Quote of the Day: Matt Taibbi

Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy. But in fact, such tales by Bachmann work precisely because there are a great many people in America just like Bachmann, people who believe that God tells them what condiments to put on their hamburgers, who can’t tell the difference between Soviet Communism and a Stafford loan, but can certainly tell the difference between being mocked and being taken seriously. When you laugh at Michele Bachmann for going on MSNBC and blurting out that the moon is made of red communist cheese, these people don’t learn that she is wrong. What they learn is that you’re a dick, that they hate you more than ever, and that they’re even more determined now to support anyone who promises not to laugh at their own visions and fantasies.

— Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone)

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Unrealistic Expecations

Sorry, still no pictures. My fault, not Norman’s. — AWO

by Norman Horowitz

Staff” — a group of persons, as employees, charged with carrying out the work of an establishment or executing some undertaking; a group of assistants to a manager, superintendent, or executive.

Operating” — used or engaged in performing operations.

Mrs. Goldfarb is examined by a new gynecologist. Following his exam, the doc asks her why, although she’s married, she’s still a virgin. Mrs. Goldfarb begins sobbing uncontrollably as she blurts out that Mr. Goldfarb is interested in sex but all he wants to do is “talk about it,” even though he has never participated in it.

Mr. Goldfarb is a “staff” person.

My corporate overseers were always “staff” people. The hallmark of a present-day staff executive is to schedule and attend meetings. (Of course, there’s more to it, but this will do for the moment.)   Continue reading “Unrealistic Expecations”