Saturday, September 09, 2006

I guess it could be worse...

Sometimes I think about the slew of ridiculous things President Bush has said, and I can’t help but feel he is an embarrassment when it comes to representing our nation and our people. I then recall that it could be a lot worse.

They should play that clip in high schools across the country. This is what alcohol will do to you kids!

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Horror! THE HORROR!

Ah Fridays, the most unproductive workday known to man. Around my office, we call today “French Fridays”, because little gets done and our staff mysteriously start to disappear come 3oclock. I know that’s not really fair to the French; I know a number of hardworking French individuals. But our un-PC description concerning Fridays will remain.

Of course the biggest news story I can muster this morning is the tragedy that struck Lindsay Lohan in Heathrow Airport yesterday. When most of us travel, we bring along an ATM card and a checkbook, but that is far too proletarian for Ms. Lohan. She prefers to trade in jewels, and those are a bit harder to get out of your local ATM machine.

Anyhow, Lohan had a purse stolen that apparently carried nearly a million dollars worth of jewels and personal belongings. Who the hell carries that much around with them? What is she, a diamond smuggler? I have seen the tabloids, and she does not wear an adequate amount of clothing frequently enough to smuggle rare jewels.

I guess I could feel sorry for her, but I don’t; just another stupid move from another spoiled Hollywood charlatan.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Attack of the Fanboys (and Girls)!

A great post over at Dave’s Long Box, which takes aim at fundamentalist fan boys, sports fans, and a slew of other hobbyists. A great read, I especially like this statement:
I can't get behind "fandumentalists" who feel personally insulted or attacked when their favorite comics, cartoons, or whatever are changed or translated into another medium. They lack perspective and decorum and exhibit a sense of entitlement that borders on pathology. Many of them are dicks.

The late, lamented Fanboy Rampage sifted through the message boards and blogs to find nuggets of hostile, histrionic hissy fits from overzealous fans. As a fan of Fanboy Rampage, I was frequently appalled but never shocked by the spectacular heights of indignity and spite that a fan can achieve.

Lest anyone think I am picking solely on militant Trekkies (sorry: Trekkers) or rabid Nightwing groupies or any obsessive fan of genre media, I should put in a disclaimer and a defense of fundamentalists.

Fanboys don’t riot and kill people when their favorite comic book or TV series gets cancelled. They react not with violence, but with communication. Sometimes they communicate like assholes, but it is communication regardless. Sure, the fundamentalists among us may overreact to developments in their favorite fictional world, but let’s put it in perspective. I’ve never seen people burning cop cars out in front of ComiCon. “What!? They cancelled Birds of Prey? BURN, SAN DIEGO!!!”

If you want to find true pathological behavior you’ll have to look among the millions of sports fans for those fanatical few who lack a sense of perspective (i.e., “It’s only a game.”) and like to go totally batshit loco when their team wins/loses. Because really, nothing celebrates a World Series win like an old-fashioned riot. Go Sox!”

Classic. Unfortunately, also very true.

Another individual commented on this piece, and I think they hit the entire reason free speech is such a great and wonderful thing.
The beautiful thing about America is that anybody can churn out whatever they damn well please, and we, the consumer, can choose whether or not we want to cough up the dough for it.

It's not like there's a German guy in a grey suit beating anybody with a baton, screaming "You WILL read All-Star Batman and Robin, cringing dog!" No sir, this is America.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Such a change has begun."

Iran’s opinionated president proves once again why he and his government should be opposed by every portion of the left. While numerous activists grumble about the increasingly powerful religious right in the United States and its opposition to secular institutions like public universities, the Iranian president is openly advocating violence against professors in his country.
"Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.

"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with a group of students.”

Is this really the kind of guy you want to support? Does opposition to Bush mean you have to throw weight behind figures like this?I would assume most folks who have protested against Bush and the War would find this type of religious theocracy unacceptable, and should be condemned by those who stand for freedom.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Indymedia's Fake Scare

Is the United States government on the verge of another McCarthyist political witch-hunt? The short answer is no, but that won’t stop a number of Indymedia contributors from furthering this bogus analogy.
“In the US today, ‘terrorism’ has replaced ‘communism’ as the catchphrase for all that is evil in the world. Where the ‘Red Scare’ once saw all left-wingers stigmatised as ‘communists’, it is environmentalists and animal rights activists who are now being targeted as ‘eco-terrorists’ by the media, business interests and politicians…”

This author, who goes by the name of Annie Goodwin, has come to the conclusion that individuals who blow up medical facilities and housing complexes in the name of the environment are simply doe-eyed peace activists, and not the more correct description, terrorists.

If the U.S. was engulfed in a “Green Scare” as people like Goodwin would have you believe, individuals from legitimate groups like the Sierra Club and the UNEP would surely be under surveillance as well. Heck, their organizations would likely be made illegal and their leaders would be forced to answer for their “acts of treason”. But no such thing is happening. If anything, the core values of the environmental movement are more popular and accepted today then ever before.

Federal authorities are not arresting individuals for their beliefs on the environment, but for plotting and executing acts of violence and vandalism that, get this, are against the law regardless of what ideal its proponent espouses. In fact, I am sure the Federal government could care less about your personal feelings on the ecological state of the planet, but the moment they use violence in a self-righteous furry, they have broken the law. It does not matter how true they feel their ideals may be.

So for all you folks who keep screaming about this “Green Scare”, please stop. Terrorists come in many shapes, sizes, and ideologies; just because yours are wrapped in a green flag does not make their actions any less preposterous. Legitimate environmental activists need to make a clean break from the more fringe elements in their ranks, and stop making excuses for aggression and trepidation.