My Cronies Are Wealthier Than Your Cronies

Rachael Ray's scarf not included.Title: “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies”

Author: Michelle Malkin

Rank: 4

Blurb: “In her shocking new book, Malkin digs deep into the records of President Obama’s staff, revealing corrupt dealings, questionable pasts, and abuses of power throughout his administration.”

Review: “The brazen lies spouted daily against the previous administration taught a new generation of conservatives to be bold with the truth and turn the tables on the dream world of Big Brother liberals. Malkin seems to be the current best at this and Culture of Corruption will be a burr under the saddle of Obama’s True Believers for months and hopefully years to come.”

Customers Also Bought: The Coming Insurrection, by The Invisible Committee

Footnote: Wait, wait, wait — wingnuts are reading Semiotext(e)? On Beck’s recommendation? Never mind Malkin — we just love how the Right reads more radical material the the Left.

Culture of Corruption [Amazon]

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The brazen lies spouted daily against the previous administration taught a new generation of conservatives to be bold with the truth and turn the tables on the dream world of Big Brother liberals.

Wow, it certainly takes chutzpah to cheerlead the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, then cheerlead the Patriot Act and then turn around and accuse your opponents of Big Brotherism.

BTW, Michelle, by “turn the tables on the… liberals” do you mean “lose the 2008 Presidential election by a landlslide.”

Malkkkin’s ‘books’ are rank.

@moeman: When will her classic “Tales of a Filipina Creamsickle ™: how I discovered my inner white racist from inside an Asian shell” go back in print? I hear the pop-up version shot ping pong balls.

I saw this on the New Non-fiction table at Barnes & Noble last night. I moved it to the Fiction table. Heh.

There are definitely bookstore revolutionaries. Someone put up a post it next to Mann Coulter’s books. It said: “She’s a MAN Baby!!!” with an arrow pointed next to her.

More honest title: “GOP’s rubber, you’re glue, everything that is said about the GOP bounces off me and onto you.”

@WaltTrombone: Next to the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Shit, this reminds me that some of us were still debating about next month’s book. Would you all be more likely to read 1984 or The Prince? Orwell or Machiavelli is your choice, ladies and gentlemen.

If Beck is recommending “The Coming Insurrection”, then either his whole wingnut persona is a massive sham, or he’s demonstrated the ultimate circularity of the left-right spectrum by wrapping around…

@al2o3cr: Close. Wingnuts are going through the college-lefty bookshelf (Rules for Radicals is a big hit), proclaiming that they’ve discovered the dark secrets of anyone who opposes them. It’s quite touching, really.

Not quite on this topic, but I just saw on one of the other internets that Newt Gangrene-itch is trying to back Palin on her ‘”Obama’s death panel for my stage prop” claim. Sadly for Newt, George Stephanupagus reminded him that no health care bill contains even a suggestion of such a thing. His response – “you’re asking us to trust the government, when there are clearly people in this country in favor of euthanasia.” Analogously, you are asking me to trust this auto mechanic to fix my car when clearly there are plumbers who want to remove my toilet.
You guys are cleverer than me by more than half, so I am sure someone else can distill this Newt wisdom more funnierly.

@Jebediah: I can’t claim credit for this, alas, but elsewhere somebody suggested that Sarah stop makin’ things up.

@SanFranLefty: The Prince. And not the so-called musician.

@Dodgerblue: Okay, that was Jamie’s suggestion because I guess she’s supposed to be reading it for another book club, or it’s burning a hole on her shelf. Benedick and Prommie also both suggested it a few months ago when we were first soliciting suggestions.

Besides, Machiavelli is always apropos on a blog about politics.

@SanFranLefty: It’s a good time to brush up on our technique.

@SanFranLefty: Do we have a consensus? If we do, I have a sidebar to update.

@nojo: Go for it. Maybe we can distill it down to a few pithy sentences to email to Barak, subject line: Grow A Spine.

@nojo: Sounds like we have a consensus for Machiavelli for this month’s kickback linque.

@Dodgerblue: @SanFranLefty: Nic at Knight is locked in.

(Heh — Amazon’s offering The Art Of War as a two-fer…)

@SanFranLefty: This is a blog about politics?

Metallica does “The Prince.” Starts at 5:00, or you can watch them do “Blitzkreig”.

@nojo: I’m giving Son of RML a nice edition of AOW for his 13th BD in October.

We should read “Stones From the River.” If you have read it, you will know why. Chronicles the plight of the sane in an insane society.

Now, to “be bold with the truth,” what does that mean exactly? I assume that the literal translation is “be bold about what lies you represent as the truth.”

@Promnight: Meh, I wasn’t impressed that much by Stones From the River. Then again, I have a short attention span and have the annoying ability of correctly identifying the “bad guy” in any Law & Order episode. Then again, I started training myself at age 11 with Sherlock Holmes short stories that satisfied both of those tendencies.

If you haven’t already, please buy Prom Jr. “The Complete Novels and Stories of Sherlock Holmes”. ( kickback embedded). I still have the set I got for my 9th birthday, and that explains so much about me.

@SanFranLefty: Actually, you lose the kickback tag on the second Amazon click — thereafter it becomes Your Own Personal Cookie.

If you wanna get fancy, add “&tag=stinque-20” to any Amazon URL.

@SanFranLefty: I have that. But I have to say that, if they had had fantasy baseball when I was a kid, I would not have read a book other than the Baseball Encyclopedia.

meh on “stones” ?????? say it aint so lefty!!!!!
this is one of the handful of books i’ve read that have significantly shifted my perspective. another one is “the known world” that opened up a new understanding of slavery, as “stones” did for the holocaust.
read it again! i also have the attention span of a gnat, and i never put these two down once i started.
ADD: sherlock: check. also nancy drew!
prommie, please read “the known world” please. i know you. you will lerve it.

@baked: I tried so hard (three separate times) to read The Known World. Could not get into it. The writing was too self-conscious and couldn’t get over that.

@SanFranLefty: Good tip for Prom. Nabisco Jr. discovered Sherlock Holmes and devoured it this summer. We haven’t had as much luck with the Jules Verne classics, however.

Did jhoolvairn write that Amboy Dukes song?

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