Thursday, September 27, 2007

Back In The Saddle, And It's Chapping My Ass

Okay, so two hellacious work weeks behind me and 15 hours of sleep last night, I'm starting to resume normal functions, such as blogging and the sexual harassment of Schmoopie. I won't bore you with details, other than to say I've made HUGE changes with the IT infrastructure at work, and we're still in business and things are the better for it.

I've been pretty much offline for personal purposes and so if I've not commented on your blog lately, don't get your panties in a bunch (unless that's your thing, in which case- yeah! I meant it)

Normally, I use my (now new and improved) iPod all the time, and when I am in a server room, or working late, I'll listen to podcasts of news programs that I usually miss live. One of the ones I listen to is Randi Rhodes. While I don't agree with her consistently, I appreciate that she is one of the few sources of ACTUAL news. You know- like what Cronkite used to do, before Dan Rather fucked him out of his job (and as an aside, while I think CBS really screwed to pooch with how they handled him and the story of Bush and the National Guard, I shed no tears for Rather. He's a bastard. Walter Leyand Cronkite, Jr. is a real newsman). So with Randi Rhodes, the brass tacks are these- I hear news stories that no one else touches, and she is passionate. Sometimes the latter is tough to endure- like I'm listening to a chick flick or something estrogen-filled thing that guys don't like to suffer through without assurances of getting laid afterward.

I also listen to Thom Hartmann and NPR, and the BBC, but that's about it. The BBC is about the only news source I get that approaches "non-partisanship", except for The Economist, which I read, but has no podcast.

It is my opinion that if you want the real news from any society, listen to the opposition. That is tough to do anymore, since in my view all politicians are all part of the same vile cabal that are out for personal (or affiliate) gain. So, this places me for better or for worse in the camp of the "progressives". That, in and of itself is a testament to their weakness and complacency. Once upon a time, there was the Democratic Party, and by virtue of spinelessness, they allowed their opponents to so sully the party name, that they now have to re-invent themselves under a new moniker. This is the lot of losers that I am forced to contend with just to hear the goddamned news.

As if I weren't painting a grim enough picture, I've listened to the news several hours a day for the past 12 days, to the point of serious overload, and nowhere did I see or hear mention of this:

Here's the link

That's right- the big bad guy who wants to "wipe Israel off the map" is meeting with some Orthodox Jews. Hmm. Welcome to Bizarro Earth. No. Not really. The sad fact of the matter is this- Iran's president is a bad guy (and like ours, may be the product of fetal alcohol syndrome, or inbreeding), yet he is consistently misquoted and misrepresented so that we'll all want to go to war and satisfy Joe "Son of Satan" Lieberman's out-of-control- hard-on to nuke that place. Putting aside patriotism and pride, Iran has WAY more reason to be pissed off at us than the other way around, and the fucked up icing on the whole retarded cake is that there is no need for any of it.

I posted before about the whole Shah saga and how ugly we looked over that (it was a post about the bashing of Jimmy Carter if you want to look it up), and to this day, we still have deliberately frosty relations with Iran, in spite of their overtures for improved relations. We actually helped the current president get the damed job by fucking over the efforts of his predecessor to mend fences with us.

So what's my point? I'll tell you in simple terms. I'm listening to music now. Fuck these fucking fuckers. We get what we goddamned deserve, and it's not my place to make the fucking mouthbreathers who watch NASCAR and professional wrestling wake up and smell the fucking reality. Fuck Jeff Foxworthy, fuck Branson, Missouri, fuck the religious people that are campaigning for a political agenda and not paying taxes, fuck the people who believe the Bible LITERALLY (yes I said it- it's time these people fucking re-read Leviticus and started practicing what they fucking preach), fuck Dancing With The Stars and American Idol, fuck the people who know more about sports than they do about Congress, fuck this culture of celebrating mediocrity.

No. That's not quite right, because fucking is fun, and it often times leads to more of these people. UNfuck all those people/things, and let them die out quickly.

Not that I'm bitter....



Blogger Irrelephant said...

NPR and Ren together in the same post...bravo!

Stucco, I came to an important conclusion at work last week--I stopped worrying about and caring about what I cannot control. I gave up trying to control my government a long time ago. I know that's sort of sacrosanct to say at any time, but we've all put ourselves so far into the shitter with greed and hunger and get it all while the getting's good that I'm just ready to climb into my little hole and pull it in after me.

You eeeeediots.

5:28 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Your bitterness is great fun to watch.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Hammer said...

Yeah we helped make a mess of Iran. Now that evil little bastard and the religious junta that run that piss hole are a bigger pain in the ass than we could have ever imagined.

The thing I like about Cronkite is that even though he is a globalist, leans toward socialism and supports everything I am against, you would never know it by the way he reports the news.
He is a professional.

Rather is a hack, a crybaby and a sore loser.

2:55 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

(I thought I left this comment once already.....)

the american public gets what they deserve. they have overwhelming demonstrated time after time that they have no capacity nor the ability to appreciate a well-thought out, nuanced position on an issue - they'd rather have politicians tell them what is important and how to feel about it by using sound bytes and invective.

I like to listen to the BBC, it gives a much needed outside perspective on how our government's policies effect the rest of the world.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

My message to Schmoopie- lubricate early and often...


And enzymes won't cure any of that.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

I try not to believe in any Ultimate Good or Ultimate Evil, but with every passing day, this administration tests my beliefs. They do everything in their power to piss off other countries, destroy the environment, kill babies slowly here by allowing affordable health care to drift further and further away, kill babies more quickly overseas by dropping bombs on them (but hey,no abortion whatsoever, cuz Jaysus don't like it, the goddamned hypocrites (and you KNOW I'm pro-choice to a point)) destroy jobs here (my dad can tell you about guv'ment defense contracts that went...overseas!) incarcerate more folks per capita than China, take away freedom of speech, and put on the biggest damn circus with the most bread you've ever seen.
I swear they're out for Armageddon. And Dubya didn't sell his soul; he had it sold for him before he was born.
And you know what? People here are too lazy to do anything about it until the cable goes off. Cable and Starbucks will be the last things to fall.

Wow. Was that a rant? What's wrong with me?

( said panties...heh heheh. There, that's better.)

7:47 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

As Cronkite would say: "And that's the way it is.."

Speaking of Armageddon and Ren in the same post (and comments to be exact)..does anybody remember the "Gerbil News Story?" as played on radio?

12:39 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Youtube, what did we do before it??

12:42 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

1:38 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

5:30 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

LAstly, have you investigated ROn Paul?

I think you might like him...

8:28 PM  
Blogger Vulgar Wizard said...

Uhm, does this mean I'm no longer allowed to watch wrestling for it's ability to create laughter at completely stupid things? 'Cause I like to do that when I'm depressed about the government. Or something. *belch*

3:15 PM  
Blogger Stucco said...

Hiya Irr, So you are endorsing the Dr. Strangelove approach? I don't recall that ending well.

Sueb0b - we aim to please...

Hammer- exactly right. Who is the analog for this era? While I like Olbermann, his reporting is clearly through his own lenses.

Bob- It's been said from my youth and often that I don't take things in stride. I think it really matters what the thing to be taken in stride happens to be, but in any event I'm pig headed and even if we are irreversibly on the road to hell, I'm just belligerent enough to kick and scream the whole way...

Pantsy- give in to your red-headed anger. Imagine me saying that in a Darth Vader voice.

TTQ- the Armageddon hamster deal is truly funny, but that wasn't Cronkite. I forget who it was, but it was some radio guy.

Scott- I think Paul happens to be right on some issues, but for the wrong reasons. I can at least respect that he is true to his ideology, which most others sorely lack. I can't vote for a Libertarian though, because I don't believe in the unlimited ability of capitalism. And I like art museums, and libraries (things that Paul doesn't support).

VW- Nope. Sorry. If that's really the draw, cut out the middleman and go to an insane asylum or special ed class for your pointing and laughing needs.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Ahh... but Stucco... while I can't support full blown Libertarianism, I CAN support the dismantling of much of what the federal government has built upon itself, getting the power to have museums and libraries and such back into the local communities where they belong.

Our libraries have been closed in Southern Oregon, because the feds stopped funding them.

We can't get a cop to come to our house to take a report, because the feds stopped funding them.

I see his ideology as a great rectifyer of things gone terribly wrong, i.e. the balance of power.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

"It is my opinion that if you want the real news from any society, listen to the opposition."

Slag feels the same, which means I have to stomach the sound Bill O'Rielly's smug pie hole on a regular basis. God, I am soooo understanding.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Région Frontière said...

I agree completely. Can't add much to that.

2:08 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

Hmmmm. Stucco for president, apparently. And look, your rabble-rousing campaign managers have all commented on this post!

I'll get out the poster paints and get to work!

4:22 PM  
Blogger nic said...

You, sir. You nailed it. Let's start our own country.

Can I be the village idiot?

7:03 PM  

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