Archive for the ‘Exasperations’ Category

21st Century Public Policy Priorities

1. Look out for your family, friends, and people who’ve got something on you. 2. Starve, bomb, incarcerate, belittle, or humiliate everybody else. 3. Elevate assholes. 4. Listen attentively to morons. 5. Support the troops.

I Shall Wear the Bottoms of My Trousers Rolled

On Outliving the Language I Was Taught Toe the line/Tow the line: We don’t have draft centers any more, where hundreds of young men at a time were once directed to stand with their toes against a line painted on the floor, then step forward in unison and take the administered oath. Your soul may […]

The (Demented) Logic of the Democratic National Committee

Social democracy can’t even defend itself, let alone us. Therefore we should vote for Hillary Clinton.

A Cold Day in Hell

Today Paul Krugman has discovered that, gasp, technological unemployment is really real! And it’s really, finally here! And it really, really will result in a permanent transfer of wealth from labor to capital, no matter how many college degrees laborers go into debt to acquire! (and, coincidentally, of course, this also seems to imply that Marx might […]

Defaming Youth

He (or she) is a teacher (or an employer.) These kids today — I deal with a lot of them. No. Not this. Not again. They don’t like to work, and they don’t know anything. They can’t spell, they can’t add a column of figures. They can’t find France on a map, fer Chrissake. I […]

Must We Say It Yet Again?

Despite the contempt expressed for honest people by modern campaign managers, foreign policy experts, and the heads of national intelligence services, honesty is not a form of mental retardation. People who tell the truth as they see it aren’t stupid. They’re very well aware that in the short run, lying can be effective in getting […]

Fuggedaboudit

Never mind. I definitely will NOT be calling you next Fall to urge you to vote for President Obama. He may very well be the lesser of two evils, but I just donated my shares in the evil-measuring business to the two Davids, Plouffe and Axelrod, who stand to gain far more from them than […]