Archive for November, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

November 13, 2011

From the great Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, the best political writer in the country, an insightful take on Occupy Wall Street:

You can, and should, read the whole thing, but here are a few brilliant nuggets like this…

 “Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become.”

 …and this

 “We’re all born wanting the freedom to imagine a better and more beautiful future. But modern America has become a place so drearily confining and predictable that it chokes the life out of that built-in desire. Everything from our pop culture to our economy to our politics feels oppressive and unresponsive. We see 10 million commercials a day, and every day is the same life-killing chase for money, money and more money; the only thing that changes from minute to minute is that every tick of the clock brings with it another space-age vendor dreaming up some new way to try to sell you something or reach into your pocket.”

 …and this

 “There’s no better symbol of the gloom and psychological repression of modern America than the banking system, a huge heartless machine that attaches itself to you at an early age, and from which there is no escape. You fail to receive a few past-due notices about a $19 payment you missed on that TV you bought at Circuit City, and next thing you know a collector has filed a judgment against you for $3,000 in fees and interest. Or maybe you wake up one morning and your car is gone, legally repossessed by Vulture Inc., the debt-buying firm that bought your loan on the Internet from Chase for two cents on the dollar. This is why people hate Wall Street. They hate it because the banks have made life for ordinary people a vicious tightrope act; you slip anywhere along the way, it’s 10,000 feet down into a vat of razor blades that you can never climb out of.”

 …OK, one more

“Eventually the Occupy movement will need to be specific about how it wants to change the world. But for right now, it just needs to grow. And if it wants to sleep on the streets for a while and not structure itself into a traditional campaign of grassroots organizing, it should. It doesn’t need to tell the world what it wants. It is succeeding, for now, just by being something different.”

Great, great stuff.


The One Percent Are Doing Just Fine…

November 13, 2011’s us 99 percent that feed this beast:

You Can’t Spell Elite…

November 7, 2011

…without E-L-I.  Yes, that Eli.  Yes, the “other” Manning.  Can we finally end the discussion about whether or not Eli belongs on the short list of elite QBs in the NFL after yesterday’s dramatic comeback, two of them actually, against the Pats in New England?

He led the Giants on two drives in the last seven minutes — one for 85 yards, one for 80 yards — against a Pats team that had won 20 straight regular season home games overall (of course, they have lost their last two home playoff games) and 31 straight with Brady at QB.  All this without his best receiver and his best running back, although special notice to Brandon Jacobs who played his best game in a while in the absence of Bradshaw, as well as continued good play by Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard (don’t hear anyone bitching about Steve Smith or Kevin Boss any more, do you?) and, finally, the emergence of Ramses Barden who we’ve been waiting for since he got hurt last year.

And, while we ‘re at it, kudos to the much-maligned Giants LB corps, especially Kiwanuka and Boley who combined for 22 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

Nicely done, Big Blue.