Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Musings

How many other states have their Indian summer in April? Is "Indian summer" a racist term? Probably, but I'm from the midwest, so I'm simply playing to type. Let's muse.

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In another case of "do as I say (on my blog), not do as I do", I waited 20 minutes for a table at Broder's Pasta Bar. To be fair, Broders has an earned reputation for being worth the wait, and they do allow call aheads to reduce wait time (those who did not call ahead were looking at a 90 minute stand). That said, I couldn't help but experiencing a crisis of conscience.

Then we saw Baby Mama. I am unleashing my inner suburbanite, people. Hide your John Mayer albums and croquet mallets. I've already tapped the box of Franzia.

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Rev. Wright made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, earning praise for his wit and understanding. Evoking a familiar narrative, Sojourners (the left-wing's answer to the Christian Coalition) Diana Butler Bass offers a condescending defense of Rev. Wright:

In recent events, some Americans dismissed Wright as deficient because he is not white and did not adhere to the norms of polite discourse. They used fear of difference as a political tool to divide people.
Gotta love the cheap "some Americans" reference here, as it renders her argument unassailable (some Americans drink their own pee, but what of it?) while allowing her to make a rather incendiary statement. MOST Americans dismissed Wright because his commentary was outrageous. Contextualizing a comment that the American government invented AIDS to eliminate black people does nothing to shade it's ignorance. Res Ipsa Loquitor.

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As many of you have read, three New York Police Officers were acquitted of charges stemming from the shooting of Sean Bell, who was killed the night before his wedding. The gist of the matter is that Bell and some friends were brawling outside of a strip club at 4 in the morning. The fiancee describes the acquittal as a miscarriage of justice. But let's face it, men who brawl with former felons at strip clubs the day before their wedding are not marriage material.

This man had no respect for women, for the law or for himself.Irrespective of their guilt (you can probably guess where I fall on that question) the cops did his fiancee, Nicole Paltre, a favor.

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If you don't have the new Gnarls Barkley album, you should get it. "Whose Gonna Save my Soul" is alone worth the price of admission. No shaggy haired skinny acoustic boyz or ironic keyboard twiddling here, which makes you wonder how the album got made in the first place.









4 Comments:

Anonymous Thom said...

I've been waiting to hear what you thought of the new Gnarls Barkley. I also really liked it.

As far as the acquitted officers...I'd say shooting an unarmed man 40 some odd times is overkill...and a brawl outside a strip club is hardly justifiable use of deadly force.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

But there were NFL players there Thom!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Citing the number of bullets is simply a way to spin the story in the media. If deadly force is necessary, I want the cops to use as many bullets as possible. It's irrelevant.

The officers made a mistake, but there are very valid reasons not to brawl in the streets.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous hom said...

Ted...why didn't the cop's shoot them? They are likely bigger targets, and likely to have survived a hail of bullets.

But seriously, "They made a mistake"? When your mistake means someone died? You don't get permission to declare "Whoops! My bad!" I mean, by that logic, drunk drivers should simply get a warning when theyare in an accident where someone else dies. But they get hit with some heavy repercussions. These guys showed poor judgement, especially damning since they are officers of the law. The penalty for them should be stiffer, not more generous.

10:01 AM  

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