Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Over 600 Visitors This Month



Is that any good? I am a minor morsel in a cyberspace dumpster full of discarded cheese and crackers.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Borat

I just saw the Borat movie and thought it was brilliant. All the investigative reporters and social scientists in the world could not have exposed the racism, sexism and anti-Semitism to be found throughout the United States the way Sasha Cohen has with his Borat character. Sure it is highly offensive, but most of the offensive content comes from the behavior of ordinary Americans who think they are interacting with an unsophisticated foreigner from a distant country.

I don't want to give away any secrets but the movie provides insight into the worlds of white, elite Southern culture; New York subway riders; patriotic Southern rodeo aficionados; Civil War antique dealers; nutty evangelical Christians; and drunken frat boys.

In the latter case, note that these frat boys are suing the movie studio because of how embarrassing, racist and sexist their conduct on camera was. But that's just the point. It is voyeuristic and shocking to see frat boys acting the way we all know they act all the time when they think they are in their own territory or safe spaces - wishing slavery still existed and women were sexually subservient. The same goes for many of the other characters we meet. It could easily be called America exposed - and no one else could have exposed it in such a gloriously hysterical manner. Twelve stars from me.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Best News Following the Election

1. Victory for the Democratic Party, although its leaders may not be willing to change many of the Republicans' worst policies, is a sign that even those people who are allowed to vote and those people who actually bother to go to the polls are unhappy with the war in Iraq and not taken by the right-wing shift in Washington or in the media.

2. The abortion ban in South Dakota that passed their legislature was defeated directly by the SD voters, while an abortion parental notification bill in California was defeated by California voters.

3. A Green Party Candidate won the mayoral race in Richmond, California despite the fact she was out outspent by the incumbent 10 to 1.