Glenn beats up on Fred Hiatt and his band of miscreants.
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But that low hanging fruit is never picked by anyone but folks like Glennzilla, and rots on the vine, thereby poisoning us all.
Pick it! Pick it and throw it away!
But in all seriousness, one could make the case that the vast majority of Republicans/”conservatives” are low hanging fruit these days. From the highest of the low (Cheney, Bush, Cantor, …other Republican “leaders”) to the lowest of the low (Bachmann, Grassley, Ensign), these people all do an absolutely TERRIBLE job of actually doing their jobs, not to mention an even worse job of cleaning up all of the illegal shit they do/moronic things they say.
If anyone had the inclination and fortitude to go into battle with them, it really would be easy pickins. They just have done such an awful job of covering their tracks. I mean, if you’re going to be a full-time incompetent piece of shit as an elected official, the least you could do would be to cover your tracks in a somewhat efficient manner. Not just lay bare your incompetence for the world to see.
But then, they wouldn’t be incompetent morans if they could pull that off, would they?
Hiatt and company have ruined that paper. That and buyouts.
I think the WaPost has fallen the farthest, fastest, of all formerly credible major dailies.
Hiatt let George Will spew his denialist global warming crap again today, and Lois Romano just told us in her chat that regarding uncivil discourse “both sides do it”. They’re hopeless over there, and the Good Klein and Eugene Robinson notwithstanding, I hope that stinking piece of neoconservative establishmentarian crap dies a whimpering death soon.
Strangely, I find the legions of villagers rushing to the defense of a child rapist both inexplicable and unsurprising.
I think we should start demanding that statistics be kept for all pundits and ‘serious journalists’, much like baseball and post it next to their byline on all columns.
Their BS Average can be the number of bad, incorrect or inaccurate predictions divided by total number of predictions for the year.
Brick Oven Bill
One thing that is interesting to me is society’s guidance regarding age of marriage. In an ideal society, a woman should be bred between twenty and thirty years of age, in my opinion. This gives the woman time to mature and learn the skills to be a good mother. This is also a healthy time for the woman to be pregnant.
Educated white women give birth too late in general. This is because of a belief in false decadence. It is greedy and self-centered, but does not bring happiness.
Poor communities give birth too early. This is because of a poor sense of future orientation. This does not bode well for them when the social safety net fails. Dependence leads inevitably to slavery. This is the goal of Senator Rockefeller and his buddies.
The Greeks, as explained by Socrates, have an interesting take. Women are to breed from twenty to forty years of age. Men from twenty-five to fifty. Men are not to breed until the age of twenty five as:
“…he has passed the point at which the pulse of life beats quickest.”
This is probably intended to keep the male breeding stock away from ugly women, thus strengthening society. What else would explain this Greek restriction? Glaucon explains the power of lust:
“Yes, he said; –necessity, not geometrical, but another sort of necessity which lovers know, and which is far more convincing and constraining to the mass of mankind.”
Nine years of age is too young for breeding. This is why Islam will have to be reformed if it is to achieve its goals. Polanski is a sick person and should be locked up.
Having recently watched All the President’s Men again, I still couldn’t believe it took place at WaPo. I now think of it as Bizarro WaPo, which allows me to pretend that both universes could indeed exist simultaneously and all we have to do is find our way over to the other one.
Accordingly, I’ve determined that all of my new “happy places” lie in the realm of quantum physics.
Adieu, Einstein, adieu! (And adieu, Newton, as well, in spite of the title of this post.)
@Brick Oven Bill: That post just earned a donation in your honor to Planned Parenthood. They humbly thank you for your recent contribution.
Speaking of WaPo FAIL, noted climatologist, statistician and bow-tie wearer George is at it again.
Naturally, nobody will call him to account on any of this.
p.s. Why is is that Cassandra–whose predictions were correct but nobody believed them–is used as a perjorative?
Slag said: “Having recently watched All the President’s Men again, I still couldn’t believe it took place at WaPo.”
I always find it interesting when I read variations on this comment, because if you really think about the facts of what happened in that story it supports the conclusion that WaPo (and more wildly the media, particularly in inside the beltway/establishment media) is useless. All of the regular WaPo political reporters completely fell down on the job reporting the Watergate story, and recently it came out that establishment journalist at the NY Times had details of Watergate early on and passed on the story.
Instead you had a couple of nobodies at the WaPo that had the city police beat, or something similar, who were not at all dependant on sources that had political connections, with the exception of Deep Throat that Woodward knew completely independent of politics, who broke the story. They are as close as you can come to a perfect example of the old saying “the exception that proves the rule”.
@Napoleon: Yes. But much of the editorial staff supported those guys in spite of the fact that they weren’t power players at the time. Do you honestly see Hiatt &co doing that now?
I don’t know, good question. No doubt it was a better paper back then, but there an inbuilt problem with how the MSM covers politics and it goes way back.
Hiatt, had he been “on the scene” when some punk-ass reporter brought the story to his desk, would have kept them on staff only for the time it took to ferret out Deep Throat’s true identity and then make a phone call to the Nixon White House.
Cheryl from Maryland
The use of the term Cassandra is often used by the “and I want a pony” crowd as a perjorative. That is because the truth harshes their buzz.
“Low Hanging Fruit,” eh?
Would this hypothetical fruit be lower or higher than Lanny Davis and Sarah Palin? How about Dan Quayle, Turdblossom, and the Mustache of Understanding?