Andy Rooney, RIP

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CBS News 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney has died. Laudatory tributes from his mainstream media colleagues are beginning to surface. Granted that Rooney was not the usual regime stenographer, he competently fulfilled his designated role as the nation-state’s curmudgeonly uncle whose largely banal observations on life and its oddities seldom challenged the conventional wisdom and pieties of the establishment. Each weekend he delivered his Sunday evening philippic soothing and reassuring the American sheeple that all’s well in the heartland, and that while often inconvenient or quirky, tyranny is bracing and good for the soul.

8:23 am on November 5, 2011