My Apple For The Treacher
I first “met” Sean Medlock as Jim Treacher when he was blogging at The Daily Gut. I was hooked in by his quick wit and clever insight right from the start. He soon became Thinkies Porn.
Some time later, during the ’08 election cycle, I got to know him a bit on a more personal level. I had posted something about Sarah Palin on a discussion board and, via a Google search, “Jim Treacher” found it. He emailed me to discuss it with me and to tell me “Good job; keep blogging.” He knew me from Adam, yet took the time to email me, comment personally and encourage someone he did not know at all.
That’s just the kind of guy he is. He is lacking any pretense whatsoever. He is humble, kind and thoughtful. He is always willing to help anyone, no matter how “big” or “small”; he does not obsess over “traffic” or hits, which is rather refreshing in the blogosphere. Instead, he is concerned only with educating people, with pointing out wrongs done by our government and alleged leaders and with making people laugh through the anger. He excels at all.
He’s also the reason I joined Twitter (so y’all can blame him, heh.) It was the night Obama made his “Special Olympics” joke on Leno. My BFF Jenny had already joined Twitter and said “Hey, Treach is on a roll tonight.” I had to look and was hooked once again. Some examples:
Last night, President Obama debuted his standup comedy act on the Tonight Show. You’ve heard his hilarious wisecracks about the Special Olympics and “waterheads,” and here are a few of his other witticisms:
“Thanks for having me on the show, Jay. You seem like a pretty nice guy… for an Italian. [Tony Soprano impersonation] Ayyyy! Fuggetaboutit!”
“You think being the first black president is easy? Every time I leave the White House, Secret Service checks my pockets for silverware.”
“Yeah, John McCain and I get along. Although he always freezes me out when I try to give him a high five! [audience groans] What, too soon?
Sarah Palin and I don’t talk much, ’cause I don’t speak Tardese. ‘Doy! Durr! Look at my dumb baby!’ [audience member boos] Oh, lighten up.”
“Ya know, I thought about picking a female VP too. But I’ve already got somebody to clean my house and fetch me beers! Am I right, fellas?”
“Any Irish folks in the audience? Don’t raise your hand, you might spill your drink. ‘When Oirish oys are smilin’…'” [staggers, pretends to vomit]
You know what cracks me up? Chinese people. [sticks front teeth over bottom lip and pushes back corners of eyes] ‘Herro, Mistel Plesident!’
Obama responds to the controversy: “You know, I didn’t mess with those people’s chromosomes. This administration has inherited these genetic anomalies.”
Damn, he’s hilarious. Making people giggle-snort with mirth, yet think at the same time, is a gift. He has it.
I probably wouldn’t have even attempted blogging if it wasn’t for discovering Sean (Treacher) at The Daily Gut. It was the first time I’d seen someone successfully use humor to make valid, insightful points and said to myself “Hey. THAT is exactly what we need.” Thus, he became a sort of mentor, as I am sure he has for many, many others.
I’ve gotten to know him a little better since then and I’m proud to call him a friend and not just a mentor, even though we’ve never “met” in person. He continued to encourage me, always, and said encouragement meant so much, truly. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank him enough.
Now, Tucker Carlson has also recognized his genius and has hired him for The Daily Caller. I am so thoroughly thrilled for him; it is so very well-deserved. I’m also thrilled FOR US. We are extremely lucky to have Sean Medlock on our side, and now fighting in the trenches of Washington DC. I joked with Dan Collins today that I want to send Sean a pitchfork so that we can vicariously wave a pitchfork through him. I also ask that he shake his fist angrily at the White House daily for us.
And kick ass. Like I know he will. Congratulations, Sean. I wish you all the best, always.
P.S. Thank you also for picking the name Treacher, as it lends itself well to punny titles. I loves me some pun.
P.P.S. Also relieved that I no longer have to worry about slipping and spilling the name beans 😀