Wall Street Isn’t Winning It’s Cheating | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
…We hate the rich? Come on. Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners. But that’s just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they’re cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more.
In this country, we cheer for people who hit their own home runs – not shortcut-chasing juicers like Bonds and McGwire, Blankfein and Dimon.
That’s why it’s so obnoxious when people say the protesters are just sore losers who are jealous of these smart guys in suits who beat them at the game of life. This isn’t disappointment at having lost. It’s anger because those other guys didn’t really win. And people now want the score overturned.
(via Matt Bors)
If I say that Paul Ryan’s mother was a hamster and his father smelt of elderberries, that’s ad hominem. If I say that his plan would hurt millions of people and that he’s not being honest about the numbers, that’s harsh, but not ad hominem. And you really have to be somewhat awed when people who routinely accuse Obama of being a socialist get all weepy over him saying that eliminating protections against pollution would lead to more pollution.The Truth Has A Well-Known, Well, You Know —Paul Krugman
In Gordon and Moore, you could imagine empirical proof that a lot of things you feared were true about life—things your parents always warned you about—did not necessarily have to be that way. For instance: that a career in an avant-garde rock band might lead not into penury, instability, and isolation but instead to a place in a perma-cool family living in a nice house in the Berkshires. That committing to being a feminist, punk, or artist would not cut you off from normal people and force you into huge compromises in your domestic affairs but might actually lead you to someone who’d share all of those commitments. That a heterosexual married couple could not only work together but collaborate as equals and throw equally large shadows. What better fairy tale to reassure young people that they don’t ever have to settle? It’s like getting a notarized letter containing three important promises: that your bohemian dreams won’t conflict with middle-class contentment; that maybe the reason your parents’ generation all divorced was that they never found partners cool enough to be in a band with; and that you, as an adult, could do better.How Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore Created an Impossible Domestic Ideal
1. If 20.3 million folks smoke and some of them are Tea Partiers, they and some Libertarians might vote for the pizza guy. It’s the ultimate niche marketing.
…Which is what this GOP race is mostly about, anyway: the book deal and cable commentating future.
2. ‘I smoke, I smoke that focker down to the filter, I blow it in your face muthafocking government.’ …He’s Cain’s alter ego.
3. Sarah’s not gone completely. It’s the best Campaign 2012 move, so far, capturing that “pitbull in lipstick” state- of-mind.
The rational mind of America is awakening.
“Calvin & Hobbes explain causes of Occupy Wallstreet, 20 years ago”
(punchline and image via reddit)
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