Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Note To "Crunchy Cons": Slap Down Those Rotten Republicans

By Cassandra D

You know, the radical Republicans and right wing media (= mainstream media, thank you very much) make me really sick.

Here they go with a smear of Al Gore.

What kind of freaks choke down such bilious spewage? What do they have against planet Earth? Do you think we could persuade them to leave?

Time To Scare Up the Energy To Get Scared Again

By Cassandra D

You know, I think I can't whip up the energy to worry about this very real threat:

"...one of the nation's foremost experts on the subject of Osama bin Laden says that al Qaeda is "going to detonate a nuclear device inside the United States." If that doesn't scare you, you are no longer scareable."

It's not that I doubt the credibility of this latest report. In fact, it seems more real than the almost certainly politically-inspired threat warnings of the past six years.

It's just that I don't know what else to do. If the powers that be won't listen to Frank Rich and Keith Olbermann and don't respond to my paltry emails, what else can I do? Besides post on a blog?

And our government is an utter failure at everything it touches. I have no faith that even if we put our minds to it, we could do anything right.

Even that bright shining light of success, NASA, has been sullied. The myth of American excellence is dead.

Or maybe I'm just overly pessimistic today.

So there you have it. I've posted my blog post on the subject and that's all I can do.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

An Experiment

By Conrad Spencer

I was raised as a Baptist, but I’m not a particularly religious person, which is why it was odd this last weekend when I had the idea to give up TV for Lent. I don’t think I’ve ever given up anything for Lent, but this year the idea had an odd sort of appeal.

I know I’m not doing it for the usual Lenten reasons, but my reasons may be marginally related. Rather than suffering to better identify with Christ’s 40 days in the desert or removing some barrier of the material world from my relationship with God, it’s more about trying to reconnect with life, and to ease the guilt I feel for spending too many hours in front of the tube. It’s a secular humanist sort of penance.

By most standards, I don’t even watch that much TV and, nerd that I am, a lot of that is PBS. Still I watch enough to make me feel guilty over time that could have been spent doing something better. If you asked me, I’d tell you that reading , listening to music, and interacting with friends and family are activities I enjoy more than TV, but the use of my hours doesn’t reflect that.

This isn’t the first time I’ve cut out TV. In college, I never watched TV regularly, and even since then I’ve gone on anti-TV binges for weeks at a time, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever cut it out entirely. Whenever I’ve cut back on viewing, I’ve always found that I’m happier and more energetic. The desire to watch decreases over time, probably because I’m no longer assaulted by promos for shows I simply must watch. It confusing to me, then, that the habit always seems to creep back into my life.

There are shows I like, but then I also find myself watching highly mediocre shows simply because they’re there. Regardless of the show, it’s the commercials—the dumbed-down, exploitative commercials—that bother me the most. And there’s always the unsettling feeling that I could be doing something better, and more enjoyable.

So the rule—no TV—is pretty simple, but I do make a couple of exceptions. The first is for breaking news or weather of the “tornado bearing down on my house” or “North Korea launching a nuclear attack” variety, not the “Anna Nicole Smith is dead” variety. Secondly, I will allow for movies which (generally speaking, and there are numerous examples to the contrary) have greater artistic merit and no commercials.

For anyone interested, there is a great list of facts and figures about our TV viewing habits here. The one that struck me was that 54 percent of 4-6 year olds would rather watch TV than spend time with their fathers, and I wondered how my six year old would answer the question.

Friday, February 16, 2007

"The Far Right Side"

By Cassandra D

From Eric Williams of The Huffington Post:

(via Crooks and Liars)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Note To CTTC Contributors

By Cassandra D

My previous post was grossing even me out, yet I don't have anything I want to blog about. So here I am, taking up space, in order to bump that bloody picture down.

Have at it and post something!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Reminder...

By Cassandra D

...of what is being done in our name can be found at American Torture. (via Andrew Sullivan)

Now that our country seems to be waking up to the folly of the Bush Administration, perhaps we will realize the degree of our inhumanity and shame regarding torture. Or perhaps our fellow citizens have been warped permanently.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

It's the Alcohol Talking

Mel Gibson goes on an anti-Semitic tirade and checks into rehab.

Disgraced congressman Mark Foley prowls for adolescent boys on the Internet and checks into rehab.

Now, it's the turn of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to blame booze for bad behavior. Seems da mayor says hooch drove him him to the hoochie of a close aide's wife.

It's the liquor, I tell yah! It's ... the ... liquor.

If only 1930s-era Germany had boasted a 12-step program or two, we might've avoided the Holocaust.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Irony In Advertising

By Cassandra D

I just clicked over to read CNN.com's story, "Woman charged after son, 4, mauled by pit bull."

"TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose foot was mauled by the family's pit bull puppy was charged with child endangering, authorities said Saturday."

The featured Advertiser Links?

"Puppy For Sale: Pit Bull," and "PuppyFind.com: Breeders Pit Bull Puppies"

Something tells me those advertisers might want to fire CNN.

The "-ic" Is Back!

By Cassandra D

In a sign of changing times, we get this bit of news:

"Bush had not seen fit to attend a Democratic congressional retreat since 2001, his first year in office. But the new political reality that has Democrats in charge of Capitol Hill for the first time in a dozen years changed his mind. When he appeared before House Democrats at a Virginia resort, he seemed to be trying to make up for lost time.

"With his first words, he sought to put to rest one bone of contention between the White House and the new congressional majority: The dropped 'ic.'

"Democrats found it demeaning when the president, in his State of the Union address last month, referred to the 'Democrat majority,' as opposed to the 'Democratic majority.'

"'Now look, my diction isn't all that good,' Bush told the 200 lawmakers who wrapped up two days away from Washington with family and aides. 'I have been accused of occasionally mangling the English language. And so I appreciate you inviting the head of the Republic Party.'

He got hearty laughs. And he was careful to keep the "ic" firmly tacked on for the rest of his remarks."

Chase, who took note back in August of Bush's addiction to "-RAT" talk, should be happy. It will be interesting to see if this change in rhetoric holds when Bush is speaking to a Republican audience.