I always knew David Brooks was an asshole ....

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Is Boehner appropriate for 12 year olds?!?

mh, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, santorum is appropriate for consenting adults

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't even understand what "moral materialism" is?

extremely lewd and incredibly crass (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

other heroes of David Brooks, Jr: Haley Barbour and Nas

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks's own heroes as a child: James Watt and Bootsy Collins

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Haley Barbour and Nas"

Hearing this to the rhythm of the "Jay, Biggie and Nas" line in "Where I'm From"

frogBaSeball (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return.

oh noes

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

"sometimes" he "wonders" IF ? hello

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbf it's only in his darkest moments of abject terror

“How you like that, Mr. Hitler!” (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Democrats, meanwhile, have shifted their emphasis from lifting up the poor to pounding down the rich. Democratic candidates no longer emphasize early childhood education and community-building. Instead they embrace the pseudo-populist Occupy Wall Street hokum — the opiate of the educated classes.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/opinion/brooks-free-market-socialism-.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212

Oy veh

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dear NYT I will subscribe for life if you fire this fuck.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

the prob is if they fire him they'd hire someone even worse

iatee, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was just talking with some democrats the other day about early childhood education, and they were like pshh fuck that

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure nytimes keeps David Brooks around as a real-life straw man conservative

mh, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

the prob is if they fire him they'd hire someone even worse

Yes.

Nicole, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm not so sure. they hired william kristol, who demonstrated his contempt for the times by being a shitty columnist even by his own standards and taking its money for a year. i wonder if another marquee conservative wouldn't do basically the same.

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

The subtext of that column seems to be that our economy is failing because not enough men are like David Brooks

frogBaSeball (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pareene's regular excoriations of Brooks are always a highlight of Salon

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Democratic candidates no longer emphasize early childhood education and community-building. Instead they embrace the pseudo-populist Occupy Wall Street hokum — the opiate of the educated classes.

But this very much sums up the view of a certain segment of the moneyed right -- the idea that progressive taxation has nothing to do with the traditional goals of the Democratic party, but is in fact a means of "punishing" successful people -- as if the idea were to take away half their money and then set it on fire!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey, life is zero sum. If you don't believe me, ask a conservative.

mh, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pareene's regular excoriations of Brooks are always a highlight of Salon

― Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:30 PM Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Links plz!

frogBaSeball (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can think of some much more inventive punishments for "successful" people than just burning their money

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do you want to be an extremely "successful" person (as in you have a shit-ton of money) or do you want to live in a successful society where the actual success of those who do well in business reflect in the quality of the world you live in and enrich the communities responsible for generating that wealth and create a fertile environment for more successes?

People who think success is measured only in dollars they get paid are like kids who think about goal completion only in terms of how many cookies or toys they get

mh, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Two of Pareene's bits:

http://www.salon.com/2010/11/22/hack_list_30/

Repeat offenses: armchair sociology, easy generalizations in lieu of research or analysis, boringness.

Representative quote:

“The magic is not felt by a lot of people. It’s not felt, obviously, by a lot of less educated people, downscale people. They just look at Obama, and they don’t see anything. And so, Obama’s problem is he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who could go into an Applebee’s salad bar, and people think he fits in naturally there.”

(Note: Applebee’s does not have salad bars.)

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/12_david_brooks/

He can make a defense of racist demagoguing sound benign. He obfuscates and misleads on income inequality, while, as always, accusing those damned coastal liberal elites of disrespecting Real Americans. Accusing liberals of disrespecting Real Americans is one of Brooks’ go-to lines, even though there’s absolutely no evidence that he has any clue whatsoever how the middle and working classes live in America in 2011.

Everything, with Brooks, comes down to “values.” Bad things happen because of a lack of the correct “values,” and the correct “values” are essentially white upper-middle-class mid-20th-century bourgeois values. Poverty happens because the poor don’t have those values. Earthquakes happen because of a lack of those values. The sexual abuse of children happens because — you guessed it — America lost those important pre-’60s values. The abuses at Penn State, in Brooks’ worldview, went unreported because America has become “a society oriented around our inner wonderfulness.”

HACKIEST 2011 MOMENT:
That linked column on the abuses at Penn State was the sanitized version of Brooks’ comments on “Meet the Press,” in which he blamed both the failure to report the sexual abuses to the police and the riots following the firing of Joe Paterno more explicitly on “30 or 40 years” of “muddying the moral waters.” If it weren’t for women’s lib and the self-esteem movement, those kids could’ve been protected!

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I blame Applebee's for not having salad bars.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Applebees doesn't have salad bars" seems like an excellent one-line response to partisan hackery in itself

mh, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

if applebee's had salad bars america would be a much healthier country

iatee, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't know until recently that Applebees has a full bar!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is your neighborhood bar and grill, especially if your neighborhood is a shopping mall.

mh, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return.

This sentence is truly fucked up. I'm white, btw.

Aimless, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just watched the episode of 30 Rock where Donaghy and Lemon go to Stone Mountain Georgia to find a new cast member and it reminded me of David Brooks a bit

frogBaSeball (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

It’s always interesting to read the quotations of people who knew a mass murderer before he killed. They usually express complete bafflement that a person who seemed so kind and normal could do something so horrific.

j., Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

FUCK. You beat me to it.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is a really choice column. prime brooks facepalm.

j., Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha every time this thread is bumped I think "christ, what is it now, David Brooks?"

the prurient pinterest (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

He had a stupid one earlier in the week again imploring Obama to cut entitlements and debt and balance the budget now in a right-wing conservative manner, but which he redefines as moderate and sensible. It was formula David Brooks.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

According to this view, most people are naturally good, because nature is good.

Yawn. V tired of this conservative cliche about the materialist moral perspective.

(he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

d brooks would like to disabuse you of the idea that people are naturally good, remember that we are all shameful pots of shit and sin

i think this is serious (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought the conservative cliché concerned how BAD people were.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, when it comes to the free market, people are naturally good
when it comes to what you do with your genitals, you simply can't be trusted

i think this is serious (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
3 weeks pass...

Some people view politics like war. Others prefer to see it as a wooing dance. Which prism will win votes in 2012?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

no, it's been a "flashpoint" for a major reduction in crime in America, studies suggest

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Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

, studies suggest

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

life is good for this knucklehead(moving from Md suburb to DC):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/surreal-estate-david-brooks-moves-from-bethesda-to-cleveland-park/2012/05/06/gIQAs27Q6T_blog.html

Price: $3.95 million

Details: The New York Times op-ed columnist and wife Sarah are trading up — from their longtime home near Bethesda’s Burning Tree Club to a century-old (exquisitely renovated) five bedroom, four-and-a-half bath house in Cleveland Park. It includes a two-car garage, iron and stone fence, generous-sized porch and balcony, and what appear to be vast spaces for entertaining. The timing seems to have been right: After only a few days on the market, their old place (which also boasts five bedrooms) is under contract for $1.6 million.

By The Reliable Source

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Something seems especially unfair about some asshole being able to afford a $4 million house just because he happens to have lucked into being that asshole.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

And he is able to do so despite Obama not taking all of his advice on the deficit and such, and the NY Times cutting back on free views of their website.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

TBF I feel similarly about most major op-ed columnists. Unremarkable people who somehow managed to land and keep for themselves a gilded seat.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^gets the respeck knuckles

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink


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