Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quote of the Day


"But it strikes me that David Brooks actually enjoys his chosen profession. In fact, he strikes me as the kind of person who even in his spare time would pay a Leona Helmsley lookalike a thousand dollars to take a shit on his back. And here he is saying that the reason the poor and the middle classes are struggling is because they don’t work hard enough. Is this guy the best, or what? Does it get any better than this?"

-- Matt Taibbi in a hilarious, rude, and most of all dead-on piece on the New York Times' resident Randian David Brooks and his latest paean to the super-rich

Be sure and pay special attention to the part where Taibbi comes right out and says that the work that he, Brooks, and just about all political opinion journalists do may be time-consuming -- but it sure as hell can't be compared to digging ditches for a living.

That's the kind of observation that separates Taibbi from the insular pack of pompous, self-congratulatory windbags that's ruled the Beltway and New York City media establishments for decades.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's good to take your work seriously, but not take yourself too seriously.

Alanna said...

Amen, Mr. Taibbi! Leave it to a Bard grad to get it right (an over-priced, hippie-laden. intellectual hot-house liberal arts college in Hudson Valley, NY)

God, I miss it there.

mixtapetherapy said...

Wow, David Brooks sounds like someone ELSE you know very well, Chez.

Give ya one guess...

Alanna said...

blech. David Brooks needs to get "worked" up the ass on the corner of 125th and Frederick Douglas Blvd by some shit-digging hardworkers just getting off a 24-hour shift.

and for the record, I was all for Butler as that's my pops alma mater.

Shannon from Saskatoon said...

Alanna, You could make comments without referencing your alma mater or that of your pater. It seems a bit ironic in light of the context of the Taibbi article.

BTW, I have no college education (but have served in one for over 25 years) and am always amused to notice how it is traded as social currency so readily and without a single trace of humility. (It's how the smart well-bred dogs single out the mutts, apparently).

Vermillion said...

BTW, I have no college education (but have served in one for over 25 years) and am always amused to notice how it is traded as social currency so readily and without a single trace of humility. (It's how the smart well-bred dogs single out the mutts, apparently).

I'm amused to notice that you went out of your way to insult Alanna, and all college grads, while also trumpeting your own pride in making it without such an education.

She just wanted to express a little pride in something that took a lot of time and money to achieve, something that fewer and fewer people seem to appreciate. I mean, considering you say you work in one, one would assume you would understand where she is coming from.

Considering the world we live in, begrudging a person a little bit of self-satisfaction in their alma mater (or their father's) isn't what I would call a good use of one's effort.

Then again, maybe you just work at a suck-ass school. I don't know.

Alanna said...

You obviously don't get the saracasm, Shannon.

That was my actually my point.

Read the Brooks article as to what he defines his "alma mater" and get back to me.

By the way I didn't go to Bard.

Tabi said...

...Alanna FTW!