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By From the September 2012 issue


An intellectual review that is the Bible of the faculty at Harvard State University asks President George H. W. Bush to slander a great American and, alas, he takes the bait:

Thoughts on the “no new tax” pledge from Grover Norquist.

PARADE: During your presidency you gave in on your “no new taxes” pledge. You’ve been vindicated in many respects for that decision. I wonder how you view the “no new tax” pledge from Grover Norquist that seems to be requisite for GOP political candidates.

GB: The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like. The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s—who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?

(July 13, 2012)


On the Web’s equivalent to the New York Times, evidence that in Canada the brain drain continues:

Canadian model Shera Bechard, the ex-girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and creator of “Frisky Friday,” was granted a special genius visa the U.S. government gives to “individuals with extraordinary ability.”

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By From the July - Aug 2012 issue

The Herald-Mail

(Hagerstown, Maryland)

A typical Obama administration policy wonk defends his health care handiwork from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he is in therapy:

This call is concerning all the people who keep calling in complaining about Obamacare. I hope they never have a catastrophic illness where they need help…. The same conservatives that say we have all these great lower taxes than other countries, but these other countries do provide health care. But yet they don’t want it here in America…. The caller who says your kids aren’t kids when they’re 26, a lot of kids go to college, and they still need health care…. A lot of people have to have master’s degrees and become doctors and other things, and they need health care.

(April 18, 2012)

San Francisco Chronicle

Fashion note gleaned from a famous old underground publication from the City by the Bay:

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By From the June 2012 issue

New York Times Magazine

In the Letters section of a famous old organ of contemporary belles-lettres a potential homicidal maniac manifests the first stirrings of what could be real trouble:

I lived in the Fairbanks, Alaska area for almost 14 years and spent a great deal of time in the bush. I appreciated the silence there, psychologically depended on it. I spent many hours just sitting in places where quiet filled my ears, but there were also many times that the sounds of nature were almost deafening (the mosquitoes!). I always found that nature’s “silence,” that is, what remains when the din of human presence is subtracted, far superior as an affirmation of being. Only there can I really become aware of the effect of my presence. Here in the New York-Boston corridor, noise is everywhere, almost impossible to bear. I can’t separate my presence from the noise. I miss the silence and my absence within it.

Patrick Atwood
Warwick, R.I.

(April 1, 2012)

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By From the May 2012 issue

Salt Lake Tribune

Someone sweating away under the pen name Paul Rolly serves up still more preposterosities about the Virgin President for the Liberals’ believing minds:

Brock, who was part of that cabal before he bolted from the group and became a liberal commentator and media critic, had been a writer for the right-wing American Spectator and authored some of the most inflammatory articles of the Clinton era. One included claims of Clinton promiscuity from Arkansas Highway Patrol troopers who Brock says were paid by the anti-Clinton group and whose stories, he now says, were largely made up.

They called it the Arkansas Project, which was funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife through The American Spectator, which was spending $5,000 in fees and tips [!] to find anti-Clinton stories from when he was governor of Arkansas.

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By From the April 2012 issue

The Progressive

Condign and refreshingly speedy justice in the Nutmeg State, as reported by the crybaby Progressive:

Balayla Ahmad, a Muslim college student, reported sexual harassment at the University of Bridgeport and ended up getting reported to the FBI for terrorism, reports Think Progress. Her alleged harasser decided to falsely accuse Ahmad of terrorism after learning of her report. Two FBI agents visited Ahmad at home. According to a lawsuit filed by Ahmad, the university expelled her rather than fully investigate her allegations.
(March 2012)

The Daily Orange

Miss Krystie Yandoli, "a senior women and gender studies and English and textual studies major" at Syracuse University, launches her bark upon troubled waters at the outset of a life headed for rage and grief:

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By From the March 2012 issue

The Progressive

As the Occupy Wall Street Movement evanesces into a phantom of days gone by, the good old Prog finds some lunatic by the name of Naomi Klein to interview and to whoop it up for a delusion:

Q: Do you see this movement continuing to grow?

Klein: I've never seen anything like this in my life. Every day, new occupations are growing, not just in this country. People are so excited to have a new tent in which to meet, and the possibility of it expanding limitlessly. Political courage is so contagious. The movement in Britain had kind of lost its steam, and now this emerged, in part in response to what happened in the UK, and now they are blocking the Westminster Bridge in opposition to health care privatization, and they are using the slogan "We are the 99 percent." So there's an amazing ricocheting of ideas and courage spreading internationally. (December 2011/January 2012)

The Nation

As the pathetic remnant of Occupiers shivers through the winter and prays for a police crackdown, anoth-er delirious mind, this time at the Nation, erupts:

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By From the February 2012 issue

The Nation
Marxist-Leninist poet William Greider beholds the shantytowns inhabited by the stalwarts of Masturbate Now and the activists of Defecate for the World, and he envisions a new generation of Flower Power with Hippies being replaced by the casual rapists and muggers. Oh beauty and sweetness, midst feculence and hot air:

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By From the December 2011 - January 2012 issue

The New York Times's Paul Krugman has been away.

Washington Post

A very unfortunate lapse into racial insensitivity from Herman Cain, capitalist of color, as pointed out by the moral colossus Colbert I. King:

Was it really necessary for Cain to tell a Tea Party audience in Florida this spring that “they,” meaning the mainstream media, are scared that a “real black man” may run against Barack Obama? As others, such as the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates [sic], have noted, that was an unsavory resort to identity politics.

Nor was it helpful for Cain to suggest in a Fox News interview this week that he “left the Democratic plantation a long time ago.” Or for him to tell a CNN interviewer that most blacks would probably not vote for him because they have been brainwashed into not even considering a conservative view.

(October 15, 2011)

The Cape Codder

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By From the November 2011 issue

U.S. Department of State Diplomacy in Action
The Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the greatest secretary of state since Elihu P. Root and husband of Boy Clinton, sends felicitations to a fledgling superpower in hopes of creating another Axis of Benevolence:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send congratulations to the people of San Marino as you celebrate your national holiday, the Feast of San Marino, this September 3.

The Republic of San Marino is an inspiring example to the world. You have transcended centuries of political turmoil, and today you are unwavering in your commitment to democracy and human rights. Around the world your contributions to development and humanitarian assistance, and your continued partnership in international organizations, have impacted the lives of so many.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.

(September 1, 2011)

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By From the October 2011 issue

New York Review of Books (NYRblog)

A fictional excursus from Prof. Timothy Snyder:

Taxation without representation is not exactly a problem for wealthy Americans. They are represented by their local, state, and federal elected officials. They are also represented by campaign contributions, lobbies, and personal political access. Their problem, and the country’s, is that they are over-represented, and use their over-representation to ensure that the wealthy pay lower taxes than they should. If we must resort to analogies from the eighteenth century, then those who benefit from the Tea Party are not to be compared to the American rebels. They are rather the lords of the British parliament, using superior political power to ensure that those in weaker positions bear the necessary burden of taxes.
(August 17, 2011)

The Nation (Online)

Now working in an antique shop somewhere in California, New Leftist Tom Hayden files a bull to the Nation (online), and everyone has a good laugh: