You would think the Democrats, known for their sensitivity to human suffering, would have the compassion to shoot the morons in their party and take them out of their misery. In their endeavor to search their souls for faith and hope in order to win the hearts and minds of those evangelical red state rednecks, the Democrats had better not forget charity. And one of the most charitable acts they could perform in the wake of their election embarassment is to euthanize the brain dead Howard Dean.
Case in point is from something called the Yale Daily News:
Dean '71 Criticizes News Media
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean '71 [yes, they really put the graduation year of alumni in the headlines and leads to the stories, like they're proud of it or something], a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke Tuesday at Yale about the shortcomings of today's print media and the importance of an ethical media in a working democracy. In the symposium, titled "The Media and the Election: A Postmortem," Dean stressed corporate ownership of the media and the increased focus on entertainment as problems with today's media, and he emphasized the importance of diversity and regulation in fixing these problems....
"The media is a failing institution in this country," Dean said. "They are not maintaining their responsibility to maintain democracy"....
The solution to restoring an ethical media, Dean said, is to ensure diversity and cap corporate ownership of media outlets. He said he supports government regulation of media ownership. "[The media] are incapable of regulating themselves," Dean said. "What's at stake is our democracy..."
Understand? Dean's plan to restore our news media's status as independent watchdog over our democracy is government regulation. If that's not scary enough, consider the fact "Dean received a standing ovation and an enthusiastic response from the audience." Such is the state of higher education in America.
Dean wants to chair the DNC. Cool. If the Democrats keep this up, I could run on the Republican ticket in '08 and win in a walk.
Where all da white women at?
I hear ABC's attempt at improving race relations in America went over like the proverbial lead balloon. I haven't watched Monday Night Football since Howard Cosell left us to announce bowling matches in heaven...
Huh? You mean that isn't what causes thunder? Well, what did you expect? I voted for Bush.
Anyway, I missed the original broadcast of Mandingo Meets The Bimbo, but I didn't really need to see its premier on Monday night given the fact it has been replayed 47,000 times since then. I have two short takes on the whole thing.
First, I must say how much I admire the network for yet another brilliant manipulation of the cultural Carrie Nations among us who stand ready to lower the FCC axe on any and all prime time sex. They are so shocked - shocked - that ABC resorted to "softcore porn" to market an inane TV series that they have to keep replaying the promo over and over so that everyone who was fortunate enough not to see it will not be deprived of the pleasure of being revolted, thus giving ABC and its suburban housewives version of HBO's Sex in the City even more (ahem) exposure.
If I counted correctly, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes replayed the promo at least 24 times between them on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Next week, if not sooner, ABC will get the inevitable scolding, and (we hope) final inadvertent plug from the Media Research Center's L. Brent Bozell. Then life can go on as usual, until ABC or another network needs ratings and we get another glimpse of bare tits, lascivious jungle fever or what have you in prime time.
Which brings me to my next point.
My jaundiced eye not only looks with envy upon ABC's marketing strategy, it widens in awe at the nework's unabashed racism. Only media liberals could get away with what ABC pulled off here. This promo would have been more appropriate before an NHL game since it scored a hat-trick in terms of offending viewers: In addition to the above-mentioned conservative Republican heirs of Will Hays, ABC managed to zing the hated Bush red staters by manipulating what the Kerry blue staters who work at the networks perceive as their Klanish misegenation fears, and reinforced the stereoype of the talented, wealthy Black male lusting after the white blonde trophy, which insults not only Black men, but Black women as well. Some OJ anyone?
Classic stuff, you have to admit.
And what better time for this latest example of white liberal racism and stereotyping to appear than this week? George W. Bush selects Condoleezza Rice as his Secretary State and the party of racial piety and diversity is clogging the airwaves and opinion pages with their condescending dismissals of her abilities and accomplishments, plus we have the grand opening of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library and Topless Bar.
A Black female Republican appointed Secretary of State?! Hell, in a Democratic administration, she would have been just a secretary entrusted with scheduling the President's blow jobs.
C'mon, you gotta laugh at liberals and Democrats or you'll cry.
If I were a Brit, he'd get my vote. Well, you know what I mean.
The following quote is not a parody, but the predictable reaction of liberals in Great Britain and America is sure to be:
People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability. This is the result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically and socially engineered to contradict the lessons of history. - Prince CharlesThat popping sound you hear is that of the blood vessels in the brains of the AFT, NEA, and The New York Times editorial board, among other PC liberals who, in the words of Jack Nicholson, can't handle the truth.
Alexander the Fabulous
So, Oliver Stone's vision of Alexander the Great is that of a flamer as hot to redecorate Darius's royal tent as he was to wipe out the Persian king's army:
"Dar, Dar, those rugs. And that urn. Tsk, they simply have to go. So does your head."
In a Playboy interview promoting his latest non-historical epic, Stone piously intones:
"Alexander lived in a more honest time. We go into his bisexuality. It may offend some people, but sexuality in those days was a different thing. Pre-Christian morality. Young boys were with boys when they wanted to be."It's evidently slipped cokehead Stone's burnt out mind that, post-Christian morality, young boys are with young boys when they want to be. So are young girls, for that matter. I'll never understand what it is about these Hollywood idiots that they sincerely believe America is a torture chamber of repression where homosexuality is still the love that dare not speak its name. Doesn't this asshole have a cable subscription?
Oh, well, what do you expect from a druggie who upon accepting the Best Director award for his 1980s Viet Nam fantasy Platoon lectured the audience on how he wanted to portray the reality of war, how it wasn't romantic or exciting, how it maims and kills. It was the realism of soldiers dying in slow motion striking a cliche crucifixion pose while Vivaldi played in the background that earned him the Oscar.
But Stone has always been a filmmaking rebel and so cutting edge. Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros production, warns us he doesn't "know how people are going to respond" to Alexander, "but I know Oliver didn't run from who this guy was."
I'll bet a lot of other guys in the Macedonian army did.