Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dowd Gets an F in Home Economics

Maureen Dowd is out of her mind.

This article - Washington Chain Saw Massacre - is pretty much one of the more idiotic ones coming from Dowd and that's saying something. But I have no need to fisk its stupidity since this repulsive quote below does all the heavy lifting for me:
If the scariest thing in the world is something you can’t understand, then Americans are scared out of their minds about what is happening in America.
Apparently Dowd believes every adult American has failed both basic math and home economics because she believes we're basically all too stupid to understand that Congress is spending more money than it has and borrowing more money than it can repay.

Her position seems to spring from the idea that nothing in the average American's daily life can make them understand the concept of not spending more than you take in.

But Down is unhappy just insulting your intelligence. She swings for the TEA Party with this as her theme:
Just as horror films moved from niche to mainstream in the late-’70s, with successes like “Halloween” and “Alien,” the Tea Party moved from niche to mainstream.

Tea Party budget-slashers didn’t sport the black capes with blood-red lining beloved by the campy Vincent Price or wield the tinglers deployed by William Castle. But in their feral attack on Washington, in their talent for raising goose bumps from Wall Street to Westminster, this strange, compelling and uncompromising new force epitomized “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and evoked comparisons to our most mythic creatures of the night.

They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country’s reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and again to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in “Alien” flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth, bursting out of Boehner’s stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones. (Conjuring that last image on Monday, Vladimir Putin described America as “a parasite.”)
Talk about fear-mongering, Maureen

She goes on and on with her ad hominen attacks on TEA Partiers but really she doing the intellectual-equivalent of sniffing her own fingers. Her delusional writing in this article has been fisked by far better writers than I, so I'll end with my on ad hom. It is lame, and more than a litte gross.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Where (AFSCME) Union Member Fees Go

The 2010 AFSCME $75,000 CLUB
American Federation of State County Municipal Employees
(Where Union Members' Dues Go.)

Wow! Nine pages of employees all earning over $75K from AFSCME union member dues. Scroll down to the bottom to see secretaries and assistants pulling that much (most salaries on list are 6 figures. Disgusting from a union that is supposed to be helping its members, not living large off of them!