Archive for September, 2009
A film review from Kenneth Turan writing for the LA Times:
Say what you like about Michael Moore, he certainly knows how to pick his subjects. “Fahrenheit 9/11” was so au courant about the invasion of Iraq it won the 2004 Palme d’Or at Cannes, and 2007’s “Sicko” got the jump on the current healthcare imbroglio. Now, barely a year after the Wall Street meltdown, “Capitalism: A Love Story” examines, in typical love-it-or-leave-it Moore fashion, the causes of the collapse of the century.
In a nonscientific poll* conducted by Missourah.com, it was discovered that 95% of the LA Times’ remaining 200 readers get a tingly sensation running up their legs when they read words like “au courant” and “imbroglio”, and hear any reference to the Palme d’Or award. The remaining 5% clearly did not go to Columbia. Maybe Brown, or…a state school. If those people can even read…
*Note: no one at Missourah.com actually wasted their time polling LA Times readers
According to Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, racism in America is both hopelessly inscrutable and insolvable. Evidently racism has so thoroughly imbued our institutions, our culture and our minds that its existence can only be gleaned from amorphous and indeterminate things such as “context,” “atmosphere,” “code words,” and other pseudo-scientific sociomological gobbledygook. (Admittedly, I may not be authorized to level such criticism since I traded my master’s in sociology from Stanford for a can of SpaghettiOs.)
And Michael Eric Dyson would know about code words– he’s a masterful word encoder himself: On the reaction to Jimmy Carter’s claim that racism is motivating criticism of Obama, “he’s been nearly hung in effigy, as Mr. Obama has.” Nearly? I guess “nearly” is a code word for “not” or “never.” Remember President George W. Bush? That guy was actually, not nearly, hung in effigy.
Here’s professor Dyson on NBC’s Today Show talking about Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst:
It amazes me that white Americans are incapable of acknowledging what is before our faces.
That’s awesome stuff. And here’s his analysis of the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, on the Situation Room (CNN):
[Larry Elder] is taking the sergeant’s word for what Gates said… The situation and the context itself suggest some racial possibilities… Professor Gates has the reasonable suspicion that race plays a role here.
OK, so we can’t rely on the sergeant’s word. He is white after all and therefore incapable of acknowledging what is before our faces. But professor Gates is not white, so it seems we are free to draw whatever conclusion we want based on his presumed “reasonable suspicion.” I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the conclusion is “racism!!!” (But possibly with 1-2 more exclamation points.)
It’s a relief that the professor doesn’t pretend to be dealing with “so-called empirically verifiable racism,” because that sounds kind of scientific– and that has no place in a conversation with Michael Eric Dyson.
He’s not saying ‘I hate Negroes,’ specifically. What’s he doing is creating an atmosphere of such profound vitriol and hatred and I think denunciation of black people…
Limbaugh is not saying he hates black people specifically. He’s saying that he hates black people generally— perhaps incidentally to his hatred of all things “other.” Who gave Michael Eric Dyson one of our decoder rings? This is really going to mess things up for us.
How insecure is this guy?
- He has to tell Breitbart, “I’m able to speak articulately.” And moments earlier, he feels the need to recite his academic achievements, just like the equally insecure Keith Olbermann.
- The subtitle of his book is “The Inspiration, Wisdom and and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson.” I can’t think of anybody else who tries to get away with calling their own writing inspiration, wisdom and insight.
Today the last chance forÂ the continued existence of the Saturn brand of car fell apart.Â We’ve givenÂ fifty billion dollarsÂ to GM, and they are still so unsuccessful that they have to shut down an entire brand and its dealership network?Â Â Isn’t thisÂ clearly enough evidence that GM sucks and capitalism is working exactly as intended?Â Â Of course before capitalism had a chance to work its corrective magic, Obama decided that the failure of GM sounded really dramatic and scary so he started throwing money at the problem.Â Hey, it’s worked for the education system, right?Â
That sound coming from Detroit is our taxpayer dollars being flushed down the toilet of government-sponsored corporate mediocrity.Â Once again, the invisible hand preempted by the government’s clumsy claw.Â “Capitalists with government help…the worst of all economic phenomenon.” – Ayn Rand (again)
The response of a public perpetually underwhelmed by Saturn’s shitty, uninspiredÂ cars remains to be seen.
GM’s bright new idea to pull their company out of bankruptcy?Â Forcing unknown, possibly disastrous depreciation losses down the throat of their dealership network, with their new “may the best car win” policy.Â Seriously, am I missing something?Â Seems like GM just opened themselves up to be the stupidest car rental company in human history.Â Good luck, guys…and remember, if your terrible ideas and shitty brands don’t work out, you can always go back to the government well for more taxpayer money.
One of my new favorite quotes, received from my friend Mike B. last night:
Any more, I run all social experiments through a machine I call “Guy on Red Tractor.” Whenever I hear some theory, I imagine I walk out to a guy on a red tractor working a field, and get his view point. “Hey, mister on the tractor, do you think two men should get married?” “Sir, you on the tractor, do you think men and women should share prison space together?”
I then know how to think about any social experiment.
UPDATE: Mike points out that the latter was a real position of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.
Such people have been told all their lives how brilliant they are, until finally they feel forced to admit it, with all due modesty. But they not only tend to over-estimate their own brilliance, more fundamentally they tend to over-estimate how important brilliance itself is when dealing with real world problems.
H/T Mike B.
This video was just published on Breitbart.tv.Â It is hard to figure out exactly what these people are doing.Â It seems like some kind of combined religious/political activist ceremony.Â The crowd seems to respond to the prayer with a mixture of “Hear our cry, Obama” and “Hear our prayer, O God”.Â The…woman leading the liturgical proceeding…does refer to Martin Luther King as a “prophet”, which lessens my astonishment and disbelief that this particular group of people would be praying to Obama.Â
Whatever else this video may be, it is a link in a long chain of circumstantial evidence that something is terribly wrong with many Obama supporters and their expectations for the (first black!) president.Â A cult of personality extending Obama’s personal influence to that of the divine would be devastating for our country.Â Hopefully it is a stupid joke.
Waiting in line for a Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) town hall event on healthcare the evening of 8/6/09. This woman evidently cannot comprehend how an African-American man could possibly be selling the “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden flag along with other conservative and anti-Obama merchandise.
No come on, you’re working for him. Come on down here, black man. I’m serious. You’re– come on, get down here. I know you’re bi-racial, so is he. Get down here.
(We published these clips in August, but they were buried in a longer video and the quality was poor.)
Big businesses will shell out for custom Internet domains in the next few years when hundreds of new suffixes become available to supplement .com, .gov, .org and others. Expect domains like .dupont, .exxon-mobil, .amex and .pepsico to flourish.
Finally I might be able to get my dream domain, if those jerks at Dillon/Edwards Investments don’t snatch it first:
I hope this guy is able to adjust his business model in time: