Where being a successful businessman takes you

There’s an American fetish for “businessmen” and “entrepreneurs” that I can’t quite understand. I’ve never been particularly impressed by “businessmen”; they generally seem to have a very narrow perspective on the world, but somehow, they’re supposed to be our ideal. And sometimes, they can be unbelievably stupid in service to their money-making goals.

I don’t expect that man to have taken a biology course, but has he ever actually talked to a woman?

To me, Mike Lindell is the apotheosis of the American businessman.


  1. raven says

    Ohio bill orders doctors to ‘reimplant ectopic pregnancy’ or … https://www.theguardian.com › us-news › nov › ohio-e…

    Nov 29, 2019 — A bill to ban abortion introduced in the Ohio state legislature requires doctors to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into a woman’s uterus …

    This lack of knowledge is common.

    The guy who wrote the Ohio bill prohibiting abortion thinks doctors can take an ectopic pregnancy and reimplant it.
    This is impossible.
    This is something that has never been done even once.

    He also doesn’t know how to use a search engine like Google or he would have known that.

  2. Jason King says

    It is Satire. This tweet and his entire profile is a Satire. He’s a screenwriter, not a business man.

  3. hemidactylus says

    Entrepreneurship and the gold standard somehow became reductive for the American (=US) way which was satirized in Gatsby. He truly believed in those rags to riches stories. The American way is best captured instead by the valley of ashes watched over by an absent billboard god. Affluence for the few Tom Buchanans and ash heaps for the rest. Happy 4th.

  4. TGAP Dad says

    Raven: I remember that story vividly. It ranks right up there with Todd Aiken’s “legitimate rape” comment.

  5. wzrd1 says

    To the twit that made the tweet, I’d take a 5 pound engineering hammer to one big toe, then “y’all control that pain – turn it off and act professional, lest I further train you starting on your knees and elbows.
    Or admit publicly that you are wrong and an idiot. I’m not particular, they’re not my knees and elbows”.
    Having actually had a shattered big toe, suffice it to say, being professional and nice was definitely not a matter for consideration. Indeed, the conversation with doctor went poorly when he decided to decompress my toenail – which then allowed the tissues to slam the nerve against the nail bed, sending me straight into shock.
    People in shock don’t make good conversationalists, they at that point can’t even tell you what’s wrong. That whole brain starved of circulation thing going on and all.

    @raven, yeah, I give that idiot prominent mention. Enraging is, we’re getting reruns of “A woman can shut that thing down” regarding rape and conception – the latest said by a woman and agreed to by one of the ancient good ol’ boys. All reveling in the attention, while ignoring their asses being handed back to them.
    Makes sense, it ain’t their asses being sacrificed on the altar to their furtherance of acquisition of power.

  6. mamba says

    #3: I find it disturbing that nowadays you honestly can’t tell the difference between satire and actual paid opinions.

  7. says

    Being a successful “businessman” means seeing how hard you can exploit your employees to maximise your profit. Just ask Jeff Bezos.

  8. Larry says

    It has certainly been that way since the coming of Q and the age of Trumpism but I think that is stretches back to the Reagan years and whatever caused the Republican party to veer off the track of being a legitimate political party to the freak-a-zoid, meth-fueled crazy shit show that we all know today.

  9. Artor says

    Congressmen who attempt to practice medicine without a license should be prosecuted like anyone else.

  10. says

    I am not complimenting the MyPillow guy.

    Ezekiel 13:20: Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

  11. Larry says


    Ah, Bezos is simply following in the footsteps of those good ‘ol southern boys who perfected the art of involuntary relocation on their workers.

  12. robro says

    As most of us know, the essence of satire is the reality it reveals.

    BTW I saw this morning that Bezos is mad at Biden for daring to suggest that the gas companies cut prices.

  13. monad says

    I have often heard people complain that so many politicians are lawyers…but every time a businessman is voted in, it reminds me there is much, much worse.

  14. dstatton says

    “Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money if all you want is to make a lot of money.”

    -Mr. Bernstein, Citizen Kane.

  15. StevoR says

    @ ^ numerobis : Like Trump and Musk and Bezos to name a few he gets lauded for being a “great businessman” by many and idolised because of it.

  16. numerobis says

    OK, so … nothing to do with the tweet at all?

    What I know Lindell for is being a more buffoonish version of McCarthy but also not a senator with any actual power.

  17. blf says

    numerobis@20, I have no idea who this Mike Lindell, a more buffoonish version of McCarthy but also not a senator with any actual power, is of whom you speak. The Mike Lindell everyone else is speaking about is not an elected official at any level, is often called teh mypillow guy, because he is the CEO of a company known as MyPillow, which supposedly makes pillows. Mr Lindell originally(?) achieved notoriety (in the States) for fronting the advertisements for MyPillow, but has since been lauded internationally as a deranged buffoon for his insistent promoting of crazy conspiracy theories that hair furor won the last Presidential election, in part due to claimed nefarious actions involving voting machines. He’s being sued for over one billion dollars by the makers of those machines.