Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Trainwreck, Jr., says she's gonna keep the baby and raise it in Louisiana so that it will have a chance at a normal life. (Good luck, embryonic Spears-sprog.)
Let's all congratulate the
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Apparently, the only book this breathtakingly ignorant woman has ever read is the Bible, and then only part of the New Testament, it seems. Perhaps she started reading after that whole "Jesus gets born" part with the manger and the myrrh.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
They're called hormones, everyone has them, the chick you like hates you, your family disowned you, blah blah blah. Suck it up.
If you still feel in the mood for some murder/suicide, start with yourself, OK slick?
Sunday, December 02, 2007
The once-civilized people of the Islamic world have devolved into international pariahs. In the hands of those formerly known for their tolerance, art, literature, and hospitality, this religion has become the plaything of the extremist element.
While Christianity in America is also frequently a tool for the right-wing bigot, violence is thankfully restricted to a relative few. This is the happy difference between Democracy and Theocracy: if all laws derive from God, who is to say they are wrong?
Well, I say they're wrong. They're all wrong. All religions are fictions, and all laws in service to them serve lies and liars for their own unholy and unjust purposes. For those of us of the faithless faction, we wish to be free of the oppressive effects of religion on our daily lives.
But as imperfect as it is, this Republic is a far superior home for me than that of the rabid, teeming mob of the radical Islamicist. It is also a superior home for the thoughtful Muslim, the peaceful Christian, the compassionate Jew, and the citizen atheist.
As the Enlightenment recedes into history, the soul of the world is imperiled, not by the free of thought, but by those free of thoughts.
The disgusting show put on by the bloodthirsty hypocrites of the Sudan serves as a reminder that some societies deserve to flourish, while some deserve to wither on the vine.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Meanwhile, here in the states, I sometimes enjoy a bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuit for breakfast. I think I'll start calling it a "Mohammed-egg-and-cheese" (peace be upon it) from now on.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
A 19-year-old Saudi woman
- was coerced by an ex-boyfriend to ride with her in his car, which was
- attacked by men, one of whom held a knife to her throat, and
- kidnapped her, taking her to a deserted spot, where
- seven men raped her repeatedly, then dropped her off home, where
- her brother found out, so he hit her and threatened to kill her, and
- she twice tried to commit suicide, and
- when she went to court, she was sentenced to 90 lashes, and
- her attorney had his law license confiscated, and
- when she took her case to the press, her sentence was increased to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail,
Thanks for protecting her honor.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Gillian Gibbons was arrested in Khartoum on the charge of blasphemy. Yes, that's right, blasphemy. I would say something about "in this day and age", but it's still the 7th century over there.
Ms. Gibbons allowed her second-graders to name a teddy bear, and the name that they chose was Mohammed (Britain's second most popular boy's name, behind Jack).
Here's the little scamp:
Apparently, while the Koran does not specifically forbid images of Allah or Mohammed, there remains some fear that a depiction of Mohammed could lead to idolatry.
So I guess when Muslims threaten to murder Scandinavian cartoonists, or to deliver 40 lashes to elementary school teachers, it's not that any scripture was violated; it's that they don't trust themselves not to get swept away venerating stuffed animals. (Are these the views of grown men, or 9-year-old schoolgirls? Sorry, Sudan, I'll explain: schoolgirls are girls who are allowed to go to school.)
Perhaps giving an animal (albeit an inanimate animal) the name of Mohammed is supposed to be insulting to the Prophet (these Muslims must think he's the weakest, most thin-skinned prophet ever, since their murderous hordes are forever defending him against getting his feelings hurt).
Never mind that an enormous percentage of Muslims are named Mohammed. Surely some of them must be dickheads (a safe bet, I'll wager). How is that not dishonoring the Prophet more than naming a cuddly toy after him?
You do realize that this makes Muslims look like (a) backwards, superstitious fools, and (b) vicious, narrow-minded bullies?
I'll let you get back to your genocide now. Asshats.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
It will help if you have excellent close-up vision. It will also help if you have vast experience with contact lenses, as you will be applying solution to tiny wiggly pieces of plastic. I realize these traits are probably mutually exclusive, so best of luck.
The instructions are generic. They don't show you which piece goes where. My solution was to apply all the obvious pieces, then figure out the rest from what's left.
It will help if you have experience with puzzles. It will also help if you can tell figure from ground; i.e., which is the shield and which is the leftover junk.
At the end of the hour, I had what looked like a nice new Blackberry Curve inexpertly wrapped in plastic, with millions of microscopic bubbles clinging on for their lives, and not-quite-correctly shaped edge pieces curling up. Oh, and lint, since I didn't book time at the clean room.
Perhaps I should have just gone for the screen protector, and not the "full body armor".
Shieldzone/Zagg advise leaving the phone to cure for about a day. More then.
I need a Guinness.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
At issue are the very words that come out of the mouths of America's beloved celebrities, thus threatening the "Circuses" portion of the Bush administration's two-pronged domestic agenda.
Perhaps the lessons of the disastrous writers' strike of the late 1960s may help bring about a swift agreement between the parties.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I have created a new dance step, which I have modestly named "Soldier Boy", after yours truly.
I would attempt to describe the dance, but (a) you would confuse it with my experiences with a paid escort, and (b) your attempts to approximate my level of competence would be laughable.
Your envy of me may cause you to threaten fisticuffs, but that would be a grave mistake, as I would retaliate with a firearm.
Therefore my advice to you is to enjoy my prowess, whether it be my limber ballroom skills, or my equally laudatory efforts in the boudoir, wherein the natural conclusion of my lovemaking is likely to be quite voluminous.
(Please buy my record, won't you? I suffer from a speech impediment that renders me incapable of pronouncing the second half of nearly every word.)
Friday, October 19, 2007
A telephone message conveys a mock-insult salutation, followed by a confession that Britney feels the desire to dance with the recipient of the call. Her tone of voice and giggle, however, indicate that her use of the word "dance" is a metaphor for sex.
The song begins:
Concurrent with dimmed illumination, I experience a Pavlovian compulsion to behave immodestly with you. So much so, in fact, that even though our dancing grows more erotic, I nevertheless am given to shameless exhibitionism, paparazzi notwithstanding. I imagine that the gaping onlookers are not satisfied by the spectacle, and exhort us to continue our brazen display.
Our gyrations are the focal point of the room, regardless of our location within it. Your dance steps are demanding and unorthodox, but the combination of athleticism and sensuality meets with my approval.
More photographs are taken, and I maintain my belief that the others in the room would not object if we continued unabated--an attitude with which I, given my lack of inhibition, concur.
Surely an orgasm is imminent.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Never mind that Communist China invaded Tibet in 1951, and that 8 years later the Dalai Lama fled for his life.
I'm pretty sure China's textile slaves can produce enough hankies to dab the Party's collective (no pun intended) eyes and blow their noses. Sometimes a good cry is just what the doctor ordered.
Hey, China: go get yourselves a big carton of ice cream, climb into your jammies, and rent "Beaches", bitches.
Monday, October 01, 2007
The ass-kissing resolution reads like a commercial for Limbaugh (keywords: relentless, tireless, support, morale, solemn).
I've seen this Kingston character on "Real Time with Bill Maher". He's an empty-headed party-line-toeing dork who apparently has nothing better to do in Congress than light Limbaugh's big fat cigar.
That's OK, I guess. The House voted 341-79 last week to say how much they hated MoveOn.org's attack on General Petraeus/BetrayUs.
Might as well waste some more time on things that don't matter while the sun sets on the American Empire.
Thousands of monks were imprisoned and/or slaughtered by the troops in Myanmar, who want to hold onto their power because...because of all the...the great and wonderful...I don't know why they want it, but they have it.
Meanwhile, the UN did nothing whatsoever, which I believe is in their charter: "1. Do nothing whatsoever."
Kindergarten and first grade students were given a lesson in the history of racism and its relationship to the Jena Six incident, which the children were presumably "protesting". The kids--some wearing chains and shackles--were made to march around their playground, and one little girl was given an up-close-and-personal introduction to lynching.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sherri Shepherd is apparently a new host for morning hen-fest "The View". She had already said she didn't "believe in evolution, period." Then she gave her views on another scientific puzzler:
The next day, she offered an explanation for her breathtaking ignorance:
So either this co-host of a television show is extremely ill-informed, or she gets discombobulated when someone asks her a question on TV.
I wonder how much ABC is paying this stupid woman.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
21-year-old student Andrew Meyer was at the microphone yesterday confronting guest speaker Senator John Kerry when University police began hauling Meyer away. He repeatedly asked why he was being arrested, but if he was answered, I couldn't hear it on the video.
Kerry ineffectually offered to answer Meyer's question, but the situation continued to escalate until a half-dozen police had the student pinned to the ground and then tasered him.
Yay, brave thugs (two of whom are taking a little compulsory time off).
As in other similar incidents, it looks like the tasering happened after many, many police had their subject pinned to the ground, and were uncomfortable with what he was saying.
Cops don't appear to like it when they are reminded that citizens have rights. It's a more extreme version of the familiar "hand blocking the camera lens" manœuvre favored by the truncheon trade.
Meyer was released today.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Enter Lars Vilks, Swedish cartoonist, who depicted Muhammad's head on the body of a dog.
"We announce in Ramadan, the month of giving, a reward of $100,000 for whoever kills this criminal and infidel," increased to $150,000 if he is "slaughtered...like a sheep." So says the leader of an al-Qaeda group in Iraq. A reward of $50,000 was offered for the editor of the newspaper in which the cartoon was printed.
What better time than "the month of giving" to give a reward for a criminal act?
Here we go again.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Well, it happened again today ("Patriot Day"), Taps included.
How long did we commemorate Dec. 7, 1941, with special ceremonies on that day? Did the British whine about particular dates while they were being bombed during WWII? These 9/11 commemorations have now lasted longer than the entire Second World War.
"As South Vietnamese forces become stronger, the rate of American withdrawal can become greater.
"I have not and do not intend to announce the timetable for our program."
Sunday, September 09, 2007
With a body I can only describe as "flab-tacular", Britney strolled tentatively around the stage like she was demonstrating a dance routine for elderly strippers. She looked like one of those figure skaters who decides not to go for the higher-degree-of-difficulty moves after all.
She's not ready to resume her career. She needs to stop partying with bimbos. She needs to learn how to be a good parent. She needs to get fit and healthy. She needs to wear underwear. She needs someone smart to advise her.
She needs Madonna.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
He thought that the English monarch in power during the time of the American Revolution was "the Queen". He claimed not to believe that men landed on the moon. He claimed to believe in Bigfoot. He played the part of an inarticulate black man railing at whitey. (But he had done his reading on François Dominique Toussaint "Louverture" Bréda enough to claim the Louisiana Purchase for the Black Man [I'm not saying he doesn't have a point here]).
The more entertaining points were made by Professor Cornel West, always an animated and passionate figure, but a bit of a loony, and more of a media figure than a professor these days.
Maher apparently misspoke at one point: when trying to show solidarity with the Black cause, he stated that he had been on more than one occasion the "honorary white man."
Anyway, I like to see the First Amendment exercised regularly, so it was all-in-all a good show.
At first, she was asked to take a later flight, then a compromise was reached where she eventually ended up covering herself with a blanket.
So, a "family" company like Southwest is offended by everyday sexuality? Where do they think families come from?
And anyway: just because a woman turns (part of) a man to stone doesn't make her a witch.
Kyla, you're welcome to fly in my neighborhood any time.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Bill Richardson has taken some heat for the comments he made about Iowa's spot on the political calendar.
I'm sure he meant to say, "for reasons related to Lord": Milton E. Lord, that is, director of the University of Iowa libraries from 1930 to 1932.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I am usually overjoyed when a conservative, gay-hating, family-values Conservative hypocrite is caught with his pants down, but this story is just odd.
12:00 PM - Cop enters stall, noticing that not all stalls are occupied.
12:13 PM - Cop notices Craig standing outside his stall, fidgeting. Cop implies that Craig had targeted him for sexual mischief. Cop doesn't seem to think that all the stalls could have filled up in the intervening 13 minutes, and that Craig may be fidgeting because he has to go. He reports that Craig looks through the crack between the door and the stall, from three feet away.
12:15 PM - Cop notices person in stall to his left departs, and Craig enters the stall, placing his bag against the door. Cop writes, "My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall." My experience has shown that there aren't too many choices about where to place one's bags in a cramped restroom stall.
12:16 PM - Cop notices that Craig taps his right foot. "I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct." I recognize this as a signal that a person is fidgety, anxious, musical, trying to keep their foot from falling asleep, or Fred Astaire.
Cop moves his "foot up and down slowly." He doesn't say whether he does this because he is signaling his interest in gay sex, but by including it in the report, he implies something of the sort, in which case: entrapment, anyone?
Eventually, Craig moves his right foot far enough to touch the cop's left foot. According to the cop's report, he doesn't move his foot out of the way, which I would do reflexively if someone encroached in my area of the stall. So why didn't the cop move his foot?
12:17 PM - Craig somehow contorts his body so that he swipes his left hand along the right side of his stall, slightly under the divider, palm up, fingertips showing on the cop's side of the wall. Cop doesn't mention whether this is some sort of signal, based on his vast experience of lewd behavior.
12:19 PM - Cop goes in for the kill by flashing his badge under the stall with his right hand, and pointing with his left hand towards the door. More contortions, apparently. Craig, speaking for the first time, says, "No!" but the cop is insistent, and Craig leaves the stall "without flushing the toilet." How suspicious, apparently, that after four minutes of fidgety behavior, Craig has not yet relieved himself, or not enough to warrant flushing the toilet, or just left in a hurry because a cop ordered him to.
The cop again notices that not all the stalls are occupied, proof that Craig had singled him out for lewd behavior. The cop then informs Craig that he is under arrest. The charges? "Interference with Privacy" (for peeking through the crack between the door and the stall from three feet away) and "Disorderly Conduct" (hard to see how the statute applies in this situation).
The report doesn't say that Craig ever uttered a word before being shown the badge, and doesn't say that Craig engaged in any lewd behavior. Craig's mistake was in pleading guilty in hopes of making the situation go away. He may have been guilty, and may have intended lewd conduct, but from the police report, I'd say that it would have been pretty easy to get the charges thrown out.
Paul Hipp does an excellent audio noir recreation of the police report here.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Gee, we're really sorry we've managed to offend you again, what with including the flag of Saudi Arabia on a football, a flag that includes a verse from the Koran, complete with the name of Allah!
Maybe we still have some of the ones we gave out last year. They might be...crap!
Maybe we can put a sticker over the verse on the Saudi flag. Let's see, where is that flag? Oh, yes, it's next to the flags of Denmark and Israel. Crap!
As a loyal subject and toady of President Bush, he was aces; otherwise, he was criminally incompetent (or just criminal, incompetent).
I wouldn't be surprised if there was a pardon in his future. Here's the scenario:
In the hours before the inauguration of the next President of the United States in January 2009, Bush pardons everyone who has ever worked for him. Then he resigns. Then Cheney assumes the Presidency. Then Cheney pardons Bush. Game over.
Now, I may be wrong, but opium is a necessary component in all sorts of useful medicines. Why don't we just buy out their entire crop and use it to make the needed pharmaceuticals?
I'm not the first to think of the idea...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The ironically named R.L. White went on to say (twice) that Vick was being persecuted for animal cruelty more vigorously than if he had actually murdered someone. White added that he didn't see what the big deal was with dogfighting, since it's legal to hunt game.
White described the public attention to the Vick case using the words "piling on" and "lynching". He hoped that Vick would be rehabilitated and accepted back into the fold without it harming his lucrative career. After all, White said, Vick was responsible for bringing "hours of enjoyment to fans all over this country."
Vick being black had nothing to do with the NAACP's support, since they're all about social justice. White said this while seated in front of a placard that read, "Who is your leader, God or Satan?", which was attributed to that fair-minded paragon of social justice, Louis Farrakhan. I have a pretty good idea of how the FOI bois should answer that...
"Let's maintain our humanness when we are trying to remedy the whole situation."
By all means, let's be humane about this, Mr. White.
So, thank you Atlanta NAACP for choosing this particular Colored Person to Advance.
(Wait, is this the R.L. White--the Reverend R.L. White--who recorded gospel music a decade ago? The Reverend R.L. White who recorded an album called "Robots Are Coming"?? *snicker*)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Begging the question is a logical fallacy wherein one assumes one's conclusion, as in this example: "If these people are guilty and have shown no remorse for their crime, this can only mean that they are bad people, and this strengthens our conviction that they are guilty."
But saying something like, "What America needs is universal health coverage, but that begs the question, 'How will we pay for it?'"
It doesn't beg the question; it raises it.
Words like naïve and coöperate, and names like Chloë and Zoë are examples.
So why is Noël Coward's name spelled Noël, when it's pronounced "Nole"?
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Here's my solution:
Offer $100 (that's one hundred dollars) to each person who is instrumental in the capture or killing of Osama Bin Laden.
$100 is a much more comprehensible and credible number, and the tipster could be assured of getting paid, even for only tangentially relevant testimony.
Or offer an entire village a new school, hospital, water treatment plant, etc.
Or, in the spirit of "Ransom!", offer $50 million today, $49 million tomorrow, and so on until the reward goes to zero.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
But that's what happened to Michelle Madigan when she tried to dig up some dirt on the attendees of DEFCON 2007, a conference devoted to the more "underground" elements of geekiness.
The DEFCON folks were tipped off by their own mole in the Dateline NBC camp. Madigan was reportedly under surveillance by the group from the time she left to attend the conference.
Unfortunately, her ejection from the event reduced the headcount of attractive women by 100%.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
- The man, Bill Conradt, apparently got involved in an on-line conversation with someone from the Dateline NBC show "To Catch A Predator", who was pretending to be underage.
- The usual M.O. is for the person to be invited over to a purported minor's home for an evening of entrapment and confrontation, but Conradt didn't show.
- That didn't stop the cops and the camera crews from hounding Conradt at his home.
- While the thugs and snoops tramped around his private property, Conradt took his own life.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Yet another black Secretary of State has been outvoted by the bellicose Vice President on the issue of conflict in the Middle East.
I'm sure we can look forward to hearing the following phrases: evil man, threat to stability of the region, weapons of mass destruction, enemy of the US and its allies, etc., not to mention what they'll say about Ahmadinejad.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
In my opinion, Anne Hathaway is the most stunningly beautiful actress in cinema today. Of course, I still love Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, and Nicole Kidman, but...
This is why I own a High Definition TV.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
DVD: stunning, definitive
Irène Jacob: poetry, beauty
Music: haunting, evocative
I saw this 1991 film for the first time about ten years ago (thank you, Yelena). It has now been released on a beautiful Criterion Collection DVD. The 2.0 audio track is magnificently detailed.
Miss Jacob won Best Actress at Cannes for her fearlessly committed performance as Weronika/Véronique, and deservedly so. She is in nearly every frame of the film. One cannot help falling/feeling for her.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
And I thought it was just American nutbags who said things like this...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
But it's not just that "The Daily Show" is great by comparison; it's great, period, and the difference is Jon Stewart himself.
What sets "The Daily Show" apart is Stewart's commitment to doing his homework. He's not just being snarky; he's up on the subjects, he reads his guests' books, and he has an equal-opportunity bullshit detector.
Investigative journalism has been on a downward spiral ever since the Reagan administration, when what passed for reporting was not much more than the verbatim regurgitation of Michael Deaver's press releases.
Even were it not so, "The Daily Show" would be valuable not only because it makes important news funny, but because it gets to the point quickly, exposes the hypocrisy, then moves on to the next issue.
As reported here and elsewhere, a 2003 Executive Order requires all Executive Branch agencies and "any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information" to report on said information.
Cheney said he doesn't have to comply since, as President of the Senate, the Vice President is not part of the Executive Branch.
A quick look at the US government's own informational web site reveals that
"[t]he executive branch of the government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land. The president, vice president, department heads (cabinet members), and heads of independent agencies carry out this mission."
Thursday, June 21, 2007
- The Koran says that anyone who does not acknowledge their authority are sinners.
- It's their right and duty to make war upon whoever they can find.
- It's their right and duty to enslave whoever they can imprison.
- Every Muslim killed in battle will go to Paradise.
Read more of Christopher Hitchens' article here.
Then, his ex-wife decided she didn't like being nullified, so she sought and received a reversal of that decision. In effect, the annulment was annulled.
"First, there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is."
I can't think of any comment to make that's more ridiculous than the facts of the case, so I'll just wonder why someone wants their life to be ruled/ruined by a gang of thugs and child molesters in drag.
I've seen bits and pieces of his "reality" show wherein he abuses his staff. I guess we're supposed to think he's an uncompromising genius or something, but what he really looks like is a major-league asshole.
It's only cooking, for fuck's sake.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
That's what Dr. King said, wasn't it? Umm:
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Oh, that's right; King's speech was inspiring and appealed to what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature."
Wilkins' comment was sadly revealing bullshit.
I've said it before in a different way, so I'll say it this way:
Bigots who won't vote for Obama primarily because he's black are no more ignorant and wrong than black people who support Obama primarily because he's black.
If Obama does win the Presidency, I won't be too surprised when I hear ill-informed cries of "Unka Tom! Unka Tom!" from those a shade darker than himself.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The article, written by Ben Hoyle, went on to say, "Pakistan's national assembly earlier unanimously passed a resolution condemning Rushdie's knighthood, which it said would encourage 'contempt' for the Prophet Muhammad."
I hate to break it to Pakistan, but the thing that encourages my contempt for the Prophet Muhammad and his followers is the shameless hate-mongering of the religion of Islam (or "NAMBLA").
Are these just a few bad apples? Not all Muslims are terrorists, or dance in the streets when thousands of American lives are destroyed?
Prove it. Get your shit together. Prosecute your criminals. And get over yourselves: you're offended at everything; how infantile. Grow the fuck up.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This is just another example of how a religion turns its subjects into anti-intellectual, humorless, self-loathing, sycophantic slaves.
Islam--or "peace through submission"--brings misery, both to its followers and to its enemies. But at least Muslims have only their one god and their one thin-skinned prophet to obey. No, wait, they also have every priest or "scholar" who ever expressed an opinion about how and whom to hate.
Jews have one god, plus kings, priests, and prophets to interpret, while Christians see that and raise you a couple more prophets, followers, and hallucinating misogynistic letter-writers, to say nothing of the Moronic angels and space cadets of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Anyway, Mohammad Ali Hosseini (are all Islamic names some combination of the name of the deity, the prophet, and the prophet's spawn?), spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, said, "Honoring and commending an apostate and hated figure will definitely put the British officials (in a position) of confrontation with Islamic societies."
Oh, is that what does it?
Saturday, June 09, 2007
- Useless skank Paris Hilton was ordered back to jail by the judge who sent her there in the first place. It seems that the Sheriff let her out on his own initiative (damned activist Executive Branch), and the judge was not happy. Neither was good-god-is-she-26-years-old Hilton, who shrieked and cried for her mommy. Maybe when she gets out, Hilton, Tara Reid, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears can share a place.
- Isaiah Washington was fired from his job on Grey's Anatomy. Good riddance.
- Wesley Snipes claimed that the IRS are charging him with failing to file his tax returns for six years, not because he didn't pay his taxes, but because he's black. I've heard of being nabbed for "driving while black", but never for "failing to pay one's taxes for six years while black". Good luck with that defense, Wes.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Most of the messages are apparently from a bunch of whiny brats who are trying to cloak as a First Amendment issue their desire to get someone else's intellectual property for free.
"You cannot copyright a number," they cry. Oh, the horror!
These are the same people who post, "Where can I watch/listen to/download X for freeeee?"
Some people work for a living and expect to be paid for it. Or should everything be free?
Whiny brats, when you go to your job at the record store or delivering pizzas, tell your employers they don't have to pay you, because everything should be freeeee.
Friday, April 27, 2007
- Richard Gere gives Shilpa Shetty a peck on the cheek in India. The Indians are offended by this lapse in modesty, so they burn Gere in effigy. The people who gave us the Kama Sutra are embarrassed by public displays of affection; who knew? (I offer the neologism "simmolation" as a synonym for burning someone in effigy.)
- In 1961, the Soviet Union--occupiers of a foreign capital city--build the Berlin Wall. In 1987, as the Cold War is on its last legs, then-President Ronald Reagan says, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" In 2007, the US--occupiers of a foreign capital city--build a wall in Baghdad.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
- The "offensive phrase" ("nappy-headed ho's") uttered by Don Imus is not a big deal. It's not boycott-worthy, and it's not fire-worthy. Maybe Imus should grow up, but so should everybody else. I don't listen to him anyway.
- The Rutgers women's team did not have their "moment of glory" (didn't they lose?) stolen from them by Imus' comments. If anything, they had it stolen by Al Sharpton's self-imposed role as the truffle-sniffing pig of racism.
- Oprah's efforts to begin the National Healing are overblown and unnecessary.
- I like the phrase "the truffle-sniffing pig of racism". The phrase itself is not racist because I'm judging Sharpton on his actions, not the color of his skin.
- I've never had truffles, but I hear they're good.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I wonder how it would have been different if they had been brown-skinned and were studying the Koran.
Or a group of atheists flipping pages: "That's wrong, that's wrong..."
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
It goes without saying that I don't want any harm to come to an actual underage victim, yada yada yada, BUT....
First off, don't these guys have to sign a release form to have their privacy invaded?
Second, the men are charged with an "attempted lewd act on a minor" or something, but the decoys are actually adults pretending to be underage. So where is the "minor" that the "act" was "attempted" on?
Are there any underage girls on the web wanting sex with these older men, or are they all decoys?
Do the guys really think that the girls are 14 or whatever, or do they think it's a young adult being edgy? Does it matter? Does it matter that the decoy is lying?
Hansen made a big deal about one guy who lied about his age to make himself seem younger, but it's OK when the decoy does it?
They also make a big show about a horde of cops lurking around the corner who suddenly run out, guns drawn, all shouting at once, and wrestle some 140-pound guy to the ground. Yay, brave macho dudes.
Some guys on the show have even just driven up, thought better of it, then attempted to drive off when they were apprehended. On what charge? Slowing down a vehicle in front of the fake home of a pretend minor?
Or the cops search the guy's car. Do they have a warrant? I don't see where probable cause has anything to do with it when he's already out of his car.
Hansen uses the transcripts of the chats to damn the men, then reports that they pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. Well, Internet chats aren't delivered under oath, so who knows how much is fantasy and how much is reality?
It's also a little puzzling for the letter of the law to equate a newborn with someone who is 17 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds old, calling each a "child". At the stroke of midnight on one's 18th birthday, then, one is assumed to be infused with the wisdom of the universe, but before that, one is a drooling infant, incapable of anything more than instinctual behavior.
Reality is cloudier than that. I'm sure there are some 14-year-olds who are more on the ball than some 24-year-olds, etc. But, to make it easy, the law draws the line at 18 (to vote, have sex, and sign contracts), or 21 (to drink) or 16 (to drive) or 35 (to run for President), or....
Some comments on the show's blog are from fine upstanding citizens who call these guys monsters and otherwise demonize them. Leaving aside the questions of entrapment, aberrant behavior, and consent, it is a form of denial for people to think that the average person does not have some thread of the same feelings running through their being. Everyone has every feeling, just to different degrees. Most of us have filters that, say, prevent us from following through on our murderous feelings during a bout of road rage. Some don't, and they're the dangerous ones. But to adopt an air of moral superiority and vilification is nothing less than hubris.
And finally, why is it that sex offenders must register with authorities, having their names, addresses, and photographs published where all can see? Why not murderers, rapists, thieves and arsonists? Don't we want to protect "our children" from them too?
Oh, right, this is the Puritan country afraid of sex, but in love with violence.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
One fearful audience member wanted to make sure their world-view allowed for a judgmental God. The guest with the ponytail assured her he was being sufficiently Christ-like, but judging was for sissies, and not something for Creators like himself to be concerned about.
I guess "The Secret" is this year's "Da Vinci Code" or "Celestine Prophecy". The "Law of Attraction" says "like attracts like", the opposite of magnetism I guess. It's based on a nearly 100-year-old book about getting rich. Kind of like "The Da Vinci Code" was based on "Holy Blood Holy Grail".
One of the "experts" featured in the movie is John Gray, author of the "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" books. You remember him: he's the relationship guru who's divorced from Barbara DeAngelis, another relationship guru.
Anyway, enjoy "The Secret": strong enough for God, but made for Man.
The Mashpee Wampanoag were formally recognized by the US (after 400 years), thus freeing them up to practice their native cultural heritage, such as alcoholism and casino gambling. Hurray, more suckling from the government teat.
Tim Hardaway, a former professional athlete, shocked everyone by revealing that he is a homophobe. As a result, the NBA said he can't join in any reindeer games. Hardaway was reacting to former player John Amaechi's homosexuality, stating that gays shouldn't be allowed in the locker room. I guess Hardaway is such queer bait that they wouldn't be able to resist his masculine wiles.
Isaiah Washington, another black homophobe, went to gay-hab to ensure his continued presence on a successful TV show, after he had twice offended pretty much everyone on "Grey's Anatomy" by being a dick (and not in a good way) to cast member TR Knight.
Gay-hab also cured evangelist Ted Haggard of his homosexuality. He will still drink the blood and eat the body of Christ, but not in a gay way. "I'm just like Lot, running away from sodomy--er, Sodom," Haggard might have said. Don't look back, Ted.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Woods, who bears a strong resemblance to actor Paul Bettany, continues the same speech patterns set by Pirkis in the role, and his nearly unblinking eyes show a young man absorbing absolutely everything around him.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Even though Cohen's constituency is predominantly black, and even though the bylaws of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do not prohibit non-blacks from joining, the Caucus remains exclusively black, as it has done since its founding in 1969.
It seems that "practice" and "preach" are pretty far apart on this subject. I guess it was felt by CBC members that only black people are qualified to address areas of concern to black people.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is a member; perhaps he is only half-qualified.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Chris Botti was out first, playing with his trademark graceful fluidity. He was followed by The Bad Plus, a quirky trio full of stop-start tightness that was impressive in its precision, but which did little for me musically (kind of like Rush).
Also on stage were the Robert Glasper Trio. Glasper's piano work was unremarkable, although his pliable arachnidian fingers creeped me out. More remarkable was his drummer, who played like an 800-pound butterfly.
Savion Glover came out and clomped about in his herky-jerky style that called to mind (a) one of those street bums with the squeegees that clean car windshields in police dramas, and (b) Joe Cocker in tap shoes.
Dr. John was in the right place and the wrong key, or maybe I just didn't care. Also present was Angelique Kidjo, a scary looking woman who resembled Grace Jones in a pants suit.
It's too bad they didn't show Dave Brubeck, John Pizzarelli, or Jane Monheit.
Also on my DVR was the Oprah show featuring the wonderful Corinne Bailey Rae. I caught only a glimpse of her a few weeks ago on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", but I was intrigued. This time I got to see two complete performances and an interview. Rae has "it"; she's unhurried, unaffected, lovely, and sings in her own voice. She can go as far as she wants.