Just Read & Now Reading

May 22, 2007

Just Read:

West of Rome by John Fante

Now Reading:

Paradise by Koji Suzuki

This is the first novel by the author of the Ring (Ringu) series. I wonder if he worked on this while he was living in New York City?

Thank You, You Liberal Pot-Smoking Scum Of The 1960s! You Will Hang Some Day!

May 22, 2007

A dream lay dying
Times columnist and editorial board member Bill Maxwell kept a promise to himself, to become a professor at a small historically black college, to nurture needy students the way that mentors had encouraged him as a young man. His second year started with promise but ended in despair.

My colleagues and I were witnessing the result of low admission standards. Were we expecting too much of young people who scored poorly on the SAT, who were rarely challenged to excel in high school, who were not motivated to take advantage of opportunities to learn, who could not imagine where a sound education could take them?

“Low admission standards”? What “standards”?

“We’re crippling these kids by mothering them, ” I told a colleague over a drink one evening.

“We’re loving them to death, ” he replied.

As long as everyone feels good, isn’t that what matters?

I decided Leonard was an expert and the football player could quote him. But we did not have many students like him. Instead of taking pride in being exemplary students, many were devotees of hip-hop culture. They were anti-intellectual, rude and profane.

I always was amazed that so many of the women tolerated the crude way the men spoke to them. One afternoon in my English class, a male student called a young woman “a big-assed ugly bitch.” I expected her to slap him, and I would not have intervened. Instead, she dismissed the whole thing with a wave of her hand and turned to chat with her roommate. After class, I asked her about the insult.

“That fool don’t mean nothing to me, ” she said. “He ain’t nothing but a stupid brother from Anniston or somewhere.”

The lesson was clear and disheartening: Personal insult, crude language and threatening behavior were a way of life for many students. I saw this kind of exchange repeated dozens of times in the classroom and on The Yard. I had no doubt that the influences of hip-hop contributed greatly to this ugly reality and other deleterious trends.

Oh, but wait! Isn’t all this rap shit nothing but fiction? Isn’t that the point made in that essay I linked to, uh, just yesterday? How dare you state it has real-life consequences!

What a fucking waste. How many of them will wind up in prison or dead? And for what?

We’re such a great nation. Look at how we can afford to waste our own people!

Yeah, you liberal motherfuckers. You will hang. So here’s my advice to all of you: Die faster!

–linkswipe via reddit

Previously in this blog:
Anniversary Day Of Note: John Brown’s Birthday
I Start The Day (And Month!) Bitching (Did You Expect Anything Else?)
Fuck You And Your PC And Your MC
Everyone Knows What To Do About Everyone Else (Not That I’m Any Goddammed Exception!)
What’s That Wonderful Scent In The Air? Oh, Frankness! They’ll Hang Him Now.
Thank You. I’d Like To Kill Myself Now, Please.
What The 1960s Tide Of Liberalism Washed Up
My Heart Bleedeth Not
We Get Poorer And Poorer… And Now Dumber Too!
No, But They All Have Pretty Diplomas Anyway! So They Can Feel Good About Themselves!

Oh My God, Toto! We’re Back In Fucking Kansas!

May 22, 2007

Periodic Table of Elements if those morons in Kansas designed it.

Kansas, that state that doesn’t believe in that wacky new idea by that guy Darwin. Kansas, that state that makes France look sane! Kansas, which I wish the fuck we could excise from the rest of this country before its ignorance metastasizes!

And those eejits in the midwest don’t understand why the hell their kids, once they have the chance, flee to the coasts!

Flee, Dorothy! Flee!

Don’t Give Money To Restore Old Movies!

May 22, 2007

Scorsese launches foundation to preserve old films

The maker of classics including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Mean Streets,” who finally won an Oscar this year for “The Departed,” said it was too late for many old films.

“In America, we know that 90 percent of all silent films are now gone. We know that all American films made before 1950 are gone, nothing exists.”

Tough shit.

Let’s get this clear: These are corporate assets.

How many times has the MPAA drummed that into our heads?

If you want money from the public to restore any movie, that movie should be assigned to the public domain, period.

Until then, they can fucking rot!

And if you don’t like that idea, then haul the asses of the motion picture industry into Congressional hearings to demand why they are letting our popular culture rot. Where are the stockholders to demand that corporate assets not be wasted?

You can’t have it both ways: Either movies belong to the studios, in which case they spend their money to protect their wealth — or we legislate that any movie that’s near extinction be confiscated and nationalized into the public domain.

Today’s Bellylaugh: Stock Photos

May 22, 2007

I saw this days and days and days ago but finally jumped on the link today because it was endorsed by those crazed loons at Junkiness. That made me think it was worth reading. As usual, Junkiness was right!

9 things I learned about the world according to anonymous stock photo models

Random-ass white dudes should be placed all over your corporate website for no fucking reason.

It is so funny!

Litvinenko Is Not Forgotten Here

May 22, 2007

Spy Murder Charge ‘Politically Motivated’
Former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi has dismissed as “politically motivated” Britain’s claim that he murdered fellow spy Alexander Litvinenko.

“I did not kill Litvinenko, have nothing to do with his death and can prove with facts my distrust of the so-called evidence collected by Britain’s justice system,” he told the Russian-owned Itar-Tass news agency.

Lugovoi will be charged if he can be extradited from Russia.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will ask for him to be returned to the UK.

At a news conference, Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald said: “I have today concluded that the evidence given to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Mr Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning.

Previously in this blog:
“The bastards got me, but they won’t get everybody.”
“…but they won’t get everybody.”

3-D Usually Gets A D From Me

May 22, 2007

Top Directors See the Future, and They Say It’s in 3-D

LOS ANGELES, May 21 — If some prominent Hollywood directors and an Irish rock band have their way, moviegoers en masse will soon be heading back to the future, wearing newfangled 3-D glasses.

Bah. I don’t care how “good” it becomes. 3-D hardly ever works for me. I saw a demo at a trade show of a 3-D monitor. That worked. But whenever TV has done 3-D, it’s all a blur to me. This will probably be the same for me too.

Hey, MPAA! If everything goes 3-D, will you finally lay off P2P of 2-D stuff?

And all you eejits who’ve plunked down several grand on your chi-chi idiotic HDTVs — I hope they’re all obsoleted by 3-D HDTV!