Photos of J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

American politics made easy.” Washington state Sen. Joseph Zarelli provides a one-sentence explanation of how it all works.

J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

In Rick Perry’s newest ad, he announces that he’s “not ashamed to talk about my faith.” The Texas governor professes his devotion to the God of Abraham, Isaac and … and … oops.

Michele Bachmann is a wimpy appeaser of North Korea — she hasn’t yet suggested any plans to close down America’s non-existent embassy in Pyongyang.

Gingrich: Put Poor Kids to Work Cleaning Schools

Yes, he really suggested that public schools lay off their custodians, replacing them with cheaper labor from poor kids who need the money (since their parents’ just got laid-off from their jobs as school custodians).

Gingrich also said that “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works. … They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods” there barely even counts as a racial code-word.

J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

So what we have here is an old white man from Georgia saying that black kids are lazy and have no work ethic. This old white man from Georgia also refers to himself as a historian. He needs to brush up on the history of Georgia.

But for the record, Newt Gingrich’s agenda for poor children involves teaching them to say, “I do this and you give me cash.”

Speaking of messages encoded with racist crap: Why does Roger Ailes allow straight-up, old-school racism on his Fox News network?

1. Because Roger Ailes is an unprincipled failure of a human being, and thus if he thinks straight-up, old-school racism will effectively serve the political interests that serve his financial interests, then he’ll use it.

2. Because Roger Ailes is also, himself, a straight-up, old-school racist.

3. The question isn’t why Roger Ailes would do this sort of thing, the question is why so many viewers tolerate it.

This is pretty cool: “Announcing the 2012 Paideia Prize Winner: Mr. Wendell Berry

This is even cooler: “Kepler confirms first planet found in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star

J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ritch Duncan: “How my book became part of the ‘satanic sex stabbing‘”

Ed Brayton: “The Origins of ‘In God We Trust’

Real Simple:How to Wrap a Present

Obamacare saved seniors $600 apiece this year.

I’m a big fan of Batman Year One, and I treasure my original copies of the Daredevil “Born Again” series, but, geez, Frank Miller really has turned into a grumpy, irrelevant old fart, hasn’t he?

America Edges to Brink of Armed Police Drones” (And the urge to re-watch season one of Dark Angel grows stronger.)

Homeowners associations: For people who value the aesthetics of conformity more than freedom.

Mistermix offers a clinic in quality snark: “L.A. Police Support Occupy Movement

And, finally, are those really pictures of “J.P. Fielder, spokesman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce”? “I don’t have an answer.”

 

  • vsm

    There are indeed implications that Marv may not always have thought things through before punching, but they mostly remain implications. What we hear and see about his past includes defending abused women and saving a kidnapped little girl in one of the one-shots. Considering just how crooked the crooked cops tend to be in Sin City (covering for Junior, acting as a death squad, being Jackie Boy), they are easy to see as valid targets. The crooks he kills, as I recall, were either in on the Roarks’ business or contract killers. Ultimately, it is a bit too easy to see Marv as a hero for me. But, yes, opinions.

    Maybe I should check out Miller’s Daredevil again. I remember liking it when I was a more active comics reader. I also like some of his Batman stuff, even if you can already see the seeds of his future unpleasantness.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    IT DOES NOT LIE!

    … yeah, you can tell why I like it.  I need a Chair Leg of Truth, or maybe a Clue-By-Four.  

  • Consumer Unit 5012

    I own a copy of The Psychology of Interrogations, Confessions, and Testimony. I always wonder what the police would make of that.

    These days?  Probably some variation on “Spineless filthy HIPPIE!”.

  • Anonymous

    Launcifer:  If you feel like you’re seeing Kirk feeling old in Star Trek II, you’re not imagining things.  Age, getting older, and losing friends are some themes that were intentionally written into the movie by the writer, by his own admission.

    The elements are there in Undiscovered Country, too, but they aren’t underlined by the death of one of the major characters.  I think Undiscovered Country is definitely influenced by the knowledge that it’s the last outing for them all as a group.

  • Ken

    Also, plenty of conservatives hate (Gingrich).

    Certainly plenty of them voted to reprimand and fine him back in 1998 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/012297.htm).  Some of them are still in the House, or have moved on to the Senate; should make for interesting relations between Congress and the Gingrich White House.

  • Kiba

    Sweet. Thank you! ^_^

  • Anonymous

    As far as Newt Gingrich goes, fourteen, fifteen years ago he was actively pushing hatespeech and eliminationism as an electoral strategy through his GOPAC memo, “Language:  A Key Mechanism of Control,” saying always talk positively about Republicans and negatively about Democrats, always downplay the shortcomings of Republicans and up-play those of Democrats, keep all the credit for Republicans, never give any to the Democrats.

    It trained a generation of conservatives with this Pavlovian response of “coward, traitor, liar, cheat” when prompted with the word “liberal” or “Democrat.”

    He can treat his wives abominably, he can expect that his public and his private behavior do not have to be consistent, and then he can step into the Jordan, as it were, and emerge onto Meet the Press with David Gregory where Gregory will never say to him, “Hey, remember that time you shut down the government and got nothing out of it?  Hey, remember that time you spent eighteen months having hearings over Bill Clinton’s Christmas card list?”

  • http://thatbeerguy.blogspot.com Chris Doggett

    But my point about hiring college kids is that they hasn’t learned those basic work skills yet because this was their first job.

    I’m perfectly happy to come across as insulting from time to time. Like when someone says “I hate to defend [ person X ] but [ says things that are the exact opposite of what person X said ]“. “I hate to defend Ghandi, but I think he was right when he said ‘kill them all and let God sort them out’.” 

    My point is that Newt Gingrich was talking about 9-14-year-olds in the poorest neighborhoods, while you were talking about middle-class college students who had never held a job before. Just how many of those 9-14 year olds in the poorest neighborhoods will become middle-class college students that never held a job before college?

    You’re right that every person, as part of becoming an adult, needs to learn basic work skills. But the population you’re experienced with (college-age children of middle-class households who have never had to hold down a full-time job) is very clearly not the population that Newt Gingrich was seeking to address with his “junior janitor” program.

  • FangsFirst

    His Daredevil stuff is the only stuff that didn’t, to me, scream out “I AM BADASS AND/OR SAYING SOMETHING.” It was just a really good story. At least, as I recall.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    As far as Newt Gingrich goes, fourteen, fifteen years ago he was actively pushing hatespeech and eliminationism as an electoral strategy through his GOPAC memo, “Language:  A Key Mechanism of Control,” saying always talk positively about Republicans and negatively about Democrats, always downplay the shortcomings of Republicans and up-play those of Democrats, keep all the credit for Republicans, never give any to the Democrats.

    Which Fox News took as their guiding policy when delivering content.  :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Lipton/100001171828568 Jeff Lipton

    There as as many different heroes (and anti-heroes) in noir as there are authors.  Chandler’s Marlowe may have been cynical but he wasn’t corrupted as The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye illustrate.  On the other end, you had Cain, who rarely has heroes — the protagonists of “Double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” are pretty bad apples.

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    If The Christmas Lights lady wants her lights, she can run for the HOA board and work to change the rules.  Not many people want to be on the board, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

    Trust me, those rules are there for a reason — think of them as equivalent to zoning laws.

  • Anonymous

    If The Christmas Lights lady wants her lights, she can run for the HOA board and work to change the rules.  Not many people want to be on the board, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

    Trust me, those rules are there for a reason — think of them as equivalent to zoning laws.
    Ahahahaha no. My mom’s been trying for years to get the HOA here to let her string up a clothesline in the summer, thus sparing Mom the cost of running our twenty-year-old dryer. Trouble is, until ninety percent of the homes in this still-growing development are sold (and we’re nowhere near that figure), thus giving votes to the new owners, the developer will have more than fifty percent of the votes, and the developer doesn’t want to see clotheslines.

  • Lori

     

    Trust me, those rules are there for a reason — think of them as equivalent to zoning laws.  

     
    Yeah, they’re like zoning laws, except for the fact that they’re totally not. Zoning laws are about health & safety and property values. HOA Christmas lights rules are, as Fred noted, about valuing the aesthetics of conformity. If people can’t deal with 4 weeks of ugly Christmas lights then they really need to toughen up. Have I seen some eyeball searing displays of tacky in my day? You bet. Do I think that my desire not to look at things that are not to my taste should dictate what someone else puts up on their house? Within very broad parameters, no. 

    If the house is lit up like they’re trying to signal the international space station and it’s shining in my windows and they don’t turn the lights off at a reasonable hour so I can get some quality shut eye, I take issue. Aside from that, ugly is in the eye of the beholder and sometimes you just have to deal for a few weeks. I know it’s a hardship, but think of it as doing your pioneer predecessors proud. If they can deal with freezing cold, crop failure and predators, you can deal with colored lights on the neighbor’s house. 

    And don’t say that if a person doesn’t want to deal with HOA rules she should buy a house without an HOA, because those are becoming so rare that it’s not a viable option for most people. The same people who cry like an upset 2 year old over the government forcing them to do things At The Point Of A Gun, ZOMG! are willing to tolerate anything as long as it’s in a contract. They’ve driven the HOAing of America to the point where most people’s neighbors are able to use covenants to control their lives in ways the government (i.e. a larger group of their neighbors) would never dream of, let alone be able to actually do. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    How on earth are HOAs even permitted to exist? It sounds like they’re enforced through the fine print in contracts of real estate transfers and usurp municipal zoning and noise bylaw authority.

  • JohnK

    That’s a great question, and your explanation in the 1st half of the second sentence is accurate!

    Think of a Homeowners’ Association as a sort of communal landlord. It has the same authority as the landlord of an apartment or the developer of a housing complex. Of course it varies based on state laws (some states have a lot of HOA regulations while other states don’t).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    Very late to the matter, but of all the many interpretations of Batman, the one that I automatically go to when I think “Batman” is the Kevin Conroy Batman from the Bruce Timm-produced DC Animated Universe. Through Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League Unlimited, we saw a man whose primary motivation was not revenge, or imposing authority.

    His primary motivation is compassion. To not have anyone else go through what he did. This is why he creates a family from orphans. This is why the alternate-universe Justice Lord Batman went along with the others, while preventing them from killing his enemies as they seemingly did to others, and was convinced by Prime!Batman that the Justice Lords were wrong.

    As Superman said in Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come “when you strip everything else away from the Batman, what you’re left with is someone who doesn’t want to see anybody die.”

    There is a single scene that sums up Batman for me, from the Justice League Unlimited episode “Epilogue”.


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