Thursday, August 30, 2007

Turn that frown upside down, you snotty little A-rab!

There's a lot of depressing/infuriating shite that I could post about today. In the New York Times alone:

- We learn that Congress is simultaneously blaming Iraqis for the chaos that the U.S. has wrought in Iraq and making imperious "suggestions" to Maliki's puppet government.

- A guest columnist tries to convince readers that buying knockoff purses on Canal Street means supporting kiddie porn, human trafficking and terrorism. (I wonder if she works for Coach!)

- We see that the attempt to criminalize baggy pants is not just a one-town ass-backwards (as it were) fluke.

- And we find out that one of So Bored's favorite playwrights (and one of the most seemingly ethical of 20th century American writers) dissed his retarded son.

Bummers, all. But instead of focusing on these bits of grimness, I'd like to focus on the positive. Even though the world has lost its dog, so to speak, there's always a bright side:

Don't y'all feel cheered up? I know I do! On another note, I've been doing this bloggy thing for about a month now and my tech-deficient ass is just now learning about feeds and blogrolls and other neat stuff. Very soon I'll be adding a list of my favorite blogs to the site...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

This face on a McDonald's tie-in cup?

Well, we're one step closer to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Movie. Oliver Stone has repeatedly expressed an interest in making a film about the Iranian president but has been rebuffed by Ahmadinejad's underlings, who pronounced Stone to be a part of the Great Satan despite his oppositional stance. Stone took the rejection in stride, quipping "I've been called a lot of things, but never a 'Great Satan...I wish the Iranian people well, and I only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours". Apparently Ahmadinejad didn't get that memo, b/c the Prez himself has now said that he might not object to Stone's film idea.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. I suspect it will go nowhere, likely getting shut down on the Iranian end. But even if it gets the OK over there, Stone's real challenge will be here in the States. The right-wing pundits of course are up in arms. But even "liberal" Hollywood will be afraid of such a flick, unless (and probably even if) it takes on the feel of a 1990s History Channel Hitler documentary (i.e. "The Face of Evil!"). Because, um, you know, he's like Hitler, because, you know, he, um, wants to kill all the Jews.


I'm no big fan of M.A.'s. He's an ex-jock, he's ex-army, he's bossy and he's full of himself. Add state power to this mix and you've got a fine recipe for militaristic asshole souffle. But as long as Americans can make and watch stupid, glowing movies about American presidents that "owned" kidnapped human beings and ordered nuclear strikes on civilians, they really need to shut the fuck up about the supposed evil of small-change dictators like Ahmadinejad.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

"U.S. Americans" without maps/Nuking Dearborn, MI

Today's post is basically a straight bite from brilliant Arab American blog This is nefarious enough that it needs wide exposure, though!

Xanax is awesome, huh kids? "U.S. Americans"? "The Iraq"? Yeesh. "I personally believe" this kind of ignorance helps contribute to a scary, scary world.