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Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Worst Sheriff in America

Is at it again...

He's investigating the president's birth certificate, which is dumb for a whole host of reasons, the chief one being that the state which issued it has vouched for its authenticity.

This part
is awesome though:
Arpaio has said he took deliberate steps to avoid the appearance that his investigation is politically motivated. Instead of using taxpayer money, the sheriff farmed it out to lawyers and retired police officers who are volunteers in a posse that examines cold cases. Other posses assist deputies in duties that include providing free police protection at malls during the holiday season or transporting people to jail.
He's using volunteer posses instead of state resources and he thinks that will avoid the appearance of a political motive? Bullshit. If this was a valid issue, why not use state resources?

Oh yeah, because that would be a misuse of state resources.

Maricopa County is going to have a big job cleaning up the Sheriff's office when Arpaio is gone. Good luck with that, idiots.

Corrosion of Conformity

It may be too early to comment, but I picked up COC's new record last night and while it's better than I expected, it's no Deliverance. They've been a man down since Pepper Keenan committed to Down, but they brought drummer Reed Mullin back into the mix. Mike Dean's on vocals and Woody still rips out the solos.
But there's something, I don't know, awkward about it. Some of the riffs don't blend. It's plenty heavy, which I'm grateful for, but I still think they should have convinced Pepper to commit a month or two to the project.

Here's a crappy video of The Moneychangers. (Seriously MTV? You gotta muffle it so much?)

Tim Tebow the Great

You know, I don't know if the guy is going to be a great quarterback. And yeah, much of this comes from a naive belief in ancient hokum, but put all that aside...

Tim Tebow devotes a lot of time and energy to hanging out with sick kids he doesn't know. Maybe he needs an ego boost, maybe he gets some kind of charge out being idolized by these kids, but I doubt it. I think it's more likely that he's just a decent, generous person. It's our fault we put him on a pedestal, but at least he's wearing it well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

I don't pay attention to pro bowling that much, but I have gone bowling the past two Sundays. The notable thing about this vid --besides the weird "Who do you think you are? I am!" outburst-- is the score. I'm thinking my Uncle Henry could go pro. He's rolling 200+ games with some regularity...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fired

I'm not really surprised, but then I kind of am...but a guy got fired today. I don't feel bad for him. I think he kind of wanted it. I kind of envy him actually.

Before he got the job, he was unemployed for a long time. I have no idea how he was living, but unemployed...briefly employed...and now unemployed again? That's scary to a guy like me with various financial commitments, but man...wouldn't that be liberating?

Granted, the financial commitments actually provide me with some benefit, like a house and a truck and money to spend, but then again, there's a place I gotta be five days a week. I'm not looking at days stretched out in front of me just full of potential like he is. I mean, that's awesome. Who doesn't want that?

The Help

I haven't seen the movie so can't comment on its qualities or lack thereof, but I can say without a doubt that Melissa Harris-Perry's criticism of it has no merit.

Here's the summary:
She said that the "real stories" of black domestic workers were far more compelling than the stories told in "The Help," and involved political activism and resistance --both of which were met with terror.

She accused "The Help" of whitewashing history, saying that, for many black women, the reality of their employment was "much closer to a horror film than a lighthearted drama. Just ask those who found themselves at the mercy of Jim Crow justice, at the end of the lynch mob's rope or a burning torch...for black maids, the threat of rape was always a clear and present danger."
Such an artless, ungenerous critique.

For one, The Help is fiction. It's not history. It's only loyalty is to its characters and its story, and despite the very specific milieu in which its set, it should aim to be universal. It should be the kind of story that, with a few little tweaks, could be about a European countess and her chambermaids, or the Queen Pharaoh and her slaves or the Princess Alluria and her Martian housebots. That's just storytelling, man. The milieu isn't the story. It's the seasoning.

Does Ms. Harris-Perry really think The Help would be a better story if it wallowed in the "real stories" of black maids in the 60s? Maybe, but that would be a different story. If Harris-Perry thinks that story should be told, she should write it herself.