Sunday, April 27, 2008

Why Did I Stop Watching This Show?

I really enjoyed it. James Spader's work is brilliant. I had no idea, before this show, that Shatner had such good comedy instincts.

Oh, and the politics are sorta my politics. Anyway, here is Alan Shore, gadfly antagonistic left wing, doesn't-wear-his-heart-on-his-sleeve, but still has a heart for the wronged, cynical lawyer, before the SCOTUS:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Brain Droppings

I am just going to toss up a few quickies today. I am just not up for complicated stuff.

STOP calling the pregnant (not really a man) alleged man, a man. Here is the requirement for being a man; must currently be an adult human BORN with a Y chromosome. If not the latter, can never be the former. Word. (Likewise, to be a woman one must be an adult human born with at least a pair of X chromosomes. If not the latter, can never be the former. Word.)

Rush Limbaugh is NOT a satirist. He is a shit bomb thrower. Some people get off on his shit. But some people actually paid money to watch Pauley Shore movies.

Ann Coulter is not a comedianne. She is a hateful hag, even if partly she is putting on an act. If she deliberately runs around acting like a hateful hag ,and does not routinely break character in public, we as the audience have every right to take her for her word, specifically as the hateful hag insists people do so. Even if Andy Kafuman was known for stretching the joke past the point of being funny, he was by trade a comedian. Coulter has never claimed that. Sow whatcha reap. All that.

Oprah needs to go . . . somewhere . . . out of sight and sound. It is not like she has done any thing particularly heinous. Too much Oprah is too much! The world needs dextox from her. Like 5 years worth at least?

Yes, damnit. John McCain is way the hell too damn old to be elected president. I mean forget partisan party loyalty. That job makes young men middle aged, and makes middle aged men old.

WTF do any of you think it is going to do to some over 70 yr old man?

Not a rhetorical question there. Answer me damnit!

There might be a sliver of a scintilla of a mere inlking of daylight between someone who is merely racially-insensitive and someone who is really sufficiently ignorant enough to be a true racist. Personally I don't have the inclination to sort between the two types of folk. Ya'll can do what ever ya'll like but I am using Horseshoe rules, myself. Close enough makes the point.

Sen. Obama is not The Messiah. He never claimed to be. Nor did his supporters say that. So STOP blaming him for not being the perfect messiah then!

No one seems to have said so. Well, except for the press corps (and the slimey pundits, as well) may have been using that label for a while. And lately they are happilly sling mud when they were tossing roses just a few weeks ago.

Oh and that leads into the next (mebbie last) nugget.

PAY NO MIND to the alleged opinions of people who:

(a) already have a partisan axe to grind, or
(b) need to stir up shit, to GET PAID, and/or
(c) all of the above.

Ok. I am done for now.

No. I am not totally done yet. I have said it before, and I will say it again. The biggest threat to America is not terrorists, or even bad government (per se), or even Brittany Spears, or what ever bimbo/douchebag who happens to be flavor of the minute.

The real true threat to our way of life, is bullshit.

Lately, I have been using either or both (in conjunction) expressions, "That is too Ghetto," or, "That is Trailer Trashy," to describe what I usually call bullshit. Same shit, different label. We need to put a lid on the bullshit, or at least tow it out to sea, and get rid of it.

(That is a metaphor, people.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

the Wit and Wisdom of the Addams Family.


I only caught the last hour of the original Addams Family movie (as opposed to the sequel) just now. So I likely missed many great lines of dialouge.

There is something about the sensibility of the Addams' that, well, appeals to the more baser yet darkly humorous side of me, and that is a big side of me.

Anyway, some quotes:

Morticia: Gomez, last night - you were unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me. - Do it again!

Morticia: Don't torture yourself, Gomez. That's my job.

Dr. Pinderschloss: The human spirit, it is a very difficult thing to kill.
Grandmama: Even with a chain saw!

Grandmama: [steps inside] Dinner's gonna be late. [heads outside] Grandmama: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

Morticia: Which Fester are you? The underhanded monster you have become, or the underhanded monster we've grown to love?

Gomez: Leather straps . . . hot pokers . . .
Morticia: Later, Gomez.

Pugsley: Are they dead?
Wednesday: Does it matter?

I am Not Doing a Very Good Job of Getting Zen. Help me Kurt Vonnegut, You're My Only Hope.

Firstly, is my confession that I am not getting (all that) more Zen. I am back on the track of trying, but as long as I pay attention to POLITICS, aggravation will be with me. Zen, however, should help me deal better.

Moving along, yes I did employ a cheap "Star Wars" reference there, but that was strictly for fun. Real critical part of that second part of the title was the Kurt Vonnegut reference.

Now I get to tell you why I am making a reference to Kurt Vonnegut.

I have read almost all his books, and have been a fan for decades. Lately, though, some line from one of his later books keeps bubbling to the top of my mind. It is not exactly a Zen thought, but I bet The Budda would appreciate it:

"I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different."

That is my my way to me to remind myself NOT to take everything so damned seriously, all the damn time.

Ok. That is it for now. I could rage about something, but instead I am of a mind to just fart around.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Clock Has Struck Midnight. Zero Hour Has Arrived. Is it Too Late to Save Society From Going Totally Bullshit?

Seems a possibility, based on the newest "faked" Obama slip.

Ok. I know I am biased in favor of Obama, but I am also biased in favor of reality, and reason, and logic, and the rules of syntax and usage for the English Language. And I am also biased in favor of actual common sense (not the sophistry some bullshitters try to pass off as common sense.)

So here is why I am all confused at this situation.

A prominent politician points out that a segment of a segment of a segment of the population is bitter, and spends a lot of it's time holding fast to the things they consider important, rights protected by the 1st and 2nd Amendments to the USCONST.

In response to that shocking act, some professional partisan hacks with axes to grind and paychecks to earn, decry that the politican noted that a segment of a segment of a segment of the population is bitter, and spends a lot of it's time holding fast to the things they consider important, rights protected by the 1st and 2nd Amendments to the USCONST.

And that, in turn, leads to bitter pronouncements by some members of that segment of that segment of a segment of the population.

Oh, and after the recrimination and the accusations, they laud those things they consider important, rights protected by the 1st and 2nd Amendments to the USCONST.

Has the society of the USA become that totally bullshit?

Seems so.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I Let the 40th Anniversary of the Assasination of MLK Go by Without Comment.

Not because I was not in mind of it. I have been for weeks.

I did not know what to say.

RAGING at the the grotesque amount of ignorant (or is it just anti-empathetic) racism that still is RAMPANT in this still way-too-much-socially-segregated country, where (sorry it MUST be SAID) some of the population are still holding on to the last threads of racial privilege, and spite, and mendacity and wickedness, comes very easy to me. And I was as sorta preoccupied with that, lately. In fact, I had been fighting in the gutter, in the slime, down in the shit, with those very scumbags (on line at least. Ya. Waste of my damn time. Anyway . . . . .)

But please take a look and listen to this slideshow.

It will make you pause and think, I should hope:

Friday, April 04, 2008

Proven to be Correct Again (Almost.) Well, at Least it Isn't Just Me.

Interesting data and findings.

Now I am (some people have told me) too sensitive to Race Issues.Some people say I see it where it does not exist.I say, I draw the line closer than others. I do not give as much slack as others, and I do take offense to the more subtle hints and allegations (to paraphrase that song "You Can Call Me Al," from Paul Simon.) And yes. I do get aggravated, as in make me sick, aggravated, when others would not. And there is a reason why.

Subtle Racism Harasses Brain

Decoding 'Ambiguous' Prejudice Interferes With Mental Tasks
By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

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Subtle Racism Wastes Brain Power

Witnessing the blatant prejudice lowered white participants' scores on the test, but not the scores of African-American participants. However, African-American participants did much worse on the test after witnessing the ambiguous prejudice.

"Blacks are better prepared to cope with blatant prejudice than whites are, at least in terms of the short-term effects on performance of cognitive tasks," Salvatore and Shelton suggest. This, they say, is because African-Americans have experienced prejudice and have learned to deal with it, not because such prejudice is harmless.

But when African-Americans have to deal with more subtle prejudice -- prejudice that whites tend not to recognize -- it consumes mental resources.

"Targets of prejudice may experience cognitive impairment as they try to determine the cause underlying the negative events they encounter in their lives," Salvatore and Shelton conclude.

Subtle Racism Harasses Brain

Ya. So there. It is not all in my head.

Hey wait a minute. It is all in my head, but Not Only my head.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

How I Got My Zen Groove Back.

Well, to be honest, I am not there yet, so instead I can tell how I lost my Zen Groove.

And as you can well guess, it had something to do with the shameless racist swiftboating of Sen. Obama. Anyone who knows me well (and I do not mean all that well) knows that racist filth is the waving cape, to my bull's eyes (bulls are color blind. They don't care if the cape is red.)

So I followed the vile crap on the Net, and on the TV. I saw how shameless the republican hate machine (and the "Worse Than Mere Racist" swine who are following the plan) could get.

I mean, I knew their partisan bigotry had no limits, but I was still suprised with the sheer audacity of the attack.

And then I got sucked in. Not to diminish my own responsibility, when I say sucked in, as I choose to get down in the gutter and fight with the gutter-trash. I choose to climb into the pig-pen and wrestle the swine. And to borrow one of my favorite lines from that HBO Series, "Deadwood,"

I chose to swim in that shit.

I should not swim in that shit. I should know better (Zen apprentice, or not.)

And any distress I have caused to my self and others (save the shamless swine I was swimming in the shit with) is on me.

So let me try to get back to more of a Zen state of mind.

After all. Like I said a few posts back; either I am going to have to deal with the republican racist hate machine attacking Sen. Obama on a shameless racist angle of attack (and in doing so, risking setting back race relations in this country DECADES), or I am not gonna make it, folks.

I think I should try to make it.

Non illigitimati carborundum. All that.
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