Friday, February 24, 2012

Horrid People

It isn't a secret that because of Citizens United and massive wealth, people like the Koch Brothers are running the Republican Party. Their front group ALEC writes anti-American and anti-Human legislation which their bought and paid for legislators duly submit. For anyone interested in the future of democracy as a going concern this kind of influence is beyond troubling. And rightly in my view,  President Obama is using these plutocrats undeserved political influence to run against robotic sociopathic plutocrat Mitt Romney.  Megan McArdle sees this and tries to mock the idea that anyone whose livelihood depends in total or in part on Koch cash is in the pay and pocket of these bloated plutocrats.

Why, one wonders, is necessary to hate America in order to be a spear carrier for authoritarians? Well, actually, I guess, the question answers itself.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Know someone who hoards? Maybe there is hope:


Oh For Dumb

We joke about Mitt Romney being a robotic sociopath but this video (via the known universe) is an example of a man who has no idea what he is saying, how he sounds, or what well self fashioned humans say about the world around them:

Which trees, one wonders, are the wrong height? Bonsai? Islamofascist? Obama's? The man defines uncomfortable in his skin and filled with an empty void.

A square foot of car quiz.

Seriously, the right height? What does that mean? How can anyone construct a sentence like that? I love my kids they are just the right height. Honey, I love you, you're just the right height. Those Alps sure are lovely because they are just the right height.

The man belongs in a cage.

Name That Pie

Here we see the Wisconsin Republican Party pushing an ALEC inspired mining bill:

Here we see my latest attempt at pie:

 It's called frog or jagger pie, anyone have a better name?

What's The Matter With Republicans

Gerald Ford, by today's standards, was a moderate Republican. However, he carried within him the seeds of all that is wrong with the Republicans and the Neoliberals more generally. He hated pleasure and, consequently, failed to understand that there is more to life. How do we know? His
habitual lunch: “a ball of cottage cheese, over which he pours a small pitcherful of A.1. Sauce, a sliced onion or a quartered tomato, and a small helping of butter-pecan ice cream.” Eating was, Ford said, “a waste of time.”
Anyone who thinks like that ought not be allowed to vote let alone run a country.

Consider this epic assault on humanized economyfrom the NYT. It's no doubt true that if Germany undertook to "liberalize" its national economy it would become more "efficient," where efficient stands for increased poverty among the workers with a larger percentage of wealth going to a sliver of Germans. We know this to be true because it is the Neoliberal response to the success of the post-War prosperity caused by the mild social democracy then rampant.

It makes much more sense to insist that Germany give over its commitment to imposing Neoliberal austerity on the rest of the world in the hopes that more social democracy will again lead to a prosperous and happy society.

The Honored Dead

When Steve Jobs died everyone and her brother leaped to heap praise upon him. They conveniently ignored his warts, as is the practice when it comes to the dead. Here is a nice job of rewarting Jobs. The man was an asshole, his products are overpriced and overrated, he underpaid his employees and benefited from the neo-slavery imposed on workers in China.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Quick Word

I've been to New York City recently and, much like the myth of Germanic humorlessness, the idea that New Yorkers are misanthropes is a lie: New Yorkers are among the nicest people in the world.

Monday, February 20, 2012