Friday, April 23, 2010

I am So Brave

It's true, man. I am just sooooo fucking brave! Why? Because I am willing to commit blasphemy! Specifically, I am willing to violate the second commandment by showing you a picture of Mohammed that I drew myself!

I am just such a fucking iconoclast. No, wait, the iconoclasts were the people who destroyed graphic depictions of religious figures. I'm, uh, whatever the opposite of an iconoclast is. Either way, I'm so brave.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is the Best Worst Show on Television

Over the past few months, people in were treated to a wondrous spectacle.

I'm speaking, of course, of Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand. A show which, according to TV critic Todd VanDerWerff, "feels like it was committee designed by a large group of 14-year-old boys with one gay friend." And rightfully so. As one would expect, the show was so successful that it was green-lighted for a second season before it even aired. And rightfully so.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax Day Blues: Don't Blame the Socialists

As everybody scrambles to get in their tax forms by April 15, it's entirely understandable that people would be a bit upset about the whole thing. Less understandably, people blame all this on socialists and socialism. Most notorious of the Tea Party movement who, for some reason, equate Obama's bailing out capitalists with socialism.

Speaking as a socialist, I can assure you that, if your are a working person struggling to get by, socialists do not want to increase your taxes. We want them to decrease or even go away altogether. If you're a rich CEO who never did a hard day's work in your life, that's another matter. Ditto if you're a corporation. However, if you're a corporation, you are unlikely to be reading this because, despite the claims of the Supreme Court, you aren't really a person.

In fact, if you're looking for people to fight unjust taxes (actually fight, that is, not throw teabags into bodies of water), it is precisely the socialists you should look to. Specifically, the socialists of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Underneath a Shady Tree

Back in 1999, They Might Be Giants released an mp3-only album called "Long Tall Weekend".

For those of you who have seen the documentary "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns", this was one of the things they did during the five-year period after they left Elektra as a means of reminding fans that they still existed. It's mostly a collection of rarities that, for some reason or another, didn't make it onto other albums, but there are a few stand-out tracks. One of my favorites is a little ditty called "Lullaby to Nightmares".

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tulip Revolution 2: Electric Boogaloo

In commemoration of the five-year-and-two-weeks anniversary of the 2005 "Tulip" revolution that deposed hated Kyrgyz president Askar Akayev, the huddled masses of Kyrgyzstan have celebrated with an uprising that deposed the hated Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiev. Despite government suppression of the protests that resulted in 74 dead, Bakiev was ultimately forced out of power and had to leave the country. Now, former Bakiev supporter Roza Otunbayeva is acting as interim president.

For a good analysis of the events, as well as an eye-witness report, check out this article and for an overview of the events leading up to the original Tulip revolution, check out this article.

So, will the new president, Roza Otunbayeva, be any different?