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October 29, 2011

Three and a Half Days

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM


Can you arrange for Obama and the OWS gand to see this? It's great!

Posted by: sl on October 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

"Here's an exponential curve. This is what life looks like for a growing and healthy civilization. You work hard and the quality of your life improves. Every day things not only get better, they get better faster."

-Bill Whittle "Three and a Half Days"

"The second symptom of Commentator’s Disease is relative prosperity. The nature of Washington is that the very bright usually do well financially. I don’t mean that they are rich, though some are, but that they manage to find secure jobs in government or with law firms or they invest wisely or, in the case of commentators, angle for well-paid gigs with syndicates or networks. Usually there is nothing crooked in this. They are simply smart enough to work the system, and they live where the system is.

"The aggregate effect of their brains, security, and isolation is that they are out of touch with the country as it really is. They do not know the bleak strip-development of Route 1 South toward Fredericksburg, red dirt and franchised cholesterol chutes and roaring traffic. Here the diabetic veteran lives in a decayed residential motel and makes his way on crutches to the down-scale diner where he drinks beer and waits to die because he hasn’t got anything else to wait for. (The example is not hypothetical.) Here the aging waitress gets to the diner somehow, aching with arthritis. “Too tired to work, too poor to stop.? I knew this woman. She is much of America. You don’t see her at the Zoo Bar. She has never been to such a place.

"I often see victims of Commentator’s Disease arguing against the minimum wage on abstract grounds of economic theory. It is what commentators do—bandy abstractions, railing for or against Keynes, assaulting their ideological opponents with pointed phrases. They have never had to do the arithmetic of forty times the minimum wage minus taxes minus bus fare minus rent and gotta pay the cable because it is the only thing they have after work. They have never had to choose between the electric bill and a new coat as winter comes on.

"The commentators don’t realize that not everybody is like them. Those with IQs of 140 and up (130 gets you into Mensa, I think) unconsciously believe that anything is possible. Denizens of this class know that if they decided to learn, say, classical Greek, they could. You get the book and go at it. It would take work, yes, and time, but the outcome would be certain.

"They don’t understand that the waitress has an IQ of 85 and can’t learn much of anything.

"Conservatives think in terms of merciless abstractions and liberals insist that everyone is equal. Not even close. Further, people with barely a high-school education and low-voltage minds regard any intellectual task with utter discouragement.

"Some commentators urge letting people invest their Social Security taxes in the stock market. To them it is a question of abstract freedom and probably the Federalist papers. The commentators are smart enough to invest money. I’ll guess that at least half the population isn’t. Go into the tit bar (does it still exist) in Waldorf, Maryland, and ask the dump-truck drivers and nail-pounders what NASDAQ is.

"Liberal commentators want everyone to go to college, when about a fifth of people have the brains. Conservatives think that people can rise by hard work and sacrifice as certainly many people have. Thing is, most people can’t. Commentators only see those who made it.

"The tendency of the Beltway 99th to live in an imaginary world, of conservatives to think that everybody can be a Horatio Alger, of liberals to believe that inequality arises from discrimination, guarantees wretched policy. Those who can do almost anything need to recognize the existence of those who can do almost nothing. Few of the latter are parasites. The waitress has worked all her life, as has the truck driver. They ended up with nothing."

-Fred Reed "Commentator's Disease"

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 30, 2011 at 7:49 AM

> "They never, ever, had to do any long hard real work for any of it."
> -Bill Whittle, Three and a Half Days

Tell that to the military combat veterans at OWS. Oh, that's right, Bill Whittle was never in the military.

> "These precious snowflakes have been told how wonderful and unique they are."
> -Bill Whittle, Three and a Half Days

Is he talking about the corporate executives who believe they are entitled to bonuses for running their companies into the ground, because they're so wonderful and unique? Oh wait, those are the people Bill Whittle wants us to be thankful to.

> "I can cure this asymptotic disease. I can stop the rise-and-fall of civilizations. I really believe I could….I would have to to it by force."
> -Bill Whittle, Three and a Half Days

Karl Marx believed the same thing. And just like the Communists, Bill Whittle would become a tyrant if given a chance.

Fuck you, Bill Whittle.

> "Reality can be ugly, bloody, and horrible."
> -Bill Whittle, Three and a Half Days

What does Bill Whittle know about ugly, bloody, and horrible?

His grand plan is to force people, at gunpoint, to go camping for three days a year?! He must think that he is wonderful and unique for having come up with that idea.

Bill Whittle is arrogance and stupidity conveniently rolled up in one package.

Posted by: anonymous on November 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

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