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)
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:
The Occupation encampments that enlivened approximately 1,400 cities this fall provided a vivid template for the 99 percent’s growing sense of unity. Here were thousands of people—we may never know the exact numbers—from all walks of life, living outdoors in the streets and parks, very much as the poorest of the poor have always lived: without electricity, heat, water or toilets. In the process, they managed to create self-governing communities. General assembly meetings brought together an unprecedented mix of recent college graduates, young professionals, elderly people, laid-off blue-collar workers and plenty of the chronically homeless for what were, for the most part, constructive and civil exchanges. What started as a diffuse protest against economic injustice became a vast experiment in class building. The 99 percent, which might have seemed to be a purely aspirational category just a few months ago, began to will itself into existence. (January 2, 2012)
New York Times
Lewd musings from sports columnist Harvey Araton, who upon watching Tim Tebow in his skin-tight foot-ball pants, becomes enraptured with visions of Miss America, and God knows how he ever finished this column:
He comes off as exceedingly earnest and sincere, though his religious invocations can have the same repetitive effect of those uttered during a Miss America pageant. Being uncomfortable with them doesn’t make one a hater or a heathen, just one of many who wonder if there is an appropriate time and place and if the football environment doesn’t always have to be one of them. Maybe as part of the growth process, Tebow will figure that out. (January 20, 2012)
In his latest tergiversation, David Frum[p] leaps from an empty ship to a sinking ship, water wings at the ready:
New York-Conservative journalist and commentator David Frum[p] is joining the Daily Beast and Newsweek, where he’ll write a blog for the site and features for the weekly magazine.
In making the move, Frum[p] shut down operations of his own site, Frum[p]Forum.
“Over the past 3 years, the hard work of over 70 regular contributors and hundreds of other supporters has made a tremendous editorial success out of first NewMajority.com, then Frum[p]Forum.com,” Frum[p] wrote in a Friday morning email to contributors.
“Together we have forcefully joined the debate over the future of the Republican party—and I think we together have shifted that debate. When we started, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck were real forces in American politics. I don’t think we can take all the credit for seeing them off, but we do deserve at least some of it.”
Frum[p], a former President George W. Bush speechwriter, has never been shy when it comes to taking on some of the loudest talkers on the right. In 2009, prior to the merger with the Daily Beast, Frum[p] wrote a Newsweek cover story on “Why Rush Is Wrong.” A life-long Republican, Frum[p] wrote a first-person New York magazine piece in February about how the current primary races shows [sic] a party “losing touch with reality.” (January 6, 2012)
Elementary commentary by some wacko called Alex Pareene at large on Salon’s site, who still is holding out for old Adolf:
There comes a time at most large family gatherings when a heated political argument breaks out. And by “heated political argument” what I mean is “someone just repeats something they heard on Hannity’s radio show that you know to be completely untrue.”…What to do?…
If you insist on answering back, here are some suggestions.
Barack Obama disrespected the U.K. by sending it the White House bust of Winston Churchill.
Sure the “correct” answer is that presidents change the décor when they move into the White House, but I’d just say, “Winston Churchill was a raging racist drunk asshole,” because he was. (December 25, 2011)
Nathan Schneider offers painful proof that anarchists have moved on from murdering presidents and bombing public buildings to become hopelessly boring. Give this guy a chair at the Harvard State Univer-sity Department of Ontology:
At its core, anarchism isn’t simply a negative political philosophy, or an excuse for window-breaking, as most people tend to assume it is. Even while calling for an end to the rule of coercive states backed by military bases, prison industries and subjugation, anarchists and other autonomists try to build a culture in which people can take care of themselves and each other through healthy, sustainable communities. Many are resolutely nonviolent. Drawing on modes of organizing as radical as they are ancient, they insist on using forms of participatory direct democracy that naturally resist corruption by money, status and privilege. Everyone’s basic needs should take precedence over anyone’s greed. (December 19, 2011)
New York Times
Edith Palmer writing from a Brooklyn sanatorium relates how the fiendish David Koch spoiled her grand-daughter’s Christmas in a letter to the famed “Ethicist” column of the venerable Times—and we shall be monitoring this column avidly:
I was excited to take my granddaughter, Rachel, to see a local production of “The Nutcracker.” But this season, the production was being underwritten in large part by David Koch, a billionaire who supports numerous political causes that I think harm our nation. He also supports many worthy medical, educational and arts organizations, but I think those good works buy the complicity of the institutions in question. I’m sure my granddaughter would have liked to see the show, but rather than validate this patron’s actions and beliefs, I boycotted it. Should those who feel as I do have joined me?
— Edith Palmer, Brooklyn (December 30, 2011)
From the Archives
Timeless Tosh from Current Wisdoms Past
In another feminist journal of intellect, the female scientific turn of mind is displayed by Dr. Jane Fonda as she discourses on female thermodynamics after 50:
Fonda is rapping on about menopause. “You know where I had my first hot flash?” she asks, sounding excited. “At the Acropolis. During the sound and light show. I’m not kidding.
“It was last year. Ted and I were sailing with another couple around some of the islands. We arrived in Athens. My moods had been very erratic. And Ted said to me, ‘Honey, do you suppose this is menopausal?’ And I thought, Nooo! Two days later, we were sitting at night looking at the show at the Acropolis. I started feeling this kind of burning tingling all down my fingers and chest, and…it was such a kick that Ted had known what was going on with me and I hadn’t.”…
Though she is wildly chatty, almost embarrassingly so, on the subject of estrogen—replacement therapy-“it stops the biological clock a bit in terms of vaginal lubrication and things like that”—certain topics are verboten. (January 1992)