what can happen when a playwright realizes a lot of the leftist stuff he'd always parroted really is crap.
The Secret Knowledge begins with a parricide—a verbal throat-slitting of the leftwing playwright Bertolt Brecht, father to three generations of dramatists, especially those who, like Tony Kushner or Anna Deavere Smith or Christopher Durang, make agitprop the primary purpose of their art. For most of his career Mamet revered Brecht too: It was the thing to do. The reverence came to an end when he finally noticed an incongruity between Brecht’s politics and his life. Although a cold-blooded—indeed bloody-minded—advocate for public ownership of the means of production and state confiscation of private wealth, he always took care to copyright his plays. More, he made sure the royalties were deposited in a Swiss bank account far from the clutches of East Germany, where he was nominally a citizen.
“His protestations [against capitalism] were not borne out by his actions, nor could they be,” Mamet writes. “Why, then, did he profess Communism? Because it sold. . . . The public’s endorsement of his plays kept him alive; as Marx was kept alive by the fortune Engels’s family had made selling furniture; as universities, established and funded by the Free Enterprise system . . . support and coddle generations of the young in their dissertations on the evils of America.”
“My grandmother came to this country and she and her two boys were abandoned by her husband,” he said. “She couldn’t speak English. No education. And during the Great Depression she was able to work hard and save and she put them both through law school.” His voice had a tone of wonder to it, as though still awed by a fresh discovery. “I mean, what a country. That’s a hell of a country.”
Yes, it is.
A serious feminist comes face-to-face with a nasty fact: women DO lie about that. One of the comments: Ironic, isn't it? As a feminist, rape crisis worker and abuse alumni, you helped usher in the very mode of thinking that now threatens your son. I'm sure it seemed all correct and proper, right up until the moment that one of yours took the hit.
What? Some union people do illegal and unethical things? Really?
Geithner, who has already suspended a program that helps state and local government manage their finances, will begin to borrow from retirement funds for federal workers. The measure won’t have an impact on retirees because the Treasury is legally required to reimburse the program.
My first thought was "Reinburse with WHAT? We're broke." Second thought was "Hey, he got away with cheating on his taxes, so why can't he steal from your pension?" I do still think that things like this call for tar and feathers. At the least.
Probably the only revolver you can effectively silence: the Nagant.(thanks to Uncle for the link)
So Obama, in dark of night or something, announces "There should be more drilling for oil." Which means his polls must be looking REALLY bad. Now we'll see; I won't believe the bastard until someone actually starts drilling.
My, what wonderful people the International Monetary Fund has among their upper ranks.
Og's response to the idiot judges mentioned in the title:
And, just in case you haven't heard about this yet, go read.
“And as soon as you fucking little thieving perverts decide whether or not something shiny in my wife’s carry-on is banned all of a sudden or not, I’ll be on my way. Now either get a real cop and charge me with something or go fuck yourself you petty little shit.”