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If Noah Cross were alive today, he’d be giving to the Tea Party!

Posted by Thomas Nephew on October 13th, 2010


It’s good to be Noah Cross.
From his point of view, anyway.

“I don’t blame myself. You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of ANYTHING.”
Noah Cross, “Chinatown” (1974)

Make of the following links what you will:

  1. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/10/memo_to_bruce_m.php
    (extremely well documented — e.g., DNA results — Village Voice article by editor-in-chief Tony Ortega titled, ahem, “MEMO TO BRUCE McMAHAN, DAUGHTER-SEDUCER”)
  2. http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?10930601576 (FEC donation record)
  3. http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?10931095435 (FEC donation record)
  4. http://www.brucemcmahanbiography.com/index.php (personal web site)
  5. http://www.argentlowlev.com/5_0.html (…Greenwich CT)
  6. http://www.ourcountrydeservesbetter.com/ (Tea Party PAC)

Mr. Ortega’s article appears to have been precipitated by legal harassment from Mr. McMahan, specifically McMahan’s appeal of a judge’s decision that Ortega should not have to testify about the 2006 publication of “Daddy’s Girl” in the related publication “New Times.”  On a whim, I looked up and discovered the FEC information myself (links 2 and 3).  The point of links 4 and 5 is to make plausible-to-certain that the two $500 donations to “Our Country Deserves Better PAC – TeaPartyExpress.org” are indeed from the same Mr. McMahan:

  • the personal web site lists his alma mater as USC 1957; both that and the photo match information on an image in the Village Voice article.
  • the site also lists one of the firms he’s associated with as “Centaur”; that firm is headquartered in Greenwich, CT, the listed address listed in the donation record.

Are all Tea Party contributors as completely amoral as Mr. McMahan appears to be?  No, of course not.  But between Mr. McMahan, Mr. Rand Paul, Mr. Ron Johnson, and my general impressions of the Tea Party phenomenon, I feel justified in connecting the dots into a picture spelling “financial might makes right.” Here’s the rest of the dialogue that goes with the Noah Cross quote above:

Jake Gittes: How much are you worth?
Noah Cross
: I have no idea. How much do you want?
Jake Gittes
: I just wanna know what you’re worth. More than 10 million?
Noah Cross
: Oh my, yes!
Jake Gittes
: Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can’t already afford?
Noah Cross: The future, Mr. Gittes! The future. Now, where’s the girl? I want the only daughter I’ve got left. As you found out, Evelyn was lost to me a long time ago.
Jake Gittes: Who do you blame for that? Her?
Noah Cross: I don’t blame myself. You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of ANYTHING.

Chinatown (1974)

That’s your future and mine Cross is talking about buying. That’s your future and mine people like the Koch brothers are buying right now.

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EDIT, 10/13: Extended quote and final paragraph added.

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