Above is Kanye endorsed.
I should put these in the comments of the last post but I do not know HMlt. Long but interesting article that came out a couple of years ago by a professor from Harvard and one from the University of Chicago about the Lobby, which is not some monolithic thing, nor is it a strictly Jewish thing either. These guys then were destroyed academically, naturally. In terms of Israel, Likud I hate, which most Jews would agree with me on. It is just unfortunate in the last eight years their way of thinking has been encouraged and rewarded. The rest of the world isn't quite so cowed. But they are all anti-semites in Europe, right?
Also, here are some thoughts on the "Blacks made Prop 8 Happen" bullshit that I have heard more than once. You were up against it with the Mormons, people, not the Blacks. They did a lot better at organizing and this should be a learning experience for the next time.
Finally, in a lighter way, I found an article in the NYT about Tom Wolfe, one of my favorites, who pimped his ride. At age 75.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I have no internet access at the moment for some unknown reason and won't until they check it out in a week. In a library now. Lots of news out of the Middle East lately. Y'know, if South Africa would have had a lobby like Israel does, they would still have apartheid. ANC/Hamas, same Motherfucking thing. US, who hates the Palestinians (The Kaffir of Israel) for some reason, of course is one sided in the debate. I was in a country bordering South Africa during Apartheid and knew white South Africans. The shit they would say is exactly the same way Israel speaks of their majority "problem". Little wonder they were such great allies during that time. We want Democracy for all nations except when it does not coincide with our highly pro Israel bias. Juan Cole has the shit down pat, and will explain in a non enraged way, like I cannot do. 5000 Palestinians killed since 2001, 1.5 million Gazans denied medical care, food, or any sort of sensible living conditions. Collective punishment, is that legal? Hebron settlers attacking unarmed and innocent Palestinians. Fuck that shit. I don't want to hear shit about rocket attacks that have killed, at most, 50 Israelis since the second Intifada. If one had any sense of history they would see that crushing a civilian population is not the way to go. But Israel has not learned well from their past oppressors. Or maybe too well. Hopefully, someday we as a society can have a meaningful discussion about this without all of the usual cowardly canards thrown up meant to block debate.
Posted by Jack Burton at 3:16 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Really, really great article by Glenn Greenwald at Salon. In it he argues that the same things that we condemn and look to hang people for, we use to "protect the Homeland". We have had worse threats than Islamic Terrorism in our history and I don't quite understand why we threw out our moral high ground for it. I know "24" and the like has made people believe if we just rip out one more fingernail we will stop that ticking bomb. Unfortunately, usually we end up with a lot of useless information since people will tell you anything after a bit of torture. War crimes are war crimes, they have always been committed throughout time to "protect you". Think every despot, tyrant, and Bog Roosh doesn't justify it the same way? I am not so naive to think this is a new phenomenon in our history but I don't think that we should continue a practice that only makes us look like what we are trying to destroy. Wait, what!?!! J. Lo and Skeletor might be getting divorced? Fuck, what was I talking about again?
Posted by Jack Burton at 11:59 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
OMG, OMG how could I have gone almost 15 years without hearing about this? I had heard of the "Where the South Won" books by Turtledove but I had no interest in that garbage. But aliens attacking, right in the middle of WWII by Turtledove? So that everyone has to bind together to fight reptilians? How come I had never heard of this? I am waiting my turn at the library as we speak for the first one. There are seven in the series. This is like a dream come true. But one question that I am wondering about; What of the German and Russian Holocausts and how are they addressed? I guess it doesn't matter when the aliens finally come. I can't wait. Very cool artwork that I stole from here.
Posted by Jack Burton at 8:42 PM
Is Arod Arod? Once again, the Packers have a chance to win the game at the end, with over two minutes left to go. I already knew what was coming, and of course I was not disappointed. For the second week in a row and fourth time this season. Rodgers throws an interception to seal the game. Seven games the Packers have a chance to come back, seven times they were unable to do it. Due to the ineptness that starts somewhere around ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. I am constantly bombarded by how great Aaron Rodgers stats are, but yet we are 5-9. I am constantly reminded that the defense constantly lets the team down, but the only starters in the Pro Bowl are Nick Collins and Charles Woodson, defensive players. I see Rodgers yelling at his receivers like that pussy Dan Marino. I see players fighting each other like teams that have been consistent losers for years. That is the future. I have come to be convinced that Rodgers is the Rodriguez of the NFL. Great stats when it doesn't matter, disappears completely when it does. I have been scoffed at with the sneer of, "Who threw the interception that kept us out of the Super Bowl?" while there is no mention of Plexico Burress making Al Harris his bitch and the offense running the ball only 13 times in -45 degree weather. The only thing I am waiting for now is the inevitable defeat in the final game of the season against the 0-15 Lions. There is no doubt that is going to happen. But I am sure the fan base will react with the same apathy and blind devotion to Daddy that they always do. A fan base that I once argued was the most football savvy in the league. I was wrong. They are only rooting for laundry.
Posted by Jack Burton at 7:41 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well, I guess torture was official policy. A few bad apples, huh? I like the strategy of completely losing any credibility whatsoever. That should not create any long term security issues. Who cares what anyone thinks about us. It's kind of funny that India can show more restraint against a hated rival (who were actually behind the massacre, unlike Iraq) than the "beacon of the world". I guess I'm just glib.
Posted by Jack Burton at 11:48 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
That is the current number of black coaches in D1 football. Auburn, when faced with hiring a new coach actually took a look at Turner Gill, who took a program at Buffalo that wasn't even playing football not so long ago to prominence. But instead took the safe choice (for the alumni) and hired a coach, Gene Chizik, who was 5-19 during his tenure at Iowa State. Fucking cowards, all. It will never change no matter what anyone says or does. Even if a black coach is given a chance his leash will be substantially shorter than a white coach (Ray Rhodes, anyone?). Update: Apparently there are four black coaches in D1. Oops, I take back everything now. The problem for Auburn wasn't neccessarily that Gill is black, it was that he is married to a white woman. Oh, that makes it all better now.
Posted by Jack Burton at 12:07 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I read an interesting post here that is about the hype machine Tebow. Watching the SEC title game last weekend was nauseating. "Bronco Nagurski!". "Red Grange (oh really?)". "Best college player ever!" I think I understand better now when all the haters rip Madden, Peter King, etc. for Tebagging Favre. Except for the most wins, yards, touchdowns, comebacks, and MVP's part. All without a credible go-to guy. Yeah, totally overrated. But anyway, the article makes the case, correctly, that not only is Tebow not the best college QB ever, he probably is not even the best in the last 30 years. Tommy Frazier was a wee bit better, and he never won the Heisman. Tebow scores mostly from three yards or less. He is a horrible passer (I know, who throws a lot of TD's, from the one yard line.) But he is a good Christian man who circumcises poor children in other countries. What!??!! Why is that a virtue? It is a purely religious act (on his part, at least) that is completely unnecessary in terms of health of a person. I am all for circumcision (for dudes) but don't act like he is all of a sudden preventing malnutrition and third world disease. I am sure he is a great guy and teammate. I just hate that he is somehow held up as the greatest thing ever because he is basically a fullback who is great at short yardage sneaks and spreads the Word. The Heisman is a total joke now as it has evolved from an award to the best player in the nation to now where it is given to the best QB on the best team. What really blows is that for the past month I have had very little other than a passing interest in the college game because there is nothing exciting about its postseason. Boy, I wonder what they could show in the month between the end of the season and the title game? Certainly not what all divisions in college football except D1 or whatever they call themselves these days are up to. That would take these student-athletes out of class during their winter break. These dumbasses are really not thinking very long term about the game. Fuck The BCS.
Update: Dammit, it is early and I am an idiot. Tebow is not even the best QB this decade. Vince Young had the best game I have ever seen in the title game against USC with Leinart, Lendale, and Bush. He had 200 yards rushing and over 200 passing against what many felt was the best college team ever. He should have won the Heisman in 'O5, not Eric Metcalfe, I mean Reggie Bush. I love the ESPN/ABC Hype machine.
Posted by Jack Burton at 8:08 AM
President To Face Down Monster Attack, Own Demons In Action-Packed Schedule
This would probably be a better alternative than what is really going to happen to the country.
Posted by Jack Burton at 7:48 AM
Whenever I talk to a person of right leaning ways, I ask them if they would have supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Without fail they always say, "Of course I would have." They are always talking about how they are the party of Lincoln and how they freed the slaves. Which is of course so false it is laughable. The point I am trying to make here is this: These assholes, in 30 years, are going to be saying the same thing about Gay Marriage. Of course they would have been for it. I saw Jon Stewart interview Mike Huckabee (who is far more dangerous than Palin, IMO) and basically fillet all of his offensive arguments this week. Stewart rightly kept bringing up segregation and how that position was bolstered by religious types and the like. Huckabee tried to put forward that 60% of the country is against gay marriage. I bet in the height of the Civil Rights struggle public opinion was against it, as well. Probably more than 60%. Which is why ballot initiatives need to be off the table. If Civil Rights were put to that sort of thing, I doubt I would exist right now. That is why there is a Judicial branch. Sometimes the right thing to do is not the most popular thing at the time it is decided. I just hope we all remember what these assholes are trying to deny people, once again, rights most take for granted. So when they try to say in the future how they felt it was right to allow gays to get married I get to punch them in
their smug faces. I was for that the whole time.
Posted by Jack Burton at 5:42 AM
Maybe Obama is being quiet on the Blagojevich issue because he has nothing to fucking say. Jesus Christ, it is 1998 all over again. It is almost like the last eight years of illegal war, showing indifference, at best, to prevent the largest terror attack in our history, outing secret agents for political gain, letting a major US city drown, doing nothing to forestall an economic disaster, pissing all over the Constitution, and completely dismantling the social safety net never happened. Those are small issues compared to blowjobs and land deals, amirite? OMG, Emanuel may have talked to Blagojevich, at one time, in the last 20 years. How could we ever trust again, what we will tell the children? Impeachment time, bitches.
Posted by Jack Burton at 4:49 AM
I went to Chuck E. Cheese last week with Gracie and her niece and nephew for some pizza and fun, fun, fun. The place is a bit different than the last time I had been there approximately 20 years ago. I remember the first time I went, when it was Showbiz, and that place rocked. I was seven and it was located in Milwaukee. It was wall to wall arcade games and teenagers, who at that time were the coolest ever. It also may have been just gray with cigarette smoke, if I remember right. It was the best overstimulation a young boy could have. I played that game where you drive a moon rover and jumped over craters all night. It was great. A few years later, Showbiz turned into Chuck E. Cheese and the next time I went at 10 in GB, it had totally changed. There were only about 10 games and they were like, "Barbie's Dream Party." and "Constructively Solve Conflict." WTF? So, we all went and had a good time but I noticed something a bit disturbing other than no more Rockafire Explosion. While Grace and I were standing by the bowling game, watching the kids throw the ball into the lane five rows over, I saw that virtually every other adult was madly playing every game where tickets could be had. For their kids. So that they could get a more valuable worthless plastic trinket. We saw adults walking around with 20 foot long chains of tickets. It seems that is not the biggest issue at the CEC. Again, what the fuck? At the risk of getting all Andy Rooney on your ass, I really hate this new parenting style that is occurring all around me. It is very, weird and scary with all the helicoptering and "new discoveries". It is not even any more about, "All kids get a trophy." This is, "My kid is the best and I don't care if I have to cheat to make it so." All these poor children are going to grow up acting like they have goddamned Asperger's syndrome because of their stupid, overprotective parents. Dorks.
Posted by Jack Burton at 3:50 AM
I am no fan of Joe Klein, at all. In fact I think he has a spot right next to Judith Miller and Tom "6 months" Friedman in the journalist section of my "American Heroes" museum. But this week in Time he seems to be stealing my greatest post ever. The difference? I didn't need to go to motherfucking Afghanistan to see that we are not going to um, succeed in any of the vague objectives we didn't set out to to achieve. Again, anyone care to define what a "win" there is to me? One specific thing that I heavily, heavily disagree with Klein about in this article is his ideas on what it would take to turn it around (which cannot be done, he argues against himself earlier in the story). That is opium interdiction. Just like the drug war, you cannot stop trafficking anywhere unless you come up with the magical ability to stop demand from the countries illegal drugs are going to. No amount of Drugs=terrorist commercials are going to do that, only Merlin.
Posted by Jack Burton at 2:03 AM
Friday, December 12, 2008
The experiment failed. You free market, laissez faire motherfuckers had it just the way you dreamed for the last decade, maybe since 1980. Epic fail. I thought the market was like, so dreamy and perfect. I thought it was self regulating and corrected itself. The market is nothing like that big, bloated, waste of resources called government. Yeah, government sucks, until it bails your asses out so you can do the exact same thing again, with zero consequences. The government keeps doing all of these corporate stimulus packages to help these failures. Most economists are like, "Yeah, do this and watch the market go high as a kite." The market is still Shit City. Guess what, it was a catastrophe and you took us all down with you. I heard a couple months ago how the market average is "still higher than it was in 1998". What does that even mean? Oh, and how high is it now? But, but," you say, "It was all the fault of the banks giving loans to people who should not have them." I know what that argument is about, so I will give you lending to Blacks and how that 2-3% of loans brought the mortgage industry down. It had nothing to with an artificially high bubble whose only hope lay with the continued stupidity of people who thought that their investment could only get even more false value. But then I throw down the repeal of Glass-Steagall. Maybe letting investment banks and commercial banks do the same thing is not such a good idea, with the robbing Peter to pay Paul analogies. Regulations? Fuck 'em. We don't want to affect the market. Like it is living and breathing. Like it gives a flying fuck about anything. The market ain't so grand now, huh? No tax cuts for the Rich? Fuck 'em. I may get rich someday and I certainly don't want to get taxed like I used to be, harummph. Besides, wealth trickles down, right? They won't hire anyone if they have to pay too much in taxes. Um, I don't see a lot of hiring happening lately. The failed Big 3 bailout. Fuck 'em. What the Fuck? Ok, at first I was all like, "Ha ha, you fucking assholes that make 73.00 an hour to make a horrible product, invisible hand, Friedman, blah, blah, blah, you get what you deserve." Then I got past all of the bullshit, starting with the 73.00 dollar claim. God bless conservative think tanks. Where would we ever get misleading facts and figures from if not from these enemies of well, everything that does not directly benefit themselves? That dollar figure factors in a variety of ways. No one is taking home 73.00 per hour working on the line, I don't care if you have worked at Ford since the first Model T. The actual take home, at best, is 55.00 dollars an hour. Which is pretty great, but then you see the average at Honda or Toyota is 45.00 an hour using the same calculations. Fucking unions are ruining it for us all, with their fair retirement plans and wanting health care for the workers they represent. John Galt never got sick. I have neither the inclination or the "pay grade"(my favorite cop out both the old and new president have fell on) to get into how our excellent, efficient, and affordable private health care system is affecting that number. This whole thing was about busting unions in the north. Those are the two biggest bete noires of the right wing. Two birds with one stone. The southern lawmakers see Toyota and Honda putting more and more non-union plants there if Detroit fails. Which is further irony, seeing that those two were the ones who smartly made decisions as to what the product would be that actually anticipated forces beyond a year. Which actually means jobs which means the lawmakers can actually say they have done something policy wise, other than stop Adam and Steve. Why would they help people who do not vote for them, meaning the union workers in the north? It is now a regional party, of the south. This is punishment for making the GOP that way. Busting unions is a close second or equal to bombing Muslims, for them. I just find it so funny that the Big 3 gave so much in contributions to the GOP and this is the thanks they get. If it didn't send us further into the Depression I would be rolling. The right wing idealogy has been disproven again and again, on paper or as we now see, the real world. It just is hilarious in a I'm stabbing myself kind of way that they are seriously willing to take us all down because they would rather fail than concede that perhaps they are wrong. I can relate, I used to feel that way about Santa. I'd have rather have had no Christmas than acknowledge that he may not exist.
*Yes, I know Rand was a woman, did you see what I did there? Like Bill Parcells and Terry Glenn.
Posted by Jack Burton at 3:31 AM
I'm supposed to buy this shit? 2000 years and you can't find one broad to fit the bill? Come on Dave, you must be doing something seriously wrong!
I have had a hard time getting the pump primed lately in regards to this blog. It was easy prior to the election because EVERYTHING was so damned important, and relevant. It feels kind of like the first time you have sex. You wait and wait from the time you first think that intercourse involves sticking something somewhere to where you know how it all seems to just fit together. You have seen the pictures in your Mom's copy of Our Bodies, Our Selves and it looks just peachy. Maybe you got lucky and one of your friend's parents are out for a while and they have got their mitts on a VHS porn. You see how it all moves and works. Then it happens, usually not in the way you dreamed or hoped for. In my case, months of cajoling, threats of going elsewhere, and lies about blue balls finally sealed the deal. Sex ends up being better than you think and you like it just fine. But once it happens that first time, it is over. The anticipation and longing are gone(other than wanting to do it all of the time). I mainly felt relief, like it is finally fucking over. That was the election for me. It got done the way I wanted and now all I want to do is smoke a cigarette and go to sleep. I really admire the bloggers who are constantly updating and writing actual essays rather than the lazy linking I usually rely on. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that even though I lost my proverbial virginity on Election night, I still need to go to class and practice and all that shit. That just made great sense. This was going to be a post about the failed bailout but instead turned into a treatise on how I basically guilt tripped my first girlfriend into sex, and how that is just like blogging.
Posted by Jack Burton at 2:50 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So, what finally brings me out of hibernation this fine winter day to finally post again? There is so much going on right now. Mumbai? The Horror of Iowa State? The way the Obama cabinet is filled with (wholly expected) disappointment? If I wanted pro-AIPAC people and dudes who got us into the financial mess we are now in, I would have voted for McCain. Aaron Rodgers turning into Brett Favre, except for all of the awesome, only the game ending interceptions? Here is what is ruining, nay, destroying my fortress of solitude. Yep, They Live is being remade. Everyone knows how I feel about John Carpenter, and how he is unparalleled in terms of horror/social commentary/soundtrack composing. I know, The Thing was a remake but it actually was more true to the original short story from 1938 (which is a pretty chilling read), Who Goes There? Remakes are ball sucking usually. Perfect example, The Departed. Fucking Jack Nicholson chewing scenery and shit. Goddamn, Infernal Affairs was so much better and the two leads in that one were a hell of a lot more convincing. Remakes, gah. I don't know, are they going to keep the line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."? Or the amazing, wearying five minute battle royale between Rowdy Roddy and Keith David? No, because it cannot be done. Or redone, more accurately. That would just sound and look foolish, because it was foolish the first time. The reason it worked was Rowdy Roddy was such a dingbat and you could actually imagine this idiot discovering the horrible secret. As well as his usually befuddled reactions. Would the Rock or some other wrestler be able to pull that off? Why not just rerelease the original? The themes of a populace lulled to sleep by rampant consumerism and constant media bombardment still will hold up in these modern times. I also would not look forward to the inevitable "Oakley", or "Ray Ban" product placement that would occur. Shit. Not this one, you bastards. Oh, and I hate youtube with all the kids with all of my heart. Seriously, it really makes me want to blow my brains out just looking at all the comments. Excuse the weird 2001 era System of a Down. Also sorry for the disjointed (like it's different, ever) writing style. I am a bit out of practice.
UPDATE 12-13: I should not rip the picks that are happening right now as we speak as I am made to look foolish when scientists are actually picked for the FIRST TIME to actually head science departments. I am an idiot.
UPDATE 12-13: I should not rip the picks that are happening right now as we speak as I am made to look foolish when scientists are actually picked for the FIRST TIME to actually head science departments. I am an idiot.
Posted by Jack Burton at 2:46 PM