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(Townhall)   An epidemic of wealth shaming has affected thousands (cue Sarah McLachlan music), leaving rich people throughout the US to cry into their Stella Artois with only their miniature giraffes to console them (cue rich guy wiping his tears with 100s)   (townhall.com) divider line 122
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2014-01-29 06:41:27 AM  
Good job, Michelle Malkin! Keep white-knighting those billionaires and maybe they'll throw you a few crumbs from their table.
 
2014-01-29 06:46:22 AM  
Pfffffft!! Hahahaha! Truly.
 
2014-01-29 07:46:37 AM  
You know, I'm reminded of a passage in the bible, where Jesus said something along the lines of "a camel has a better chance of fitting through the eye of a needle than a rich man does of entering the Kingdom of God."
Or, in the Conserviverse version: "Blessed are the rich, for they are our superiors who worked for their money and power. Cursed are the filthy poors, as they takith our money and spend it on crack, but they shall burn in the day of reckoning."
 
2014-01-29 08:00:15 AM  
stella?
 
2014-01-29 08:14:54 AM  
Rich people drink Stella?
 
2014-01-29 08:17:56 AM  
Accusing rich people of drinking Stella is part of the whole wealth shaming thing.
 
2014-01-29 08:36:41 AM  

Richard C Stanford: You know, I'm reminded of a passage in the bible, where Jesus said something along the lines of "a camel has a better chance of fitting through the eye of a needle than a rich man does of entering the Kingdom of God."
Or, in the Conserviverse version: "Blessed are the rich, for they are our superiors who worked for their money and power. Cursed are the filthy poors, as they takith our money and spend it on crack, but they shall burn in the day of reckoning."


In the actual Conservative version, they claim that "The Eye of the Needle" was actually a small side gate into Jerusalem that required a camel to be stripped of all the goods it was carrying to get through. This is 100% an urban legend. Therefore, in this conservative retelling of the story, it'd actually pretty easy to get a camel through, it just takes a little time. Of course, this also presumes that Jesus was incapable of using hyperbolic metaphor.
 
2014-01-29 08:50:51 AM  
Welfare queens
Obamaphones
Takers
47%
OWC filthy hippies
 
2014-01-29 08:55:06 AM  
The letter-writer is Tom Perkins, a Silicon Valley pioneer with an MIT degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Harvard MBA. He started out at the bottom at Hewlett-Packard, founded his own separate laser company on the side and then teamed up with fellow entrepreneur Eugene Kleiner to establish one of the nation's oldest and most important venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
A hands-on dynamo, Perkins immersed himself in the science and technology of the companies in his portfolio. He even accompanied them on sales calls. He poured his heart and soul into the business of business.


Funny how she left out of his bio the part where he killed a person with his yacht.

Perkins achieved great wealth for himself, his partners and his clients -- and the world is a better place for it.

Tell that to the guy he killed with his yacht.
 
2014-01-29 09:00:30 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Perkins achieved great wealth for himself, his partners and his clients -- and the world is a better place for it.

Tell that to the guy he killed with his yacht.


Hey man - he was just trying to rebuild the reefs.  Why do you hate the environment?
 
2014-01-29 09:03:52 AM  
I take my wealth shaming techniques from Jesus.
 
2014-01-29 09:04:03 AM  

Relatively Obscure: Rich people drink Stella?


That was my first thought. They serve that sh*t in pitchers at the Pizza Huts in Britain.
 
2014-01-29 09:04:42 AM  

Diogenes: Welfare queens
Obamaphones
Takers
47%
OWC filthy hippies


Who are people who make billionaires feel uncomfortable, Alex.
 
2014-01-29 09:04:44 AM  

Relatively Obscure: Rich people drink Stella?


The nouveau riche, maybe.

//some people were late catching on to this "Belgian beer" thing
 
2014-01-29 09:06:45 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Perkins achieved great wealth for himself, his partners and his clients -- and the world is a better place for it.


It's funny that they recognize that he created wealth for a few others, but refuse to think about what more he could do for society at large.
 
2014-01-29 09:07:29 AM  

Relatively Obscure: Rich people drink Stella?


Bieber is rich.
 
2014-01-29 09:08:04 AM  

Muta: Diogenes: Welfare queens
Obamaphones
Takers
47%
OWC filthy hippies

Who are people who make billionaires feel uncomfortable, Alex.


Meh.  They're just jealous and petty and they are worthy of shame.
 
2014-01-29 09:08:23 AM  

Rincewind53: Richard C Stanford: You know, I'm reminded of a passage in the bible, where Jesus said something along the lines of "a camel has a better chance of fitting through the eye of a needle than a rich man does of entering the Kingdom of God."
Or, in the Conserviverse version: "Blessed are the rich, for they are our superiors who worked for their money and power. Cursed are the filthy poors, as they takith our money and spend it on crack, but they shall burn in the day of reckoning."

In the actual Conservative version, they claim that "The Eye of the Needle" was actually a small side gate into Jerusalem that required a camel to be stripped of all the goods it was carrying to get through. This is 100% an urban legend. Therefore, in this conservative retelling of the story, it'd actually pretty easy to get a camel through, it just takes a little time. Of course, this also presumes that Jesus was incapable of using hyperbolic metaphor.


It's the version I heard in Catholic school - but it was stated that this just meant it wasn't impossible, just difficult.
 
2014-01-29 09:08:41 AM  
Apologies in advance for folks who are not Christian.
Mark 10: [21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.[22] And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
[23] And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
 
2014-01-29 09:08:49 AM  

T-Servo: Relatively Obscure: Rich people drink Stella?

Bieber is rich.


Statistical (and genetic) anomaly.
 
2014-01-29 09:09:06 AM  

Relatively Obscure: Rich people drink Stella?


My very first thought. First, would they really drink much beer when wine and single-malt can be SO much more expensive? Second, would they really drink any mass-produced beer that didn't have a pedigree or unreasonably high price tag?

Also, this is getting pretty creepy. Like, slavish rich people worship. Preparing the narrative for dealing with actual backlash against them to frame the poors as villains.
 
2014-01-29 09:10:57 AM  
"Wealth-shaming" huh? Pobre cito. When they cry themselves to sleep at night into their 1000-thread count egyptian cotton sheets, I hope they don't get their feelings hut too badly.

How about we talk about all the "poor-shaming" that rich people do?
 
2014-01-29 09:11:30 AM  

Bloody William: Also, this is getting pretty creepy. Like, slavish rich people worship. Preparing the narrative for dealing with actual backlash against them to frame the poors as villains.


bonzer5.com

The curtain is slowly being drawn back.
 
2014-01-29 09:12:13 AM  
www.bartcop.com
 
2014-01-29 09:14:11 AM  
When you start seeing movies like Assault on Wall Street and The Hunger Games crop up in the zeitgeist you might want to stop lobbying for the destruction of SNAP and the like.
 
2014-01-29 09:14:13 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Good job, Michelle Malkin! Keep white-knighting those billionaires and maybe they'll throw you a few crumbs from their table.


Better to eat the crumbs of the billionaires than the buffet of higher taxes and financial ruin.
 
2014-01-29 09:14:20 AM  
I think it's hilarious that these people that basically have siphoned off whatever wealth the middle class had left with their shady bank dealings and offshore accounts, and constantly harp on how they are the driving economic force of America.

Hint: all that consumerism the middle class can't do any more because shady 1% backroom semi-illegal sucking away of all their money contributes a fark load more to a healthy economy than 3 or 4 guys holing up in their yachts.

But hey, keep blaming the mortgage crises and all and sundry shady "big money" dealings as "the middle classes fault" so they should just tighten their belts while the hereditary aristocracy plays the game of thrones.

Bring back the anti-trust laws. If a company is too big to fail, smash it into little pieces. The fate of 1(or 2 or 3 or 10) companies shouldn't completely destroy our economy. Oh and time to hike up that max tax rate. Post WW2 era taxes on rich.
 
2014-01-29 09:14:24 AM  
The rich are our betters and far more important than any of us. However they're also incredibly delicate and sensitive. And any criticism, tax, threat of tax, or slight breeze could make them take their money and put it in a Scrooge McDuck vault instead of giving people jobs. So let's leave them to their own devices, let them do whatever, and never say anything about them, lest they get angry at us and ship all the jobs to Singapore. Sure the jobs eventually will be sweatshop level, but hey.... employment!
 
2014-01-29 09:14:55 AM  
I don't want them to be ashamed of their wealth - I just want to go back to confiscating enough of it
that society doesn't slip downhill like it has during the Reaganomics years.
I don't give a f**k how rich folks feel - just pay your damn taxes, at the same rates that are good enough for people who work for a living.
The article is pure troll.
 
2014-01-29 09:16:18 AM  
Raising the minimum wage means Obama hates record corporate profits
 
2014-01-29 09:16:48 AM  
Why doesn't Michelle Malkin just get into her bikini and make some of these poor wealthy downtrodden feel good?
 
2014-01-29 09:16:53 AM  
Stella is the Budweiser of Europe, and Heineken the Miller.
 
2014-01-29 09:17:29 AM  
If this shaming keeps up, pretty soon no one will want to be rich anymore.
Unless it works like fat shaming, where you laugh at a walrus and it just goes home and eats a gallon of ice cream and cries. Maybe when I laugh at a banker, it goes home and forecloses on a widow. But instead of crying, it would chuckle and then write a letter to the editor about what a bully I am.
 
2014-01-29 09:18:16 AM  
Talk about a paid advertisement.... Sooo... ummm...  where is the rebuttal?
 
2014-01-29 09:18:41 AM  
Oh look, there's Michelle Malkin peddling the "job creator" lie to her echo chamber.
Should've known better than to click on a Townhall link.
 
2014-01-29 09:19:28 AM  

neongoats: Bring back the anti-trust laws. If a company is too big to fail, smash it into little pieces.


Some conservatives and libertarians say the same thing. But they do it with as much conviction as conservatives had when they said we need more mental health spending in response to Sandy Hook.
 
2014-01-29 09:19:40 AM  

Rincewind53: Richard C Stanford: You know, I'm reminded of a passage in the bible, where Jesus said something along the lines of "a camel has a better chance of fitting through the eye of a needle than a rich man does of entering the Kingdom of God."
Or, in the Conserviverse version: "Blessed are the rich, for they are our superiors who worked for their money and power. Cursed are the filthy poors, as they takith our money and spend it on crack, but they shall burn in the day of reckoning."

In the actual Conservative version, they claim that "The Eye of the Needle" was actually a small side gate into Jerusalem that required a camel to be stripped of all the goods it was carrying to get through. This is 100% an urban legend. Therefore, in this conservative retelling of the story, it'd actually pretty easy to get a camel through, it just takes a little time. Of course, this also presumes that Jesus was incapable of using hyperbolic metaphor.


Ancient legends from long passed civilizations thrown together in to that hodgepodge of Christian gobbledygook can mean anything.
 
2014-01-29 09:21:02 AM  

JimmyFartpants: Stella is the Budweiser of Europe, and Heineken the Miller.


What's Newcastle? Because I really like Newcastle.
 
2014-01-29 09:21:07 AM  

rev. dave: Apologies in advance for folks who are not Christian.
Mark 10: [21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.[22] And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
[23] And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!


No need to apologize. Jesus dispensed a great deal of very sound advice. it would be cool if actual Christians did any of it - but nobody hardly really believes in God anyway - they just say they do.
 
2014-01-29 09:21:22 AM  
Hey rich people.The best thing you guys can do is shut up. The louder you are about how tough you have it will just draw more attention to you and bring you down that much faster.


But I guess this is what happens when you start believing your own bullshiat.
 
2014-01-29 09:21:45 AM  
As a poor person, I look down on anyone who drinks stella and thinks it's "classy" in any way.
 
2014-01-29 09:23:00 AM  

JimmyFartpants: Stella is the Budweiser of Europe, and Heineken the Miller.


So is Grolsch like the PBR?
 
2014-01-29 09:24:30 AM  

Bloody William: Also, this is getting pretty creepy. Like, slavish rich people worship. Preparing the narrative for dealing with actual backlash against them to frame the poors as villains.


That's been a conservative thing for a while.  These people honestly seem to think that if they suck rich c*ck long enough, money will start coming out.
 
2014-01-29 09:24:46 AM  
Rich people stop fighting tooth and nail to avoid paying your taxes and stop fighting to shift the tax burden on the middle class and eliminating social services for the poor and lower middle class and then people won't think you are douchebags.
 
2014-01-29 09:26:12 AM  
I had a party last week and someone left some Stella.  I forgot how much I hate that sour, grainy taste on the front end.  I preferred drinking the Old Milwaukee that someone else left (note:  I'm not kidding).
 
2014-01-29 09:26:42 AM  
You are pulled from the wreckage
of your horrid misdeeds
You're In the arms of the lobbyists
May you fiiiiiiiiind some comfort here
 
2014-01-29 09:27:41 AM  
Anyway, I don't expect rich people to be ashamed of being wealthy. I think some of them should be ashamed of being born wealthy and claiming they got wealthy through hard work and elbow grease. I think some of them should be ashamed of getting wealthy by doing shady, semi legal, loophole bullshiat. I think some of them should be ashamed for living like sybaritic hedonists while constantly harping on the false idea that people are not wealthy because they are somehow immoral or just plain bad or stupid.

So no, don't be ashamed of being wealthy. Be ashamed of how you got there. Be ashamed of what you've done once you got there.

/post not valid for people who actually started in rags and made it to riches
//a creature more evasive than sasquatch.
 
2014-01-29 09:29:11 AM  

Headso: Rich people stop fighting tooth and nail to avoid paying your taxes and stop fighting to shift the tax burden on the middle class and eliminating social services for the poor and lower middle class and then people won't think you are douchebags.


It's almost like people's opposition isn't because they're rich, but because of the policies they support. Though, now that I think of it, that sort of deflection is standard operating procedure for modern American conservatives.
 
2014-01-29 09:29:26 AM  

vygramul: Rincewind53: Richard C Stanford: You know, I'm reminded of a passage in the bible, where Jesus said something along the lines of "a camel has a better chance of fitting through the eye of a needle than a rich man does of entering the Kingdom of God."
Or, in the Conserviverse version: "Blessed are the rich, for they are our superiors who worked for their money and power. Cursed are the filthy poors, as they takith our money and spend it on crack, but they shall burn in the day of reckoning."

In the actual Conservative version, they claim that "The Eye of the Needle" was actually a small side gate into Jerusalem that required a camel to be stripped of all the goods it was carrying to get through. This is 100% an urban legend. Therefore, in this conservative retelling of the story, it'd actually pretty easy to get a camel through, it just takes a little time. Of course, this also presumes that Jesus was incapable of using hyperbolic metaphor.

It's the version I heard in Catholic school - but it was stated that this just meant it wasn't impossible, just difficult.


Yeah, I think that's been the common teaching for quite a while now. The thing is, historians have literally never been able to prove, or even come close to proving, that such a gate every existed. It makes a whole lot more sense in context if Jesus is using hyperbole.
 
2014-01-29 09:29:53 AM  
The sooner that everyone realizes that the rich are God Kings put on this earth to be worshiped the better.  Otherwise they will just take their glorious power and leave.  Just look at what happened when Yahweh went Galt.
 
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