Appearing via cybermarketing magic
on my Kindle this morning:
a new novel
by one of my literary heroes, Neal Stephenson. Amazon says the
paper version is 1056 pages, so it may take awhile to report
I suppose someday I'll take the Kindle for granted, but I'm still in my starry-eyed stage. Magic, I say! But I'm impressed by more mundane things, too: unlike Stephenson's previous book, Anathem (937 pages), I don't have to worry about dropping Reamde on my foot.
At Forbes, David Ewalt has a short interview with Stephenson.
The proprietor of IMAO, Frank J.
Fleming, has a "big boy" gig, writing op-eds for the New York
Post. If you read IMAO, you will not be surprised: they're
very funny. For example, his current column where he thinks maybe it's time to let
politicians know that the notion that they're competent to "create jobs"
is simply a "cruel prank" the rest of us have been playing on them:
OK, I get why this is funny. Of everyone in America, the politicians in Washington, with their pointless squabbling and inept bumbling, are pretty much the last people we should ever put in charge of something as important as the economy, so everyone thought it would be hilarious to act like creating jobs would be up to them.It's funny because it's true enough.
I can see the pitch now: “Think of ‘Jersey Shore,’ but we’ll put them in suits and task them with solving complex economic problems. We’ll call it C-SPAN.”
In our continuing Barackrobatics series:
Stacy McCain counts the number of times
President Obama used the phrase "pay their fair share"
in his Rose Garden speechifying yesterday.
- . . . for us to solve this problem, everybody, including the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, have to pay their fair share.
- If we’re going to make spending cuts — many of which we wouldn’t make if we weren’t facing such large budget deficits — then it’s only right that we ask everyone to pay their fair share.
- . . . a larger plan that’s balanced –- a plan that asks the most fortunate among us to pay their fair share, just like everybody else.
- Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare.
- And I will veto any bill that changes benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.
Obama's speechwriters should be fired. Using a tired catchphrase
once is bad. Repeating it five times?
To repeat a comment I made at Stacy's website:
The other thing that gets my goat in the quoted examples: in four out of
five, Obama says that he only wants to "ask" taxpayers for more. That's
an intelligence-insulting euphemism that demonstrates the speaker's
underlying contempt for his audience. To quote Herman Cain: they
think you're stupid.
A previous Pun Salad rant on "asking the rich to pay their fair share" is here.
And this video is
the saddest, and funniest, thing I've seen in awhile.