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Feb. 8th, 2010

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the mad hatter's movin' on

[note: to clarify, this is not a political blog, and I am not a political authority. It just so happens that when I have political opinions, my friends aren't the kind of people who are interested in discussing them, so i generally am forced to resort to spewing my ideas into cyberspace.]

On the Tea-Party Convention: when I first heard the name, I understood that clearly the republicans were trying to conjure images of 'liberty' and 'equality' and 'victory' and 'patriotism' by tapping into the vibes of ye olde Boston Tea Party. but they also managed to remind Americans that tea parties are not just affairs such as the one held by patriotic men who are willing to risk their lives for America. They are also ones held by four-year-olds who spill crumbs and "tea" (read: apple juice) everywhere. Yeah, the more common kind of tea party usually is attended by stuffed animals and maltreated dolls, and the entire event usually dissolves into hysterics at the end. JUST SAYING. 

palin quote of the day: "the tea party movement is the future of politics."

okay. just keep the true nature of tea parties in mind, and don't be surprised when your worn-out stuffed animals don't show up at the polls to vote for ya in 2012, Sarah.


Granny's always ravin' and rantin',
And she's always puffin' and pantin'
And she's always screaming and shouting,
And she's always brewing up tea

Nov. 4th, 2008

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attention, attention, may i have all your eyes and ears

it's not really a great time for me to be writing when there are so many other things that need doing - I still haven't gone to the polls and they close in a couple hours. but tonight i think i needed to comment on this very, very significant event without all the dilution that debate and gossip can be.

On the 2008 presidential election: Oh, Barack, Barack, Barack. SO much hype. I've wondered not infrequently in these past weeks whether an Obama pin has become a mere fashion accessory, another fad, instead of symbolizing any true political values. yes, this Obama madness has triggered almost a cultural phenomenon. but it's like churchgoers who never truly think about the Bible - just because your friends are Obamaized, just because celebrities are turning into Obama mouthpieces, just because a million parodies making fun of Palin and McCain especially have been released, all of that is NOT ENOUGH reason to go out and vote for a candidate. (interestingly, although we have heard of an entire chunk of Hollywood telling you to vote Barack and some supporting McCain, all of them stepping it up in these last days, Carrie Underwood choses now to say that public celebrity endorsement of a candidate is wrong.

Well, I don't know about Carrie, but I don't have a problem with celebrities who are proud to show their support just like everyone else. i only have a problem with the people who let that determine their vote.

that said, I am not strongly on either side of this election, although a) I live in a highly Obamaized pocket, b) I will hate it if McCain dies and Palin becomes president - even if those prank calls are funny, I sure as hell do not want her as the first woman in the White House, and c) i have always been strongly socially liberal. By "socially liberal" I do not mean i let my buddies think I'm liberal, I mean that I strongly support a liberal approach to social issues, like abortion. BUT...social issues have really taken the backburner in this election for something much more dramatic at the present: money.

On the American economy: right now, we are in a lot of shit. I am not denying this. Even though our unemployment rate has dipped low, that does not mean more people are employed, it means more people have stopped looking for employment. (there is a very funny colbert report about that, so look it up if you want a laugh.) As a young adult, caught between a child's addictive sugars and an adult's looming deadlines, I do not know quite what to think or how to react, but I know that I am not alone in that. in any of this, really. This being said, the economy has really moved to the forefront of the election debate. in the primaries McCain began this race on a real right-wing policy. given the present climate and the clear public opinions, it looks like his campaign has realized that they need to shift gears a bit. Obama's economic platform has remained more consistent.

and this, ladies and gentlemen, is where I get stuck. Like so many other Americans, in times like this, I support government intervention. as we watched Lehman Bros fail, the entire nation got a wake-up call. but this election dictates four full years at the minimum. No one has ever quite seen the likes of this before, but unless it is really another Great Depression like some people are saying, chances are a recession would not last four years. So...could a good decision made in this climate still be a good choice four years later? is a good economic plan in a time of crisis and recession one that could hold up in the long run? Who can really answer these questions, and who can best address the real interests of a nation, not just the temporary symptoms?

Only time will tell. 


Just one thing is for sure here, folks: GET OUT AND VOTE!


EDIT://Wed November 5th
Originally the lyrics here were from Mae, but it wasn't such a good match. So after Obama won, I thought I should change them to something more celebratory.


And from the ballroom floor, we are in celebration,
One good stretch before our hibernation,
Our dreams assured, and we all
Sleep well, sleep well...

 

Oct. 29th, 2008

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keep your mouths shut while we show you how to rock 'n' roll


So I just learned from Rolling Stone that MTV cancelled Total Request Live. 

do not get me wrong - I am not a TRL fan. I have never been a TRL fan. it ruins too much good music for me. however, this cancellation brings up an issue that has been present for a very long time.

On MTV: I don't know how many people realize these two things--
1) TRL was MTV's last real ('real' being loosely defined) music program.
2) MTV stands for Music Television.

Shocker, right? you're probably looking at no. 2 going, Uh, thanks, Sherlock Holmes. Like we didn't already figure that one out. yet look at the stuff they air. don't you think MTV's more like Money, Teenagers, and Violence? I mean, yeah, shows like Parental Control are a total laugh - well, mostly because everyone's a waste of space (it totally goes against my philosophy to refer to anyone as 'a waste of space' but if you've ever seen that show, you know what I mean...have you ever seen so many unhygenic douchebags in your life?) but come on, folks. Music is not about the clothes you wear or how much skin you flash for the cameras. i do not care how many reality shows you have been on or what she said or what your mom said. I am listening if I can respect you as a creator. I am listening if your songs make me want to stand up and shout and dance - if i can find a bit of me in the beautiful, beautiful mess that you recorded and sold on iTunes.

Okay, now for the reality check. Realistically... our generation was raised on surface value and distraction. kids do not watch tv to find art - me included. I listen to music whenever I want music, I watch tv when I want to rot my brains out. And people find art in different things and appreciate different things, so obviously any mainstream channel could not cater to everyone's best tastes. but still, I think that Fuse is closer to what a channel that calls themselves Music Television should be.

Never do I turn the tv onto MTV expecting any decent music, so I don't have an enormous problem with TRL's cancellation itself. but I think the folks at MTV should at least have the courtesy to change the name, since right now they're the entertainment industry's biggest posers. Hey - I'd be willing to watch a channel about Money, Teenagers, and Violence. just don't give me mass-produced brainfarts and try to pass it off as music.


Oh, it doesn't matter what they say in the papers,
'Cause it's always been the same old scene
There's a new band in town, but you can't get the sound
From a story in a magazine
Aimed at your average teen...