W. – The Trailer

Yay! The trailer for controversial director Oliver Stone’s controversial film “W.” has leaked out to the Internets. I’m a fan of Oliver Stone despite his embellishments because his movies are almost always good. But if the movie sucks then in a way it would be doing Bush justice since he sucks.

I noticed that he doesn’t show W. snorting coke. Stone must be saving the good stuff. This is so going to get the Rapeublicans’ panties in a wad. I want to see it!

Deranged Right Winger Clings To His Guns

I’m trying to make sense of the Knoxville, TN church shooting on Sunday. According to news reports, Jim D. Adkisson, burst into a Unitarian church killing two people and wounding six others.

Apparently what drove Adkisson to commit murder was his hatred of the “liberal movement”, which he blamed for his own state of unemployment. Adkisson had also received a letter from the state of Tennessee informing him that his welfare benefits would soon be cut or eliminated.

Adkisson “stated that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of the major media outlets,” according to the police report. Adkisson “could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement,” so he chose instead to “target those that had voted them in to office.”

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McCain’s Dangerous Incoherence

Like many liberals, my view of McCain has been that I may not like him, but I could live with him because he has to be better than Bush. If McCain had beaten Bush in the 2000 GOP primary I believe that the country would be much less worse off than it is now.  I disagree with McCain on many, many things but I’ve always felt like the Senator can at least steer the nation competently.

However, the growing volume of foreign policy gaffes and gibberish emanating from John McCain has me worried. I am worried that we might actually hire this guy to be our military’s Commander-In-Chief and run our foreign policy. I’m worried that too many voters allow themselves to be distracted by phony issues and war stories to pay attention to what McCain has been saying. At some point a series of verbal gaffes and miscues ceases to be funny or “authentic”  and becomes cause for alarm.

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Combating Racist Idiocy

There’s a web forum used by people in the town where I live to discuss various topics of local interest. I enjoy posting on it from time to time, mainly to bedevil the right wing dumbasses who lurk there. I post under the name ‘mysterio’.

It isn’t easy being a red state liberal. I feel like I’m surrounded by morons. It’s frustrating because said morons are so high on “family values” and their triumphalist vision of America that they can’t see the forest for the trees. They preach personal responsibility, but when the excrement hits the air conditioning they reflexively blame the media, government, Democrats, liberals, minorities – anyone other than themselves. Occasionally this unenlightened state causes the wing-nuts to inadvertently expose the latent racism that still infects some quarters of the right. Continue reading

ShamWOW!

Billy Mays look out!

Notwithstanding a childhood fascination with Mr. Microphone, I am seldom tempted to buy anything pitched to me on TV. Until recently that is. I have to admit that I am bowled over by the ShamWow.

It’s because of Vince Offer, Shamwow’s appropriately named pitchman. This guy has got to have Billy Mays crapping in his pants. Seriously, the kind of stain that would withstand even the combined power of Kaboom and Oxyclean. Vince can sell. He’s so engaging that I stop what I’m doing and watch him every time he’s on my TV.

Lanky, sporting a cheesy headset and bad haircut, my first thought was “what a mook.” He’s the douchebag who tried to sell me stolen speakers in the grocery store parking lot. But Vince quickly won me over with his sly, street-smart confidence. It’s like he’s letting you in on a secret.

Billy Mays, with his eerily neat brown beard practically screams at you, imploring you with earnestness to see the beauty of his product. Vince knows the angles, he makes the product sell itself. Yes, he’s a huckster and yeah, the ShamWow is probably a piece of junk. But now I feel like such a schmuck for throwing my money away on paper towels. Vince made me want a Shamwow by insinuating that I’m an idiot for believing I can live without one.