Our stomach growl in anticipation of your generosity.
I read the whole thing [Allan Uthman, “Let’s Get Social,” issue 132], but the essay began with ‘true facts’ which reminds me of most of the knee-jerk right-wing arguments. “Bush is the 6th best President we ever had. Sorry, but those are the facts!” I would feel more comfortable reading it if there were some damned facts or statistics to back up the assertions of the ‘best countries’. For example throw in some mortality rates, incarceration rates and self-reported happiness measurements.
On the other hand, I hadn’t picked up on the idea that they have to move
away from the liberal label as it must not be working. Good catch. I doubt that
we will ever get to the point where labels are replaced by whole arguments,
but maybe that’s a start.
A small distinction
“I find the Republicans to be evil, and I find the Democrats to be idiots.” ["Crock the Vote," issue 132]
Alas, though no one wants to say it, I think that the American electorate,
myself included, is also culpable. In theory, the government serves us, not
vice versa. At some point we either have to take the power back or settle for
unconditional surrender. There is no middle ground when dealing with evil and
W.V. Grant Jr. [Ian Murphy, “The
Wrath of Con,” issue 128]-- This supposed faith healer is in
our town now! I went the first night and was amazed but very skeptical.
He is a fraud for sure! Very entertaining...like a magic show.
I am just disapointed...because the rest of the congregation love him and think he is healing them! This is a small town, full of hard working people and he is taking their money!
NEWS TIP - Scientist discovers natural phenomenon that answers any question you have
Physicist, Gabriel Agbasi, discovered a natural occurring phenomenon.
The ability of having every question you have answered overnight.
Using the simplicity of a child’s game of “making a wish”.
Gabriel attached the idea of “making a wish” with the ideas of
“asking for Truth”
And voila! A dream is shot right at the person, the same night, answering their question.
By saying the simple phrase out loud:
Then going to sleep - the person asking the question gets the answer
Gabriel Agbasi calls this unique natural phenomenon: “Sleep Programming”.
WEIRD AL HAS LOST IT
Ever since the campaigns started
And when the bullshit stories
Let it end, let it end
(Sorry, couldn’t resist)
DON’T GET UP
Wait, I just thought of another verse:
And when the brokenhearted people
It smells like someone farted--
Sorry for being so silly, writers; I just got the Nov. issue and it’s the first time I’ve laughed since October 28th.
I’m a little giddy now; thank you all, especially Allan Uthman, Alison Kilkenny, Ian Murphy, Steve Gordon and Joe Bageant.
Can I still renew my subscription?
OK NOW WE’RE ANNOYED
Sorry, but if I don’t send you guys the last verse it will drive me bonkers, and misery loves company:
“And when my mind is cloudy
I wake up to the sound of bullshit,
***Okay, I’m letting it end now. Thanks for your patience.
I think people should get married and never file legal papers (if they’re
into marriage that is) as a protest of the sad and embarrasing laws that have
passed in California and elsewhere. The text of the california bill actually
says that “Only marriage bewteen a man and a woman will be valid or recognized
in California” If heathen marriages everywhere (straight and gay) were
suddenly religious events only, it might point out to the egocentrist religious
folk that they shouldn’t be meddling with the governement.
Please reread “crock the vote” [issue 132]. As a conversation
between two friends, it was interesting, but as an informative interview, it
failed to reference or explain anything to me. It assumed I already knew and
agreed with the charges, and then just went off on a long string of liberal
ire. Sure, I go off on long strings of liberal ire all the time, but I am not
a journalist. Next time, read it over before printing and ask: is this the kind
of thing a 9-11 truth nut would send to his conservative office workers? Because
while voter fraud is a real issue, this article would not have passed that test
and it has absolutely no credibility attached. Also, please; when you write
things that are unbelievable, you must CITE them, or else I will be frustrated,
because as much as I want to, I won’t allow myself to believe them.
JOE THE ASSHOLE
“Who the hell has $250k in the bank”? [Joe Bageant, "Broker English," issue 132] Are you kidding?.. Guess what? Reasonable hard working people do. I would say, umm, real people do.
I’m 24, I moved from Russia to Canada less than a year ago. I was brought up in lower middle class single-mother family with younger sister... The only noticeable thing we got out of socialist system is free 2-room (1-bedroom by US standards) condo for 3 people and my appendix removal operation. I flunked most of the education (except math), mostly to get a piece of paper called diploma, because Russian socialist programming education, all except math, is utter piece of crap. I guess mine/family’s taxes (over-)paid for most of the above.
Still, somehow I have $22k in the bank in Russia and about $20k in Canada by now; I didn’t do anything regular except job (and freelancing back in Russia) - and I don’t save pennies, for example yesterday I got a limited edition of a $50 game on ebay for $300 just because I want it. Somehow my mostly-reasonable spending and lack of mindless consumerism allows by saving...
Guess what? If I ever get $250k at that rate, I’d bloody care that it stays there. Moreover, if I ever get into those N ppl that have more money than many-times-N people, I wouldn’t give a damn about these more-than-N people and sure as hell I wouldn’t sacrifice my wave pool for their health insurance. Help for seriously disabled - sure, what percentage of population are them? Education grants for persistent and/or gifted children - sure, how many are out there? But I don’t understand why socialists want people who do work to pay in bulk for “educating”, healing, and sometimes even accommodating and feeding, morons and losers?
Am I an exception? From my experience, even in Russia, I had an impression that most people who do business or work a good job and make themselves are not what your site describes them as, and it’s not the case - most of better-off people, inheritance aside, do deserve to be better off than most others. Even people who just work a honest job like my mother (electrical engineer/accountant) somehow managed to get by semi decently with two children in an economic hell-hole that Russia in the 90ies was.
It is a pity that most of the American upper/middle class has been brainwashed into wishful thinking about human nature/equality of all humans regardless of merit and helping others as a working economic prototype, and thus “voting against their economic self-interest”, but I wonder what drives you as pundits?
I subscribed to your site after “Let there be retards” articles, that was just fabulous, but with every article I read now I see that basically, you are against me, as a class. Whether I would have been an electrical engineer or software developer, productive and minding my own business what you want to do is basically take part of my earned money, divide them into two parts - one spent on bureaucracy, pork spending/waste/corruption (underline based on country), and such, and another given to people who can, but wouldn’t, get themselves out of the deep they got themselves into in the first place.
And no, I don’t believe that differences will be small and that “it’s not really about taxes” - look at Europe, where Obamas of the day has long prevailed. There are countless cases, but the best illustration is probably the semi-secret document leaked by whatever British crazy-right-wing party that managed to get a seat with access to it, about asylum seekers. I read excepts, and it made my hair stand up on my head. Mandatory TV with subscription? Regulated blinds, lighting, furniture, allowance? For a person who is never actually going to produce anything except more children living on welfare? Nice, sure, have my money! Knowing someone from Bangladesh is going to get a free ride with plasma TV and whatnot is what makes me get up in the morning and go to work, elementary biology/ethology be damned. We are all wonder-people of new, socialist/communist edge.
Do you really believe all people are “good at heart”? Or do you
just want equal sharing of miseries, regardless of merit? What drives you to
attack the productive and promote the losers?
You don’t flunk because the education system is shitty. You flunk because it’s hard. Judging by your assessment, we’d guess there’s a serious deficiency in the math department.
So you have forty thousand in the bank. If you ever make 250k a year at that rate... oh, wait. You will never make 250k a year at that rate. You are exactly the kind of dipshit that the “Joe the Plumber” PR campaign was designed for: A poor loser who thinks he’s going to be rich, and hates the idea of non-whites benefiting from his work. You should have moved to Somalia.
No, we do not believe people are good at heart; we believe most of them are spiteful, shit-hearted scroungers like you. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t need to be compelled to help the needy, they would just help them directly.
KNEEL BEFORE GLOD
writing too let u know i have a big idea.this idea is soo big we can make bags of money.in to bags of glod
dont know if u gonna write back.but love your book..
It would as a practical matter be helpful to me and, I think, to others, and might also strengthen your own credibility, if you would include the date of publication on the same page with the article -- I find none on this one. Thank you.
You have a typo on your front page: “A FRIENDLY WARNING *FORM* THE AMERICAN DOLLAR.”
Get an editor who knows what the h--- they are doing.
GREAT WHITE? NOPE
hey gang, I just want all you faggots to know that my cousin Joe is the greatest guy in the world and you should vote is greasy ass into office! I mean, he was a boxer for Christ sake! He narrowly defeated residents of several fine Erie County nursing homes before finally getting his bell rung by a sneaky bastard who is just shy of being old enough to collect social security! Just remember a vote for Joe Mesi is a vote for doing coke and punching bar patrons in the face!
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