How much did that pitchfork cost?

Something more than usually surreal is pumping out of the righty Wurlitzer just here lately; it seems there’s a revolution coming, but it’s not the one you’d think.  As the rest of their countrymen slide into the abyss, those who’ve profited most richly all these years, promoting the destructive policies that created this catastrophe, are fighting mad, and they don’t care who knows it.  No more Mr. Nice Gasbags.

The spectacle of a “reporter,” this Santelli character from CNBC, launching into a rousing denunciation of the other 90% of the country, though oddly compelling in its way, was merely the frightening new metastasis of a cancer that has been nurtured, hell, fed Miracle-Gro, for so long.  That is, the alarming entitlement and deference that has been showered upon, and to which they have now arrogated  themselves, these dimwitted, overpaid media shills, and their astounding insularity and lack of understanding of what they “cover.”  Sean Hannity, multimillionaire television personality despite being retarded, is calling for fellow rebels to “rant,” via webcam, against perfidious Democrats for the commie act of coddling ordinary homeowners.  The “reward” is an appearance on his show.  And, in these troubled times one formerly reputable, now Murdoch-owned financial newspaper, turns to the only economist who can shed light on what endangers our future, and as it turns out, the chosen worthy Rush Limbaugh discovers that it’s the Fairness Doctrine.  Whew, that was close, WSJ readers must’ve thought.  Such irrelevant and counterfactual nonsense, delivered so seriously, was something like the fabulously wealthy Charles Gibson scoldingly informing benighted Democrats that capital gains tax cuts raise revenue; utter bullshit, but what the hell.  Nobody ever checks this crap, anyway.  The unaccountably rich and famous, who pride themselves on so many things, but prescience is chief among them, smell the wrong kind of class warfare on the breeze, and damned if they’re going to put up with a word of it.  It’s “Network,” but backwards.

Having watched and emulated the Bushies for so long, our media stars seem to be coalescing around a plan; they’re all getting ready to hire someone to beat the rest of America up.  Good luck with that.  It seems that former Bush officials are having a deservedly difficult time finding work, but don’t expect them to join the revolution; they only fight at keyboards and in green rooms.

Pitchforks are for the little people; do these guys know any?


  1. bystander says:

    The ‘really neat thing’ about economics is its ability to rain on every parade, and poop on every party. It’s an equal opportunity wet-blanket.

    Regarding those Bush appointees who can’t find jobs:

    OK, let’s have our minute of Schadenfreude … now let’s talk about why this is significant.

    Unfortunately, it’s an indicator of just how awful the economy is becoming.

    • Dirigo says:

      Bystander, it seems, as of Friday, no one could say when we’d hit bottom.

      “Wait for panic selling on Wall Street,” some were saying. “Then there’ll be panic buying. That will be the bottom.” Haven’t we been seeing panic selling over the last few weeks, or even before the holidays? What would panic selling look like in this market as a signal that the bottom has been reached?

      It’s unnerving also that people like George Soros, Paul Volcker, and Alan Greenspan can’t seem to say much that is helpful.

      The right invisible hand doesn’t know what the left invisible hand is doing.

    • rmp says:

      Dirigo sent me this link that shows how the mighty can fall and fall quickly.

      Death and Texas

  2. Dirigo says:

    Looks like Hillary Clinton is urging the Chinese government to engage in (ahem ) … some panic buying of U.S. Treasury bonds.

  3. cocktailhag says:

    There’s an article in the NYT about the chimera of a “brain drain” on Wall Street, if the outrageous pay were to be cut. Bring it on, I say. The notion that money is good for the rich, but bad for everyone else, is finally beginning to crack, and this outpouring of arrogance and hubris is part of the cause.
    Perhaps a taste of the medicine they’ve so long prescribed for others is coming their way.

    • rmp says:

      Here’s a piece on how the economy and WS drain could be a benefit to our college graduates. I have seen a clear departure among young adults on doing work they love to help others rather than chasing the gold.

      Dark days may bring bright futures

      • cocktailhag says:

        Sadly, rmp, if college costs stay where they are, it’s unlikely people will pursue non-remunerative careers. In law, medicine, and every other discipline, crippling debt sends graduates over to the dark side, and I’m not sure how much that will change. Even when I was in college in the early 80′s, the business types were regarded as mercenaries, not really pursuing learning, which was largely correct. Today, they’re tho only ones there.

  4. CasualObserver says:

    Hag, had no idea. Congratulations on your new blog (only a few weeks late). Bookmarked it.

  5. rmp says:

    This is disturbing to say the least.

    German Weimar Republic in the early 1920s and the U.S. – Troubling similarities

    • cocktailhag says:

      Back in November 2001, I went to New York, where the WTC was still smoldering, but disturbingly authoritarian measures and thinking were beginning to emerge. I saw “Cabaret,” with Gina Gershon, and little did I know, that would scare me even more. The parallels were already there. One particularly striking scene, in which “good Germans” sing, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” gave me nightmares.
      The power of demagogues, aided by economic insecurity, is always a toxic mix.

  6. rmp says:

    Some gossip for Oscar fans:

    Oscars secrets revealed! Well, some were, anyway

    • cocktailhag says:

      I never watch the Oscars, but I’ve taken an interest since they moved back to Hollywood. Their location, the Kodak Theater, is part of a redevelopment of old Hollywood that has actually been successful. I remember staying at the Roosevelt Hotel, across the street, in 1990, and thinking how tragic it was that a part of LA that was real, unique, and beautiful was now so tough even the hookers worked in pairs. The garish,crazy theaters, skyscrapers from art deco to Jetson’s, have now been restored and reoccupied, and even the theater, which is just part of a mall, pays homage to old Hollywood in the form or patterning itself on the set of “Intolerance.”
      Let’s hope the gains Hollywood, the actual place, has made since the last Bush recession aren’t lost in the current one.

  7. Cocktail Hag, I love your writing. Your words are like candy to me!

    I hope you are aware that the Ones you loathe, the Ones who inspire your righteous vitriol, jumped ship from the Republican Party during the summer of 2007. Late July, I do recall the week, when Darth Cheney reluctantly turned the 5th Fleet around and decided not to bomb the snot out of Iran . . . for now.

    Almost as if on cue the inside-the-beltway NeoCon think tanks started calling Hillary Clinton “presidential.” They backed the wrong horse, but today the “stealth neocons” still slime the corridors of Power as the Clintonista faction in the Obama cabinet.

    I only point this out to you in the fear that, if you don’t follow the Spawn of the Bolsheviks as they party hop you will run out of material, and how I would hate for you to run out of material! The founders of the Neocons started out as Democrats, jumped to the Repugs in the 80′s and are now back in the Democrat camp. The kooky Limbaugh types are just decoys.

    • cocktailhag says:

      While, of course, there’s a disturbing amount of truth in what you say; I would venture that the neocon/war party maybe went a bit too far in luring the racists and rubes, and now any sneaky party switch is problematic, to say the least.
      This bunch is only about the money, after all. But if the neocons were so comfortable in their new Democratic digs, why would they still be guns-a-blazing about Obama? After all, the key war policies remain in place, to my considerable chagrin.
      The pea under the walnut shell here is, I think, how will the rich stay rich when everyone else is returning bottles to buy spam? God, and the virtue of our white womenfolk may matter around the edges, but the main thing is getting the pie high enough to where no one below Sean Hannity can reach. It was ever thus.

      • Ah, but it’s about so much more than just money. The Cabal members are Globalists first and foremost, dedicated to their Universal and Transformational Permanent Utopian Revolution for the One World Whatever. Trigger words are for sure those as “Bill Kristol” or “Project for the New American Century” (PNAC), but they are also “liberal democracy,” “free market fundamentalism,” “color revolutions,” and so on.

        The skinhead faction is just a decoy. A straw man, easy to tear down. Their attacks on Obama are pathetic. Bonafide racists comprise a weak and powerless lunatic fringe, but the Fox Noise wingnut “movement” exists primarily in the media and the minds of progressives who prefer shooting fish in a barrel to grappling with the REAL foe who has set up a fortified encampment in progressivism’s own backyard.

        I have yet to figure out the Obama faction. The White House must be an interesting place to work these days, with two, possibly three opposing, factions running interference among and/or against each other.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Well, that and the many factions within the government, carefully embedded by the Bushies, that will run interference against any move that even peripherally seeks to roll back the “restoration” of Cheney’s dreams. All the burrowed varmints at Justice notwithstanding, there’s still Gates, Petreaus, et al, working to perpetuate the war-bucks end of it all. Like the Onion said, Obama just got a really shitty job.

  8. daphne says:

    Could we reasonably call this rightwing strategy “What’s the matter with all 50 states”?

    • cocktailhag says:

      Now remember, there are a few states in the old confederacy who promised not to sully themselves with the tainted, commie dough. What do Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, and Mississippi have in common besides low a) education levels, b) teeth per capita, and c) gene pool diversity?
      Ah, Republican governors angling to be Sarah Palin’s running mate in 2012…. Stupidity… it’s the new black.

  9. Karen M says:

    I’ve been watching “Middlemarch” today. It seems so timely!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Forgive my cultural stupidity; I’ve no idea what that is, beyond perhaps a British period piece of sorts.

      • Karen M says:

        Sorry, CH… another “Lit” Flick. Based on a novel by George Eliot, whose real name was Mary Anne Evans. She used a man’s pen name in order to get published.

        “Middlemarch” (the name is not accidental) is about a fictional town in England around the time of workers’ revolts and stopping machines and the attempts to level the playing ground in parliament, etc.

        Into the fray comes a young doctor, determined to do good and make the world a better place by using Reason and Science. Of course, the system in which he finds himself works against him, as do some of his own desires (leading to a too-early, and ill-judged marriage).

        Lots of the things that are at play right this very minute are happening in the book, too. (The book is more detailed than the movie, but the movie is pretty good.) Workers are not being treated fairly. Change and progress always seem to work to the advantage of the rich and never the poor. Proper medical care is not easily available, and lots of the doctors (who still subscribe to earlier methods) are resistant to the progressive changes the young doctor would like to make.

        There are also things about buildings, and plans, and stewardship, and fashion. Lots of good stuff. I think you’d like it.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I bet I would. I always have to rely on others for recommendations on fiction, because my reading in that genre is thin. I guess what’s funny about your noticing the class struggle issues in the movie, is that until the last thirty years or so, all movies were like that. The rich were never the heroes. Class struggle has always been with us, but its remarkable how little is captured in our fiction here lately.
          Makes you wonder what they mean when they talk about “liberal” hollywood.

  10. timothy3 says:

    CH, I couldn’t read this line and not let you know how it made me laugh: “Sean Hannity, multimillionaire television personality despite being retarded ….”

  11. Karen M says:

    Apparently, Robert Gibbs spent a bit of time “schooling” Santelli during a press briefing. (How humiliating! Could not happen to a more deserving soul.)

    • cocktailhag says:

      That was great, Karen! Especially when the bozo swooned like a teenage roundheels at the end.
      Whenever I here these pampered primadonnas whine about their taxes, I’m reminded of Lina Lamont in “Singin’ in the Rain,” saying, “You can’t talk to me that way! I make more money than, than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!”

  12. Mona says:

    Cocktialhag, you know, the ‘commies’ — or CPUSA — really did infiltrate the unions. A good, (now deceased) liberal prof of mine who got his Ph.D post-WWII on the GI Bill, was instrumental in ousting them.

    His tale was that these CPUSA guys did not give a rat’s patooty about the American workingman, but only about trying to drive union policy in directions as ordered by Uncle Joe.

    I’ve read enough to have that anecdotal version verified.

  13. Mona says:

    oops, wrong thread, will repost accordinly.

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