Archive for April, 2007

Alec Baldwin and the News
April 20, 2007

Why on earth is Alec Baldwin’s angry berating of his daughter’s answering machine on the national news? Is there any conceivable rational reason for it to be there, and to be played over and over?

The Attorney General is lying to Congress. Thirty-three people are dead at Virginia Tech. Hundreds more are dead in Iraq, including American soldiers. And so on.

But the news channels give prime play to Alec Baldwin’s private life. Over and over.

It’s none of their business. It’s none of our business. It has no news value. It’s useless, embarrassing gossip.

The network news people and the ‘reporters’ who made the decision on this have their heads so far up their asses they wouldn’t know news if it farted at them. But then I’m convinced 95 percent of them are morons or sellouts or both. They just want to be pretty and seen hobnobbing with the rich and powerful. Watching David Gregory dancing with Karl Rove a couple of weeks ago tells me all I need to know about these people. They can’t think. They can’t research. They can’t investigate. They can’t write. They can’t tell the truth. And they can’t dance worth a damn either.

I hope Baldwin sues the living crap out of someone.

Virginia Tech Shock and Awe
April 16, 2007

I’m surprised that anyone is surprised at the Virginia Tech shootings. Any minute now the NRA will step out and tell us again that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I’ll bet those dead and wounded would have much rather the killer had a knife or two instead of the NRA’s favorite little orgasm inducer.

We live in a culture of violence and degradation. We worship at the altars of violent TV and gutter hip-hop. Our Christian pastors tell of the horrible sins of this, that and the other, and the punishments their little god will dish out. Our government is blatantly and unapologetically corrupt and a promulgator of violence throughout the world. Violence is the solution to problems. That’s what American culture tells us, from the old West gunfighter to the pathetically inadequate neocons to the disgusting little men in the White House.

We’re numb to the deaths in Iraq, to the coming slaughter in Iran, to the corruption in the central legal apparatus of government, to the poverty and hunger among us. What’s a few dozen college students? We’ve seen it before. We’ll see it again. We won’t learn from it. It’s a news blip that leads because it bleeds, an excuse-op for a pathetic President to try to look Presidential while blood drips from his hands, a sigh of relief for our Attorney General and his managers because fewer people will be paying attention to his lies in Congress this week, a prize for the prettygirl and prettyboy TV news blitherers because they can talk for a couple of weeks and not have to do any thinking, researching, or anything intelligent, just shoot their mouths off, mouth platitudes, express shock, and numb us some more with their ceaseless, stupid noise.

We are all caught in a crossfire of our own making. To be surprised when some poor bastard who can’t handle his life anymore decides to live out our pathetic myths about ourselves is to be blind, ignorant, and fooled once again by our belief that we are a rational, reasonable, reasoning society.

Global Climate Armageddon
April 15, 2007

New reports come out every week, it seems, about the havoc that climate change will wreak on civilization. The latest, written about in the NY Times today, from a government-financed group of generals and admirals, the Center for Naval Analyses, notes that climate change poses a major security threat to the United States. It’s another in a long line of reports telling the administration, and the people, that there are a hell of a lot more advantages to dealing with the problem now, and aggressively, than in doing the nothing that the Administration is utterly intent on doing.

The problem is that the disgusting little man in the White House and his Bible-toting cohorts are actually looking forward to the end of civilization, and of course to making as much money off it as they possibly can. I’m thinking they want the money to either buy a lot of air-conditioning, or to bribe the gatekeepers of heaven to look the other way when they get there, because otherwise they’ll all be spending eternity in a well-deserved spot in a very much hotter place. (That’s their theology. I don’t believe in that nonsense. I say jail these psychotics in Abu Ghraib now.)

Until we throw Bush and the Conservatives on the ash heaps of history, nothing will be done about climate change. Not in America. Not by the Federal Government. Not by the Republicans and the Conservatives. Bush and his pals are in love with Death, and they won’t be happy until they bring it down on all of us.

American Values?
April 9, 2007

You’ve probably seen CNN’s paean to the stock market every morning and afternoon, right? You know, at opening and closing of the market they show a bunch of people standing on a little balcony overlooking the floor of the NYSE and applauding their little hearts out. Yeah, that little scene. Isn’t that a wonderful way to show the world what America values? A bunch of people standing there applauding money. Marvelous impression, guaranteed to inspire trust and confidence, oh yeah, rah rah.

Now I’ve got nothing against money. But worshipping it, in front of a world where a couple of billion people are lucky to make $2 a day? Not a bright move. But then again, we’re not the best and the brightest, are we? Not for quite a long time now.

Imus, Oh Imus!
April 7, 2007

I noticed in today’s MSNBC story on the Imus racial slur that they left out that producer Bernard McGurk, who shares Imus’ racist proclivity, called the women ‘jigaboos’. Maybe these two should just pull out their Klan costumes and wear them on air. They’ve certainly encouraged all the Kreepy Krawling Klanners out there, along with the Kloset Klanners.

And there’s this from the MSNBC promos: “He can be grouchy and mean. He says exactly what he feels and means what he says… no matter who he pisses off!” That’s from an April 2 promo. So, gee whiz, I guess he really meant it about those Rutgers women.

Imus should be fired. He hasn’t the grace or wit to step down voluntarily. If he were a lesser radio personality he’d be through. But money talks, and he makes money for the broadcast stations. So it must be okay to call people ‘nappy headed hos’ and ‘jigaboos’ if you’ve got enough star power and money. Of course, if he’s gone that far, he might as well reveal the depth of his mind and call some blacks ‘niggers’ on the air. Not that much difference, is there?

All his apologies can’t put the emperor’s clothes back on, can’t put the jigaboo back in the closet.

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