June Swoon

Not a very insightful month for yours truly, but the YIR must go on:

*Meet Islamic Rage Boy;

*Conflicted over Pride;

*The American Film Institute has no idea what it’s talking about. “The Sixth Sense,” rated higher than “Goodfellas!?!” Are they fucking kidding me? The AFI nominated 400 movies for it’s listing of the “100 Greatest Films Ever. The nominees included: “Big,” “Boogie Nights” — the most overrated movie EVER, ” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Chicago,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The English Patient,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ghostbusters,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Love Story,” “The Matrix,” “Moulin Rogue!” “Mystic River,” “Philadelphia,” “Pirates of the Carribean,” “Shrek” and “Spider-Man 2.”

Missing from the list: “Being There,” “The Americanization of Emily,” “Barfly,” “The Bad News Bears,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Ghost World,” “Lolita” (the original), “Lone Star,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “The Player,” “Sid and Nancy,” “Straw Dogs” and “Zelig,” among others. Pathetic;

*Mason and Dixon;

*Radical Muslims propose killing those who criticize them for being violent ;

*My alter ego previews the summer’s movies;

*Inside the Creation Museum;

The danger of diversity.

Conservatives Against McCain

MalkinThe more shrill the right-wing pundit is, the more they seem to hate McCain.

Japanese internment apologist Michelle Malkin posted this typically classless poll today:

Would you, could you, vote McCain?

Yes, I love John McCain! 6% 366
Yes, sigh, I’d hold my nose and vote McCain. 52% 3,349
No, I’ll sit it out if he’s the GOP nominee. 14% 878
No, I’d vote for Hillary before I’d vote for McCain. 2% 124
No. Never. I’d rather be waterboarded. 27% 1,777

Waterboarding — how cute, especially in reference to a victim of torture. Much like their Democratic counterparts, conservative ideologues seem intent on foisting their most uninspired candidate on the electorate. And much like the old Politburo, they favor soulless functionaries more loyal to party than principle.

The Candidate of Spite

Some pundits are theorizing that Hillbot’s divisiveness helps her among vengeful partisans. Opposition from the right = support from the left. We’ve seen this, in reverse, with George W. — the fringes are energized by candidates with “the right enemies” as opposed to the most allies. Need proof? Read this Paul Krugman screed.

Perhaps that explains Clinton’s recent surge; she’s up by double-digits in Iowa, according to a new CNN poll. It’s hard to find a reason for her rebound. She’s been receiving more bad press and, along with The Anchorman, maintains the highest level of core opposition among voters. Forty-seven percent (47%) say they will vote against Hillary or Romney no matter who else is on the ballot.

Obama, meanwhile, appeals across party lines. That’s likely to hurt him among Democrats (see: Republicans and John McCain).

The CNN poll has hopeful news for Romney’s campaign as well. He’s now tied with Huckabee after trailing by 11 points just one week ago. Like Clinton, there’s little to explain his comeback.

Just today the conservative Manchester Union Leader published this stinging editorial against the former Massachusetts governor:

In this primary, the more Mitt Romney speaks, the less believable he becomes. That is why Granite Staters who have listened attentively are now returning to John McCain. They might not agree with McCain on everything, as we don’t, but like us, they judge him to be a man of integrity and conviction, a man who won’t sell them out, who won’t break his promises, and who won’t lie to get elected.

Voters can see that John McCain is trustworthy. Mitt Romney has spent a year trying to convince Granite Staters that he is as well. It looks like they aren’t buying it. And for good reason.

Considering how the GOP distrusts the press, such rebukes might benefit The Anchorman. Spite can be a powerful force.

*There is some positive news out of the CNN poll. Despite barely campaigning there, and being the only candidate who opposes ethanol subsidies, McCain has risen to third in Iowa, only six points off the lead. If he were to maintain that support, McCain would emerge as the big winner in Iowa, regardless of who finishes first. Sensing a changing tide, maybe the GOP is willing to relax its ideological purity test this go around.

Media Intramurals

Amid all the sophomoric claims of relevance, one wonders if the old media and new media will ever get along?

(originally posted 6/5/2007)

Consistent throughout the verbal jarring over Andy’s article has been a virulent dose of self-importance from the “new media” types.

As one wrote to Andy, “Keep fiddling, Nero!”

I guess that’s fair, since many in the “old media” retain a condescending tone whenever addressing bloggers (i.e. losers who live at home with their parents).

Both sides are way off. The new media is here to stay, and they can be influential — just not as influential as most of them think. Not yet, anyway.

As for us dinosaurs … we’re far from extinct, and don’t count on that happening anytime soon. There’s something to be said for professionalism and craft. I’ve been an ink-stained wretch for nearly 20 years, and that experience counts for something. I know more about reporting a story than someone who started a blog two years ago. Sorry if that reeks of old media snobbery.

Although there are some blogs that feature dogged journalism, most are opinion-driven, which is fine. There’s a place for that. A small minority of bloggers are real reporters, and they’re uncovering plenty. More power to them. But building a brand that can be trusted takes time. …

Of course there’s plenty to criticize about the old media. They are slow to react, and the changes they are instituting veer to the trivial. I’m a vocal critic of our industry, as are many of my co-workers. It’s in serious trouble, due in large part to the rudderless leadership of the conglomerates in control — not because blogs have become the preferred source of information for big stories.

Think about it: terrorists strike Atlanta tomorrow. Where are you going to turn for information?

June Swoon

Not a very insightful month for yours truly, but the YIR must go on:

*Meet Islamic Rage Boy;

*Conflicted over Pride;

*The American Film Institute has no idea what it’s talking about. “The Sixth Sense,” rated higher than “Goodfellas!?!” Are they fucking kidding me? The AFI nominated 400 movies for it’s listing of the “100 Greatest Films Ever. The nominees included: “Big,” “Boogie Nights” — the most overrated movie EVER, ” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Chicago,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The English Patient,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ghostbusters,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Love Story,” “The Matrix,” “Moulin Rogue!” “Mystic River,” “Philadelphia,” “Pirates of the Carribean,” “Shrek” and “Spider-Man 2.”

Missing from the list: “Being There,” “The Americanization of Emily,” “Barfly,” “The Bad News Bears,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Ghost World,” “Lolita” (the original), “Lone Star,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “The Player,” “Sid and Nancy,” “Straw Dogs” and “Zelig,” among others. Pathetic;

*Mason and Dixon;

*Radical Muslims propose killing those who criticize them for being violent ;

*My alter ego previews the summer’s movies;

*Inside the Creation Museum;

The danger of diversity.

June Swoon

Not a very insightful month for yours truly, but the YIR must go on:

*Meet Islamic Rage Boy;

*Conflicted over Pride;

*The American Film Institute has no idea what it’s talking about. “The Sixth Sense,” rated higher than “Goodfellas!?!” Are they fucking kidding me? The AFI nominated 400 movies for it’s listing of the “100 Greatest Films Ever. The nominees included: “Big,” “Boogie Nights” — the most overrated movie EVER, ” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Chicago,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The English Patient,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ghostbusters,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Love Story,” “The Matrix,” “Moulin Rogue!” “Mystic River,” “Philadelphia,” “Pirates of the Carribean,” “Shrek” and “Spider-Man 2.”

Missing from the list: “Being There,” “The Americanization of Emily,” “Barfly,” “The Bad News Bears,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Ghost World,” “Lolita” (the original), “Lone Star,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “The Player,” “Sid and Nancy,” “Straw Dogs” and “Zelig,” among others. Pathetic;

*Mason and Dixon;

*Radical Muslims propose killing those who criticize them for being violent ;

*My alter ego previews the summer’s movies;

*Inside the Creation Museum;

The danger of diversity.

If You’re Reading This Right Now I Feel Sorry for Both of Us

At least I have an excuse — I’m on the night shift. So far, so slow, though before dusk I had a very disturbing encounter with a homeless guy.

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As I took a smoke break I overheard him ranting about a former Falcons linebacker selected No. 1 in the draft (presumably <a href=”Aundray Bruce). I found it amusing and made what I thought was friendly eye contact, a nonverbal huzzah for his remembering one of the Falcons’ biggest busts.

“Look at the white boy over there,” he said, animatedly, to anyone on the street who’d listen. “He’s looking at me. Stop looking at me!”

I stopped. He didn’t.

“It’s the devil! Look at his eyes!”

(Earlier today my contact lens either fell out of my eye or into the deeper recesses of my eyelid. I’ve been itching it ever since, hence the redness.)

He wasn’t finished, pointing me out to passersby, repeating his charge. He took one step forward, then retreated, then repeated — a mix of hostility and apparent fear likely triggered by too much of a good thing.

Not wanting my secret identity revealed, I scampered inside. Fortunately my hair conceals the obligatory “666” tattoo.

Most Obnoxious Celebrity Quote of the Year

What a pisser:

“My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.”

–R. Kelly, finally heading to court to face a series of child porn charges. Somehow, the alleged pedophile and watersports enthusiast remains a popular figure.

Most Obnoxious Celebrity Quote of the Year

What a pisser:

“My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.”

–R. Kelly, finally heading to court to face a series of child porn charges. Somehow, the alleged pedophile and watersports enthusiast remains a popular figure.

May I …

indulge you some more? The YIR continues with a look at the month after April and before June.

*Remember the great Atlanta blogging controversy? Andy was excoriated for A.) having an opinion; B.) reaching the fairly obvious conclusion that “self-expressive blogging is a digital speculum that allows neurotic, self-obsessed people to cram their heads even farther up their own asses. I must have been born just after the Reveal Everything Online gene started appearing in every newborn American baby, because for the life of me, I cannot comprehend what drives so many local bloggers to “share” intimate and mundane information about their dysfunctional family relationships, their dysfunctional romantic relationships, the meals they’ve just eaten, and in one instance, a lost-but-not-forgotten foreskin.”; and C.) not including certain aggrieved bloggers among his list of “five local bloggers who matter.” More on this in an upcoming post;

*It is indeed possible for one to be unpatriotic;

*Charles Nelson Reilly is missed;

*TR Knight doesn’t impress me much;

*What do Lenny Kravitz, Patrick Swayze and Paula Abdul have in common? Each secured a spot on the Malcontent’s comprehensive list of the 32 worst pop songs ever;

*Bill Clinton believes in a place called Xenu;

*How crayons turned me gay;

*More fun with Laurie David;

*Conspiracy theories are just like Michael Bay movies — ridiculously outlandish, yet every loose end is neatly tied up;

*College football exposed (cont’d);

*Acknowledging the obvious;

*Arcade Fire didn’t disappoint.

If You’re Reading This Right Now I Feel Sorry for Both of Us

At least I have an excuse — I’m on the night shift. So far, so slow, though before dusk I had a very disturbing encounter with a homeless guy.

245068As I took a smoke break I overheard him ranting about a former Falcons linebacker selected No. 1 in the draft (presumably <a href=”Aundray Bruce). I found it amusing and made what I thought was friendly eye contact, a nonverbal huzzah for his remembering one of the Falcons’ biggest busts.

“Look at the white boy over there,” he said, animatedly, to anyone on the street who’d listen. “He’s looking at me. Stop looking at me!”

I stopped. He didn’t.

“It’s the devil! Look at his eyes!”

(Earlier today my contact lens either fell out of my eye or into the deeper recesses of my eyelid. I’ve been itching it ever since, hence the redness.)

He wasn’t finished, pointing me out to passersby, repeating his charge. He took one step forward, then retreated, then repeated — a mix of hostility and apparent fear likely triggered by too much of a good thing.

Not wanting my secret identity revealed, I scampered inside. Fortunately my hair conceals the obligatory “666” tattoo.

Shill of the Year

The winner, hands down: conservative proselytizer Hugh Hewitt. To Hewitt, there is but one descendant of God (er, Joseph Smith):

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Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech was simply magnificent, and anyone who denies it is not to be trusted as an analyst.  On every level it was a masterpiece.  The staging and Romney’s delivery, the eclipse of all other candidates it caused, the domination of the news cycle just prior to the start of absentee voting in New Hampshire on Monday –for all these reasons and more it will be long discussed as a masterpiece of political maneuver.

Is it possible for someone to feel so passionately about The Anchorman? I’d sooner defend Kenny G.

(Ad hominem alert: Doesn’t Hewitt’s smug mug just scream douchebag? Welcome to Mitt Romney’s America.)

Most Obnoxious Celebrity Quote of the Year

What a pisser:

“My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.”

–R. Kelly, finally heading to court to face a series of child porn charges. Somehow, the alleged pedophile and watersports enthusiast remains a popular figure.

Most Obnoxious Celebrity Quote of the Year

What a pisser:

“My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.”

–R. Kelly, finally heading to court to face a series of child porn charges. Somehow, the alleged pedophile and watersports enthusiast remains a popular figure.