-washed and hung out on the clothesline by the mayor himself. etc.

    I suspect they will do what seems most practical to them just like the rest of us.

    ;)

  22. roger h (bgbear)
    February 25th, 2009 | 12:34 pm

    a reader:

    You are right, let us not judge Gavin on “Watergate”

    His wife Jennifer is expecting. I’ll wait to see if Jennifer gives “natural birth,” breast feeds, will Gavin and Jennifer use disposable diapers or organic cotton diapers hand-washed and hung out on the clothesline by the mayor himself. etc.

    Or, we can see Gavin’s wife in her next motion picture! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499924,00.html

  23. Mike Gebert says:

    Years ago, I went to San Francisco for a week after living under Tiberius Daleyus here in Chicago, and was astonished that the top local news story involved Mayor Willie Brown defending his attendance at a fancy party at which there had been, shall we say, fetish-themed performers, making use of razors on each other, splashing each other with bodily fluids, etc. Brown’s response to the controversy was, basically, “How dare you tell me what parties I can go to!” I tried to imagine how many alternate universes I’d have to travel through to find the one in which Mayor Daley would attend an S&M-themed party and then be surprised that anybody questioned it, but the number got too big to keep track of. (The man inspires a lot of questions, but that will never be one of them.)

    So that’s San Francisco– a place where it’s okay for the mayor to watch people pee on each other as long as, Goddess forbid, it’s NOT bottled water pee.

  24. Lileks says:

    “Newsom has issued an executive order banning city departments from buying bottled water, even for water coolers. The ban goes into effect July 1, and will extend to water coolers by Dec. 1.”

    MSNBC story here.

  25. Al Federber says:

    Last year, SF Mayor Newsom proposed forming squads of “garbage police”, who would root through peoples’ curbside bins to make sure they were recycling properly. If not, they would be fined.

  26. roger h (bgbear) says:

    I could understand “a readers” point if the mayor had banned bottle water in City Hall just as a cost cutting measure but, he also endorsed the ban as good for the planet. That is why his using bottle watered strikes me as funny to say the least.

    Honestly, I think guys like Newsom do these things as a “keeping up with the Jones” competition with other mayors so they have something to talk about at mayor conferences.

    Better them talking about his naked wife ;)

  27. [...] Lileks comments on the ritualized response coming from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom upon being caught with bottled water. Bottled water! [...]

  28. a reader says:

    So you think millions of plastic bottles used one time aren’t bad for the planet? What in the world was wrong with picking up a glass and walking over to the sink?

  29. boblipton says:

    I think the planet will be fine. It’s survived diosaurs, meteors and ice ages. As George Carlin noted, our sole purpose may have been to make the plastics that the planet couldn’t make without us, and now that we’ve done that, we’re the disposables.

    Bob

  30. Mike Gebert says:

    Surely it’s possible to believe that wasting lots of plastic is bad, and also that the mayor of San Francisco is a hypocritical, puffed-up jackass. I don’t see a contradiction there.

  31. Rob says:

    Jasper is one handsome dog!

  32. roger h (bgbear) says:

    “a reader” do you “read”?

    Where did anyone here say the message to conserve was wrong?

    I tried being nice. I give up on you, you are just here to annoy.

    Newsom’s a jerk and I don’t need a trunk of water bottles to know it.

  33. BigJohn says:

    Not to be technical, but that was not a Charleston. That was more interpretive dance, the likes of which you could see at any Grateful Dead show back when I was a youthful miscreant.

  34. Ross says:

    Watching that clip, my guess would be the Balloon Man is gone because he swallowed his tongue.

  35. Shari says:

    I meant to tell you the other morning the tube guy had blown a huge hole in his head. I had a feeling he was not long for this world after that.

  36. jamcool says:

    Watching that clip, my guess would be the Balloon Man is gone because he swallowed his tongue.

    Nah, he just ran off with the inflatable gorilla with the pink bikini ;)

  37. [...] so eloquently phrased it-“corporate water”, James Lileks brilliantly summed up the remarkable puritanism of the “non-judgmental” left: This sums up with exquisite precision the people we elect [...]

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