February 03, 2010

Outrage Outrage

Seen on Netscape:



NO! That almost never happens!

And then, a little lower:



Am I the only one who finds all these firestorms and protests and scandals and shocking revelations and outrages a little exhausting all the time? I'm expected to get worked up about so much these days it's no wonder I'm vitamin deficient.

Anyway, the Obama firestorm is all about some offhand (and totally unreasonable) remark he made the other day about how people who don't have a lot of money shouldn't gamble.
Obama told his audience: "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."
Obama's crucial mistake was forgetting that if idiots don't piss away their money in Vegas, then the billionaires who make their money there will have marginally fewer billions lying around — and that gets them worried, so they do stuff like laying off staff and cutting wages, and then there are even more people in the country who shouldn't be blowing cash in Vegas and the circle of life is complete.

Naturally the Nevada political establishment is up in arms about the president's irritatingly accurate logic:
"I don't know if Obama has a problem with Las Vegas, but I have a problem with Obama," Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Democrat whose district includes the Las Vegas Strip, said in an interview. . . .

[Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] issued a statement saying he told the White House "the president needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money."
Mr Reid continued: "Vegas is busy enough being the poster child for horrible, horrible life decisions, thank you very much."

Meanwhile, Vanity Fair is causing howls of protest because Hollywood makes a lot of movies starring white people. Quite why this is Vanity Fair's problem is still a little opaque to me, and frankly the implication of the whole scandal seems to be that if they had only thrown Gabourey Sidibe in there then America would have no racial problems whatsoever — but I guess bloggers need something to write about (and, hey!, here I am).

Sometimes I wish I could return to a time when news was actually news.

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