December, 2022 archive
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s editorial board argues that the Republican Party’s silence about George Santos speaks volumes. A snippet:
Paul Krugman is not surprised at Elon Musk’s antics in this, our new Gilded Age. Here’s a bit from his article:
. . . I’m not shocked by the spectacle of Elon Musk’s reputational self-immolation. Fascinated, yes; who isn’t? But when an immensely rich man, accustomed not just to getting whatever he wants but also to being a much-admired icon, finds himself not just losing his aura but becoming a subject of widespread ridicule, of course he lashes out erratically, and in so doing makes his problems even worse.
The more interesting question is why we’re now ruled by such people. For we’re clearly living in the age of the petulant oligarch.
Follow the link for his answer.
Fox News fibs (and that surprises you how?) about who caused the Christmas meltdown at Southwest Airlines.
Yet another oxymoronic reponsible gun owner . . . .
Guns and stupid, guns and stupid.
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you brother,
You can’t have one without the other.
I think a strong case can be made that today’s Republican Party values faction (to use the word the Founders’ favored) over country.
Image via Juantia Jean.
Mangy comments at the Youtube page:
Mangy Fetlocks knows there is no depth to which Republicans will not stoop in order to make a buck or increase their level of influence. When their bar for ethical behavior is merely “What I did was not technically illegal”, you can’t expect much from them in the way of behaving honorably.
Newly-elected NY Representative George Santos, emulating the great Donald Trump, realized that you can lie like crazy about your achievements and education and still be welcomed into the Republican family. No doubt, he will soon offer $99 courses at “Santos University” on how to create your own fictional personal resume of outstanding achievement.
At the Idaho State Journal, Chris Huston offers some advice for if (or when) you get caught red-handed.
Yet another responsible gun owner demonstrates that self-politeness is the politest kind.
Robert Reich offers some thoughts about why some persons are so fascinated with Elon Musk and Donald Trump, two personalities who seem to dominate (or pollute) the discourse in this new Gilded Age. An excerpt:
The answer, I think, is that a large segment of the American public projects its needs and fantasies on them. People who are “mad as hell and not going to take it any more” crave strongmen who shake up the system.
People who have been bullied their whole lives want to identify with super bullies who give the finger to the establishment, answerable to no one but their own ravenous egos.
Their arrogance and certitude attract millions of followers, fans and cultish devotees, along with a fair number of goons and thugs who want to vicariously feel superior.
But they are not leaders. They are bullies who demean America.
It fails. Here is the short version.
January 6 insurrectionists: We were only following Donald Trump’s orders.
Federal Judge: That excuse won’t work.
Follow the link for the long version.
In corporate America, it’s all about the Benjamins.
We are a broken society.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Psychotherapist Nicholas Balaisis explores some of the ways in which “social” media isn’t.
I can’t say that I’m a big fan of either Mark Cuban or Bill Maher, but I rather think Cuban has a point.
Exhibit A, natch, would be Elon Musk.