Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yes - But with me it is planned

I read the opinion section of the New York Times (actually any paper I get) because I think the mood of the professional journalist class is always interesting.
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I am struck by two things today, both of which are trends about which I can no longer stay quiet (as if I ever could).
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The first is a hideous tendency to overshare inappropriately.
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Perchance this seems an odd accusation coming from me - a professional overshare-er.  But you see, that is the key.  I am a professional at this.  I chose to start oversharing years ago - and I have perfected it into, if not art, at least something above scribbles.  I overshare across the board, the good and the bad, the daily ups and downs. And, being slightly bi-polar, but ups and downs can be entertaining.  Over the past 12 years (hard to believe, but yeah, I've had a blog for over a decade) a reader has been able to know me.  The good, the bad, the insecure and the uncomfortable.
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But today... well too many people think any old, one BIG moment or  one DEEP emotion should be foder for a column.  And then the writers disappear.  Kids... we might be interested in the size of your big toe, or what little Johnny felt like his first day at camp, or how you feel when your daughter first goes to college - if we had known you for more than a paragraph.  In the absence of any emotional connection, you are just an attention johnny-come-lately, hogging column inches that should rightfully be delivered to TomKat's divorce or Prince Harry's family jewels.
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The second is something that - I admit - might be New York centric.  It turns out that "finance" movers and shakers are the biggest whiners possible.  Today's boo-de-hoo is penned by William B. Harrison Jr. - yes that is how he requested the byline - the (and I have to quote here) "... architect of the 2000 merger that created JPMorgan Chase and was the bank's chairman and chief executive.  He retired in 2006."  In New York speak that is "Really Big F'ing Deal".  Or it was before Jimmy Diamond admitted that screwed up trading lost the company somewhere between $2 and $5 Billion dollars of investor money - that $3Billion difference is pocket change to Jimmy Diamond.  By the by, Jimmy Diamond could be the character name for a big bad banker right out of some bad novel, only no one would believe it.
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Mr. Jr. Big Ass Bankier proceeds to layout a defense of Big Banks, and why - instead of being mean to them - we should all be kissing his large, white, retired ass.  He actually says (as his second point) that the "Big Banks are faulted for helping to cause the crash of 2008, but none of them fell - not like Countrywide, IndyMac," etc.
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Where to start on this nincompoopery?  Perhaps, just perhaps, it was because the American people bailed the Big Bank's asses out, because they were too big to fail.
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Dumbshit.
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Note here, this isn't about Romney or Obama.  You will read that Wall Street money is backing Romney instead of Obama.  What you hear in New York - all the time - is the why.  Because Obama has asked them to take part of the blame for the crash.  Honestly!  Wall Street Money Men are turning on Obama not because of any legislation (because there hasn't been any legislation put into effect since the crash - it is all still tied up) but because he hoit der feewings.  President Obama has said that banks are partially to blame, and on top of that, President Obama won't always pose with pictures with them at fund raisers.  He leaves too quickly.  So they are giving their money to Romney to teach him a lesson.  "$872,000,000,000.00 in tax-payer money is okay ($872 Billion), but it doesn't make up for you leaving before I get a picture."  OFFS

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