i took a crap on the sidewalk just for you
why is it that when you look on the news about katrina it is only POOR BLACK PEOPLE stuck swimming up to their necks in stagnet water? why didn't the mayor deploy every school bus, every greyhound, every city bus and move these people out at the same time that they told all the people to leave before the storm.... it seems like the rich people were able to get out because they had cars and shit but the mayor and the counrtry just forgot about the poor and did nothing to try to prevent their deaths.... why is it that in this country it is still so fucking racist that we have allowed these black folk and creoles to be left to die? we have third world communities innerspersed throughout this country and nothing is being done to help out. It is because of this horrible neglect that the disaster has become so desperate and deadly.
this proves everything!
Fri, Aug. 5th, 2005, 09:46 pm
I must preface this by saying that I like(d) Weezer. The Blue Album is great and I'll even admit that the last album (Green Album) is pretty decent. But this new one is horrible. I have never heard so many cliche's strung together in one long uninspired chain in my life. There is nothing artsy or witty about this album and frankly it seems as if Weezer is trying to buy into the Dashboard Confessional market by making silly songs that are nothing but kid anthems about love that cannot get past the whiny high school vision of it. Ok, to make my point, just read some of the lyrics from Perfect Situation: "What's the deal with my brain? / Why am I so obviously insane? / In a perfect situation / I let love down the drain. / There's the pitch, slow and straight. / All I have to do is swing / and I'm the hero, but I'm the zero." Do I need to go on? Where is the wit and irony from Sweater Song or any of the other songs from their early stuff? I'll tell you where -- NOT ON THIS ALBUM. Avoid the hype and the stomach ache and don't purchace this album.
Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005, 11:47 am
so... my laptop is fucked so i haven't really been able to post... i know, i know, it breaks your heart.... just been working downtown alot... until i got sick.... called off the past three days.... i'm horrible.... got 2 kitties now.... one named chavez and the other dirk..... using shity "."'s again..... met this awsome girl with a farret and have been hanging out with her alot.... climbed the fence at fairview park and went super secret night swimming for paul's birthday..... gotta go to KY to pick up my laptop although I don't have the money to actually fix it.... fucking creepy..... the new batman movie was ok, the new Romero movie was kind of dissapointing -- come on, ZOmbies with emotions? that's just silly....... stomach still hurting.... maybe it's the meds, maybe it's the beer, maybe it's an ulcer.... might get evicted but don't really think so..... can't move back home now that i have a kitty.... blah... gotta go... moronic....
I unfortunantly must admit an error in a rant that I posted last night. I believe that I made a complete misinterpretation of the exceprt from Joseph Wood Krutch's The Modern Temper The more I thought about the passage and how it actually relates to the book en toto, I realized that I had made a mistake that no self-respecting English major should ever do. I had taken the quote out of context. In my oppinion, contrary to my earlier usage, the barbarians are not really those who act in barbaric ways. Instead, Krutch uses the term to contrast those who do not question the meaning of life from those thinkers who do. The book in short examins modern man's deconstruction of meaning and attempts to suggest the possibility of modern system of belief in order to keep mankind from spinning into a complete ideological oblivion. Therefore, the barbarians are those that do not ask the questions and do not seek answers. The barbarians are simply the antithesis of the philospher/poet/artist/thinker. This is most probably a much better interpretation of the passage.
Now I'm sure at this point everyone is saying who the fuck cares, but I care. I want to maintain a sence of credibility and integrity. So I'll say it: sorry for the botch. I'll make sure to keep things in context and not adopt quotes to fit my personal goals. Besides, I find this more of an excersize for myself than anything else. It amuses me, and that is enough.
That said, I still think that my personal assesment of the situation of the U.S. and its civil regression holds true. Therefore, my misquote should not discredit my overall commentary. And if it does: well then piss on your shoes.
6 Currently Favourite Songs:
1. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
2. Krazy - Makaveli
3. I put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
4. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
5. Sex and Violence - Sex Pistols
6. Lunch - Evolution Control Committee (YOU MUST ALL DOWNLOAD THIS SONG
6 People I Want To Post Their List of 6 Favorite Songs
6. i have no more current friends... how lame!
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005, 10:56 pm
"If the future belongs to anybody it belongs to those to whom it has always belonged, to those, that is to say, too absorbed in living to feel the need for thought, and they will come, as the barbarians have always come, absorbed in the processes of life for their own sake, eating without asking if it is worth while to eat, begetting children without asking why they should beget them, and conquering without asking for what purpose they conquer." Joseph Wood Krutch The Modern Temper
Although I rather disagree with a few of the points that Krutch raises in his excellent deconstruction of modern society, I find his predictions to be somewhat chilling. It is my distinct belief that the barbarians have come, and they are us. How you may ask. How did you come to this conclusion?
I shall do this with an example:
Of course I hate to make such lofty claims by using only one example, BUT I believe it is a good one. Recently there was an investigation into prisoner abuse. Ok, ok, you're thinking we already know about Abu Gharaib and how military sodomized young boys, beat prisoners, and stuck lightbulbs up an inmates ass (wait you mean you didn't hear that on the news, but it WAS in the official report
). No, this was an investigation into prisoner abuse in our own country. In this investigation you see footage of the most horrific abuses of human rights imaginable. I won't even get into the specifics because it makes my stomach crawl but you can check it out if you want. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm
I didn't even watch the movie because the descriptions were enough for me and frankly I don't want to see some things. The question I pose to people is how do we even dream of having a civilized society when our law system, military, and government acts in inhuman and barbaric fashions. If we protect and perpetuate this system of death and defilement of human rights, we are sending a clear signal that our society condones such actions. How do we expect any criminal to repent or change his deplorable behavior if he is surrounded by inhuman treatment by those who attempt to correct them. The leaders and laws and ideals of a nation should be that of the most civilized and moral tradition. We must act with decency at all times and be examples fit for following. In this country, barbarism has become the norm. We fight instead of reason, we kill instead of listen, and we torture instead of nurture. The war is lost, the barbarians have won.
Wed, May. 18th, 2005, 10:13 pm
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Editorial: Newsweek/It doesn't deserve the diatribes
May 18, 2005 ED0518A
The White House has gone ballistic over the retracted statement in the May 9 Newsweek that "investigators probing abuses at Guantanamo Bay have confirmed" that "interrogators, in an attempt to rattle suspects, placed Qur'ans on toilets and, in at least one case, flushed a holy book down the toilet." White House spokesman Scott McClellan flat-out said Newsweek was responsible for causing the rioting in Afghanistan that led to at least 17 deaths. Newsweek editors appear to have accepted that responsibility. They shouldn't have; the White House is simply changing the subject from abuse at Guantanamo to Newsweek's journalism. It would have been prudent, and more responsible, for Newsweek to have confirmed the story with a second source; that failure gave the White House the opening it has now seized to such good effect. Newsweek then compounded the error by going only halfway in its first correction.
Newsweek used as a source a "senior government official," normally a Cabinet secretary or someone fairly close to that rank, who had previously been a reliable source. It then showed the report to two Pentagon officials before publication. One declined comment and one corrected another aspect of the story. Neither challenged the Qur'an-in-the-toilet statement.
Only after the report had been printed did the original source back away from his assertion that he had seen the confirmation in a military report on abuse at Guantanamo. On reflection, he thought perhaps he saw it in other reports or drafts; but he did see it.
As for this short Newsweek item causing the rioting and deaths in Afghanistan, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan told Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard Myers that the violence was "not at all" tied to Newsweek, but was an insurgency seeking to prevent the national reconciliation that President Hamid Karzai is trying to promote. Before the Newsweek item was even published, both the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse reported a new surge of Taliban-led violence.
Besides, the White House itself committed much more egregious errors in the way it so casually used dubious intelligence to make a case for going to war in Iraq. As the blog Daily Kos pointed out Tuesday, McClellan seems to have a double standard. In his discussion with reporters on July 17, 2003, he was asked: Bush is "president of the United States. This thing he told the country on the verge of taking the nation to war has turned out to be, by your own account, not reliable. That's his fault, isn't it?"
McClellan responded: "No."
The accusations concerning Qur'ans in toilets have been published repeatedly over the past three years in a number of media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, a number of other American newspapers, the BBC and a Moroccan Islamic newspaper. The only thing Newsweek added was a claim of "official confirmation." While not a small thing, that supposed confirmation did not break this story; it is old news. And one source's faulty memory over where he saw information about it does not prove that the accusations of Qur'an abuse are untrue. Indeed, they still deserve further investigation.
The White House response fits a pattern of trying to intimidate the press from exploring issues the administration doesn't want explored. Compare it, for example, to the Dan Rather report on President Bush's military service. To this day, we don't know if what Rather reported was accurate or not, or to what degree it may have been accurate. Nor do we know whether the documents he cited were genuine. All we know is that CBS can't verify that they were genuine.
Yet the hullabaloo caused by that incident appears to have intimidated other journalists from trying to pin down the full truth about Bush's military service. And now there will probably be less enterprise reporting on prisoner abuse or anything else that might embarrass this administration. It also fits neatly in with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's effort to muzzle public television and radio. This behavior seems so Nixonian, except that the current crew is much better at the press-intimidation game than William Safire and Vice President Spiro Agnew were. For Newsweek and other media that come in for this treatment, we have one word: Resist.