Sunday, June 18, 2006

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Domino Effect, 21st Century Style
New York Times:

“Here at Mexico's own southern edge, Guatemalans cross legally and illegally to do jobs that Mexicans departing for the north no longer want. And hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from nearly two dozen other countries, including China, Ecuador, Cuba and Somalia, pass through on their way to the United States.”

And are the Mexicans heading north taking the jobs that U.S. citizens heading to Canada no longer want? Where are Canadians going?

What irritates me this week.
It was inevitable, I suppose, that when Paul McCartney turned 64, every damn feature writer in the country had to make some kind of reference to that stupid Beatles song.

This is from the New York Times:

“He was a teenager when he wrote the tune for ‘When I'm Sixty-Four,’ and only 24 when the Beatles recorded it in 1967 for ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ But just as George Orwell's ‘1984’ proved to be an abiding prophecy of a dystopic future for so many impressionable readers, Mr. McCartney's lyrics delivered to a self-consciously youthful generation an enduring if satirical definition of what their golden age might be like ‘many years from now.’”

Good god, what a boring paragraph!

Other stupid Beatles songs include:
“Lovely Rita”

“All Together Now”

“Mean Mr. Mustard”

“Ob La Di Ob La Da”

“Piggies”

This just in! Dan Rather is sad!
NYT: “In place of the swagger that had served him so well throughout his 44-year career at CBS News was an obvious sadness that his tenure at the network was ticking down to an inglorious end.”

News from the Kosfest in Vegas!
Markos “Kos” Moulitsas told a fellow blogger: “Maureen Dowd is an insecure catty bitch.”

News from the MSM in Vegas!
From Maureen Dowd:
“Even as Old Media is cowed by New Media, New Media is trying to become, rather than upend, Old Media. Ms. Cox has left her Wonkette gig to be a novelist and Time essayist. Mr. Moulitsas and Mr. Armstrong wrote a book called ‘Crashing the Gate,’ and hit ‘Meet the Press’ and the book tour circuit. Mr. Armstrong left his liberal blog to become a senior adviser to Mr. Warner. What could be more mainstream than that?

“Were the revolutionaries simply eager to be co-opted? Mr. Moulitsas grinned. ‘Traditionally it was hard to get your job,’ he said. ‘Now regular people can score your job.’

“Fine. I'll be at the Cleopatra slot machine pondering a career in blogging, which will set me up to get back into mainstream media someday.”

Jane Hamsher of firedoglake bitchslaps former Wonkette at Kosfest!
“At one point during our FDL caucus on the first day of the convention, Ana Marie Cox was standing out in the hallway with Byron York and Pach hailed them inside. York came in and sat down, but as Wankette teetered through the crowd on a pair of spindly legs shown to ill-effect in a set of shorts I’d seen on the markdown rack at Barneys (others wisely having steered clear), she looked like some self-fashioned Marie Antoinette afraid that the unwashed masses were going to mob her.”

“Wankette.” Wit, at its finest.

From a comment on firedoglake (aka FDL)
“The problem with these dark words is that they stay in the head, and change one’s internal grace as a human being. I simply don’t want certain images in my head, be it bathroom graffiti, or, to carry it further, detailed descriptions of beheadings by Middle East terrorists, or stories about rape victims, or accident victims, or any other victims of horrendous action. Words have great power, and we should be careful how we use them. They can incite the unhealthy to assassinations and other kinds of violence. On the FDL level, it doesn’t amount to anything with any depth. It’s only word-slinging back and forth to give the Poster and the bloggers who share the Poster’s low-mindedness strokes. Weird, to me. And, a form of word-rape.

“It’s responsible to be inventive and creative with language; it’s dangerous to sling language around, carelessly, insensitive to whom it may hurt or offend. Ah, for the days of Addison and Steele.”

Jane Hamsher’s comment on the comment
“Ah for the days of Addison and Steele.”
You’re a smug, self-righteous bitch. How about those words?

From AdAge, of all places.
“Would it kill you, ‘Godless’ author Ann Coulter, to do us all a favor and kill yourself? (Oh, well, yeah, I guess it would kill you.)”

From Spectator Number 10 (Joseph Addison)
“It was said of Socrates, that he brought Philosophy down from Heaven, to inhabit among Men; and I shall be ambitious to have it said of me, that I have brought Philosophy out of Closets and Libraries, Schools and Colleges, to dwell in Clubs and Assemblies, at Tea-Tables, and in Coffee-Houses.”

Addison and Steele! The first bloggers! And just as self-important as today’s bloggers! Only without the cursing.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was Philosophy doing in closets back then, anyway?

Were there "Philosophy Pullovers" to go along with smoking jackets and the like?

-D.E.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Texas Jaye said...

"Markos “Kos” Moulitsas told a fellow blogger: 'Maureen Dowd is an insecure catty bitch.'"

And she is at the NYT and you, Kos-boy, are not.

I do not like Kos for this very reason. It has all gone to his considerably untalented, unoriginal, empty head.

6:13 AM  

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