America Celebrates Ronald Reagan

Be careful what you wish for, reports Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal:

The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn’t a pretty sight.

The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases.

You remember the pitch for 401(k)s, don’t you? No? Here, let the WSJ rub it in:

Tax-deferred 401(k) retirement accounts came into wide use in the 1980s, making baby boomers trying to retire now among the first to rely heavily on them…

Initially envisioned as a way for management-level people to put aside extra retirement money, the 401(k) was embraced by big companies in the 1980s as a replacement for costly pension funds. Suddenly, they were able to transfer the burden of funding employees’ retirement to the employees themselves.

Financial freedom! Well, for corporations. You, on the other hand, might want to practice your Greeter skills.

Hey, you know who used to have your back? How are they doing? Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News checks in:

While union workers say they’ve been blindsided by the governor’s plan, which he campaigned on through the midterm election, they also say Walker has unfairly targeted public employees while giving tax breaks to businesses worth about $117 million.

Wow, public-employee union busting. Next thing you know, MTV will be playing music again.

Which brings us to the punchline, brought to you by not-yet-Murdoch-owned Gallup:

Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation’s greatest president — slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton.

Folks have been glibly comparing Wisconsin to Egypt, but we have to agree that it’s a shameful comparison: Egyptians haven’t spent thirty years cheering their oppressors.

Retiring Boomers Find 401(k) Plans Fall Short [WSJ]

Wisconsin Republicans Step Up Pressure on Dems Who Fled State [Fox]

Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President [Gallup]


I think the thought of a Reagan-Clinton sandwich in a list of “great Presidents” would make what’s left of Lincoln’s head asplode.

Fuck this shit. Only time I ever saw him up close – shortly after he left office – he obviously had no idea where he was or what was going on.

But look! Here’s a happy story out of Texas! I know. Who knew?

@Benedick: the only time i ever saw him up close was through the tinted window of the presidential limo as he passed not 5 feet from where i was working the world of crystal booth at the 1982 worlds fair. a secret service agent was posted up in our booth and he kept asking if we had a bathroom. we didn’t. i still don’ t know if he had to piss or shit, thought some hidden assassin might be hiding in there if we had one, or if he thought we were telling lies about not having one. that didn’t bother me much at the time. what bothered me was that i had a bag of pot in my pocket. i had forgotten who our special visitor was that day.

@Benedick: They are gay? Then how do you explain the bridesmaids’ dresses?

@Dodgerblue: We are all going to have to get over the idea that gay men are born with an innate sense of taste. To me the idea represents an internalized negotiation with the low status in which we have traditionally been held by straight society and belongs firmly in the past. Along with drag and Pride parades. I think it’s sweet that it looks like any other dumb wedding picture you might see.

I’ve been to gay weddings. This is California.

@Dodgerblue: The first wave is going to be splashy. I think it’s when guys like these two take over that we can all settle down and finally STFU. Think what a relief that will be. I get so tired of having to iron shirts and be indignant all the time. BTW. My own wedding was the opposite of fancy and featured some of Canada’s worst cooking. Which is saying a lot. I can’t imagine getting dressed up and parading around. I’d get the giggles and my ears would turn red.

@Dodgerblue: Darling. Everyone wants their bridesmaids to look hideous. That’s why the dresses are always in colors that don’t look good on anyone.


Modulo the Jeebus-waving, that “ex-gay” operation sounds like a camp explicitly designed to get people to hook up…

@al2o3cr: Sure seems that way. The two men who founded Exodus ended up together.

@Mistress Cynica: Really? Would that explain the overdone makeup and poofy hair also?

@Dodgerblue: Overdone makeup: yes. But the poofy hair is the exclusive signature of Texan and southern laydees.

@Benedick: Finally get some exciting news from Texas and then the bubble bursts.

@Benedick: Oooh, the cursed (read that as two syllables, please) Spiderman musical is bringing in a “co-director.” Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on what sounds to a theatre know-nothing like me to be a recipe for a major clusterfuck.


I love how they cite two incidents that happened 3+ years ago as a justification. Based on that, how do the people pushing for that even manage to go outside? There have been 89 people killed by lightning since 2008, so clearly we should all stay inside…

Not that I necessarily support the ban – I’m not familiar enough with the issue to know *why* it was in place. The article didn’t seem to have a clear understanding of why either, so it couldn’t exactly argue against it.

@Mistress Cynica: The ‘source’ is one of Broadway’s most evil queens and not to be trusted. Also, I find it hard to believe they’d bring in someone so old-fashioned. If they were suggesting Joe Mantello (Wicked, the biggest hit in B’way history) or the guy who did Billy Elliot I might be convinced but I doubt it’s happening. Maybe no one will touch it. The great mystery is why she hasn’t yet been fired. Usually the director is the first to go after the costume designer.

@texrednface: Don’t allow collective bargaining but bring on the guns.

@Mistress Cynica: Historically it’s not at all unusual for directors, choreographers, composers, etc to get some ‘help’ in preview. For instance, Jerry Hermann (one of B’way’s best composers) did not write Before the Parade Passes By which is the 1st act finale of Hello Dolly. As I remember it was Meredith Wilson. Usually it goes uncredited but Neil Simon became known as Doc as he was called in to fix so many shows.

@Benedick: ” . . . in order to win victory over the class enemies the proletariat had to be armed, organized and disciplined. A resolute rebuff had to be given to any attempt on the part of the bourgeoise to disarm it.” Andrei A. Grechko, Soviet minister of defense quoted in C.J. Chivers “The Gun” (a history of the development and deployment of the AK-47), 201 (2010)

Paultard tweet: I witnessed someone calling Ron Paul people a “cult” while eating a cake shaped like Reagan’s face at #CPAC. Wait a min.

@texrednface: I’m sure it will utterly shock you to the very core of your being to learn that Arizona is also considering a bill just like this.

@Benedick: “In order to turn the group into ‘men,’ at 6:30 each morning they had to go to the gym because gay people don’t go to a gym.”

Comments, gentlemen and ladies?

@redmanlaw: Right. No never.

I’m reminded of the old joke:

A: My mother made me a homosexual.
B: Oooh! If I gave her some wool would she make one too?

@redmanlaw: That was the view of the Black Panther Party, those few who were not FBI agents.

@redmanlaw: As a (gay) friend of mine says, “The gym is gay church.”

@Mistress Cynica: And one of mine says that the Oscars are Gay Super Bowl…

The gym isn’t gay–just the XXX man on man action in the steam room.

@SanFranLefty: Also my wife’s Super Bowl, World Series, you name it.

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