Buy me some peanuts and jellybeans

There’s no politics in baseball — at least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly:

President Reagan’s favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away to the first 10,000 fans to attend the game;

Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, will serve as Honorary Team Captain;

National country artist Tim Dugger, member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Committee, will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch;

A Major League Baseball Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan will be shown; BravesVision will show Reagan trivia between innings.

How ’bout Braves Vision feature baseball trivia! I go to Turner Field to be distracted from life’s various irritants, not reminded of them. Please tell me Blockhead Hannity won’t be throwing out the first pitch.

What exactly is the point, injecting a divisive figure into a nonpartisan gathering? I suspect the event will attract as many fans as it repels. And before conservatives throw a fit, I’d be just as opposed to a day honoring JFK.

Can’t wait for Glenn Beck bobblehead night.

The potatoe-head didn’t fall far from the tree

Of all the mawkish remembrances of Ronald Reagan, Ben (son of Dan) Quayle’s is the ickiest.

When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House.

I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.


Three ways today’s conservatives are nothing like Reagan

I’m generalizing, as there’s still some conservatives who haven’t sipped from the populist tea:

  1. Reagan knew the difference between Maine and Mississippi. Today’s conservatives want to rid the GOP of anyone to the left of Jesse Helms. Reagan selected a pro-choice moderate as his running mate. Does the Hannity crowd really think Maine would vote for a Palin Republican?
  2. Reagan was a foreign policy realist. If the neocons had been around back then Nixon would’ve never gone to China and the military would still be trying to save face in Lebanon. Reagan didn’t wage wars the U.S. couldn’t win (see Grenada).
  3. Reagan wasn’t an asshole. Limbaugh’s lackeys seem to model their personalities on Judge Smails, minus the college education. Tonight I heard shrieking lunatic Mark Levin ridicule an 89-year-old woman who supports health care reform. Classy.

you can’t spell obsequious without IOU

Deep in the bowels of the Reagan White House, the future chief justice of the Supreme Court argued against co-opting the dignity of the office. It’s refreshing to see a public official stand up against corporate interests — seriously. Too bad we have to go back 25 years to find an example:

I hate to sound like one of Mr. Jackson’s records, constantly repeating the same refrain, but I recommend that we not approve this letter. Sometimes people need to be reminded of the obvious: whatever its status as a cultural phenomenon, the Jackson concert tour is a massive commercial undertaking. The tour will do quite well financially by coming to Washington, and there is no need for the President to applaud such enlightened self-interest. Frankly, I find the obsequious attitude of some members of the White House staff toward Mr. Jackson’s attendants, and the fawning posture they would have the President of the United States adopt, more than a little embarrassing.

Just a reminder: June 29 is Ashford and Simpson Day — despite John Roberts’ objection.