I aired my inner masochist today but I was conflicted. Should I have holes drilled into my teeth whilst listening to Palin screeching about who knows what or something equally as painful. Like peering in on America’s favorite soothsayer of doom and gloom, that gaseous windbag and hero of the dementia crowd, Limbaugh. I choose the later. You never know what you’re gonna get and I like surprises. Well, I got to listen to him having a vein bursting aneurism trying to convince (again) his sad and sorry listeners that global climate change is a hoax. A hoax and a lie straight from hell. And Michele Obama. After a few minutes of visualizing him spraying his golden EIB dildo with poisonous saliva, he had to give one of his dwindling sponsors an opportunity to peddle their wares to the weak minded and gullible. But not just any gullibility, no this crowd must be his core audience. The real die hard true believers. What is it they say about advertizing and demographics? Something about correlations? Well gang, the sponsor who bought the coveted time was a company that was selling (wait for it) a secret money code. But not just any money code. Oh no. This one is the rel dil. The one found in the bible. Yep, Send in $29.95, two box tops and you too can gain access to one of the grandest mysteries of the universe. You know, the one that god his-self planted there; in English just to fuck with us and give us something to do. It would be like winning a lottery! You’d be your own god! The ultimate encryption revealed! For a modest price of course. The quality goes in before the name goes on. And if you’re stupid enough to send these yahoos anything and don’t have much luck afterwards, you must be reading it wrong.
Now explain to me why this mucus excreting slug is referred to as the head of conservative ideologues. Better yet, explain why he gets away with pretending to have credibility. Secret bible money code my ass.
Did you ever read something or have a conversation that made you look at long held assumptions in a different light?
An excerpt from his self-penned arrivederci in NY Magazine.
“ “I spent 25 years working hard for the issues I care about. When 30 Rock went into syndication, I sensed that I was going to be on TV for a bit, so I crafted my arrangement with Capital One Bank to fund my foundation for charitable giving. They paid me $15 million over nearly five years. After taxes and accounting fees, I will have given all of it, $14.125 million, to charity. After the TMZ event, Capital One did not renew my contract, although it politely said the two things were unrelated. AT&T had booked me for a paid speech in Orlando—and then canceled. WNYC lost funding for my radio show. Bill de Blasio, who apparently gets his news from TMZ, too, distanced himself from me.
Now I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible. I used to engage with the media knowing that some of it would be adversarial, but now it’s superfluous at best and toxic at its worst. If MSNBC went off the air tomorrow, what difference would it make? If the Huffington Post went out of business tomorrow, what difference would it make? Arianna Huffington accomplished what she wanted to accomplish. She created this wonderful thing. And what have they done with that? They want clicks, I get it. They’ve gotta have clicks for their advertisers, so they’re going to need as much Kim Kardashian and wardrobe malfunctions as possible. The other day, they had a thing on the home page about pimples. Tripe. Liberal and conservative media are now precisely equivalent.
I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media—but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.
When this whole thing happened, Warren Beatty, who is mystifyingly intelligent and wise, said to me: Your problem is a very basic one, and it’s very common to actors. And that’s when we step in front of a camera, we feel the need to make it into a moment. This instinct, even unconsciously, is to make the exchange in front of the camera a dramatic one. Perhaps I fell for that.
In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day. What’s the Boy Scout code? Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. I might be all of those things, at certain moments. But people suspect that whatever good you do, you are faking. You’re that guy. You’re that guy that says this. There is a core of outlets that are pushing these stories out. Breitbart clutters the blogosphere with “Alec Baldwin, he’s the Devil, he’s Fidel Baldwin.”
Broadway has changed, by my lights. The TV networks, too. New York has changed. Even the U.S., which is so preposterously judgmental now. The heart, the arteries of the country are now clogged with hate. The fuel of American political life is hatred. Who would ever dream that Obama would deserve to be treated the way he has been? The birth-certificate bullshit, which is just Obama’s version of Swiftboating. And all for the electoral nullification that seems like a cancer on the American system. But this is Roger Ailes. And Fox. And Breitbart. And this is all about hate. It’s Hate Incorporated. But the liberals have taken the bait and run in the same direction—and it’s just as corrosive. MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox.
I think America’s more fucked up now than it’s ever been. People are angry that in the game of musical chairs that is the U.S. economy, there are less seats at the table when the music stops. And at every recession, the music is stopping.
Am I bitter about some of the things that have happened to me in the past year? Yes, I’m a human being. I always had big ambitions. I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years. In the pyramid of decision-making in New York City politics, rich people come first, unions second, and rank-and-file New Yorkers come dead last. I wanted to change that. I wanted to find a way to lower the cost of the city government and thus reduce New York’s shameful tax burden. I would have decentralized the schools. My father was a public-school teacher. He always told me that although you could encourage a child to work hard, you could only go so far; that half the goal had to be achieved at home. As progressive as I’ve been in my politics, there are other things I don’t think of as liberal or progressive, just common sense. Of course, another thing I would have done—and this will not surprise anyone—is change the paparazzi law.”
Maybe they’d be happier there.
Courtesy of Media Matters.
“It may be the shortest month of the year, but the right wing packed February’s 28 calendar days with two notable, and bigoted, defeats.
Between campaigning with Ted Nugent in the wake of the conservative columnist and National Rifle Association board member denouncing President Obama as a “communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel,” and aRepublican-led efforts in mostly red state houses to protect religiously-motivated business owners who refuse service to gay customers, conservatives vigorously volunteered for duty to fight their favorite cultural wars this month. Except these are battles they have already fought and lost. Over and over again.
Obama’s an historic monster ripping liberties away from citizens and deliberately driving the country into ruin? He’s a “piece of shit” “gangster” surrounded by Nazis, as professional name-caller Nugent insists? Voters have already rejected that dark premise, twice, easily propelling Obama to two electoral landslide victories.
Gays don’t deserve the everyday rights and protections as fellow Americans because they might infringe on Christians’ “religious freedom”? As openly gay athletes are cheered while breaking down new barriers, as activists string together a prodigious record of court victories in favor of marriage equality, and with poll after poll showing a deepening acceptance of gay Americans, particularly among young voters, the foolhardy attempt to unleash new discrimination ended as a resounding failure in Arizona this month.
Cheered on by pockets of the right-wing media, and led by outrage-obsessed Fox News, some conservatives can’t admit defeat. They can’t move on. They cannot admit the country has turned away from their intolerant preaching about Obama and gays, among others. Fueled by divisiveness, and increasingly unconcerned with public policy or even the remnants of a Republican legislative agenda (remember those?), hardcore conservatives time and again retrench and then unfurl their failed cultural war battle plan. It’s a blueprint drawn up by conservative media voices who benefit from the manufactured outrage. For right-wing carnival barkers, these recent controversies equal content. For conservative leaders and Republicans, the controversies equaldead-end excursions.
I mean, who invites a hate jockey like Ted Nugent to campaign with you in public? The still-mystifying maneuver by Texas Republican Greg Abbott, who wants to be governor of the second most populous state in the union, spotlighted how casually conservative treat Obama name calling, and how deeply rooted their irrational loathing for the president runs.
Indeed, after five years in office Obama’s far-right detractors seem to grow more aggrieved by the president’s supposed sins and crimes. Their denunciations become even more hysterical, and take up more time and energy, despite the fact Obama will never appear on another American ballot.
Trying to legitimize anti-Obama hate speech (calling the first black American president a “subhuman mongrel”) clearly falls well outside the mainstream of American politics and represents a political loser; a cultural war lesson Abbott and the GOP learned this month. Again.
Meanwhile, the pendulum in favor of gay rights has swung so far and so fast in this country it’s hard to keep up with the endless court victories activists have won as state after state, for instance, dismantles barricades for same-sex marriage, a domino effect triggered last summer by two Supreme Court decisions that signaled the end to the right-wing attempt to codify discrimination.
That’s not so say important challenges don’t remain. (See ENDA and legal job discrimination.) But the recentwinning streak has been impressive as it becomes increasingly evident a true shift in American opinion is unfolding; a shift towards widespread equality and inclusion for gays.
It’s against that backdrop that conservatives decided to wage another culture war under the dubious “religious liberty” banner, insisting Christian merchants should be able to deny services to gay customers? The right-wing media helped champion a cause that even Fox’s Kirsten Powers wrote would institute “homosexual Jim Crow laws,” permanent discrimination where shop owners could pick and choose who they served based on what the owners found to be offensive. Why? Because operating a business and treating everyone fairly is tantamount to “fascism,” declared Fox’s Tucker Carlson.
Not surprisingly the short-sighted campaign was widely denounced, to the point where Arizona’s two Republican senators, the GOP-leaning Chamber of Commerce and the National Football League joined forces with gay activists to urge Arizona’s governor to veto the bill. (She did.) Meaning, there was virtually no established, political will to fight this battle because it was predestined to fail.
Yet just as with this month’s Ted Nugent Republican fiasco, there doesn’t seem to be voices of reason within the conservative movement who can persuades radical players from publicly waging unwinnable and narrow-minded fights. There are no voices powerful enough to dissuade people from broadcasting hateful messages under the guise of “religious freedom” legal maneuvering.
No matter how many times the right-wing launches campaigns to portray Obama as an un-American traitorous foe, and no matter how many times they push to depict gays and lesbians as unworthy of American freedoms and protections, those culture wars and going to lose every time. Voters have broadcast that message for years now.
Yet somewhere right now right-wing activists, inspired by their far-right pundits, are busily plotting their next (and doomed) cultural war offensive.”