Tag: The Failure of the Times

Introducing The Death List: Out of My Mind for 16 August 2009

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. — Buddha

I guess little is doing as fine a job pushing papers over the brink as crushing debt taken by buyers when the prior owners just had to pig out, irregardless of the harm to their old paper…. I mean, there’s also lost advertising, some permanently so, as well as a failure to engage readers but still, I do think the debt is the worst.

Support the US at the risk of one’s life and then when aid and succor is requested of the US in exchange… rejected? Is this such a case?

Who does sponsor Beck and Limbaugh and O’Reilly and the other purveyors of anti-American hate? Ohhh, wait, the sponsors mostly want to reached kind of people who listen these nabobs of hate, not the listeners of Air America.

Why? I mean, really, why?

No comment: Rudy G. agrees with Sarah (when’s the divorce?) Palin….

If you want real healthcare reform, fuck Whole Foods. Figuratively, of course; actually, I mean boycott them.

Read: The A.P.’s plan to keep info from you.

As he does periodically, Alex Cockburn makes a good point which I’ve sort have known but have been sloppy making: This is not about healthcare reform but health insurance reform, a means to ensure that more people are covered (e.g. fewer people using emergency rooms as their primary physicians) and, one would hope, a reduction, if not cessation, of arbitrary denials. Obamacare has none of that…. In a way, it’s as much healthcare reform as Obama’s economic policies have brought any meaningful, necessary financial reform, which is to say, none, really. If I’m right, then, really, Obamacare is at least pointless and maybe bad. I’m ready to stick with my personal insurance plan: ready to file bankruptcy and leave everyone else hanging. They all will still have their Mercedes and I’ll be healthy and debt free.

This is depressing: The great failure of mainstream journalism and how it’s screwed up this country. Waiting to hear Steve Keller’s namby-pamby defense. Like this approach to journalism is doing anything good for anyone except the crazies. (Or you can just jump here.)

This may be part of the papers’ problem: They cover something once, late in the game, and actually think they have the influence of or can be a balance to cable having repeated the story first, and on a 24/7 basis.

Atrios succinctly shows why you can forget about reading any of the Wall Street bullshitting apologists and shows why this “great recession” will inevitably be W-shaped. More reason why it’s a W here.

How the banks are getting better: By simply lying about their finances, bad is simply called good and then taken as if they are good. There is now less than ever a place for the truth in all things political. It’s all about the lies. And the Big Journos have no problem simply spreading lies brainlessly. Well, when the profession gets essentially destroyed, maybe a few of the cream of the profession will be able to discover a clue to the reason why…. Meanwhile, where’s the legitimacy of crap like this? Inexcusable.

Wait, it’s worse! Miss a single mortgage payment and lose your building?

Wrong.

Hey, what is Schiavo living on? How are her bills paid? Why would private insurance pay? And if I can’t get a public option, public insurance certainly shouldn’t be paying in a situation like this. In a just world, the wingnuts would be paying….

The truth about “death panels”. Of course, the rightists are completely full of shit, without a scintilla of truth to their bleating. Attention, mainstream press: Where are you? At your death panel?

Sick.

Chris Christie’s qualification for being governor of New Jersey: He was Rove’s buttboy whore. God bless the post-Regan GOP: Taken this nation ever lower, aided and abetted by a mainstream press that can’t do too much to help the GOP, journalistic principles be damned.

In tribute to the GOP lies about “death panels”, I am now instituting the OoMM Death List. This blog’s death panel will now start those who earned the termination of their lives, whose absences will make the world just a little bit better.

The Death List:

Sarah Palin and Michael Steele.

Newt Gingrich (looonngg overdue of course).

This is what the GOP think is worthy of being on the Supreme Court. The new two-party system: The America-haters vs. the Wimps, the latter too corrupted to do anything about anything.

James Fallows is a deluded candy-ass. I do wish he was right, but he’s actually dead wrong.

This is too crazy to believe.

Query: How do mediocrities like this guy and his wife get so much publicity? Is it just from loads of schmoozing?

The awfulness of Mickey D.’s cuisine.

Maybe sincere prayer would do more than this idiocy:

Out of My Mind for 15 August 2009

Normally, I save the fun stuff for the end but this is too awesome; the world can wait a few minutes to go to Hell….

Professor Krugman agrees: even when the Times does good work, it’s often still somehow lacking, like this.

Another hypocritical GOP asshole: Chuck Grassley: Votes for “death panels” then, against them now. Reason for change: no better reason than to stop Obamacare. More here. Of course, it would help the debate if the Big Media bothered to make clear at all appropriate times that one of the big objections to the public option is that in a lot of states, health insurance is a political-contribution-purchased monopoly so f course the pols there are paid to vote against competition.

Speaking of which, how well does the UK healthcare system work? And it was created by a conservative “icon”!

To me, this is funny:

Boswell says the president told him “he’s willing to be a one-term president if that’s what it takes to get healthcare and energy reform.”

But will he be happy to be a one-termer because his services to Wall Street fail to really fix the economy? You know, like despite everything he does, instead of an L-shaped downturn we get a W-shaped one with the second valley coming around 2012? Four years of recession and near-recession and relative impoverishment usually isn’t a winning platform.

Coming this Sunday: Smackdown! Maddow vs. Gregory. The freaky looking white boy hasn’t a chance, unless he games the match….

Busted: Bob Dylan. For walking around a neighborhood looking for a house while wearing a hoodie. So maybe it’s not racism, maybe cops are, along with the rest of rightist society, just gtetting really stupid?

Awww! I love red pandas almost as much as “real” pandas….

How Can One Rest? Out of My Mind for 9 August 2009

Atrios’ contributor is wrong about the health insurance reform, as is Atrios himself. Of course the insurers were against the bill initially. But why be against now that they got it gutted of all meaningful reform? They’re getting a windfall with all this people-will-be-required-to-be-insured nonsense, no robust public option, and a bunch of toothless requirements, the violation of which will result in meaningless wrist-slapping. The only reason they’ll keep fighting is that Obama is a clear pussy who can still be whipped some more. The insurers have essentially won’t, but they can still win bigger. Here, though, Atrios has a better description of what’s coming: neither reform nor an improvement. And here‘s the long version of the insurers’ victory. Thank God we have a deliriously popular leader and majorities in Congress. If we hadn’t…. Assholes.

This is how health insurance reform should be covered. The fact that it’s so unusual is, to say the least, damning.

Obama to the middle class: Drop dead.

Crap like this would be tacky even in a tabloid or on a cable news channel. Thank you, New York Times, for this display of your high standards and proof of Big Journalism’s obsession with dishonesty and proving its irrelevance. But then, Pinch Schulzberger never let anything like principle interfere with a helping a bud at the Times’ expense.

Sick fucks: The Teabaggers and their ilk. Indefensible. More of the same sickness here. So’s this asshole/congressman. And here‘s another worthless piece of life. Actually, here’s a different, cleaner, more accurate word for these assholes and sickos: Terrorists.

How does this happen? The mendacity (*koff koff*) of Big Journalism.

Times’ scoop: Paulson made policy for Goldman. If it wasn’t in the Times, I wouldn’t believe it…. Seriously, I wonder whether any of the editors at the Times follows news from any source but the Times.

Election 2012; Obama’s platform: “You have no alternative but me”. Actually, unlike Clinton, Obama’s predecessor was historically awful and his survivors are pretty clearly deranged with nothing to even appear to offer. Maybe Frank Rich put it best: Obama punked us (not that we had any choice).

Not only is our society about as racist as ever, ditto for sexism. Take away Big Business’ realization that crumbs of acceptance are necessary for business — non-whites and women actually buy pretty much the same stuff as white men, non-whites and women have talent and skills sometimes superior to white men — you’d be left with precious little progress over the years.

How did Ensign get ratted out? Was it by a fellow wacko? With friends like those….

The Perfect Blog: No Booze, No Drugs, No Perversion, No Scandal: Out of My Mind for 8 August 2009

Truth? Beloved Leader had a most excellent reason to invade Iraq: To prevent the Apocalypse. Seriously. At least according to some French former leader neither married to Carla Bruni nor for whom she was a groupie.

How the Times works and thereby fails: Supporting Creationism is okay, appearing in a fraudulent commercial is an offense requiring termination. Wait! This guy says it better!

This leaves me speechless, it’s so scary and what it reflects even scarier:

Do this. Won’t accomplish anything, I’m sure, but won’t hurt either.

A death then a lie exposed. What a surprise…. People’s need for perfection or to believe a successful person is a perfect person is really getting to me…..

Russian prisoners beauty pageant. Click on the image for more photos.
Russian prisoner's beauty pageant. Click on the image for more photos.

Reminds me of someone....
Reminds me of someone....

I Hear the Drums of Doom…. Out of My Mind for 2 August 2009

Everyone wants results, but no one is willing to do what it takes to get them. — Dirty Harry (This should be sufficient proof that this is not a knee-jerk bleeding heart liberal blog.)

It is better to practice a little than to talk a lot. — Muso Kokushi

Hey, it's the story of my life!
Hey, it's the story of my life!

Goodbye, Detroit....
Goodbye, Detroit....

We’re fucked: Geithner thinks the biggest problem facing the economy and holding back a full recovery: the growing deficit. In other words, the speculation bubble must be reinflated. And clearly, Obama is fine with this.

All America manufactures in significant amounts: Weapons. I suppose this is a direct result of all them Republican policies meant to restore pride in America…. (Actually, it’s worse than that.)

Bizarre! Fewer deaths in Iraq since the handover?? Of course, it’s getting deadlier for our troops in Afghanistan….

Let me see if I’m clear: People are required to buy health insurance, with no meaningful public option and toothless so-called reforms of the private carriers? What am I missing? It looks like an utter piece of shit. Or, more politely, a windfall for the insurers and, well, an utter absence of, you know, reform. Another mystery: Why do the Big Media feel any obligation to defend our dysfunctional healthcare system and, for that matter, the antipathy towards the same public sector involvement the other major capitalist states offer so, you know, we can compete? And has Obama threatened to veto anything without a legitimate public option? Of course not, and that’s why there’ll be no reform, just an insurer windfall bill, just an exacerbation of all of the problem with the current system…. The best opportunity we’ll see, pissed away by a lazy leader…. Of course, getting re-elected is the most important thing to him, not doing anything for the voters. Re-election gets him a payoff bigger than Clinton’s. Now if he instead gets Jimmy Cartered….

(More info regarding that video is here.)

Matt Taibbi wrote an obit for genuine health insurance reform. Short version: Significant majority + popular president + desperate need + overwhelming public support = failure to act. But then, this is the same leadership who believes that all that is needed for economic recovery is to reinflate the speculation bubble. They are so wrong; if they were right, the economy wouldn’t have collapsed in the first place. Meanwhile, this congressman suffers a hallucination regarding a proper system.

Fuck corporate and corporatist news. Who needs it? Greenwald explains via the latest failing.

Gee, the Tennenbaum case looks like it was majorly fucked. This is how it should have gone down (and resulting in a verdict in favor of the defendant).

Asshole cunt. Mitch Albom, a walking crime against humanity. I fucking hate people who feel the wealthy pay too much in taxes. Fact: Not in this country they don’t. (Now, beliefs are something else again.) And then the same fuckers believe those without can’t possibly pay too much in taxes.

A flacid explanation how the Times fails. Hey, Clark, five editors screwing up? Maybe editorial is dumb, lazy and overstaffed and, for that matter, the publisher and his beloved editor in chief have no clue what’s going on? Inexcuseable.

Our leaders got a toothless promise to do good from a bunch of mortgage companies that destroyed the housing market and a big chunk of the economy. When you read how thay all failed to perform, remember that they promised and keep supporting Obama because he got them to promise.

Assholes: Lobbyists (okay, the officials that whore for them).

Osama Bin Laden really was America’s BFF right up til 9/11. And thank you, Ronnie Raygun for all you did to empower OBL, etc.!

How California failed:

Here’s my thought of the day: All the bad stuff happening? All proof of what happens when you stop being concerned with the long term.

Really, why can’t one support conservative values while cheating on one’s wife with prostitutes? After all, hypocrisy, imbecility, deliberate lying — aren’t those modern conservative values?

Reader’s Digest believes a joke about a woman beaten to death with a golf club is suitable.

I like this: “Defeatocrats”:

Meanwhile, the GOP got a new theme song.

Flash: It’s the white people that are oppressed and the victims of racism. The proof is here.

Proof that Christ is not the son of God nor himself the Christian God. Sorry, Goys.

Read this and learn how to succeed in business.

Is there hope here/
Is there hope here?

Leadership We Need, and Hope; Out of My Mind for 10 July

Beloved Leader couldn't have done this any better....

As Big Journalism implodes and collapses and stuff, here’s one asshole who deserves — well, as one of the terminated, it’s hard for me to say fired — let’s just say he’s well qualified to seek a new profession as journalism is clearly wrong for him, given his utter lack of perspective and ability to perceive and acknowledge reality.

What do you think? Don’t you think plagiarism is deliberate or results from some form of imbecility, neither of which is appropriate a professional, legitimate journalist? I mean, how the hell do you copy something unconsciously?

Whoa, it’s Jayson Blair time at the Times again!

By all means, let’s worry about closeted gays serving in the military, not America-hating Nazis (or, for that matter, Christofascist proselytizers).

Unrest in China: what it’s about.

Are we dead in the water, with no future?

You don’t get published via Kindle; you give Amazon all your rights for your work to be available on a Kindle. Sweet! Not.

GOP family values: Getting your parents to pay off your mistress.

Palin lies. (More here and here.) Yeah, yeah, what else is new?

Palin’s enablers. (Remember, the whole GOP loves her, don’tcha know.)

Levi: Greed, not insanity, made Palin a quitter.

IT departments of small amd mid-sized businesses are interested in Macs and iPhones. I see it as cost-cutting in the IT industry created by the shitty difficulty of maintaining windows systems. Ditching one IT guy can save far more than the expense of switching to Macs and iPhones (which we know works wonderfully with Macs).

Too big to fail, now too big to jail.

A single GM car outsells Buick and Caddy!

Another teeny piece of my past, gone….

Read: The autobiography of Professor Krugman’s favorite science fiction writer.

The comic book of the day is here. (More here.) Another funny book is here. Remember, kids, these are good for you! (Well, at least the second is….)

I can’t afford to eat here anyway.

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Special Big Monster-Sized Weekend Edition of Out of My Mind for 13-14 June 2009

Live your life in happiness, even though those around you lead lives which are unhealthy, and wish to spread their illness to you. Be Happiness itself. — Buddha

I am:

BoC

What a bunch of, well, fucking assholes. Name a single significant, essential story the Times has covered in recent years, well and truly and deeply. Sure, it has its moments but no more. Take away the water-carrying, the insignificant and trivial and the old and… there’s not very much left, and even less compelling. Oh, sure, it excels on rare occasions but day to day, well, it’s inessential. Buying it just to keep it in business is silly. When it should be proving it’s essential we get crap like this instead.

What’s really going on in Pakistan, clearly explained:

Incredible! Frogs living in elephant shit!

Yet more, albeit slender, evidence that a stop to music “piracy” would return significant money to RIAA members. That is, piracy isn’t really costing the industry all that much.

In the world’s greatest healthcare system, a teen has to diagnose herself when the professionals fail.

Query: When George Herbert Walker Bush did his 85th birthday skydive, was it some sort of memorial to his WWII bailing out of the plane he captained at the first opportunity, without any concern about his men getting out first (allegedly)?

For the life of me, why would anyone expect genuinely free election in Iran? Hasn’t it been proven that they are never free? And why does the Big Media journos act they are free? Part of their death march to oblivion? And this guy is wrong: stealing elections is stealing elections and the difference of means is not what’s significant.

Some agent of change:

West sees glimmers of that imagination in Barack Obama, but he thinks the new president, like the Panthers years ago, is torn between his best and worst inclinations. “They both got gangsters around ’em,” he says. For the Panthers, it was Eldridge Cleaver and the men who loved bullets more than books; for Obama it’s establishment goons like Larry Summers and his protégé Timothy Geithner. West has a personal beef with Summers, with whom he tangled when he was teaching at Harvard and Summers was the university’s president (Summers was later forced out). But now he sees Summers as simply one more representative of a certain political style. “These folks have no history whatsoever to being fundamentally committed to justice for working people. Nobody else on the team ever thought about defending poor people. Rubinites? No history of it. Arne? In Chicago?” As in Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, who has pledged to run schools like businesses. “Please. Rahm? Please! What are we talking about here? He does not have one figure from the social movements who helped promote his campaign. It’s the typical move of a newcomer who wants to reassure the establishment. ‘Hey, I’m not going to upset you. Please realize your boys are giving me all the advice I need.’”

Link.

Another great idea: Loans where initially only interest is paid and if the business fails…. Yes, I know fixed mortgages work like this but that’s the opposite: money is lent at a fixed amount to borrowers who it is reasonably believed will be have increased earnings. These business loans are the opposite: Future earnings are speculative (if they weren’t, the loans might not be needed, right?). This is similar to ARMs, where it is, at best, unreasonably believed that the borrowers will have income that grows at least as fast as the loan. I’m losing track so this might be a repeat link: Housing? The worst may be yet to come but thank God the Masters of the Universe are generally doing OK.

Query: Why are communist leaders fascists? Why do they hate freedom? Why do they oppress? I refer of course to Comrade President Palin.

New inventions: This would be cool. This is simple thievery, a blatant rip off. The first is the work of a creator, the latter that of a thief. Know the difference.

Scaarry! Late-Soviet era punks!

There he goes again, another (Clintonian) betrayal: Obama’s screwing the gays.

These people are sick, a cancer on the commonweal, to say the least.

The other thing I love about conservatives is the inherent thievery. A recent example is here in the teabaggers’ art.