Tom Friedman Recycles His Greatest Hit


I swear he wrote this one back in 2001:

We still do not know who set off the Boston Marathon bombs or why. But we do know now, after 9/11, after all the terrorism the world has seen in the last decade, what the right reaction is: wash the sidewalk, wipe away the blood, and let whoever did it know that while they have sickeningly maimed and killed some of our brothers and sisters, they have left no trace on our society or way of life. Terrorists are not strong enough to do that — only we can do that to ourselves — and we must never accommodate them.

So let’s repair the sidewalk immediately, fix the windows, fill the holes and leave no trace — no shrines, no flowers, no statues, no plaques — and return life to normal there as fast as possible. Let’s defy the terrorists, by not allowing them to leave even the smallest scar on our streets, and honor the dead by sanctifying our values, by affirming life and all those things that make us stronger and bring us closer together as a country.

Now, aside from the TSA taking nudie picture of us in a cancer tube, or having to walk shoeless in airports, or being extolled at every turn to buy a gun, demanding that you can be wiretapped without a warrant, or whisked away to be tortured, you know, the terrorists didn’t win.

Narcissism Today

Death of the Media

Politico’s Dylan Byers wants to know what is taking the Boston Bombing investigation sooooo long:

It’s been more than 24 hours since the explosions in Boston. But while new details emerge by the hour, the question on so many people’s minds remains unanswered: Who did it?

For many journalists I’ve spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous. The identification of the attacker(s) and the reasons for the attack will likely have enormous political (and potentially geoplitical [sic]) ramifications, which will vary greatly depending on whether the attacker(s) is domestic or foreign, acting alone or as part of an organization. We’re standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is.

Yes, sonny-boy, it is all about you and winning the morning. And besides, I thought Politico’s stock-in-trade was having national conversations about something, and having no idea what it is about.

Jeebus, some people!

The Worst Writer in the World® Writes Worst Column in the World

For a moment, I thought Richard Cohen had given up, turned in his Smith-Corona, and hung up his Fedora, but then like Man’o’War he suddenly comes round the bend on the inside all hooves and dust and no one saw it coming!

“We have all become political hacks. We are all engaged in the back and forth of politics, the jot or tittle of the process, the meaningless cable chatter of it all, the sameness of it all, be it conservative or liberal, so we lose sight of principle and of right and wrong. This is how we hardly noticed that basically all of American politics acquiesced in the demonization of gays and lesbians.

“This occurred to me last week when the New York Times published …”

And that’s his lede.

I think maybe he shouldn’t try to keep up with Noonington at the Pundit Club’s Bar; she’s a trained professional.


From the mind of McArdle

McArdle on Marriage Equality:

At this point, it’s just a matter of time. In some sense, the sexual revolution is over . . . and the forces of bourgeois repression have won.

It seems her thesis is that by winning marriage rights, teh gays will be assimilated and actually lose.

That’s right, I said it: this is a landmark victory for the forces of staid, bourgeois sexual morality. Once gays can marry, they’ll be expected to marry. And to buy sensible, boring cars that are good for car seats. I believe we’re witnessing the high water mark for “People should be able to do whatever they want, and it’s none of my business.” You thought the fifties were conformist?

Wait until all those fabulous “confirmed bachelors” and maiden schoolteachers are expected to ditch their cute little one-bedrooms and join the rest of America in whining about crab grass, HOA restrictions, and the outrageous fees that schools want to charge for overnight soccer trips.

McArdle seems to be arguing some sort of an sexual inverse version of “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet,” but I suppose for gay people who are always being told that they are the Devil Incarnate, having the right to whine about crabgrass at the neighborhood 4th of July Party might seem like paradise.

Which also makes me wonder if ol’ Meg isn’t having a cris de coeur about her own bourgeois repression? Maybe she wants to walk a mile in the footless guy’s shoes or something?

Anyway, it is a hot mess. Read it at your own peril.

Does Steven Rattner think that…

…Earl Schieb will perform any surgery for $99.99?

“This is a huge moral question for the country, because I agree with George, that right now, most Americans do not see price in deciding whether to use health care. You see price in toasters, you see price in cars and homes, everything else. In health care, you don’t see price. And therefore, I have to believe, and I think your piece eluded to this, that when people go on Medicare, they really don’t see price, they tend to consume more than they otherwise would.”

“26 percent of all Medicare spending is last year of life. We don’t know how much of that is really efficacious spending. These are really tough moral questions for the country. But we’re going to have to deal with them if we’re really going to get health care under control.”

Because, you know, you’re dying, so why not shop around for a better deal?

What an assrocket.

(ABC News)