Schadenfreude: Doctor Feser Illustrates When it is Permissible

Sunday, November 13, AD 2016

Language advisory as to the above video due to foul mouthed liberals.

Philosopher Edward Feser takes a look at schadenfreude:


Bill Vallicella asks: Is there a righteous form of schadenfreude?  The Angelic Doctor appears to answer in the affirmative.  Speaking of the knowledge that the blessed in heaven have of the damned, Aquinas famously says:

It is written (Psalm 57:11): “The just shall rejoice when he shall see the revenge”…

Therefore the blessed will rejoice in the punishment of the wicked…

A thing may be a matter of rejoicing in two ways.  First directly, when one rejoices in a thing as such: and thus the saints will not rejoice in the punishment of the wicked.  Secondly, indirectly, by reason namely of something annexed to it: and in this way the saints will rejoice in the punishment of the wicked, by considering therein the order of Divine justice and their own deliverance, which will fill them with joy.  And thus the Divine justice and their own deliverance will be the direct cause of the joy of the blessed: while the punishment of the damned will cause it indirectly.

End quote.  So, the idea is this: On the one hand, the suffering of a person is not as such something to rejoice in, for suffering, considered just by itself, is an evil and, as Aquinas goes on to say, “to rejoice in another’s evil as such belongs to hatred.”  However, there can be something “annexed” to the suffering which is a cause for rejoicing.  For example, if we are able to develop a virtue like patience by way of suffering, that is something to rejoice in, and thus in an indirect way the suffering can in that case legitimately be a cause of rejoicing.  But another sort of thing which can be annexed to a person’s suffering is justice, as when a person suffers some harm as a deserved punishment.  And someone’s getting his just deserts is in Aquinas’s view something to rejoice in.  Hence, Aquinas concludes, in an indirect way the suffering of the wicked can be something to rejoice in.

This is in Aquinas’s view true even when the suffering is eternal, if that is what is deserved.  Indeed, he judges that the joy of the blessed would be incomplete without knowledge of the infliction of these just deserts:

Wherefore in order that the happiness of the saints may be more delightful to them and that they may render more copious thanks to God for it, they are allowed to see perfectly the sufferings of the damned.

Now, that’s schadenfreude, big league.

Putting the question of hell to one side, though, we can note that if schadenfreude can be legitimate even in that case, then a fortiori it can be legitimate in the case of lesser instances of someone getting his just deserts, in this life rather than the afterlife.  For example – and to take the case Bill has in mind — suppose someone’s suffering is a consequence of anti-Catholic bigotry, brazen corruption, unbearable smugness, a sense of entitlement, groupthink, and in general from hubris virtually begging nemesis to pay a visit.  When you’re really asking for it, you can’t blame others for enjoying seeing you get it. 

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Schadenfreude: Soon to be Unemployed Obamacrats

Friday, November 11, AD 2016


Ah well, in the vibrant economy that Obama created, I am sure they will have no trouble finding jobs in the private sector to pay their attorney fees for the various felonies so many of them committed while in government.   With old time hard-case federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani likely in charge of the Justice Department in the coming Trump administration, I can imagine they will be having sweet dreams for the next 71 days that remain of the regime that I am sure they thought was merely the first of endless leftist control of the White House.  Remember ladies and gentlemen to have your attorneys get the terms of the immunity deals in writing first before you start ratting out your colleagues.

  An object lesson for the incoming Trump administration:  always remember that some day your political enemies will be where you are now.

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Schadenfreude: Stephen Colbert

Thursday, November 10, AD 2016


Ah, Stephen Colbert on election night.  He bemoans the fact that Americans are so obsessed with politics.  Let that sink in.  Colbert made his career by playing a caricature of a right wing television blowhard to the delight of his left-wing audience.  It is the liberalism that he has championed throughout his career that has permeated society with noxious attempts to enforce ideological conformity.  One can imagine the different tune he would have been singing if Clinton had trounced Trump.  If an unexamined life is a tragedy, “funny man” Colbert’s life is a grim tale indeed.

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  • Your being too nice Donald, but your dead on.
    A champion of Liberalism indeed.
    Who’s laughing now?

    How many late night jockies scrambling for the scrap’s of Liberal elite $ have bashed the Holy Catholic Church and what she stands for..and for so long?

    Who is trying to build the Church and who is trying to destroy her?

    This is a battlefield and the likes of Colbert do not hesitate to help the enemy.

  • The Left would be nothing if not for its hypocrisy. Colbert is the embodiment of the Left as, at different points, he is actually for everything, at different points, he says he’s against. Just look at last nights protests. Could you even imagine if disgruntled conservatives took to the streets after Obama’s first victory? The outcry would be vehement. Apparently, these people don’t realize this country transitions power through elections. However, the Left is nothing but supportive of these mobs, including burning Trump in effigy.

  • Father of Seven.

    The part of his, and as a whole their, hypocrisy that hurts so much is the use of God when it’s convenient. I wonder if Colbert’s grandmother, God rest her soul, when she voted for Kennedy would of done so if abortion on demand was a platform Kennedy supported. Of course she wouldn’t…why? The time was different one might say. Response…what changed?

    Not God.
    He didn’t amend the ten commandments, except to Love God with all your heart mind body and soul, and love neighbor as yourself, a reflection of the commandments.

    What changed was fashion.
    Grampa and Grandma don’t get it because women we’re oppressed back then. Enter the thought and word presses. They crank up the language and modify their behaviour’s to satisfy their appetit regardless of the course.

    Advance through the valley to 2016.

    Gender free bathrooms.
    Taxpayer funded abortions.
    Steven Colbert singing My Country Tis if Thee, yet in reality he is not hugging a Republican.
    He is calling for unity… (?)
    Having cashed in on his fame and fortune by being quippy and witty he has served his master.

    For Steven and all of us, the day will come when we meet our master face to face.

    The song continues…”let freedom ring.”
    Let the church bells ring 60 million times for the freedom denied our unborn, executed for any reason. What would Grandma say?
    She raised a Catholic or a katholic family… and the beautiful names Stevens mother named them.
    The great Saints. Steven? Stoned for the proclamation of seeing God and giving witness. Steven Colbert. You should be so grateful to follow him. You have the audience.
    If you have the faith, you should speak The Truth on your program.

    Abortion Kills human lives.

    God is not amused.

    If your liberal supporters “stone” you by having you blacklisted, then now you’ve reached greatness. Now you can bask in the knowledge of your that gives glory to God.

    Grandmother couldn’t be prouder.
    Saint Steven, pray for us.

  • I cannot say what I want to say. “…all men are created (not born) equal.”

  • As a memorial to our unborn brothers and sisters….some solemn day in the not to distant future…every Christian Church will sound one bell PER second for each aborted child that occurred since Roe v Wade.

    The bell truly would need at least 2 seconds per chime, but at one per second it would take 694 days of continuous ringing or 1.9 years.

    1440 minutes in a day-
    86,400 seconds per day-
    694 days X 86,400 = 59,961,600 est.deaths

    Almost two years of continuous bells ringing would be deafening to say the least, and that’s at 1 second per chime. Double the second and it’s almost four years of non stop Church bells.

    What’s the point?

    It would be a reminder to generations to come of the black days of Abortion on demand in the Land of the Free. A segment of history that is shameful, and great grandparents years from this future event, would tell their great grandchildren of the times the bells never stopped ringing.

    Just a thought from a simple care giver.

  • It’s as if he’s missing the obvious. As a man who has made his living as a pundit (even if they have tried to insist they’re only comedians, we all know better), and yet we are the problem for being too political. Does he not understand the backlash against this upper class elite who think they are on one plane and us little people are on the other?

  • Colbert’s performing career took precedent in his life. Like Bill Maher, some incredibly stupid TV executives thought he was funny and put him on television. Colbert is nauseating. He should be working somewhere where he says “Do you want fries with that?”

25 Responses to Schadenfreude

  • Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.
    Sadly, my lib relations are beneath depressed. In charity (and they have no sense of humor), I will refrain from telling them the obvious that Canada is only a couple hundred miles north.
    Now, they know how we felt in 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012.
    Viva Cristo Rey!
    Te Deum . . .

  • Whither Al Sharpton?

  • As a deplorable, I am not offended at the above clips. As a matter of fact…I DIG IT.

  • I just Hope Trump doesn’t build that wall until each and every one of these America haters gets across the Mexican border.

  • Don L

    For those who are trapped on our side, I’ll start a go fund me campaign to fly them the hell out of here. As of last night I’m certain we will have enough sympathizers to kick in a buck or two.

  • John 2 :13-22 today’s reading is interesting in light of the day.

    Jesus entering into his Father’s house finding it turned into “a den of thieves.”. He makes a cord and whip’s them and turns the tables over.

    Jesus and Donald are not to be compared here, but the non-professional politician entering into our White House, hopefully to drive out thieves and hopefully return some dignity to the office. Hope is key here.

    If Donald sets up a Trump Steak House on the West lawn and stages the state of the union address with an infomercial attached then my thoughts on today’s reading and this shake up in politics is shot all to heck.

    But….but what if he surprises U.S. and
    what if he truly rise’s to the occasion?
    A remarkable return to order would be a blessing for a country that has waded through the muck of “non-gender” bathroom decrees, and fines for business owners who don’t cave into the HHS mandates. Rainbow White House…den of thieves. Dignity Donald… please restore some dignity to Our sacred land in DC.

    Prayers are continuing.

  • I heard one guest pundit on FOX say that the Canadian immigration website crashed – but not Mexico’s. Funny, they never threaten to leave for Venezuela, Uganda or Yemen. Heck, I don’t even here them threaten to leave for France or Belgium (basically to France what Canada is to us) anymore. I hear there is some cheap real estate in Molenbeek.

  • If Donald sets up a Trump Steak House on the West lawn and stages the state of the union address with an infomercial attached

    I might actually like that.

  • I hear there is some cheap real estate in Molenbeek.”
    c matt, it’s even cheaper in Syria due to a ton of recent vacancies as the masses there went on European vacations.

  • Don, I hope you get a chance in the near future to post the percent of Catholic votes by states.

  • @c matt

    Hummm..that Steak house thing…it would drive the left crazy…. Trump wine anyone?

  • And the poor snowflake’s at Yale;

    Poor babies.
    Mommy and Daddy can hold their hand today…just too much to deal with.

  • On another site someone, in reference to Brexit, called this Hagxit. A little harsh but I understand the sentiment.

    Now if only Popexit… 😉


  • So how long before Obama’s terrific economy becomes Trump’s terrible economy?
    Tomorrow? Next week? Next month?

  • Had to share this comment from our local Kiwiblog 🙂

    Strange noises coming from the Clinton camp at 4am this morning. Shredders working over time, the smell of burning reports, urgent deliveries of bleach bit for the computer hard drives.
    In the background can be heard the sound of a female screeching at someone called Bill and thrown vases breaking.
    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 2 REPLY REPOR TNOVEMBER 10, 2016 3:04PM

  • I envision them having the paper shredders and bon fires going day and night Don, rather like Nazis burning documents in one of the closing scenes of Patton!

  • “I envision them having the paper shredders and bon fires going day and night Don, rather like Nazis burning documents in one of the closing scenes of Patton!”

    But remember the FBI and CIA probably have it all covered as protection against these monsters. It would be a stupid spy who didn’t keep of a record of what his boss was doing.

    And maybe we will see a lot of this come out or be used by Trump for persuasion purposes.

  • Somewhat off-topic: if the Republicans had to lose two seats in the Senate, the optimal losses would have been drawn from the following list: Mark Kirk (pro-abortion, shamnesty supporter), Sleeza Murkowski (R – Her Daddy, shamnesty supporter), Kelly Ayotte (lying shamnesty supporter), John Hoeven (shamnesty supporter), Marco Rubio (shamnesty supporter, con man), and John McCain (inveterate shamnesty supporter, bad temper). The departing tools will be Kirk and Ayotte.

  • Ginsburg promised to go to Australia. I hope so and she can take her international law with her. The bush people will give her a cave.

  • Mary De Voe……your a hit!
    Love ya’ sister!

  • Philip —
    most of the stories where I’ve been able to dig down, the “bunch of students doing ___ because Trump Scary” stories turn out to really be the teachers.
    Including colleges setting up counciling for teachers to help students deal with it.
    At least college or high school kids would have the excuse of being kids….

  • Foxfier.

    Teachers being kids is just as sad as parents being children. No parenting, no guidance and no values… at least the values worthy to lead others to make good decisions.

    Thanks Foxfier.

  • How pompous and arrogant these “celebrities”” to think we will weep for their migration; but there will be great joy and rejoicing to see them absorbed by the horizon. Good riddance is a trite phrase, but oh how good it feels to sing it loud!

Shut Up, They Explained

Thursday, June 4, AD 2015




I do love schadenfreude first thing in the morning.  A leftist college professor wails about the closed minds of his leftist students:

The press for actionability, or even for comprehensive analyses that go beyond personal testimony, is hereby considered redundant, since all we need to do to fix the world’s problems is adjust the feelings attached to them and open up the floor for various identity groups to have their say. All the old, enlightened means of discussion and analysis —from due process to scientific method — are dismissed as being blind to emotional concerns and therefore unfairly skewed toward the interest of straight white males. All that matters is that people are allowed to speak, that their narratives are accepted without question, and that the bad feelings go away.

So it’s not just that students refuse to countenance uncomfortable ideas — they refuse to engage them, period. Engagement is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand. As Judith Shulevitz wrote in the New York Times, these refusals can shut down discussion in genuinely contentious areas, such as when Oxford canceled an abortion debate. More often, they affect surprisingly minor matters, as when Hamsphire College disinvited an Afrobeat band because their lineup had too many white people in it.

Go here to read the rest.  Most revolutions eventually eat their own, and that is what is happening today.  Case in point:

Laura Kipnis is a feminist professor at Northwestern University — and not just any feminist. She’s long been one of the few professors in American public life who are capable of making news with their scholarship, find their books reviewed by the most elite newspapers, and help start elite “conversations” about academe’s favorite topics: sex, power, and identity. She’s liberal, certainly (well known for her sympathetic views of pornography), but she’s a free thinker. And that is intolerable.

 Earlier this year she wrote an essay entitled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the piece, she decried bans on students’ dating professors, declaring, “If this is feminism, it’s feminism hijacked by melodrama.” Students were being taught to “regard themselves as exquisitely sensitive creatures.” Their “sense of vulnerability” was “skyrocketing” as a result of the “melodramatic imagination’s obsession with helpless victims and powerful predators.” She warned that “the climate of sanctimony has grown too thick to penetrate,” with any dissenter labeled “antifeminist, or worse, a sex criminal.

Predictably, her words prompted a campus backlash, with mattress-carrying protesters demanding that the university immediately and officially condemn Kipnis’s essay. They used adjectives such as “terrifying” to describe the traumatic effect of her words. Kipnis shrugged off the protests — after all, when you’re a feminist professor writing on pornography, you’re used to a bit of negative public attention. But she couldn’t shrug off what happened next. Two students filed Title IX complaints against her, claiming that she’d violated federal law with her essay and a subsequent tweet. In essence, they were claiming that her writings on matters of public concern constituted unlawful gender discrimination. What happened then should be familiar to anyone who has ever been embroiled in the Star Chamber that is academic “justice.” Rather than laughing the claims out of the university — which would have been the appropriate response — the university retained an outside law firm and launched an investigation. The university not only denied Kipnis legal assistance during the formal proceedings, but its investigators also initially refused to even describe the nature of the charges against her, insisting on interviewing her before she knew precisely what she’d been accused of doing. According to Kipnis, she’d “plummeted into an underground world of secret tribunals and capricious, medieval rules, and I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone about it.”

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  • We should recognize contemporary liberalism/progressivism for what it is: fascism.

  • Do Title IX Coordinators have any discretion to dismiss frivolous claims? One of the complaint against Kipnis was brought by a signal student on behalf of the entire universtiy community. To which the proper response would be, “Nice try, kid.”

  • The whole procedure set up for these claims Thomas seems to be at war with any concept of due process that I am aware of. The below links to a satire which accurately reflects how these inane complaints are treated at most colleges and universities.

    Real courts are bad enough as the law and fairness and common sense are frequently not on speaking terms, but Kangaroo courts like these make regular courts appear by comparison to be tribunals of eternal light.

  • Laura Kipnis is getting what she created.

  • OK, it’s funny, to a degree. But when a feminism teacher defends the right of students to “date” their teachers, you realize what that’s really about, right? She’s not envisioning her female students finding nice young men in the faculty and building Christian families.

  • Interesting juxtaposition of two posts today. In the “Doublespeaque” post from
    Motley Monk we read about legal consequences facing those Catholic universities
    which have largely abandoned their Catholic identity in the name of “academic
    freedom”. And here we have a post about universities which have fallen over
    themselves to abandon academic freedom, where fundamentalist believers in
    various ‘pelvic issues’ can silence others and deny them due process, even
    drive them from their jobs.
    Seems to me that these leftist/feminist/LBGTQ fundamentalists our universities
    have been encouraging all these years are a far, far worse threat to academic
    freedom than maintaining a vigorous Catholic university identity ever was or ever would be.

  • “OK, it’s funny, to a degree. But when a feminism teacher defends the right of students to “date” their teachers, you realize what that’s really about, right? She’s not envisioning her female students finding nice young men in the faculty and building Christian families.”

    Who cares? On a college campus she should not be subject to a Title IX inquisition for this.

  • “but its investigators also initially refused to even describe the nature of the charges against her”…”I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone”

    Wow, I had a very similar experience in academia; ultimately it didn’t go anywhere, but in the hyper political world of academia, of course it had some ramifications. I feel kind of validated to see that this is commonplace though – misery loves company.

  • A possibly ‘final solution’ to all of this is for the Federal Government to stop giving money to colleges and universities as there is probably little free market demand for this nonsense.


Thursday, November 6, AD 2014



Language advisory to the above video. Schadenfreude is a dish best sampled none too heartily in politics since the wheel always comes round the other way, but I can’t resist a few bites.

1.  Sandra Fluke down in flamesSandra Fluke, whose sole qualification for public office was being called a slut by Rush Limbaugh, has had a very long 15 minutes of fame, but they may be over.  With 100 percent of the votes counted, she was decisively defeated by fellow Democrat Ben Allen, a veteran local school official, running for a seat left vacant by the retirement of incumbent State Senator Ted Lieu.    Reportedly Ms. Fluke flushed a million bucks of her rich in-law’s money down the toilet on this losing effort.

2.  Charlie Crist-A former Republican governor of Florida who abandoned all his prior political stances to run as a born again liberal Democrat, was beaten by Rick Scott, the rather unpopular Republican governor of the Sunshine State.  The Richard Riches of this world do not always prosper.  I give the majority of the Florida voters credit for having a sound sense of smell in regard to Crist, who gives slime a bad name.

3.  Scott Walker-re-election:

For the denizens of the left wing of the Democrat Party, Scott Walker was enemy number one due to his having found a formula to break the power of the public employee unions, the mainstay of their party.  Congrats to the usually hysterical Ed Schultz for giving a sober analysis for what his victory may mean.

4.  Debbie Does Delusions-On the other hand another Schultz, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is so ordinarily delusional that she makes Nancy Pelosi look like the voice of sanity in comparison:

Americans go to the polls Tuesday dissatisfied with the economy and President Obama’s job performance, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz remains confident for Democrats.

The Florida Democrat and chair of the Democratic National Committee predicts Democrats will hold the Senate and the election will yield more Democratic governors.


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  • All of these were awesome, but you missed one: Wendy Davis’s shellacking in Texas was the highlight of the night.

  • Debbie Schulz, she knows nuzzthing, nuzzthing!

  • Scott Walker was the icing on the cake.
    Madison WI. was invited to another wake-up call from the faithful patriots that make up Wisconsin. For me it’s sweet. The Freedom From Religion group based in Madison is far from ruling the coop.

  • Philip: “Scott Walker was the icing on the cake.
    Madison WI. was invited to another wake-up call from the faithful patriots that make up Wisconsin. For me it’s sweet. The Freedom From Religion group based in Madison is far from ruling the coop.”

    Yes Philip, yes, yes. Since God created free will and the freedom to enjoy our free will, every individual person, including Lucifer, a species of person with no humanity, nor human body, are free from the freedom to exercise our freedom of religion, a freedom inscribed in our Constitutional First Amendment. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is and has never been denied their freedom from religion. What the FFRF is denied is their freedom to destroy every individual person’s freedom to exercise their First Amendment civil right to exercise their constitutional freedom of religion, their God-given freedom of free will to thank God, petition God and adore God, in His majesty and generosity.
    The image of God in man is his free will. In his attempt to destroy God, Lucifer destroys mankind.
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, as the title describes, enjoys its freedom from religion and now agitates to destroy every free man’s exercise of free will to worship God, speak with God, write about God and peaceably assemble with God. (See abortion for peaceably assembling with God).
    This army of the damned, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, marches to the evil, the devil himself, that would murder nations and peoples after subjugating them to their demands and despoiling them of their free will, the image of God in mankind.
    The atheist is a half-baked cookie, who must be tolerated until fully baked, while atheism is patently unconstitutional…or can they not read?
    Our Father, Who art in heaven, deliver us from evil.

  • P.S. THE SCREAM was kidnapped, returned and then perished in a fire…to our loss. I hope I am mistaken. I have always enjoyed THE SCREAM as a soul who sees himself for the first time before he comes to know God’s wonderful mercy.

  • I can’t completely share in the Schadenfreude as ex Governor Tom Corbett became the only Pennsylvania governor not to win reelection. We are stuck with Ed $pendell wannabe Tom Wolf Cub of York who wants to soak the predominantly Western Pennsylvania based natural gas industry. He will be another one term governor.

    Other than that, seeing Democrats go down in flames is always fun viewing. It brought back memories of 1994.

  • We did not so well in New Hampshire, dumping but one Democratic Representative. New Hampshire, Vermont & Nevada have the lowest church attendance in the Country. Cultural and moral issues do not carry the weight they should and do elsewhere. We are nonetheless delighted to see Leviathan dealt a mortal wound. Let’s finish it off in 2016. Praise God!

  • Mary De Voe.

    Your description of FFRF is absolutely perfect. As I am always humbled at the genius of TAC contributors, you by far are one of the best. Thank you for widening my perspective.

  • Philip:’Mary De Voe.

    Your description of FFRF is absolutely perfect. As I am always humbled at the genius of TAC contributors, you by far are one of the best. Thank you for widening my perspective.”
    You are very welcome, Philip. It is a gift from God and a privilege. Let us thank Donald McClarey for his enabling all to exercise their freedom of the press.
    Please say one Hail Mary.

  • So, Sandra Fluke can get $1,000,000 from her in-laws (she has in-laws?) but she needs the government for her annual $3,000 contraceptive bill?

    Please allow me to retell a conversation that I once had with my wife:
    Me: “Did you hear what Rush Limbaugh said today?’
    W: “No”
    M: “He called a woman who testified in favor of Obamacare a slut”
    W: “That’s terrible!”
    M: “Yeah, this woman said she needed Obamacare because she spent $3,000 a year on birth control”
    W: “What a slut!”

  • TomD. 🙂
    Love it!


Tuesday, June 3, AD 2014

8 Responses to Schadenfreude

  • “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!” – Russell B. Long

  • Let’s tax the hell out of our neighbors so we can build monuments that depict our greatness and kindhearted spirit. I know. A cultural center embracing the spirit of Satan and call it good.
    God doesn’t know how to create.
    I will have the taxpayers pay for Gods mistake of making Tom a boy, when indeed she is a woman. Taxpayers to the rescue of gender confused Tom’s….meanwhile the Gretchen’s of the nation see their dreams vaporize.

  • Austin’s liberal tradition has also caught up to them with ongoing traffic nightmares. Back in the early eighties, the city mayor was a former flower cart salesman (I kid you not). The city council along with the Whole Foods hippies refused to allow the necessary growth of the city’s infrastructure, and now they are paying the price big time. They still have plenty of hippies though, they’re just cleaner versions called hipsters.

  • This reminds me of the protest sign I saw at an “occupy Wall St.” protest. It said something to the effect: “I spent $120,000 getting a masters in gay, lesbian and transgender identity issues, and now I can’t find a job!”
    Seems like “life 001” (that’s a remedial course) might have taught either of them the rudiments of cost/benefit analysis.

  • One needn’t worry too much about Ms. Gardner going homeless. If she
    purchased her Bouldin neighborhood bungalow back in ’91, then with
    our real estate market here being what it is, she’ll likely be selling it for
    about 10x to 12x her purchase price. I live in Austin and I’m not exaggerating.
    I do think that Ms. Gardner’s closing remark, “someone needs to step in
    and address the big picture”, is very telling. Who is this mysterious ‘someone’
    that’s going to show up and put things the way Ms. Gardner would like?
    Ms. Gardner spent the last 20+ years congratulating herself for her generosity
    with taxpayer dollars, voting for every bond package that was proposed.
    She was that ‘someone’, and she refused to address the big picture. It’s
    childish for her to dodge her own responsibility for her predicament, and
    childish to wish for someone else to appear who’ll suspend the laws of economics
    and clean up her mess.
    I’d say that her sort of childish hankering for a magical authority figure to
    spring up out of nowhere and make one’s consequences disappear is the sort of
    cluelessness that destroys republics.

  • Clinton.

    Thanks for the local clarity.
    Good points.

  • This really points out the importance of local involvement of conservative people. Leadership is needed in our own towns and counties.

  • Clinton: “I’d say that her sort of childish hankering for a magical authority figure to spring up out of nowhere and make one’s consequences disappear is the sort of cluelessness that destroys republics.”
    Yes, Gretchen would probably like a strong central, magical authority to take care of her and make it all right. Like Napoleon. Or Napoleon III. Or “Papa Joe” Stalin. Or Mao. Or Fidel. Trade freedom for “security”, if you can call it that under those Big Daddies..

Schadenfreude: New York Times Bullwinkle Edition

Sunday, May 18, AD 2014



Bullwinkle:   You just leave it to my pal Rock. He’s the brains of the outfit.
General:   And what does that make you?
Bullwinkle:   What else? The executive.

As the New York Times revenue base continues to collapse and it prepares for a much smaller future, it is only natural that members  of the top management at America’s holy writ of contemporary liberalism would be made to walk the plank.  So it was that Executive Editor Jill Abramson was fired by Publish Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger, Jr. this week.  However, Abramson has not gone quietly:

New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. felt he had no choice but to hit back at Jill Abramson late Saturday after being attacked in the media for sexist motives in dismissing his executive editor.

Sulzberger sacked Abramson after concluding that her managing editor, Dean Baquet, would have quit otherwise and that this would have been devastating to the paper, says a Times executive with knowledge of the situation. Instead, Sulzberger elevated Baquet to be the paper’s first African-American editor.

The final straw was Sulzberger’s conclusion that Abramson had misled him by not informing Baquet that she planned to bring in another journalist, the Guardian’s Janine Gibson, and give her the same title of managing editor, the executive said. That was viewed as a sign of disrespect to her deputy. Baquet complained to Sulzberger about being blindsided shortly before Abramson’s dismissal.

The Abramson firing has played out amid allegations of sexism after leaks to the New Yorker that her $500,000 salary was less than that of her male predecessor, Bill Keller. Sulzberger, who had already put out a statement saying that she was actually earning 10 percent more than Keller in her last year, issued a toughly worded second statement on Saturday.

Go here to read the rest by Howard Kurtz.  The New York Times accused of sexism, does it get any better than that!  Well, yes it does, for those of us who like our schadenfreude served up in large portions.  The upper reaches of the management of the paper has apparently been more than a bit daft for quite some time:

Ed Driscoll at PJ Media gives us this bizarre incident:

By 2003, it was obvious that the New York Times had gone off the rails, between the firings of Jayson Blair for serial fabulism and Howell Raines for hiring him — not to mention Raines’ obsession with the Augusta National Golf Club, while a slightly larger story was unfolding in America: 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the dawn of the Global War on Terror.

But the clincher was the Moose. You remember the moose, don’t you?

At a 2003 meeting to reassure hundreds of troubled and irate Times staff members that everything was under control, Sulzberger suddenly displayed a stuffed toy moose. “He commented that unhappy Times employees should ‘talk to the moose,’ ‘deal with the moose,’” wrote one journalist, “and he also urged employees to ‘put their moose on the table.’” Sulzberger then handed the moose to Executive Editor Howell Raines, who put the stuffed toy aside next to his chair.

“You’re sitting in the room with giants in the business,” one Times reporter, appalled by Sulzberger’s toy moose, told New York Magazine. “It was mortifying.” “Its use struck some in the audience as a tone-deaf and patronizing gesture,” reported the New York Daily News. “It wasn’t just embarrassing,” wrote journalist John Ellis. “It was embarrassing and pathetic.”

For days thereafter, pundits pondered why the 52-year-old publisher had brought a toy moose to such a serious meeting. Eventually they discovered that Sulzberger is a huge fan of psychological motivation techniques. The moose is akin to the expression “the elephant in the room,” a big topic that people are reluctant to acknowledge or talk about.

“My father and his generation were defined by the Great Depression and World War II, and it created a very strong command-and-control culture,” Sulzberger has said. “My generation is defined more by revolutions…. We deal with the moose.”

To amplify Pinch’s comments, his father, Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger (1926-2012), who grew up in the dynasty that owned the New York Times, enlisted in the US Marines in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theater, and accompanied MacArthur to the surrender of Imperial Japan. His son deploys a stuffed moose during critical business meetings.

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  • Mr. McClarey,

    You have put a smile on my face that will not go away for the rest of the month.

    “As soon as I saw it was under the treads, I named it Monty.” ROFLOL!

  • If Patton had any foresight into the future he would’ve named it ‘DeGaulle’.

  • It was a dozen years ago that Camille Paglia offered that people who thought of the Times as the “paper of record” hadn’t read it in 20 years. It’s editorial page was always wretched (recall Anthony Lewis and Anna Quindlen), embarrassing next to the Washington Post‘s. After A.M. Rosenthal’s retirement, it’s grown increasingly peculiar and unprofessional (like much of the rest of the media). This company had to mortgage its headquarters in 2009 to meet current obligations, is in hock to a Mexican telecoms billionaire, sold a major subsidiary last year for a price which amounted to about 5% (in real terms) for what they paid for it, and nestles in an in an industry where the real value of ad revenue is back to what it was in 1950, when gross domestic product was one-sixth what it is today. That she’s cheesed her 500k per annum is less than her predecessor was paid gives you an idea of her awareness of her surroundings and other people’s interests.

  • Art Deco, you’ve summarized it perfectly.
    A friend of mine has a name for those hacks in the media industry who
    pretend to still care about journalistic integrity. He calls them “presstitutes”.
    Sadly, they are legion.

  • He calls them “presstitutes”. Sadly, they are legion.

    I love it, and true literally. Baghdad Jay, the White House press secretary, was hired off the staff of Time. I recently read that there are some two-dozen pr apparatchicks in the administration who are married to Washington-beat reporters or news producers. Some of the coverage deficits you see with this administration (re the IRS mess and Benghazi most spectacularly) can be laid at the door of the press being quite literally in bed with administration flacks (and often seeking career changes).

  • “Presstitutes” well describes the overwhelming majority of today’s lame stream news media “journalists.” Thanks for the term.

    Frankly, I do not care what a liberal press company does to a liberal presstitute. They each so richly merit the heartache that they give to each other.

    Liberal. Progressive. Democrat. Those three words tell me all I need to know about the NY Times and the people who support and run the NY Times. Schadenfreude – delectatio morosa. Yes, I am guilty. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

Do Not Laugh!

Saturday, December 14, AD 2013

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  • All these liberal progressives deserve exactly what they are getting. I personally am glad they will suffer the consequences of their support for Obamacare.

  • Redistributive plan turns out to be redistributive

    guess people feel nicer supporting that in the abstract

  • There is some justice left in this world. HAHAHA. Stay healthy, everyone!

    Poor liberals, they never realised that their dear leader was a Manchurian candidate sponsored by the insurance industry to force people into high-premium, high-deductible plans.

    Now that the ACA is gouging the “cultural elites” we may see some action. After all, it was the Stamp Act, levied on lawyers and printers that really got the Revolutionary sentiment rolling.

  • “Poor liberals, they never realised that their dear leader was a Manchurian candidate sponsored by the insurance industry to force people into high-premium, high-deductible plans.”

    Interesting conspiracy theory but no

  • I generally put little stock in conspiracy theories, just because I have a hard
    time believing that large numbers of people could be so organized for so long
    as to pull something like placing a manchurian candidate in office. So yeah, I
    don’t think that it was some vast, deep-cover conspiracy behind the empty suit
    we currently have in the white house.

    It is interesting, however, to note that the day Obamacare was passed by
    congress, the insurance giants like Aetna and Humana saw a considerable surge
    in their stock prices…

    Oh, and the tears of these liberal elites are a sweet, sweet nectar– a balm to my soul.

  • Obama will work with insurance companies wherever he can, but I don’t get the sense that if they objected to something he really wanted to do he’d care all that much.

    Democrats have wanted some kind of national health insurance program since FDR/Truman, it’s not new.

  • Clinton: The Bolshevic Revolt that brought communism to the world for over a century was fomented by 79 people who were promised Religious Freedom by Lenin. After Czar Nicholas and his family were executed, the Bolshevics asked for Religious Freedom and it is said that Lenin laughed them out of his office. Constant vigilance is the price of freedom. These people have no idea, none at all, that the law is being used against them instead of for them.

  • As the cliché goes, they are in denial. Eyes shut tight, ears stopped up, they repeat the mantra over and over. How can such well educated, affluent people seem so incapable of logic?

Quotes Suitable For Framing: Miracle on 34th Street

Saturday, December 7, AD 2013



But… but maybe he’s only a little crazy like painters or composers or… or some of those men in Washington.

Mr. Shellhammer, Miracle on 34th Street, (1947)

Something to brighten the Christmas Season courtesy of Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air:

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, Hill staffers!

Capitol Hill staffers are hitting multiple obstacles in trying to enroll in the Obamacare exchange just days before the federal government’s deadline for getting coverage.

They and lawmakers have until Monday to sign up on DC Health Link, the District’s insurance exchange, if they want to maintain the government’s generous employer contribution to their health insurance.

But as crunch time approaches, Democratic and Republican staffers are getting error messages, denials, notices that they’re enrolled in multiple plans and incomplete confirmation — as well as a website that went down briefly Thursday.

Officials at DC Health Link say that they are working quickly to fix each problem. But the snags are causing a lot of frustration and grief.

I feel for anyone who has to go through this process who didn’t have a direct hand in passing this thing. As for the true believers, it is quite useful to have them experience exactly what the rest of America is going through. And, this is what that looks like:


We are in the best of hands.

Rep. John Boehner’s journey through the system has been well documented. It took him 3-4 hours to find out his premiums will double and his co-pays and deductible tripled.

“I’m thrilled to death, as you can tell.”

An amendment to the Affordable Care Act required federal lawmakers and their personal staff to forfeit their government-sponsored health care plans and enroll in state-based insurance exchanges. The goal was to make lawmakers experience what many Americans face in the individual marketplace.

But with the enrollment deadline looming, the complaints are growing louder — and are aimed particularly at the D.C. small-business exchange that members of Congress are supposed to enroll in.

The D.C. exchange’s log-in tool experienced technical difficulties Thursday morning.

“Sigh. I was just in the middle of signing up,” the chief of staff for Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, tweeted in response to an internal Senate email about the hiccup.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s speechwriter and communications adviser Amanda Carpenter has also been tweeting her experiences. She went to a physical DC Health Link help line offered for staffers after her first online attempt failed.

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Maybe We Should Take Up a Collection?

Friday, November 22, AD 2013

2 Responses to Maybe We Should Take Up a Collection?

  • How about we raise congressional pay to $3-4 million/yr with the proviso that they pay all their expenses (including staff salary & benefits) out of that. It would be interesting to see how generous congressfolk would be with aides ho were personal rather than gov’t employees.

  • We must be neighbors. I am a Monmouth County shore resident.


Monday, October 7, AD 2013


I really do think that the average Obama voter really did believe that Obamacare would lead to lower health insurance prices, except for mean rich Republicans perhaps.  Many of them are now learning just how wrong they were:



Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.


But people with no pre-existing conditions like Vinson, a 60-year-old retired teacher, and Waschura, a 52-year-old self-employed engineer, are making up the difference.

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,”

 “I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Both Vinson and Waschura have adjusted gross incomes greater than four times the federal poverty level — the cutoff for a tax credit. And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn’t realize they would rise so much.

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

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  • Stupidity amazes me:

    Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

    Well who else would be paying for it?

  • Two possibilities:

    1. They evidently thought some other constituency would be stuck with the bill (and no doubt the man who joked about siccing the IRS on his enemies in 2009 would have preferred that); or

    2. Like Barbara Ehrenreich, lapsed professor of biochemistry, they actually believe the vast bulk of the country’s income is received and hoarded by some tiny elite who just have to clip their pecuniary fingernails and we all get all the medical care (and anything else) we ‘need’.

  • But….you mean…Obama doesn’t just have cash to throw around??

  • I had to spend time with some of my godless, Obama-worshiping relations.

    They kept saying, ‘The only reason you people hate Barack is because he’s black.”

    So it goes.

    I don’t hate the sinner. I hate the sin.

  • All part of the plan to bring about single-payer health insurance. Like they have in Europe.

    So it’s not Obama’s black half that I despise –it’s is white Euro-weenie socialist half.

  • Ha ha ha . . . finally realizing the free lunch was not free! Better late than never!

  • After Obamacare passed, my insurance more than doubled– we had to switch over to TriCare through TrueBlue’s reserve service, which is notoriously a bad idea. (Like many other former military members, I do not care for gov’t healthcare. I know how much it sucks.)

    Even before that, with insurance, we had thousands in debt to pay off because of all the “helpful” laws that make it easy to cheat the hospital.

  • I listened to part of the news conference just now made me think of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Trickery snared the true believer Obama voter and re-voters; and it goes on/
    In “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham of course the wolf characterizes himself as having a big heart but the wolf says “I’m gonna keep my sheep suit on
    Until I’m sure that you’ve been shown
    That I can be trusted walking with you alone

Election Schadenfreude

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

15 Responses to Election Schadenfreude

  • I love it! “walking off the anxiety…”
    They should be anxious!
    They backed an inexperienced arrogant Marxists that is finally transparent.

  • Yes, I do enjoy this too. I said that night that I thought Romney won, but I thought it was fairly close and both candidates did fine. Romney had a few memorable remarks (to Obama’s none) and demonstrated the level of seriousness necessary to rebut the Obama campaign’s effort to portray his as an extremist. But the conventional wisdom that Obama faltered terribly came not from the right, but from the left (like these poor pathetic SFGate souls) who could not fathom how a messiah could not take down a mortal. Their post-debate hysteria is what gave rise to the meme that Romney clobbered the president, when what he really did was perform marginally better than the president — something that most presidential challengers tend to do in the first debate — which while important is not necessarily transformational. I believe that the Left’s exaggerated response helped turn what would have been a bounce into a surge. This fact is like dessert to the schadenfreude.

  • It’s interesting to look at the maps on various polling/prediction sites. When the Republican Party is on its game, the Democrats look like the party of the West Coast and New England. But in the past 20 years, it’s been like watching a storm front move down from New England to the Great Lakes region.

    Now, look, it’d be great if Romney wins every single state that he’s close in. Personally, I think that nobody wins this race with more than 275 electoral votes. But the interesting thing to me is that in the last four years, the GOP has started to look like a viable party, from top to bottom, in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Remember, McCain lost Indiana! We don’t have to win PA this time, at least I hope not, but then again even if Obama wins the party has a lot more prospects than it used to.

  • Right now my prediction is that Romney takes all the states of the Old Confederacy, all of the Great Plains states. All the states of the West except for New Mexico and Nevada. In the Midwest, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Add on Kentucky, West Virginia, New Hampshire and the Congressional District in Maine. That comes to 296. It might go higher but I doubt if it will go lower. Romney might well also take Nevada. I have a gut feeling he will take one of Michigan or Pennsylvania. Outside shots at Minnesota and Oregon. If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.

  • From your keyboard to God’s eyes.

  • I agree with your prognosis, Don, entirely.
    I have a hunch that PA will be too close to call that night, which means it won’t matter.

  • We ALWAYS matter… We are the Keystone State.

  • “If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.”

    As much disdain as I have for McCain, I have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.

  • What matters most is the children.
    That they are witness to the fragility of freedoms within our own borders.
    That the media can try to sway votes however the truth be told. That freedom is not free.
    Let us all please continue our prayers that the above predictions come true. That the efforts of God fearing men and women who don’t debate the placement of God in their political platform, will avenge anti-patriots.
    In God we trust.

  • still might be an O surprise pulled out of the hat. These people are not without intellectual and economic resources, and are very strong willed.

  • “have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.”

    Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.

  • I tend to think not Anzlyne. Pride is a singular master, it permits no competition from the intellect.

    If Obama had anything left in his bag of tricks, he would have used it to slow the slide in the polls. I suspect we will continue to see more of the same; Obama’s campaign team relying on the MSM to withhold information from the public and pipe-dreams.

    I try not to watch political cartoons but, during lunch, I accidentally watched one of Obama’s. Where does he get off by calling his aspirations “plans.” He says something like “during my second term I plan to invest in eduction, I plan to reduce the deficit, I plan to rebuild the economy.”

    Those aren’t PLANS you twerp! Those are goals, aspirations, dreams even, but not “plans.” Plans tell you how to get from one point to the other. The things Obama aspires to in his ads are to plans what artist’s renderings are to architectural drawings.

  • “Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.”

    McCain never really had the stomache to go after Obama. Maybe if McCain pretended Obama was a conservative republican, he would have went after Obama. But instead surgically planted his lips on Obama’s backside.

    I do think Obama was beatable in 2008 if the re[publican establishment took the time to show who Obama really was and still is.

    As far as my predictions as to what to expect from a Romney presidency, I would say a couple of things. On foreign policy, I think he will be a somewhat emasculated version of George W. Bush, unless of course, events force his hand the way 9/11 did with Bush. Since Romney has explicitly stated there are parts of Obamacare he would keep in place, I would interpret that as key elements of Obamacare will remain. The HHS contraceptive Mandate will be gone. If Romney doesn’t abolish that, Paul Ryan had better threaten to resign the Vice Presidency in protest. But I think it’s safe to say it will be history.

    In any event, I predict that under Romney, there will be and will remain, greater government control over health care than there was when Obama took office. And that will be a victory for the left.

    I believe the one time Obama wasn’t lying was when he said that he would rather be an effective one term president. And from the perspective of advancing leftist ideology as policy, he will have, unfortunately, achieved that.

  • The Philly and Detroit machines prefer not to lose. There are a lot of names on the voter lists, and there’s been a lot more early voting and mail-in voting. And there are millions of people who really believe that the President has pulled us out of a near-depression despite the obstruction of the Republicans, and that Romney wants to raise taxes for the middle class. I’d love to see Romney take Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but looking at that RCP map, he only needs Ohio if he takes FL, NC, VA, and CO. That’s my bet. Romney/Ryan 275. Ohio still scares me, though.

  • This morning’s 7 of 7 news blips on the msn internet explorer landing zone includes a headline: O visits victims, R campaigns … while their tv heads pathetically berate the candidate for asking for aid for the American Red Cross. More twisting than I can tolerate.

    If O were a Republican, then the copybook would have some real investigative journalism on tap.