Illustrating Absurdity

5 10 2011
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/

It’s raining in Los Angeles today. The saving grace  is that we probably won’t have any Anti-Wall Street protesters in front of City Hall whining about the “Capitolist” and imperialism. People cancel appointments rather than drive in the rain around here, so do you think they’re going to make their way to a protest? Oh, I think not.

Manhattan has not fared so well, and I’m sure Wall Street and every other working person they have disrupted for the past two weeks are hoping for snow storms to drive out that lot.

You know your movement is whack when George Soros says he “sympathizes with protesters speaking out against corporate greed in ongoing protests on Wall Street[..]” The man who single-handedly funds many Democrat politician’s campaigns and PAC groups? Are you sh@tting me?

Even more absurd is Michael Moore waxing philosophical about this “movement” ad nauseum. This Fat (literally)-cat filmmaker who lives high on the hog off his returns from propaganda films, while railing against the capitalist system that allows him to rake in those very earnings, has always rung false. He’s a tool, but unfortunately, a loud one.

Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon are no better. Say Alec, what’s your annual salary from 30 Rock and all those endorsements, like Capital One?

Now that I’ve expressed my disdain, I’m going to finish an article for my Examiner job so that I can get more virtual pennies. Then it’s off to my other job as a Yoga instructor, where I hope my gas tank lasts to the next pay day.

I might be inclined to protest, but I’m too damn busy trying to earn a living.

Illustrating Absurdity

22 06 2011
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/

Headline today in the Los Angeles TimesReport says big Southland quake would have huge effect on workforce and economy.

Sorry San Andreas, I think the Great Recession fault beat you to it….

Illustrating Absurdity: Your Cheating Heart Edition

10 06 2011
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/

Even if you’re currently under a rock, you have heard something about Weinergate. I won’t rehash any of the tawdry details, I’ll simply point out the absurdities.

Absurdity #1: A political junkie friend (who happens to be blind) asked me whether Anthony Weiner is good looking. My response? Hell, to the NO! I have always  marveled at how these ugly guys with minimal talent get all this play. Men with questionable looks, questionable skills, but a golden tongue get women to fall all over themselves, and connected people to defend them, despite the evidence.  The fact that Kirsten Powers, a beautiful, smart woman whose writing I admire, actually dated this man for a time, once again gives me pause. And she, too, believed and defended him–until evidence proved otherwise. Now she’s crying about it in her Daily Beast column and calling for his resignation–go figure.

Absurdity #2: Why is it that the so-called supporters of women, all those second and third-wave feminists, are refusing to comment about Weinergate? You know, the ones that made fools of themselves over  Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, and the Tim Tebow ad? Andrea Tantaros unveils the staggering excuses made by the media: Left-wing talking heads wrongly blame Andrew Breitbart while helping Anthony Weiner spread his lies–particularly certain women in the media, like that paragon of feminism herself, Barbara Walters.

Absurdity #3: Where is the collective rallying around Huma Abedin? When the ex-Guvernator of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was exposed for the womanizer that he is with a love-child to boot, the hue and cry about poor Maria Shriver was deafening. But even revelations that Huma is pregnant is getting little play, and Chris “Hardball” Matthews questioned whether she is partially at fault. To borrow some text-speak: SMH.

Illustrating Absurdity

9 02 2011
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/

These news bites give new meaning to the phrase.

In the “Too Stupid to Run a Mile” category, L.A. County Public Health officials decided to help Ravers have a “safer” experience when they downed Ecstasy by giving them the facts about the drug via a flier.

Public health flier warning of  dangers of Ecstasty at raves to be revised.

The low-lights:

“The flier was intended to be handed out at future raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena. It tells about the effects of Ecstasy overdose and ‘how to minimize potential harms,’ including warnings that taking Ecstasy with other substances, especially alcohol, can increase risks. The flier also advises to ‘aim low’ in dose and frequency, because ‘Ecstasy risks increase with larger doses.'”

The flier also advises rave attendees to not drive, to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. It also advises that people “stay away” from Ecstasy, saying that ‘the only way to completely avoid the risks is to avoid the drug.’

Do they seriously think anyone who drops E on the regular is interested in a fact sheet, or will be coherent enough to actually read and/or comprehend it?

A copy of the original flier for your reading pleasure.

To no one’s surprise, the Dept. of Public Health came under sharp criticism:

“[B]ased on feedback from board members and upon further review by the department, Public Health is immediately revising the card to further and more emphatically state that illegal drug use is dangerous.”

No! Duh.

And via HuffPo, we find that the good citizens of Fort Wayne, Indiana are being overruled in their desire to name a government center after their longest-serving Republication mayor because of his name.  Wait for it… Harry Baals.  Fort Wayne Likely To Snub Popular Mayor over Suggestive Name.

“Baals, pronounced like “balls,” is the clear frontrunner in an online vote taken to gauge support for the various candidates, but on Tuesday, city officials suggested that they didn’t want to humiliate the city by giving people a reason to snicker at the name of the structure.”

So despite the overwhelming public support to see this man honored, it looks like the people have been ignored. Sounds a lot like the run-up to the Obamacare vote.

And last, but by no means least… Lindsay Lohan.

That is all.

Illustrating Absurdity

17 11 2010


Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/

Can we get any more absurd than complaining about a TV-show being fixed?  When did Dancing with the Stars become purist high art?  Seriously, give Bristol Palin credit for trying to do something with her life instead of immediately getting on the government dole.  I don’t watch the show, and don’t care to watch the show, but if I hear one more blogger or avid show watcher belly-aching about Bristol Palin winning for another week, I may just call in and vote for her!  Obviously there is something about her the American people love, kind of like Fantasia Barino–so deal with it and truly, truly get over it, or change the channel.  Blogosphere in a tizzy over Bristol Palin’s advance to the finals.

Climbing off the soapbox now and on to real matters of import.  This TSA/Airport Security Body Scanner/Invasive Groping mess.  Jon Tyner‘s phrase “You touch my junk, and I’ll have you arrested” has entered the hallowed lexicons of our language, right up there with “Don’t Tase me, Bro!”

But the Associated Press offers up their anemic response to what is fast becoming a national crisis.  Airport body scans, pat-downs draw more complaints.  AP boils all this brouhaha down to 1) blame the passenger, and 2) we haven’t made any real sacrifices for national security.  So terrorizing a three-year-old is just a minor bit of inconvenience?

The lefty-heavy Los Angeles Times in their article, “Shut up and be scanned”, offers this bit of sunny advice:

“There’s no bright line to indicate where our quest for security becomes intolerably invasive of our privacy, but we’re still pretty sure the TSA hasn’t yet crossed it. Although the pat-downs are seriously embarrassing, they’re also usually voluntary — to avoid them, you just have to go through the scanner. And fears about the scanners have been overblown.”

Bite me.  Michael Graham at Boston Herald gives more reasoned (and sensible) advice.  We take this now, imagine what we’ll have to put up with later? Airport security is one big scan.  And Jennifer Abel at the Guardian UK gets even more caustic.  Get your hands off me, TSA!

I will watch with relish next week to see how passengers and TSA fare on the biggest travel Holiday of the year.   Thanks to John Tyner, I’m sure many will come armed with a camera phone that also includes their lawyer’s number. So glad I’m staying in town!



Illustrating Absurdity

10 11 2010
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin/Public Domain

Sometimes headlines, like sound bites, can be particularly illustrative of the absurd.  Here a few from my morning reading:

From the Wall Street Journal:

The GOP’s Racial Challenge
Republicans can’t win in the future without more nonwhite votes.–Zoltan Hajnal.

So the elections of Marco Rubio, Allen West, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Brian Sandoval, and Susana Martinez were a reflection of a whites-only voting bloc?  Can someone place some coffee under Zoltan’s nose to wake him up?!  Manny Lopez of the Detroit News paints a more accurate portrait. New faces of hope for GOP.

From the New Jersey Star Ledger: “Pelosi’s plummeting popularity is a burden to Democrats“.  When was she ever popular?  The Botox Hammer has always been egregious.  Except now, she doesn’t have a majority running interference for her–they all got booted–thanks, in no small part to her leadership.  Bye, bye, Nancy.  Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out.

In My Orbit…

19 10 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /

Yeah, I know… Politics, again?!  But it’s less than three weeks before the elections, and silly season has kicked into full swing.  Perhaps I should have named this one Illustrating Absurdity instead….

Who does fit that bill?  Ms. Meghan McCain.  The very blonde daughter of Senator John McCain graduated college a few years back, produced a much-touted blog of her father on the campaign trail, and is now a “heavyweight” political commentator as evidenced by her column space in The Daily Beast and appearances on political shows like “This Week.”   Apparently the Paris Hilton of politics is also an authority on experience and success,  if her comments about Christine O’Donnell on the aforementioned Sunday show are any indication:

“I speak as a 26-year-old woman, and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” McCain told host Christiane Amanpour. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.”

Politico supplies the video here.

At least Chelsea Clinton and Barbara and Jenna Bush actually worked and did community service after college.  They could have easily rode on the coattails of their name recognition, but they chose differently.  Hmmm… that choice alone says much about Ms. McCain.

Being corpulent myself, I won’t get into the only thing that I consider weighty about this young girl.  One of my favorite (and weighty in the correct sense) political commentators, Doug Powers, summarily and appropriately dismisses her: McCain: Christine O’Donnell seen as a Nutjob.

President Obama thinks you’re fearful and stupid.  Clutch the pearls!  According to an AP Poll, and despite the focus-grouped MTV crowd, nobody really giving a rat’s heinie what the President thinks anymore.

Michael Gerson deconstructs our President’s latest elitist remarks in Obama the Snob,

“The neocortical presidency destroys the possibility of political dialogue. What could Obama possibly learn from voters who are embittered, confused and dominated by subconscious evolutionary fears? They have nothing to teach, nothing to offer to the superior mind. Instead of engaging in debate, Obama resorts to reductionism, explaining his opponents away.”

Jennifer Rubin of Commentary Magazine further deconstructs in A Snob, but not really an Intellectual, making a firm case that someone who is an intellectual would have a better capacity for policy, economics, and especially people.  A pull quote:

“His understanding of free markets, international affairs, war strategy, and domestic policy evidences no originality. To the contrary, his vision is supported by myths and inaccuracies. (Recall the serial misstatements about history during the campaign.) It is not, then, the public that lacks reasoning skills; it is the president, whose rigid ideology prevents him from taking in new data, analyzing it dispassionately, and rendering decisions based on the facts before him.”

Interesting, if Ms. McCain truly were a “heavyweight” political commentator, she could have drawn some distinct parallels between O’Donnell and Obama, and what inexperience really costs us.


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