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“She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.” — W. Somerset Maughan

Why should he be?

Obama on Spot Over a Benefit to Gay Couples

Mr. Obama is in a tough spot. If he supports…denying [same sex partner] benefits to the San Francisco court employees, he risks agitating liberal groups that helped him win election. If he supports the judges and challenges the marriage act, he risks alienating Republicans with whom he is seeking to work on economic, health care and numerous other matters.

Risks alienating them? Roll the fucking dice, Barry. What’ll really happen? Hayseeds everywhere will think you’re a gay Islamic terrorist alien Socialist abortionist? Whip out a stack of Franklins and blow that political capital on coke and whores. Gay whores. Gay whores whose life partners deserve the same benefits ours do.

Is it lost on Obama that, owing to prejudiced laws like DOMA, his own parents wouldn’t have been allowed to marry in a third of our states until he was six years old? I don’t think it can be. I understand he’s pretty bright.

Gary L. Bauer, president of American Values, a conservative advocacy group, said that if Mr. Obama extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers, he would “provoke a furious grass-roots reaction, reinvigorate the conservative coalition and undermine his efforts to portray himself as a moderate on social issues.”

A “furious grass-roots reaction?” You mean like a “[S]econd American revolution” or something? Somebody call the cops (only hide the coke and gay whores first).

Fuck the bigots and fuck their votes. It’s 2009, and this is no less than a moral imperative.

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Filed under: Get Your Hate On, I Call Bullsh*t, That's F*cked Up, Welcome Change

A Grand Canyon do-over? Please shoot me, and make it quick.

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Filmed on location in Hoover, Alabama: When did Han Solo get so old and where exactly is he taking my dry cleaner?

NYT: Crossing Over, Thorny Path of Immigration, Post 9/11

When it comes to politics and the big screen, American filmmakers tend to fall into two camps, the grossly exploitative and the earnestly instructive. On the earnestly instructive side are well-intentioned downers and uppers like “Grand Canyon”

Stop right there. Stop right there. If this is going where I think…

…and their lower-budget equivalents, like “The Visitor” and “Frozen River,” which offer prescriptive lessons in tolerance. On the grossly exploitative are those films, like Wayne Kramer’s “Crossing Over,” that deliver their sanctimony with less hand-wringing and more fist-shaking, complete with lurid violence and, for no real narrative reason, periodically bared female flesh.

Okay okay okay. Now that I know I don’t have to watch a rehash of what was arguably the most sanctimonious cast ever assembled teaching me about the serendipity of thousands of small, wondrous connections that bring everyday people together in the So Cal wasteland, I’m still listening. Not that I’m exactly keen on the “grossly exploitative,” but as long as lurid violence and narratively extraneous flesh are all that’s being forced on me (which I regard as an assault nonetheless) instead of new-agey liberal overreach (which, because I’m  a liberal, I feel borders on battery), I can hang. For a while at least.

In general, the grossly exploitative flicks tend to be more entertaining or at least bearable than the earnestly instructive variant.

[singsong] Thank you. [/singsong] So it looks like what we have here is something like Crash (the self-righteous one, not the one that’ll really fucking blow your mind*) meets Lethal Weapon meets Babel meets Lethal Weapon 2 meets Traffic. In short, some mindless action helps the lecture go down. Yipeee!!! So where am I going with this, except to invent an excuse to once more decry the existence of Grand Canyon? Good question. It’s still some nebulous thing in my head, but I think it has to do with the message of popular cinema staying in time with the political pendulum (maybe a note or two behind). Or, to put it another way:

Reagan : Iron Eagle :: Clinton : Independence Day

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Bush 43 : Bad Boys II :: Obama : (outcome pending)

If either this schematic or the title of this post makes any sense at all to you, I think we have some things to talk about.

To be continued.

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* I mean this shit was censored in Europe!

Filed under: Film, Geeking Out, I Call Bullsh*t, I'm an aesthete. Sue me.

Expecting different results

This guy.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford calls for Balance in Media

Langford said that since the media will not be fair to him, he has taken steps to get his message out in other ways, including the online broadcast of City Council meetings, a digital newsletter and DVD presentations of his programs.

Sir, can I point out how little success Richard Scrushy had with that approach?

Langford told the audience of a few dozen that the election of Barack Obama, while momentous, does not make the nation a “post-racial” society. He said racism continues to exist and is perpetuated by the media.

Sir, also, funny story, simply playing on the fact that he was a black man ultimately didn’t work for Scrushy either.

Filed under: I Call Bullsh*t, Jeffco = Toxic

Once more into the breach, bitches!

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Let’s dispense with my goofy affectations for a minute. The Alabama State Legislature is in session. This means any solid object possessed of the least bit of  sentience should and will be livid about all the ways this state needs help needs to help itself, but can’t and won’t. I’m not breaking any ground by pointing out that this occurs mainly because a small, rich, and mostly white minority does well when the rest of Alabamians are scared, ignorant, and angry, and every year they’re able to maintain the status quo.  Every year, excellent writers from all over the state rail against this inaction, and do a damn fine job. I’ve certainly griped to anyone who’d listen.

But I’m not gonna front anymore, dear reader; I’m tired. The years-long stranglehold The Rich have had on this state and its people; sensible voices calling for real action but drowned out by a spectacle of hatred, repression and near-barbarity; watching organizations work long and hard in order to eek out the tiniest of victories, at best. They’ve all beaten me into something like* resignation.

So, with your indulgence and a full spleen, I will compose a perfunctory post of indignation below. It’s neither complete nor particularly well-written. I clearly struggle for a way to tie it up at the end. But it’s tradition, and I have a soft spot for this place.   — the Editor

* Actual resignation may vary.

You call this work?

Alabama House of Representatives backs making it illegal to text while driving; heads to Senate

How much courage does it take to bring our traffic laws into the 21st century? On a 97-4 vote, no less? (And yes, it should be illegal, so spare me the outrage of having your personal liberties violated).  Wake me when these assholes make some progress on lifting our criminally regressive grocery tax.

Peace out.

Filed under: I Call Bullsh*t

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