“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.”
“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.”
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.)