Radio serves two important functions: It will mop your brow during bouts of insomnia, and it will nudge you in the ribs when you’re driving.
I’m strictly classical music at 3 a.m. But in the car, I’m more catholic in my taste. And one of the stations I listen to has the uber-conservative personalities, mostly the ones who make outrageous statements in a modulated and apparently reasonable tone of voice.
Why this station? Well, because I already know what I think and don't need the amen. But what does the competition have to say?
Most radio hosts are gasbags, regardless of which political side they’re taking. (Daniel Schorr, anyone?) One of the hallmarks of a first class gas bag is the patronizing “Look” or “Listen” before launching into verbal farts. But better the gasbag you don’t know.
Lately, Dennis Prager has been a favorite windy companion of mine. He gained some notoriety this year with his philosophy that a wife should sexually submit to her husband whether or not she feels like it. Apparently, for a guy, a fuck is a fuck so long as there is, indeed a fuck, and the woman – well, big deal, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain -- read a book or plan a meal or something. This technique will ensure you hang onto the prize male specimen who is doing something or other behind your back. Well, frankly, you're both quite a prize at this point, aren't you?
Prager has since said he receives thousands of letters from women, thanking him for saving their marriage. Women listeners, Sir Prager? Really? Well then, the advertisers are losing a good bet, because all the commercials on your show focus on prostate health.
But anyway, That’s entertainment and keeps me amused, and I don’t find any of it the least bit disturbing. Until we actually agree on something.
Today Prager argued that Obama is right not to rattle the cage and thump the chest in the wake of the Iranian elections. In other words, let Iran actually think they have their own country and sort through this problem without US threats.
Holy shit. Listen, that’s what I think too. Look, now I’m worried.
Close the curtain, I have a meal to plan.