Man, that guy takes cynical and goes 1000% past that. Yikes.kalm wrote: ↑Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:27 am Tons of fun for everyone in here. Worth reading the whole summary as there are some more solid nuggets toward the end.
+ In Classical Athens, tyrants (Themistocles, Cimon, Alcibiades) were exiled (or ostracized) and the seditious philosophers, like Socrates, put to death. In Rome and Florence, the dictators tended to get the knife (to assure they’d never return to power) and the poets and philosophers were sent into rocky exile (Ovid and later Dante, himself). Here our deposed autocrats are trundled off under the protection of a small contingent of Praetorian Guards to build their libraries, write their self-justifying books and await national rehabilitation after someone even worse than them assumes office.
+ So, our long national nightmare is over. After this commercial break, the new national nightmare begins.
+ All inaugural speeches are American Carnage speeches, studded with implicit and explicit vows to commit it on a global scale. Trump’s lamentable speech four years ago was unique for our time because he also described a Bosch-like dreamscape of “racial” carnage in American cities as justification for the authoritarian measures on the homefront he sought to impose. In the spirit of comity, Biden reverts to the traditional script, while wielding the very same powers, powers he himself spent years inscribing into the federal criminal code, under a cloak of empathy and diversity.
+ J-Lo, the blinged-out reincarnation of Woody Guthrie in the time of Late-Stage Capitalism…
+ Homilies to democracy in a speech given before 25,000 federal troops (instead of the normal 100,000 lobbyists) in a fenced-in a city where the right to protest has been suppressed is a pretty vivid portrait are were we are now as a nation.
+ Did Jon Meachem also write this trite speech today and will he be praising it later on MSDNC?
+ Chris Wallace sucks up platitudes faster than Dracula drains blood…
+ Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, himself one of the biggest assholes ever to hold public office, on oaths of office: “The problem is, the second your hand comes off the Bible, you become an asshole.” (h/t Jim Bovard)
+ The transfer of presidential power in the US has been peaceful for more than 200 years, the use of that power on the other hand….
+ The entrance fee to this exclusive club starts at 100,000 KIA….
https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/22 ... -old-ways/
My favorite was this one:
Biden is getting praise from the professional environmental lobby for rejoining the Paris Accords, which are, in effect, a group of post-industrial nations who have agreed to blame developing nations for their own failures to meet climate goals.