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You Betcha!

As Sarah Palin continues her self-aggrandizing bus tour across the U.S., she keeps mainstream media wrapped around her little finger, waiting with baited breath for an announcement about her candidacy for the 2010 presidential election. And in typical Palin fashion, she continues to attract passionately moronic followers who somehow think she’s got what it takes to change their lives. But, of course, not everyone is buying what Palin is selling. I’ve called this woman an idiot many times over, but the fact that she thought she could make a stop in NYC, of all places, and receive a warm welcome just proves Palin is far more delusional than I previously surmised.

Here’s what Sarah Palin’s bus looked like before entering NY:

And here’s what it looked like after being parked on 6th Ave. (in front of Fox News Headquarters):

Palin’s supporters are calling it an “act of vandalism.” If they think this is vandalism, then they clearly don’t know how bad things can get when a New Yorker gets his or her hands on a can of spray paint. Palin is lucky all she got was this poster slapped on the side of her bus. And as much as I would have loved to see someone take a couple cans of Krylon to this gas guzzler (way to be fiscally responsible, Sarah), I can see why the perpetrator took this route. All that was required to get the pre-fabricated sign up there was a little post-and-run. Easy.

The content of the sign itself has sparked right-wingers to scream “sexism” because, you know, Sarah Palin has boobs, and in America boobs = whore. And not the good kind of whore. But seriously, conservatives, why must you blow everything out of proportion? I wouldn’t be surprised if the person who violated Palin’s bus is a woman! Furthermore, any charge that this attack was motived by gender bias completely overlooks the fact that society is overrun with media whores both male and female. Ever heard of Donald Trump? He’s Commander-in-Chief of the media whores and he’s been at it much longer than Palin. So you can miss me with that sexism crap.

I know a sign on a bus isn’t going to slow this country’s steady descent into apathy and ignorance. And as self-obssessed as Sarah Palin is, I don’t imagine the sign is going to spur in her a grand epiphany causing her to suddenly admit, “Ya know something, am I a media whore? You betcha!” *Wink*

I just get a kick out of the few brave, (often) faceless souls who have the mind to make these sort of “attacks” on politicians.

America needs more of them.

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Decisions, Decisions

Life is comprised of a series of choices; we all make them everyday — whether relatively mundane, like what to eat for lunch, or something more pressing, such as “should I run this red light (and risk getting a ticket or causing a wreck) or just get to work late and take my lumps?” Of course, far more serious situations than the aforementioned examples will pop up throughout life, but the point is that regardless of the gravity of the situation, decisions have to be made on a daily basis. Some would argue that there are times when we can choose not to choose, but the logical and philosophical complexities involved with that are beyond the scope of this blog entry. We have to live with the decisions we make, which is why it’s important to make good ones. “Good,” however, is a subjective term; all choices are subject to scrutiny and are potentially controversial. What 5 people approve of might be completely unacceptable to 15 others. But when you’re satisfied with the decision you made and you feel comfortable saying you’d make the same decision if you had it to do all over again, then you can direct everybody else’s attention to that very famous Cee-Lo Green song.

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Assassins in the Midst

I found this article commemorating the April 4, 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The words were penned by Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. Even though I’ve had an insane amount of heated conversations in which I’ve criticized the philosophical and functional relevance of the NAACP in its current form, I think the following article recognizes the potential for the storied civil rights group’s return to the days when it championed the cause célèbre instead of associating itself with wanna-be celebrities and sniffing after any little “issue” in an effort to make headlines.

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Lois Lame

So Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot now has its main cast officially set. Henry Cavill will play the Man of Steel himself, while Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play his Earthly parents. These pieces to the puzzle have been in place for some time now, but everyone with even a passing interest in Superman wanted desperately to know who would portray Lois Lane in the film, set for a 2012 release.

Earlier this year, MSN’s Parallel Universe offered up a selection of candidates that they felt would be suitable for the role. Among the “nominees” were Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, and Rosario Dawson.

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…And the Winner is…

Don't Call it a Girlfight

Somebody asked me recently, “Who would win in a fight between Storm and Wonder Woman?”

I snorted at the question at first, but within a matter of seconds I was deep in contemplation over the matter presented to me and I determined that Storm would win. I admit to being somewhat biased on Storm’s behalf, but geekier minds than my own have mined plenty of evidence to support my conclusion:

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Britney Hearts Curtis?

Britney Spears and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson need to be together. Think about it for a minute and you’ll find they have quite a bit in common:

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Stinky Barber

 

 

 

 

 

So what happens when an almost 36-year-old running back who retired in 2007 decides to return to the NFL?

Not much. At least not yet.

Sure, Tiki Barber’s impending un-retirement has got people talking but nobody’s saying much of anything positive.

Tiki claims that hanging out with his twin brother Ronde — a defensive back with the Tampa Bay Bucs — rekindled his competitive spirit, so he started working out again and realized he could still perform at a high level.

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Mike Huckabee Lives Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, did you know Barack Obama hates America? Thanks to Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly (who, until a couple of months ago, didn’t know what causes ocean tides) you probably did know that bit of information already. But do you know why Obama hates America? Well, according to Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and current Fox News Channel talking head, “Barack Obama’s childhood in Kenya during the Mau Mau Revolution made him hate America.” Huckabee further explained that the average (white) American “grew up going to Boy Scout meetings” and lived in communities “filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.” Given the fact that Huckabee intends to be a relevant figure in the 2012 election, I expect this sort of politics-as-usual mudslinging. It’s never too early to start taking shots at your enemies in Washington, right? But what did Natalie Portman ever do or say to Mike Huckabee to get on his bad side?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Revolution

I’ve heard more than a few individuals refer to the recent uprising in Egypt with quite a bit of disdain in their tone. They invariably claim to have correctly predicted that such social unrest would set a bad example and lead to other oppressed peoples following suit.

Surprise!

Civil unrest has erupted in a number of Middle East nations as fed up citizens look to finally rid themselves of corrupt rulers. It should go without saying that during widespread protests of this nature some unsavory things are going to occur, such as the attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan. This, however, does not suddenly invalidate the overwhelming success of the Egyptian people. And by all accounts, the protests in Egypt were generally peaceful. Obviously, the same can’t be said for what’s going on in Libya, but that’s because Gaddafi has let the dogs loose on the people and they’re simply responding in kind. Regardless of whatever political, religious, or sociocultural complexities exist to make each new uprising in some way different from what took place in Egypt, all of the Arab world’s revolutionary-minded nations owe Egypt a debt of gratitude for doing it first. They not only did it first, but they did it well. They literally established a hub from which to conduct their revolution; Tahrir Square became a mother ship of sorts, providing specific locations for bloggers, flag sellers, artists, and food vendors. There were toilets, a pharmacy, and even a KFC that presumably had been cleared of its overly greasy chicken and turned into a medical clinic.

The bottom line is that Egypt’s revolution was successful because it was essentially a finely tuned machine. Those who complain about or criticize the events either (1) have no idea what it’s like to be oppressed or discriminated against; (2) as an extension of (1), don’t realize the importance of civil disobedience in the face oppression; or (3) have never seen this photo:

It’s not a pyramid, but it is another product of Egyptian innovation.

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Kunta Kinte (a.k.a. Geordi La Forge) Quits Twitter

Pago at Stuck on a Rock wrote an awesome post about one of my favorite shows — The Big Bang Theory — in which he covers some of the cameos featured in past episodes, and ups the ante by listing a few cameos he’d love to see in the future (read it here). Well, the Feb. 24th episode, “The Toast Derivation,” didn’t feature anyone from Pago’s wish list, but Levar Burton’s appearance is one I think we can all appreciate.

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