Tuesday, May 29, 2012
When the rhetoric of a plutocracy no longer masks its real purpose—to make most of us poor—people become less risk averse.
Beyond the nascent Occupy movement (now quiet), where are our student protests over college costs and crushing loan debt?
Posted by Patrick at 4:33 AM
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
...Wall Street’s self-centered, self-absorbed behavior has been kind of funny. But while this behavior may be funny, it is also deeply immoral.
Think about where we are right now, in the fifth year of a slump brought on by irresponsible bankers. The bankers themselves have been bailed out, but the rest of the nation continues to suffer terribly, with long-term unemployment still at levels not seen since the Great Depression, with a whole cohort of young Americans graduating into an abysmal job market.
And in the midst of this national nightmare, all too many members of the economic elite seem mainly concerned with the way the president apparently hurt their feelings. That isn’t funny. It’s shameful.from here
Posted by Patrick at 11:28 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I think there’s a process going on here, in which wealth and power creates a bubble in which people are so eager to please the paymasters that they lose any sense of what it sounds like to those not already answering to the same paymasters.
Godwin's Law—given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.
Posted by Patrick at 7:54 AM
Sunday, May 20, 2012
|Eagle Forum founder and asshole, Phyllis Schlafly|
The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers. [...]
Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps.
Death Rattle (1)
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
...I can only wonder what kind of person I'd be if instead of confronting the past I tried to forget it or, worse, tried to say it wasn't really that bad. I can only wonder what kind of person I'd be if the stone of cruelty in my heart was subject not to the slow trickle of conscience but rather to my sense of ambition and entitlement — to those jewelers of the self who, beholding the stone, declared it a gem, precious and hard, of inestimable worth in the bazaars of business and politics, and set it for my presidential ring.
And here’s the thing: I thank God I don't know. Long ago, I made an innocent kid suffer; one of the great gifts of my life is that I suffered in return. Mitt Romney doesn't appear to have suffered at all for the suffering he inflicted; but as one lucky enough to have broken the mean bone in my body and to have worn it in a sling, I can tell him that what he's accused of doing to the boy whose hair and existence was such an affront to him was not a prank; it was a punishment, to both the victim and the perpetrators. The victim almost certainly remembered it to the day he died; the least the perpetrator can do, if only for himself, is to try and do the same.Charles Pierce
Posted by Patrick at 6:01 AM
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
This is a pure con, aimed at a bunch of suckers in storm cellars listening to the shortwave, or to the fillings in their teeth. And a United States senator, a member of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, is working as the carny shill for this peculiar piece of bunco.
If the price of Ron Paul's support is that any thinking American has to stop laughing at his dimwitted spalpeen, the price to our democracy is too high.
What a fucking asshole.
The lie of the ad is more important than rifle's placement.
Flop the rifle, keep the lie.
Posted by Patrick at 5:25 AM
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.
As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.
But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.
Let's see, are these assholes more likely to be Democrats or Republicans?
Posted by Patrick at 5:58 AM
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
...I recently met Edward Conard on 57th Street and Madison Avenue, just outside his office at Bain Capital, the private-equity firm he helped build into a multibillion-dollar business by buying, fixing up and selling off companies at a profit.. . .
Society benefits if the successful risk takers get a lot of money. For proof, he looks to the market. At a nearby table we saw three young people with plaid shirts and floppy hair. For all we know, they may have been plotting the next generation’s Twitter, but Conard felt sure they were merely lounging on the sidelines. “What are they doing, sitting here, having a coffee at 2:30?” he asked. “I’m sure those guys are college-educated.” Conard, who occasionally flashed a mean streak during our talks, started calling the group “art-history majors,” his derisive term for pretty much anyone who was lucky enough to be born with the talent and opportunity to join the risk-taking, innovation-hunting mechanism but who chose instead a less competitive life.from The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy
The callous dipshits who were once labeled college republicans—they grew up.
Posted by Patrick at 5:24 AM