well, when it comes to the free market, people are naturally goodwhen 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ezra Klein versus David Brooks and Paul Ryan.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 April 2012 18:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
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 (1 year ago) Permalink
no, it's been a "flashpoint" for a major reduction in crime in America, studies suggest
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 21 April 2005 14:19 (7 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 12:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
, studies suggest
life is good for this knucklehead(moving from Md suburb to DC):
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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
^^^gets the respeck knuckles
― Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Brooks columns are a cyclical problem.
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
took me 7 years to respond, b/c i react to any mention of David Brooks the way that an epileptic would react to a light show, but wtf:
lol gabbneb using his own specious logic and uncited "authorities" to contest David Brooks's specious logic and uncited authorities.
― Nu Metal is the best music there is, the rest is pussy shit. (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
don't miss that guy a bit
― (The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
Another discussion of Brooks' new mansion and his recent attack on entitlement/welfare state spending
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Apparently Krugman's been tearing apart Brooks' horseshit without ever actually mentioning the dude by name
― Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
TBF, while Brooks' horseshit is indeed horseshit, that Pierce takedown kind of misapprehends some key points about our economy. The finance industry didn't really wreck a perfectly good economy, they bubbled us out of a bad one by creating fake wealth, skimming the profits and then peacing out as it burst. There really are structural problems in our economy beyond the aftermath of mortgage securitization -- I don't think even Krugman would completely discount that.
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
In fact whaddya know:http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/structural-problems-not-structural-unemployment/
― Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
I dream of him being dropped by the NY Times, NPR and PBS and seeing if it would give him a new perspective. But that's not gonna happen so I similarly just dream of someone telling him how absurd he is on some tv or radio talk show. But that also is not gonna happen.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
This paragraph at the end of Ezra Klein's response to Brooks' recent column gets it (emphasis mine):
It happens to be the case that Brooks likes Obama’s “hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent” temperament, which is fine. But here he’s presented readers with a mystery that isn’t actually a mystery, and then told them, without evidence, that “most of the cause is personal” and “the key is [Obama’s] post-boomer leadership style.” Not that Brooks thinks that, or sees a case for it, but that that’s how it is. But it isn’t! Or, at the least, we have no evidence for it.
This is the feeling that I get listening to him on All Things Considered on Fridays. I think I get where he's trying to go but the logic is so convoluted and a lot of what he states as fact is really just incredibly misguided analysis. That plus his arrogance can be enraging.
― all things must pass (shaane), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm actually surprised he can afford a $4m house. How much can the Times possibly pay his columnists? His most recent book was a #1 bestseller, but at this point in history how much actual cash money does that translate into?
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
he's been around forever. dude is loaded.
― Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
He's been around forever but as far as I can tell he's only written three books. A book every 4 years just can't translate into that much income, can it? And surely even a plummy job writing a column once a week for the New York Times can't pay more than, I dunno, $200K. I'm still not seeing how it turns into $4m house money.
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
TV appearances over the last 30 years
― Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Atlantic Monthly, WSJ, NPR, Weekly Standard - that shit adds up
― Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
― quincie, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
I always imagine dudes like him get "grants" from shady "think tanks" but that's basically something I made up so
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
Dude is moving to my hood and I will run him down with my car if I get the chance.
― quincie, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
it's also not super far from where I grew up. My synagogue was in Cleveland Park.
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
holy crap, I think quincie is right. According to this:
brooks gets $20-40K every time he shows up to give an hour talk and eat banquet chicken.
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
Bobos in Paradise was a huge hit in 2000 and 2001; I worked in a bookstore then.
He can still use it as a memoir title.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Adas Israel or Washington Hebrew?
Wonder which (if any) 'gogue the family Brooks attends.
― quincie, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 20:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Oh sweet. I have studied with rabbiAvIs MILL3r. Have also been in classes with some of the other AI rabbis. Too big/too conservative for me; also their mikveh reminds me of my high school locker room; wanna find something more "atmospheric" if I convert.
― quincie, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
This is the story of a failed rescue, not vampire capitalism
Predictable column from him today defending venture capitalism with cherry-picked anecdotes and admissions that do not tell the whole story
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
so my local college alumni has a book club (which I've never participated in) and the book for June is bobos in paradise. I'm tempted to read it and go just for the horror.
― catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Didn't read but I get the impression that maybe wrt that book he was sort of onto something for once. Athough it does sound like it has a touch of his trademark stealthy conservative spin.
― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah it's not so bad from what I recall (read many years ago before I actually became a bobo).
― quincie, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 01:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
i detest Brooks, but Bobos in Paradise was not terrible
― Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
DAVID BROOKS: Okay, so our act starts with us inflating a giant internet bubble. Then that collapses, taking the country's economy with it, just as we massively cut taxes on millionaires because, we say, if we don't the government will have too much money. Right after that we blow off warnings about terrorism and let 3,000 Americans get slaughtered. We use that as a chance to lie the U.S. into invading a country that had nothing to do with the attack, killing hundreds of thousands of people and turning millions into refugees. In the middle of all that we borrow torture techniques from the Inquisition and use them on people in secret sites around the planet. Then we make billions off another financial bubble, the biggest in human history, and do nothing as it collapses, plunging the world into the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. To fix that we open up the national bank vault and shovel out money as fast as possible to all the criminals who made it happen in the first place. Then—as the amazing finale—we refuse to prosecute anyone for that, for the war, or for torture, and we start killing U.S. citizens with flying death robots.[LONG PAUSE]AGENT: ...That's a hell of an act. What do you call it?DAVID BROOKS: The Aristocrats!
AGENT: ...That's a hell of an act. What do you call it?
DAVID BROOKS: The Aristocrats!
― Julie Derpy (Phil D.), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ha. I see that was prepared in response to an actual Brooks column that was cartoon-like:
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
I liked atrios' post on this, http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/06/authoritah.html
Pierce and others did much more elaborate takedowns of The Follower Problem column, but this is the shorter version of everybody. And I've finally been coming around to Black's incredibly venomous style in the past few months (maybe it was too much to bear when the US was the primary home of all grand fuckups and incompetent, unaccountable villainy, and now I can get into it because ~50% of his sniping is about Europe? I dunno) but the way he drops the last sentence in this particular post is just wonderful.
1. Brooks remains exceptionally good at providing labels. I suspect "follower problem" might have more legs than Bobo in the long run.
2. What would it take to get him fired? I live in DC. I feel a need to crash these cocktail parties where this motherfucker is something other than a bad joke. I know the village exists - I'm sure I've spent lots of time on the metro and in traffic, mere inches away from no-shit villagers - but what is this construct? how is the vacuum maintained?
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
Plant a tracker on Maureen Dowd perhaps.
― Dreaming in Infrared (kingfish), Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
planting things on modo? am I a roomba? who would not be disgusted by this option?
I should just nab some addresses from these overpaid shitbirds' public property tax whatevers and show up with a shaker full of straight shitty whiskey and goat eyes for garnishes and see how far I get before they notice my suit is made of vegetables and not poor people
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Brooks remains exceptionally good at providing labels. I suspect "follower problem" might have more legs than Bobo in the long run.
yeah i dunno, been reading him lately and wondering if people are still "following" him. like he's trying too hard with the conceptual term-coining
― (REAL NAME) (m coleman), Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
x-post to El Tomboto
I thought Brooks' new DC digs were close to you? Maybe you will run into him somewhere
Here's a criticism of Brooks re his thoughts on the Gehry design for the Eisenhower memorial
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
His new digs are close to ME. Brooks is not cool enough to have digs close to tombot.
― quincie, Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
david brooks, opinion leader
Another article -- this one forwarded from Kington to Dragas -- was the "The Campus Tsunami," by the New York Times columnist David Brooks, predicting massive change from the MOOCs, and also predicting that the new model will involve much more learning from professors who are not at the college or university a student attends.
(re the university of virginia board members' push for online courses, in connection with their firing the president of uva)
― j., Wednesday, 20 June 2012 19:15 (11 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 17:57 (11 months ago) Permalink