A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Plus Trains Killed Keira Knightley In That Movie

by evanmcmurry

Ordinarily, I think comments sections are the lowest hanging fruit around. But I do like the commenter—on the New York Post‘s ghastly article about the man pushed into the subway yesterday—who thinks the “libtard” response will be to “ban Subways [sic].” Because if it’s one thing the left hates, it’s high speed public transportation.

Who is the most irritating member of congress?

by pdxblake

The NY Times has a great quick interview with Barney Frank and he names names about this question (and some other interesting things, go watch the video), but the winner of that particular category is…..Mitch McConnell.  I can’t say I disagree with his choice either, but it is quite a piece of work to be the most annoying of 534 members of Congress over the entire length of Barney Frank’s 32 year career.  Congratulations Senator McConnell, and I will let you know if we locate your chin.

Dick Armey Gets $8 Million Payout Cuz Austerity

by evanmcmurry

I think this is pretty much the only way an astroturf organization never for one second serious about fiscal responsibility could end:

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) received an $8 million payout to lead the conservative Tea Party group, FreedomWorks, “because of an internal split over the group’s future direction,” the AP reports.

A confidential contract shows that Armey agreed in September to resign from his role as chairman of FreedomWorks in exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments.

The Best Fiscal Cliff Idea That Will Never Happen Ever

by evanmcmurry

Dreamin’ out loud in the Washington Post:

Rather than try to find a path around this impasse — and in the process, pass a debt reduction bill that will put the United States on the path toward unnecessary (if more moderate) austerity — the Obama and House Republicans should agree to postpone the fiscal cliff until the economy has improved. More specifically, they should peg the Bush tax cuts, the payroll tax cuts, and the unemployment insurance extension to improved economic conditions, as measured by the joblessness rate. Rather than the arbitrary trigger of January 1st, 2013, the United States would not go over the fiscal cliff until it was economically ready to do so. At that point, Congress and the White House can haggle over the right level of spending and taxation.

If this happens, I’ll eat my hat—which I got in exchange for voting for Obama. #gifts

Adventures In Empathy: Hank Paulson, Money, and Unusual Birds

by evanmcmurry

Here’s a nice humanizing moment from Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail:

The island, a sanctuary for unusual birds and reptiles, is where [Hank Paulson] liked to go to clear his head.

That’s kinda sweet. There are moments like that sprinkled throughout Sorkin’s book that give men like Paulson blood and depth. The problem is they’re always followed with lines like this:

He liked it so much that the Paulsons bought up three quarters of the ten-thousand acre property starting in 2003 for $32.65 million.

Awww. You may now return to your regularly scheduled program of hating the men who tanked the economy.