Can you pay my bills?

That NYT article about work practices at Amazon got so much attention that I’m sure the Washington Post will pick up the story too. Ha ha, just kidding.

Speaking of rich assholes, Vox has done a couple good Trump articles recently. Here’s one about how Trump is the kind of “moderate” that Ron Fournier should be masturbating about; it sounds like a Slatepitch, but consider this:

Trump opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, hasn’t signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, believes single-payer health care works well in other countries, and is skeptical of free trade.

The immigration stuff is nuts but the last GOP presidential candidate — who was widely described as “moderate” — wanted people to self-deport, and that’s pretty nuts too.

Why won’t Fred Hiatt and Ron Fournier praise any of Trump’s moderation? They’d claim it’s the incivility but of course McCain could be pretty uncivil too, and they loved him. I think here’s the real reason, and it’s also part of the reason Trump is doing well in the primary (from another Vox article):

While most elite-funded and elite-supported Republicans want to increase immigration and decrease Social Security, a significant number of voters (across both parties) want precisely the opposite — to increase Social Security and decrease immigration.

Who do Ron Fournier and Fred Hiatt work for? A self-described “neocon guy” and the “centrist” sociopath who’s engineered a new form of white collar serfdom. Both are filthy rich, and both have views that are typical of the donor class.

Media elites pimp donor class-style “centrism” because they work for members of the donor class. The end.



It’s a chopper, baby

The helicopter is the new tire swing (via).



It’s got a groove, it’s got a meaning

The Washington Post is edging closer to calling for a coup in Greece:

Diehl

Ignatius
Lane



A simple twist of fate

For some reason, a lot of establishment journalists love counterfactuals. I blame Niall Ferguson. Most of the time, they make me think more of What if Napoleon Had a B-52 at Waterloo than of The Man in the High Castle.

Given establishment media’s obsession with the Borking of Bork and how it caused all the problems that currently exist in the country, it was not surprising that there’s been a lot of discussion about how the marriage equality decision would have gone down differently if Bork had been confirmed. I’m not sure how much sense that makes, since Bork died a few years ago. But that doesn’t bother me since at least in this parable, liberals got somewhere by fucking fighting, not by moderating their divisive hippie rhetoric to appeal to centrist middle Americans.

I had an exchange with an establishment journalist whom I like, John McQuaid, where I said over-the-top things about how Borking was the root of all evil. He couldn’t tell I was kidding, and I thought what an idiot, but looking back at some of stupidity that’s been written on the topic by serious people, I can see why he took it at face value. Even the liberal Joe Nocera wrote an article called “The Ugliness All Started With Bork” that ended:

The next time a liberal asks why Republicans are so intransigent, you might suggest that the answer lies in the mirror.



And you said he was a very great man

The American criminal justice system targets African-Americans for the crime of being African-American, whether they’ve broken any law or not. Media elites believe that elites should be able to engage in all sorts of criminal behavior (Hastert, Safeway Cap, FIFA officials) without being prosecuted.

The message is simple: you don’t get prosecuted for breaking the law, you get prosecuted for being the wrong sort of person.

If you want to see a truly remarkable example of media elites slobbering all over elites who have broken the law, and insisting these elites not be prosecuted, I recommend this amazing letter by David Bradley, owner of the National Journal and Atlantic (via).



It’s better to burn out than it is to rust

Continuing with the theme of 80s icons who won’t go away, Mike Kinsley is the subject of a devastating take down by digby.

I’m mostly Greenwald/Snowden agnostic. I think the revelations are important but I can’t respect a Putin propagandist, and you probably know that I have a pre-existing condition with Greenwald. But it’s remarkable to me that Kinsley can, on on the one hand, be such a champion of teh civility, and on the other, talk about throwing Greenwald in jail simple because he doesn’t like Greenwald (Kinsley’s argument in favor of jailing Greenwald mostly amounts to “I don’t like him”).

Yes, I and others here talk about sending Kinsley and his ilk to the guillotine when the revolution comes.

But we’ve never claimed to be civil.



Twenty, twenty, twenty-four hours to go

My therapist said to stop reading Bobo (she said he’s like a disease without any cure), so now I can only read others’ summaries of his columns. Just kidding, he bores me now that his wife left him– he’s just another soft rock concern troll on the Adult Contemporary charts. I liked his early stuff better, when he wanted to punch hippies and bomb people; now he just wants to enact unpopular legislation, or, better yet, wank about how concerned he is that unpopular legislation won’t pass. Anyhoo, this Jonathan Chait piece on Bobo’s Bowles-Simpson fetish is right on the money (via):

Brooks believes that the drumbeat on behalf of Simpson-Bowles is but a small taste of what is needed to reshape the face of American politics. He foresees a future in which we “Gather small groups of the great and the good together to hammer out bipartisan reforms — on immigration, entitlement reform, a social mobility agenda, etc. — and then rally establishment opinion to browbeat the plans through.”

If Simpson and Bowles failed, it is only due to a surfeit of hammering and browbeating. This can be fixed for future Simpson-Bowles commissions. For instance, why is Morning Joe a mere three hours long? It should be on 24 hours a day, and all Americans should have to watch it, Clockwork Orange–style.

Haha! It’s funny because that is exactly what these assholes would do if they could.