January 4th, 2011

Heat

Man, I want to pull off a heist.

Deal is dudes rented a building next to a bank. Then, they dug a 100 foot tunnel into the vault and made off with all of the safety deposit boxes.

You know what, more power to them. When criminals do shit this cool I don't want them to ever get caught.

Utter Bullshit

They are going to release a version of Huckelberry Finn that removes the words "nigger" and "injun" from the text.

"Nigger" will be replaced by the word "slave" while the report doesn't say what the fuck they'll replace "injun" with. Maybe "victim of genocide?"

Anyway, what a fucking stupid and horrible thing to do. You can't just pretend that these words and their racist connotations were not used at the time. To do so is to dishonor everyone who has fought to make them not part of our common language anymore.

To remove them from one of the greatest works of American literature is to deny just how ingrained racism was in our society - and will destroy one of the main points of the book.

You can't simply pretend the past was the way you wanted it to be. The past is what it was and documents from the past shouldn't be altered. That's what the Ministry of Truth did in 1984.

It's almost as disgusting as the changes Spielberg made to E.T. (though at least in that case the original artist was making the changes, not some politically correct college professors 100 years after the fact.)

Anyway, Patti Smith makes the point better than I ever will, so I'll leave you with her words:

Baby was a black sheep. Baby was a whore.
Baby got big and baby get bigger.
Baby get something. Baby get more.
Baby, baby, baby was a rock-and-roll nigger.
Oh, look around you, all around you,
riding on a copper wave.
Do you like the world around you?
Are you ready to behave?

Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.
Outside of society, that's where I want to be.

(Lenny!)

Baby was a black sheep. Baby was a whore.
You know she got big. Well, she's gonna get bigger.
Baby got a hand; got a finger on the trigger.
Baby, baby, baby is a rock-and-roll nigger.

Outside of society, that's where I want to be.
Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.

(those who have suffered, understand suffering,
and thereby extend their hand
the storm that brings harm
also makes fertile
blessed is the grass
and herb and the true thorn and light)

I was lost in a valley of pleasure.
I was lost in the infinite sea.
I was lost, and measure for measure,
love spewed from the heart of me.
I was lost, and the cost,
and the cost didn't matter to me.
I was lost, and the cost
was to be outside society.

Jimi Hendrix was a nigger.
Jesus Christ and Grandma, too.
Jackson Pollock was a nigger.
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger,
nigger, nigger, nigger.

Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.
Outside of society, if you're looking,
that's where you'll find me.
Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.
Outside of society. (Repeat)

Deep Thoughts

The Tea Party is a lot like the hippies.

Both groups felt disenfranchised and angry and were right to be angry, but both vent their anger in destructive ways.

The hippies screaming "Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today" didn't end the war or stop the draft. It just got LBJ to drop out so we got stuck with Nixon as president. Which slowed down the civil rights movement and stopped him from expanding the Great Society.

The Tea Party people screaming about socialism and taxes and deficits aren't going to help fix the economy. They aren't going to do anything to help get their jobs back. They're just going to end up electing people who will make their own situations worse.

The hippies while trying to change the system just got us the stalled years of Nixon, Ford and Carter.

The Tea Party people while trying to change the system will end up consolidating wealth among a very small number of people while everyone else works harder for less money, if they have jobs at all.

It's so frustrating because in both cases I understand where their anger is coming from/came from.

I just wish they'd pick their battles with a little more foresight.
lohan

Fuck The Police

Oh, so now the Riverside cops want to go after Lohan for that "incident" where she supposedly pushed an attendant at Betty Ford last month.

You know the attendant who got $10,000 from TMZ for claiming to be pushed. The one who was fired by Betty Ford after the incident. The one who does not want to press charges. The incident where after reviewing surveillance tapes of the incident Betty Ford doesn't think LiLo did anything wrong.

Yeah, that's the incident they want to prosecute her for.


Fuck the California justice system. You know why people who get $10k to tell TMZ a celebrity hit them don't want to press charges - because they'd have to fucking lie on the stand.

I swear to fuck the criminal justice system in California is just out to fuck LiLo over for spite at this point.

She should have been living in New York instead. Hell, Kiefer head butted some dude one time, Sheen locked a terrified hooker in a closet and they are both still free as fucking birds to head down to Scores and stick $50 bills in g strings.

Meanwhile this girl is still being pursued three years after a drunk driving bust.

Yes, drunk driving sucks, but she didn't hurt anyone and it's overkill at this point.

Just let this girl get on with her fucking life.