Thursday, March 28, 2013

This Dude Went to Harvard??

Andrew Sullivan went indie this year, asking his readers to pony up at least $20 to read his blog.  A lot of people did, but I didn't for a couple of reasons.  A)  Almost every single post is an excerpt from someone else's blog with a little bit of commentary.  I'm not paying $20 for that.  B)  The posts with original work aren't worth a dime, much less $20 a year.

I already made fun of his "the gay left made me support Iraq" nonsense.  Here he is on a related subject, proudly being childish, petty, and willfully dumb:

In some ways, I find the opportunism of the Clintons – who did more substantive harm to gay people in eight years than any other administration – more disgusting than the fundamentalist hostility. At least the Christianists were sincere.
 Yeah, dude, they were sincerely trying to fuck up your life.  

Hey, I get it.  The Clintons were indifferent allies, eager to compromise, not willing to fight.  If you want to get mad at them, go for it.

But to prefer sincere enemies over indifferent allies?  There's only one word that can be used to describe that:  idiotic.

It reminds me of a line from the Big Lebowski:  
Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

Stop the Bullshit

Last time I re-uped my cellphone plan, I decided that was going to be the last contract I ever signed with a cellphone provider. I regretted it almost immediately.  I got stuck with an inferior phone, a huge monthly bill, and I can't get out of it.

Cue T-Mobile's CEO John Leger, making sense:
"Customers love smartphones, everyone hates contracts," he said, equating the longstanding industry model to "smartphone hell." He said, "if you come to T-Mobile, you've signed your last contract." The verbal barbs kept coming as Legere touted T-Mobile's just-launched LTE network. To demonstrate his confidence in the carrier's s new strategy, Legere said plainly "if we suck this month, drop us. Go somewhere else."
 Ah, I love the smell of the free market in the morning.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gone Cold

This song is unlike anything Clutch has done before and I love it.

My heart is gone
I'm gone cold
Yeah, me too.

Big News Part IV

Clutch has a new record out, Earth Rocker, and while I've only given it a few spins so far, I noticed a song called Mr. Freedom, which --and maybe I'm wrong about this-- seems to have been inspired by the Tea Party nonsense America's right wing has been indulging in these last few years.

Check it.  Verse 1:
Phantoms of the second civil war
You gather them around
And every time you open your mouth
A load of horseshit comes flying right back out
Verse 2:
Serious business on your lapel
Let the people know how you feel
And every bumper sticker on the back of your car
Makes you feel a little more real
 Verse 3:
I bet you would like nothing better
Than for the shit to hit the fan
And from the safety of your arm chair
Probably laying those plans that no one else but you can possibly understand
If rock were still relevant, if Clutch were signed to a major label, this is the kind of thing that would get them a mention on Drudge.  I'm pretty confident, however, that Clutch will have nothing to fear from the outrage machine.  Why worry about a little rock record when you can worry about Benghazi?