Archive for December, 2012

Let’s have the debate

Posted: December 14, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Fun With Media

Should the media be permitted to be as callously intrusive as it is toward those effected by tragedies such as the shooting tragedy today?  I think it’s time to have a serious discussion about media control.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted

Posted: December 7, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

Especially since I’m the namesake of this crapblog, but life has become far less stressful for me (YAYYY!!!), so I’ll be posting more again I reckon, and of course started receiving HOLY CRAP LOOK at the traffic we’re getting messages from my cobloggers sorta snapped me out of my slumber.

Good, what Alex said needed to be said, there are many, many people who have faced similar challenges.

I stopped into one of my favorite pizzerias and got a pie, just a regular, if a pizza has to be covered in a bunch of toppings to be good, it’s not a good pie…that is not to say I only order regular pies, but I do enjoy a simple pizza done competently.  Yes, that sounded every bit as much like the Andy Rooney contest on MST3K in my head as it did yours.

The pizza was awesome, as always, but they had the TV on in the corner, and a show on ABC called Happy Endings was on…

As I note frequently here, I don’t have a TV, and I have no interest in new TV shows right now (other than Top Gear…the real Top Gear, not the US one).  However, I do love me some old TV shows, if there was a channel that played nothing but reruns of Miami Vice and MST3K, I’d watch the hell out of that.  So yes, I have a very hard time enjoying and investing my attention into new shows. Anyway, they had a show on called Happy Endings, which is anything but happiness inducing, it is the small screen’s highly trained elite death squad sent out to hunt down and eradicate humor as swiftly and efficiently as possible, the right hand of a junta devoted to eliminating all laughter.

And I just now learned that it has been on for three seasons.  Three. Fucking. Seasons.  HOW?  HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Not once did I even come close to cracking a smile.  And it’s NOT hard to make me laugh. How does a show THIS FUCKING BAD survive for three seasons?

Also, I saw a dude in his late 30s-early 40s dressed like a slouchy middle age brohatter wannabe, he was talking to some visibly uncomfortable college-aged girl about the awesomeness of a menagerie of ridiculously named shots that binging college kids order…  Dude, really?  You’re 40, and wearing shorts and flatbillin’ in the middle of winter in central PA?

Hey baby, try this one, I swear it tastes just like Dr. Pepper…and rufies…also tears…

On one hand, it’s kinda funny, on the other…dude was really sort of a creeper.

Oh yes, my life is so very exciting…anyway, here’s some New Order, why?  Because New Order, and you need moar 80s in your life,

Also, Wyatt’s blog host went full derptard and he’s in blog purgatory right now, so here’s his sooper sekrit treehouse until things get sorted out.

Time for a return to core competencies

Posted: December 4, 2012 by alexthechick in Pop. Pop Music.

Okay. Enough of the serious stuff. It’s time to get back to what truly matters on this here crapblog: foreign pop music.

Behold! I give you 100%. 100% is a new Korean idol group and I adore them to pieces. Shut up, all y’all know that all my taste is in my mouth.

That is a rehearsal video and I’m posting it because it’s jawdropping how in sync they are. If you have any type of dance background, you know how difficult that this.

Gentlemen: I see that you have chosen to use the horrific crime of the murder of Kasandra Perkins to express your belief that guns are the problem, not the men who wield them. I am utterly certain that you believe that you have the moral high ground on this matter. I am equally certain that such a belief is appallingly wrong, not to mention terribly misogynistic. Why do I say this? Because had your desires on gun control been in place, I would not be alive to be writing this now.

I have an Ex. I have an Ex who, in the process of becoming my Ex, made credible threats to kill me. Why did I believe these threats were credible? Because among the primary reasons why I left him were that he had anger control issues, that he was a problem drinker well on his way to full blown alcoholism and that the things he was throwing at me were getting ever closer to my head. I decided to leave before finally snapped and actually hit me. He was displeased by this and made such displeasure known.

Do you know what kept me safe? Not some piece of paper. Not a judge tut tutting at him and shaking his/her finger and telling him to leave me alone. Not the police, who, after all, would only be able to respond once he had caused me harm. No, what kept me safe was my Glock. What kept me safe was my Glock and the fact that he knew I had both the ability and the will to empty a clip into his chest if he made good on his statements that if I did not come back, I would not see the next week. He never tried to do any of the things he screamed he would because he knew that not only would I defend myself but that I could. My Ex was nearly a foot taller than me and, at the time, had about 150 pounds on me. If he had been able to get close enough to me to harm me, there were very few options I had to protect myself. But with my Glock, well, I would be able to stop him before he got that close. I am alive today because he knew that if he tried to make that otherwise, there was a better than even chance he would be the one lying there in a pool of blood instead of me.

You want to take that from me. You want me to be unable to defend myself. You want to leave me vulnerable to those out there who look at a five foot tall fat girl and think “victim”. You want me to be unable to protect myself when there is no one else around to do so. You want to make me dependent on others to provide for my basic safety and security.

Let us not beat around the bush, you want to sacrifice my life on the altar of your political beliefs. How dare you? Honestly, who do the two of you think you are to demand that my blood be shed so that you may preen about what wonderful people you are? Why, precisely, are you removing the responsibility for Kasandra Perkins’ murder from Jovan Belcher and placing it on an inanimate object? That is what you are doing, after all. Your position is that absent the gun, Jovan Belcher would not have murdered Kasandra Perkins. What utter rot. It’s not as if, to pick something at random, he could have picked up a knife and slit her throat so violently that she was nearly decapitated. Oh no, that would never ever happen. By focusing on the gun, you are choosing to make Jovan Belcher a mere bystander to his own actions. That is horrific. Jovan Belcher murdered Kasandra Perkins. He chose to pull that trigger. He chose to take her life. How dare you attempt to absolve him in even the slightest manner for that crime. He killed her. Not a gun. He did it. No one else.

I will not let you two demand that my blood be shed so that you can sit there and declaim your supposed superior morality to the world. No. You would rather I be dead. That is the logical conclusion of your positions. I will not die for you. No other woman should either.

Alive despite you,

Alexandria

No, not Bush, but this deal is very machiavellian. Ive been rereading Code of the Lifemaker* for the first time in many years. It’s actually been pretty depressing in its accuracy and how it explains a lot. The future America is mired in “mystic” thinking, there’s a con man/stage magician who everybody thinks is real. It was funnier a decade or two ago when I didn’t see so many parallels to what’s going on today.
This thought crystallized when I read this paragraph that comes after mentioning various crackpotteries.

“A politician can net a lot of votes for a small amount of effort by saying nice things about a guru who’s got ten thousand disciples so brainwashed that they’ll do anything he tells them,” Massey said, “So the guys who run the cults get away with murder, and nobody bothers them very much. The business they’re really in is selling blocks of controlled votes and molded public opinion in return for political favors and protection.”…

 

The Revs Al and Jessie have been in this business for decades.  During Al’s last run for POTUS, he broke so many laws it was ridiculous, he took public money and did not make any distinction between campaign funds and personal funds and left a string of unpaid bills behind.

Leftism is basically a pastiche of these deals. From unions to global warmmongers to afraid-of-the-religious-right to non-global worming eco-wackos (the evil corporations are killing all the darter seals, afraid of Big Oil, etc.) and more (c’mon, you can play along too!).

So the leaders of the various cults all identify an Other (who is usually a rich, white, man of the Republican variety, Dem rich folks are all good and shit) and then let their disciples know that only the benevolent, loving, almost divine, Democratic Party is the only salvation.

These hard-core followers then influence lots of acquaintances. Belief is obvious and it’s persuasive.

What has the GOP done for the last 10 years? Let us know they’re not as bad as the Dems. They don’t stand for anything except power for the GOP. Romney’s only lasting stance was power for Romney, everything else was negotiable.

Now, the Democratic Party stands for power for the Democratic Party, but they hide behind all manner of beliefs and their followers run with it.

Say what you want about Bush (seriously, say it. I do), but he believed in something. He communicated that very well and he won two elections he probably should have lost.

So we are stuck in a time when most people don’t pay any attention whatsoever to politics except for the last few days, but they’re fed a steady diet of “Leftists good, Conservatives bad” in every media everywhere, from movies to tv to radio (non-talk radio, but we all know they’re evil), etc. Yes, talk radio is somewhat powerful, but that’s self-selection. Your average person doesn’t listen to Rush because he called that woman a slut (she probably is) and made fun of Michael J. Fox’ disability (he didn’t, he just had the bad manners to notice that Fox exaggerated his trembling for the commercial, which reminds me, why, after the last 4 years of benevolent Dem rule, why haven’t they cured Parkinson’s yet?)

I don’t really have a point, I just like to understand the mechanics of the destruction of the American Republic.

Well Ben, we hung on to it for 0ver 200 years and I have a feeling we’ll get it back. The current insanity can’t go on forever, I just wonder how ugly it’s going to be. I still think an asteroid is the best-case scenario.

 

*James P. Hogan is hit and miss, sort of like Orson Scott Card, Code of the Lifemaker and the Two Faces of Tomorrow are very good, most of the others are okay. His biggest drawback is how every book ends with skittle-shitting unicorns for everyone.

Oh, and since I notice it’s no longer in our cloud thing at the bottom, sloppy vagina.

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