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August 13, 2006

Damn You, Billmon!

For some time now Billmon has been engaged in a series of posts I call Things I Wish I'd Written. (Of course, I'm one of many in this regard.) He's now at #4529.

#4529 points out the weird, um, undertones of a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed blasting the "secular transnational professional class" who supported Ned Lamont.

After all, we've heard about the secular transnational professional class before, haven't we? They're always up to no good. As Billmon says:

I think its obvious that the big problem here is all the liberal doctors.

You gotta figure there's some kind of conspiracy behind it.

Read it all.

Posted at August 13, 2006 09:06 PM | TrackBack

Don't you mean things you wished you'd cut and pasted?

Not to take away from his valid and interesting point.

Posted by: Rojo at August 13, 2006 09:46 PM

Write, cut-n-paste. It's all the same here on the internet(s).

Also, most of the things I wish I'd written actually are written, at great length and detail.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 13, 2006 09:56 PM

See, I thought the "secular transnational professional class" was the group that voted republican, all the while masquerading as Charles Dobson and company.

My belief was that the ST-NPCees pretend to be patriotic and theocratic, while they keep rolling up debt and lowering taxes and exporting jobs, while using the Dobsonites and their sundry brethren both as cover and to help fuel wars fought with the expectation of ending the world soon to make the wackier theocratic types drooly and happy, while keeping the sole American industry protected from globalism, the weaponsmakers, as a growth industry.

The American theocrats talk about how Iran wants a nuclear apocalypse because they want that, and the ST-NPCee-ers pretend to be theocratic and patriotic when in fact they aren't anything of the sort, and are actually trying to wreck America.

I think I'm going to go watch some cable tv now so my head stops hurting and I don't have to think about the possibility that Joe Lieberman will be the GOP nominee in 2008.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at August 13, 2006 10:51 PM

"secular transnational professional class" sounds like code for "Jewish" to me. whatever it is, it's wsj, which means it's...crap! :-)

Posted by: Guest at August 13, 2006 11:33 PM

They're just GREEDY and a little STUPID, (ok, a whole lot STUPID) nothing about making or breaking of AMERICA, (they really don't care either way)it's just that it's making them a hell of a lot of money.( YOUR TAXDOLLARS I MIGHT ADD) When someone gets elected who looks like they might crimp the action, well it's like taking heroin away from a junkie.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 14, 2006 12:52 AM

They never stop trying, they being the definers and diviners of reality. First Ned Lamont was on the fringe with all the kooks who thought invading Iraq was a bad idea. How anyone could think that is beyond comprehension but there you have it. So if step number one does not work we take up step number two which is to prove Ned Lamont is your typical rich democrat elitist snob who hates the working class. Where have I heard this before? It sounds so familiar somehow but I cannot quite put my finger on it.

Whoops, I think someone wrote this before, oh well.

Posted by: rob payne at August 14, 2006 02:38 AM

The correct code-phrase is actually "rootless cosmopolitan".

And the clue here is that they don't understand theater:

The state-wide campaign was set out by an article appeared in Pravda on January 28, 1949 entitled About one antipatriotic group of theater critics:

"unbridled, evil-minded cosmopolitans, profiteers with no roots and no conscience... Grown on rotten yeast of bourgeois cosmopolitanism, decadence and formalism... non-indigenous nationals without a motherland, who poison with stench... our proletarian culture."... "What can A. Gurvich possibly understand about the national character of a Russian Soviet man?"

Posted by: abb1 at August 14, 2006 05:09 AM

Oops, here's the link:

Posted by: abb1 at August 14, 2006 05:11 AM


Billmon can't compete with Tony Snow's speechwriter who penned his latest comedy bit last Friday regarding Fearless Leader "making quick work of 'The Stranger' by Albert Camus in English" while on vacation in Crayfish, TX.

However, der Fuhrer did not impress the European leaders with his new-found book-learnin' on his recent visit when he told them: "Hey, what's wrong with you foreigners, anyway? Ya'll outta recognize who ah just quoted. It's one uh yer smart-assed Frogs named big Al Kay-muss! Wut? He's Algerian? Ah, well, shit! That's close enough for me, pal!"

Posted by: americanintifada at August 14, 2006 05:37 AM

Vague lingering Stalinist anti-Semitism aside, how bizarre is it for someone to claim that the Democrats are the party of out-of-touch elites while spewing phrases like "secular transnational professional class"??

I've taught college courses in political science, and I could barely make sense of Barone's language in the excerpts that Billmon provided, and doubt your proverbial Joe Nascar could repeat a phrase like that, let alone give a reasonable definition (I know - there's my elitism showing; no doubt real people interrupt viewings of NFL preseason games at the neighborhood bar to discuss how liberals work to "validate their lifestyle choices and their transnational attitudes").

I can only figure that Barone is trying to reassure the folks reading the Wall Street Journal that there isn't anything to fear, that the ruling imperial ideology of war and tax cuts isn't starting to crack, there's just a few dangerous crazies with the ability to temporarily hypnotize an entire state. (Either that, or Barone wants to initiate a pogrom).

Posted by: Whistler Blue at August 14, 2006 02:51 PM

secular seculorum?

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at August 14, 2006 05:17 PM

Transnationalists are the only thing worse than those terrible isolationists.

Posted by: buermann at August 14, 2006 07:19 PM