A quick preface: I’m no Iran-lover, but I recently got a hold of the letter sent to Mr. Bush from Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and thought a few parts were worth sharing- The gist of the message is that George W. Bush’s policies are inconsistent with democracy, liberalism, and the teachings of Jesus, all of George’s favorite justifications. It’s hard to adopt such values when they seem so utterly dysfunctional.
The White House’s official response to the letter was that it was worthless because it didn’t “address the nuclear matter.” Perhaps they need to work on their critical analysis. (more…)
A hilarious nugget conspiculously absent from the mainstream media:
Stephen Colbert, (again, inexpicably) invited to give the closing speech at the White House Correspondents banquet absolutely destroys Bush to his face, along with more than a few n’eer-do-wells. Although Stephen stayed in character, this is definitely a different persona than the one he plays as host of his own show. The material is biting and ruthless- you can feel how uncomfortable and tense the room is during the bit. Even though his material was more relevant than it was ‘funny’ in the classical sense, it was… refreshing, to say the least. The Colbert Report often seems like The Daily Show with more one-dimensional gags and less substance. It was good to see Stephen show some teeth, and my opinion of him has definitely been boosted more notches than one.
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Say it ain’t so, Mr. T.
Was anybody as shocked and dismayed as I was to see childhood hero and 80s legend Mr. T appear on a Comcast commercial? Just hearing Mr. T utter those most profane words, “It’s Comcastic!” made my stomach turn.
This is NOT the same Mr. T who once taught me to “Be Somebody or be somebody’s fool.” Mr. T is now very clearly somebody’s fool.
Yet another reminder that every conceivable nugget of nostalgia will be cheapened and pimped out for whatever meager value a marketing campaign can squeeze from it.
In case you’re wondering- Comcast sucks. Comcast is one of a few giant cable corporations that have regional monopolies across the country (consider evil-twin Adelphia in southern California). Consistent with the dubious “monopoly” label, Comcast is notorious for its laughable service, non-existent comittment to the consumer and the community, and decided lack of a modern pricing scheme. There are downsides to deregulating industries, and if Comcast is to be allowed to be the sole provider on their cable, they should at least be compelled to donate a small portion of bandwith for public consumption. Of course, that’s too much to ask. I’m not the only one who thinks this way. How about you?
Something can be done. Something will be done. Stay tuned.