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March 23, 2006

Demands

I think we need a word for things that are simultaneously funny and scary. Humorrific? Nah, the "horrific" doesn't have a strong enough presence. Terrorlarious? Maybe. In any case, when we do come up with the term, the first subject is Dick Cheney's perverse demand that all hotels he occupies must pretune their television's to Fox News. I don't know whether he's technologically incapable of doing it himself or terrified that a flash of real news might pierce his bubble, but it's telling either way.

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Isn't it time for someone to publicly suggest he is stark-raving mad? The signs have been there for years. Only a lunatic could suggest that Iraqi's would greet us as liberators, that the invasion would be self-financed, that the insurgency was in its last throes when it was apparent to everyone it was escalating, his obvious disassociation from common reality as evidenced by the quail hunting episode. This was the man thought to bring maturity and gravity to an otherwise callow Bush administration and he turns out to be quite mad.

Posted by: dmh | Mar 23, 2006 3:26:22 PM

Wow. You think it's Dick, or something one of his staffers came up with? Surely he's got a batch of fresh-out-of-College Republicans working for him who do things like writing up orders to the hotels. One of them would toss in an item like that just because they thought it was funny.

Posted by: jackd | Mar 23, 2006 3:26:37 PM

That's like one of those bands that wants all the brown M&Ms sorted out of the candy dish. Weird.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Mar 23, 2006 4:17:45 PM

"That's like one of those bands that wants all the brown M&Ms sorted out of the candy dish. Weird."

Demonstrating actual power is not weird, but usually quite useful. Why? Because he can.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Mar 23, 2006 4:23:51 PM

How about "scarilarious?"

Posted by: Kim | Mar 23, 2006 5:23:46 PM

One of the Shakers suggested he can't change the channel himself because the remote sets his pacemaker to "puree."

Posted by: Shakespeare's Sister | Mar 23, 2006 6:07:10 PM

dmh's list of some of Cheney's delusions probably trace back to Cheney sole-sourcing his news from FauxNews. (Is it proper to start a sentence with a non-capital letter when the subject's name is lower-case?)

As much as I'd like to lay this small piece of insanity at Cheney's feet, I suspect jackd has it right. Ben Domenech probably plagarized the hotel rules for Cheney from Ann Coulter.

(Atrios and Your Logo Here cite today about a half-dozen instance of RedAmerica Ben committing egregious plagarism, which is usually not tolerated in their writers by respectable news sources like WaPoo.)

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Mar 23, 2006 6:17:47 PM

I don't think this makes Cheney look any worse than before, and I loathe the guy. I know that I hate turning on the tv in a hotel room and almost invariably getting their huckster in-house channel, with obnoxious music and/or voiceovers, almost always set too loud. If I had someone going in and preparing a room for me, I might also ask that the damn tv be turned on to a non-offensive, widely available channel so I didn't have to deal with one of my pet peeves. I don't consider Fox non-offensive, but Cheney evidently does. I'm less than shocked.

But The Smoking Gun's riders are always an amusing read. Anything short of white flowers and white candles everywhere seems reasonably sensible, not diva-ish.

I've heard (but not confirmed) that Van Halen really didn't care about the M&Ms, but that they included that item as a test to ensure that the enture rider had been read and followed, given that much more important things unrelated to dressing room amenities were also listed in it. If the M&Ms were wrong, then it was a good bet that other things were wrong. But that argument seems weak to me, especially after the M&Ms thing hit the press. People could skip the M&Ms because more important things took their time. Or they could remember to do the M&Ms because they knew this was the test item, while other things may have been left unaddressed. So to me, the M&M requirement was not diva-ish, but dickish, patronizing and probabaly an imperfect indicator of overall rider compliance.

Posted by: Mary | Mar 24, 2006 9:14:24 AM

So to me, the M&M requirement was not diva-ish, but dickish, patronizing and probabaly an imperfect indicator of overall rider compliance.

In 1981, I was a concert promoter's "Girl Friday"--meaning I took care of anything and everything, from answering phones to typing letters to ordering cases of bloody fizzy water from the Alps and plates of organic vegetables (remember, in Florida, organic was almost non-existent in 1981) for picky musicians.

When we did the Rolling Stones / Van Halen concert that summer, I was the one who had to pick through bag after bag of M&M's, removing the brown ones and putting the rest in big Baccarat bowl and covering it with Saran wrap.

I loved the Stones' rider, however. It stated "Mick will be happy to accept any brown M&M's that Dave doesn't want".

Posted by: litbrit | Mar 24, 2006 9:56:01 AM

Oh come on Ezra, all the cool kids have been using 'hilarifying' for years already. Get with the times, son.

Posted by: Sommer | Mar 24, 2006 11:30:08 AM

..wow! if you're wondering whether you've ever stayed at a Starwood hotel the group owns the Sheraton.

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