I think we can all agree that violent video games and horror films have no culpability when some 15-year-old lunatic decides to pick up a gun and kill somebody. It’s a game that right-wing blowhards like Glenn Beck like to play in order to boost ratings. Of course, now they are getting a taste of their own medecine with the assassination of George Tiller. Suddenly only idiots would make such outrageous accusations. Can’t have it both ways, you silly fuckers.

But what of the left-wing blowhards making the accusations? Are they not guilty of the same kind of hysterical ramblings leveled at things like Grand Theft Auto? The answer, of course, is yes. Last night, Keith Olbermann not only pinned the blame on Fox News and Bill O’Reilly in particular for Tiller’s death but even had the nerve to suggest he be taken off the air.

Typical partisan attitude. Freedom of speech for all…except for anyone who disagrees with me.

You better believe I love freedom of speech. But I want everyone to have the right to freedom of speech, and that includes bigots and racists. Unless they are explicitly inciting violence, I’m fine with all of it. Now, some on the left maintain that Fox were doing exactly that, but does anyone have evidence of this? When did Glenn Beck say it was okay to kill George Tiller? Show me the link and I will retract this blog post. Character assassination is not the same thing as actual assassination. If Bill O’Reilly is assassinated, will it be Keith Olbermann’s fault? He, too, has invoked Nazi imagery to smear his arch-nemesis.

Of course, we know what this is really about. It has nothing to do with moral accountability, but it has everything to do with the ratings war. George Tiller was not killed by Fox News, he was killed by a raving lunatic who couldn’t tell the difference between fearmongering and reality. This kind of attitude is dangerous to freedom of speech and anyone who actually believes in freedom needs to knock it off. Either everything is okay, or nothing is. End of discussion.

Well, I suppose he’s always been off the rails, but ever since Obama took office it’s like watching somebody pilot a jet straight into the sun. I came across this clip from The Colbert Report — not my favorite show of all-time but it has its moments — which beautifully takes the reactionary maniac to task.

From The Huffington Post.

My God, if you thought Keith Olbermann was a bad actor during his Special Comments, wait until you see Glenn Beck conjuring up tears on the level of a high schooler who thinks he’s the next Daniel Day-Lewis.

For once all this talk of change actually means something. President Obama has rinsed off one of the biggest stains on America’s shirt by closing down Guantanamo Bay.

“President Obama set the tone with his inaugural address, and the work of the Obama-Biden administration is committed to advancing America’s national security, furthering America’s interests, and respecting and exemplifying America’s values around the world.”

Now this is what I call refreshing: A President who actually acts according to the Constitution and not in spite of it.

Link.

P.S. I realize it’s no longer needed but I thought I’d replay The Divine Comedy’s protest song, “Guantanamo,” in honor of this remarkable moment in American history.

You’d think that any candidate — Vice Presidential or otherwise — would stop being funny after losing. Not everybody’s favorite Naughty Librarian. Here she is fielding questions from reporters… while turkeys are being slaughtered in the background.

Also every time I see Naughty Librarian interviewed I can’t help but think about Marge Gunderson, Frances McDormand’s character in Fargo. The difference is that Margie never runs for public office, nor is she dishonest or dangerous. Still, she’s the comedy gift that keeps on giving. A phenomenal character that gives Dubya a run for his money.

You can’t have feelings!

8 November, 2008

A lot of people now believe that Fox News will soon become irrelevant once Bush finally leaves the White House. I couldn’t disagree more. If anything, Fox will become louder, angrier, and become an even bigger outlet for partisan firebombing. Consider that pathetic excuse for a comedian Greg Gutfeld and his appalling mockery of an African-American reporter’s tears over Obama’s win.

In some instances, the reaction was rather ridiculous. Here at Hofstra, it was reminiscent of the Giants defeating the Patriots at the last Super Bowl. Please, must we equate a football game with a Presidential Election? That’s pretty easy to make fun of. But making fun of a man’s tears because he was so moved by Obama’s victory is unacceptable. It’s not funny, it’s not edgy or intelligent, it’s just nasty. It’s the worst kind of humor. Arguably worse than toilet humor, which I despise.

Gutfeld could learn a thing or two from Jon Stewart. At least he doesn’t take pleasure from other people’s emotions.

The future is unwritten.

5 November, 2008

As you all know, I’ve never been able to fully jump on the Obama bandwagon. Even after he won, I was more… pleasant than ecstatic. Unfortunately my moment of zen was shattered when I logged on to Facebook and read the newly updated statuses from one partisan retard after another (on both sides).

We don’t know how effective Obama will be as President. He could be one of our best, he could be one of our worst, and he could even be one of those mediocre Presidents who nobody remembers (Unlikely given the race issue but you get the point.) All I know is that he’s my new President and I hope he does a good job. And you know what? I’d be forced to say the same if John McCain were elected President. The future is unwritten.

Incidentally, how about McCain’s concessions speech? I don’t quite see what’s so extraordinary about it; How did you expect him to react? Also, nobody is talking about the fact that — once again — he did nothing to get his rotten supporters to shut the hell up when he was trying to praise Obama. Compare that to Obama’s speech later that night when he called for McCain’s respect. Did you hear any jeers there? And that’s why McCain is not President-Elect. That and Naughty Librarian.

Which allows me to segue seemlessly into this Newsweek article that sheds a little light on the real Sarah Palin. This bit in particular doesn’t surprise me:

McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

Poor McCain. As Abraham Lincoln said to John Wilkes Booth on The Whitest Kids U Know, “Now you fucked up! Now you fucked up!”

The Big McCain.

17 October, 2008

Oh my God. This is too funny. (“Well, that’s just like, your opinion, man.”)

DISCLAIMER: I don’t subscribe to a political label. As John Lennon once said, “I just believe in me.” In addition, I don’t subscribe to the notion that conservatism itself is an ideology for idiots. That is nonsense. Besides, Republicans aren’t conservative anymore anyway.

Ever since the Bush administration took office in 2000, one thing has become clear. Fruity intellectuals shouldn’t be running for office. There must be something suspicious about a man or woman who is well-spoken about world affairs. This is what destroyed John Kerry in 2004 — although I didn’t care much for him anyway — and now they are trying to destroy Barack Obama on the very same basis.

William F. Buckley must be turning over in his grave. Whether you agreed with the man or not, you can’t deny that he was well-read, cultured, and valued intelligence above all else. What would he say about Naughty Librarian’s pervasive insistence that Barack Obama doesn’t see the world like the hockey moms and the Joe six-packs, and therefore is unfit to be President? What would he say about the fact that his own son has resigned from The National Review — the magazine he founded himself — because its sheep-like readers can’t bare the fact that he is voting for Obama instead of McCain. “Well that means he’s a liberal!” That is what our political discourse has become?

Why do the Republicans do this? Well, if they can tap into enough racists — like the crackpots at McCain’s rallies calling for Obama’s death — maybe they can keep the weirdo black guy out of office. They don’t care about the state of the nation. If they did, McCain would be telling us how to find Osama Bin Laden RIGHT NOW. But no, all they care about is the almighty dollar.

This is not what conservatism is supposed to be. These are not conservatives. These are wannabe fascists who are appealing to the worst aspects of human nature in order to gain votes. I just hope the Bradley effect doesn’t kick in thanks to a few uncultured rednecks.

P.S. Hussein is just a name. If you use that to bash Obama then you are a disgusting retarded racist and you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

My thoughts exactly.

13 October, 2008

I’m convinced that the only reason Hitchens continued to defend the Iraq war and not even concede that the Bush administration fucked it up beyond belief is because of his ego. The man can never admit when he’s wrong. Luckily he’s right most of the time, as he is in this recent column about why Obama is a better pick for President than McCain:

Obama is greatly overrated in my opinion, but the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction, and it does show some signs of being able and willing to profit from experience. With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke.

Yeah…what he said. Link.

Much ado about nothing.

12 October, 2008

I have the extreme misfortune of going to the college where the final Presidential debate is being held. Here are some of the highlights:

– Parking lots are closed off days before the debate is taking place.
– Secret Service agents are posing as Public Safety Officers. Hint: The ones who aren’t old, bald and fat don’t work for the university.
– Two-way entrances/exits into campus have become one-way causing back-ups into always-bustling turnpikes which makes avoiding lousy Long Island drivers all the more difficult.
– Said turnpikes are going to be closed off on the big day. That’s right; CLOSED.
– Students on campus are going to be quarantined until the candidates fuck off.

All this so Obama and McCain can jerk off to their egos on national television? I’d rather get back a full day of classes — plus a Saturday class — just so I didn’t have to go through all this bullshit. I might deliberately skip the debate. If I wanted cum shots I’d go to a Peter North web site.