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A Token of Gratitude December 22, 2010

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As if I didn’t already have enough reason to love Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld and the man responsible for the brilliant Curb Your Enthusiasm), he’s now written a hilarious op-ed for The New York Times thanking Republicans for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

The satire will probably be lost on most Republicans, but it perfectly encapsulates the absolute absurdity of the argument that those in this tax bracket would be in any way financially disadvantaged if the tax cuts had been allowed to expire.  It’s just another example of how the GOP has manipulated the dialogue to make the average middle-class American think it’s their patriotic duty to support an upper class that couldn’t give a shit about them.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

It’s also going to be a boon for my health. After years of coveting them, I’ll finally be able to afford blueberries. Did you know they have a lot of antioxidants, which prevent cancer? Cancer! This tax cut just might save my life. Who said Republicans don’t support health care? I’m going to have the blueberries with my cereal, and I’m not talking Special K. Those days are over. It’s nothing but real granola from now on. The kind you get in the plastic bins in health food stores. Did someone say “organic”?

Larry David: Thanks for the Tax Cut! (The New York Times; 12/20/10)

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Current listening:

Balthazar – Applause

Last movie seen:

From Within (2008; Phedon Papamichael, dir.)


I Can Not Have Seen the Light November 8, 2009

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I’ve always been sort of skeptical of YouTube. Sure, it’s great for tracking down old music videos and live performances, but I’ve never been one to spend an inordinate amount of time fooling around on the site. But today, in the process of researching this screwy plot Kirk Cameron has for distributing a new version of Darwin’s The Origin of Species with a new introduction condeming it, I stumbled across this:

Pretty great, isn’t it? I mean, who’s this Eastern European nymph channeling Christopher Hitchens? Curiosity sufficiently piqued, I sought out some of this girl’s other videos. And now? Well, I have to say I’m hooked. Someone needs to get her on Real Time With Bill Maher, pronto. That said, I’m willing to concede that anything sounds appealing when it comes from a hot blond chick with a Romanian accent.

*****

Current listening:

Goldrush ozona

Goldrush – Ozona

Know Your Quarry November 5, 2009

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carrie-prejean-picOh, karma, you glorious bitch.  Remember Carrie Prejean, the Californian beauty pageant contestant who hates gays but loves the fake boobs pageant officials bought for her?  Turns out she dropped her lawsuit against pageant officials once she realized they had in their possession an “extremely graphic” sex tape of herself.  Alone.  Playing solitaire, shall we say.

So, just to recap: homosexuality = bad; making a video of yourself tickling the ol’ ivories = good.

I can’t wait to see how her cheerleaders on the Christian right spin this one.  Demonic possession, anyone?

CNN (11/4/09): Carrie Prejean “Sex Tape” Spurred Pageant Settlement

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Current listening:

Chris cosmos

Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos