Feb
4

Kochsucher




Posted at 0:31 by HTML Mencken


Above: Scapular dreadlocks indicate manatee species Trichechus podtardius.

From John Podhoretz’s ohbitchiary of Ed Koch:

Then there was the madness of social disorder, best exemplified by the deranged ideas in liberal circles about homelessness. This disastrous phenomenon was viewed as the result of evil Ronald Reagan social policies, not as the result of the wholesale emptying-out of psychiatric institutions and jails.

Koch stood athwart famed liberal institutions that hotly defended the rights of people to live in the city’s streets, even though they were a clear danger to themselves and others and the most visible mark of a society no longer able to maintain any kind of civil order.

It was one of Ronald Reagan’s evil social policies to empty-out the psychiatric institutions, first state-wide when he was governor of California and then nationally as President.

Of course anyone who kicks the sick and poor in the teeth is all right with a Pod Person, and the late NYC mayor certainly qualifies. But always the greatest concern for Pod People when considering another human being is the attitude to rightwing Jewish identity politics. If one is of The Tribe and puts it and its Eastern Mediterranean real estate first among all things in life, then one is deemed a Good Person; if not, then one is a Bad Person, a self-loather, a functionally non-Jew. JPod happily decides Koch was good and in that Chosen context he’s probably right.

47 Comments »

  1. Provider_UNE_AndPlayersToBeNamedLater™ said,

    February 4, 2013 at 0:47

    That the scion of Midge and Norman cares not a whit about the poors…wait…reminds me of Irving, KristolNachts blathering about affirmative action.

    “I remember back in the late 1990s, when Ira Katznelson, an eminent political scientist at Columbia, came to deliver a guest lecture. Prof. Katznelson described a lunch he had with Irving Kristol during the first Bush administration.

    “The talk turned to William Kristol, then Dan Quayle’s chief of staff, and how he got his start in politics. Irving recalled how he talked to his friend Harvey Mansfield at Harvard, who secured William a place there as both an undergrad and graduate student; how he talked to Pat Moynihan, then Nixon’s domestic policy adviser, and got William an internship at the White House; how he talked to friends at the RNC [Republican National Committee] and secured a job for William after he got his Harvard Ph.D.; and how he arranged with still more friends for William to teach at Penn and the Kennedy School of Government.

    “With that, Prof. Katznelson recalled, he then asked Irving what he thought of affirmative action. ‘I oppose it,’ Irving replied. ‘It subverts meritocracy.’ “

    If this makes me an anti semite, then so be it.

  2. Provider_UNE_AndPlayersToBeNamedLater™ said,

    February 4, 2013 at 0:49

    Hah! my first Frist at Sadly, No!

    WoooooooHooooooo!!!!

    /going back to the cheap seats…

  3. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 0:59

    Provider!! Where have you been? Watcha doing?

  4. Jennifer said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:03

    JPod’s got a bodyhair tonsure to match his head.

  5. Shakezula said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:22

    Ah yes, those dangerous homeless people. The fact that they preferred sleeping out in the winter had nothing to do with the risks of sleeping in a homeless shelter. They were just crazy ingrates who should have been herded into prisons or soylent green grinders or somewhere they didn’t make the place untidy.

    Sorry, I’m going on a very short trip down Diatribe lane:

    One of the things I do not like about the combination of the Internets and living in a big city is that once or twice a month I’m subjected to the whinging of a pampered auslander who hails from some utopia where there are no homeless people. This fragile blossom does not understand that if a man can tolerate homelessness without a whimper, it is really fucking inappropriate to run around squealing “Eeeew! There was a smelly gross homeless guy in my Starbucks this morning.”

    Oh sweetpea, I really wish that your attacks of the icks would cause all of these people to find homes and jobs and maybe even 1/100th of the nice things you take for granted on an hourly basis. But the sad fact is, they were here first and they’ll be here long after the Internet startup you moved out here to work for has collapsed under the weight of managerial incompetence. So why not beat the rush and fuck off back to Cornfed, Iowa or wherever right now?

    In short, people who are so mean-spirited as to pick on the homeless should nearly die in a fire and then spend the rest of their lives dealing with the pain of nearly dying in a fire.

    And now, The National Anthem.

  6. Chris said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:25

    It was one of Ronald Reagan’s evil social policies to empty-out the psychiatric institutions, first state-wide when he was governor of California and then nationally as President.

    Emptying out the psychiatric institutions; much like raising taxes, offering amnesty to illegal immigrants, reducing arms, sitting down and negotiating with America’s enemies, selling arms to terrorists and cutting and running in the face of a terrorist attack, it’s one of those things Ronald Reagan just never did, and it’s just mystifying that so many liberals think otherwise. It’s like they have memories or something.

  7. Shakezula said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:26

    Followed by a lot of very expensive commercials.

    And some sort of sporting event.

  8. Pupienus Maximus said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:26

    What ith it with conthervativeth and their obthession with athwarts?

  9. Chris said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:41

    And some sort of sporting event.

    A Big Fucking Deal of sorts, I’m told. Never really cared about the event, but a lot of the commercials are actually funny, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of commercials.

  10. Matt said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:43

    Shorter Pod Person: “Stupid liberals – it wasn’t the fault of Raygun’s policies, but rather the direct and entirely predictable consequence of those policies!”

    In other words, if you huck a rock at Podhoretz the crunch at the end of its flight is totally not your fault. ;)

  11. Smut Clyde said,

    February 4, 2013 at 1:51

    the rights of people to live in the city’s streets, even though they were a clear danger to themselves and others and the most visible mark of a society no longer able to maintain any kind of civil order.

    So what does this stalwart of Liberty suggest as a solution to the problem of Conspicuous Poverty? Criminalising it? Soylent Green?

  12. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said,

    February 4, 2013 at 2:06

    So what does this stalwart of Liberty suggest as a solution to the problem of Conspicuous Poverty? Criminalising it? Soylent Green?

    Mayor Giuliani sicced the cops on the homeless, and proclaimed himself a master crime-fighter.
    ~

  13. N__B said,

    February 4, 2013 at 2:11

    JPod’s got a bodyhair tonsure to match his head.

    If you picture someone dumping acid on his head from directly above, it makes sense.

  14. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    February 4, 2013 at 2:43

    Jennifer sez

    I actually have a kitty that has never, ever, pestered me to get up and feed or let her out (or play). She waits until I roll out of bed, and sometimes sleeps in for a few hours after I get up.

    She’s the only cat I’ve ever known like this, though.

    My Curly is like this. He will not disturb me, no matter what. I leave the door open so he can come and go to the food and the litterbox as need be, and won’t even ask for a skritch until he knows I’m awake.
    .

  15. Jennifer said,

    February 4, 2013 at 2:55

    If you picture someone dumping acid on his head from directly above, it makes sense.

    Also too, that would explain his face.

  16. Major Kong said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:20

    If you picture someone dumping acid on his head from directly above, it makes sense.

    Could I drop an anvil instead?

  17. Shakezula said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:32

    When I want to imagine the future, I imagine acid and anvils falling on a NeoCon’s face, forever.

    Sorry. That’s the beer Superbowl excitement talking. I love all my fellow humans, no matter how rancid, mean and skin-wasty they may be. Really.

  18. John Revolta said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:32

    “With that, Prof. Katznelson recalled, he then asked Irving what he thought of affirmative action. ‘I oppose it,’ Irving replied. ‘It subverts meritocracy.’ “

    Just. Fucking. Brilliant.

  19. Pupienus said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:34

    In other words, if you huck a rock at Podhoretz the crunch at the end of its flight is totally not your fault.

    Oooh thanks! Note to self: Next time when in NY, ….

  20. HTML Mencken said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:39

    I think the breaker box just blew at the Superdome.

  21. Shakezula said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:45

    Quick! Which right wing panty wetter screamed about terrorists first?

  22. HTML Mencken said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:51

    I sense the influence of D.A.’s beloved DeBartolo mob. 49ers are traditionally the most cheating and weaselly franchise in the NFL excepting the Patridiots.

  23. John Revolta said,

    February 4, 2013 at 3:51

    I think this was more of a “Turn out the lights, the party’s over” kinda thing…………….

  24. Pupienus Maximus said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:07

    Say, what does this switch do?

    Over/under on A Breitbarter to come up with an Obama ordered the interruption theory?

  25. Pupienus Maximus said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:11

    This is a good opportunity to post a relevamt vid

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naaU8YHvoGc

  26. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:13

    Used to be a football fan back in Cretaceous: I was in HS when Superbowl I was played. Lost my interest in it after I discovered the subtlety of baseball. Also too violent for my tastes.

    George Carlin.

    Baltimore is all purple today. I don’t a TV, but I’ll check from time-to-time on the internets toobs.

  27. John Revolta said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:31

    Heh. General Stuck over at Balloon Juice:

    I guess Massachusetts forgot to pay Louisiana’s electric bill this month.

  28. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:40

    About the Ravens name.

    After the present team moved to Baltimore, Art Modell was gracious enough to leave the name ‘Browns’ in Cleveland for the next team.. unlike that shitface ratbastard Irsay who stole the Colts in the dead of night (literally).

    So what would be name of the new team? The club solicited ideas from the fans. My favorite, by far, was the Baltimore Huns. (“Hon” has a long legacy in Baltimore patois: “Would you like a re-fill, Hon?”)

    The mascot: Attilla the Hon.

    Team colors: Rusty brown and chainmail gray.

    Uniform: Uses Hun motifs: mostly uses chainmail and selective plate armor (e.g. shoulder pads, greaves) with rusty brown highlights on the rivets. Helmet: a grungy helment with rusty rivets. Even the face guards look like they belong on the Huns.

    Think of the spectular possibilities for sports headlines:

    Huns invade Detroit.
    Huns sack Tebow four times
    Huns devastate Pirates.

    But that was too clever by half for the blanditude that is NFL merchandising. So we ended up with the stupid name the team now has just because Poe is buried in Baltimore. (He wrote nothing important important here.)

    So as you watch the game, imagine how nifty the uniforms might have been.

  29. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:42

    devastate Steelers. (Got baze-bol on my brane.)

  30. Pupienus Maximus said,

    February 4, 2013 at 4:44

    Braised lamb shanks, inspired by that akvavit slugger’s foodporndaily entry. Very basic, using the PC since I was too lazy to get started earlier. Lamb shanks, seasoned, browned nicely. Toss in some whole, peeled shallots, buncha garlic, some Herbes de P. Five Pines Chocolate Stout.

    WTF iiz rong with goddamn Portland?!?, Caint find parsley root nowarez. Sheesh. So celeriac puree. Persillade.

    I did make some pickled mushrooms and onions that will go nicely.

  31. HTML Mencken said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:16

    Think of the spectular possibilities

    Protests by the Hungarian-American Anti-Defamation Caucus.

    Old ethnically-derived team nicknames seem resistant to change but with new teams there’s almost an overreaction not to pick anything offensive to the point of genericness. Jacksonville Jaguars? Bleh. OTOH the Titans was a good choice, Athens of the South and all, and their copy of the Parthenon is beautiful. Our local college team did change its name, which was fine with me, from the Indians to the…. Red Wolves, for fuck’s sake.

  32. Smut Clyde said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:35

    Think of the spectular possibilities

    Ha, Fenwick misspelled ‘specular’.
    I was not previously aware that the Mirror-fish or Mirror-tigers played foopball.

  33. Just Alison, who can't be buggered thinking of something clever to write said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:44

    From the last thread:

    Jennifer said,
    February 4, 2013 at 0:55

    I actually have a kitty that has never, ever, pestered me to get up and feed or let her out (or play). She waits until I roll out of bed, and sometimes sleeps in for a few hours after I get up.

    She’s the only cat I’ve ever known like this, though.

    Wow, lucky old you, Jennifer. All my kitties have had a variety of graduated responses that range from standing on my chest and tickling my nose with little whiskers, through running over the bed via my stomach (causing a lovely jackknife effect), to grabbing my nose in her teeth and tugging. It’s amazing how much more you feel like getting up when there’s two sharp teeth up your nose and all you can smell is cat breath.

  34. HTML Mencken said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:46

    Yay!!! 49ers lost!!!!

  35. Just Alison, who can't be buggered thinking of something clever to write said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:50

    Jeffraham Prestonian said,
    February 4, 2013 at 2:43

    My Curly is like this. He will not disturb me, no matter what. I leave the door open so he can come and go to the food and the litterbox as need be, and won’t even ask for a skritch until he knows I’m awake.

    (Wails) Oh, JP, not you too! I was counting on your two to maintain standards…

  36. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:52

    Charm City is very noisy right now.

  37. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:56

    Smut Clyde: Misspellings are my signature move. Sort of like bbkf and tagfails.

  38. VCarlson said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:58

    All my kitties have had a variety of graduated responses that range from standing on my chest

    I’ve been pretty lucky in my 30+ years and, um (counts on fingers), 7 cats (so far) in not having cats getting me up in the morning. Three main reasons, I think:
    1) I get up fairly early anyway
    2) I play dumb and pretend I don’t recognize hints when I do sleep in
    3) Luck

    Last one’s probably the biggest factor. And one of my present cats sometimes spends the night on my chest, anyway.

  39. Fenwick said,

    February 4, 2013 at 5:59

    Curly … will not disturb me, no matter what. I leave the door open so he can come and go to the food and the litterbox as need be, and won’t even ask for a skritch until he knows I’m awake.

    I rate for Curly.

  40. Bitter Scribe said,

    February 4, 2013 at 6:03

    It’s not like homeless people don’t know what others think of them either. The last homeless guy I saw was gobbling a hot dog at a little stand. His food was perched on the garbage can and he was standing over it, like he wasn’t good enough or something to sit at a table. It was pathetic.

  41. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    February 4, 2013 at 7:24

    Wow, lucky old you, Jennifer. All my kitties have had a variety of graduated responses that range from standing on my chest and tickling my nose with little whiskers, through running over the bed via my stomach (causing a lovely jackknife effect), to grabbing my nose in her teeth and tugging. It’s amazing how much more you feel like getting up when there’s two sharp teeth up your nose and all you can smell is cat breath.

    Two words,…Foot. Hunting.
    I no longer live with felines for that reason, and a few others,.but that one most of all.
    Small shallow slices across one’s dawgs in this barely temperate clime are not tolerable.

  42. eddie said,

    February 4, 2013 at 7:45

    Wait what?!?! Did bobo wens sabotage the superbowl???

  43. histrogeek said,

    February 4, 2013 at 17:22

    Never liked Koch during his tenure as mayor, except for his entertainment value. Still after Rudy, he looks like a paragon of tolerance and cosmopolitan values. At least in his day New York was New York, not an overpriced version of Connecticut.

  44. Provider_UNE_AndPlayersToBeNamedLater™ said,

    February 4, 2013 at 19:33

    Hiya Fenwick. Until recently (yesterday) my internet access was limited to the Starbucks across the way and the Sadly, No! Spam filter would not let me in. Now all is better.

    Nice to see and be seen again.
    :)

  45. Interrobang said,

    February 4, 2013 at 20:27

    I must say, I was terribly disappointed to find out (from a B’more based friend) that the Ravens don’t have goth cheerleaders. I mean, come onnnnn, how much of a no-brainer is that?! We then spent about the next hour designing their uniforms in our heads. (If you’ve ever seen the video for Marilyn Manson’s “Fight Song,” that should give you a starting place.) Pretty much everyone I’ve ever mentioned it to has been on board with the idea; a shame the Ravens haven’t picked up on it.

  46. Oregon Beer Snob said,

    February 4, 2013 at 20:55

    Very basic, using the PC since I was too lazy to get started earlier.

    Is there nothing that Windows 8 can’t do?

    Wait what?!?! Did bobo wens sabotage the superbowl???

    That was my first thought as well.

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    February 12, 2013 at 20:22

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