Monday, October 29, 2007

The Run to Iran

It's weird, this sounds eerily familiar....., I just can't place it......

The Real Rudy

This is "America's Mayor?"

From Brave New Films

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Norway Hallowon't

Norwegians don't celebrate Halloween. Well, not really. Most of them have heard about it, but to them it's a holiday for children...and then it's really not very organized. From what I can tell, it consists of kids dressing up and then going out on the 31st of October, plus or minus a couple days, asking for food. I'm not even 100% convinced that this really happens. This may just be some myth that the Norwegians tell Americans to get them to "shut up already about your stupid Disney/pagan traditions." It breaks my heart to hear that Norwegian adults don't use the holiday as the excuse to dress up, act like idiots, and get totally drunk. Perhaps Norwegians don't think a holiday is necessary to drink excessively. This actually raises another observation.

When Norwegians are drunk they seem more inclined to hug you and chat about traveling, camping, snow, or the societal impact and moral obligations of wealth distribution in the EU and the continued embarrassment of Norway's lack of membership to previous. The drinking in Norway does not look like what I've seen of the drinking in England, or the East Coast, where as far as I can tell getting drunk is reson d'etre to start pounding the face of the first mook who comes within arm's reach. I've been here for 8 months and have done my share of drinking and witnessed nary a fight. My Norwegian friends assure me that bar fights do happen though. (This may be yet another fallacy told to visiting Americans to keep us from going into an alcohol-induced rage due to the inequities in the world's aggression rates.) Still, by contrast, I was in London for 3 days and my girlfriend and I saw 2 fights, one bloody-faced aftermath of a fight, and overheard one threat of "cutting" which I can only assume was not an offer to take about an inch off the top and clean up around the ears and neck line.

Now, getting back to the point. What's to be done about Halloween? I'm thinking about putting together a propaganda film for Norway that might go something like this:

"I've got some concerns about Norway. I fear that Norwegians might look to the outside world as a bunch of liberal Jesus-haters. I know it's not true. The world does not though. I'm not much on convention but I do think it's important for international identity that Norway properly honor the evening in late October that the boy Jesus dressed up like the son of god and went around asking the people of Nazareth for some candied fish.

As an interesting side note for you linguists out there, 'Trick-or-treat' sounds very much like 'I am the way, the truth, and the light' when spoken in Aramaic."

I think it could work.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

To the White House

I'm just curious who everyone is supporting at this relatively early stage as the Democratic forerunner to the White House. My money is on Clinton for the nomination and therefore the presidency. I do wish that Gore would have run though.

Friday, October 05, 2007

They're drinking the Kool Aid in GB

I was rather disturbed about this ridiculous excuse for an opinion piece I found on BBC's website yesterday and I just have to blog about it. Therapy.

In the article, Matt Frei makes several preposterous assertions about the changes to Bush's character.

Imagine an administration has given more than $15bn towards treating HIV/Aids, mainly in Africa; that has hinted it might boycott the Beijing Olympics if China doesn't intervene to stop Burmese monks from getting slaughtered; that has tried - and failed - to force immigration reform down the throats of its own party; that obsesses about alternative fuels and talks climate change.

Christ, where to begin. Okay, imagine a country that donates the tiniest proportion of its GDP to helping impoverished nations. Imagine an administration that would rather talk about the kinds of alternative fuels (hydrogen) that its buddies in big oil and the coal industry would like to see us waste our time on due to (1) the extensive time line necessary to set up infrastructure and deal with safety issues associated with hydrogen cars and (2) would still have some dependence on the fossil fuel industry for the production of hydrogen, a process that is actually far less efficient than the burning of the fossil fuels in the first place. But what about ethanol? Can you say "factory farms" and even higher carbon emissions due to lower combustion temperatures?

And Bush's offer to head up talks on carbon emissions? Yeah, so he and his idiot cronies can write into international law a provision that makes carbon emissions voluntary.

A man who helped negotiate the nuclear disarmament of six-way talks.

Sure, lets give the tool credit for not starting a war with Iran (yet) but lets not lose sight of the fact that the man is still the overlord of the It's-my-way-or-the-highway set.

If I sound like an incredible cynic, well, that's what 7 years of this BS can do to a person. Credit where credit is due is all I'm saying.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What a freaking genius!

We knew it was coming, but come on! With veto number 4 Bush proves that his priorities continue to suck so much. Unlimited funding and indefinite time lines to conduct illegal war? Yep. Illegal monitoring of US citizens private phone calls and emails? You'd better believe it. Tax cuts for the wealthy stretching into infinity? Uh, yeah! Health care coverage for 6 million uninsured Americans payed for by increasing cigarette taxes? VETO!!!

I look forward to the spin from the right about how all of these uninsured would just drag the economy into the gutter and make people actually expect something from the government other than open hostility to sovereign nations and blatant disregard of civil liberties. We will not stand for this kind of blatant caretaking from a government of the US of A! Indeed.