Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When a Sheet isn't just a Sheet

Via my old roommate, Ed.

Poor, poor bastards:



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M and H, oh how do I love thee.

We is America � Margaret and Helen:

"Margaret, I haven’t laughed so hard since Katie Couric interviewed Sarah Palin. A few thousand white folks called in sick to work last week so they could parade around the nation’s capital on Saturday and Fox News declares a revolution is underway. My goodness. I don’t know which is more sad – the fact that they couldn’t spell half the words written on their illegible signs or that they all left their white hoods at home. Bring the hippies back. Their protests were much more entertaining.

Just to give you some perspective:"
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The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge

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We'd all be much better off if we didn't wait 2-3 years after a Moore movie to determine that he's always freakin' right.

Arianna Huffington: Barack Obama Must See Michael Moore's New Movie (and So Must You)!

After a preview screening last week (at which I did a Q&A session with Michael), he came over to my home for a late night bite. Over lasagna, he told me about an incident that occurred while he was filming that exemplifies how the economic crisis cannot be looked at through a left vs right prism.

It happened while he and his crew were shooting the climax of the movie, where Michael decides to mark Wall Street as a crime scene, putting up yellow police tape around some of the financial district's towers of power.

While unfurling the tape in front of a "too big to fail" bank, he became aware of a group of New York's finest approaching him. Moore has a long history of dealing with policemen and security guards trying to shut him down, but in this case he knew he was, however temporarily, defacing private property. And his shooting schedule didn't leave room for a detour to the local jail. So, as the lead officer came closer, Moore tried to deflect him, saying: "Just doing a little comedy here, officer. I'll be gone in a minute, and will clean up before I go."

The officer looked at him for a moment, then leaned in: "Take all the time you need." He nodded to the bank and said, "These guys wiped out a lot of our Police Pension Funds." The officer turned and slowly headed back to his squad car. Moore wanted to put the moment in his film, but realized it could cost the cop his job, and decided to leave it out. "When they've lost the police," he told me, "you know they're in trouble."

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White colonizers. Golf course cut from a jungle inhabited by unruly monkeys.

Nothing racists about Roy Blunt, folks. Just your run of the mill policy disagreements.

Bruce Wilson: Roy Blunt (R-MO) Tells Racism-Tinged Monkey Joke at DC Conference

Congressman Blunt then went on to tell an anecdote which suggested that life in Washington, for GOP members today, is comparable to the lot of imperial British agents in India who had to contend with monkeys running amok on a golf course that the colonial occupiers had carved out of the verdant Indian jungle. There was a problem, the Missouri Representative explained; monkeys would come out of the jungle, grab golf balls, and throw them about. Amidst swelling laughter from his audience Roy Blunt narrated,

"I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the 'monkey problem.' But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time."

It seemed like a direct window into the psyche of the revanchist wing of the GOP; politics is a golf game and unruly Democrat "monkeys" have swarmed out of the jungle to disrupt the play. Since it is impractical to "eliminate" the monkeys, accommodations will have to be made. Republicans will now "play the ball where the monkey throws it."

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I may be frustrated over some policy inaction with Obama, but it is always good to be reminded that elections do have consequences and because the right guy was elected, good things like this happen.

Only a commitment, though. Much work to be done to ensure Net Neutrality.

FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality | Save the Internet:

"The fight for Net Neutrality took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet.

In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Julius Genachowski said the FCC must be a 'smart cop on the beat” preserving Net Neutrality against increased efforts by providers to block services and applications over both wired and wireless connections."
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FYI: I'm not one of them.

mental_floss Blog � 4 People With Super Memory

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Can I get an Amen, fellas. (NSFW b/c you have a shitty job)

Lingerie Football PHOTOS: Denver Dream VS. Los Angeles Temptation

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Grandpa ain't takin' no shit. Grandma gets a good kick in at the end, too.



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2 comments:

davyproctorboy said...

great blog today....

JPW said...

Gracias, Davy.