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Breitbart insults people

I don’t know who Breitbart is referring to in the video below.  The occupiers I’ve hung out with, including myself, are well spoken, compassionate, nice and clean people who are concerned about income inequality and justice enough to petition the government for the redress of grievances.  I have to give the occupiers he is yelling at some credit for not taking him to the nearest toilet and administering a swirlie.  And a wedgie.  And maybe some noogies.

But Occupiers are militantly non-violent for the most part so we will miss all of that.

{{Oo, embarrassing.}}

If there were any freaks at an occupy event, I’m still convinced that it was Fox, Rush, Glenn and Breitbart types who paid them to show up.  I noticed some of these aberrations at the entrance to Zuccotti Park during the fall.  But once you got past them, it was just a big open air salon with very ordinary people.  That fact just freaks people like Breitbart right out.

Weiner’s junk more important than 9% unemployment?

Another politician proves to be human.  Film at 11!

No scratch that.  We don’t want to see the film.

Here’s what I want to know:

1.) Did Weiner harass any of the recipients of his sexts?  From what I can see, sexual harassment is pretty much under control in the corporate world, though it seems to be thriving in the political world.  French women are ready to take off some heads over the DSK incident.  They seem to think American women have this issue licked. But sexual harassment is for amateurs.  Working women know that more insidious forms of discrimination fly under the radar.  It’s the stuff that harder to pin down that can ruin a career: emails that are never responded to, phone calls not returned, names left off the meeting list, information not shared, constant criticism of women employees coupled with effusive praise of the men, resulting in whole departments where all of the women are in junior positions compared to all of the men.  Layoff time comes, guess who gets the ax?  (Read the last paragraph of Krugthulu’s latest Conscience of a Liberal post.  It is unintentionally revealing.)  The gratuitous misogynism against Hillary Clinton in 2008 seems to have made the problem worse because no one was held responsible.  We all witnessed it and the guys who did it got away with it.  That was quite an example to set for the rest of society and the world.  Congratulations, Democrats!

2.) If he didn’t harrass anyone, why do we care what he did with his dick?  I mean, seriously, when are we Americans going to stop stopping the news to chase down what people do with their bits and pieces?  All data seem to point to the conclusion that hormones will make us do stupid things that make grown ups look like horny teenagers.  Ok, most people never grow up.  Where’s the news in that?  If Weiner didn’t do anything ethically wrong, he should volunteer to resign right after David Vitter does.

3.) Unemployment is still at 9%.  I see not one but THREE  headlines about Weiner’s dick on the front page of the NYTimes.   Here, here and here. I take that back.  There are two more.  This one and this one.  And this one.  Six.  The way the press is piling on reminds me of the way they piled on Eric Massa.  Oooo, out comes the threats of an ethics committee investigation (see point 1 above).  And apparently, no one liked him.  Stupid Liberal.

Stop the press cycle!  There are millions of people out of work, losing their houses, health insurance and struggling to feed their kids.  Let’s all look at what Anthony Weiner did with his junk!  This is the hot, breaking story that will make Andrew Breitbart!  Will he become the conservative blogosphere’s version of Kim Kardashian?

What are Obama and Congress going to do about unemployment?  Paul Krugman is following up on Christie Romer’s insider bean spilling in The Fatal Pivot: Why did half of Obama’s economic team decide to pivot its attention away from the plight of the unemployed to the deficit?  Why didn’t they see the destruction of the country’s scientific infrastructure in the unemployment numbers?  That is going to weigh heavily on Obama’s legacy.  Not only did he allow millions of people to slip into poverty, he allowed the careful dismantling of our R&D industry.  In recent months, the dismantling has accelerated.  Companies can’t seem to shed jobs fast enough.  Pretty soon, there will be too few scientists left to do research and the marketing and advertising guys will have to pick up the slack in the labs.  (As if)

I’m not voting for that kind of shortsighted underperformance and no lefty should settle for it this far out from the election.  We should all be asking ourselves why we are putting up with this crap.

Focus, left blogosphere.  There is an opportunity to turn this around if we all stick together.  The media attention to the lascivious and prurient is disgraceful when so many people are suffering.  Shame on the NYTimes.

Finally Some Outrage is Building–But Not From the National Organization for Women

Republican Andrew Breitbart, writing at Real Clear Politics:

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.

If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Fraternities have been closed for less.

Breitbart cannot understand why there isn’t a “groundswell of feminist outrage” yet. Concerned, he contacted the National Organization for women for a reaction.

The National Organization for Women, which last struck issuing news releases on why Sarah Palin isn’t a real woman, refused to comment on the Obama speechwriter incident.

When NOW’s press secretary Mai Shiozaki was reached Friday, she first claimed not to have seen the Favreau photograph. But when called later, she offered two reasons for not weighing in: “I haven’t looked into it” and “I have a 5 p.m. deadline. … I am already late.”

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