Sunday, March 04, 2012

Monday Musings

It is Monday. The new dawn is upon us, probably. Let's muse.

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Re: Rushslut

I've been mildly tolerating Rush Limbaugh for quite some time now. I don't think his schtick is all that interesting anymore (it was interesting in the 1990s, as a counterweight what was then an emphatically leftist pop culture) and I don't see why we need men sitting in front of microphones for three hours a day just talking. You could argue persuasively its inevitable.

So yes, unequivocally, it is unacceptable to say something like that on the air. He apologized, and people can decide whether they want to keep listening to him. It ends there, in any rational sense.

In the political sense, we've moved on to the feigned outrage portion of the whole spectacle. The game now will be to endeavor to tar every Republican (especially those named Mitt, Rick and Newt) with Rushslut. It's about the latent misogyny that oozes from the conservative movement you see, its penumbras and emanations finding their voice in Rush's vile words. Rewind to the Gabby Giffords playbook (tea party -> incivility -> tone -> atmosphere -> SHOOTING) for details.

And you know what? I get it. If you're one of the people paid to prop up this circus of a presidency, what else are you going to do? It's your job. Do it well. Serve your employer and feed your family (and, if you're in D.C., your mistress) and we'll all have a good laugh.

But if you have no skin in the game, and you're inclined to regurgitate this narrative anyway, permit me to discourage you thusly. When people get mad, they use bad words. Bill Maher, David Letterman, Ed Schultz et al... hate Sarah Palin. They say bad words about her and her family. That's what happens.

When you put someone in front of a microphone and leave them there, they will get mad and say bad things. If that's not your bag, don't boycott Rush; boycott the medium. But don't go on Twitter and prattle about how the conservative mind compels us to call women whores.

Or, if you do, know that you are one yourself.

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By the way, let's also disavow ourselves of the notion a D.C. Lawyer is going to testify to the fact she needs $3,000 worth of birth control without somebody cracking a joke. This isn't East Germany, people.

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Oh, and spare me the "Bill Maher is on pay TV, so that's way different" BS. Don't even... I said... NO!

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Speaking of East Germany, the FDA is cracking down on Amish farms in Pennsylvania for selling raw milk. Raw milk, also known as milk, has been linked to outbreaks resulting in no deaths, which explains the dawn raids.

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I have food advice. If you are on a budget, head to Sonora Grill at Midtown Global. They are doing the best tacos in the cities right now, I think. The tongue taco is one of my favorite foods, period.

Feel free to avoid Wok in the Park. Worst Thai Soup of any sort I have had. Bummer since the west suburbs lost the good stuff when Bahn Thai closed.

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