A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
Ah, Ralph. Well, if there’s one thing the GOPs have been, it’s consistent. Consistently against the poor and the economically dislocated (in a bear of a recession) in favor of the rich — who, they keep telling us, are vital “job creators” — conveniently forgetting the massive transfer of factories, the endless round of “downsizing” etc. They respond to the death of the criminal bin Laden by claiming that it was THEIR torture what done it. They block anything that might conceivably benefit the President without once thinking that it might benefit the country, too.
Honestly. I can’t understand how anyone with a conscience or a soul could be a Republican at this point in history. By their fruits ye shall know them, and their fruits are poisonous: greed, depredation, callousness, cruelty, selfishness, self-righteousness, hatred,bigotry, hatred and, of course, hatred.
There are two quick updates here. (Am working on a longer piece that ain’t done at present.) Continue reading
Since yesterday was Mother’s Day and tomorrow is May the Tenth, it is apt that this shoehorn between them, as the forty-seventh anniversary of the founding of The Mothers of Invention, helmed by the late, great Frank Zappa.
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or tab shall appear, as if by magic)*
[* Note: The original illustration is from "Jew-dicial Watch?" 6 November 2007.]
Now, I have the original U.S. pressing of Lumpy Gravy, for those who know what that means. But let Wikipedia tell the tale: Continue reading
Frankly, given the horsefeathers that the Randroids have been dishing out about the “stunning success” of the film adaptation of Atlas Shruged, a bit of schadenfreude is entirely in order. From Indywire [emphasis added]:
Rocky Mountain Pictures’ aforementioned Ayn Rand adaptation, “Atlas Shrugged, Part I,” continued to fail in its fourth weekend. Though its producers suggested it would hit 1,000 screens after its somewhat promising debut, the film went from 371 screens down to 228 in its third frame. The result was a massive 71% drop in grosses, taking in $137,443 for a pathetic per-theater-average of $603 ….
Wonder if the rationalizers will continue to flog this dead horse, or “objectively” pretend that nothing happened. Hmmm. But listen to this from a week ago: Continue reading
It becomes apparent WHY Katie Couric is leaving CBS News.
Today, bin Laden’s home movies were released, minus soundtrack. And how did CBS News online respond? Continue reading
A lot of ink has spilled in the last week. I won’t attempt to equal that output here.
But I do want to say “Thank you.” Not just for the one thing, either.
If, as is said, we get the kind of government we deserve, the old song refrain applies: Continue reading
Since nobody else is stepping up to the plate, I’d like to apologize on my countrymen’s behalf.
First, to China:
I am deeply sorry that a prominent American blowhard decided to characterize your citizenry as having had sexual relations with your respective mothers. This is a grave insult virtually everywhere, except, alas, for America and American media, who gleefully repeated the slur (tastefully censoring it without removing the meaning) without once considering that civility to other nations ought to draw reprimands and condemnation from our citizenry. On behalf of them, I apologize for this unforgivable crudity.
Second, to Canada:
2nd Witch: By the pricking of my Thumbes,
Something wicked this way comes:
Open Lockes, who ever knockes.
~ Act 4, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Er, in this case, enter the twisted minds of Andrew Malcolm and Jim Hoft, representatives of the mindlessness of hate and fanaticism — who, for obvious reasons, dislike and hate the notion that a mindless, hate-filled fanatic was “taken out” in Pakistan on May Day. And throw in the vapid neutrality of NPR, and add a pinch of Bushian Revisionism and it turns out that, by Wednesday, the mindless deconstructionism of the media machine had moved to the media-created, media-fueled and media Narrative-Pushing-Forward story:
MEDIA: The Killing of Bin Laden has boosted the president’s “approval ratings.” (Invariably beginning with “In a poll, conducted by …”) Continue reading
Ayn Rand Superman Radley Balko (formerly of CATO, now of “Reason”) has written grandiloquently on his blog that Osama bin Laden “Won.”
Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix.
Well, that’s one way of seeing it. But not only is he late to the analytical party, but Ted Koppel was already late in 2010 with his op-ed in the Washington Post [see below], saying much the same thing, albeit not with Balko’s perverse sense of triumphalism. I wrote it in 2008, followed up in 2009 and again in 2011. Since the “really smart” folks out there are beginning to toy with this concept in unsanitary and/or mentally unhealthy ways, let me reprint it here. You will agree that it is, again, timely.
And, Balko, in addition to being a mental superman, doesn’t like the mildest criticism whilst taking his bows for mental acuity and other trapeze stunts, having rejected this mild comment:
Welcome to the party, Mr. Balko, if just a couple years late.
Ted Koppel was, himself, already a couple years late when he said what you just said, more or less, on September 12, 2010.
You VILL agree. Ja? Gut.
What can I say? For the first time in memory, Memeorandum has been entirely controlled by one news story. If there’s any angle, point of view or thought not covered from a multiplicity of ideological prisms, that refraction would be lost in the flood of pixels-masquerading-as-ink washing across the screens of smart phones, of PCs and Macs, work stations, custom builds, UNIX, Linux, what-have-you.
Rupert Murdoch’s profound contribution to the
dignified national dialogue on this moment in history.
Grab it while it’s there. We finally have a Rosetta Stone to the blogosphere, as we see EVERY blogger and news outlet filtering the same facts from the same source (the U.S. Government, please note). All the reporting of the past 12 hours or so is based on the same facts. You can now scientifically study the effects of the same fact set on minds as diverse as America gets: from Charles Krauthammer to Willy Wonka. A once- in-a-generation phenomenon for linguistic analysts. Continue reading
May Day: Mayday! The title is not absurd. It isn’t even hyperbolic. It is, sadly, a legitimate question. (Sometimes I have to wonder if some of these “progressive” groups aren’t headquartered in a padded cell.) Here’s what the “Fix Congress First!” campaign is sending out in email spam [emphasis added]:
date Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 8:19 AM
subject Let’s make the presidential candidates talk about money
[rudely, no salutation]
The 2012 presidential race is heating up, and big donors are pulling out their checkbooks. President Obama—who recently reaffirmed his promise to “change how things get done in Washington”—just asked his top fundraisers to bring in $350,000 each for his reelection campaign. His 2012 bid is expected to cost more than $1 billion—35% more than his campaign in 2008.
The GOP is firing back. Sarah Palin raised $3.5 million in 2010, Mitt Romney raised $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2011, and the RNC raised $5.2 million in February alone.
No high profile candidate is talking about reform. Instead, both sides are building networks of anonymous donors—most of them wealthy special interests—to fuel their campaigns. Because of Citizens United, these groups can spend unlimited amounts on political communications. 2012 will be the most expensive election in history by far.
OK. You got your classic direct mail marketing opening. Campaign finance is a problem. Gotcha. Knew that. With the teensiest bit of foreshadowing. Sweet. And it now continues with the “solution”: Continue reading