I’m Oscar the Grouch

Except, I’m not green; I don’t live in a trash can; I have better hygiene.  Other than that, Oscar and I are likethis.  I might as well brandish a cane and shout at the kids to get off my lawn.   I am going to dive in the shit today and talk about things that are currently making me grouchy like Oscar.  Ready?  Let’s go.

Besides the sexual peak thing, I am getting frustrated with political punditry.  I am reminded why I burn out on groups fairly easily.  In the world of political punditry, there are mostly white males.  Think Yglesias, Klein, Eschaton blog guy, Krugman, Rich, Olbermann, Maher, Stewart, etc.  On the right side, we got Rush, Douthat, Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly, Newt, George Will, Brooks, Frum, Dennis Miller, etc.  Sully is somewhere in the middle.

Then, we have the white women and black men on each side.  Left–Rachel Maddow, Ta-Nehisis Coates, Maureen Dowd, TBogg, to name a few.  On the right side, there are actually more white women–Kathleen Parker, Kathryn Jean Lopez, who is a Latina to boot–bonus!–Michael Steele, yeah I know he’s not a pundit, but he’s on TV/radio enough to qualify, Alan Keyes, Peggy Noonan, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingram….Why are there so many more females allowed to speak on the right than on the left?  Hm.  A question for later.

Then, there’s Pam Spaulding from Pam’s House Blend who is  black, female, and a lesbian.  I think she is the only one who is a three-for.  

Here is the crux of my first complaint of the day:  Where the fuck are the Asians?  I hate the fact that the only viable political, um, pundit (I use the word loosely) who is an Asian woman is Michelle Malkin.  I am not linking to her because I despise her that much, but seriously!  I cringe every time I read something she’s written or see her talking about something in an unhinged, deranged manner.  I hate the fact that she is the best known Asian person in political punditry.  I also marvel that the Dems are supposed to be the party of inclusion and diversity, but there seems to be way more women and POCs in the punditry of the rightwing than the left.  I know it’s tokenism to a certain extent, but at least they are visible.  Yes, I know we have a black president, but we, the people, voted for him.  I guess that makes us, on the whole, marginally more inclusive than the Democratic Party.

Ok.  Number two gripe.  Here’s a list of phrases that need to stop now.  I have touched on some before, but I am adding to it.  “The best and the brightest”.  It’s appalling in any situation to affix this label to the Wall Street financiers who play with Monopoly money, but it’s egregious and galling for them to continue being afforded this label now that they fucking broke the economy.  I watched snippets of the 60 Minutes interview (I typed 69 at first.  The puerile bitch in me is sniggering) with President Obama, and I wanted to slap the interviewer when he said (and I’m paraphrasing), “I live in New York, and many of my friends are concerned that they won’t be able to retain the best and the brightest–”  I saw bright, pulsating lights right about then.  President Obama’s response was brilliant.  He laughed ruefully and said (and yes, I am paraphrasing again), “They weren’t the best and the brightest when they fucked up the economy!”  Actually, he said something closer to that they hadn’t done a very good job of it.

Someone started this lie that the Wall Street mavens were the best and the brightest of my generation.  I have never liked that assessment, and I like it even less now that the emperor has been shown not to wear any clothes.  What have they contributed to society on a whole?  How are we, as a community, any better for all their financial chicanery?  At the end of the day, what can they tangibly hold in their hands and say, “I created this, and the world is a better place for it.”?  FUCK THEM.  They are probably bright for the most part, but they are not the brightest, and they certainly aren’t the best.  They have the nerve to hold us hostage for more money to fix the mess they made.  That is more like venal and morally-bankrupt to me. 

I already covered going Galt and teabagging.  Or, maybe I didn’t cover the last one, but there is enough on that.  I don’t have time to deal with that stupidity.  Correction:  I have the time.  What I don’t have is the desire.  

Next up, the rightwing trick of accusing the Dems of things they themselves do, ten times worse.  Not caring about the Constitution, trying to strong-arm through bills (by reverting to majority rules, which is how it’s been for a long-ass time), making us less safe, etc.  The level of hypocrisy offered by the right is reaching the point when I may just punch my computer the next time I hear one of the rightwingnutters talking about socialist fascism or a dictatorship.  You want a dictatorship?  I got your dictatorship right here, heavy emphasis on Dick.  All you have to do is look at the last eight years to see a sterling example of trampling on the rights of Americans and the makings of a dictatorship.  

For the people commenting on leftwing blogs, no fat jokes, looks jokes, or gay jokes.  It’s unacceptable.  Michelle Malkin is an idiot, but she does not need to be taken apart because of her looks.  I don’t want to hear prison-rape jokes from anyone.  And, as I’ve posted before, fat is not a perjorative in and of itself.  I don’t want to hear cruelness and bigotry from anyone, even in the name of humor or satire.  Well, ok, if it’s well-done and funny, then maybe.  However, I don’t find rape funny in any sense, and I hate it when men (and it’s usually men) use it so casually to mock men who are going to go to jail.  It’s repugnant when the left does it, just as it is when Rush says it. 

Finally, the sex thing.  I feel like the pussy that’s going to devour the world.  In fact, Rizzo and I came up with a new superhero persona:  The Pussy (she said The Vagina, but I’m not so polite), saving MANkind, one man at a time.  Or, conversely, destroying MANkind, one man at a time.  By the way, one man at a time is optional, and so is the man part.  So, if you are in the Twin Cities, be very careful:  The Pussy may come after you next.

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