- We need our jesters and as always, Iowahawk is on the case.
- One of the problems with the idea of having a more civilized discourse is that we've never really had one. Hell, Mencken obviated that idea all by himself for the first half of the last century. Meanwhile, as we approach the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, let's remember that some of his contemporaries weren't so fond of him. Steven Hayward provides some relevant examples of, ahem, civility, including these kind words for the Gipper from his supposed pal, Tip O'Neill:
"The evil is in the White House at the present time. And that evil is a man who has no care and no concern for the working class of America and the future generations of America, and who likes to ride a horse. He's cold. He's mean. He's got ice water for blood."