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…

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. 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…

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…

Shill of the Year

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