In the December 19 edition of Time magazine, humor columnist Joel Stein pleased the liberals in his "Year of the Meltdown" review of 2011 by comparing Fox News-owning mogul Rupert Murdoch to murderous despots: "Throughout the year, leaders who for decades had ruthlessly wielded absolute power melted down: Zine al Abedine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Rupert Murdoch."
Since it wasn't enough to allow one factual collapse per column, Stein also suggested we're now "full-on feudal" with an "angry 99 percent" after Occupy Wall Street protests, and "It's too late to cool the rods. Either we're going to abandon the old structure altogether -- nuclear power, the euro, Arab secular rule, unregulated capitalism -- or wait a really long time for things to get better."
Since when has America practiced "unregulated capitalism"? How does the bankruptcy of large government-sponsored housing enterprises match that term? Stein then suggested when choosing between "our modern love of consant drama and our modern laziness," laziness will win. It's the only way a humor column avoids a dead-serious ending.
Stein's personal website has this catchy introduction:
That guy behind me? Totally gay for me. Hell, I’d be too.
In case you stumbled here by accident, I’m the guy who loves porn and hates America.