August 2009


One of mine: Cool Hand Luke. (I’m talking start to finish.)

Excellently depressing.

Mankind’s inhumanity to Mankind never ceases to amaze, even if only done cinematically. What’s funny is that the movie is Abu Ghraib and Gitmo except that all the people in the movie are eating and laughing and living after their depiction.

But real people, a small minority of whom deserve it, actually go through it.

Imagine it was you.

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…be so furious this quickly, and I read the cynics, and I agree with the cynics, particularly on this issue, and even though I had the very conversation between emotion and intellect in my own head, I had HopeyChangey in my heart, and it won.

I should be shot. Or drowned in my own urine, or something. Nobody really EVER gives up power. (Yes, there are exceptions, but that is the rule, and it’s almost axiomatic in terms of Institutions.)

And, honest to God, it’s not even the policy that bugs me the most, though the policy bugs me hugely, it’s the futility of it, the stupidity of it that really makes me want to open a vein.

Had a comment ready for this thread, but kept getting a “parse” error.

I don’t know what a “parse error” is, but I do know I’ve always been able to comment out at their brilliant website for a year to two now. So, here it is, for the history books:

Regarding that gem from C. Wallace, I’m about to send him an e-mail that goes something like this:

“Dear Mr. Wallace:

I’m 50 years old, and am of very sound mind and body. In fact quite a long distance from ‘irreversible coma.’

But I consider end-of-life issues all the time. What you need to understand is that I consider them because of people like you and those who inhabit and patronize your employer, coupled with your collective popularity.”

Signed,

John O

I’ve noted a distinct rise in them of late, among some pretty smart people, which I know because they’re always agreeing with me. Anyway, some examples. I’ll update as I see others. Kind of interesting and creepy, really!

Thers and I are in about the same mood.

Roy takes a look at the latest horrors visited upon us by the Obama Administration. And I’m not sure if this is a step “leading to our inevitable idiocratic nadir” or not, but I believe we’re 10 years, at least, from our nadir of idiocy. Minimum.

Even Big Prize Winner Paul Krugman can feel the stupid sucking his rich famous self down into the horrors of depression.

I just see no way out before things get a lot worse, first, all things tangible and intangible considered.

Update: John Cole with an example. Money quote:

If the Republicans had majorities like the Democrats have right now, they would have abolished the IRS and the Department of Education, Bernie Madoff would be running social security, there would be an oil well in every backyard and off every inch of coast, we’d have mandatory prayer in schools, and the defense department budget would be doubled so we could have excellent adventures in Iran while we liberate Georgia from oppressive Russian rule. And we’d be doing it all with a top marginal rate of 3%.

Yep.

Just don’t confront him. He seems to have a bit of a temper.

Interesting summation of pretty much everything wrong with our professional punditry, though I would add that our politicians themselves are curiously unaware that their readers/constituents can, you know, “go to the tape.” It has yet to cease amazing me, and probably has more than a little to do with Stewart and Colbert’s success.

Tip ‘o the hat to several, though the good Dr.’s finally caused me to pass it along.

The H-STUPD virus is unstoppable.

What, you bring 500 pages of text to a 10-15 minute interview, cite specific page numbers (432!) on the very topic you know you’re going to be asked about, and you can’t find the pages you’ve called out? Which pages your interviewer has clearly read?

What, are they not fucking NUMBERED?

The reason why J. Stewart is the best interviewer on the Great Tube of Learning is because he has CIVIL DISCOURSE.

And he’s nobody’s fool. Ask Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala.

Update: Would H-STUP!D or H-STUP1D virus been better? Yes, I talk to myself from time to time. And my cats. But at least I’m looking at things realistically and rationally.

Update 2: In proper context, I should make sure it is understood that in the center of my own universe, me, we won’t get past H-STUPD over the course of the rest of my life. 20-30 years if I’m lucky.

Very brilliant, universally recognized as a “brilliant mind.”

On some other planet, if you ask me.

For the legal take, on which Scalia has grounds for being an asshole, go here. Or here.

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