Posts Tagged ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’

Sore Winners

Back in the dark days of 2004, John Powers wrote an excellent book about the curious psychology of the American right called “Sore Winners.” His argument, in a nutshell, was that Republicans today are simply never happy.  No matter whether they have billions of dollars, control of the government, or, at worst, a cushy wingnut [...]

Happy Labor Day?

In Sunday’s Oregonian, right-wing affirmative action hire Elizabeth Hovde celebrated Labor Day a day early by calling for Oregon to become a “Right to Work” state.  Seriously.  Like other righty martinets polluting op/ed pages from coast to coast, her arguments weren’t just based on shaky facts, they were the exact opposite of the truth.  Quoting [...]

Anger, and its Discontents

I suppose it was inevitable that Romney would start calling President Obama “angry,” simply because it sounds so nice with “….black man” to the Archie Bunker base, but the term is accidentally more deeply revealing than that. I have repeatedly seen the use of this clever dodge; in my experience, it reflects the often mistaken [...]

Fever Dreams

Well, then. Vice President Paul Ryan.  Just let that one roll off your tongue, and suddenly you realize something even more deeply dysfunctional than previously expected has happened to America.  Although the Village press, with David Gregory the most nauseating among them but hardly unique, has fallen into a collective swoon for the “young,” “bold,” [...]

Stupid White People

It was obvious that Mitt Romney would face something of a hostile audience at the NAACP convention today,  given that Nixon’s comparatively subtle Southern Strategy has blossomed in the Obama era from coded dog whistles to 76 trombones blasting “Dixie,” but I’m a tad disappointed he only got booed the once.  His undoubtedly carefully crafted [...]

The Rich Are Different

The intertubes today are rightfully all abuzz about the clueless rich people in the Hamptons who blabbed to a Los Angeles Times reporter about how intolerable it was that the “common people,” in this case “nails ladies” (!) and other riffraff had the “right to vote,” since they’re so dumb and all. Sitting in a [...]

I Toilet To Ya

A couple of weeks ago, when I was tapping away at the Firebagger place, I made the not very daring prediction that the Southern states singled out by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were gunning for its overturn courtesy of our conveniently composed Supreme Court.  Since we all know that racism in America only [...]

Really?

Before an embarrassingly admiring audience of US Senators, the mysteriously still-employed CEO of something called JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, summed up the pesky disappearance of a few billion in taxpayer-backed cash and ten times that in shareholder value thusly: “Importantly, our team has made real progress in aggressively analyzing, managing and reducing our risk going [...]

Badgers and Weasels II

As you’d expect, I’m as nervous as a whore in church that infamous Koch whore Scott Walker will prove tonight that entire states can be simply purchased, outright, by our new unelected overlords.  Thanks a lot, Chief Justice Roberts.  As you’d also expect, Walker supporters are currently resorting to dirty tricks, including deceptive robocalls telling [...]

Slinging Hash

I ran across a story at Huffpo today that pointed out the travesty that the already absurdly low minimum wage doesn’t apply to “tipped” employees; in most states it’s still $2.13 (!) per hour, where it has been stuck for twenty years due to (surprise!) restaurant industry lobbying.  Needless to say, it is the worst [...]