Posts Tagged ‘Tom Friedman’

Really?

Well, if this whole 99% thing has accomplished anything worthwhile, it’s shown the world that Republicans are, truly, only on the side of the 1%, and they’re no longer the least bit shy about saying so.  Gone are they days of sending $200 checks to the hoi polloi to soften the blow of such wanton [...]

For What It’s Worth

Well, it’s been finally settled, what ails America.  You see, the richly overpaid media stars who spout errant nonsense to us each day disguised as news seem to agree with the plutocrats that even words that might hurt that the delicate feelings of those who make, say $50,000 per hour, must be censored at all [...]

Well, They Still Have Maureen Dowd

UPDATED BELOW: (Saturday)   Having had a somewhat longer commute than usual the past few weeks, I have once again become a daily New York Times reader, often to my considerable chagrin.  For the last 15 years or so, as my local newspaper, the Oregonian, got thinner and thinner, I readily coughed up the extra [...]

Clicked Off

Ted Koppel, one of the last eminences of the old broadcast news era, weighed in some days ago on the never-ending debate about how things just aren’t as august as they used to be (whenever that was) when it comes to informing the American people (instead of just yelling at them). Koppel targeted Fox News [...]

At Least They Asked

“The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they’re doing.” –Col. Dave Lapan, Pentagon spokesman (with a straight face…) The Pentagon, which devours about half of the US budget Defending our Freedom, has “asked” the news media if it would refrain from [...]

Don’t Let the Door Hit You

I almost laughed out loud when I saw that Forbes Magazine had published an article about the absurdly tiny but nonetheless (to them) significant, headlong rush of the rich to leave Socialist America, which to the folk at Forbes was a bad thing, rather than a cause for exultation.  Would that it were so:  think [...]

Two Different Things

“Whut gempmums* say an’ whut gempmums mean is two diff’ent things.” -Mammy, to Scarlett in “Gone With the Wind.” *”gentlemen” in Mammy-ese…  (as a slave, she knew what she was talking about.) Where’s Mammy when you need her?  The formation of the Cat Food Commission is merely the latest example of the media and political [...]

Lucy and the Football

If I were a member of the “liberal media,” I would have had it up to my well-groomed eyebrows with Republicans, and I would never believe a word they say until I’d fact-checked them several times.  Why is it somehow worse for these cretins to be called “biased” and/or “liberal,” than it is to actually [...]

Hat Tricks

You know, you really have to hand it to the Republicans.  They started out with a plan that was seemingly so audacious and unlikely to succeed that Democrats never saw it coming, much less moved to counter it.  Selling plutocracy to the rubes, via a systematically concentrated media, has turned out to be like taking [...]

Market Shmarket

If I hear, one more time, someone speak of the wonders of the “free market,” I’m going to do something desperate.  Why aren’t these cretinous martinets ever asked to explain what, in heaven’s name, they mean?  The reality has gotten so far removed from the homilies that some explanation is in order.  In an offensively [...]