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Vice: White Student Union
06/10/13, 11:13

memedumpster: that's a really good point and one that's easy to overlook -- something like how religion wouldn't matter to atheists except that religion finds its way into law and goes beyond a personal choice.
Vice: White Student Union
06/10/13, 10:53

Here's the Solomons wrestling with the very same issues:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeSbePbLqDg
Vice: White Student Union
06/10/13, 10:41

If you want to talk about white pride and feel obligated to say "but not like the KKK", blame the KKK for sullying the concept of white pride in the first place. As with other activities that are in and of themselves neutral yet have cultural meaning (such as blackface), the problem is that bigoted assholes have attached negative implications to them.
Vice: White Student Union
06/10/13, 05:25

Expression of tribal solidarity? So much of this really strikes me as ape vs. ape tribal instincts looking to find expression in modern society.
Vice: White Student Union
06/10/13, 05:22

No, Red State Update isn't real, but I think they get their subjects well enough that, even when they're just goofing off, they can express what's going on in the right wing mind with surprising clarity. This is the opposite of, say, "An American Carol", where they have zero understanding of the left wing mind and in fact don't even care to understand it, so all that comes out is strawmen.
Introduction to Imaginary Numbers
06/09/13, 17:44

Imaginary numbers
Never turn you down
When all the others turn you away
They're around
It's my private pleasure
Midnight fantasy
Someone to share my
Wildest dreams with me
Imaginary number
You're mine anytime
Imaginary number, oh yeah
Bill Maher: Ronald Reagan was the Original Teabagger
06/09/13, 17:33

If Reagan were an up-and-coming politician today, yeah, he'd happily cleave to the Tea Party standard.

By the way, it probably wasn't just "The Day After" that changed Reagan's outlook (though it was a part):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Archer_83

The "American reaction" section has a lot of good material on Reagan coming to terms with the realities of nuclear war. I wouldn't go so far as to call him intellectually curious, but his mind was just open enough that a little sanity could squeeze its way in. We saw that nothing could speak sanity to Bush II, and he was still more sane than the Tea Baggers.
Vice: White Student Union
06/09/13, 17:17

About Trayvon Martin ... suppose instead it had been a white kid named Travis Martin that George Zimmerman had followed. Is there anyone, anywhere, who would think what Zimmerman was doing was defensible? Maybe you could find a few grizzled old mountain men who hate all teenagers, but that's it; everyone else would agree that Zimmerman was at best a creepy stalker and at worst spoiling to pick a fight.

The fact that people come to any other conclusion, when you flip white Travis to black Trayvon, is proof of how much it's about race.

There are all kinds of racism (and some of the Red State Update podcasts are unintentionally brilliant at dissecting this), including some sort of vague tribal sense that whatever minority group are "outsiders" and need to be kept in check. So fair enough, this bunch of idiots doesn't want to kill all black people or whatever; that's the very best I can say about them.
Bill Maher: Ronald Reagan was the Original Teabagger
06/09/13, 17:03

Good points, but the original point still holds: the Tea Party has gone so far to the right, where even the tiniest flicker of sanity will get you rejected as a traitor, Reagan wouldn't fit in today. It's not about agreeing with the Tea Party MOST of the time, it's about agreeing with them ALL of the time. On the topic of US / Soviet relations alone, Reagan was sufficiently grounded in reality to not get us all killed, and that's more grounding than the Tea Party would permit. Cutting and running in Lebanon would have also shown Reagan to be a coward.

But yeah, Reagan did write the Tea Party playbook. And Dole followed it, which is why I don't feel any sympathy for Dole for being figuratively kicked by his party; Dole did what he could to see to it that dishonest, cynical politics would prevail. Only difference between today and the 90s is, back then, your average far right Republican Congressman knew that it was just a cynical game.
Why you don't put a knife in a toaster
06/09/13, 01:47

God damn it, I read the video title as a friendly suggestion, "Why don't you put a knife in a toaster?" Fuck you, video.
Men and the Number Scale 1-10
06/09/13, 01:43

Honey Booboo.
Wesley Willis - I Whupped Batman's Ass (Live)
06/09/13, 01:42

More info:

- In the comics, the character's name is "Milan". Is that a reference of some kind? I don't know my Wesley Willis well enough.

- Not all of Zeus's children get a grab-bag of powers that can be used to fight crime and sell action figures; Milan's power is control over flies. That means he can see anything that any fly anywhere sees, which is to say, he's afflicted with all sorts of visions, a lot of them pretty hellish.

- Wonder Woman has been retconned to an illegitimate daughter of Zeus, so she's a half-sister to Milan.
Grateful Dead: Touch of Grey
06/09/13, 00:52

Good point. Still, a lot of the time it felt like they didn't have any better ideas than "okay, now it's Bob's turn to sing a verse", and that feels like a tragic under-utilization of that much talent.

At this point I find myself asking myself, "well what exactly did you expect of them, smart guy?" and I guess I really don't know. It just feels like the Traveling Wilburys didn't come close to what George / Roy / Bob did in their solo careers, like maybe they never figured out how to build off one another. That said, that much musical talent has more than earned the right to play whatever they want; any time George / Roy / Bob / the other two want to get together and jam, they have my blessing.
Grateful Dead: Touch of Grey
06/08/13, 17:00

"End of the Line" is one of my favorite songs, so I don't mean to demean their entire catalog. I'm just left with a sense that they didn't deliver on the potential of George Harrison + Bob Dylan + Roy Orbison (+ a couple other guys).
Wesley Willis - I Whupped Batman's Ass (Live)
06/08/13, 16:28

In recent "Wonder Woman" comics it's been revealed that Wesley Willis is a son of Zeus, i.e. a demigod.

http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/12/ww-600x922.png

http://media.avclub.com/images/423/423702/16x9/627.jpg

Not pictured: Wesley Willis whupping Batman's ass.
Men and the Number Scale 1-10
06/08/13, 16:13

http://www.puaforums.com/how-pick-up-women/130-hb-rating-system.html

So hermaphrodite buttocks.
Men and the Number Scale 1-10
06/08/13, 16:06

Women are just bad at math.
Grateful Dead: Touch of Grey
06/08/13, 16:02

Never much liked this song; it didn't have any of the juice of classic Grateful Dead material. That said, in retrospect I'm glad they did it; they'd been making music for a long time, they'd earned the right to do whatever the hell they wanted to, and that's good enough for me. So I guess I like the concept of the song better than the song itself (see also Traveling Wilburys).
Uzbeks vs Escalator
06/08/13, 07:51

The most amazing thing is that everyone seems to know where the escalator off switch is. I can only guess this happens a lot.
Siskel and Ebert defend Star Wars
06/08/13, 07:47

John Simon is what's wrong with our country. Not because of his opinions on movies, but because he is illustrative of a type of person that started becoming prominent in the 80s: the joyless prick critical of the sort of weakness that would, for example, allow a child to enjoy a children's film. If pressed, Simon would insist that he's not being a prick, he's just being practical and he's trying to keep the American mind from closing; but in reality he's delighting in being a prick. (See also: George Will, Allan Bloom.) I say that's what allowed conservative hard-heartedness to become "cool", to the point where hard-heartedness eventually became the highest of conservative virtues.

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