notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I ♥ Matt Taibbi

He's a little too cynical even for my tastes, and I get annoyed by the pox-on-both-houses false equivalency between spineless liberals and evil conservatives, but articles like this are why I loves me some Matt Taibbi.
Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.

And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed Middle American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant-size bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the Sizzlin' Picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because the image on TV reminds him of the mean, brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV — and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.
Elsewhere, Palin is described as a "Bible-thumping buffoon," a "rifle-toting, serially pregnant moose killer," and a "puffed-up dimwit with primitive religious beliefs." The article reaches its crescendo:
Here's what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins "Country First" buttons on his man titties and chants "U-S-A! U-S-A!" at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.
It just doesn't get any better than that. Taibbi is wrong about one thing, though. He writes that "Palin has only seemed to grow in popularity as more and more of these revelations have come out." In fact, she's the least popular candidate in the race, a dirty little secret that nobody wants to acknowledge.

I'll be watching the debate tonight and I actually expect that she's going to do fine. If she can't pull of this series of brief pre-scripted soundbites, then she really is a moron. And it won't take much for her to "exceed expectations." But even a glorious performance tonight can't change the fact that Palin has been revealed as so pig ignorant as to make George W. Bush seem sophisticated by comparison. At least Bush had exposure to a world-class education, even if none of it appears to have penetrated his thick skull. Palin attended five colleges to get a four-year degree. She's Bush without the erudition. Her virtually total ignorance of national issues is matched only by her ugly personality and eagerness to belittle those who know far more than she does. She's a monstrosity and deserves all of the scorn that's being heaped upon her.