2. Veal Pen: Soon after the election, the (Obama) Administration began corralling the big liberal DC interest groups into a variety of organizations and communication networks through which they telegraphed their wishes — into a virtual veal pen. (Jane Hamsher, founder of Firedoglake).
Some well-known examples of liberal veal pens are MoveOn.Org, DailyKos, MSNBC, and ironically, the new group that Andrew Breitbart victim/ fired White House staffer Van Jones has founded. Called "Rebuilding the Dream", it trumpets the grand resurgence of Democratic values. I got all excited until I read through their list of "supporters" -- not only the usual veal pen suspects, but the Obama Re-election Campaign itself! Van Jones was veal penned before he even got calved, for cryin' out loud. Here is a trenchant critique of Van the Brand.
So much for the liberal organizations co-opted by the White House. But most of the denizens of the veal pen belong under Definition Number One, above. The miserable masses living lives of quiet desperation, cowed by the powers that be and their pundit stenographers. But not so fast! The anger is a-rising!
The Rant to End All Rants was delivered by a raging bull of a veal pen escapee Dylan Ratigan yesterday on MSNBC . If you haven't seen it yet, do not miss it! I was in my usual mid-afternoon semi-coma on the couch when he literally woke me up. Here is an excerpt to give you a preview of its glorious content:
"Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans are not doing it, an entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now. We’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible and stupid."While we're waiting for Ratigan to get fired, there is this from today's New York Times, written by the guy in charge of moderating readers' comments, about reaction to the UK riots. The Times is amazed, just amazed, that readers are angry, fed up, decidedly unapathetic and are not going to take it any more. We finally have proof that they actually digest what ordinary people write.
I got particularly ticked off reading another Times article today, by one of the Washington insiders of the journalistic class, Helene Cooper. The article unquestioningly parroted the Administration drivel about Grand Bargains and the need to cut back "entitlement" programs in order to reduce the deficit. Readers, God bless them, were not having any of her stenographic government propaganda: