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Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Bureaucrats

Also Dont Want Them To Grow Up To Be Sniveling Government BureaucratsHow do you tell a Democrat from a Republican? It's easy, says Tim Goeglin, deputy chief of staff to Karl Rove: Ask what they want their children to be when they grow up. Republicans, Goeglin told the WaPo, "think of medicine, we think of law, we think of business." And Democrats? Goeglin mocks: "[G]ee, I hope my son grows up to be a great playwright or painter or poet." Seeing as how he based this observation on the dinner party conversation of 12 people, Goeglin's own background clearly isn't scientific. And why is Goeglin strategizing at all? Rove gets his first born, anyway.


Adding to this Brooksian armchair sociology, author (and Republican!) Mark Helprin makes the smug and fraudulent observation that "at one point, a million people reported to the IRS that they were writers. Helprin believes only 50 to 100 people at a time can be successful in that occupation." Did it hurt when he pulled that figure out of his ass?

The nugget of unintentional truth in Helprin's faux statistic is the belief that children should be warned away from creative pursuits because only a small number of them can be "successful" at it. It would take a callous Democrat indeed to hope her child becomes a bitter, lonely unsuccessful writer (Hi, mom!). Along those lines: Only at a Washington dinner party "in Northwest" (as the article says) would you find a group of parents who, when asked about their wishes for their kids, run down a list that included career plan, choice of college, sexual orientation and country club, while "happy" barely cracks the top ten.

The Art of Telling Parties Apart [WP]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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