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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Kinsey Sicks Appreciation Week: "I Wanna Be A Republican"


jimf said...

"I'm tired of doing what I should
wanna do what I can can can can
Grab as much as I can, keep it all for me. . .

I'm tired of thinkin' about you
when it's all about me me me me. . .

Now I've found a place where I'm embraced
for being selfish and mean. . ."

How Did Right Wingers Get So Obsessed with Ayn Rand?
David Pakman Show
Published on Jun 18, 2016

jimf said...

"Republicanism" knows no national boundaries.
What a surprise!
Korean Official, Calling for Class System, Hears Woofs, Oinks and Outrage
JULY 12, 2016

. . .

[A] senior. . . official [of the South Korean Education Ministry]. . .
told reporters that the country should put in place a class system
in which 99 percent of South Koreans should be treated
“like dogs and pigs.”. . .

The outrage, and the government’s quick attempts at damage control,
reflect how sensitive South Koreans have become over worsening
income inequality, and what officials and critics of the government
call a rising tension between the country’s poor and rich.

“I believe that we should solidify a class system in our society,”
Mr. [Na Hyang-wook], 47, was quoted as telling Kyunghyang reporters
over dinner on Thursday. “The people should be treated like dogs and pigs.
It’s enough just to feed them and let them live.”

Asked who “the people” were, Mr. Na said they were the “99 percent,”
adding that he was trying to belong to “the 1 percent,” Kyunghyang said.

He compared South Korea’s so-called 99 percent to “blacks and Hispanics
in the United States who don’t even try to enter politics or climb
the social ladder.”

Mr. Na also said he did not sympathize with a 19-year-old subcontractor
who was hit and killed by a train while carrying out repairs at a
subway station in Seoul, the capital, in May. An investigation showed
that the man had been working without adequate safety measures and
that he was paid less than half of what regular subway workers
performing similar tasks earn.

When newspapers reported that the worker was given little time for
meals — he was found with a package of unopened instant noodles
in his bag — his death became a rallying cry for some against
the plight of young, poor South Koreans known as “dirt spoons,”
who they said stood no chance against “gold spoons,” or the
children of the rich. . .

The (now ex-) education official claimed "he was so drunk when
he met the reporters from Kyunghyang last Thursday that he could
not remember what he had said. He added that the reported remarks
did not reflect his beliefs."

What's that Latin expression -- "in vino veritas"?

Anyway, something to keep in mind when you order the next model
Samsung Galaxy from the Republic of Galt -- er, South Korea --
via Galt's On-Line Department Store -- er, Amazon.