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.



A devil moon took me through the alley

Just as libtards are the real racists, Galtians are the real victims. The Big Dog:

You could take Lloyd Blankfein into a dark alley and slit his throat, and it would satisfy them for about two days. Then the blood lust would rise again.

Part of me dreads having the Clintons back in the White House, but it sure beats the alternatives.



Bully for them

Politico today (link goes elsewhere, don’t worry):

Historians who try to rank the 44th president in our national pantheon are surely going to ask why he has not made better use of his “bully pulpit.”



Can’t you hear me nachting?

I saw some internets about “Perkinsnacht” and I assumed it was a joke. Silly me.

Perkinsnacht

Liberal vituperation makes our letter writer’s point.

Has anyone on the right connected the obvious dots and noted how the prosecution of brave dissidents like Dinesh D’Souza and Bob McDonnell is pretty much exactly how the Holocaust began?

Also too, this is nitpicking, but “vituperative” is very 2010. I like to think it died when David Broder did. The operative word now is “gleeful”, I’m fairly sure.



Give her a little grace

Apropos of dpm’s post on Bill Keller’s latest…Keller just doubled down with the condescension:

I think some readers have misread my point, and some – the most vociferous – seem to believe that anything short of an unqualified “right on, Lisa!” is inhumane or sacrilegious.

This shouldn’t have to be said, but…cut her a little fucking slack, she might be dying. Yes, anything short of “good luck to you” is indeed inhumane and sacrilegious.

Corey Robin points out that Keller had quite a different reaction to his buddy Chris Hitchens’ very public battle with cancer:

[H]e is dying of esophageal cancer, a fact he has faced with exceptional aplomb.

[….]

Christopher Hitchens: American patriot. We’ve done a lot worse.

Anyway, every time our overlords tell us “Shut the fuck up and die, plebe”, the guillotines get closer.