Monday, January 25, 2010

Rants: Where Did Our Love Go?

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Perplexed about the recent ruling of the Supremes? Well, don't be: this isn’t complicated. It’s a matter of the super-rich asserting their right to control the political system of the country which they firmly believe they are mandated, by virtue of the wealth they generate, to rule.
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Ayn Rand lays it all out in her writings, particularly the novel, Atlas Shrugged.
XDemocracy, which empowers “the mob,” is antithetical to the philosophy of the plutocrats.
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Leona Helmsley once succinctly exposed the mindset of the super-rich; when charged with tax evasion, she reportedly uttered the classic line: “Only the little people pay taxes.” Well, you and I are “the little people” and lest there be any confusion on the matter, the Supreme Court has made it official.
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Get used to it. It’s going to get much worse.
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18 comments:

William R. Barker said...

"Perplexed about the recent ruling of the Supremes?"

Nope.

Not at all.

Next topic?

(*WINK*)

BILL

Anonymous said...

Like the new photo. Isn't that from the Jon Voigt followup film "Mid-morning Cowboy"?

And cigarettes are sooooo Republican!

---MS

Anonymous said...

This should be a smile on your old, jaded face

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?lang=en&cl=17804794

---MS

Rodak said...

Nice catch, MS! That "new" photo is from a mid-80s Halloween costume party to which my wife and I went as the Midnight Cowboy and Ratso Rizzo. She (being Italian, small of stature and large of snout) was Ratso. I have a blonde wig on under that hat.

Cigarettes are not Republican. Cigars are Republican.

Rodak said...

Yes, that kid is amazing. I had already viewed the clip.
Child prodigies of that kind are enough to make one believe in reincarnation. I think it was Mozart who basically just sat down at a piano as a very young child and started playing music. These phenomena constitute a mystery for which I've never heard an explanation.

Anonymous said...

Nice catch, MS!

My taste in film was always a few levels above today's Ava-tards....

Cigarettes are not Republican. Cigars are Republican.

Does Castro know this?


---MS

Rodak said...

Does Castro know this?

Dunno. But Rush Limbaugh surely does.

Anonymous said...

She (being Italian, small of stature and large of snout)

Somehow that line got past me, the first time. And how does Mrs. Rodak take to being categorized as "large of snout"? I think a more maritally pleasing adjective would have been "Streisandesque" (and I've always liked Bab's nose)...

---MS

Rodak said...

Mrs. Rodak, like almost everyone else on earth, doesn't read my blog. I'm safe there.

Anonymous said...

I'm safe there.

You see safety. I see an extortion opportunity (lol)

---MS

Anonymous said...

As for "no one reading your blog," harrumph (Jessee Jackson voice) "I AM SUHMBODEE!!"

Just kidding. You're just a fish out of water. If you were back in NYC or somewhere decent you wouldn't be alone. Unfortunately, I know that Ohio is not exactly full of budding Netizen-versions of Joyce Carol Oates or Saul Bellows, in your midst.

--MS

Rodak said...

I think a photograph of the full team in Midnight Cowboy drag exists in an album somewhere. I'll try to find it and post it at some point.
Btw, the author of the novel from which the film derives, James Leo Herlihy was, in my estimation, a really talented, if tragic man.
Another excellent film "All Fall Down" was made of another of his works of fiction. I recommend both his writing, and the films that were made subsequent to them.

Rodak said...

Check him out: James Leo Herlihy

Anonymous said...

As big a fan as I am of "The Manchurian Candidate" and some other Frankenheimer films, I'm surprised that "All Fall Down" escaped me. I will look for it and check it out.

I also see from Wikipedia that Herlihy was a Navy guy like myself and Thomas Pynchon (only comparing them to me for G.I. purposes, not talent - lol). As for Navy Literati, have you ever heard of William Bradford Huie?

---MS

Anonymous said...

If I start reading fiction again, I'll have to start with Pynchon. I can tell by his sense of humor and his vampiric hatred of public portraiture, we probably have a lot in common.

--MS

Rodak said...

No. Never heard of him. What's the skinny?

Anonymous said...

He was a member of the Naval Construction Force (like moi). He wrote, among other works, "The Execution of Privte Eddie Slovak," which you might remember as a TV movie with Martin Sheen. He also wrote a few other novels that were made into movies, such as "The Americanization of Emily" (I think James Garner was in that one).

---MS

Rodak said...

Yes, I do remember those.