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Posted by Brian on January 21, 2005

I’m not a very good writer, so, more often than not, I find others putting my thoughts into words much better than I could myself. Here’s one such case. Eric Alterman writes:

What is one to say about today?  To the horror of its well-wishers across the world, the United States—once the “last, best hope of mankind”- is re-inaugurating the worst president in its history; one who has exploited an attack, the success of which its own incompetence helped enable, in order to execute an extremist agenda that is killing thousands, costing trillions and leaving all of us far more insecure than when it began.  Before November 2, we could argue it was all a mistake; the guy ran as a “compassionate conservative,” misrepresented his record, Nader screwed everything up, and we actually voted for Gore anyway.  It took the  Republicans on the Supreme Court—two of whom were appointed by the guy’s dad—to stick the country with this regime filled with ideological fanatics and corrupt incompetents.  Now, what are we to say?  Fifty-nine million members of our nation do not mind that we were deliberately misled into a war that has drained our blood and treasure to create nothing but hatred and chaos; and that the very people who were at fault have been rewarded and promoted, encouraged to look for new targets to spread their hubristic malevolence.  It defies all logic and truthfully, my ability to explain or even fully understand it.  One thing is for certain: Based on an virtually unanimous unwillingness to consider its past mistakes and learn from them, things are going to get far, far worse before they get better.  Thousands more will die.  (Twenty six yesterday.)  Trillions more will be squandered.  Millions more will grow to hate and revile the name of the United States of America and prepare to attack us in ways for which our government is resolutely unwilling to prepare.  Avoidable catastrophe awaits this nation and its victims during the next four years as we will undoubtedly reap what we have sown.

I was talking to my grandfather today about the inauguration. He was at a doctor’s office in Bakersfield, CA (I’m guessing a red part of California, and my birth place as well [no jokes, please, DM]), waiting in the lobby, and they had the event showing on TV for the people there. He said most of the people were simply enthralled with the event, while he himself, quite deliberately, sat with his back to the TV while as did a crossword puzzle. He also said he was ready to exchange words with anyone that questioned his lack of interest in the event. Go Grandpa!

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Not again…

Posted by Brian on January 17, 2005

Just what the world needs… another Korean singer-turned-actor. here’s pop slut Lee Hyo-ri:

“I was not sure about my talent as a singer and such skepticism drove me to find something new that could challenge me, which turned out to be acting.”

Notice that whenever a Korean entertainer seeks a new challenge, they simply move from one area of the entertainment industry for another. You have actors-turned-singers; singers-turned-actors; models-turned-actors; actors-turned-models; singers-turned-actors-turned models; and as many other possible permutations that you can think of. In what is a most egregious abuse of the word, Korena entertainers are “multi-talented,” meaning they do a variety of things (sing, act) poorly yet look good enough while doing so to retain their popularity. I guess the idea of doing something new and challenging that doesn’t involve getting a hefty paycheck just doesn’t register in their little heads.

And what’s the huge challenge that she speaks of:

Lee is making her acting debut in the new drama “Three Leaf Clover (Seibkulobo),” set to premiere next Monday on SBS. In it, she will play Kang Jin-ah, a factory worker who is positive and strong-willed despite her poor family background and many hardships.

Wow… she’s playing a young girl who is “positive and strong-willed despite her poor family background and many hardships.” What a fucking cliche…

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Fox and Friends

Posted by Brian on January 17, 2005

So I’m at home watching some Fox morning talk show when the topic turns to the recent report that said Iraq has now become a “a magnet for international terrorist activity.” One of the hosts, some blonde chick, takes the flypaper theory and runs with it, suggesting that somehow it’s better for our miltary to be engaged with terrorists there then here. I found her demeanor to be quite chilling when she said this, as the thought that Iraqi people – men, women, children, families – have to live in the crossfire there never seemed to cross her mind.

Yes, Iraq is the central front in the war on terror… because we made it that way. And there are a lot of innocent Iraqis dying as a result. Be patient? Sure, my life is pretty comfy… I have plenty of time. But I’m more worried about the kids over there… time is not a luxury for them.

Later, on the same Fox show, there was a funny moment that reminded me of John Stewart’s eruption on Crossfire last year. They invited two guests, representatives of the right and left, of course, to debate Bush’s inauguration ball and its cost in the wake of the recent tsunami disaster. They ask the guy on the left to give his spin, and he, no doubt disappointing the hosts and his political opponent, says that the Bush team has every right to spend their money on the event and that calls to cancel or downgrade the event are just silly. Following his comments, they cut to commercial, and when they return, tell us that the guy on the right wants to respond. He then, as if the guy on the left never said a thing, starts attacking the left for making unrealistic demands on the President. He then goes on to say more or less the same thing that the other guy had already said.

It’s a perfect example of the mindless sort of point and counterpoint that passes as political discussion nowadays on TV. It also reminded me of some of the attacks that take place here, where people attack “the right” and “the left” and not actual arguments (hey, I’m probably quilty of this myself).

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