"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Mar 25, 2010

Fuck You Ezra Klein, Part the Second

"After vehemently opposing the Democratic health care plan, insurance companies are doing an about-face..."


1. If the last nine months counts for "vehement opposition," I'm going to have find the updated dictionary definitions for both "vehement" and "opposition." I had a running coach who did the real deal vehement. I ran faster.

In truth, what happened went something like this: representatives and former executives from health insurance and pharmaceutical consortia wrote draft legislation which favored their bottom lines, as well as their collective organizational longevity. Republicans spent the better part of Obama Year One legitimizing the industry favorable legislation by acting like Republicans (this scares Donks into a stampeding herd, apparently), whilst Democrats spent the better part of the same year confirming the validity of Crow's Law. Donkalots lapped it up, because the Republicans continued to busy themselves acting like Republicans. Lackeys, hangers-on, well paid sycophants and other white males celebrating the possibility of proximity to power heaped derision on any and everyone who didn't sign on to lesser evilism. Occasionally, they conceded that all these "compromises" were shit, but only to turn around and explain that the dirty fucking hippies also needed to acquire a taste for feces. Especially managerial feces, served from imperial and/or bureaucratic and/or corporate anal orifices hovering above us all.

2. Fuck You Ezra Klein, you sycophantic shill. You've pushed this shit for too long now.

3. Ipso facto, no "about face." Just a change of backdrops. A new set of platitudes. New lighting, in softer colors. Empire rolls on, domestic edition, part 3945, section b413, paragraph 12.

4. FYEK.

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