Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm gonna go build my own theme park! With blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the park ...

From The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group, by Dan Briody, page 10:

... in July 1971, operating under instructions from President Nixon, [Frederic] Malek had compiled figures on the number of Jews working within the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). Nixon, than at the height of his paranoia, believed that a "Jewish cabal" within the Bureau was undermining him, releasing unfavorable and inaccuate data to the public to damage his approval ratings. Malek, in a memo dated July 27, 1971, reported that 13 of the top 35 BLS officials were indeed Jewish, and provided their names to Nixon. In the months following, Chief Economist Peter Henle and Director of Current Emploee Analysis Harold Goldstein were reassigned to lower level postions within the BLS. At the time these events occurred, nothing was known of Nixon's anti-Semitic sentiments. It wasn't until 17 years later that the incident that the incident came back to haunt Malek, when Washington Post reporters uncovered the fateful memo while digging through old files from the Nixon administration.
Three points:
  1. This is why you should never trust your goverment further than you can throw it, because it is made up of people and most people are bastards. Just ask Apathy Jack, he's teaching their bastard children.
  2. You have to be especially worried about people so unselfconsciously evil that they write memos asking other people to do evil shit on their behalf.
  3. Never forget that everywhere in the world there is an otherwise good person willing to do the bidding of an evil person without question. See point one.
  4. From now on all the bad things in my life - you know, kidney stones, car accidents, a suspicious lack of rich, attractive women insisting that I become their toyboy - will be blamed on "a Jewish Cabal".
In retrospect, evil is probably the wrong word. But I'm having trouble coming up with a single word that encompasses "nasty", "stupid", and "ever so slightly insane".

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The word you're looking for is "management."

--Hewligan

Herr Dummkopf von Kranken-Brainen said...

Bloody hell! People are still reading this?

dribblor said...

Only two of us, and only infrequently :P

Herr Dummkopf von Kranken-Brainen said...

My God! Then I will have to write something witty and incisive, something that reveals the true condition of mankind (and womenkind) in a world gone mad!

Or posts some pictures of breasts.

Anonymous said...

I think the word you need is American... to be fair, American Politician, but thats two words.