Saturday, July 19, 2003
Take a good, hard look at the people around you. They have this way of just falling into stereotypes regardless of race or culture. Every country has its “local yokels”, smalltown morons who have acquired the notion that they are possessed of wit and intellect. There the lonely, abandoned older women who dress like their daughters and rely on the compliments of other lonely older women to keep their heads above depression. Sudden wealth makes ordinary people into fools and America is the symbol of all things good or evil, to be worshipped, envied, hated or all three, never really ignored, though. People get old striving for the wrong things, look for any reason to feel contempt for their neighbor, and/or to smile at the mirror. Racism, homophobia, xenophobia sexism, all are 3 Stooges-style gags, mutual eyepokes that show us to be just as dumb as we believe we’re not (but the other guy is).
I, of course, except myself from all of the above.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
The slyly dishonest BBC are now carrying their anti-American politics into the area of personal destruction. They keep referring to Toby Studebaker
as a Marine or “former Marine” a) as if there is no difference between the two, and b) as if it is in anyway relevant. It is an effort, presumably, to tar the Corps (by association) who are now engaged in a war with which the BBC does not agree. It does not matter if he knew her age, he was once a Marine and all Marines are evil. The BBC is apparently so hungry for press that might put America or Americans in a bad light that it has gone about destroying this man’s reputation long before the facts of the case have become known.
Monday, July 14, 2003
Don't you just love that new template smell?
Sunday, July 13, 2003
People are stupid. Yes, I know, hardly a life-changing revelation, but sometimes it amazes me how incapable people are of relating to anything, to anybody, to any concept, intellectually. The have to have a picture printed in color. They have to know how tall you are before they fall in love, their friends have to agree that it's not weird before they even consider it. I am amazed that books (without pictures) still get sold.