Suicidal Snowflakes

Just because I have a short attention span doesn\’t mean I…

I’m exceedingly clever.

I can’t actually spell exceedingly, but it’s true, I am.

Check this shizzle out.

This is how you know Russia is no longer a superpower.  1) They were unsuccesful and 2) They got caught.  That’s just not competent.

I feel like I should write a book “Political Assasinations Made Easy(r)” or something.

November 18, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics, Unwashed Masses | Leave a comment

We’z the champeens, my fwiends

We’z got da pwize (totally different Queen album, I know).

On a seperate note… my grandfather is a serious old codger.  No one’s informed him that the 50’s are over.  And he’s seriously mean and miserable.  But he likes “We Are the Champions” by Queen.  And he sings it… all the time.  Has done since I was little.

October 4, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics, Technology & The Intarweb | Leave a comment

HATE “journalism.”

“Fair and impartial” media my ass. I am not passing judgment on what the pope said. In fact, if you read these articles… you don’t even know WHAT the hell the pope said. I’m passing judgment on the way these stories are written. I think it would be more informative and put the story into context more if you had more than two words out of the pope’s speach. Ever read a tagline review for a movie? “Exciting…exhilarating ” says Some News Agency. Meanwhile the sentence that’s extracted from says “There was nothing even exciting about this movie. I’ve taken craps in public restrooms that were more exhilarating.” But hey, those words’re in there. It’s a quote.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,213930,00.html

http://article.wn.com/view/2006/09/15/Pope_must_apologise_in_person/

ws if the pope (hating on Christianity’s both easy and fun) bashes Islam, a peace-loving religion, and in turn gets denounced by Pakistan’s legislature (quaking in my boots, guys), than if the pope makes a pretty decent statement regarding fundamentalists terrorst tenants that happen to include two tetchy words that make “open-minded” people (basically those that sympathise with any popular cause. Christianity–not pop-culture friendly–they get to be the bad guys, regardless of whether they actually are, in this instance, or not)…cringe.

At least this netscape article includes what the pope actually SAID, in something resembling context and said the pope neither agreed nor disagreed with the thing he was quoting, other than saying it was “brusque.”

A few points I’d like to make:

1) I do have an opinion regarding the pope’s comments.  I will not discuss it here.  I would like to make it ABUNDANTLY clear that this post is NOT about islam, christianity, the pope, the war, etc.

2) This is about the media and how much I despise their sensationalization of everything.  I think it’s fine to show the world’s reaction to something the pope says.  Especially if some people’re ticked off (aww come on, lets face it–the pope could say the sky is blue, and that’d piss someone off somewhere–any sort of leadership role brings that with it).  However, especially in the first story, they’re focusing on the reaction, at the expense of reporting what people are reacting to.  I mean, I am, in general, a pretty apathetical person, and that first artical would have had ME up in arms too, if I didn’t reserve 92.3% of my loathing for the media, especially the local media in my town.

3) I believe that the obsession with sensationalizing any sort of “news” and crafting a story in a way that tells certain truths but dispenses with  others that could be concieved as contextual truths because selective truth tells a better story is neglegant.  Remember the Maine, much? Not a new game of the media, so don’t act like I’m bashing the media because they have a bias against christianity, cat lovers and fat people. It’s almost to the point where some of these stories, and the way they’re “selective” in their fact-reporting, are “creative non-fiction.” They tell a story with a good side and a bad side, a dramatic  beginning, middle and end, and leave you emotionally charge.

4) Take a look at that second story.  Can someone tell me if we hate the jews or not? I mean, half the time it’s like… oh america hates jews! and the other half people’re like… you zionists! You jew lovers! I mean… I just want to be clear.  Do I hate or love jews? Cuz… personally…I believe in hating people on an individual basis as opposed to association with any sort of group human beings insist on lumping themselves into all the time.  Give any human being long enough–they’ll give you a reason to hate ’em.  Usually it only takes me like…7.8 minutes before I have a totally unique (like a snowflake!), personalized and individual reason to hate someone.

But back to the jew thing. It’s like when I hear people from hollywood bitching that hollywood is homophobic and jew-phobic.  Uh… isn’t that like, self-hate or something, considering that’s like 82.8% of hollywood. It leaves me… confused.

5) I’d be quite happy (But i’m not holding my breath), if the media would get off the intellectual elitist pedistal they’ve placed themselves upon and just report the facts, and not try to shape a story by selective fact-telling.  Sure, I know selection is inevidable and that it’s impossible to be entirely impartial, but don’t be such big honkin’ drama queens.  I mean… really.

6) The intellectual arrogance when they put their little moral slants on everything. I see this as more of an affront to intellectual honesty than some sort of moral code that I disagree with–this thing where they don’t acknowledge any sort of view point or morality beyond their own, and anyone who believes different is obviously backwards and wrong.  I am NOT getting into, on here, one way or another, my feelings regarding exactly what their moral code entails.  Another story for another day.

September 15, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics, Unwashed Masses | Leave a comment

Oooh. You’re right about that.

The guy in for Glenn Beck has a good point about the non-existance of global warming.  He can prove the non-existance because Pat Robertson has decided that it exists, cuz it’s so hot.  In these dog days of summer.

August 4, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics | Leave a comment

I hate politics.

I hate politics.  National/international affairs are important to keep up with, but I get so. freaking. tired. of the “Politicking.”  Neither side can actually see situations as they are or come up with genuine approaches to solving or dealing with problems–it’s all about towing a party line.  Bush is entirely wrong because he’s a Republican. It doesn’t matter if he is doing what needs to be done, or what, ultimately, maybe in our best interests.  And any criticizm leveled from the other side, since it comes from the “bush is wrong because he’s a stupid bigoted republican christian” is never actually LISTENED to by the republicans, partially because of the filter it’s gone through before reaching the public and partially because all democrats are wrong by nature and virtue of their being democrats. People are incapable of viewing an idea for what it is–everything has to tie back to a party line–their own, or the other guy’s.  No one comes up a solution to anything any more–they just complain about the problems and the other party, who obviously created said problems.

Everybody’s worried about the next election, the next news cycle and the next photo op.  I think SOME people are starting to catch on and are getting sick of it.  If enough people get sick of it, maybe, some day, we can get a genuine person with genuine opinions and ideas for solving problems into a public office for either party. It’d be entirely revolutionary, considering the political and ideological rutt we now find ourselves in.

August 3, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics | 1 Comment

My fifteen minutes

More like my fifteen seconds.  And it’s waaaaay down at the bottom of the transcript.

“You know, looking into Glenn`s inbox, by far the biggest complaint was not about his opinions, his sobbing, or even his language. It was about his wardrobe. E-mail after e-mail like this one: “You are right. You do look good in pink. It accentuates your pastiness. From a concerned insider.”

I don`t know, does Glenn really wear that much pink? I guess so”

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Nerdology, Social and Politics | Leave a comment

Sueing bloggers is just uncool.

Just because they accuse you of wasting government money and taking the wrong approach to something.

Ad Agency Sues Blogger for Defamation

Ps. “Piss-poor” is considered polite language in some circles.

May 6, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics, Unwashed Masses | Leave a comment

Interesting article.

Ok, we all know I hang on Malcom Gladwell's every word. But this guy could be next on my [short] list of journalists that I think are actually thought-provoking, and not just toting one party line or another. Lift that bardge, tote that bail. Anyways… 

"And, though Islamic extremism is one of the most pernicious forms of evil opportunism that has ever existed, we have felt compelled to fight it with an almost managerial minimalism that shows us to be beyond the passions of war–and thus well dissociated from the avariciousness of the white supremacist past"

 So, go on, give it a readsy:

White Guilt and the Western Past

 by SHELBY STEELE 

Basically, he lays out our left/right cultural conflict with this war and the execution there-of.  Without judgment, and without holding anything back.  It's occationally nice to see someone take a step outside of the politics of the situation and look at it differently.   

May 5, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics | Leave a comment

Al-Jazerra video

This is a really interesting video. It gave me a lot to think about.  This woman, Wafa Sultan,  is a psychologist and extremely clear on her opinions and views.  My favorite part was the guy saying that because she was an unbeliever, they had nothing to talk about.  Makes you wonder if and when dialog will be possible with the parts of middle eastern society that we're in conflict with. The woman's opinions aside, the truely interesting part was the other people's reactions. 

May 5, 2006 Posted by | Social and Politics, TV/Movies/Books | Leave a comment

JUST MAYBE….

Yes, indeed. It would appear that the condition for the possibility exists that a show may air on television that isn’t blatently biased against/does the back handed complement/open-handed slight towards Catholicism. Yeah, I know. Crazy. Anyways… I might set the TiVo up to record “God or The Girl,” which is set to air on A&E starting on Easter day.

The thing actually got good reviews from Catholics whos opinions I actually trust…which kind of freaks me out. I’m always warry of the media’s portrayal of ANYTHING, including little old southern ladies who do cooking shows and the magical healing properties of butter. Which is why I’m thinking that either they kidnapped these people and brainwashed them, before releasing them back into the world to write enthusiastic reviews, or they showed them one edited version and will actually air another.

Oh well. All things ARE possible, I guess.

April 11, 2006 Posted by | Religion, Social and Politics, TV/Movies/Books | 1 Comment