Death and Taxes

Here’s something interesting I found recently: 52 percent of “Tea Party” supporters believe their taxes are fair. So what’s all the fuss about? “Well, I don’t pay too much, but Sean Hannity said some guy in Ohio does, so I’m pissed off!

And while we’re on the subject of people who cynically raise a ruckus over things that aren’t nearly as catastrophic as they claim: Sarah Palin’s PAC spent $60,000 last year buying copies of her book. But that’s not the part that most intrigues me:

Sarah PAC spent another $8,000 on colorful bookmarks designed by a Nashville-based event branding firm.

I know Christmas isn’t for eight months — and my birthday is even further away. But if anyone ever comes across one of those for sale cheap, I will pay you $20 to add that baby to my bookmark collection.

In Other Protest News

I still haven’t seen Avatar, and — since the 3D IMAX special effects were the only thing that really interested me — I probably never will. However, I will give credit where it’s due. Lest you think James Cameron is only about a feel-good “going native” story without any political awareness of the real-world counterpart: He went to Brazil last week to protest a dam in the Amazon Jungle. So while the movie looks dumb, at least he’s willing to walk the walk.

But what about internet petitions? (Worst transition ever.) I found myself signing one recently, and I wondered if there were any research on their effectiveness. I didn’t exactly find any, but as usual, Snopes had something worth saying.

In a world beset by complex problems, the solutions of which will take enormous amounts of time, money, and commitment, such simplification as the e-petition provides a welcome relief. Imagine having the power to solve those problems! Moreover, imagine having it merely at the click of a mouse!

Two Random Thoughts I Had While Shopping for Groceries

  1. Recently on the news I heard someone say “Tiger Woods’ future is uncertain.” This is moronic. Every person’s future is uncertain. We could have an esoteric debate about the Arrow of Time, but for all practical purposes, we don’t know what the future will bring! For anyone. Or anything. End of story. Stop saying meaningless things!
  2. Copps Supermarket sometimes plays some weird songs on the sound system. One time it was “Missing” by Everything but the Girl. (The only time I’ve ever sung along with a supermarket sound system.) Last week, as I heard Peter Cetera coming in loud and clear, a thought occurred: “Glory of Love” might have been Mr. Cetera proclaiming his love for a judge! Think about it.

I am a man who will fight for your honor

I’ll be the hero you’ve been dreaming of

I bet you never hear that song the same way ever again!


An interesting collection of “Things, But Very Slowly”.

Today I’m listening to: Computer Rockers!

Palin, Political Correctness, and Populism

YouTube: Palin on O'Reilly, 16 February 2010

So I’m in class and I see that Palin is lashing out at Family Guy. Hey, we agree on something: Family Guy is weak and not funny!

Obviously it’s ironic for the woman who celebrated talk-radio host Michael Reagan for his willingness to “screw political correctness” to now complain about how Family GuyFamily Guy, for gods’ sake! could you pick a less relevant show? — was being insensitive to special needs children. (You’ll get no argument from me, Ms. Palin, about how the jokes on that show “just aren’t really funny”.)

So then I went back and read in the transcript where she and O’Reilly discuss a recent New York Times piece about the Tea Partiers and the extremists who are joining them. Note how O’Reilly pretends to be objective by admitting that some conservatives are “pretty tough on immigration”. But of course they’re just one tiny element in a mostly mainstream, nonviolent, level-headed collection of red-blooded Americans. But when a group of gay people or anti-poverty black activists or (heaven forbid) feminists protest anything, he refers to them as “the far left”.

There’s more! Keep reading! →