"...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

Oct 31, 2010

On Learning That You've Irked Matt Yglesias Enough To Have Him Quote You...

Well howdy, Matt. And I still think you're as shitty as Krauthammer. Maybe I need therapy for failing to find something good about the murder brigades in Offgonneeston, right?

So, heh:

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2010/10/our-heated-discourse/

Anyway, I was reading what the clownboy wrote about getting ourselves a monarchy, when I stumbled across it.

Mayhap, I'll give a shit at greater length in the future.

Back to the clownboy and his musing on monarchy:

"...In some ways I would say the whole thing highlights a problem with republican government that wasn’t appreciated or foreseeable in the late 18th century. Since that time, many democracies—from Canada to Spain to Sweden and beyond—have hit upon the idea of denying the monarchical glow to their head of government by keeping the monarch around but denuding him/her of governing authority. Some countries, such as Germany, India, and Israel, try to have a powerless “president” fill this role but I think it doesn’t really work. Such people have too much democratic legitimacy and too little pomp and circumstance to adequately fill the king role.
 
So does America need a king and queen with the President demoted to a more drab functional role? I say: Perhaps. At a minimum, America’s Next First Couple could be the world’s greatest reality TV show...."

Could Yggles have given a poor leftist Overton window pushing anarchist jacques a better treat?

I think not. TeeVee, pomp, circumstance and keeping the proles in awe of ceremonial power magic, while the actually powerful quietly carve up their lives and livelihood behind the smokescreen of Spectacle. All in a single, juicy nugget. Mighty swell service, Yggles. Mighty swell...

UPDATE 9AM:

Tee hee. Now this really warms the cockles of my heart, and it somehow seems fitting to use it as a counterpoint to the Ygglian hankering for monarchy:


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8 comments:

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

The fame! The fortune!

His best retort is that you're an idiot?

What does that make him, then?

Jack Crow said...

Charles, I think Yggles knows what it makes him.

Which is probably why he couched his complaint in a larger (barely) argument about tone and tenor.

The clownboy...

...then again, clownboy seems enamored of a possible American future where figurehead Saxe-Coburg-Gothas unite the unwashed masses in service of the corporate republic...

Respect,

Jack

Jack Crow said...

...although I imagine any American royalty would in fact be Spencer-Clinton-Bushes...

Beyond the Pwoggiedome said...

God, I hope they don't pay this guy a six figure salary.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Your excoriation of him was worse than a head-stomping, you monster! How dare you intrude into his cushy existence with your bleak realities.

So, he really wants a Zaphod Beeblebrox figure.

augustus818 said...

How Yggie remember to breathe let alone operate a typewriter? I see a future scenario where Yggie sustains a broken leg via his computer. He sues and gets a bajillion dollars. Then he spends half on angel dust. Then the other half he spends on a long pier, which he does short circular walks on til Doomsday murmuring "I Thought something was supposed to happen now. I thought something was supposed to happen now."

augustus818 said...

typo .. does.

Ethan said...

Catching up on the week's internets, just saw this....congratulations!