Saturday, August 11, 2007

What's the difference between the New York Post and Park Slope?

I'm so angry about this that I can barely communicate. The principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, a Bklyn middle school set to open this fall, has been forced to resign. Her offense? Explaining the meaning of the word "intifada". The resignation comes amidst pressure from Bloomberg, the New York Post, and the President of the United Federation of Teachers (*my* union!). None of these Islamophobic fuckwads surprise me in showing their true colors. What does surprise me slightly (though I should know better by now) is that the supposedly liberal parents of Park Slope and Boerum Hill are themselves so blatantly racist. Fake-ass Free Tibet Organic Co-op pseudo-multicultural bastards!!! Reminds me of somethin' Phil Ochs used to say :

Ah, the people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
Now I can't understand how their minds work
What's the matter don't they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Bazaar of the Bizarre

With apologies to Fritz Leiber, a few no-comment items-of-freakiness:

Serpico meets Hello Kitty in Thailand .

Keith Richards snorts something new, even for him.

If you need to rock out bad enough, Sweden will cut you a disability check!


Do as we say, not as we nuke. Yo Joe!

HBO Films is showing a new documentary on the U.S.'s nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thank goodness -- it's a chapter of recent history that is being rapidly forgotten. In a CNN piece, the head of HBO's documentary division stresses that such a film faces hurdles in circulation. No kidding! I'm glad this made it onto the air.

It's disgusting how many Americans ignore the fact that ours is the only country to have used nuclear weapons on human beings. Twice. And it didn't have to happen. Furthermore, the bombings were not just "a bad thing" this government did in its past, but a foundation for American supremacy in the post-WWII world. Yet we dare to lecture "rogue" nations on trying to have, wanting to have, thinking about having, and talking about wanting to have weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. has them and has used them! So long as a good part of the American public is convinced by arguments like "That's OK, we're the good guys!", we are in desperate need of films like this one.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone?

I've been away for a little while, but am back with this bit of scary Bushery. Note that many Democrats (as well as almost all the Republicans) voted for this foulness. And if a Dem, or "Mr. Integrity" John McCain gets elected Prez, do we believe they'll turn this around? Arab Americans have been very used to a state of community-wide surveillance for a long time now. It's almost funny. But now it's basically effortless for the Feds to conduct such surveillance. I guess that click I keep hearing on my cell phone isn't just my imagination...