Thursday, December 18, 2014

Does Sony’s Decision to Cancel The Interview Denote the Death of Freedom of Speech?

I wasn’t going to write anything today. In fact, I wasn’t going to write anything until January.

But I want to say a few things about Sony’s decision to cancel its film The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Sony got seriously hacked and threatened over the movie, which was supposed to air on Christmas day. The hacking part of the equation led to identity theft issues (with actors’ social security numbers and other personal information being taken) and security issues, since Sony was told to expect a 9/11-style attack on theatres should they show it.

With that concern, Sony just decided it wasn’t worth the risk. It’s pulling the theatrical release.

Understandably, this is a big deal, especially in light of rising proof that the wannabe-terrorist state of North Korea is behind it all. People both inside and outside of Hollywood are freaking out at how brutally the right to freedom of speech was just silenced.

Here are just a few Tweets going around, as republished by Yahoo:

Judd Apatow (Tweeted prior to Sony’s decision): “I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?”

Jimmy Kimmel (in response to Apatow): “I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.”

Rob Lowe: “Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.”

Now, here’s the thing: They’re not wrong. At all. We do have to wonder what else tech-savvy terrorists will demand now. Sony did just advertise that it can be pushed around. The hackers did win, and I’m sure they’re thinking about other ways they can pull similar stunts going forward.

But let’s take a second to think about The Interview itself. It’s a comedy about going into North Korea with a plan to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un. Considering the previews and the actors involved and the very premise, you can be sure that this movie is filled with typical Hollywood trash, scantily-clad women, swear words and general lameness.

In other words, everyone’s freaking out about how our right to freedom of speech has been violated… when we’ve already trampled all over on it ourselves. We’ve made a mockery of the Second Amendment with what we choose to champion and what we let others – like Hollywood, incidentally – silence us on. And we’ve done it quite nicely without North Korea’s help.

So basically, if these hackers really want to put America in its place, my suggestions is to keep letting us go down the same stupid path we’re already on.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hollywood Hack Reveals Racist Email

Last November, Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal attended a Hollywood breakfast event featuring President Obama as a keynote speaker.

His speech included lines like: “Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy” and if non-Americans “are watching an old movie – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or Will and Grace and Modern Family – they’ve had a front-row seat to our march towards progress. Even if their own nations haven’t made that progress yet.”

I could (and do) take issue with the president’s speechwriter for labeling three out of four of those Hollywood productions as “movies” instead of TV shows; and one, possibly two, out of the four as “old.” And I could (and do) ridicule the idea that non-Americans watch stuff from decades past when they could be watching the violent, oversexed, mind-numbing trash of today.

But the shortcomings of his staff aren’t what I want to focus on right now.

What I want to focus on is how Hollywood likes to think itself this bastion of liberty, empowering the little people to speak their minds and be free and learn the truth about how Republicans are so bad and businesses are so bad and women can have it all if they just lose enough weight and wear the right clothes and layer on that makeup and put out enough.

Except that it’s not nearly so progressive as it likes to claim. Incidentally, that should be right-in-our-faces obvious considering the ratio of white actors to black actors alone. Oh yeah, and that “women can have it all if they just lose enough weight and wear the right clothes and layer on that makeup and put out enough” mantra constantly shoved in our faces: That sexist swill should clue us in too.

But if that isn’t enough, now we have a much more intimate look into how Hollywood really works thanks to that Sony hack, which seems to be one giant “Merry Christmas” to beleaguered conservatives everywhere who have been decrying the entertainment industry for years.

Because before going to that breakfast and listening to Obama – our first black president, remember now – speak, Amy Pascal emailed a friend asking “What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?”

And then they preceded to joke back and forth about whether he would like race-heavy movies like Django, 12 years a Slave, The Butler, Think Like a Man, or Ride-Along” since he probably “likes Kevin Hart.”

Now, I know that a lot of white people watched all of those movies. Personally, I even really liked Think Like a Man. But there’s really only one reason to ask if a black man has seen those and only those movies, and that’s racism.

Judging by industry standards and messages, that’s probably a much more prevalent attitude than anyone in Hollywood wants to admit.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stupid Law Students Demand Special Compensation on Exams for Michael Brown Trauma

Thanks to Yahoo!, it’s come to my attention that people are stupid.

Like seriously stupid. And ignorant. And entitled. And did I mention stupid?

You see, some law students at Harvard and Georgetown are pressuring their departments to postpone or defer final exams.


“Minority student coalitions at Harvard and Georgetown law schools are pressing administrators to postpone or defer final exams because they claim they have experienced trauma over the recent grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The students are hoping for the same outcome granted to students at Columbia Law, another top-tier institution. Over the weekend, Columbia Law’s interim dean, Robert Scott, announced that exams would be postponed for students who feel traumatized over the two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of Brown and Garner, both of whom are black.”

First of all, from an editorial standpoint, that write-up is pathetic. Though admittedly not as much as the subject matter itself.

Now, I haven’t followed the Eric Garner story, largely because I don’t care to. Not after the mainstream media has done such a bang-up job misrepresenting other criminal cases that were never about race. So I’ll refrain from commenting on him one way or the other.

But with Michael Brown, he was a low-life thug who attacked a police officer and got himself shot. I genuinely don’t see how those details are traumatizing to anyone who didn’t know him directly.

It’s seriously stupid to claim otherwise. Stupid and utterly unbecoming to anyone, much less a bunch of supposed intellectuals.

So shame on the stupid students who are misrepresenting the facts, and shame on the stupid administrations that have and will cave on the issue to save face over society.

I'm happy to say I can't imagine going through life with that little dignity.

Friday, December 5, 2014

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

America is now number two in the world in economic size. China is number one.

MarketWatch reports: “The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in ‘real’ terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion – compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A.

“As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.

“To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.

“This latest economic earthquake follows the development last year when China surpassed the U.S. for the first time in terms of global trade.”

Make no mistake. This is a big deal, people.

It’s a big deal because the U.S. has been the biggest economic fish in the pond since President Ulysses S. Grant held office. And it’s a big deal because, while most economists expected China to eventually top the charts, it wasn’t supposed to be singing this tune until 2050.

We here in the U.S. could very well be good sports and praise China for its growth. But if we do, we expect China to own up and thank President Barack Obama for the significant part he played in the new pecking order.

After all, U.S. growth rate has been abysmal under this administration. Forget the dolled-up press releases the government doles out on the subject. It hasn’t been honest with the American people about anything else these past six years. Why should it tell the truth on this matter?

Consider this instead.

·         On January 1, 2014, USA Today reported that many Americans felt like the Great Recession never ended. The Wall Street Journal confirmed two weeks later that half of this nation’s counties really hadn’t recovered yet.
·         In May, The Washington Post ran an article titled, “U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they’re being created.”
·         The following month, CNS News added, “The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who do not have a job and are not actively seeking one remained at a 36-year high in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Lovely, right?
·         In August, Breitbart noted how “U.S. jobs pay an average 23% less today than they did before the 2007 recession, according to a new report released on Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors.”

Need I go on?

This nation isn’t recovering. It’s slumping in defeat. So yes, good job to China for successfully claiming the title of World’s Largest Economy.

Just keep in mind that it couldn’t have done it without America, and President Obama especially.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

“It’s Just Not Important” if Lena Dunham Falsely Accused a Campus Republican of Rape

When it first came out that Lena Dunham had accused a then-prominent Oberlin College campus Republican of raping her during her time there, I was admittedly skeptical.

I mean, here’s a woman who makes a point of being in our faces about how wonderful liberals are and how horrible conservatives are. She leaves no question about her political affiliations, so it seemed a little convenient for her to have one more horrible thing to say about Republicans.

I don’t like Lena Dunham. I think she’s downright pathetic. But that doesn’t mean she – or anyone else – deserves to be raped. So I kept my mouth shut on the subject since, let’s face it:

·         Women do get raped.
·         Bill Clinton-style liberals aren’t the only ones who’ve ever raped women.
·         Rape is a serious accusation that shouldn’t be treated dismissively.

Then again, rape is a serious accusation that shouldn’t be made lightly either.

Liberals, of course, didn’t want to fact-check their embarrassingly illogical poster girl. (Admittedly, Republicans don’t always want to vet their own sources either. It drives me up the wall either way.) This left conservative powerhouse Breitbart to handle that job.

The resulting article that the site’s John Nolte wrote is way too long to share in such a short blog. If you want to read the whole thing, click here. If not, here’s an interesting part toward the end:

“In her memoir Dunham informs readers that her rapist ‘hosted a radio show called Real Talk with Jimbo.’  Even if Barry is a pseudonym and all the other details are, for whatever reason, incorrect, the name of a radio show is the kind of hard fact that should lead to whoever really is.

“According to our search, there are nearly 25 radio stations available in the Oberlin area. Only three of those are talk/news stations. We were able to confirm with the program directors at two of these stations that their particular station never broadcasted a show titled Real Talk with Jimbo. The third, WOBC, is the campus radio station and the most likely broadcaster.”

So Nolte got in contact with WOBC, where student staffer Sophia Hess was all obliging until she found out who he was: a Republican. Then she changed her tune, denying him access to anything that might prove or discredit Dunham’s account.

Hess’ reasoning was: “What you’re looking for could create a conflict of interest on campus regarding sexual assault” and “People here are less interested in justice for this kind of crime and more interested in helping the victim. I’m not psyched to help you do this” and “Asking whether or not a victim is telling the truth is irrelevant. It’s just not important if they are telling the truth.”

And that right there, my friends, is Lena Dunham’s style of liberalism.

Cant imagine why I was skeptical to begin with.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Global Warming/Climate Change Set to Destroy Humankind… Ho Hum


Seriously. Who cares? Why is this a big deal?

Think about it…

If global warming/climate change/whatever you wanna call it is a hoax, then there’s nothing to worry about in that department. And if it isn’t a hoax and human beings are destroying the planet, I still can’t see any cause for alarm.

So we all die. Ho hum.

According to the global warming, Earth-first, save the planet philosophy, humans are a menace anyway. We’re a blight. A destructive force that consumes everything and gives nothing back.

So shouldn’t this planet’s champions therefore cheer our demise?

I mean, when we’re gone, this big, beautiful, peaceful planet can thrive and grow in eternal bliss with all of its:

·         Fun-loving animals (Sharks give hugs with their teeth, didn’tcha know?)
·         Gentle weather conditions (Katrina never would have happened if it weren’t for us.)
·         Other harmless happenings (The Romans must have been working those coal-fired power plants WAY too hard back in 79 AD for Mount Vesuvius to lose its cool that way.)

Right?

Makes sense to me at least. And even if it doesn’t, I can’t bring myself to care about something so thoroughly unprovable as global warming.

Especially since it snowed on Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Poor Baltimore Teenagers Are Less Equipped to Deal With Reality Than Poor Nigerians

“Poor Kids in Baltimore Have It Worse Than Those in Nigeria.”

That’s the headline of a vocative article written about a study led by Dr. Kristen Mmari, an assistant professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins. Studying impoverished teenagers (aged 15 - 19) in Baltimore, Maryland, United States; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Ibadan, Nigeria; and New Delhi, India; Mmari found that they described very similar settings, including litter, rats and other health risks.

Even more interesting, however, is this… Teenagers in Baltimore and Johannesburg made worse life choices and had more negative attitudes about their lives than the poorer cities studied.

Vocativ writes, “In Baltimore, which is located in the world’s richest nation per capita and just 40 miles from the White House, adolescents exhibited considerably high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse, sexual risk-taking, sexual violence and teen pregnancy. In comparison, adolescents in New Delhi exhibited far fewer of those behaviors and outcomes, despite residing in a much less prosperous nation.

“The reason for this, Mmari discovered, is rooted in the way teenagers interpret their surroundings. ‘How kids perceive their environments is really important,’ she says. ‘That’s what’s driving many of these behaviors.’ For example, a young man in New Delhi and a young man in Baltimore may both live in neighborhoods with poor living conditions and little opportunity, but because the teenager in New Delhi is able to see his environment in a more positive light, he is less likely to experience adverse health problems. ‘He paints a different picture.’

The article/study goes on to blame society for this difference in attitude, with an “it takes a village to raise a child” spin. But that liberal propaganda might not be entirely incorrect this time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not excusing the little brats in question who take bad circumstances and actively make them worse by living in the it’s-all-about-me moment, completely disregarding that there’s anything or anyone else involved, and then blaming society for all their woes.

Yet that doesn’t mean society is off the hook here. It’s ridiculous how many songs and movies and celebrated lifestyles promise success for such selfish, stupid mantras. And then, on top of that, we uphold an educational system that teaches kids to expect coddling. In too many supposedly academic settings, feelings are given equal or higher weight to natural intelligence and applied determination.

The result? Apparently a bunch of sexually, mentally and emotionally underdeveloped teenagers who turn into that same sorry state of adults…

Oh yeah, and apparently kids who “have it worse than those in Nigeria.” Which is pretty pathetic.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” Doesn’t Make Sense

There’s a popular song on the radio these days called “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran. As usual with popular songs on the radio these days, it’s got a great beat and little else.

Rather like a country hit, “Don’t” tells a sad little story of a guy who gets mistreated by a girl. This guy – let’s just call him “Ed Sheeran” – meets a girl, enjoys her… ummm… company for a few nights and then goes off on his own thinking nothing of it.

Lo and behold, they meet up again months later though and start something that he thinks is a relationship:

For a couple of weeks, I only want to see her
We drink away the days with a takeaway pizza
Before a text message was the only way to reach her
Now she’s staying at my place and loves the way I treat her

Then she goes off with some other guy to enjoy his… ummm… company, breaking Ed’s heart and causing him to opine:

She was crying on my shoulder
I already told you
Trust and respect is what we do this for…
And I wasn’t looking for a promise or commitment
But it was never just fun and I thought you were different

This all begs the question of whether Ed actually knows what the word “commitment” means. ‘Cause I’m pretty darn sure that, in the context of a romantic relationship, it means “not enjoying other people’s… ummm… company.” It’s utterly illogical for Ed to claim that he “wasn’t looking for a promise or commitment” and then get all upset when some girl “f*cks with [his] love,” as he puts it.

I don’t feel like deconstructing or analyzing “Don’t” any further than to call the message silly and stupid and nonsensical. But really, it’s silly and stupid and nonsensical, making me wonder if we should stop using language altogether.

Grunts and hand gestures would make more sense at this point.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Officer Wilson Not Indicted in Michael Brown Shooting; Ferguson Literally Fired Up

A grand jury has officially decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.

For anyone who hasn’t followed the case closely enough or just needs a reminder, Wilson is white and Brown was black. Oh yeah, and Brown had just robbed a convenience store - at gunpoint – before he went on to attack Wilson, who shot him in self-defense.

Yet somehow, people – both white and black – managed to ignore those latter details in favor of skin color. Apparently, white cops are supposed to humbly ask black thugs to forgive them the (possible) sins of their fathers. In other words, slavery.

I’m not trying to start a race war myself. If this had been a little white brat who attacked a black officer, breaking his eye socket and threatening his life, I’d be saying the same thing to anyone – white or black – dumb enough to come to his defense.

Color shouldn’t matter, people! Not when it comes to justice. Not when it comes to most things in life. Unless, of course, you’re going shopping for tan work slacks and every single store you go into only has this miserably muddy shade. Then you’re allowed to play the color card.

What you’re never allowed to do, however, is what Ferguson, Missouri did after getting the news.

Ferguson, Missouri, is where Brown was shot, incidentally. And it erupted into violence at the news that Officer Wilson wasn’t going to be put through the legal ringer for defending himself.

There was gunfire, there were structure fires, there was a car dealership that lost 10 cars because someone set those on fire too. People “peacefully” blockaded roads and not so peacefully smashed storefronts. One person was carjacked and subsequently run over by his own vehicle.

That’s pathetic. Unnecessary. And a vile representation of anyone who ever really fought for freedom.

Shame on Ferguson.

For that matter, shame on America. There’s not much more to say when we’ve fostered this mentality for far too long.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bill Cosby Suffers Under Rape Accusations; No Big Deal When Maroon 5 and Eminem Promote Rape

Today, Bill Cosby is facing multiple counts of rape allegations from women who are stepping forward decades after the alleged crimes were committed.

As a result, NBC, TV Land and Netflix have all cut anything Cosby from their lineups, despite how there hasn’t been any physical evidence provided. Apparently, words matter.

In his case, anyway. Not so much when it comes to Maroon 5’s latest hit, “Animals,” which contains lyrics such as:

·         “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight / Hunt you down, eat you alive / Just like animals”
·         “Maybe you think that you can hide / I can smell your scent for miles”
·         “It’s like we can’t stop. We’re enemies / But we get along when I’m inside you”
·         “Yeah, you can start over. You can run free… / But you can’t stay away from me

Complete with wolf-life howling and intentionally dark musical undercurrents, the song comes across as some ex-boyfriend who can’t get over the fact that it’s over. In other words, he sounds like a stalker.

If you think I’m reading into things with conservative-girl melodrama, check out the music video. which takes those strong stalker implications and flat-out embraces them. Lead singer Adam Levine stalks a girl, enters her bedroom while she sleeps, lies in bed with her and fantasizes about them having sex… sometimes drenched in blood.

I kid you not. Yet “Animals” is played incessantly on the radio. And that music video? It’s been viewed over 54 million times. I haven’t heard a peep of protest about it, despite what it’s blatantly glorifying.

Then rapper Eminem puts out a new track where he tells female rapper Iggy Azalea, “Put that sh*t away, Iggy / You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me.”

Considering Eminem’s history of verbally abusing women in his lyrics, this latest round isn’t all that much of a surprise. But isn’t that a bad thing in and of itself? Shouldn’t we appalled?

Yet we’re not. Listening to one radio station this morning, I caught a prominent DJ shrugging the disgusting reference off entirely. “I’m not saying it’s right or wrong…” he hedged, basically ending with “But it’s really no big deal since this is just his MO.

Ummm… Say what? We can’t even admit that it’s wrong to tell a woman you’re going to rape her and she can’t do a single thing about it?

Apparently not. So apparently Eminem is going to keep getting airtime right alongside Maroon 5.

Just not Bill Cosby.

I get how saying and doing are two different things. I get freedom of speech vs. criminal behavior.

But words do matter nonetheless. And when influential individuals are verbally promoting vile behavior, it will easily end up affecting society in ways that are far from beneficial.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“6 Reasons for Breaking Up” Text Shows Two People - and Yahoo - With Issues

There’s a “6 Reasons for Breaking Up” text that went viral.

Originally sent by a seemingly nice, nerdy guy to the woman he’d been seeing for seven weeks, it goes like this:

1.      You refuse to update your relationship status on Facebook
2.      You won’t include me in things like the wedding this weekend. I should have been the one to escort you
3.      You are rude to my cat and that makes me feel uncomfortable
4.      You do not share your time equally and by now your boyfriend should be taking priority
5.      Your swearing is very unladylike
6.      You won’t disclose how many sexual partners you have had which makes me think it is upwards of 3 and anything more than that is unacceptable

Judging by the text, I’d say both parties have issues. Here’s a clue for the guy: There’s no way I’m going to be giving “priority” to my boyfriend over my best friends and family after only seven weeks. Forget that.

There are people who have been active and beneficial in my life for a whole heck of a lot longer than a sixth of a year. Those people come first. If you don’t like that, you have two options:

1.      Stick around long enough for me to feel as if I should make you a priority.
2.      Go find someone else who’s needier.

But it’s that sixth reason that stands out to me the most, particularly because of Yahoo’s commentary on it that “number six… is the most narrow-minded.”

Ummm… Huh?

I’m in almost full agreement with the needy nerd on this one.

From a healthcare standpoint, how many sexual partners a potential partner has had equates to how many people he or she could have gotten diseases from and therefore could pass on. Knowing about a sexual partner’s sexual history is just common sense.

Not to mention that you shouldn’t be sleeping with more than three people in a lifetime anyway. Especially not by the time you’re 30 (the guy’s age and therefore probably the girl’s as well). Otherwise, it means you’re probably not all that big on commitment, which is kinda necessary to a functional relationship.

Think it over.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Black Male New Orleans Saints Fan Steals Football From White Female Bengals Fan

There’s a video gone viral showing a New Orleans Saints’ fan wrestling a game-winning football out of a Cincinnati Bengals’ fans hands.

Bengals’ Tight End Jermaine Gresham initially handed it over to a spectator in the stands who was literally wearing her allegiance on her sleeves. It was clearly hers, yet the Saints-sporting fan wrenches it away in what should be considered assault and theft.

To my knowledge, the jerk wasn’t charged with anything like he should have been. Though everyone does seem to be condemning the blatant foul and fouler.

However, here’s an interesting twist that nobody is talking about: The Bengals’ fan is a young-ish white female, while the offending Saints’ fan is an older black man.

Nobody is bringing up the race card, however. Nobody is proclaiming this to be a clear example of how society allows one race to trample over another. There’s no demands for rallies or racial justice or an in-depth look at what’s wrong with race relations.

And with good reason. Because it would be stupid.

This was a case of somebody being an inexcusable (and apparently unrepentant) jerk. Kinda like a minor mirror of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri.

It had nothing to do with race. In fact, I would argue that race is never the bottom line in why human beings treat each other like trash. It’s an excuse. So is gender, age and religion.

I mean, in the past, I’ve had three thoroughly unfair and downright nasty white bosses (one of them, incidentally, was another woman). At the same time, a black female coworker of mine was being treated miserably by her black female boss.

Explain those to me through a racial lens?

Then there are the black-on-black crimes and the white-on-white crimes, and the countless historical incidents where white people treated white people horribly (e.g. England to Ireland and Scotland), black people treated black people horribly (e.g. Hutus vs. Tutsis), Asian people treated Asian people horribly (e.g. Japanese to Chinese during WWII), etc., etc., etc.

Here’s the bottom line: People are jerks. And they will seize on whatever excuse they can to behave like jerks.

We could save ourselves a lot of hurt and hassle if we’d just acknowledge that human nature will trend toward the easiest – instead of the noblest – possible route without proper incentive. Like, I don’t know… A higher moral power telling us to behave?

Now there’s a novel concept.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nicki Minaj’s “Only” Song Is Vile, and the Nazi-Themed Music Video Is Even Worse

Forget “to be or not to be.” The new question is apparently: Is it ok to intentionally use Nazi imagery in anything other than an anti-Nazi publication?

Admittedly, it’s a dumb question when the answer is so exceptionally obviously “No.” Yet with all the dumb people out there these days, the question has been posed anyway. Worse yet, said dumb people are taking the very opposite stance of the exceptionally obvious answer.

You see, Nicki Minaj has a new music video out for her song “Only.” Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, it liberally throws around the N-word, the F-word and vile sexual language… all to a cartoon background complete with armbands, banners and uniforms that resemble Nazi propaganda so closely that the lyrics might as well include “Heil Hitler.”

My guess is that Nicki Minaj and her crew are too brain-dead to have caught the obvious on their own. (Kids, this is why you don’t do drugs.) But Jeff Osborne, who created the video, knew exactly what he was doing. In response to the controversy, he’s flat-out said so.

Oh yeah, and he’s not apologizing for it:

“The reason I’m not apologizing is because neither I nor the video are anti-semitic. I can’t be sorry for something I’m being falsely accused of. The video represents Young Money [i.e. Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown’s “artistic” collaboration] as a generic totalitarian regime, which takes images and symbols from several countries and time periods, one of which is Nazism. As an artist I have two voids to fill. First, meeting the demands of the client and two, creatively applying my own voice where I can. The Young Money team came to me with a set of parameters in which they exactly stated – something black and white, dark, ominous, with hints of imagery like Sin City or Metalocalypse…

“I made this creative decision to show the juxtaposition of the most iconic form of totalitarianism and ways it still exists today, specifically in politics, the military-industrial complex, censorship, and intense monitoring and tracking of our citizens. It has nothing to do with glorifying Hitler or the Holocaust. People think it’s trivializing the Holocaust because the song talks about sex, but I have no control over the lyrical content. I had an opportunity and an outlet, which I knew would reach millions of people, and wanted to make a statement. The term New World Order isn’t just an edgy pop culture reference. It is very real and was a term used by president George H.W. Bush, ironically 10 years to the day before 9/11.”

I’ll allow the possibility that Osborne isn’t lying about why he made the video the way he did. Even so, his conclusion is dangerously erroneous, especially when our society is so broken.

These days, moral rejects like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown are celebrated. Kids strive to be them. So when they see the “juxtaposition” – to borrow Osborne’s big word – of their idols with Nazi imagery, do you really think they’re going to equate Nazism with evil?

If you think that’s true, go read the comments on the video’s YouTube page. Then think again.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Men Cry Foul at “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment)”

A few days ago, I saw that “Drunk Girl” video, which features a little pixie of a brunette feigning inebriation in Los Angeles. She’s utterly adorable in her floral dress and cluelessly intoxicated state while she asks men for directions: the perfect mark for sexual predators who value their own sexual conquests over women’s right to choose.

The spliced clips, altogether titled “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment),” definitely didn’t show any good side of masculinity, with the four filmed guys in the video deliberately trying to take advantage of the situation by attempting to lead her to their cars or their apartments instead of the bus stop she asks about.

Out of sheer (and usually stupid) curiosity, I decided to read the comments below the Yahoo!-posted article. Expecting to be annoyed or discouraged as usual (hence why reading these comments is stupid), I was shocked by what people said about it.

Specifically, I was shocked by what men said about it. It was awesome!

There was complaint after complaint after complaint about the video, mostly from men declaring that they were sick of being depicted as misogynists, predators and rapists. They pointed out the flaws in the video, including how, even if it wasn’t staged, there were only four guys who took the bait. Four out of hundreds, possibly thousands, of potential predators wandering around the various shopping areas and intersections that “Drunk Girl” lays her hooks at.

How is that outrage – those protests – awesome?

Because it tells this particular woman that men are finally fighting back!

For so many years, too many have passively accepted the feminist extremist idea that men equate to trash. That they’re automatically out to chain women to beds and stoves everywhere.

Which is stupid! On so many levels.

First off, it’s not true. Men are individuals just like women are individuals. So there are some trashy ones and some stand-up ones. It’s grossly inaccurate to throw such an enormous and diverse grouping into a single un-delineated basket.

It’s also counterproductive when there’s a consequence to convincing people that they’re trash: They actually start acting like trash. Which means that feminist extremists are making it more difficult on womankind – not better – by trying to demean the other gender.

Oh yeah, and that “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment” video? Turns out it was a hoax anyway.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Virginia Tech Defunds Conservatives; Dartmouth Student Asks Rick Perry for Anal Sex

Here’s a tale of two college happenings…

On the one hand, we have the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Virginia Tech, which just lost its funding rights from the Student Budget Board after it held a conservative rally.

Lauren McCue, who heads up the local chapter, went through the normal channels to fund the event, which featured guest speaker former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan.

The Student Budget Board granted her request without incident, but flipped after Buchanan’s immigration-centered speech made the front page of Virginia Tech’s newspaper. Then it let Ms. McCue know that her Young Americans for Freedom were cut off for the next two semesters.

It gets worse from there. According to Breitbart:

“When Lauren asked for a specific explanation as to why her club was losing funding, her inquiries were ignored. Finally, Lauren set a meeting with the Student Budget Board, and they explained to her that they ‘had an issue’ funding the event in the first place because the speaker was Bay Buchanan. Max Frischman, the head of the Student Budget Board (who didn’t attend the event) told the YAF Chapter that if they had known the topic was going to be immigration – something that ‘would create a problem on campus when there isn’t one – they never would’ve approved the funding for it.’

“Lauren politely asked the Student Budget Board administrators why the topic of the discussion even mattered and that it was wrong to censor speech and discussion on controversial topics. The answer from Frischman, head of the Board, was that ‘clubs like (hers) generally push buttons more than other organizations, given the nature of their mission.’”

There’s more, but I’ll just give you the link to read the rest of it if you want to. In the meantime I’m moving on to the second college in question, this time Dartmouth, where sophomore Ben Packer wrote out a list of “Questions for Rick Perry,” who was speaking on campus.

They included “In your campaigns you have received hard-money campaign contributions of $102 million, half of which came from 204 donors. Would you have anal sex for $102 million?” and “In 2002, you supported Texas’s [not my error] anti-sodomy law. Do you dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”

I’m not kidding. Nor am I joking when I say that Ben Packer’s rationale behind these questions was that Rick Perry couldn’t possibly believe what he says he believes about homosexuality; that he must merely be playing to a crowd that actually does believe what it says it believes.

Kinda confusing, I know.

What’s even more confusing is that, as far as I can tell, Packer isn’t being punished at all.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Get Away With Murder – Or Any Other Cultural Nastiness – Without Making People Blink

Sometimes I wonder how the ancient Romans could find the death, horror and gore of the arena entertaining. Well, last night it hit me.

It hit me while I was watching the ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder… particularly a scene flashing back and forth between two people rounding the bases as it were and an autopsy being performed on the exhumed body of a dead college student… while I was shoving slices of Pepperidge Farm seasonal bread down my throat.

It’s an acquired taste.

Not the Pepperidge Farm seasonal bread. That’s good from the very first bite. I mean treating offensive material as entertainment.

You see, the forces that promote this kind of mentality start us out slowly. Whether intentionally or not, they begin with little messages that hardly seem noticeable, much less inappropriate. Then, once we’ve been conditioned to that first phase, they step a little closer to the line, just enough to maybe make our consciences twinge in mild discomfort… but by step two, we’re intrigued enough that we’re willing to shrug that pang of unease off.

After all, it’s not like we’re talking about how to get away with murder or anything. It’s no big deal.

Yet step three follows step two, and step four follows step three until we’re so far over the line and so hooked on a certain lifestyle that we’re utterly deluded into believing it’s normal, even acceptable.

Did you know how slavery started out in this country? In many areas, it began with white indentures, moved on to an almost benign form of black slavery with many blacks working for a set time before being freed… and then morphed into an institution that could rip families apart, tear the skin off of backs, and degrade nearly everyone and everything it touched. All while masquerading as not only justifiable, but righteous as well.

If that revelation doesn’t make you want to reevaluate your most cherished values – and those values you’re more willing to shrug aside every once in a while for entertainment’s sake – then you’re probably already too far gone anyway.

Welcome to the arena bleachers.

How to get away with murder? That's only the beginning.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christian Couple Burned to Death in Pakistan by Muslim Mob

Let’s forget about ourselves for a minute and take a look at a completely different country, namely Pakistan, where a Christian couple was beaten and pushed into a burning kiln by a Muslim mob for supposedly damaging a Koran.

Come to whatever conclusions you want out of that, because there are a lot to choose from. And they’re all disturbing.

So is the case of a Muslim arrestee in and of the same country who got into an argument with his police interrogator. When Syed Tufali Haider allegedly “insulted the Prophet” Muhammad, a “senior police officer” grabbed a nearby axe and lodged it into his neck, killing him instantly.

All I’m going to say on the matter is that it’s amazing how utterly disgusting people can be when they’re given too much power, or told too many times that they’re absolutely right and everyone else is inferior.

Oh yeah, and it looks like Pakistan has some serious anger issues it needs work on.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

President Obama Pretty Much Blatantly Says He Doesn’t Care What America Wants

This week’s round of Republican victories in even true blue states like my Maryland has shaken up just about every single Democrat out there…

Except for President Obama. He could care less.

Shocker, I know, since he’s cared about what America wants so strongly up until this point.

The Associated Press reports: “A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors’ races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended his policies, stood by his staff and showed few signs of changing an approach to dealing with congressional Republicans that has generated little more than gridlock in recent years.

“Rather than accept the elected results as a repudiation of his own administration, the president said voters were disenchanted with Washington as a whole. And rather than offering dour assessments of his party’s electoral thrashing, as he did after the 2010 midterms [which he didn’t mean one bit, as history now clearly shows], the president insisted repeatedly that he was optimistic about the country’s future.”

But here’s the thing, as the Associated Press goes on to note two paragraphs down: “The president’s sunny outlook stood in sharp contrast to the gloomy electorate. Most voters leaving polling places said they didn’t have much trust in government and felt the nation was on the wrong track. Those feeling pessimistic were more likely to vote for Republican congressional candidates, according to exit polls.”

Americans aren’t happy right now. We’re not secure. We’re not optimistic. We’re not confident in ourselves any more than we are in our elected officials.

And make no mistake about it. Obama knows all that. He just genuinely doesn’t care.

In other words, these next two years should be real interesting. And not necessarily in a good way.

America, not to kick us when we're down or anything, but this is what we get for voting such an obviously self-consumed individual into our highest position of power. Twice.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This Is “Not a Time for Celebration;” It’s a Time to Make a Change

So it’s official. While some races are still being decided, the Republicans most certainly are keeping the House and now they’ll have the Senate too.

Here are just a few of the prominent races already decided:

·         Joni Ernst (Republican) won a Senate seat in Iowa.
·         Mitch McConnell (Republican) kept his Senate seat in Kentucky.
·         Thom Tillis (Republican) appears to have won that exceptionally heated Senate seat in North Carolina (49%-47%).
·         Tea Party-favorite Dave Brat (Republican), who shockingly ousted then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primaries, managed to keep that seat Republican despite all the nay-saying from both parties.

Also...

·         Scott Walker (Republican) was re-elected governor in Wisconsin.
·         Charlie Crist (turncoat-Republican-now-Democrat) in Florida lost out on the governorship there.
·         Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (Democrat) lost his bid in Maryland to become Governor Anthony Brown.
·         Tim Scott (Republican) won in South Carolina, which is an apparent big deal for two reasons… Number one, he’s a black Republican; and number two, this is the first time South Carolina has ever voted a black senator into office.
·         Even more notably, Bruce Rauner (Republican) won governorship of Illinois! Illinois!!!!

And yet, even with all those victories, I’m going to agree with at least the premise of what remaining-House Speaker John Boehner said: that this is “not a time for celebration” due to the “challenges facing our country.”

Instead, now is the time to actually do something about those challenges. We can celebrate later.

I’m sure that Boehner meant that comment from a strictly political standpoint. And I’m sure he’s got his own, not-always-healthy ways of turning this country around. I mean, let’s face it: He’s messed up too many times at this point in his role of looking out for the American people.

Fortunately though, our hope isn’t in Republicans any more than it is in Democrats. So here’s my amendment to Boehner’s no “time for celebration” commentary…

How about we make this a time to change ourselves from being self-focused, short-term-minded lemmings – of all political stripes – to big-picture citizens who put their trust in God.

Because without God, America’s going to just keep getting worse. No matter who else wins what seats.