"What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote
in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes
his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'."
- Robert A. Heinlein

In Roman times, free Bread and Circuses entertained the masses. I hope you find your time
here both entertaining and informative.

Monday, May 24, 2010

If

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Revenge of the Stupid People

So the Grammy Awards recently aired and people are of course (SHOCK) outraged at the sexualized performances. A link to some complaints that the FCC received:


Some gems (not corrected for spelling, capitalization, grammar, etc.) My comments in red.

What right do these "artists" to[sic] subject my children to this type of material?
It is not the artists, it is you who subjected your children to this type of material. If you have a problem with it, change the G-ddamn channel you moron.

You can't even let your children watch these types of programs.
No shit sherlock. What history has led you to believe music awards shows are appropriate for young children? Madonna kissing Britney?

ALL OF THESE ITEMS are offensive to me and for this reason, I will no longer allow my children to watch awards shows.
Good choice.

cbs publically[sic] aired to the public which we are all totally digusted by shots of pinks nude buttocks&shots of lady gagas nude buttocks...completely OBSCENE&INDECENT&cbs should be fined BILLIONS just to insure the cbs does not ever publically air female nudity... ever again. all this female nudity that is publically aired on&through the tv to the public who was totally disgusted by it because she is a woman!!all this female nudity... needs to completely stop as it is misoginistic[sic]°rading&sadis[sic] to women&we women count on the fcc to abolish all female nudity...&SHOULD BE TO STOP FEMALE NUDITY [which includes butts,buttocks,vagina and breast] FROM EVER BEING AIRED OT THE PUBLIC EVER AGAIN...
We are all not totally disgusted by the sight of buttocks, male or female. You are, and maybe you need to speak to a therapist to discuss your inability to perceive the human form without reacting with disgust. While I agree our society has hypocritical attitudes towards the depiction of male vs. female nudity, I do not agree that the answer is to ban all depictions of the female form. Why don't we all return to the Victorian ideal where you can't even see a female ankle because the female form is disgusting? That concept in and of itself is more degrading than an empowered female performer consciously using her body as part of her art. By trying to exile the female body from art, you are the one who is perpetuating "misogynistic, degrading and sadistic" stereotypes (yes, that is how you actually spell those words. And spaces come between words for a reason). You have issues.

Beyonce who proceeded to grab her crotch and play with herself as if she were a boy for several seconds...
Again we see the myth that only men masturbate. Women do it too. See above comments. The idea that women are the "virtuous sex" who don't do filthy (male) things like, oh, say enjoy sex relegates women to the ghetto of hypocrisy and sexism.

Pink's performace was very distasteful because she showed her backside
I'll say it again. I have an ass. You have an ass. We, he, she, they all have asses. You however are the only one making an ass of yourself.