Taibbi is virtually shunned by the corporate media, essentially for revealing truths they have and continue to ignore about just who has this country by the short hairs: a cadre of puffed-up egos who are now so far up the arses of Lloyd Blankfein, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, et al. that they couldn't be retrieved with a Dumpster full of K-Y and the Jaws of Life.
Ignoring Taibbi is passed off not as dodging the issues he explores, but as judgment on Rolling Stone, one of those "alternative media" outlets considered by the likes of NBC and the WSJ to be as credible as a blogger on crystal meth. Well, perhaps they might want to ask General Stanley McChrystal how much clout RS carries. (Also keep an eye on the deteriorating "Imus In the Morning" show on Fox Business Network and on radio, because to Imus's credit, given his host network, Taibbi is a frequent guest. Between Rob Bartlett's routines and Bernard McGuirk's "briefings," it's about the only reason to tune in to the show anymore.)
Taibbi not only clearly explains how the investment bankers, hedge fund managers, and other financial gutter rats have bent honest, hard-working Americans over and rammed it home while enjoying their taxpayer-financed benefits, but his exposés should really result in all of Congress being not just voted out of office, but arrested and jailed.
So while the talking hairdo media are sucking up to the Gordon Gekkos so they get invited to their bashes in the Hamptons, search out the shunned Taibbi, whose Rolling Stone articles and blogs and books on the subject of why it is painful for you to sit down are readily accessible on the Internet. But don't expect to enjoy what you read.
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
A tip of the beret and sombrero to Vo Dilun's cartoonist laureate, Don Bousquet, for always brightening up our day.
Anyone who has dealt professionally with Bousquet knows that when it comes to paperwork, Don is not a big fan. Instead of icy, formal contracts and official correspondence, you are just as likely to get a Bousquet document featuring one of his well-known Biggest Little Swamp Yankees verifying something in a loud cartoon voice and gesture, even to people who may not be aware of just who they are dealing with at the moment. Perhaps if Little Rhody's bureaucrats hired Bousquet to do their dunning and legal notifications, we might have a bit more revenue with a lot less rancor.
SHARED SACRIFICE — WE'RE WAITING
Quote of the Week, lifted from the New York Times, is from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, the US King of Corporations.
Buffett said, no doubt in a weak moment: "While the poor and middle fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice."
Better watch that mouth around Michelle "Batty" Bachmann and the Tea Baggers, Warren.
SCARY ROCK AT THE ROOTS