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“AGENT: …That’s a hell of an act. What do you call it?

DAVID BROOKS: The Aristocrats!

“The goal, it seems, was to conduct a long-running, serialized public satire on the role of wealth in a materialistic, media saturated society.”

“As a local GOP official after President Obama’s election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.”

“Once Washington was a happy place where a girl and her mother could be groped simultaneously in good fun by a white supremacist.”

“My feet seemed to lift off the ground as I floated next to my brothers and sisters on a sea of shared hope.”

“It’s also the one who is so squeaky-clean that it would surprise you if she covered up for pedophiles.”

“Liberals seem very eager to lambaste the Fed for its role as a bank supervisor while letting it off the hook for crucifying mankind upon a cross of 2 percent inflation targeting.”

“I hate how newspaper owners have equated digital journalism with cheap, small staffs and layoffs.”

“When we kill off thousands of our soldiers in wars we don’t understand, and the government tells us we’re not any safer so they can keep rifling through our bags or hunting foreigners with flying robots you shouldn’t in any way feel good about that.”

“I’d simply suggest that ‘assigning moral status to victims of power’ was pretty much just about everything Dr. King’s ‘nuanced and biblical understanding of power’ was about.”

“I am asking you to set aside your quiet whispers for a potent disquietude; I’m asking you to turn over a few tables in the temple; I’m asking you to upbraid the violent language of your church; I’m asking you to openly speak truth to power, as one you said you would; I’m asking you to do risk crucifixion within your order; I’m asking for your civil disobedience — refuse to marry anyone in your congregations until you could wed me to one who would be my betrothed;  I’m asking you to take the floor at your annual conferences until so ruled out of order and carried out in shackles that it makes the front page of the local paper; I’m asking you to do what true friends would do for one another.”

The only thing civility in politics serves is incumbent power.”

Clergy who keep quiet about reports of abuse must also be held accountable.”

“Politicians have increasingly discovered over the past couple of decades that even on a national stage you can lie pretty blatantly and pay no price since the mainstream media, trapped in its culture of objectivity, won’t really call you on it.”

Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXII

Church Sign Epic Fails, Vol. XVIII

Johnny Cash at Jesus Sound Explosion 1972.

This is a Coca-Cola ad, but it got me.

(The video above is of The Faces covering “Maybe I’m Amazed” in 1972. It’s Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday today, and I wanted to prevent a “remember back when Paul didn’t suck” conversation by instead prompting a “remember back when Rod didn’t suck” conversation.)

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

    Wait till Romney recycles Bushs’s famous “get the government out of Social Security”  crap Dubya Bush pushed in 2000.

  • aunursa

    “As a local GOP official after President Obama’s election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.”

    [H]e said the Democratic caucus was oblivious to his constituents’ needs.  “It’s wrong,” he said. “I tried, but the party leaders chose to turn a blind eye to the Hispanic community.”

    Lozano is the “third Democrat to switch parties since late 2010, and the second Latino.

  • Jessica_R

    Yeah that Coke spot gets something in my eye too. (Speaking of, the ‘Something in my Eye’ thread was great, can we get another one? I found a lot of great stories to track down through it.) 

  • Haven

    Choosing to go to the Republicans over that…? Leaving the Democrats I can understand, because having your community’s issues ignored is terrible, but it still strikes me as better than a party which is actively malicious towards them. I suppose it at least means they’re aware of it, which means there’s a possibility to get them to see it  in a more sympathetic light…

  • Tybult

    That David Brooks column is the one I’ve been waiting for, the one I can use to explain to my parents why I genuinely wish David Brooks catches the bone cancer.

  • Lori

    I wanted to prevent a “remember back when Paul didn’t suck” conversation
    by instead prompting a “remember back when Rod didn’t suck”
    conversation. 

    I few years back my friend G & I developed a theory about Rod. We think he’s one of those people who only makes good music when his life is a mess. We noticed this when he put out a sort of interesting album after numerous stinkers and then found out that it was recorded not long after Rachel Hunter left him. Looking back we found that was pretty much the pattern—happy Rod = bad music, miserable Rod = better music.

  • http://politicsproseotherthings.blogspot.com/ Nathaniel

     I’m disappointed. I was eagerly awaiting you posting a link in the vagina thread proving that democrats Do It Too and Are Just As Bad.

    Couldn’t find any huh?

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

    Ah, quoting fox news I see!

    Nice to know you’re still right up there with your library of talking points filled with “anecdata” that aren’t anything of the sort when one scratches a little deeper.

  • AnonymousSam

     Ah, Cash. I’ve been on a Johnny Cash kick for the last week, but I blame the Undertaker for that.

  • Lori

     

    Speaking of, the ‘Something in my Eye’ thread was great, can we get
    another one? I found a lot of great stories to track down through it. 

    Cooper hears his mom’s voice for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGn9McPK7Qw

    And speaking of kids who are hard of hearing:  http://jezebel.com/5913274/our-eyes-are-wet-marvel-comics-creates-special-h

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

    “Politicians have increasingly discovered over the past couple of decades that even on a national stage you can lie pretty blatantly and pay no price since the mainstream media, trapped in its culture of objectivity, won’t really call you on it.”

    Regarding this – Alvin Toffler wrote in The Third Wave that something like this would start happening. As society would begin to move away from ‘monolith-scale’ and begin to fragment and individualize more, he predicted that over time, advertising and news media might also start to become more personalized.

    I don’t think he considered the negative effects of that phenomenon, but he was writing in an era (the late 1970s/early 1980s) when broad-based public education was still a viable concern and the idea that people might utterly fail to critically evaluate the information coming to them was probably not in the cards back then.

    But as we’re seeing one negative effect is that what a person says to one group doesn’t always get reported to other groups and it becomes possible to almost ‘slice-and-dice’ a message to one’s desired audience.

    Now it can be argued that politicians always have done this to some extent (“In the wealthy part of (Raskob’s) constituency his speeches were calm, deliberate, short, and concerned with the future. In the working-class district he was more flamboyant and talked of pay checks and pork chops.” – Fail-Safe, 1962) but not until recently has it been possible to create situations where one’s target might be so insulated from other target groups that it could literally be unremarked-upon for a politician or other media figure to say two completely opposite things in the most brazen way and not be immediately caught-out on the discrepancy.

    The only real way around this is for prospective voters to purposely pay attention to broad-spectrum news sources and apply critical thinking – which is precisely the kind of thinking process right-wing politicians have been working to weaken.

    We might accuse capitalists of being short-term focussed (thinking in terms of the next quarter), but their political partners are definitely thinking in terms of the next quarter century.

  • mud man

    Apropos the discussion of animal color vision with more/different cones than the usual human 3, (via John Hawks) here an article about the first known tetrachromat, a woman with 4 active cones. Where there is one, there may be many. Can mutants be trusted?

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

    Given that most mutations are relatively benign, while some are actually harmful, I would say that mutants, as understood to be the likes of the X-Men, are not likely to exist. So trust doesn’t really enter into the picture. :)

  • Ima Pseudonym

     Well, in the interest of not-lamenting Paul McCartney’s recent work, I think “Ever Present Past” (from Memory Almost Full) is one of the finest songs of his solo career. And the only thing that really frustrates me about that record is how close it came to being solidly good. (I think “Mr. Bellamy” is a touch of Thom Yorke away from being a legitimately great song – I can practically hear something weary and Yorkean in place of the “steady lads” bit. It’s a shame he didn’t feel up to playing on it.) (Okay, I know I’m the only person on the planet who still cares this much about the production details of Memory Almost Full.)

    I also quite like “Two Magpies” off of Electric Arguments. Haven’t heard his latest, though. It’s jazz stuff, right?

  • Mira

    Aw, that link about the Utah Pride Parade is sparking a crying-over-cereal moment. (Usually only inspired by reading “A Practical Wedding”…too much love over breakfast does it.)

    One of the things that I loved about my old church, which I had to leave when I moved, was that they Showed Up for Pride. People, signs, enthusiasm, unity. My new church is committed to equality, but more quietly and traditionally…it’s not really the same. 

  • http://guy-who-reads.blogspot.com/ Mike Timonin


    that Coke spot gets something in my eye too

    +1

  • Austinkitty

    I really lIke ” Memory “Almost Full” too.. “Vintage Clothes” is another great track from that one. I think Paul suffers from the fact that his stuff with the Beatles was sooooo excellent. Even if everything he wrote since was as good as “Yesterday’” it would still Only be AS good, it would never be better. Therefore, the rest of us mortals would complain because he was only as goog as his perfect songs and not becoming more perfect every year for 50 years. Having a a 50 year career in popular music is unprecedented, so it’s silly to assume every single thing is going to be equally stupendous. Also. The Paul catalog is gigantic. Since 90% of everything is crap, someone who produces a lot will therefor produce a lot do crap along with the amazing stuff.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Maybe this sort of monument would be more to your liking Mr. Brooks. 

    Ave Dicio!

  • Jessica_R

    Speaking of damnably effective ads, the Google 2011 in review got me, and I hope they’ll do one for this year too, 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAIEamakLoY

  • Randall M

     That’s what they want you to think!

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

    Wow! That really is a nice ad. :)

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    Johnny Cash at Jesus Sound Explosion 1972.

    I was in a thrift store in Hannibal, Missouri about five years ago and found an LP pressing of Jesus Sound Explosion, complete with pictures of Johnny Cash hanging out with Billy Graham on the sleeve.  It was too awesome not to spend, like, $2 on or whatever.


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