Friday, January 28, 2011

Walk the walk, you gasbags

Repeal Health Care? Give Up Your Own First! - Credo Action

Conditioned to shop

"The trillionaire-making strategies you encounter are so insidious because of how normal they’ve become. You’ll find them creeping into your life not only explicitly, in magazines and commercials, but implicitly, in the way other people around you -- even people you love -- expect you to live."

How to Make Trillions of Dollars - Raptitude

The myth of a failing Europe

"The lesson of the Irish debacle, then, is very nearly the opposite of what Mr. Ryan would have us believe. It doesn’t say 'cut spending now, or bad things will happen'; it says that balanced budgets won’t protect you from crisis if you don’t effectively regulate your banks — a point made in the newly released report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which concludes that '30 years of deregulation and reliance on self-regulation' helped create our own catastrophe. Have I mentioned that Republicans are doing everything they can to undermine financial reform?"

Their Own Private Europe - The New York Times

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The new anti-elitists: despising the idea that things - or they themselves - could be better

"Who, then, is guilty of elitism...? The main culprits turn out to be people [who adopt] aesthetic, intellectual, or political values that demur from the money-making mandate that otherwise dominates society."

Revolt of the Elites - n+1

Another nice observation: "It’s my fiduciary responsibility to increase shareholder value is our I was just following orders...."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

We lack not just civil discourse, but honest discourse

"This isn’t about angry blog posts or verbal fisticuffs. Since Obama’s ascension, we’ve seen repeated incidents of political violence. Just a short list would include the 2009 killing of three Pittsburgh police officers by a neo-Nazi Obama-hater; last year’s murder-suicide kamikaze attack on an I.R.S. office in Austin, Tex.; and the California police shootout with an assailant plotting to attack an obscure liberal foundation obsessively vilified by Beck.

Obama said, correctly, on Wednesday that 'a simple lack of civility' didn’t cause the Tucson tragedy. It didn’t cause these other incidents either. What did inform the earlier violence — including the vandalism at Giffords’s office — was an antigovernment radicalism as rabid on the right now as it was on the left in the late 1960s....

Have politicians stoked the pre-Loughner violence by advocating that citizens pursue 'Second Amendment remedies' or be 'armed and dangerous'? We don’t know. What’s more disturbing is what Republican and conservative leaders have not said. Their continuing silence during two years of simmering violence has been chilling."

No One Listened to Gabrielle Giffords - The New York Times

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

...and Boehner says, "Na-na-na-I-am-not-listening-to-you"

CBO Says Health Care Repeal Would Deepen Deficit - Washington Post

Meet John Boehner, corporate tool: The Crying Shame of John Boehner - Rolling Stone

Conservonomics: truly a turd the size of Texas

The Texas Omen - The New York Times

They're crazy and they have guns. And microphones.

"Can we see the hands of all the kids taken from their parents because they didn't get flu shots? How about all those people rotting in jail because they didn't cooperate in compiling the census?"

Land of the Paranoid - Washington Post


From Colbert: "The signature drink at the Reagan bar is the 'trickle-down,' where the bartender keeps giving your drinks to the rich guy next to you until he vomits in your glass."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

GOP is vowing to do what it does best: making someone miserable

"Republicans benefit from the fact that memories are short and statutes of limitations shorter.... [Now they] are back in control of the House, ready to run interference for the rich as recklessly and belligerently as ever."

Get Ready for a G.O.P. Rerun - The New York Times

LATE ADDITION: The Corporate House - The New York Times