Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beck and Grayson: Fair Comparison?

Is it really fair to compare a talk show host to a senator?

To CNN’s Howard Kurtz, it is.

On his show Reliable Sources, Kurtz compared Glenn Beck to Sen. Alan Grayson. He claimed that when Beck accused Sen. Mary Landrieu of ‘hooking’ for the $300 provision for the healthcare bill (“basically calling her a prostitute”), Beck was being just as offensive as Grayson who called a lobbyist a ‘K Street Whore,’ and thus should face the same scrutiny that Fox News gave Grayson.

One of the guests, Jim’s Geraghty of National Review, managed to point out Kurtz’s faulty comparison:

Geraghty: Well, it's a little bit crass, but nobody elected Glenn Beck to Congress, yet.

Kurtz: So you’re saying there should be no standards for what people say on television?

Geraghty: I’m saying we should…[expect] more from a member of congress or an elected official…

Kurtz: So you’re saying Grayson should be held accountable because he’s an elected official and Glenn Beck is in the gas-bag business like many of us on television?

No shit, Sherlock!

Geraghty: I think I expect more out of a member of Congress than the 5 p.m. hour of Fox News.

I know Glenn Beck can be outrageous; but as a talk show host, he has every right to be. As long as he’s not broadcasting slander (and no, claiming that a senator was acting like a prostitute is not slander, though claiming a senator is a prostitute would be), he has the liberty to say what he wants.

Grayson, on the other hand, cannot. He is required to adhere to the decorum of Congress, and thus does not have the same liberty as Beck.

Census Worker Victim Of Suicide, Not Right-Wing Extremism

Hey! Remember the census worker Bill Sparkman who was discovered hanging from a tree with “FED” written on his chest? And remember how people, mostly left-wing bloggers and pundits, assumed that Sparkman was a victim of right-wing extremism?

Turns out Sparkman committed suicide.

Yup! The man responsible for murdering Sparkman was not a right-wing extremist enraged by “anti-government sentiment,” but rather the census worker himself. Turns out Sparkman staged his death as part of an insurance scam.

Think this is one paper’s opinion, or rather spin? Here are a few additional sources:

CNN

Fox News

New York Times

USA Today

The Washington Post

And to think that the mainstream media was so quick to blame the incident on right-wing extremism.

Friday, November 27, 2009

High School Musical: “My Father’s A Homo”

Earlier this year, a California high school was sued over discrimination after canceling a performance of RENT – a musical featuring homosexual characters. The high school later allowed the performance to continue as planned.

At least in that instance, the high school performed a cleaner version which removed the objectionable material of the original musical, including profanity, drug references, and a song about a character’s sexual experience.

The following high school, however, was not as stringent about their school play:

Students at a high school in Massachusetts are opening theater doors today for a free performance of scenes from their upcoming musical, a tale about a bisexual father torn between his family and his "gay" lover.

Seven students of Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., are cast in the school's rendition of "Falsettos," a Tony-award-winning production described by a local newspaper as "a musical comedy about life, love and loss in which the characters renegotiate their definitions of family."

But one organization in Massachusetts is objecting to how the plot redefines "family" and pointing to some of musical's content – including the songs "My Father's a Homo", "Everybody Hates His Parents" and "Four Jews in a Room B----ing" – as blatantly offensive.

"Community residents are very concerned about the production's vulgar sexuality and anti-family message," writes MassResistance – a local group that counters promotion of homosexuality in the state – on its blog entry. "Not content with inflicting this on the community in the weeks before Christmas, the school has added a sneak preview scheduled on Thanksgiving Day."

I’m all for tolerance, especially towards the LGBT community, but good grief: whatever happened to common decency? This performance contains songs with sexual innuendo and anti-Semitism, songs which are clearly not suitable for a public high school setting.

This school performance should not be excused simply for the sake of tolerance. Equal rights do not mean special rights. If the performance did not feature homosexual characters, would school officials be as willing to allow it to perform? If not, the performance has to go.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What is Sarah Palin?

Yet another video from my personal idol Jack Hunter (a.k.a.: The Southern Avenger):



As I said before in previous posts, I’m not a big fan of Sarah Palin. She is more of a celebrity than a politician. People who like her have no real reason to like her; people who hate her have no real reason to hate her.

In my opinion, the real reason people love/hate her is because she is not a liberal elitist, unlike Obama, Biden, Pelosi, or Clinton. She is an average American, which makes it easier for other average Americans (a demographic rarely represented, especially with this administration) to relate with her. She is the voice of the people, the bourgeois. In short, she is the Oprah of politicians.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Malkin: MSNBC Audience “Largely White”

Remember last week when MSNBC accused the crowd at Sarah Palin’s book signing of being “largely white” with “almost no minorities in this crowd”?

Well, blogger Michelle Malkin did some fact checking and discovered that, not only is the reporting staff at MSNBC “predominantly white,” but the audience as well, with “almost no minorities in the crowd.”

After the Don Imus debacle, NBC hired a “diversity leader.” By the left-wingers’ own tallying in 2007, guess which network boasted the whitest programming on cable TV during a randomly selected period? Hint: Starts with “M” and ends with “SNBC.”

By MSNBC’s own logic, that makes MSNBC’s audience a bunch of white-supremacists and racists.

Looks like MSNBC was the pot calling the kettle black, or rather the china calling the teacup white. LOL!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

MSNBC: Palin Supporters Are Racists

Looks like MSNBC is race-baiting—again! This time, it’s over Sarah Palin’s book signing, an event that was “largely white” with “almost no minorities in the crowd” according to MSNBC.

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Well, they look like a white crowd…I think there's a tribal aspect to this thing, in other words, white vs. other people.

What else do you expect from the network which claimed the tea party protests were about “hating a black man in the White House,” or claimed the Obama joker poster was a “racially charged image”?

I don’t know which is more dividing: the tea party protestors and Palin supporters who are upset over Obama and his policies, or the news network which claims that said people are motivated primarily by racism? I’d go with the latter.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Demotivational Poster - Celebrity

sarah palin

I don’t like Sarah Palin, not because I disagree with her politics or policies, but because I feel there is no real reason to like or hate her.

Sarah Palin is a celebrity figure—nothing more, nothing less. She is someone people like or dislike due to personal preferences rather than political ones. Those on the Right love her because she personifies the all-American woman. Those on the Left ridicule her as a Bible-thumping redneck who resides in a state few Americans know about. Neither side base their opinions on her because of her politics.

She already published her memoirs and appeared on Oprah. Now she’s supposed to get her own reality show. Good grief. Ronald Regan was a celebrity who became a politician. Sarah Palin is a politician who became a celebrity.

What has happened to the proud party of Lincoln?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gandalf Admits To Tearing Bibles

Some people take the soaps and shampoos from hotel rooms. Others steal the towels and bathrobes. A few may even take the hair dryers. Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, takes something else from hotel rooms: pages from the Bible.

When openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, among other memorable roles) stays in a hotel with a Bible in the nightstand drawer, he rips out pages that contain a certain passage from Leviticus, according to a new& interview with the actor by Details magazine.

(The passage says: "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable," as translated by the New International Version; the King James Version uses the word "abominable.")

McKellen, about to turn 70, came out late in life at age 49, according to the magazine.

Here's part of the interview:

Details: Is it true that when you stay at hotels you tear out the Bible page that condemns homosexuality?

Ian McKellen: I do, absolutely. I'm not proudly defacing the book, but it's a choice between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible. And I'm not really the first: I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages -- Leviticus 18:22 -- that had been torn out by a married couple I know. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom.

Somehow I should be troubled by this, but I’m not. I doubt people even read the Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms. So I doubt people would notice.

Even so, McKellen doesn't have the right to deface private property. Who knows what legal trouble he may face because of this.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Editorial Cartoon: Obama Norsefire


Obama Norsefire by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

Tonight, I will speak directly to these people and make the situation perfectly clear to them. The security of this nation depends on complete and total compliance. Tonight, any protestor, any instigator or agitator will be made example of.

Our enemy is an insidious one seeking to divide us and destroy the very foundation of our great nation. Tonight, we must remain steadfast, we must remain determined, but most of all, we must remain united.


When I heard these words spoken by High Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta (which I recently watched for the first time last night), I immediately thought of Obama and his administration.

I know what most of you are saying: “But Adam Sutler and his Norsefire party were ultra-right conservative theocrats. The movie was making fun of Bush and his administration. You can’t compare it to Obama.”

True: the movie, as Alan Moore claimed, did become a Bush parable, especially with the whole “the terrorist attacks were an inside job” bit; but I believe that any party—right or left—which promises security in exchange for complete and total compliance, which utilizes propaganda and spin to further its political agenda, which discourages and silences any dissenting views, and which criticizes dissenters as bringing division and disunity, is comparable to Adam Sutler and his Norsefire party.

And I believe Obama, his administration, and his supporters ARE comparable. Why else do they think they are fervently pushing for the economic stimulus and healthcare bill despite their known flaws? Why else do you think they are asking citizens to report “misinformation” about healthcare reform to the White House? Why else do you think they have accused town hall and tea party protestors of dividing America? Why else do you think they openly attacked Fox News, but openly favors MSNBC?

Obama and his administration have shown that they are weary of dissent. And why shouldn’t they be? Obama has been portrayed as Messiah figure sent forth to liberate America from its economic, political, and social woes brought upon it by Bush. In essence, “He promised you order. He promised you peace. And all he asked in return is your silent obedient consent.” And it is because of this that he and his administration disdain dissent; in fact, they fear it.

Good. It is as it should be. As V said, “the people shouldn’t be afraid of the government: the government should be afraid of the people.”

Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and everyone else in this administration: be afraid.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

40 Years Of Sesame

Hard to believe that Sesame Street is over 40 years old. Most children’s television shows don’t last more than two to three seasons. And you would think that a 40-year-old show would be outdated—especially since it has to compete with newer shows like Dora the Explorer (bleh!).

But Sesame Street proves that not only can an old dog learn new tricks, but it can keep performing the old tricks just as well. Sesame Street is timeless because its method of teaching children basic life skill through fun is timeless. Even after 40 years, Sesame Street is still able to teach children how to read, write, and count—something the public school system is failing to do.

Sesame Street was one of my favorite shows growing up; and it still holds a special place in my heart today. So to commemorate this special occasion, here are a few of my favorite Sesame Street moments:

Monday, November 9, 2009

20 Years Of Freedom From Communism (And Liberal Whitewashing)!

If someone told you today that East Germans were better off before the Berlin Wall fell, would you believe them? Of course not! But over 20 years ago, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, some journalists in the liberal news media did oppose the fall of the Berlin Wall and communism.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which, along with the fall of the Soviet Union two years later, marked the end of Communism in the West. Today, the news media is celebrating this victory of freedom from oppression; more than 20 years ago, it deplored such an idea.

Sounds hard to believe?

The Media Research Center recently released a report Better Off Red which reveals how the liberal news media inaccurately portrayed East Germany, the Soviet Union, and communism prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Here’s a sample from the Executive Summary:

  • Before it collapsed, these journalists insisted those enslaved by communism actually feared capitalism more. "Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy," CBS anchor Dan Rather asserted in 1987.
  • As the Soviet system began to totter, a few journalists claimed it as proof that the threat of totalitarian communism had never existed. "Gorbachev is helping the West by showing that the Soviet threat isn’t what it used to be, and what’s more, that it never was," Time’s Strobe Talbott argued in a January 1, 1990 piece.
  • After Eastern Europe was liberated, these leftist journalists attacked capitalism for "exploiting" the newly-freed workers. A Los Angeles Times reporter touted "communism’s ‘good old days,’ when the hand of the state crushed personal freedom but ensured that people were housed, employed and had enough to eat."
  • Some journalists refused to connect the economic misery caused by communism with communism itself. As the Soviet coup unraveled in 1991, NBC’s John Chancellor lectured how "the problem isn’t communism; nobody even talked about communism this week. The problem is shortages."
  • Viewers heard perverse arguments that the end of communism was a setback for human rights. "Yes, somehow, Soviet citizens are freer these days — freer to kill one another, freer to hate Jews," CBS’s Harry Smith deplored in 1990: "Doing away with totalitarianism and adding a dash of democracy seems an unlikely cure for all that ails the Soviet system."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Carrie Prejean: Role Model Hypocrite

From newKerala.com:

Dethroned former Miss California CARRIE PREJEAN is at the centre of a new scandal following reports she's the star of a new sex tape.

The blonde beauty was stripped of her crown earlier this year (Jun09) after candid shots of her posing on a beach hit the Internet - a strict breach of the pageant's rules. Officials also took offence to her decisions to miss official engagements - an allegation she denied.

And now it appears Prejean, who hit the headlines when she questioned gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant, is caught up in another controversy.

A source who has seen the alleged sex tape tells TMZ.com Prejean appears to be "doing very graphic things to her body," adding no one else features on the tape.

The insider says Prejean claims she was 17 when the video was shot.

The beauty queen is currently suing pageant bosses for her dismissal.

When I first learned about Carrie Prejean, I admired how she voiced her personal beliefs even though they were not popular, even though they possibly cost her the title of Miss America, and even though they caused her to be scorned by Perez Hilton. That much I admire about her.

But I do not admire how she claims to be a Christian yet paraded scantily-clad in a beauty pageant, yet posed topless in a photo shoot, yet openly violated her contract, yet received breast implants, and yet was involved in a sex tape.

I do not admire Carrie Prejean because she personifies everything wrong with Christians today—how they pick and choose what parts of the Bible to believe and follow. Christians today view the Christian faith as nothing more than being against abortion and gay marriage. They could care less about following the example of Christ. Carrie Prejean is no different.

Call Prejean a role model for free expression; but please do not call her a Christian role model, let alone a role model for traditional family values. As for me, I’m calling Prejean what she really is: a role model for hypocrisy!

George W. Obama

Here’s another video from my personal idol Jack Hunter (a.k.a.: The Southern Avenger):

 

Liberal politicians and pundits who are calling conservative activists crazy…have it exactly backwards. It was crazy that anyone who might have claimed the label “conservative” would also claim the Republican party of George W. Bush. Conservatives haven’t lost their sanity; they’ve regained it. In the meantime, the Left has gone completely nuts. Worshipping a president who promised change, liberals continue to ignore that little has.

Maddow vs. Boehner: Idiot vs. Idiot

In trying to make Minority Leader John Boehner look like an idiot, left-wing pundit Rachel Maddow made herself look like an idiot:

Boehner: This is my copy of the Constitution. And I'm gonna stand here with our Founding Fathers, who wrote in the Preamble: "We hold these truths to be self-evident...

Maddow: No. Constitution doesn't have a Preamble. Not. Nope. Stop it. That would be the Declaration of Independence. Ooh.

Wait. The Constitution doesn’t have a Preamble? Then what’s this:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I know, I know: Boehner wasn’t quoting the Preamble to the Constitution; he was quoting the Declaration of Independence. In that sense, Maddow was correct. But it didn’t help that she claimed the Constitution didn’t have a Preamble.

If you’re going to make someone look like an idiot, make sure you have your facts straight so you don’t make yourself look like an idiot as well.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Demotivational Poster: Gullibility



I recently watched this documentary and—wow—was I amazed by its sheer paranoia. Let’s look at some of the movie’s premises:

1) Religion is a sham created to brainwash and control the masses.
2) 9/11 was an inside job.
3) Every U.S. war was fought for economic gain.
4) The U.S., Canada, and Mexico are secretly creating a North American Union.

This movie was apparently created by conspiracy theorists for conspiracy theorists. I pity the ignorant bloke who takes this movie seriously.

Good grief! If I wanted to watch a movie about conspiracies, I’d watch National Treasure or the Da Vinci Code. Both are much more entertaining than this movie, and at least the directors knew they were directing a piece of fiction, unlike the director for this movie.

Oh, and if anyone’s interested, here’s a website debunking this movie.

Countdown Goes Drag Queen

Several weeks ago, Bill Maher boasted how Glenn Beck would finally go insane and appear on Fox News dressed as a woman. While Beck hasn’t appeared on his show in drag, a guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann has:

On the Nov. 4 broadcast of MSNBC's "Countdown," with fill-in host Lawrence O'Donnell substituting for Keith Olbermann (still MIA since New Jersey gubernatorial race went Republican), Michael Musto, gay columnist for The Village Voice and author of "La Dolce Musto" dressed up as Palin and reenacted two phony speeches. The occasion: A few media outlets had obtained "leaked" portions of two possible speeches Palin would have given on Election Night 2008 in the event of a McCain/Palin victory and a defeat.

Well, what'dya know: Countdown did what Beck was supposed to do. I guess Keith Olbermann is desperate for ratings. Maybe the White House should attack MSNBC; then MSNBC can have a boost in ratings just like Fox News experienced.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One Year Obama-versary!

It's been one year since Barrack Hussein Obama was elected into Office. And what has our beloved president accomplished in that year? Meh! Not much.

But let's not be too harsh on the guy. After all, he has another three years to prove himself worthy of the title of President of the United States; and if he doesn't, no matter: the Democrats are dumb enough to re-elect him even if he does mess up.

To commemorate this occasion, I have set up a countdown clock counting down the days until Inauguration Day 2012--a day we will hopefully have a better president.

Also to commemorate this occasion, here's a video highlighting the two main accomplishments of Obama: jack and squat!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Anna Nicole Smith Acted Dumb. So What Else is New?

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been really busy with my job search.

Unfortunately, my first post for November is about Anna Nicole Smith. Apparently, news about Michael Jackson was getting too passé; now we have to talk about a celebrity who’s been dead for nearly two years:

Video of Anna Nicole Smith appearing to mistake a doll for her unborn child was just the reality TV star acting for a camera, a defense lawyer for Howard K. Stern says.

Prosecutors presented the tape in a preliminary hearing last week as evidence that Stern and two doctors conspired to keep Smith in a drug stupor in the two years before her death.

In what has become known as the "clown video," a 9-year-old girl seems uncertain whether Smith is pretending or is really having "brain trouble."

Acting or not, Smith's face -- painted like a clown's -- is a disturbing sight in light of her death from "acute combined drug intoxication" six months later.

Stern shot the 45-minute-long video at Smith's Bahamas home on August 12, 2006, at a ninth birthday party for Riley Shelley, the daughter of a friend, according to court testimony.

Seriously, I don’t see why this video is different from any episode of her reality show. She’s acting like a dumb blonde? So what? She is a dumb blonde! I don’t mean to make light of a celebrity’s death, but it’s kind of hard to tell when a dopey celebrity is acting any dopier.

And is it too much to ask that we allow Anna to rest in peace? Considering how we can’t allow Michael to rest in peace, I guess so.