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  • Bill Koch to Construct Massive Monument to Income Inequality

    We most know how Charles and David Koch spend their time: playing the part of stereotypical Hollywood villains with massive donations to plutocratic political causes in between writing aggrieved op-eds complaining about the lack of deference some Americans exhibit in the face of their economic betters.

    But what has Bill Koch, the Daniel Baldwin of the Koch brothers, been up to?

    There's a new town in Colorado. It has about 50 buildings, including a saloon, a church, a jail, a firehouse, a livery and a train station. Soon, it will have a mansion on a hill so the town's founder can look down on his creation. But don't expect to move here — or even to visit.

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    Tags: Bill Koch, Charles Koch, Colorado, David Koch
  • Zach Galifianakis vs. the Koch Brothers

    Zach Galifianakis knows politics like he knows the skin on the back of his lily white thighs. In his and Will Ferrell's upcoming film The Campaign, Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play right-wing political donors named the "Motch Brothers." This led some savvy smartypants to suggest that the movie was poking fun at the Koch brothers. Bingo. It's almost like you can't fool some of the people all the time anymore.

    Then Galifianakis confirmed the correlation

    "I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It's not freedom what they are doing," Galifianakis said.

    Yikes. Only someone who knows what it's like to be punched by Mike Tyson would dare take such a swipe at two of the most influential industrialists this country has ever seen. You may think the Koch brothers are too busy huffing fossil fuel and throwing darts at Obama's photograph to be concerned with what liberal Hollywood thinks of them, but never underestimate the amount of free time billionaires have to Google themselves and have their spokesman give a statement…

    "Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it's laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok," said Philip Ellender, referring to a scene from the movie "The Hangover Part II."

    It's even worse than I imagined. The Koch brothers also have enough time to watch The Hangover Part II. Maybe if Galifianakis keeps making sequels to that franchise, liberals can distract them enough to indoctrinate everyone with their political and moral message. God knows a man who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok is less moral than a man who obscenely puts a dog on a car all along the Eastern Seaboard.

    Photo by By [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Koch, David Koch, Mitt Romney, Super PACs, Will Ferrell
  • Mitt Romney's Hamptons Fundraiser vs. The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby and Mitt Romney's fundraisers in the Hamptons, which included an event at the estate of Julia and David Koch in Southampton, New York, where the suggested contribution was $75,000 per couple.

    One of these is an extended metaphor on cynicism, greed and the destruction of the American Dream amid an orgy of material excess. The other is a book we force upon high school freshmen.

    Identify each quote's provenance as coming from East Hampton or the West Egg of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel…

    1. "A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out…'Is there a V.I.P. entrance? We are V.I.P.'

    2. "I like to come," [the woman said]. "I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address — inside of a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it."

    3. "I've been everywhere and done everything."

    4. "Tell them who's on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!"

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    Tags: Books, David Koch, Fundraising, Games and Challenges, Mitt Romney, Money, New York
  • Quote Unquote: Colbert on Koch

    Stephen Colbert during his Time 100 acceptance speech


    "By the way, if David Koch likes his waiter tonight, he will be your next congressman."


    The whole thing is worth reading.

    (via Comedy Centrl's Tumblr)

    Tags: David Koch, Quote Unquote, Stephen Colbert, Time Magazine
  • Wisconsin Poll Shows Gov. Scott Walker in Danger of Recall

    At first, the idea of Wisconsinites successfully recalling their new governor seemed like a liberal pipe dream, which is to say, a particularly pipe-dreamy type of pipe dream. But then momentum started to build and the extremely unlikely became only moderately unlikely and then only a little bit unlikely.

    Now, according to a new poll, the unlikely actually seems kind of likely, which itself seems incredibly unlikely

    A new Rasmussen poll finds that Republican Wisconsin Scott Walker is in trouble of being recalled June 5, with a majority, 52 percent, saying they will vote him out less than two years after he took office and immediately went to work to cut the power of public service unions…

    Worse for Walker: 53 percent disapprove of his job as governor with a whopping 46 percent saying they "strongly disapprove" of Walker. Majorities of both men and women now support his recall.

    I don't know. It seems kind of unfair for the people of Wisconsin to be taking out their frustrations over the gutting of the public right to collectively bargain on Gov. Walker. I mean, he's only following orders.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Charles Koch, David Koch, Polls, Scott Walker, Unions, Wisconsin