America Needs to Just Let COVID-19 Engulf It, because we’re stupid

For those of you who don’t know, America is really fucking dumb.  Like, stupid on a scale that is just phenomenal in the grand scheme of things.  It impresses me sometimes how utterly bereft of intelligence this country is.  Like, plenty of countries have stupid shit, but America really does take that cake.  This country has a gift at doing inane, retarded shit, seemingly out of spite for the concept of intelligence.  Hell, being smart is looked down upon here!  If you’re smart, people think you’re snobbish and “elitist.”  Being stupid is viewed by a vast amount of this country as a positive, because you can’t trust smart people.  I can’t think of any other country that thinks this way.  I’ve really tried to, but nothing’s coming to mind.

So it really should come as no surprise that in the face of a global pandemic, people have decided to fight back against the scientifically advised course of action, flattening the curve.  Instead, we have morons taking to the street with guns and signs in large numbers, demanding that the government not stop them from congregating.  That the government stay out of the way of whatever they want to do.  After all, this is America!  Nobody tells us what to do here!  Sure, these people are all basically taking their talking points from Fox News.  The second Fox News says something, their God-Emperor parrots it (because the orange man is basically just a retarded sponge), and then they have their viewpoints.  So when Fox News and their retarded orange God-Emperor says to stop social distancing and quarantining, to give your life for their all-powerful economy god, naturally these idiots have to take up the cause.

Oh sure, medical professionals in the parts of the country hit worst by this are begging people to stop and think about it, but that’s too hard for America.  We gotta go with our gut!  Because that’s NEVER led us down a horribly stupid path before, right?  Of course not.  It blows my mind that this country has actually avoided nuclear war all the way ’til now.  Hell, get this – did you know that while European and Asian countries have a ton of nuclear bomb shelters made and run by the state, do you know how many America has?  None!  Why?  Because part of Mutually Assured Destruction is that we had to convince the rest of the world that America really would pull the trigger and destroy all life as we know it on this planet just out of spite.  Part of that was showing that we are absolutely willing to throw the lives of the American people away on a whim.  And it worked!  I’m not surprised, really.  You just have to imagine in the halls of the KGB that the Soviets were like, “don’t tempt these fucking retards!  They’ll do it!  I swear, these lunatics are so stupid and so proud that they really would blow up the world to spite us!”

It just baffles me that something that you’d think would be a point of people coming together for the common good in the face of countless death and wanting to do the right thing has become a political issue.  Because of course it has.  If those in the halls of power can’t find absolutely anything to use as a wedge issue to keep the masses fighting among ourselves, they’ll use whatever they can.  This plague threatens their precious money, after all,  You have religious charlatans like Kenneth Copeland who literally blows air and says that COVID-19 is gone and will never come back.  Why?  Because he is desperate to get people into his church, so they can give him and his amoral bitch wife money.

See, underneath all the bullshit piety, the wealthy religious crowd in America couldn’t possibly care less about this God person that the masses are so desperate to love.  They’re too rich to believe in hocus pocus spiritual bullshit.  Instead, they worship at the alter of a God who keeps giving and giving to them – money.  The real power in America.  It’s the reason that Christmas is the ultimate corporate holiday.  It’s the reason that Easter became about candy.  And now it’s the reason that you have assholes like the Lt. Governor of Texas saying that we should be fine with letting Grandma and Grandpa die for their precious economy.  Because if them and the rich people who pay for their campaigns lose money, that makes them sad!  They might not be able to afford that yacht they wanted!  They might lose some of their precious millions.  The poor dears.

With all this in mind, I’ve decided that there is only one rational course of action open to the stupidity of this country – letting the plague run roughshod over the population.  Absolutely uncontained exposure.  Let this disease go everywhere.  Hell, let’s help it along!  Let’s take it to old folks homes and get them infected.  Glenn Beck said that old people are happy to die for their money god, so I say we speed up the process!  Fuck Granny and Grampy!  They can die, right?  Conservative America thinks so.  Oh, and the little ones.  Hell, plenty of them are asymptomatic, right?  So all we have to do is have them all in schools and get infected.  The teachers?  The fuck do we care.  This is America, after all.  Teachers are the dog we take out back to beat the shit out of to feel better about ourselves.  They’re just glorified babysitters after all, right?  So fuck them.  Their health can get fucked.

Think I’m being hyperbolic?  Well, honestly, not really.  This country can’t handle smart, so we have to resort to stupid.  We can’t do the smart, decent thing, so we have to do to the stupid, angry thing.  Science is the enemy, after all.  At least the science that doesn’t give us new cell phones that we can use to argue with people on Twitter.  Intelligence is a threat.  What have those smart people ever REALLY done for this country?  I can’t think of anything.  I’m sure the worshiped Founding Fathers were the biggest retards who ever walked the face of the Earth.

Now I know what you might be thinking – what about the new information coming out of South Korea and China showing that those who got infected are getting infected again, making people wonder if the whole idea of herd immunity would actually work.  Just don’t think about it!  The doctors are overpaid assholes anyway, right?  What do we care what they think?  After all, that one lady is covered in Jesus’ blood!  So fuck what the medical establishment thinks, right?  She goes to Walmart every day!  Let’s get her sick and see how great she feels about her words.  See what that Jesus blood does for her when that bitch needs a ventilator.

Sure, there’s the reality (a concept that conservatives avoid like social distancing) that a TON of people will die, but this is just the flu, right?  That’s what this asshole who is bitching about his child support payments and having to make them said to me on the phone today.  It being worse than the flu is just a liberal conspiracy!  All those doctors are just making a whole bunch of nothing out of it.  Why aren’t there people dying everywhere?  I mean, it isn’t like a ton of people would be dying everywhere if this idea of mine were actually to happen.  Fake News!  The orange retard’s favorite term.

This country is not intelligent enough to do ANYTHING out of virtue of self-preservation or for the common good.  An entire political party has been united behind the idea that we need to die for rich people’s money.  Baffling.  Kind of amazing.  So let’s just let this madness run its course.  The astronomical body-count, not just from the virus but also from patients who can’t get proper care because facilities that would otherwise have gone to them can’t be spared from the number of infected.  It makes me wonder, how many people would have to die before it is worth being concerned about?  If it killed 20 or 30% of people who contracted it, would it be serious then?  Maybe 40 of 50%?  Maybe then?  Well, the people protesting don’t seem to be using their brains for anything productive, so I don’t think there’s a death count high enough.  If my idea were to be followed, we might actually get to find out.

In America, people need to die so we can see the truth.  This country needs to suffer and become an example to the rest of the world of what not to do.  That’s our role.  Don’t do what the retarded Americans did.  Be smarter.  Flatten the curve.  I don’t actually want people to die, but if this country is going to be like this, then what’s the alternative?  The guy in charge of this circus is a fucking idiot, so maybe we just have to learn, like the child with a hot stove, that if you play with fire, you get burned.  Horribly, horribly burned.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m in charge of this monkey farm now, Frankenstein!  And I wanna know what the fuck you’re doing with my time!” – Capt. Henry Rhodes, Day of the Dead

Peace out,


2014: The Year of Religious Film

I just did a review of the latest in this year’s interesting string of films that are all about religion.  All of these films seem to have a defining feature – they are almost all about how religion is so persecuted.  Neat fact, that was the title of the last film I reviewed – Persecuted.  A film that is so blatant with its message that it even got Gretchen Carlson to come on and do a fake news story about how oppressed Christians are.  I am getting a sense that the Christian-right of this country is feeling a little lost lately.  How do I know this?  Well, let’s just look at the highlight films in this year of Christian propaganda.

The first is “God’s Not Dead.”  A film about how a good Christian boy goes to college and finds out that it’s a liberal bastion of atheism and that any professor who teaches there is an atheist.  Yeah, that sounds accurate, right?  It is a film that told the audience who is into it EXACTLY what they wanted to hear.  And in case that was too subtle for you, there are side-characters all going through their own story arcs with issues that the film believes it also has to jackhammer into your brain.  Oh?  What’s that?  All that still too subtle for you?  Well, you’re an idiot, but let’s not get hung up on the negatives.  The film ends with a bunch of news articles showing how the Christians in this country are so oppressed.  I know, right?  That level of subtlety is just masterful.

Next up is probably one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while – “Heaven’s For Real.”  Based on a book by the same name, written by a pastor whose son went through pretty much what the main character of the film did, it tells the story of a boy who nearly dies and sees heaven.  He comes back and tells his daddy all about it, thus incentivising him to bring his relationship to God even closer.  It was apparently falling on hard times.  Again, just so subtle!  I have a friend whose psycho religious mother took her to see it for Mother’s Day.  She talked about how her mother became so enamored with the film, to the point of tears.  Both of us found that funny because it shows how the people who these films were designed for, they love them!  Not in the “well, it is their belief” sort of way.  This is to the point where they are making it into an obsession.  This is everything to them.

And finally, there is “Persecuted.”  This film is even less subtle than the other two.  If the faux-Clinton and the EVIL mission to unite all the faiths as a means of making world peace is too subtle for you, then Gretchen Carlson conducting a fake interview where she asks why the good preacher man is fighting his fight and how the true, Tea Party Christians are being oppressed might give you your fix.  This was a movie that exists for the singular purpose of telling Tea Party Christians that they are right and that they are being brought to heel under the boot of liberal atheist douchebags like me.  Oh, and it’s also really racist, having the good preacher man be seduced and exploited by a sultry black girl.  Yeah…that’s weird.  Just putting that out there.

So why are all these religious films coming out?  Why is defending religion becoming so popular?  Why is the conservative-Christian movement so desperate to feel like they are being oppressed somehow?  Well, I think it all comes down to the fact that the non-religious and atheists (like me) are becoming so many and so outspoken.  Where once the non-religious and atheist crowd was simply a funny little addendum to the quirks of life, we are now part of the many.  We are a crowd that has grown to the point where we can’t be ignored anymore.  Wave after wave of people is saying that they are either unaffiliated with no religion or not the Christian one.

Religion’s response to this was as messy as it was miscalculated.  They decided that they would go back to basics with the threats of hellfire and damnation.  But it didn’t work.  The people who weren’t religious kept being non-religious.  In fact, that just sent more people into our arms.  People were tired of being told how evil they are and how unworthy they are.  They wanted a live and let live approach.  If they lived that, why should they believe something else?  Instead of becoming more tolerant and open-minded, large chunks of religion in this country doubled-down on their bigotry and flaws, believing that the believers would be on their side.  However, it isn’t working, and the faithless keep coming.

I have not gotten on religion nearly as much as I originally did lately.  But this latest string of films and the growing outspoken religious crowd has lit a fire under my ass to preach my gospel of how religion is bullshit with renewed vigor.  Is that a good thing?  Maybe not.  We shall see.

In the meantime, the Tea Party right has made some hilarious films that are all worth watching, for the humor factor.  For real, you won’t regret it.  Enjoy.

Until next time, a quote,

If you believe that death takes you to an eternal paradise, why are you wearing a seatbelt?” -Doug Stanhope

Peace out,


So, Murder is How it is? (A Response to Bill O’Reilly)

You’ll notice that I have never really gone after Fox News or any of the major networks in these responses that I do.  Not a lot of point, really.  Fox News is about as big a pandering machine as it gets.  A favorite YouTuber of mine, Mykeru, did a really great analogy for it where he described how modern cable news networks work.

It works like this – say you have a dirt road.  The road goes nowhere and nothing of significance has happened on that road since the time it took to lay down a half-foot of windblown dust.  Now, stick a box on the side of the road.  There’s nothing special about it, it’s just a box.  A casual observer, were there one, might wonder – what’s in the box?  Maybe there’s money or dope, puppies or kittens.  If it was owned by Gretta Christina, there could be some old prescription fluvox.  More likely, the box, like most discarded things, is simply empty.  A reasonable guess as to what’s in the box would range from nothing bad to nothing at all.
Now, bring in a cable news team and their army of professional douchebags and that otherwise-innocuous box will take on a decidedly-ominous cast.  A photogenic blonde hand-puppet can talk about what, if any, potential threat the shoebox represents to you and yours and what can be done about it, because dammit, something should be done about it!  Hours of non-important space between all-important advertisements can be filled with clucking and braying Hollywood squares of ‘reliable’ talking heads who, with the utter conviction of people who have no idea what they’re talking about, whose expertise is based entirely on having seen a shoebox once without knowing that they, occasionally contain shoes, can take a hardline against those godless, life-hating bastards who let people threaten us by leaving shoeboxes on the side of the road.  This can go on for hours of cheap, content-free television.  The point is to create an inclusive, safe-space where people who count, by virtue of being on television, can feel free to completely lose their shit over nothing without fear of contradiction.  And where they can all join together in worst-case scenario solidarity like a clenched asshole expecting the worst.
By the time someone figures out that there was nothing in the box and before anyone can actually learn something from it, they’ve all moved on to the next big important thing, such as the anal bleaching among silicon-based lifeforms.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.  This is why I don’t really watch MSNBC, CNN or Fox News anymore.  They are all whores who are sucking at the tit of tragedy for those all-important ratings.  I have no doubt that the people who pander the fear-messages to people who aren’t smart enough to think for themselves.  I’m a douchebag liberal, but I have no love for MSNBC because not ONE of those networks are innocent of this crime.  They are all guilty, fuck them and fuck the horse they rode in on.

However, in the wake of the shooting in California, the latest of the many mass-shootings in this country, Jon Stewart pointed out something rather terrifying – that we have moved on from being outraged and confused about these shootings.  Now, especially on Fox News, there seems to be a new trend.  He used a metaphor that works very well – the 5 stages of dying.  Anyone care to guess which stage were on?

For those who already know where this is going, the stage is acceptance.  That’s right, according to Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, we should just accept that these tragedies are always going to happen and there’s nothing we can do about it.  Better to just go with it and try and do nothing.  Before anyone says that I am about to advocate banning guns, I’m not.  Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE it if we had stricter gun ownership legislation, such as gun registration and whatnot.  But outright banning guns would not work.  I’m against that because we would just be creating another black market.

But there is a part of me that just doesn’t get this.  We should just accept that mass murder is a fact of life?  You know, if America had FAR more respect for the mental healthcare of the people in this country and actually tried to help the mentally unstable, I might be relatively on board.  After all, a lot like suicide, there are just some people who you can never see it coming from.  You do the best you can, but you can’t save everyone.  However, that is other countries.  America has among the worst mental health care of the entire world.  There was this graphic that I saw the other day that made a great point about if we treated physical illness like mental illness in this country.  We berate and belittle the people who are mentally unwell, choosing to treat them like they are stupid or lazy.  If we actually would make the effort to reach out and help the people who need it most, just imagine what a world it would be!

Bill, I get why you want to accept that mass murder is just going to happen.  After all, when has your rich and lazy ass ever been in harm’s way?  For real, when was the last time that you actually were in real danger?  When you got a papercut?  Maybe some food poisoning.  Naturally, you and the rest of the parasites who are leeching on the tit of tragedy are done, you could actually talk to your old, white and achingly-stupid audience about the real problems.  Oh, wait, can’t do that.  That would require them to think.  Thinking isn’t good.  If they learn to think for themselves, then they won’t watch your stupid shit anymore.

Can’t have that, can we?

Until next time, a quote,

“No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!”  -The Frenchman, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Peace out,


Fox News and the War on Christmas! (2013 Edition)

Ah, another year, another bout into the fantasy land that Fox News lives in.  A fantasy land where Christmas isn’t this giant-ass all-engulfing holiday that has gotten so big that it is eating other holidays.  A land where it is on its last legs and in danger of being completely destroyed by us heathen atheists, Santa is getting the shit kicked out of him in an alley and the Virgin Mary is getting butt-fucked by the Wise Men.  Yes, that reality.  It’s a scary place, for those who are too stupid to get outside of it.  We call these people – Fox News viewers.  An almost-exclusively senior-citizen demographic who watches this while they are sitting in their houses and drinking milk of magnesia.

This year, we have had a couple of interesting twists.  The first is that Gretchen Who-Gives-a-Fuck, the loudest yearly voice of Christmas-is-going-to-die crowd, went off about a Festivus Pole that went up in Florida.  I’m with Jon Stewart when I say – in Florida, we’re lucky that there wasn’t a stripper using that pole!  See, apparently, Gretchen drives around, with her children, and looks for Nativity scenes.  That’s…creepy and weird.  Like, I’m not even kidding here – that is really fucking weird.  Who does that?  I know people who drive around looking for cool light displays.  I admire them when I come upon them as I’m getting from A to B, but I don’t search for them.  In those cases, yeah, those are cool.  But who just goes around looking for random Nativity scenes?  Is the goal to critique them?  Is Gretchen with her children like, “Oh, the nerve!  They have the Baby Jesus behind Mary and Joseph!  The audacity!  He should be in front because he is the son of Gawd and the greatest thing ever!  I am so offended right now!”  You know, given the butt-hurt nature of Fox News and its viewers, I’m probably not too far off on this.

Next up, Megyn Kelly decided to get herself some butthurt when she was talking about an article on, referring to how Santa has always been a white guy, and they think that should change it to a penguin.  Kelly, of course, insisted on her show that Santa Claus is white.  For real, he just is.  That was her entire argument – Santa Claus is real, while, and that’s just how it works.  I’m flabbergasted.  Oh, and Jesus is real too, and also white.  She threw that in and emphasized it, to make sure.

As you can imagine, pretty much everybody came after her for this.  I mean, how could they not?  For one, who was she talking to?  She went out of her way to make sure that the little children knew that Santa was real and that he was white, and so was Jesus.  What children are watching her show?  Jon Stewart went after it best (see link above), but for me, I am just confused.

I’m confused for a couple of reasons.  I mean, at what point did Fox News actually start to believe that children are watching their crap?  That’s not a rhetorical question.  I really want to know why they believe that children actually have see this show.  Fox News has gone so far out of their way to pander to their major demographic – ancient-ass people.  It’s the reason that they have worked so hard at hating on Obama.  Because they want to appeal to the people who think that (and I want to be clear about what they think, so a word is coming up that you won’t like) the nigger should get out of the White House.  That’s their audience.  They will do everything in their power not to say what they know people want to hear, but go as close as they can.  Granted, that was in the early days, before liberals like me had a ton of good reasons to hate on Obama too.

Then, she actually believes that there are children watching her show who actually believe in Santa?  And think he’s white?  And care that he is portrayed that way?  So, she believes that innocent, socially aware racists watch her show?  Really?!

Naturally, after everyone went after her in a big way, Kelly then decided to pass all of it off as a joke.  For real, her defense was that nobody else has a sense of humor, because, in her mind, it was so clear that she was joking.  That is the defense of her insanity.  There are no words.

I naturally have come to accept that the Fox News octogenarian audience isn’t smart enough to do any amount of thinking for themselves, but this whole affair just baffles me because of the fact that they have a gift, a fucking gift, at making themselves into this horribly oppressed creature who we should all feel sorry for.  Never mind that Megyn Kelly was NOT joking!  Or that Fox News is so shamelessly good at pandering.  Let’s set all that aside.  Here is what you can take away from all this – they are ALL full of shit!  Not one of their people buys into all this.  It’s all a show so they can get phenomenally rich by telling stupid people EXACTLY what they want to hear.  This “War on Christmas” bullshit that they spew is nothing but stuff they dredge up to make a big fuss about, so the soup-eating seniors who watch it can go to bed afraid and thinking the world is going to end – as they always do.

The Fox News audience must be such a lonely and terrified creature.  It almost makes me feel sorry for them.

Almost, being the operative word.

Until next time, a quote,

“Actually, I think that’s the official slogan of oppression.  Oppression – Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it has to change.”  -Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Peace out,


Fox News and their War on Christmas

Well, I said that I would be writing several posts about the ridiculousness of the season during the month of December, and I am a man of my word.  Something that you hear of every time this year comes around, from comedians and people who think that this is just the funniest thing ever, is Fox News and their endless coverage of the “War on Christmas.”  It has been this way for all the years that I have been seriously paying attention to the media.

I like how Jon Stewart got after this on The Daily Show.  See, Fox News has a ritual to this.  A habit that you can easily follow.  See, what they do is they find some part of the country that is well-known and rather liberal, then they find a group of people who is relatively small and has incredibly limited influence over culture, and then their fear-driven charlatan narrative in order to demonize those people, in an effort to get the public against them.

This year, it is the atheist community, in Santa Monica.  The story goes that a bunch of Nativity scenes in kind of an ugly part of the city (and the scenes themselves aren’t that pretty) were complained about.  See, an atheist group wanted their own views represented, so they got one of the displays, and they had their own little scene about Christmas.  Needless to say, the butt-hurt Christians got all kinds of mad, and the affair went to court.  The courts came to a decision that no scenes of any kind should be depicted, and that it was unconstitutional.

And, of course, the moment this happens, the Fox News community decides to go nuts, and have this be another fabricated part of their “War on Christmas.”  Ugh…

Okay, for anyone who could potentially read my blog and watch Fox News for the purposes of actually learning something (a very small possibility, I admit), I need to tell ya something – this is bullshit!  Complete and utter bullshit!  This is the stupidest thing under the sun!  And the fact that it is so well-received by people in this country makes us all look bad!

Here’s the real truth about Christmas – it’s a monster.  It is a beast that has not only taken over all of December, but it has long-since moved its influence into January, and now, it is moving to take all of November as well.  Did you know that some stores were so giddy to get into Black Friday that they moved their sales a day earlier?  I believe they have a name for that day…oh, right, THANKSGIVING!  Where people are supposed to be thankful for what they have!  I like how Stewart put it –

Watch your ass, Halloween, you’re next!

And that’s the fucking truth!  This holiday is so greedy and so money-grubbing that it is wanting everything to be about it.  And once Christmas takes over November, you’re damn right that it’ll move on Halloween.  This holiday is already kind of dull for the adult crowd (unless you’re a hot girl who likes slutty costumes, or a boy who likes to look at that).  This holiday is a beast.

Everywhere you look in this country, Christmas is there.  You can’t walk down the street these days without running into an inflatable Santa.  There are entire radio stations that exist to play nothing but Christmas music.  The TV stations play all the Christmas specials during the time of you, from the good ones, to the shit ones.  Christmas has become a cancer that is consuming society.  If we learned nothing from Black Friday, it is that consumerism that surrounds this holiday owns us.  We are owned by our stuff.  This holiday started as a celebration of the season, and a love of humanity.  Now, it is about DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!  Buy a electric scooter, because walking is for suckers!

But Fox News wasn’t content to just go after atheists.  No, they also had to turn their attention to another group of people who is pretty fun to hate, these days – the gays.  See, Bill O’Reilly, who has already shamed himself with his ridiculously stupid comment that Christianity is not a religion, it’s a philosophy (*jerk-off motion* outright lie!), decided that he would have some guests on his show to offer another opinion.  Here is the opinion of one of those guests –

 The war on Christmas is very, very real, and if you ask me, in addition to some grouchy misanthropic heathen atheists it has to do — at the root of it — with two things — abortion and the gay rights agenda, because Christianity is against those things. It’s subtle but that’s why it’s so pronounced in recent years.

Ugh…give me a minute…

First, “grouchy misanthropic heathen atheists?”  Yeah, I’m a misanthrope, but I guarantee that I am in the minority.  And grouchy?  Have you ever seen O’Reilly’s show?  This has got to be the most miserable, cranky old man in the history of television.  O’Reilly hates the world.  It’s so obvious.  You can’t yell as much as he does on camera and not have some ugly feelings towards life in general.  But far more offensive is the belief that somehow, abortion and gay rights are destroying Christmas.

The ultimate truth about all of this is that Fox News has this brilliant scheme that they can sell every year, to sell hatred.  They are selling bigotry.  They are selling the idea that we should hate people.  They are selling hate, during a time of year when we should be embracing love.  That is kind of sick.  That is how these religious zealots, the demagogues and ultimate charlatans have let themselves become.

Fox News, you sell hatred, during Christmas time.  Fuck you!

Until next time, a quote,

“Because for whatever annoying, local, ticky-tack, Christmas-abolishing story you and your merry band of persecution-seeking researchers can scour the wires to dig up, the rest of us can’t swing a dead elf without knocking over an inflatable snow-globe or a giant blinking candy cane!”  -Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Peace out,


Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Understand “Gangnam Style?”

Oh Bill…I always have found you funny.  Your racism has been a source for my amusement in the past.  You are so delightfully stupid.  There isn’t a single grain of intelligence anywhere inside of that little head of yours that still doesn’t understand how tides work.  And when you pwned on that, you then tried to say that we don’t know how the moon got there.  Which we do.  Your stupidity is just great.  We love you, Bill.  You’re a great guy.  People like you should be in a museum somewhere, making millions of little children happy.  And the best way that you can make us happy now is by showing us your racism.

See, apparently, Bill O’Reilly can’t wrap his mind around “Gangnam Style.”  This dance style has been parodied in all sorts of ways (here’s a link to my personal favorite 🙂 ).  It became a viral sensation almost the moment that it went on to YouTube.  With over 800,000,000 views to date, that’s pretty crazy.  Especially for a video from South Korea.  But props to the guy who made it, PSY, it is pretty funny to watch.  But to O’Reilly, this just was too confusing.  So, he decided to bring on his psychiatrist friend to try and make sense of this.  Let’s see what they come up with.  As always, here’s a link to the original video, so you know I’m not pulling this out of my ass.  Let’s see what O’Reilly has to say.

Here to help explain the madness is Dr. Keith Ablow.

The madness?  What is mad about this video, Bill?  I am a quiver with curiosity.

Alright, so the guy, remember the pony?  I think he’s doing a pony!

Well, you’ve shown that you can see.  That’s a good first step.  Maybe a little more education and you can learn to read!  It’s hard watching them grow up…

I mean, you know, the pony.

Yup, it’s a pony.

That’s what he’s doing.  He’s jumping up and down.  And 800,000,000 views of this?  What’s going on?

People like a sick beat?  I should tell you up-front, that there will be two people speaking in this, and I will keep things color-coded so you know who’s who.  Red is O’Reilly, and blue is his little friend..  This is O’Reilly, being really, really stupid.

Well look, there will be those who dismiss this as having no meaning.  As just being a good beat, and a lot of fun.  I won’t be one of those dismissing it.

Well, you’re gonna be no fun to listen to.

Because when you approach a billion views on YouTube, and surpass Justin Bieber (YAY!), perhaps you’re tapping into something.

Again, that people like a sick beat.  What is so complicated about this that makes it so hard for you to understand?!  I don’t get how you can be this stupid!  It really is just people liking a sick beat, and a cute little Korean man doing a funny dance.  That’s it.  My cousin went as PSY for Halloween, and I thought it was adorable.  How hard is this to get?  I legitimately think you are idiots.

And I think what this fella is tapping into is in fact, this PSY, P-S-Y,

Okay, you can spell.  That’s a good thing for a guest on Bill’s show to be able to do.  Hopefully you can teach him how to.

is tapping into the fact that people don’t want any meaning. 


Right now.  Music, the most popular music is apparently that without intelligible words, to some extent.

No, you can’t be this stupid.  You can’t possibly be this racist and stupid.  It’s in Korean, you jackass!  The language of this song is very clearly in Korean.  You can understand every word, because this song does have a meaning.  It is trying to convey a message.  But apparently, you didn’t take the time out to do any real research, so your stupid fucking Fox News viewing base who can’t find their own cocks with two hands and a road-map don’t have to think too hard.  Ugh…

That simply conveys it to a distant place, beat-wise.  Doesn’t try to convince you of anything.  And does try to raise your emotions.  It just is sort of like a drug.

You’re so dumb!  Like a drug?!  What the hell does that mean?!  Are you going to OD on PSY?  That…sounds kind of fun, to be honest with you.  But let’s keep going.  It’s just getting to the funny bits.

And that seems to be what most people want right now.  Not reality, not feeling, not meaning.

Okay, you stupid “Dr.” I’m gonna fill you in on something.  This song actually does have a meaning.  It’s a satire.  See, PSY is satirizing the Gangnam District, in Korea.  It’s where the primarily rich people live.  PSY is making fun of that culture.  He also happens to be doing it with a sick beat.  But you’re inability to see this, and make racist remarks about not understanding it is just hilarious, because it shows that not only does Fox News not care that it’s racist, but it also doesn’t care that it’s stupid.  This network is openly stupid.  Does anyone remember that video on The Daily Show with Fox and Friends, where Jon Stewart (who recently turned, 50, by the way!  Happy Birthday, Jon!) asked the question of if Fox News was “evil or stupid?”  Well, now we know.  They’re stupid.  Just stupid.

Alright, so it means nothing, but it’s got a nice up-beat to it, and you can do the pony and ride around.  That’s it, right?

No, Bill, it’s not.  But I understand.  You’re not smart enough to comprehend satire, symbolism, or anything approaching intelligence.  So, we’ll let you off the hook this time.

Yeah, I think that the meaning is that it has no meaning.


It is the son of Facebook, if you will. 

Wait, what?!  The “son of Facebook?”  Is the implication here that Facebook has no meaning?  Wow, how can you be that dumb?!  Facebook has a very clear meaning.  It’s an extension of the human social network.  Connections that you make in the real world go online.  We all are connected through these social mediums, and they allow people who made connections to continue those connections when they head off in different directions.  Facebook has revolutionized the social experience.  It’s a lot like Sean Parker’s character said in the film.  “First we live in towns, then we lived in cities, and now we’ll live on the internet!”  That is a huge meaning.  But you are too stupid to get that?!  No wonder Bill’s audience never got any smarter watching him.

The false face that so many people now put on their lives.  The lack of insight, if you will, is reflected in this person’s popularity.

You ever read those really famous political philosophers that sound really pretentious and dumb, and you can’t stand listening to them, because it sounds like they are just pulling stuff out of their ass to sound smart?  Well, that’s exactly what this is.  You want to talk about meaning – this quote has no meaning.  You said nothing.  And you want to sound smart saying nothing.  Congrats.

I don’t see anything wrong with this.  You know, if you want to waste your time looking at this, or you like the beat, I don’t see anything wrong with that.  You might lose a few pounds jumping up and down like a pony.  That might help out.  So I don’t see anything wrong with this.  Is there anything wrong with this?

Wow.  O’Reilly said something sensible.  I don’t know what to think.  In all his stupidity, he actually said something relatively smart.  I don’t know who I am anymore.  Oh, and to answer your question, no there isn’t.  But I’m sure your pretentious “Dr.” has a different opinion.

Well look, is there anything wrong with it?  I guess I’d say this – to the extent that you revel in things that don’t speak to you, that you use something to transport you away from real thought and deep feeling,

Two things you know nothing about.

yeah, there’s something wrong with it.

I can’t wait to hear your explanation.  Enlighten me, oh pretentious one.  What is wrong with this cute little Korean man making a satire video against rich people?

Wait-wait-wait-wait-wait!  Elvis Presley was watched seven times a day, that might not be good.  Why would this be?
It’s the same as getting high.  In miniature.
I don’t agree.

Was O’Reilly just the voice of reason?  What the fuck?!

So yeah, that was our little clip of O’Reilly and his stupid little pretentious friend.  Wasn’t it fun?  I hope I brightened your day.  Or enraged you at how stupid this is.  Either way… 😀

Until next time, a quote,

“Stupidity isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.”  – Laurell K. Hamilton

Peace out,


Obama Wins, Stock Markets Crash?

Don’t worry, I am not going to take the Fox News approach to this.  I am actually asking a much deeper question – why was this a news article?  For real, what kind of article has this question in its title.  Here is the title of the article on Yahoo News –

Stock market plunges: Is Obama to blame?

When I first saw this, I felt this part of me that has kind of gotten away from politics lately, coming back.  That inner rage that I have toward the idiots that you elect to run this country, and the even bigger rage to the corrosive culture that backs them, and ensures that you will never have a better choice, coming back.  I felt that rage, because this article title is bullshit.

That’s what it is, straight-up bullshit.  First of all, why is this on Yahoo news?  Or better yet, why would this title be on any “news” group’s front page?  I mean, there is a real problem here.  The stock markets have suffered greatly.  The Dow has fallen over 300 points, and this could be a real problem.  But to immediately have the question posed “Is Obama to blame?” basically sells out the credibility that you had, because it is saying, out-right, than you are not going to be objective about this.  You are not going to be fair about this.  You are immediately trying to swing the article.  I mean, this is the sort of stuff that I expect from Fox News any day of the week.  Their ideological demagoguery knows no bounds.  They will spin anything toward their side, if they can do it.  They are whores for their own conservative spin.  I just expect this from them.  They should have stopped calling themselves “News” ages ago.  They aren’t news.  If anything, they are nothing more than a conservative propaganda machine, a very well-oiled conservative propaganda machine, designed to give their views to the people.  The “reporters”, and I use that term loosely because the charlatans on that network don’t know the first thing about good journalism, exist to sell a view point and make money.  But why are other news networks doing this?

Next, why are people surprised at this?  Every economist who is worth their salt has been saying that the stock market is a powder-keg that is looking to explode.  This isn’t news.  If anything, this should have been seen coming from a mile away.  If you want to blame Obama for anything, blame him for doing jack-shit to stop something like this happen.  His Wall Street Reform bill was a joke.  The Obama administration did nothing to hold the bankers and hedge fund managers who got us into this mess accountable for their actions.  If anything, these people got paid for their mistake.  They got paid for ruining this country’s economy.  If you want to blame Obama for that, I got your back.  I have problems with him too for that very reason.  Among others.  But this is not shocking.  There’s a reason why this isn’t headline news everywhere.  Huffington Post is sucking Obama’s dick, because they are all PC liberals on that site.  I don’t see this as a huge issue everywhere, though I’m sure it will be soon enough.

Journalism in this country is broken.  It really is.  MSNBC spent the entire election cycle sucking Obama’s dick and talking about how he was basically the savior of the free world.  CNN…well, nobody cares about them.  They haven’t been relevant for years.  The best piece of journalism that I saw about this was on FRONTLINE, where they actually examined the candidates in a serious way.  This media is becoming such a laughing-stock that the rest of the world tunes in to see what stupid shit America’s news is going to say next.  I swear, the best news network talking about the 2012 election was The fucking Onion!  They were the only good part about watching the news during this cycle.

I am really starting to regret that I am getting my degree here in a year or so in Journalism.  Because I am going to be leaving her, and have to fight tooth and claw to get into a field that is filled with back-stabbing, corruption, and greed.  News isn’t about news anymore.  It is about ratings, and getting that story out, with the best spin, so that people will flood in and hear your stupid-ass opinion about it.  I still do have respect for Rachel Maddow, regardless of how ideological her network is.  I miss Keith Olbermann.  The guy was a little bit temperamental, but hey, at least he talked about stuff.  That was more than most.

News in this country needs help.  It needs serious help.  America is becoming something to laugh at around the rest of the world.  I swear, the day is coming that The Onion can be a straight news network, because the rest are so ridiculously hilarious.

Until next time, a quote,

“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”  -Oscar Wilde

Peace out,


Rev. Jesse Peterson: Misogynist of the day

So, as usual, I was introduced to a person via YouTube.  His name is Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.  I originally saw this video on The Amazing Atheist’s channel, but I thought that I would go after this guy with my own interpretation, just so I can have fun.  As with all these other posts, here is a link, and let’s go.

I want to say goodbye to America.

Well, I guess he’s leaving.  That’s one less stupid person here in America.  Well, and I thought this was going to be an annoying video.  Thank goodness.

Uh, it’s over.  My America is gone.

I wasn’t aware that you had copyright ownership of America.  I thought that Wal-Mart had that one.

It’s unfortunate, but it’s over.  And short of God intervening, I don’t see a turnaround.

If this guy is waiting for God to do something, he’ll be waiting a while.  I think he’s got a backlog of desperate prayers from Ethiopian children who are starving to death that he will never answer.  Or maybe he is working back on the prayers of Haitian women being beaten and raped by psychotic gangs that he is going to never get done.  Yeah, preach, I think that you will be waiting a while.

I still have hope, I’m not hopeless, but I don’t see any turnaround.  I realize that one of the primary reasons that it is over for America is because women are taking over.

Here we go.  Stupidity begins!  You’re one of these Christians, who think that women are the problem.  I was hoping that you weren’t that stupid, but okay, I will listen to you.

But, uh, not all.  There are some, a few out there, that are logical women and can make sound decisions, but most

Oh boy, this is gonna be good.


*facepalm* Yes, most women are apparently too stupid to make sound decisions.  I’m assuming that you are talking about women who don’t share your views and your values.  I’m sure you’re not talking about women who are empowered and think that you’re full of shit.

Um, and the unfortunate thing is that they’re in powerful positions.  They’re running businesses and things like that.  And the one thing I know, for sure, without a doubt,

I think we caught that you are serious when you said “for sure,” you sexist douchebag.  But yeah, women are in positions of power over men, and that’s bad.  That’s your premise.  Okay.  Let’s just keep moving.  We’ve got a lot more ground to cover.

women cannot handle power.

Oh my god are you stupid!  Oh shit, you couldn’t be dumber.  This is like watching a truck driver think he can plow through a brick wall with his car.  That hurts my brain to hear.

It’s not in them to handle power in the right way.  They don’t know what to do with it.

And your evidence for this is…what, exactly?  I’m curious, how did you arrive to this conclusion?  What metric of reading data did you use to find out that women cannot handle power?

And then secondly, it’s not real power anyway.

What?  What kind of power is it?

Power that the world gives you is not power.  It’s all ego-building.  Real, true power comes from God.

And how exactly do you tap into that?  This is so dumb that it honestly makes my brain hurt.  Preach, you are so stupid, but you don’t know it.  First, yes it is power.  If you have control of a business or a state or a country, you better believe that you have real power, because you can really change things, in a substantial way.  Next, since God has made no appearance since they discovered how to document things, there is no metric for measuring this God-given power that you have canonized so much.  Not to mention, you sexist pig, if women have no real power, how are they a danger to America?

And God is the that gave man the power and authority, over the wife.  And to spiritually guide the world.

Yet another person taking lessons from a book of desert fairytales that have no place in the real world.  And men are not the brilliant geniuses that you seem to believe.  There are plenty of dumb-shit guys who can’t find their dicks without two hands a road-map.  You are not only unfactual, but you are just funny in how stupid you actually are.

And I realize that men’ve made mistakes in the past.  But most men did not make mistakes in the past.  When men were in charge, things were tougher and, you know, more solid.

What does that mean, exactly?  How can things be tougher and more solid?  That’s something to describe the base of one’s home.  You associate it with people now.

And, the one thing I realize is that the world has done to women, women have been degraded.  Women are now degraded.  They have no shame.

I find it so ironic that you are saying that women have been degraded, while you are at a pulpit, degrading them.  The hypocrisy is so sweet.  And by the way, what exactly should they be ashamed of?  Having power?  Yes, because being an empowered woman is just the worst!

 Women are just sitting there, testifying about how much sex they’re having out of wed-lock.  And all these women into all this stuff, with now shame.  Women would not have done that in the good old days.  There would have been a sense of shame about it.

Yes, back in the good old days, women would be ashamed about having their own sexuality.  And that is the good old days you want to go back to.  Back when beating a woman was socially acceptable?  There was a time in America, not too especially long ago, that smacking your woman was considered socially okay, so long as it was done in private.  You want violence against women, preach?  Or maybe you want to go back to the Bible’s way of doing things, where women are nothing but sex objects that must obey men and create kids.  Either way, that’s just pathetic and sick.

But she had no shame about it, and I’m like ‘wow.’  First of all, she’s presented herself, Rush Limbaugh called her a ‘slut.’  And she didn’t realize that she looked like a slut, sitting there making that type of confessing, confession (he can’t speak, like most sexist bigots).

So, he’s talking about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who was trying to secure contraception from women, not just for sexual purposes, but also for all the purposes outside of that, like helping women who have especially hardcore periods, or ovarian cysts.  Yeah, she didn’t realize that she looked like a slut, that’s what you’re arguing?  The same way that you don’t realize that you look like an asshole, preach?

And I’m thinking, ‘wow, what happened to women’ that this is okay to, um, export themselves in a way.  How did we get to a point where women think we can pay for them to have sex?

We don’t.  We have women who think that private insurance companies, not churches, should be required to pay for contraception.  Not an unfair request.  They aren’t asking for you or your congregation to pay anything, but for the private companies to have to cover it.

How did we get to a point, they want to force us to buy them birth control?  You know, was I sleeping when this was happening?

Obviously, since you didn’t get the memo that we are doing no such thing.

You know, I didn’t see this coming.

Clearly, since you are misrepresenting it to your clearly ignorant audience.

It blows my mind.  No one is saying, ‘where’s your shame, woman?  Why aren’t you embarassed?  What happened to you?’  And it’s unfortunate that women are allowed, that men are so weak, have been so intimidated, that they allow these women to just run wild and screw up everything.

What exactly have women screwed up?  You are making character misrepresentations, along with attacking things you clearly don’t understand, but what evidence do you have of things that are screwed up?!  Where is that evidence?!  You’ve just rambled on, saying nothing about what women have supposedly screwed up.

It’s another big mistake to, and I think I may have hit on this already,

That’s never a good sign, when you realize you are just restating what you have already said,

is to put women into powerful positions,  businesses and job, because they can’t handle stress.  They can’t handle anything.

One gave birth to your sorry ass.  That’s an accomplishment.

You walk up to them with an issue, they freak out right away.

You know, preach, look up some of the statistics one of these days about how women fair so much better than men in survival situations.

Especially if they can’t get the problem resolved right away.  I’ve seen it happen at airports and banks and the post office, one issue goes wrong, and they go nuts.  They get mad, they get upset, just like that.  They have no patience.

Oh my god, you just went there.  You literally just equated women having an issue at a post office to a woman not being able to run a country?!  Un-fucking-believable.  Some part of you has to realize that you are nothing but scum, right?  Some insignificant part of you has to get that there is nothing decent in that misogynist brain of yours, right?  Please tell me that you have an inkling of understanding, because I need to believe that you do.

 Because it’s not in their nature, they don’t have love.

Women don’t have LOVE?!?!  I’m having a brain melt-down for how stupid this is!  This can’t get any dumber!  You are the stupidest person the face of the fucking planet!  You are the dumbest person in the world!

One of the greatest mistakes that America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote.  We should have never turned it over to women.


And these women are voting in the wrong people.  They are voting in people who are evil, who agrees with them, who are going to take us down this pathway of destruction.

You know, for saying that women have no real power, you certainly do ascribe a lot of power to them, you know that?

And this is probably the reason that they didn’t allow women to vote when men were men.

As opposed to, us now being all…hemaphrodites?

Because men, in the good old days, understood the nature of the woman.  They were not afraid to deal with it.  And they understood that if you let them take over, this is what would happen.

What has happened, exactly?  Could you please explain?!  A vast majority of Congress is men.  The President is a man.  His cabinet is filled with mostly men.  What exactly have women been able to achieve, you dim-witted, brain-dead, misogynist?  Not to mention, you have clearly demonstrated that you don’t know jack-shit about women.  Not one fucking thing.

But this is how evil is coming in.  It’s coming through the woman.  It really is.  I know ya’ll don’t want to hear it, but it’s the truth, so help me.

Oh I’ll help you.  Right off the edge of a cliff.

And if you doubt me, all you have to do is look around, open up your eyes and look around yourself and see it for yourself.

Yeah, because shit in this country has gotten so bad.  We are doing better than almost any nation on Earth, we are falling massively behind the rest of the 1st-world, but hey, that’s a small problem, right?  Everything has just gone to shit.  According to you.

It’s not hard to see anymore.  Look at every place where a woman is in control, and it may be not all, but most

Stop right there!  You just every place where a woman is control, but some still reasonable part of your brain concedes that it isn’t all places?  I love how you don’t catch that.

you see nothing but confusion.  There is no good in it at all, none.

Preach, I can totally understand why you are confused.  But I’ll explain it – you’re an idiot.

If you speak the truth, they’ll shut you down.  But if you go along with it, if you speak lies, then they’re just fine with it.  Don’t worry about your freedom.

Oh yes, because the freedom of speech is just so fucking dead.  Moron…

But if you disagree, your freedom of truth, truth-speak, truth-speech, is being shut-down.


And it’s just happening.  It looks like it can’t be stopped.  It’s just happening.  Because women are in positions of power.

Nobody is shutting you down, you sexist pig.  You have the freedom to say your sexist bullshit all you want, and we have the freedom to call you out on it.  You are on Fox News all the time, bitching about women with your equally stupid friend, Sean Hannity.  You have all the press coverage in the world, so how are you bitching about how you are being shut down?

What you don’t like is that we don’t agree with you . We call bullshit on you, and that is what you don’t like.  Well guess what, Preach, too fucking bad.  You don’t get the right to dictate our morals and our values to us, much as you and that holy book you cling to so hard try.

You can look at the homes, you can look at the businesses, you can look at the community.  Wherever women are in schools, wherever women are taking over, evil reigns.

And you close with more sexism.  You close with the stupid belief that women shouldn’t get an education, either.  Man, you and the Muslims have so much in common!

Here is what I want you all to do.  Go visit their website –

Call their phone number-


And tell these people what they and their sexist values can go and do.

Until next time, a quote,

“Oh yeah-yeah-yeah, we will vist, and we will call, but you ain’t gonna fucking like it.”  -TJ Kincaid, JESSE PETERSON: WORST PERSON EVER?!  

Peace out,


I Picked the Wrong Effing Major

So, I am a journalism and public communications major.  I am really starting to regret having picked this major, because honestly, looking at it critically, I am probably going to be one of the millions of Americans who are barely scraping by.  I am probably going to be one of those people who can barely manage to keep it together, payingo ff my college debts, because I don’t make hardly any money, if any at all.  My field is rapidly dying, and the online market, which is where I am working to expand in, is nothing but pennies in the bucket to the written market, which is dying fast.

I have always been good at anything that I have set my mind too, but skill really doesn’t matter in this country anymore.  Greed, deviousness, and cleverness get you infinitely further than skill.  Emotional intelligence plays a role as well.  It has been determined that a person who has vast amounts of emotional intelligence is more likely to do well financially than any other area that can be determined on a standard IQ test.  I do have a lot of that.  I inherited that feature from Sally.  But in the end, if I can’t find any open doors, what is the point?  Living in Alaska doesn’t help.  The print journalism field is dead, absolutely dead.  A professor here at UAA, Edgar Blatchford, is trying to bring two newspapers back.  I wish him luck.  If he can’t make them big on local issues, his newspaper will go down in flames.  Both of them will.  It is an unpleasant thing anymore.

With online journalism becoming the hub for the new generation, why would people want to wait for a newspaper to tell them what NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox can tell them instantly online?  It is the Catch-22 that The New York Times, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other big-time newspapers that are still faring well are facing.  Charging for stories is one avenue.  NYT did it, and they are doing well because people are paying.  That is a newspaper that has a reputation for being good, so people will pay for what they can get.  However, for small-town guys like me, the chances aren’t great to get into a good job.

Plus, most of what I like to do is to examine politics.  Now, I don’t agree that there is such a thing as “objective” or “straight” journalism.  I am with Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers, and Edward R. Murrow on this.  It is literally impossible not to have a bias.  And all those who say that guys like Murrow, Koppel, and Cronkite never had any bias.  They had plenty.  They went out of their way to report the things that they believed needed to be reported on, and they were rightly lionized for being good reporters, but they weren’t afraid to say the things that needed to be said.  But it is good that we are having this debate.  But for me, I don’t mind injecting some opinion into things.  My belief as a reporter is that if you present as much information as you can, you have your own opinion and say what it is.  Since you’ve given information, let the public decide what they believe.  If we had a smarter public, that might just be a very good option.  As it stands, America has an unbelievably stupid public that is kept stupid by the fact that the corporate media doesn’t give as much info as possible.

But the field that I have chosen is oddly dead.  I am starting to think that maybe it was a mistake to pick this major.  But I can’t help it.  I love this stuff. I live for this stuff.  Looking at the political and cultural issues, as many as I can, and being part of the discussion is part of what keeps me whole as a person.  I believe that people who hate politics don’t seem to understand that this is stuff that affects your future.  I am a misanthrope, I hate this and the people who are a part of it, but I keep watching because honestly, I don’t think we have another choice.  I have to know what is going on.  We all do, because when the public stops caring, when all opinion is heading in one direction or ignored, that is when it will feel like fascism to me.

In any case, I may not be able to do anything with this.  I wish I could get some advertisers to my blog, either this one or my professional blog.  That would be a good start.  The inevitable goal would be to find a platform where I could talk about the things that I have interest in, and find a way to make money doing it.  Talking is overrated to some, but to me, discussion is an absolute must for any society to function.  And so there must be a place for one such as myself.  It must be a rational discussion.  This discussion must not be just two or more people screaming at each other.  Another part of the problem in modern discourse is that most of what we talk about is nothing more than a ballet of people who are screaming at one-another.  So, when I say that people like Bill O’Reilly are what is wrong with this country, I am talking about the fact that these people are part of a system of people who will lie and not admit it.  NPR, PBS, BBC, and several other areas of media are able to do what I believe works – talk about the issues that matter, and do so in a rational manner that allows others to disagree.

So, I think I may have picked the wrong major, not because of a values or what I want, but because making money does come first.  Bummer, but that is how it is.

Until next time, a quote,

“I don’t know if what I am doing is right.  I am trying.  I have to, because whatever that was before, we have to fix it!”  -Keith Olberman, Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Peace out,


Truths that we have Obscured Behind Comfortable Euphemisms

It’s amazing how a single thought or a single line from a publication, a film, or a TV show can make you think that they touched on something so profound.  Sometimes, it is profound without them even knowing it.  Like reality just wanted to make itself heard.  And then other times, it is deliberately done by those who created the program or work because they wanted to draw issue to this topic, and by doing so, they bring a new face to something that we all need to think about.  For this post, the thing I am talking about is how fiction has brought up the issue of the fact that people want to hide their consciences’ from the fact that they are suggesting horrible things.

There was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “The Measure of a Man.”  It got me to thinking about this concept very specifically, because as a person, I am coming to believe that we are becoming very adept at making things easy to digest, so we don’t have to tackle any big moral or ethical issues in this country, and indeed on this entire planet.

I will give this scene of dialogue, because honestly, I don’t want this to be a single quote.  A single quote can’t say it all.  Here is some dialogue between Capt. Picard and the bartender, Guinan.  Here is what got me to this deep level of cultural introspection –

Guinan: And now he is about to be ruled the property of Starfleet.  That should increase his value.

Picard: In what way?

Guinan: Well, consider that in the history of many worlds, there have always been disposable creatures.  They do the dirty work.  They do the work that nobody else wants to do because it’s too difficult or too hazardous.  And an army of Data’s, all disposable, you don’t have to think about their welfare, you don’t think about how they feel.  Whole generations of disposable people.

Picard: You’re talking about slavery!

Guinan: I think that’s a little harsh.

Picard: I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think that’s the truth.  But that’s a truth that we have obscured, put behind a comfortable, easy euphemism.  Property.  But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”

That dialogue is among the best scenes of dialogue that I have ever seen in television.  The scene that follows has one of the best monologues that I have seen in television.  The fact is that we all do things to keep our integrity whole, while putting into place another group that we have a disagreement with.  Or a group that we don’t want to think about.

During the Healthcare Reform debates, Fox News sent out memos telling their people to give the bill bad names, talking about how they were supposed to make it seem as ominous as possible, so it didn’t make it sound like they were advocating for denying people healthcare.  No, instead they could call it “government-run healthcare.”  The Libertarians sure got on that bandwagon.  Never mind that it wasn’t telling people that they couldn’t get other insurance.  There was a nifty quote by somebody that the public option wasn’t restricting businesses, it was just adding another player into the mix.  Very smart.

Never mind that there is no single good reason why we don’t have universal healthcare.  People will cite Canada and their problems pretty fast, but they don’t realize that, like evolution, government is about trial and error.  Yes, things don’t work sometimes, but then there are other times, like the NHS, where it works swimmingly.  But I am off-topic.

There was the article that was written in Rolling Stone magazine talking about the “The Kill Team.”  In that article, there was one testimony where a soldier said that they were told by their commanding officers not to think of the Afghanis as people.  “Haji,” was the usual term for them.  They were given a euphemism to make it seem like they were somewhat less human than the Americans who were there to kill them.  Is it any wonder that human life is regarded with such little value?  These people were being told to look down on those who they were killing as less than human.  And really, this concept goes all over the place.

Back to the episode of Star Trek that is linked above, the fact is that Guinan is right.  Throughout all cultures in this world, and probably other worlds, it has been pretty customary to have people who are usually given little to no compensation for their efforts to be doing the work of the people who do not wish to do that, who do not wish to involve themselves in.  Back then, it used to be with people who we would forcibly take out of their homes and would put to work for us.  They were also called “Property.”  It was taught to people that you didn’t think of your slaves as people.  They were just “Negroes.”  It is a part of American history that is a black mark.

But these days, we have our own version of it.  These days, we have things like how companies will use illegal immigrants to do the work that they don’t want to pay people a decent wage to do.  Honestly, I am starting to wonder if the corporate heads of this country have any souls at all.  They will throw away jobs left and right, and not care at all.  There was an article in The Huffington Post about this concept.  Workers in this country are starting to realize that tooth and claw and cutthroat business is the only way they will survive.  As work gets harder and harder to find, the social issues that divide people are starting to grow again.  Honestly, I wish the poor in this nation would rise up, and decide that they have had enough.

We are all accustomed to being told that something is this or that, and it makes us feel better.  Don’t like the Republicans?  You are “un-American.”  Don’t like Conservative of Libertarian values?  Then you must be a “socialist” or a “Marxist!”  Never mind that socialism is NOT a dirty word.

Really, it is part of our species that when we are faced with the tough issues, the really big challenges, we don’t want to stare directly at them.  It is part of the reason that people don’t like politics, it is part of the reason that the liberal community is the underdog in the modern political landscape.  Nobody wants to realize that universal healthcare is good.  Nobody wants people to know that liberals are just people who don’t agree.  Nobody wants to accept that helping others is the reason we are all here, not getting money, not making a new phone.  The hard issues are never the ones people want to see.  It is easier to just ignore, to just close our eyes, and to pretend it doesn’t exist.

I think I’ll end with Picard’s monologue from the episode above.  I really do think it is an amazing bit.  The euphemisms exist so people won’t care.  I desperately need to believe that the bulk of people do.  Maybe, that is too much to hope for.

Your honor, a courtroom is a crucible. In it we burn away irrelevancies until we are left with the pure product, the truth, for all time. Now sooner or later this man or others like him will succeed in replicating Commander Data. And the decision you reach here today will determine how we will regard this creation of our genius? It will reveal the kind of a people we are and what he is destined to be. It will reach far beyond this courtroom and this one android. It could significantly redefine the boundaries of personal liberty and freedom, expanding them for some, savagely curtailing them for others. Are you prepared to condemn him and all who come after him to servitude and slavery? Your honor, Starfleet was founded to seek out new life. Well, there it sits, waiting. You wanted a chance to make law, well, here it is, make it a good one.

Peace out,